Frost will in­evitably come

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS - ERIC BUN­NELL er­icbun­nells­peo­

Av­er­age date for the first fall frost in our cli­mate zone is Oct. 1ish and the fact that we’re now two weeks beyond with­out wak­ing to have to scrape the wind­shield is cold com­fort as a col­umn nurses a wasp sting.

Ow. Three days. How can such a lit­tle bug­ger pack such a punch?

All the same, like death, taxes, and news­pa­per dead­lines, it’s in­evitable: the frost surely is soon to be on the pump­kin. And an­other grow­ing sea­son will be be­hind us.

Hor­ton Farm­ers’ Mar­ket closes with a fi­nal Satur­day morn­ing Nov. 4 (and the mar­ket’s an­nual Christ­mas Mar­ket two weeks later).

But Des­ti­na­tion Open Mar­ket sets up Satur­day for the win­ter sea­son at Des­ti­na­tion Church, Talbot St. This year is the mar­ket’s third. “We want to be able to pro­vide fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles through the win­ter at a rea­son­able cost,” says Heather Franklin, who is Des­ti­na­tion mar­ket man­ager and who says the goal is pric­ing com­pa­ra­ble to su­per­mar­kets (“... but bet­ter would be nice!”) The down­town church has a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on food se­cu­rity, and the Des­ti­na­tion mar­ket is a part of that min­istry – though it is open to all com­ers. It is to op­er­ate 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Satur­days from this week­end to May 19.

About seven ven­dors have signed on to date, and there’s room for more. Call 519-207-2676.

Des­ti­na­tion or­ga­nizes sev­eral food pro­grams. Satur­day’s ven­dors are to in­clude FoodFund, a Lon­don-based or­ga­ni­za­tion which gleans good pro­duce that’s dis­carded be­cause it’s a sur­plus sec­ond, and re­dis­tributes it.

“It’s an amaz­ing group of young kids,” Heather ap­plauds. And their pro­duce – de­liv­ered! – weighs in at about $2 pound.

Through the year, the church op­er­ates a Good Food Box pro­gram. A $15 pay­ment at the be­gin- ning of the month buys a bud­get-sav­ing bar­gain box of fruits and veg­gies de­liv­ered a cou­ple of weeks later when money is tight.

This sum­mer, the Moore Food Gar­den of­fered pro­duce to vol­un­teers who helped tend the plot by the BX Tower.

And Des­ti­na­tion’s ac­tiv­i­ties also in­clude Des­ti­na­tion Cafe and Cater­ing., win­ner of Fresh Fest Peo­ple’s Choice Award 2017.

No speeches or stuffy stuff like that at Satur­day’s open­ing, Heather prom­ises. Just the start of a win­ter sea­son of good­ness.

♦♦ ♦ Brad Lister and Carol Wat­son are mind­ing their busi­ness rep­re­sent­ing North Amer­ica Rail­way Hall of Fame’s CASO sta­tion at July’s St. Thomas and District Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Af­ter 5, at Rail­way City Brew­ing. (Both are CASO di­rec­tors.) “Brad and I are sit­ting there, just chat­ting,” Carol says.

“Of course, we had our name tags on. And this wo­man comes over and sits with us, and says she had her wed­ding re­cep­tion at the sta­tion.

“And, ‘Wouldn’t it be re­ally nice if we had a night mar­ket .... ’” A beat. “I looked at Brad and said, ‘Oh, my god, we have to do this! “It’s never been done in St. Thomas.” Well, never un­til now. The CASO Night Mar­ket, a fun­der for on­go­ing restora­tion of the his­toric Talbot St. land­mark, turns on the lights for four evenings at the end of next month: Nov. 28 and Dec. 13 for home­based busi­nesses to show their wares, and Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 for ar­ti­sans and crafters.

Carol says re­sponse has been more than pos­i­tive. In the first 20 min­utes of a Satur­day night post to Face­book, 20 hits. Now 8,000.

The mar­ket will have about 30 stalls in the sta­tion’s An­der­son Din­ing Hall and the Far­ley Wait­ing Room, and three-quar­ters are taken so far.

“We have one heck of a va­ri­ety,” Carol prom­ises.

“There is a very lot of tal­ented peo­ple in St. Thomas and the sur­round­ing area.”

The mar­ket is to run 4-9 p.m. each evening. Ad­mis­sion free and beef on a bun on of­fer in the mar­ket’s Choo Choo Cafe, served by Celtic Ridge Farms, west El­gin. Bevvies avail­able, too.

♦♦ ♦ It’s From Rock ‘n’ Roll to Rehab for Larry and Denyse Ger­vais Re­gan ... the cou­ple join­ing with mu­si­cal friend John Ham­mond to write and share a new evening of “mem­o­ries, mu­sic, mishaps” grow­ing up in St. Thomas and El­gin.

The show is a fol­low to an ear­lier 2015 out­ing, From Rock ‘n’ Roll to Re­cliner.

Denyse on the phone from Lon­don ex­plains the up­dated ti­tle: “Larry had surgery -he had a heart valve re­placed in spring -- so, now, it’s Rock ‘n’ Roll to Rehab!”

Ses­sions 2X a week at the Y, and Larry’s do­ing very well, thank you.

“He’s com­ing along fine -- he even played 18 holes of golf last week!”

Funny, isn’t it, how the more things change .... Larry and Denyse were school chil­dren in the chill­i­est days of the Cold War, and the fear of A-bomb at­tack loomed large in their young lives. Now, as re­tirees, there are shivers again. As a coun­try girl, Denyse at­tended Bar­num’s Gully School on the lakeshore south of Sparta -- still stand­ing to­day! Larry, a city boy, was Holy An­gels’.

“We didn’t hide un­der our desks, or any­thing, but Larry did re­mem­ber hav­ing to prac­tise what you should do .... ” Larry laughs as he re­searches StT in the ‘50s: “What was in the Times-Jour­nal then? Bert The Tur­tle? Duck ‘n’ Dive? ... cover your­self with the Times Jour­nal in case of at­tack?

“For me, I wanted the sports pages, but oth­ers, some­thing heav­ier like the editorial page.” He adds: “Funny how there’s lit­tle talk of that to­day as Kim waves his mis­siles ..... though I noted there has been a spike in bomb shel­ter sales in the States.”

Mati­nees and evenings Nov. 16-18 in Pro­cu­nier Hall at the Palace The­atre. It’s a fun­der for the Pre­serve the Palace Fund. Tix: palacethe­

♦♦ ♦ And Dutton-born Ken Cameron’s com­edy Har­vest con­tin­ues to reap even more laughs (how many more times can I say this?) …. the play based on Ken’s par­ents’ true-life story un­wit­tingly rent­ing their west El­gin farm­house for a mar­i­juana grow-op, has been an­nounced by 1000 Islands Play­house for the Kingstonarea the­atre’s com­ing sum­mer sea­son … .

In­com­ing Play­house man­ag­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor Brett Christo­pher says Har­vest is part of a sea­son which prom­ises “un­apolo­get­i­cally hav­ing a good time.”

Since 2008 when it pre­miered at Blyth Fes­ti­val, Ken’s play has been pro­duced across Canada.

♦♦ ♦ An­other Fri­day 13th. Lucky us!


Heather Franklin, man­ager of Des­ti­na­tion Open Mar­ket, which be­gins its win­ter sea­son on Satur­day.

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