Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Summer changes to fall on rooftop terrace...

       ...autumn fills in at Delmanor
              Retirement Residence in Aurora 
     
    Photos by Barry Wallace













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Monday, September 18, 2023

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Sunday, September 17, 2023

Delmanor Retirement Aurora...

Photos by Barry Wallace

Works in progress
in the art room





 




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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Wemindji, James Bay, Quebec

 

Photos by April Dawn Georgekish Gull

Northern Lights

'The spirits are dancing'




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Angry sky/big clouds over King and Aurora...

 

Photos by Barry Wallace

Around 7.30 p.m., Tuesday evening


Getting darker


...but no rain, no lightning and no thunder


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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Bold Indigenous sculpture at Sharon Temple...

 

Photo by Barry Wallace

Pictured above is an indigenous sculpture recently unveiled at Sharon Temple on Leslie Street, north of Newmarket.   The stump of a fallen 200 year-old maple tree, from the site, was designed and carved by Anishinaabe artist Donald Chretien and sculptor Shane Gould.   Executive Director Lori Woodyatt of Sharon Temple said it was decided to preserve the tree as a sculpture on the stump of the fallen tree.

The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation were consulted for design guidance and wisdom.   The setting will feature a garden with a arrangement of four sacred medicines including sweet grass, sage, cedar and tobacco, along with seven stone seats to represent the seven grandfather teachings.   

Plaques will acknowledge the relationship with local First Nations groups and the importance of passing down indigenous knowledge.   The carved sugar maple sculpture will stand as a symbol of reflection and hope. The 12-foot tree remnant has been carved into a female hand clenching an aluminum feather engraved with indigenous pictographs.

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Sharon Temple ~ National Historic Site

Photos by Barry Wallace

Sharon Temple ~ 198 years young
Illumination -  September 8, 2023


The annual illumination of Sharon Temple took place on September 8 at 8 p.m. and featured  12 choral selections by the York Regional Police Community Choir, including three selections that the public attendees participated in.   The Temple itself dates from 1825, and Illumination ceremonies by the Children of Peace,  began in 1831.   Below are photos of the temple and the surrounding grounds taken this past Sunday.


 



Steep precipitous stairs to the upper levels.

The Willson Study is surrounded by 200-year-old maple trees.   David Willson wrote hymns and political papers on the reform movement of the day.

The substantial Doan House was built in 1819 by Ebenezer Doan and indicates the wealth of the Doan family.

The Doan house had a circular outhouse and the privy featured two inside seats: one for an adult and one for a small accompanying child (below).








The latest installation at the Sharon Temple features a native Indian symbol,  rising from a giant hand carved on site from one of the many massive maple trees.   The recent unveiling will be followed by a dedication ceremony in the near future.




 

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