As publisher of Country Roads, receiving the 2017 MVP Tourism Award at the Hastings County Awards Celebration held recently at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft was a tremendous and humbling honour. In truth, the award is a reflection of the great amount of work everybody puts into Country Roads. We have an extremely dedicated staff that is committed not just to the magazine but also to presenting the best Hastings County has to offer...
If you have never made bread, figured out how yeast works or don’t want to do all that kneading then this recipe is for you. The only thing that you really need is time and then you will have the most wonderful artisanal bread. Friends will ask what bakery made it.
If you've ever spent time shopping in Bancroft, you're probably well aware of The Old Tin Shed on Sherbourne Street. Opened by mother-daugher team Janis and Dagny Whitehead in 2002, the shop represents over 200 artists and suppliers. Well, now they've found something very interesting: a new home. The Whiteheads are moving to Nova Scotia, where they have found a beautiful new place to live. Not to worry though, they will continue to operate The Old Tin Shed from a distance, with the help of their awesome staff. And they tell us they will still visit Bancroft frequently...
There are tons of unique shopping destinations in beautiful Stirling-Rawdon! Are you a gardener? Fashionista? Gift-giver? Reader? Then you definitely need to add a trip to Stirling to you to-do list! The next couple months are the prefect time to visit, because Stirling has two big festivals coming up!
As I was to discover, Dr. Scott was an exceptional individual — a true visionary who was the principal reason why Lavalée was ahead of its time. Little wonder that the attractions and facilities found on the extensive Scott property that straddled Faraday and Wollaston Townships surpassed the competition.
By Barry Penhale -- Yet another source of interesting background to Flint may be found in the writings of Nila Reynolds. In “Bancroft: A Bonanza of Memories”, she informs readers of how the community of York River, with a post office since May 1, 1861, became officially known as Bancroft solely due to the enormous political clout of one Billa Flint — Senator Flint, if you please...
2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of Canada. Country Roads magazine will celebrate with editorial that shines a spotlight on Hastings County and its importance to this great country. Watch for special articles and celebrations throughout our 2017 issues.
if you enjoy Shelley Wildgen's column 'Just Saying,' you're in for a treat because Loyalist College Alternative Radio is airing audio versions of 'Just Saying.' Tune in at Loyalist College Alternative Radio 91x to hear Shelley reading selections from her column. Or listen here!
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The Bancroft Apsley and Tweed studio tours provide a truly unique experience for art lovers. Not only do they get to explore this majestic region of eastern Ontario during its most aesthetically vibrant season and immerse themselves in art, they also get to connect with the creators in their own studios. Often, upon arrival, visitors enter the very landscapes that have inspired the art they admire.
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Country Roads contributor Barry Penhale and his wife Jane Gibson were recently honoured with The Harriet Tubman Award – Commitment to a Purpose at the Ontario Black History Society Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch in Toronto Jan. 31. Penhale and Gibson have been involved in a variety of Ontario-based race relations initiatives dating back to the 1950s.
Residents of downtown Belleville awoke to an unusual sight on the morning of Labour Day, 1936. If they lived on Yeomans, Moira, Everett or Catharine Streets, they found snow fencing and haybales in front of their homes, lining the roadways. If there was any confusion as to the purpose of these barriers, it would be erased soon enough by the cacophony of 35 motorcycle engines leaving the startline as the inaugural Canadian 200-Mile Motorcycle Roadrace got underway.
Perhaps “off the beaten path” truly sums up the ghost town of Lost Channel better than any other phrase. This somewhat hidden landmark, though easily accessible to the east of Highway #37, along the Lost Channel Road south of Tweed, can indeed be considered the entranceway to a scenic region uniquely its own — a fascinating area that resonates with reminders of the past that many other parts of Ontario would be hard pressed to match.
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