Our favourite picks for Spring 2015
“I’m Your Fan” by Allan Boers. Part of the photography show Auto Exposed: A Snap from the Past to a Shot of the Future.
Join the buzz as Headwaters communities welcome the Pan Am torchbearers in mid-June. The 41-day Pan Am Torch Relay, which starts with the lighting of the torch in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexico, launches in Toronto on May 30 and culminates with the lighting of the cauldron on July 10 at the opening cere- monies of this summer’s Pan American Games. The relay is a foretaste of the excitement that will grip Headwaters when the equestrian events take place at Will O’Wind Farm in Mono and at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Palgrave.
On Friday, June 12, torchbearers will carry the flame through Shelburne and on to stops in Mono and Orangeville. And on Saturday, June 13, the torch will stop in Palgrave, Bolton, Inglewood, Belfountain, Alton and Caledon East, in conjunction with Caledon Day festivities.
Routes and times are approximate for now, so watch the Pan Am website for updates at toronto2015.org/torch-relay, or check your municipal website.
Also in the lead-up to the Games, Caledon Public Library has planned a number of events, including a short story writing contest for local writers of all ages. The contest closes April 30, so get your fingers tapping that keyboard. And Discover Pan Am, a workshop for kids aged six to 12, takes place at the Margaret Dunn Valleywood Branch on May 11. For more on these and other library events, call 905-857-1400 or go to caledon.library.on.ca.
The focus will be on photography on Saturday evening, May 9, when the 18 photographers of Click Connect exhibit their latest works in a show titled Auto Exposed: A Snap from the Past to a Shot of the Future. But photos aren’t the only attraction – live entertainment, refreshments and a surprise or two are also planned.
Fittingly, Auto Exposed takes place in the showroom of MacMaster Buick GMC on Highway 9, east of Orangeville. A project of Community Living Dufferin, Click Connect creates opportunities for photographers with developmental disabilities.
Tickets are $10, and proceeds go to support the photographers. For information, see communitylivingdufferin.ca/events
If the antics of Persephone Township’s Walt Wingfield leave you in stitches, you’ll want to catch the latest creation of playwright and award-winning humorist Dan Needles. Baco Noir is the rollicking tale of what happens when Bruce Berne decides to pursue his dream of growing grapes and making wine the natural way. Needless to say, things don’t go quite as planned for the hapless oenologist.
Bruce’s hilarious misadventures in wine making are based on Needles’ own experiences, which he wrote about in the summer 2013 issue of In The Hills.
The world premiere of Baco Noir takes place at Theatre Orangeville on Friday, May 8. The production continues that weekend and every Wednesday through Sunday until May 24. For tickets, call Theatre Orangeville’s box office at 519-942-3423, or online at theatreorangeville.ca.
Caledon East triathlete Andrew Yorke is determined to compete for Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and he has a good shot at realizing this dream – with a little help from his friends. A group of Caledon residents has mobilized to support Andrew’s Olympic journey and organized a fundraising dinner on Friday, May 1 at Glen Eagle Golf Club, north of Bolton.
Andrew has already made his mark on the international triathlon world. He was a Team Canada alternate at the 2012 London Olympics, and last year he finished fourth at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. This summer, hometown crowds will have a chance to cheer him on when he competes in the Toronto Pan Am Games.
Dinner tickets are $90. Order at 416-791-9308 or friendsofandrewyorke.com.
Join Dufferin’s bibliophiles in reading this year’s One Book One County selection, The Massey Murder. Award-winning author Charlotte Gray’s account of the scandalous shooting and trial that shook staid Toronto a hundred years ago is part social history, part true crime – and totally gripping.
Gray will be on hand to read from her book when the grand finale of One Book One County takes place at Shelburne’s Grace Tipling Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. Tickets are $10, available at BookLore on First Street, Orangeville, or at the libraries in Orangeville, Grand Valley and Shelburne.
Nancy Frater of BookLore helped select The Massey Murder, and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, she will be at The Farmhouse Pottery on Hockley Road in Mono to reminisce about her 25-year journey with the independent bookstore that has become an Orangeville institution. Tickets are $15 and include refreshments. Call 519-941-6654 or go to pacepottery.com.