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Once Upon A Time: Storytelling in Westport

Once Upon a Time 2018

 

Saturday 13 October 2018

10-12pm Workshops  — Registration Only, Limited Spaces

2-4pm Performance  — Entrance by Donation

Westport United Church

Rediscover the power, joy, and art of storytelling. WAC is very proud to welcome master storytellers Jennifer Cayley and Ellis Lynn Duschenes for “Once Upon A Time.” Our day of storytelling in Westport boasts two workshops and a feature performance “Stories that Challenge and Change”.

 

Adult Workshop with Jen Cayley

$25   Adults Only Max. 12

United Church Hall

You will hear one or two good stories and take part in a number of participatory exercises that will help you discover yourself as a teller. As well there will be information about how to get started and where to find good stories. While the workshop will be based in traditional material, it will help you grow as a teller no matter what kind of material you want to tell.

 

Youth Workshop with Ellis Lynn Duschenes

$10  Ages 10-12  Max. 10

St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall

A morning for discovering some great stories, for finding out about what makes them great, and to learn a bit about how you might be a great storyteller yourself.

Bring open ears, hearts and minds (along with a snack!) for all the energy you will need to fuel this grand adventure.

 

Workshops by advance registration only!

Email your name, contact info, and complete E-Transfer to:

 info@westportartscouncil.com. 

OR

Phone Robin at 613-273-9195 for in-person booking and payment.

 

Meet the Storytellers

Ellis Lynn Duschenes is a founder of the Ottawa Storytellers and has been telling for at least three decades. As well as being an exceptionally skillful teller, she is a passionate listener. Traditional folk and fairy tales along with ancient epic and myth are the foundation of her storytelling work. When she was an elementary school teacher, Ellis Lynn’s classroom was always alive with stories of every kind.

Jennifer Cayley has been telling stories across Canada and beyond, for more than a quarter century. Her repertoire includes traditional, epic, literary, historical and personal material. Jennifer believes passionately that stories, especially the old traditional ones, are important to all of us as we struggle to understand the shape and meaning of our lives.

 

 

Art on the Street 2018

Art on the Street 2018 final

Art on the Street returns to Westport for a second year. Six artists will each use a blank Muskoka chair as a canvas, painting or designing it any way they choose. Finished chairs will be on display at businesses throughout the village for an eight week period during the summer. Each chair will be raffled off individually with tickets available for $5 where each chair is displayed.

Reveal Launch: Heritage Day Festival, 2 June 2018 at the library (Spring Street)

Ticket Draw: MUSICwestport, 18 August 2018

 

Artist Information

  • Artists will be chosen on a “first come- first served” basis.
  • On May 1, selected artists will pick up an unassembled Muskoka chair kit and urethane sealant at Herlehy Home Building Centre
  • Artists will paint their design on the chair, assemble and seal it.  Artists can google: “one of a kind hand painted Muskoka chairs” for ideas
  • Each artist will provide a laminated biography and contact information submitted with their chair for display
  • Chairs will be “unveiled” and the artists introduced at the Westport Heritage Festival on 2 June 2018.
  • Chairs will then be “adopted” by six different businesses from 2 June to August 18
  • Tickets will be sold for $5.00 each on the chairs and the draws will be made at MUSICWestport.  Proceeds will go to the Westport Arts Council.

The Westport Arts Council hopes you will be excited about the prospects of having your art on display in the village throughout the summer months.

To participate in the project please contact:  Mary Anne Bishop 273 8699

 

Host Business Information

Want to host a chair? Local Westport businesses can contact Mary Anne Bishop at 273 8699 for more information.

Photo Contest 2018

WAC Photo Contest 2018 V3

LOOK AGAIN!

Capture the beauty and excitement of Westport from 1 April until 31 December 2018.

The annual WAC Photo Contest opens 1 April 2018 for all amateur photographers. We are looking for photographs that celebrate the beauty of Westport and immediate surrounding area of North Crosby.  There is lots going on in the Village and area this year including those untamed moments in nature, stunning summer sunsets, winter sports and everything else in between, just as long as it happens in the Westport area.

Prizes

1st: $100

2nd: $75

Youth: $50

1 April 2018 until 31 December 2018. Open to all amateur photographers residing or visiting the Westport area. Limited to 5 entries per person. Entries can be submitted to info@westportartscouncil.com, subject line “photo contest 2018 entry”.

Christmas Begins in Westport

WAC Christmas 2017 V2jpegKick-off the holiday season with “Christmas Begins in Westport” on Friday, 24 November, 2017 from 3pm to 8pm. Our gathering of “one-of-a-kind” vendors is not your typical outdoor Christmas market. In the heart of downtown Westport, you will find unique, creative, and handmade gifts, along with your favourite Westport boutiques with extended hours (until 8pm). We will be located beside Home Hardware on Church Street in the parking lot. Also at 5pm take part in the WAC tradition of lighting the WAC Christmas tree for the holiday season at the museum. With wagon rides, food, and drinks, you can bring the whole family for an inspiring holiday experience! And don’t forget the Lion’s Santa Parade on the Saturday, 25 November at 2pm.

 

WAC Supports: Canada’s 150th Competition

PrintWestport’s Own Sesquicentennial Competition – Create the Westport Brand!

Canada is turning 150 in 2017 and Westport is planning events all year.  And we want to make this our own, home grown celebration including our own 150th Branding – something that is unique to Westport.

The Mayor’s Sesquicentennial Task Force is holding a competition open to everyone, young and old, groups and individuals, school children, to create a brand that captures the uniqueness of Westport – our traditions, personality, geography, etc – as we celebrate Canada’s 150th.

Your entry must be suitable to be displayed in a variety of medium – i.e. paper, cloth, electronic and must include the Canada sesquicentennial flag somewhere in the design.

The deadline for submission is Friday, October 28 @ 4:00 p.m. and all entries become property of the Village.  Entries can be dropped off at Town Hall or emailed to Niki Bresse – nbresee@villageofwestport.ca.

Judging will occur on November 1 by a panel of judges selected from the Mayor’s Sesquicentennial Task Force.

The Prize? – the Pride of recognition and having your design displayed throughout 2017.