Posts tagged Doug Elmslie
Allen Wood Play Space Grand Opening at Maryboro Lodge

Submitted by Sharon Walker

Last weekend, Maryboro Lodge hosted the grand opening of the Allen Wood Play Space. The opening event was a huge success and we hope to see you and your little ones at the museum to enjoy the Play Space soon!

On Saturday, grand opening attendees were treated to the following speech from Kawartha Heritage President Jenny Crawford:

I would like to thank everyone for joining us to celebrate the Kawarthas' heritage of toy manufacturing. Crayola, the Yip Stick, Kawartha Dairy, Tinkertoys and Allen Wood Products--our region has done so much to make childhoods special.

For a generation, Allen Wood Products was a pillar of this community, and throughout this project I have been surprised by how many people have fond memories of the company. Manufacturing a great variety of toys, including the tinkertoy, pounding benches, croquet, bowling, ring toss and bead action figures to name a few, Allen Wood defined the experience of childhood in the 1950s and 1960s, something we now have the pleasure of recreating for today's youth.

As the president of a historical society, it is always special when we can help bring history to life. Even during construction, the community response to this Play Space has been remarkable. It has been a wonderful thing to hear all the joyful noises coming from this room over the summer.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to make today a success. Doug Elmslie was a tireless advocate for this project. Without him, there are many obstacles it never would have cleared. The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation, the Eastern Ontario Development Program and City of Kawartha Lakes provided necessary funding. Without the support of the Development Corporation, none of this would have been possible. We would also like to thank our numerous sponsors including Fenelon Falls Home Hardware, Kawartha Dairy, Bob Mark New Holland, Tradewind Toys, BRIO, Memory Lane Motors and the Fenelon Falls and District Lions Club. Many volunteers made huge contributions to this project, particularly Will Bowyer, Judy Kennedy and Robbie Preston. I would especially like to thank Glenn Walker for his vision for this project and his tireless efforts to build many of the items that are now in this room. His imagination has become reality and children are reaping the benefits of his efforts.

Fenelon Falls' waterfront core has come a long way in recent years. From the rebirth of the park, the renovation of the museum, the new splashpad, the restored theatre marquee, and now this first step towards children's activities at the museum. It's hard to think what this place looked like not so long ago. Our community is laying the groundwork for becoming a destination for families.

Without further ado, I would like to call on Bob Allen to cut the ribbon and open: The Allen Wood Play Space!

Featured Event — Season Premiere of Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit

Submitted by Colleen Jenkinson

Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit are pleased to announce the Season Premiere for their 5th season will be "Hearts Beat Loud", a story of a Brooklyn father and daughter, charged with the kind of music as free-spirited as the duo is. 

This Special Event will take place on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at Fenelon Falls Secondary School - 66 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls, ON

Doors open at 6:30 pm  

There will be special announcement from Councillor Doug Elmslie.  He invites all of the community to the "Light It Up" ceremony for the newly restored Fenelon Theatre Marquee the following Saturday evening. 

The Fenelon Theatre Restoration Committee will be on hand to take donations, and will be selling keepsake Sweaters and Coffee Mugs, to help keep you warm now that we are shifting into Fall. 

The feature presentation will begin at 7:30pm 

Tickets are on sale for $10 each at the Box Office at FFSS on the evening of the screening.

If you have any questions, contact Colleen at or by telephone at 905-447-2235.

Voter's Forum Recap

Submitted by Marylee Boston

It’s not often that backyard chicken coops, marijuana, and potholes are discussed in one evening but those topics and many more were addressed at the Candidates Forum co-sponsored by Fenelon Forward and Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce.


All four Mayoral candidates; Andy Letham, Gord James, Brian Junkin and Peter Weygang along with the Ward 3 Councillor candidates; Stephen Clarke, Doug Elmslie and Roger McInnis gave presentations on their platforms and answered questions from the audience.

Over 120 people were in attendance for the two hour event and attendees submitted written questions or addressed the candidates from the microphone. The questions covered areas mentioned above and others such as; the proposed Ross Memorial Hospital amalgamation, low income housing, roads, development, and issues relating to an aging population.

Pamela Vanmeer from Kawartha 411 moderated the event and kept it flowing smoothly so that each candidate had an equal opportunity to present and answer questions. Thank you to all those who submitted their questions via email and attended in person. The evening was informative and engaging.

For more information about the election and how to vote visit 2018 Municipal Election.

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Let's Talk Public Art

Written by Chris Van Lierop

Today I wanted to talk about public art. In June, the City of Kawartha Lakes approved a policy for the approval, ownership, and maintenance of public art, something that had been lacking in their policies. Along with a new art strategy, loudly supported by our city councilor Doug Elmslie, the City of Kawartha Lakes allocated a small budget for the purchase of public art and a small budget for the maintenance of this art. This is a big step for the city and one that is welcomed in our town. The City’s inventory of public art currently consists of 5 pieces of art stretched throughout our large area and at least 2 artifacts.  

As home to many artists, Fenelon Falls has been talking about and looking at the placement of public art. We have made some proposals to the city, but with no formal policy, it has been hard to get approval to place art on city property.  Well, not anymore! 

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If you’ve ever been to Haliburton, you might have noticed that public art is something that has been on the top of their mind for years. In 2001, Haliburton opened the Haliburton Sculpture forest, with 3 sculptures. The forest that runs through Glebe park has views over the river and now consists of 34 sculptures and a new campus for the School of Art + Design for Fleming College. It’s a great trail that brings tourists from all over and exposure to many artists.

In Elora, the Elora Arts Council started their public art display by putting out a request to artists for 15 pieces of art to display throughout the area. The pieces of art were displayed in public places. Rather than a small town having to invest heavily (and likely without the resources) in art, Elora purchased 1 piece of permanent display art and erected multiple permanent sites that could host a rotating exhibit of art. The pieces of art were displayed on consignment to the town and were available to purchase by anyone walking by. Each year there is a call out to artists for submissions to place on the permanent sites, guaranteeing a new and interesting walk around town each year. Now there’s thinking outside the box!

In Fenelon we’re talking about new murals; we’ve placed steel banners by Christina Handley along the bridge into town and now we’re talking of the possibility for art installations throughout town. Maybe we’ll pursue a strategy that has been successful in another town. The city has paved our way for a process to get approval to put these pieces of art in town, now bring on the art!  

What would you like to see and where would you like to see it?