Media Release 

The Mill at Piper Creek Arts and Heritage Centre’s major fund-raiser, a “Starlight Dinner and Silent Auction”, will happen this Saturday, April 29, from 6:00 pm, at the Concert Hall at Victoria Hall in Cobourg.  

The Mill at Piper Creek’s Board has hosted three previous events at the Castleton Town Hall this year, all of which were very successful, playing to sell-out crowds.

“The Starlight Dinner will be a little different,” says Mitchell Cox, Music Director for the evening.  “This is a more formal affair; dinner is gourmet and throughout the night we will be show-casing different acts, in a cabaret style.  Look for everything from jazz to comedy to classical.  Then we’ll top the evening off with a live band for dancing.”  

Board Members

The event will also include a Silent Auction, featuring items from artists and business across Northumberland County and beyond.  

We are very grateful to the wider community for their support of the Silent Auction,” Cox adds.  “In keeping with our mandate to foster and support the arts, we have a number of visual art pieces, and a wide array of tickets to local theatre and music events, as well as the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and the Second City Comedy Club in Toronto.”

The money raised by this event, as well as others offered by the Mill at Piper Creek, is going directly to the repurposing of the old Purdy mill in Castleton as an arts and heritage space.  

In 2011, the mill underwent extensive repairs to its foundation and roof. Development of the building was then stalled for several years due to access issues.  Recently, however, a survey error was discovered which will allow the work to continue, once the property boundary is amended through statutory process.  The Board hopes the Starlight Auction will raise sufficient funds to undertake the second phase of repair, focusing on the exterior of the building.  

The Mill at Piper Creek Arts and Heritage Centre is a registered federal not-for-profit corporation and was established in late 2016 to develop the building and its programming.   

“Once the venue is developed, we will be able to run regular programs for everyone, including students and seniors,” says Cox.  “In the meantime, we want to offer a variety of different shows and events to the community, to give you a flavor of what is to come”.  

Tickets to the Starlight Dinner cost $75 and are available through the Victoria Hall Box Office (Cobourg), Pickers Paradise (Colborne), or on-line at

Catering is by On the Side Gourmet, Warkworth.  

The Mill at Piper Creek Arts and Heritage Centre Board would like to thank sponsors Douglas Hotte (Terrequity Realty), Colborne Home Hardware, Kim Etherington (Kim & Sam Real Estate), Gail Vaz Oxlade, Northumberland Veterinary Services, the Stratford Festival of Canada, and Shaw 2017.  

For more information about the Mill at Piper Creek, or the Starlight Dinner, go to