Maberly FairAugust 29, 2015

for the
133rd Annual Maberly Fair Parade

“Sheep & Goats”

1st, 2nd & 3rd Prizes for best floats and/or costume in both adult & children’s category
(Prizes for all participating children)
Special prizes for best float depicting “Sheep & Goats”
$60 Tim Horton Gift Pack

Speeches & presentations will take place in the light horse area For more details: 613-273-5069 or

133rd Annual Maberly Fair

“Sheep & Goats”

18 years and up $5.00 7 years to 17 years $3.00 6 years and under free
Placing of perishable exhibits Light horse show
Judging of exhibits begins (HALLS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until approx- 1 p.m.) Various demonstrations and displays
Parade – Leaves Downtown Maberly Parade – Arrives at Fairgrounds Poultry Judging
Speeches and presentations in the light horse area WestWind Petting Farm
Readings by Marilyn of Kingston
Rabbit Agility Demonstration Lanark County 4H Club
Horse Pull
Musical entertainment including local talent of Hermann Amberger, Tony Leduc, Jessica Wedden,
Fiddlers & Friends and Tony Davy & Cathy Battison Hall exhibits open (or when judging is completed) Judging of Livestock
Zucchini races
Tai Chi Demonstration Children’s Games Adult Games
Fair Meal by Fall River Restaurant Exhibit Halls close



108th Annual Glen Tay Block RaceAugust 27, 2015 6:00 pm

108th Annual Glen Tay Block Race

Starting in Downtown Perth, this is a traditional favourite and many athletes return each year to participate in the 14.7-kilometre road race. It starts and finishes at the Perth Museum on Gore Street and begins at 6 p.m.


The 14.7k or 9.1 mile Glen Tay Block Race was first run on Thursday, October 31, 1907 with Ed Code as the winner. The race was contested as a Thanksgiving day event for several years. For the pre-race article in The Perth Courier CLICK HERE. For the post-race article CLICK HERE.
The modern edition was founded in 1967 by Perth educator and coach Tom Graham as a Centennial year project. It was sponsored by Perth merchants Bill and Jack Wilson, and encouraged by sportsmen Rusty White and Peter Code. The successful event continues with Branch 244, Royal Canadian Legion as the sponsor. The Perth Runners organize and conduct the race with the assistance of numerous helpers, particularly along the race course. Many of the volunteers, especially families, have been involved for several years.

The race begins and ends on Gore St., directly in front of the Perth Museum. Replicas of the Bill Wilson Memorial Trophy (men), and the Perth Runners Trophy (women) are awarded to the race winners. Medals and prizes are awarded in several age class categories. A Branch 244 Legion commemorative pennant, and a race certificate are presented to each participant. The course records are: Overall record of 45:14 set in 2003 by Kingston’s Steve Boyd; and women’s record of 54:36 set in 1982 by Helen Cooper of Ottawa. The previous course record of 45:30 was held by Perth native Doug Scorrar from 1976 to 2003.

Barns Farms and Wicked Chefs 2015

Barns Farms and Wicked Chefs 2015

Barns Farms and Wicked Chefs Food Tent and BarnShowcasing the best of Lanark County’s
farmers and chefs

Saturday, August 22
5:30 to 10 pm

at the historic barns of EcoTay

A magical fundraising event featuring a “moveable feast”  of local foods. Guests circulate around the historic farm property from one delectable dish to another, all the while being entertained by summer music. Dress is country elegant.

Visit our Barns Farms and Wicked Chefs Facebook group and join the Facebook event page to see past photos and get updates.

This event has sold out in past years so get your tickets early. Tickets are $125 per person with a $95 tax receipt and are available from Tickets Please, (, 39 Foster St., Perth. Alcohol sold separately. All proceeds from the event will go to support The Table Community Food Centre’s innovative programming.

