Signals from the Station
October is a Hopping - and Haunted - Month in Smiths Falls! - theHumm October 2019

Signals from the Station
October is a Hopping - and Haunted - Month in Smiths Falls! - theHumm October 2019

It’s a little cooler now, eh? Bit of a chill in the air. Sweater weather is how I like to think of October. Time to throw on your favourite old sweater and slip into your most comfortable pair of jeans, layer up, and take an early evening stroll through the park, crunchy leaves underfoot, the trees alight in autumn’s dazzling hues — golden yellow, burnt orange, muted red, bronzy green, plum purple. Fall foliage truly is quite beautiful and peaceful. Little wonder L.M. Montgomery once wrote, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?” It would, indeed.

Smiths Falls is alight in October with plenty of wonderful things to do. 

You can catch the last run of Death by Design at The Station Theatre, for one. The play’s final four performances run at 7:30pm from Thursday to Saturday, October 3–5, with a 2pm matinée on Sunday, October 6. Written by Rob Urbinati, directed by Katharine Coleman, the play is part mystery, part farce, part love story. A witty and comical mystery set in the 1930s, Death by Design stars Mike Adams and Katharine Coleman plus a house full of suspects: Noel White, Sue Reno, Hugh McColloch, Rich Croteau, Jessica Weedmark and Nicki Hayes. It promises to by an enjoyable, clever, suspenseful ride to the end.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and can be purchased with cash at Special Greetings (8 Russell Street), by phone at 283–0300, or online at .

Also slated for October 3 is a delightful fundraising show at the Settlers Ridge Centre with all proceeds going to breast cancer research. The 4th annual Small Town Feeling Breast Cancer Fundraiser promises to be a fun-filled evening featuring live entertainment, a fashion show, a live and silent auction, raffle prizes and refreshments. Tickets are $5 in advance and $9 at the door. They are available at A Buck or Two, The Score, or at Gifford’s Self Storage. The night’s festivities begin at 6pm and end at 8:30.

This year in Smiths Falls, before the bustle of Thanksgiving comes the Bustle on Russell. What’s that, you say? Well, it’s a fully licensed street festival, and it’s set to take place on Friday, October 4 with a whole lot going on. The first annual Bustle on Russell is a celebration of Smiths Falls’ vibrant downtown, featuring live music by King of the Swingers, Dr. Jazz Band and Tom Watson, free carnival games for kids and adults (including a dunk tank and axe throwing), plenty of local food vendors, and craft beer from local distilleries. Admission to this family-friendly street festival, co-hosted by the Smiths Falls DBA and the Chamber of Commerce, is absolutely free. The 1st annual Bustle on Russell runs from 4:30 to 10:30pm. For those wishing to continue enjoying festivities later into the night there’s an added bonus: an after party at Bowie’s!

The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation will be hosting a thoroughly delightful evening of entertainment at Hanley Hall on Saturday, October 5. Dancing with Our Stars will feature professional dancers paired up with Smiths Falls’ very own celebrities. A delicious four-course meal is also on the menu, as is music by DJ Rhythm. All funds raised will help purchase a mammogram machine for the Mammography Department at the Perth site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Tickets are $75 per person, or $500 for a table of eight. They can be purchased at the Smith Falls Community Hospital Foundation office located at 60 Cornelia Street West. For more information, please call 283–9743.

Thanksgiving weekend is coming, and in Smiths Falls that means more than gathering with family and friends over a yummy homecooked turkey dinner — in Smiths Falls it means Thanksgiving train rides! On Saturday, October 12, the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario invites everyone out to celebrate the town’s rich railroading heritage and come for a train ride between 11am and 3pm. What better way to take in the beautiful autumn foliage than from an old train? The train departs every half-hour beginning at 11am, and this year the rides will be longer — approximately 2km, round-trip.

The Railway Museum is open from 10am to 5pm and Thanksgiving marks its closing weekend, so this is your last chance this year to get on board — with the whole family too. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children aged 4-12, and free for those aged 3 and under. They can be purchased online through and at the Museum before the event daily from 10am to 5pm. On-site, tickets may be available the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the Railway Museum at 283–5696 for tickets or any other information. 

