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Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: November 4 – 6

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 09:11 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: November 4 – 6

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Meet the Artist: Jack Martin

5:00pm – 8:00pm
Jack Martin’s first-ever art show and his paintings will hang for the month. The following is a lovely piece written by Jack’s daughter, Deirdre McKennirey: “My father’s art studio was always a place of magic and wonder — one we were not supposed to enter. As young girls, we would stand in the doorway and eye the stacks of canvasses, deer racks, rabbit skins, tons of clipped and ragged magazine articles, rocks, cars he’d modelled from Plasticine, the occasional pin-up, military books — anything that caught his fancy. Lots of paints — tubes and brushes in all colours and sizes. “For me, the power of a painting lies in its transportive qualities. My favourite painting of his hangs in our living room where — without fail — it draws people in. Visitors comment on the painting often — on its serene quality, its beauty and sense of place. Then they continue: they talk of how it makes them feel, where the image takes their thoughts… That is the energy of a good painting. It takes you places.”
Carriageway Studios
65 Mill St.
613-624-5104

Rosemary Leach’s 10th annual open studio

5:00pm – 8:00pm
Rosemary Leach is an artist based in Almonte Ontario. She will be turning her house into a gallery and opening her studio doors to the public, celebrating having done 10 000 hours of painting and her 10th annual open studio.
About her and her work: Her paintings are about her longing to move to a quieter internal place. She is longing for places and imagery that slows life down. Rosemary paints because she needs to. Her subject matter is warm and celebrates a contemplative mindset. Ideas come to her while chopping onions. Her studio is next to her kitchen, and She is always back and forth. Rosemary will put down her paintbrush, go into the kitchen to chop an onion and return to her work to find the answers are clear: that area needs a brighter white.
Rosemary and her husband author Jacob Berkowitz moved to the Almonte area 19 years ago because they thought this would be a great community in which to raise their kids and pursue their passions. The Almonte community has been hugely supportive of Rosemary over the decades.
Please come out this weekend to see Rosemary’s works of art.
255 William Street,
Almonte, Ontario
613.256.7719
www.rosemaryleach.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5

Rosemary Leach’s 10th annual open studio

10:00am – 4:00pm
Rosemary Leach is an artist based in Almonte Ontario. She will be turning her house into a gallery and opening her studio doors to the public, celebrating having done 10 000 hours of painting and her 10th annual open studio.
About her and her work: Her paintings are about her longing to move to a quieter internal place. She is longing for places and imagery that slows life down. Rosemary paints because she needs to. Her subject matter is warm and celebrates a contemplative mindset. Ideas come to her while chopping onions. Her studio is next to her kitchen, and She is always back and forth. Rosemary will put down her paintbrush, go into the kitchen to chop an onion and return to her work to find the answers are clear: that area needs a brighter white.
Rosemary and her husband author Jacob Berkowitz moved to the Almonte area 19 years ago because they thought this would be a great community in which to raise their kids and pursue their passions. The Almonte community has been hugely supportive of Rosemary over the decades.
Please come out this weekend to see Rosemary’s works of art.
255 William Street,
Almonte, Ontario
613.256.7719
www.rosemaryleach.com

Christmas Pottery Sale

November 5 @ 10:00am- November 6 @ 4:00pm
GET AHEAD OF THE X-MAS RUSH! From mugs, giant bowls and decorative casseroles to sculptures, masks and Celtic décor…Our talented members have come together to present a large and unique selection of quality pottery. All under one roof!
Almonte Potters Guild
95 Bridge St.
613-256-5556
almontepottersguild.com

Light Up The Night Fundraiser Sale

10:00am – 4:00m
Vendors include Light Up The Night hat pre-sales, Cedar Hill Sunday School CHEO fundraiser, Christmas Decorations, Silver Jewellery Imports, handmade signage, and much more.
Almonte Community Centre
182 Bridge St.

Cheerfully Made Holiday Market

10:00am – 4:00pm
40+ vendors; different each day. See website (markets.cheerfullymade.com/maker-profiles) for vendor listings each day, so you can decide which day you want to go (and you know the answer to that question will be “oh I’ll just go both days!”). $2 entry fee and free for 16 and under.
Almonte Old Town Hall
14 Bridge St.
cheerfullymade.com

Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show

10:00am – 4:00pm
A juried selection of crafters and bakers will be presenting their work in a relaxed, friendly and festive atmosphere. The Valley Artisan Show strives to bring in new vendors, as well as old favourites, to give you a wide variety of handcrafted works: presents for the special people on your shopping list, great items to include in gift baskets, and even some special treats for yourself! Gifts include sun-catching stained and fused glass, leather bags and purses, rustic pottery in many forms, scented soaps and scrubs, maple products and gift baskets, folksy painted reclaimed ceramics and containers, local photography in cards and puzzles, canes and walking sticks created from tree branches, beeswax candles and flavoured honey, things knitted and sewn, and repurposed silver-plated jewellery as well as wire wrapped pendants. Delicious cakes, cookies and sweet confections, framed intricate miniature quilts, books for children, and decorative and useful woodworking items are still further examples of what you will find at this popular Almonte Christmas sale. The Lanark Animal Welfare Society will also be taking donations of tinned dog or cat food, loose change, paper towels and more — check their wish list at . As always, admission and parking are free.
Almonte Community Centre Upper Hall,
613.256.4207
www.valleyartisanshow.blogspot.ca
www.facebook.com/Christmas-in-the-Valley-Artisan-Show-November

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Rosemary Leach’s 10th annual open studio

10:00am – 4:00pm
Rosemary Leach is an artist based in Almonte Ontario. She will be turning her house into a gallery and opening her studio doors to the public, celebrating having done 10 000 hours of painting and her 10th annual open studio.
About her and her work: Her paintings are about her longing to move to a quieter internal place. She is longing for places and imagery that slows life down. Rosemary paints because she needs to. Her subject matter is warm and celebrates a contemplative mindset. Ideas come to her while chopping onions. Her studio is next to her kitchen, and She is always back and forth. Rosemary will put down her paintbrush, go into the kitchen to chop an onion and return to her work to find the answers are clear: that area needs a brighter white.
Rosemary and her husband author Jacob Berkowitz moved to the Almonte area 19 years ago because they thought this would be a great community in which to raise their kids and pursue their passions. The Almonte community has been hugely supportive of Rosemary over the decades.
Please come out this weekend to see Rosemary’s works of art.
255 William Street,
Almonte, Ontario
613.256.7719
www.rosemaryleach.com

Christmas Pottery Sale

November 5 @ 10:00am- November 6 @ 4:00pm
GET AHEAD OF THE X-MAS RUSH! From mugs, giant bowls and decorative casseroles to sculptures, masks and Celtic décor…Our talented members have come together to present a large and unique selection of quality pottery. All under one roof!
Almonte Potters Guild
95 Bridge St.
613-256-5556
almontepottersguild.com

Light Up The Night Fundraiser Sale

10:00am – 4:00m
Vendors include Light Up The Night hat pre-sales, Cedar Hill Sunday School CHEO fundraiser, Christmas Decorations, Silver Jewellery Imports, handmade signage, and much more.
Almonte Community Centre
182 Bridge St.

