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NOVEMBER 2015

SOCKS FOR ADVENT 11/29/2015


Thanks to the congregation of Cobourg's Trinity United Church, toes will be warmed this winter. Following the First Sunday of Advent service where David Sheffield was a guest speaker, Trinity Minister, Nancy Lester, presented him with large supply of warm socks, collected by church members. The socks are a valuable part of Green Wood's winter warmth distribution.




Green Wood was featured in a presentation called "Eating Together: The Role of Food in Community" at Trent University's Why Act? series in Peterborough, where Carlee Giffen, David Sheffield and Cyndi Gilmer were invited to speak. The week-long series provides a space for academics, social activists and students to address the way in which Social Justice can happen in this community and across the globe. In preparation for speaking at Why Act?, Carlee organized a shared meal, last week, with a few friends at Green Wood's downtown space. Butternut Squash Curry and good conversation were on the menu.



​"Over the past 3 months, during my clinical placement, I have felt this sense of community that I have never experienced before and never thought was even possible, in this day and age. I truly believe that at the centre of all of this is food and its ability to bring people together and make meaningful social connections." ​- Carlee Giffen, Student, Trent University School of Nursing


CONGRATULATIONS! 11/15/2015


Congratulations to Linda Alcock of Omemee, Ontario for being the lucky ticket holder in our Gourmet Dinner Party Raffle, drawn at the Walk the Line concert. Chef Gary Cole recently prepared a memorable dinner for four in the Alcock's beautiful new home. Many thanks to Chef Gary as well as his assistant,Marlyne, for the generous offer of their time and talent in the kitchen.


Thanks also to St. Lawrence Flowers, Harden & Huyse Chocolates and Keint-He Winery for adding their special touches to the dinner package. In addition to a wonderful dinner at the Alcock home, the raffle benefited Green Wood Coalition's program fund by just over one thousand dollars.



From tender, hear-a-pin-drop moments to foot-stomping singalongs, Walk the Line: Celebrating the Spirit of Johnny Cash delivered a moving and memorable experience for all involved. The one-day festival featured outstanding folk and roots performers from throughout Ontario as well as thoughtful speakers from our own community, all bringing a message of hope and positive social change in celebration of Johnny Cash's legacy. A great culmination of much behind-the-scenes work by ​Artistic Director, David Newland, and Green Wood staff.


​"As a benefit festival reflecting the needs and aspirations of Green Wood Coalition and the community at large, we admire Johnny Cash’s advocacy for the underprivileged. We recognize the strength and honesty he brought to his own struggles. And we celebrate his legendary catalogue of unforgettable songs." -David Newland

SINCEREST THANKS to all of our valued Supporters, Volunteers and Artists whose contributions and efforts are essential to the success of this annual event. SPECIAL THANKS as well to many the community Sponsors who have contributed to this event through their generous inkind donations, and/or by lending us their time and expertise, in support of this annual fundraiser for Green Wood Coalition. Cameco Acme Electric Comfort Inn, Port Hope The Waddell Hotel Long & McQuade Musical Instruments Harden & Huyse Holton Flowers Chef Gary Cole Ganaraska Art & Framing Keint-He Winery St. Lawrence Flowers Luke Despatie & The Design Firm THANKS ALSO to the kind hospitality providers who generously provided sustanance, snacks and refreshments for our artists before, during and after the shows! Cultivate Catering Yellow Cake Bakery The Beamish House​

CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of our Gourmet Dinner Raffle Linda Alcock and to the winner our Man in Black Guitar Prize, Sonja Boileau


Speaking of the Man in Black, here is a great version of that song that frames Johnny Cash's heart for social justice, ​from an about to be released live recording.



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