Firebird at The Guelph Little Theatre

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The Firebird is a wonderful Russian folklore fairytale production currently being performed at the Guelph Little Theatre till December 2nd by Rose Scollard.  The Director, D.J. Thomson commented in the playbill, “Our team has worked hard to present all the magic of theatre out in the open for you, our community, to share.  We truly are thrilled that you are here and hope that you find your moments to save in your memory banks. 

“It was a night for the memory bank”, a saying which is one of my father’s favorite.  My son & daughter who were seated on either side of me, both agreed.  Being that the performance was on a Friday evening, the kids were tired, like a lot of people by the end of the week.  However they were both on the edge of  their seats the entire performance. 

We entered the quaint venue which is in an old warehouse type of building in the Ward district of Guelph.  We could tell that we would be in for a special night as we peeked into the venue and could see the stage was adorned with brightly colored Slavic backdrops, a solo rock set on the left side of the stage, jewel covered high back chairs fit for a Princess. 

Later we would watch Princess Irenka looking into a mirror staring at her youthful beauty not knowing later in the evening she would be staring at gray hairs and wolf fingers, howling like a werewolf.  This is where we watch another character Baba Yaga pop out of a large trunk which also appeared stage on.

The story was introduced by two-headed cyborg dragons who tried to free the Firebird and save their land from the  evil Magician Koshchei who wanted to marry the beautiful Princess Irenka.  Luckily for her the story with its twists and turns Irenka returned to her beloved Alexa.

Leaving the show my son said to us, “That was sooooo good, everyone should come and watch this!”  Big sister Meaghan agreed and said she really enjoyed all of the costumes.  The Firebird costume was her most favorite, she said “it was so colorful and it looked like it was really well done”.  Meaghan thought Firebird was a really good dancer, and said she was inspired by her graceful dance movements.

The story of the Firebird inspired many literary works, including “The Little Humpback Horse” by Pyotr Yershov. The most famous production of the Firebird was by Sergei Diaghilev of Ballets Russes who commissioned composer Igor Stravinsky to create the enormously popular large-scale ballet score known as The Firebird.

The sound effects were a wonderful addition to the play.  The four foley artists who were in the background creating a meerut of sounds throughout the scenes helped bring more life to the production and were great to watch alongside the actors.

If you want to make some memories for you and your family, this is a great play to attend.  Buy your tickets here for this performance, http://www.guelphlittletheatre.com/tickets/.  Perhaps it will evoke memories of your childhood as you watch the Princesse, dragons and magician in this fairytale story.  Whoever you take with you, I am sure just like the director and my Dad say, “It will be one for the memory banks!”.

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

5 Things to do this Weekend in Wellington County!

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This time of year the mornings are cooler but still warm enough to wear only a light sweater or two, when attending one of the many events going on in our community.  Where is the sunshine the weather reporter promised us today with a high of 20…..MMMM I think they were wrong again.

Well this is not my favorite time of year with the shorter days and the cooler nights.  However the leaves are beautiful, with stunning colors dotting the harvested landscapes of the rural communities.  There is a lot going on in the Wellington County community this Fall, here are 5 top things you can mark on your calendars, and take advantageous of all of the adventures in our backyard!

 

  1.  FALL RURAL ROMP  (September 29th 10-4pm)

There is a wonderful self guided tour https://www.wellington.ca/en/business/tr-fallruralromp.aspx.  Print out the Map, fill the gas tank, grab a coffee and explore.

     2.  Fergus – Elora Studio Tour (September 22-23 / 29-30th 10-4pm)

Ever wondered what an artist’s studio looks like?  Now is your chance to check out fabulous artisans in Elora Fergus.  Here is the link for more information and a map to follow.  https://elorafergusstudiotour.com/

    3.  Culture Days (September 28, 29, 30)

This is a Canada wide event with the local areas in Wellington County hosting tons of great, free cultural events.  https://culturedays.ca/en/2018-activities/search/grid?location=city&postal_search=&postal_radius=25&province=&city_search=fergus+elora&city_radius=25&region_search=4801&search_all_activities=&day=&day%5B%5D=2018-09-28&day%5B%5D=2018-09-29&day%5B%5D=2018-09-30&start_time=&name=&organizer=&language=&wheelchair=0&type=&type%5B%5D=&category=&category%5B%5D=&keyword=&query=

