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In tHis Issue 36

Farmer’s Markets and Farm Stand Shopping – Jennifer Lester

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9A valuable personal touch The Art of buying Art – Dean Munroe For the Love of Art!

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Forbidden Beauties From Another Time – Andrea Lucas China teacups and saucers

The County Marathon – Mark Henry A Boston Qualifier

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Autumn Splendour – Janet Jarrell

26 Redtail Winery – Pauline Joicey 29 Canada’s First Off Grid Winery Home Builders Showcase

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New options for today’s new home buyers

Antiques – Mike Malachowski Then and Now

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Chicken with Pastis – Chef Jean-Marc Salvagno A recipe from Provence

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Sustainable Living – Garnet McPherson 33 Tips for a Healthy Home

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The ‘Art’ in Selling the First Canned Goods – Peter Lockyer

58 Group of Seven Artists involved in label design Saitarg’s GQ – Alan Gratias Guido Basso

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The autumn is a splendid time of year with the explosion of colours for all to enjoy. Another great part of the season is buying fresh produce in locations where you can touch the hand of the grower. Whether you buy at the larger farmer’s markets such as the Belleville market or right at the end of the farmer’s lane, you can take pleasure in knowing your food has not only travelled a very short distance, but that you are also supporting our local farmers and neighbours.

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Owning an antique item, whether it has been passed down through your own family or is a treasure you purchased, always brings pleasure. I am privileged to have my grandparents’ oak kitchen table from the farm. When I brought it home, imagine my delight at finding gum stuck under the ridge of the table. I could envision my mother and my rambunctious uncles hiding their gum there as children; it brought back wonderful memories of their childhood stories. With the move to big box furniture, modern design and minimalist style living, I’ve wondered what the future is for antiques. Is there still a BlvlNissan-County-Service-NowOpen-SM-PRESS.pdf 1 12:06:09 market? I asked this question of Mike Malachowski, a man

who has been around antiques most of his life. Mike kindly wrote his take on where the antique market is going. The Prince Edward County Marathon is in its 6th year. Roads are closed off and runners of all ages tackle part or the entire 42.2 Km race. Running the picturesque roads of Prince Edward County in the fall, passing vineyards, farms, villages, lakes and world-class sand dunes, would be great any time for a racer. Known in the racing world, but not well known locally, this race is also a Boston qualifier. Mark Henry takes you behind the scenes of this very special marathon. We decided to do something a little different with our home feature this issue. We asked 3 builders what they are featuring that would appeal to today’s buyer of a new home. The answers; energy savings, the convenience of having a home elevator and preservation and care of the natural surroundings to ensure a pleasant environment in which to live. Several years ago we had a cottage on Lake Consecon in Prince Edward County. Every Thanksgiving we would put the turkey on the BBQ and while it was roasting we would hike Station Road to Hillier stopping for a swing at the playground. The road winds and the trees lean over creating a canopy of breathtaking colour. This may be the hike I’ll take this year, for old times’ sake. You may have your own special fall hike or drive to savour the season. Have a wonderful autumn. 12:41 pm

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lifford Foster politely excuses himself to go stir the maple syrup and rests the phone on the table. He’s taken time out from carefully crafting his popular maple sugar candy to be interviewed about farm markets; but once the syrup reaches a certain temperature, there’s nothing to stop him from ensuring his product is just right. His is a devotion consumers have come to recognize in recent years, and buying directly from him is more than a transaction. It’s an experience, a social movement and, for some, a way of life. While the ways in which we buy and sell our food in the Quinte region can be diverse, there is a tightly woven

common thread. Buying directly from a farmer offers a valuable personal touch and it’s valuable enough that consumers throughout the region are going out of their way to get it. Farm stands and farmer’s markets have been open in southeastern Ontario for two centuries, but it’s how we socialize at these places that’s adding value to an otherwise routine affair. Foster is an East Lake farmer with 585 acres south of Picton and a farm stand across the road from Sandbanks Provincial Park. Along with his parents years ago, and now with two generations of his offspring, he grows and sells his own produce, including maple products.

“People can talk to you and ask you how something is made,” says Foster of the farm stand experience. “They can ask you what variety of corn you’re selling or which variety of strawberries. They might not know what it means when you tell them but they like to know just the same.” Across the region, people are spending their grocery money where they feel they have a personal connection. Global trends today include the advocacy of buying locally, becoming locovores, and eating a 100-mile diet. “That Buy Local advertising has really taken hold,” says Foster. “The ads have made a dramatic difference. Despite the AUTUMN 2009 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING 11


recession, our sales are equal to what they were last year. At the Belleville market, people will ask me, ‘Is this local?’ And I say, ‘Yes, we grew it ourselves.’ And then they buy it.” Jackie Tapp agrees that the Buy Local campaign is a trend that’s been a noticeable help to the farmers. Tapp is a Prince Edward County resident and farmer’s daughter who runs “Jackie’s Market Stand”. She is president of the Belleville Farmer’s Market Association. “Farmers markets took a hit during the boom of the grocery store,” says Tapp. “We’re in a recovery stage now. There are a bunch of little things that contribute to it: the quality of the food and people are happy with the socialization aspect. In a grocery store, it’s not as personal. At the market, you form relationships with the people who buy from you. They’re all friends of mine now.” The cities of Belleville and Quinte West host a formal market three days 12 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2009

a week. In Prince Edward County, the centrally organized market has largely been dismissed in favour of the roadside stand. Lyndsay Richmond became project coordinator for the Picton Business Improvement Area in 2005. She says the topic of a central

“My own opinion was there are so many farm stands already – and people have their own favourite stands they’ve been going to forever – there just was no demand for a large central market.” “You can only stretch yourself so far,” says Clifford Foster. “We already work seven days a week at our corner stand. We also go to market in Kingston and Belleville. And if you can’t do a good job, you shouldn’t do it.” The Belleville Farmer’s Market is open all year on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Started behind City Hall in 1816 by the municipality, the market got a new roof for all-season use several years ago. Tapp says with the new roof came a new set of by-laws.

farm market in Picton was in discussion when she entered the picture, but the concept lacked enthusiasm from the community.

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Another function of the Belleville market is it allows the city’s downtown residents who don’t own a car to supplement their grocery basket with farm fresh goods. “The food at the market is less commercial than what’s otherwise available in the downtown core,” says Tapp. The market in Trenton serves a similar purpose but with a unique twist. Located on a lot close to a marina and the Trent-Severn Waterway, the Quinte West Farmer’s Market attracts many boaters. “The boaters love it,” says Christine Painter, who works for the city and assists the market clerk. “Local farmers get to know who their customers are and build relationships. You can order three pies one week and come back the next week to pick them up. It’s more intimate.” The Quinte West market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during the growing season. Painter says that’s usually from late spring to the end of October. There is an ongoing challenge for the market in Trenton, Painter concedes. Only between three and five vendors attend each time the market is open. “People want it. The community wants it,” says Painter. “But it’s a Catch-22. Without many vendors, few customers are visiting. Without a good customer turnout, the vendors don’t want to come.” Painter says the city is looking into solutions in an effort to protect what’s been a tradition in Trenton since 1890.

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“The city is looking at working with a group to assure the farmers that people will follow if they come, especially considering the recent trend towards buying local. It takes the right people working together. We’re hoping for next spring.” The popularity of farm stands and farmer’s markets will never completely abolish the convenient grocery stores that dot modern towns and cities. Picton Sobey’s owner and operator, Jamie Yeo, says while he buys everything possible locally, it’s the convenience of a central depot that keeps his customers coming back. The long history of farmer’s markets and roadside stands in Quinte will not go away in the face of chain grocery stores; and grocers are not going to disappear in the midst of a trend towards buying locally, even if the trend is here to stay. “What my customers are telling me is they don’t have time to go from stand to stand,” says Yeo. “It’s a lot more convenient for them to buy locally in one spot. It’s very important to support our local farmers and our community.” Customers and farmers alike will always have a place in their hearts for buying and selling their food face to face providing that all important personal touch. Jennifer Lester is a freelance writer and broadcaster. She can be heard anchoring the news desk every Sunday morning on CJBQ radio.

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The art of buying art for the

Buying art sounds expensive and downright frivolous! How does one go about such a thing in the local art market in today’s economy! Although you can’t afford to attend that art auction in London to acquire the Picasso or the Renoir, purchasing an original piece from a local or regional contemporary artist is quite accessible and easier then you think. I could say that there are many reasons to acquire a piece —contributing to the local creative economy, supporting a talented artist, adding a splash of colour to home sweet home. However, the best reason to persuade you to own a painting or sculpture can be simply put: because you love it!

