Located in scenic Lanark County, Eastern Ontario, Canada

drawing by Linda Grenier


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Contact MERA:



      Application for 2017 Award of Excellence in Fine Arts and Fine Crafts


Storm Internet  provides free internet service to MERA. In exchange, Storm asks MERA members and their friends to sign up for Storm Internet service, providing the promotional code MERA2M when filling out the application form or speaking to Storm staff (613-267-3801) Storm will use this code to track MERA referrals and to ensure that new customers get two free months of service.


MERA - McDonald's Corners/Elphin Recreation and Arts is a not-for-profit community arts organization operating out of a renovated 1860s Schoolhouse in Lanark Highlands, Ontario.  Our mandate is to provide arts and recreation activities for people of all ages in our community. We are the only organization wholly dedicated to community arts in Lanark County. Information here below changes frequently so be sure to check back again and again. Join us by becoming a MERA Member for only $30 for the year and you will receive notificaitons of upcoming events and support MERA.


Upcoming Events

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April 2017
MERA Book Club Tue. Apr. 25
7:00pm to 9:00pm
MERA Choir Get Together Sat. Apr. 29
2:00pm to 8:00pm
Farmers Market Vendors Meeting Sat. Apr. 29

May 2017
May Art Exhibition: Colleen Fitzpatrick Mon. May. 1
Dance Collective Thu. May. 4
7:00pm to 9:00pm
4:00pm to 6:30pm
Michael Costello Piano Concert: Mozart and Chopin Sun. May. 14
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Rain Date for Clean Up Day Wed. May. 17
4:00pm to 6:30pm
Dance Collective Thu. May. 18
7:00pm to 9:00pm
MERA Book Club Tue. May. 23
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Beginner Stained Glass with Steve Boyd Sun. May. 28
9:00am to 3:30pm

June 2017
Dance Collective Thu. Jun. 1
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Mairi Rankin and Ailie Robertson Celtic Duo Sun. Jun. 4
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Dance Collective Thu. Jun. 15
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Reception for Winner of Award of Excellence Fri. Jun. 16
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Visit from Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre Sat. Jun. 24
11:00am to 2:00pm
Book Club:  Planning for September meeting Tue. Jun. 27
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Dance Collective Thu. Jun. 29
7:00pm to 9:00pm

July 2017
A Company of Fools on MERA Grounds Thu. Jul. 20
5:30pm to 9:00pm

August 2017
Community Dinner, Dance & Festival of Light Parade Sat. Aug. 5
3:00pm to 10:00pm

September 2017
Cellist Paul Marleyn accompanied by Frederic Lacroix Sun. Sep. 10
2:00pm to 5:00pm

October 2017
Blue Jeans Classics: The Harmonious Pigs Sun. Oct. 15
2:00pm to 5:00pm
artist's studio


Every week at MERA

Fibre Arts Thursdays: Come at 10:00 am on Thursday mornings and bring your knitting, crochet or needlework. Or join us for informal workshops many Thursday afternoons, a different craft each week from many fibre arts traditions. Or do both, and bring a lunch for in between! See Fibre Arts for more details. The morning group meets year-round; the workshops happen from September through May. There is a planning session in September and January to discuss possible Thursday afternoon workshops.


Pottery Studio: The Pottery Studio is open for potters and people who would like to become potters to enjoy and learn in a co-operative milieu. See Pottery Studio for more details.


Quilters: meet every Wednesday afternoon, 1-4 pm. Everyone interested in quilting is welcome.


Visual Arts - Arts Circle: meet the first and third Fridays of most months September through to June from 9:00 am - 12 noon. Details here.


Monthly Art Exhibitions Be sure to check out visual arts exhibits in the large room at the Schoolhouse. The shows change monthly and feature individual artists and groups from the MERA area. Please check the calendar above to find dates for openings of the shows.


Book Club: meets at 7 pm at the Schoolhouse on the fourth Tuesday of every month from September to June. Anyone who has read each month's book is welcome to join for a lively discussion. If you would like to join the Book Club, please contact Jean Dunning at jdunning@uottawa.ca  The link on the calendar entries show the book that will be discussed at each meeting.


McDonald's Corners Farmers' Market: Saturday mornings 9 am - 1 pm, Victoria Day long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.  For more information on the Market please contact Market Manager Lynne Parks at mcdonaldscornersfarmersmarket@hotmail.com or (613) 278-2739.