By Angela Hawn - Picture this: an enormous and beautiful piece of stained glass, created in the early 1920’s to honour Tweed, Ontario’s fallen soldiers from World War I and installed in the local high school amid much fanfare. Imagine yourself amongst the excited crowd in attendance, including dignitaries Brigadier General A. E. Ross and the Reverend Dr. Bruce Taylor, Principal of Queen’s University at the time. Now consider the intricacies involved in moving that window post-dedication, not once but twice.
By Teddy Ryan- When people think of turning a church into a home, there’s one thing that may not immediately come to mind: the height of the windows. Typically, churches are designed for services where the light shines down from above on worshippers and that light is spectacular, especially when it filters through at 11:00 in the morning. For Nancy Woodall and her late husband, Patrick Nash this was only one of many surprises in their quest to turn a decommissioned church into a beautiful, inspired home.
By Lorraine Gibson-Alcock- August 18th … As dawn broke on Moira Lake, the day was overcast and the skies were threatening to unleash an-other downpour. I wondered if there was an alternate rain day. As noon approached, then 1 o’clock, the sky suddenly cleared, and the sun shone once more. “Good,” I thought, “the Gods have uttered once again … Nothing is going to hinder Judy’s Annual Tea Party”! A special one this year … the 25th!
By Sarah Vance- Few people want to be labelled a scavenger, but at any given moment, we’re all just a few notches away from becoming one. While it’s one thing to perform the action of ‘scavenging’ as a verb, there are entirely different connotations to being ‘named that,’ or ‘called one,’ as a noun.
By Shelley Wildgen- Charmed lives. You know them. They belong to those happy people who seem to have everything wrapped up as snug as a softball in a catcher’s mitt. They’re usually super nice people too, so it’s not really right to envy them. We just admire their worlds that are filled with family adoration, fulfilling jobs and ready smiles. I could name about three off the top of my head, but I wouldn’t want to embarrass them. Did I mention their humility?
By John Hopkins- We added a dog to our household at the start of the summer, and the element of the process that was most stressful for us was how the new addition, Mika, would fit in with the two cats that have had our undivided attention for almost a decade.
By Barry Penhale- Interred in what at the time was the new cemetery in Belleville overlooking the Bay of Quinte, author Susanna Moodie’s (1803–85) legacy of published work remains of interest to a whole new generation of readers. The same can be said of her older sister, Catharine Parr Traill (1802–99), an indomitable woman whose writings, though perhaps not of Susanna’s literary quality, remain among the most authentic observations of a pioneer’s experiences in the Canadian bush.
BUFF STUFF – Stirling’s Annual Water Buffalo Food Festival, September 21, 2019. Looking for a fun, family-friendly weekend to help ease your way out of summer’s lazy, hazy days and back into the brisk business of fall? Look no further than Stirling’s annual Water Buffalo Food Festival, held the third Saturday of every September.
By Barry Penhale- The provincial treasure that is Algonquin Park since becoming Ontario’s and Canada’s first provincial park in 1893, has deservedly attracted artists, photographers, filmmakers, naturalists and a wide-range of camping and recreational enthusiasts alike. It seems as if most everyone has had a memorable “Algonquin” experience.
By Shelley Wildgen- I am in France. Out my window, I can hear kidlets playing; their shrieks of excitement and reproach are the same as in Canada … only in French. Garden gates creak back and forth, a neighbourhood dog barks sharply. Its owner yells ‘Arret’, and pup arrets immediately, until it’s time to bark again. It’s Easter Sunday and French life is full in Saint-Zacharie.
By John Hopkins- The battle against pests has changed a great deal in my lifetime. When I was a boy and we had mice trouble in our cottage, we either rented a cat or set deadly traps. The cat had limited success but the traps seemed to always do the trick, a telltale snapping sound during the night attesting to their effectiveness.
The Canadian land base is well-known as being ideally suited for the growing of beans with an abundant harvest concentrated in Ontario and Quebec. In fact, 80-90% of the beans grown by those 1,200 Ontario farms that specialize in this crop are exported. Green/wax beans rate among the top four vegetables grown in Canada, and the estimated annual harvest worth ranges between $25-30 million.
By John Hopkins, Photos courtesy Bobbie-Joe Blackburn: As far as Canadian symbols go, the barbecue could rank right up there with the Maple Leaf and the beaver. Few images define the summer experience in this country quite like meat cooking on the grill in the backyard or on the deck. Magazine articles, books and television shows are dedicated to barbecue recipes, and the surest sign of spring is the appearance of grilling devices and accessories in hardware stores. However, the barbecue is much more than simply a means of cooking food.
In July 1932, eight young Belleville men travelled by canoe along the Trent-Severn Waterway. They began their journey from Belleville and continued north of Peterborough, camping on the sides of lakes, rivers and canals. The photographer was S. Alec Gordon (1905-1989), who was a music teacher for the Ontario School for the Deaf (now the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf). This image is one of 33 taken on the journey, 13 of which have been delicately hand-tinted like this one.
Margaret Grotek, Manager at Farmtown Park says that once the park closes on September 30th, it’s an all hands-on focus as they immediately turn their attention toward their annual Christmas event, “the Festival of Trees.” While they get ready for this event, they have also rented their facilities, especially for weddings that she says are “extremely popular in September.”
As summer slips away I still crave the taste of a citrusy dessert...and this one is the best! It’s so easy and so delicious. At a dinner party that I hosted I looked down my table to see one of the guests licking out the dish...I mouthed, “Would you like more?” His response was to close his eyes and nod yes. Perfection.
Mark your calendar for August 17-19 and attend the 160th anniversary of the Stirling Agricultural Fair! Among this year’s roster is the return of the Blacksmith Show, and a new Mini-horse Chuck-wagon event. There is a strong-man competition that will run over two days. While the midway is provided by Homeniuk Rides Inc., these other exhibits are self-run, with an emphasis on family fun. The line-up features many traditional standards such as the Beef, Goat and 4-H Shows, the Big Daddy Derby (an old-fashioned derby, where guys and gals, smash their car wrecks for prize money)…