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Current events from our area for August 2015




New acts from ACT in Bala

For its fifth season, Actors’ Colony Theatre (ACT) brings back a familiar face with her own creation.

Paleoncology is the creation of Kira Hall, who participated in ACT’s showings two years ago as an actor and as a production assistant/stage manager. Paleoncology has since played in major centres across the country to much critical acclaim and is the recipient of several awards. 

A young woman returns to her childhood fascination of dinosaurs as a way of coping with her brother’s impending death from cancer. This poignant play, Paleoncology, is just one of the presentations the ACT is set to deliver during in its fifth season of bringing live theatre to Muskoka. 

“And this summer she was hoping to tour Ontario and played right into my plan. So it was great!” says Eva Moore, one of the founders and the driving force behind the Actors’ Colony Theatre. The play runs until Aug. 8 at the Bala United Church at 7:30 p.m. 

Another offering of theatre in the form of play readings will be held on Aug. 14, 15 and 16 at Bala United Church, in partnership with Theatre Starts, based in Aurora. 

These play readings are new dramatic works that have arisen from Theatre Start’s playwright competitions and theatre competitions. 

Punch ‘n Judy, by Mike Petersen, rounds out the summer offering during the week of Aug.17. Petersen has been doing theatre for 30 years. He worked on the 80s television series Fraggle Rock, with Jim Henson. 

“Mike was working with theatre companies in Nova Scotia when I brought him over last year to do Punch ‘n Judy during the Cranberry Festival,” says Moore. “He’s an amazing puppeteer and actor.” 

Punch ‘n Judy is billed especially for families, and it is expected he will perform at the Bala Library and in various Muskoka resorts. Also, adding to the summer spirt of the area, the show will travel around and pop up in unexpected places.

Baysville show celebrates classics

Antique cars and classic boats will be on display in Baysville on Aug. 16.

The Riverfront docks and streets of Baysville are home to the Lake of Bays Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. The SS Bigwin will be sailing all the way from Dorset to make her usual grand appearance where you can go aboard for a tour of the ship. 

Visitors can spend their Sunday afternoon walking along the riverfront docks and viewing floating history at its finest. The show will be held rain or shine. 

Bridge and Bay Street will be blocked off to allow for one of most popular car shows in the area. 

Back by popular demand are the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra Band. Admission to the show is by donation, with all the proceeds going to the Baysville Winter Food Program. 


Fundraise and jump for Camp Oochigeas

The tenth annual Jump for Ooch water-ski show will be taking place at the Lake Joseph Club on Aug. 1. Over 300 spectators will join in for a barbecue, silent auction and a water-ski show that will be sure to amaze.

The KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation, in conjunction with Summer Water Sports (SWS), is preparing for its 10th Annual Jump for Ooch fundraiser. 

SWS is preparing a new and even more exciting show for the 10th anniversary. Imagine a four-tier pyramid, bare footing, wake boarding, slalom skiing and swivel board all behind one boat.  

The complimentary family barbecue will be held at 4 p.m. and the ski show will begin at 5 p.m. And though the event and barbecue are free, those in attendance should not come with empty pockets. There will be draws held and a silent auction with some terrific items on which to bid. The event will take place rain or shine. Be sure to get there early for the best seats.

KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation’s goal is to send 100 children to Camp Oochigeas. 

“Each year, the amount raised has increased. This is our 10th year and we are proud to have raised over $500,000,” says Steven Wise, chairman of the foundation. 

Larger donations can be made directly on the KRG web site, kids.krg.com. or www.jumpforooch.ca

Limberlost artists welcome visitors

Twenty-one artists and craftspeople are participating in the ninth annual Limberlost Open Studio Weekend.

This year’s event takes place Aug. 15 and 16 and will have eight studios open for the tour.

Jeff Miller’s expressive landscapes in oil and acrylic can be seen along with the dreamlike narrative images of well-known native painter, Travis Shilling of Orillia. 

Brenda Wainman Goulet, creator of the Tom Thomson sculpture in downtown Huntsville shares the process of bronze casting, while her daughter Danielle Goulet shows her original jewellery designs. Neil Jefferson will be exhibiting his bold abstract paintings along with two local fibre artists,weaver Marni Martin, who creates intricate tapestries and fashionable wraps and scarves, and Sandra Pim, who makes functional fibre baskets and bags. 

Catherine O’Mara express both the strength and delicacy of the forest in large format egg tempera landscapes. Jeweller Miranda Britton from Windermere will be at Catherine’s studio with designs inspired by Muskoka, and Huntsville’s Rudi Stade brings his stone age outdoor furniture, built to last forever.    

These are just a few of the many artists who will be taking part.            

Chairperson Brian Markham explains that the group likes including a few new artists each year. 

“Even visitors who come every year will be excited by the different things to see,” he says. “ And we also want to give other artists a chance for the exposure Artists of the Limberlost provides.  There is always mutual support in the arts community, and we’re proud to contribute to that.”  

Visitors will experience a truly diverse range of high quality work, creative personalities and beautiful studio settings on this compact summer studio tour. The website, artistsofthelimberlost.ca, provides brief bios and images of all the artists’ work, a map, links, and other helpful information.

Limberlost Road (Muskoka Rd. 8) is about 10 minutes east of Huntsville along Highway 60. From there, signs guide visitors to the studios, which are just minutes apart. There is no charge to attend the Open Studio Weekend.


Museum fundraiser features many strange artifacts

Interesting stories, strange artifacts and lots of fun are involved in the annual Muskoka Lakes Museum Artifact or Fiction Gala Fundraiser.

This year the event takes place on the shores of Lake Joseph at Sherwood Inn. 

“It’s a great night,” says Jenn Hammell, who does the marketing for Muskoka Lakes Museum.

Guests arrive to hors d’ouvres, socializing and the quiz. 

“A lot of good stories come out when people are looking at the artifacts,” says Hammell. In the past artifacts that guests were asked to identify included a mole trap and an electrical arthritis treatment. That stymied a few guests.

The night includes a barbecue buffet and silent auction.

Tickets are $80 each and include a $50 tax receipt. Purchase tickets by calling 705-765-5367 or in person at the museum.

“It’s our biggest night and an important fundraiser for the museum,” says Hammell.


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