There’s so much going on throughout theHumm’s coverage area that we wanted to send out a reminder in case you picked your copy up early in the month and are in danger of forgetting an event or thirty. Here’s a whirlwind tour of April 24, 25 and 26, with links to our handy calendar:
Friday, April 24
On Friday night you can grab the kids and head over to see The Lorax on the screen at the Almonte Old Town Hall, as part of Arbour Week in Mississippi Mills. Admission is only $2.50 or $10 for the whole family, and each child can take home a wee tree to plant afterwards! If you’re in a more pensive mood, you could attend the Almonte Lecture on “Landmarks of Engineering”, but if dancing is your thing your thing you’ll want to be at the Almonte Civitan Hall to bust a move with the Barley Shakers. There are also several theatrical offerings that night — from the madcap Once Upon A Mattress production by the Mississippi Mudds in Carleton Place (that’s them hamming it up in the photo) to more serious fare in the form of Death of a Salesman at Perth’s Full Circle Theatre. In between those two extremes you’ll find a production of Agatha Christie’s Love From a Stranger at Smiths Falls’ Station Theatre, and The Perils of Persephone in Merrickville. There are also several venues offering live music that night, so you’ve got loads to choose from!
Saturday, April 25
Daytime is busy with the annual Festival of the Maples and Empty Bowls events in Perth, as well as Recycle Day at Rona in Carleton Place. Catch a Fiddle Off in Westport at The Cove in the afternoon, or, at the other end of the musical spectrum, take in an operatic double bill with Live at the Met at the O’Brien Theatre in Arnprior. That evening you can catch any of the plays mentioned in the Friday section above, or hear the Tay Valley Choir perform at the Maberly Hall. The final concert in this year’s folkus series also takes place that night at the Almonte Old Town Hall — a double bill with Ball and Chain and the Durham County Poets. If you prefer a quiet night after your busy day, consider attending Carl Stewart’s vernissage at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum! A generous handful of live music events (including a toga patio party, no less) rounds out the night nicely.
Sunday, April 26
You’ve got yet another chance to attend one of the four plays listed in the Friday section above, as all are offering matinées on Sunday. Also that afternoon, the Perth Band offers up their spring concert — Fabulous 50s — at the Perth Legion, and the Spiritual Cinema Circle is screening a documentary of Wayne Dyer in Conversation with Eckhart Tolle at the McMartin House in Perth. Sunday is also a great day (and night) for music, with the Apex Jazz Band, an Open Mic with Kelly Sloan, a Traditional Song Session and Sunday Blues all taking place at various venues around the Valley.
So there you have it — from lectures to togas, from fiddling to opera — you can find it all in the Ottawa Valley, and in theHumm’s calendar of events!