Cheerfully Made Holiday Market

10:00am – 4:00pm
40+ vendors; different each day. See website (markets.cheerfullymade.com/maker-profiles) for vendor listings each day, so you can decide which day you want to go (and you know the answer to that question will be “oh I’ll just go both days!”). $2 entry fee and free for 16 and under.
Almonte Old Town Hall
14 Bridge St.
cheerfullymade.com

Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show

10:00am – 4:00pm
A juried selection of crafters and bakers will be presenting their work in a relaxed, friendly and festive atmosphere. The Valley Artisan Show strives to bring in new vendors, as well as old favourites, to give you a wide variety of handcrafted works: presents for the special people on your shopping list, great items to include in gift baskets, and even some special treats for yourself! Gifts include sun-catching stained and fused glass, leather bags and purses, rustic pottery in many forms, scented soaps and scrubs, maple products and gift baskets, folksy painted reclaimed ceramics and containers, local photography in cards and puzzles, canes and walking sticks created from tree branches, beeswax candles and flavoured honey, things knitted and sewn, and repurposed silver-plated jewellery as well as wire wrapped pendants. Delicious cakes, cookies and sweet confections, framed intricate miniature quilts, books for children, and decorative and useful woodworking items are still further examples of what you will find at this popular Almonte Christmas sale. The Lanark Animal Welfare Society will also be taking donations of tinned dog or cat food, loose change, paper towels and more — check their wish list at . As always, admission and parking are free.
Almonte Community Centre Upper Hall,
613.256.4207
www.valleyartisanshow.blogspot.ca
www.facebook.com/Christmas-in-the-Valley-Artisan-Show-November

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: October 28 – 30

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 02:10 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: October 28 – 30

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

Almonte Lectures: Social Work

8:00pm
Colleen Lundy, What is social work? A Canadian History. Cost: free; donations accepted.
Almonte United Church
106 Elgin St., Almonte
almontelectures.net

SATURDAY,OCTOBER 29

Zombie Walk for Hunger

10:00am
2km walk to benefit Lanark County Food Bank, Soi Dog Foundation and Country Cat Sanctuary. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. Registration will take place from 10–10:45am, and the walk will begin at 11am. Register early, as Alliance Coin & Banknote — the Official Bankers of the Apocalypse — will give a Zombuck coin to the first one hundred registrants. There will be a prize awarded to the person who collects the most in pledges, special prizes for the best male, female, and child zombie, and one for the best zombie family (chosen by other participants), plus several other door prizes. Cost: $10
Almonte Community Centre
182 Bridge St. Almonte
hgadbois@sympatico.ca
www.facebook.com/almontezombiewalk

Fall Tea & Bazaar

1:00pm – 3:00pm
St. Mary’s Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Almonte is hosting its annual Fall Tea and Bazaar at the Civitan Hall in Almonte. Visit their tearoom and shop for arts and crafts, jewellery, dishes, home-baked goods, and books. Buy raffle tickets and spin the wheel for prizes.
Almonte Civitan Hall
500 Almonte St., Almonte
613-257–8660

Potluck & Talent Show

6:00pm
Bring along your tastiest main course, salad or dessert, and your own dishes and cutlery, so we can avoid the use of disposables. Dinner begins promptly at 6pm and the show begins about 7:30. Admission is free, but of course donations for the upkeep of the hall are always welcome.
Union Hall
1984 Wolf Grove Rd. at Tatlock Rd., Mississippi Mills
camponi@storm.ca
613-256-2277

Almonte in Praise!

7:30pm
Choirs from Almonte churches will perform separately, as well as singing songs together as a massed choir.
Holy Name of Mary Church
134 Bridge St., Almonte
office@holynameofmaryparish.com
613-256-1034
www.holynameofmaryparish.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30

Howl’oween Dog Costume Parade

3:30pm
3pm registration. Presented by Silver Poodle.
Gemmill Park Behind Community Ctr
182 Bridge St., Almonte
613-256-3495

Community potluck, talent show at Union Hall in Almonte

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca 

Councillor Val Wilkinson announced the upcoming community potluck and talent show at Union Hall in Almonte on Oct. 29, 2016 at the Mississippi Mills council meeting on Oct. 18.

“It’s a great community event for the whole family,” Wilkinson says. “If you’ve never been to a rural event, this is a great place to go,” she said.

Wilkinson says the event encourages the community to come together to share their food and talents, whether it’s dancing, singing, poetry, playing an instrument and more. The talent show features a line up of performers from Mississippi Mills and Lanark Highlands, Wilkinson says.

Bring your friends and family – and don’t forget your fork, knife, and plate. “I was there last year and it was great,” says Mayor Shawn McLaughlin.

To attend the event and share your talent, contact Val Wilkinson at (613) 256-2064.

 

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: October 14 – 16

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 01:10 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: October 14 – 16

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


SATURDAY,OCTOBER 15

4th Annual Mill Workers’ Reunion

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Did you or a family member work in one of the textile mills along the Mississippi River? Did you have a job there as a summer student? If so, we hope you’ll come share your memories with others at the 4th Annual Mill Workers’ event to be held at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. It doesn’t matter at which mill you or a family member worked. We’d love to have you join us! At the reunion, learn about the proposed extension to the Almonte Riverwalk and the mill workers’ staircase… get a sneak preview of the contents of the 1880 time capsule recently found at the former Rosamond No.1 Mill (now Millfall Condominiums). This year’s event will also feature Celtic and valley tunes by Ron Caron and the Barrhaven Fiddleheads along with delicious refreshments. Enjoy chatting with other former workers or their families and sharing reminiscences of earlier times. Please bring along any photos or artifacts to share.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond St. E., Almonte
Call 613 256-3754 for further information.
mvtm.ca/?event=4th-annual-mill-workers-reunion&event_date=2016-10-15
curator@mvtm.ca

AiC: Piano Chameleons w/Oliver Jones at Almonte Old Town Hall

7:30pm
Almonte in Concert’s first concert of the 2016-17 season. Two pianos clash, speak, and complete each other in a fusion of classical and jazz music with the electrifying duo-duel of Matt Herskowitz and John Roney. Jazz legend Oliver Jones, who embarks on his ultimate farewell tour, joins them as their special guest. Tickets available online, by mail, at Mill Street Books, at door (if available) $30/$15; series available.
Almonte Old Town Hall
14 Bridge St., Almonte
almonteinconcert.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

Meet the Artists: Marney McDiarmid/Jacob Rolfe at General Fine Craft, Art & Design

1:00am – 3:00pm
From Oct 4 to Nov 13, the gallery will be featuring the hand-built ceramics of Marney McDiarmid, and Jacob Rolfe’s silkscreen prints. Marney lives, and maintains an active studio and teaching practice, in Kingston, Ontario. She’s been working with clay since the mid-1990s and is largely self-taught. Jacob is a Nova Scotia-based artist well known for his illustrative prints that depict some of life’s important issues like literacy, the environment, organic farming, dreams and cats.
General Fine Craft, Art & Design
63 Mill St., Almonte
613-461-3463
generalfinecraft.com

Grand Opening/Meet the Artist at Sivarulrasa Studio & Gallery

2:00am – 5:00pm
New location. ‘Coming up for Air’ — a solo exhibition of fifteen breathtaking oil paintings by Toronto-based artist Mary Wong. Mary uses abstractions of the natural landscape to explore psychological and emotional states. Turbulent skies, water gushing over rocks, and intense sunsets all serve as metaphors for the beauty and turmoil of the human experience. Be there at 2pm to see Mississippi Mills Mayor Shaun McLaughlin cut the ribbon to officially open the new gallery space.
Sivarulrasa Studio & Gallery
34 Mill St., Almonte
info@sivarulrasa.com
613-293-2492
sivarulrasa.com

Book Launch: Kathy Sadler at Mill Street Books

3:00am – 5:00pm
Lost Your Car Keys is a collection of whimsical stories about lost keys, written to raise awareness and serve as a reminder to keep keys out of the hands of impaired drivers. This book is a tribute to her daughter, who tragically died in a hit and run alcohol-related crash. Proceeds to MADD & Cdn Diabetes Association.
Mill Street Books
52 Mill St., Almonte
613-256-9090
millstreetbooks.com

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: October 7 – 10

Friday, October 7, 2016 @ 06:10 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: October 7 – 10