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So here are a few ideas as you search out that elusive piece to start or add to your art collection and it doesn’t have to be pricey. Think about how much you want to spend, as you head out on the quest. Now what media are you interested in: an oil painting or encaustic or mixed media? Or do you want to be wild and crazy and go for photography or sculpture? You may think you want one thing and end up with another. Let your heart lead the

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way as you fall in love with a black-and-white photograph. Don’t forget there may be a cost for shipping or the frame could be extra. Always ask first “What’s included?” Artists and galleries are upfront about such things. Do your homework! You can scope out a few galleries and artists’ studios by checking your local information centre. Hit as many as you can from low to high end. It’s great to follow an arts trail, if there is one in your area. If not, you can find out what’s going on in your local art community by looking in the paper or searching out a local arts council or searching the net. Self assess! Ask yourself a few questions: What appeals to me? Landscapes? Abstracts? Threedimensional? Colour? Texture? Traditional? Figurative? Modern? Functional? Do you want the piece to blend in with your surroundings or do you want it to make a statement? A few ways to determine what you like is by hitting a group show where there will be a multitude of styles. Also attending an opening and meeting the artist is a great way to scope things out. And who knows? You may end up with a glass of local wine and a few amuse bouches.

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The investment! Art is an investment whether you buy from a gallery or directly from the artist. Your decision should be easy, the environment low-key. You can start with the Internet — most galleries and artists have websites. Avoid high-pressure sales, as you will probably end up with something you may not want! The last thing an artist wants is for you not to be able to appreciate the work. If you can pay for the piece up-front, great, if not do not despair, most galleries have an installment plan. If you are at an artist’s studio, speak with the artist; some kind of arrangement might be able to be made. Haven’t found exactly what you are looking for? Well, commissions are a good way to get what you want. Albeit remember artists are artists and are dictated by their creative juices. Have you checked out the walls in your favourite restaurant (or library or hospital)? If there is artwork up on the walls, it just might be for sale. Speak to the maître d’. The Price! About the price, do you want to haggle? Well, take note: artists and galleries make their living by creating, promoting, and selling art. It’s all part of the economy, the creative economy. Local and regional art is truly reasonably priced compared to the amount of time, effort, and energy that goes into the final oeuvre; not to overlook the genius of creativity, the years of training and the experience an artist brings to the work. Would you be willing to “discount” your salary? Size matters! In this case, no it doesn’t. Don’t get bogged down by the notion the piece must fit over the sofa or the mantle. Enjoy the experience. If it is speaking to you, don’t get all

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Your masterpiece! Do you want it framed or just on gallery canvas, which usually has finished edges? Do you have to hang it where it needs to be kept out of sunlight because it will discolour? Some media require that it be protected under glass. Make sure the piece is properly wired for hanging. And for art such as sculpture, ask the artist on the best way to care for your masterpiece. An original piece of art can bring you pleasure for a lifetime.

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China teacups and saucers Royal Albert, Wedgwood, and Waterford. During my childhood, such names belonged to forbidden beauties kept hidden away in a glass-fronted cupboard. I only knew them then by their charming patterns, “the golden butterflies”, “the pretty pink rosebuds”, “the silver trimmed trilliums” – they were my mother’s teacups. With no two alike, my mother’s collection had patterns to complement every whim of frivolous femininity. Admittedly, my knowledge of fine china has not improved since my childhood but as a young woman who sits slightly to the right of modern, my inner traditionalist is still fascinated with these dainty cups and their matching saucers. These exquisite little cups distinctly represent a “onceupon-a-time”, when on special occasions we set a proper table with the “good dishes” or sat in the “good living-room” when company came to visit and we painted walls beyond the palette of desert taupe, vanilla crème, and barely beige – a time before our confinement to neutral and practical. Perhaps what I find so alluring is the way one is inclined to hold these cups so delicately and be mindful not to guzzle or that without the protective lid of a to-go cup, it imposes upon one to be still. Or maybe it’s that these cups hold secrets shared between friends when we once shared conversation and not just our Twitter updates. As formal is replaced with functional and Mikasa replaced with Ikea, what will happen to all our mothers’ collections? Will the next generation of women give these teacups a home within their own or will they banish them to a box in the basement? Arguably, they are a pain to wash, they don’t hold enough to drink, and who has time for tea parties? Even so, I love my mother’s teacups for their

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erhaps it is that moment when James Hurst brings 300-plus full marathon runners up to the start line in Wellington. Or maybe it’s when the race is underway, the roads are closed, and hundreds of volunteers are, thanks to Christine Henden, poised along the route to make sure every runner has a great race. It’s certainly driven by the realization that, after a full year of careful planning, there is nothing more we can do – the event is in play.

But maybe it’s when the first runner crosses the finish line in front of the Crystal Palace in Picton when we know the race is a success. However, it’s more likely to be when any number of happy runners cross the line for the first time, or in the time they were looking for to qualify for the Boston Marathon, or perhaps when we see someone finish who has overcome incredible odds to run our race – blind, disabled, a cancer survivor; maybe that is when we realize it’s all been worth it. Generally run on the first Sunday in October, the sixth running of the County Marathon was confirmed for October 4th, 2009, almost immediately after the fifth race had ended. Operating on a budget pushing six figures, Lisa Lindsay and the organizing committee have a very long list of scheduled decisions to make each year and they tend to start the process virtually the day after the previous race – when feedback begins to get analyzed and adjustments are considered for the following year. This race would not happen without volunteers – volunteers who gave everything short of blood in those early years to see this event

come to fruition. Volunteers who have been there at the start line when the event went into play and there was nothing more to be done but watch it unfold as planned. Volunteers who are at the finish line when the first, or maybe the last, runner crosses with that million dollar smile. Volunteers who are at the post-event wrap up where it really proves to be the case that what they give in effort is more than returned in pure satisfaction: Yes! We did it again – we held a race that need not take a back seat to any marathon in the world. Admittedly, it’s not quite as exhausting a process as it once was. Prior to the first race in 2004, we had been meeting for nearly two years with a committee which magically grew from two to 16 dedicated members. Truly a regionally developed race, we had Jamie Young driving in from Kingston, Sandy Musson and Dennis Hills coming down from Trenton and Stirling, and Dr. Don and Carol Maybin trekking all the way from Colborne. Those were the days when meetings stretched on for hours as we worked to create what we have today – a highly respected set of three races – a Marathon, ½ Marathon, and Team Challenge; part of a Race Weekend which, in 2008, was nominated by the Belleville Intelligencer as the largest sporting event in the entire Quinte region. One of the earliest tasks was to set out a course. Laid out seven years ago, a full year before our first race, we deliberately mapped out a route which would take runners from west to east with the hope that the prevailing westerly would give runners a bit of a push and us an edge in the competitive marathon business, where you need to attract runners to actually have a race. We looked for AUTUMN 2009 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING 23


a flat (because runners hate hills) but varied route where we tried to fit in as many villages and lakes as we could to keep runners coming back. As a result, our race takes participants past three lakes and down the main streets of Wellington, Bloomfield and, finally, Picton, with a finish line as close to the Prince Edward Memorial Hospital as we could possibly arrange within the confines of 42.2 kms (plus or minus mere centimeters). How accurate is our course? Accurate enough that if either a male or female sets a national record it would likely be accepted. For example, we film the top male and female runners running the entire race as proof, if required, that they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut any corners or take shortcuts. However, accuracy takes a back seat to diplomacy, internationally. When asked whether a world record could be set here, our authority, Olympic level Coach and Board member Peter Pimm, was not quite as optimistic that we would survive that level of scrutiny. But perhaps it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all about accuracy. What is important is that our race can hold its own when compared to any marathon in the world. Larger than the Prince Edward Island Marathon (where $60,000 of government money is funneled into the event every year) our volunteer-driven event offers the same or better services as races held in Vancouver, Toronto, Dublin, or Barcelona. This belief is underscored through

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runner feedback which often exclaims that we are the best race they have ever run. Because we are a significant race in the running world, we are able to attract elite runners each year. Recent competitors have come here having won marathons in sub-2 hours and 20 minute times (which is fast). But we also attract a great number of first time marathon runners and runners frustrated with their inability to qualify for Boston (which requires that you complete the race under specific cut-off times.) For example, to qualify as a 40-year-old male you would have to run the race in under about 3 hours 17 minutes (which, for the average guy, is also pretty fast!) Elite runners, first timers, and those wanting to qualify for Boston, come to our race for a number of reasons. They cite many of the attributes we built in to the design of our route but also mention our water stations, which are situated every 2 km (whereas many races set them 5 km apart), incredible community support and, recently, we have been hearing about how safe they feel on our course. And safe is how we like to have it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where finishing at a hospital is not an accident but a strategic choice. In a sport which claims fatalities every year, we have maintained a perfect record although one year it was close. In 2006, we had a runner finish in very


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One impact of the largest sporting event in the Quinte region is an annual infusion of over $200,000 in sales for local businesses. There is increased participation by local runners from the first year at about 5% to this past year where over 20% of the runners are coming from the Quinte region. But also, and not to be forgotten, is that first time visit to our beautiful part of Canada to attend a world class event and then to discover all the other reasons we offer for participants to return year after year. Mark Henry, Race Director and partner Lynne Ellis (who is chair of the not-for-profit Prince Edward County Marathon) own and operate the farm resort and events facility Fields on West Lake. As Chair, Lynne’s Board is made up of Geoffrey Snider, CA and partner at Wilkinson and Company; Stephen Baldwin, senior partner, Baldwin Law; Rob Legge, former Canadian national level athlete and co-owner of Kathy’s Collections; and Peter Pimm, Olympic level Coach. Photos supplied by Mark Henry.

