With this year's edition of 'Till Things Are Brighter: The Songs of Johnny Cash' just over a month away, we're pleased to begin announcing the exciting acts that will be performing Johnny Cash songs at this year's concert on November 1.
One of the highlights of last year's show was the introduction of Graydon James and Laura Spink to the Port Hope audience--they of the Toronto band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. We're happy to announce that they will be back as part of the 2014 show! Listen to their great harmonies on 'It Ain't Me, Babe', the Bob Dylan song that Johnny Cash covered on a 1965 record.
Tickets available through the Capitol Theatre Box Office this week.
We will announce details for IMAGINATE 2015 very soon, but as a primer, our friend Andy Frank has produced this clip of highlights from IMAGINATE 2014 , last February.. Thanks to Andy and to each of the presenters at last year's inaugural event!
The sun is up this Sunday morning and we are looking forward to a beautiful and fun time at today's 'Greens & Woods Golf Tournament' at Port Hope Golf and Country Club. We'd like to offer a huge thank you to each person who has committed time to making this event happen and support us through the day (there are some surprises yet to unfold). Thank you also to our hole sponsors and to our signature sponsor, Cameco.
We'll post some photos here and at our Facebook group (Green Wood Coalition) after the fun dies down.
Recently, a message of hope was brought to Port Hope, at an evening hosted by Green Wood Coalition, at St. Mark’s Parish Hall. Greg Paul, a founder of the Sanctuary community in Toronto, spoke about building a place where street involved folks can find safety, dignity, joy, family, and an opportunity to give back to society.
From its beginnings as a few musicians chatting with street people, Sanctuary grew to its current community of around 600, with a staff of 18 who are dedicated to building a foundation in those whose lives have been decimated by misfortune. A drop-in for those who live in the street, in shelters or other temporary and precarious arrangements creates a place where folks can gather, share meals, make art, work, and feel at home.
The most powerful and hopeful theme that recurred throughout Greg’s presentation, was that people who have a lot, need people who don’t have a lot, just as much as those who don’t have, need those who do.
When one participant remarked to Greg, “You are a very special person, to do this work," Greg countered that we are all made for this relationship building, connecting with our neighbours, and caring for each other. He relayed how important it is for stakeholders to come and be served by the street involved people, to visit and get to know some of the individuals who are part of the community at the drop-in.
Remarkably, Sanctuary is largely funded by private donation. This allows the organization to operate without the usual slavish dependence on grant formulas that become narrowly driven number goals. When asked “What does success mean to your organization?”, Greg responded that the goals are measured by the stories of individuals who have found some healthy connection to others in their lives, relationships that allow them to receive and express care, and proficiency in areas such as art-making, cooking, organizing and assisting with day-to-day operations.
Green Wood Coalition is striving to build that kind of community here in Port Hope, and the efforts of a group of local people from very different walks of life is growing, as the hope spreads.
-Heather Roy, Port Hope
It's the end of an era in downtown Port Hope as Mel Talbot and Jamie Talbot close up business at Randall's Office Supplies on Walton St. Their businesses in Cobourg and Trenton will continue to offer the same friendly, knowledgeable service that the Port Hope location was known for. As Mel and Jamie were dismantling the store today, one of the last things they took care of was a generous donation of art supplies to the Green Wood Creative Arts Group. Thank you so much, guys, and best wishes for what comes next.
A gathering of good hearted people in a beautiful location, under the longest sun of the year, made for a memorable Solstice Garden Blessing at the Green Wood Community Garden. Thanks to Sayed, Chris, Shari and Doug for their contributions. Special thanks to the Wolters family for their generous loan of the property where our garden is located.
Green Wood Coalition
Annual General Meeting
All members & guests welcome
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:30 pm
St. John's Parish Hall
Pine St., Port Hope, ON
As the growing season approaches, we are able to offer several, individual rental plots in our community garden on Peter Street in Port Hope. A small number of these 4' X 8' raised beds will be available to members of the public for a low annual fee, and agreement with our shared values.
Our garden is a place that encourages:
1. Enjoyment of the outdoors and Creation.
2. Making of friendships.
3. Building of community spirit.
4. Physical connection to the land.
5. Learning about natural, sustainable growing methods.
6. Planting, tending and harvesting of food crops.
7. Sharing of fresh, healthy vegetables.
8. Satisfying, rewarding labour.
9. Respect for one another and for nature.
10. Celebration whenever possible.
11. Enjoyment of the outdoors and Creation.
The Green Wood garden is one piece of a larger community initiative that provides shoulder-to-shoulder support for individuals and families who are living with issues related to poverty. Our site is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Tiffany Wolters of Ganaraska Animal Clinic, and her husband, Doug Wolters.
(From left Arlene Pettipas holds the ribbon across the new Personal Care Cupboard at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church for Rev. Dr. Doug Brown and Councillor Mary Lou Ellis to cut, with the assistance of Lloyd MacDonald. Photo by Cecilia Naismith, Northumberland Today)
One of our partnering churches, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Port Hope is offering a much needed service to people in need in the community:
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