Blog Category: Arts, Culture & Heritage

What’s Happening in the Kawarthas this May Long Weekend

Kawarthas May Long Weekend

The arrival of the May Long Weekend is a sure sign that summer is on its way, and we couldn’t be more excited. To help you kick off the start of summer in the Kawarthas, we’ve compiled a list of some events happening in the area this upcoming long weekend (Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20th)!

1) Buckhorn Spring Craft Show

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The Buckhorn Community Centre is hosting the Buckhorn Spring Craft Show on Saturday, May 18th from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 19th from 10am-4pm.

At the Spring Craft Show, you’ll find over 75 exhibitors and artisans with home made products such as, clothing, jewelry, home decor and much more!  The show is set in a park-like setting, so you can walk from building to building to see all the exhibitors as well as take a break in the park.

The Crafters Cafe will be open with homemade soups, sandwiches and more. The BCC is fully accessible, and has free parking and a shuttle bus, too!

2) Lakefield Village Lions Club Fundraising Raffle

Make sure to stop by Lakefield Foodland on Friday, May 17th for the Lakefield Village Lions Club‘s Fundraising Raffle. They will be at Lakefield Foodland throughout the day raising funds for the Christ Church Community Museum restoration project.
There are (6) $100 Gift Certificates to be won! Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The draw takes place May 30th. Don’t miss out for a chance to win while supporting this important community project.

3) Cuddles for Cancer Bake Sale

CUDDLESLooking to enjoy some yummy baking over the long weekend? Cuddles for Cancer is hosting a Bake Sale on Saturday, May 18th from 8am-noon at the Century 21 Office in Lakefield.

All baked goods are $2 and proceeds from the sale will go towards the Cuddles for Cancer United Kingdom Trip.

4) Lakefield Village Lions Club Annual Bake Sale

The Lakefield Village Lions Club is also hosting a bake sale on the May Long Weekend!

Their Annual Bake Sale is taking place on Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 am on the Baker & Cole Law Office Front Porch! Stop by for a variety of fresh home baked goods.  Make sure to go early – they sell out fast!

5) Spring Book Sales in Lakefield, Ennismore and Bridgenorth

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Annual Spring Book Sales are taking place throughout Selwyn Township on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th! The Annual Spring Book Sales are a great opportunity to find hidden treasures, save the environment, support the library and get more bang for your buck.
Dates/Locations:
  1. Bridgenorth Annual Spring Book Sale – Friday, May 17th, 9am-5pm. In front of the Causeway Treasure Trove (826 Ward St. Bridgenorth). “Weather permitting”
  2. Lakefield Annual Spring Book Sale – Saturday, May 18th from 9am-1pm. Centennial Room beside the Lakefield Library (2 Queen Street, Lakefield)
  3. Ennismore Annual Spring Book Sale – Saturday, May 18th from 9am-3pm. Optimist Hall below the Ennismore Library (551 Ennis Road, Ennismore)

6) Annual Plant Sale

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Annual Plant Sale with the Lakefield Horticultural Society is taking place this Saturday, May 18th at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield from 8:00am – 11:30am.

The sale is held each year to help raise funds for the organization’s activities in Lakefield. Specifically, the funds are used to purchase and plant the hanging baskets in the Village, the gardens in Cenotaph park, and around the Library.

Stop by for a selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and maybe even some trees and shrubs. The sale runs rain or shine.

7) Spring Art Show at Whetung Ojibwa Centre

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There’s a Spring Art Show taking place at Whetung Ojibwa Centre in Curve Lake First Nation on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm daily. The show will feature Whetung Ojibwa Centre’s most popular artists. They will be displaying their craft and new ideas both days!

Explore Curve Lake this Weekend with the Annual Curve Lake Pow Wow

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At the end of every summer, Curve Lake First Nation holds their annual Pow Wow. This year, the Pow Wow is taking place September 15th and 16th (this weekend!) at Lance Woods Park. The weather for this weekend is shaping up to be warm and summer-y, perfect for spending the day outdoors at Lance Woods Park in Curve Lake!

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Lance Woods Park – Curve Lake First Nation

The Pow Wow is a great opportunity to try traditional foods and dances, listen to traditional songs and stories and get to know the Indigenous peoples in our area.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a Sunrise Ceremony taking place at 6AM as well as a Grand Entry at 12PM. There is going to be lots of dancing, contests and presentations to re-establish old friendships and meet new people!

There will also be many vendors and performers attending. You’ll find a great selection of crafts, artwork, jewelry, food and more.

Admissions Fees:

13 to 59-years-old – $8 each

6 to 12-year-olds – $5 each

5-years-old and under – Free

The Safe Travels Program will also be running this weekend for the Pow Wow. The free shuttle will be travelling from the Curve Lake Church to the Peterborough Bus Terminal only.