We are currently seeking event sponsors. A great opportunity to showcase your company’s values and commitment to the community.  Contact Ramsey Hart at 613-267-6428, xt. 8 /ramsey[@]


words on the landAugust 21, 2015 3:00 pm to August 23, 2015 5:30 pm

We are excited about a new initiative we have undertaken this year. Framework: Words on the Land will be a weekend (August 21-23) of writing-in-situ for 10 invited (confirmed) writers of all genres. Their weekend will culminate with a public reading of their ‘Words’ on Sunday afternoon 3-5:30 pm. We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the Ottawa International Writers Festival/Perth Chapter on this event.

See attached file for more information about both Fieldwork and Framework.

Fieldwork is open all year, free of charge and is a self-directed walk in the woods/field to view art. The Framework reading will be a ticketed event

A bit about Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an art space located in Eastern Ontario between Kingston and Ottawa. It is a small open field and an adjoining forest hosting a diverse collection of site-responsive art installations year round. It is open to the public 7 days a week, 12 months a year and is free of charge. It was brought to life by the members of the Fieldwork Collective who saw the potential and the value of luring artists to a field to make art, and also in the value of connecting people with art and nature. It has been supported by the OAC since inception (2008). For more about Fieldwork visit our website – and our Facebook page.

A new kind of cultivation is happening in and around a field near Perth, ON – one that clearly puts the culture in agriculture as it were. In addition to its annual exhibitions of site-responsive art installations, Fieldwork is breaking new ground in 2015 with a project that plants writers in the rural landscape for a weekend of land-inspired writing, and which in turn invites you to come and hear their words.

Picture ten writers at ten portals in and around a field – each one framing a different perspective of the land – and you have Framework. Part workshop, part retreat and part performance, this weekend is unexplored territory for everyone involved and promises to illuminate both the creative processes unique to each writer and the numerous responses elicited from being, seeing and writing in nature. 

After two days of writing on site, we will open the loft of our lovely old Lanark County barn to the public for you to join us in conversation with the writers as they reflect on their weekend and read selections of their words summoned from the land. 

Fieldwork is pleased to be presenting this event in partnership with the OIWF. 


Initiated in 2008, Fieldwork is a 20-acre outdoor, creative space that aims to cultivate connections between people, imagination and nature. It is located on a farm in eastern Ontario just west of Perth.  A small field and an adjoining forest host a diverse collection of site-responsive art installations that the public can explore year round, for free. We also periodically host workshops that bring people (kids especially) to nature for creative explorations. The project is voluntarily managed by the Fieldwork Collective and has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council since the project’s inception.

For more about Fieldwork visit our website –  and our Facebook page.


Writers’ names (in no particular order)

Merilyn Simonds        
Amanda West Lewis    
Amanda Jernigan        
Phil Hall            
Jeff Warren           
Christine Pountney        
Troy McClure        
Mike Blouin            
Matthew Holmes        
Wayne Grady       

ROTARY RIBFEST AUGUST 21, 22 & 23, 2015

The Rotary Club of Perth invites you to join us at the Perth Fairgrounds in beautiful Heritage Perth on the August 21-23 weekend for our first annual PERTH RIBFEST and CAR SHOW featuring 3 days of enjoyment for the entire family.

  • 4 renowned professional Ribbers to cook up mouth watering tender ribs
  • A beer garden featuring our very own local micro brewery (monitored – legal age only)
  • Food and Non-food Vendors
  • car shows, an Antique Car Show on Saturday and a Classic Car Show on Sunday
  • Live Entertainment all weekend featuring local music bands
  • Kids Zone
  • Face Painting
  • Big Trucks for Kids
  • ShelterBox Canada Disaster Relief challenge for children of all ages
  • Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

For your enjoyment we have:

Hours of operation:
Friday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Visit the Heritage Perth website
Located at the Town of Perth Fairgrounds
(see FAQ’s for more information)
Admission by Donation and Free Parking outside the Fairgrounds. 
There will be disabled parking within the Fair Grounds (sticker required).
Donations are appreciated and go towards local community projects.
Arthur Street Gate - Pedestrians only
Rogers Road Gate  - Vehicle ENTRANCE/EXIT only

Ribs Royale BBQ
Ribs Royale BBQ hails from Nevada, USA.  We compete in various ribfests across Canada.  We are known for our succulent, savoury, fall-off-the-bone, RIBS, CHICKEN & PULLED PORK!  In 2012 alone we won over 40 first place awards, and best ribs, best sauce categories. Please visit our

