MUST TIME TRAVEL
When was the last time you put in a day at the grist mill? How are those spinning and weaving skills coming along? And your abacus technique? Lang Pioneer Village Museum, near Keene, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer and invites visitors to experience pioneer life on a 25-acre site that includes 30 restored and recreated 19th century buildings.
Costumed interpreters stay in character while they go about their daily chores and you are free to ask them questions about their lives and hardships. The Village opened in August, 1967 to preserve the heritage of Peterborough County. It’s a jewel north of Rice Lake, a more intimate version of Upper Canada Village. Events this summer include: The Annual Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show (June 18), Historic Dominion Day (July 1) and the Annual Transportation Day Car & Motorcycle Show (July 9).
MUST SAVE LIVES
One day, that’s all it takes. We can all carve out a day to learn the basics of first aid and CPR, and it can make the difference between stepping in to help in a crisis and being an impotent bystander. St. John Ambulance offers many courses of varying lengths (Marine, Wilderness, Mental Health, etc.), but its one-day, $95 Emergency First Aid CPR A + AED (automated external defibrillation) covers the basics of first aid and CPR training and you get a certificate valid for three years when you finish. There are numerous training locations across the region. Just go to sja.ca and click on “Find a course and register”. St. John Ambulance First Aid Courses, sja.ca
Today, Cobourg is known for Victoria Hall and the fabulous beach that attracts thousands of people to its expansive sand and clean water every summer. But the waterfront was not always so pristine. There’s a new online exhibit of the harbour that simply and eloquently charts its evolution, including descriptive nuggets like these: “It was not until 1818 that the area received its present name, in honour of the marriage of Princess Charlotte of Wales to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld…In 1829 the Legislature of the Province of Upper Canada passed a bill allowing construction of a wharf in Cobourg, and the joint stock Cobourg Harbour Company was soon created…The 1910s and 20s were the most successful for the ferries. They carried 70,000 passengers per season during this time. In 1925 they loaded and ferried 12,863 coal cars.”
Volunteers Richard Looye and Stanley Isherwood began work on this project two years ago and it is part of the larger Virtual Museum of Canada project. With stories, video and historical images, it’s definitely worth clicking through to better understand how Cobourg came into being.
Virtual Museum of Cobourg Harbour
photograph Library and Archives Canada, Reproduction Copy No. C-011865
We all know 911 and many of us have heard of 311 for services in Toronto, but how about 211? It’s a new helpline (and website) that takes the pain and frustration out of navigating the more than 60,000 community and social service agencies across Ontario. You can get the information you need quickly, 24 hours a day and in 100 languages! Let’s say you’re worried your teenager is descending into drug addiction. Call 211 and you’ll get a competent, receptive voice on the other end who can refer you to the appropriate supports. If you have access to the Internet, go to 211ontario.ca where you’ll be guided to helpful resources. For example, typing in “Addiction Help, Cobourg” produces a list of 10 agencies – from methadone clinics to counselling services. There are also animated videos on the site to explain how it works.
Call 211 or visit 211ontario.ca, 24 hours a day
The old Land Registry Office in Colborne with the arresting yellow sculpture out front is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the Colborne Art Gallery. Founded in the spring of 1997, the gallery operates as an artists’ collective run by the artists themselves on a volunteer basis – including minding the gallery on a rotating basis, usually once a month.
Members include painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors and other visual artists, and each can contribute work to group shows eight times a year and have a solo show on a rotating basis. The 20th Anniversary Exhibition and the 2nd Annual Northumberland Youth Art Exhibition run from May 27 to July 2. And The Fifth Annual Juried Show runs from July 8 to August 13 and is open to all emerging and established artists except Gallery members.
Colborne Art Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibit
Three Totems by Lorelyn Morgan
Undo your top button and roll up your sleeves for the Classical Unbound Festival, chamber music presented in intimate and unusual spaces across Prince Edward County from August 18- 27. A Steinway piano in a winery barn, a brass quintet in a wildflower field, these are just a couple of the things you can experience in this seven-concert, multi-sensory series. The musicians are top notch and the repertoire includes traditional favourites plus works by living Canadian composers. Think The Art of Time Ensemble meets the County. A new landscape of music, food and wine.
Classical Unbound Festival, Prince Edward County
Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 27
For concert details, prices and locations, go to classicalunbound.com