||June 17, 2011
A Unique Callander 125th Anniversary
The Callander Bay Heritage Museum added
a beautiful art gallery 3 years ago named after the well known late Alex
Dufresne, a barber with an interest in history. His barber
shop is on display in the Museum. The Alex Dufresne Gallery has had a number of
excellent themed exhibitions since it opened . Callanderís 125 Anniversary has
prompted a refreshing current art exhibition that combines history with art in a
The word allure means attract, charm,
fascinate so what better name for an exhibition about fishing lures,
boats and related activity on Callander Bay and Lake Nipissing over the years
The exhibition curated by Arie Hoffman features a large
powerful painting of a cedar strip boat and 3 paintings of colourful
fishing lures by him.
||Arlie Hoffman (L) and David
Lewis preparing A Lure exhibition for Callanderís 125th
Anniversary. D. Mackey
David Lewis, the well known Callander
photographer, is a passionate fly fisherman and along with helping Arlie hang
the show has included some of his paraphernalia, memorabilia and photographs.
There is a cedar strip sail boat, some outboard motors and paintings of
people enjoying the water, sculpture and video art.
The show opened on Saturday June 11th
and runs to July 30th. June hours are Tuesday to Sunday 1 Ė 5 pm.
In July the hours are 10am to 5pm.
A Lure Exhibition Presentations
A fascinating series of presentations
with an historical theme and a link to the exhibition is scheduled as follows
(7-9pm at the Gallery).
Wednesday June 22
Gerry Giesler, Giesler Boats
Paul Waque Lakefielde Canoe.
Wednesday June 29
Photographer Paul Chivers
Wednesday July 6
Ice Fishing on Lake Nipissing
Wednesday July 13
The Sportspal Canoe
The Activity at the Museum/Gallery and
celebration of Callanderís 125th is a credit to the Board and Curator
By the way, the cupola to hold the
school bell that I wrote about March 25, 2011 is complete and located on the
front lawn of the Museum.
Renfrew Countyís 150th
There was lots of Alligator Warping Tug
activity on Callander Bay in the past and the famous West &
Peachey Alligator was well represented. Renfrew County began celebrating their
150th anniversary with EXPO 150 on June 4. (www.EXPO150.com).
They have hauled the W.D. Stalker Alligator steam tug from Simcoe for the event.
It was brought courtesy of the Canadian Forestry Association and the
Renfrew Industrial Commission. Dave Lemkay formerly at the Forestry Association
and now at the Industrial Commission provided leadership on the initiative.
Dave oversaw the publication of the book Alligators of the North (2010)
which featured West & Peachey (see my March 19, 2010 article). I also wrote
about alligators on March 2 and March 16, 2001 (Google Heritage Perspectives &
go to dates to read articles mentioned above.)
West & Peachey Alligator Warping Tug on its way to
Renfrew for Renfrew Countyís 150th Anniversary.
The W.D. Stalker was launched at
Braeside near Arnprior and will lead a large flotilla this week from Norway Bay
,Quebec to Red pine Bay, Ontario. Steam boats and every other craft imaginable
including canoeists will follow the 4 mph Stalker. Quite a party.
I wrote about the saga of the 100,000
British Home Children who came to Canada before 1950 in a heartless British
experiment.Many are still alive as are many descendants.Canada named 2010 as the
Year of the Homechild.The Chief Justice of Ontario,as the result of a private
members bill, has designated September 28, 2011 as Home Child Day in Ontario to
honour the contribution they have made and are making today.
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