• Brian Gallagher

Creations for a cause

“Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life” – Jean Paul Richter


Brian Gallagher (left) and Le Tournant volunteer Paul Sincennes.

Well beautiful people, yesterday, October 10 was Mental Illness Awareness Day which ties in perfectly with how I want to start this week’s column.

I was up at the ‘Festival des Couleurs’ in Rigaud this past weekend and even though the weather was a bit crisp it is still one of my fave places to check out each October. Although there were fewer artisans than previous years, the vendors who braved the cold were still positive and had some really interesting pieces. One that stood out to me was ‘Fox and Feather Creations’ and the beautiful jewellery created with real flowers preserved in resin – quite enchanting. Made me think of when I was a child and I first saw those ships in a bottle and I stayed up nights wondering how the heck do they get them in there? Thanks to the Google I no longer lose sleep over this. I’ve moved on to my next sleep-robbing obsession – how do they get that caramel inside the Caramilk bar?

I then wandered upon a booth that sold wood carvings, crocheted animals and various other handmade creations. What made these good folks stand apart is that they weren’t selling their crafts but were collecting donations for these items for ‘Le Tournant,’ a crisis and suicide prevention centre in the area that has existed for 38 years. In speaking with volunteer Paul Sincennes, who himself lost his son to suicide only four years ago, he and other volunteers make these crafts to help the foundation continue their community service.

This initiative touched me deeply having battled mental health issues in the past after the death of my mother and seeing these good people that have also been personally affected by loss out making a difference… well then it just reinforces my faith in humanity.

Want to get involved or get in touch? Here’s how you can reach them: www.letournant.org, (450) 371-4090 or by provincial-wide helpline: 1-866-appelle (1-866-277-3553).

If you are looking for some music to soothe your soul, The Hudson Chamber Music Series presents, ‘Beauty in a time of war: Letters and songs 1914-1918.’ Joan Fearnley (Soprano), Frédéric Lacroix (Piano), Narration by Marianne Dostaler. The performance takes place 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 14 at Saint James’ Church Hall, 642 Main Road, Hudson. For more details go to: hudsonchambermusic.ca.

If watching an uplifting film is more your thing, The Hudson Film Society is back for another season. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to the promoting of independent and Canadian films. Their next presentation is ‘The Rider,’ a highly acclaimed and award-winning film at last year's Cannes Festival, which tells the tale of a rodeo rider who suffers a horrific accident and is told he would never ride again - only to defy the odds. Showings are at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road, on Monday, October 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for non-members.

So remember good people - if you see a friend who’s feeling down; sing them a song, write them a poem, draw them a cute picture or just give them a hug.

It will do them and you a world of good.

As always, if you have something you think needs to be seen or heard, hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca and I’ll definitely check it out!

Until then – Sociable!