A “Regular” Weekend in Almonte?

fibrefest2014The 20th annual Fibrefest is on all weekend (Sept 12-13) at both the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Almonte Arena. This 2-day festival of fibre arts may not keep you regular, but if you are into knitting, quilting, weaving, rug hooking, and the like, come on down to see the demos, vendors and exhibits!

If you are a foodie, a wine connoisseur, a locavore, or, well, anyone who eats…
you’d better buy your ticket NOW for Saturday’s Harvest Food and Drink Show. Why? Because the selection of vendors is fantastic, and the tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door). I mean… unless you are a robot, ya gotta eat…

Down at Mill Street Books on Saturday (10am-3pm), author Cathryn Morgan isGrrrOUCH Pain is like a grouchy bear signing copies of her kids’ book: GrrrOuch, Pain is Like a Grouchy Bear. Then over at the Almonte Legion they’re having their annual Pig Roast: Rainwater Whiskey starts playing at 4pm and the pig is served at 5 ($15).

Saturday night, catch the 25-member Ottawa Summer String Ensemble, conducted by Donnie Deacon of the NAC Orchestra, at Almonte’s Old Town Hall. Tickets ($25) at Mill Street Books.

Jen DrysdaleOn Sunday, why not combine a trip to Fibrefest with a visit to The General. 1-4pm is the opening of their new show, featuring 6 of the best wood-fire potters working in Canada today.

Ongoing in Almonte: Deb Arnold & Sanjeev Sivarulrasa’s duo exhibit at Sivarulrasa Studio (Earth to Vega) ends Sunday; the Cheese of the Month at Pêches & Poivre is a double-cream brie called “Le pont tournant”pont-tournant-etiquette-face (10% of proceeds go to Hub Hospice); the shopkeepers are still friendly; the restaurants still serve delicious food; and the Riverwalk is still a beautiful place to wander.  Have a great weekend!


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