august 16 - an irish gathering

A late summer mix: tall, tall tales,
wolf howls and visiting spirits

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Paddy Garvey
An Irish Gathering
Fire of the Irish: The Many Faces of Paddy Garvey
Saturday, August 16

In the mid-1800s, Paddy Garvey arrived at Basin Depot from Ireland via New York, the Mississippi and Ottawa.

Though small in stature, Paddy made his mark during the logging and settlement era, which was a very busy time in the backwoods along the Little Bonnechere. He worked as a raftsman, a hewer of square timber, and as inn keeper at his stopping place on the old Bonnechere Road. 

Come gather 'round the campfire for a visit from his fiesty spirit. Hear the tall tales that this man spun. Imagine what life was like for Paddy and his family. See and touch historic artifacts from the heyday of Basin Depot.

As the sun goes down, enjoy a taste of settler food: homemade beans, biscuits and campfire tea.  

Plan to come out an get your green on! 
book tree
Book Tree
A New Book Tree
Launching Bonnechere's Book Tree
Saturday, August 23

Come out and celebrate the launch of Renfrew County's sixth book tree, which stands at the entrance to the Davenport Centre, overlooking the beach on Round Lake.

Be sure to bring along your used books for sharing. Sit under the shade of the tall pines and enjoy tasty cake and good company.

The Book Tree forest continues to grow and thrive while doing exactly what it was built to do -- to provide barrier-free books in all communities across Renfrew County.

LIKE the The Book Tree - Renfrew County page on Facebook.

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Visiting Spirits
Spirits Night
Travel Through Time and Back Again
Saturday, August 23

Once a year, when the stars reach a particular alignment, those who once lived and worked along the Bonnechere River can be seen traveling the shores once again.

You will meet voyageurs and surveyors, lumberjacks and settlers who called the Bonnechere Valley home long before Ontario's first provincial parks.

Presented at The Depot in Bonnechere Park, at the head of the Footprints in Time trail. 


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Mike Runtz
Wolf Howl
Mike Runtz Shouts Out at Basin Depot
Saturday, August 30

Join author and naturalist Mike Runtz at the Davenport Centre for an excellent multimedia presentation about wolves, their habits and habitat. Then head out to the long-abandoned logging settlement at Basin Depot, in neighbouring Algonquin Park.

Once their, Mike will invite you all to send a call out to the night. If you are VERY lucky, the wolves will return your call with a chorus of yelps and howls. An unforgettable and bone-chilling experience!

Dress for the weather; plan to carpool. 
Canada Day, Art in the Park, Archaeology Day and Eco-Exploration Day Camp  
Check out our online Calendar or Events for a full slate of activities and events at Bonnechere Park this summer.

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