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Summer 2013 - Country Roads

CountryRoadscelebrating life in hastings countyCountryRoadscelebrating life in hastings countyRCCO-PUBLISHER & EDITORCO-PUBLISHER & EDITORNancy Hopkins613 395-0499CountryJohn Hopkins613 395-0499RoadsSALES DEPARTMENTcelebrating life in hastings countyJennifer Richardsonjennifer@countryroadshastings.ca613 922-2135ART DIRECTORJozef VanVeenenCONTRIBUTING WRITERSOrland FrenchAngela HawnSharon HendersonLindi PierceMichelle Annette TremblaySarah VanceSheena RowneyShelley WildgenCONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERSSharon HendersonJozef VanVeenenCOUNTRY ROADS, Celebrating Life in HastingsCounty is published four times a year by PenWordCommunications Inc. Copies are distributed to selectlocations throughout Hastings County includingthe communities of Bancroft, Belleville, Madoc,Marmora, Stirling and Tweed.Copies are also delivered to select homes withinsouthern Ontario.SUBSCRIPTION RATES:1 year: $14.692 years: $27.133 years: $35.03All prices include H.S.T.The contents of this publication are protected by copyright.Reproduction of this publication in whole orin part without prior written permission of PenWordCommunications Inc. is prohibited.The advertising deadline for theFall 2013 issue is August 10, 2013.COVER PHOTO: Photo by Mark HopperMade possible with the support of theOntario Media Development Corporation“Caring for your family’s dental health”Dr. Doug Smithand AssociatesFamily & CosmeticDentistry• Comprehensive examinations• Periodontal assessment• Routine restorative fillings• Cosmetic veneers• Crowns and bridges• Full dentures, partial dentures• Oral surgery• ImplantsDentistryNewPatieNts &emergeNcieswelcomeAt either of our two locations you will enjoy friendly peopleand gentle dentistry for your whole family.HOW TO CONTACT USTelephone: 613 395-0499Facsimile: 613 395-0903E-mail: info@countryroadshastings.caWebsite: www.countryroadshastings.caFor written enquiries you can reach us at:PenWord Communications Inc.P.O. Box 423, Stirling, ON K0K 3E0Belleville208 Bridge Street east (613) 966-2777Stirling9B tuftsville road (613) 395-2800Summer 2013Country Roads I5


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e d i t o r i a lc o n t r i b u t o r sThere’s a lot going on with this particularcover of COUNTRY ROADS and we’re dying toknow if readers noticed it all.Yes, the burst announcing our 5th Anniversary Issue is hardto miss, (a sincere thank you to everyone who has been a partof these past five years) - but there’s more.Did you catch the name change? More on that later!And does anyone remember our very first cover in Summer2008? If so take a second look at this one – can you see thesimilarity?For 4 ¾ years we’ve been known as COUNTRY ROADS,Discovering Hastings County – but that’s changed. We are now COUNTRY ROADS, CelebratingLife in Hastings County. It may seem like a minor change but we feel it’s an important one.We strive to tell stories that ‘celebrate life in Hastings County’ and resonate with residents, weekenders/cottagersand the visitors that pick up a copy of our magazine. We try to paint a picture – asnapshot – of life in our beautiful and unique part of Ontario. In doing so we hope to pay it forward,engaging readers from wherever they may be to discover all that Hastings County has to offer.And that’s A LOT! We are very motivated to promote tourism in Hastings County but we arenot solely a tourism publication.Let us know what you think of our new name. Do you think it better represents what COUNTRYROADS is all about?We’ll always be ‘COUNTRY ROADS’. That first cover five years ago was a foggy image of BaptistChurch Road north of Belleville taken by Stirling resident Brandon West. Fast forward (and itwas fast) five years and this cover shot depicts another foggy day, this time in Belleville and capturedtimely by Mark Hopper. When we saw Mark’s photo we knew it was the one - because it is,and we are – ‘COUNTRY ROADS’.Photo: Haley AshfordWe’d like to have a bit of fun and take a stroll down story memory lane from A to Z.Amazing Graze Alpacas – do you recall Bill Bickle’s stunning photos of the alpacas?Buddhist Retreats – we were as surprised as anyone to learn Hastings Co. has themCarver Paul Shier – we’ll always remember his Thundering Silence sculptureChristmas at O’Hara Mills – a popular holiday traditionDeseronto Pilots of the First World War – Deseronto CemeteryElk re-established in North HastingsFosters - John & Janet – accomplished cinematographersGoing Once Going Twice – local auctioneer Boyd SullivanHarlan House – one of the world’s finest ceramic potters lives and works in LonsdaleIves – Bancroft raised Clay won Olympic medal in the LugeJames John Nash – Street in Marmora named after WWII soldierKraft Hockeyville – Stirling-Rawdon beat out all of Canada to win the title!Luge Run in North Hastings – try if you dare! (BTW -We didn’t – we just wrote about it)Mercier – Luke the luthier, builds and repairs stringed instrumentsNutwood Observatory – the perfect place for stargazingOrmsby - Population 20 - worth the trip!Peter C. Newman – yes the prolific author and magazine publisher did move hereQuinte Symphony’s 50th Anniversary – bringing the best music to our earsRock and Roll – A roadtrip of the rocks and minerals in the countySled Dog Races – Marmora’s SnoFest is Canada’s longest running raceT-Rex – Dinosaurs come to life at RCI TrentonUma the Painter – The colourful world of Madoc’s Dianne WoodwardVette – as in Freddy Vette & the Flames – long live the King!Whitewater canoeing & kayaking at MACKFEST. We’ve got a lot of rivers!Xmas Pantomime – a Stirling tradition!Yarnell, Cy – a founder of the Ad-Astra program at CFB TrentonZlin – the inspiration for Batawa built by Thomas Bata •Nancy & John HopkinsAngela Hawn thanks herlucky stars for landing inHastings County after yearsof an ‘on the road’ lifestyleteaching ESL in Asia, Europeand the Canadian Arctic.Although she loves totravel, some chance meetingshere with a few peoplein the publishing business finally allowed her toput to use a few things learned long ago at CarletonUniversity’s journalism school.When not writing or travelling, Angela enjoysthe inspiration and humour consistently deliveredby the nine- and 10-year-olds seen in herday job as an elementary school teacher.Her dream job? Why, travel writer, of course.Interested parties take note: for the right assignment,she’d work cheap. Closer to home, Angelaseeks editorial advice and often, just plain oldvalidation, from fellow travelling companions,husband, Mike, and their two incredible daughters,Maddie and Isobel.Michelle Annette Tremblaywrites because she’sinterested in everything.Interviewing fascinatingpeople and sharingtheir wisdom and ideas isone of her favorite thingsand has led her to writingfeatures for newspapers and magazines. Aftercompleting a Creative Writing degree from theUniversity of British Columbia she spent manyyears teaching and writing on the west coast ofCanada and internationally. But, a country girlat heart, she gave up the city life to return to herroots in Paudash, ON, where she freelances formultiple publications and is the Creative Directorof WordBird Media. When she’s not pickingremarkable brains, writing or photographingthe wonders of rural Ontario, she’s usually inher garden, running after her kids or cooking upsomething yummy with her husband.Sarah Vance is a memberof the Board of Directorsfor the Art Gallery of Bancroftand an active supporterof the Bancroft &Hastings Highlands Bluesand Jazz Festival. She isan elementary teacher withthe Hastings Prince Edward School Board and amember of the York River Public School Council,in Bancroft, where she works and where herchildren study. Sarah and her husband live inL’Amable, with their three children.8 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


VOLUME 6, ISSUE 2, SUMMER 2013Contents10 16Our very first issue Summer 2008.Photo by Brandon West3038COVER PHOTOThis stunning photo was taken by Bellevilleresident Mark Hopper. It has been selected byCanadian Geographic for one of their specialphotography sections.His extensive collection of area photographs canbe viewed at http://500px.com/sharkey12c o r r e c t i o nThe “Whistle No Longer Blows Here” articlethat appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of CountryRoads contained the following text under theSulphide section.“If you search around through the undergrowthon the south side of the road, you canfind a set of concrete steps leading to where theUnited Church used to stand. Nearby, on the otherside of the road, stands a high chain link fencetopped with barbed wire to discourage visitorsto the site of a disused mine shaft.”We wish to advise readers that all of the propertymentioned in this paragraph is private.F E A T U R E S10 LOCAL FLAVOURBy Angela Hawn16 MUSIC TO THEIR EARSBy Sarah Vance30 WORTH ITS WEIGHTIN GOLDBy Michelle Annette Tremblay38 BEE FEVERBy Michelle Annette TremblayD E P A R T M E N T S8 EDITORIAL8 CONTRIBUTORS23 JUST SAYINGWhere does your community live?24 ADVERTISER INDEX26 TELLING TALES28 ARTISANS AT HANDLiving her dream37 CROSSROADS43 MARKETPLACE44 COUNTRY CALENDAR46 BACK ROADSFlying To The Finish LineYou’ve got a copy of COUNTRY ROADS in your hands and thattells us you’re interested in Hastings County.WANT MORE?Join the COUNTRY ROADS Facebook page.You’ll be the first to get a sneak peak at upcoming issues,new things on our website, and a whole lot more.C O V E R I N G T H E A R T S , O U T D O O R S , H I S T O R Y, P E O P L E A N D P L A C E SWe are ALL Hastings County, ALL the time! Come join us!Summer 2013Country Roads I9


LocalFlavourFarmers’markets opendoors tocommunitiesBY ANGELA HAWNPhoto: Joe VanVeenenSummer is finally underway and it’salmost time for the tomato taste testchallenge. You don’t need much: acouple of ripe tomatoes, one freshoff a local garden vine, the other strictly hothouse,crated and transported several hundredkilometres before arriving at tomato purgatory(a.k.a. the grocery store.) Salt and/or pepper areoptional. Now close your eyes, take a bite andchew. Which tastes better? No, let’s rephrase.Which tastes more like papery mush?If you want to eat tomatoes of the yummier,more authentically tomato-like variety, the solutionis relatively easy. Do your tomato shoppingat the closest farmers’ market.Jackie Tapp, president of the Belleville Farmers’Market Association, agrees wholeheartedlywith this advice but quickly points out frequentingyour local farmers’ market produces severalbenefits far and beyond finding luscious tomatoes.With enthusiasm, she paints a picture ofBelleville’s year round market as it might lookduring peak season: produce, meat, honey, syrup,baked goods and preserves, arts and crafts,trees, plants, cut flowers. From Mother’s Day toHallowe’en, 40 or so vendors hawk their waresto a steady parade of market patrons.It’s a little hard to imagine all this on the chillymid-April evening set aside for interviews withvarious Hastings County market representatives.After a couple of warmish days, the WeatherChannel warns temperatures will plummet backto wintry digits and a storm warning is in effect.A few scary meteorologists have even bandiedabout the term “ice storm.” Those fresh-tastingtomatoes feel very far away.10 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


