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Stone Fence Theatre comes to Almonte, September 23, 2018

Come to Almonte Old Town Hall on Sunday Sept. 23rd, 2018 for a Sunday afternoon Stone Fence Theatre Matinee of “I Come from the Valley! Tales and Times of Joan Finnigan” sponsored the Lanark County Genealogical Society

Lanark County Genealogical Society hosts the Stone Fence Theatre as they present their new musical of 2018 – I Come from the Valley! Tales and Times of Joan Finnigan, by Playwright Ish Theilheimer, with Johanna Zomers, directed by Chantal Elie-Sernoskie.  Date Sunday Sept. 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Old Town Hall in Almonte, ON

This all-new musical brings to life the stories that the Valley’s most illustrious author, Joan Finnigan, collected from Valley old-timers as well as the tumultuous times she lived through. Joan  was the daughter of one of the NHL’s first super-stars, Frank Finnigan, and she was raised in Roaring Twenties Ottawa. Her parents came from Shawville, which was her second home as a child, and there she absorbed the Valley’s story-telling tradition. She published 28 books.

In the mid-’60s she suddenly became a single mother of three and set out to raise them on what she could earn as a freelance writer. She had a huge success with the script she wrote for NFB film Best Damned Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar, which became Canada’s Film of the Year.

Joan quickly became a Canadian literary celebrity in the ’70s but turned from that to focus on what really drove her – collecting oral histories from the Valley’s old-timers before their stories died with them. Always outspoken and often controversial, Joan, herself, was a legend. The play follows her life and work in story and song – most of the songs set to traditional Celtic tunes in light of Joan’s Irish roots.

The songs and dialogue in the show are drawn, as much as possible, from Joan Finnigan’s works and words, including stories, poetry and personal interviews. The music is Celtic and Irish in flavour, with most of the songs based on traditional Irish fiddle and pipe tunes. Musical accompaniment is by the Donohue Family of Douglas – Aidan (17), Mhari (15), Hannah (13), Kieran (10), and their mother Siobheann, who is a member of Lakefield, Ontario’s famous Leahy family. All are multi-instrumentalists and born show people.

Stone Fence Theatre favourite and Ottawa Valley’s famed vocalist Fran Pinkerton assumes the title role of Joan Finnigan. Cast of Stone Fence Theatre veterans and new faces.

Almonte Old Town Hall
Sunday September 23rd, 2018
(seating for 200 people)
14 Bridge Street,
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0

Doors Open at 1:15 pm

    • Refreshment Buffet at intermission (Leatherworks Catering)

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Electronic funds transfer is available, please contact: president@lanarkgenealogy.com for payment processing instructions.

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Lanark County Genealogical Society
Stone Fence Committee
47 Lansdowne Avenue, P.O. Box 20028
Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 4K3

Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy

We were recently contacted by the young author of a new online guide for those wanted to get started in researching their family tree. Rachel, an American contributor from Hobby Help, alerted us to her Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy, and we’re delighted to add it to our Genealogy Research Links page.

Rachel shared with us that she “got the bug a few years ago and along with the excitement itself of finding new relatives one of her missions is to give back and spread the word to beginners”. She is based in New York, and although she hasn’t yet found any Canadian connections in her family history, she keeps searching!

 

A High Five to a Young Researcher

A young boy in the US has been doing his own genealogy research, and we received this nice note from his mother. We have indeed added the suggested resource in question to our Genealogy Research Links page. Thanks Garrett!

Just wanted to let you know that your genealogy page (https://lanarkgenealogy.com/research-tools/genealogy-research-links/) has been helpful. My son (8 years old, 3rd grade) is working on a family tree project for his Social Studies class. (I loved doing this project as a kid!)

I’ve been helping him do some research, and just wanted to let you know this guide from Maryville University was a big help to us, too: http://online.maryville.edu/online-masters-software-development/developing-your-family-tree-with-genealogy-software/

I thought you might want to include it on your page? My son, Garrett, found it. If you add it, let me know! I’d love to show him!

2017 Heritage Bus Tour of Beckwith Township

The 2017 Heritage Bus Tour on September 9th will be a guided tour made possible by Barr Bus Lines Ltd. Pakenham, Ontario.

We’re stepping back in time to Beckwith in its days of yore! Join Beckwith Historians and the Society’s Genealogists on this guided historical tour throughout our township. We’ll hear about young Ashton, Political Blacks’ Corners, Prosperous Prospect, Military Red Coats of Franktown, take a House Tour of “Rev Smith’s Manse”, Earlier Settler families, Rural One Room Schools, Annie E. Duff, Beckwith’s Photographer and Painter, and more. Enjoy the catered BBQ; visit the displays, hear our Guest Speaker local author John McKenty and tap your toes the entertainment.

The bus will leave from the Beckwith Township Recreation Complex at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The complex opens at 9:00 a.m., allowing time to register for the event or take a few minutes’ walk on the Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail while waiting for the buses to arrive.

2017 Heritage Bus Tour of Beckwith Township
September 9th, 2017
Beckwith Recreation Complex (seating for 100 people)
1319 9th Line Beckwith
Carleton Place, Ontario  K7C 3P2

  • Bus Tour leaves 9:30 a.m.
  • BBQ lunch at 12:30 p.m. (The Waterfalls Catering)

Lunch time programming includes:

  • Key Note Speaker: Local Author John McKenty
  • Commemorative Sand Ceremony, dedicated to Beckwith Township Early Settlers
  • Farm related displays, family photos, farm photo, some historical artifacts and treasures from life on the farm
  • Beckwith Township Display with opportunity to purchase their Beckwith History Collection of Books
  • Author Linda Seccaspina will have her book “Tales of Carleton Place” and others available for purchase
  • Lanark County Museums Network Displays

We may even get a chance to hear Irish Traditional music and taste some black blood puddin’, colcannon, soda bread, barmbrack, or apple crumble cake from recipes that provided nourishment on the table in an Irish household during the 1800s and 1900s.