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


SATURDAY,OCTOBER 8

Fire Department Open House

10:00am – 2:00pm
Fire Prevention Week come out and meet Sparky the fire dog and meet the firefighters. There will be a fire truck display, Sparky’s craft table, fire safety activities, junior firefighter obstacle course, fire hose target and a barbecue lunch. Free admission.
Mississippi Mills Fire Department, Fire Station #1
478 Almonte St, Almonte
millstonenews.com/2016/09/fire-department-open-house-october-8.html

Crown and Pumpkin

10:00am – 5:00pm
Over 45 artists/artisans at 19 stops. Their array of artists has grown with the addition of a paper relief artist, new glass artists, fibre artists, and printmakers, on top of the already impressive line-up of painters, jewellers, photographers, heritage farmers, potters, and décor upcyclers, as well as a pewterer, soapmaker, weaver, animal portraitist, milliner, book illustrator, maker of natural skin products, and Korean paper crafter.
Fluid coffee, Hummingbird chocolate, SweetCheeks gluten-free/vegan baking and maple syrup are also on the tour.
For more information contact Barbara Mullally: 613-256-3647
Crownandpumkin.com

Meet the Artist:Penny Rugs

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Penny rugs emerged in the mid-nineteenth century when thrifty homemakers used wool scraps from old clothing to create decorative table toppers, seat covers and rugs. The wool was boiled in water and, when dry, the felted wool was cut using coins as templates — hence the name. These were then stitched onto a cloth backing and embellished with embroidery. A penny would often be sewn in for luck.
Come and discover these wonderful pieces of folk art in Danielle Potvin’s exhibition “A Penny Rug”, which runs from October 4 to December 10 at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond St. E, Almonte
info@mvtm.ca
mvtm.ca
613-256-3754

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9

Crown and Pumpkin

10:00am – 5:00pm
Over 45 artists/artisans at 19 stops. Their array of artists has grown with the addition of a paper relief artist, new glass artists, fibre artists, and printmakers, on top of the already impressive line-up of painters, jewellers, photographers, heritage farmers, potters, and décor upcyclers, as well as a pewterer, soapmaker, weaver, animal portraitist, milliner, book illustrator, maker of natural skin products, and Korean paper crafter.
Fluid coffee, Hummingbird chocolate, SweetCheeks gluten-free/vegan baking and maple syrup are also on the tour.
For more information contact Barbara Mullally: 613-256-3647
Crownandpumkin.com

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

Crown and Pumpkin

10:00am – 5:00pm
Over 45 artists/artisans at 19 stops. Their array of artists has grown with the addition of a paper relief artist, new glass artists, fibre artists, and printmakers, on top of the already impressive line-up of painters, jewellers, photographers, heritage farmers, potters, and décor upcyclers, as well as a pewterer, soapmaker, weaver, animal portraitist, milliner, book illustrator, maker of natural skin products, and Korean paper crafter.
Fluid coffee, Hummingbird chocolate, SweetCheeks gluten-free/vegan baking and maple syrup are also on the tour.
For more information contact Barbara Mullally: 613-256-3647
Crownandpumkin.com

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: September 23 – 25

Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 03:09 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: September 23 – 25

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Kitchen Party w/Peggy Williams at Valley Food & Drink Co.

8:00pm – 11:00pm
Live music. Fundraiser for local food bank.
Valley Food & Drink Co.
729 Mill St., Calabogie
613-752-2676

Almonte Farmers’ Market

Mississippi Mills Public Library grounds, Almonte
www.almontefarmersmarket.ca

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

JazzNhouse: Anne Lewis Quartet

8:00pm
Buy tickets online. An email with address details will be sent to you.
Ottawa’s Anne Lewis is set to bring her passion, poise and powerful interpretations of jazz classics and original songs to the JazzNhouse concert series.
A versatile singer with a warm, deliberate intonation, Anne wraps her voice around every note and brings to the listener a rich, meaningful delivery of the songs she sings. Anne has performed at the TD Ottawa and Montreal Jazz Festivals; headlined at concerts at the National Arts Centre (NAC), Centrepointe and Great Canadian Theatres in Ottawa. She performs regularly at jazz venues and private functions throughout the Ottawa region.
The Anne Lewis Quartet has carefully selected songs that will inspire love, laughter and reflections of life. From sassy up-tempo swing, to sultry blues, to smooth and mellow, the evening will feature original songs and renditions of jazz standards made famous by the vocal jazz masters of years gone by.
Anne Lewis (vocals)
Jean-Pierre (JP) Allain (piano)
John Geggie (acoustic bass)
René Lavoie (saxophone & flute)
Cost $25
Pakenham, ON
arnie@jazzN.ca
Visit jazzn.ca/index.html for location and more information.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Trad Song Session at The Barley Mow

2:00pm – 4:00pm
The session follows the tradition of people gathering in a local pub to sing and play for their own pleasure. We emphasize simple traditional songs with choruses so that others can join in – work songs, sea shanties, old gospel tunes and the like – most often unaccompanied . The stronger singers lead and sing the verses and everyone joins in on the choruses.
To lead a song, you should pretty much know it by heart and the first couple of rounds are reserved for those who have prepared a chorus song. In later rounds, if there is time, we will hear the occasional ballad or other solo piece. Most of the songs come from the British Isles and North America but we welcome songs from other traditions as well contemporary classics that follow the traditional idiom.
For more information about the Trad Song session, including a brief discussion of what makes a song “traditional”, see shantyman.ca/TradSing or call David 613-355-5552.
The Barley Mow
79 Little Bridge Street, Almonte
dave@barleymow.com
613-256-5669
barleymow.com/

Syrian refugees to reunite with siblings in Almonte

Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 01:09 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

By Sam Cooley
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

With the help of citizen and church groups, two Syrian refugee families who settled in Almonte may soon be re-united with the relatives they left behind—all within Mississippi Mills.

Though they come from different parts of Syria and are of a different faith, the Jarous and Mustafa families both fled their homes and escaped a civil war to eventually re-settle in Almonte. With two children in tow, they uprooted their lives and crossed the border into neighbouring countries, where they spent years living with no home before they were sponsored by local citizen and church groups.

These days, the Jarous and Mustafa families are living in Almonte where they’ve begun learning English and have jump-started the professions they had in their home countries.

Radwan Mustafa has a driver’s licence and has begun work as an upholsterer and Khedr Jarous has established himself at the Almonte Farmer’s Market.

According to James Moore, a lead organizer for the Holy Name of Mary sponsorship group responsible for helping the Jarous’ resettle, Jarous has recently opened a catering business, called Jessica’s Syrian food, named after his daughter. He’s been supplying the local population with a form of Middle Eastern cuisine that has arguably never been produced nor consumed within Lanark County.

“In fact, he’s the star attraction. [Jarous] is an expert in Syrian and Lebanese appetizers, in which there are thousands,” said James Moore, a lead organizer for the Holy Name of Mary sponsorship group responsible for helping the Jarous’ resettle.

Before the Jarous’ packed their bags and escaped Syria, they were living in a suburb of Homs, Syria, a major city that was devastated during the war. The first few years of their children’s lives were spent fleeing war and living in neighbouring Lebanon as refugees.

“Their first days of school are in Canada and it’s going really well,” Moore said.

Both families have been learning English since the beginning of the year. Two translators have also been available to help the families manoeuvre the more complex elements of living in a town that, for the part, doesn’t know Arabic. Unfortunately interviews with the families and interpreters could not be arranged in advance for this story.

A full year ago, a total of four church and citizen groups in Mississippi Mills came together with the intention of each sponsoring a refugee family independently. Only two groups immediately succeeded, and they have since used their connections to facilitate the re-settlement of the Jarous and Mustafa families’ siblings.

