||July 17, 2009
Making History on Callander Bay
The 5th anniversary of the
Books By the Bay event, July 17-19
,in Callander makes
history with some innovations and lots for art and history buffs. The Art on
Main Gallery on Main Street North Bay which has become a major force on the Art
Scene has partnered with Books By the Bay with Art
By the Bay making the weekend an even better cultural event.
On Saturday July 18th
there is a free event in Centennial Park in
Callander where art can be seen and purchased. There is a free print making
workshop for children 5 to 15. An Art by the Bay Exhibition is
at The Alex Dufresne
Gallery in Callander during July and is an excellent
co-event to take in.
History at Books
By the Bay
the Bay looks at all aspects of writing but always has some history writers
involved. Since this is a history column I will draw attention to those
events. The featured history author is Bruce Hodgins
the retired history professor from Trent
University who has written some great history books including the one on Father
Paradis and one on Temagami.
Presentation at Books on the Bay.
Bruce and his wife Carol have written
books on canoeing as well. They have been associated with
on Lake Temagami
for decades. Carol has two books on nutritional wilderness cooking. Bruce is
the featured artist on the Chief Commanda Cruise on
radio and television personality and author of 11 books, including his recent
book on D-Day in WWII will be at the event. I have Mel Bradshaw’s Death in the
Age of Steam and enjoyed it very much. I wrote about Kevin Reeves book
Somewhere in France in this column. He is an
outstanding musician and documentary producer and has done some excellent work
on Grey Owl and is working on an opera on Grey Owl.
Berrigan’s book on North Bay policing is
a gem I have written about it in this column. The
book Police Stories: Tales from a Small-town Cop is a local history keeper.
Edna Scott is an artist with an
interest in Carousels and has been a major force in the North Bay Carousel
projects and as an editor of the Carousel book which is now in its second
edition. She is in the indoor and outdoor art shows this weekend.
I wrote recently about Francoise
Noel’s 100th anniversary reproduction of the early
North Bay history book The Gateway to
Silverland. The book is now out and will be on sale this weekend as well
as at Gullivers Books as are the other books
mentioned here As a professor at Nipissing Noel
specializes in community studies and has produced some definitive scholarly work
including her new book Family and Community Life in
Northeastern Ontario: The Interwar Years which will be out in October and
will be a fine addition to area history.
The weekend will start at
7 pm Friday
at the Callander Community Centre with the CBC’s
Dan Lessard as host. George Walters will speak at
7:30 followed by Bruce and Carol Hodgins at 8:00.
At 8:30 five authors have 5 minutes each- Kevin Reeves, Francoise Noel, Edna
Scott, Pat Stamp and Lynn Johnston.
On Saturday morning the Student
Writers awards will be announced and two children’s authors will speak. In the
afternoon 3 authors including George Berrigan at
3:00 will speak for 45 minutes each. Dinner
is at the Legion at 6pm and will be followed by 2
speakers at the Community Centre at 7pm including Ted
Barris.For prices locations and other details log on to
www.booksbythebay.ca. or drop in to Gullivers or
the Callander library.
Commanda Cruise with Bruce Hodgins featured
will run from 8:30 to 10:30 on Sunday morning A walk on the new Cranberry Trail
with several artists at work along the way will follow from 2-4pm.
All in all one remarkable weekend opportunity to stretch our
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