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unning the waterfront trail along the bay in Belleville, I stopped briefly to take in the view. My eyes were drawn to the new colours emerging on the leaves of the large oak trees, which then drew my gaze to the sun and the reflection it created off the harbour, which finally drew my gaze to the Bay Bridge, the conduit that connects Quinte to the County. Many boats were out on the bay this day, taking advantage of these last few days of summer. This reminded me that fall, my favourite time of year, is on the way.

Many years ago, I moved out to British Columbia where I lived on the coast for 14 years. It is a beautiful part of our country, the ocean is awe-inspiring, the mountains overwhelming and the people are generously friendly. All that was missing for me was the change of seasons. Typically, it felt like spring all year round. When planning a visit “home” to Ontario, I generally booked a flight at the end of summer so I could catch some of the brilliant fall weather. During one of my visits home, I met for lunch with an art teacher of mine that I had managed to keep in touch with over the years. He asked me what I missed about Ontario and I told him fall. I missed the beautiful change in colour that Ontario experiences, the cool crisp air, and walking in the countryside crunching fall leaves underfoot. Shortly after my return to B.C., I received a package in the mail from this teacher. It was full of colourful dry fall leaves which I immediately took outside, dispersed on the ground and proceeded to step on one-by-one enjoying that familiar missed crunching sound. A few years ago, I returned to make Ontario my home again. Each year since my return, during the end of summer and beginning of fall, my excitement returns and is stronger than ever. My appreciation for fall is deeper. The feeling is similar to the stomach rolling excitement you have as a child on those few days just before the new school year begins. Fall is full of comfort for me. It is that gorgeous time of year 26 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2009

when you leave a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove, pull on your favourite wool sweater and ready yourself for an afternoon hike, excitedly anticipating the colourful changing scenery. Upon stepping out you breathe deeply, enjoying the crisp feel of the air particular to this time of year; that sweet smell of rain still trapped within the pile of leaves on the ground. Time appears to slow as you enjoy an afternoon taking in nature busying itself with winter preparations: nuts littering the ground, squirrels and birds building a cache of supplies, trees changing their foliage to rich orange, copper, gold, and glowing shades of rust — autumn’s splendour. Returning home, you enjoy your well-deserved harvest supper. Afterwards, you help yourself to a hot cup of cider, grab your book, and settle in by the fire for a night of cozy reading. My great aunt Emma used to request I read to her when her eyes began to fail. Each time I visited her, school books from her days at the Plainfield single room schoolhouse would be out. One of the books stood out as special, worn, and well-used. It was the Ontario Readers Second Book in which she would request I turn to the poem September by Helen Hunt Jackson. Although she could still recite this poem word-for-word all these many years later, she enjoyed hearing it aloud. I would start with the first line “The golden-rod is yellow”, and she would join in for the rest. This stanza was most treasured: By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather, And autumn’s best of cheer. Take comfort in this fall. Janet Jarrellwrites everything from short stories, to blogs to poetry. She lives in the Quinte area with her family where she enjoys kayaking, running the trails and searching for her elusive muse that is said to be hiding somewhere near Roblin Lake.


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In the early 1980s, Gilbert and I were drawn to the County by its beauty and the sand dunes at Sandbanks. We were living outside of Ottawa and were looking for a place to vacation where we could bring our dogs. I was brought up in Trenton so knew about the Sandbanks. We rented a cottage in Waupoos, next to a property that was for sale. It comprised 98 acres, an 8-bedroom farmhouse and 5 waterside cottages. Gilbert commented that, if we had been closer to retirement, he would buy the property and plant vines on the south-facing slope. Today, Waupoos Winery is just two properties away.

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s we approached retirement, we knew we still felt young enough to want to have a second career. Growing grapes and making wine were at the top of our list of potential ventures so we decided to investigate the possibilities. On a trip back from Niagara we stopped in Prince Edward County and found that this area held potential. Following a seminar sponsored by the PEC Economic Development office, we scouted out properties with a very knowledgeable real estate agent – she had made herself aware of which were the best grapegrowing properties. During that visit we identified, and soon purchased, the property where, today, our home, our vines, and our winery are. We started as growers but soon found that it would be more interesting, and better financially, if we were to also make and sell our own wine. The decision to build a winery was made. The first person to come to the site was from Hydro One. When we found out from him the options to provide power to the site (including running a line down the other side of the street and cutting down all the trees) and the costs, I said “We might as well go off-grid” and he said “Why don’t you?” Thus began the planning for what would become Canada’s only off-grid winery; a winery that would harness a renewable energy source, the sun. While our house was being constructed, we would visit the site every two or three weeks. Almost every visit there would be this magnificent red tail hawk perched on the telephone pole at the curve in the road. We were looking for a name for the vineyard so it soon became evident that it should be Redtail Vineyard. Following the planting of our first acre, while we toasted the vines, two red tails gave us a spectacular aerial demonstration. That was an omen. 30 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2009

Our resident red tail hawks still soar over the vineyard and have kept an eye on the construction of the winery that bears their name, confident that there will be minimal negative effects on their environment from this new building. At first we thought we would buy and renovate an old barn. But instead, constructing a new building for the winery ensured that our facility would be hygienic. The Production Room is steel on four walls and on the ceiling. No mold or mildew will grow here and, since all electrical cables are waterproof, the entire room can be spray-washed if necessary. It also gives us the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint. Redtail Vineyard’s winery is able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 55 kilograms per year. In order to preserve the “heritage” image of our building, we chose the look of a little barn with board and batten siding, red steel roof and a functioning cupola above the production room. Our Tasting Room is like a country store. Throughout the construction period, Ducon Contractors of Trenton provided valuable advice and exceptional workmanship. Both the cupola and tasting bar were handcrafted. A few years ago we attended a presentation on energy independence and contacted the company responsible. Steven Eng of Enviro-Energy Technologies, a former employee of NASA in the space program, met with us to determine our needs. At that first meeting we outlined our load requirements but instead of just selling us a larger than necessary system, Steve helped us identify ways we could use less energy. For instance, all lighting is fluorescent or compact fluorescent, and all fans and motors are equipped with Variable Frequency Devices.


The latter means that once a motor or fan has been started, its power consumption drops to less than 25%. As a result, our energy requirements, if every electrically driven device was in operation, would be just under 1 kW/hr and we could run for three days without bright sunlight. But since different pumps and motors are used at different times, our average use is much less and, more realistically, we could run for five to seven days. Also, given the nature of our business, we could choose a sunny day to perform tasks that need more energy. Our solar array of six panels, at 170 watts each, produces 1.02 kW per hour of light. Energy in excess of our usage is stored in eight flooded lead acid batteries which can hold 11 kW/hr of storage. A 240-volt inverter converts the direct current energy to alternating current. Only minimal maintenance of the system is required. In the batteries, the acid level and its specific gravity are checked periodically and, in winter, it is sometimes necessary to brush snow off the panels (one reason why they were placed on a structure on the ground instead of on the roof). Hot water for the winery is provided by an on-demand propane water heater and the heat portion of the furnace is also propane. The electrical requirements of these two appliances as well as all pumps, motors, and lighting are satisfied by the solar system. The only piece of equipment in the winery which does not run on solar power is the chiller which has a refrigeration capacity of 24,400 BTU/hr. At the time of harvest, to extract colour and flavour, the Pinot Gris must stay on the skins for 72 hours and the Pinot Noir for a week to ten days without fermentation starting. Our production room is cooled to 6°C by a 30 kW generator. This generator also serves as back-up to the solar system. The batteries Thank You Belleville, Quinte, “The County” & Eastern Ontario.

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hold 48 volts of electricity. Should this drop to 44 volts, the batteries could be damaged. A device on the solar system will automatically start the generator at 46 volts to top up the batteries. At Redtail Vineyard we are trying to produce wines that are the best expression of our terroir, while doing all we can to preserve the environment. When we say we â&#x20AC;&#x153;hand craftâ&#x20AC;? our wine, we mean it. In both the vineyard and the winery we follow organic practices and we have an approved Environmental Farm Plan. A mixture of sulphur and copper is sprayed to prevent mildew, an old fashioned shaving soap is shaved and mixed in the spray solution to kill leaf hoppers and weeding is done by hand around the vines and with the tractor elsewhere. Birds are often found nesting between the vines or in the canopy. Only small amounts of sulphur are used in the winery to stabilize the wine. There is minimal automation in the wine making and bottling process. We use a hand cranked crusher/destemmer, not just to save energy, but also because it is gentler on the fruit. We press with a ratchet press and our bottles are filled by gravity. However, the pump used to fill the bottler runs from the solar system. In the packaging area, labels are applied with a hand-cranked machine, the only electrical component being the machine used to apply the tin capsules. Parallel Electric of Belleville took on their first off-grid electrical project and was able to accommodate the capsuler which was only available in 240-volt. We have also focused on minimizing non-reusable or renewable packaging. We use natural corks; our 1- and 2-bottle bags are kraft paper bearing a rubber-stamped image of our logo and address; for six bottles, we have a reusable bottle bag. Once the decision to go solar was made, Ernie Margetson, our planner and engineer, adapted the plans for the building to include greater insulation (6â&#x20AC;? walls full of spray-foam insulation), and argon filled windows. Ernie, who was responsible for the design of other wineries in the County, included

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One day, shortly after we opened, I was in the house and Gilbert was in the winery. A thunderstorm had caused a power failure and the back-up generator at the house had automatically started. A call to the winery revealed this fact to Gilbert and his comment was “No, the generator isn’t running” (meaning the one at the winery) “A power failure, I would never have known since all the lights are on here”. With electricity, heat, water and wine, we are self-contained and probably the place our neighbours would come in case of an emergency. Last year, on the evening of Earth Hour, we had friends tasting in the winery and the idea to turn the lights ON for the celebration of future Earth Hours was born. Pauline Joicey is a Civil Engineer and Gilbert Provost holds a Viticulture and Oenology Certificate from Guelph University. Both are retired federal civil servants having met when they both worked for Transport Canada.