You can find almost anything at a HastingsCounty farmer’s market – includingthese “Alley Cat” musical instruments atthe Madoc Market.Photo courtesy: Madoc MarketHomemade products like a variety of breads, and preserves are just some of the many products for sale at the MaynoothFarmer’s Market. Photo: Christine HassBut despite the lingering cold, Tapp quicklywarms to her subject and the market journeystarts on Pinnacle Street. Head west from thereto hit Trenton’s riverside Front Street Farmers’Market. Twenty or so kilometres north, Stirlingvendors set up in the parking lot outside thePublic Works building. From that hub, marketsspoke deep into Canadian Shield territory, sellingboth the delicious and the beautiful in Marmora,Madoc, Coe Hill, Bancroft and Maynooth.In the Words of Bill Clinton:“The Economy, Stupid!”Old enough to remember those t-shirts worn bythe former president’s first campaign team inthe early 90’s? That slogan still holds. Everyonelikes the idea of eating a more locally-based diet,and who wouldn’t want to support your county’sfarmers? The resulting good karma might evenboost the local economy at large.Tapp firmly believes in the positive ripple effectcreated when one chooses to eat goods producedclose to home. Local food growers supportnumerous offshoot businesses, from abattoirs totractor sales. Look a little further and watch theripples reach a whole other level. A centrallylocated market might even generate income fora community’s business section, drawing customersto nearby stores.“The downtown needs us,” Tapp insists. “Noteveryone might think so, but they do.”As treasurer for the Madoc Market Vendors’Association, Patricia Blakely sees the relationshipbetween Madoc’s covered market and thedowntown business section in a pretty symbioticlight. Market-bound customers naturally gravitatefrom the market’s Village Square towardMadoc’s shops and restaurants and vice-versa.At the very top of Hastings County, marketspokesperson Christine Haas says the peopleof Maynooth know a good thing when they seeit. Established five years ago, both the seasonalmarket and the once-a-month winter market havebreathed new financial life into the community.“The market has a big influence,” Haas reports.“There’s a restaurant in town that has standingroom only, often with people lined up to get in,on market days.”Go Marketing, Go GreenAnd if supporting your local economy isn’tenough to bring you to market, there’salways the environment. In this era ofpipeline protests and residential oilspills, doesn’t ecologically sensitiveshopping just make sense? Reducingone’s fossil fuel footprint has such anice “pay it forward” ring to it.Google key phrases such as “farmers’markets and the environment”and you’ll come across a wealth ofwisdom advising how best to save theplanet by shopping local. Accordingto information published by the DavidSuzuki Foundation, transportation accountsfor more than a third of greenhouse gasemissions. An average meal travels over 1200kmbefore it even gets close to our mouths and bellies.Score a point for visiting your nearest mar-Tapp firmly believesin the positive rippleeffect created whenone chooses to eatgoods produced closeto home.Summer 2013Country Roads I11


613 966 3352“ConsignmentsFrom The Very BestClosets In Town”20%discountOn one item to maximum$10 coupon valueDonna Russett of Russett Farms sells baked goods, beef, quilts and cloth baby books at the Stirling Farmer’s MarketPhoto: Angela HawnSommerville CentreHighway 62 North, Belleville613.966.3352dejavuboutique@hotmail.comAll your looks- just one place!• Special OccasionDresses/Bridal• Casual/Cruise wear• Jewellery/Accessories• Sizes 4-24• Special orders arealways welcomethe Frock Shop Ltd.Dressing you in styleSommerville center6835 hwy. #62N., Belleville613.967.1817Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pmket and buying something from a local farmer.Score two if you bicycled or walked to get there!“The closer it is, the fresher it is,” notes Tapp,adding the Belleville market operates accordingto a bylaw which requests market items originateno more than 100km away.That said, expect the odd exception to the rule,notably Beamsville fruit grower John Clayson.The Clayson family’s claim to a market stallthree hours drive from home literally “grandfathered”itself into place around 70 years ago.That’s when John’s grandfather first started sellingNiagara region bounty in Belleville.“He sells everything: cherries, nectarines,peaches,” Tapp ticks off a tasty-sounding list.“When the peaches are done, you know he’s justabout done, too.”Delve deeper into Hastings County and you’llfind not all of the smaller markets abide by the100km guideline. Haas says she doesn’t like toget bogged down under too many rules, claimingthey can be a market’s downfall.“If they’re willing to come and we’ve gotroom, we’ll take them,” she says, adding longweekends and special events such as Maynooth’supcoming Highland Games often bring out 40or more vendors.Practical Jocelyn Reilly, busy mom to fourchildren under the age of six and farmers’ marketcontact for Stirling chimes in with a realist’sperspective. Although Reilly likes to supportfood grown and raised locally, she knows marketshopping doesn’t work for everyone.“Often there are seasonal limitations,” she notes.“And some people just find it cheaper to buy theirproduce at grocery stores. At some point the bottomline comes in, but with a market it’s travelledless and it’s probably had less pesticide.”“Excuse me, what did youspray on this?”Eating locally often goes hand in hand witheating healthy. Many stalls at today’s marketsproudly describe their wares with adjectivessuch as “organic” or “hormone-free.” And buyingyour food from a local grower/producerautomatically earns the shopper questioningprivileges.“If you’re buying produce from the farmer,”notes Tapp, “you can ask them ‘did you spraythat or how did you grow this?’”Tapp paints a picture of market shoppers asoften highly-educated and always curious. Anxiousto know what they’re putting into theirbodies before they open their pocketbooks, theylike to keep informed.Up in Madoc, Blakely acknowledges the vitalrole conversation between shopper and veggieseller plays in the whole marketing experience.Chatting about the goods is all part of the fun.“We don’t have too many gardens in this areathat produce enough vegetables in the quantityneeded to support a regular market,” she admits,“but whenever we’ve had organic products,they’ve always sold well.”Looking for something a littleout of the ordinary?Not hungry? Maybe it’s not food you’re after.Don’t let that stop you from making the marketyour shopping destination of choice. If you’reseeking that one-of-kind, nobody-else-has-anything-like-itgift, this is the place to go.12 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


Organic veggies are available at the Maynooth Farmer’sMarket Photo: Christine HassClifford Foster with his maple syrup at Belleville Market.Photo: Angela HawnShannon Merrill shows off her beautiful jewellery andcandles on an exceptionally windy day at the StirlingFarmer’s Market Photo: Angela HawnBelleville artist/vendor Lisa Morris denouncesgoods bought at the mall as “cookie-cutter.” Farbetter to go local and unique, she advises. Artand jewellery at the stall she shares with partnerPeter Paylor utilize recycled items, as wellas reclaimed wood.“It’s all local, all ecological,” she insists, addingone of the pluses she offers includes the abilityto create a made-to-order twin for that soloearring whose mate has gone missing.Whether it’s some woodworking treasure inMarmora or framed photos of local wildlife fromMadoc’s cottage country, stained glass or beautifulbracelets crafted from old silver spoons‘North of 7,’ the list of unique items availablegoes on and on. Perhaps that cute birdhouse atTrenton’s market caught your eye. Looking fora special baby gift? Go to Stirling to find handmadetraining pants and bibs.All that shopping can work up an appetite but,fortunately, unusual market items are often edible,too. Try some omega-3-rich hemp treats,available in versions for both human and dogconsumption. Or perhaps a full Scottish Haggisis more your cup of tea (and for the faint ofheart, maybe just some Haggis links!) Discerningshoppers can find both at Belleville’s farmers’market.Take a slight detour off Highway 62 to findmouth-watering Coe Hill baked goods, all madefrom Red Fife flour, grown and milled just southof Madoc. Further north, Chris Drost claims herfarmer step-son frequently wows urban touristsat the Bancroft market with his home-grownproduce. Something extraordinary can translateinto something as simple as brussels sprouts stillattached to their stalk, presented as Mother Natureintended them.Eating locally oftengoes hand in hand witheating healthy.Red Hot SavingsWhen you’re hot you’re hot!And right now we’re offering the hottest deals yet onMassey Ferguson sub compact and compact tractors.So act fast and Save big!Come see us soon or vist www.mckeownmotors.netMcKeown Motor SalesSpringbrook, Ontario K0K 3C0613-395-3883 • Toll Free 1-800-465-9297 • Fax: 613-395-2652Massey Ferguson is a worldwide brand of AGCO. © 2010 AGCO Corporation, 4205 River Green Parkway, Duluth, GA 30096 (877) 525-4384Summer 2013Country Roads I13


Get a taste of Summerat The Apple StoreVisit this charming, old fashioned,best smelling store in the world!- Featuring “The Village Kitchen”totally prepared entrées tomake meal planning easy.- 12 flavours of Kawartha Ice Cream- Cooney Farms - Steaks and Burgers. . . and a whole lot more!Celebrating30thAnniversaryA harvest of apples…A harvest of gifts…All hand-picked for you!10 am - 5 pm7 days a weekDaily May 24to Dec 31Followus onFacebooknewlyrenoVATeDFamily owned and operated613 395-2395 • www.cooneyfarms.com5 miles north of Stirling on Hwy. 14Celebrating Elvis ®Concert Yearsin Las VegasTribute ArtistContestsLocal AttractionsClassic CarsVegas ShowcaseYouth CompetitionTweed’s 3rd Annual Elvis ® TributeArtist Preliminary Competition forthe Ultimate Elvis ® ContestTickets & Campingon sale nowVisit our website for tickets,camping & informationwww.tweedelvisfestival.caAug. 23, 24 & 25, 2013Tweed, Ontario, Canada©Elvis PresleyEnterprises, Inc. ELVIS,ULTIMATE ELVISTRIBUTE ARTISTCONTEST and LOGOare trademarks of ElvisPresley Enterprises,Inc. All rights reserved.Farmers’ Markets - Where and WhenAre these the only farmers’ markets in Hastings County? Hmm, difficult question. While we’vetried to find them all, there always exists the worry some great market out there eluded thesearch.Worse, a phone call to Ed Zak (former contact person for Tweed’s farmers’ market) broughtsome bad news: Tweed’s market closed up altogether last season due to lack of interest. Here’sthe good news: Ed still sells produce and eggs from a market stand on his Marlbank Roadfarm.Your best bet? Walk or bike to your local market. For those farther afield, choose a sunny day,get in your car and explore the countryside. Perhaps you’ll find some market gem the rest of ushave yet to discover!In the meantime, here are some “where and when” details for all of the markets mentionedin the article.Belleville Farmers’ MarketPinnacle and Dundas StreetsYear-RoundTuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays- 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.Quinte West / TrentonFront Street Farmers’ Market (riverside)First weekend of May until NovemberThursdays and Saturdays – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.StirlingOutside the Public Works Building (EastFront Street)First weekend of May to last weekend inOctoberSaturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Wednesday evenings 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.MarmoraMemorial ParkSeasonal (beginning Mother’s Day weekend)Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.MadocThe Village SquareSeasonal (beginning May 11th)Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.Coe HillBy the Coe Hill Farmers’ Market Bakery andCaféSeasonal (beginning May Long Weekend)Fridays 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.BancroftHastings St. and Flint Ave.(May Long Weekend to October 31st)Daily, Monday through Saturday (Sundayvendors are welcome, too!)MaynoothHwy 62 (in old community centre parkinglot)May 25th to Thanksgiving WeekendSaturdays - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.(Maynooth’s Winter Market is a once-amonthevent held in Maynooth’s new gym)14 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


