Sun shines on Kincardine Downtown Summer Street Market
By Liz Dadson
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Shoppers check out the deals at J'Adorn during the Kincardine BIA Summer Street Sale Sunday in downtown Kincardine
Deirdre Kelly (R) reads from her book, "Paris Times Eight," for an appreciative audience including J'Adorn owners Bill Brown (L) and Corinne Robertson-Brown
Lots of entertainment and sales at the Kincardine BIA Summer Street Market
Checking out the bargains at Gordon Pharmasave
It was sunny and hot in downtown Kincardine as people strolled along, checking out the deals during the Kincardine Business Improvement Area (BIA) Summer Street Market Sunday.
The event featured face-painting, balloon animals and giant inflatable rides for the children, live music and entertainment, and bargains from local merchants.
At J'Adorn, a bit of Paris arrived in the form of a book-reading by acclaimed author and journalist Deirdre Kelly.
Deirdre Kelly welcomes the audience to her book-reading
While she now lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, Kelly's mother is Scottish and she grew up in Guelph so she was quite comfortable in downtown Kincardine.
Kelly was reading from her first book, "Paris Times Eight," a memoir of eight trips she took to Paris over the span of 30 years.
Deirdre Kelly reads from her book
She says she used Paris to reflect the stage of her life at the time of each visit - as a teenager, an adult, a daughter, a wife and a mother.
She chose Paris because it was very much like the relationship between her and her mother - difficult, achieving against all odds, and trying to measure up.
"Paris is also exotic and has a completely different culture," she says. "It's the centre of so much - art, revolution, and it has a seductive side.
Kelly says the great irony is that after she wrote the book, she was contacted by the Paris government to promote the country. But when she was actually travelling in Paris, she received little to no help from the government.
So, why write a book?
Kelly says that as a journalist, her stories are short-lived, but a book is a permanent achievement.
She is working on her second book, about the history of a ballerina. She is back in France, researching everything from the roots of ballet to modern times.
Andrea Zimmer is very colourful as the Sunset Fairy
Brittany Choban (L) of Guelph and Michelle Potter of Tiverton make cotton candy
Andrea Kearns makes a milkshake in front of Bean's Bistro
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011