by North Grenville Poetry Guild
To celebrate its first year of workshops, readings, and community poetry, the North Grenville Poetry Guild is holding Experience Art Fest on Saturday, June 25. Free outdoor events will run from 10 am – 4 pm at the Municipal Centre of North Grenville (285 County Road #44). Many local arts and culture groups will also be participating, such as the Arts Guild, the Photography Club, and community writing groups, to help celebrate and promote the arts in North Grenville. Evening performances will be held indoors at the Urbandale Arts Centre (same address), from 4 pm – 9 pm.
During the day, sign up for a writing and poetry workshop with local authors Katie Nolan and Jackie Shoemaker, or perform your work at the open mic and listen to poetry readings featuring poets from Kingston, Toronto, and Ottawa. Visit the ‘publisher’s table’ which will have a variety of books by local authors and festival participants available for purchase. Talk with various arts groups and sign up for their activities, or find out more about the things they do in our community. Cast your vote for the ‘people’s choice’ award — one poetry and one photo contestant from the Poetry Guild’s February and March contests will win $250.
Experience Arts Fest’s evening events at the Urbandale Arts Centre includes performances by Oxford on Rideau students, led by Juno nominee Gary Rasberry; The Circuit with Pat Johnson and spoken word artist Just Jamaal the Poet; and local musician John Wilberforce, headlining for Erika Lamon and her band. Tickets and registration information is online at www.experienceartfest.com.
Experience Art Fest is the North Grenville Poetry Guild’s final event for the year; over the summer months, we will be planning and organizing workshops and other events for the fall, winter, and spring of 2023. If you are a local poet and would like to join North Grenville’s Poetry Guild, or any of the arts based community groups in North Grenville, come and see us and many of the local arts groups at the festival on June 25! You can also find the North Grenville Poetry Guild online on Facebook, Instagram, or through our website: www.experienceartfest.com.
We would like to thank the Kemptville Youth Centre, which has offered us space for workshops and readings throughout the year, the Municipality of North Grenville, and League of Canadian Poets for their support and advice, the NG Times for printing our articles, and the North Grenville community for their positive feedback and support of our events.