Music totheir earsSummer events makeNorth Hastings humBY SARAH VANCE(Top) Canadian musician Jane Bunnett wowed the audienceat the Bancroft-Maynooth Jazz and Blues Festival.A local cottager, Bunnett and husband Larry Kramerorganize the annual event(Bottom) The Heavy Weights Brass Band performed atClub 580It was well past “last call” at the historicArlington Hotel when Canadian sopranosaxophonist, flautist and bandleader JaneBunnett strolled off the stage through astill-packed crowd and out into the middle ofMaynooth’s main drag. The building had beenat capacity and, as it closed its doors in the weehours of the morning, its guests followed Bunnettonto the street to the intersection of Highways62 and 127, where the dancing and musiccontinued.Bunnett, a local cottager, was in town celebratingthe Bancroft-Maynooth Jazz and Blues Festival,an annual event now entering its fourth year,which she organizes with husband, Larry Kramerand a committee of local supporters.The Bancroft-Maynooth Jazz and Blues Festivalis quickly becoming a favourite four-day Augustevent, which combines a variety of prominentperformers with North Hastings’ celebratedtalent on local stages throughout Bancroft andHastings Highlands. This professionally-establishedfestival brings high quality talent to the region,but also fosters an educational component.Guests to last year’s festival will remember anevening of “idol style” talent competitions wheremusicians like Lisa Particelli, Njacko Backo andLaura Hubert assessed local performers as theydelivered original tunes, and then offered professionalfeedback and tips for improvement.Educating others in the subtleties of her craftis interwoven into Bunnett’s philosophy and therespect from the musicians that she brings to theHighlands is evident as they perform with her onthe stage. This commitment towards furtheringthe success of up-and-coming talent is just oneof the qualities cited when Bunnett was awardedan honorary doctorate from Queen’s Universityin Kingston.But it was Bunnett strolling with her fans outinto the starry night, accompanied by Kramer onthe trumpet and the Spirits of Havana Band, whichwon her a place in the hearts of the locals and solidifiedthis jazz and blues festival’s importanceto the region.The following morning, Facebook and Twitterfeeds were clogged with videos showing dancersin the street and boasts about the success of theevent that Bunnett has made legendary.And the Jazz and Blues festival was just gettingstarted.From the Town of Bancroft’s Club 580 near theMillennium Park band shell Barbara Shaw, theneditor of Bancroft This Week, reported, “Swooningis not often seen in Bancroft but as Israeli-bornOri Dagan sang (and) men and womenstarted fanning themselves. It was fiery.”Shaw wasn’t exaggerating. In 2012, the stageat the Club 580 offered a high energy evening ofhot performances from musicians like Dagan, who16 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


Musician Noah Zacharin was one of the performers on stage at the 2012 Club 580 shows nearthe Millennium Park band shell.Situated 2.5 hours equidistant between Torontoand Ottawa, Bancroft’s location, and themid-week date, has also made Mineral CapitalConcerts an attractive stage for performers likeJimmy Bowskill, The Arrogant Worms, LeelaGuilday, Rick Fines and Paul Reddick, who findthemselves travelling along Highway 28 en routeto big-city festivals.For locals, Mineral Capital Concerts is theplace to be on Wednesday nights — from 7 p.m.onwards from July through to August — andtourists from Apsley, Belleville, Madoc, Barry’sBay and Haliburton flock to the Millennium Parkvenue along the shore of the York River, withtheir families and lawn chairs in tow.Situated just steps north of Bancroft’s downtowncore, adjacent to the Best Western Motel,Millennium Park became a music venue in 2001when the band shell was built. The band shell isa traditional dovetail log building with a coveredroof, drafted by Compudraft Design Services.Local musician and storyteller, John Foremancut and installed hand-hewn shingles that forma roof for the stage area, which is approximately34’ wide by 17’ deep, with two change rooms anda lounge area in the wings. The stage faces westinto Millennium Park, which has a capacity ofapproximately 2,000 spectators. A recreational,multi-purpose pedestrian bridge is in place acrossthe York River at the west edge of the park andmeets up with Bancroft’s Heritage trail.But North Hastings is also a territory of sprawling,densely-populated lakes, most notably Baptiste,which is situated upstream from where theYork River continues on from the High Falls Dam.Baptiste Lake also delivers its own public musicfestival, on July 20, from the village’s CountryFare Restaurant on South Baptiste Road. Guests tothis event arrive by boats which “tie-up” in clustersto watch performers from the lake. CountryFare’s patio sits beside the stage offering a behindthe-scenesview of the performers and easy accessto the vendors’ area.In 2012, indie composer and singer Mary Milnelit up the Baptiste Lake Festival stage in a fete thatincluded a line-up of eight local bands. Milne engagedthe crowd with interactive compositions,including Already Gone, which she performed inthe movie The Trotsky, which won her a GenieAward for Best Achievement in Music in 2011.Bunnett refers to Bancroft and its surroundingcommunities “as a hidden gem of artists andmusicians” and, for the colleagues she brings tothe Bancroft-Maynooth Jazz and Blues Festival,the “lakes and vistas make Bancroft an attractivedestination for musicians who treat their festivaltime as a summer vacation.”Particelli tweeted, “Only 2 more sleeps! Can’twait to breathe the country air and hang with atalented lot of friends.”Bancroft and its surrounding communities aresought-after venues for musicians because theycome with a built-in clientele of live music fanswho bring it to the dance floor and can be countedon to turn out in full force when a musicianhits the stage. This support for local music is ev-Leila Guilday – one the Mineral Capital Concertsperformers.“Only 2 more sleeps!Can’t wait to breathe thecountry air and hangwith a talented lot offriends.”Indie composer and singer Mary Milne lit up the Baptiste Lake Festival in 2012. The public music festival willbe held July 20 this year. Photo: Michael Moxam18 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


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The historic Arlington Hotel in Maynooth is one of the primaryvenues for the Bancroft-Maynooth Jazz & Blues FestivalPhoto courtesy: North Hastings Heritage Museumhours. This was necessary to accommodate thetwo double-shift changes of miners looking forentertainment and a place to spend their hardearnedmoney.Arts and entertainment have always been at theheart of North Hastings and, with much of themining and lumber industries either already leftor just holding on, it’s the arts and entertainmentindustry that has become an economic catalyst inthe region. The Hastings County Economic Developmentoffice’s sector profile for the CreativeEconomy confirms Hastings County as an artscapital, which has a concentration of artists doublethe national average. And this is a growing sectorthat increased 57 percent between 2001-2006,with a growth that is continuing today and fuellingnotable economicreturns.These returns aremost recognizable inthe area of tourism. TheOntario Arts and CultureTourism profile preparedby Research Resolutions& Consulting Ltd., for theOntario Arts Council, reports that two-fifths ofthe 2.2 million foreign tourists to Ontario arrivewith the intention of participating in arts and cultureactivities. Tourists who pursue arts and culturetend to spend more money than the averagetraveller, with their visits contributing more than$3.7 billion annually towards the province’s grossdomestic product. Infact, 31 percent ofthe respondents tothis survey specificallyidentified musicfestivals as theirreason for visitinga region.With 10 weeks of free outdoor concertsand two music festivals in July and August,North Hastings offers a rich experience for bothperformers and appreciators of live music. Thesesummer festivals and the rich talent of professionalmusicians being showcased make Bancroft“worth the drive” for cultural travellers, withthe bonus that they are also driving an economywhich is as much fiscal as it is cultural. •Baptiste Lake Festival guests arrive by boat to watch the performances in this North Hastings annual summer musical event. Photo: Michael MoxamMAYNOOTHExperienceMaynoothand come see for yourself thesestores featured in theCOUNTRY ROADS Spring 2012 issue.Let us help you plan your next visit to the area.Visit www.maynooth.on.ca22 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


Country Roads - Celebrating Life in Hastings County wallmapAdvertiser IndexThe Apple Store - Cooney Farms ........... 60Ashlie’s Books ......................................... 1the FROCK SHOP Ltd. ............................ 61Bancroft Bed & Breakfast ....................... 2Tikit-Visuals ............................................. 62Bancroft Chamber of Commerce ........... 324 I Country RoadsSummer 2013Touch of Class Fashion Boutique ........... 63ALGONqUIN PARKBancroft Summer Theatre ....................... 4Town of Deseronto ................................. 6430Barley Pub & Eatery ................................ 5Trent Hills ................................................ 65Blue Roof Bistro ...................................... 6Tweed Elvis Festival ................................ 66Boretski Gallery ...................................... 7United Restaurant ................................... 67Boutique Inspiration BMR ...................... 8Warren & Co. Contracting ...................... 68CleanRite ................................................ 9Weeds B’ Gone ...................................... 69Cooney Auto Sales ................................. 10Welcome Wagon .................................... 70Cottage Docks.com ................................ 11Wells Ford .............................................. 7135 37 41Country Treasures ................................... 12Wilson’s of Madoc .................................. 72Craftsman Restaurant ............................. 13Wilton Cheese Factory ........................... 733 4 61 2Dancing Moon Gallery ........................... 14Your Pet’s Personal Carpenter ................ 74Desmond Technology/Xplornet ............. 15Zihua Clothing Boutique ........................ 7540 44 451611Don Koppin General Contractor ............ 1650 57 7536Dr. Brett’s Family Dentistry ..................... 17Dr. Doug Smith & Associates ................. 18Elizabeth Crombie, Royal LePage .......... 1932Empire Cheese ....................................... 2049Explorers Market .................................... 211347Farmgate Gardens .................................. 22Farmtown Park ........................................ 23Gilmour Meat Shop and Deli .................. 24Glanmore Historic Site............................ 25Hearts to God ......................................... 264346Joe VanVeenen MapJohn O’Neills Placeat Tompkins by the Bay .......................... 27Johnstons Pharmacy & Gift Shoppe ....... 28Karen Brown Antiques & Collectibles ..... 29Killarney Lodge ...................................... 30


