• Brian Gallagher

Last column of the summer


This image compilation titled ‘Fleurs et flocons’ on the Maison Valois in Vaudreuil-Dorion is part of the upcoming ‘Explora’ show featuring digital art work projected in public spaces.

Can you believe it beautiful people? Not that I wanted to shock you in any way but this is the last time we will get to see each other until September. September! Where did this year go? We will be raking leaves in four weeks for crying out loud! If you haven’t got out and enjoyed the nice weather the clock is ticking my friends – the end is near. Might head out to the shed and make myself a placard then walk up and down the main street here in Shangri-la letting the population know that they have mere hours or minutes to enjoy the rest of summer. No one will think I’m crazy, right? Or no crazier than normal anyway. Wait… Actually reading that last line back made no sense really. “No crazier than normal.” Maybe I should say that I won’t be acting more, “normaler than crazy.” I can sense my poor long-suffering dear benevolent editor’s migraine coming on right about… now. I do feel bad for her. I really truly honestly mostly do.

Because I am sure your heads are reeling trying to make some sense of this poor columnist’s ramblings, here are a couple of paragraphs written in good grammar to set you right my dear readers:


‘Explora’ is a project developed between the Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. Starting on September 1, the works of Philippe Corriveau, Stéphan Daigle and Raquel Maciel will be presented at three different locations: Saint-Michel Church, la Maison Valois and l’Opticentre Saint-Jean-Baptiste. More info on this series can be found on their website: www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca


Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History continues its ‘Music in the Gardens’ series again this weekend on Sunday afternoon, August 30 from 2 – 4 p.m. This week’s featured performers are the Hudson acoustic duo ‘Pagoda Starling’ and special guests. Tickets are $10 each and you can reserve or get more details by calling Greenwood at (450) 458-5396 or by emailing them at history@greenwoodcentre.org.


The Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île Perrot continues its ‘Rustic Sundays’ series. These events take place entirely outside, allowing visitors to easily follow social distancing rules. Best of all, (IMHO), there is a craft beer tent where you can sample ales, lagers and ciders from local suppliers. They are making sure every sanitary recommendation from the government will be strictly followed. If you have never been to this beautiful park on the water where the Ottawa River meets the St. Lawrence, this is another reason to discover it. This Sunday, August 30 the music performer is yours truly (Gallagher) from 1 – 3 p.m. More information on the park and on the Sunday line-up for the summer can be found at:



Stay well, stay safe, enjoy the sunshine and warm weather as the end of summer is imminent. But that nasty ol’ COVID-19 is still lingering in the sun and surf so remember… keep up the awesome job of summering responsibly. Keep up-to-date on everything you need to know with The Journal each Thursday and everyday online (www.yourlocaljournal.ca) for all the news and events that are happening here and there, in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area.


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