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Upcoming events

THE CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SINGERS present "Peace & Joy" from 7:30 p.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.. Come and join us for an uplifting evening filled with songs of peace and joy. This concert will feature new interpretations of traditional hymns and some newer less well known pieces that celebrate the beauty of Christmas. Bring the whole family - kids are free! Tickets available at  https://bit.ly/CCSPeaceandJoy.

STATION 71 LITE THE NITE event at 7 p. m. at the Navan Fire Station, 1246 Colonial Rd. Come out to enjoy some yummy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to Christmas carolers and watching Sparky light our Christmas tree. You can also bring a toy for the Help Santa Toy Parade.

CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four different locations in Cumberland Village. Over 100 LOCAL ARTISANS at 4 different locations – the R. J. Kennedy Arena, the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 2620 Market St., the Lions Maple Hall at 2557 Old Montreal Rd., and the Da Artisti Studio & Gallery at 2565 Old Montreal Rd.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village. Special activities, and gifts, for the children throughout the morning, plus a visit from Santa. Admission at the door $15 for adults and $10 for childen 12 and under. Donations will also be accepted on site for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre's Christmas Program for families in need.

DOMAINE PERRAULT HOLIDAY MARKET from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Rd. just south of Navan.  Get ready to indulge in a festive atmosphere filled with local vendors, live music, kids craft station, a visit from Santa and of course, incredible wine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts or simply want to treat yourself, this event has something for everyone.

ORLÉANS HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS ART MARKET – Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush - the market will be open for two days, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Remembrance Day play an homage to the homefront
Fred Sherwin
Nov. 7, 2023

"Where Poppies Blow" is a play written by Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch. It tells the story of daily life during the First World War through the eyes of Gus, an 11-year-old boy living in Ottawa. His 19-year-old brother Eddy, who volun-teered for the army, is away fighting at the Front.

As the play unfolds, the audience follows Gus as he first has breakfast with his middle brother James and then visits the Ladies Knitting Regiment which is knitting socks for the soldiers

The cast and crew of the Cairine Wilson student production of ‘Where Poppies Blow’ which is being presented in the school gymnasium on November 10 and 11. PHOTO SUPPLIED

After visiting the Ladies Knitting Regiment, he drops by the post office to mail a letter to his brother and then the local military hospital where he meets Mick who was wounded and left blind during a gas attack on the Front.

It is Mick who first opens the young boy’s eyes to the horrors of war.

After talking with Mick, Gus goes to school where he gets news about his brother.

The play serves a dual purpose. First, it sheds light on what it was like growing up in Canada during the First World War, and second, it brings that message home to a young audience through Gus’ experience.

For Cairine Wilson Secondary School drama teacher Jennifer Abma, “Where Poppies Blow” is an ideal production for her students to do in the days leading up to Remembrance Day.

Playing the lead role of Gus is Grade 12 student Evan Simcoe.

As a 17-year-old senior, the biggest challenge Simcoe faces is in convincing
the audience that he’s an 11-year-old boy.

At one point in the play, Mick the veteran asks Gus his age. When Gus says, “15”, Mick, who is blind, challenges him and he admits that he’s actually 11.

“It has been really challenging, but I have really loved the process,” says Simcoe. “And I’ve given a lot of thought to not just delivering the lines, but to how Gus looks at the world and how he walks and how he talks.”

Mick is played by Grade 12 student Simon Lee, who delivers the most poignant monologue in the play.

The job of making sure that everyone is on point, has been given to student director Avery Kaptein who won over the cast’s respect from day one of rehearsals.

The Grade 11 student is hoping that the audience comes away from the play with an understanding of how war can impact the people on the homefront even when the fighting is an ocean away.

“Hopefully (the audience) will get a sense of what it was like to live through the war, and sort of live in the shoes of an innocent young boy like Gus,” says Kaptein.

The Cairine Wilson production is being put on in the school gymnasium on Nov. 10th and 11th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for the Friday night production can be purchased online at https://ocdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/

Tickets for Saturdays production can be purchased at ocdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/76602/178/False/True.



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