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Susan Caldwell rides her horse Jammers Tontina (Jem for short) in The Cowboy Obstacle Race at the 150th Uxbridge Fall Fair, held this past weekend in Elgin Park. A sudden storm sent the crowds home early from the Tractor Pull on Friday night, but the weather on Saturday and Sunday fortunately cooperated. Photo by John Cavers

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Nana (Barbara Blower) tries to dunk grandson Jake Catherwood, as granma Patti Catherwood looks on.

Inside This Week’s Cosmos

Honouring 9/11 . . . 5

No more of the pigskin at USS . . . 6

Council tries to read the signs . . . 9

Big literary names coming to town . . . 16

 Sunrise on the St. John farm
by John Cavers

Art-y Fac


ts with Nancy Melcher

Fridays at the Foster Memorial continue! Doors open at 7 p.m. (pay what you can) and the music runs from 7:30 to 8:30. Upcoming performances: Sept. 12, Mary Dube & Friends (guitar and vocals); Sept. 19, Richard Elliott (guitar); Sept. 26, Bruce MacNeil & friends (guitar and vocals).

Philippa Gregory brings her latest novel about the Plantagenets, The King's Curse, to Wooden Sticks on Sunday, September 21s at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 at Blue Heron Books, and include a signed copy of the book and tea with Philippa.

September's big event is the annual Celebration of the Arts, running from Sept. 12th through October 3rd, featuring art shows, music, drama, film, photography and more. Info: www.celebrationofthearts.ca. The three local venues remain the same: music at the Music Hall, juried art exhibits at the Town Hall, and films at the Roxy. Other venues are mentioned in event descriptions. Tickets are available in town at Little Acorn and Sugar FX, or online at www.starticketing.com.

The celebration kicks off on Sept. 12 at Williamson Chrysler with Arts and Trucks, a collection of works by The Artists of Uxbridge inspired by the 2014 RAM 2500/3500 Truck. The free exhibit runs Friday and Saturday in the glass atrium showroom from 8:30 to 5, with a free BBQ lunch on Friday.

Later that evening, hear what happens when Uxbridge Youth Bands Together. Join Juice, Uxbridge Youth Unite, and Air Marshall Landing for a lively, all-ages evening of live music. Tickets are an affordable $10; the Music Hall doors open at 7 p.m., and the beat goes on through the final encore and “Thank you Uxbridge - good night!!” by 11 p.m.

The following weekend, Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, start with the popular Studio Tour which runs both days 10 to 5. At www.uxbridgestudiotour.com there are virtual portfolios of the artists, information about amenities in town, and an interactive map. This year you can view the works of 66 artists at 29 different studios. The tour is free: maps are available at various merchants around town. Remember to complete the Studio Tour on Sunday!

Saturday is also the downtown ART Happening Street pARTy. It's a free ALL AGES celebration to showcase our community's creativity and artistic flair! Enjoy musical arts, creative arts, visual arts, literary arts, culinary arts, fashion arts along with 'Art of The Deal' in-store specials all along Brock St. Experience interactive, hands-on art activities: building, designing, creating, sampling, tasting and much more. Be sure to vote for your favourite DOG ART on display in the parkette beside Branching Out in support of the Uxbridge Scugog Animal Shelter.

Grab supper at any one of Uxbridge's excellent restaurants, then head to the Music Hall for the 7:30 p.m. benefit concert for the Thomas Foster Memorial. Tickets to this general admission show are $25. Featured artists include Pierre Bordeleau, Andrew Heathcote, Russ Clayton, Carlie Laidlaw, David Owen, Jim O'Grady, Larry Rosen, Chris Saunders and Ed VanDyk.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, sees the 10 a.m. opening of the Juried Art Show in the Council Chambers, and the Children's Art Show across the hall. These exhibits are open to the public from 10 to 6, Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 to 2 on Sunday. The reception for the Juried show is Tuesday evening at 7:30. Juror John Leonard will give a talk on Saturday, Sept. 27 - time TBA on the Celebration website: click on “Juried Art Show”.

Wednesday sees an exciting new event. North Durham Nature presents Nature in Art, at 7 p.m. at the Seniors Centre. Members will be displaying nature photographs, paintings, crafts, bird box or bird feeder designs, fly tying, books, poetry, and more. Slide shows of flora and fauna and scenic from North Durham and eco-trips around the world will be shown. www.northdurhamnatureclub.com

If film is more your style, then head to the 4th Annual Youth Short Film Festival. Tickets $5 at the Roxy. Lights... cameras rolling... and, ACTION! at 7:15 p.m.
The creations of the best local filmmakers ages 13 to 20 are showcased at this red-carpet extravaganza, and the winner (as judged by a panel of local experts) will be featured at the Roxy Shorts the following week. More info from cathy.christoff@roxytheatres.com

Thursdays’ ever-popular Books and Authors Night brings award-winning writers to talk about their latest literary creations. Several of the previous guests are Giller Prize, Governor General's Award or CBC Reads nominees and winners. 2014 will see Amanda Lindhout, Kim Thuy, Miriam Toews, and Elyse Friedman reading from their latest books, interviewed by Ted Barris. Tickets $25, starts at 7:30, general admission. Lots more activities (Series of Fortunate Literary Events, fall classes in the studio, etc.) at www.blueheronbooks.com.

