Tea and History

Tea and History Event

Purple Hills presents

Celebrating the Petun

Sunday, Oct 23 @ 2pm

Station on the Green in Creemore, ON

Pat Raible, Helen Blackburn and Paul Bridgman offer a fresh look at the First Nations people who lived here 400 years ago.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Thank you from the bottom of our arts!

Thank you


It’s a wrap!

The volunteer committee for the 5th annual Creemore Festival of the Arts wishes to thank everyone who supported and enjoyed the exhibits and shows around town last weekend. We hope the work you saw and the people you met made you feel connected to the community and inspired by the creativity that surrounds us.

We couldn’t do it without you – our members, sponsors, volunteers and, of course, the artists and their weekend hosts.
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Autumn events still to come in Creemore.

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2pm to 4pmPurple Hills Events - Autumn


(A Tea & History Event)

Our own Pat Raible has published a new book, The Petun: People of the Hills, the result of her deep interest in the people who lived here 400 years ago. You can pick it up at Curiosity House. Join us to celebrate her achievement. Helen Blackburn will share some Petun artifacts from her collection.
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Creemore Festival of the Arts: Full Festival Program (Oct 1 and 2, 2016)

Creemore Festival of the Arts 2016



SAT. OCT. 1 & SUN. OCT. 2 . 10 am to 4 pm



FRI. SEPT. 30 . 5 pm to 7 pm

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Creemore artists 2015Artists on Location 2016

Part of Clearview Township’s Small Halls Festival

Artists on Location 2016 is now accepting registrations for the fifth annual event on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. Each year, artists and artisans are embedded in the community of Creemore, providing visitors with a lively mix of art and commerce.

Artists on Location provides an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to display and sell their work at local businesses, studios, galleries, restaurants, homes and green spaces in the vicinity of Creemore’s main street, Mill Street.
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Save the Date! Creemore’s annual arts weekend (Oct 1 & 2, 2016)

Paper art by Liz Eakins
Art by Liz Eakins

First weekend in October

Part of Clearview’s Small Halls Festival

Save the date for the fifth annual arts weekend in Creemore.

Clearview Small Halls Festival

Artists on Location 2016

This is an annual event where artists and artisans are embedded in local businesses, studios, galleries, restaurants, homes and green spaces in the vicinity of Creemore’s Mill Street.

The event is anchored by a group exhibit in Creemore’s “small hall”, the Station on the Green, showing one piece from each participating artist and featuring a large map (and volunteers) to help you find artists around town, all within walking distance.
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Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society

Have you renewed your membership? Would you like to donate? 

You can use the form here to join, renew your membership or donate, using your credit card or PayPal account. Your contributions go directly to our programs and community grants.

We’re counting on your support! And thank you!
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Creemore’s Heritage Walk

Creemore's Heritage Walk
Photo: Purple Hills

Sharing Heritage

The Creemore Heritage Plaques mark historically significant sites around the village and form the basis for the town’s heritage walk.

Walk around the village and you will find markers documenting the history and human stories of the area in words and pictures. By the time you’ve finished, you will know about the Petun Indians, Champlain’s visit in the early 1600s, the coming and the going of the trains, the history of the buildings and the names of people who have shaped today’s Creemore.
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Arts and Heritage Community Grants

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We offer funding by application to community groups and individuals in Creemore and the surrounding area for projects in harmony with our mandate.

Watch for the annual call for applicants … the deadline is the end of January.



Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School







Some of our past and current recipients:

  • Avening Community Centre
  • Creemore & Nottawasaga Public School
  • Creemore Children’s Festival
  • Creemore Legion
  • Creemore Santa Claus Parade
  • Imaginarium Art Camp
  • Mill Street Art Studio
  • Mad & Noisy Gallery
  • Sara Sniderhan
  • St.

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Artists in the School

The Artists in the School program is a series of visual art classes for young people in grades four to eight at Nottawasage & Creemore Public School.

Gail Caswell
Gail Caswell

Each spring, Gail Caswell (Board member) and Jordan Eveland bring a hands-on creative experience to roughly 120 students at the Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School. This year, the series focuses on acrylic painting on canvas.
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The Lobster Dinner

The Lobster Dinner 2015 / Photo: Bryan Davies
The Lobster Dinner 2015 / Photo: Bryan Davies

May 14, 2016

Station on the Green. For members and guests.

Reception at 6:30 pm.

