Arts, Heritage, and Foliage in Carleton Place

Art-lovers, gardening enthusiasts and labyrinth aficionados should all aim to converge in Carleton Place on Saturday, May 23. There’s a full day of events planned for you, including the Arts Carleton Place Art Show and Sale at St. James Parish Hall, the Carleton Place Horticultural Society’s plant sale, and the much-anticipated opening of the exhibit “They Left Their Mark” and mural unveiling taking place at 1pm at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. The new murals have been created by Arts Carleton Place artists Mary Jane Lancaster, Adrian Baker and Angelique Willard (whose work is pictured here), and celebrate the Museum’s history as a Town Hall, lockup and school.Angelique Willard mural

The plant sale at the Victoria School Garden (next to the Museum) begins at 8:30am on Edmund Street, between Bell and George Streets. You’ll find proven perennials from local gardens, potted up several weeks prior to the event. Arrive early, because the plants go quickly. Knowledgeable gardeners will be on hand to answer questions or advice. You may want to bring a box to carry all your new plants home.

And be sure to drop in to St. James Parish Hall where the Arts Carleton Place Art Show & Sale runs from 10am to 4pm. You’ll find artwork in a variety of media, as well as several authors offering books to read once you’re back at home relaxing. Admission to the show is free, and lunch and refreshments will be available from the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

While you’re there, stop by and visit the Community Labyrinth. The walk is approximately half a kilometre, with beautiful wooden benches to take a breath between events. From the Labyrinth, you’ll have a great view of the new murals that are being placed on the back wall of the Museum. The Window Art project aims to beautify the façade with images of artifacts, portraits of a mayor and a schoolteacher, the women’s story, and the jail window.

Cute-Bunny-4At the nearby Market Square, the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market is open from 8:30-12:30, offering a great variety of early produce as well as baked goods, crafts, and a bunny mascot who needs a name… In between the museum and the farmers’ market, you’ll find a plethora of cafés, restaurants and shops, so come and make a day of it in Carleton Place!

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