|the A-frame stage, in a colder season|
At Jean's suggestion the local A-framers are planning a picnic at the Al and Eurithe Purdy A-frame. It'll be an open house to show off the work being done on the place, readying it for a writer-in-residence. And a day to visit the A-frame if you haven't done so for a while, or ever, to connect with the home of a Canadian literary legend, and a poet who wrote about us. The event will feature some local writers reading their work, or Al's, and some local musicians. All this on the A-frame stage, the north deck, overlooking legendary Roblin Lake.
Because it's a picnic, there will be food. Because the A-frame is in Ameliasburgh, it'll be a village event (It takes a village...). There will be sandwich picnics for sale in the Town hall, made to order by a local women's group, for takeout to the Grove cemetery, the Harry Smith Conservation area, the Al Purdy library...or the A-frame. Sit on the point the Purdy's built, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Read a poem. Write one.
You can take a guided literary tour with local writer and film-maker Conrad Beaubien, visit a used booksale at the library and see the Purdy memorabilia there, enjoy the pioneer and schoolhouse museums, or just walk around the village Al walked around. Watch some 'Purdy videos' in the Town Hall. Leave your car at the Town hall and take the free shuttle around those locations...we'll even drop you off at the top of Gibson's Road, a few houses away from the A-frame. Or pick up a copy of the A-frame Anthology for sale at several locations in the village. Bring your family, your friends, a poet.
And when will you want to do that? On Saturday, July 27, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Drop into the Town Hall first to get a map, and a schedule of events. And shelter, if it turns out to be a really rainy day.
We'll have posters out, both real and virtual in the next couple of weeks. But in the meantime, share this link with your friends. And we hope to see you at the Purdy Picnic.