• Brian Gallagher

Ice, Ice Baby…

“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” – David Lee Roth

Yes indeed walking (skating?) around Shangri-la this week has me singing that finger-snapping tune from the one-hit-wonder Vanilla Ice himself. Oh? He had more than one hit song? Sorry beautiful people I did not know that nor do I totally believe it either (insert snobby music critic comment here please). Except you have to hand it to him, that song has been covered six times since it came out in 1990, even by the cast of Glee in 2010. Never saw one episode. When I was young I was told I had to be in a club to have any glee. Being the perpetual non-conformist, I instead joined the other awkward teens in the stamp club. It’s true – look it up.

Now that I have you singing old school hip-hop and rap, “bust a move” and head out to catch these “can’t touch this” happenings in the ‘hood:

Maggie Dean and her daughter Wendy Tillett are pleased to present a collection of their paintings, stained glass, and boutique articles for the month of February at the Arbor Gallery (36 Home Avenue) in the charming little town of Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

The exhibit is titled Field, Forest, Sea & Sky by Maggie Dean & Wendy Tillett.

Wendy’s paintings reflect the changing world and the perils her subjects find themselves in these days. Through her paintings, she is raising the awareness for change in the way we treat the creatures in our care. Maggie has always loved to paint barns and now finds that a lot of her good old landmarks are disappearing to the ravages of time and ‘progress.’

The vernissage is Saturday, February 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. The show dates are from January 30 to March 3, every Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Maggie Dean will be donating 10 per cent from her net sales to the Friends of the Feral Cats in Hawkesbury, a charitable organization that traps, neuters and releases (TNR) feral cats. Wendy Tillett will be donating 10 per cent of her net sales to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, one of her favourite charities.

Later in February there is a fundraiser happening to help out a couple of really nice people and their child. For all of us who have been going to ‘The Chat’ in Hudson over the years, here’s a chance to reconnect with all the staff past and present who will be coming together at the Château du Lac February 23 for an Alumni Fundraiser to help Baby Easten Thompson fight Leukemia. On December 31, 2018 Peter Thompson and Jennifer Liddy found out that their three-month-old son, Easten Thompson, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), an exceptionally rare form of cancer that is almost never seen in infants. There will be live music by local musicians and DJs who have played at The Chat over the years. Full details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2217060305003449/

Tickets are $20 – includes a pint of beer and a door prize raffle ticket. They are pre-selling tickets and raffle tickets so if you want to get in on this event you can register early. It promises to be one of the most epic reunions they have ever had – all for a great cause! It’s hosted by the most excellent André Maillet and Shane Weeks and there is also a Go Fund Me page organized by Jenn’s sister: https://www.gofundme.com/easten.

As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for all upcoming events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.