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Prairie Nurse

26 Aug
The Hunt

Photo submitted by Blyth Festival

by Diva Nicole Olson

On Tuesday this week, I had a lovely evening out at the Blyth Festival theatre. I went to see Prairie Nurse, by Marie Beath Badian and directed by Sue Miner. As described by the playwright, it was a “fictional play based on real-life folks.” It was set in 1969 in a small town hospital in Saskatchewan, where two nurses from the Philippines came to work. The lab technician falls in love with one of them, but can’t tell them apart and thus, comedy ensues.

The show has a tough-as-nails head nurse, a hunting and fishing crazed doctor, a sweet but meddling candy striper, a caring and fatherly custodian, hockey star goalie/goofy lab technician, along with the two sweet, but home sick Filipino nurses. Combine all of these quirky characters and you get an enjoyable show full of laughs. I definitely enjoyed the fun, light hearted nature of the performance. They found ways to incorporate common stereotypes and make it tastefully funny.

Photo submitted by Blyth Festival

Photo submitted by Blyth Festival

There was hardly a spare seat in the theatre, and lots of chuckles could be heard from the audience! To see this show, or other fantastic productions at the Blyth Festival Theatre, check out their website http://www.blythfestival.com/ or call the Box Office.

Blyth Festival
423 Queen Street
Blyth ON N0M 1H0
Toll Free: 1-877-862-5984
Local: (519) 523-9300
Fax: (519) 523-9804
Email: info@blythfestival.com

Photo submitted by Blyth Festival

Photo submitted by Blyth Festival

Clinton’s Trial Farmer’s Market Deemed a Success

15 Aug

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Clinton & Central Huron BIA has a trial Summer Market operating Wednesdays until September 4 from 8am to 2pm at the Library Park.   “Originally planned to close on August 14th, the market was extended a couple of weeks as this season’s unique weather sees produce maturing later than is typical here,” says Co-ordinator Sandy Garnet. “Downtown businesses report increased traffic and there’s a strong desire from our merchants to expand the season in 2014.”

There are vendors who sell fresh meats, fresh baked goods (including gluten free), cheese, maple syrup and honey, farm fresh eggs, as well as home made crafts and one of a kind items. The main feature, however, is the farmers and their fresh picked fruits and vegetables.   Averaging ten vendors each week, the market can easily accommodate up to 20 and hopes to encourage more vendors from Central Huron.

Check out some of the local flavour featured at the Farmers’ Market.  And, if you’re gluten free check out the Almond White Chocolate Coconut Squares from Humble Roots Bakery – I can vouch for them … they are quite tasty.

Location:

The Market is located 27 Albert Street, Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0
Wednesday 8am – 2pm, until September 4th

Contacts:

Sandy Garnet, Made in Huron, 519-525-0671 (Made in Huron on Facebook)
Nina,  ReLook Nook, 519-606-4001  (Re-Look Nook on Facebook)

4 year old Landin Carter

4 year old Landin Carter

Gluten Free, Lactose Free and reduced sugar baking from Humble Roots Bakery in Milverton.

Gluten Free, Lactose Free and reduced sugar baking from Humble Roots Bakery in Milverton.

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Ross Dobie of Auburn sold frozen meats and fresh vegetables for a Hurno County-based Mennonite friend. Ross Dobie of Auburn sold frozen meats and fresh vegetables for a Hurno County-based Mennonite friend.

Pauleen Kerkhof, a local Epicure consultant is a regular vendor at the Market.

Pauleen Kerkhof, a local Epicure consultant is a regular vendor at the Market.

Behind the Bars

15 Aug
Huron County's Gaol is a National Historic site.

Huron County’s Gaol is a National Historic site.

By Diva Trista Russell

I think this one of the coolest (and relatively unknown) summer events in Huron County! “Behind the Bars” is an interactive tour of the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from July to August, you can explore the gaol and interact with volunteers who step into the role of late-1800s prisoners. I have to confess that I’m not much of a museum fanatic, but I really enjoyed this as it was interactive and entertaining!

The Huron Historic Gaol served as the County Jail from 1842 to 1972 and now is a designated National Historic Site. One thing I didn’t realize before is that the building housed the County Courts and Council Chambers on the top floor. The gaol also held prisoners not only from Huron County, but also from neighbouring Perth and Bruce Counties as well.

Meeting characters from the past

Meeting characters from the past

Upon entering the gaol, there is an opportunity to sign the guestbook and state your “crime”. After paying the $10 admission fee, I was greeted by a museum attendant who explained some of the faces of the gaol I might meet. There are three floors to explore, as well as the Governor’s House. The cell blocks, kitchen, laundry room, Gaoler’s apartment, surgeon room, courtroom, and holding rooms/cells are all open for viewing. In almost every room there were opportunities to meet and question those who were representing the men, women and children who lived and worked behind the bars. There were also little excerpts on the walls that detailed the background of some of the prisoners. I quickly learned that some prisoners committed serious crimes, and other some very minor offences. I got to meet a young boy, around 13 years old, who was incarcerated for not having a job!

