Musings

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Deborah Dryden

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

Guelph’s best worst poet

For James Gay, poetry wasn’t a solitary pursuit, reserved for quiet hours in the study. It was the stuff of everyday life. Gay would greet a familiar face on the streets with a quick rhyme: “Nice day—good day—James Gay—here today—soon away.” Born in England in 1810, Gay was trained in carpentry, but entered the hotel…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Bob McCorkindale

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

Tea cup.

Three Tips for a Perfect Cup of McCrae House Blend Tea

The McCrae House Blend tea is a hardy black tea that is so popular we have difficulty keeping it on our shelves at the Hilltop Shop . Guelph Museums asked tea blender Michael Horst to create the tea in 1997. Horst, whose great grandfather fought in the First World War was honoured to take part, and…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Connie DeRuyter

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

How to write a play about a Canadian hero

Meet Don Macrae, author of A Night in Flanders Get inside the mind of Canadian hero John McCrae. Try to imagine the turbulent emotional state that led to the composition of his famous poem, In Flanders Fields. Convey all that to an audience in a compelling one-act play to be performed outdoors. It may sound like…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Bruce Shapka

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Clive Lewis

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…