Later in the month, Bowie’s will play host to a stellar lineup of fine musicians as part of the Songwriters Series when it welcomes Campbell Woods, Patrick Dorie and Claude Munson to its stage on Sunday, October 20. Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $15 from and at Bowie’s (20 Russell St. East).

Is the Smiths Falls Heritage House haunted? Maybe… (I’m actually contractually obliged not to say. Spooky, huh?) But it definitely will be on October 25 and 26 when the old abode hosts its annual Haunted Heritage House. The house, which dates back to 1860, will be darkened for the night, and you’ll be allowed to tour its rooms and corridors by flashlight. There will be eerie sights, scary sounds, and perhaps a frightening character or two. To calm your nerves, warm homemade apple cider will be served up after the tour.

Of note, from 6–6:45pm there will be a family-friendly walk through the Haunted House. Admission for that tour is $5 for all ages. But from 7-9pm the old house kicks into full-fright mode, so be forewarned. If you dare brave that tour, admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for those 15 and under. Tickets are available through . For more information about that, or anything else related to this spooky night, please call 283–6311, or email .

Frightful or not, enjoy October everyone!


Jean Morrow —theHumm Came Out to Morrow - theHumm October 2019

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

It was time to check out the artistic chops of another member of the amazing Almonte art scene. A relative newcomer to the community, Jean Morrow has opened her solo art gallery as part of her stunning Thoburn Mill condo overlooking the Mississippi River. Her art also brightens the walls and nicely complements Deborah Arnold’s supremely appropriate stone sculptures in the main corridor of this remarkable building. After several iterations of renovation since the historical......


Jim Cuddy, Tracey Brown & Randall Prescott to Headline AGH Benefit - theHumm October 2019

Jim Cuddy, one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters as both a solo artist and as part of Blue Rodeo, will headline an intimate evening of music at the Almonte Old Town Hall on Sunday, October 20 to benefit the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation. Presented by KE Electrical Ltd., the evening will feature the Jim Cuddy Family Band, including Jim’s sons Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley, as well as the Prescott Brown Family Band, including Tracey Brown, Randall Prescott and their da......


Lighting the Way
9 Short Plays that Stubbornly Celebrate a Sustainable Future
- theHumm October 2019

By — Emily Pearlman

The science is clear. All our major political parties have acknowledged it: we are in the midst of a Climate Crisis. But after people have cast their votes, what are you and I going to do about it? How can we act in a meaningful way to ensure a different future than the one that is being projected? How can we champion those who are working for change on a global level, a national level, and in our own backyards?

On October 17 and 18, a group of thirty people from our communi......


Pumpkinfest Returns! - theHumm October 2019

Since Pumpkinfest 2018 was a such a smashing success, Downtown Carleton Place, the Carleton Place Sister City Committee and the Carleton Place Tourism Committee are ready to bring this wonderful celebration of Fall back again this year.

This year, Pumpkinfest will be held on October 19 at the brand-new Carleton Junction. “We are thrilled to have such a top-notch venue for our event,” says Downtown Carleton Place BIA Coordinator Kate Murray. “This space is loaded with......


Enjoy Art & Autumnin & around Perth - theHumm October 2019

While traveling through the beautiful countryside just west of Perth during September and early August, if you hear a low hum, don’t be concerned! It’s just the artisans of the Perth Autumn Studio Tour feverishly endeavouring to finish new works to be presented during the tour and readying their workspaces to accommodate the many talented guest artists that will be hosted at each studio.

Now in its 27th year, the Perth Autumn Studio Tour has become known for the high quality and diversity o......


Go Wild Gala Supports Local Land Trust - theHumm October 2019

Every autumn, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) hosts its premier fundraising event. On October 19, the 2019 Go Wild Gala will be held at the historic Grand Hotel in Carleton Place, and will feature naturalist and author Michael Runtz as the guest speaker, sharing his experiences from nearly fifty years of exploring Algonquin Park.

