Bonnie Glen renaissance
Beautiful. That’s how Jan Buckland described the rebuilt Bonnie Glen Pavilion.
Mrs. Buckland and her husband, Art, were at the North Glengarry institution on Saturday evening to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. Theirs was the first function to take place in the Bonnie Glen Pavilion since it was damaged by a fire in May of 2016.
“It’s very elegant,” Mrs. Buckland said. “It’s got an expanded kitchen and some nice chandeliers up in the beams. And there’s lots of room to hang your coats.”
When asked if she thinks the new version is better than the old version, Mrs. Buckland replied: “Oh yes, it’s 75 per cent nicer.”
The Bonnie Glen Pavilion’s owner, Michel Diotte, intends to hold an open house on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. There will be a light lunch and donations will be accepted for ongoing repair work.
Mr. Diotte says that the infrastructure of the new Bonnie Glen Pavilion is sound. It’s just that some of the extra work – shelf installation, some eavestroughs, a little bit of drywall – was not covered by the fire insurance money.
DOUBLE CELEBRATION: Art and Jan Buckland of Martintown celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at a party held at the newly-re-opened Bonnie Glen Pavilion Saturday night. Bonnie Glen co-owner Michel Diotte, far right, and his wife, Céline Séguin, also had reason to celebrate. The Bucklands’ party was the first event held at the rebuilt hall.