Perth Paints the Summer Spectacular! - theHumm July 2019

Perth Paints the Summer Spectacular! - theHumm July 2019

By John Pigeau

Perth is such a lovely town in the summer. Especially in the summer. There are so many fun and interesting things to do: cycling the old streets, paddling about in the restful Tay Basin, strolling through majestic Stewart Park, browsing all the wonderful shops in the picturesque downtown, and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the fine restaurants or enjoying a drink on a patio with a water view. It pretty much makes you wish July would last forever!

Antiquarians and sentimentalists might agree — all the good folks who come to town every summer in search for that one antique they just can’t do without. For them, the weekend of July 6 and 7 offers up a tremendous treat as the Perth Civitan Club hosts the 33rdannual Perth Antique Show and Sale.

This always fun and popular show is both indoors (for those with a fondness for air conditioning) and outdoors under tents. Dealers from far and wide will bring their finest antiques as well as popular retro, vintage and nostalgic collectibles, so there will be lots of wonderful items to see and enjoy and maybe purchase, if that certain something just happens to catch your eye. A Fonzie lunch box, say. Or a first-edition, mint-condition copy of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine.

There will be the mainstays for sale, of course: art, china, silvers, textiles, jewellery, tools and furniture, but you truly never know what to expect to find at this show. Every year is delightfully different, so expect to be joyfully surprised! Admission is $7, and the show runs from 10am to 4pm both days.  

The Perth Citizens’ Band continues its Summer Pops Concert Series with two shows this month: one on Thursday, July 11 and the other on Thursday, July 25. As always, they’ll be playing in the bandshell adjacent to Stewart Park. Bring a lawn chair, maybe a cold supper in a picnic basket, and enjoy. Both concerts begin at 7:30pm.

Need an excuse to get down to Fiddleheads Bar & Grill? I got one for you: Tom Watson will be playing an acoustic set there on Friday, July 12 at 9pm. His sets are varied, hopping genres — from rock, folk and alternative to East Coast and Irish — and always crowd pleasers. Watson is also playing CC’s on the Rideau on Saturday, July 20 from 5–8pm — in case you need an excuse to go there too.

Art lovers rejoice! The Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association (RLAA) presents its third annual art show and sale, called Paint the Summer, on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at the Perth campus of Algonquin College. More than forty talented artists will be displaying their work in oils, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media and batik. The show offers a great chance to meet the artists, chat about their ideas and inspirations, and perhaps find and fall in love with that truly original and gorgeous piece of art you just can’t do without.

Visitors can also vote for their favourite artwork from a collection themed Celebrate the Summer, and one artist’s work will win the People’s Choice Award. The RLAA is pleased to cultivate and support young emerging artists, so new this year is an exhibition of student art from local schools. Paint the Summer is also proud to support Lanark County Interval House. The show and sale run from 10am to 4pm both days. Parking and admission are free, and you can visit  for details.     

It’s hard to believe that the Stewart Park Festival is now in its 29th year, isn’t it? Well it is, and this first-class event has steadily become one of the premier music festivals in Ontario. It’s no wonder though — where else can you enjoy three free days of music in such a beautiful setting as Perth’s Stewart Park? There are so many fun and fantastic things to do as well — on top of the outdoor concerts — and the roster of talented musicians is always varied and impressive. It runs from July 19–21, and you can find out all about it at or on page 5 of this issue.

It’s officially summer. And you are craving ribs. Mouth-watering, scrumptious, fall-off-the-bone, ridiculously delicious, tender, tasty, smoked-and-barbecued ribs. Fear not your cravings, my hungry friends, for the Rotary Club of Perth has totally got you covered — they’ll be hosting their 5th annual Perth Ribfest Music Festival at Last Duel Park from July 26 to 28, and it’s going to be downright delectable.     

This popular festival features three days of live entertainment featuring local musicians; two celebrated ribbers; a slew of food and non-food vendors (including vegetarian options); locally brewed beer from the Perth Brewery and Weatherhead; a wine, cooler and spirits bar hosted to TopShelf Distillers; and car shows featuring some really cool antique and exotic rides. There will be a kid’s zone too, with face painting, slides and a climbing wall. Some lucky folks will win rib dinners and door prizes. 