IMG_3764Each one of the prisoners did a wonderful job of representing and staying in character. I had a nice chat with the Governor’s daughter about life in the 1800s, and when I explained why I was visiting, she was was quite perplexed about what a “blog” was. Imagine explaining technology to someone growing up in the early 1900s!

IMG_3774What is truly amazing is that everything in the building is original to that time period and still works. One of the tour guides in the Governor’s House told me that the radiator in the bedroom still works to this day exactly as it did over 100 years ago!

As an extra treat, refreshments were served outside on the court yard.  It’s recommended that you allow at least 45 minutes for the tour. I easily spent over an hour exploring the building.

I had never been to the Historic Gaol before so this was a first-time experience for me. The chance to interact with these characters definitely makes this a truly unique attraction, and in my opinion is a great way to spend a summer evening learning about history. Plus, how often can you tell people that you went to jail for a night?

Behind the Bars Gaol Tours
Tuesday & Thursday evenings until August 29, 2013, 7 PM to 9 PM (last entry 8:30PM)
Admission: Adults: $10, Children: $5; Families: $25; Ages 5 & under: Free; Members: FreeLocation: Huron Historic Gaol, 181 Victoria St. North, Goderich

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One Cell Block

One Cell Block

IMG_3780 IMG_3781 IMG_3783 IMG_3785Contact: museum@huroncounty.ca

A Great Week of Music in Exeter

25 Jul

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by Diva Trista Russell

 

The Bach Music Festival of Canada held great concerts all last week in Exeter. It featured a classical music concert each night, as well as free noon-hour concerts. I went to the Tuesday night concert where “Capella Intima” performed and presented their programme “Celestial Sirens: Music of the Benedictine Nuns of Milan”. The evening featured sopranos Emily Klassen and Erin Bardua, alto Jennifer Enns Modolo, tenor Bud Roach, and portative organist Erika Reiman.

 

The concert featured vocal chamber music of the 17th century and included readings that detailed the controversial music during this time period. The Benedictine nuns were a major source of music in Italy in the 17th century as forty percent of young girls were sent into convents in the country. The nuns attracted many fans to their music and the church leaders struggled with their fame and the necessity of living a reclusive life. This type of music has only come to light in recent years, as more people are gaining interest in historically informed performances.

 

It was definitely a unique opportunity to hear this rarely heard music. I can tell you that these four singers are very talented and it was amazing to hear how they can reach such high notes and create beautiful harmonies. One of my favourite pieces of the night was “Regina Caeli” which starts out with two singers singing in echo but then join together to change into a harmony.

 

IMG_3363Each evening concert featured a reception in “Johann’s Pub” under the big white tent next to the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, where the majority of concerts were held.

 

To hear some of Capella Intima, visit the audio page of their website. I wasn’t able to take photos during the performance, but you can view these photos by Karen Brown.

 

All of this years concerts are over, but the Bach Festival of Canada will be “bach” in July 2014!

 


							

It’s Festival Season in Huron County

12 Jul

by Diva Karen Stewart

Huron County is alive with Festivals and events all summer long.  There is simply no shortage of activities for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy.  Ranging from world-class music festivals to arts and crafts, live theatre, car shows, motor sports, birding, and fishing festivals, there really is something for everyone.  Many are offered outdoors in the streets, on the beach or in wonderful park venues.  And, while many activities and events are free, these gatherings are all quite accessible and offer a sense of belonging to a community with other like-minded people.

This weekend (July 10-13) the Kinsmen Club of Goderich is hosting Summerfest – a popular family Festival that includes a midway on Kingston Street and lots of fun activities on the Beach in Goderich including a Youth Talent Contest and a Youth Dance, a volley ball tournament, free live music, food and refreshments    A neat event offered today (Friday July 12) is an Employee Appreciation Lunch at the Kinsmen Food Booth (go ahead, ask your boss to treat you to lunch today).  For more information visit www.goderichkinsmen.ca.  You can follow Goderich Kinsmen on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the minute event updates.

Artistic Director of the Bach Music Festival, Gerald Fagan

Artistic Director of the Bach Music Festival, Gerald Fagan

This weekend also kicks off the biennial Bach Music Festival in South Huron.  The inaugural Festival sold out two years ago, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy world-class music at one of the evening concerts offered nightly from July 14-20 or during the free lunch hour concerts series.   Pack your lunch or visit one of the local restaurants which are supporting the Brown Bag Lunch Series by offering Bach-elicious lunch specials all week long.  This is music at its finest being offered right here in Huron County!

