Tay Canal 175 th Anniversary 2009

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Tay Canal 175th Events

Sponsored by:

Friends of the Tay Watershed     Images Inter Alia     Parks Canada     Perth BIA
Perth Courier     Perth & District Chamber of Commerce      Perth Museum
Rideau Ferry Power Squadron         Perth Historical Society
Lanark County Tourism     Town of Perth     Drummond North Elmsley Township

Event information changes freqently. Please return soon for updates.
Aug. 7-9 Quilts on the Tay
An exhibition of traditional and contemporary quilts will be presented by the Lanark County Quilters Guild, in the show of some 200 quilts; a special display of works by twenty-five of Canada’s best-known quilters; a boutique of quilted items; a Merchant’s Mall; on-site sewing machine servicing; demonstrations & mini-workshops; and a Tea room. Adults $6; children free. Fri. 12-5; Sat. 10-5; Sun. 10-4. St. Johns High School, Perth; For more information: (613) 267 5222.
For more information on the Quilts of the Tay show, visit the Quilters' bloglink ~ by clicking here.
  ...........End of Canal Week........
(Click here for downloadable list of Canal Week
Musical and Other Special Events
July 4-12 Tay Canal Week
The 'Tay Canal Week' will be celebrated with a variety of activities, exhibitions, concerts, theatre, and much more, at the Perth Basin, Port Elmsley and Beveridge Locks.
During ‘Tay Canal Week’, there will be music and entertainment every evening at 7:00pm at the Basin (excepting Sunday July 5, at 4:00pm, and Sunday July 12, at 2:00pm). Click here for downloadable list of Canal Week Musical and Other Special Events.
July 12, 2009 Alison Lupton Band
At the Studio Theatre; 2008 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee; more information http://perthentertainmentnow.net
July 12  ‘Concert on Water’
At the Basin at 2:00pm with Keith Glass & Twister and others; also the Voyageur canoes; miniature tugboat – ‘Tug Along’.
July 11/12  Art on the Lawn Art Show
The 12th Annual 'Art on the Lawn Art Show and Sale' takes place at 3054 Rideau Ferry Road, Perth ~ over 30 artists with original works. 10:00am – 5:00pm.. Free admission; five percent of sales go to Great War Memorial Hospital.
For more information visit www.rideaulakesartists.com
July 11 ‘Christine Graves ’
7:00-7:50pm at the Tay Basin - contemporary-roots singer songwriter Christine Graves: followed by production of "Yukon Gold" (see below).
July 11, First Nations exhibition
At Perth Basin (1:00-2:00pm), a First Nations exhibition of traditional dancers accompanied by Pow Wow drum representing the diverse aboriginal culture of this region.
July 11
10am – 4pm
Doors Open Perth
At the Basin and elsewhere in Perth, ‘Doors Open Perth’ will host the popular public tours of ten local buildings of historical and architectural interest, including the Beckwith Bridgemaster’s house. Further information available by clicking here - or 264-1190.
July 11 Paddling Puppeteer Puppet Show for Children
The Paddling Puppeteers will provide a special event for the children at the Crystal Palace in Perth, to mark the Tay Canal’s 175th, with a variety of colourful puppets and lots of music, presenting an entertaining history of the lakes and rivers of Ontario and a message of conservation. Show starts at 10:30am sharp.
July 10-12 Tug Along
The miniature tugboat 'Tug Along' will be at the Perth Basin dock.
July 4, 5, 10, 11 Yukon Gold
Perth Studio Theatre, in the Tay basin, will present a special production of Robert Service's "Yukon Gold" for the Tay Canal Week; 8:00pm on July 4, 10 and 11th; 2:00pm on July 5th. Advanced tickets $16 from Shadowfax 1-800-516-2729 or the Bookworm 76 foster st Perth. Watch the Studio Theatre website for further details.
July 4, 11, 12 Voyageur Canoes
The Voyageur Canoes will be at the Tay Basin; come and take an exciting tour of the Tay Canal, in these 34' traditional canoes (small fee). Register ahead to ensure a seat (613-264-0094).
July 11 At the Basin
Farmers Market (8:00am-2:00pm), Aboriginal food booth; exhibits, Voyageur canoes, Perth Citizen's Band (noon), miniature tugboat – ‘Tug Along’, walking tours, Christine Graves (7:00 to 7:50 pm) and much more.
