Trash and Treasure Day: A Celebration of Sustainability

 

 

I’m a newcomer to Ontario, and I have always been a collector at heart, not for the monetary value of items but for the stories they carry, their beauty, and also because I’m a poet and a nostalgic person. I recently stumbled upon the concept of Trash and Treasure Day, and I am thrilled to see what marvels residents have to offer.

 

If you, like me, are new in town or have never heard of this, you should read a little about this event and then go check out this outdoor super-sale! 

 

Trash and Treasure Day, a truly unique event, has been a staple in Vankleek Hill since 2000. Unlike your typical yard sale, it’s a community-wide gathering that brings together homeowners, church groups, and organizations from the region. This event is more than just a day of buying and selling; it’s a chance to immerse yourself in the community, discover treasures, and contribute to sustainability.

 

The idea of reusing and buying second-hand items is highly appealing. Not only does it help reduce waste and promote eco-friendly practices, but it also allows us to give new life to items with sentimental value. Recycling and repurposing goods is a responsible choice and a way to embrace a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.

 

The Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association spearheads this well-structured, community-driven initiative. Their goal is to make this day a memorable experience for all while extending its reach beyond our local community, drawing in visitors from neighbouring regions, and advocating for sustainability.

 

This massive yard sale offers a unique opportunity for locals to declutter their homes. The sale will start early on Saturday, June 1st, and continue through the day, rain or shine! If you look forward to joining as a vendor, contact the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association for more information at [email protected]

 

In addition to being a source of entertainment and nostalgia, Trash and Treasure Day reminds us of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling in our daily lives. Whether you are a seasoned collector or looking to find something special, mark your calendars for this sustainable and community-driven event. Join in the fun, discover unique finds, and contribute to a greener future for all.

 

Gratitude for Earth Parade, May show and Tree Giveaway Event in VKH

Four years ago, young Charlie won a climate change contest in Vankleek Hill with a simple yet impactful proposal: plant ten trees. Today, at the age of 10, Charlie, with the help of his family, has turned this small initiative into a significant project. What started as ten trees has now grown to 120, and on May 19th, they will be giving away these trees at the Gratitude for Earth parade in Vankleek Hill.

The event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at the Creating Centre. The corner will be adorned with stunning paper-mache puppets that will march along Main Street in Vankleek Hill. During the event, Charlie will have his own booth offering lemonade, and attendees can visit him and his friends to adopt a tree to take home. 

 

I had the pleasure of speaking with Susie Fairbrother, Charlie’s grandmother, who shared the inspiration behind this initiative. The project aims to encourage tree planting, combat deforestation, and fight climate change. Among the varieties available for adoption are silver maple, red spruce, red pine, and white pine.

During our conversation, I asked Susie what individuals can do to combat climate change starting at home. She provided some practical suggestions, including planting trees to keep the air clean, participating in community gardens, being mindful of composting and recycling, and opting for second-hand clothes to reduce waste and emissions.

What do we know about deforestation? 

 

Deforestation is the clearing, destruction, or removal of forests or trees from an area, typically to convert the land for agricultural or commercial use. It can have significant negative impacts on the environment, biodiversity, and climate.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some key points about deforestation:

1. Environmental Impact: Deforestation can lead to loss of habitat for wildlife, disruption of ecosystems, and soil erosion. It can also contribute to climate change by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

 

2. Biodiversity Loss: Forests are home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. When forests are cleared, many species lose their habitat and can become endangered or extinct.

 

3. Climate Change: Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate climate change. When trees are cut down or burned, this stored carbon is released back into the atmosphere, contributing to the greenhouse effect.

 

4. Water Cycle Disruption: Trees play a crucial role in regulating the water cycle by absorbing and releasing water through transpiration. Deforestation can disrupt this cycle, leading to changes in local weather patterns and potentially causing droughts or floods.

 

5. Indigenous Communities: Deforestation can also negatively impact indigenous communities who rely on forests for their livelihoods and cultural practices. Their land rights and way of life can be threatened by deforestation.