HASTINGSCOUNTYSERVICES6915747012 28555 72858 6638Kimberly’s DeJaVu Boutique .................. 31Lakeside Gems/Nature Shop & Studio ... 32Leon James Home Renovations& Repairs Ltd. ......................................... 33LULLIDAZA - Everything Old isGreen Again ........................................... 34Madawaska Art Shop .............................. 35Makin’ Waves Marine ............................. 36Maynooth General Store ........................ 37McKeown Motor Sales ........................... 38Miss Priss ................................................ 39Mystical Creations New Age Shop ......... 40North Hastings.com ............................... 41O’Connor House English Tea Room ....... 42Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery ......... 43Old Tin Shed .......................................... 44Posies Flowers & Gifts ............................ 45Red Church Gallery ................................ 46Red Steer Butcher Shop ......................... 47Renshaw Power Products ....................... 48Revival Store ........................................... 49Rural Roots Café ..................................... 50Ruttle Brothers Furniture ........................ 51Sand ‘n Sea Swim & Cruise Boutique ..... 52Sans Souci Banquet,Conference Centre/Café/Catering ......... 53Stephen Licence ..................................... 54Steinberg Dental Centres ....................... 55Stirling Rawdon ...................................... 56Stone Kitchen ......................................... 57Sweet Temptations ................................. 58Table-Craft .............................................. 594823 26 3456 60 71CAMPBELLFORD2065292714226764554217 687 9 10 18 25 31 3324626154535139countyBRIGHTONNAPANEEPICTON5952 632119ODESSA73I Country RoadsSummer 2013 IhastingsSummer 2013Country Roads I 25


TELLINGTALESThe Matthews BrothersThe Stanley Cup playoffs had just begun, and likethousands of others around the country, I foundmyself planted in front of a television screen. Asthe game opened, views of Ottawa Senator andMontreal Canadien players started to flood thescreen before me. I stared intently, and quicklymy ears were in tune with a very familiar sound,a sound that was thick on instrumentation coupledwith voices that did not conform to standards butinstead exceeded parameters of any musical genre.“Hungry Heart” by Hastings County’s The MatthewsBrothers quickly invaded the ears and heartsof all those listening.This was not my first time hearing their work,but certainly one that will resonate with me as anexample of the immense talent that this group possesses.A few years ago two young men walkedinto my place of employment, Sam the RecordMan, one sporting a very unique mustache andthe other exuding a cool and calm demeanor. Whowere these young gentlemen? None other than theMatthews Brothers, Cole and Mike.I have often watched them wander throughoutthe store with sincere curiosity; part of a never-endingmission to discover new and exciting sources ofmusical inspiration. Sam the Record Man has beencarrying their albums since the first release, and inmy capacity as store manager, I have watched thegroup develop and find an ever-growing audiencealong the way.In a small cabin in the woods, these two classicallytrained brothers found their place, one thatquickly was brought to life by the impeccable singer-songwriterabilities that these two house withinthemselves. Deeply rooted in the country wherelife was once simple, you are taken back to a timewhen music was equally simplistic. The music isone that finds a sense of style and integrity with theuse of a variety of instruments and sounds.The core of this band is composed of two brothers,backed by a bass, mandolin and drums, withthe occasional banjo or trumpet riff. That alongwith the clever lyrics of the Matthews Brothersmakes you soon realize that this music is completelyraw and unspoiled by the pressures of themodern music scene.Although many different musicians have playedin the group over the years, one thing has remainedconstant: the unique aura that is expressed throughtheir music. Cole and Mike have not allowed theirgrowing fame to alter themselves, and I honestlyfeel that these two young men are embodied byold souls.In the past few years the brothers have released acouple of albums and performed at various tavernsand festivals throughout the province. Their musichas hit the international spotlight with features intelevision, radio and film. The band plans to finishits current recordings and reach a broader audiencevia television and film spotlights, with hopes to takethe show on the road.As for the moment? “It’s all about writing and recording,”says Cole.For more information please check out:www.TheMatthewsBrothers.com,www.facebook.com/The MatthewsBrothers,www.twitter.com/TheMatthewsBrothersTo pick up your copy today please visit:Sam the Record Man, BellevilleiTunes~ Sheena RowneyMary AylwardBy Paul Kirby$18.00Published byKirby BooksAvailable at Ashlie’sBooks, BancroftOn Dec 9, 1862 Richardand Mary Aylward werehanged publicly in downtownBelleville for the murder of their neighbourearlier that year in North Hastings. In ourSpring 2010 issue, with the assistance of notedHastings County historian Gerry Boyce, CountryRoads attended a re-enactment of the trialby the Renaissance Society at Belleville’s St,Theresa’s Catholic School, using actual courttranscripts from 1862. The exercise confirmedinconsistencies that existed and the differencesbetween justice in the mid-19th century comparedto current practices.Bancroft writer Paul Kirby researched the caseof the Aylward murder and execution extensively,resulting in this book.Paudash PoemsBy Kathy Figueroa$19.95Published by BrianWrixon BooksAvailable at Ashlie’sBooks, BancroftHastings County poet,Kathy Figueroa residesnear Paudash Lake, southof Bancroft. Her poetryhas appeared in numerous print and onlinepublications locally, as well as nationally andinternationally.In 2012, she began producing small collectionsof her work. These booklets contain manyof her poems that were first published in the localnewspapers, ‘The Bancroft Times’ and ‘BancroftThis Week.’ Currently, nine different poetrycompilations and one short play are available.Paudash Poems is thoroughly illustrated withwood engravings by Thomas Bewick.Springtime in PaudashBy Kathy FigueroaSpring bath graced the landWith a golden hueWinter’s ice and snow bath given wayTo gentle dewBright flowers unfurl and bees do humAs I roam about in deliriumOh, mighty GodOh, Mother EarthYour creation is esteemed above all worthYou are so infinitely wondrous,Magnificent and wiseBut tell me: Why black flies?Two billion wings doth beat as oneAs a ghastly shadow darkens the sunThe spectre of frogs and locustsFalling from the skiesWould be a reliefCompared to a billion black flies.Bubonic plague infected ratsSwarms of hungry, rabid batsHornets, slugs and buzzing gnatsWon’t suck your blood until you dieLike the flying piranha knownAs, “Black Fly.”Oh, woe to you, foolish mortalWho would venture throughAn open portalTo mow the lawnOr walk the dog‘Tis better, right now, to be a frog. •26 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


ARTISANS AT HANDLiving her dreamCheryl Ellenberger finally makes art a careerSTORY AND PHOTOS BY SHARON HENDERSONMaynooth native Cheryl Ellenberger always wanted to be an artist butwas dissuaded from pursuing it as a career, being warned she would“starve.” But finally Ellenberger took the plunge and her paintings havewon her admiration and awards.Would you describe your art for thoseunacquainted with your work?My art has been a journey, all my life, and is alwaysevolving. I have a love of colour and paint.It is a desire and challenge to make a mark, toshare a colourful landscape, a musical moment,or the light in a foreign country and to engage aviewer in my unique way. It keeps me paintingthe next and the next and the next in any medium,in any size.Did you always know that you wouldbe an artist?Since childhood I knew that I loved to draw.When I graduated from high school I wanted tobe an artist but I was told that I would starve andI listened. As I became an adult I pursued thethings that would bring financial security. For awhile I was sidetracked but things were alwayssimmering and being filed away. Now that I haveembraced art as a career, I am living my dream.What made you want to be an artist?I grew up on a farm in Maynooth, way up on ahill. There I was close to nature and could see theever-changing colours and light of the seasonsat all the times of day and I wanted to capturethem somehow. Animals, life cycles, textures,smells, big open spaces, big skies and alwaysthe weather controlling when and how thingshappen are the life experiences I “draw” from.How did you learn your craft? Do youhave any formal training?After trying a few post secondary options I discoveredSheridan College School of Design andCrafts and majored in Furniture and Wood. Irecently returned to school pursuing my dreamand graduated with a diploma in Fine Arts fromSt. Lawrence College. It was the best thing Iever did.What gives you inspiration for your art?Everything, everywhere is inspiration. A row ofchairs, a pile of rusty metal, my brother’s teamof horses, the sparkling light through the leaves,travelling to other countries, my photographs,seeing a new technique in painting, a musicianon stage with dramatic lighting, and even a favouritemovie and a scene that I can get lost in.Another inspiring aspect of this art journey isteaching it. I was told it would make me a betterpainter and I hope this is true.How has your work evolved over theyears?My art and pursuing it began with pencil, crayons,watercolour. Then markers, ink, design,sculpture, wood, fabric, ceramics, photography,stained glass, demolition and renovation,landscaping, paint, mixed media, murals,found objects, and upcycled and recycled works.Somehow all these things work together. Afterattending art college, I gained knowledge and understandingand with that came more confidence.28 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


Would you explain the process of creatinga piece of art?Creating a piece of art is a blend of using whatI know and sometimes what begins to happenby accident or choice. Sometimes it’s intuitiveand sometimes it’s not. As a painter, I get tobe the magician changing the scene to make itbrighter or bigger, or the opposite colour, or toleave something out, or put something in....ta da!What do you enjoy most about whatyou do?I create or paint for my pleasure mostly. Thatinner fire and passion and my brain so full ofideas can only be satisfied by doing it. There isthe joy and what it gives back to me, but also thechallenge. I get lost a little, I go to a place andI come back a little drained but in a good way.Do you plan every detail of the finalpieces ahead of time?If I planned every detail of a work I might getbored with it. I like ‘going with it’, it’s more ofan adventure.Have you received any awards or distinctionsfor your work in this field?I recently won the Best 2-Dimensional MixedMedia award for ‘Shopping in Avignon’ at theArt Gallery of Bancroft. When I graduated fromSt. Lawrence College, I received the AcademicCouncil Medal Award and the Brockville FineArts Alumni Award. In some strange way the rewardis not in the recognition but in doing andrealizing the growth and improvement.What wisdom do you possess thatmight be useful for those interested inpursuing a vocation in quality craftsmanship?Don’t give up. The more you do, the more youwant to do. If you make mistakes it just pushesyou to do the next one and the next one and thenext one, and do it better. Learn to see. Be original,genuine and unique.How can people access the fruits ofyour labour?You can view some of my work at my boutique/gallery, Clique 57, in the heart of downtown Bancroftor my home studio, Red Dog Studio, whenI am at home. Clique 57 is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Clique57 and you can see someof my work at www.reddogstudio.blogspot.com.I have a show coming up in September called“Fresh Paint” at the Art Gallery of Bancroft. •Summer 2013Country Roads I29