Admission is by donation. The whole wingding kicks off on Friday, July 26 at 11am and wraps up Sunday evening at 7pm. Visit  for a detailed list of events. Things might get sticky, folks, so if you own bib overalls, well, don’t be afraid to show ’em off!


The Ladies’ Foursome
Teeing Up for July 4th Opening at Studio Theatre
- theHumm July 2019

By — Paul Joyce

It’s that time of year again, when the rattle of expensive metal is heard coming from car trunks and when spouses disappear for hours at a time, reappearing with sunburns, bug bites, and either smiles, scowls, or looks of quiet resignation.

Yes, it’s golf season.

For the final show of its 2018/19 series of plays, Studio Theatre Perth presents The Ladies’ Foursome, a Norm Foster comedy that will make you love the game, even if you, well, currently hate your game.



Stewart Park Festival 2019
Amazing Line-Up and So Much More!
- theHumm July 2019

From folk-rock powerhouses to a third-generation country star, the 2019 Stewart Park Festival line-up is set to be an unforgettable one.

The Small Glories and Kelly Prescott are just some of the names performing at the 28th annual festival taking place in Perth from July 19–21. Festival goers will also get to see Connie Kaldor, Élage Diouf, Shakura S’Aida, Keith Glass and Andy Irvine on stage.

After months of crafting the line-up, Artistic Director James Keelaghan says he’s th......


A House of Good Taste - theHumm July 2019

By Sebastian Weetabix

Like many things related to food (or at least food in our part of the world), the term “restaurant” originated in France. It originally applied to the fare (it was “restorative”), but by the 17th century it had come to mean an establishment where one could eat a meal and pay for it. Eating “out” as a common practice for common folk has its roots in travel and the need for refreshment en route. Those who provided it were, rightly, termed restorers or restaurateurs. Their establishments came......


The Arresting Art of Fred Fowler - theHumm July 2019

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

It’s invigorating to meet someone who challenges your subconscious prejudices. I was surprised to learn that Fred Fowler, outgoing President of the Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association, is a retired Toronto cop. There’s absolutely no reason an ex-cop can’t be a good artist, yet meeting him and seeing his eclectic art definitely expanded my awareness of the influence the mass media has on our preconceptions.

Acrylics, watercolours, oils, monotypes, photographs — Fowler wor......


Almonte House & Garden Tour
Fundraiser for the MVTMand Riverwalk Extension
- theHumm July 2019

Who doesn’t enjoy looking at other people’s homes and gardens? What better way to spend a summer day and get inspired!

On Saturday, July 27 from 10am to 5pm you’ll be able to tour seven of Almonte’s most interesting homes and three outstanding gardens. The tour is a fundraiser for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the extension of Almonte’s popular Riverwalk.

In the 1890s Almonte was a thriving mill town. Its six textile mills employed most of the town’s residents, with the ......


The Little Drama Club that Did
ADHS Scores Big at the Cappies Again
- theHumm July 2019

By — Pippa Norman is graduating from ADHS this year and will be going on to pursue a Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University next fall

Whoever coined the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” must have done so after attending a rehearsal for one of Almonte & District High School Drama Club’s plays. The village being Almonte, and the child being the play.

If you were to attend one of the rehearsals yourself, you would feel as if madness had descended upon you. Student actors fervidly run lines; community volunteers sew seams, drill screws and climb ladders; and director Jennifer Sheffield barrels around the room......


Determination and Resilience - theHumm July 2019

By Jill McCubbin

For the last few months, library news has focussed on the Ford government’s cuts to the Ontario Library Services Budget — and the dismantling of the inter-library loan (ILL) system. The “new norm......


Midsummer HerbFest
At the Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens
- theHumm July 2019

This year’s Ottawa Valley Midsummer HerbFest is being held on Sunday, July 28 from 9am to 4pm — rain or shine. The location is the Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in White Lake, just an ho......


Celtfest is Coming!
- theHumm July 2019

By — Susan Ryan

While we are not entirely sure where spring went, I think we can all agree that Summer 2019 has officially arrived. For many, this marks the beginning of a wonderful time of year with long-awaite......


Pride of Place
Carleton Place Pride Festival
- theHumm July 2019

Carleton Place resident and Pride organizer Byron Wilson is happy to announce that the town will be celebrating their second annual Pride Festival on Saturday, July 20 from 11am to 4pm at......


