vol 4, no 1 - spring 2022
Download vol. 1, no. 1 - spring 2022
“Spring is the promise that winter can’t keep.” At least, I think that’s what local poet Paul Scott wrote so many years ago. I can’t find his original note, and Paul is no longer here to ask. He would always bring me a blooming bouquet of his daffodils as soon as they appeared. And he left me with an elusive memory of a line from a poem that returns to me every spring. Have I remembered it correctly? Who knows? (If you know, please tell me!)
It’s been a rough winter. Our community is reeling from the loss of our beloved librarian, Andrew Armitage. His commitment to our local history reshaped how we think about Owen Sound and Grey-Bruce. Andrew found our history buried in the library stacks of old books; he resurrected our stories and gave them back to us, embellished with his wonder and wit. His commitment to local authors was inspirational and essential to our understanding of our community today.
In recognition of his work supporting local authors, the library is accepting donations in memory of Andrew Armitage. Cheques should be made to Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library with “Andrew Armitage Collection” in the memo line. Funds raised will be used to build the Andrew Armitage Grey Bruce Authors Collection of Resources.
Five years ago, Stephen Hogbin bought Leigh Greaves’ stained glass studio in downtown Owen Sound. He created Intersections WOOD Gallery & Studio, a remarkable addition to the cultural fabric of our community. Not only did the new space house his own studio, it also hosted workshops, lectures, artists-in-residence, and the largest selection of books about wood and woodworking in the universe. Earlier this year, Stephen passed away, but not before he was able to build the framework of a new entity: Intersections Wood Collabora- tive is now a registered non-profit run by volunteers committed to Stephen’s legacy. Classes are starting up again (see pg 21) and there are plans to expand every aspect of Intersections with workshops, collaborative projects, discussion groups and speakers’ events, and so much more.
In Stephen’s memory, donations may be made by cheque to the Intersections Wood Collaborative, c/o Box 217 Tara, Ontario, N0H 2N0, to continue the legacy of Intersections; and by cheque to the scholarship fund for students working in wood, c/o Community Foundation Grey Bruce, Box 81, Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K 5P1, with “Stephen Hogbin Award” on the memo line.
On a personal note, I miss Stephen and Andrew deeply and am very grateful for the support they gave me and The Ginger Press for the last several decades. And, as we celebrate the arrival of spring, we also celebrate all the contributions that have become part of the changing seasons here.
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It may not be the usual venue, but we’re just going to do it this year. That’s right, the 36th Annual Authors’ Open House is really happening. On December 11, from 11:00 to 3:00, we’ll be invading Heartwood Hall, just up the street from The Ginger Press. Over a dozen famous local authors will be on hand to talk about their projects and sign copies of their books for everyone on your gift list. Who could ask for anything more? Well, I know, we all want to return home to the bookshop, but for this year, I think it’ll be great to get together at Heartwood, in a socially-distanced, double-vaxxed kind of way. If you can’t make it up those stairs, just give me a call at (519) 376-4233 and I’ll get your books autographed for you and have them ready for pickup at the store.
Our authors this year will include: Joan Beecroft, Dana Benson, Donna Jansen (A Place to Belong: Stories from Newcomers); John Butler (House of Refuge); John Fearnall (Leith); Lili Anne Holding (Mythos: Owen Sound’s Greek Community 1912-1932) Larry Jensen (These Streets I Know: Book + CD); Bonita Johnson de Matteis (Black Eyed Peas and Races: The Emancipation Picnic); Marie Knapp (Path to a More Inspiring Future); Barry More (A Thing of Beauty: The Story of Morland Place); Rob Rolfe (Sturgeon Bay: Poems); Richard-Yves Sitoski (No Sleep ’Til Eden: Poems); Richard Thomas (History of Owen Sound: 1840-1939 - in 3 volumes); Brad Wilcox (Too Far Back in the Bush: Meaford Knights Hockey Team); and Eric Zweig (Hockey Hall of Fame Heroes).
Heartwood Hall is located on the 2nd floor at 939 2nd Avenue East, in downtown Owen Sound. All COVID protocols will be in place for this special event. Although The Ginger Press will be closed on December 11 for the Authors’ Open House, we will be open at the bookshop throughout the rest of the festive season. Book your holidays with us!
