Our County Correspondents
As Summer draws to a close, the weekends in Dunvegan seem to become busier and this coming one is no exception. There are three separate events to provide enjoyment, knowledge and entertainment. Let’s take a closer look at each one… in chronological order.
Are you a dyed-in-the-wool Euchre enthusiast? If so, this coming Friday ( Aug. 19) is Euchre Day at the Dunvegan Recreation facility. Last month, the old hall was packed with players and we hope that this week’s tournament will continue the trend. Volunteer extraordinaire, Linda Burgess, and I will be serving lunch and we hope to say hello to all the regulars — and any newcomers who cross our threshold. Admission is only $5 and includes homemade sandwiches and sweets, mixed pickles and sliced beets, fresh-brewed coffee and tea and a post-tournament mini lunch. The event starts at 12 noon and wraps up around 3:30 p.m.
While I have been provided extremely sketchy information about it, I believe that on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the museum will be hosting the annual Glengarry Wood Fair and Wood Auction. In addition to the museum’s fascinating collection of pioneer- period wood handling and crafting tools, there will be dozens of artisans and exhibitors, all with a common interest: Wood. From innovative applications for wood and forest products to tree planting and woodlot management, there will be countless opportunities to expand your ligneous knowledge bank, including demonstrations of turning, carving, timber framing and chainsaw skills.
Woodworkers and turners will also have a chance to buy the raw materials they’ll need for this year’s projects from local woodlot owners. Organizers report that over 80 lots of milled lumber and burls have been pledged for the Auction that begins at 3 p.m.
And that’s not all. There will be a full slate of musical entertainment, woodworking activities for the children under their own canvas tent and an old-time food booth where one can purchase sustenance and liquid refreshments.
No doubt I’ve missed some important points, so please visit www.GlengarryPioneerMuseum .ca for more information.
Attention all Tragically Hip fans. If you’d like to share the experience of watching the group’s last concert on their Man Machine Poem tour, the Dunvegan Recreation Association is hoping to host a virtual “Hipin” at the DRA Hall Aug. 20. Saturday night is when the internationally renowned band will be performing in their hometown of Kingston. And the CBC will broadcast the final concert, commercial- free, to the “true North strong and free.” According to the Corporation’s website, a number of communities across our fair land are organizing viewing parties for the broadcast, which they have dubbed The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration. Dunvegan is not on the list, but DRA president, Ben Williams, and his merry band are doing all they can to bring this milestone concert to fans in the Dunvegan area and beyond. Yes, you could watch the concert alone at home, but the DRA believes that an experience shared is an experience enhanced. So why not wend your way to 19053 County Road 24 (just west of the intersection of County Roads 24 and 30) on Saturday night at 8 p.m. and grab a seat for what promises to be a very memorable concert “happening,” as we used to say in the 1960s? There’s no admission charge. The DRA might even fire up their commercial popper and hand out complimentary bags of hot-buttered popcorn. To double check that this concert is definitely taking place, check the sign at the Hall or the DRA’s website: www.dunveganrecreation.com.
One old fossil reports...
I was unable to attend the museum’s Glengarry Rocks event this past Sunday, but event organizer Bill Gilsdorf tells me that it was extremely well received. Over 50 museum members, and non- members, filled the Big Beaver schoolhouse to hear local paleontologist, George Kampouris talk about the fossils he has unearthed in the course of his career… including the one that kicked off his passion for the past: the fossilized remains of a giant snail that he found on Velma Franklin's farm. In addition, at least ten children kept volunteer Olivia Graham busy supervising an “archeological dig” in the sand pits of the Dunvegan Badlands (a.k.a, the GPM’s horseshoe pits).
On top of collecting admission receipts that more than covered expenses, volunteers at the gate also signed up three new members and accepted $60 in spurof-the-moment donations “We did better than break even,” Bill e-mailed me from Montréal after the event, “when you add in the generous contributions from sponsoring couples like Barry and Mary MacDonald of Alexandria.” Bill also asked me to acknowledge the hard work of student staffers, Sydney Collard and Madison MacDonald and volunteers Judy MacSweyn, Olivia Graham, Karinne Spuehler, and Jean Willams. “They all helped make this a really successful event.”
It has been a slow news week, but like a lot of you, I am very thankful for the recent rainfall the last few days. It has been a long dry Summer and the rain is much needed. A reminder that I will be away next week but I will try my best to get the news out to all of you. So anyone wanting to supply me with some, please get it to me by Friday the 19th.
Martintown Party Bridge August 8: 1) Marion Schofield, 2) Pat Weldon, 3) Carmen Hunting.
St. Andrew’s United Church’s August 21 Third Annual Worship in the Maples service takes place at Sand Road Sugar Camp with Rev & the Choir Boys at 10 a. m. August 28: Services will be held at Chalmers, Finch at 10 a.m.
This week, Carolyn Davis, Suzanne Boucher, Laura Stevens, each with their own distinctive artistic style, will be present. It should be a riot of colour, since they each have a way with a brush! They are on the first floor of the Mill, as is Gerda Schwarz, with her wonderful bears, dressed for every season, holiday or sport. You can also buy mill souvenirs, books by proud Martintown residents past and present, on the history of the area, and a copy of Sylvia Thompson's cookbook, as well as raffle tickets on the great artwork donated by our talented painters and photographers.
