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July 6, 2016

 

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Clown Sandy Skalin, Muriel Farmer, Irene Latimer and clown Sam Kelsey made this year’s Charleston Canada Day celebration a special event.  Photo: Sally Smid

 

Charleston Canada Day

 

By Sally Smid

The 2016 edition of the Charleston’s Canada Day Celebration was once again a spirited and well attended event.  The fun started with the annual Poker Run on the Lake in cold temperatures with winner Lynn Coleman taking home a prize of $805. 

Organizers were glad that it warmed up later for the evening events including a variety of refreshments, face painting, free glow gifts and music provided by the Rifle and the Writer that had the crowd singing along and moving to familiar rock songs. 

“We are so thankful to all of the many volunteers and business sponsors that helped to make the day a success,” said Irene Latimer, secretary of Charleston FX, the FX referring to special “effects”. And certainly those special effects came in the form of a crowd pleasing program of fireworks. The light show  began after 10:00 was the main event.

A large variety of lighted boats, gathering for the occasion, surrounded the village giving the waterfront an extra festive feeling.

This year included a moment of silence honouring the late Wayne Kelsey who was a big supporter of the event for many years. Other winners for the day included a 50/50 draw of $3,102 which was won by Nancy Campbell and a framed print won by Jan Reisberg. All funds received go towards Charleston FX for 2017.

 

More Canada Day coverage on page 3

 

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Liane Salmon, Textiles Festival organizer, helped to raise awareness of textiles and weavers in the area.  Photo: Catherine Orth                                                                                                          

 

Textiles festival displayed fabrics and more

 

By Catherine Orth

 

The Lansdowne Textiles Festival held on Saturday, June 25, at the Community Building in Lansdowne had an impressive, almost magical quality. Colourful displays, creations of wool and fabric, weavings, quilts, spun and dyed yarns, jammed the auditorium, the seniors’ room, and the former township offices, spilling out to the grounds creating an impressive patch work itself. The exhibit was packed with admiring customers and demonstrations were aplenty. Spinners spinning, weavers weaving, quilters quilting, sewers sewing, it was a myriad of creative activity. Beautiful appliqués knitted dolls and animals,, an antique feather weight singer sewing machine, spinning wheels, fresh techniques like kumihimo (a type of Japanese  weaving,), quilts of every design and colour, tapestries, rug hooking. One appreciative attendee called it “dazzling”. 

Organizer Liane Salmon was thrilled with the turn out. Her mission was to raise awareness of textiles and weavers in the area.

This was indeed accomplished; Salmon proposed the idea at a LAFR meeting in February and headed the subcommittee that got the festival launched.

She said, “The parking lot was full and attendance from the public was high, even into the afternoon. Exhibitors were on time and ready to share their knowledge.”

One important work being done by quilting guilds is making quilts and donating them to cancer patients. There are many guilds that do this and one example is Victoria Quilts Canada. Their mission is to `provide handmade quilts to people with cancer. By providing  quilts that, 'bring physical comfort to those dealing with cancer, as well as spiritual comfort in knowing they are not alone in their struggle.

“Quilting itself can be healing and spiritual in nature,” said quilter Joan Hubbard. “It brings people together for friendship which it is particularly helpful with the isolation of living alone in the country.” 

Quilting guilds are in most communities. In Leeds and The Thousand Islands it is the Thousand Island Quilters Guild. Their mission is to provide a place for quilters to meet and exchange ideas. The Guild presents qualified quilting experts at seminars and workshops, and produces quilting projects for the community.

The Thousand Island Guild will be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary next year with a three day quilt show in May in Brockville.

When asked if there would be a Textiles Festival in Lansdowne next year, Salmon promptly answered, “It’s in the planning!”

For further information contact Liane Salmon at 613-659-4708.

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