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People choose to buy new homes for a variety of reasons. Some of Quinte region’s most innovative builders have created outstanding developments, highlighting major features that new home buyers are seeking. Three particularly unique projects are: St. James By-The-Bay in Belleville, by Boyd Kalnay; Mill Pond Woods in Brighton, by Gordon Tobey Developments; and Kingfisher Cove and Prince Edward Estates at Young Cove by Brauer Homes.

Saving the environment for future generations – and reducing energy costs right now At the Mill Pond Woods development in Brighton, the luxurious Tall Pine model home is an outstanding example of intelligent environmental design. Company spokesman Pete Alker says: “We look for new design trends and watch to ensure they’re successful before installing them in our homes.” Every Toby home is built to R-2000 certified standards, which exceed Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements. R-2000 is performance-based, setting high standards for energy efficiency, indoor air quality and the use of environmentally responsible products and materials. These homes typically require 50 percent less energy to operate due to features such as high efficiency heating systems, additional insulation, and high tech windows. A “whole house” ventilation system further increases the energy efficiency while supplying a continuous stream of fresh filtered outdoor air to the living areas.


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Home Elevators prove popular with Retirees St. James By-The-Bay was conceived as an active adult lifestyle waterfront community. Owners enjoy incredible views of the Bay of Quinte, well thought out architectural designs, beautiful gardens, and a welcoming atmosphere... plus all the benefits of a maintenance-free lifestyle. Like many retirees and soon-to-retire baby boomers, prospective buyers at St. James By-The-Bay like to plan for the future and they appreciate the option of having an elevator installed in their new home. In fact, five of the first 15 Courtyard location home owners have opted to install an elevator, with a sixth home expected to be retrofitted with an elevator shortly. “When we were first asked about the possibility of installing an elevator in our custom homes, we had a bit of a learning curve to find out the best elevator to use, and the requirements for installing it,” says Boyd Kalnay, developer of the community. “It was a great investment for the owner of the home, and immediately proved to be a popular idea for the next few buyers, who saw it and wanted to have one for themselves.” An elevator allows the homeowner to enjoy the ambiance and advantages of multi-story living, including some energy and building cost efficiencies, while providing easy access to all areas of their home. Because the owner does not have to be concerned about possible future health or mobility 38 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2009

issues, they can custom design all three floors to suit their lifestyle. Some opt for a larger main bedroom on the second floor instead of the first, freeing up more entertaining and living space on the main floor. Many fully utilize their basements, installing craft, games or exercise rooms as well as home workshops. More than just people-movers, elevators come in handy for other purposes. Take, for example, moving- in day when they are useful for transporting heavy furniture and boxes upstairs and down. Some owners have moved their laundry back to the basement, close to the elevator, making it very easy to carry clothes from bedroom to laundry. And transporting heavy luggage is much easier in the elevator than lugging it up or down a flight of stairs. One homeowner was very glad that she had an elevator installed when a health issue arose. A hip replacement required the use of a wheelchair for a few weeks but having the elevator, which is wheelchair accessible, allowed her to still use all floors in the home. Many people who are exploring the idea of incorporating an elevator into their home are pleased by its appearance and minimal space requirements. The elevator looks just like a closet and comes in different sizes. The smallest size can accommodate three people or up to 750 lbs. The elevators also offer tremendous design flexibility, such as choice of entry or exit from three different directions on each landing. The finishes can be customized, including wood panelled interior walls, halogen pot lights, and hardwood floors.


And, of course, the entry door can match any interior door in the home. Like an office elevator, there are buttons to push for each floor, which is a huge hit with visiting grandchildren. And in case you are wondering, the ride is very quiet and not too fast. It’s an interesting experience the first time you venture into one. Pre-construction, homeowners can plan ahead for a future elevator retrofit by having the floor joists precut and the elevator shaft built, and use the area as a closet space, thereby reducing disruption to flooring, wall coverings, and ceiling finishes if they actually do have the elevator installed.

is an eco-sensitive community of bungalows and two-story freehold homes located on Lake Ontario’s Weller’s Bay. Naturalized walking trails meander through both projects and connect to Canada’s Millennium Trail. The Young Cove community will be truly unique, with six distinct neighbourhoods, a proposed commercial/retail village plus a planned inn and spa and a resident boutique winery. Other retail boutiques, professional services, and an interactive nature-history centre are also on the drawing board. Residents will be able to walk to the village and vineyards will be at its hub, with the first crop due next season.

What started as a good idea for one homeowner at St. James By-The-Bay almost five years ago has subsequently proven to be a wise investment and popular decision with many others. As baby boomers continue to access retirement options, home elevators are likely to be on their list of “must-have” upgrades.

Waterfront conservation and walking trails Two new and sparkling waterfront communities are Kingfisher Cove just off Wooler Road and Prince Edward Estates at Young Cove near Carrying Place, both from Brauer Homes. The first sits on the western shores of the Bay of Quinte. It offers luxury condo townhouse living and the maintenance-free lifestyle that goes with it. The second

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We enjoyed driving in the country to find antiques. We attended farmstead auctions in the pouring rain, we hunted through shops and flea markets to find the furniture, the household furnishings, cookware, quilts, coverlets, rugs, tools, glass, china, pottery, stoneware, tole ware, and decorative arts, that we desired to possess, for it connected us with our past, our heritage. As one long-time collector put it, “these things spoke to us”. Pickers, dealers, and collectors were going doorto-door in the countryside hunting down the cupboards, chests, tables, and folk art that had often been relegated to the attic, the barn, a shed, or even the chicken coop. One picker from those days told of how he would pull into a farmstead to buy one load of antiques, and before he got his truck loaded, a neighbouring farmer would run up to invite him to come over to see what he had to sell in his barn. He said he earned a reputation for paying fairly and the word spread, and he was able to go from farm to farm and buy load after load of really great stuff. That picker is auctioneer Tim Potter, who has been handling the sales of some of the most important collections of Canadiana antiques that have come up for auction in recent years. Sullivan is another wellknown name in the auction business. Father Bob (now passed on) and son Boyd, have handled the sale of many farm and estate auctions. Their

witty, entertaining style made attending an auction much fun and you were quickly made to feel part of the community. They simply asked for your name to record the sale when you won the bid on an item, and they never forgot your name after that. A good country estate auction could attract hundreds of people. It seemed that everyone there was taking in the same sense of fun, adventure, and anticipation as they rooted through the possessions of a fourth or fifth generation family farm estate. These auctions were more than opportunities to acquire something. There was camaraderie, as auctions were social and memorable happenings. Gathered together were so many like-minded people, who shared an appreciation for the beauty they saw in the old objects that our predecessors had made and used. Bidding could get very competitive, and many serious rivalries were forged, but many good friendships as well. That was how it was in the golden age of collecting and dealing in antiques in rural Ontario. Most shops were owned by collectors who turned their hobby into a business (mostly in order to support their hobby), and seldom relied on the profit from selling antiques as their soul source of income. It was antiques for fun and profit with the emphasis on fun. Yet there was money to be


made if you were savvy. The really good antiques and folk art pieces of this area would often trade hands several times amongst dealers until they eventually found their way as expensive additions to the collection of some well-heeled collector. There was a collecting craze for almost anything old and interesting, and it was popular to furnish and decorate homes with the old pine pieces and the Victoriana found when out â&#x20AC;&#x153;antiquingâ&#x20AC;?. Times have changed. Today, the really good antiques, which are rare, still sell well and command high prices, but almost everything else in the antiques business has gone in another direction. The main reason is that the ageing baby boom generation, which created such a great demand for anything antique over the last 30 years, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t collecting like they were before. Now they are downsizing and getting rid of their stuff, and boy do they have a lot of stuff! It has become a buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market for a lot of antiques, especially Victorian furniture. Now is a good time to start collecting antiques, with bargains to be found! A survey of some of the antique shops in the Quinte area gives insight into how dealers have been coping with the changing market place. Kevin Baskur of Chatsworth Antiques in Picton has a shop that carries decorative items from the Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Arts-and-Crafts period. He has noticed that customers are choosing quality over quantity. They seek out the best items on the display table, and focus on items of decorative value, rather than a label. He says prices have declined on many things, however, the truly unique, quality pieces still hold their price. He observes that a younger audience is showing up amongst the customer traffic in his shop. MacCoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Quinte Antiques is a multi-dealer shop in west Belleville with several dealers offering a wide range of antiques and collectibles. Proprietors Bruce and Cheryl Cotton have been in the antiques business long enough to have seen the changes that have occurred. Bruce notes that the Internet has given people greater access to information about antiques and their value, and that the business is also influenced by decorating magazines and the popularity of “Antiques Roadshow” and the decorating channel. These are all good for business. He has seen a growing popularity for items from the 50s and 60s, but there are no strong areas of collecting as there was before. Traffic through the shop has been good and quality things in any category are selling.

