Authors gather for Eden Mills Writers Festival

With a hearty “Hear ye, here ye, hear ye” to local residents and organizers of the 23rd annual Eden Mills Writers’ Festival,  town crier Kit Bresnahan offered a warm welcome to all.

“We are truly blessed to have so many creative authors, illustrators and book publishers,” he said. “Thanks to them, we are looking forward to an exciting afternoon on the banks of the Eramosa River.”

He asked visitors to wander the village, enjoy readings and explore the newest reading site, the Chapel in the Wild Wood, otherwise known as the Eden Mills United Church.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the church, Bresnahan said. After the readings, authors were available for book signings at the Bookshelf stand. Bresnahan noted Eden Mills is working to become the first carbon neutral community in Canada.

“We support them through the use of reusable dishes and no plastic water bottle sales at the festival,” he said.

The Township of Guelph-Eramosa was on site with a water dispenser.

“This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Dave McMurdo,” said Bresnahan.

“He was a true friend of Eden Mills. He was an accomplished jazz musician, composer, arranger and teacher. He was well known and loved in the village, as well as throughout Canada and had an international reputation. He had a passion for music and for life, and we cannot soon forget his happy smile and welcoming soul. This one’s for you, Dave.”

Guelph-Eramosa Mayor Chris White said, “Thanks for having me here again today. What a fantastic day. What a fantastic festival. And what a fantastic parade, with a little bit of Elizabethan England.

“I want to welcome you to our village, the township and the County of Wellington. I think this event here is extremely unique.” He also considered the community as unique with its grassroots approach.

“We’re always trying to react to the wonderful things they’re coming up with. We’re very proud of these folks and really appreciate the work they’ve done.”