Mart­in­town Home­com­ing an emo­tion-filled event

The Glengarry News - - News - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK

Post­card per­fect weather on Sun­day morn­ing and the bright sun­shine bounc­ing off the spank­ing new metal roof of the Mart­in­town Grist Mill must have been a glad­den­ing sight for the Mart­in­town Home­com­ing Day com­mit­tee. But would peo­ple show up for the vil­lage’s cel­e­bra­tion the day after the High­land Games in Maxville?

They did and in such large num­bers that or­ga­niz­ers had to add an ex­tra guided wagon tour of the vil­lage when peo­ple kept lining up.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple took a coun­try drive to Mart­in­town for the cel­e­bra­tion, stop­ping in at the his­toric 170- year- old grist mill, now a mu­seum and art gallery.

The Mill's weekly farm­ers’ mar­ket was in full swing and next door Tammy My­ers was set up with a barbecue serv­ing suc­cu­lent sausage sand­wiches and corn on the cob from the My­ers farm.

In­side the mill three artists were set up on the ground floor, and out­side and across the street more artists showed their paint­ings and art­work.

Most peo­ple trav­elled in for the event but vil­lagers started their day at St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church at a spe­cial Home­com­ing ser­vice with mu­si­cal of­fer­ings.

At the com­mu­nity cen­tre, peo­ple on the hunt for their Mart­in­town and Glen­garry roots con­sulted ge­neal­o­gists and his­to­rian David An­der­son and auc­tion­eer and an­tiques ex­pert Flora Du­mouchel ap­praised heir­looms.

At The Grand Ho­tel there was a barbecue and live mu­sic with blues­man Jamie Heath and his band. Co­in­cid­ing with the Home­com­ing was the re­lease of the first edi­tion of a two-vol­ume il­lus­trated his­tory of Mart­in­town.

The books cost $20 with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Mill preser­va­tion fund. A dis­play based on the book was on view on the sec­ond floor of the Mill in the mu­seum.

Love From My Kitchen

Another book was on sale as part of the Home­com­ing Day. It was the sec­ond print­ing of Sylvia Thom­son’s cook­book, “With Love From My Kitchen: Glen­garry My Home.”

Mrs. Thom­son, a greatly re­spected and loved Mart­in­town res­i­dent with an hon­oured pres­ence in South Glen­garry, died in 2015. She was named 2014 Cit­i­zen of the Year of South Glen­garry in recog­ni­tion of her devotion and count­less hours of giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity in­clud­ing as founder of the Mart­in­town Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety.

On Sun­day morn­ing, a blos­som­ing crabap­ple tree planted in the in­spi­ra­tional set­ting bed­side the Raisin River at Mart­in­town Com­mu­nity Park was ded­i­cated to her mem­ory with her hus­band of 62 years, Don­ald, and her chil­dren, fam­ily and friends at­tend­ing.

The day didn’t end in Mart­in­town. The Home­com­ing Day wound up in Ap­ple Hill at the 13th an­nual Mun­roe’s Mills Barn Dance with two live bands, Hadrian’s Wall and Union Duke, and pipe band The Quigley High­landers Pipes & Drums.

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