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You will find that an antique shop very much reflects the style, taste, personal preferences, and even the passions of its proprietor. When you enter Boretski’s Antiques and Art in downtown Belleville, there is no mistaking that the proprietor Marina Boretski likes vintage apparel and costume jewellery. Since opening, Marina and her husband Tom have focused on refinished antique furniture, collectibles, and art. But that aspect of the business has felt the effects of the changing market and Marina began to introduce more hats, clothes, and accessories. She soon realized that she had struck a chord with her customers and has found her niche. They range from young girls to mature woman, and they come in often in groups of 2 or more to try on garments and put together an outfit for an evening out. Women love the unique look and the lasting quality. They also buy vintage garments to put on display as decor. “I never thought I could take my own interest in vintage apparel and turn it into a successful business. I love the interaction with our customers. It’s really a lot of fun” states Marina. With social events like the Belleville

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Cindy MacCool and her husband Colim represent the younger generation that has started an antique business. Their shop, housed in a barn on the road to West Lake and Sandbanks, seems to have a constant line up of cars whenever you drive by. “We have been amazingly busy this summer.” says Cindy. “Our customers are all over the map, with local people and tourists shopping here. We have many 30- to 40-year-olds who like retro furniture. They like our price point and know it’s good value.” Cindy says heavy dark furniture is not as popular and that people are not into “matchy-matchy” decorating but like an eclectic mix. “They are putting Herman Miller Chairs with a pine harvest table for example.” We are selling a lot of teak, painted, and raw wood furniture, and also industrial style metal items to use as desks and shelving.” Cindy’s sense of style and her retail savvy have resulted in a well-beaten path to her barn. It’s clear that the generation of consumers now furnishing their homes, is not as interested in the antiques and things that their boomer generation parents are. They don’t have a nostalgic connection to the same era. They want to connect with things of the mid-twentieth century into the seventies. It’s the furniture and collectibles from that era that “speaks to them”. The market place is made up of all sorts of people with a variety of tastes and preferences, and it remains a challenge for antique dealers to find the right merchandise mix and to market it in a way that speaks to their clientele. I would concur with the observations made by shop owners surveyed. The business has changed. We are in a different era of antiques collecting, a post- baby boom era, and people are being more practical in their decision-making about their purchases. I think that bodes well for the future of the business. Mike Malachowski resides in Prince Edward County and is the proprietor of Funk & Gruven A-Z in downtown Belleville, where he sells an eclectic mix of period furnishings and decoratives.

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mass production. It is quite refreshing to see beauty and quality so highly strived for in this day-and-age of the big box store. Fortunately, All Things Asian is not alone and another Canadian company with similar techniques caught my eye. Live Edge Design focuses even more on furniture in its natural form. Many of their pieces are unaltered in shape and design. Their furniture is simply taken as is from the forest with many of the limbs’ natural attributes still intact and, after a few minor touch-ups and a staining, the pieces become headboards, dining tables, chairs, and much more. The company is based in British Columbia and uses the province’s reclaimed maple. Using only limbs that are in distress, Live Edge Design follows the same stringent, eco-friendly guidelines as All Things Asian. This truly individual furniture complements both contemporary country home décor and cottage and is a standout in any room. The warmth of these wood pieces makes a designer’s job easier, especially in today’s “de-cluttering” or simpler approach to design. They fit perfectly into the strategy of “less is more” as they add character and bring life into any space. It seems everything from clothing, to cars, to home design has always had stages of vintage popularity, or recurring trends and these pieces are no exception. Rustic furniture similar to what these companies are doing has been done before but it has never looked this good nor has it ever been this eco-friendly. Both companies’ end products are breathtaking pieces that exhibit a blissful partnership with the nature that surrounds us.

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When we are truly interested in creating a sustainable and healthy future for ourselves and generations to come, we need to be prepared to rethink all the things about our current way of living that we have been taking for granted and reframe them in the context of what is good for both people and the planet. This includes what kind of home we live in and how we live in it. Our home is our personal environment and it impacts on all of us directly every day. We spend more time at home than anywhere else on the planet yet most of us are unaware indoor pollution has become part of the typical “modern” household. Many Canadian homes have worse indoor air quality than a bad pollution day in Toronto largely because of the toxins that we have unconsciously allowed into our homes. The Green Planet Foundation is one organization that is helping people create healthier homes. It receives calls for eco and healthy home consulting every week and without fail when their eco consultant provides a report on the health and sustainability of someone’s home they are usually shocked to find out that they have been slowly poisoning themselves and their families simply by bringing home products that have high levels of ingredients that are toxic to human beings. GPF’s Eco Home Consultant Peter Ross sums it up this way, “Today homes are often shut up tight and built with the wrong materials which aggravates indoor air quality issues. We can make this problem better or worse depending on how we finish our homes and what we use to maintain them”. Here are some tips to help you make your home a more healthy environment for you and your family:

1.Check your shingles for signs of wear and look for water damage in your attic. Water leaking through the roof can cause serious mold growth.

10. M  ount carbon monoxide detectors at knee height to detect leaks from your gas or oil furnace or ill-maintained appliances.

2. H  omes built before 1960 were often painted with lead paint which can be found in household dust. Remove a paint chip to have it tested. If you have lead, keep your home dust-free to protect against lead poisoning and hire an experienced contractor to sand or remove wall and ceiling materials contaminated with lead.

11. Use dehumidifiers in summer to prevent mold and mildew growth in fabrics and furnishings.

3. Replace blinds with washable drapes and you’ll have a window covering that’s friendlier to those with dust allergies. 4. Air out your dry cleaning or choose a company that doesn’t use perchloroethylene, or ‘perc’, a dry-cleaning solvent that’s a probable carcinogen.

13. Choose natural materials, such as solid wood, bamboo or cork for flooring; where flooring is adhered to the subfloor, choose low-emission adhesives. Avoid vinyl floor and wall coverings – these products, and the adhesives used with them, can emit carcinogens such as vinyl chloride and polyvinyl chloride.

5. Use an exhaust fan to expel moisture and gases from cooking that can build up and support mold growth, causing or irritating allergies and respiratory conditions.

14. Wear a dust mask and use a dust collection system, including an ambient air filter, in your workshop. Some sawdust is carcinogenic and can irritate respiratory conditions.

6. Brush pets outdoors often, wash their bedding and vacuum your home regularly to control hair.

15. Cover the soil in an unfinished, dirt-floor basement with six-mil polyethylene to prevent moisture from seeping into the house.

7. Soil in urban areas can be contaminated with lead from emissions of leaded gasoline. Have your soil tested, and replaced, if necessary. 8. Keep your basement dry and mold-free by ensuring gutters and downspouts aren’t blocked, and that they direct water away from the home. 9. Use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter to pick up fine particles that could irritate asthma and other respiratory ailments.

12. Formaldehyde, a carcinogen, is found in many products, including the adhesives used in plywood manufacturing. Avoid it by buying furniture made of lowemission or solid wood materials.

16. I nstall a 0.3 micron or smaller air filter in your forced air system to stop the circulation of dust and other particles through your home. 17. C  heck your plumbing for lead pipes or soldering. If it’s lead, get your tap water tested for lead content; you may have to replace some of your plumbing. 18. Air fresheners simply mask odours, and some contain pollutants such as formaldehyde. Deal with the source of the odour or use natural materials, such as cedar balls.

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19. Remove carpet from bathrooms and basements â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mold often grows in high-humidity areas.

25. Install a motion-sensor faucet in your bathroom to curtail germ transmission and conserve water.

20. Use a cedar chest and lavender paper to deter moths from devouring offseason clothes. Moth balls contain naphthalene, a harmful toxin that may cause cataracts and cancer.

26. Smoking indoors is harmful to everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health; smoke can trigger or aggravate asthma, and smoke and tar linger on surfaces.

21. Dust mites and their droppings are a common allergen. Thwart them by keeping humidity below 45 per cent. Use pillow cases and mattress covers and wash bedding and pillows regularly in hot water and dry on high heat. Avoid decorating your bed with throw pillows. 22. T  o keep humidity down, turn on the bathroom fan when you turn on the shower and leave it running for 10 to 15 minutes afterward. 23. Clean or replace filters in portable air conditioners and humidifiers regularly to prevent mold growth. 24. Use mild cleaners, as those containing harsh chemicals can trigger asthma attacks.

