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Tweed/Nov. 10, 2008
Christmas Show will be third for Tweed & Area Arts Council

In what has become a local tradition, the third annual Christmas show by the Tweed & Area Arts Council is in the works.

This event is not just an annual fundraiser, but also a chance for T&AAC to showcase some of the performing talent in the area. As a bonus, the audience is invited to enjoy apple cider, some delicious baking and a chance to visit following the show.

An Evening of Christmas Songs and Stories will include readings by Damon Runyon and O. Henry and Christmas themed music by

local musicians. It takes place on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's United Church, 26 Spring Street East in Tweed. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Food Company, 347 Victoria Street, Tweed and Bush Furniture, 235 Victoria Street, Tweed and 161 Russell St., Madoc.

The evening will feature the talents of readers Peter Snell and Bill Piton. Music will be performed by Debi Chatreau, Katie Hinchliffe

and Scott Pettigrew. Carol Snell will emcee. 'I've always found that our Christmas show is a good way to get into an early festive mood,' says Carol Snell, one of the organizers of the event. "To me it epitomizes all that's good about the holiday season. Listening to the spoken word is so timeless and the music is always inspiring. A chance to mingle with friends and neighbours after the show is the icing on the Christmas cake!"

T&AAC suggests you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

October 27, 2008
Writers competition in Tweed

The Tweed & Area Arts Council along with the Friends of the Tweed Library are holding a writers' competition. The competition has categories for both elementary and high school students as well as a category for adults. Prizes will be awarded.

Participants can enter in two ways. They can submit a hard copy, marked Tweed & Area Arts Council Writers' Competition 2008, to the Tweed News, 242 Victoria Street, Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0.

They can also enter via email to (Make the subject Writers' Competition 2008.)

Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address (where applicable), age category, and topic. Deadline for entries is Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008.

In each category, writers have the choice of doing a poem or short story of 500 words maximum.

Students in Grades 1-5 on:
* The day the snow climbed over the fence: or
* If I could be a super hero

Students in Grades 6-8 on:
* It happened on Main and King:
or * My life was changed by

Students in Grades 9-12 on:
* If I didn't live in a small town: or * A day in the life of in the year 2030

Adults: Write a piece that includes the words.
* Cemetery, exposeacute, and pudding: or
* Barn, chandelier, and tax return: or
* Write on the topic of Snapshots in time

T&AAC and Friends of the Library hope for lots of entries after all, it's the write thing to do.

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Tweed/Oct. 7, 2008
Third annual Scarecrow Competition in Tweed Oct. 25-31 2008

Birds take note. The Tweed & Area Arts Council is sponsoring its third annual Scarecrow Competition.

Once again the streets of Tweed will be resplendent with local creativity. The timing of the competition has been moved back to coincide more closely with Halloween. Judging will take place Oct. 25-31.

All residents, schools and businesses in Tweed are invited to participate. Prizes, yet to be announced, will be awarded.

The $2 entry fee will be used towards future children's programming by the Tweed & Area Arts Council.

Scarecrows will be displayed on Victoria St. in the centre of town and outside residences on side streets.

Those who don't live in Tweed can enter a scarecrow and a spot will be selected for it in town. Each scarecrow must have a sign saying it is part of the Scarecrow Competition along with the entrant's name.

All scarecrows must be self-supporting and a minimum of one metre (or three feet) tall. They should also be weatherproof. Entry forms are available at the Food Company on Victoria Street, Tweed and can also be dropped off there until Monday, Oct. 20.

'This has been great fun for the last two years,' says Meriel Child of T&AAC Special Events Committee. 'People have shown such artistry and humour in their scarecrows. It's something the whole town can enjoy.'

For more information call:
Carol Snell, T&AAC Communications at 613-478-1019 (evenings)

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Aug. 29, 2008
Key word is 'building' for Tweed & Area Arts Council

'Building' is a good description for the arts council in the Tweed area.

Not only has the Tweed & Area Arts Council built up its profile in the community this summer, it is also busy with renovation plans for its building in Actinolite. The activities over the summer included participation in the Canada Day Parade; its first fundraising golf tournament; and a successful collaboration with the Kiwanis Club to produce Art in the Park. Behind the scenes T&AAC's volunteer board and committee members have been building financial support.