Coming up on July 20 is the Birding Festival hosted by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (and they just hosted a Fishing Festival a week or so ago!).  This day is “devoted to our feathered friends.”  Learn tips and tricks to identify birds by sight and sound; enjoy a Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration, Special Activities and Games, and take part in the FRCA Bird Olympics.

Festival of Arts and CraftsLast weekend the Huron Women’s Shelter and Second Stage Housing hosted the annual Festival of Arts & Crafts.  This annual event has typically been housed on the Square but after the tornado a new home needed to be found.  This year, the Festival was held at Harbour Park on the banks of beautiful Lake Huron.  Eighty-eight artisans, crafters, painters, photographers and sculptors displayed and sold their creations during the free, outdoor, three-day festival.  Attending this Festival has become an annual tradition for me as I hunt for the perfect gifts for summer wedding or birthday gifts.  This year I treated myself to a fun pair of drop earrings hand-crafted by Jen McKee of jeelee joolery and purchased two gifts – whimsical one-of-a-kind clocks featuring watercolours filled with bright, unique hand-drawn images from Malu Comboye who’s business name “Skip to Malu Designs” struck my fancy.  I know my friends will enjoy these too.

SkiptoMalu.com

SkiptoMalu.com

Jelee Joolery - www.jeelee.ca

Jelee Joolery – http://www.jeelee.ca

For the full schedule of Festivals and events on Ontario’s West Coast visit the website at www.ontarioswestcoast.ca.

I love Canada!

12 Jul

DSC_8330by Diva Cassandra Phillips-Grande

Hello friends!

Last weekend, Goderich hosted a slue of events for Canada Day Weekend celebrations. Starting on Saturday, we had the Farmer’s Market, and Sunday, the Flea Market. The town decided to block off a section of the square and run the markets on the road, which allowed for safer and easier access to the vendors.  With lovely weather, and a new setup, my sister Ronny and I wandered around the markets. I always love going to the Flea Market, especially to find glass treasures like teapots or plates!
Canada Day FireworksLater on Sunday night, my friends and I went to the beach to watch the fireworks. With our glow sticks and blankets in hand, we sat on the sandy beach (with what felt like the rest of the town) and watched an amazing display for half an hour. We saw some people using kayaks and canoes to paddle further into the water to get a better view, to which I say I’d LOVE to try that next year! With the various colours and variety of styles, I’d have to say that this year’s fireworks are the best that I’ve seen in a while.
To conclude the Canada Day celebrations, my cousins and I went to the parade held in downtown Goderich. Luckily, the rainy weather held off just long enough to allow the parade to finish! I always love going to parades, especially when I am with friends and family to enjoy them with. Along with great floats, 2 horses, and plenty of antique cars, I was so pleased to see how patriotic everyone was. With all the flags, hats, {temporary} tattoos, and red & white I saw, it was refreshing to know that even in a small town like Goderich, people really do love our big country of Canada.

Lots of Laughs at the Children’s Festival

2 Jul

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Goderich had their annual Children’s Festival this past Saturday, June 29, from 10 am-3 pm, at the Goderich Memorial Arena. There was so much to do. I have small children, so I loved that there were activities for all ages. I enjoyed seeing various local businesses and community members get involved by volunteering or having booths, centres or activities. We stopped to play at the B.U.S Toy station, Fincher’s Toy tent and made a bunny using soil and grass seed from the Horticultural Society.

This year’s theme was Air, Air Everywhere. To go along with this theme there was a model air show put on by the Sky Harbour Modellers. There were bubbles far and wide, and they had a bubble blowing activity station. My mini divas love balloons, so we took home several different colours and one shaped like a puppy.

Children's Festival, Goderich 2013Inside the arena, they had sensory tables, dress up clothes, crafts, face painting, and more inflatables. There were snacks, drinks, BBQ and cotton candy. They had a silent auction fundraiser as well. Our favourite part of the day was watching Erick Traplin, an award winning children’s entertainer. He had the children laughing, dancing, playing music and generally mesmerized. The whole event was free of charge, with bins set up for donations to go towards next year’s activities. Definitely a worthwhile day spent in Goderich!

Goderich Children’s Festival
Goderich Memorial Arena
McDonald Street, Goderich, ON

Email: goderichchildrensfestival@yahoo.com
Tourism Goderich at 519-524-6600

Erick Traplin entertained at the Children's Festival, Goderich

Erick Traplin entertained at the Children’s Festival, Goderich

Fun at the Children's Festival

Fun at the Children’s Festival

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