BY MICHELLE ANNETTE TREMBLAYHornblende (black) and feldspar ( light brown), Bear Lake Diggings, Tory Hill. Photo courtesy: Chris FoutsWORTH ITSWEIGHT IN GOLDThe life of a modern day prospectorThere are a few rare moments in life when you feel like you’ve walkedinto some sort of epic feature film. Like everything is just a bit toofantastic to be real. That’s how I felt when, after a long windingdrive down dusty dirt roads, I stepped into Chris Fouts’ home forthe first time.Fouts is a prospector, and a geologist, though not always in that order. Hedivides his time between contract prospecting work for large developmentcompanies such as First Nickel, traveling to mineral shows across the country,selling specimens from his extensive collection, and occasionally leadingfield tours, or consulting. As he leads me to the front room of his sprawling30 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


Want to go out prospecting? Get yourself a buddy, and a strongknapsack filled with: a hammer and chisel, satellite GPS (with extrabatteries), compass, cell phone, notepad, and a bottle of water.Don’t forget good shoes, a hat, and protective eyewear.Photo: Michelle Annette Tremblayhome, overlooking a large unspoiled bay, I am struck first by the view, thenby the floor-to-ceiling bookcases overflowing with history and geology tomes,then the display-shelves full of exquisite mineral specimens and finally bythe grand antique desk. Fouts, rugged in his expedition clothes, starts talkingabout tectonic plates and the molecular structure of various minerals with thecharisma and authority of a university professor.“Is this guy for real?” I think. “Have I just wandered into Indiana Jones’study?”You don’t meet prospectors every day, not in the age of teleconferences andsoftware development expos. No, you’re quite lucky if you chance across atrue prospector. They’re still around but they’ve changed since the days ofthe old west. You won’t find a lone wanderer panning for gold in a floppybrimmed hat, driven bush-mad by his solitude. You won’t hear him exclaim,“There’s gold up in them hills,” as he spits tobacco juice at a rattlesnake.Well, actually, you might.“A prospector will tell you all the reasons why there’s gold up in thosehills,” says Fouts. “A geologist will tell you why there’s not.”It comes down to a difference in perspective. Fouts explains that by the timea geologist is finished their post secondary education, they are so hyperawareof all the various conditions that need to come together to create a large viabledeposit of ore, that unless there’s glaring evidence of its existence, they’renot easily convinced it’s there. Today’s geologists know that most areas inNorth America have already been examined. Today’s geologists have hightech equipment - that Batman and Bond would be envious of - to tell themwhat’s under the layers of vegetation, soil and rock over which they stand.Geologists like Fouts know better. But he isn’t your typical geologist.Sure, he’s got the degrees and experience behind him; he’sbona fide. But there’s another side to him. In his heart,he’s a prospector. And while geologists have theirschooling, and funding, and tools and gadgets,prospectors have something even more rare andvaluable. Faith.“You’ll never meet a pessimistic prospector,”says Chris. There’s no accreditation for beinga prospector. No doctorate degree. Prospectorslearn what they know in the field, through experience.Without all that schooling, withoutlearning the details of how rare and unlikely itis that conditions will come together ‘just so’to create the right environment for crystals togrow, prospectors are unburdened and romantic.“They’re gamblers,” says Fouts, explainingthat prospectors always believe the next big findis right around the corner.Before meeting Chris, I honestly wasn’t sureexactly what a modern day prospector is. He tellsme that at its core, prospecting is just the actionof seeking ore, which is any valuable mineral, sothey can stake a claim and sell it to a developer.Summer 2013Country Roads I31


Modern day prospector ,Chris Fouts, is the Vice President of the Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club,and the owner of Mad River Minerals. Photo: Michelle Annette TremblayI’ve alwayswondered why gold isso sought after in thefirst place. You can’teat it or use it for fuel,so what’s the big deal?This is usually begun by examining an outcrop- that is, a large exposed area of bedrock - forsigns of valuable deposits.What constitutes as valuable changes with thetimes though. For example, Fouts explains to methat silver was once just as precious as gold. I’vealways wondered why gold is so sought after inthe first place. You can’t eat it or use it for fuel,so what’s the big deal? Chris laughs a little whenI ask him about this, but answers my elementaryquestion happily.Gold doesn’t corrode, and it’s malleable. In daysgone by, these qualities made it incredibly desirable.You could make a nice golden cup withouttoo much effort, and not worry about it breakingor rusting. And yes, it’s pretty and shiny. Silver, onthe other hand will tarnish, which is why it’s notas valuable as gold today. But, Chris tells me, thatwasn’t always the case.“Silver didn’t start tarnishing until the industrialrevolution, when we put all kinds of sulphur in theair,” he says.Wow. This guy is a wealth of information. Havingnever studied science beyond Grade 10, in favourof an arts education, I take the opportunity tofire a bunch of earth sciences questions at Fouts,one after another. He answers them all with easeand clarity. Then he gets on a roll and starts talkingabout the composition of magma, the differencebetween continental and seabed crust, andthe presence of various elements throughout theuniverse. He has detailed answers to incrediblycomplex questions; some questions I didn’t evenknow existed.Chris makes Bancroft his home, which makesperfect sense since it’s the mineral capital of Canada,and has vast forests perfect for a long prospectinghike. Every August, thousands of mineralcollectors from around the world gather in Bancroftfor the Rockhound Gemboree. Indeed, this year,Fouts will showcase his collection at the Gemboree’s50th anniversary.“One of the things that makes the Bancroft areaso special is a rock type up here called skarn,”explains Chris. “It’s a metamorphic rock that’sformed from the mixture of hot igneous rock intrudinginto pre-existing sedimentary rock. Someof that sedimentary rock melts, and the two elementscome together. This, especially in the Bancroftarea, is very important for mineral collecting,because we find a lot of new minerals in skarn thatwe don’t find otherwise.”Fouts tells me that he originally became interestedin geology as a teenager. He was watchinga show on TV about the US military’s experi-Red Church Gallery2191 Hwy 620, Coe Hill(30 minutes south of Bancroft)Featuring original paintings;photography; sculptures;hand-made jewelry and moreOpen weekends -May 18 until October 1210 am- 4 pmAshlie’sBooks65 Hastings St. North, Bancroft, ON10% OFF (Or MOrE)ALL NEW PAPErBACKS25% OFF (Or MOrE)ALL NEW HArDCOVErSWe alSO dOSPeCIal ORdeRS613.332.2946www.ashlies.cabooks@ashlies.caR e d c h u R c h g a l l e R y . c o m32 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


Chris points out how the head of his chisel has ‘mushroomed’ after years of use, and emphasizes the importance ofprotective eyewear to deflect bits of flying rock. Photo: Michelle Annette Tremblayments with earthquakes. They discovered that ifthey injected large quantities of water into theearth’s crust, they could cause an earthquake inan area with low seismic activity. Chris thoughtthis was fascinating and couldn’t stop thinkingabout it. He explains to me that the earth’s tectonicplates are always in slight motion, movingat a rate of about 5cm per year.“If the plates just slid past each other, thatwould be fine, but they rub, and they get stuck,”says Chris.This is a problem in areas like the San AndreasFault because it results in a build-up of pressure.When the pressure mounts too much, suddenlyyou’ve got a catastrophic quake. But - and thisis what young Chris found so interesting - if youintroduce a lubricant, you can help the platesslide against each other, releasing pressure andresulting in a series of small quakes rather thanone big destructive one. This idea of exertingsome control over nature, for the common good,excited Chris, and ultimately drove him to pursuegeophysics at Western University. Once hegot there though, he ended up switching focusslightly and going into broad geology. There arejust so many cool applications for a broad geologybackground.“Geophysics is what lured me to university,”Fouts says. “Geology is what kept me there.”He tells me a story of a DEA agent that wentmissing in Mexico some years ago. After the USGovernment put pressure on the Mexican Governmentto find the agent, he suddenly turned up. Or,rather, was dug up. It was big news at the time, sothe exhumation of the body was broadcast on CNN.Chris’ eyes sparkle as he tells me the next bit.“A geologist watching it on TV noticed thatthe soil on the body didn’t match the dirt at thesite,” says Chris. “So he phoned the FBI andsaid, ‘Hey, you guys probably already know this,but just in case...’” Chris chuckles. “They calledhim in for an interview and hired him as a forensicgeology consultant.”Your Pets Ad_Layout 1 10/25/12 2:12 PM Page 1This is what Chris really loves about prospecting.He says he feels like a detective. No, hedoesn’t solve crimes, but he uses a lot of deductivereasoning. The outcrops he studies give himall kinds of clues about what’s underneath.“I read the history of every rock I pass by likeit’s a book,” he says. “And the more I look at it,the more it tells me.”With his prospector’s heart, and his geologist’smind, Chris can look at a mineral specimen andtell you what it is and where it came from. Heexamines the shapes of the crystals, and the othertrace minerals present. With his trusty tools hecan pick into an outcrop and tell you whetheryou’re likely to find copper deposits underneath.He knows which minerals like to “hang out together.”That’s because he has a deep understandingof how elements on the earth come togetherto form minerals, and how, over time, heavierelements sink deep into the earth.Don’t worry though, you don’t need all ofChris’ insight or experience to go prospecting.You may not discover the next big iron depositbut you could probably find yourself a prettychunk of sodalite or quartz.“You’ll need a buddy, first of all, in case youget sick or injured. That and good footwear, ahat, and a chisel,” Fouts says, as he pulls out hisknapsack to show me. It’s a Swiss Army one,WindoW Ledge StairS • CaSketSBed StairS • SpeCiaL requeStS and more!CaLL uS todaY!terry Bell613-473-1589 • llebgt@hotmail.com,Summer 2013Country Roads I33


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Pyroxene crystals, Bancroft. Photo courtesy: Chris FoutsThis display is just a taste of the huge selection ofmineral specimens available for purchase each year atBancroft’s annual Rockhound Gemboree.Photo courtesy: Chris Foutsthe weather; the shift of the wind blowing theleaves backwards, indicating bad weather; thesudden drop in the temperature of a cold frontmoving in; the smell of the awakening earth inthe spring; rotting leaves in the fall; the treescoming into pollination, each species with itsown smell. The warmth of the rock outcrops inthe sun, the cool of a shaded swale. Identifyingthe different rock types as you pass through theforest; building a map in your mind and on paper.Finding something that no one has seen, ornoticed, before.”As we finish up our interview, the sun slowlysets over the lake, its reflection dancing on thewater below and on the mica and quartz crystalsdisplayed on the deck. Chris’ lovely wifeinvites me to stay for dinner. We talk and laughover a long decadent meal, complete with Chris’homemade strawberry crumble. This is the life, Ithink. There’s gold up in these hills after all. •(Editor’s note: If you do go prospecting,in addition to the precautionsmentioned in this article, please alsobe mindful that you don’t intrude onprivate property.)Morganite (or pink beryl), Brazil.Photo courtesy: Chris FoutsExperts In: General Office Cleaning,Medical Office Cleaning, Dental OfficeCleaning, Construction Clean-up, Floor Care,Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Care.With over 15 years of experience, we giveyour office that “White Glove” clean you’vebeen looking for! We are Liability Insured,Police Cleared, and we’ve gotGreat References. Contact Us Today!Summer 2013Country Roads I35


