Canadian “National Treasure” Lorne Elliott Live at the Royal Theatre

 

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Written June 8, 2018

(Gananoque, ON)  For more than 40 years, Canadians have been turning out to listen to the wit and wisdom of Lorne Elliott, homegrown comic/musician extraordinaire. Well, maybe not wisdom, but definitely good old fashioned home grown humour.

For three great nights (and one afternoon matinee) he has brought that well-loved style to Gananoque for fans old, new and yet-to-be to enjoy at the Royal Theatre. Last evening’s performance of “Collected Mistakes” was an intimate show treating everyone to a well mixed collection of stories and music familiar to the ear and still welcome to the heart. Continue reading

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2 Pianos 4 Hands leaves everyone wanting more

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Written May 27, 2018

(Gananoque, ON) They’re lurking out there, somewhere in Canada – kids with big dreams, kids who are going to make it all the way to super stardom, and by gum they’re going to do it with their own greatest God given talents.  The future can be nothing but rosy for the next great Canadian classical pianists.

“‘2 Pianos 4 Hands’ is the riotous tale of two Canadian boys, Ted and Richard, sharing the same goal: concert pianist stardom,” said the Thousand Islands Playhouse in a recent release.   “They work fervently towards their dream amidst pushy parents, eccentric teachers, hours of repetitive practice, stage fright, the agony of competitions, and the dream of greatness.  As they mature, Ted and Richard become more aware of the gap between the very good and the great, and come to the humbling realization that greatness may be out of their reach.” Continue reading

Have a Blast with Nature Camp at Landon Bay

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Originally written April 29, 2018

When we think of summer holidays, fondest childhood memories often centre on getting a chance to be in the great outdoors with other kids, playing and hiking and having campfires and doing all the great things that come from summer camp.  The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Camp sessions at Landon Bay give modern children the chance to share in that experience while picking up some great educational features along the way.  Operated by volunteers with a mandate (the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Foundation and its predecessor The Barbara Heck Foundation), the Nature Camp will be celebrating its 15th season.

“We are very proud of our camp as it allows kids to discover and connect with nature, a skill that is very much lacking in today’s youth,” said Dion Running, teacher at Thousand Islands Elementary School.  “I volunteer with John Macleod to run the Nature Camp at Landon Bay.  We want to share the exciting news that the camps are expanding and not just shifting as Parks Canada is currently re-developing Landon Bay – a re-development that the Nature Camp will be involved in.” Continue reading

Signs of the Times – Gananoque Pays Homage to Late MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

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Throughout Gananoque, Ontario, people shared their sorrow at the loss of MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, by displaying his campaign signs with a tasteful “Thank You!” placed in the upper left hand corner.  Signs have appeared in businesses and on private residences, all respectfully mourning  MP Brown who died of an apparent heart attack on May 2, 2018, at the age of 57.

(Originally written May 5, 2018)

(Gananoque,ON)

As Gananoque and area grieve over the loss of MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, they have decided to make a quiet but very public display of their respect for him by putting his campaign signs out on their lawns with a simple “thank you” added at the top.  Originated by Christine Milks, the idea has spread like wildfire. Continue reading

1,000 Islands Writers Festival fills Gananoque with all kinds of readers and writers

(Gananoque, ON)  Once upon a time there was a little town in southeastern Ontario called Gananoque.  One beautiful day, a tiny seed of an idea was planted in the minds of some literary minded folks.  Before too long, that seed sprouted, took root and grew into the 1,000 Islands Writers Festival.

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“Established in 2015 as the Gananoque Literary Festival and renamed in 2017 as it evolved to encompass the wider 1000 Island region, the event is a celebration of books, the literary arts and the creative process that aims to foster the discovery and enjoyment of reading and writing by bringing leading Canadian authors and their audiences together in relaxed and intimate conversational settings,” said Pam Hudson, Artistic Director of the festival.   Continue reading

“Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” – Humorous drama at Firehall Theatre

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Written August 13, 2017

(Gananoque, ON)

It isn’t easy to talk about the past, especially about events that are painful to all involved.  It can be even more difficult to look at it with laughter and light, turning tragedy into a comedy that can reach all people.  However, Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor has done exactly that with “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth”. Continue reading

Smooth Sailing as Rotary Club of Gananoque Makes Donation to Camp Merrywood

 

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Written August 4, 2017

(Perth ON)

There is a lot of joyful noise rising out of Camp Merrywood, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.  An Easter Seals camp located near Perth, it takes 72 very special campers per ten day session, and always finds itself filled to capacity with bright, eager participants.  While about 95 percent of campers come from Ontario, many also come from Newfoundland, and the occasional international camper joins the group.  While the campers may have conditions like spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or a host of other daunting physical conditions, during their time at Merrywood they are simply kids out to have a great time in a wonderful environment. Continue reading

OPP seek public help in solving 40-year-old cold case

 

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Three dimensional clay facial reconstruction of Nation River Lady created by OPP Forensic Artist/Reconstruction Analyst, Provincial Constable Duncan Way using advanced modern technology (courtesy of OPP gleaned from their official video)

 

Written on August 1, 2017

(Ontario, Canada) A farmer living south of the Town of Casselman, Ontario, made a grisly discovery on May 3, 1975.  A short distance from the Highway 417 Bridge the remains of a Caucasian woman somewhere between 25 and 50 years old, of a height between 5’ 2” (157 cm) and 5” 3” (160 cm) tall, were lying in the Nation River.

Body location

Aerial view showing where the body was found

 

“Her body was wrapped with two pieces of green cloth, two towels – one depicting an Irish Toast and the second displaying multiple flowers,” says a news release from the OPP.  “Additionally, a J Cloth, black coaxial cable and a curtain rod runner were with the body.  Her hands and feet were bound with neckties; a blue tie with small Canada flag emblems known as ‘the Canadian tie’, a blue striped silk tie and a red tie with yellow patterns.” Continue reading

TI Playhouse 35th Anniversary Season Off to an Explosive Start with Boom!

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(Gananoque, ON)  We’re talkin’ ‘bout my generation…  about a whole lot of people’s generation.  Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Miller’s “Boom!” has hit the stage with all the wildness and complete abandon of the generation for whom it was named, and whether you are a “Baby Boomer” or not, you’re in for a great ride through one of the most turbulent 25 year periods in modern history. Continue reading