On August 29, Leona Dombrowsky, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs announced a grant of $42,242 to T&AAC from the province.

'We are very happy to receive this financial support,' said Jack Vance, T&AAC board member. 'Our community, including our municipal council, has been extremely supportive to date. This contribution from the province will further our work.'

The arts council is a registered charity, entirely run by volunteers. It was formed in September 2006 and in February 2008, purchased what was formerly a United Church in Actinolite to establish a community arts centre.

The historic building is constructed entirely of marble blocks and was the only marble church in Canada. Although structurally sound and architecturally beautiful, it requires many renovations before it can open as an arts centre. That work includes the installation of a new septic system

(which has already begun); upgrades to its hydro service and electrical supply; renovations to make it fully handicapped accessible; improvements to the interior, including the installation of washrooms, and improvements to the grounds.

'We've come a long way,' says Wayne Kay, member of T&AAC's development committee. 'We still have a long way to go. Given the support we have received and hope to receive, we know it's do-able.'
T&AAC accepts donations throughout the year and can issue charitable receipts.
For more information about membership or to donate, call Bonnie Marentette at 613-478-1777 or write to Tweed & Area Arts Council, P.O. Box 359, Tweed, ON, K0K 3J0.

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Tweed/June 18, 2008
Drawing together for Art in the Park

Organizers are drawing together so that artists can draw together and paint together at Art in the Park this summer.

The festival is a partnership between the Tweed & Area Arts Council and the Kiwanis Club of Tweed. It will take place this year on the shores of Stoco Lake in Tweed Memorial Park on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The park is located at the south end of Tweed on Highway 37.

Jack Vance is a local painter and board member for T&AAC. He will be one of the artists participating, as he did last year.

'Art in the Park has a purpose beyond fundraising,' says Vance. 'We split the proceeds 50/50 between the two sponsoring organizations, but what's more important is promoting the arts and artists in the area. We're especially interested in drawing young people to the event.'

Again this year, the festival will feature over two dozen artist and artisans from a variety of disciplines who work in many different media. Over the two-day span, workshops for children and demonstrations by artists are planned. Live music will also be a part of the festivities. Admission for visitors is free. Artists pay a nominal fee

for participation and a percentage of their sales.

'Last year we had beautiful weather,' says Bill Summers of the Kiwanis Club. 'It was a lovely place to spend some time and we were pleased to see a steady stream of visitors. We're hoping for even more this year."

For more information call: Jack Vance, T&AAC board member at 613-478-5034
Carol Snell, T&AAC Communications at 613-478-1019 (evenings) Or
Bill Summers, Kiwanis Club, 613-478-3813

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Tweed/June 10, 2008
Tweed & Area Arts Council paying loan back quickly

The local arts council in Tweed is paying back its financial debt to the municipality as quickly as possible.

The Tweed & Area Arts Council presented a cheque for $5,000 to Tweed's municipal council at their regular meeting on June 10. The money was raised through volunteer activities. The arts council paid $10,000 a few months previously on the $75,000 loan.

The loan from the municipality enabled T&AAC to purchase the former United Church in Actinolite in February 2008. 'The arts council began renovating this marvellous facility into the Marble Church Arts Centre,' says Wayne Kay, a member of T&AAC's Development Committee.

'When renovations are complete, people of all ages in our community will be enriched by the arts, theatre, music, dance, sculpture, painting, film and writing. The facility will also be available for community, service club, family and private events.' T&AAC is an active, non-profit, organization which relies on the community and its fund-raising activities to achieve its goals. 'Our work is accomplished through the commitment of dedicated volunteers, family, friends and members of the greater community,' says Roely DeVries, T&AAC chairperson.

Fund raising and a proactive community quickly raised the monies paid against the principal of the loan. 'We are pleased to have received the support of

the John M. Parrot Foundation which has graciously donated $10,000,' says Kay. 'That money will contribute to making the facility handicapped accessible.' In addition a commitment of $10,000 has been received from Ontario Community Futures for renovation costs, which will include installation of a septic system.

Memberships in T&AAC are available throughout the year. The arts council is currently working on a website for which the address will be The mailing address is P.O. Box 359, Tweed K0K 3J0.