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C r o s s r o a d sSending a strong messageBeing a woman in a male-dominated sport has given Caley Weese firsthand experience of what it feels liketo be an outsider.Photo by Don Simpson / courtesy Weese RacingWeese is only into her second summer with theanti-bullying campaign yet has seen a lot of interestfrom children and adults.Photo by Don Simpson / courtesy Weese RacingCaley Weese knows a thing or two about being anoutsider. As a woman entering the male-dominatedsport of car racing, and coming from a family withno motorsport background, the 26-year-old Bellevilleresident has always faced a bit of a struggle to be acceptedby her peers.So who better to be at the forefront of an anti-bullyingcampaign through Hastings County and thesurrounding area? One of the top Pro Late Modeldrivers at Brighton Speedway, Weese is starting hersecond year of raising awareness about the threat andconsequences of childhood bullying through her racingefforts. She is selling anti-bullying shirts for $10apiece and the first 500 sold will get the buyers freeadmission to Brighton Speedway on the evening ofSunday, Sept. 1, when Weese is promoting an antibullyingnight at the track.In her first year of the campaign last year Weesesold 570 shirts and she says this year’s goal is to top1,000 sold. As part of this year’s program she is promotingKids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868), a 24-hourhotline that gives children across Canada access to aprofessional counselor.Ironically, Weese did not intend to spearhead ananti-bullying campaign when she took up the causefor the 2012 racing season.“I talked to the Hastings Prince Edward DistrictSchool Board and the Belleville Police, and theydidn’t really have anything in place,” she explains.“They thought it would be great if I could createa campaign and the support off the bat was overwhelming.”In addition to selling t-shirts, Weese travels withher race car to a wide range of community events tospread the anti-bullying message. Funds from her t-shirt sales help cover her travel costs.“We go to a lot of community events, especiallythose involved with youth groups,” she explains. “It’sreally great to see the interest from little kids right upto adults. Even if people aren’t personally affected bybullying there’s still a lot of support for our program.I’ve been thoroughly impressed.”The impact of childhood bullying resonates withWeese, and she is keenly aware of its impact.“Bullying hits home for me as a female race cardriver, and as a child I was bullied as well,” she explains.“I was never physically bullied, but I experiencedit verbally or by exclusion. I never liked sportsat school. When we played baseball I would be the onewho wanted to go way back into the outfield and havesomeone stand in front of me. It just wasn’t my thing.“Racing changed my life. I went from being a super-quietkid to being a racer. My message is that youdon’t need to follow what everybody else does. Youneed to follow what you want to do, and there willbe people there to support you.”Weese caught the racing bug when she was 15 andsaw an event at Brighton Speedway.“No one in my family thought it was a good ideaexcept me,” she recalls. “I started with enduranceraces and in my first one my car blew up, and I thinkmy parents expected that would be the end of it. I’dbe fed up with it. But two weeks later I was lookingfor another car. I was determined to make it work.”Weese took auto shop classes in high school tohelp improve her mechanical knowledge, a distinctdeparture from most teenage girls, and she and herfather pored over technical regulations as they preparedcars for Caley to race at Brighton Speedway.In 2004, just her third year in the sport, Weese wonthe Comp 4 title at Brighton. In 2009 she competedin Pro Stock and claimed the Eastern Ontario StockChallenge Series, and the following year moved upto the new Pro Late Model class. Along the way shehas faced the same challenges of being an outsiderthat she experienced in school.“I think there is still an attitude that no guy wantsto get beat by a girl,” she explains. “There is thatmentality that girls don’t belong in racing cars. But Ithink I’ve gained respect now. If I head to some biggervenues, where I’m a little fish in a big sea, I mightnotice it, but not at Brighton. The racing community isactually very tight, and it’s amazing how many peoplewill come to your aid when you’ve got a problem atthe track. That part of it is very cool.“I like a challenge and I like to make things happen.When people tell me I can’t do something I like toprove them wrong. You can do anything you want; itdoesn’t matter if it’s not the perfect scenario.”Weese maintains a busy schedule and her racingambitions extend beyond Brighton Speedway or evensouthern Ontario. She is the team owner of WeeseRacing and is actively involved in the maintenanceand preparation of her race car.“A lot of race drivers are just drivers, and I hatethat,” she says. “It was just my Dad and I when westarted, and I needed to know everything I could tobe able to look after the car myself. These cars arevery much set-up related and it falls on me to makesure everything is prepared properly.”She also owns an advertising and promotions business,Fresh Thinking by Caley Weese, and is a fulltime marketing and event planner with McDougallInsurance & Financial.“Every race driver would love to be a career driver,”she admits. “If I was offered a ride I’d be thrilled.I was part of a race school in North Carolina last yearand I gained a lot of knowledge. The people thatwere teaching us work with NASCAR. It’s toughon a local level but I’d love to continue doing whatI’m doing.”If Weese could take her career further it would certainlyhave an impact on those touched by her antibullyingmessage. However, she has likely had an impacteven making it to this stage in her racing career.“I don’t think we’re saving the world,” she says,“but I hope we’re making a small difference.” •Summer 2013Country Roads I37


Bee FeverTrying to aid in the plight of the bumblebeeBY MICHELLE ANNETTE TREMBLAY38 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


(Facing page) The common Eastern Bumble Bee on a sunflowerPhoto courtesy: Sue ChanI’m flying over vast grassy landscapes in myspeedy little bee-mobile, focused on a giantSunflower Supermarket ahead, beckoning mewith neon lights flashing ‘Food, Food, Food.’Almost out of gas and exhausted, I worry about myreturn flight. What if I don’t have enough power tomake it home? What will my babies eat? I push on.It is a fever-induced dream, inspired no doubtby the interview I had yesterday with pollinationbiologist, Susan Chan. She described this very scenario.Except, of course, in her version it was a realbee, not a strange human-bee-car hybrid. In bothversions though, the ending is the same.Just when I think I can’t possibly fly any further,I reach the Sunflower Supermarket, relieved, andanxious to stock up on pollen and nectar. But thelights are off. The doors are locked. The sign saysclosed. There is no indication of when it will reopen.I couldn’t have known it from a distance, butthis is a genetically modified pollen-less sunflower.It will last longer in a vase than a regular sunflowerand won’t shed that yellow dust that stains tablecloths. But it also won’t feed my children.The plight of the bumblebee, and every othertype of bee for that matter, is well documented.The decline is undeniable, and the internet is fullof petitions to ban neonicotinoid pesticides andgenetically modified seeds. For good reason. Insome parts of China, high profit yielding fruits,such as Asian pears, are now hand pollinated bypeople, because the bee population has been allbut wiped out. In the United States, bee populationshave decreased by 50 percent. Since fruits andberries rely on bees for pollination, this is a majorfood concern, not just for people but for birds andsmall critters. And the larger animals that prey onthem. It affects the whole food chain.When I wake up, groggy from sleep and fever,I sip some lemon ginger tea and let a large spoonfulof organic honey sooth my swollen tonsils. Ah,honey. I wonder if it is coincidence, irony, or perhapsfate that I am ill while preparing this articleon the importance of bees. I am sick with tonsillitisand treating myself with one of nature’s oldest antibiotics.The ancient Egyptians used it; Chan explainsthat archaeologists have found vats of honeystashed in tombs and that, incredibly, it is still safeto eat today.“The reason they pasteurize honey is not so itdoesn’t spoil. It has such a high sugar content thatthings can’t grow in it. It’s the ultimate safe thingto eat,” Chan says. Rather, honey is pasteurized -that is heated and filtered - so it will stay in its liquidform and not crystallize. It’s more attractive toconsumers this way. Or at least it was. Graduallyideals are shifting. The demand for raw honey isincreasing, as is the movement to protect diminishingbee populations.Chan knows a lot about honey and bees. Shefirst became interested in keeping bees as a child,inspired by her grandmother, who was also a beekeeper.Sue is the author of ‘A Landowner’s Guideto Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario,’ a 40-page handbook that is available in hardcover, or asan ebook. She also teaches Sustainable Agricultureat Fleming College in Lindsay, and travels acrossthe province lecturing on wild pollinators. Lastyear alone she gave 25 guest lectures. On top ofthat, she’s an ecological bee-keeper, co-founderof the Lakefield Farmers’ Market, project managerof Farms at Work, and manager of the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee Project. If ever I needed abee expert, I certainly found one.Although Chan and I try to focus our interviewon ways to support native bee populations, we frequentlywander off topic, discussing how fascinatingit is that bees are really, in effect, an invisiblework force that works for free, contributing moreto our eco-system than we can ever really know.There is still so much we don’t know about nativeBees travel from flower to flower, collecting nectar andpollen for their own purposes and at the same time ensuringthe survival of many species of plants.Photo: Michelle Annette TremblayJust when I think I can’tpossibly fly any further,I reach the SunflowerSupermarket, relieved,and anxious to stock upon pollen and nectar.But the lights are off. Thedoors are locked. Thesign says closed.Summer 2013Country Roads I39


Pollination Biologist Sue Chan demonstrating how tomake a bumble bee nest.Photo courtesy: Sue Chan(Top) Squash bees on female squash flower.Photo courtesy: Sue Chan(Bottom) Growing wildflowers on your property is anexcellent way to support bees.Photo: Michelle Annette TremblayOne of the easiest waysto support native beepopulations is to providean environment wherethey will thrive40 I Country RoadsSummer 2013bees, because it’s difficult to study them withoutdestroying their nests in the process. Sue and I alsogiggle, even though it’s a very serious matter, abouthow bees are sex workers.“As far as we know, bees are being manipulatedby flowers, and they have no idea that they playthis much larger role,” Chan explains. “I love thembecause they’re the interface between the plant andanimal kingdoms. There’s something about that.The bees show up to get nectar for the adults andpollen for the babies. But the flower won’t give thebee everything it needs - not enough nectar - so thebee has to go to the next flower. Flowers have noneed to produce nectar other than to attract beesto transport their pollen. It’s a sex trade – a flowersex trade. Sex that involves a third party.”When you get down to it, bees are just incrediblyinteresting creatures. There are over 400 native speciesof bees in Ontario, all doing different things,pollinating different types of plants and rangingin size from a grain of rice to a plump grape. Dothey have any idea the huge role they play? Do theyeven realize, as they travel from flower to flower,collecting nectar and pollen for their own purposesthat they are also responsible for the survival of allthese many species of plants? Chan and I get sidetrackedby three or four philosophical conversationsabout interconnectivity and purpose, before comingback to the big question: what can we, as ordinarypeople, do about the problem of bee decline?“Twenty-two years ago, when I was doing mymasters, no one was interested in pollinators, butnow people are riveted,” says Sue. “We’ve madegreat strides.”While the wellbeing of all pollinators, includingdomestic and commercial bees, is best protectedby staying informed, sharing information, writingletters and signing petitions, there are plenty ofthings we can do to support our local wild pollinators,who are also at risk.One of the easiest ways to support native beepopulations is to provide an environment wherethey will thrive, by forgoing artificial fertilizersand instead improving soil quality with nitrogenrichcompost. Worm castings are a good optionand can be purchased at an increasing number ofgarden supply stores. Choosing heritage varietiesof seeds that are not pollen-less and not modifiedhelps, too. A bee can only travel about 100 metresat a time on its little wings, and if it uses up all itsenergy to reach a flower that yields no pollen, itmeans disaster for that particular bee as well as itspotential offspring (wild bees do not live in largecolonies with only one reproducing female likehoney bees do). Growing wildflowers and lettingclover and dandelions grow in your yard is also agood way to support bees. If you want to get evenmore active, Chan says there are lots of instructionsonline for building little bee habitats by placingreeds, straws or even bits of wood with drilled outtunnels in low-traffic areas for bees to nest inside.


