Sculpture to honour late chief librarian
by Roger Varley
Members of council on Monday were given an advance look at a proposed sculpture for the Uxbridge library, designed to honour the late chief librarian, Alexandra (Alex) Hartmann.
The sculpture, which will be produced by local artist Wynn Walters, depicts a life-sized hand rising from the page of a book and turning the next page. The art piece, to be cast in bronze, will cost somewhere around $6,000, which will be raised through donations. Council was told about half that cost has already been pledged by the group 100 Men Who Care.
“I am very pleased that the funding for the sculpture will come from donations,” said Mayor Dave Barton. “We know there are many library supporters who wish to pay tribute to Alex and this sculpture at this location is a beautiful way to do that.”
Hartmann, who died unexpectedly last September, spent 15 years at the library.
Walters told council the sculpture’s concept of turning the page not only expresses hope and a fresh start, but also recognizes the importance of books and libraries. He added, somewhat cryptically: “This is not what they had in mind.”
Corrine Morrison, a co-ordinator with the library, said a lot of people had asked about a memorial for Hartmann. She said the former chief librarian introduced “great customer service, chased technical improvements and emphasized programming” at the library.
The sculpture will be installed in an alcove beside the main entrance, facing the street, but also visible from inside the library.
Walters also created the statue of Lt. Col. Sam Sharpe, which sits across the street from the library, as well as the statue of Lucy Maud Montgomery in Leaskdale and numerous other public sculptures in the Uxbridge area.
Donations may be made at the library or sent to the library.
One Voice Singers are in the mood for spring
One of the most interesting things about music is the way it defines the seasons of life – both the weather ones and our personal years.
“Christmas is the most enduring example, but I’m sure we also all feel the summer heat in songs by the Beach Boys (even if we don’t surf!)” jokes One Voice Singer Chuck Heroux.
One Voice Singers is presenting “Melodies for Spring” on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church.
“The concert conveys themes of young love, relationships, and, of course, rain, throughout the works – a true potpourri, just like our spring!” says Heroux.
One Voice will also welcome the Young Singers Director’s Choir from Ajax. Under the direction of Anna Lynn Murphy, this group is one of five ensembles made up of individuals ages four through 20. They perform regularly, both locally and internationally.
“We are delighted to welcome them to Uxbridge.”
Tickets for “Melodies for Spring’ are $20, and available at either Presents, Presents Presents, from choir members or at the door.
uxperience dancer opens up new world to Creative Connections clients
When dancer Margo Bibby learned that Creative Connections was the charitable organization that would receive the proceeds from this year’s uxperience production, she decided to go above and beyond to help. …
Creative Connections is a grassroots fee-for-service, non-profit organization that provides meaningful day programming for adults with intellectual disabilities. Earlier this year, Margo, who has performed in both the chorus and dance crew of uxperience, and Corey Jackson of the chorus, began holding dance classes for the adult clients of Creative Connections, who are all age 21 and over.
“We meet Monday mornings in the Arena’s Community Room,” explained Bibby. “The class is made up of around 11 adults with a wide range of challenges, and we have a wonderful time. We had a young lady in a wheelchair who participated as much as she could and thrilled us with her wheelchair circles!
“This year’s uxperience performance takes inspiration from super heroes, everyday heroes and unsung heroes. These participants and the women who established the organization, Robin Dwan and Rita van Halteren, are true heroes in every sense of the word. We are hoping to put together a small routine for an uxperience performance sometime!”
In March, another uxperience group held a Butter Tart Festival, which raised more than $2,000 for Creative Connections. And on Thursday, April 25, uxperience volunteers will be helping to serve at Boston Pizza in Uxbridge. Ten per cent of the receipts from meals served between 5 and 8 p.m. will go to Creative Connections.
This year’s uxperience, entitled “Ux-traordinary People – Not All Heroes Wear Capes,” is on the Uxbridge Music Hall stage May 2, 3 and 4. uxperience 2019 is being directed by husband/wife team Mike and Kathy Bridgeman. Organizers include producer Cathy Newton, musical directors Christina Enns and James Brown, skit directors John Wood and Rich Helms, dance directors Wendy Dunn and Christine Bowman, and blacklight directors Laura Mombourquette and Jim Peacock. Since uxperience began over 27 years ago, the group has donated more than $140,000 to local organizations. Tickets available at StarTicketing.com, at Sugar FX in town, or at the door.
St. Paul’s church invites Uxbridge to The Table
On Sunday April 28, at 9:30 a.m., the doors to St. Paul’s Anglican Church will open to invite residents to a “new worship experience” called ‘The Table.’
“This weekly service will be a casual, comfortable communion service with engaging music. We encourage you to come as you are!” says Rev. Mark Kinghan, the priest at St. Paul’s.
“This service of worship will be less formal and more inviting for those who are seeking an encounter with God,” says Kinghan. “We’ll reflect on relevant social issues, finding spiritual connections that help us grow in our faith during these troubling times. The center of the worship will be when we gather around the table to share communion together.”
Kinghan explains that the church is hoping to build community by building relationships. He also points out that this worship service will be child and family friendly – and 45 minutes in length.
We invite you to come out and join us as we gather at “The Table”.