Monday, May 11, 2015

Three cats, two dogs and a frog: five photos by Peter Kelly and a guelPhonography mini-challenge

Scarlet Portrait Trouble Scarlet Addie Curious Onlooker 

I've chosen some photos by
Peter Kelly in the hopes it'll inspire you to participate in guelPhonography's #GuelphPets mini-challenge. While these weren't shot on a phone they're examples of the subject matter we're looking for.

Why did I include a frog when the challenge is called #GuelphPets? Photos of wildlife are also welcome! We just wanted a short, easy-to-remember hashtag.

Need some phone-spiration? 

How to participate in the mini-challenge
Take a shot with your smart phone and share it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Google+ with the #GuelphPets hashtag. At the end of May, the guelPhonography team will select a winner. 

See what's been shared on twitter so far

And get snapping!

- Kim

Monday, April 20, 2015

Some things to do in Guelph the weekend of April 24-26

Magic Spot
Magic spot by Peter Kelly

It's Monday... which means it's time to start planning the weekend, right? Here are some events and activities that might interest you.

Friday, April 24

  • Start the weekend with a free concert! It's Fourth Friday at Guelph Civic Museum and Danielle Todd will be playing. On Fourth Fridays, museum admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. All current exhibitions and galleries are open to the public.
  • See a play. Noises off is play within a play about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors as they rehearse the flop "Nothing’s On”. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. 8 p.m. at Guelph Little Theatre.

Saturday, April 25

  • Celebrate Earth Day by helping to plant a forest. Take your family and friends to join the Rotary Club of Guelph in celebrating Earth Day and year eight of planting the Rotary Forest – 40 hectares of forest to be established at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Rotary Forest Earth Day runs from 9 a.m. to 2. p.m.
  • Step inside some of Guelph's finest heritage buildings and unique spaces. Owners and managers of a variety of buildings - many of which are not normally open to the public - have agreed to open their doors for guided tours of the buildings and spaces that make Guelph unique. Doors Open Guelph runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Shop at the Guelph Farmers' Market. Open 7 a.m. to 12 noon.
  • See a play. Another opportunity - actually the final opportunity - to see Noises off. 8 p.m. at Guelph Little Theatre.

Sunday, April 26

  • Get the low down on low maintenance gardening. Dan Cooper talks about the gardens of 17 well-known gardening experts during Gardening from a Hammock. His presentation will focus on easy care plant suggestions and plant combinations for low-maintenance gardening based on advice from these experts. Dan is a landscape designer who specializes in shade gardens and organic gardening. 1 p.m. at Evergreen Seniors Centre. Admission is free.
  • Go on a guided walking tour. Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours season kicks off on Sunday, April 26 with Where Guelph Began. This tour encircles the original Market Square area of almost twenty-four acres laid out by John Galt in 1827. Tour costs $5 and last about 1 hour. Regardless of the weather, if there are people in attendance, the tour will run.
Cheers to a great weekend!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Green in Guelph: four photos by Krista Kruger and a guelPhonography mini-challenge!

Within Your Reach   Cucumber Coils   Full Throttle   Pushing Through    

It's still a bit chilly out but officially spring... finally!

I've chosen a few photos by Krista Kruger in the hopes it'll inspire you to participate in guelPhonography's March mini-challenge, #GreenInGuelph. Although these photos weren't taken on a phone they're certainly green... and beautiful, aren't they. I especially like the cucumber coils. 

How to participate in the challenge

Take a shot of something green with your smart phone and share it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Google+ with the #GreenInGuelph hashtag for a chance to win. 

At the end of the month, the guelPhonography team will select a winner. 

See what's been shared so far

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

- Kim

Friday, March 06, 2015

New Horizons - Hillside Revisited #3 08-04-2015

Happy Friday!  Today I wanted to suggest you give a listen to one of the early New Horizons radio episodes  -- after a wordy, repetitive series of intros, and a sounder from Danny Michel, you'll get to hear esteemed, world famous, 80 yr old Richard Flohill in conversation about folk music, the role of a music publicist, his advice to young people and more!

Heather Jarvis posted this pic to twitter
You'll also hear some great music from Matt Anderson, Danny Michel, Amelia Curran, Bry Webb and Barzin.

We also play a tiny clip recorded with Jim and edited by Doug, with tips for staying young!  There are also 2 segments that were put together by Annie, a first time reporter for our show.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Horizons #27 Mobile Studio Live To Air 02-23-2015

You know the mobile studio has been moving around Guelph to go where the stories are right?

In this final show, live to air from Evergreen Senior's Community Centre, we hear an excerpt of Ross Coulter's interview with Maryann Willford about safety for seniors.  We also hear raw audio of two seniors in discussion on the topic of family (intended for last week's show), that never did get edited, before finally making it to air.  We also had a live guest, that Ross interviewed and then we played an excerpt of when Jack Long of Long & McQuade Musical Instruments stopped by.  You can listen back in the archive if you missed it!  And stay tuned to CFRU in general, to hear where the mobile studio will be set up next!

all photos Ross Knechtel

Ambre McLean's music played during our farewell/best off epsiode, including a minute of Track 8,
9:00-9:01, Wish I Could, Me,
912:47, 2:44, Jumpstart
941:02, 3:54, Butterfly
858:40-10:00, Run Rabbit,

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Family Day!

Do you have 15 minutes?

Many will already know about Jack Long's history as a music pioneer, and recent appointment to the Order of Canada.  And, they have probably already heard, in the Toronto Biographies show of yore, how Jack Long got hooked on concert bands and wind instruments in grade 9...

But, have you heard how Jack thinks music makes people's lives better?  Or, if he has heard of the word retirement?!  I hope you will check out this audio of a great story teller, who recently visited in Guelph (revealing his connections to it), when he stopped in at Evergreen Senior's Community Centre,  to chat about the Power of Music -- at CFRU's mobile studio.  

The segment was excerpted from New Horizons The Power of Music Ep 11 09--29-2014, a radio show for senior adults in our area., The interview was co-hosted by a new CFRU volunteer.  Unfortunately, our volunteer photographer couldn't attend that day, and also alas, I did the editing and recording tech on my own, ha.  Do you think the segment is still too Guelph-centric, to be of interest elsewhere, or is it the better for it?

To hear the interview, in the context of the whole show, you can check out these links:
Blog Guelph  
Hoofbeats Radio - like the horse business, the music industry is vast and diverse.  The longstanding, volunteer driven horse talk radio went on hiatus with this "finale" broadcast.

For sure Jack's comments about 3 and a half minutes in, in the audio posted above, inspired the New Horizons Band features on New Horizons Radio episodes that followed.  His recap was quite the shout out!  You can check those out at the band radio feature at New Horizons Band Guelph and New Horizons Band Bloor links...

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.