Up on the second floor, the museum is really taking shape and when the windows are replaced up there (hopefully by next Sunday) you will have a better view of the new displays and exhibits and on their way through, visitors can also see jewellery by Barb Bracken.
Produce is at its peak at this time of the Summer, so outside, Anne Cadotte will have her best veggies, flowers and quiches, Jo Sweet will add her mouthwatering breads and buns, and Thai by Toy will be selling spring rolls and some of the best salads. Pattie and Donald will be there with original and re-purposed wooden creations and Linda Longtin with tie-dyed, batik bags and scarves, homemade soaps and scrumptious fudge. See you Sunday.
The Martintown Goodtimers Bocce team of Herb Yellinek and Art Buckland represented our Region 8 at the Ontario Provincial Senior Games in Midland last week, defeating teams from Belleville, Kawartha, London, Halton and Hamilton for a tally of six wins, tying for the Bronze medal. However, under the tournament point system Hamilton edged out the Yellinek-Buckland team for the bronze. The Olympic-style program comprised 17 different activities for 1,300 seniors in the three- day competition. Bocce resumes August 18 at 10 a.m. at Buckland Courts. Visitors are welcome.
Sunday, July 31, the late Gordon Winter was recognized by the Ontario Horticultural Association for his term as provincial president for 1989. A red oak tree was dedicated in his name at the OHA Oak Grove located in the Guelph Arboretum. The OHA has been honouring past presidents in this way since the establishment of the arboretum in 1978. OHA president Suzanne Hanna remarked that Gordon will be remembered for his enthusiasm and dedication towards horticulture and keeping Ontario beautiful. Representing the family, son Bill Blair attended the ceremony as part of his homeward trip from Maxville to Tecumseh. In addition to serving as provincial OHA president, Gordon supported and was active in the Maxville & District Horticultural Society for most of his life and served a term as Area Director for District 1.
After a very challenging growing season, the Maxville Horticulture Summer Home judging took place July 20. Congratulations to all our winners as we can understand all the endless hours of watering and caring that went into up keeping your properties. Prizes will be awarded at the Sept. 21 potluck supper that will be held at the Sports Complex starting at 6:30.
Town Lawn: 1st Angele Scott. 2nd Evelyn Smith. 3rd Gregory & Theresa Ryan. Country Lawn: 1st Janice Metcalfe. 2nd Elaine Shields. 3rd Angela Villeneuve. Unusual Floral Container: 1st Lillian Lacroix. 2nd Janice Metcalfe. 3rd Angela Villeneuve. Grouping of 3 containers: 1st Angele Scott. 2nd Angela Villeneuve. 3rd Elaine Shields.
House Fern: 1st Scott Robertson. 2nd Angela Villeneuve. 3rd Angele Scott. Window or Veranda Box: 1st Angela Villeneuve. 2nd Janice Metcalfe. 3rd Lillian Lacroix. Urn or planter: 1st Angela Villeneuve. 2nd Lillian Lacroix. 3rd Janice Metcalfe.
Hanging Basket: 1st Angela Villeneuve. 2nd Bruce Libbos. 3rd Catherine Kippen. Foundation Planting: 1st Janice Metcalfe. 2nd Catherine Kippen. 3rd Joan McKay.
Hedge: 1st Lillian Lacroix. Vegetable Garden: 1st Scott Robertson. 2nd Bruce Libbos. 3rd Lillian Lacroix. Theme Garden: 1st Lillian Lacroix. 2nd Joan McKay.
Artistic Garden Centrepiece: 1st Joan McKay. 2nd Lillian Lacroix. 3rd Janice Metcalfe. Best Overall Rural Setting: 1st Elaine Shields. 2nd Janice Metcalfe. 3rd Lillian Lacroix.
Best Overall Town Setting: 1st Joan McKay. 2nd Angele Scott. 3rd Gregory and Theresa Ryan. Celebrating the Highland Games with a Scottish Theme winners were Garry & Ruth MacQueen and Jessica McLeod & Wyatt Irven.
It was great seeing more town participation in this festive event.
Glengarry Curling Club Calendar winners for the week of Aug. 8: Ray Banister, Alexandria $ 40; Pauline Lapointe, Apple Hill $20; Reikus Wensink, Alexandria $30; Dan Delhey, Moose Creek $40; Annie Roy, Cornwall $30.
Congratulations to MacEwen’s Petroleum on 40 years of success!
We enjoyed a visit with cousins Helen and Andy Basara. of Parksville, B.C.
Small Halls concert
The Scottish five-piece band Breabach will be playing at St. James Parish Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 pm. The band has earned international recognition for their unique style of contemporary folk music.
St. James Annual Cemetery Service will be held Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.
If you want to save your local library, use it! Get a card at no cost and borrow books, magazines, movies, etc. and enjoy!
Gordon Winter’s tree
MARTINTOWN TAMMY KENNY 613-528-4907 martintownnews @ outlook. com
MAXVILLE JOHANNE WENSINK 613-577-2735 [email protected] xplornet. com
DUNVEGAN JAMES JOYCE 613-527-1201 [email protected] tam- creek. ca