Download vol. 3, no. 3 - fall 2021
Everything this fall is coming up books! It’s time to move away from your screens and celebrate the possibilities that exist in words on paper. The Ginger Press is launching a record-setting four books this month. We are also supporting a couple of additional book launches from other publishers. We will be practising COVID protocols at all events, so don’t forget your mask and please stay home if you’re not well. It’s so exciting to have these events and we want everyone to be safe. Read on!
On Saturday September 18 at 2:00pm, at Heartwood Hall in downtown Owen Sound, we will host The Great Big Fat Greek Book Launch. Author Lili Anne Holding has written Mythos: The Story of Owen Sound’s Greek Community 1912-1932. She’s also making baklava for the launch! Mythos tells the story of the arrival and settlement of the author’s family in Owen Sound (Lili Anne is the daughter of Earl Georgas). Lili Anne is a graduate of our recent Publishing Accelerator course. Autographed copies of Mythos ($30) can be reserved at (519) 376-4233.
On Sunday September 19 at 2:00pm at the picnic pavilion in Harrison Park, we will host the launch of A Place to Belong: Stories from Newcomers to Grey and Bruce. Nineteen stories from recent newcomers have been collected by Joan Beecroft, Dana Benson, and Donna Jansen. Copies of A Place to Belong ($24.95) can be reserved at (519) 376-4233.
The Flesherton Library will host the launch of House of Refuge: Grey County’s Home for “Poor, Old and Friendless Folk” chronicled by Frederick Gee from 1904 to 1907, and collected by John Butler. The House of Refuge was built in 1904 on the site of what is now Markdale’s Grey Gables. John Butler has transcribed newspaper columns written over 100 years ago, to provide a fascinating look at the lives and conditions of residents and staff. Copies of House of Refuge ($30) are also available at The Ginger Press. Contact email@example.com for details of this Library fundraising event. POSTPONED
On Thursday September 30 at 7:00pm The Ginger Press will launch Sturgeon Bay, the latest collection of poems from Rob Rolfe. Copies of Sturgeon Bay ($24.95) are available at The Ginger Press. POSTPONED On Wednesday September 29 at 11:00am, Bruce Grey Child and Family Services will host a Zoom presentation of Jigging for Halibut with Tsinii’ with author Sara Davidson. Details on pg 5.
On Saturday October 30 at 2:00pm at Jest Arts in Durham, Jenny Parsons will launch her self-published novel Higgsfield Follies. There will be ice cream and a brass-and-drum band! Jenny is a graduate of our recent Publishing Accelerator course.
And that’s a whole lotta new books! What a wonderful range of subjects from a remarkable range of authors. I hope you will be able to join us at all the launches to learn more about the books and meet the authors. And, of course, I hope you will want to add all these books to your own book shelves!
Download vol. 2, no. 4 - summer 2021
Phew! We made it! Preparing this issue of The Owen Sounder was fraught with the challenges of changing and confusing and sometimes counter-intuitive local, provincial, national and international COVID-19 protocols: Open? Closed? Open a little bit? Take-out? Eat outside? Pickup? Family bubbles? Work bubbles? Groups of five? Groups of ten? You know the dance!
We are delighted this issue to be introducing you to COVID cartoonist Rachel Oliver, who has been producing a cartoon every single day since March, 2020. Her acerbic wit highlights much of what we’re all experiencing. See page 19 to get your name on her distribution list.
We sincerely congratulate Summerfolk and Symphony in the Barn and SweetWater and Orchestra North and all the other organizers for tenaciously moving forward with their annual summer programs. We all need their music more than ever, and they’re working hard to make it happen someway, somehow. There’s not a lot of programming details here due to changing protocols, but we’ve provided contact information for you. Get in touch and give them all your support – financial and audience – to make sure they’re here for us in years to come.
AND, we’ve taken the huge plunge and brought back the award-winning downtown event ArtWalk! Eight galleries will have special exhibitions and demonstrations from 10 to 4 on Saturday June 26. We’ve added the Urban Sketchers Outdoor Art Competition – artists will be painting outdoors during the day (rain or shine) throughout the downtown. Programming details will be posted as they become available at the art walk urban sketchers page on Facebook.
