Bite-sized news at Mar.12 2023

This week is March Break in the Valley and there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy as mentioned previously in The Current. As spring approaches, you have even more opportunities to participate in.

Growing and making tea at MV Gardening Club

Madawaska Valley Gardening Club meets this Thursday, Mar.16 at 7:30 pm at the Opeongo Seniors Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay. You can gather at 7 pm for social time and refreshments; then at 7:30 pm featured speaker Francis O’Malley, member of Eganville District Gardening Club, will share her knowledge about her tea garden and hopes to encourage you to drink more tea, a wide variety of teas, and maybe even consider starting a tea garden of your own. Members can also access the meeting via Zoom. For more information, please email

Call to artists: Truth and Reconciliation

Art Gallery of Bancroft issues calls to artists for two exhibitions: Truth (September 2023) and Reconciliation (October 2023). Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation is developing an exhibition of both Algonquin and Settler artwork that will explore the boundaries and implications of the Truth and Reconciliation report, and future of Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Project is a means for both Indigenous people and non-indigenous Canadians to contemplate our divergent history, our contentious present, the potential of our future, and then summon the will and the resolve to change our relationship for the better.

Truth and Reconciliation Project – Algonquin Indigenous Art Exhibit
Art Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023
Exhibition Date: October 3 – 28, 2023 at Art Gallery of Bancroft
Honorarium (if selected): $400

Zoom sessions will be held Mondays and Thursdays during March to go over the information for any artists/craftspeople who might be interested in taking part in this exhibition. Follow the link below for dates on the AGB website, but you need to email to get the meeting code and password sent back to you. New Zoom Meeting Schedule – Truth and Reconciliation Project

It’s about time – Let’s talk about Ageism

In the fall of 2022, students at Madawaska Valley District High School and older-adult community members met for eight weeks to explore ageism. On Saturday, April 1, 2023 between 1 pm and 4 pm, you can drop in to learn about their findings. The interactive event takes place at the Opeongo Seniors Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay. Refreshments provided.

Volunteers make Fair magic

If you would like to join the 2023 Killaloe Fair team, please visit and get in touch. There is an enthusiastic crew, and there is lots to do and fun to be had.  The current board consists of:

  • Tao Organ – President, Main Coordinator
  • Jude Cowan – Secretary
  • Ellen Wyss – Treasurer, Grounds Steward
  • Katrina Lyon – Grounds Steward
  • Taisha Levy – Promotions, Fundraising, Sponsorship
  • Frank Tettemer – Communications, Memberships, Sponsorship
  • Deedee Sanderson – Communications. Memberships

The home page provides links to food, craft and art vendors, performer and workshop contacts, if you would like to get involved. You can get involved with new Sponsorship Offerings for individuals, businesses and organizations who would like to support the 2023 Fair with financial sponsorship, in-kind donations or services. Deadline for sponsors is May 1, 2023.

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