Posts By RichHelms

Magnolia’s Studio Christmas Show & Sale

10209 3rd Concession (5 km. N of Davis)

Nov. 22 & 23, 10 – 4 pm

For details, contact (905) 473-1672

Fall 2008 Issue

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Jane Loewen

All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera)
Voice and Piano – Live recording at the Foster Memorial – July 18, 2008

Maneli Jamal

Mahur (from his demo CD)

Maneli Jamal – Cold Arrival
(LIVE @ Uxbridge Music Hall)

Visit Maneli’s website other video performances.

Kim Brown

Maggie’s Field (title song from her 2002 CD)
* Violin by Anne Lindsay, featured guest at this year’s Celebration of the Arts Gala Concert.

Anne Lindsay

Through the Looking Glass (from her 2007 CD – News from up the street)

Diana Lopez Sato

AVEFUEGO (aerial & firedance performance)

Lunch Hour Concert Series

Gareth Anderson

Jesus Christ Superstar (piano – age 11)

Maggie Anderson

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (singing – Carol Gibson on piano – age 11)

Annual Christmas Show, Cynthia Cupples, Nov 8/9

Presented by Cynthia and Friends Cynthia’s work, along with that of selected Artists & Grandma Betty’s Baking and Preserves. Paint a travel mug for yourself or as a gift, have it glazed & fired then pick it up later to enjoy! 

8319 3rd Concession, RR#1, Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1R1

just north of Davis Dr/south of Sandford Sideroad


Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards, Nov 21-23

Tom McCreight of ‘Silverbirch’  UAA member, will be at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards at Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, ON. November 21 – 23

Tom McCreight and Silverbirch, Nov 12 & Dec 10

Tom McCreight and Silverbirch are playing bluegrass tunes at The Good Time Café, 17080 Bathurst St., Newmarket, Nov. 12 and Dec 10,  7-11 pm.


A Christmas Carol, November 30

A Christmas Carol, performed by the Ladies of the Foster, music by Marie Lynn Hammond & Brian O’Sullivan. November 30    The Foster Memorial


Uxbridge Optimist Fantasy of Lights – Christmas in the Park 2008

– An LED light display in Elgin Park at Christmas organized by the Uxbridge Optimists
– Local businesses, organizations, schools churches, and citizen groups are encouraged to participate by entering a display celebrating Uxbridge and the holiday season
– The event will consist of an evening drive or walk through Elgin Park during the Christmas season.

– Celebration of Uxbridge and Christmas
– Promotion of Uxbridge to the surrounding communities / support of tourism
– Fundraising for the youth of Uxbridge (no cost to build a display but the public will have the opportunity to donate during the event)

Set Up – Dec 17 from 2pm to 9pm
Opening Ceremony – Dec 18th 6pm
Event – Dec 18th through Dec 25th
Tear Down – Dec 26th noon to 5pm

Event Details:
Each participant will have a 25 foot lot on which to build a display using LED lights
Some lots have trees which can be incorporated or worked around
Displays can take any form including:
– wood – metal – ice sculpture – in-tree – on-ground – tree & ground

The Optimist Club will provide a sign for each display indicating the participant. Participants are encouraged to remember that the purpose of the event is to celebrate Uxbridge and the season. We encourage the “communication” of the participant’s identity and/or message but would like to limit the commercialization of the event. Please remember that the audience will consist of citizens of all ages. Please ensure the message is appropriate. We will attempt to have an appropriate level of security but please be aware that we cannot guarantee the safety of your display. Should any damage occur to your display (due to weather, vandalism, or other means) we will immediately contact you. We will offer our help in regard to repairing your display but ultimately it will be your responsibility to do so ASAP.

The enclosed map shows a “U” shaped trail through Elgin Park. Guests will enter from Main Street and exit on Water Street. The event will be set up for both walking and driving. The Optimists will “man” the entrance each evening and will hand out a brochure highlighting all participants (display owners).

The township will ensure the park is plowed for the event as required.

Each display will have access to only one electrical outlet that might be as far away as 50 feet so you will require a 50 foot extension cord and outlet bar as needed to run your display.

Please remember, LED and floodlights only.

The Optimist Club will distribute flyers around town and work with local media to inform the public of this event. To date, all feedback, from the township, local media, local service groups, and the public has been very positive.

We are very excited to be bringing this even to Uxbridge. We expect the event to grow substantially over the coming years and that eventually this event will be bringing people to Uxbridge as well as entertaining our local residence. We look forward to your participation and would like to thank you in advance for such.

Please contact the following Optimist members with any questions, comments, or to sign up for the event:

1. Fred Bendell 905 852-3257
2. John Carroll 905 852-9344
3. Brent Lunn 905 862-2445

Please note that lot selection will be awarded on a “first come, first served” basis. Please quote a lot number from the map at left when you call to sign up.

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Independents’ Day November 15th, 2008

What is Independents’ Day?On November 15th, 2008 independent booksellers all across the country will celebrate CBA Independents’ Day – a day designed to promote the importance of locally owned businesses to the lively communities they serve. In order to celebrate Independents Day in style, Blue Heron Books has arranged for 15 local authors to be available in the store on Saturday, November 15th, 2008. There will be book signings, giveaways, refreshments, local politicians and more. 

Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock St. W. 905 852 4282

2008 Holiday House Tour, presented by Station Gallery Whitby

Holiday House Tour, Whitby Ontario – November 22, 2008.

One day self-guided tour providing VIP access to some of the regions most beautiful and uniquely decorated homes.  Gain inspirational home décor and holiday decorating ideas from the participating interior designers, home décor retailers, home stagers and talented homeowners.  This event is a definite must!  Tickets are $20, proceeds support Station Gallery’s children and youth art programs.  Tickets on-sale November 1st, 2008; call 905-668-4185 or visit for details. PLUS –


A holiday inspired opportunity to exhibit and sell a selection of works in conjunction with the gallery’s signature fundraising event, the 2008 Holiday House Tour.  Details and application form available from:

Paige Sprecker, Marketing & Event Manager, Station Gallery

1450 Henry Street, Whitby, ON, L1N 0A8,

Tel: 905-668-4185 Ext: 7605, Fax: 905-668-1934 

Free “green” poetry contest, WCDR

Passionate about saving our environment? Put it in a poem and you may see your words in print. The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR) wants to hear what young poets have to say about saving the environment. They’ve launched ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, a themed poetry challenge for students, to give young people a chance to express themselves about an issue that touches us all. Contest judges will choose ten winners in two categories: grades 1 to 8 and 9 to 12. The winning poets will be invited to read their entries at the April 11th, 2009 WCDR breakfast meeting. The twenty poems will be published in a special ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS poetry book. The names of all entrants who expressed their concern about the environment by entering this contest will be included in the book. The contest opens October 1st, 2008 and closes January 31st, 2009. Entry is free. Winners will be announced on the WCDR website on March 31st, 2009. For details on how to enter, go to the WCDR Writing Contests page at The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR) is dedicated to raising the profile of writers of all kinds, and at all levels, by offering a forum through which they can find support, education and networking opportunities. As a non-profit umbrella organization, WCDR has worked since 1995 to draw together individuals and groups with common interests in promoting the art and skill of writing, fostering literacy, and providing moral support to our members. To find out about the many writing-related activities WCDR offers, please explore MEDIA CONTACT: Heather M. O’Connor, WCDR Director of Public Relations, 905-430-0466 or at