Fall Dinner and Annual General Meeting

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It’s November, which means it’s time for the Merrickville and District Historical Society’s Fall Dinner and Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at the Merrickville Legion. As we’ve done in past years, we’ll combine this bit of business with a thought-provoking speaker and a tasty dinner. You don’t have to be a member to join us for this entertaining presentation entitled “Printing and the printer: A life communicating through books.”

From its earliest days, Merrickville has drawn innovators, think mill owners and their patents and resourceful merchants. Merrickville’s own Larry Thompson, Master Printer, and founder of Greyweathers Press, will be presenting his reflections of a life on the creative side as he looks at his career and the history of book arts. After studying English literature and working as a freelance writer and editor, Larry established his own press to produce limited edition letterpress books. He has published classical epics, medieval legends, the Romantic poets, fantasy literature and comic books. His most recent book is Ecclesiastes, which included over 50 of Larry’s illustrations. According to Larry, “Greyweathers Press was founded in 2005 on a love of beautifully designed type, skillfully arranged on a well-proportioned page.” Larry is currently the Master Printer at Carleton University’s Book Arts Lab and we look forward to Larry sharing his thoughts on what he’s learned about the history of books and communications with us.

Doors open at 5:30 pm, with dinner to start at 6:30, and a short AGM to follow. The Legion will cater a full roast chicken dinner, including the Legion’s ever-wonderful pies for dessert. Tickets are $30/person and must be reserved by Monday, November 12 by contacting Gillian Gray at 613-269-4236 or me@gilliangray.ca

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