By Danielle French

Musical Happenings at South Pond Farms

My vision here at the Farm is to offer a place of artistic and culinary experience: music, art, food, craft. All of these things are integral to the type of gatherings we offer at South Pond and that I will continue to tinker with in the future. This fall will be our fourth year of Art in the Fields – an outdoor art gallery, for our Supper Clubs local musicians are background melody and over the winter months I have been honoured to have different performers in both classical and folk genres at Ironhorse Ranch paired with brunch or dinner. I also hope to expand the workshops that are offered for cooking, flower arranging, preserving – it’s all about creating a place for people to come and experience the Farm and participate in food, music and art. It is about people gathering to share a creative experience; these experiences are why I started South Pond.

I’m excited about a new event we have planned coming up this Monday evening called Vignettes. Vignettes is a concept that Tom Colver and I thought up over the winter months to present musical talent paired with food against a backdrop of serenity and beauty. Vignettes with Sophia Mackey on July 18th is music and food being presented intermittently throughout the course of an evening and themed around European countries both from a culinary and musical perspective. This Monday our own Sophia – and when I say our own I mean the very talented Sophia – a graduate from I.E. Weldon, entering the prestigious University of Toronto’s Vocal Performance music program, Sophia with a magnificent voice and who is an equally talented dancer, a friend of my daughter Olivia, a part of the South Pond team, a twin, the daughter of friends, Stephanie and Lindy Mackie of Lindsay. Sophia is performing with Tom Colver a series of songs from Europe paired with food and wine throughout the evening.



Vignettes is a concept we hope to repeat over the year with other artists performing and different culinary and musical themes. This is going to be a lovely evening and we hope that you can join us. It is sponsored by Classical 103.1 and the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council. Tickets are available on our web site.


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Danielle French - Ash Naylor Photography

About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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