27. Check electrical outlets: low-level outlets should have safety plugs installed to protect children; power outdoors and in washrooms should come from ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets, which protect you from electric shock. 28. R adon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, can seep into your home from sediment, rock or water. It can cause lung cancer, so have a home inspector periodically test for radon. 29. Choose low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint. These potentially carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemicals are also released by adhesives, paint thinners, nail polish and other materials.

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31. Have your chimneys inspected every fall and cleaned as necessary to remove combustible debris and creosote build-up from woodburning stove and fireplace pipes and chimneys. 32. A  void products that use antibacterial chemicals such as triclosan; these can create antibiotic-resistant bacteria and do not protect against viruses. Health Canada recommends regular soap and water as the best way to clean. 33. Avoid burning incense and candles indoors; the by-products of combustion include carbon monoxide, VOCs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and soot, all of which can irritate or even cause respiratory conditions.

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ph Balancing What does THAT have to do with my health?

Some of you may have read the title and remembered pH as something that you learned in high school chemistry. Or if you have a pool, you know that the pH level of the water is very important in keeping the water at optimal clarity. So what does pH balancing have to do with your health? The answer: A LOT! More and more research is pointing to high acidity in the body as one of the root causes for diseases such as osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune dysfunction and irritable bowel to name a few. It can also affect your sleep, your energy level and proper weight maintenance. Have I got your attention yet? In my previous articles, I’ve tried to get across the point that we literally are “what we eat”. We’ve discussed the ideas of eating as close to the source as possible ie. choose an apple over apple juice, of steering clear of processed foods and additives, and being totally responsible for what crosses your lips. In other words, taking responsibility for your own health. If you have adopted some of these past suggestions, you may already be feeling the benefits of increased energy, better sleep, and possible weight loss. Let’s take a brief look at how the pH level of your body can affect your health. Our bodies contain great amounts of fluid inside and outside of the cells. Remember that our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water! It’s here in the body’s fluids that acidity and alkalinity are kept in check. Our bodies perform amazing functions every day without our help – our hearts beat, our lungs pump vital oxygen to our cells, and our digestive system deciphers the nutritional value of the food we eat and eliminates the waste. When the body becomes too acidic, it will try to adjust the pH level of our body (blood, urine, saliva) by using “buffers”. Buffers can be in the form of calcium and magnesium. Calcium is drawn out of the bones and magnesium is taken from the cells and the cardiovascular system (Sunshine Today, March/April 2009). According to nutrition researcher, Brad King, “…even if you consume copious amounts of high-calcium foods such as dairy products, you may end up losing bone-mineral density (through calcium excretion) if you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.” (Sunshine Today, March/ April 2009). The typical North American diet is full of proteins and carbohydrates, saturated fats and sugars which all have an acidifying effect on the body. In the Health Remedies Newsletter, Sam Queen states the “The average 20th century diet, lifestyle and environment produces far more acid that is healthy”. 54 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2009

So what can you do to find out what your pH level is? And more importantly, what can you do to bring your body back into balance? pH test strips are available at your local drug store and that can be a starting point for you. The optimal 1st morning pH is 7.0 for both saliva and urine. The optimal range of blood pH is 7.3-7.4 which can be determined by a blood test. (Living Healthier…Maintaining your pH Balance, Dr. John Bradley Soliven-Llaguno). To bring your body back into balance, have a very close look at your diet. “In general, animal foods – meat, eggs, dairy- processed and refined foods, yeast products, fermented foods, grains, artificial sweeteners, fruit and sugars are acidifying, as are alcohol, coffee, chocolate, black tea, and sodas. Vegetables, on the other hand, are alkalizing. That includes a few that are technically fruits: avocado, tomato, and bell pepper.” (The pH Miracle, Robert O. Young, Ph.D and Shelley Redford Young) Now this is not to say that you cannot or should not consume foods that are acidifying. Remember, we are trying to achieve a state of balance. You are looking to make food choices that bring your body back (if it’s not already there) to a more base position. There are also supplements that can aid in your quest to bring your body back into equilibrium. Items such as liquid chlorophyll, liquid calcium, magnesium, and some type of high-quality “green” product may be appropriate. Make sure that you talk to a healthcare specialist when supplementing and use only highquality products from a respected company. One of the simplest things you can do to begin on your path to optimal health is to feed your body the proper nutrients that it needs to perform the millions of functions it does everyday. Get back to basics – load up your plates with fresh vegetables, drink plenty of water, choose lean proteins and get up off that couch! Soon you will start to see positive changes and wonder why you waited too long to take charge of your well-being. Kathy Terpstra, natural health practitioner, nutrition & wellness specialist, and co-owner of Mindful Movements


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The Result of Too Much Acid in the Body • Faster aging: antioxidant activity is impaired allowing faster aging through free radical oxidation. • The body has a reduced capacity to absorb nutrients from food, herbs and supplements. • Friendly bacteria die off in the small intestine and the immune system becomes weakened as a result of changes to the wall of the small intestine which impair its ability to absorb nutrients. • Skin and hair lose luster and vibrant appearance due to a weakening of connective tissues. • Sleep is disrupted. • Toxins are not removed and build up in the body causing biological stress resulting in more frequent illness (ie. colds, flu, infections, headaches, migraines). • ATP production (the body’s universal energy) declines, resulting in a depletion of physical and mental stamina and energy. Mood is also affected. • Physical performance is decreased because more ammonia and lactic acid is produced which limits muscle contraction and expansion during exercise. As well, less oxygen is available to the cells. Taken directly from: Sunshine Today, March/April 2009 with permission Helpful Hints if you are too acidic: • Eat more alkalizing foods, especially those that contain calcium, magnesium, potassium and chlorophyll anything green is a great addition! • Drink 8 glasses (minimum) of pure water daily - add chlorophyll for a nice flavour and increased value • Exercise! Movement helps to eliminate the acid through your perspiration For more hints, please reference the books named in the article.

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Too BIG. Too CLOSE. The Ontario Government thinks Industrial Wind Energy Production Facilities 550 meters from your home is just fine. We disagree. Other countries put them 1.5-2km from neighbouring properties. Why can’t we? George Smitherman, Ontario’s Minister for Energy and Infrastructure, and voted “Mr. Wind” by the World Wind Energy Association, thinks scenes like these will increase property values and boost tourism. Do you think so? The County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy (CCSAGE) has asked the Ontario Government to develop Safe and Appropriate Green Energy Standards (SAGES). They have not responded. 99 Ontarians who live close to wind turbine projects now have confirmed health issues related to the turbines. Some have had their homes bought by the turbine companies and been compensated, but only if they agree to sign a contract promising to be silent and not disclose their illness. We think the government should care about these people, make this information public and prevent this situation from happening to others. Don’t you?

Wind turbine companies compare turbine sound to a “whispering voice… masked by the sound of rustling leaves in nearby trees and shrubs” (CANWEA). Residents of Wolfe Island describe it as the “sound of an overhead airplane that never lands.” Who do you believe? Write your MPP and your MP and make your views known. More than 1000 business and property owners in Prince Edward County have signed a petition to the Legislature, asking them to protect our health and our community. To find out more, visit www.ccsage.ca or call 1.888.763.SAGE. To support safe and appropriate green energy, please download and sign the petition, and send your cheque to APPEC LEGAL FUND at PO Box 6086, Picton, ON K0K 2T0. LOOK

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Boulter built an experimental factory in 1879 on his farm next to the current Sophiasburg school. Most of the farm buildings were lost in a fire but the barn still remains. In its west wall, his initials “W.B.” can still be seen.

THE ‘ART’ IN SELLING THE FIRST CANNED GOODS

Group of Seven Artists involved in label design In the first decades of the 20th century, the predominant industry in the Quinte region was canning. Beginning with the factory built by Wellington Boulter on the corner of Spring Street and West Mary St. in Picton in 1882 – the first successful fruit and vegetable canning plant in Canada – hundreds of small factories dotted the landscape as the area was swept up in the canning craze. The industry became an economic mainstay of many small communities, but it was the lifeblood of Prince Edward County. At the peak of its production in 1945, the County produced nearly one third of the canned tomatoes and pumpkin canned in Canada earning it the title of “The Garden County of Canada”. But selling canned goods in the first days of the industry wasn’t easy. The canning process was an imperfect science. In the 1880s and ‘90s, it was conducted in secrecy behind closed doors by plant processors –