Steeped in history, the Grand Hotel is the perfect venue to visit with friends and enjoy the venue’s fine and full buffet dinner. Doors open ......


Mugwort (and other infinite dewy details…) - theHumm October 2019

By Susie Osler

This morning I woke early as the day broke, and with coffee and chair in hand, went to watch the sun rise from the forest to the east. I made my way across the grass to sit next to a patch of Mugwort planted last year that grows beside a tangle of nettle, motherwort, goldenrod, comfrey and rugosa rose that hedge along a rail fence at the northeast corner of the barn.

What a luminous morning it was! The remains of the waning moon, a sliver beckoning to the rising sun. And surrounding me, infinite......


Theresa Thomason & Paul Sullivanto Play Second “Group Encore” Show - theHumm October 2019

On Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s United Church in Perth, music lovers can savour the extraordinary voice of singer Theresa Thomason and the virtuosity of Grammy Award-winning pianist Paul Sullivan. Thomason and Sullivan headline the second concert in the series supported by Group Encore!, a circle of people in Lanark County making events of this calibre possible.

The Thomason-Sullivan concert follows the inaugural, superlative concert held at St. Paul’s on May ......


The Itty Bitty Art and Craft Show - theHumm October 2019

A lovely recent tradition in Carleton Place involves November being ushered in with the Itty Bitty Art Show — an exhibition filled with gorgeous and diverse works of art that reflect just how talented our little town is. The fifth annual Itty Bitty Art Show will take place on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 at the Carleton Place Canoe Club, from 10am to 4:30pm each day.

In celebrating Carleton Place’s 200th year we honour all the beautiful pieces that make up our to......


The Mudds’ CP200+ Time to Remember - theHumm October 2019

How do you bring history to life? Easy! Create an original live theatre musical show!

The Mississippi Mudds have put together a brandnew, original musical show that shines a light on the history of the town of Carleton Place. Will it be dry and boring? NO WAY! The fascinating facts of history will be brought to life through a strong storyline, amazing costumes and rousing music!

Here’s What Happens…

A young boy, fleeing bullies, takes refuge in the Carlet......


SchoolBOX Latin Fiesta
Celebrating the Little Charity that Could
- theHumm October 2019

The “little charity that could” is celebrating the construction of their 111th classroom in Nicaragua, after a year of instability in the country. SchoolBOX has recovered due to their strong network of supporters, donors, and team on the ground. This year was a bounce-back one for the Almonte-based charity, as they are on schedule to build twelve classrooms, deliver over 18,000 educational supplies and equip countless communities around Nicaragua with books.

SchoolBOX has its roots in A......


Christmas in the Valley Show - theHumm October 2019

Are you looking for gifts with originality, quality and attention to detail? Then forgo the gift cards, big box stores and stressful malls, and make your first holiday shopping destination the popular Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show! There you’ll find a juried selection of over thirty carefully selected artisans, crafters and bakers presenting their original creations in a relaxed, friendly and festive atmosphere. This year’s show takes place on November 2 and 3 from 10am to 4pm a......


Who Stole What,And From Where?
Have you
- theHumm October 2019

My heart too small? Nah, this whole place gives me gas and I knew it was time to get outta town. But since my head isn’t screwed on right, and my shoes are too tight, I got stranded with my goat ......


Cranmer Singers of Ottawa Come to Perth - theHumm October 2019

The annual visit of the Cranmer Singers of Ottawa to St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Perth will take place on Sunday, October 27 at 4pm, with a prelude at 3:45pm and a postlude. The......


Fall Studio Tours, Gallery Exhibitions & More! - theHumm October 2019

By Miss Cellaneous

Loonie Banks at the Almonte Potters Guild

Do you remember when children saved pennies in a piggy bank? Well the Almonte Potters Guild is going back to that time with a......


Make Your Own Kombucha! - theHumm October 2019

Kombucha — the en vogue drink that’s meant to sort your gut bacteria and cure what ails you — seems to be everywhere these days. Locally, Artizen Kombucha has made a name for itself as a provider......


