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
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.
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.
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.