July 10 ‘Fresh Squeezed’
7:00-7:50pm at the Tay Basin - a young upbeat Perth band with Sean Jacklin, , Tim Jackson, Adam Reid, Aaron Shenkman, and Greg Upham-Mills: followed by production of "Yukon Gold" (see above).
July 9 Perth Citizen’s Band
7:00pm at Perth Bandstand, Stewart Park
July 8 ‘Perth Upon Tay Musical Heritage’ quartet
7:00pm at the Tay Basin, with piano accompaniment performs songs sung in Perth on specific dates with historic themes in the 1800’s.
July 7 ‘Tell Mama’
7:00pm at the Tay Basin ~ a delightfully distinctive blend of bar blues and smolky jazz; check it out at http://tellmama.net/
July 6 ‘Celtic Fiddle Orchestra’
7:00pm at the Basin, with vocal, guitar and bodhran accompaniment performs historic compositions from Ireland and Scotland.
July 5 DNE Celebrates the Original Tay Canal
Drummond North Elmsley Township celebrates the original Tay Canal at Port Elmsley, then known as Barbados, with Voyageur canoe tours, Town Crier, historical presentations, visits to original locks, BBQ, wagon rides, music, and more. 11:30am – 3:00pm, Municipal Hall, 310 Port Elmsley Road. Tel. (613) 267 6500
July 5 Hike the Tow Path and Visit the Wildlife Reserve Butterfly Garden
An entertaining hike down the historic Tay Canal Tow Path below Perth, cross over the canal by Voyageur canoe, and tour the Butterfly Garden in the Perth Wildlife Reserve; Tours leave the Last Duel Park in Perth at 10 and 11 a.m. and 12 noon. Seating in the Voyageur Canoe is limited to 18 people, so get there early to ensure a seat. For those people who would prefer to see only the Butterfly Garden you can either drive there on your own, or be at Last Duel Park at 10, 11 or 12 noon and the shuttle bus will drive you there. Further information - (613) 326 0106.
More information...
July 5 At the Basin
Perth Antique Show (all day), Voyageur canoes (see above), Perth Citizen's Band (noon), "Saints & Sinners' quartet, performing jazzed up hymns and gospel (4pm). .
July 4/5 Perth Antique Show
This annual show at the Perth Legion, just a short stroll down the canal from the Basin, will be a Tay 175 Anniversary event in 2009.
For more information 613-283 5270.
July 4 In the Palace
The Parks Canada Players of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site present “Ghosts and Echos” – a collection of historic and folkloric ghost stories, legends and re-enactments (7:00 to 7:50pm – no charge).
July 4 At the Perth Basin
Farmers Market (8:00am-2:00pm), Antique Show, Blacksmith, Military display, weavers, Voyageur canoes, exhibits, music.
  ...........Start of Canal Week........
(Click here for downloadable list of Canal Week
Musical and Other Special Events
June 28, Paddle the Tay Canal
Come and enjoy a short 10 Km (2 1/2 hour) paddle "Up the magnificent Tay", from Beveridge Locks to the Tay Basin in Perth. Bring a lunch or taste the hospitality of Perth' restaurants. Meet at 9:00am, at Conlon Farm (south west corner of in Perth). "Car Shuttle" will be organised back from the basin to Beveridge - or you can paddle back to Beveridge. Tel. (613) 283 5967" or www.rideautrail.org/perth.html
June 20  Kidfish
The 14th Annual 'Kidfish' derby takes place at the Perth Basin. A fun day for ages 2 to 15, to experience the joy of fishing; prizes, trophies, lunch and treats. Registration opens at 8:00am at Perth Legion, 26 Beckwith St. E.; no charge.
June 17 Trek the Tay River
Kayak/canoe paddle down the Tay. No charge; number limited; kayak rental available; www.adventureagent.net/events/tay_river.html
June 13 Classic Boat Visit to Perth
The Trent-Severn and Manotick Classic Boats assemble at Beveridge Locks at 10:00am and arrive at Perth at 11:00am. Come and visit these beautiful heritage boats at Beveridge Locks, the Perth Basin and Last Duel Park. Tel. (613) 264 8356
June 12 Tay Discovery Day at Perth Museum
The museum invites the community to bring “Tay” related memorabilia and antique items from private collections into the museum to be documented for research and exhibition purposes. 12:00-4:00pm Tel (613) 264 0094
May 30 Tay Canal Tow Path Upgrade Day
Volunteers are invited to come and help clear the historic Tay Canal tow path below Perth, under the leadership of the Rideau Trail Association and the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists. Meet at the entrance to the tow path, on Riverside drive, across the River from Last Duel Park. For more
information: (613) 264 0057, www.rideautrail.org.
