Located in scenic Lanark County, Eastern Ontario, Canada

drawing by Linda Grenier


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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 and we are partly funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Information here changes frequently so be sure to check back again. Enjoy!


Upcoming Events

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September 2015
Demonstration of Rug Hooking Sept 5th Sat. Sep. 5
9:00am to 1:00pm
Gardening Club Meeting Wed. Sep. 9
MERA Book Club Book: Ru by Kim Thuy Wed. Sep. 9
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Parsimonious Mat Rug Hooking Exhibition Sat. Sep. 12
9:00am to 1:00pm
Arts Circle starts up again! Fri. Sep. 18
9:30am to 12:00pm
September Exhibition Rug Hooking Sat. Sep. 19
9:00am to 1:00pm
Beginner Stained Glass with Steve Boyd Sun. Sep. 20
10:00am to 3:00pm
Basic Drawing Techniques  Class #1 8 class series) Tue. Sep. 22
9:30am to 11:30am
Ecstatic Dance Thu. Sep. 24
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Fall 2015 Fibrearts POT LUCK Lunch Thu. Sep. 24
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Succulent Pot Workshop in the Pottery Studio Sat. Sep. 26
10:00am to 2:00pm
September Exhibition Rug Hooking Sat. Sep. 26
9:00am to 1:00pm
Basic Drawing Techniques Class #2 Tue. Sep. 29
9:30am to 11:30am

October 2015
Vernissage Jean Dunning and Marg Stephenson Sun. Oct. 4
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Basic Drawing Techniques 8-Class Series Class #3 Tue. Oct. 6
9:30am to 11:30am
MERA Book Club Book: Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibbs Wed. Oct. 7
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Party Rental Sat. Oct. 10
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Basic Drawing Techniques  8-Class Series Class #4 Tue. Oct. 13
9:30am to 11:30am
Fall Cleanup of Schoolyard Sun. Oct. 18
Basic Drawing Techniques  8-Class Series Class #5 Tue. Oct. 20
9:30am to 11:30am
Ecstatic Dance Thu. Oct. 22
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Slump Moulds Pottery Workshop Sat. Oct. 24
10:00am to 2:00pm
Making Bread  - many different kinds! with Alice Hinther Sat. Oct. 24
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Basic Drawing Techniques  8-Class Series Class #6 Tue. Oct. 27
9:30am to 11:30am
Tile Making in the Pottery Studio Sat. Oct. 31
10:00am to 2:00pm

November 2015
Basic Drawing Techniques Class #7 Tue. Nov. 3
9:30am to 11:30am
MERA Book Club  And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucuer Wed. Nov. 4
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Majorca Bisque Painting  in the Pottery Studio Sat. Nov. 7
10:00am to 2:00pm
Basic Drawing Techniques Class #8 Tue. Nov. 10
9:30am to 11:30am
Making Terrariums to sell at our Christmas Fair Sat. Nov. 14
Felting with Zoe Emily Lianga Sun. Nov. 15
9:30am to 3:30pm
Stained Glass Mosaics with Isabel Hinther Sat. Nov. 21
9:30am to 4:00pm
Ecstatic Dance Thu. Nov. 26
7:30pm to 9:30pm
10:00am to 4:00pm

December 2015
MERA Book Club Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller Wed. Dec. 2
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ecstatic Dance Thu. Dec. 24
7:30pm to 9:30pm

January 2016
MERA Book Club Book: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey Wed. Jan. 6
7:00pm to 9:30am

February 2016
MERA Book Club Book: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor Wed. Feb. 3
7:00pm to 9:30pm

March 2016
MERA Book Club Book: Still Alice by Lisa Genova Wed. Mar. 2
7:00pm to 12:00pm
artist's studio


Every week at MERA

McDonald's Corners Farmers' Market: Saturday mornings 9 am - 1 pm, May 18th to October 12th - Enjoy a latte on the lawn, a sticky bun or a wood-fired pizza, and take home the best from our local food providers and crafters: fresh veggies and baking, farm-raised meat; soap, woodwork, hammocks and more...For more information on the Market please contact Lynne Parks at mcdonaldscornersfarmersmarket@hotmail.com or (613) 278-2739.

The Steady Way is an independently operated cafe at the Farmers' Market all summer. 


Fibre Arts Thursdays: Come for tea in the morning (10 am) and bring your knitting, crochet or needlework. Or join us for informal workshops each Thursday afternoon, 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 October through May.


Pottery Studio: The Pottery Studio is open for potters and people who would like to be potters to enjoy and learn in a co-operative milieu. Details here. To learn more about the Empty Bowls project to which MERA potters have contributed work click here and to find out about the Empty Bowls display at Foodsmith's in Perth click here


Quilters: meet every Wednesday afternoon, 1-3 pm. 


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

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.


Fitness: several different styles of fitness training and sharing are available at various times of the week and year - try one or all of them! Details here.


Book Club: meets at 7 pm at the Schoolhouse on the first Wednesday 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 calendar entries above show the book that will be discussed at each meeting.