In this way, local groups have turned major bureaucratic setbacks into a success story. Dozens of volunteers donated to charity, gathered furniture, rented or bought buildings only to find out nobody was going to show up.

“We completed the paperwork and everything and found out (the refugees) changed their mind and decided not to come to Canada,” said Cathy Reside, a member of the Sponsorship and Resettlement committee of Mississippi Mills. “It was very disappointing…we were back to square one.”

All the groups have since combined forces and have moved on to sponsor the brothers and sisters of the Jarous’ and Mustafa’s. Khedr’s sister has similarly been displaced, and soon she may be living in Almonte as well. Likewise, Radwan and Amal Mustafa both have siblings who are married to each other, and local charity groups are sponsoring that family as well.

“The Mustafa family is Muslim, (Jarous is) Catholic. Over in the Middle East, as you know, they don’t get along. Here in Almonte, they’re getting along just fine,” said Moore, who added that the families talk to each other during language courses, which are taught locally.

Hunger Stop food bank to host chef challenge fundraiser Sept. 19 – 21

Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Submitted
editiorial@pdgmedia.ca

Across Canada, one in 10 people do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food Banks Canada has designated Sept. 19 to Sept. 23 has Hunger Awareness Week.
Almost 700 people (from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith) use the Lanark County food bank, The Hunger Stop, every month. Thirty-six per cent of those people are children and over 8 per cent are seniors. The Hunger Stop is having a Master Chef Cook Off during Hunger Awareness week to bring attention to the needs of those less fortunate and help fund efforts within the community. All funds go towards the purchase of perishables such as milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese and meat.

The event will be held on Sept.19, Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the community kitchen, upstairs at Mitchell’s Independent Grocer (455 McNeely Ave., Carleton Place). Each night a different well-known area chef will be performing.

Each chef will “shop” at the Food Bank two hours before heading to the test kitchen. The chef will only be allowed to select the quantity and type of items that are allowed for a family of four. Each chef will receive one pound of meat for the entrée and some fresh produce (if available).

The challenge is to create a three-course meal (and anything else they choose) in the time allotted, using the ingredients from the food bank.

Come find out how to use basic, simple ingredients to create a tasty, amazing meal. Learn cheats, substitutions, and innovative ways to stretch your grocery dollar. Audience interaction is encouraged.

On Sept. 19, Roger Weldon from Generations Inn in Beckwith will be taking the spotlight, with Rob Slack from Slackoni’s in Carleton Place on Sept. 20, and Wendy Barbaro from Mill Street Crepe Company in Almonte on Sept. 21.

Admission by monetary donation.

The Hunger Stop is also running an online silent auction. Please check out the list of auction items at http://bit.ly/2bbiY5a and place a bid.

Winners can collect their items from the Hunger Stop at 5 Allan St in Carleton Place the week of Sept.26 during open hours. Smaller Items can be shipped for additional cost – larger items must be picked up. Payment can be made in person by cash or cheque (made out to Lanark County Food Bank), or via secure online payment using PayPal (account not required). Items will be available for viewing starting Sept. 5.
The Hunger Stop greatly appreciates the support of Mitchell’s Independent Grocer for the use of their kitchen and their support.

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Photo Credits: Submitted

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: September 16 – 18

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 09:09 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: September 16 – 18

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Almonte Farmers’ Market

The first market was held in the library parking lot in 1990 and remains there to this day. It operates from May to October, Saturday mornings from 9-12. Items available include in-season fruits and veggies, perennials, and other locally grown items, flowers, baked good, woodworking and other handcrafted items like knitting and sewing, preserves, berries, organic meat, honey, etc.
Public Library, Almonte
www.almontefarmersmarket.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Apple Pie Fest

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Did you know that the charming village of Appleton was originally known as Apple Tree Falls in honour of the abundance of apple trees growing along the banks of the Mississippi River? Celebrate the village’s namesake by joining us for a slice of delicious apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Check out the classic cars and take a stroll through the Museum’s collection. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available for purchase at the Museum or at Baker Bob’s in Almonte. All funds raised will go towards the Museum’s sustainability.
For more information, contact the Museum: 613-257-8503
www.northlanarkregionalmuseum.com/NLRM_events.html
appletonmuseum@hotmail.com

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: September 9 – 11

Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 02:09 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: September 9 – 11

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Almonte Farmers’ Market

The first market was held in the library parking lot in 1990, and remains there to this day. It operates from May to October, Saturday mornings from 9-12. Items available include in season fruits and veggies, perennials, and other locally grown items, flowers, baked good, woodworking and other hand crafted items like knitting and sewing, preserves, berries, organic meat, honey, etc.
Public Library, Almonte
www.almontefarmersmarket.com

Cheerfully Made – Food and Drink Market

The Almonte Food and Drink Show (formerly Harvest Food + Drink) will feature approximately 40 of the areas best food and drink makers in one great space. Live music, a demo stage and more. Advance tickets $20 each. $25 at the door.
72 Mill Street, Almonte
info@cheerfullymade.com
613-461-MADE (6233)
www.cheerfullymade.com

Mississippi Mills River Run & Walk

Join hundreds of runners in a unique setting in Almonte, Ontario that showcases the beauty of this historic town and its local fairgrounds. Live music, local food, participation medals, prizes and more. Be a part of it. Walk or run to support the Almonte General Hospital – Fairview Manor Foundation and join us where Fit Meets Fun for a Cause!
Events
3 km Recreational Route (Non Timed Event – Run, Walk, Roll, Wheelchair, Walker, etc.)
3 km walk / run (Timed Event)
5 km walk / run (Timed Event)
10 km run / walk (Timed Event)
*NEW this year! 3 km Zombie OUT-Run
Schedule
9:00 am: 3 km Recreational
8:55 am: 3 km Timed Event
8:45 am: 5 km Timed Event
8:30 am: 10 km Timed Event
10:45 am: 3 km Zombie Run (Not Timed)
Live Music: 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
Face-painting and bouncy castle 8 am to noon.
Balloon Artist: 9 am to 11 am
Awards for all events at 10:30 am
Almonte General Hospital
75 spring Street, Almonte
819-360-2529
dayna@aegleevents.com

The Scotiabank Mississippi Mills River Walk & Run

21st Annual Fibrefest

Mark the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2016 on your calendars because you won’t want to miss the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 21st annual Fibrefest. The two-day festival of textiles and fibre arts will end this year with a Lamb Race. At 4 pm on September 11th, hundreds of wooden lambs will be thrown over the main falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three lambs to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes. Tickets for the race will be on sale at the Museum well ahead of the event.
At two locations — the Museum, and the Almonte Arena,—visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits—a full two-day festival of fibre arts! Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.
That’s My Style, vintage clothing show and sale will have a large number of vintage clothing dealers will again give patrons the opportunity to enjoy and purchase a huge variety of vintage fashions in one location.
The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will again be providing tea room services, featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches all available at a reasonable price.
Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond Street East, Almonte
613.256.3754
curator@mvtm.ca
www.mvtm.ca

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

21st Annual Fibrefest

Mark the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2016 on your calendars because you won’t want to miss the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 21st annual Fibrefest. The two-day festival of textiles and fibre arts will end this year with a Lamb Race. At 4 pm on September 11th, hundreds of wooden lambs will be thrown over the main falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three lambs to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes. Tickets for the race will be on sale at the Museum well ahead of the event.
At two locations — the Museum, and the Almonte Arena,—visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits—a full two-day festival of fibre arts! Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.
That’s My Style, vintage clothing show and sale will have a large number of vintage clothing dealers will again give patrons the opportunity to enjoy and purchase a huge variety of vintage fashions in one location.
The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will again be providing tea room services, featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches all available at a reasonable price.
Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond Street East, Almonte
613.256.3754
curator@mvtm.ca
www.mvtm.ca