  4.  Donkey Sanctuary Open Day – (September 30)

You have to go visit this amazing donkey sanctuary and maybe adopt your very own donkey?  https://www.guelphmercury.com/events/8881954-749859-donkey-sanctuary-open-day/

   5.  Aberfoyle Market (Saturday’s & Sunday’s)

Why not browse at the many vendors at this great outdoor market, open weekends.  https://aberfoyleantiquemarket.com/

 

Talk soon 

 

Nancy

Riverfest Elora 2018

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Have you ever attended RiverFest in Elora?  I hope you said YES; this is my 3rd year as an attendee at this amazing musical event which takes place along the banks of the Grand River in Elora.  They have been entertaining music lovers for 10 years and this was the biggest one yet, with the tens of thousands grooving back and forth under the moonlight!

The 3 day event takes place on the 3rd week in August, with local festival presenters working year round to bring this incredible weekend show to the town of Elora.  The weather was perfect this year, just a little drizzle of rain on the Friday night with the opening act JULY TALK, and Saturday evening was FLAMING LIPS and another big act was BLUE RODEO on Sunday night. 

A lot of other local talented bands such as Boo Radley Project, Bearskins, and Madison Galloway to name a few, kept the 3 stages rocking all weekend.  I had the opportunity to take in the Flaming Lips on Saturday night, and it felt surreal.  When I looked up into the sky all you could  these big colorful balls in the air with the biggest disco ball shining light on them along with huge blow up figures.  The crowd just roared when they came on stage, I must admit I had never heard of them, but walked away a new fan.

There were a lot of really cool vendors from henna tattoos, jewelery and fashions.  Check out my chat with the fashion designer, StudioKampino, who designs her own line of upcyled clothing. 

You can check out my FB page for the interview, https://www.facebook.com/wanderingwellingtoncounty/?hc_ref=ARRFC5ximMqK54VfugPsRM4yY8NMd2cx6XwPD7T9SXfBQm_o6CRc5TavmKdkAO21WqQ.  If you have never been before to this event,   mark your calendar for next years event, it is family friendly with a host of food vendors, so bring your appetite.  One of the great things is there is a ban on plastic bottles at the event, you will see everyone walking around with reusable mugs.    They fully support green initiatives which help save our environment such as the, “SAVE THE WATER Campaign”.   This year the blue mugs were easy to spot as this is the color of the beautiful water flowing from the Grand River along the boardwalk of the event. 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

 

 

 

Fergus Highland Games

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This community is so amazing there is just always something going on!  Centre Wellington was once again hosting the Annual Fergus Highland Games this August weekend.   I had the privilege of attending the opening ceremonies on the Friday evening. 

Ahhhh… the sound of those bag pipes, it was truly soul-stirring and when the Tattoo began, my heart seemed to have skipped a beat.  I found myself getting rather emotional, almost in tears which surprised me, however I don’t think I was alone in my thoughts as I looked around everyone was standing still and appeared to be just as in awe as I was.

I had the honour of meeting and chatting with Graham McTavish,  the Scottish Actor who portrays Dougal MacKenzie in the popular Outlander series.  Check out my chat with him on my FB social media, https://www.facebook.com/wanderingwellingtoncounty/?hc_ref=ARQNbIui3YV67rLi_OYe7MeqChO8gLxPQwWHonNU2InD-bhxNFeaiHNgHhgw6PeBSig

Last year when I attended the Fergus Highland Games I had the opportunity to meet the popular author of the Outlander series who was a special guest, http://www.dianagabaldon.com/ Diana Gabaldon.   She was full of grace, elegance and appeared humble amidst her immense popularity. Meeting both of these two talented public figures I believe is definitely the universe’s way of sending a message;  it is time to dust off the book I had purchased at last years event and delve into another world.

Another bonus of attending the Festival, is of course learning more about the culture and customs of different countries.  When one of the speakers shared some of his insight into the various clans in attendance, it is like I had a light bulb moment! I am rather embarrassed to admit this, however I had never seemed to fully comprehend the meaning of the Scottish Clans.  He explained it in a way I finally could understand a little more about this interesting culture.  Clans as I understood it for the first time in the Scottish context is another word for family.  If you are like me and need to understand a little more about the definition of the word, here is the Wikipedia definition below. 

