Events

“A Summer...A Fair” ~ The special Premiere performance
Saturday July 22nd ...about Cantley... in Cantley ~

With help from Cantley 1889, Theatre Wakefield brings Cantley’s heritage to life with Ian Tamblyn’s latest musical play and family fun!

Ste-Élisabeth Parish grounds (inside the Parish hall if it rains), 47 Ste-Élisabeth, Cantley

- Bring your own picnic anytime before the 1 pm performance.
- Enjoy old-fashioned refreshments provided by the Cantley Lions Club.
- Square-dancing with a live band and caller will follow this performance!
- Bring your lawn chairs and sunscreen.
- Free admission (donations welcome).
See poster.

Theatre Wakefield’s professional cast will perform stories and songs that are always amusing, often hilarious and sometimes poignant as they recreate Cantley’s history.

A Summer... A Fair

Theatre Wakefield brings Cantley’s heritage to life with musical play and family fun!

By Peter MacGibbon (Theatre Wakefield) and Margaret Phillips (Cantley 1889)

From 1880 to 2004, the highlight of every summer was our country fair - the Cantley Picnic. Organized entirely by volunteers, it attracted hundreds of people from as far away as Ottawa. They came for the games...contests...delicious food...famous home-made pies...live music... dancing...but mostly to have fun with friends and neighbours!

On Saturday, July 22nd these characters will come to life at the resurrected Cantley Picnic in Ian Tamblyn’s latest musical play, “A Summer...A Fair”. Theatre Wakefield’s professional cast will perform stories and songs that are always amusing, often hilarious and sometimes poignant as they recreate Cantley’s history.

The Cantley Premiere will be extra special, capturing the spirit of the Cantley fair. It will take place at the century-old site of the Cantley Picnic – St. Elizabeth’s Parish Grounds (inside the Parish Hall if it rains) AND...this performance will be immediately followed by square-dancing with a live band and caller!

Ian Tamblyn’s other musical plays, “A Bridge to the Past” (2015) and “A River Runs Through Us” (2016), previously delighted enthusiastic audiences around the Outaouais. After July 22nd, “A Summer...A Fair” will tour at least a dozen other communities around the region.

For more information: Don’t miss this first musical play about Cantley! Bring your own picnic anytime before the 1 pm performance. Enjoy old-fashioned refreshments provided by the Cantley Lions Club. Bring lawn chairs and sunscreen. Free admission (donations welcome). It’s the perfect occasion to have fun with friends and neighbours!

OurHiddenHills.weebly.com.
Spread the Word project page.
Facebook Theatre Wakefield.


 

Notable Women of the Gatineau Valley

Ten Gatineau Valley women who shaped our history are highlighted in the new display at Fairbairn House Heritage Centre. Four of these women are from Cantley. See www.fairbairn.ca. View online exhibition.
See also The Echo of Cantley article Fairbairn House celebrates ten remarkable women of the Gatineau Valley.

E. Champagne ~ Cantley's Historic Tugboat and Mine Car

Visit Cantley's restored tugboat and mine car, with historic plaques and unique Gatineau River view
Parc Mary-Anne-Phillips, 47 ch Summer, Cantley

Pioneering Spirits of Cantley

Display of historic photographs
Cantley's Townhall, lower lobby
8 ch River, Cantley


Past Events

May 28, 2017 - Celebration of Cantley’s mining heritage and the official unveiling of Cantley’s Mine Car and plaque March 12, 2017 - Cantley 1889’s 7th Annual Meeting - “What Lies Beneath: Cantley before the great flood” October 2, 2016 - Cantley River Pride May 15, 2016 - Cantley Cemeteries Tour - 2016 February 21, 2016 - Family Heritage Day and Annual General Meeting November 8, 2015 - Haycock-Nakkertok Walk August 19, 2015 - Bridge to the Past May 27, 2015 - Cantley 1889 celebrated! May 22, 2015 - École Ste-élisabeth's Heritage Event February 22, 2015 - Family Heritage Day and Annual General Meeting September 14, 2014 - Cantley Tugboat Celebration ... a memorable occasion June 21 to 22, 2014 - Cantley 1889 at Cantley's "Rendez-vous champêtre" April 5, 2014 - Veillée québécoise - La Grange de la Gatineau February 23, 2014 - Family Heritage Day - Cantley 1889's 3rd Annual Meeting - 2014 October 19, 2013 - Guided Visit to 'The Quarry' - Cantley's Famous Sculpted Rock Formations September 30 and October 5, 2013 - Cantley's Trees... the legacy continues... April 15, 2013 - What Lies Beneath: Cantley before the great flood February 24, 2013 - Family Heritage Day - a resounding success! October 11 and 13, 2012 - Iron Ore of Yore: Rediscovering the Haycock June 10, 2012 - Heritage Paddle and Gatineau River Celebration February 23, 2012 - Vernissage of Historic Photos/annual meeting June 15, 2011 - Cemetery Tour February 15, 2011 - Cantley Century Homes June 19, 2010 - Cantley Scan Day