Spring into April

While the weather seems to have missed the memo, spring has indeed arrived. Rose coloured memories omit all the records of past spring storms we’ve experienced, but they’re part of spring. Just like the annual revving up of local events. Make no mistake there are arts and culture events the whole year through, but once we cross to April shower season ( or whatever form the precipitation takes) the quantity of events escalates. 

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One sure sign of spring is the annual Empty Bowls in support of Loaves & Fishes. This wonderful event combines the efforts of local potters and chefs in a fund-raiser with a twist. Your donation entitles you to a one of a kind bowl filled with delicious soup! The number of bowls are limited so get to Scotiabank to purchase a $25 ticket before quantities run out. If bowls have run out you can still support the cause with a $10 donation that gets you a bowl of soup, and there are plenty of tasty varieties. Given the cause and the weather soup sounds very appealing. Full details are on the poster.

As the weather improves you might be tempted to tour the back roads like I did with Gordon Beck, John Chambers, Phil Norton and Alan Hustak. Beck, Norton and Hustak are all alumni from the Montreal Gazette and we spent a bright, but cool St. Patrick’s day rambling about Leeds.

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Unsuspecting residents had a van full of mad photographers and a writer (I had to keep them honest!) descend on their properties. Here is a typical sight at a stop, with Phil, Gordon and Alan focusing on some local point of interest.

Image may contain: horse and outdoor  One of the stops was at Golden Moment Farms, where John and Norma Banford make maple syrup and breed Clydesdales and golden retrievers., one of whom was celebrating his birthday and appropriately named St. Patrick! For a full recap and lots more photos go to Leeds & Grenville Rural Landscapes Facebook page. Golden Moment will be taking part in this coming weekends Maple Syrup festival across the area.

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The Brockville Museum is staging a Pop-Up Museum of Slow Art at Brockville City Hall on Friday April 13th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Come out and support their efforts to introduce the Museum to a whole new audience, and if that means taking it to the streets, so be it!

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 Sunday April 8th from 2 to 4 pm Traditional Irish Music returns to Richard’s Coffeehouse. Enjoy a pastry, or sandwich with your choice of beverage and work off the calories tapping your toes!

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Finally, how about revisiting Brockville Culture Days 2017, Frankville style?! Bill Gibbons will be opening his AOG Gallery to the public and the sculpture garden surrounding the Gallery will be available for touring. Don’t remember the sculpture garden? Perhaps this will spur your memory…
Image may contain: one or more people, sky, outdoor and nature That’s just one of many art installations on the grounds. Plus Chris Banfalvi, metal sculptor and blacksmith will be on site.

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Not to mention a number of other surprises promised on the farm. Don’t miss out.

Talk again soon.