A Splinter In the Heart

An adaptation of the coming-of-age story written by Al Purdy, A Splinter in the Heart was performed, yesterday afternoon,  by the Festival Players at Rosehall Run in the county.  The screenplay adaptation was written by David Carley.

What a beautiful Reader’s Theater to watch…under the blue sky…under the white tent…on the edge of a vineyard.  It was absolutely magical.

Directly from Carley’s site, I’ve included some lines from the play.  From these lines on, both Carolyn and I wept quietly in our seats…right until the very end.  And how appropriate that I should have mapped in an ancient tree on a large panel before Dad and I headed out to the venue early in the afternoon.  I just completed the painting late this afternoon.

‘Portugee would ask, “You ever stand in a pine grove, Patrick? It’s like you feel yourelf changing into a tree. There’s a brown forest floor under your feet from the needles, and there’s wind, higher up, a sound of the sky. Yep, for just an instant, you feel like a tree. And the trees themselves, they was made into ships, sailing ships for all the seas. And I always wonder, “Did them trees ever feel what it was like to be a ship?”

You ever feel like a tree, he’d ask? And every time he asked it, I knew it was the ONLY thing that was worth feeling.’

I didn’t know that Bob and Carolyn were attending and I was so excited to see them! Over the years,  I have worked with drama students on various reader’s theater performances, including my favourite, Love You Forever, by Robert Munch.  I always wrote my own scripts for these performances.  I’ve also seen some professional productions by One Yellow Rabbit and really enjoyed those, also.  But, I have to say, yesterday afternoon’s performance definitely tugged at my heart strings.

The sound devices and staging of the production were fantastic, along with the exquisite performances of the actors.  I will always remember this production.  Very powerful, in its execution and in its content.

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On the evening of Gord Downie’s final performance with the Tragically Hip, just up the 401 in Kingston…this.

Dad Bottles Wine at Cold Creek Winery

It’s always nice to document something a little out-of-the-ordinary.  Dad has been working with Dave at Cold Creek Winery at 21 Mill Street, Frankford ever since he bought and made up his own kits out on Glen Miller Road, out Frankford-way.

I wasn’t any help at all, but enjoyed the interactions and the chat while Dad, assisted by Dave, bottled up three boxes of vino together.  Dave isn’t a real ‘technology/social media’ dude, but he offers such personalized and friendly business that he’s as busy as he needs to be!  I enjoy that, he’s an art enthusiast and a bit of a historian as well, so the stories that he shares are always colourful and entertaining.  I’ve always left having learned things, from my visits at Cold Creek and that’s awesome!

The process involves washing and rinsing bottles, filling, corking and heat-wrapping the tops.  Fantastic…and likely only took thirty minutes in total, maybe 45 because I learned about Dave’s enthusiasm for the art of artist, R. G. (Gary) Miller.  When I got home, I looked up his history and the back-story on the Mush Hole work and was saddened and captivated, all at the same time.

The image of the wooden sculpture that I’m going to post, a heron in flight, is not a completed sculpture, but was carved by Dave’s father.  It is so beautiful.

Thank you, Dave and Dad, for such a great afternoon.

Wine, of every variety, in carboys…everywhere!

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I Drove Up to Didsbury…Laughed with a Friend, Drank Some Wine and Painted on a Drum

I enjoyed overlooking a beautiful garden and listening to my friend speak about magical things while I painted on a drum.  That time of year when canola fields and dramatic skies feed my soul!  I feel grateful.

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Hear’s My Soul in the Orange Lofts

After such a ‘magical’ afternoon, painting…it was over to Nina Saini’s Hear’s My Soul Cafe for wine and celebration.  A gathering space in the Orange Lofts, this little cafe must be enjoyed by all!  This is a spirit-filled and ‘happening’ place.  Problems get resolved at Hear’s My Soul.  Inspiration happens at Hear’s My Soul!  Much connecting happens as a person looks out onto one of the coolest intersections of the city…people are warm and funny.  The wine is good.  The food is exquisite.  I settled in and relaxed with Wendy Lees, grateful for the friendship and conversation.

From the menu, I selected, Smoked meat, garlic aoili, grilled zucchini and red peppers, red onion, arugula and aged white cheddar PANINI!  Yummers…and Woodbridge Cabernet-Sauvignon 2012 as an accompaniment.  Fantastic!

P1150386There are powerful stories written on the walls…visual narratives that sing of heart, spirit, life, children, pain, mothers, resilience…this is such a beautiful space!  GO!

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I really enjoy attending THE FIRSTS of things going on in our city, and just happened to hit this event last evening.  Recently I attended the first of the full moon walks accompanied by cellist, Morag Northey, down in Fish Creek Park.  This particular intimate gathering of folk meant bringing out the paint, pencils and markers!  I recognized Sarah-Joy from Nikki Reimer’s Calgary reading from sic ages ago, so a lovely thing to reconnect.  On Hear’s My Soul Facebook page, the gathering is advertised this way.  Something else for creatives in Calgary to keep in mind.

“Hi all! First time drink and draw session will begin tomorrow, Friday 21st starting at 7pm! Once a month a group of artist…any type are invited to join other creators to do what you do best…kinda like a sketch session but it doesn’t matter what medium of art you practice. You can even just come by….chill with others…have drink of any sort ( as always I recommend booze) network or practice your art. Everyone is welcome. So come down and join!”

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