What’s going on, West Carleton?: June 2 weekend

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

WEST CARLETON – The first weekend in June is going to be a busy one in West Carleton with lots to do, see and eat.

On Friday (June 2) the Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective is hosting Mental Health, Salsa Dancing and sundaes from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bethe-St. Andrew’s United Church (184 Jack Lougheed Way).

The free event starts with a brief presentation on Wellness 101 followed by salsa dancing and sundae making. The event is aimed at youth 12 to 24. Click here to register or for more information.

In Arnprior the Two Rivers Musicals performance of Xanadu continues tonight (June 1) through to June 3.  XANADU tells the story of inspiration, forbidden love and sisterly fights through the lens of the 1980s.

Shows are at the Arnprior District Hight School theatre evenings at 7 p.m. Tickets available at www.tworiversmusicals.ca.

It’s going to be a pretty great weekend when you can be served pancakes on both Saturday (June 3) and Sunday (June 4) by what will be, if this weather holds up, undoubtedly hot firefighters.

On Saturday, Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) Station 84 (3449 Old Almonte Rd.), home to Corkery’s volunteer firefighters, is hosting its “somewhat” (thanks to COVID) annual pancake breakfast Saturday, June 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

On Sunday, head out to Dunrobin for more pancakes, this time served by OFS Station 66 volunteer firefighters.

“A community event to celebrate the start of spring/summer and provide an opportunity for residents to come out and enjoy a breakfast, including pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea or juice,” organizers said.

Breakfast is from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the hall at 3285 Dunrobin Rd. There will be plenty of heavy equipment on display, Sparky and fun for kids.

Now that you’ve had breakfast, your ready for the Red Trillium Studio Tour hosted at artist studios across West Carleton, on all weekend long.

the Red Trillium Studio Tour is taking place on June 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in beautiful rural West Carleton.

The Red Trillium Studio Tour has been running semi-annually for more than 24 years. While there have been some changes over the years, the talent and creativity of the artists and the warm welcome that you will receive at every studio remains the same.

This spring there are 11 studio stops with 25 artists, juried by tour organizers to ensure that you will find a variety of artistic and creative expressions. This year there are eight artists who are new to the tour.

“Whether you are simply looking to take a picturesque road trip, or are seeking a treasure or gift, there is something to suit all tastes,” organizers said. “Having multiple artists at some studios reduces the driving time — check online and download the map.”

If you’re not in to driving, you can have it all in one stop this weekend at St. Mary’s Anglican Church.

The volunteers of St. Mary’s (2574 Sixth Line Rd.) will host their annual St. Mary’s Church Community Plant Sale Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring everything you need for the garden.

St. Mary’s will have light lunch available daily between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The church will also be a stop on the 47th edition of the Red Trillium Studio Tour also on that weekend, featuring artists woodturner John Chamney, jeweler Rain Kazymerchyk and painter Bryce Ritchie from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The beautiful church itself is a stop on Doors Open Ottawa from noon to 4 p.m. and the Dunrobin Women’s Institute will host a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (June 4).

On Sunday, Kinburn’s St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (3104 Kinburn Side Rd.) will celebrate 142 years of history with its 143rd Anniversary Service starting at 11 a.m.

““We no longer hold our luncheons at the community centre, but at the church, where refreshments will be served after our Anniversary Service,” acting Clerk of Session Bruce Buie said. “There will be special music. Our minister and guest speaker will be Rev. Phillip Robillard who resides in Crown Point.”

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