Stellar Summer Art Events - theHumm July 2019

By Miss Cellaneous

The Four Brushes’ Début

Looking for some new local talent in the art world? Why not come out and meet Dawn Fortin, Barbara Jordan, Linda Svarckopf and Christine Martin......


Festival of Small Halls 2019
Celebrating Big Canadian Music in Beloved Small Places
- theHumm July 2019

More halls — check. Big music — check. Magical moments and musical memories — you betcha.

The Ontario Festival of Small Halls plants inspired, decorated and mind-blowing artists into rural h......


A Country Studio Visit - theHumm July 2019

By — Susan Berlin

We will have summer by July, and summer means — among other things — studio visits. We’d love to have you come to see us on Saturday, July 20 from 10am to 4pm at the Fibre Work Studio, locat......


Coping with Stage Fright and Nervousness - theHumm July 2019

By Tony Stuart

There are incredible benefits that come with being a musician. However, this job has its side effects as well. According to studies, about twenty-five percent of the general population deals with......


Summer Entrepreneur Brings STEM to Local Kids - theHumm July 2019

Beckwith Ontario is known for its rural warmth and close agricultural community, but did you know it is also a hub of STEM activity (science, technology, engineering and math)? Gabe Braden, a rec......


Perth Paints the Summer Spectacular! - theHumm July 2019

By John Pigeau

Perth is such a lovely town in the summer. Especially in the summer. There are so many fun and interesting things to do: cycling the old streets, paddling about in the restful Tay Basin, str......


Rosa Rugosa (Or, Pink Promise Peeking Through a Sepal Case) - theHumm July 2019

By Susie Osler

There is a frantic energy to this time of year. The explosion of growth and green coupled with the energy and warmth of sunshine leads to a commensurate output of manic gardening energy that seem......


The Great Carleton Place Amazing Race - theHumm July 2019

Come on out on Sunday, July 28 from 11am to 4pm and spend the day exploring downtown Carleton Place! Taking place at Market Square and all around the town, The Great Carleton Place Amazing R......


Sunshine, Neighbours, and All that Jazz… - theHumm July 2019

By — Angie Arendt is the Director of Big Stone House: a Center for Courageous Living in Almonte <>

It was the middle of August and the middle of the day. The sun was shining bright, the dog was attempting to cool down on the tile floor, and I was chopping watermelon in the kitchen when the doo......


Fall Prevention Course Failure… - theHumm July 2019

By Glenda Jones

We’re devotees of the Strength and Balance course offered by the Mills Community Support. (Note: if you are as old as the land line phone, you need to check out these courses. More on this in Aug......


Oh Canada Eh?
Ottawa Dinner Show Features Valley Musicians
- theHumm July 2019

An interactive theatre experience that celebrates the Great White North and pokes fun at Canadian stereotypes will hit the stage in the nation’s capital for the summer.

The Oh Canada Eh? Din......


Culture Camp Breakfast Fundraiser - theHumm July 2019

The best breakfast fundraiser returns to Perth on July 6! Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and the Lanark County Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation are holding a fundraising breakfast in s......


From Under the Umbrella Tree to Sleeping Rough…
Valley Puppeteers Return to Music and Beyond
- theHumm July 2019

Last July, the opera Sleeping Rough premiered at Ottawa’s Music and Beyond festival to standing ovations and critical acclaim. Composed by jazz guitarist Roddy Ellias and with a libretto by poet/......


Magical Saturdays in Smiths Falls - theHumm July 2019

The Station Theatre is bringing the world-class magic show OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries to Smiths Falls on Saturday evenings throughout the summer. Critics across the globe have hailed Ted a......


5 Wednesdays in July
The Little Music Festival that Could!
- theHumm July 2019

By — Jeff Mills

Every now and then there are five actual Wednesdays in July, and 2019 is one of those years. The friends of Augusta Street Park are gearing up for their wonderful little music festival “5 Wednesd......


Fun, Fairs & Festivals! - theHumm July 2019

By Miss Mills

It’s finally summer! After a long winter and delayed spring, we have stumbled out of our holes, squinted into the sun, and are only just feeling secure enough to leave our jackets at home. Summer......