Thursday 21 April 2016

Stubbornly Spring

Last Monday, spring seemed to finally arrive in Toronto, and it was a beautiful evening to stroll the vicinity of University College at the University of Toronto. In a fuller-than-usual Room 179, WMSC board member Dr. Ann Gagné (left) addressed the WMSC on John Ruskin, the founding of the Ruskin Guild, and Ruskin's influence on Morris. Ann gave an inspiring and informative talk, and left most of us wanting to run home and start reading up more on this fascinating topic. Afterwards we retreated to the Prenup Pub for drinks (they have a fantastic beer selection), good food, and excellent conversation (pictured left).

Okay, so spring seems to have backed off a bit here, but we are confident that our St. James Cemetary Walk will be accompanied by warmer weather. Please join us on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Click on the "Future Events" tab above for all the details (including rain date!). You may recall that last year, this walk was postponed twice and finally shelved for 2016, due to a very rainy start to the summer of 2015.

Anyway, this walk will be followed by a pub gathering in the vicinity, so what's not to love? See you there!

Monday 11 April 2016

Events into the Summer Just Announced!

Please visit our Future Events page (tab at the top of this page) for great new events from April into June.

These include a lecture by Dr. Ann Gagne, entitled Ruskin’s Guild: Craft, Nature, and the Influence on Morris, which takes place next  Monday, April 18, at 7:30 in Room 179 of University College.

Then in May we are having the walk that had to postponed several times last summer due to heavy rain over many weekends. Former WMSC president John Wichelow will lead us around St. James' Cemetary, on Saturday May 7, starting at 2 p.m. Both April and May events will end up in a local pub for Morris-inspired fellowship and conversation.

On Sunday, June 25, a day-long symposium, Morris and the Natural World, will coincide happily with the a beautiful time of year in Toronto. There may even be a visit to a special Toronto garden!

Please visit our Future Events page for all the details and more as they come in.

Image: Trees in a lane, perhaps at Ambleside (1847) by John Ruskin (1819-1900)