Sunday, 13 September 2015

A Year in Morris: What a Man!

Last week was the occasion of our Annual General Meeting, hosted at the Textile Museum of Canada. The finances were presented, changes in membership fees were discussed, and the current board was re-elected, with the welcome new addition of Dr. Ann Gagné. After a pause for refreshments, past-President John Wichelow gave a lecture titled 1876: A Year in  Morris. This focus on just one year in William Morris's life gave a clear idea of his prodigious output, his personal drive, his devotion to his family, his playfulness and idealogy. With lots of illustrations and excerpts from Morris letters, this felt like a particularly personal profile, and we hope to repeat this structure in years to come. There are quite a few amazing years to cover!

Announcing Yet Another Excellent Fall Excursion

During the last few years, the WMSC has made a tradition of a short Fall excursion to some lovely part of Ontario, which is always particularly beautiful at that time of year.

This year we're heading to Port Stanley, for our Elgin and Norfolk Craft and Heritage Tour. This will take place the weekend of October 17 and 18. Visit our Future Events tab above to get all the details, including a registration form.

WMSC members will have received the opportunity to book early, but now registration is open to all and there are some spots left!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

News From Nowhere - Discussion and Picnic

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the publication of William Morris's News From Nowhere, a small but potent group of WMSC members attended our book discussion and picnic on Saturday, August 22.

The location was Hanlan's Point, of the Toronto Islands, a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown.

Professor William Whitla gave us a great introduction and led the discussion. For those of you who missed this, Bill will be giving a lecture this November on the same subject. Watch your inbox/mailbox for details!

The weather was perfect, the conversation was fascinating and the company was excellent. There has been a request to do something similar next summer, so if you have any suggestions as to what to read, let us know!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Change of Date!

Please note that the News from Nowhere Discussion and Picnic will now take place on Saturday, August 22. The rain date is now Sunday, August 30. Please RSVP for details. See Future Events for all the information.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Looking Forward

Our St. James Cemetary Walk was postponed for the FOURTH time due to rain! What a summer! So, we're giving up and finding an alternative date in the fall. Fall in Ontario is usually dry and sunny. Fingers crossed!

Thanks to all who came out to Michelle Weinroth's excellent talk on Morris's radicalism, and who joined us at the pub afterwards.

The  next event is the News from Nowhere Book Discussion and Picnic. Led by the erudite and charming Bill Whitla, this is in honour of the 125th anniversary of the publication of William Morris's utopian vision. Click on our Future Events tab for all the details.

Have a great summer... and keep dry!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Room Location Change!

Please note that tonight's talk will be in room 140 of University College, not room 179 as previously stated. For the rest of the details, please see our Future Events tab under the header.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Monsoon Summer, AKA a bit of a Weather Whinge

It's stopped raining for five minutes! As I type, I look out the window and see a strange blue canopy overhead - what can it mean? Okay, enough sarcasm from me.

Our St. James Cemetary walk was postponed for the THIRD Sunday due to rain and thunderstorms. It's been rescheduled for this coming Sunday, June 21. IF this Sunday gets rained out, we'll find a new date in the fall to have the walk, hoping that Toronto hasn't been washed away in its entirety by then.

Join us tomorrow night for Michelle Weinrot's talk on William Morris's Radicalism! All the details are in our Future Events page (see tab below our header), including how to RSVP if you wish to join us at the pub afterwards. Well, you don't HAVE to RSVP, but I'm booking a table for those that do. Those that don't can just show up and hang out at the bar!