Monday, September 24, 2012

~Culture Days 2012 ~

For those of you who’ve not heard there is a massive movement across Canada to encourage public participation and increase awareness, in the arts and culture aspects in our local community!  This annual event is in its third year.  It happens during the last weekend in September, this year being September 28th, 29th, and 30th.   Culture Days runs for three days but you may participate in the time frame that suits you, all three days or one hour out of the three days…whatever works for you.   Anyone can participate, individuals, groups, organizations, schools, libraries, businesses, etc…to be included in Culture Days your event is required to be “free”, interactive or participatory for those who attend.   For more information the website is

While the North Bay Farmers’ Market isn’t having a planned event specifically for Culture Days, we’ve been fortunate this season to have three  Buskers who do face painting…on September 29th   Cathy White will be at the Market painting faces…what child doesn’t like having their face painted! 
The City’s Cultural Round Table will have a booth at the Market this Saturday September 29th as part of the Culture Days celebration.  At 10:00am Mayor Al McDonald and local dignitaries will be in attendance speaking a few words.  Stop by to hear what they have to say… talk to the members of the Round Table about the wealth of arts and cultural activities in North Bay and surrounding areas.  We are also hoping for a guest musician/singer to perform immediately after the speeches…
Our musical busker for the day, beginning at 8:30am will be local singer/musician Matt Dent, he has been playing guitar solo and in bands for twelve years.  Matt has played a handful of shows around North Bay in the last couple of years with his band The Hometown Hecklers, recently he has been playing his own solo acoustic shows.   Matt’s influences include a wide variety of music from 90's rock to 60's folk some of which he tries to incorporate in his song writing.

To our wonderful customers who visit us weekly “thank you”…for those of you who aren’t aware, the North Bay Farmers' Market offers great product diversity, such as grass fed pork, beef and lamb, fruit & vegetables, heirloom perennials, prepared gourmet foods, handmade body products, jewelry, crafts, honey, and maple syrup.  You are invited to come around and talk to the vendors about their amazing offerings, discuss what the process is to reach the finished product.   Come and show our local farmers, producers, bakers and artisans your support… 
While at the Market…if I’m not talking with a customer I can be found sitting at my table working on something new…stop by, say hello, ask how it’s done…I’m always happy to talk about the process of what I do!
My favourite thing to do right now is work with all my “scrap” silver pieces…it is such a feeling of accomplishment when I see a  piece come alive, it is impossible to make two of a kind, even when I make earrings this way they are similar but different.  Check out the photo of two new recycled silver pieces, a silver nugget, a recycled silver pendant, a fused fine silver heart, and fused fine silver infinity pendant…my favorite is the sterling silver nugget!

PS…in the next few weeks I will be posting my falls shows for the season!
Have a great week…see you Saturday!



  1. Culture Days sounds wonderful, a fabulous way to encourage people to enjoy the arts and to participate as well. Wish I could be there, but it's a bit of trek for me.
    I'm sure it will be a successful and enjoyable day for you Heather.

  2. What a fabulous idea. I love what you made with scrap pieces of silver, especially the infinity necklace. The pendants would be perfect to use with scrap pieces of chain, too for an all-out recycled design. Have fun this weekend!

    Marissa Foss,

  3. I wish I lived closer so I could come see you work on your jewelry during the Culture Days! Your pieces are always so interesting and beautiful. Best wishes on your upcoming weekend!

  4. I have been to the Farmers Market twice in the past and have been incredibly impressed with it. You mention the festive atmosphere - a perfect description for a jaunty, jolly occasion. I wasn't able to be there this time and as i'm working overseas now I probably won't get there next year either but hope to be back living in the area the following year. Oh well...delayed gratification is the best they say!

    Nicky James


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