“This is not a message of doom and gloom,”says Sue. “It’s a message of opportunity; a messageof redemption. We’ve not gone so far that wecan’t recover.”Organic farmer Robert Snefjella agrees with her.“I’m optimistic that the bees will be here for along time,” says Snefjella. He has a close relationshipwith bees, both depending on them to pollinatehis crops and doing what he can to protect themand provide an environment they can flourish in.“There are a lot of little tricks you can use tocreate a summer of bounty for bees,” says Robert.He talks about how soil quality affects how muchnectar plants produce and recommends growing avariety of flowering plants, that bloom at differenttimes, including basswood, which is plentiful inNorth Hastings, and makes exquisitely tasty honey.Pussy Willow is also an important food for bees,because it is one of the earliest flowering plantsthat emerges in the spring and is often a first foodfor young bees.“Another trick, if you’re planting an orchard andyou want some fruit trees that flower late, is toplant them on the north slope,” says Robert. “Fruittrees on the north slope tend to flower a little bitlater than those on the south slope.” By carefullyplanning your garden, you can ensure food will beplentiful all summer long for native bees.Robert and his wife bought their North Hastings’farm in 1973, with the intent of living a morenatural lifestyle.“Back then when I told people I was going tofarm organically, well...” he trails off, chuckling.“At that time it was kind of lunatic fringe. Butsince then it’s become much more mainstream.”Indeed, today in North Hastings you don’t have toask around very much before you find several peoplewho are farming organically, and keeping bees.Robert isn’t bee-keeping on his farm currently,but fondly remembers keeping bees in the past, andhopes to again when the time is right. Because hehas an orchard, bears are attracted to his propertyand they can wreak havoc on a hive.“When you’re doing it for the first time, it’s abit scary,” admits Robert, but says this shouldn’tstop people from considering bee-keeping becauseonce you get the hang of it, it’s really rewarding.“I hadn’t worked with a beekeeper before, soit was all new to me in the beginning. It was withsome apprehension that I made my first moves.Pussy Willow is an important food for bees as it is oneof the earliest flowering plants in spring.Photo: Michelle Annette TremblayShopping in Friendly NapaneeHow do I packfor a day atthe beach?Start with a swimsuitthat flatters me,end with a dressfor diningon the patio.Your vacation wardrobe starts here!visitSand 'n' Seafor all your travel essentials!Discover unique pieces that you'llwant to wear again and again!in sizes 2 thru 24.Collect your Loyalty Rewards.Open 6 daysa week to make yourSummer fabulous.613-354-35453 Dundas St.West of Centre indowntown Napaneew w w . s a n d n s e a b o u t i q u e . c o mwww.explorersmarket.com27 Kellwood Crescent, Napanee (613) 354-5649Celebrating 22 Years613.354.27992 DunDas st. W.,napanee, OnWWW.tOuchOfclassfashiOns.caSummer 2013Country Roads I41


The endangered Rusty-Patched Bumble BeePhoto courtesy: Sue ChanSEM of pollen on a squash bee’s leg. Photo courtesy: Sue ChanThe bees were a little annoyed with me at first,but I learned a little bit of the art of how to treatthem. It’s truly a fascinating art and science,” saysRobert. “It feels really good to go in among yourbees without having to smoke them. Going in andworking among them, and escaping without crushingany or getting stung.”One of the biggest things Snefjella learned aboutbeekeeping was to understand that bees, like allcreatures, have good days and bad days. They arecontent when it’s warm and sunny, grumpy whenit’s cold, rainy or windy.“A lot depends on handling the whole thing gently,and in good weather – if the bees are happy it’seasy to work with them, other times I think, ‘I’llcome back later; they’re not into this today,’” explainsRobert. “But sometimes, even if the weatheris poor you’ll have to go out there for some reasonand might end up with some stings or have to usea little bit of smoke.”As Robert mentions bee stings I am remindedat once of childhood fears and homeopathic remedies.It seems even the bee’s sting has a purpose.Bee venom therapy can apparently be used to treatmultiple ailments including arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis,keloids and shingles.While I continue to successfully treat my ownailment, acute tonsillitis, with honey, I feel a greatgratitude toward these amazing little insects. AndI’m not alone. Since I started researching bees, itseems everyone I run into has some sort of interestin pollination, or organic farming, or raw honey.“Consumers have a huge role because they’rethe ones buying the food,” says Chan. Yes. We votewith our dollars, and more and more people arevoting for a healthy sustainable future.“Throughout history we’ve always come to aplace and then turned a corner. This insecticidestuff is old fashioned,” Sue explains. “It’s all aboutfarmers saying, ‘enough already, we want to doit differently.’ It’s all about governments saying,‘enough already, it’s too dangerous to put our pollinatorworkforce at jeopardy.’ It’s all about theinsecticide companies listening to the increasingnumbers of consumers that are asking for a change.We need to move forward with a different agenda.It’s already happening. My image is a huge oceanliner with this tiny rudder. We’re turning the shipvery slowly.”I want to help turn the ship faster. Now that I’veregained my health, I have a new affliction. I’vecaught ‘Bee Fever.’ I’ve been infected by a desireto do whatever I can, in my own little corner of theworld, to support bee populations. I can only hopeit’s contagious. •ExperienceThe Perfect DestinationExplore the Great Outdoors, Experience the Scenic Rural Landscapes,Join in the Fun at a Festival or Event, Savour the Flavours,Visit the Boutiques and Shops,or Appreciate the Arts and Entertainment.Find out more with your copy of the 2013 Traveller’s Guide to Trent HillsVisit www.VisitTrentHills.ca or call 705-653-1551 or 1-888-653-155642 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