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temperamental despots who jealously guarded their recipes to maintain their high pay and positions of power. There were frequent factory fires. Boulter’s Picton plant burned to the ground in 1885. Exploding cans, botulism, and lead poisoning from the reaction of food packed in tin cans were common. The first cans were soldered shut and bits of solder used to stay in the cans. Early canners liked to keep the colour of their canned tomatoes bright red. They added cochineal, a dye still used in the textile industry. It’s made from bugs and proved to be a source of stomach cancer in later decades. The industry was largely unregulated and sanitary practices were well… downright disgusting. If something didn’t sell under one brand name, some canners simply re-labeled it under another. As well, canned goods were introduced at a time when few Canadians had much spare cash. Although a single can of produce sold for just pennies, a supply large enough to last the winter was a sizeable investment for families with

annual incomes of only a few hundred dollars. Area canners knew that the labels that appeared on their cans were critical to the sale of their products. Since illiteracy was widespread in the 1880s through until the first decades of the 20th century, a company’s label had to entice consumers using very few words. Pictures had to make the pitch. To assist them in advertising their products, canning companies looked to talented designers working at lithographic firms in Toronto, Hamilton, London, Montreal and occasionally firms farther away in British Columbia, the United States, or Britain. Many Canadian artists worked commercially in the 1890s to support their struggling careers including a small circle of friends who gave Canada an art of its own. Several members of the Group of Seven worked in design and lithographic firms to supplement


The Hyatt Canning Company was operated by several generations of the family. This label circa 1908 – 1923 depicts the tranquil nature of their farming operations on the shores of West Lake in Prince Edward County.

their art. J.E.H. MacDonald worked for the Toronto Lithographic Company before joining Grip Ltd., a prominent firm named after Toronto cartoonist Bengough who used Grip as his pseudonym. Over time, other Group of Seven members joined MacDonald at Grip – Tom Thomson, Frank Carmichael, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, and Fred Varley. In 1912, while MacDonald retired from commercial work to devote himself fulltime to his art, the others moved to Rouse and Mann printing house. A.Y. Jackson worked for commercial firms in Montreal. For these men and many others like them, commercial work paid the rent, although just barely. Frank Carmichael earned $2.50/week as an apprentice at Grip in 1911. Bent over dimly lit desks, they crafted intricate, lithographic designs for a wide range of clients including canning operations in eastern Ontario. They weren’t allowed to sign their work so the identity of the artists who designed the labels adorning area canned goods remain unknown and unheralded. Over time, even the names of the printing firms were dropped from labels as larger firms like Canadian Canners Limited developed in-house capacities to print their own. But the work of these commercial artists – perhaps even some of the Group of Seven – remain in the often stunningly beautiful labels they created.

The A.C. Miller plant in Picton had its distinctive Little Chief Brand labels designed by the Southam Printing and Lithography Company of London, Ontario. The company founder, William Southam, began as a printer’s apprentice at the London Free Press in 1859. He ultimately purchased the paper and lots of others to establish the Southam newspaper empire. Southam also printed the labels, which adorned the Lion Brand produce packed by canning pioneer Wellington Boulter. Boulter wasn’t shy about promoting his products. His portrait – complete with his monstrous, mutton chop whiskers – appeared on the canned goods he shipped all over the world, a testament to the fact that he stood behind the quality of his products. It worked for him. Boulter won awards at international food competitions in Chicago, Glasgow, and Paris. Along the way he made a great fortune and was recognized as the father of the canning industry in Canada. Words were used sparingly. “Empty contents as soon as possible” was a reflection of the industry’s ongoing concern over ptomaine poisoning, a continuing problem until a new sanitary can with a lacquered inside to prevent chemical reactions was introduced in 1903. Brand names could reflect events or depict heritage. The Highlander

Brand produce of the Orser Canning Company in Colborne celebrated the Scottish settlement of the area. The Quaker and Puritan Brand produce of the Bloomfield Packing Company honoured the area’s history as one of the first Quaker settlements. One of the principal reasons why the canning industry flourished in eastern Ontario was because of the many farmer-owned factories established as a means of escape from the brutal, monopolistic practices of the bigger canning companies. These canners overcharged growers for the plants and fertilizers they were forced to buy from company stores in the spring, while dictating the low prices they would receive for their produce in the harvest season. Artificially buoyed by two world wars and a depression, the canning industry continued as a mainstay of employment in the Quinte area until the late 1950s. But the industry was changing. In 1948, the H.J. Heinz Company modernized its facilities in southwestern Ontario. Wooed by the longer growing season, and the larger and more fertile tracts of land suited to volume production, the company made Leamington the ketchup capital of the world. In 1956, the California Packing Company, the makers of Del Monte Brand produce, purchased Canadian Canners, the largest company of its kind AUTUMN 2009 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING 59


in Canada with several factories in Prince Edward County and surrounding areas. It was a deathblow to the industry. Within a few years, all the local factories were closed and the new owners preferred to destroy their ageing inventory of equipment rather than sell it to local canners. One by one, the canning factories that had once signaled the start and end of the day with the shrill blasts of their steam whistles, closed and faded from view. Some still stand in a rusting retirement. But their history – and the artwork of the

commercial artists who helped sell their canned produce – lives on in museums such as the Wellington Museum, which features a complete collection of labels and other artifacts from area canning factories. Peter Lockyer is a former CBC broadcaster living in Prince Edward County. His company, History Lives Here Inc., develops local history projects with community partners. Label photos by Sandra Foreman, with permission from the Wellington Library.

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Left: The early canners packed anything and everything including pineapple likely imported from the California Packing Company, which owned extensive plantations in Hawaii, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Right: E. M. Young was a lawyer. But he invested in the canning business after marrying into the Boulter Family. He must have made money. He built his wife, Clara Boulter, the stately colonial mansion Claramount that still remains on Bridge St. in Picton. The canning industry was a tough business. Tired of the rigid contracts they were forced to sign with larger canning companies, farmers started their own as co-operatives. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often last long and were often bought out by the big firms. But some did survive and became the foundation of independent factories that flourished during the heady years of two world wars.

Like the Quaker Brand labels of the Bloomfield Packing Company, the Highlander Brand labels of the Orser Packing Company celebrated the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early history and its settlement by Scottish immigrants.

Archibald Campbell Miller built his factory on Mary St. East in Picton behind The Regent Theatre, where some remnants of the factory still remain. A distinctive feature of his factory was a large native statute on the factory roof, a marketing tool that was swiped as a mascot by some members of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment prior to their departure overseas during the Second World War.

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AUTUMN 09 event listings

For further events visit the event calendar at www.countyandquinteliving.ca. Events are subject to change, please confirm event details with the organizer. Events may be submitted to dkearns@countyandquinteliving.ca June 19 – July 5th Art in the County The premiere juried art show and sale in Eastern Ontario. Featuring 72 artists and 100 works. Free Admission. Old Town Hall, Picton. www.artinthecounty.ca Sept. 24 – 27 35th Brighton Applefest Entertainment, dances, street fair, arts and crafts. www.applefest.reach.net

Sept. 25 – Oct. 10 When the Reaper Calls A comedy/thriller by Peter Colley. $15. Brighton Barn Theatre, 96 Young St., Brighton 613.475.2144 www.brightonbarntheatre.ca Call for exact dates. Sept. 26 TASTE! A celebration of regional cuisine An unforgettable epicurean experience, over 40 vendors offering food and wine samples. Crystal Palace, Picton Fairgrounds. Advance tickets available. www.tastecelebration.ca Merchant Showcase Trade show of local business. Held by the PEC Chamber of Commerce at the Picton Curling Club. Arts on Main Gallery – Opening Reception Fall Show. All new works by over 30 juried artists. Show runs to Nov. 9th. 223 Main St., Picton www.artsonmaingallery.ca Annual Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony The annual ceremony is held at the National Air Force Museum in the RCAF Memorial Airpark to remember and recognize all of the installed Ad Astra stones. 62 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2009

Relatives, friends and members of the public are especially welcome. 2 p.m. 613.965.4643 www.airforcemuseum.ca Sept. 26 – Oct. 10 Napanee Artisan Guild Themed Exhibit Select downtown shops featuring themed art exhibits. 613.354.3042 Napanee Sept 27 Country Harvest Fall Family Festival Fall & harvest themed events, great live music, giant corn roast. Belleville West Zwicks Park 1–5pm Free Admission.   Oct. 2 Cougars For Cancer Gather your girlfriends for a ‘girl’s night’ in cancer fundraiser. Surprise quests and entertainment. Ramada Inn Belleville. For tickets call 613.962.0686. Chicago Blues Revue The Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416 www.theregenttheatre.org Oct 3 Kiwanis Bicycle Colour Cribbage Ride, 50 or 100 km routes. Masonic Hall, Picton 613.393.5270 www.pictonkiwanis. homestead.com Taste the History! (with the Culinary Historians of Ontario) Macaulay Heritage Park, Picton www.pecounty.on.ca/ museums The Pampered Palate Food and wine event presented by the CNIB. 1–5pm Waupoos Winery, Prince Edward County. Tickets 613.563.4021 xt. 5006 www.cnib.ca Historic Downtown Napanee Scarecrow Festival Local artisans, pancake breakfast, livestock demonstrations and more. Market Square. 613.354.9171 Oct. 3 – 4 Ameliasburgh Country Fair Ameliasburgh Historical Museum, 10am–4:30pm. An old fashioned

fair with historical re-enactments at the museum, tea room. 613.969.8099. Oct. 4 Prince Edward County Marathon A Boston qualifier, 42.2 km run. www.pecmarathon.ca 12th annual Tweed & area Studio Tour Featuring 26 artists & artisans in various mediums. 613.447.2039 www.tweedstudiotour.org Oct. 10 Scarecrow Festival 3rd annual at Galloping Goat Gallery. Fun for the whole family. Black River, Prince Edward County 613.476.9696. Proceeds to the Regent Theatre. Oct. 10 – 12 Harvest at the Hill Batawa Ski Hill, Batawa 613.398.6568 Oct. 16 Savour – A Tasting of Local Food & Drink Knights of Columbus Hall, Stella Cres. Trenton. Tickets available at Quinte West Chamber of Commerce. 613.392.7635

