Up & At ’Em! - theHumm January 2020

Up & At ’Em! - theHumm January 2020

By Glenda Jones

Okay, my friends, it’s time to get off that couch, shed the loose sweatsuit, and at least make an attempt at activity. Up here on Carroll Side Road we’re all about being outside at least twice a day, no matter if the temperature has plunged to minus one hundred, it’s snowing or drizzling that nasty freezing rain stuff. The trick is to look up and appreciate the weather (she said, knowing she had no choice but to go walking!), to take pictures of the hanging trees, and pretend that this weather is exactly perfect, since there are no mosquitoes, no ticks and no earwigs. The dogs are ecstatic to be running through the snow, so I get caught up in their enthusiasm. Snowballs are hard to retrieve, but so much fun to chase. Neither they nor I tire of this game. It’s all about the clothing: if you dress for the weather, you’ll be fine out there.

Are you identifying more with the cat, who much prefers the heat vent in the living room, eschewing the cold like a rare disease? Nothing convinces her that outdoors would work for her constitutional. She doesn’t own a sweatsuit, but if she did she’d be wearing it and declaring we were all crazy to be thinking of exercise and activity in January.

Shake a leg, everyone! Time’s a-wasting. And speaking of waist, it can be a distant memory when the excess of holiday eating creeps up on us. Our exercise classes will take care of that, and I know we’ll be back there huffing and puffing, just to stay fit enough to do everything else we are planning. (I can see your eyes rolling. Stop that!) Success starts with one step, and once you’re out the door and into our group, you’ll want to keep at it. Guaranteed, it’s not going to hurt, and who knows, it might be the very thing to connect you with some new friends. If nothing else, it’ll help you find your waistline again!

Once the blood is flowing to your brain, you’ve simply got to keep that organ going as well, so sign up for a course. The beauty of courses is they are usually non-judgemental. That is to say, no exams, no group projects, nothing to discourage you but your own confidence. So what if you take pottery and your bowl is wonky? So what if your painting isn’t going to the National Art Gallery any time soon? You still had fun trying it. You have nothing to lose but that old sweatsuit.

There now, I’ve managed to fill up three days a week for you. Idleness breeds… something we don’t need or want, so let’s have none of it. I suppose you could spend the fourth day shopping the January sales to find more appropriate attire than the aforementioned sweatsuit. Make sure you look for a jazzy colour to take away from the pallor that descends with lack of sunshine. My big purchase has gone to the dogs, literally: I’ve bought them all new brightly coloured leashes. I can content myself adequately as long as the dogs are pretty!

Day Five, and you’re on a roll of activity now. Don’t you feel ever so much better? Don’t you hate people who make you snap to attention and be eternally busy? Don’t you wish for one day of nothingness? Now, really, wouldn’t that be a shame when so many people are putting so much effort into organizing activities for the rest of us? The least we can do is humour them and see what they have to offer.

Day Six is the day you drag out the calendar and fill in the blanks. Day One & Two: exercises; Day Three: craft course; Day four: shopping; Day Five: brain course. See how your week is filling in nicely? And we haven’t even scheduled the dog walking time in there.

There is one day you can’t programme. The day the winter storm descends, the roads are closed, the driveway is blocked, and maybe the power goes out. That’s your free day when you can don the sweatsuit, light the wood stove, grab a book, and do nothing but make excuses.

When the storm day falls on a Saturday we are extra happy. We haul out the newspaper. Yes, we still get it and read every word. I can’t fathom a day when I couldn’t read an actual paper, not a little screen online that I can’t navigate or earmark. So indolence can take over for a couple of hours, with extra coffee and maybe a sticky bun, and for once the dogs will be quiet for a half-hour. When the storm passes, we’ll resume the regimen.

Day Seven, I’ll leave to your own devices. Just promise me you won’t spend the entire day swathed in that old sweatsuit, lolling on the couch and binging on Netflix. If need be, I’ll loan you the dogs for a day and you can get out and enjoy the fresh air and crisp winter. We both might as well be freezing our fingers, and pretending we love this weather!


Fiddle In the New Year!
- theHumm January 2020

You’re in for a real treat on Sunday, January 5, when the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra will present their annual Little Christmas Concert. Directed by Cindy McCall, this all-ages group comprises 50+ fiddlers with guitar, percussion, penny whistle, viola, bass, cello and flute accompaniment. They will perform some of their recently perfected delightful repertoire. This enthusiastic bunch rehearses on Saturdays and Wednesdays at the Maberly Hall and hails from the rural areas close by. T......