A clan is a group of people united by actual or perceived kinship[1] and descent. Even if lineage details are unknown, clan members may be organized around a founding member or apical ancestor. Clans in indigenous societies tend to be exogamous, meaning that their members cannot marry one another. Clans proceeded more centralized forms of community organization and government, and exist in every country. Members may identify with a coat of arms or other symbol to show they are an independent clan. The kinship-based bonds may also have a symbolic ancestor, whereby the clan shares a “stipulated” common ancestor that is a symbol of the clan’s unity. When this “ancestor” is non-human, it is referred to as a totem, which is frequently an animal.

The word clan is derived from the Gaelic clann[1] meaning “children” or “progeny”; it is not from the word for “family” in either Irish[2][3] or Scottish Gaelic. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word was introduced into English in around 1425, as a label for the nature of the society of the Scottish Highlands

As I sat at a table with people watching the Tattoo, I felt more welcomed as the night was nearing its end.  Perhaps this is a glimpse into what the Scottish call a Clan, as it felt like we were part of a family.

As I have learned this life, there are various types of family,  not always blood.  What ever you call it, I love my “CLAN”.  You know who I am talking about, “those people who get you!”, “they have your back, they fight for you, they cry with you, they are family, they are your clan!” 

 Sláinte or until we meet again!

 

Talk soon,

 

Nancy

 

 

Wellington County Festival & Events Guide (Summer) 2018

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WELLINGTON COUNTY FESTIVALS AND EVENTS GUIDE 

EXPERIENCE WELLINGTON COUNTY Welcome to Wellington County. Get to know us better as you explore our back roads, visit our quaint towns and find your escape in our rural Ontario countryside. We have food that will require a second helping, breathtaking natural landscapes, an arts and culture scene to be envied and some of the coolest people you have yet to meet. Visit, visit again and make yourself at home. Show us your Wellington County. Get social and use hashtags for your chance to win. #experiencewellington

CULTURE HIGHLAND GAMES WHERE TRADITIONS ARE TRADITION.  You may feel like you have been transported to another time or place, but don’t worry there are many opportunities to experience remarkable events in Wellington County. Find your festival at Visit the Experience Wellington Website Gather, compete and celebrate at the Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Fergus, Ontario.

FOOD AND DRINK FOODIE FEST THE TABLE IS SET and the food is ready. Pull up your chair, we have a place waiting for you. In Wellington County we turn ingredients into adventure, find your new favourite and taste your way across the County. The Taste Real Local Food Fest celebrates all things food in Guelph and Wellington County.

Visit Visit the Taste Real website RURAL ROOTS ON THE FARM A NEW EXPERIENCE can be found at each bend in the road. Wellington County offers a chance to plant your feet, breathe in the fresh air and see what life on the farm really means. Let the Taste Real Local Food Map be your guide. Get yours at Visit the Taste Real Website Take part in the Spring and Fall Rural Romps, self-guided farm and food tours.

NATURAL LANDSCAPES GET OUTSIDE A MORNING OUT on the lake, an afternoon hike through the forest, or an evening under the stars. Wellington County gives you time to slow down, reconnect with nature and escape your everyday. Guelph Lake is one of five Grand River Parks in Wellington County, Visit the Grand River Website MUSIC FESTIVAL FAVOURITES THE SOUNDTRACK in Wellington County is rich, diverse and eclectic. Find the beat and be prepared to have the music take you away. This summer plan to attend Hillside Festival, Riverfest Elora and Elora Festival. Check out Visit the Experience Wellington Website

CHARM COUNTY TREASURES SPEND SOME TIME roaming through antique shops, strolling village streets and cruising County roads. Stay over in a charming bed and breakfast and beco • Elora Culinary Walking Tour • Elora Sculpture Project • Fergus Grand Theatre • Grand River Raceway, Elora • Harriston Town Hall Theatre • Headwaters Stable Tour, Erin • Hillsburgh Heritage Walking Trail • John Webb Gallery, Harriston • Minto Arts Gallery, Harriston • Mount Forest Museum and Archives • Norgan Theatre, Palmerston • OLG Slots, Elora • Ontario Steam Heritage Museum, Puslinch • Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum • The Gorge Cinema, Elora • Wellington County Museum and Archives SEASONAL • Aberfoyle Antique Market Sundays, April 29 – October 28, Puslinch • Donkey Sanctuary Sundays, May – October, Puslinch • Drayton Festival Theatre May 16 – October 14, Drayton • Elora Skyrider Zipline June 2 – September 30, Elora Gorge • Lynes Blacksmith Shop By appointment, June 1 – September 30, Kenilworth • McClintock’s Water Ski School May 15 – October 15, Puslinch Lake • Monster Month October 1 – 31, Downtown Elora • Strom’s Farm Harvest Fun Area September – October, Guelph Eramosa • Simple Pleasures for the Summer Wednesdays, July 4 – August 29, Wellington County Museum and Archives • 

