Stewart Park Festival is more than a festival that celebrates music, arts, and dance for all ages each year. We take pride in partnering with organizations and building our community in many ways. The YAK Duck Race takes place each Sunday during the Festival each year. This is the largest single fundraiser for our local youth center. We also provide financial support for YAK’s participation in the Be In The Band Program.
We are strong supporters of our communities youth. Each year we have a Youth Showcase highlighting local talent and sponsor a youth performer at the Folk Music Ontario Conference. We provide an annual $ 100.00 High School Bursary for local high school bands. .
We are constantly striving for people from a variety of backgrounds to experience the magic of the festival. For example we have assisted groups such as Lanark Community Living to attend the festival and children from Camp Merrywood, Easter Seals Camp to assist at the festival gate.
We partner with organizations by providing a Community Tent in the market to highlight local organizations, provide demonstration space for organizations such as Plenty Canada, and distribute flyers for downtown businesses at our information tent.
We have contributed to the payment of downtown Christmas lights and the acoustical upgrade at The Crystal Palace. These are some examples of how we give back to the community. We look forward to giving back and building community together in new and innovative ways as look to the future!
Written by Gary Waterfield, Co-Chair Stewart Park Festival Sponsorship Committee
After School ARt Classes
Learn oils with Richard Hutton: impressionist flowers. Scheduling now. Image coming soon. Must be available 4 Sunday afternoons, 1-4pm. $300+tax includes all supplies. More information.
In rehearsal: Mary Ann Majoury and Brent Maguire star as Millicent Milroy and Edward VIII, Prince of Wales, in Gary Kirkham's Queen Milli of Galt, premiering Thursday, October 11th at the Studio Theatre in Perth.
Article by Paul Joyce / Photo by Len Modderman
Studio Theatre's new play explores a romantic Canadian mystery.
A monument in a roadside graveyard near Galt, Ontario, holds a fascinating clue, literally etched in stone, to a hundred-year-old mystery. Inscribed on the monument of Millicent Milroy, a quiet local schoolteacher who died in 1984, are the words "Millicent Milroy, daughter of James and Helen Jane Milroy, Wife of Edward (VIII), Duke of Windsor, 1894 – 1972.”
Is it really possible that a rural Ontario schoolteacher was secretly married to one of the most controversial figures in British royal history? The dramatic facts of this incredible story are about to unfold at the Studio Theatre.
Thursday, October 11th, the theatre premieres Queen Milli of Galt, a play by Canadian playwright Gary Kirkham that brings the mystery of Millicent Milroy to light. Award-winning theatrical director Carolee Mason says she was captivated by this story after seeing the play performed last year.
"It is a historic fact that the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII, visited Galt in 1919, and that Millicent Milroy met him during his royal tour," says Carolee. "For more than 60 years, Milli repeated the story of their romance and marriage with such conviction that it can't simply be dismissed. Queen Milli of Galt imagines how their unlikely relationship may have unfolded."
Later in his life, Edward abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, whom he adored for her domineering manner and irreverence toward him. Like Wallis, Millicent Milroy was no gushing royal-watcher, and this would have appealed to Edward. Apparently, she fell in love with the dashing prince before she even knew who he was.
Queen Milli Of Galt is a poignant drama filled with romance, humour, and history, starring Mary Ann Majaury, Brent Maguire, Joanna McCauley-Treffers, Sheila Jasiak, Rob Glas, Martin Treffers, Justin Lackey, and Danielle McDonald. It premieres on Thursday, October 11th for seven performances.
Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please and at the theatre box office on show nights. Students with ID pay just $10 at the door. Attend opening night and save $5. Visit studiotheatreperth.com for details.
NOTE: Auditions for The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble will be held Tues. Oct. 30 and Thurs. Nov. 1 at 7 PM at the Theatre.
Congratulations to the Stone Cellar in Perth for the wonderful article by Chris Ryall in the Fall 2018 issue of Travel Life Magazine. https://travellife.ca/travel-life-magazine/
After dedicating 9 years to the Stewart Park Festival, John McKenty has decided that in 2019, he will be stepping down as Chair of the Stewart Park Festival. Our Organizing team is composed of 10 amazing volunteers and we have often remarked that John's leadership is the glue that kept our festival running smoothly each year. In fact, we often tease John and roll our eyes, when he comes up with another fabulous idea or addition to our festival activities. John will continue to be involved with the festival, but is looking forward to handing over the Chair position to someone new. We thank John for his years of dedication to the Stewart Park Festival.
If you are interested in learning more about this amazing volunteer opportunity, please contact Kari Clarke at the BIA office 613-264-1190 or at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 1st, 2018.
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Felted Cactus Workshop. Thursday October 4th 6-8pm // $20*
Cost is $20* for your first cactus, $6* for each additional if you're fast!
RUG HOOKING WITH LORETTA MOORE
September 30th 10-3, $60*
Couple of spots left.
OIL SERIES with Richard Hutton
Next series: Large scale floral. Lots of colour. Great for beginners AND those with some experience. More information available. This will take place over 3 or 4 Sundays, 1-4pm. Start date to be determined but soon. Example coming. Cost is $300* includes material. Will schedule the class to accommodate majority.
Newsletter from Hay Design
As the long summer months lazily draw to a close, take comfort in the cozy charm of autumn’s gentle warmth. A new energy buzzes in the air, calling for a change of pace and décor.
One of my simple fall pleasures is jumping on my motorcycle and driving a rural road to witness the colours of the season.
From brightly coloured leaves to blue skies and magnificent sunsets, it’s as though Mother Nature is revamping her personal style for the season, so in this issue we’re taking her lead and hope you will be inspired by the Colour Collections from Nature.
Just as fiery hues of red and orange leaves bring autumn landscape to life, a few attractive accents bring a touch of fall flair to your décor. From throw pillows to table top baskets, these statement pieces will infuse your home with seasonal style.
Bewitched by Autumn – pumpkins are the signal. As soon as they start appearing at farm stands, that’s when we know it’s time to dress the patio in its fall attire.
In preparing your home for the cooler nights ahead, see the new Boheme Collection, accompanied by the latest addition to our store – “Designers Guild” bedding. Meet the Grayson Collection – Italian-inspired seating styles. From versatile neutrals to rich jewel tones, inviting curves and colours that create a refined look suitable for any space, all available at Hay Design Furnishings + Décor.
Starting with Thanksgiving dinner through to Christmas, the season of decorating and get-togethers has begun. Welcome loved ones with open arms and a place at the table. Stop in and let us know how we can help!