Sunday, 25 May 2014

Storyteller Extraordinaire-Marsha Skrypuch

Brant County Branch of OGS guests and members had the privilege of sharing a Sunday afternoon with an exceptional storyteller and writer.  Marsha Skrypuch has been honoured on many occasions and recently won the Silver Birch Award for the second year in a row.  This award must have special meaning since 250,000 children from Ontario voted for their favourite non-fiction book, this year One Step at a Time:A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way was the winner.  Marsha discussed her trilogy of books:  Stolen Child, Making Bombs for Hitler and Underground Soldier and that they have entered into new arenas that have not been written about previously.  She talked about how children can identify with her characters by realizing that tragedies can be overcome in ones life and that you can survive the unthinkable.  Children will ask if the story content is real since so many of the children books are fantasy. Marsha explains that her research is intensive and accurate and that she strives to take you into the moment even including the weather of the day if possible. Often during her presentation she would ask if we had heard of certain events before and the response seemed to be "no, we did not know that".  These stories have been hidden for years, so many events that happen during a war never see the light of day.
 Marsha is a rare writer that wants us to have the knowledge of those events in the hope that history will not repeat the mistakes and that from misery heroes are born.

The Brant County Branch of OGS continually provides, by many avenues, connections to the past. 

We welcome all to attend our Fall meetings. 
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Loyalist Day-special event Simcoe

By order of the Government of Ontario, June 19th is Loyalist Day in Ontario. As well, 2014 is the Centennial Year of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. 

Therefore, the Grand River Branch UELAC, is planning a special celebration and flag raising ceremony at Governor Simcoe Square, 50 Colborne St., S, Simcoe, Ontario. The celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 14th 2014 with the raising of the Loyalist Flag and some brief remarks by loyalist descendants and some of our local dignitaries. 

Following the flag raising ceremony all are welcome to recess across Court Street to the Trinity Anglican Church Hall for a special presentation by the Cottonwood Brass. This renowned group plays music of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries using antique brass instruments. Following their one hour presentation refreshments will be served. 

You are cordially invited to attend this special celebration and presentation. 

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch presents "Underground Soldier"

 Brant County Branch of the OGS invites you to a presentation by local Brantford writer
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch.  Marsha will be discussing her latest book the Underground Soldier. This is a companion book to her award winning books Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler, completing the World War Two trilogy.  This latest book is a perfect entry point into the series as the books can be read in any order.

Our meeting will be held on Sunday

May 25, 2014 at 2:00pm

Brant county Branch Library
118 Powerline Rd.

All Welcome