More than 200 people attended the Canadian Canoe Museum’s first-ever “Campfires and Cocktails” event on May 4th, enjoying local food and drink, live music and an amazing auction.
The event raised $40,250 to support educational programming and will return next year, offering community members another opportunity to “channel their flannel”.
Photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum
The museum’s galleries were brimming thanks to the support of many, including the volunteer organizing committee, sponsors, food providers, and the 15 local artists and distinguished Canadians who painted paddles for the live auction.
The evening was set to music by local country-folk-pop trio the Dixie Hicks and complemented by artisans at work in the Preserving Skills Gallery.
Dixie Hicks, photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum
“This first-of-its-kind event was embraced by the community, and we are so grateful for all the support the museum received,” says Caroline Anderson, Annual Giving Co-ordinator with the museum.
Photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum
“From the organizing committee led by Jane Ulrich, to the local businesses who brought such incredible creativity to the table, we were amazed by the initiative and interest,” adds Anderson.
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Dr. Roberta Bondar, Peter Mansbridge and Cynthia Dale, Peer Christensen, and John Climenhage, are among those who have created paddles in support of this casual, camp-inspired event. These paddles, along with the 16-foot classic canoe, will be auctioned by special guest Susan Dunkley.
From top to bottom: works by Robert Atyeo, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Tia Cavanagh, Randall Knott, Robyn Jenkins.
Campfires & Cocktails will see guests explore the museum’s galleries as they enjoy campfire-inspired cuisine prepared by local culinary experts, and cocktails. The Dixie Hicks, a local country-folk-pop trio featuring Kate Brioux, Melissa Payne and Kate Suhr, will also be performing.
Walter Walker cedar-strip canoe (Photo courtesy Canoe Musuem)
“Each of the individuals who created a paddle did so with great care and consideration and they’re exquisite works of art,” says Caroline Anderson, Annual Giving Co-ordinator. “Dr. Bondar’s paddle features one of her photographs, while Peter Mansbridge and Cynthia Dale painted a striking sunset sky,”
“Meanwhile, Tia Cavanagh, a multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist, painted the full paddle with a white design on a black background to represent stars in the night sky. We saw so much creativity from those we approached and some, like David Hickey and Randall Knott, even decided to do carvings on their paddles. The museum is so grateful for these incredible contributions.”
Paddles were generously created and donated by: Robert Atyeo, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Tia Cavanagh, John Climenhage, Peer Christensen, Beth Fisher, Jeannie Guillet, David Hickey, Robyn Jenkins, Jenny Kastner, Randall Knott, Peter Mansbridge and Cynthia Dale, Renee O’Connor and Joe Stable.
The classic canoe, donated to the museum by supporter and volunteer Nan Campbell, will be featured in the live auction, but bids by proxy will also be accepted. Walter Walker worked for the Peterborough Canoe Company for two decades and is remembered as a master in balancing quality and efficiency in his trade.
Guests are encouraged to channel their flannel as part of this casual camp-inspired event. Funds raised will support educational and public programs offered at the museum.
A flood warning remains in effect for the City of Peterborough, according to a City of Peterborough release. Water levels will continue to rise along the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River over the next several days.
Environment Canada is forecasting heavy rainfall Thursday night into Friday. Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 40 millimetres are expected by Friday night, and may exceed 50 millimetres in some areas.
The City is closely monitoring the situation in consultation with Trent-Severn Waterway, Otonabee Conservation and local dam operators, and is prepared to respond as required.
File photo by Evan Holt
HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF IN LOW-LYING AREAS
• The City encourages residents in low-lying areas along the Otonabee River to monitor water level changes on their properties and to take necessary precautions for their safety and their property.
• Docks and structures close to the water should be secured or moved, and other personal items such as lawn furniture should be moved to higher ground.
• Residents should have sufficient and appropriate emergency supplies at the ready. Sump pumps and backflow preventers should be checked to ensure that they are functioning properly.
• Residents who have properties that are susceptible to flooding should consider getting supplies such as pumps, generators and sandbags from local rental companies, hardware stores and landscape suppliers.
