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Schedule of Events

Eleventh Annual Poetry/Arts Festival

May 31 – June 2, 2018

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Pre-Festival Public Events

  • Wednesday May 23: Extendicare poetry reading (2:00 pm)
  • Thursday May 24: Northdale Manor poetry reading (2:00 pm)
  • Friday May 25: Temiskaming Lodge poetry reading (11:00 am)
  • Tuesday May 29: Linda-Bea Chambers hosts a poetry/music concert at the Temiskaming Hospital (7:00 pm)
  • Wednesday May 30: Cobalt St. Pat’s School local poets visit (1:00 – 2:00 pm)

Main Events

Thursday May 31:

  • Bilingual Twist event at the Presidents’ Suites Lumber Baron’s House is cancelled due to the Temiskaming & Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner/awards. Long time festival volunteer Vivian Hylands Hostetler, who passed away last year, is receiving a posthumous CJTT lifetime achievement award. Many of her friends, fellow volunteers, and her daughter Valerie will be in attendance.
  • League of Canadian Poets Poet in Schools program with Honey Novick doing workshops at Temiskaming District Secondary School. A Francophone poet (to be announced) will visit secondary school ESCSM and E.C. St-Michel.

Friday June 1:

  • Honey Novick continues workshops with New Liskeard Public School and St. Patrick School, Cobalt.
  • A Francophone poet (to be announced) will visit Navigateurs and E.C. Ste-Croix.
  • 1:00 pm — Ottawa poet Susan McMaster launching her book Haunted at Lumber Baron’s House, 604 Brewster Street Haileybury that will be followed by a writing workshop.
  • 7:00 pm — Paul Penna Cobalt Public Library. Poet Laureate re-induction of Ann Margetson. Volunteer of the Year award Emma Laughlin.
  • Drummond Hour with selected readings of his poetry followed by Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Awards Ceremony.

Dr. Drummond’s ghost is rumoured to be roaming the festival.

Saturday June 2:

Mezzanine Gallery Classic Theatre Cobalt 30 Silver Street

  • 10:00 am — Ontario Poetry Society (TOPS) Cobalt Branch Annual Meeting, open mic/music event. All are welcome to bring a favourite poem, read one of your own, or sing/play music. Refreshments will be available.
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm — Luncheon compliments of the library board Paul Penna Cobalt Public Library.
  • 1:00 pm — YOUTH POETS SPRING YOUR WORDS!! Jim Sargent Poetry Awards 2018
  • Poetry Hall of Fame induction of Marvyn Morrison
  • 2:00 pm — Haileybury Legion Pipe Band will lead us on a poetry parade to the Dr. Pollard Poetry Park, 18 Grandview Avenue.
  • Marilyn Chevrier-Wills, Timiskaming First Nation elder/teacher with her husband John Wills plus drummers Carole and Karen will perform a welcoming song/opening prayer ceremony.
  • White Dog of Cobalt yellow ribbon remembrance event against animal abuse or cruelty. Followed by an Open Mic poetry/music/storytelling by the gazebo.
  • 5:30 pm — St. James Anglican Church of Cobalt Spaghetti Dinner corner of Nickel/Prospect Ave. $15. See Emma Laughlin for tickets at 705–679–8636
  • 9:00 pm — Café Meteor Bistro, 485 Ferguson Ave., Haileybury Saturday evening music show, Vienna D’Amato Hall will be our featured musician. Dave Patterson is the opening act. Admission is $15. Limited tickets can be purchased at the Bistro or email Dave at mybrydges@yahoo.ca

Sunday June 3:

  • 10:00 am — Poets/friends farewell brunch Café Meteor Bistro, 485 Ferguson Ave., Haileybury