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C o u n t r y C a l e n d a rThings to see and do in and around Hastings County.To submit your event listing email info@countryroadshastings.ca or call us at 613 395-0499.ART GALLERIES/EXHIBITIONSArt Gallery of Bancroft, 10 Flint Avenue,Bancroft, 613-332-1542 www.agb.weebly.comJune 5 - July 7 - The Presence of Nature;Works by Ingrid Monteith & DonnaCaldwellJuly 10 - August 4 – Wild Women– Painters of the Wilderness; JoyceBurkholder, Kathy Haycock and LindaSorensenAugust 7 - September 1 – NewDirections; Gretel Boose, Multi MediaArtistSeptember 4 - 29 - Fresh Paint;Cheryl Ellenberger, PainterJohn M. Parrott Art Gallery, BellevillePublic Library, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville,613-968-6731, ext. 2240, www.bellevillelibrary.comJune 6 – July 11 - Gallery One -TheArtists of Algonquin; work in variousmedia by a number of artists inspiredby Algonquin Park and Ontario’s nearnorth. Opening reception June 6th; 6 –7:30 pmJune 4 – 14 - Gallery Two - The kindergartenstudents from Queen VictoriaSchool return for their second annualexhibition. Opening reception June 5th;2 – 4 pmJune 20 – July 11 -Gallery Two -Sweet Assorted; a variety of work inseveral media by local artist and authorJim Christy, to accompany his latestbook of the same name. Opening receptionJune 20th; 6 – 7:30 pmJuly 18 – August 29 - Gallery One-The Kingston Fibre Artists present “StitchHappens”, an exhibition of hand craftedwork in various fibre media. Openingreception July 18th; 6 – 7:30 pmJuly 18 – August 29 - Gallery Two- Bay of Quinte Interpreted II; acollection of works in various media bylocal artists who have interpreted thewinners of the photography contest“Four Seasons of the Bay of Quinte”. Photoswill be hung along with the interpretivepieces. Opening reception July 18thfrom 6 – 7:30 pmTHEATRE/LIVE ENTERTAINMENTBancroft Village Playhouse, 613-332-5918 www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.caBlackfly Theatre 2013 Box Office OpensJune 12. Hours – June; Wed to Sat. 2 -6 pmJuly/Aug - Tuesday to Sat. 2 – 8 pm. Orderyour tickets Toll-free 1-877-322-4682July 2-6, 9-13, 16-20 - Matinee Sat.July 13, 2 pm - Too Many Cooks by MarciaKash and Douglas E. HughesJuly 30-Aug 3, Aug 6-10, Aug 13-17 -Matinee Sat. Aug 10, 2 pm - SteppingOut by Richard HarrisMy Theatre Quinte, Historical TrentonTown Hall - 1861, 55 King Street, TrentonON. info@mytheatrequinte.ca or tickets@mytheatrequinte.ca - www.mytheatrequinte.ca.Tickets also at Quinte WestChamber of Commerce 800-930-3255 or613-392-7635June 6, 7, 8, 9*14, 15, 16* 21, 22(*matinee) - Laughter: 4 One Act Comedies,Directed by Len Hirst with special permissionfrom Samuel French. A Little SomethingFor the Ducks by Jean Lenox Toddie;Last Exit Before Toll by Carrie Goldstein;Crossing The Bar by Don Nigro; Real to Reelby Frank GilroyThe Regent Theatre, 224 Main St. Picton613-476-8416 www.theregenttheatre.orgJuly 13 – Elvis; “The Moments” TributeJuly 27 – Beatlemania RevisitedAug 15 to 18 – PEC Jazz - www.pecjazz.orgSept 20 to 28 – PEC Music Festival -www.pecmusicfestival.comMay 24 to Sept 1 - WALKING TOURSIN PEC, 613-476-8416 ext 28The Stirling Festival Theatre, West FrontSt., Stirling 613-395-2100 1-877-312-1162www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com tickets@stirlingfestivaltheatre.comJuly 6, 2 & 8 pm – School’s Out forSummer - Teen Club All Stars will rockyour world with tributes to Adele, JustinBieber, Selena, Lady Gaga, Carly Rae andmore! Adult $23, Youth $15, Family Pack$60July 17 – 27 – The 39 Steps - Mixthis classic Hitchcock masterpiece witha juicy spy novel, add a dash of MontyPython and you have an intriguing,thrilling, and riotous comedy! All Seats$29, Groups 20+ $26August 8 – 24 – Joseph and theAmazing Technicolour Dreamcoat-The SFT Young Co. bring you the Biblicalsaga of Joseph and his coat of manycolours. The story comes to vibrant life inthis delightful musical parable!Adult $23, Youth $15, Family Pack $60September 11 – 14 – Six Dance Lessonsin Six Weeks - A touching and humancomedy about a formidable retiredwoman, who hires an acerbic danceinstructor to give her private dance lessonsin her Florida condo. Starring SFTFavourite J.P. Baldwin.All Seats $29, Groups 20+ $26EVENTSJune 14 -16 - Prince Edward CurlingClub 49th Antique Show & Sale.Fairgrounds, 375 Main Street East, Picton.Admission $4.00 /Two-Day Entry. LunchAvailable, New Dealers Welcome. 613-476-2078. Wheelchair AccessibleJune 23 - Strawberry Spectacular – Localstrawberries, entertainment and more.Farmtown Park, Stirling, Ontario. www.agmuseum.caJuly 1 - Flowerama – an annual displayof floral wonders and photography put onby the Tweed Horticultural Society. It is nota sale -- it is a show! Free raffle for a planter.10am-4pm Tweed Memorial Park.Free admission. tweedhort.blogspot.comJuly 3 - Fish Fry & Craft Sale. 4:30 - 7pm, South Bay United Church, 2029 CountyRoad 13, near Milford in Prince EdwardCounty. Delicious local fish with all the trimmings.Adults $15; 10 and under $8. Takeoutavail. Free admission to the craft sale inthe heritage schoolhouse next door. Contact613-476-5421.July 3 to August 28 - TD Summer ReadingClub - Summer Reading Club activitiesfor kids includes games, crafts and stories.Once a week in July and August. TweedPublic Library, 230 Metcalf Street. www.tweedlibrary.ca tweedlibrary@vianet.ca613-478-1066July 4-7 - Bancroft Wheels, Water &Wings! Downtown Bancroft -HastingsStreet between Bridge and Station Streets.Midway starts July 4, July 5th 2nd Annual“Wheels” classic car show featuring a streetdance with Freddy Vette & the Flames (nocharge), midway, food & beverage tents.July 6 - “Back to the Future” Boat Show andFamily Water Events in Millennium Parkand the Airport Fly-in Pancake Breakfast-July 7. Bancroft Business Improvement Areabancroftbia@gmail.com.July 6 - Tweed Garden Tour -hosted bythe Friends of the Tweed Library from 10-4.8 outstanding gardens with artists, musiciansand 3 Community Gardens! Rain orShine! Passport $20.00 each/2 for $30.00if purchased before June 15; available atthe Tweed Public Library, Food Company(Tweed), Tweed News and online @ pgweber419@yahoo.ca.Info 613-478-1791.July 7 – Fibre Fest - displays and demonstrationsby Hastings County fibre artists.Farmtown Park, Stirling, Ontario. www.agmuseum.caJuly 13 - 14th Annual Town & CountryGarden Tour hosted by the CanadianFederation of University Women, Bellevilleand District. 10 am – 4 pm (rain or shine)Gardens in and around Belleville. Price:$25 includes self-guided tour, box lunch(pick-up at St.Thomas Anglican Church,Belleville) and more. Proceeds support collegeand university scholarships for localstudents. 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C o u n t r y C a l e n d a rThings to see and do in and around Hastings County.To submit your event listing email info@countryroadshastings.ca or call us at 613 395-0499.July 14 – Belleville Doll & Teddy BearShow & Sale – Fish & Game Club, ElmwoodDrive, Belleville. 10 am – 4 pm. Proceedsto charity. Contact Bev 613-966-8095July 19 - Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournamentand Party in the Square. Heldin Belleville, come to one or both. A greatcommunity event with proceeds to benefitthe kids of Quinte. www.rotaryloveskids.com and www.partyinthesquare.comJuly 20 - Baptiste Lake Music Festivalwww.bancroftdistrict.comJuly 20 - Trenton Horticultural Societyand Garden Club Annual Flower Showand Tea Room. 1:-3:30pm. Trenton LionsClub, 77 Campbell St. Trenton. Horticulturaland design exhibits, plus refreshments. $3pp. Info call Joan at 613 392 2572 or trentonhorticulture@yahoo.caJuly 26 – 28 – 1st Bancroft Meta-Spiritual Gathering; Psychic Fair, MetaphysicalArts Trade Show, Drumming Circle,Workshops, Demos & more. Lakeside Gems,29277 Hwy 28 S., Bancroft. Info gathering@lakesidegems.comJuly 27 - Algonquins of Ontario NationGathering - North Hastings CommunityCentreAddress: 103 Newkirk Blvd., Bancroft.Hosted by: Algonquins of Kijicho ManitoMadaoriskarina (Bancroft) and Algonquinof Whitney and Area.Free admission. Vendors open 8am - 4pm.Vendor info: contact Garry Fennel atgmfennell@hotmail.com, 905-456-1423or 416-473-8856. Volunteers needed 613-338-1197 or moore.karenann@yahoo.caJuly 27 - Royal Garden Party AfternoonTea and Entertainment at MoffattManor B&B, 253 Durham St S Madoc..Sponsored by Madoc Trinity United Churchand Heart of Hastings Hospice. Tickets availableat Wilson’s of Madoc and Bush Furniture.Info call Ron at 613 473-2913July 28 - Annual Gem and MineralShow, Bancroft Legion Hall, Station Street.Exhibits and displays. Lapidary Demos.Mineral specimens. Rock and mineralidentification service. 3 silent auctions. 3door prizes. Grand live auction. Admissionis Adults $3, children and students free. Allproceeds go towards the Bancroft MineralMuseumAug 2 – 4 - Purdy Fest #7 – Livesay-Fest – People’s poetry festival honouringDorothy Livesay. Info Chris Faiers zenriver@sympatico.ca 613 472-6186August 3-4 - 32nd Annual BancroftArt & Craft Guild Summer Art & CraftShow & Sale. Millennium Park, 66 HastingsStreet North, Bancroft. Sat 10am-6pm,Sun 10am-4pm. nancybrookes@yahoo.ca613-338-5431August 9 – 11- Ribfest - West ZwicksPark, Belleville. Fundraising event for BigBrothers Big Sisters of Hastings & PrinceEdward Counties. Fabulous Ribber LineUp, Live Entertainment, Kidz Zone, RaffleDraws, Licensed Event. quinteribfest.caAugust 15 – 18 - Bancroft-MaynoothJazz & Blues Festival. Check facebookpage for details.August 15 – 18 – Stirling AgriculturalFair. www.stirlingfair.comAugust 25 - Queensborough’s AnnualTriathlon - Run/Walk, Swim, Bike Register9:30 am at QCC 1853 Queensborough Road.Do one component of the Triathlon or allthree. Make it a family event. Info Lud &Elaine Kapusta 613 473-1458August 31-September 1 -Maynooth- The 24th annual Madness is madderthan ever the organizers promise.Replacing the loggers games is theHighland Heavies on Saturday with a bigparade, along with the Farmers Marketand Horticultural Fall Fair. Sunday -MudDawgs and a turkey dinner at St. Ignatius.Info www.hastingshighlands.comSeptember 7 -Water Buffalo FoodFestival - www.gobuff.ca - Taste sampleswill Mozzarella di Bufala, Scamorzaand Ricotta cheeses produced from localwater buffalo milk. Experience little Italyin Stirling and visit a family of water buffalofrom the local farm.September 21,22,28,29 - Bancroft &Area Autumn Studio Tour- 10am to 5 pmBancroft and area. Pick up brochure/mapat many local businesses and Bancroft ArtGallerywww.bancroftstudiotour.orgkistead0@gmail.comSeptember 28 & 29 – Tweed & AreaStudio Tour. www.tweedstudiotour.orgNew location added -drop by QueensboroughCommunity Centre at 1853 Queensboroughto see great art. Chili and sweetsavailable.COUNTRY ROADS magazine is searching for anew member to join our team. The individual willbe responsible for print and online advertisingsales in North Hastings County& surrounding communities.Previous sales experience, particularly mediawould be a strong asset for this part time position.July 25 – 28 - Palmer Rapids MusicFestival, Palmer Rapids www.palmerrapids.ca/August 1 – 4 - 50th Annual RockhoundGemboree, Bancroft. Canada’slargest gem & mineral show. Shop allthings rocks and mineral from around theglobe.Raw materials to fine jewellery.www.bancroftdistrict.comAug 23 – 25 – Tweed Elvis Festival –VIVA TWEED. Tribute Artists, Contests, LocalAttractions, Classic Cars, Vegas Showcase,Youth Competition. For tickets, camping,info www.tweedelvisfestival.caIf you enjoy meeting a variety of people,businesses and being part of a locally owned andoperated magazine please contact us.Nancy Hopkins, Publisher 613.395.0499or nancy@countryroadshastings.caGILMOURSMEAT SHOPAND DELIJust over the Bay Bridgein Rossmore613 966 MEAT (6328)Quality and Excellence you can trust• Creative Cakes• Pies & Tarts• French Pastries• Fresh Bread• SpecialtyCandyHomemade Baking broughtto you by Guselle & Jodiinfo@sweettemptationsbakery.ca329 Victoria St. N., Box 508, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0613.478.2212S i n c e 1 8 7 6Naturally Aged Cheese•Fresh Curd• Local Jams & Syrups • Gift BasketsR.R. #5, 1120 COUNTY Rd. #8, CAMPBELLFORD, ONHOURS: Mon. to Sat. 8 am to 5 pm • Sun. 9 am to 5 pmwww.empirecheese.ca705-653-3187 • 1-800-461-6480Summer 2013Country Roads I45


Back RoadsFlying To The Finish LineMen in athletic attire arriving at the finish line of a race, likely during one of the sports daysorganized by the Royal Flying Corps for men of the Deseronto Wing.The first two competitors have a skull and crossbone insignia on their shirts, the symbol used by 90C.T.S. (Canadian Training Squadron), based at Camp Rathbun, one of the Royal Flying Corps’ pilottraining camps near Deseronto. Spectators include men in uniform, women, and children. We knownothing about the creator of these photographs, but we can surmise that he was possibly a member of90 C.T.S. who left his photographs behind when he left the area.This is from a set of photographs taken in Deseronto during the First World War, which came into thepossession of the Stapley family and were donated to the Deseronto Archives in February, 2013.Photo courtesy Deseronto Archives46 I Country RoadsSummer 2013


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