Friday, May 08, 2009

have a Purdy weekend -- because it's very important

It being (almost) lilac season here in the lower parts of the province, now might be a good time to discover what all the fuss is about concerning Al Purdy's A-Frame cottage in Ameliasburgh. As you may have heard, there is a movement to have the house preserved as an historical cultural site, poetry centre and residency. Get all the details about that project at the Save Al Purdy's House website.

While reading about the little house is good, actually visiting Ameliasburgh in the springtime is even better. Because this time of year when you step out of the car "the whole world smells of lilacs/ the whole damn world"

from May 23, 1980 by Al Purdy

I have grown old
but these words remain
tell her for me
because it’s very important
tell her for me
there will come one May night
of every year that she’s alive
when the whole world smells of lilacs

On the other hand, you might want to postpone your trip to Prince Edward County until later this month, when you can also take advantage of the Prince Edward County Author's Festival at Books and Company in Picton.

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