Tickets $50 • Cash bar

Always a sellout! Place your ticket order below. A delicious evening of food and conversation! Enjoy lobster, baked potato, coleslaw and dessert.

This is an important fundraiser for our ongoing programs. A Creemore tradition, this springtime gathering is a key fundraiser for the Creemore Festival of the Arts, our Artists in the School program, heritage installations, and our arts and heritage community grants.
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Tea and History Speakers Series

Petun to Wyandot by Charles Garrard

Sunday afternoons.

This longstanding series brings warmth to a winter Sunday afternoon while deepening our understanding of history.

The 2015 speaker was Charles Garrard, author of Petun to Wyandot: The Ontario Petun from the Sixteenth Century (Canadian Museum of History/University of Ottawa Press, 2014). The book, winner of the Ontario Archaeological Society Award for Excellence in Publishing, distills a lifetime of research on the now-dispersed Wyandot tribe, once called the Petun, who encountered the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1616 in the area now known as Creemore.
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2015 AGM Speaker

The 2015 AGM speaker was past bookstore owner, local historian and past Purple Hills president, Pat Raible. Her fascinating insights into the 17th century daily lives of the Petun Indians brought history alive.


By Pat Raible

An admiring look at the First Nations peoples who, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, lived in and near what is present-day Creemore.
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Annual General Meeting 2016

Photo: Purple Hills
Photo: Purple Hills

APRIL 24, 2016

Station on the Green.

Open to everyone. Free.

Luncheon at 12:30 pm.  AGM at 1:30 pm. 

Gather with friends old and new for a Sunday luncheon to honour and encourage the volunteers who make our programs happen, and ensure our continued role in the community. Lasagna, Caesar salad, bread, coffee/tea and apple crumble (and a gluten free alternative) will be on the menu.
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Community Grant Recipients 2016

After-school art classes by grant recipient, Mill Street Art Studio.
After-school art classes by grant recipient, Mill Street Art Studio.

Community Grants

Each year, the Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society offers funding for arts and heritage projects to community groups and individuals in Creemore and the surrounding area. We received especially strong applications this year.

Creemore Choral Festival – $1,500 (Artists fees and transportation)

Clearview Public Library – $700 (History and Genealogy Project)

Imaginarium – $800 (Summer Adventures in Art)

Creemore Legion – $500 (Canada Day Community Celebration)

Ann Clifford – $1,600 (The Heritage Draft Horse Mural)

Sue A.
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The Village And I by Sara Sniderhan

Donna Lowe
Portrait of Donna Lowe by Sara Sniderhan

Artist Sara Sniderhan wanted to honour the elders in her adopted village.

A year in the making, the idea evolved into a series of portraits and a limited edition book that included the life stories of the portrait subjects.

The portraits were created in various media by Sara, Peter Adams, Martha Bull, Juliet Jancso, David Bruce Johnson, Andrej Kovacs, Peter Mitchell, Jim Paget and Christopher Roberts.
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Festival Wrap-up 2015

Creemore Cafe by Allan Thompson
Photo by: Allan Thompson (Artists on Location 2015)

When the valley lights up with the richness of autumn, the time is right to spend a weekend exploring rich colours and textures created by local artists and artisans. Enjoy restaurants, cafés and a pub serving all day, and stay overnight in a local inn or bed-and-breakfast.

Artists on Location
The Artists on Location are the heart of the festival, installed in studios, restaurants and historic buildings — even in the grocery store parking lot.
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Hidden Treasures Garden Tour 2015

Creemore Garden Tour
Photo: Bryan Davies

This longstanding fundraiser keeps getting better.

In 2015, eight gardens in Creemore, Avening, Dunedin and the surrounding hills opened their gates and hearts to help us grow. The Hidden Treasures Garden Tour included six private gardens and two vineyards, all remarkable for their variety of design, plant materials, water and dry features, and many clever ideas.

Grateful thanks is due to the gardeners, who shared their treasures with such generosity of spirit.
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Detritus by Peter Adams

Detritus (detail)
Photo: Peter Adams

Artist Peter Adams created a multi-faceted installation celebrating the rich agricultural heritage of the Creemore area while inviting discussion about our relationship with landscape and our relationship with waste.

The found-object assemblage consisted entirely of discarded fragments and excavated objects left behind by the generations that have lived on a modest Mulmur Township farm over the last 160 years.
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