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Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: November 4 – 6

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 09:11 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: November 4 – 6

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Meet the Artist: Jack Martin

5:00pm – 8:00pm
Jack Martin’s first-ever art show and his paintings will hang for the month. The following is a lovely piece written by Jack’s daughter, Deirdre McKennirey: “My father’s art studio was always a place of magic and wonder — one we were not supposed to enter. As young girls, we would stand in the doorway and eye the stacks of canvasses, deer racks, rabbit skins, tons of clipped and ragged magazine articles, rocks, cars he’d modelled from Plasticine, the occasional pin-up, military books — anything that caught his fancy. Lots of paints — tubes and brushes in all colours and sizes. “For me, the power of a painting lies in its transportive qualities. My favourite painting of his hangs in our living room where — without fail — it draws people in. Visitors comment on the painting often — on its serene quality, its beauty and sense of place. Then they continue: they talk of how it makes them feel, where the image takes their thoughts… That is the energy of a good painting. It takes you places.”
Carriageway Studios
65 Mill St.
613-624-5104

Rosemary Leach’s 10th annual open studio

5:00pm – 8:00pm
Rosemary Leach is an artist based in Almonte Ontario. She will be turning her house into a gallery and opening her studio doors to the public, celebrating having done 10 000 hours of painting and her 10th annual open studio.
About her and her work: Her paintings are about her longing to move to a quieter internal place. She is longing for places and imagery that slows life down. Rosemary paints because she needs to. Her subject matter is warm and celebrates a contemplative mindset. Ideas come to her while chopping onions. Her studio is next to her kitchen, and She is always back and forth. Rosemary will put down her paintbrush, go into the kitchen to chop an onion and return to her work to find the answers are clear: that area needs a brighter white.
Rosemary and her husband author Jacob Berkowitz moved to the Almonte area 19 years ago because they thought this would be a great community in which to raise their kids and pursue their passions. The Almonte community has been hugely supportive of Rosemary over the decades.
Please come out this weekend to see Rosemary’s works of art.
255 William Street,
Almonte, Ontario
613.256.7719
www.rosemaryleach.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5

Rosemary Leach’s 10th annual open studio

10:00am – 4:00pm
Rosemary Leach is an artist based in Almonte Ontario. She will be turning her house into a gallery and opening her studio doors to the public, celebrating having done 10 000 hours of painting and her 10th annual open studio.
About her and her work: Her paintings are about her longing to move to a quieter internal place. She is longing for places and imagery that slows life down. Rosemary paints because she needs to. Her subject matter is warm and celebrates a contemplative mindset. Ideas come to her while chopping onions. Her studio is next to her kitchen, and She is always back and forth. Rosemary will put down her paintbrush, go into the kitchen to chop an onion and return to her work to find the answers are clear: that area needs a brighter white.
Rosemary and her husband author Jacob Berkowitz moved to the Almonte area 19 years ago because they thought this would be a great community in which to raise their kids and pursue their passions. The Almonte community has been hugely supportive of Rosemary over the decades.
Please come out this weekend to see Rosemary’s works of art.
255 William Street,
Almonte, Ontario
613.256.7719
www.rosemaryleach.com

Christmas Pottery Sale

November 5 @ 10:00am- November 6 @ 4:00pm
GET AHEAD OF THE X-MAS RUSH! From mugs, giant bowls and decorative casseroles to sculptures, masks and Celtic décor…Our talented members have come together to present a large and unique selection of quality pottery. All under one roof!
Almonte Potters Guild
95 Bridge St.
613-256-5556
almontepottersguild.com

Light Up The Night Fundraiser Sale

10:00am – 4:00m
Vendors include Light Up The Night hat pre-sales, Cedar Hill Sunday School CHEO fundraiser, Christmas Decorations, Silver Jewellery Imports, handmade signage, and much more.
Almonte Community Centre
182 Bridge St.

Cheerfully Made Holiday Market

10:00am – 4:00pm
40+ vendors; different each day. See website (markets.cheerfullymade.com/maker-profiles) for vendor listings each day, so you can decide which day you want to go (and you know the answer to that question will be “oh I’ll just go both days!”). $2 entry fee and free for 16 and under.
Almonte Old Town Hall
14 Bridge St.
cheerfullymade.com

Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show

10:00am – 4:00pm
A juried selection of crafters and bakers will be presenting their work in a relaxed, friendly and festive atmosphere. The Valley Artisan Show strives to bring in new vendors, as well as old favourites, to give you a wide variety of handcrafted works: presents for the special people on your shopping list, great items to include in gift baskets, and even some special treats for yourself! Gifts include sun-catching stained and fused glass, leather bags and purses, rustic pottery in many forms, scented soaps and scrubs, maple products and gift baskets, folksy painted reclaimed ceramics and containers, local photography in cards and puzzles, canes and walking sticks created from tree branches, beeswax candles and flavoured honey, things knitted and sewn, and repurposed silver-plated jewellery as well as wire wrapped pendants. Delicious cakes, cookies and sweet confections, framed intricate miniature quilts, books for children, and decorative and useful woodworking items are still further examples of what you will find at this popular Almonte Christmas sale. The Lanark Animal Welfare Society will also be taking donations of tinned dog or cat food, loose change, paper towels and more — check their wish list at . As always, admission and parking are free.
Almonte Community Centre Upper Hall,
613.256.4207
www.valleyartisanshow.blogspot.ca
www.facebook.com/Christmas-in-the-Valley-Artisan-Show-November

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Rosemary Leach’s 10th annual open studio

10:00am – 4:00pm
Rosemary Leach is an artist based in Almonte Ontario. She will be turning her house into a gallery and opening her studio doors to the public, celebrating having done 10 000 hours of painting and her 10th annual open studio.
About her and her work: Her paintings are about her longing to move to a quieter internal place. She is longing for places and imagery that slows life down. Rosemary paints because she needs to. Her subject matter is warm and celebrates a contemplative mindset. Ideas come to her while chopping onions. Her studio is next to her kitchen, and She is always back and forth. Rosemary will put down her paintbrush, go into the kitchen to chop an onion and return to her work to find the answers are clear: that area needs a brighter white.
Rosemary and her husband author Jacob Berkowitz moved to the Almonte area 19 years ago because they thought this would be a great community in which to raise their kids and pursue their passions. The Almonte community has been hugely supportive of Rosemary over the decades.
Please come out this weekend to see Rosemary’s works of art.
255 William Street,
Almonte, Ontario
613.256.7719
www.rosemaryleach.com

Christmas Pottery Sale

November 5 @ 10:00am- November 6 @ 4:00pm
GET AHEAD OF THE X-MAS RUSH! From mugs, giant bowls and decorative casseroles to sculptures, masks and Celtic décor…Our talented members have come together to present a large and unique selection of quality pottery. All under one roof!
Almonte Potters Guild
95 Bridge St.
613-256-5556
almontepottersguild.com

Light Up The Night Fundraiser Sale

10:00am – 4:00m
Vendors include Light Up The Night hat pre-sales, Cedar Hill Sunday School CHEO fundraiser, Christmas Decorations, Silver Jewellery Imports, handmade signage, and much more.
Almonte Community Centre
182 Bridge St.

