What Is small town BIG?

 

 small town BIG is a multi-arts festival set to take place from May 1st to 10th, 2020 across Scugog. Discover music, theatre, visual art attractions, and more. small town BIG will deliver small-town charm and a BIG experience!

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In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, scugog arts festival: small town BIG is being postponed until 2021. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously. 

 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you all next spring. 

Events organized outside of Scugog Arts may still plan to go ahead, please check with them directly for updates. 

BIG Kick Off with The Wanted LIVE - CANCELLED

Date: Friday, May 1st, 2020

Time: 5 pm – 10 pm

Location: Old Flame Brewery

Join us in kicking off small town BIG with some craft brews and live tunes! Hawley Crescent Culinary Services will also be on location serving up some awesome eats (Menu TBD) to go with the music for the evening.

FOOD – 5 pm – 9 pm
MUSIC – The Wanted Live – 6 pm – 10 pm
OPENING REMARKS – 7 pm

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: FREE

 

 

The Wilkinsons LIVE

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm 

Location: Town Hall Theatre 

An up close and personal evening with the award-winning Canadian country music trio The Wilkinsons. Playing old classics and maybe even a few surprises!

The Wilkinsons are a Canadian country music trio from Trenton, Ontario. Founded in 1997.  They achieved success late in 1998 with the hit single “26 Cents”, a Number One on the Canadian country music charts and Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles Charts.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $40 –https://townhalltheatre.ca/

Drew Hayden Taylor In-Conversation - CANCELLED

Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Town Hall Theatre 

As a playwright, Drew has proudly been a part of what he refers to as the contemporary Native Literary Renascence. An author of more than 20 plays (resulting in almost a hundred productions), his popular plays such as TORONTO AT DREAMER’S ROCK, ONLY DRUNKS AND CHILDREN TELL THE TRUTH, THE BERLIN BLUES, and COTTAGERS AND INDIANS have left their mark on the Canadian theatre scene.

Before the show enjoy a tasting form one of Scugog’s most anticipated new shops The Port Cheese Co.!

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $25 –https://townhalltheatre.ca/

Inkslingers - Writer's Sanctuary

Date: Sunday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Location: Uplands Retreat

During the period of social distancing, all Sanctuary days have been re-engineered until the need has passed. The workshop will be offered through the Zoom platform, for more details please visit: https://inkslingers.ca/sanctuary-days/

Get your writers juices flowing with a one-day writer’s retreat in a beautiful and nurturing setting. Find rest, growth, and connection that will encourage you to experiment with your writing. 

Writers’ Sanctuaries are one day retreats in a beautiful rural location. Mornings are devoted to creating new work and receiving feedback.

 Afternoons are 2 hours of silent communal time to devote to a writing project, finishing with another chance to share and receive feedback. In between is a delicious lunch, included.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $99 – https://inkslingers.ca/sanctuary-days/about-writers-sanctuary/ 

Agatha Christie and Archaeology with Amy Barron - CANCELLED

Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Location:  Scugog Memorial Public Library 

If you don’t know why these two things go together, then join us to learn how the great mystery novelist’s life is revealed within the pages of her books. Her love of the Middle East and the life she lived with her famous archaeologist husband provided the basis for many of her greatest novels including Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and Murder in Mesopotamia. Learn about her life, travels, and the fabulous ancient sites whose mysteries she helped uncover.

About Dr. Amy Barron
Amy Barron received her PhD at the University of Toronto in the field of Mesopotamian history and archaeology. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Late Assyrian Arms and Armour: Art versus Artifact”. She has excavated in the Middle East and elsewhere, and has travelled widely studying the archaeology of various remote parts of the world from Peru to China. She has also worked in the museum field for over twenty years and presently teaches Museum Studies at Fleming College.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $15 – on sale at Scugog Public Library after March 23rd! 

Pipo Romero LIVE - CANCELLED

Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm 

Location: Church of the Ascension

Lynn McDonald presents The Incomparable And Energetic, Pipo Romero. Guitar Sounds of Spain – Classical, Flamenco, and Folkloric. On tour from CADIZ, the most ancient part of Spain!

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $25 – on sale at Eco Port and at the door!

Lake Scugog Studio Tour - POSTPONED

Date: Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Location: Various Locations

19 Sites With 51 Artists!

This self-guided tour promises a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Artists are opening the doors to their studios to give you a chance to see what goes into their craft. Visit sites at your own pace!

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: Stay tuned!

Tickets: FREE

 

 

Port Perry Home and Garden Show

Date: Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Time: 10 am – 4 pm 

Location: Scugog Community Recreation Centre 

The Home and Garden Show has dozens of great exhibitors here to offer you information about home improvement, landscaping, realtors, contractors, and much more! These local businesses from Port Perry and the Scugog area are here to help you!

See the latest in Home and Garden products. Find answers to your questions from the expert vendors. Learn about local service providers and get advice and ideas for your own home. Enjoy an array of seminars and displays designed to inspire you.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $2 + non-perishable food item. 

China: through the Lens and the Brush – Ray McNeice and James Wilkes

Date:  Saturday, May 2nd – 28th

Time: Regular library hours

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 2nd, 2 pm – 4 pm 

Explore China through acrylic and watercolor paintings by Ray McNeice and photography by James Wilkes. Become immersed in the nature and culture worlds away!

