Friday, May 4
An evening of words and music
with John Gardiner and Lisa Stethem
The Ginger Press Bookshop  848 Second Ave. E., Owen Sound
In Memories for Sale, former newspaper writer Gardiner shares short
stories, poems, and a novella that he hopes will provide inspiration
for others to look inward and reflect on the world around them.
Saturday, May 5
Bruce County Women's Show
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Victoria Street N., Southampton
A day full of inspiration and celebration with speakers, panel
discussions, music, and so much more exploring themes relevant to
women. Poet Judy Lowry is one panelist; The Brucedale Press is one
exhibitor/vendor. Lunch available for purchase. Special fundraising
for Huron Shores Hospice.   Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Available at Pea Pod in Port Elgin, Kristen's Pharmacy in Southampton,
or online at
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
various venues, Orangeville
Day of the Poets
A legacy project by Dufferin County Poet Laureate Harry Posner that
includes Grey County Poets Liz Zetlin and Kristan Anderson,
Richard-Yves Sitosksi, Croc E Moses, Kate Russell and Daniel Kolos.
The event encompasses much of Orangeville so that you may be accosted
by a roving poet even on the street!
Sunday, May 6
2:00 pm
Bruce County Forest's 80th Anniversary
230 Rankin Bridge Road, South Bruce Peninsula
A celebration in what was the Sauble Forest, now part of the Amabel
Tract, to mark exactly eight decades of tree planting, forest
stewardship and, more recently, recreational use. Ceremony followed by
a forest walk. Everyone welcome, especially descendants of the early
Reforestation Committee members and those who planted trees as
Monday, May 7
7:00 pm
Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 Third Ave. E. Owen Sound
Regular Meeting of Owen Sound Council at which Liz Zetlin will make a
deputation on behalf of the Owen Sound Water Watchers, in support of
Councillor Richard Thomas's motion regarding
single-use plastic water bottles. Poet, author, activitists speaking
out, and asking your support if you live/shop/use medical services in
their city.
Thursdays, May 10 and 17
Writers' Round Tables
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Back Eddie's, Queen Street South, Paisley
All writers are welcome to this informal gathering. Bring along copies
of work-in-progress to share for feedback. No need to register, no
fee, just show up and pay for your choices from the delectable and
varied menu.
Thursday, May 17
7:30 to 11:59 pm
Heartwood Hall, 939 Second Avenue E., Owen Sound
Outside the Box
A fast-paced evening of music, surprises, and spoken word with the
launch of a book of the same title, an eclectic collection of poetry
and editorial cartoons by Robert Menzies. Ticket information at
Saturday, May 19
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
Off Bruce Road 33, 5 miles south of Port Elgin
Grand re-opening of the renovated Visitor Centre and a great time to
explore the Park. Birds are arriving daily, and so much easier to spot
before the leaves open.
Saturday, May 19th
7:00 to 9:30 pm.
The Flesherton Art Gallery
Opening reception for a two-person show featuring the works of Melanie
Earle and Terry Golletz. The show will run until Saturday June 30th.
Thursday, May 24
7:00 pm
Flesherton Kinplex
Spring Café with Grey Highlands Canada 150 Poet Laureate Sharon Sinclair
Official launch of  Grey with a Silver Lining, a compendium of local
writers' works.
Tickets: $10 advance or $15 at the door refreshments & desserts
provided by the Friends of the Library.
Friday May 25 to Monday May 28
and Thursday May 31 to Sunday June 3
All [and we mean ALL] Day
Huron Fringe Birding Festival
Most events take place or start at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, a
birding hotspot on many nature-lover's map. Visit the Friends of
MacGregor website to learn what tours and workshops still have space,
and sign up on-line. Note: if dawn hikes are not your thing, there are
plenty of other time-slots offering a variety of activities. Go to for full details.
Tuesday, May 29
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Writers' BLOC
Activities Centre, Elgin Lodge, Mary Street, Port Elgin
Join writers from the Huron shoreline and inland to share responses to
a monthly challenge and any other writing for which you'd like some
gentle feedback. We are NOT critical, but do listen carefully. This
month's challenge: up to 1,000 words in any fictional format
presenting a crime or mystery with an authentic local setting...could
be Port Elgin beach, Chantry Island, the Saugeen River, the Greenock
Swamp, or anywhere else that appeals. No fee. Visitors sign in at
reception desk. BYOS.