Natalie McMaster and Donnell Leahy return to Celebration for the Gala Performance. They will be torture-testing the newly refurbished Music Hall balcony with their traditional Cape Breton fiddle tunes, music that has earned them multiple gold records and Juno Awards. This event is likely to sell out, so be sure to get tickets ($40) well in advance. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts half an hour later.

Remember watching cartoons on TV on Saturday mornings? Come to the Roxy on Sept. 27 for the 6th Annual Family Short Film Festival to see a great selection of family-friendly films. $5 admission, doors open at 9 a.m., and the Uxbridge Youth Centre will have baked goods, and coffee and tea available by donation. The general admission program starts at 9:30.

After a quick lunch nearby, walk up the hill to Blue Heron Studio to take part in Theatre 3x60's Drop-In Rehearsal, from 1 to 4. It's free, interactive, and a chance to see what happens at a cold reading of an arts-related play. Take part as an actor, or sit back and watch those braver souls take on their characters, and enjoy a sneak peek at how theatre magic comes together!
Check out the original White-on-White paintings, each created by a noted Durham artist, and place a bid on your favourite piece. Suitable for ages 10 and up. More information at www.theatre3x60.ca.

Later on the 27th, at 7:30 p.m., Theatre 3x60 will reprise one of the plays from their spring play-reading series, “ART” by Yasmin Reza. This award-winning comedy explores the meaning of art and friendship when one of three friends purchases an all white painting for an extraordinary sum of money. This will be the final chance to bid on the all-white paintings. Tickets $15 from Blue Heron Books (cash/cheque) or by calling 905-852-7993 (VISA/ MC).

The perennial favourite Roxy Short Film Festival rolls in for one night October 1. Partnering with TIFF, this will be an ALL-Canadian evening. Your $25 ticket provides you with 10 brand new Canadian short films, gourmet nibbles from the Tin Mill, and some Roxy popcorn. MCs Ted Barris and Cathy Christoff will ask the people behind the films to comment on their craft. Tickets at the Roxy Box Office and Presents, Presents, Presents.

The Celebration winds up on October 3 back at the Blue Heron Studio with Theatre 3x60's Staged Reading. This play is part of the 3x60 successful Canadians play-reading series. Tickets ($15 - general admission) at Blue Heron Books or by phone at 905-852-7993, and the “curtain” goes up at 7:30.
Visual art, crafts, film, music, drama, photography, food, literary arts and fashion are highlighted for over two weeks. The Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts has grown over the years, and it continues to bring quality arts events to the delight of all ages. Be sure to take in as many activities as possible. It's only another 345 days until the 2015 Celebration opens!
If you have an artistic event or milestone you'd like mentioned, please contact Nancy Melcher. She can be reached at ArtyFacts@bell.net.




Mill Street development goes to OMB


by Roger Varley

A controversial townhouse development proposed for 62 Mill Street in Uxbridge is slated to go to the Ontario Municipal Board for a decision.
When council turned Monday to a report by township planning consultant Elizabeth Howson regarding the proposed development, Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor announced that the applicant has already taken the application to the OMB.
"It's out of our hands," the mayor said.
The applicant for the proposed 39-unit development was eligible to take the case to the OMB if council had not responded within 120 days of making the application.
Councillor Jacob Mantle complained that the 120-day period is too short a time to allow for the municipality to supply all stakeholders with the information they need on the project and for township staff to gather all pertinent information.
"It's simply too short," he said.
Mr. Mantle said using the 120-day stipulation is a favourite tactic of developers, "no matter what happens".
The developer, 2373521 Ontario Corp., wants to build the townhouses on a strip of land - variously described as being 4.5 acres and 3.7 acres - that was the former home of Isaac Gould. The Gould home still sits on the land and would be retained, although the developer said it would be sold as a residence. The land, which was owned by First Leaside until recently, was listed for sale at a suggested price of about $1.5 million. The developer told council at the time of the application that the proposed homes would sell in the $400,000 range.
Residents who belong to the Gouldville Ratepayers Association, formed recently to fight the proposal, have flagged a number of concerns over the development, including increased traffic and congestion and storm-water runoff. They also say the development would destroy the character of the historic neighbourhood.
Uxbridge Chief Administrative Officer Ingrid Svelnis said the 120-day period begins from the time of the application "if the planner (Ms. Howson) says it is complete".
She said Ms. Howson believes she still has to receive a number of reports on several different issues from the developer.
"That will be the township's position at the hearing," Ms. Svelnis told the Cosmos. "We don't have sufficient information at this point."
She said she expects the OMB hearing to happen some time in February or March.
In her report to council on the status of the application, Ms. Howson said the proposed development raises a number of issues which are under review by the township and its consultants, other agencies and the public. She also pointed out that while the application was deemed complete in late April, it took time to hold the statutory public meeting, which about 120 people attended in June.
She said some of the concerns expressed by various agencies include the Region of Durham saying the condominium road does not meet the region's technical standards, Aecon Engineering Consultants saying a traffic study is needed and the Uxbridge fire department requiring two hydrants on site.
"Significant additional study and information . . . is required to be provided by the applicant to allow a complete and comprehensive review of the application to be carried out," the report said.

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