2015 Events and AGM

Our 2015 events are now posted, and the Friends’ Annual General Meeting is kicking things off on Sunday, April 26. Please join us at McMartin House in Perth, 125 Gore St. E. for our annual meeting and a slide show presented by our own Tobi Kiesewalter outlining the Friends’ many accomplishments as we celebrate our 20th birthday! The festivities run from 1 to 3 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Check our events page to see the line-up for the rest of the season – with more to come!

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It’s Our Birthday!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Murphys Point Park! Since 1995 we have done some amazing things for Murphys Point. We have hired dozens of students, helped to fund interpretive displays and publications, assisted with research efforts related to species at risk (especially our Gray Ratsnakes), built a bridge with partners, conducted archaeology, hosted educational programs for kids, spearheaded the award-winning Heritage Mica Days – and so much more!

In our birthday year, we’re having a membership drive! If you are already a member and have not yet renewed your membership for 2015, please head over to our membership page. You can pay online or print off the form and mail it in. If you are not yet a member – please join the fun!

We are also encouraging current members to “Make a Friend”! For every new person you encourage to become a Friend of Murphys Point, your name will be entered to win an Ontario Parks Summer Pass, which means you can use any provincial park in Ontario during the day. All you have to do is make sure the New Friend puts your name in the special instructions box when paying online through our website or on the printable form if mailing it in. The draw will be held on April 26 at our Annual General Meeting.

$20 for 20 years….For our 20th birthday, we are hoping you will consider making a donation of $20 (or any amount) to the Friends! As the costs of running a not-for-profit charitable organization continue to rise, we could use your help to ensure we can continue our efforts to enhance the natural heritage education program at Murphys Point. You can make a donation here. Thank you in advance for your help! Charitable receipts will be issued.

Finally, please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 26, when we will be having our Annual General Meeting. Details to follow. We’ll be looking for directors, though, so if you are interested in getting involved, please let us know.

Thank you for your continued support of the Friends of Murphys Point Park – together we are doing wonderful things for this special place!

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Join Us for a Heritage Whisky Tasting!

Just in time for the lead up to the Christmas season, the Friends of Murphys Point Park is launching a series of Heritage Whisky Tastings in Tay Valley Township and the Town of Perth. Building on our successful Heritage Mica Days events, this series will explore the long history and heritage of whisky distilling in the area, while providing a new entertainment package for residents and visitors.

Each tasting event will include stories of the early whisky industry by local historian and story teller Susan Code, with different stories unfolding at each venue. The talented trio, Cratur, will entertain with traditional music and the sommelier services will be provided by Ouidram with four different single malt whiskies at each tasting. In the words of Ouidram: “We bid you welcome and wish you Slainte!’ as you embark on this wonderful journey into the intriguing world of single malt whiskies born of the moors and the mountains, the mist and the heather, and all that is Scotland!”

Two Heritage Whisky Tastings are scheduled between now and the holiday season. Join us on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Perth Manor, where hosts Gordon and Linda Craig look forward to welcoming you. Start your evening at the Crystal Palace in the Tay Basin for the Festival of Lights and fireworks at 6:30 p.m., then take a short walk from there to the Perth Manor for your whisky tasting. To enhance your experience, the Perth Manor is offering a $20 discount for an overnight stay on the night of the whisky tasting.

The second event will be held on Friday, Dec. 12 at Fall River Restaurant in Maberly. Owners Tess and Jeroen are excited to be hosting this event and invite you to come early and visit their Christmas market. Call them to make a reservation for an early dinner before your whisky tasting experience.

Both Heritage Whisky Tasting events start at 7:30 p.m. and advance tickets are required. Tickets are $70 per person available only through Tickets Please at www.ticketsplease.ca or by calling 613-485-6434. A charitable tax receipt of $25 will be provided by the Friends of Murphys Point.

For additional information, visit www.heritagemicadays.ca, call 613-267-5340 or email events@heritagemicadays.ca. Funding assistance has been generously provided by the Eastern Ontario Development Corporation, Tay Valley Township and the Town of Perth.

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