Ribs Royal

Jack The Ribber
Jack the Ribber is based in London, ON.  The backbone of their operation is an “Ole Hickory Pits” wood burning smoker that smokes 226 St. Louis racks at a time.  the finished product, ribs or chicken, is bbq’d  on a wood burning, hickory open flame BBQ

Jack the Ribber

Dinosaur BBQ Pit
“Mouth-Watering, Irresistible, Seriously addictive”
Dinosaur BBQ Pit is the latest championship BBQ team to cross the border and compete in the Ontario RibFest circuit.  All the way from Little Rock. Arkansas, our motto is to bring a deep southern BBQ taster and experience that is like no other and cannot be beat.  We have won awards for our fall-off-the-bone smoked ribs, succulent oven-roasted chicken and cherrywood smoked pulled-pork all throughout the U.S.!! When at ribfest make sure to try Dinosaur BBQ Pit to see why we have the BIGGEST TASTE!!!

Dinosaur BBQ Pit

Texas Rangers
Originally from Motley Texas, now out of Zorra Township, Ontario.  Began touring the Canadian Circuit 6 years ago winning several awards every year!  The company has grown and become a large contender amongst the best in the North American Ribfest Circuit.

Texas Rangers

Rideau Ferry Regatta 2015

Rideau Ferry RegattaAugust 15, 2015 to August 16, 2015

Schedule of events:

Friday, August 14th

12:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Regatta Registration at RFYC Club House located at the Race Site.
2:30 pm – Convoy of Race Boats from Rideau Ferry to Crystal Palace in Perth for 3:00pm.
6:00 pm – Convoy returns to Rideau Ferry.

Saturday, August 15th

7:30 am to 8:30 am - Regatta Registration at RFYC Club House located at the Race Site.
8:30 am to 9:15 am – Mandatory Driver/Crew meeting at shelter beside the Club House.
9:30 am – Opening Ceremonies. 3 National Anthems – American, Austrailian & Canadian
10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Can-Am, Can-Am Light Racing and Vintage Fly-bys
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - Hot Pits open to Public.
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – Cardboard Boat Race – Municipal Challenge – Perth, Smiths Falls, Drummond North Elmsley, Beckwith, Tay Valley, Lanark Highlands, and Rideau Lakes.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Cam-Am, Can-Am Light Racing and Vintage Fly-bys
5:30 pm – Pre-Diner Snacks
6:00 pm – Dinner on-site at RFYC Tent and Picnic Shelter $25.00/person
7:30 pm to 10:30 pm - Live Entertainment / Dance Party at Picnic Shelter

Sunday, August 16th

8:00 am to 9:00 am - Final Registration at RFYC Club House located at the Race Site.
9:00 am to 9:30 am – Mandatory Driver/Crew meeting at shelter beside the Club House.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Can-Am, Can-Am Light Racing and Vintage Fly-bys
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - Hot Pits open to Public.
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – Six Hour Canoe Race
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Can-Am, Can-Am Light Racing and Vintage Fly-bys

Saturday and Sunday

9:00 am - Build a canoe on Saturday, race it on Sunday. Cost $120 per team of four who build one canoe. All materials & instructions provided. Register with John:
10:00 am & 1:00pm 
- Paddle making workshops. Make a paddle (materials & instruction provided). Cost $15. Register with Gillian:


Otty Lake Paddlepower 2015August 9, 2015 10:30 am

Otty Lake: Paddlepower 2015

Rain or Shine!

Gathering time: 10:30 a.m.
Raft formation: 11:30 a.m.

Meet in your paddle-powered craft (no motors please) in the open water between Hazard Island and Millar Bay Road.



