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Bach Music Festival of Canada hosts Beijing’s Angel Voice Choir

29 Jul
A special presentation hosted by the Bach Music Festival of Canada

A special presentation hosted by the Bach Music Festival of Canada

by Diva Christine Harris

It was a pleasure to be able to see this wonderful choir from Beijing, China.  These 22 boys and girls range in age from 8-12 years old and were kicking off their Canadian Tour in Exeter at the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church.  They were hosted by the Bach Music Festival of Canada.

Angel Voice Choir from Beijing performed in Trivitt Anglican Church in Exeter

Angel Voice Choir from Beijing performed in Trivitt Anglican Church in Exeter

The room was full of talent that night.  We were treated to a piano prelude by Marissa Li before the performance even began.  The Angel Voice Choir was conducted by Chao Li who also had an amazing part himself with the choir singing solo during one of their pieces.  The Choir performed some songs from Hayao Miyazaki who is a Japanese film director, as well as some religious songs.  One of my favorite parts of the evening were the solos performed by Houxuan Song and Sihan Ma, this is where their voices really shined.

We also got to hear performances from some of our local talent, the Cantabilettes and sisters Sydney and Amelia Harvey.  To top things off, at the end all of the singers came together and performed some Canadian folksongs, it was a wonderful way to end the evening.

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Eddingtons Winterlicious

1 Mar

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

The Divas at Eddingtons

The Divas at Eddingtons

This week has been a perfect week to get to a couple more Winterlicious events. On Wednesday five of us divas went for a wonderful meal at Eddingtons in Exeter. Karen, Claire, Christine, Trista and I had a marvelous time!

Trista, Karen and I all decided to go with the Winterlicious menu. Eddingtons had two choices for the starter and main, here is the menu:

Starter – Local atibo white bean and root vegetable chowder. Or Late harvest kale and beet salad. Parmigianino, hardboiled egg, sunflower seeds and sundried cranberry, tossed in a local garlic dressing.

Bean Soup

Bean Soup

Kale and Beet Salad

Kale and Beet Salad

Main – Local Pork shoulder braised in an apple cider vinegar served on a caramelized onion and blue cheese tart accented with a Grand Bend potato and root vegetable medley. Or  Supreme breast of chicken stuffed with fresh herbs, roma tomato and flavorful Italian sausage glazed in a Chianti red wine and shallot reduction. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and market vegetables.

Pork Shoulder

Pork Shoulder

Chicken Supreme

Chicken Supreme

I had the  soup to start and the pork as my main and they were both great. The bean chowder had a nice mild flavor letting the beans and vegetables show their true flavours. The pork was super succulent and tender.

Claire and Christine both decided to get their courses off of the menu. Christine started with the Thai Chicken Salad and Claire had the martini scallops, both starters looked yummy! They both got the gourmet macaroni and cheese, and my the silence at the table you could tell they liked it!

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Martini Scallops

Martini Scallops

To end the meal Karen Trista and  I had Sticky toffee pudding cake with a coastal coffee caramel sauce, Christine had and apple dessert and Claire had the flourless chocolate cake… Wow, it was amazing!

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Sticky Toffee Cake

Sticky Toffee Cake

The Taste of Huron Winterlicious dining program is running until March 9 at various restaurant around Ontario’s West Coast, if you want more information, visit here: www.tasteofhuron.ca

Eddingtons of Exeter:

Address: 527 Main St S, Exeter, ON N0M 1S1

Phone:(519) 235-3030

Website: http://www.eddingtons.ca/

Santa Claus Arrives in South Huron

27 Nov
Fire trucks start the parade

Fire trucks start the parade

by Diva Trista Russell

Santa has arrived! This time of year many communities in the area have their annual parades. This past Saturday was the annual Christmas Parade in Exeter. The Parade is hosted by the Exeter Lions Club and financially supported by the Exeter Business Improvement Association (BIA). If you don’t know what the BIA is, watch this video showing some of Exeter’s unique businesses!

I watch the parade every year, and this time the weather was very cold and snowy. However, that didn’t stop the businesses, organizations, volunteers, and residents from braving the weather and putting together a wonderful parade that lasted about 40 minutes. Once the parade ended, the skies cleared and the snow stopped. Go figure!

Festive tractors

Festive tractors

South Huron Hospital float

South Huron Hospital float

The parade starts at Huron Street, makes it way down Main Street, and then turns on Victoria Street towards the South Huron Recreation Centre. After the parade, there was free public skating at the Rec Centre.

