Wednesday, July 3
Guest Author Mike Pickup
Port Elgin Farmers' Market, Coulter Parkette, Green and Goderich streets, downtown
Market hours are 9 am to 2 p.m
. Mike will attend about 11 until 1, to chat about birding and sign copies of his new book, Birding Wetlands in Bruce & nearby Grey. Previous books guiding birders on the Bruce Peninsula, in Saugeen Shores and MacGregor Point Provincial Park, and Southern Bruce County are available too.

Monday, July 8
5:00 p.m .Concert Songs of Sorrow and Hope followed by a potluck dinner
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Albert Street North, Southampton

“Walking the Journey with Indigenous and Jewish Music” the concert features young drummers from Saugeen First Nation, Jimelda Johnson fom Nawash, and cantorial student Ella Martin-Gladstone recently returned from studies in Israel. Concert in the church, with a potluck meal in the dining hall. [If you enter by the side door, you can take your food contribution to be kept cold in the kitchen]. Donations accepted, to be given to the performers. To help with planning, please RSVP to Laura Robinson:

Wednesday, July 10
Guest Artist Kenneth L. Thornburn
Port Elgin Farmers' Market, Coulter Parkette, Green and Goderich streets, downtown
Market hours are 9 am to 2 p.m.

Ken will attend about 11 until 1, with his original colouring books for adults and kids, as well as signing copies of Bruce Day by Day, a heritage datebook. Other weekdays you can visit Ken's Northern Flyer studio/store in Tara.

Thursdays, July 11 and 18
Writers' Round Table
Treasure Chest Museum, Queen Street North, Paisley

2-4 p.m. Come sit with us and share your current work for feedback. This informal group supports writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and more. Always supportive, with many laughs shared by participants. $5.00/session to the Museum for use of their space, inspiring in its own story and space.

Saturday, July 13
Art in the Garden event
Keppel Croft, near Big Bay

Lynne Porter will be one of the guest artists, displaying her drawings, including some illustrations from her books. Rain date is July 14 for this outdoor event in a garden on one of the farms detailed in Lynne's latest book. Further details from Dawn and Bill Loney at

Wednesday, July 17
Guest Author Lynne Porter
Port Elgin Farmers' Market, Coulter Parkette, Green and Goderich streets, downtown
Market hours are 9 am to 2 p.m

. Lynne will attend about 11 until 1. She'll display original drawings that illustrate her latest book, Big Bay North Keppel The Way It Was. Lynne is happy talking family research with other seekers of family data, and she'll sign copies of both the new book and Oxenden The Way It Was, published in 2017.

Thursday, July 18
Friendly Scrabble
Owen Sound North Grey Library, 7:00 p.m.

Monthly series of fun games, on the Library's board or one you bring. All ages welcome—a cool place/activity for you, adult guests or young family visitors.

Saturday, July 20
Lynne Porter at Berford Street Books, Wiarton
2:00 pm

An afternoon reading and probably reminiscing with folks from Big Bay and North Keppel, in the quirkily fun space of a mostly-secondhand bookstore. Autographed copies available.

Saturday and Sunday July 20 & 21
Birds of Prey
Earth Bound rural garden, Red Bay 10 am to 3 pm each day.

Feathered visitors to see and be intrigued as well as with their bountiful gardens of native plants.

Wednesday, July 24
David W. Beverly-Foster, guest author
Port Elgin Farmers Market Coulter Parkette, Green and Goderich streets, downtown
Market hours are 9 am to 2 p.m.

Dave will chat about Walking Home from the Grand to the Saugeen Watershed, his music, and current projects. Of course he'll sign copies of the book and maybe perform a few tunes.

Wednesday, July 24
Queen Victoria's Secrets
South Grey Museum, Flesherton 7;00 p.m.

Speaker Barbara Rusch presents an illustrated talk on the 200th anniversary of Victoria, who became not only England's Queen [and Canada's] but the 'Grandmother of Europe'. Who was this woman? What drama and intrigue filled her life? Admission $7.00 nonmembers, $5.00/members of SGM.

Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29
Marine Heritage Festival
Friday evening at Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre; Saturday and Sunday, Southampton Waterfront

A full weekend of family activities from building and sailing cardboard boats to fine foods and accompanying beverages to a Saturday Gold Hunt and winding up with a cyclists' race on Sunday. Find the full schedule at

Tuesday, July 30
Writers BLOC
Activities Centre, Elgin Lodge 7 -9 pm.

All writers—any level of experience, working in any genre—are welcome. This month's challenge: up to 1,000 words in any style or format, to consider marriage or other relationships -- Disappearing? Evolving? Dangerous? Dull? Bring a few copies of your take on the topic. No fee, bring your own snack or drink. Please sign in at the reception desk.

Early note
Friday, August 2

157th Annual Emancipation Festival, Owen Sound
This year's weekend celebration kicks off at Grey Roots Museum & Archives with author Wayne Grady, author, science writer, and translator giving the Ian MacKinnon Memorial Address. Ceremonies, picnic, music and more over the weekend. Doors open 6:30 p.m., tickets online or at the door $20.

August 16 DEADLINE
Applications by poets in Grey and Bruce are invited for the position of Poet Laureate of Owen Sound and area. If you think you'd like to succeed Lauren Best when her term ends in the fall, check for full information. This is a part-time, paid appointment for two years, and this time, a poet with an environmental focus is sought.