Museums, Markets & Music in Smiths Falls - theHumm December 2019
Museums, Markets & Music in Smiths Falls - theHumm December 2019
By John Pigeau
December is the time of year for goodwill, good cheer and good books, delicious hot chocolate and brisk walks in the wintery air — and maybe some Christmas spirit too. It’s also the only month when it’s ostensibly acceptable to put reindeer antlers on your dog, or to adorn your cat in a Santa hat and scarf. There is, indeed, much merriment to be had. Toasts to be rendered. Eggnog to be glugged. Snow angels to be made. And lots and lots of entertaining and festive things to see and do around town.
If you’re looking for something merry and bright to do outdoors, take a walk through or a drive by Centennial Park and take in Smiths Fall’s Celebration of Lights — the park will be beautifully lit with decorated Christmas Trees until December 23. It’s really a nice way to spend part of an evening, when the snow is falling gently, when the kids are possibly a bit bored, and everyone’s spirits need a good lift.
This year, all the Christmas trees on display are from Campbell’s Tree Farms, and the lights locally purchased, with corporate sponsors each putting their own unique decorating touches on their trees. There is a wonderful new wrinkle this year, too, in keeping with the true spirit of Christmas — after December 23, all the trees will be given to a family in need of one for the holiday season.
If you would like to sponsor a tree, you can still do so by emailing email@example.com or calling the recreation department at 283–4124. Enjoy the lights, everyone!
A reminder, too, that the Heritage House Museum will be fully decorated for the Christmas season right up until December 20. The lovely décor will give you an idea of how people celebrated Christmas in the 1860s. While you’re there, you may wish to buy some art too, or at least enjoy some, as the museum will be hosting Smiths Falls’ 38th annual Art Show & Sale until December 15. The show and sale celebrate the work — a wide variety of it — of over 25 local artists and artisans. Maybe you’ll find that ideal gift for a friend or a family member. For details, please call the Museum at 283–6311. There is a small fee to tour the museum, although admission to the art sale is free. Still, donations to the museum are always appreciated.
On December 13 the Station Theatre welcomes Lynn Miles for the fourth and final concert of their 2019 music series. You can find out more about that show on page 11 of this issue.
There’s another exciting show happening on December 14 at the Gallipeau Centre Theatre — featuring ABBA songs! Billed as The ABBA Holiday Show, one of North America’s finest tribute bands, ABBA Revisited, promises to put on a dazzling show of the band’s greatest hits, with a few Christmas classics sprinkled in for good measure.
ABBA Revisited recreates the magic of the iconic band with authentic costumes, spectacular harmonies and note-perfect musicianship. A great tribute band can take their audiences on a musical journey back in time. ABBA Revisited is said to do just that — with audiences of all ages dancing in the aisles! Tickets are $34.50 in advance and are available online at gallipeaucentretheatre.com , by calling 284–9916, or in person at the Gallipeau Centre Theatre (361 Queen Street). If they’re still available, they will be $39.50 at the door. The show begins at 8pm and doors open at 7:30.
Santa Claus is coming to town on December 14. At press time we don’t have all the details just yet, but you can find updates and details at downtownsmithsfalls.ca . Following the Parade, the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Christmas Market at Settler’s Ridge from 5–9pm. There will be lots of wonderful gift items for sale, as well as games and entertainment. Find details at smithsfalls.ca .
On Wednesday, December 18, join Scott Woods and his multi-talented band at the Westminster Presbyterian Church for an Old Time Country Christmas. This promises to be an uplifting, family-friendly, foot-stompin’ good time of a show, featuring classic Christmas carols, fiddle tunes, and some traditional country and gospel songs as well.
There will be some impressive talent on display: Woods with his trick fiddling, the smooth vocals and yodelling of “Canada’s Yodelin’ Cowgirl” Naomi Bristow, with fifteen-year-old Leo Stock (also known as “Spaghetti Legs”) demonstrating his sensational step dancing, and Scott’s sister Kendra Woods Norris adding honey-voiced harmonies, and some levity too.
Tickets can be purchased at Special Greetings Card Shop, Rideau River Music, Mark’s Cobbler Shop, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, or by calling Beverly at 283–6987. Tickets are $30 for adults, and $15 for children ages 6–12; children five and under get in for free. The show begins at 7pm at the Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church Street West), with doors opening at 6.
Bowie’s continues its impressive line-up of live entertainment this month with Pat Johnson and Eric Widzinski on December 6, Mountain Head and Ken Workman on the 13th, My Father’s Son with Grumpy Old Men on the 20th, and their Songwriter Series featuring Ambre McLean and Zachary Lucky on Sunday, December 22. This in addition to weekly events like their Funk & Soul Playlist, Music Trivia, “Quit Your Day Job” open stage, and lots more. Bowie’s is located at 20 Russell St E., and you can find a full line-up with all details at bowiessmithsfalls.com .
Happy holidays, everyone!
Happy Local Holidays! - theHumm December 2019
By Kris and Rob Riendeau
Here at theHumm we’re big on local economies. The retail and service businesses in the small towns that we cover play a huge role in the cultural life of those towns. Each store, restaurant, or small enterprise attracts and serves a particular clientele — some inside the community, some from outside. Some businesses host their own special events; others join together with local festivals to make the whole experience more vibrant. Many provide support in cash or in kind to local initiatives. A healthy local economy is an essential component to a healthy community.
