The forecast looks great for Almonte this weekend, both for summer weather and summer fun!
As most Almonters know, there’s nothing better than having fun while helping a good cause. This afternoon (Aug 21, 4-8pm) come out to a garden party— enjoy great company, music with the Jimmy Tri-Tone Band, garden tours with Ed Lawrence, a tree walk, a geology talk, some birding, and potluck refreshments with Shirley and Al Potvin on their beautiful property at 38 Carss Street, all in the aid of the MVFN’s Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund. Bring your lawn chair and favourite potluck dish, and your bathing suit for a swim in the pool (a lifeguard will be on deck). Donations over $20 will receive a receipt. And don’t forget to check out their gorgeous sunflowers!
If you have any Scottish blood in you, or wish you had, you’ll want to get over to the Almonte Fairgrounds on Saturday (Aug 22) for the annual North Lanark Highland Games. This year the strong men & women will compete in pairs! I notice Neil Lowry and wife Heidi Lowry are not paired… which is likely a very smart plan but will lead to some healthy competition! The wall of sound as the pipes and drums of the massed bands approach… the oohs and ahs as we wait for the caber to land… the food… Fit ya deein?! Git yersel doon ta tha Heelan Games!
Ongoing in Almonte are the Kingston Fibre Artists’ exhibit at the Textile Museum, Katherine McNenly’s oil on linen paintings featured at the General, and the pairing of Deb Arnold’s stone and Sanjeev Sivarulrasa’s spacescapes at Sivarulrasa Studio. And don’t forget to pick up some Baluchon cheese, the Oka-style Cheese-of-the-Month at Pêches & Poivre (10% of proceeds to Hub Hospice)!