Let’s see how many boats we can gather together in one place!
For more information contact:


wait-until-darkAugust 7, 2015 to August 30, 2015

The Classic Theatre Festival

Wait Until Dark, by Frederick Knott

The Classic Theatre Festival presents the classic thriller that pits a blind woman against a gang of thieves who have invaded her apartment. Wednesday to Sunday at 2 p.m. with 8 p.m. shows each Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 54 Beckwith Street East (at Harvey).
Info: 1-877-283-1283 or



The second show of our 2015 season is the gripping Frederick Knott thriller Wait Until Dark, a heart-thumping tale of a blind woman who must fend off a group of seedy drug dealers and thieves who have invaded her apartment using a variety of ruses. Later a beloved Audrey Hepburn film, the stage version features some of the most intense moments Broadway witnessed in the 1960s.

Previews   August 7 at 2pm, August 8 at 2pm
Opening   August 8 at 8pm

Performance Times:
Wed. to Sun. matinees at 2pm
Wed., Thurs. and Sat. evenings at 8pm

Adult: $30
Youth under 30: $21 (30% off)
Previews: $27 (10% off)
Groups of 10-19: 10% off
Groups of 20 or more: 20% off

All tickets subject to a $4.00 box office fee.

Tickets and Information:
1-877-283-1283, ext. 1
Tickets Please, 39 Foster St., Perth

Our Venue at 54 Beckwith Street East:
For directions, click HERE.

For Barefoot in the Park, click here.

WAIT UNTIL DARK is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH INC.

18th Annual Perth Garlic Festival

18th Annual Perth Garlic FestivalAugust 8, 2015 10:00 am to August 9, 2015 4:00 pm

18th Annual Perth Garlic Festival


Awaken your taste buds at this festival that includes vendors, contests and children’s activities. Perth Fairgrounds.

Admission is $5 and children under 12 free.

Thank you for your support. Money raised from this event goes to to worthwhile community initiatives supported by the Lions Club of Perth.

Info: 1-877-268-2833 or 613-267-5322 or

Perth Citizens’ Band Summer Concert Series August 2015


PerthBandBannerSummer Concert Series

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a performance by the Perth Citizens’ Band at 7:30 p.m. at the bandstand behind the Town Hall.


When: August 6, 2015 7:30 pm and August 20, 2015 7:30 pm

All concerts are FREE to the public and are held in historic Stewart Park just behind the Perth Town Hall in downtown Perth.

The Perth Citizens’ Band has been an integral part of the musical and cultural heritage of the Town of Perth since 1852 and is the oldest continuously operating band in Canada. The continuity of the band from 1852 has been recorded in a book entitled, “ Sound the Trumpet “ written by local archivist, Daphne Overhill, published in 2002.

The band is comprised of members from Perth and surrounding areas of Lanark County. Every Tuesday night at 7:30 the band meets for rehearsal in a specially designated room upstairs in the Perth Town Hall. A wide variety of music is rehearsed from the bands’ extensive library, ranging from classics by Mozart, Handel etc. through the Gay Nineties, The Swing Era, the Beetles, Broadway, and contemporary works. Band membership is about 50 and includes all ages from teens to seniors with skill levels from beginners to professional. Some members also contribute time to other local groups such as the “Saints and Sinners” , The Perth Community Choir, and The Last Duel Brass Quintet. The band is directed by Brian Tackaberry, a professional high school music teacher.

Music is performed in public throughout the Town and surrounding areas including venues such as churches, schools, special events, parades and an annual summer concert series on the bandstand in Stewart Park behind the Town Hall. Historically, the band has played at Ontario’s Bicentennial celebrations in Toronto, the sending of the Perth’s Mammoth Cheese to The Chicago World’s Fair and more recently, at The Governor Generals Garden Party at Rideau hall and the Town band Festival in Orono, Ontario.

The free concerts in Stewart Park are performed every other Thursday at 7:30 PM starting in the second week of June through the third week of August and include a Strawberry Social starting at 7 PM for the second concert. The band does a number of parades throughout the year including the Perth Fair Parade, parades for various local celebrations in other towns and typically four Santa Claus Parades in various towns. A major part of the bands funding for operating expenses comes from these parades. The band also does an annual Christmas concert, an annual “ Last Night At The Proms Concert ” plus a number of other concerts during each year.

The band works during rehearsal times and socializes during breaks. Many lasting relationships are formed. Band membership includes married couples and children all volunteering their time for their own benefit and for the benefit of their audiences.