vol 5, no 1 - spring 2023

Welcome to spring!

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Welcome back! This is such a great time of year as we emerge from the winter hibernation into the enthusiasms of spring. And Grey-Bruce is bursting out all over. There’s so much going on!

In this issue of our combined MOSAIC/TheOwenSounder magazine, we cover lots of new books, new events, and new services, along with some pre-COVID happenings which are resurfacing as we get back to getting together.

Find out about the Kemble Maple Tour on April 1st stops at six maple producers; as well it includes a maple-forward meal. You can get outdoors with folks who know what you’re seeing by volunteering with the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club as they clean up old trails and build new ones. Register now for this summer’s Choir Camp, and help build a boat with Intersections. If you’re more of a homebody, you can check out the 27 on-demand music performances at the all-new Heartwood TV station. Get political! Join the Wonderland Choir! Head to downtown Owen Sound for Mother’s Day! Take a class at Georgian Bay School of the Arts! Or Upwards Art Studio! Or Inter- sections! So many opportunities to connect!

We are delighted to include the Junior and Senior winners of the Write @ Your Library writing contest on pages 16 and 17 in this issue. Open to students throughout Grey-Bruce, this is the biggest and longest running local local creative writing contest for youth. With over 50 entries of short stories and poems, the jury was challenged to choose the best overall. And here they are! Congratulations to Aria Thomas and Mady Raney (Junior winners) and Amelia Sutter and Teagan Penner (Senior winners). And good luck to everyone working on their submissions for this year’s contest. Write On!

Tickets are now available for an Evening with Dan Needles on April 1st. Dan is a wonderful speaker, who provides a rustic philo- sophical approach to his experiences as a newby farmer living rurally. “Why can’t sheep and trees be friends?” he asks as he threads together his love of all things local with all things trees in this fundraiser for Intersections Wood Collaborative. The evening will also include silent and live auctions of beautifully made objects by Stephen Hogbin, Ruth Gowdy McKinley, Kayo O’Kayo, Donald Lloyd MdKinley, and other outstanding Canadian artists, along with refreshments and a cash bar. Don’t miss this great event!

AND we are bringing back WORDSHOP, a one-day learning opportunity for writers co-sponsored by the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library (OSNGUPL) and The Ginger Press on Sunday, April 16 at The Library. The lineup of local experts leading sessions is phenomenal! Topics covered include Community Sto- rytelling with Joan Beecroft; Making Books with Kari Bronough; Writing Songs with Coco Love; Writing Your Memoir with Gail Gallant; How to Research with Janet Iles; Writing for Magazines with Sandra J. Howe; Writing and Illustrating Books for Children with Elly MacKay; Everything You Need to Know About Copyright with Miranda Miller; Writing Poetry with Richard-Yves Sitoski; and Writing Fiction and Non-fiction with Richard Thomas. Register now ($95; includes lunch and four sessions + so much more) online at https://www.osngupl.ca/wordshop or in person at OSNGUPL, 824 1st Avenue West in Owen Sound. See you soon!

- Maryann Thomas