Some of the highlights were cute dogs dressed up as reindeer, Willis the White Wonder, and of course, Santa Claus himself!

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Horse drawn carriage

Horse drawn carriage 

Celebrating Young Artists in South Huron

4 Nov
IMG_4470by Diva Trista Russell
Art aRound Town held the second annual South Huron Community Juried Art Show and Sale in Exeter this past weekend in Exeter. This year the theme focused on the talents of South Huron’s young people by dedicating this year’s show to Youth Art. There were entries from students in grades 7 to 12, which featured works from 18 different youth artists. There were also pieces from 35 different adult artists, with categories including three dimensional art, fabric art, drawings and printmaking, photography, and painting. All the art pieces were available for purchase – just in time for Christmas!
IMG_4471I toured the Art Show on Sunday afternoon, and upon arrival at the Exeter Lions Youth Center I was given a ballot to vote for my favourite piece (people’s choice). The one piece that caught my eye was a pencil drawing of a bicycle by Elizabeth Carr of Zurich (see photo). At first I thought it was a black and white photograph, but then realized it was a pencil drawing. It was quite impressive as the drawing looked just like a photo!
The variety of art pieces from these local professional and amateur artists made me realize that we have a lot of talent in our own area. You don’t have to travel far to find beautiful and unique art pieces!
If you’re inspired, Art aRound Town has some upcoming workshops in November, including landscape painting in oils and how to take better photos. Visit their website for more details.
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Spirits on the Trail

28 Oct
James Willis, founding settler of Exeter

James Willis, founding settler of Exeter

By Diva Trista Russell

The ghosts of Huron County’s past came back to life last week! The Spirit Trail Super-Natural Hike in Exeter was originally scheduled for October 17th, but with the rainy weather it was rescheduled to the following evening. Luckily, Friday brought no rain, but it was a chilly evening. I bundled up, flashlight in hand (just in case), and headed to MacNaughton Park in Exeter.

Since 2010, a volunteer community group called the Friends of the South Huron Trail have held this spooky hike. The hike along the South Huron Trail features characters from local history, with an environmental theme. The hike was free, and I saw hikers of all ages enjoying interacting with the characters.

The hike was about an hour, and after starting at MacNaughton Park, it loops back to the start via the Stirling Bridge. The moon was very visible about half way through the hike, which added to the “spookiness”.

Dr. Smillie (Canada’s first female surgeon) who was raised in the Hensall area

Dr. Smillie (Canada’s first female surgeon) who was raised in the Hensall area

Along the way I met some spirits from our area’s past, including Mr. James and Mrs. Jane Willis, Mr. Gidley, James Stephen Jr. (aka King Stephen), the Green Lady of Hay Swamp, Dr. Smillie, and former canning factory workers. Mr. and Mrs. Willis led the hikers through the moonlight trail with an oil lamp. Along the way, each spirit kindly introduced himself or herself (except for the Green Lady who caught us all by surprise!) and explained what life was like back then. All the spirits gently reminded us that we are future stewards of the environment – and that we have an important role in how we protect our surroundings.

 

 

former workers from the Exeter canning factory

former workers from the Exeter canning factory

King Stephen (Stephen Township was named after him)

King Stephen (Stephen Township was named after him)

 

Bachelicious Brown Bag Lunch

25 Jul
Tasty take-out lunches from Eddington's of Exeter

Tasty take-out lunches from Eddington’s of Exeter

by Diva Trista Russell

As I mentioned in my last post, the Bach Music Festival also featured free lunchtime concerts last week at the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter. As well, eight local restaurants offered take-out lunch specials to enjoy during the concert. I pre-booked take-out lunches for my Mom and I from Eddington’s the day before and picked it up shortly before noon last Friday. Eddington’s had a $10 lunch special which included a sandwich, fresh cut veggies and dip, cookies, and a drink. I had the turkey and brie sandwich with cranberry aioli, and my Mom had the smoked salmon and cucumber rye sandwich with cream cheese and fresh dill. Both lunches definitely hit the spot on a very hot summer day!

It did feel a little odd eating lunch in the church sanctuary, but many others of all ages were quietly enjoying their lunch while listening to the free concert. The Friday concert was titled “Fields of Gold” and featured local music graduates Melissa Bakelaar Van Rootselaar (flute), Aaron Neeb (horn), Katherine Napiwotski (vocal), and Michelle Roy (trombone). It was evident from listening to the 45 minute concert that we have lots of young musical talent from Huron County! The concert was an enjoyable way to spend a noon-hour in the summer and nice way break from my usual lunch-time routine.

 

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!

 


							
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