Cheerfully Made Holiday Market

10:00am – 4:00pm
40+ vendors; different each day. See website (markets.cheerfullymade.com/maker-profiles) for vendor listings each day, so you can decide which day you want to go (and you know the answer to that question will be “oh I’ll just go both days!”). $2 entry fee and free for 16 and under.
Almonte Old Town Hall
14 Bridge St.
cheerfullymade.com

Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show

10:00am – 4:00pm
A juried selection of crafters and bakers will be presenting their work in a relaxed, friendly and festive atmosphere. The Valley Artisan Show strives to bring in new vendors, as well as old favourites, to give you a wide variety of handcrafted works: presents for the special people on your shopping list, great items to include in gift baskets, and even some special treats for yourself! Gifts include sun-catching stained and fused glass, leather bags and purses, rustic pottery in many forms, scented soaps and scrubs, maple products and gift baskets, folksy painted reclaimed ceramics and containers, local photography in cards and puzzles, canes and walking sticks created from tree branches, beeswax candles and flavoured honey, things knitted and sewn, and repurposed silver-plated jewellery as well as wire wrapped pendants. Delicious cakes, cookies and sweet confections, framed intricate miniature quilts, books for children, and decorative and useful woodworking items are still further examples of what you will find at this popular Almonte Christmas sale. The Lanark Animal Welfare Society will also be taking donations of tinned dog or cat food, loose change, paper towels and more — check their wish list at . As always, admission and parking are free.
Almonte Community Centre Upper Hall,
613.256.4207
www.valleyartisanshow.blogspot.ca
www.facebook.com/Christmas-in-the-Valley-Artisan-Show-November

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: October 28 – 30

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 02:10 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: October 28 – 30

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

Almonte Lectures: Social Work

8:00pm
Colleen Lundy, What is social work? A Canadian History. Cost: free; donations accepted.
Almonte United Church
106 Elgin St., Almonte
almontelectures.net

SATURDAY,OCTOBER 29

Zombie Walk for Hunger

10:00am
2km walk to benefit Lanark County Food Bank, Soi Dog Foundation and Country Cat Sanctuary. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. Registration will take place from 10–10:45am, and the walk will begin at 11am. Register early, as Alliance Coin & Banknote — the Official Bankers of the Apocalypse — will give a Zombuck coin to the first one hundred registrants. There will be a prize awarded to the person who collects the most in pledges, special prizes for the best male, female, and child zombie, and one for the best zombie family (chosen by other participants), plus several other door prizes. Cost: $10
Almonte Community Centre
182 Bridge St. Almonte
hgadbois@sympatico.ca
www.facebook.com/almontezombiewalk

Fall Tea & Bazaar

1:00pm – 3:00pm
St. Mary’s Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Almonte is hosting its annual Fall Tea and Bazaar at the Civitan Hall in Almonte. Visit their tearoom and shop for arts and crafts, jewellery, dishes, home-baked goods, and books. Buy raffle tickets and spin the wheel for prizes.
Almonte Civitan Hall
500 Almonte St., Almonte
613-257–8660

Potluck & Talent Show

6:00pm
Bring along your tastiest main course, salad or dessert, and your own dishes and cutlery, so we can avoid the use of disposables. Dinner begins promptly at 6pm and the show begins about 7:30. Admission is free, but of course donations for the upkeep of the hall are always welcome.
Union Hall
1984 Wolf Grove Rd. at Tatlock Rd., Mississippi Mills
camponi@storm.ca
613-256-2277

Almonte in Praise!

7:30pm
Choirs from Almonte churches will perform separately, as well as singing songs together as a massed choir.
Holy Name of Mary Church
134 Bridge St., Almonte
office@holynameofmaryparish.com
613-256-1034
www.holynameofmaryparish.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30

Howl’oween Dog Costume Parade

3:30pm
3pm registration. Presented by Silver Poodle.
Gemmill Park Behind Community Ctr
182 Bridge St., Almonte
613-256-3495

Community potluck, talent show at Union Hall in Almonte

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca 

Councillor Val Wilkinson announced the upcoming community potluck and talent show at Union Hall in Almonte on Oct. 29, 2016 at the Mississippi Mills council meeting on Oct. 18.

“It’s a great community event for the whole family,” Wilkinson says. “If you’ve never been to a rural event, this is a great place to go,” she said.

Wilkinson says the event encourages the community to come together to share their food and talents, whether it’s dancing, singing, poetry, playing an instrument and more. The talent show features a line up of performers from Mississippi Mills and Lanark Highlands, Wilkinson says.

Bring your friends and family – and don’t forget your fork, knife, and plate. “I was there last year and it was great,” says Mayor Shawn McLaughlin.

To attend the event and share your talent, contact Val Wilkinson at (613) 256-2064.

 

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: October 14 – 16

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 01:10 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: October 14 – 16

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


SATURDAY,OCTOBER 15

4th Annual Mill Workers’ Reunion

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Did you or a family member work in one of the textile mills along the Mississippi River? Did you have a job there as a summer student? If so, we hope you’ll come share your memories with others at the 4th Annual Mill Workers’ event to be held at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. It doesn’t matter at which mill you or a family member worked. We’d love to have you join us! At the reunion, learn about the proposed extension to the Almonte Riverwalk and the mill workers’ staircase… get a sneak preview of the contents of the 1880 time capsule recently found at the former Rosamond No.1 Mill (now Millfall Condominiums). This year’s event will also feature Celtic and valley tunes by Ron Caron and the Barrhaven Fiddleheads along with delicious refreshments. Enjoy chatting with other former workers or their families and sharing reminiscences of earlier times. Please bring along any photos or artifacts to share.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond St. E., Almonte
Call 613 256-3754 for further information.
mvtm.ca/?event=4th-annual-mill-workers-reunion&event_date=2016-10-15
curator@mvtm.ca

AiC: Piano Chameleons w/Oliver Jones at Almonte Old Town Hall

7:30pm
Almonte in Concert’s first concert of the 2016-17 season. Two pianos clash, speak, and complete each other in a fusion of classical and jazz music with the electrifying duo-duel of Matt Herskowitz and John Roney. Jazz legend Oliver Jones, who embarks on his ultimate farewell tour, joins them as their special guest. Tickets available online, by mail, at Mill Street Books, at door (if available) $30/$15; series available.
Almonte Old Town Hall
14 Bridge St., Almonte
almonteinconcert.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

Meet the Artists: Marney McDiarmid/Jacob Rolfe at General Fine Craft, Art & Design

1:00am – 3:00pm
From Oct 4 to Nov 13, the gallery will be featuring the hand-built ceramics of Marney McDiarmid, and Jacob Rolfe’s silkscreen prints. Marney lives, and maintains an active studio and teaching practice, in Kingston, Ontario. She’s been working with clay since the mid-1990s and is largely self-taught. Jacob is a Nova Scotia-based artist well known for his illustrative prints that depict some of life’s important issues like literacy, the environment, organic farming, dreams and cats.
General Fine Craft, Art & Design
63 Mill St., Almonte
613-461-3463
generalfinecraft.com

Grand Opening/Meet the Artist at Sivarulrasa Studio & Gallery

2:00am – 5:00pm
New location. ‘Coming up for Air’ — a solo exhibition of fifteen breathtaking oil paintings by Toronto-based artist Mary Wong. Mary uses abstractions of the natural landscape to explore psychological and emotional states. Turbulent skies, water gushing over rocks, and intense sunsets all serve as metaphors for the beauty and turmoil of the human experience. Be there at 2pm to see Mississippi Mills Mayor Shaun McLaughlin cut the ribbon to officially open the new gallery space.
Sivarulrasa Studio & Gallery
34 Mill St., Almonte
info@sivarulrasa.com
613-293-2492
sivarulrasa.com

Book Launch: Kathy Sadler at Mill Street Books

3:00am – 5:00pm
Lost Your Car Keys is a collection of whimsical stories about lost keys, written to raise awareness and serve as a reminder to keep keys out of the hands of impaired drivers. This book is a tribute to her daughter, who tragically died in a hit and run alcohol-related crash. Proceeds to MADD & Cdn Diabetes Association.
Mill Street Books
52 Mill St., Almonte
613-256-9090
millstreetbooks.com

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: October 7 – 10

Friday, October 7, 2016 @ 06:10 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: October 7 – 10

