Morninglory celebrating 50 years with story and song

KILLALOE There will be an evening of story and song as back-to-the-landers and their neighbours recount there lives over the past 50 years in Killaloe.

Organized by the residents of Morninglory, an intentional community near Killaloe, it will be a chance to listen and share in the history of the area with stories, songs, photographs and news clippings.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. on March 30 at the Killaloe Lions Hall on Lake Street.

First, there will be a blessing by Amy Bailey of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan to acknowledge we are on unceded Algonquin territory and out of respect for the careful stewardship of the land by the Algonquin peoples.

A light supper will be available from Garth’s Kitchen, and desserts by donation.

“It’s a gathering, a social event,” summed up Tim Rivers-Garnett, who has lived on Morninglory for the past few years.

“I look at it as a thanking,” Christina Anderman said. “It is the 50th anniversary of the back-to-the-land movement and of Morninglory but also, to me, it’s gratitude of the back-to-the-land movement to the original pioneer settlers for providing all these homesteads for us and the locals who are the descendants of those settlers, who were so helpful and friendly to us even though they must have really wondered about us. We were quite different than they were. We were enthusiastically wanting to learn this lifestyle and they were pretty nice about tolerating us, helping us and being friendly with us.”

Morninglory was founded on the Paul and Agatha Beanish homestead in 1969 by Mike Nickerson and Robbie Anderman, but it was not the first intentional community in the area.

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