Culture Days return to Huron after hiatus - Sept. 6, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
After taking several years off, Huron County is once again participating in Culture Days, a nation-wide initiative to showcase local arts and culture.
Culture Days across Canada is set for Sept. 28-30 and there are nearly 30 local events taking place throughout the county, Sickinger said.
The initiative began in 2007, inspired by the success of an arts-and-culture-focused weekend in Quebec. This led to the commissioning of a study by the Canadian Arts Summit that led to the creation of Culture Days.
The weekend begins in Blyth, where the Fashion Arts and Creative Textiles Studio (FACTS) will be hosting a workshop at the Queens Bakery on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 7-10 p.m. led by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston.
On Friday, Sept. 28, Blackout Poetry will be held at the Seaforth Library, the Celtic Blue Highlanders Ceilidh will perform at the Kingsbridge Centre, French Storytime will be held at the Goderich Library, the Howick-Turnberry Fall Fair will be on both Friday and Saturday, it will be “Nerd Nite” at the Cultural Collective in Exeter, there will be an open studio at the Goderich Library from 10 a.m. to noon, the Maitland Valley Camera Club will have a photography exhibit up on display at the Brussels Library and the FACTS program will be hosting a “night of creativity” at the Memorial Hall Bainton Gallery in Blyth with Peggy Sue of Peggy Sue Collection, Michelle Dun of MJ Handmade and Megan Pottage of Lost Pockets.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, there will be a production of Ten Lost Years at the Livery Theatre in Goderich directed by Blyth’s Duncan McGregor that will tell the tale of the Canadian Depression between 1929 and 1939.
The Bayfield Fall Photo Fest will be held at various locations throughout Bayfield and there will be Bayfield Historic Walking Tours held in the village as well.
The grand opening of the Huron County Art Show and Sale will take place from 2-4 p.m. at the Huron County Museum and Kamden Gillespie will perform at the Alice Munro Public Library in Wingham from 10-11 a.m.
Young musical talent will be on stage with Live at the Cultural Collective Lounge in Exeter Saturday night, while the Maitland Trail Association will host its annual El Camino walk, beginning at the Benmiller Community Hall.
To round out the day, the Seaforth Harmony Kings will be performing their 30th anniversary show at Seaforth Public School, beginning at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, Bayfield Volkfest will commence at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Bayview Golf Club, while Ciderfest will be held at the Van Egmond House in Egmondville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Forgotten, a documentary telling the story of over 100,000 British Home Children coming to Canada, will be screened at Blyth Memorial Community Hall at 3 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Huron County descendants of British Home Children.
Local historian David Yates will profile George Agnew Reid, a Wingham native and famous Canadian artist who helped found the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), at the Alice Munro Public Library in Wingham at 1 p.m.
Yates will also discuss Charles “Trick” Currelly, who established the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and William N. Cresswell, who settled near Egmondville and is known for his early Canadian landscapes.
Sickinger said that while Huron County participated in Culture Days after the program was first established, participation tailed off in the last three years due to a number of factors.
He said that there is so much happening in Huron’s arts and culture scene that it was a natural fit to bring Culture Days back in an effort to reinvigorate people with the quality of arts and culture in their own backyards.
He said that organizers started their quest to bring the event back by looking at the weekend and beginning with events that were already happening. To further prove Huron County’s rich arts and culture landscape, Sickinger said there were already 15 events happening throughout the county. Once he put the call out, additional groups and organizations were more than happy to be involved.
For more information and a full list of local Culture Days events, visit the Huron Arts and Heritage Network’s website at creativehuron.ca.