FARMERS’ MARKETS • Erin Farmers’ Market McMillan Park, Village of Erin FRIDAYS, June 22 – September 29 • Rockwood Farmers’ Market and Live Music, 112 Main Street, Rockwood WEDNESDAYS, June 13 – October 3 • Elora Farmers’ Market Bissell Park, Elora SATURDAYS, May 5 – October 13 • Elora Farmers’ Market, Paddock Building, Grand River Raceway, Elora SATURDAYS, October 20 – December 22 • Minto Farmers’ Market, Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum SATURDAYS, June 2 – August 25 • Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market, 23 Brock Road South, Aberfoyle SATURDAYS, May 26 – October 27 • Wellington North Farmers’ Market, Victory Community Centre, Mount Forest FRIDAYS, May 25 – October 5 Dates subject to change. Please visit Visit the Experience Wellington Website APRIL • APRIL 6 National Tartan Day Concert, Fergus Grand Theatre • APRIL 8 Gallery Concert Series, Wellington County Museum and Archives • APRIL 8 Tartan Day, Downtown Fergus • APRIL 8 Tartan Day Historical Walking Tour, Downtown Fergus • APRIL 14 – 15 Elora Vintage and Antique Show, Elora Community Centre • APRIL 20 – 22 Guelph and District Kennel Club Dog Show, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus • APRIL 20 – 28 Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Grand River Raceway, Elora • APRIL 26 Wordfest, Elora Centre For the Arts • APRIL 29 Grand Taste, Grand River Raceway, Elora MAY • MAY 3 Flutters, Frocks and Flowers, Main Street, Village of Erin • MAY 4 – 6 Elora Festival Annual Giant Book Sale, Elora Curling Club • MAY 4 – 6 Spring Rain Weekend,Belwood Hall • MAY 6 Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus • MAY 6 EW-CS High Tea and High Heels, St. Andrew’s Church, Hillsburgh • MAY 6 Elora Writers’ Festival, Wellington County Museum and ArchivesMAY 9 – 11 Fergu •

JUNE

6 – 8 Canadian National Fly-Fishing Champships, Centre Wellington • JUNE 9 Doors Open Erin, Various locations in the Town of Erin • JUNE 9 Drayton Kinettes, Super Hero Soiree, Ag Hall, Drayton Fairgrounds • JUNE 10 Donkey Day, The Donkey Sanctuary, Puslinch • JUNE 14 Aberfoyle Agricultural Society Chicken Barbeque, Puslinch Community CentreJUNE 15 Mapleton Custom Rodders Car Show, Moorefield Ball Diamonds • JUNE 16 Rotary Club of Erin presents “Ribfest”, McMillan Park, Village of Erin • JUNE 16 Doors Open Fergus and Elora, Various Locations across Fergus and Elora • JUNE 16 Doors Open Historical Walking Tours, Fergus and Elora • JUNE 16 Subaru Triathlon Series at Guelph Lake, Guelph Lake Conservation Area • JUNE 16 Touch a Truck, Harriston and Minto Community Centre, Harriston •

JUNE 20 – SEPTEMBER 1Insights, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JUNE 21 Sensational Elora’s Fabulous Fergus Pub Night, Four pubs throughout Fergus • JUNE 23 Puslinch Lake Alive Living Home Tour, Old Marina Restaurant, Puslinch • JUNE 23 Palmerston Handcar Races, Palmerston Railway Museum • JUNE 23 Party in the Park, Palmerston Lion’s Heritage Park • JUNE 24 Local Food Fest, Ignatius Jesuit Centre • JUNE 24 Celebrate Sunrise Summer Fundraiser, Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, Puslinch • JUNE 24 Fergus Horticultural Society Garden Tour, Various locations across Fergus • JUNE 29 – 30 Clifford Classic Truck Show, Clifford Rotary Park • JUNE 29 – JULY 2 Arthur Optimists Canada Day Weekend Celebration, Arthur Fairgrounds and Community Centre • JUNE 30 Drayton Kinsmen Wing Night and Concert, Drayton Fairgrounds

