Beautiful Minds at Ladies Who Lunch


The Ladies Who Lunch event will be held June 6th at the Carleton Place Town Hall at noon. It will be slightly different than a usual LWL as two off sites will be offered to only those that attend the lunch. A special scarf will grant you access to both sites after the tea. You have already read about Springside Hall and the other location will be The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum right around the corner on Edmund Street. There you will find complimentary tarot card readings and the brand new 2015 Museum Display called “They Left Their Mark” complete with live mannequin models. In the far room there will also be a special display from the young artists called Without Exception: Exceptional Art from Beautiful Minds.


Without Exception: Exceptional Art from Beautiful Minds celebrated it’s 5th annual Vernissage at the Mill of Kintail in Almonte last year. The opening was a celebration of artworks created by 37 high school students with special needs from the CDSBEO. The Without Exception program has been gaining popularity since its creation and has been shared with school boards across Canada.

In an effort to share the joy of this program, 100% of the profits from the sale of items such as prints, note cards, mugs, t-shirts, canvas bags and now prints on canvas are donated to the Good Samaritan Trust Fund. Christopher Drake is one of the artists and I am proud to say that I have watched him blossom through the years to become the wonderful and talented person he is today. Christopher made his town proud when he received the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from Princess Anne in 2014.


        While we try to teach our children all about life, in the end it is they that teach us what life is all about.

Why should we care about Museums?

Talk to any one that works for a Museum, and find out how they fund it.  It’s like running across a bed of nails. Many of the Museums in Ottawa are funded by the government or city. However, operating budgets of Museums like Carleton Place and Almonte are pretty bare-bones. These people don’t do this job for themselves….they do it for you. Without your support they may have to close! Jennifer Fenwick Irwin is the curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum and to describe her in a few words would be a “one woman show”.

Come and visit the Museum after the ladies Who Lunch Tea!

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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