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


SATURDAY,OCTOBER 8

Fire Department Open House

10:00am – 2:00pm
Fire Prevention Week come out and meet Sparky the fire dog and meet the firefighters. There will be a fire truck display, Sparky’s craft table, fire safety activities, junior firefighter obstacle course, fire hose target and a barbecue lunch. Free admission.
Mississippi Mills Fire Department, Fire Station #1
478 Almonte St, Almonte
millstonenews.com/2016/09/fire-department-open-house-october-8.html

Crown and Pumpkin

10:00am – 5:00pm
Over 45 artists/artisans at 19 stops. Their array of artists has grown with the addition of a paper relief artist, new glass artists, fibre artists, and printmakers, on top of the already impressive line-up of painters, jewellers, photographers, heritage farmers, potters, and décor upcyclers, as well as a pewterer, soapmaker, weaver, animal portraitist, milliner, book illustrator, maker of natural skin products, and Korean paper crafter.
Fluid coffee, Hummingbird chocolate, SweetCheeks gluten-free/vegan baking and maple syrup are also on the tour.
For more information contact Barbara Mullally: 613-256-3647
Crownandpumkin.com

Meet the Artist:Penny Rugs

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Penny rugs emerged in the mid-nineteenth century when thrifty homemakers used wool scraps from old clothing to create decorative table toppers, seat covers and rugs. The wool was boiled in water and, when dry, the felted wool was cut using coins as templates — hence the name. These were then stitched onto a cloth backing and embellished with embroidery. A penny would often be sewn in for luck.
Come and discover these wonderful pieces of folk art in Danielle Potvin’s exhibition “A Penny Rug”, which runs from October 4 to December 10 at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond St. E, Almonte
info@mvtm.ca
mvtm.ca
613-256-3754

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9

Crown and Pumpkin

10:00am – 5:00pm
Over 45 artists/artisans at 19 stops. Their array of artists has grown with the addition of a paper relief artist, new glass artists, fibre artists, and printmakers, on top of the already impressive line-up of painters, jewellers, photographers, heritage farmers, potters, and décor upcyclers, as well as a pewterer, soapmaker, weaver, animal portraitist, milliner, book illustrator, maker of natural skin products, and Korean paper crafter.
Fluid coffee, Hummingbird chocolate, SweetCheeks gluten-free/vegan baking and maple syrup are also on the tour.
For more information contact Barbara Mullally: 613-256-3647
Crownandpumkin.com

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

Crown and Pumpkin

10:00am – 5:00pm
Over 45 artists/artisans at 19 stops. Their array of artists has grown with the addition of a paper relief artist, new glass artists, fibre artists, and printmakers, on top of the already impressive line-up of painters, jewellers, photographers, heritage farmers, potters, and décor upcyclers, as well as a pewterer, soapmaker, weaver, animal portraitist, milliner, book illustrator, maker of natural skin products, and Korean paper crafter.
Fluid coffee, Hummingbird chocolate, SweetCheeks gluten-free/vegan baking and maple syrup are also on the tour.
For more information contact Barbara Mullally: 613-256-3647
Crownandpumkin.com

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: September 23 – 25

Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 03:09 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: September 23 – 25

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Kitchen Party w/Peggy Williams at Valley Food & Drink Co.

8:00pm – 11:00pm
Live music. Fundraiser for local food bank.
Valley Food & Drink Co.
729 Mill St., Calabogie
613-752-2676

Almonte Farmers’ Market

Mississippi Mills Public Library grounds, Almonte
www.almontefarmersmarket.ca

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

JazzNhouse: Anne Lewis Quartet

8:00pm
Buy tickets online. An email with address details will be sent to you.
Ottawa’s Anne Lewis is set to bring her passion, poise and powerful interpretations of jazz classics and original songs to the JazzNhouse concert series.
A versatile singer with a warm, deliberate intonation, Anne wraps her voice around every note and brings to the listener a rich, meaningful delivery of the songs she sings. Anne has performed at the TD Ottawa and Montreal Jazz Festivals; headlined at concerts at the National Arts Centre (NAC), Centrepointe and Great Canadian Theatres in Ottawa. She performs regularly at jazz venues and private functions throughout the Ottawa region.
The Anne Lewis Quartet has carefully selected songs that will inspire love, laughter and reflections of life. From sassy up-tempo swing, to sultry blues, to smooth and mellow, the evening will feature original songs and renditions of jazz standards made famous by the vocal jazz masters of years gone by.
Anne Lewis (vocals)
Jean-Pierre (JP) Allain (piano)
John Geggie (acoustic bass)
René Lavoie (saxophone & flute)
Cost $25
Pakenham, ON
arnie@jazzN.ca
Visit jazzn.ca/index.html for location and more information.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Trad Song Session at The Barley Mow

2:00pm – 4:00pm
The session follows the tradition of people gathering in a local pub to sing and play for their own pleasure. We emphasize simple traditional songs with choruses so that others can join in – work songs, sea shanties, old gospel tunes and the like – most often unaccompanied . The stronger singers lead and sing the verses and everyone joins in on the choruses.
To lead a song, you should pretty much know it by heart and the first couple of rounds are reserved for those who have prepared a chorus song. In later rounds, if there is time, we will hear the occasional ballad or other solo piece. Most of the songs come from the British Isles and North America but we welcome songs from other traditions as well contemporary classics that follow the traditional idiom.
For more information about the Trad Song session, including a brief discussion of what makes a song “traditional”, see shantyman.ca/TradSing or call David 613-355-5552.
The Barley Mow
79 Little Bridge Street, Almonte
dave@barleymow.com
613-256-5669
barleymow.com/

Syrian refugees to reunite with siblings in Almonte

Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 01:09 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

By Sam Cooley
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

With the help of citizen and church groups, two Syrian refugee families who settled in Almonte may soon be re-united with the relatives they left behind—all within Mississippi Mills.

Though they come from different parts of Syria and are of a different faith, the Jarous and Mustafa families both fled their homes and escaped a civil war to eventually re-settle in Almonte. With two children in tow, they uprooted their lives and crossed the border into neighbouring countries, where they spent years living with no home before they were sponsored by local citizen and church groups.

These days, the Jarous and Mustafa families are living in Almonte where they’ve begun learning English and have jump-started the professions they had in their home countries.

Radwan Mustafa has a driver’s licence and has begun work as an upholsterer and Khedr Jarous has established himself at the Almonte Farmer’s Market.

According to James Moore, a lead organizer for the Holy Name of Mary sponsorship group responsible for helping the Jarous’ resettle, Jarous has recently opened a catering business, called Jessica’s Syrian food, named after his daughter. He’s been supplying the local population with a form of Middle Eastern cuisine that has arguably never been produced nor consumed within Lanark County.

“In fact, he’s the star attraction. [Jarous] is an expert in Syrian and Lebanese appetizers, in which there are thousands,” said James Moore, a lead organizer for the Holy Name of Mary sponsorship group responsible for helping the Jarous’ resettle.

Before the Jarous’ packed their bags and escaped Syria, they were living in a suburb of Homs, Syria, a major city that was devastated during the war. The first few years of their children’s lives were spent fleeing war and living in neighbouring Lebanon as refugees.

“Their first days of school are in Canada and it’s going really well,” Moore said.

Both families have been learning English since the beginning of the year. Two translators have also been available to help the families manoeuvre the more complex elements of living in a town that, for the part, doesn’t know Arabic. Unfortunately interviews with the families and interpreters could not be arranged in advance for this story.

A full year ago, a total of four church and citizen groups in Mississippi Mills came together with the intention of each sponsoring a refugee family independently. Only two groups immediately succeeded, and they have since used their connections to facilitate the re-settlement of the Jarous and Mustafa families’ siblings.

