Once again, we are delighted to tell you that the annual St. John in the Wildwood pig roast was a sold out affair.
Organizers sold 200 tickets to hungry diners who came out to the tiny Anglican church just east of Lancaster on Saturday evening so they could dine on a roast pig that was prepared at A.L. Macdonald Grocery Inc. in Williamstown.
In addition to the pork supper, diners enjoyed some boiled corn and an array of homemade pies that were baked by members of the congregation.
The event’s primary purpose is to raise funds for the church’s ongoing maintenance, but organizers also donate some money to a number of causes in the area.
In the past, the church has donated to the Sir John Johnson house in Williamstown, amongst others. Indeed, as one of the church members quipped: “We help keep a few buildings standing.”
Speaking of corn, a whole lot of it was served at Charlottenburgh Park on Saturday afternoon as part of the park’s annual corn roast.
Park manager Bruce MacDonald, who presided over a barbecue filled with hot dogs and hamburgers, told us that the park had purchased 25 dozen ears of corn from Williamstown-based Lang’s Sweet Corn to make the event happen.
By the way, the corn roast is now in its eighth year and it always doubles as a fundraiser. This year, the proceeds of the corn roast will go to Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
The corn roast was a wellattended affair that featured a magic show by Cornwall magician, Anthony Lee.
Wine and cheese
Wednesday evening but there was certainly plenty of wine and cheese.
The reason, of course, the annual wine and cheese fundraiser. We caught up with the fundraiser’s organizer, Joyce Lewis, and she sent us the following thoughts:
“After such a long hot summer, the organizers were worried that attendance at the event would be negatively affected. But, as usual, Glengarrians rallied to the cause. More than 140 people enjoyed meeting with friends over a glass of vino and some fine cheeses while contributing to the running of our lovely little museum.”
She adds that door prizes were won by Walter MacDonald, Una Thain and Pam Lamarche and that the 50/50 was won by David MacLeod who is the father of the museum’s summer student, Madison.
Quite the painting
While we’re on the subject of the wine and cheese fundraiser, we’d like to tell you about a unique painting that was auctioned off there.
The painting was done by Katie Lamarche as part of the museum’s former farming exhibit. It depicts only a farmer’s boot-clad feet as he stands in a field.
“I wanted to capture an intimate perspective of the farmer and his work,” says the 23-yearold Sandywood Estates resident. “And the ground is where the farmer’s work comes from.”
We’re not art critics, but we suspect that Miss Lamarche’s painting captures a farmer’s essence much more than would a sweeping panorama of crops, tractors, silos and sky.
By the way, the painting was won by South Glengarry councillor Lyle Warden.
We apologize if this week’s edition of Glengarry Scene contains more corn references than usual. But it shouldn’t be a surprise seeing as how Summer is ending, the corn is ripe, and lots of people and corporations are holding cookouts before the Fall colours take over. One of those organizations is Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital, which held a staff and volunteer appreciation barbecue on Tuesday evening at Island Park in Alexandria. Hospital CEO Linda Morrow said the event was open to staff, volunteers and their families. There were hamburgers, cotton candy, desserts, salads, and a great big inflatable bounce castle for the kiddies. There was corn, too.
More road construction work is underway in South Glengarry.
Between now and September 16, County Road 2, from Head Street in Lancaster east to County Road 26, will be closed for repairs. Another segment of County Road 2 – from the east entrance of the Pilot Flying J Travel Centre/Truck Stop to 4th Line Road – is also currently being upgraded. County Road 23, between Concessions 2 and 4, was also recently closed to facilitate the replacement of underground services. That stretch of road re-opened last week.
A LITTLE CORN, A LITTLE MAGIC: Summerstown residents Brianna Brixhe, 13, and her mother, Vicky, were among the several people to enjoy a corn roast at Charlottenburgh Park on Saturday afternoon. The event also featured a magic show from Cornwall’s...
WINE AND CHEESE: Glengarry, Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum wine and cheese fundraiser organizer Joyce Lewis displays a sample of the many cheeses offered at last Wednesday’s event.
CORN AT THE PARK: Brian Todd, Human Resources Manager at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital, and hospital CEO Linda Morrow with some freshly boiled corn at the hospital’s appreciation picnic on Tuesday.
READY FOR THE ROAST: St. John in the Wildwood Church members Graham Wells, Lyse Rowland, Stuart Upton and Ray O’Collin are shown shucking corn on Saturday afternoon in preparation for that evening’s annual pig roast.
Katie Lamarche with painting