Friends of the Tay Watershed Association
P.O. Box 2065
57 Foster Street
Perth, ON
K7H 3M9

Watershed Discovery Evening

Open House and Exhibition
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Perth

Press Release
For release – October 26, 2008

Tay Watershed Discovery Evening Open House, November 4
Offers something of interest for everyone in the family!

Local history, antique auction, outdoor recreation, economic development, and, yes, water resources and the environment – all will be featured at this year’s Tay watershed evening on November 4, at the Perth Canadian Legion.

The event, which marks its eighth anniversary this year, will open at 6:30pm with the largest water and environment exhibition in the Perth area. Over 30 organisations and experts will be able to answer any of your questions and technical information needs on water resources, septics and wells, the environment, lake planning, municipal water supplies – and associated subjects such as mining issues, shoreline and wetland care, the Tay Canal 175 Anniversary in 2009, and much more.

Amongst the new exhibitors this year are: Ardoch Algonquin First Nation; Carleton University Honours Students Tay Shoreline Report; A2A (Algonquin to Adirondack Assn); Canadian Museum of Nature; bookstores; Adventure (kayak) Tours; Historica award-winning displays, and many others.

The evening presentations, commencing at 7:40 will be introduced by the Hon. James Bartleman, former Lt. Governor of Ontario, and FoTW patron. Wendy Laut, Deputy Mayor of Perth, will announce some of the activities being considered by the Steering Committee for the Tay Canal’s 175 Anniversary celebrations in 2009 - which is the theme of this year’s watershed evening.

In line with this theme, we are pleased to have as the keynote speaker the Superintendent of the Rideau Canal, Gordon Giffin on the ‘Rideau and Tay Canals Navigating the World Stage (and what it means for this region)’. Following the Canals designation as a World Heritage site, and the Rideau’s coincidental 175 Anniversary last year, the entire Rideau system including the Tay Canal is beginning to receive international attention. This could bring substantial benefits to our communities, and, perhaps, challenges.

This year a new feature of the watershed evening will be an antique auction, presented by Perth Town Crier, Brent MacLaren, with a number of selected, valuable antique items (see our website for a list). The Friend’s Annual Watershed and Environment Awards will also be announced and presented.

The exhibit area will be open from 6:30 to 7:40 pm, with refreshments, followed by the evening’s presentations at 7:40 pm. Please come, bring your family and tell your friends. There is no charge.

The event is supported by the Town of Perth, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

The ‘Watershed Evening’ takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, at 26 Beckwith St. East, in Perth, on Tuesday, November 4, 2004, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. For more information on this event and our watershed, Visit our web site at

Submitted by:
Friends of the Tay Watershed Association
(613) 264 0094
P.O. Box 2065, 57 Foster Street E.
Perth, ON, K7H 3M9