Dale Dunning —Still Ahead of His Time - theHumm January 2020

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

Almost twenty years ago for our May 2000 issue of theHumm I asked Dale Dunning why he was a sculptor. His answer (see the back of his Trading Card) remains the same today. There is no question that he has achieved his goal of leaving a lasting visual legacy; the good news for art lovers is that Dunning persists in adding to his legacy of sculptures that are “objects of reflection and contemplation”.

Most of his works across the intervening twenty y......


Station Theatre: 2020
Celebrating 10 Years of Entertainment
- theHumm January 2020

By — Katharine Coleman

We can’t believe that we’re here. It’s ten years since the Station Theatre finally opened its doors after ten years of preparation. In this past decade, we’ve been learning, growing and making every attempt to supply great entertainment for our audience, which has also grown over these years. 2020 will be a year-long celebration for us, with Gala Nights every second Friday of each play, where we will have a liquor license and serve appetizers. We will also encourage the audience to make the most ......


Recycling Clothing: What’s Next? - theHumm January 2020

By — Sue Evans

Almonte found its beginning through production of woolen textiles. The first woolen mill, Ramsey Woolen Cloth Manufacturing Company, was incorporated in 1851. Over a period of time mills were established on seven different sites. By the late 19th century Almonte was known as the “little Manchester” of Canada. These mills produced high quality textiles that were shipped to manufacturers that created beautiful woolen articles of clothing that wore well for many years. When it became possible to generat......


Out of Sight…Out of Murder - theHumm January 2020

By — Heddy Sorour

Perth’s Studio Theatre is determined to help you beat the post-holiday blahs with their production of Out of Sight… Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael — a comedy-thriller that’s bound to entertain. “It’s a comedy with no Trumpian overtones,” chuckles director Grey Masson.

This play has it all: blackouts, lightning, a haunted mansion, a bewildered author, and all the dicey characters of an Agatha Christie thriller… any one of whom could be a killer. The difference? The characters ......


A Little Light in the World - theHumm January 2020

By Angie Arendt

If you had dropped by our place for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat sometime this past month, chances are you would have found yourself in a “do you remember…” kind of conversation. Maybe it’s because the shorter days this time of year lend themselves to introspection. Maybe it’s our tendency to get contemplative (and sometimes a bit nostalgic) during the holidays; considering the what, why, where, when and how of things like hope, peace, joy and love. Or possibly it’s the turning o......


Creative Workshops to Beat the Winter Blues - theHumm January 2020

MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners has an exceptional lineup of Saturday classes for winter ????. In Painting Birch Trees (Jan. 18), artist Monica will provide you with ideas about background colour, texture and light. Everyone will take an original painting home (not a copy). On February 1 Reiki master Carolyn Lunn will introduce you to the meditative practice of Beginner Dot Mandala on your choice of card stock or canvas, using acrylic paints and basic tools. At the Intro to Acrylics: Sunflowers on February 15, artists Jan Griffiths and Heather Vriends will explore technique, li......


Perth Resident Receives Education Award - theHumm January 2020

Long-time timber framer and teacher Jason Gibson has been recognized for his dedication to teaching others the craft after receiving the Education award from the Canadian Association of Heritage ......


Black Tartan – No Contest! - theHumm January 2020

By Sebastian Weetabix

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Food, Fun, Friends
Dandelion Foods’ 6th Anniversary!
- theHumm January 2020

By — Meg Pettipas

It all started in 2014 — that’s when we first opened the doors to Dandelion Foods. Owners Sharon Lazette, Michael McGarry, Meg Pettipas and Farhat Sultana joined with a common interest in local f......


On Display in 2020… - theHumm January 2020

By Miss Cellaneous

Heritage Habitats at MVTM

Opening on January 18 at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Heritage Habitats includes four large-scale installations by Ginger Owens and......


Comedy in Calabogie - theHumm January 2020

The township of Greater Madawaska Recreation committee is proud to present the Rash Comedy Bash at the Calabogie Community Centre on Sunday, February 16. This night of comedy features award-winni......


Arts CP Call to Artists - theHumm January 2020

Arts Carleton Place (ACP) is seeking artists to participate in its Spring Fine Art Show & Sale. This year’s show will be a reviewed/juried show, predominantly showcasing wall art (oil, acryli......


Up & At ’Em! - theHumm January 2020

By Glenda Jones

Okay, my friends, it’s time to get off that couch, shed the loose sweatsuit, and at least make an attempt at activity. Up here on Carroll Side Road we’re all about being outside at least twice a ......


Read, Read, Read! - theHumm January 2020

By John Pigeau

 I confess: I own many, many books. Possibly more books than I can read in a lifetime. But I love, cherish and adore books, so I’ll never stop buying them. They bring me joy. They teach me t......