Archive for February 2010

Photography Exhibits in Orangeville

If you’re into photography, then you shouldn’t miss these two photography exhibits happening in Orangeville today all the way until next month. Read on if you’re interested.

Kicking off today until the 11th of April is CLICK: In Studio and in the Field, an artwork exhibit by Ron Pitts and Pete Paterson, hosted by the Alton Mill in Orangeville. The exhibit is a hodgepodge of detailed photographs with images of wildlife and nature. Some of the photographs visitors can expect to see are shots of buffalo, whales, wild ducklings, and many more. The artists behind the exhibit will be making a special appearance on the 7th of March, and will be answering questions about their works of art on the same day.

While it’s still a number of weeks away, mark your calendars and check out the exhibit hosted by the Touched By Light Photography Gallery. The gallery will feature an exhibition of photographs of sacred sites, and will take place from the 18th to the 21st of March. You can visit the gallery from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening. A percentage of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Choices Youth Shelter. You can logon on to for more information.

Events in Orangeville this Week

We’re almost halfway through the week, and the Town of Orangeville has some events happening tomorrow all the way till the weekend. If you’re looking to check out an activity or two here in the community, here’s a list we’ve put together for you to read on.

Taking place tomorrow, Dufferin Women in Business will be featuring Carol Ring, Rogers Communications VP for business transformation. She will be speaking at this month’s regular networking luncheon. The Orange Agricultural Centre will be playing host to the event, which takes place on 11:30 in the morning to 1:30 in the afternoon. Tickets are priced at $25 for members and $32 for non-members.

Taking place on the 26th of December is the Big Chili Round-up at the Grand Valley Community Centre. The event kicks off at 5:30 in the afternoon and will feature entries from local businesses. You can have dinner for only $5, which includes chili, bun, beverage, and dessert.

And if you’re planning on getting married, then you shouldn’t miss the 2010 Orangeville and Area Bridal Show on the 27th, which kicks at 10 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon at the Orangeville fairgrounds. The annual event will feature live entertainment, games and prizes, free samples, raffle draws, and lots of freebies.

Love Stories in Hockley Valley

The beginning of John and Kersty Franklin’s relationship didn’t exactly get off to what we’d call a “great start” – terrible is more like it.

In May of 1999, Kersty, who was 44 then, worked as a sex therapist for the prison system in Florida. She was making plans to come up to Toronto in September of that year to hold a training seminar.

John on the other hand, just retired from his job as a university professor due to his developing of Parkinson’s disease. He had just opened a bed and breakfast in the Mono region, which he advertised as close in proximity to the city.

It was then that Kersty heard about John’s place and sent an inquiry after hotels in the city were booked for the Toronto International Film Festival. John sent back a long reply about why Hockley Valley was a great place to live in, and sent detailed bits of information on the sites to see and spots to visit.

But John also wrote her about the qualities he was looking for in a woman at the bottom of his reply, something which irked Kersty. According to her, she was shocked by the nerve of John to say such a thing. She wrote John back and said that she was disgusted with what he said.

John wrote a reply and apologized, saying that he was only joking. Kersty sent an apology after a few days.

It was then that the two began to correspond a lot, with Kersty making a visit to John’s bed and breakfast. Both were smitten when they first met. They finally tied the knot in March 2001.

Jazz Musician Performs in Orangeville

Joe Sealy, a renowned Canadian jazz pianist and composer, has deep ties with Orangeville’s arts scene. In 1994, he played the inauguration of the opera house after it underwent renovation. Together with former ballet dancer and producer/director Veronica Tennant, they performed to an excited audience – it’s a memory Sealy holds dear in his heart.

Fresh from receiving the prestigious Order of Canada, Sealy took to the opera house stage once more on Friday, February 5, as part of the Orangeville Concert Association’s (OCA) 2009-2010 season.

The two hour show featured a range of musical styles, with traditional song numbers done by Gershwin and Duke Ellington. Sealy performed together with three talented songstresses, namely Julie Michels, Adi Braun, and Gillian Margot – the trio also known as the Jazzbirds. And although Margot was unable to perform in Orangeville due to a conflict of schedule, Sealy was quickly able to replace her with Alana Bridgewater, a talented performer in her own right.

The show was a good mix of everything, with Michels performing jazz standards, Alana singing songs that border on R&B, and some other numbers with a gospel influence. Sealy on the other hand, accompanied the Jazzbirds on the piano.

With the show being a success, Sealy is looking forward to make another return to the opera house stage.