Check out the schedule below:

Departure from Curve Lake Church
10:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Arrives at Peterborough Bus Terminal
10:45 am
12:45 pm
2:45 pm
4:45 pm

Departure from Peterborough Bus Terminal back to Curve Lake Church
10:55 am
12:55 pm
2:55 pm
4:55 pm

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Photo from the 2007 Curve Lake Pow Wow – Curve Lake Cultural Centre

Some Tips for Attending the Pow Wow

If it is your first time attending the Curve Lake Pow Wow, here are some helpful tips:

1. During Grand Entry, everyone stands as the Eagle Staff, flags and dancers enter. The Master of Ceremonies will announce other events that require standing as a gesture of respect.

2. Consider the privacy of the participants by always asking permission before you photograph or record them. This includes spectators, craftspeople, dancers and singers.

3. Certain dances and ceremonies are not permitted to be recorded or photographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when such activities are not allowed.

4. Please do not touch the dancers’ regalia, as they hold special meaning. Handmade regalia, which can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, are cherished and often made by respected family members.

5. Feel free to join in the inter-tribal dancing. The Master of Ceremonies will announce these dances and invite all to join.

6. Drugs or alcohol are not permitted.

7. Pets are not allowed.

8. Bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, water and a good appetite.

A Little About Curve Lake

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Curve Lake First Nation

Curve Lake is located ~25 km northeast of Peterborough, Ontario. The territory includes a mainland peninsula and large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lake. Those living on Curve Lake First Nation are Ojibwa and belong to the “Mississaugas of the great Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe)” nation.

For all the history lovers out there,  Curve Lake used to be called Mud Lake Reserve #35. It was called “Mud Lake”  because the territory fell along Mud Lake, also known as Wabuskummug, meaning “place of clay earth.” In 1913, the community changed its name to Curve Lake First Nation (officially in 1964).  The community is named Wshkiigomang (Curve Lake) because of its location on a peninsula. Its name is inspired by the wshkii , referring to the curve of the land hitting the edge of the water. You can learn more about Curve Lake First Nation and its history here.

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New Life for Parks Canada Property?

Over several months the Kawartha Chamber has been meeting with Parks Canada, community members and the Township of Selwyn to explore opportunities for 2 Smith Street, Lakefield. This waterfront property is owned by Parks Canada and was previously used as the Trent-Severn Waterway Maintenance Shop. As many will know, the building hasn’t been used for quite some time and the windows are boarded up – not a desirable image for the Village.

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One of the possible uses is an Arts & Culture Hub. A group of local artists, lead by Kay Gregg, have been Akin Collective who have spearheaded similar projects. Akin is enthusiastic about evaluating the potential in Lakefield.

The Kawartha Chamber is partnering with the local artists and Akin to apply for funding to conduct a feasibility study and prepare a business plan. Akin is taking the lead on the application and report writing and would appreciate your input. With a focus on community and creativity, they are eager to look at ways to bring new life to the Trent-Severn Waterway Maintenance Yard. Your ideas and suggestions will be invaluable to the process of defining and designing the property, and they cannot wait to learn what you feel would cultivate a dynamic and creative space for the community.

A short, online survey can be completed here: http://www.akincollective.com/lakefield Please feel free to share with others who may be interested.

 WHO IS AKIN?

Akin is a Toronto based not-for-profit arts organization that provides affordable studio space to over 250 visual artists, designers and creatives. Our studios maintain an inclusive, friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavours and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. We also host a variety of arts programming and educational events on an on-going basis across three streams: professional development opportunities for practicing artists, creative workshops and programs, and community engagement projects. As a matter of principle, all Akin events are free or low cost and are open to the public.”

2017 Lakefield Sidewalk Sale

Come on out to Lakefield this Saturday, August 12th 2017 for the Annual Sidewalk Sale.

This Saturday, from 9:00am till 3:00pm, Queen St. in Lakefield between Albert and Reid St will be closed to traffic and open to the public for a one of a kind shopping experience.

The Sidewalk Sale features some of Lakefield’s own Business’ which will include; clothing, home decor, spa services, live music, and more. (more…)

Celebrating Canadian Artists

The Gallery on the Lake is celebrating its 17th year of operation this year and will be showcasing an incredible line-up of world class art to help Canada celebrate its 150th birthday.

Opening July 1st is the most noteworthy event, a group show, entitled “Celebrating Canadian Artists!” This exhibit will showcase amazing artwork, including sculptures, by our very best artists and will continue through to July 28th. This event also provides a fantastic opportunity to meet many of the artists in person. (more…)