POPin2SHOP: An Intricately Woven Story - theHumm October 2019

By — Charlee Ostrom and Bruce Bailey

You may remember us from a previous article in theHumm or from meeting us. For those who don’t, we are Charlee Ostrom and Bruce Bailey. Charlee is an artist, a wonderful tapestry weaver, former p......


Signals from the Station
October is a Hopping - and Haunted - Month in Smiths Falls!
- theHumm October 2019

It’s a little cooler now, eh? Bit of a chill in the air. Sweater weather is how I like to think of October. Time to throw on your favourite old sweater and slip into your most comfortable pair of j......


Twelve Truths (and Maybe a Few More) - theHumm October 2019

By Angie Arendt

Waiting my turn to order the usual (a cup of dark roast, black, for here) at North Market last week, I watched the woman in front of me pick a crumb of a red leaf off of her t-shirt. Like a CSI a......


The Future of the Mill of Kintail - theHumm October 2019

A special advisory committee will be struck to examine the future of the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith collections in the museum at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. That’s the dir......


Librarians are a Resourceful Bunch! - theHumm October 2019

By Karen DeLuca

What happens when a group of librarians from local rural branches get together to lament the lack of resources available to smaller libraries? Give it two months of planning and you have a full b......


Big Time Blues! - theHumm October 2019

Unquestionably one of the favourite bands to play the Blues on the Rideau series over the years, Toronto’s Hogtown Allstars return to Westport on October 11 and 12 for their sixth visit. The......


This Article is Gluten-Free! - theHumm October 2019

By Sebastian Weetabix

Weetabix has long felt that Descartes got off to a bad start. We have had more than one encounter with people who clearly do not think and yet exist. Better he should have stated: “I eat; therefo......


FABulous Recognition! - theHumm October 2019

By — David J. Stephenson is a retired federal policy guy who now divides his time between life on the Mississippi in Almonte and roughing it in the bush on two acres near Pakenham

Last month we featured an article about Five Almonte Buildings (FAB) having been shortlisted for a National Trust for Canada’s Ecclesiastical Insurance award for Resilient Places. And… drum roll ......


No One Told Me!Puppy, Part II - theHumm October 2019

By Glenda Jones

Why didn’t someone warn me about this? We got puppy Diva in June when common sense was on holidays, obviously. By the end of July, we knew we needed a new vehicle to accommodate the lot of us. On......


The Troubadour at 60
- theHumm October 2019

There’s another chance to get “Up Close & Personal” with Ottawa Valley’s own troubadour, Lyle Dillabough. He will be performing an intimate concert at the Carleton Place & Beckwith Histor......


Great Songs, Musicality and Happenstance - theHumm October 2019

On November 2, after you have taken your seat in the theatre, a lady and two gentlemen will enter the stage with one goal: to share a snapshot of a lifetime of musical performance with you. ......


An Evening of One-Act Plays
Setting the Stage for the EODL Festival
- theHumm October 2019

By — Paul Joyce

For theatre goers, one-act plays are rare, tantalizing theatrical delicacies. In a cluster of two or more, one-acts provide an enticing assortment of dramatic experiences in a single evening.



Come for the Harvest! - theHumm October 2019

Harvest season is here, and the vendors of the Almonte Farmers’ Market are gearing up for their 6th annual Harvest Market! It will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 9am until 2pm, upstair......


A Message from Stephen Kotze
- theHumm October 2019

By — Stephen Kotze is the Federal Green Party candidate for LanarkFrontenacKingston

Readers Write

We’re almost into the third week of the campaign as of press time; I’m getting out every day, knocking on doors and talking with people all across this huge riding.

What is......


Great Veggie Grow-Off: Follow-Up
- theHumm October 2019

Further to his article in the September issue of theHumm (The Great Veggie Grow-Off: Let’s Keep a Great Idea Growing), Shaun McLaughlin writes: “The final weigh-in for the Great Veggie Grow-off wil......