Our Favourite Picks for Winter 2013
Must sing, dance, read, play hockey and eat local food!
Though reading glasses aren’t required. On March 1, 2014, the Orangeville Public Library becomes a “Human Library” – in which people are the “books.”
The goal of the worldwide Human Library movement is to dispel prejudice by promoting personal contact that broadens people’s understanding of one another. The books in a human library are usually people who have faced prejudice, stereotyping and misunderstanding. Readers, who can sign out a book for 30 minutes of respectful conversation, are encouraged to examine their own views and choose books that represent different ones.
Must tickle a funny bone
Penned by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, this award-winning Canadian play treats audiences to the hilarious follies of a cast of zany characters – a ditzy showgirl, an unflappable English butler, a bumbling Latin Lothario, an absent-minded dowager, and of course, a drowsy (i.e., tipsy) chaperone.
Directed by Gregory Dickinson, the production debuts at Orangeville’s Town Hall Opera House. Saturday evening performances start at 8 p.m. on January 11, 18 and 25. Sunday matinées take place on January 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for children younger than 12. orangevillemusictheatre.com
Must lace up
The Alton Mill Arts Centre will be hockey central when it hosts several events that will not only delight fans of Canada’s national winter sport, but also support the Alton Millpond Rehabilitation Project.
The puck drops at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, when BookLore co-hosts an afternoon with musician, writer and avid hockey fan Dave Bidini, who will talk about his latest book Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Leafs. Also look for the Rubber Brothers and a couple of surprises. Tickets are $10 at the Alton Mill, 1402 Queen St., Alton, or at BookLore, 121 First St., Orangeville.
The weekend of January 25 and 26 will see a hat trick of events. On Saturday area teams will compete in the prestigious Alton Millpond Hockey Tournament. The burning question? Will the Alton Beavers avenge last year’s 32-27 loss to the Caledon Quarrymen?
On Saturday evening watch a Leafs’ game and enjoy the Hot Stove Lounge Pub Night. And all weekend the mill and the millpond will be the focus of Fire and Ice, a “festival of flames, food and fine art.” altonmill.ca
On November 30, the Headwaters Concert Choir joins the Great Lakes Symphony in Orangeville to present Handel’s Messiah from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 5 First St. Admission is $23 ($20 for seniors and students) and free for children younger than 16. Tickets are available at BookLore in Orangeville. Or call 905-495-6752 or email [email protected].
On December 8, raise your voice in song when the Orange Peel Carollers lead a Christmas singalong at the Claude Church, 15175 Hurontario St., Caledon. The evening starts at 7:30 and also features storytelling and hot apple cider. Music will fill the church again when the Headwaters Concert Choir presents their Celtic Christmas at 4 p.m. on December 21.
Tickets for each event can be purchased at the door or ordered online at ticketscene.ca.
For more information on the Claude Church concerts, call 416-668-4390 or visit claudechurch.com. And to find out about the many other opportunities to enjoy seasonal music in these hills, click to the listings in “What’s On,” our online community calendar.
Must think local
… food, that is. Get inspired at the second annual Headwaters Food Summit and Local Food Trade Fair sponsored by the Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance.
Keynote speaker Ralph Martin, Loblaw chair in sustainable food production at the University of Guelph, heads a lineup of speakers and session leaders, including Rebecca LeHeup, executive director of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, and others actively involved in the movement to focus attention on local food and farming issues.
The event takes place on Monday, November 25, at the Royal Ambassador Event Centre in Caledon. Food Summit sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Local Food Trade Fair is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Fee is $40.
For information about the speakers and sessions and to register online, go to headwaterscommunities.org.