 

Efforts to combat deforestation include conservation initiatives, sustainable forestry practices, reforestation projects, and policies to protect forests and promote sustainable land use. It is important for individuals, governments, and businesses to work together to address the root causes of deforestation and protect our planet’s forests for future generations.

The Gratitude for Earth parade in Vankleek Hill will form part of the May show (10 am to 4 pm, Main Street VKH, Sunday, May 19th). Everyone is invited to dress up in fun nature-themed costumes, so join us for a fun family day with music, dance, delicious food, and arts and crafts from local artists. 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Susie, Charlie, and Mother Earth by taking a tree home and positively impacting our environment. Let’s come together to protect and preserve our planet for a greener and healthier future!

 

Follow Charlie and his environmental project here: 

https://www.facebook.com/CharliesTreesVKH

 

2024 Activities and Events

Creating Centre de créativité is buzzing with exciting activities, lessons, workshops and events.

Nous vous souhaitons bienvenue au centre de créativité avec beaucoup d’activités, les leçons, les ateliers et les évènements.

The following activities are scheduled on a weekly basis starting in September.

Les prochaines activités sont en cours dés que le mois de Septembre. Veuillez nous contacter et on vous rappelle aussi tôt que possible,.  613. 678. 2627 [email protected]

Please contact us at Creating Centre for more details. Leave your name and phone number and subject of interest at 613. 678. 2627. Or write to us at [email protected] We will refer your call to the contact you request and they will get back to you shortly. Thanks so much for your interest.

Music with Alice. Piano, Guitar, Ukelele, La musique avec Alice

Art lessons and camps with Stephanie Pete – Art and Dream Studio –

Nathalie Frenière – Painting lessons for Adults  – Cours de peinture pour adultes

Bridge – Doreen Howes

VKH Fiddlers – Samme Putzel

Moms and Tots – Charlotte Winchester

Crafters – Tania Price

Free Café and Chat – VKH Foodbank

Overeaters Anonymous – Dorit Perlin

400 Rabbits – Fantasy Games – Fernando Réal

SEPTEMBER 2023 LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES

The following activities are scheduled on a weekly basis starting in September.

Les prochaines activités sont en cours dés que le mois de Septembre. Veuillez nous contacter et on vous rappelle aussi tôt que possible,.  613. 678. 2627

Please contact us at Creating Centre for more details. Leave your name and phone number and subject of interest at 613. 678. 2627. We will refer your call to the contact you request and they will get back to you shortly. Thanks so much for your interest.

 

Music with Alice. Piano, Guitar, Ukelele, La musique avec Alice

Art lessons and camps with Stephanie Pete – Art and Dream Studio –

Nathalie Frenière – Painting lessons for Adults  – Cours de peinture pour adultes

Bridge – Doreen Howes

VKH Fiddlers – Samme Putzel

Moms and Tots – Charlotte Winchester

Crafters Group – Tania Price

Free Café and Chat – VKH Foodbank

Overeaters Anonymous – Dorit Perlin

 

Wee Irish Fest – Sunday, March 19, 2023. 1 – 4 p.m.

We are celebrating the luck o’ the Irish.

Join us at Creating Centre. Venez nous rejoindre au Centre de créativité …une célébration de tous qui est Irlandais.

Dress in Green. Venez habillé en tous qui est vert. For dancing, music and laughter.

13hr – 16 hr –  11 High / Hwy 34, Vankleek Hill, ON.  Pour plus de renseignements:  613-678-2627. Nous vous rappellerons sous peu.

Creating Centre Joins Excellent Events to celebrate May Show Festival 2020

2020 Events

May Show Festival 2020 Continues with Community Spirit

Festival de mai 2020 continue dans l’esprit du communauté

 

May Show Festival 2020 continues with VKH Community Spirit

Very Dear Friends of Excellent Events:

Spring is bursting all around us. All winter long we have waited in anticipation of celebrating the May Show Festival with it colourful traditions, highlighted throughout the village of Vankleek Hill for the past 40 years.

