An Active August in Mississippi Mills - theHumm August 2019
An Active August in Mississippi Mills - theHumm August 2019
By Miss Mills
Remember when summer meant sleeping in, lounging on a beach towel, sitting ‘round the campfire, reading in a comfy chair in a summer breeze? Well, I hope you still take some time to enjoy those traditional summer pastimes… but not for too long, because there are tons of events happening in Almonte and Pakenham this month! Need more encouragement to get off your keister? I’ve got four reasons for you.
1. To help a good cause!
We all end up at the Almonte General Hospital at some point, so why not help them fundraise? Grab some friends and join the fun at Paddle for AGH on August 10 at the Almonte Fairgrounds. You can build a raft and see if she be yar (or at least buoyant), or join in the canoe and kayak races.
More of a landlubber? Register now for the Mississippi Mills River Run/Walk on September 7; there are various types of walk/run offered, with distances of 3, 5 or 10 kms. You can help raise money for the hospital while doing something healthy to keep you from needing the hospital!
And for something a little less athletic but still great for the lungs, come out to SING! with Jennifer Noxon on August 14 (7–9pm) to raise money for SchoolBox (see article on page 20).
2. Because we’re, well, us!
What do James Naismith, Scottish traditions, puppets, and farming have in common? Mississippi Mills!
This year brings a new and improved and even more exciting incarnation of our annual basketball tournament, with new partner Canada Basketball: the Naismith 3X3 Canada Quest Basketball Tournament. In addition to the usual youth and adult division competitions on August 10, there will be Elite division round robin games in the arena that day (with their play-offs on Sunday). Spectators welcome!
Whether you’re a farmer, a rancher, an animal lover, a gardener, a music lover, a parent, or simply have a pulse, you should get out the best little traditional country fair in town — the Pakenham Fair — on August 17 at the Stewart Community Centre. Breakfast starts at 7am, even if you don’t! If a $6 bacon and eggs (and beans and toast and coffee) breakfast can’t get you to the Fair before 9am, you’ll just have to hit the Bake Sale in the lobby, the BBQ, the canteen, or the adult Refreshment Garden. There will be a petting farm and pony rides and other activities for kids over by the ball diamond, in addition to the horse show, calf show, and family favourite: frog jumping!
Having celebrated our Irish heritage in July, we now celebrate all things Scottish at the North Lanark Highland Games, August 24 at the Almonte Fairgrounds. Although the competitions begin at 9am, the real action starts with the Opening Ceremonies at 1pm. There’ll be athletic men and women throwing stuff, strong girls dancing with swords, laughing children throwing mini-stuff, fried foods, everything tartan, and the sound of bagpipes forever in the air. Fit mair cood a quine esk fir?! Well, how about some puppets?...
Start the day on August 24 by bringing your kids to a puppet show in downtown Almonte, just like old times… well, sort of. Curious & Kind is hosting Rock the Arts’ Animal Adventure puppet show at 10am. The price is a sliding scale of $10-$20, so if you can afford the $20, you can pay it and feel good knowing you are helping a child attend whose parent might otherwise be unable to afford it.
3. Because it’s not snowing!
You know this warm weather won’t last forever, so we may as well move some indoor activities out, right? You and the kids can enjoy Movies in the Park, for free, every Thursday in August, each at a different location. Come early (7–8pm) for other fun events, but the films will start at dusk (9pm-ish). They begin with the new Dumbo on the first and finish with an old favourite: The Princess Bride. See the Humm calendar or exploremississippimills.ca for full details.
Perhaps your taste in the dramatic runs to the even older favourite? Catch some Shakespeare in the park when A Company of Fools performs Romeo & Juliet at The Herb Garden on August 7 at 7pm (suggested donation: $20).
More of a sit-and-relax-in-the-beauty-of-nature type? Take Tea on the Lawn between 2 and 4pm in a beautiful location: the Mill of Kintail (Wed./Sat., $3-$5) or the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton (Thurs., $5).
4. Because we are all different!
One of the great things about Mississippi Mills is how it welcomes people of all different backgrounds and interests. And that is a sly way of fitting in a few events that don’t fit in with my “get outdoors” theme.
On August 18, come to the Old Town Hall for Alliance Coin & Banknote’s 3rd annual public Coin Auction. In addition to world coins, you can see interesting medals, tokens and assorted collectibles alliancecoin.com .
Looking for some fun with your child that is a break from the traditional? Here is a special event for children aged 3 to 12, along with a parent. At Manifesting the Magic in You, Lilly White will lead you both through making magic wands, discovering your child’s inner potential, and more. The cost is a donation to Curious & Kind, your host curiousandkind.ca . Find them in the Heritage Mall, at the bottom of Mill Street. Want to manifest the magic in yourself, but aren’t too sure what all these new-age terms are all about? On August 21 at 7pm, also at Curious & Kind, Lilly will also host Demystifying Mysticism, where she will discuss concepts such as archetypes, angel readings, meditation, conscious evolution and more. Whatever your beliefs, it’s bound to be an interesting question and answer period. This event is also by donation.
Sounds like we’ll be pretty active in August! Don’t worry — you can take Labour Day weekend off… but mark your calendars for the Seniors Expo, September 5!
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
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Mayors’ Monarch Pledge - theHumm August 2019
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By — Bob Sneyd
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Calling All Wild Children! Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust’s Annual Festival of the Wild Child - theHumm August 2019
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Taking the Show on the Road Or, What Starts with “f”, Ends with “uck”, and Makes Delicious Food? - theHumm August 2019
By Sebastian Weetabix
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Sep 1 - Oct 30 Transition: Ginny Fobert, Judi Miller, Dayle VanAlstine
Sep 24 - Oct 24 Private Art Collection
Oct 19 Doug van der Horden
Oct 21 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans
Oct 23 Jeff Callery
Oct 23 - 24 Red Trillium Studio Tour
Oct 26 Bon Evans & Dave Bull
Oct 28 Al Lerman
Oct 29 Matt Dickson
- Keith Busher — Art Advocate & Provocateur, Gallery Owner and Curator
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- One Day Only Open Studio Art by Catherine Orfald and Rita Redner
- More Music at MERA!
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- Leave the Leaves (and other counter-intuitive suggestions)
- Rural Root Goes Fishing! The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
- Fall Colours Walk at Blueberry Mountain
- Red Trillium Fall Tour
- Pumpkins-Plus in Perth Ghost Walks, Pumpkin Carving and More!