Georgian Bay Land Trust screens new film about artist Tom Thompson

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

February 3rd, 2012

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Last night I joined a happy crowd of Georgian Bay cottagers for the Georgian Bay Land Trust’s 2012 Winterlude at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. There were lots of highlights for me: attending with my dad who introduced me to Georgian Bay in 1968; meeting people, such as Mark Carabetta, the GBLT’s new executive director, whom I only knew by name; greeting old friends and even colleagues, from the bay and elsewhere; and being so warmly welcomed by everyone, especially the irrepressible Janet Lougheed, director of development for the GBLT, who told me to come, so I did. (Most people do what Janet says!) “It’s the GBLT Family and they are great,” Janet wrote me in an e-mail today. “They share the passion for GB.”

Turns out many people share the passion. Last night we learned that Mark Payne’s donation matching program in celebration of Payne Marine’s 50th anniversary raised more than $50,000 for the GBLT.

Around 7:30, Janet corralled the group into the school‘s screening room and the real magic began. “West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thompson,” stole the show with its lyrical cinematography of Georgian Bay and Algonquin Park. Georgian Bay cottager Nancy Lang, the writer on the project, was on hand to answer questions. The good news is that this beautiful film will be released in theatres this year. Janet is also hoping to hold screenings in Parry Sound and Midland.

Congratulations to the GBLT for a great evening.

 


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