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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival - October 22nd was, indeed, a day to remember.....

The first ever Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival is now a happy memory.

The morning workshop titled "Memoir Writing" led by Dr. Ross Pennie was much appreciated by his students as was the afternoon workshop facilitated by Brian Henry, titled "How to Get Published." Both classes enjoyed full attendance.

We were entertained in the morning by pianist, Denis Morel, and at the piano in the afternoon by Ken Little. Throughout the day Mime Artist, Fran Perkins, brought a smile to all who attended.  Below is photo of Fran with our beloved instructor, Hilda Ross.

In place flash writing competition took place throughout the day.  Prize winners were Elizabeth Creith of Thessalon in the adult category and Lauren Bastien of Elliot Lake in the category for children under the age of fourteen.

Elizabeth won copies of books written by local authors Gloria Jean Hansen, Blair Sterling and Audrey Austin plus $20 gift certificates from one of our sponsors, Viking Fish & Chips.

Lauren won two journals, a Cross pen and $30 gift certificates from our sponsor, Viking Fish & Chips.

Winner of the free draw open to all who bought a cup of coffee from another of our sponsors, J. Breen Coffee, is Deborah Ranchuk of New Liskeard.  Deborah won a new coffee maker.

Penpourri, Anthology of Stories and Poems was launched at the Festival.  All but a few copies were sold.  Authors whose works appear in Penpourri in alphabetical order are Audrey Austin; Jurgen Braunohler, Agnes Davies, Ian Gibson, Shirley Green, Gloria Jean Hansen, Fran Jensen, Sheila Jeanne Lampman, Goldie Luckey, Bernie Makarchuk, Paul McIlvried, Hilda Ross, Jane S. Rowan, Frank Spence, Erna S. Amand and Laura Vegeris.

Cover design of Penpourri is by local poet, artist and author Susan Krupp.

We had a little disappointment with regard to the Book Fair in that we had hoped for a larger community turnout but all authors made some sales and it was a pleasure for all to meet one another, some for the first time.   Authors participating in the Book Fair were Elliot Lake Writers' Workshop; Gloria Jean Hansen, Susan Krupp, Robert Kucey, Anne K. Albert, Patricia C. Lee, and Audrey Austin of Elliot Lake. Out of town participants were Sherry Isaac from Halton Hills; Janet Stobie and Patricia from Dunsford;  Heather Campbell, Professional Writers' Association from Nairn Centre; Mary Belanger and Lucy from New Liskeard; Deborah Ranchuk, White Mountain Publications from New Liskeard.

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Paul McIlvried, podium presentations in the Theatre provided wonderful free entertainment throughout the day.  Presenters were Kate Matuszewski of Elliot Lake; Sherry Isaac of Halton Hills; Laura Vegeris of Elliot Lake; Blair Sterling of Blind River; Jurgen Braunohler of Elliot Lake; Heather Campbell of Nairn Centre; Patricia Lee of Elliot Lake; Merrie Lindsay of Elliot Lake; Paul McIlvried of Elliot Lake; Gloria Jean Hansen of Elliot Lake; Greg Laurenceson of Elliot Lake; Janet Stobie of Dunsford; Goldie Luckey of Elliot Lake; Mary Belanger of New Liskeard; Elizabeth Creith of Thessalon; Bruce McFee of Elliot Lake; Frank Spence of Elliot Lake; Hilda Ross, Linda Wilkins-Parker and Fran Jensen of Elliot Lake; Angie Gallop of Thessalon; Fran Perkins of Elliot Lake; Dr. Ross Pennie of Hamilton; Bernice Makarchuk, Shirley Green, Brian Court and Audrey Austin all of Elliot Lake.

Following the festivities at the Civic Centre a Gala Dinner took place at the Renaissance Centre.

We were honoured to have as our head table guests Member of Provincial Parliament, Mr. Mike Mantha; Mayor of Elliot Lake, Rick Hamilton and his wife, Cindy Hamilton; Dr. Ross Pennie and his wife Lorna Pennie;  Bob Alexander MacLellan and his wife, Erika MacLellan of radio station Moose FM; Kate Matuszewski, Arts and Culture Coordinator for City of Elliot Lake and her friend, Heather Clouston.

Below are a few photos taken at the Gala Dinner.

We were all greatly entertained by our after dinner guest speaker, Dr. Ross Pennie from Hamilton.

A special thank you to our sponsors without whom there would have been no Festival.
Ontario Arts Council

Community Futures Development Corporation

Retirement Living


City of Elliot Lake

Algo Mall

Viking Fish & Chips

Thank you to all who attended and all who participated in
The Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival.

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  1. Audrey, such a pleasure to meet you and to be part of the first annual Elliot Lake Festival. See you next year!

  2. Thank you Sherry. I was very happy to meet you too. Thank you for your gift. I treasure it. (hugs)