Expansion, Picton Gazette

It’ s a source of pride for the Board and fundraising committee that so many businesses and organizations have rallied around our campaign for the Picton library.

Saturday, July 27th was an example of a great event that came together through the good will and collaboration of several County entities. Staff member Julie Lane and Shatterbox founder Georgia Papanicolaou put their heads together and came up with a unique evening of theatre, food and music.

Kinsip’s Jeremiah Soucie contributed custom cocktails with all County flavours, Tyler Lester from County Confectionary donated popcorn and Lindsay Machell of the Lunch Box offered her fabulous frozen yogurt.

The unique culinary fare and glorious surroundings of the Armoury made for a memorable evening topped by the rousing music of Cue the Funk. A repeat event for 2020 – we think so!

In August, Shatterbox is lending us their considerable talents again to run a three day musical theatre workshop, Aug. 13-15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Youth ages 13 and up are invited to register for this workshop.

The activities are planned around the introduction of the musical Spring Awakening Shatterbox will be presenting in May of 2020, from which participants will learn the opening number.

On the first day of the workshop, the budding actors will be working in the Green Room of the Regent Theatre, and the following two mornings sessions will take place in the library.

To all of our patrons who have missed the drop box, it’s back. Thanks to our neighbours at the Armoury for expediting the landscaping work that impacted our accessible entrance and after hours book drop. Thank you too to our neighbours on the east side – the Maran Dine Bar — for acting as our temporary after hours book return.

The accessible entrance with its automatic door is now available, though there is still a temporary ramp up to the entrance. We are keeping the back door and ramp available until the work is finished. Anyone with an accessible parking permit is welcome to pull up to the rear entrance to access the library.

Upcoming Fundraisers:

Drake Devonshire presents the Pontiac Quarterly: A-Frame Edition, An evening of writing and music hosted by Al Purdy A-Frame Residency poet Damian Rogers and featuring performances by singer-songwriter Kate Boothman and other guests.Tickets $25 (ticket sales to benefit Picton Library Expansion). Drake Devonshire Pavilion Thurs. Aug. 8th 7p.m. Cocktail Reception, 8 p.m. Show
Hatch Gallery presents September Island: The Art and Music of Sarah Slean and Kevin Hearn A Fundraiser for the Picton Library Expansion, Sept 21st 3-5 p.m. at Hatch Gallery, Cocktails by Kinsip and Hors d’oevres by Bloomfield Public House $120 per person (tickets available through the library website and at the door).
Stained Glass Tour with artist Sarah Hall Take a walking tour of some of the County’s finest stained glass! Stroll through Glenwood Chapel, Picton United, Town Hall, Arts on Main, St. Gregory’s, and Sarah Hall’s own studio. The cost is $40 for this Library Fundraiser

Barbara Sweet