Macpherson House Showcase featuring Weaving, Quilting, Spinning, Art to Wear and Multi-media. Lunch available www.fallfibreaffair.ca 180 Elizabeth St., Napanee 613.354.5982 Arts Quinte West Autumn Show and Sale Knights of Columbus hall 10–4pm www.artsquintewestgalleries. blogspot.com Oct. 22 Scenes of Sandbanks and Beyond – Opening Reception Enjoy works of art from a variety of mediums that celebrate the scenic beauty and historical significance of Prince Edward County while sampling Black Prince wines. Black Prince Winery 1370 Loyalist Pkwy., Picton. www.blackprincewinery.com Check for dates open. Oct. 24 The Amazing Pace The Lung Association. Teams of 4. Belleville. For information 613.969.0323. jrushlow@on.lung.ca

Oct. 17 Wellington Pumpkinfest Around the village, parade, contests, games and food. www.pec.on.ca/pumpkinfest Broadway Beauties Critically acclaimed, the show contains 24 classic Broadway hits. The Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416 www.theregenttheatre.org Oeno Gallery Opening Reception Susan Collett: Labyrinths 3–7pm. Show runs to Nov. 10. www.oenogallery.com Oct 17 – 18 County Handspinners Annual Fibre Arts Show and Sale Weaving and spinning demonstrations. 10–5pm Admission free. Foxglove Studio, 30 Wellington St., Bloomfield 613.393.1352

Oct. 24 & 31 Night at the Museum Ghost Tour of historic Allan Macpherson House. Reservations only. Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth St., Napanee 613.354.5982 Oct. 30 – Nov. 12 Boofest Scary, spooky and silly Halloween Fun for everyone! Trenton, locations TBA. 613.392.2841 Buddy Holly Lives A polished performance. www.buddyholly.ca. Tickets


$25 Brighton Barn Theatre, www.brightonbarntheatre.ca 613.475.2144 Nov. 6 – 8 The Maker’s Hand Show and sale of works by Eastern Ontario artisans. Prince Edward Community Centre, Picton. www.themakershand.com Nov. 8 20th Annual Whisky Tasting Highland brunch of Scottish delicacies compliment several single malt scotch whiskies served in a convivial atmosphere. Book early. Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth St. Napanee 613.354.5982

Holiday Magic Gala, Ramada Inn, Nov. 26 – Holiday Home Tour www.quinteartscouncil.org 613.962.1232 Nov. 14 Arts on Main Gallery Opening Reception Christmas Show discover unique, affordable gifts in a variety of medium. Show runs to Jan. 17. www.artsonmaingallery.ca

Nov. 9 Victorian Gala QEMA presents their 3rd annual gala at The Waring Hall, Picton. Dinner and auction

Nov. 19 Trenton Santa Claus Parade & Fraser Park Christmas Fantasy Lighting. www.quintewestchamber.on.ca

Nov. 7,8,11,14,15 18th Annual Christmas at Presqu’ile One of Eastern Ontario’s premier juried Arts and Crafts Show. 10–4pm at the Nature Centre and the Lighthouse Centre. Visit the tea room at Stonehedge. www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca

Nov. 19 – Dec. 5 ‘Santa Clause – the Panto’ Presented by Lennox Theatre. The Village Theatre, County Rd. 11, Selby. www.lennoxtheatre.ca

Nov. 10 The TREWS in concert The Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416 www.theregenttheatre.org Nov. 13 – 15 Hike Ontario Summit Hosted by Friends of the Trail. Batawa Ski Hill Chalet, Batawa. www.hikeontario.co Nov. 13 – 26 Holiday Magic Belleville Presented by Quinte Arts Council Nov.13 – Skate with Santa; Nov. 14 – Junior Cabaret and Talent Showcase; Nov. 19 – Cocktail Party, Ramada Inn; Nov. 21 –

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Nov. 20 Brighten Up Brighton & the Santa Claus Parade Switch on of the street lights at 6:30, parade at 7:00 www.brightononline.ca/events Nov. 21 The Snow Ball 50 Years in the Making Batawa Ski Hill Gala Dinner. Chair lift rides, cocktails, dinner and dance. www.batawa.ca 613.398.6568 to reserve tickets Nov. 26 Quinte Arts Council Christmas Home Tour 7 homes professionally decorated, each with live entertainment. Refreshments at Ackerman Hall, Albert College. Tickets $25 www.quinteartscouncil.org Nov. 27 Bloomfield Festival of Lights and Santa Clause Parade Main St. Bloomfield. 613.393.5783

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Nov. 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 29 Festival of Trees. Crystal Palace Presented by PECM Hospital Auxilliary 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm 613.476.4696.

Nov. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 29 Festive Frolic at The Red Barns Glass blowing, woodworking, stained glass and more. 167 White Chapel Rd. Picton www.theredbarns.com Nov. 29 Deseronto Santa Claus Parade & Tree Lighting Rathburn Park. 613.396.2440

Nov. 28 Reelin & Rockin, Slippin & Slidin A night with Chuck Berry & Little Richard, a tribute. The Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416 www.theregenttheatre.org Frankford Santa Claus Parade & Frankford Tourist Park Christmas Lighting 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 pm

Dec. 2 Jingle Bell Walk and Nativity Celebration Carol your way downtown to Fraser Park for the lighting of the Nativity. Meet at the Old Town Hall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1861 in Market Sq. Trenton 613.394.4318

Dec. 6 Fairfield Gutzeit House Christmas Open House Carols, cider and sweets. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. Admission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; non perishable items for the food bank. 341 Main St., Bath 613.352.9911

Dec. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22 Christmas Candlelight Tours Macaulay Heritage Park 6:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30. $5.00 admission. Candlelight tours of festive Macaulay House, special features each evening.

Dec. 11 8th Annual Candlelight Tour See this elegant 1826 Georgian House by romantic candlelight dressed in itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest. Hot apple cider and holiday goodies. Enjoy a horse and wagon ride to the County Museum. Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth St., Napanee 613.354.5982

Dec. 15 Olympic Torch Relay Celebration The Olympic Torch Relay will reach Napanee and Picton. For celebration details Stacey@ whistlestoptv.com Dec. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19 The Nutcracker Quinte Ballet School of Canada will be performing this classic holiday favourite. Empire Theatre. www.quinteballetschool.com

Dec. 5 Frostfest Batawa Community Centre, Quinte West 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm 613.392.2841

Dec. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 Christmas at the Barn A delightful variety show. Tickets $15. Brighton Barn Theatre. 96 Young St., Brighton. 613.475.2144. www.brightonbarntheatre.ca

Festival of Trees Fairfield Gutzeit House, 341 Main St., Bath 613.352.9911

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CHRISTMAS AT THE BARN A delightful variety show

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Saitarg’s GQ

Gravitas Quotient is a measure of one’s reserves of inner wisdom. Your GQ is as unique to you as your fingerprint or iris scan.

The human software is made of up of three components: Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EG), and Gravitas Quotient (GQ). Gravitas Quotient can be expressed as: IQ + EQ + Life Force (Mojo) = GQ Guido Basso, arranger, composer, conductor, has lived in the County for over twenty years. He is a legend in Canadian jazz circles as a master of the flugelhorn, the most romantic of instruments. Basso is credited with the theory that one “attacks the trumpet and makes love to a flugelhorn”. Most recently, he performed at the Atlantic Jazz Festival and at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival. Basso was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994. Guido Basso answers fifteen Gravitas Questions:

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What do you wish your mother understood about you? She understood her Black Sheep very well. What question do you most want to have answered? Why can’t we find a cure for cancer?

What saved you? A sense of humour with lots of wine and music.

Who do you wish would call? My parents.

What does it take to reveal who you really are? Nothing, what you see is what you get.

How much is enough? Enough is enough.

What story has not been reported? Can’t tell you.

What has shaped the choices you have made? My passion for the music I love.

What is the best way to express love? Your heart will guide you.

What is your bliss? To record a CD with Johnny Mandel or Claus Ogerman. What bores you? Repetition. What has life taught you so far? Not to live in the past. Where is your personal tipping point? Following a bad driver. Who is the stranger at your door? A police officer.

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How do you express adoration? Orally.

Why do women put up with men? Why do men put up with women? I guess we are all needy. (Final answer.) They say everyone should have a cause. What is your cause? Enforced punishment for litterbugs and for dog owners who don’t scoop poop. Saitarg, a long time County resident, developed the concept of GQ as part of his entertainment product. Discover your Gravitas Quotient at www.gravitasthegame.com


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