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Things are busy at Annandale House this summer.

The Tillsonburg and District Historical Society presentation’s of Music on the Lawn 2013 will once again be on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

Here is the line up: June 30 – Braided Together, Mark Hasson; July 7 – Blue Sky, Archie Wright; July 14; Celtic Group, Larry Donnelly; July 21 - Country Four, Al Clark; July 28 Back to the Fifties, Jim Forris; August 4 - George Fullop; August 11 - Blue Sky, Archie Wright; August 18 - Celtic Group, Larry Donnelly; and on August 25 - Back to the Fifties, Jim Forris.

Goodwill Offering will be taken. Check CKOT by 6 p.m. in the event of rain.

Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and a friend to enjoy the music, and keep those lawn chairs at the ready for on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. there will be Poetry On The Lawn!

Now I must confess I am writing about the poetry a little late, for by the time you read this they will have done William Shakespeare and Lord Alfred Tennyson. Sorry. However, on July 3rd poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow will be presented and on July 10th the every popular Lad with the Ladies, Robert Burns.

I suddenly realized that the four poets noted above are the men painted on the library doors in Annandale House! The Tillsons had good taste.  I must confess that I enjoy poetry, but tend to sway to the more unusual pieces.

Here is one of Bobby Burns’ that I like:

How cruel are the parents

Who riches only prize,

And to the wealthy booby

Poor Woman sacrifice!

Meanwhile, the hapless Daughter

Has but a choice of strife;

To shun a tyrant Father’s hate-

Become a wretched Wife.

The ravening hawk pursuing,

The trembling dove thus flies,

To shun impelling ruin,

Awhile her pinions tries;

Till, of escape despairing,

No shelter or retreat,

She trusts the ruthless Falconer,

And drops beneath his feet.


The next event needs no introduction and little encouragement by me to get you to participate, for it is the one day that most Canadians let their patriotic fervour swell as they join theCanada Day celebrations around the town.

Start the day off right with a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. at the Station Arts Centre.

Events at Annandale NHS run from 10-4 p.m. and include: an Open House with Otter Find & Canada Day Quiz; from 12-2 p.m. is the Fun Fair with games, prizes, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and Canada Day Cake – all free!!

Lake Lisgar Sailors’ Model Boat Demos are from 10-4 p.m. At 12 noon is the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Cenotaph, which brings home the fact, that if not for our Veterans, Canada would not be the true north strong and FREE today.

If you have not included the Music Festival at Memorial Park [Fairgrounds], in previous Canada Celebrations, you need to. There is not only a large list of performers at three different venues this year, but there are assorted vendors as well. It runs from 1-10 p.m. so check the paper for the entertainment times.

You can stay right here to enjoy the grand finale of the 146th celebrations of our confederation, which will end with a bang, at the 10 p.m. start of Fireworks at Fairgrounds. [Rain date is July 2nd.]

Wear red and white and show your patriotic spirit!!


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