Phil Arber never let limitations get in his way of creating a spirit of community in Vankleek Hill. He used to invite us to gather together, to celebrate artistic talents in a multitude of expression. This year, we carry on his spirit by adapting to this new world of humanity, where community surpasses space, distance and time in unusual ways.

For this year’s  May Show Festival 2020, in view of the extraordinary events unfolding world-wide, instead of cancelling or postponing the Festival, we are passing the tradition on to you.

Rather than celebrating creativity by gathering together in the streets, Excellent Events invites you to create your own festivities in the safety of your homes,  Practice joy, art, music, dancing, making handicrafts, and eating delicious food.  Plant flowers, build sculptures, bake butter tarts, make music, dance and sing. Follow your whims in creative spirit. Then, on Facebook and your favourite social media apps , Link, Tag, Like, Share, Emoji, Love…

Think of your favourite performers, those who would have been on Stage May 17:. 50 Proof, Lise Pearl Dancers, 4 H Square Dancers, Georgia Petit Flamenco Family, Voix La, the VKH Old Tyme Fiddlers, Frank, the Sound Guy, and Bobby Lalonde Music.  Think of your favourite artists and crafts people who would line the streets with their imaginative wares. Think of the delicious food, your favourite treats, butter tarts, ice cream, coffee, and delicacies of all sorts. Remember the Children’s Parade with Hannah and her drummers leading the way, the Wonderful Hat Contest, the painted Chairs, and Susan Jephcott’s Three Owls Studio exhibitions. The restaurants, galleries, shops and street decor.

Then, on May17, do something special to celebrate our community in the spirit of joy, togetherness and new possibilities.  In the face of overwhelming social challenges, there is no better year to carry on this tradition.

Be well, safe and celebrate Joy.

Samme Putzel,

Excellent Events

Le Festival de mai se manifeste à travers l’esprit communautaire de VKH

Chers amis d’Excellent Events :

Le printemps est arrivé! Tout l’hiver nous avons attendu avec anticipation de célébrer le Festival de mai avec ses traditions colorées surlignées à travers le village de Vankleek Hill depuis déjà 40 ans.

Phil Arber n’a jamais accepté qu’il y eu des limites à l’esprit communautaire de Vankleek Hill. Il nous encourageait à nous rencontrer pour célébrer nos talents artistiques. Cette année, en son honneur, nous nous adaptons à notre réalité où la communauté dépasse au-delà de l’espace, la distance, et le temps.

Au lieu d’annuler ou remettre à plus tard le Festival de mai 2020, nous vous demandons plutôt de prendre la relève.

Au lieu de célébrer la créativité en se rencontrant sur la rue, nous vous proposons de créer vos propres festivités au sein de votre chez-soi. Pratiquez la joie, l’art, la musique, la danse, les arts plastiques et la dégustation de vos mets favoris. Plantez des fleurs, bâtissez des sculptures, faites des tartes, de la musique, de la danse et chantez. Ensuite, partagez votre créativité sur Facebook et vos apps préférés.

Pensez à vos interprètes préférés, ceux qui auraient été sur scène le 17 mai, 2020. Il s’agit bien sûr de : 50 Proof, Lise Pearl Dancers, 4 H Square Dancers, Georgia Petit Flamenco Family, Voix Là, The VKH Old Tyme Fiddlers, Frank, the Sound Guy, et Bobby Lalonde Musique. Pensez à vos artistes préférés qui auraient étaient sur la rue avec leurs marchandises imaginatives. Pensez à vos délices préférés, aux tartes au beurre, crèmes glacées, cafés,  et gourmandises de tous genres. Souvenez-vous de la parade des enfants avec Hanna et ses batteurs, le concours du meilleur chapeau, des chaises peintes et des expositions dans la gallérie de Susan Jephcott, Three Owls Studio. Pensez aux restaurants, magasins et décors.

Ensuite, le 17 mai, faites quelque chose de spécial pour célébrer notre communauté dans l’esprit de la joie, l’unité et des possibilités à venir. Il n’y a pas de meilleur moment pour prendre la relève.

Soyez heureux, et célébrez avec nous,

Samme Putzel,

Excellent Events