Uxbridge ‘Story in Stone’ ready to be unveiled
by Nancy Melcher
A project that’s been over two years in the making is almost done. Local artist Fly Freeman has been carving four pieces of Indiana limestone at the museum grounds since June 2016. This limestone is the same type of stone that was used to build the Foster Memorial. Designed to depict the story of Uxbridge’s settlement history, the sculpture will stand at the front of the Township offices. It will be moved to its permanent home this week in advance of the official unveiling that will occur next Tuesday evening during the Opening Ceremonies of the Juried Art Show and Children’s Art Show.
Freeman responded to a “Call for Artists” submission from the Township Arts and Visual Enhancement Committee (AVEC). She has worked by hand to create the relief carvings on each of the four sides of the sculpture, which is actually four separate pieces.
“The pieces fit together to form a cube. But such a cube of stone would be massive if not in pieces, unwieldly and fabulously expensive, so it was a way of doing a large piece by building it from four smaller sections,” Freeman explained.
She works from drawings, transferring the images to the stone.
“[I work from] a small first drawing, then a larger scale. Some of the drawing (such as the lettering) that has to line up across the different blocks, I trace by transfer paper from the scale drawing to the stone. The rest I draw on the block as I go because drawing in the stone with the chisel is very different from drawing on flat paper.”
The four panels each tell a different part of Uxbridge’s history. The first, “We Cut the Trees to Build,” shows a woodsman cutting the large first-growth forest. In the second panel, “The Town that Brought the People,” a water-powered mill reflects the importance that sawing lumber and grinding grain had to the development of the town. Replanting saplings on the third panel (“Who Replanted the Forest”) represents renewal and environmental repair. The
final panel has a family walking in the woods, completing the story with “Where We Now Walk.”
A donation of $15,000 from Saundra and Doug Moffatt has helped to cover some of the costs associated with the creation of the piece. The Green Durham Association has also shown its support, giving $1,000 to the project. The Township of Uxbridge AVEC grants have covered the remaining costs. In addition, Township staff have helped with the heavy lifting and provided behind-the-scenes assistance. There will be a plaque installed by the sculpture listing the names of the sponsors and helpers.
Freeman added, “It’s called ‘An Uxbridge Story in Stone’ because it’s just one of the many, many stories about our town. I wanted to tell a positive story about our environment: that because far-sighted, public-minded people in the 1930s and later decided to repair our mini-dustbowl / agriculturally-degraded land with tree-plantings, we have the trails and trees that we enjoy so much today. We can make our environment a good place to live in with good decision making and action.”
The public is invited to attend the unveiling on September 19 at 7 p.m. at the municipal offices. This is a free event, and parking is available behind the township offices. Freeman will continue to add finishing touches once the sculpture is installed. Members of the public are welcome to drop by to watch.
Terry Fox Run is on this Sunday
September in Uxbridge means three things: school begins again, the Fall Fair happens, and the Terry Fox Run occurs. This Sunday, September 17, will mark the 34th year that the Run has taken place in Uxbridge. According to tireless organizer Maggie Ferraro, the Uxbridge run has raised $460,816.78 since the inaugural run in 1983.
“Last year we raised $28,058.35 on the morning of the run,” says Maggie.
“I support the organization and the Terry Fox run because its SINGLE MISSION is to fund innovative cancer research. There is no minimum donation for participation in the Run, and 82 cents of every dollar raised goes towards cancer research.”
For millions of people, Terry Fox is the face of cancer research. His Marathon of Hope inspired a country and The Terry Fox Run, now in its fourth decade, continues to motivate people here in Canada and around the world. To date, over $750 million has been raised in support of Terry’s cause. The Terry Fox Foundation continues to be a leading national investor in cancer research, directing $22.9 million to its cancer research programs in 2016/17.
The Uxbridge Terry Fox Run begins at the Elgin Park Bandshell. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with start at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to run, walk, push a stroller or volunteer. Dogs on leashes are welcome. There are 2, 5 or 10 km loops from Elgin Park along Main Street to Brookdale Road. It will be safe for all participants as the road will be closed to traffic. Donations can be made with credit card this year, and t-shirts will be available for $20. If you would like your t-shirt prior to the run, for questions, or to volunteer, please contact Maggie at email@example.com
by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove
Notes from the September 11 Council Meeting
Thomas is tops in North America: Councillor Pam Beach announced that attendance at the Thomas the Train event in August was slightly up from last year, and that Uxbridge is second only to Chicago for having the highest attendance at the popular event in North America.
Accessible symbol to stay accessible: Council voted to continue to ensure that accessible parking spots are marked with a wheelchair sign beside the designated spot, as well as on the pavement. A recent amendment to the traffic bylaw governing the signage at accessible parking spots removed the requirement for the bright blue wheelchair symbol on the pavement. Council decided however, that, although the bylaw will remain as is, the pavement markings will continue to be installed as a “best practices” measure.
