Leacock Medal Weekend Bigger Than Ever
Meet and Greet 2015 Winner, Terry Fallis
Canada’s Annual Celebration of the Best Book of Humour
(Orillia – May 12) Each year, on the first weekend in June, the author of the best book of Canadian humour receives the prestigious Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour at a gala awards presentation held at Geneva Park.
But if it seems like there is a lot more buzz this year around Canada’s annual salute to the best book of humour, it’s because there is.
“It’s always been the social event of the season for those of us who live and breathe Stephen Leacock,” said Leacock Associates president Mike Hill, “and so, working with the museum, we thought we’d open it up a bit and provide more opportunities for Mariposans, Leacock fans and anyone who enjoys good humour to meet our medal winner.”
The Leacock Medal Weekend gets underway on Friday, June 5 with a meet-and-greet Spaghetti Dinner at the Leacock Café, where Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis is guest of honour. At 8 pm everyone moves across the parking lot to Leacock House for dessert and the annual Soiree and Student Writing Awards.
On Saturday, June 6, the Orillia Public Library salutes Terry with a reading and reception at 1:30 pm. Complimentary cake will be provided by Mariposa Market.
At 5 pm everyone gathers, dressed in their summer finest, at Geneva Park for the Gala Awards Presentation where Terry will receive his custom-engraved Leacock Medal, designed in 1947 by the legendary Canadian sculptor Emmanuel Hahn, along with a cheque for $15,000, generously supported by the TD Financial Group.
The weekend festivities wrap up on Sunday morning with a farewell Pancake Breakfast back at the Leacock Café.
“The Leacock Medal provides a link with contemporary culture that is truly unique in the museum field,” said Leacock Museum curator Fred Addis. “We get more readers coming to Leacock’s historic house after hearing about the Leacock Medal and its winning author.”
Tickets for the spaghetti dinner, gala award presentation dinner and the pancake breakfast are available separately or can be purchased as a package for the entire weekend’s program. For tickets and information, call the Leacock Museum at 705-329-1908. Friday night’s Leacock Soiree and the Saturday Orillia Public Library reading are free events.
Visit leacockmuseum.com or leacock.ca for more details.
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Leacock Museum – Fred Addis, Curator 705-329-1908 x 803
Leacock Associates, Bette Walker, Board Member 705-326-9286