Join us in celebrating the amazing women in Downtown Perth! On March 8th we will celebrate “the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” This day belongs to all women and we are very proud of the 50+ businesses in downtown Perth that are owned by women. We asked these talented entrepreneurs, to tell us what International Women's Day means to them. Here are some of the responses. #WD2019 #BalanceforBetter https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019
CATHY HAY - OWNER OF HAY DESIGN
Cathy Hay is the owner of Hay Design, located on Gore St. in Perth. “As a female entrepreneur International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the accomplishments we have achieved. It is a day to be grateful to all those that have been part of building our businesses. Being an entrepreneur does not come easy – it takes extremely hard work, long hours, sacrifices and diligence. Business owners have GRIT! It is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal or end state. I commend all entrepreneurs on this Day and encourage them to continue to strive towards their goals. “
ANGIE GILCHRIST - OWNER OF SHADOWFAX
Angie is the owner of Shadowfax, located on Foster St. in Perth "I see International Women’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate all women’s successes! I am proud to say that I am the sole owner of Shadowfax, and I can say that because another business woman left me her legacy to carry on! Having the independence and freedom to make decisions regarding my businesses future is one of the things I love the most. Meeting new people every day and making connections with my loyal customers also top my list of things I love about being a business woman. Perth is full of hard working women and I am honored to be among their company!"
KRISTA MACKLER - OWNER OF KELLY'S FLOWERS AND GIFT BOUTIQUE
Krista is the owner of Kelly's Flowers and Gifts Boutique, located in the Code's Mill Building on Wilson St. "International Women’s Day is a great time to reflect on the many inspirational leaders here in our town of Perth. I am proud to be part of this strong group of women. Perth is fortunate for a small town to have so many women running small independent businesses. The diversity of the businesses contributes to the success of our town and encourages the next generation to pursue small business as a career. "
Studio Theatre Perth does a Highland fling into Spring with the lively comedy, “Hamish.” Family history comes alive when Kelli plans a trip for she and her husband Gordon to visit his ancestral home in Scotland. Neither is prepared when they discover a “haunted” past they never knew existed, and the strong ties that bind them to a legacy of family and true love.
Award-winning playwright Michael Grant has written a modern Scots-Canadian legend that’s sure to entertain and beguile. Rival clans, kilts, and a motley Highland crew bring heartwarming hilarity to a play that brims with Scottish wit and spirit. In the words of director Sheila Jasiak, “Hamish is a love story, not between a man and a woman, but between family… knowing that you can’t go ahead in life without really knowing where you came from.” Hamish runs from April 4th – 14th. Evening shows: 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees: 2:00 pm. Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please in the Matheson House Museum Visitor Centre and at the Studio Theatre on show nights. Student discount available with ID. Save $5 on opening night! Visit studiotheatre.com for more details. Article by Dana Ruprecht
PHOTO CAPTION: In rehearsal for Studio Theatre’s production of Hamish. (L-R): Dana Ruprecht, Mark Daley, Jerry Logan, Alan Humphreys. The show opens at Studio Theatre Perth on Thursday, April 4th. Visit studiotheatreperth.com for more details. Photo by Bruce Raby
This winter, Studio Theatre Perth presents Alone Together Again, the story of an empty nester couple whose nest never quite empties. Lawrence Roman’s play focuses with humour and honesty on the many challenges faced by the “Sandwich Generation.”
At mid-life, George and Helena are hoping to start a new phase in their lives together. Their plans are quickly overturned when their parents show up unexpectedly at their door, facing their own unique struggles with aging, health issues, and keeping up with a fast-paced world.
“There’s a lot here,” says Director Grey Masson. “I think people will recognize the situations, recognize the characters. It’s funny, it’s touching. And it’s got its moments of drama.”
Alone Together Again runs from February 21st to March 3rd. Evening shows: 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees: 2:00 pm. Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please in the Matheson House Museum Visitor Centre and at the Studio Theatre on show nights. Student discount available with ID. Save $5 on opening night! Visit studiotheatre.com for more details.
The cast of Alone Together Again. Front: Joanna McAuley-Treffers (Helena), Jeff Wilson (George). Back (L-R): Deb Lane (Grace), Craig Young (“Pop”), and Loretta DiEugenio (Ruth). Show opens Thursday, February 21st at the Studio Theatre in Perth. Visit studiotheatreperth.com for more details.
After this cold and snowy weather, it's time to step away and shop, relax and focus on yourself. We have 22 stores hosting 24 wonderful practitioners, offering everything from massage therapy, relexology, reiki, tea leaf readings, and much more. Sign each location that day, any treatment is $1 a minute. Now is the time to try something new. We also have wonderful workshops on Saturday. The beautiful Parkside Inn & Spa is offering free makeup and skin care workshops. Call them by Friday to book your spot and walk-ins are welcome if they have room. Speaking of rooms... stay overnight at the Parkside Inn and Spa and receive a special room rate! The second workshop is at Art & Class, where you can make your special someone a home-made Valentine's card, using 1 of three techniques being taught. It takes about 30 minutes and each card is $10. Check out our Festival and Events page for the workshop times being offered. There are only a few tickets left for our amazing Psychic Dinner at Michael's Table. They will be serving a delicious three course meal and Trevor will be on hand to provide some psychic fun! We'll see you Saturday at one of our great locations in downtown Perth!
An exceptionally well-written story about the tricky nature of family dynamics and the effects of a mother’s life-altering decision as seen through the eyes of a young woman who’s searching for her own feelings amidst the whirlwind emotions of her family.
Tickets: $24 at Tickets Please (in store, on-line at ticketsplease.ca & phone) and at the door; $10 rush seats at the door for students with ID; Opening Night Special $5 off regular price. Studio Theatre Perth