City residents in imminent danger of flooding on their property can get sandbags from the City of Peterborough, which will have limited supplies available at several locations in preparation for potential flooding in low-lying areas along the Otonabee River.
The provision of sandbags by the City is intended for lower entry points on foundations, such as doorways and window wells. Residents will be required to personally fill, transport, place and remove the sandbags. Residents wishing to place sandbags along the riverbank should access supplies from hardware stores or landscape suppliers.
Sandbag supplies are available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the following locations:
• Riverside Drive at Cameron Street • Riverside Drive at Spruce Avenue • Sherin Avenue at Collison Park
Sandbag supplies will also be available on Friday, April 26th, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the same locations.
To report a flood in your area, call the Otonabee Conservation Flood Watch Hotline at 705-745-5791 ext. 228, which is available on a 24-hour basis. Anyone who feels that they are in immediate danger by rising water should call 9-1-1.
The first large article pick-up of the year is on Monday, April 29th, according to a City of Peterborough media release.
For a fee, the City will pick up items larger than the weekly garbage allowance such as furniture and appliances. The cost for this service is $20 for the first item and $5 for any additional item. Note: Mattresses and box springs are $20 each and do not count as a first item.
HOW TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR LARGE PICKUP
-> Arrangements can be made online at peterborough.ca/waste or in person at the City Hall Tax Office, 500 George St. N.
-> Beginning April 15th, you can also book at the Municipal Operations Centre (Public Works) at 791 Webber Ave. Booking must be complete before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th.
WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTED
-> Building materials, automobile parts, televisions and monitors are not accepted in this collection. Refrigeration items must have the Freon removed prior to collection.
The other large article collections in 2019 are as follows… • Monday, May 27 • Monday, June 24 • Monday, July 29 • Monday, August 26 • Monday, September 30
More Canadians will benefit from using the new Random Acts of Green® Mobile App thanks to $200,000 in support for its promotion and sustainability, announced by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, MP for Peterborough Kawartha on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.
RAOG Founder/CEO Jessica Correa
The app, which was first released last Fall and has gone through updates after receiving user feedback, encourages Canadians to act daily to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) while raising awareness of individual acts toward climate change.
Left to right: RAOG CEO Jessica Correa, Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien, Mayor of Selwyn Township Andy Mitchell and MP Maryam Monsef (Photo courtesy RAOG)
“Random Acts of Green (RAOG) is grateful for this funding that will help us spread the word and get more Canadians using the app as a tool for individual climate change action,” says RAOG CEO Jessica Correa.
“The app has the power to measure how individual Canadians are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG),” she adds. “We want to prove to individuals that seemingly small daily choices make large collective impacts so that we can all make a difference for the future of the planet—starting now.”
Photo courtesy RAOG
The funding will support the implementation, launch, measurement, evaluation and report on the success of the Random Acts of Green® Mobile App, which encourages Canadians to act daily to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) production by choosing to adopt one or more of 40 low-carbon choices or “Green Acts”.
The App has been designed based on motivational tools and barrier reduction strategies, and educates, engages, encourages and rewards individual Canadians for taking climate action.
An official app launch party celebrating the many volunteers, local business partners and supporters is being planned for May 28th at Market Hall in Peterborough.
The County of Peterborough in partnership with Curve Lake First Nation will be monitoring the status of the walleye in Chemong Lake for the next five years.
This Spring, County consultants along with Curve Lake First Nation community members will be collecting information on walleye that inhabit and spawn in nearshore areas of Chemong Lake along the Causeway and Eastern Shoreline.
As part of this study, water quality, egg collection and night monitoring will occur during the month of April. Water quality will be captured using data logging equipment placed on the lakebed. The sampling procedures they use are not harmful to the fish.
Picture of Gifford Causeway courtesy Peterborough County
It is very important the equipment is not disturbed, according to a County release. Signs will be placed at both ends of the Gifford Causeway notifying the public about the fish monitoring in progress.
During the evening while they are performing the monitoring, people may see monitors traveling by boat and counting the number of walleye observed using spotlight style lighting equipment. Generally, workers could be onsite between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m., so don’t be startled if you spot them.
As they move forward with this monitoring, information updates will be shared with the public and also posted to their webpage on the James A. Gifford Causeway.