 JULY 

Orton’s Annual Canada Day Celebration, Orton • JULY 1 Get in Touch for Hutch, Arthur Community Centre • JULY 1 Puslinch Canada Day Pancake Breakfast and Fireworks, Puslinch Community Centre • JULY 1, Canada Day Fireworks, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus • JULY 1 Dominion Day Elora, Downtown Elora and Bissell Park • JULY 1 Canada Day Celebration, Crossroads Life Church, Harriston • JULY 1 Canada Day Fireworks Display, Drayton Fairgrounds • JULY 2 – 6 Arthur SU Sports Camp, Arthur Community Centre • JULY 4 – AUGUST 29Twilight at Templin, Templin Gardens, Fergus • JULY 5 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JULY 6 Annual Wiener Dog Race, Grand River Raceway, Elora • JULY 6 – 15 Elora Community Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, Bissell Park, Elora • JULY 7 FEDS Annual Special Needs Soccer Festival, Victoria Park, Fergus • JULY 7 – 8 Black Sheep Contemporary Textile Festival, Elora Centre For the Arts • JULY 8 Conestogo Lake Annual Fishing Derby, Conestogo Lake Conservation Area • JULY 12 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JULY 13 – 15 Hillside Festival, Guelph Lake Conservation Area • JULY 13 – 29 Elora Festival, Various locations in Elora • JULY 19 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JULY 20 – 22 Mount Forest Fireworks Festival, 514 Main Street North, Mount Forest • JULY 26 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JULY 28 Fergus Ghost Walk, The Bookery, Fergus • JULY 28 Fergus Medieval Faire, Downtown Fergus

AUGUST

 AUGUST 2 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • AUGUST 3 – 5 Jeff Davie Memorial 3-Pitch Tournament, Palmerston and Harriston Ball Diamonds • AUGUST 4 – 6 Pirate Fest, Marden Park • AUGUST 4 Sensational Elora’s Film on a Plate, The Gorge Cinema, Elora • AUGUST 6 Grand River Raceway Industry Day, Grand River Raceway, Elora • AUGUST 9 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • AUGUST 9 Pipes, Plaid and Pageantry Parade, Downtown Fergus • AUGUST 10 Fergus Ghost Walk, The Bookery, Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 12 Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 11 Fergus Scottish Festival, Downtown Edition!, Downtown Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 11 Fergus Scottish Festival, Historical Walking Tours, Downtown Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 11 Psychic Fair, The Bookery, Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 12 Drayton 161st Fair, ‘Best Pickin’ in Mapleton, Drayton Fairgrounds • AUGUST 11 Fergus Ghost Walk, The Bookery, Fergus • AUGUST 11 Downtown Harriston Street Party, Savour in the Street and Street Dance, Elora St. S, Harriston • AUGUST 17 -19 Riverfest Elora, Bissell Park, Elora • AUGUST 18 Spirit in the Hills Family Fun Day and Classic Car Show, Main Street, Hillsburgh • AUGUST 18 – 19 Classic Ford Truck Show, Arthur Fairgrounds • AUGUST 18 Mount Forest Agricultural Society 159th Annual Fall Fair, Mount Forest and District Sports Complex • AUGUST 22 – 26 Annual Palmerston Fair, Palmerston Fairgrounds • AUGUST 24 – 25 Grand River Truck and Tractor Pull, Grand River Raceway, Elora • AUGUST 24 – 25 Campin’ and Jammin’ in the Park, Drayton Fairground • AUGUST 25 Alma Car Show, Wallace Cummings Park, Alma • AUGUST 26 Antique and Classic Car Show, Wellington County Museum and Archives • AUGUST 26 Tri Kids Triathlon, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus 

There are over 200 festivals and events in Wellington County every year. Visit Visit the Experience Wellington Website, https://www.wellington.ca/en/business/resources/TasteReal2017/PDF-Files/2018-Festivals-and-Events-Guide—Accessible-Doc.pdf.

 

Talk soon, 

 

Nancy

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5 THINGS to Do this WEEKEND

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Hey Canada … It’s the official May 24 weekend upon us!   Yeah… for me and many more Canadian’s that always signifies the unofficial start of the SUMMER.  I hope you enjoy your long weekend and the many adventures which await you this start of the season ahead of us.  Perhaps your jumping in your car heading to your cottage or camping at one of the local provincial parks.  Or maybe you are hanging out locally and just chilling.  Here are some great local events going on in Wellington County this weekend.  