For more information call: Roely DeVries Chair, Tweed & Area Arts Council Evenings at 613.478.3499

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Tweed/May 26, 2008
Public invited to view home of new arts centre this week

Just what plans do the organizers have for the Tweed area's future arts centre?

That question will be answered at an open house on Saturday, May 31 between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Marble Church Community Arts Centre, just east of Hwy 37 at Bridgewater Road in Actinolite, a few miles north of Tweed.

The building was the only marble church in Canada. It was purchased from the United Church in February 2008 by the Tweed & Area Arts Council.

The open house will give visitors the chance to take a tour and hear plans and a brief history of work done to date by the Tweed & Area Arts Council. The arts council was established in 2006 and shortly afterward, received charitable status. It is a completely volunteer organization founded to promote the arts and artists in the area.

'We invite everyone to come to this event for a quick peek or a long chat,' says Carol Snell, of the T&AAC board. 'Our membership has already been hard at work,

sprucing the building up but we have a lot of work ahead, including fundraising.

'The plan is to open in 2009 as a community arts centre,' she continues. 'The centre will provide opportunities for performing, literary and visual artists and a home for the arts council. Those who wish to become members of T&AAC or to volunteer can hear about how to join us. But if you're just curious and want to take a peek, that's fine, too.'

For more information call: Carol Snell, Communications Committee Chair Evenings at 613-478-1019

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Tweed/May 5, 2008
Tweed & Area Arts Council to host the Jack Vance Golf Classic

Local supporters of the arts are hoping golfers will get into the swing of things for a special fundraiser coming soon.

The Tweed & Area Arts Council will host the first Jack Vance Golf Classic on Sunday, July 13, 2008 to be held at Poplars Golf Club, Stoco (just south of the Village of Tweed). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

'This tournament is open to the first 144 registrants, so get your name in early to avoid any disappointment,' says Ev English,

who is chairperson for the event. The game will be a four-person scramble. Cost is $100 per player which includes the green fee, golf cart, steak dinner and a $50 donation to T&AAC. The dinner will be held in the brand new, state-of-the-art clubhouse. For non-players, dinner only is an option at $25 per plate. Jack Vance is a founding member of T&AAC. "Jack has shown untiring commitment to this new organization,' says English. 'He was instrumental in the recent acquisition of the former Actinolite Churchas the future home of the Marble Church

Centre for the Arts. That's the reason the golf tournament is named in his honour.

'Jack also has a keen interest in the arts is well-known in his community," continues English. "He says he plays golf 'poorly but enthusiastically' but it's hard to think of him doing anything poorly. We hope others will come out with enthusiasm to support this very worthwhile cause.'

To register for the golf tournament or for tickets to the dinner, email Ken Sparrow at or call Ev English at 613-477-2634.

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Tweed/Feb. 19, 2008
Tweed & Area Arts Council purchases Actinolite Church

It was an historic occasion for the arts in the Tweed area.

On Thursday, Feb. 15, 2008, legal papers were signed and the marble church in Actinolite owned by the United Church became the property of the Tweed & Area Arts Council. The hamlet of Actinolite lies a few kilometers north of the Village of Tweed on Hwy. 37.

Arts council board members, Roely DeVries, chairperson, and Don Herbertson signed the papers. Jack Vance acted for the United Church. The arts centre, yet to be named, will be a home for the performing, visual and literary arts for the greater community. Extensive renovations are required before it can open.

'Our hope is to open in 2009,' says DeVries. 'The purchase of the church is just the first step in the realization of our dream. We have a lot of fundraising and other work ahead but we're very happy that our extended community has responded so positively.'

T&AAC was formed in September 2006. It received incorporation papers from the province on Dec.8, 2006 and its charitable registration from Canada Revenue Agency effective Jan. 1, 2007. T&AAC has produced several arts events on its own and worked with service clubs on others. Memberships are available throughout the year. 'We have so many to thank for getting this far,' says DeVries. The list includes: the United Church

of Canada and its Tweed congregation for making the purchase possible; the Tweed Council for a loan to provide bridge financing while funds are raised; lawyer Bart Lackie for his pro bono legal work; the media who have publicized the arts council's activities; the membership of T&AAC and the community at large who have supported its work.

T&AAC is planning an open house in the near future. Anyone who would like more information about T&AAC, including how to become a member, can call Bonnie Marentette at 613-478-1777 or

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