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Annual Spring Gathering 2019

April 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A Red Canoe: The Legacy of Bill Mason

MVFN proudly announces Spring Gathering 2019, featuring a presentation by Becky Mason and Reid McLachlan.

Many people have met Becky’s Dad, Bill Mason through his books, films, art, or just reputation. She will share stories from behind the scenes and show you what it was like growing up in the creative maelstrom of the Mason family and how she still carries many of the lessons learned. Dad’s message start small. Learn the ropes. Make mistakes. But whether paddling or on the portage trail her parents revelled in watching their children learn and fall in love with nature and canoeing.

Another part of the legacy centres around Ken Buck.

Ken was Bill Mason’s cameraman and assistant for many of his movies. After Ken’s death in 2018 Reid McLachlan put together a tribute celebrating the work Ken and Bill did together. In this sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious presentation Reid tells the unlikely story of how a soft-spoken English teacher ended up behind the camera for Canada’s most beloved canoeist and how he fell in love with the art and magic of film.



Spring Gathering 2019 will include a buffet dinner.

Dinner choices include Chicken in white wine sauce, Roast Beef or Vegetarian lasagna.

Dessert, coffee and tea are also included.

Doors open 5:00 PM

~ Cocktail hour 5:30 PM

~ Buffet Dinner 6:30 PM

~ 50/50 Draw and Special Prizes Raffle



Tickets are $40 and may be purchased:

online and be picked up at the door on the day of the event.

~ or in person (cash or cheque only) at Gilligallou Birds, 14 Mill St. in Almonte, starting on April 5th.

 Thursday April 11

No tickets will be sold at the door.

We hope to see you at this popular annual gathering! 


April 16, 2019
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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