|Ernestine Lahey, a Purdy scholar from the Netherlands|
and husband Hans Bloemsma
We had a word with Katherine and her mom Barb. Collected the 'Sensitive Man' empties and the garbage.
|Sound guys Rob and Paul from 'Through the Cedars'|
Saturday's Second Annual Purdy Picnic, last Saturday July 26, was better than we'd even hoped. Three months of planning, a tiny hard-working can-do team. Brilliant weather.
|L: Bruce Sudds of Engagers, R: Alexandra M.|
Al and Eurithe's A-frame.
|Michele, poet-wrangler and emcee|
|Writer in Residence Katherine Leyton owning that stage|
Poets on the A-frame stage. Well, Al and Eurithe's deck. "Hallowed ground", a couple of folks said. Visiting poets Phil Hall, Robert Priest and Stuart Ross travelled to the A-frame and astonished us with their work and their reading. The A-frame's first writer in residence Katherine Leyton shared new poems and her reflections on living and working in Al Purdy's old haunts.
|Richard Turtle, actor, performing an excerpt from |
David Carley's play 'Al Purdy at the Quinte Hotel'
Local poet Martin Durkin read several poems, and dipped into his newly released long poem Steeltown for Mary. Kathy Figueroa brought poems from the country north of Belleville. Local writers Louise O'Donnell (whose Shuffling into Place is my current favourite) and Janet Kellough (she of the Thaddeus Lewis historical mysteries) read poems of Al's.
|the student voice - Steven Mullin|
|David Edward Sweet|
Owner Chris Hall and barman Brett French from Barley Days Brewery, which has issued a beer in Al's honour (and a mighty fine hoppy beer it is too) spoke about the brew. I wrote about it here. Warning: an extremely fine beverage, made even more so by the brewery's sponsorhip of APAFA - for every six-pack sold they donate a loonie to the Association. The brewery provided two cases of the brew, which were discretely savoured by poets and volunteers as the day ended.
Poets, and people wanting to hear them. Denis our shuttle driver (and another sensitive man) ferried well over 60 folks to the A-frame, and many more back. And to and from the PicnicPEC gourmet food truck parked at the village hall.
Thanks to our sponsors: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Barley Days Brewery, Books & Company, Brighton Arts Council, West City Honda, Kopamees Construction and donor artist Anne Rector. And to our partners: County of Prince Edward Public Library, Picnic PEC gourmet food truck, Through the Cedars Productions
Thanks to the team Barb, Matti, Michele and your humble scribe. Small but mighty crew.
See you Saturday July 25, 2015 (tentative date).
I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Travel back to Saturday's sun and gentle heat on Roblin Lake.
|Novelist Janet Kellough|
|what's the word for a gathering of poets?|
|my own sensitive man enjoying a Barley Days ale|
and nosh prepared by Katherine's mom Barb
|after the ball is over...silence returns to the point|
*Well, you know where it's from. 'At the Quinte Hotel,' Al Purdy. First published in Poems for All the Annettes (revised edition, 1968).