All together now…

Farmers

Last Saturday's Winter Farmer's Market held at the Church Street School was an outstanding success.

There is now talk that the market will be run once a month in the off months starting in 2011, and that there will be another Winter Market held on December 18th.  I look forward to hearing more details regarding this as it shores up.

There is no doubt in my mind that there is enough demand to hold something similar once a month when the market is not running.  That is of course until a location for an indoor Farmers Market can be found.

It was so busy on Saturday there was hardly enough room to walk around.

Of course the first challenge was trying to find a place to park.  I parked at the Summer Market location in front of Wells St. Public school and walked it over, as I made my way across Metcalfe St. I couldn't help but notice gridlock.  With cars parked on both sides of the street 8 cars were stopped 4 one way, 4 the other with no way to go.  Honking ensued, which prompted more honking, it felt like New York, it was a little surreal.

I suppose having the Optimist's book sale, the Farmers Market and the Pickering College house tour on the same day at the same time and in the same location was a small oversight.

After making it up the stairs to the 2nd floor (why did it have to be held on the 2nd floor?) one couldn't help but notice that there were a significant amount of vendors, I'd say 80% of the vendors were there, which is way more than the Mayora Banner article included mention of in their article.

From the food, the art, the goodies, gifts and the history to seeing family, friends and neighbors Saturday was probably the most culture the "Aurora Cultural Centre" has experienced since re-opening its doors.

The room was so filled with cheer, laughter and friendly conversation any music would have been more a nuisance than anything.  I couldn't help but notice the ridiculously expensive piano sitting in the corner unused. 

Now I'm sure that the C7 (http://www.yamahamusiccentre.com/Yamaha_GrandPiano_C7.asp ) is a fantastical sounding instrument, at a MSRP of close to $37,000 it better be.

Being that the piano was purchased to adorn a "cultural centre" one wonders why a more interesting piano was not sought out.

I understand that just recently Bernie Madoff's 1917 Steinway grand piano recently sold at auction for only $42,000, which is a marginal difference to pay for such an upgrade.

The purchaser said "I was going to buy another piano, so why not buy one with a little history to it?"

Why not indeed.

After all is there really a price to high to pay for culture for us : the unwashed masses?

But maybe the Yamaha C7 was the upper limit for the Cultural Centre's budget.
I can see why they are holding a fundraiser to help offset the cost of the acquisition.

From what I understand all 88 keys of the piano are available to be purchased in someone's honor, for the messily sum of $250 a piece.

Add that up and the fundraiser is looking to recoup an amount of $22,000 towards the piano.

I know of a certain someone whose birthday is coming up and I'm thinking if her initials already adorn a couple keys why not make it her full name.

Anyone else want to go in and buy an "Eb" key for councilor Buck?

If we could get 10 people that's only $25 each.

If we could get 250 it would be a buck.

Can we all get in tune?

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