Helping hurricane victims in the States: Councillor Gord Highet asked that council recommend to the Golf Fund Committee that $1,000 from the golf fund be donated to the Red Cross, which will use the funds to assist victims of the recent hurricane devastation south of the border.
Uxbridge welcomes new family doctor to Toronto Street clinic
Uxbridge is finally getting a new doctor.
Dr. Michael Kim has decided to set up his family practice in Uxbridge. Dr. Kim completed his residency in Family Medicine this spring at Queen’s University.
Dr. Kim is described as a “dedicated young family physician,” and he will open his practice next Monday, September 18. Dr. Kim will join the doctors group at the Toronto Street Medical Centre (next to the Uxbridge Public Library), along with Dr. Bryon, Dr. St.John, and Dr. Mahadevan.
Dr. Kim is a nature enthusiast and is looking forward to becoming a part of the Uxbridge community.
Dr. Kim is accepting new patients, and inquiries can be directed to his office, beginning on the 18th. He can be reached at 905-852-3339 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Goodwood News with Bev Northeast
It feels more like fall than summer, so I guess it is only a matter of time and we will be putting the gardens to bed, checking the furnace and warming the house from the winter cold.
Fridays at the Foster come to an end on September 29. That date will feature Canadian Hit Parade songs from over the years. September 30 is a fundraiser for the Foster at 3 p.m., featuring the Tudor Choir.
The Pearls & Lace Craft Show is November 4 at the Goodwood Community Centre. There are still two tables left to rent out – if you are a crafter, call 905-640-3966 or email email@example.com
Goodwood Baptist church is back to its fall schedule: 10 a.m. Sunday School and 11 a.m. church service. Music on September 17 is Aaron Clubine; September 24 is The Reflections; and October 15 is Moses. The Ladies Brunch is September 16 at 10:30 a.m., and a fall barbeque lunch will be held on September 17. Kids Club begins September 19, with registration at 6:30 p.m., along with the Youth Bible Study. Prayer meetings and Bible Study resumes September 19, and Creation Weekend is September 23 & 24. All are welcome to attend. For more info, www.goodwoodbaptistchurch.com or call 905-640-3111.
Thank you to those who drive at the speed limit.
Reeling About TIFF
People think a film festival is easy work, even fun. While I love my work, truly, it is damned tough work. Three or four films a day, sometimes five, missed dinner, living on coffee and bagels, lots of walking, dealing with unspeakably rude people, it is tough. But I would not wish to be doing anything else.
The Florida Project, the magnificent The Shape of Water, Stronger, Downsizing, Hostiles, The Disaster Artist, The Wife, Mudbound, and Chappaquidick are just some of the great films I have screened at this year’s TIFF (note: John’s reviews of all these films are available here at the cosmos.ca).
Some interesting facts this year: Paramount Pictures arrived here a muscular studio power but is limping home, shot down by negative reviews and reactions to their films.
James Franco scored brilliantly with his superb comedy The Disaster Artist about the making of The Room, arguably the worst film ever made.
Glenn Close jumps into the Oscar race potentially with The Wife.
Denzel Washington will again vy for an Oscar for his career-altering work in Roman Israel, Esq., in which the actor is unlike anything we have seen him in before.
The greatest performance ever given by a child is here – Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project, just astounding.
A surprising great western, Hostiles, has screened to excellent reviews. With the spirit of John Ford intact, Scott Cooper made this great film with Christian Bale. Darkly powerful.
Mudbound was terrific, a breakout Sundance film that lives up to its advanced notice.
God bless you, TIFF, for the lobby pass, I cannot stand in lines, the legs will not take it.
My day begins at six. I rise, shower, have coffee, get to the theatre and head in at eight for the first screening. Bouncing from cinema to cinema, all the press screenings are in the massive Scotiabank Theatre at John and Richmond. There is sometimes a half hour wait between screenings, sometimes mere minutes. I wish I could say critics from around the globe are polite, but they are not. You see rampant cutting in line, arguing with the poor volunteers, freaking out if a film starts late, just some terrible behaviour. But then you can also sit down, meet someone and have a perfectly inspiring conversation with them. In the end, we are at the festival are bound together by a love forged with cinema. We enter the theatre in hopes what we are about to see will be the greatest film we have ever seen. We wait for the lights to dim, and silently think, “Ok show me.”
And often they do, sometimes not. Over the 10 days I am here I will have seen more than 40 films, many headed to the Oscar race, some limping back to Hollywood, tail between legs.
What makes it worth it all? Seeing a miracle of a film like The Shape of Water, that is utterly enchanting, daring to go where few films would or ever have before.
Seeing that, I am reminded of why film was created, why I love it, and why it endures. People often forget the festival is about a celebration of cinema.
I have not forgotten that, I never will.