Big News from AlgomaTrad – We Have a Home

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barnAlgomaTrad would like all its supporters and friends to know that Jel Coward and Rebecca Lindley, who have been coming to the Camp for four years now with their children Maisy and Lowell, have purchased the Algoma Music Camp. We will be working with Jel and Rebecca to upgrade the site with the long term goal of creating a heritage arts center, with, eventually, year long programming and events. This is a long-term project and a long-time dream of Julie Schryer. The Lindley/Coward family would like to see this dream a reality as well, and plan to eventually move to the Island to help make it happen.

The basic philosphies of AlgomaTrad will be integral to this new center – intergenerational learning in a supportive and accessible atmosphere, support for locally produced and wholesome foods (with some hopefully grown on site!), joy and celebration through community building, and an infrastructure that is sustainable and utilizes green energy designs where possible. There is much work to be done (and it is all a bit daunting at this time!). We have been identifying the short-term needs of the site, especially concerning Health and Safety issues, and we have been speaking with our board about long term planning.  We will be letting you know more as we proceed. If you have any suggestions about what you would like to see happen at this site in the future, or would like in some way to be involved, we welcome your input.

To give you some idea of what we would like to develop into, and there are numerous examples, particularly in the USA, take a look at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina…they’ve been around for 90 years, so these kind of things don’t happen overnight, but with your help we can get there.