Contributed by Jean Anne Carroll, Creative Lead, Economic Development Office
Many communities start economic development initiatives to build spaces or infrastructure for creativity to happen. In this community we not only have a multitude of creative spaces but also business people who put them to good use.
The Milford Fairgrounds houses the Fair Shed and Mt. Tabor Playhouse. These beautiful iconic rural buildings host everything from classes to theatre productions and are almost booked solid for the entire summer with business activities.
Milford Market Square was launched last year as an economic development activity by the South Marysburgh community. It runs till Labour Day on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm.
In July and August the Fairgrounds are education central for anyone with a creative, musical or theatrical kid.
Lesley Snyder of the Galloping Goat Gallery is running Kids Summer Art Camps starting July 5th. Check out Lesley on YouTube talking about why she started the camps, how she has been able to grow them this year and of course what the camps are all about ! Full details here.
Don Hinde is holding camp for kids looking to learn guitar, bass and drums.. July 31st – Aug 6th. Following Guitar Camp, local theatre group, the Marysburgh Mummers, is running a Creative Drama Workshop for three weeks in August. Click here for more details on these and other Prince Edward County summer camps.
There’s something for adults too. Festival Players are launching their 2010 season at the Mt. Tabor Playhouse with their professional production of “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight”.
To put this all in context, the hamlet of Milford is the “capital” of the ward of South Marysburgh here in Prince Edward County. Records show the population is just under 900 people.
This entrepreneurial, collaborative and active community is a microcosm of the greater community of Prince Edward County, population 25,000.
Creative space indeed….