Location: Scugog Memorial Public Library

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: Stay tuned! 

Tickets: FREE

T'eatre, Tea, and Treats; Costume Show and High Tea - CANCELLED

Date: Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 10th

Time: 2 pm 

Location: Utica Hall 

Take in a one-of-a-kind fashion show that will entertain and teach you about traditional theatre costumes, while you enjoy an English high tea. Presented by Theatre on the Ridge with commentary by Dr. Amy Barron.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $35 available at www.theatreontheridge.ca 

 

 

Art You Can Sit On! - POSTPONED

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

View, sit, and selfie with art that you can literally sit on! See 10 Muskoka chairs painted by local artists for the first time before they are placed around Scugog.

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Tickets: TBA

Form and Function - CANCELLED

Date: Saturday, May 2nd – 3rd, and Monday, May 4th– 30th 

Time: 10 am – 5 pm during the Lake Scugog Studio Tour, 11 am – 4 pm remainder of May 

Location: Scugog Arts Gallery

An exhibition of pencil paintings by Sarah Holtby and pottery and paintings by Saundra Reiner – Lake Scugog Studio Tour, Site #13

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: Stay tuned! 

Tickets: FREE

Monsters and Milfoil - CANCELLED

Date: Tuesday, May 5th

Time: 11 am and 1:30 pm

Location: Town Hall Theatre 

It’s hard being the only monster in a small town lake, not to mention the lake’s only caretaker! Monsters & Milfoil will entertain youngsters and share the history and importance of Lake Scugog through interactive fun and song. First presented in 2018, this original production was made possible with the support of the Scugog Council for the Arts and in partnership with the Scugog Lake Stewards. Monsters and Milfoil is being presented free of charge during Small Town BIG through the generosity of Vos’ Independent Grocers.  Suitable for pre-school to primary/junior elementary age children.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: FREE – reserve your seat at https://townhalltheatre.ca/

 

 

Stag and Doe - CANCELLED

Dates and Times:

May 2nd, 7th, 8th, and 9th – 7:30 pm

May 9th – 2 pm 

Location: Prince Albert Hall

Bonnie and Brad are throwing a party to pay for their upcoming wedding. Their Maid of Honour, Dee, is still getting over being left at the altar seven years ago. Mandy and Rob are getting married today, even though their big white tent blew away in last night’s storm. And Jay just found out his entire catering staff is in jail! It’s all happening at the same time, in the same community hall kitchen, in the same small town. Theatre on the Ridge brings this laugh-filled look at a distinctly rural Canadian prenuptial tradition to Scugog’s very own Prince Albert Community Hall … and shines a light on the nature of love, marriage, and weddings.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $25 available at www.theatreontheridge.ca 

Poetry SLAM and Blind Date with a Book - CANCELLED

Date: Friday, May 8th

Time: 8 pm 

Location: Jester’s Court

You have three minutes to perform your SLAM poem, impress the judges and win big! Compete against other slammers for a chance at $200, $100, or tickets to a Theatre on the Ridge production. Also don’t judge a book by its cover and go on Blind Date with a Book. Some blind dates don’t work out but, in this case, you are in for a pleasant surprise. 

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $5 at the door, slammers can pre-register at writerportal@gmail.com

Opening and Closing Drum Circle - CANCELLED

Date: Thursday, May 7th

Time: 1 pm and 5 pm 

Location: Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Health and Resource Centre

Join us for an afternoon of Indigenous culture! The opening ceremony will begin with a smudge and prayer and lead into songs and drumming. End the day by taking part in a drum circle, or just close your eyes and focus on the sound of the drum.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: FREE 

 

 

Medicine Bag Workshop - CANCELLED

Date: Thursday, May 7th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm 

Location: Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Health and Resource Centre

Get hands on and learn to make a genuine Indigenous medicine bag. The workshop will be led by an instructor that will lead you through history and sacred medicine teachings. 

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Tickets: $15

Interactive Drumming and Dancing - CANCELLED

Date: Thursday, May 7th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Location: Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Health and Resource Centre

Music is a large part of Indigenous cultures. Take in or participate in a traditional Indigenous drumming circle and explore the history and the teachings behind the drum.

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: FREE

Lishman Underground Property Tour - CANCELLED

Date: Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Location: Purple Hill

Get an inside look at this unique underground house designed by Bill Lishman. Tour Paula Lishman’s studio, Geordie Lishman’s workshop, and their garden full of sculptures. All proceeds go to the Bill Lishman Memorial Project.

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Tickets: $20 at the gate, includes parking!

Lynn's Jazz Kids York University and Beyond...School's Out!

Date: Sunday, May 3rd

Time: 7 pm

Location: Jester’s Court

The hard work is done, time to enjoy the fruits of all that learning and practicing. Music heals and uplifts the spirits. Lynn’s students will warm your heart and make you smile. Groove along to their fresh stylings of the old standards. 

Let us know you will be there on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $20, $10 students
Reservations only, contact Lynn McDonald – lynn@lynnmcdonaldjazz.com. Seating is limited.

SPONSORS

Thank you to our generous sponsor. Without you, Small Town BIG wouldn’t be possible!

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