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Photo Gallery:  Blending Beckwith Past & Present

A High Five to an International Team of Young Students

We recently received a lovely note from an international (USA) educator:

“I’m a mentor and tutor for a small group of kids in my local area. My class and I wanted to give you a shout and send you some virtual “high-fives” on your page, Genealogy Research Links. We enjoyed your genealogy resources and bookmarked them for our family tree project. 🙂

“While looking for more resources, the kids thought it’d be a brilliant idea to send you a page they found: History at Home-A Guide to Genealogy. They figured it’d be a great resource to add with your other resources on your page. Do you mind adding it? They’d feel so accomplished knowing it would benefit your web visitors.

We were very pleased to add this new resource to our Links section, and are delighted by the interest from and cooperation with these local students.

How exciting to know that a love of local history and genealogy is being cultivated in young students.

Lanark County Genealogical Society 2018 Organizational Chart

President: Jayne Munro-Ouimet
Vice President & Treasurer: John Morrow
Corporate Secretary & Privacy Officer: Janice Earl
Director of Communications and Marketing: Karen Prytula
Director of Membership Networks: Fran Cooper
Director of Community Outreach: Don Cooper
Director of Research and Administration: Shirley Sommerville
Director of Society Development: the full Board of Directors

AGM & Potluck Luncheon Saturday, December 3rd

Our Annual General Meeting and Potluck Luncheon was held in the Centennial Hall 152 Church Street Franktown ON  (GPS Coordinates: 45.042956, -76.055936).

Guest Speakers: Claudia Smith and Linda Seccaspina

Barns: A Reflection of Changing Times book coverFascinated by old barns or have fond memories of being in a barn,  Claudia Smith’s presentation of her book: Barns — A Reflection of Changing Times.

Claudia’s presentation celebrated and honored the wealth of heritage barns in Lanark County. She  shared farm histories and anecdotes collected over the past 25 years, as well as photographs from her book that document the changes in agricultural life over the decades from early settlement to the 1950s.  We learned about different barn styles and how people went about getting a barn constructed, how barns were filled and how they were used on a day-to-day basis from choring, to milking, to getting cows used to the brightness of electric lighting. You will never drive along a country road again without seeing the barns in a new light.

Linda Seccaspina shared short Christmas tales from her blog writing on our Facebook page and her website https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com

 

 

Lanark County Genealogical Society Celebrates it’s 35th year

35th Anniversary – Saturday, October 1, 2016

The 35th Anniversary Celebration included an exciting 200th Anniversary component, the donation of an early settler’s Family Heirloom to the Beckwith Heritage Committee for perpetual keeping.

The Kerfoot Family Bible

Time sure does fly when you are having fun! Waterfall BBQ catered lunch was enjoyed by all.  The many activities included historical and antique exhibits, family history research assistance, readings by local authors Arlene Stafford Wilson and Linda Secasspina, and the awards and recognition presentation ceremony for the Lanark County Pioneer Families Humanitarian Award, Long Standing Community Service Recognition, Dedicated Volunteer and the Honorary Life Memberships Awards.

This event took place at the Beckwith Township Municipal Office Complex, five minutes south of Carleton Place on Highway #15

The 35th anniversary celebration was organized and presented by the society’s Board of Directors and sponsored by the Beckwith Township Council.

 

 

2016 Lanark County Harvest Festival

2016 Lanark County Harvest Festival

This year’s Lanark County Harvest Festival was held on Sunday, September 11, 2016 in beautiful Beckwith Park. Festival admission was free and the Harvest Church Supper was a great success – no one left hungry as traditional stew and homemade pie flowed in plenty.

The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra and The Bowes Brothers provided an afternoon of entertainment.

Food seminars, cooking demonstrations,  children’s activities, local producers, artisans and community service organizations market place attracted many.

Work in underway for the 2017 Festival

2016 Lanark County Plowing Match and Settlers Heritage Day

A Tay Valley Township Signature 200th Anniversary Event, Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 Lanark County Plowing Match Poster
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The 2016 Lanark County Plowing Match will include an exciting 200th Anniversary component, the Settlers Heritage Day, a family oriented, entertaining celebration of the first settlers to the area, their lives and their contribution to the founding and development of this community, and the agriculture farm sector.

All ages of the family will enjoy a fun, interactive tour of our area’s 200 Anniversary, our history and our farm community. Come for the real-maple-syrup pancake breakfast from 7:00 to 9:00am, and stay on to enjoy the many activities of the annual Plowing Match, farm displays, historical and antique exhibits, family history research assistance, fence building, sheep shearing, blacksmithing, local entertainers, and presentation ceremony for the Legacy Farm anniversary certificates.  For the children there will also be wagon rides, the Paddling Puppeteer, miniature animal farm, Story Corner, First Nations Drumming, colouring table, and other play activities.

This event will take place at the Cameron family property, 2677 Scotch Line, in Tay Valley Township, five minutes south-west of Perth on Highway #10, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The annual Lanark County Plowing Match is organized by the Lanark County Plowmen’s Association.  Settlers Heritage Day in 2016 is presented by the 200th Anniversary Working Group of Tay Valley Township.

For more information

Contact: Tay Valley Township
Clare Dwyer (613) 267 5353, ext. 133 events&promotions@tayvalleytwp.ca
David Taylor at (613) 264 0094 deftconsult@storm.ca

For information on Tay Valley Township’s celebration and legacy activities, for our Perth Military Settlement’s 200th Anniversary please visit: www.tayvalleytwp.ca.