Made On Earth, the world’s first environmentally-friendly art gallery, opened in Wardsville August 3rd last year and is open now for your amazement and enjoyment.
Drop by and visit his gallery just a kilometre east of Wardsville on Longwoods Road. He’s there all the time. 24/7.
Link to article by The Chronicle. http://www.thechronicle-online.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1679900
Mary, my thanks to you and your cohort for the magical opportunity you gave to the former Twin Valley people to come together, especially in your beautiful town of Wardsville. I doubt that a TVS reunion would have happened again without some unusual catalyst, and it was probably George’s last opportunity to have such an experience, to be together with so many former staff and students. I myself can say that I had the best weekend of my life. I am so impressed with the overall organization of the event, the meal was exceptionally good and I was thrilled to see that Wardsville has grown into a beautiful village. I always waited to see that sign change beyond 200! I think the reunion has launched a BIG resurgence in communications amongst us, that is the special spin-off of the weekend and on top of that, I will have beautiful memories of Wardsville forever. Patricia Kristie (formerly Bullied)
Dear Mary, Just wanted to send you a note of thanks to let you know how much I appreciate the fact that you sought out the old Twin Valleys people to join the Wardsville Bicentennial. What a great thought you had and because you did and act on it, I was able to reconnect with 3 dear friends I had not seen or heard from in over 30 years. It was life changing for me and I am forever in your debt. Thank you so much. Also, you and the people of Wardsville did such a nice job with the event and made us feel so welcomed. I am humbled at your greatness! in peace,
Mary Lisa Zimmerman, Morton, Illinois, United States of America
Hal Jenner from Ottawa did an amazing job organizing the Twin Valley’s reunion!
Ottawa, May 28, 2010 – Twin Valleys School is returning to Wardsville on Saturday, June 19th, for a reunion on the occasion of the town’s 200th Anniversary Celebration.
Twin Valleys School was an alternative educational community founded in 1971 by George and Pat Bullied. It ran until 1983. Twin Valleys was an alternative to training schools and group homes for hard-to-serve teenagers. It provided them a home and community environment where they were accepted unconditionally. In addition to learning life skills and a host of job skills like basic carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, farming, animal husbandry (the school was also a fully functional farm) and kitchen skills (try cooking three meals a day for 300 people), they learned about their own uniqueness and self-worth.
The students also received a high school education in a setting that they did not find threatening given the small classroom size. Learning was based on “the 7R’s of life”: Rules, Roles, Relationships, Responsibilities, Respect, Resources and Returning Cycles. In essence, the school prepared them for a different kind of life than the one they had known before.
One lesson that has stuck with almost everyone who heard it was one of George’s favourites. It was the story of the “empty roll of toilet paper,” that true spiritual expression was “replacing that roll of toilet paper and not leaving it empty for the next guy.” It was all about doing what was right and what was needed in the moment. So many people who lived at Twin Valleys have told that story because it has continued to remind them to do what is right in the moment, not to wait for someone else to come along and do it.
“Those who lived there were profoundly impacted by the closeness, the challenges, the triumphs and the spirituality. Thus the community lives on!” – Ben Goerner, former student.
There will be a public multimedia presentation on the history of Twin Valleys at 2 o’clock on Saturday at the United Church, 207 Church Street, in Wardsville. Don Nisbett, Reeve of Wardsville and old friend of Twin Valleys, will introduce George Bullied, the former director of the school.
The public is invited to come learn about a special time and place in Wardsville history and perhaps to meet some of the returning residents of Twin Valleys, who love to share their experience.
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Hal Jenner, Reunion Organizer
Why doesn’t Wardsville put out a little welcome mat for cyclists coming through? Longwoods Road is not easy pavement; it has a very narrow edge and there are few businesses catering to cyclists or providing services. Crossroads Bistro is a great refuge.
Meet Nick Rausa. This newly graduated Windsorite is travelling “From the Great Armpit of Ontario to the Glorious Hills Of Quebec.”
His trip landed him in Wardsville May 24th last year looking for water. Denise Corneil saw him scouting around and invited him in to fill his water bottles. He told her that bottled water was to expensive when on a tight budget.
Follow his trip over the summer at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/diragusa
Nick gave her a walk around his bike. It was loaded. Denise thinks we should watch his progress.
I met cyclist, Daniel Rego, a month later at Muscutt’s County Store – a very interesting character from Finland. His blog is at http://www.rego.be
In early August 2009, my cousin Cathy Clarke took an exhausted cyclist home from Lakeview Gardens. She had been toiling down Hwy 3 on her trip from midwest U.S. to Vermont. She was disappointed in the quality of Hwy 3: no shoulder, rough pavement.
We need a few “tent and breakfasts” for our visitors. Five-star camping. What else can we do to attract and welcome visitors?
Heading east on the I-80, Ross (the son of a trucker) saw Bill Kouwenberg heading east in his truck in Illinois. Then we toured through Moline, the capital of John Deere, and then we crossed the Mississippi River and made our way to the Chamber of Commerce of Washington. Ann gave us the history of their community’s barn quilts and off we went.
Just down the road, there is a big party on the Civic Weekend in August. Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Mustang Sally, Deric Ruttan, Jessie Farrell, Jamie Warren, Jay Allan and more to be announced!
Boot Hill “Country” Jamboree Early Bird Tickets are on sale until April 15th, 2010 – www.boothilljamboree.com
519-678-3434, www.ticketpro.ca 1-888-655-9090, Mrs A’s-Bothwell, Tony One Stop Music-Chatham, Marg’s Variety-Rodney, JP Variety-Ridgetown & Robert Radford Farm Machinery-Londesboro
Jamie Warren……Back by Popular Demand Jamie Warren will not only be Boot Hill “Country” Jamboree **Master of Ceremonies** all Weekend but will take to the Stage Friday, July 30th, 2010. Albums include Fallen Angel 1996, Just Not the Same 1998, Really 2003, Make Me Believe 2005 & Right Here Right Now 2008 and as well Jamie has a new single ” Letting Go”. It’s the first release from his new cd “Howl At The Moon” due in stores and online May 11th, 2010. Visit www.jamiewarren.com for a sneak peek listening of his new single.
Jay Allan……Canadian Singer/Songwriter from nearby rural Bothwell will be performing on stage Saturday, July 31st, 2010. Jay recently recorded Album “The Wrong Direction” with singles Rumourville & She’s A Tease currently on your local radio Visitwww.jayallan.com for more info
Boy did we get a lecture today. ”Work together!” we were admonished by Donna Messer, an amazing entrepreneur and the networking queen. Donna doesn’t waste time or mince words about the importance of deep collaboration among individuals, groups, municipalities, youth, government. She didn’t lecture us; she facilitated a networking session that demonstrated the art of brainstorming ideas, business plans, and marketing strategies for getting our communities back on the map.
Many thanks to Community Futures Development Corporation of Middlesex County and Sheila (one of our Wardsville fans) for organizing a great tourism ‘party’ today over at Strathroy. Glenn Stott and Marvin Recker, Upper Thames Re-enactors were there. The new economic development officer for Middlesex County was there. Jeremy Gough, up and coming Glencoe Ag Society rep was getting ideas for the Glencoe Fair. Over 70 people in all.
A great day; wish our entire Wardsville team could have attended. Rhonda Long attended on behalf of Daytripping. Great to see you, Rhonda!
Ailsa Craig showed up in full force. They’ve got a good thing going over there. And one of the Sparta sparkplugs was there to tell her story. Bev Shipley attended too; our MPs have time to get out and work in the community because they’re not tied up in parliament right now.
Loved it. A great shot in the arm.
We’ve got work to do, Wardsville.