Download vol. 3, no. 1 - spring 2021
At the time of writing, we’ve transitioned into the Yellow Zone, making it a little easier to go about our daily lives. Who knows what the future holds? Here at The Ginger Press, we continue to reinvent ourselves on a regular (daily?) basis. The bookshop and cafe are open Thursday to Saturday from 10 til 2, and our website is open 24/7 for your online orders.
There was a nanosecond back in January when I really didn’t know what to do next. So, in conjunction with Miranda Miller of Grey Bruce Digital, we invented a retreat: The GP Publishing Accelerator (details on page 9).
“What is it?” you might ask. Well, an accelerator gives you access to the skills, mentorship and other supports you need. It’s intensive. And The GP Publishing Accelerator is in response to all those inquiries I have received over the years about publishing. After taking this course, you will know everything you need to know to publish your book. There will be a month of online sessions leading up to the retreat weekend (May 14-16), which will take place at the all-new Port Elgin Holiday Inn Express & Suites. There will also be a follow-up session upon completion. You will learn from two local experts who have spent decades gathering the information you need to move forward with your project. So, don’t be disappointed – yes, class size is limited to ensure the best experience for you – register today!
AND, it’s time to take a hike! We’ve included a portion of the Owen Sound trails map brochure in our centrefold this issue. If you’re ready to go a bit further afield, I recommend Ron Savage’s excellent book Secrets of Sydenham ($20) with 30 local hikes and explorations. Ron has also written a lovely little book on the Silent Valley Nature Reserve ($15) – “a stunning jewel in a beautiful necklace” – which is located just outside Owen Sound, and Sydenham End to End ($20) which has tales about this section of the Bruce Trail. Nicola Ross has just released Collingwood, the Blue Mountains and Beaver Valley Hikes ($29.95) which has 35 loop routes, “as well as oodles of apres-hiking suggestions.” And then, of course, there’s the old standby: The Bruce Trail Guide ($39.95) is now in its 30th edition; it details hikes from Niagara Falls to Tobermory. I’ll see you on the trails!
Download vol. 2, no. 2 - winter 2020
This Owen Sounder has lots of things to do and places to go. Our stores, restaurants, services and events are adapting, altering, replacing, and reinventing constantly as we move forward with tenacity. Owen Sounders have grabbed opportunities buried in the depths of this pandemic and brought forth new ways of living and working and doing business we couldn’t have dreamed of a year ago. Yay, us!
Here at The Ginger Press, we have published more books this year than ever. The Café has temporarily transitioned into the Supper Club, and the Bookshop has reduced hours but more online ordering. What does the future hold? Who knows? But we will continue to move forward. And, okay, sometimes I make mistakes. In our last issue, I referred to the Musical Director of SweetWater as Richard Huizinga. Of course, his first name is Edwin. What was I thinking? Sorry about that, Edwin, and congrats to SweetWater for their excellent programming as part of SweetWater Surreal.
You know the drill: wash your hands; wear a mask; keep six feet apart; stay safe. But remember to reach out to friends and family, read books, write books, learn new skills, cook something different, and get outside. We will make lots of new holiday traditions this year; be sure to remind yourself of this remarkable place we live in and make this the best season you can for yourself and others.
Thank you for reading and supporting The Owen Sounder. We’ll be back in the spring (deadline for ads and articles is February 18).
In the meantime, don’t be a stranger!
Download vol. 2, no. 1 - autumn 2020
Welcome (back) to The Owen Sounder. In the early 1990s, The Ginger Press published a magazine which captured those times. When other projects intervened, we set The Owen Sounder aside, but not forever. Today, in the midst of the Covid crisis, it seems absolutely appropriate to bring The Owen Sounder back. It’s perfect for these times too. Delivered by Canada Post to every household and business in the City, The Owen Sounder is now expanded in grand and glorious colour.
As with all the other books and magazines published by The Ginger Press, the content of The Owen Sounder is 100% local. Articles and images by a wide range of Owen Sound experts explore what’s happening right here, right now, from labyrinths to music to the arts and gardens and more. And we can provide this to you at no charge because of the support of our advertisers, who are, not surprisingly, local too.
I hope you enjoy this new incarnation of The Owen Sounder. The plan is to make it a quarterly publication. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch. And don’t forget to tell our advertisers that “you saw it in The Owen Sounder.”