Attendees at the 39th annual Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival shrugged off a torrential downpour Saturday to take in some fine music, check out some fancy odds and ends, and taste a bit of this and that.

For the first time, Fiddlefern Country Dancers will host a contra dance at Woodford Hall.

The public event on Saturday, August 23 features acoustic dance music from Scatter the Cats, intermission entertainment from Big Squeeze (Chuck and Ruth Merrill) and several local dance callers.

Contra dancing is an entertaining, increasingly popular social form of dancing for people of any age. It includes round dances, square dances and others, with live music and a caller leading participants through the simple dance forms.

Supporters of the TTAG gathered in Toronto Tuesday evening to celebrate the birthday of Tom Thomson, and the gallery's new partnership with the Roots retail chain.

roots-gallery-regThe Tom Thomson Art Gallery (the TOM) and Roots Canada announce their collaborative partnership which sees a new Roots clothing line inspired by the life of Tom Thomson and works from the TOM's permanent collection. Tom Thomson is the quintessential Canadian and is a national icon. A rugged individualist, he was interested in developing an authentic vision to depict his experience in the Northlands of Canada and in capturing a new way of seeing and experiencing the Canadian landscape. His work is "the visual equivalent of the Canadian national anthem" (David Silcox, President of Sotheby's Canada).

Some items in the new Roots line include reproductions of Thomson's paintings - Canoe Lake and Melting Ice - but the range is about more than just his work; it tells a story of his life, his spirit – of a true Canadian outdoorsman as well as an iconic painter. The collection of men's and women's apparel, leather items and accessories will be available in most Roots stores, online and at Owen Sound's Tom Thomson Art Gallery Gift Shop.


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