 

Elora PLEIN AIR :  http://grandandgorgeous.com/event/elora-en-plein-air/

Grand River Raceway Fireworks:  https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/index.cfm?page=detail&itmno=3272

2Rivers Festival:  https://www.guelphmercury.com/events/8594070-701051-2rivers-festival-2018/

The Royal Wedding at the Secret Garden Tea House: http://www.thesecretgardenteahouse.com/upcoming-events

Hillsburgh Garden Club Plant Sale:  http://www.erin.ca/whats-on/details?id=ff84113f-e7f2-41b5-974b-d4024b9b1466

 

Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

 

 

 

 

Every Women Needs a Day Out to Celebrate Spring!

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Have you ever heard of this type of event, A Ladies Day Out? I had been invited to attend this event, and I wasn’t sure how long I would plan on staying as my day was a busy one.  If anyone knows me, I often am a late arrival.  I like to think I am fashionably late.  My daughter and I checked out the event schedule at registration and having walked thru the hallway of the scheduled 2 or 3 different workshops we chose the workshop about, “Color Trends of 2018” which was starting in a half hour. 

My eleven year old daughter Meaghan and I settled into the comfy chairs at the Cutten Fields.  We were immediately transported into a world filled with colour and beauty from the soft-spoken workshop presenter, owner Volumes of Space.  This presentation brought on a renewed excitement about how colours can play such a big part of your everyday world! Moving along into the day we collected our thoughts and our gifted bottles of shiny new OPI nail polish and headed over to our next stop, the vendor market.

Entering the room next door which housed the many vendors of the day, the sight of rustic wood containers immediately caught my eye and I knew I had to have one before the day was out.  I kept walking along and found the perfect little colourful primrose plants for my container and then checked out the various vendors.  Maybe it was the smell or the funky colours but I spotted another item I needed, a sampler package of local handcrafted soaps.  Next stop was the friendly registration table to check out what time the afternoon sessions would be starting. 

Maybe it was the rumble of our stomachs or the aromas from the main dining hall which were calling our name, along with, “Mom I am hungry, can we eat lunch now?”  Lunch was served and it was a very delicious lunch indeed.  My daughter was thrilled at just how fancy everything was, “Oh … Mom, look at that, and ohhhh Mom deserts too!”  The presentation was lovely and the taste of the salad bar & chicken were excellent, just perfect for a “Ladies Day Out!” 

I sipped on a freshly brewed coffee and watched as my daughter browsed the desert bar.  The next item of the day was the lovely fashion show from Tsuga Boutique showcasing their latest Spring collection.  Later we strolled the beautiful raffle table and purchased some tickets to try our luck. 

Speaking of workshops, my daughter and I had an amazing afternoon with full bellies creating at the, “Make & Take” project.  We made some really cool rustic barn board frames with the cutest little succulent plants.  This was our last workshop of the day.  Proudly carrying our finished creations we decided to stop by the raffle table to see if the winners had been selected as of yet.

My daughter has just started horseback riding and when she turned to me and said, “Mom I won the picture of the horse on from the raffle table, I couldn’t believe my eyes, her name was listed as a winner on the picture!”  We had to borrow a box to carry our 6 raffle items we won, along with our Make and Take Crafts, and our beautiful Tulips Centrepiece we purchased with proceeds from the event supporting Michael House Guelph.

A big Thank you to Karen, who was the event organizer for the “Inaugural Celebrate Spring, Ladies Day Out!”  We had such an amazing day out!   Next year we are going to arrive earlier in the day to take advantage of the full day, and to take part in more workshops. 

I highly recommend you attend this event next Spring, and also check out Karen’s website for future events coming up, http://joynusevents.ca/michael-house/.  This woman who wore a smile on her face all day, really knows how to host an event which will sure to create a lasting impression on you.  