In this way, local groups have turned major bureaucratic setbacks into a success story. Dozens of volunteers donated to charity, gathered furniture, rented or bought buildings only to find out nobody was going to show up.

“We completed the paperwork and everything and found out (the refugees) changed their mind and decided not to come to Canada,” said Cathy Reside, a member of the Sponsorship and Resettlement committee of Mississippi Mills. “It was very disappointing…we were back to square one.”

All the groups have since combined forces and have moved on to sponsor the brothers and sisters of the Jarous’ and Mustafa’s. Khedr’s sister has similarly been displaced, and soon she may be living in Almonte as well. Likewise, Radwan and Amal Mustafa both have siblings who are married to each other, and local charity groups are sponsoring that family as well.

“The Mustafa family is Muslim, (Jarous is) Catholic. Over in the Middle East, as you know, they don’t get along. Here in Almonte, they’re getting along just fine,” said Moore, who added that the families talk to each other during language courses, which are taught locally.

Hunger Stop food bank to host chef challenge fundraiser Sept. 19 – 21

Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

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editiorial@pdgmedia.ca

Across Canada, one in 10 people do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food Banks Canada has designated Sept. 19 to Sept. 23 has Hunger Awareness Week.
Almost 700 people (from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith) use the Lanark County food bank, The Hunger Stop, every month. Thirty-six per cent of those people are children and over 8 per cent are seniors. The Hunger Stop is having a Master Chef Cook Off during Hunger Awareness week to bring attention to the needs of those less fortunate and help fund efforts within the community. All funds go towards the purchase of perishables such as milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese and meat.

The event will be held on Sept.19, Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the community kitchen, upstairs at Mitchell’s Independent Grocer (455 McNeely Ave., Carleton Place). Each night a different well-known area chef will be performing.

Each chef will “shop” at the Food Bank two hours before heading to the test kitchen. The chef will only be allowed to select the quantity and type of items that are allowed for a family of four. Each chef will receive one pound of meat for the entrée and some fresh produce (if available).

The challenge is to create a three-course meal (and anything else they choose) in the time allotted, using the ingredients from the food bank.

Come find out how to use basic, simple ingredients to create a tasty, amazing meal. Learn cheats, substitutions, and innovative ways to stretch your grocery dollar. Audience interaction is encouraged.

On Sept. 19, Roger Weldon from Generations Inn in Beckwith will be taking the spotlight, with Rob Slack from Slackoni’s in Carleton Place on Sept. 20, and Wendy Barbaro from Mill Street Crepe Company in Almonte on Sept. 21.

Admission by monetary donation.

The Hunger Stop is also running an online silent auction. Please check out the list of auction items at http://bit.ly/2bbiY5a and place a bid.

Winners can collect their items from the Hunger Stop at 5 Allan St in Carleton Place the week of Sept.26 during open hours. Smaller Items can be shipped for additional cost – larger items must be picked up. Payment can be made in person by cash or cheque (made out to Lanark County Food Bank), or via secure online payment using PayPal (account not required). Items will be available for viewing starting Sept. 5.
The Hunger Stop greatly appreciates the support of Mitchell’s Independent Grocer for the use of their kitchen and their support.

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Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: September 16 – 18

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 09:09 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: September 16 – 18

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Almonte Farmers’ Market

The first market was held in the library parking lot in 1990 and remains there to this day. It operates from May to October, Saturday mornings from 9-12. Items available include in-season fruits and veggies, perennials, and other locally grown items, flowers, baked good, woodworking and other handcrafted items like knitting and sewing, preserves, berries, organic meat, honey, etc.
Public Library, Almonte
www.almontefarmersmarket.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Apple Pie Fest

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Did you know that the charming village of Appleton was originally known as Apple Tree Falls in honour of the abundance of apple trees growing along the banks of the Mississippi River? Celebrate the village’s namesake by joining us for a slice of delicious apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Check out the classic cars and take a stroll through the Museum’s collection. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available for purchase at the Museum or at Baker Bob’s in Almonte. All funds raised will go towards the Museum’s sustainability.
For more information, contact the Museum: 613-257-8503
www.northlanarkregionalmuseum.com/NLRM_events.html
appletonmuseum@hotmail.com

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: September 9 – 11

Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 02:09 AM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: September 9 – 11

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Almonte Farmers’ Market

The first market was held in the library parking lot in 1990, and remains there to this day. It operates from May to October, Saturday mornings from 9-12. Items available include in season fruits and veggies, perennials, and other locally grown items, flowers, baked good, woodworking and other hand crafted items like knitting and sewing, preserves, berries, organic meat, honey, etc.
Public Library, Almonte
www.almontefarmersmarket.com

Cheerfully Made – Food and Drink Market

The Almonte Food and Drink Show (formerly Harvest Food + Drink) will feature approximately 40 of the areas best food and drink makers in one great space. Live music, a demo stage and more. Advance tickets $20 each. $25 at the door.
72 Mill Street, Almonte
info@cheerfullymade.com
613-461-MADE (6233)
www.cheerfullymade.com

Mississippi Mills River Run & Walk

Join hundreds of runners in a unique setting in Almonte, Ontario that showcases the beauty of this historic town and its local fairgrounds. Live music, local food, participation medals, prizes and more. Be a part of it. Walk or run to support the Almonte General Hospital – Fairview Manor Foundation and join us where Fit Meets Fun for a Cause!
Events
3 km Recreational Route (Non Timed Event – Run, Walk, Roll, Wheelchair, Walker, etc.)
3 km walk / run (Timed Event)
5 km walk / run (Timed Event)
10 km run / walk (Timed Event)
*NEW this year! 3 km Zombie OUT-Run
Schedule
9:00 am: 3 km Recreational
8:55 am: 3 km Timed Event
8:45 am: 5 km Timed Event
8:30 am: 10 km Timed Event
10:45 am: 3 km Zombie Run (Not Timed)
Live Music: 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
Face-painting and bouncy castle 8 am to noon.
Balloon Artist: 9 am to 11 am
Awards for all events at 10:30 am
Almonte General Hospital
75 spring Street, Almonte
819-360-2529
dayna@aegleevents.com

The Scotiabank Mississippi Mills River Walk & Run

21st Annual Fibrefest

Mark the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2016 on your calendars because you won’t want to miss the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 21st annual Fibrefest. The two-day festival of textiles and fibre arts will end this year with a Lamb Race. At 4 pm on September 11th, hundreds of wooden lambs will be thrown over the main falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three lambs to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes. Tickets for the race will be on sale at the Museum well ahead of the event.
At two locations — the Museum, and the Almonte Arena,—visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits—a full two-day festival of fibre arts! Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.
That’s My Style, vintage clothing show and sale will have a large number of vintage clothing dealers will again give patrons the opportunity to enjoy and purchase a huge variety of vintage fashions in one location.
The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will again be providing tea room services, featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches all available at a reasonable price.
Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond Street East, Almonte
613.256.3754
curator@mvtm.ca
www.mvtm.ca

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

21st Annual Fibrefest

Mark the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2016 on your calendars because you won’t want to miss the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 21st annual Fibrefest. The two-day festival of textiles and fibre arts will end this year with a Lamb Race. At 4 pm on September 11th, hundreds of wooden lambs will be thrown over the main falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three lambs to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes. Tickets for the race will be on sale at the Museum well ahead of the event.
At two locations — the Museum, and the Almonte Arena,—visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits—a full two-day festival of fibre arts! Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.
That’s My Style, vintage clothing show and sale will have a large number of vintage clothing dealers will again give patrons the opportunity to enjoy and purchase a huge variety of vintage fashions in one location.
The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will again be providing tea room services, featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches all available at a reasonable price.
Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond Street East, Almonte
613.256.3754
curator@mvtm.ca
www.mvtm.ca

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