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4th Annual Local Author Showcase

25th Anniversary of the Waterside Summer Series

Catherine Coles

Mickey Sandell


n Saturday, June 9, the County of Lennox & Addington Libraries will hold its 4th Annual Local Author Showcase & Great Big Book Sale. This is an opportunity for the many talented writers in our region to come together and promote their work to each other and the public. Weather permitting, it will be held on the garden patio of the Napanee Branch Library. There will not be an attendance charge for authors or for the public. It will run 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and refreshments will be provided. As of May 28, the following authors have confirmed their attendance: • Alcock, Gloria • Allan, Gloria • Bond, Carolyn • Creber, Diane • Daigle, Tara • DeVries, Helen • Genovese, Elizabeth • Gorman, LeRoy • Gorter, Alyce • Green, Peter • Hefferon, Michael • Kellough, Janet • Kendall, Marilyn • Lachance, Nathalie • Lazenby, Cindy • Ness Gordon, Laurie • Revelle, Rick • Timmerman, Robin • Wood Watson, Barbara Four years ago, we started this event as a fun way to increase the profile of local writers. We are often approached by people in the community who would like to work with the library to promote their

book. Because of the volume of requests received, however, we just cannot use our resources to regularly host or promote events for individual local authors. It was still very important to do something to show support for our local writers, though, so we were driven to create this casual, inclusive event where we provide the platform for local authors to promote their own work. This is not the only way we work with writers in the community. In recognition of local literary and creative efforts, we are always pleased to include the works of local authors in our collection wherever possible. Books assigned to the local author collection are clearly labelled and catalogued as such so patrons can easily access this pool of work. If you are interested in learning more about our region’s local authors, you can subscribe to the library’s newly revamped Can-Lit newsletter. Each issue will feature a different local author and their work available to borrow from the library. Sign up by asking a staff member or by visiting our website at CountyLibrary.ca by clicking on NextReads (under Readers’ Advisory). Our Local Author Showcase also features a large book sale of used books (4 for $1) as a library fundraiser. Weather allowing, it will be held outside. This year, like last year, we will be holding this event in conjunction with Greater Napanee’s Riverfront Festival, which we hope will maximize exposure. I hope that you will come out and support our region’s local writers on June 9.


018 is a landmark year as the Waterside Summer Series celebrates its 25th anniversary – a small music festival that takes place in a small church (St. Paul’s Presbyterian) on a small island (Amherst Island) 20 km west of Kingston. Despite being small, with only five concerts each season, Waterside has become known as the classical music festival where talented artists of the classical music world love to perform. They love it so much that they are always happy to return when invited by Artistic Director, Beverley Harris. In her 14th year as Artistic Director, Bev says, “During Waterside concerts, something ‘intimately powerful’ is created at St. Paul’s Church with the lively acoustics and the intimate size of the venue. Musicians talk about the feeling of communication with the audience and the sense that each listener is intensely involved and ‘giving back’ to the performers. It’s truly an ‘up close and personal’ experience for audience and performers alike.” Waterside can host the very best in classical performers from Canada, the US, and even Europe while keeping tickets prices at the accessible level of $37. This is because there is a large and very loyal group of sponsors who donate beyond what they pay for their tickets. These generous folks are called “Owls” because Amherst Island is known for its Owl Woods that attracts avid birders year-round. Charitable receipts are given

as Waterside is an incorporated nonprofit organization. Despite very few “perks,” sponsors continue to be supportive year after year. The special events to which they are invited are the post-concert buffet supper receptions held for the performers in some of the lovely island homes. Still, sponsors are asked to bring an offering of food for the buffet table and a bottle of wine! These are always such wonderful parties with the musicians and are one of the reasons that performers love to return to Waterside as well. In the past, Waterside has hosted such notables as The Gryphon Trio, Anton Kuerti, Isabel Bayrakdarian, The New Zealand String Quartet, and many others. The 2018 season will be no exception with The Vienna Piano Trio making a return visit, Julie Nesrallah and Brett Polegato of Canadian operatic fame singing up a storm, the Rolston String Quartet (most recent winners of the Banff International Competition), and the Alliage Quintet from Cologne, Germany – truly something unique with four saxophones and piano presenting their award-winning arrangements of the classical repertoire. All information about Waterside 2018 can be found at www.watersidemusic.ca. They hope many patrons will take advantage of hearing “up close and personal” these fine musicians, while also taking part as they celebrate this most auspicious season: the 25th anniversary of Waterside Summer Series.

June / July 2018 • The SCOOP


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The SCOOP // June / July 2018  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // June / July 2018  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...