May 23/24  'The Fencibles'
The Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry will set up camp at Last Duel Park in Perth, and provide two days of fun and education for all ages, and especially children. The modern day 'Fencibles' is a group of volunteers dedicated to portraying this historic Regiment's activities, equipment and life at the time of the War. The re-enactments will include drills, battles and military skirmishes at Last Duel Park and on the Tay basin. May 23 and 24 begin with a traditional country style breakfast at the Perth Legion, from 7:00 to 11:00am. On May 23, there will be exercises from 9:00am to dusk at Last Duel Park and the basin, and on May 24 from 10:00 at Last Duel Park, followed by dedication ceremony at the Old Burying Grounds at 2:00pm.
Click here for more details on this event.
More information on the Fencibles.
May 16 An Invitation to Paddle the Tay
Come and Join Us for a Paddle on an Historic River and help us inaugurate the 175th Anniversary of the Tay Canal, beginning at Perth's Last Duel Park at 10am. Click here for more information
May 16   Official Launch
Official Launch of the Tay Canal 175th Anniversary celebrations and the Opening of the Rideau Canal system for 2009. The launch is centered at the Crystal Palace on the Perth Basin and will include the Farmer's Market, Parks Canada working exhibits, Kettle Boys, canoe/ kayak flotilla, Perth Pipe Band, Voyageur canoes, fiddle music, and much more. Participating in the opening ceremonies will be Mayor John Fenik, MP Scott Reid, MPP Randy Hillier, Reeve Aubrey Churchill, Warden Paul Dulmage, and Rideau Canal Superintendent Gord Giffin. Paddlers are invited to join a canoe/kayak flotilla from Last Duel Park at 10:00am (call 613 264 0094 for information on the flotilla or click here). The canoe flotilla will arrive in the basin at 10:45 and the official opening ceremony will be at 11:00. For more information on this event, telephone 613 264 9693.
April 22 Perth Historica Fair
This popular annual fair, held at the Perth Community Centre, celebrates our area's history, in cooperation with the region's schools.  Most appropriately, the theme for the 2009 edition will be the Tay Canal 175th Anniversary.
For more information call (613) 267 6332 or click here.
April 15  History of the Canal
The Perth Historical Society will present an entertaining evening on the history of the Tay Canal, from its early connections with pirates and scandal, its important role on the area's economy, and its present day social and recreational benefits as a little known gem of eastern Ontario.  Perth Museum, 11 Gore St. E., Perth; 7:30-9:00pm ('Tooney' donation).
For details please click here
Jan. 1, 2009 Tay Canal Polar Plunge 2009
On January 1, 2009, the Tay Canal 175th Anniversary celebrations received a first class send-off with a plunge into the Tay Canal by hardy Perthites, beside the Canadian Legion in Perth. The proceeds of this year's plunge will go to the popular archaeology program at Murphys Point Provincial Park, on Big Rideau Lake near Perth. The Tay 175 Anniversary Steering Committee presented a prize to the first plunger and to the plunger with the most pledges. The Steering Committee is pleased to cooperate with the 'Friends of Murphys Point Park' on this event.
Click here to go to Murphys Point Park website for pictures of this event
Nov. 4, 2008 Watershed Discovery Evening
On November 4, in Perth, the Friends of the Tay Watershed featured the upcoming Tay Canal 175th Anniversary, in their annual 'Watershed Discovery Evening'.
Click here for more information.
Sept. 27, 2008 Tay Canal Paddle and Cleanup
On September 27, a flotilla of canoes and kayaks carried out an early cleanup of the Tay Canal, in preparation for the upcoming anniversary celebrations in 2009.
Click here for more information.
Sept.16, 2008 World Canal Conference Event
On September 16, Perth hosted a visit of about 180 delegates from the World Canals Conference 2008.
Click here for more information.
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Tay Canal 175 th Anniversary 2009