 

Talk Soon ~

 

Nancy

 

EVENTS Wellington County 2018 MARCH

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Wellington Advertiser:   http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/index.cfm?page=community

Wellington County Business & Industry:  https://calendar.wellington.ca/business/Month

Wellington County Events:  https://www.centrewellington.ca/beactive/Pages/Events-Calendar.aspx

The Grand 101 Events:  http://thegrand101.com/events

Wellington County Museum:  https://www.wellington.ca/en/museum-and-archives.aspx

Grand River Raceway:  https://grandriverraceway.com/

Gorge Cinema Elora:  http://www.gorgecinema.ca/

The Annual BRO Show:  http://grandandgorgeous.com/event/4th-annual-bro-show/

Wellington County Library (March break):  https://www.wellington.ca/en/discover/event-2.aspx

The Elora Singers: http://www.elorasingers.ca/

Fergus Grand Theatre:  https://www.centrewellington.ca/beactive/Pages/Fergus-Grand-Theatre.aspx

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Meet 2018 Guelph Y – Women of Distinction Nominees

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This year’s 2018 YMCA – YWCA Women of Distinction honorees are:

  • Bolatito Alawode 
  • Claire Martin
  • Lisa Browning
  • Tami Martino
  • Nia Dennis
  • Teresa McKeeman
  • Brenda Gibson
  • Jackie Morris
  • Crystal Gong
  • Tanya Olsen
  • Dr. Sally Humphries
  • Dominique O’Rourke
  • Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs
  • Jagoda Pike
  • Jaya James 
  • Lee-Ann Prickett
  • Hayley Kellett
  • Rosalind Slater
  • Dr. Bonnie A. Mallard 
  • Sarah Spry

Wandering Wellington County had the privilege of attending the 23 rd Annual Women of Distinctions opening Honorees ceremony which took place at the Guelph YMCA-YWCA on February 13th.  It was a small intimate gathering of all of the 20 honorees meeting for the first time.  Local business women and community champion and Honorary Chair,  Marissa Teeter announced the 2018 nominees.  honorees had a chance to get to know each other with informal question and answers, and enjoyed some great deserts and refreshments. 

Marissa shares, “Being a part of this remarkable community is such an honour and this year we want everyone from family members, to coworkers to community champions to be celebrated for their support of these remarkable Women of Distinction.  These amazing women build villages up, have villages that surround them and support them, and together these 20 honorees will join a new village, a new community of Women in Distinction.”

It Takes A Village, is this years theme for the 2018 Guelph YMCA – YWCA Women of Distinction’s Awards; it represents the initiative to make the event more inclusive, accessible, than ever before. It acknowledges that the women who are involved represent a long list of individuals behind and around her who have inspired her.

This season, the Guelph Y will be giving individuals and businesses in our community the opportunity to purchase subsidized tickets for others. By having this option, it gives men and women of all ages the opportunity to attend the event and leave feeling inspired.

Ticket Sales for this event taking place on May 3rd at the RiverRun Centre will be on sales, beginning March 8, International Women’s Day, and launched at the Innovation Guelph Women’s Day Gala.  For those who would like to purchase subsidized tickets prior to March 8, 2018 please contact Erica Charlesworth, Supervisor of Development by email at Erica.Charlesworth@guelph.ymca.ca or by phone at 519-824-5150 ext. 255. 

We will be interviewing these talented and interesting women who come from all walks of life and share some of their inspiring stories.  Check out our FB page for a great interview with one of the 20 nominees Tanya Olsen, owner of Royal City Nursery and Erica Charlesworth, Event Organizer of this years event.

https://www.facebook.com/wanderingwellingtoncounty/?hc_ref=ARR_B8kRo_pE4EMMyOScjdoq4ANX1XScaGj0NyYuLSM2iP7KhAWzPvkj4hbTMWB2eG8&fref=nf

 

Talk soon, 

 

Nancy

 

 

 

 

 


February EVENTS in Wellington County

Events

WANDERING WELLINGTON COUNTY -Adventures in My Backyard EVENTS

Here is a list of some events going on in Wellington County  FEBRUARY 2018 

(Let us know about your event, info@wellingtoncounty.com)

Thankful

 

GROUND HOG DAY –  https://www.facebook.com/Wiartonwillie/

VALENTINES DAY – Feb. 14th – http://wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Valentine-slider.png

FAMILY DAY – Feb 19th – Wellington County Museum https://www.wellington.ca/en/discover/events.aspx

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER – https://grandriverraceway.com/murder-mystery-dinner-theatre/

Wellington Advertiser Event Listing – http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/index.cfm?page=community

The Grand Radio Events Listing – http://thegrand101.com/events