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Painting by Andrew Davies

Andrew DaviesIf you attended this year's Harvest Festival you would have seen some very interesting artwork being created right in front of your eyes during the Harvest Festival. Here's the background on how this exciting project began to take shape:

a davies3 250One of Group 74's premier annual events is the Brooklin Harvest Festival. This year's event took place Saturday, September 13 in Grass Park. In planning this year's slate of activities, Group 74 President, Sue Pitchforth, learned of a local artist, Andrew Davies, who has had much success with both classic oil paintings and spray painting art and murals.

Sue met with Andrew and discussed her idea of having Andrew "create" an original piece of art at the Harvest Festival. The idea intrigued Andrew: design and create an original painting in one day, engaging passers-by who would surely stop and admire the creative process, wondering what the end result would be. Sue and Andrew agreed that a suitable home for the painting would be the Brooklin library branch.


Thank you Brooklin Town Crier!

brooklin town crier 400Group 74 would like to thank Rhonda Mulcahy & the Brooklin Town Crier for always being there to support us in anything that we do in the community. We know that we can count on Rhonda to share details about our events with the community and we wanted to pass on a BIG thank you! We very much appreciate it.


Whitby Bridge Plaque Program

Whitby Bridge Plaque ProgramGroup 74 was honoured to be apart of the community initiative to raise funds for the Whitby Bridge Plaque Program. We were represented at the unveiling by members Melanie Kennedy & Sue Pitchforth who, along with other community groups, businesses and organizations were on hand to share in the pride of a community working together for such a worthwhile cause.


Library Display Case

library cabinet 300Group 74 is delighted and honored to have donated the new glass display case with funds raised from our recent Victorian Tea. The case in located inside the library, it has 12 glass shelves that are illuminated with lights, and it is kept locked at all times. Bookings are for the entire display case.

Display and exhibit space is available to individuals, schools and community organizations to display their art, handicrafts, collectibles, and projects. The display space is also made available to non-profit organizations for the display of promotional material. Displays and exhibits are booked in one month blocks and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bookings may be made up to two years in advance and are limited to one booking in any one year period.

The individual booking the space or a representative of an organization booking the space must sign an agreement stating they have read the policy and agree to its terms and all booking applications are subject to approval.

Anyone interested in making a community display booking can contact Sandra W Marrin, Branch Librarian, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To read the Brooklin Town Crier article on the display case, click here.


Brooklin Spring Fair Parade

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Group 74 members got together to decoarte a float for the Brooklin Spring Fair parade.

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2014 Victorian Tea Presentation

Sue Pitchforth & Pat PerkinsMayor Pat Perkins presented Sue Pitchforth, president of Group 74, a letter of appreciation at the 2014 Victorian Tea to the entire membership for 40 years of service. To read the full letter, click here.

Celebrating 40 Years in Print

Brooklin Town Crier Article - January 2014Rhonda Mulcahy from the Brooklin Town Crier will be running a series of articles in celebration of Group 74's 40th Anniversary throughout the year. Thank you Rhonda for your ongoing support of Group 74 and our community!

To view the first in the series, please click here.

Brooklin Group's Community Pride Spans 40 Years

Sarah FerenczSarah Ferencz, Whitby archivist and the history columnist for the Brooklin Citizen has written a great article on our 40th Anniversary.

"It's evident that the residents of Brooklin have fallen in love with their neighbourly community.

This display of support and togetherness is nowhere more apparent than at the Harvest Festival at Grass Park. I've represented the Whitby Archives at several of them and have met proud Brooklinites interested in their community's history and eager to become involved with various service clubs and initiatives, which foster growth and communal spirit.

With Brooklin's roots as a close-knit farming village, the idea of a friendly and supportive band of citizens remains entrenched in the ethos of many in the community."

To read more, click here.

Photo credit: Ryan Pfeiffer / Metroland