It is with this in mi......
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
It has taken both luck and pluck (as in “spirited and determined courage”) for artist Miriam Mas to reach this point in her life. This gifted self-taught artist is reaping the well-got gains of a decidedly anti-Grinch-like life, and it really brightens this reporter’s spirits at a time when a dose of cheer is particularly welcome. (We at theHumm are quite concerned regarding the trending rumour that a certain mean, green grump has been spotted lurking around Missis......
It’s time for a Cabaret my friends! Comedian and award-winning clown Rachelle Elie is back in Almonte to host another fabulous event — and this time it’s a Cabaret! The Almost New Years Rag Bag Cabaret will be held on Saturday, December 28 at 8pm at the lovely Almonte Old Town Hall. This one will be hosted by Rachelle’s alter ego “Susan”, and will feature comedian Cathy Boyd, burlesque trio The Rougettes, international touring musician David Celia and local storyteller Daniel K. L.......
By — Bill Lowe
Christmas isn’t what it used to be.
Humbug to that! It is at the annual Perth Community Christmas Day Dinner at Code’s Mill in downtown Perth.
During the dinner’s almost 30-year history, celebrating Christmas has morphed from pot-luck with a few friends to a tradition that welcomes the whole community. Last year we served more than 320 dinners in the Banquet Hall and delivered 120 more to those who couldn’t join us.
This is a real community event — funded and organ......
Grab your holiday calendar and a red or green pen, and make room for some or all of these upcoming events in Perth.
On Sunday, December 15, Artizen Kombucha will be holding a Festive Kombucha Workshop at their brewery at 12 Gore Street East. They will wear holiday sweaters, have sweet treats and a tea ceremony, and then delve into kombucha making with the participants. You can register and find out more at artizenkombucha.ca
By Miss Mills
Almonte and Pakenham really sparkle in December — and not just from twinkly festive lights. It’s as if they pour all of their small-town heart and soul into filling the month with ways for friends and families to enjoy being together. Here are just some of the events that lead up to the holidays…
On Friday, December 6, you can share warm fuzzy feelings with a few thousand neighbours and friends at Light Up the Night — taking place from 7–10pm in downtown Almonte. Head down to Mill Street and......
With the holiday season on its way, one of the area’s favourite Christmas traditions is set to return to Perth.
On Friday, December 13, Newfoundland’s Juno award-winning Ennis Sisters will take the stage as part of their annual Christmas tour. The sisters, Maureen, Karen and Teresa, deliver one of the finest family Christmas shows in the country and this show is sure to once again be a sell-out.
The trio combine original songs, holiday classics, humorous recitations and Iri......
A Puppy for Christmas - theHumm December 2019
By Glenda Jones
“Ah”, you think, “she’s going to write about getting a puppy from Santa, how cute it was with its little red bow, how it played in the gift wrap, and snuggled with the toys.” No, she’s not!
We are living in chaos most of the time, with doggy toys scattered everywhere, and no end in sight for any sort of home décor that resembles House and Garden. Not only that, little Miss Diva is an escape artist whose idea of spending time in her crate consists of working the zipper loose and getting ou......
One Artful Weekend… - theHumm December 2019
If you take a look at the calendar spread in this issue, you may find it a wee bit difficult to make out all of the listings on December 6, 7 and 8. There is so much going on that we thought we would include a round-up of some of the many art shows and tours taking place that weekend. Here they be!
The West Carleton Arts Society’s $100 and Under Show and Sale brings together more than 25 local artists and artisans at St. Paul’s United Church in Carp, from Friday, December......
By John Pigeau
December is the time of year for goodwill, good cheer and good books, delicious hot chocolate and brisk walks in the wintery air — and maybe some Christmas spirit too. It’s also the only month when it’s ostensibly acceptable to put reindeer antlers on your dog, or to adorn your cat in a Santa hat and scarf. There is, indeed, much merriment to be had. Toasts to be rendered. Eggnog to be glugged. Snow angels to be made. And lots and lots of entertaining and festive things to see and do aroun......
The Station Theatre is proud to welcome Lynn Miles for the final concert of their 2019 music series. This Canadian musician is bringing her Winter concert, along with the Crusty Mittens String Quartet. Check her out at lynnmilesmusic.com .
Lynn Miles was born in Cowansville, Quebec to a father who was a harmonica player and jazz fan and a mother who listened to opera and country music. Miles learned to play the violin, guitar, piano ......
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Giving the Gift of Real Estate Buy Wild Land for your Friends and Relatives! - theHumm December 2019
By — Cathy Keddy
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Sep 1 - Oct 30 Transition: Ginny Fobert, Judi Miller, Dayle VanAlstine
Oct 28 Al Lerman
Oct 29 Matt Dickson
Oct 30 Chris Murphy
Nov 2 Eric Uren
Nov 4 - 18 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans
Nov 6 - 7 Itty Bitty Arts & Crafts Show
Nov 6 - 15 Guatemala Stove Project Online Auction
- Keith Busher — Art Advocate & Provocateur, Gallery Owner and Curator
- Romp, Stomp & Chomp! Thanksgiving Art Tour in Mississippi Mills
- One Day Only Open Studio Art by Catherine Orfald and Rita Redner
- More Music at MERA!
- From Quiet to Concerts Almonte in Concert Returns to Old Town Hall This Fall
- 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!