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We are pleased to feature two very different homes. One home is a ‘French Country’ style home beautifully designed with entertaining and easy living in mind. Located beside the remnants of a former dam, it captures the essence of the French countryside.

The homeowners of our other feature home have a long term plan to be ‘free of market forces’. Everything they have done beginning with the design, the way the home is positioned on the lot to capture the sun year round, to the materials used, will further this plan. At present the home is ‘off the grid ready’. Solar will be added later as will other energy saving technologies.

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A County winery has taken an Old World Burgundy approach in crafting their Pinot Noir. This excellence has garnered a loyal following and as of this writing, they have totally sold out, their fans will have to wait until next year’s release. I do not consider myself a ‘dog person’, put it down to an early bad experience; however, one of my favourite shows is ‘Off the Leash’. It’s a show featuring a dog trainer that trains unruly dogs (and sometimes their owners). Every show seems to include a dog park. Apparently dogs like to socialize with other dogs. Dog parks, constructed for this very purpose, are on the rise in many communities. You may find one or two you were not aware of that your dog may enjoy. We are blessed to live in a community that gives generously with their funds and their time. We share just a few examples of how the community comes together, to care for the hungry thru food harvesting for the food banks; the donations of time and material from the construction industry to raise monies for equipment for the local hospitals; and the welfare of our migrating birds by banding. It’s difficult to hold back a tear when witnessing or viewing a repatriation ceremony in Trenton, on the Highway of Heroes, on television or Utube. The number of people attending grows with each fallen soldier. We are privileged to feature this ceremony and we thank Jerome Lessard for the use of the excellent photos he has taken that bring us even closer to the families that have lost loved ones.

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And From That Apple Came Varieties of Fruits That Fill our Orchards to Capacity at This Time of Year. By Michelle Loyer

Have you ever stopped to think that an apple is more than just an apple? It’s a whole “species”! Well, more like a wonder of varieties (from Ontario) such as:

• Ambrosia; Braeburn; Cortland; Crimson Beauty; Crispin; Duchess; • Empire; Enterprise; Fuji; • Ginger Gold; Golden Delicious; Golden Russett; • Honey Crisp (my personal favourite); Ida Red; • Jonagold; Jonamac; Jerseymac; Liberty; • McIntosh (a general favourite); Melba; Mutsu; • Northern Spy; Paula Red; Priscilla; • Red Delicious; Royal Gala; • Spartan; Spencer; Shizuka; Shamrock; Silken Sunrise; • Tomlin Sweet; Tolman Sweet; Tydeman.

Ontario alone has more than 100 varieties which are steadily increasing due to continuing work with hybrids. British Columbia, for example, has many of the same varieties as Ontario but they also grow varieties that we do not due to the difference in climate. The Quinte area has several of the varieties mentioned above; however, each apple orchard carries only a certain number of varieties. But that’s more than enough to sate the palate. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2010


Apple Growing In Ontario The major apple-producing areas in Ontario are spread along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Georgian Bay. These large, deep bodies of water are the main reason that apples are one of Ontario’s biggest and most diverse fruit crops. The water temperature of the lakes changes slowly and causes the air temperatures of the adjacent shore to change slowly as well. As a result, late spring frosts and early fall frosts are buffered and the growing season is extended, therefore perfect for apples! There are approximately 700 apple growers in Ontario. While some of them manage orchards larger than 40 hectares or 100 acres, the average size is about 8 hectares (20 acres). Using modern technology, Ontario growers have become increasingly efficient. They are gradually converting older orchards, which have large, standard-sized trees to higher density orchards with “size-controlled” or dwarf trees. This change to a higher number of trees per hectare increases orchard efficiency. The trend in Ontario is to pedestrian orchards where practices can be carried out with minimum use of ladders. Translated in layman’s terms, this means more orchards where the apples can be harvested easily without the use of ladders. Harvesters need only to reach up to pick the fruit off the much shorter trees. Campbell’s Orchards off County Rd. 3, between Carrying Place and Rednersville is a great place to view these small but prolific apple trees. Add a visit to their wonderful shop full of apple goodies including a wonderful concoction of “hot chocolate and apple cider with caramel and whipped cream topping”. Delightfully sinful, much like Eve’s first bite of this versatile fruit! About half of Ontario’s apples are marketed as fresh apples. The other half is used for processing. Ninety per cent of the processing apples are used to make juice. Other uses include applesauce, slices, and pie fillings. McIntosh apples are most often used for juice and Northern Spys for pie filling. The Quinte area comprises the southern portions of Hastings, Northumberland, Lennox and Addington counties along with all of Prince Edward County. Quinte owes its ability to grow fruit to its proximity to Lake Ontario. Apples are the most important fruit crop, covering more than 1,250 hectares, providing farmers with annual revenue of millions of dollars. More and more fruit stands are to be found along the country roads of Ontario. There is a certain freedom and joy to be found in choosing one’s own produce to take home and enjoy as is or to create a treasured recipe. Michelle Loyer is a writer living in Wellington.




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“Civilians and military alike support one another through this emotional observance. They attend with honour and pride, most feeling a duty to do so. Whether along the fence, lining the sidewalks, or on a bridge, they wait. They wait through the weather, through rain, through freezing temperatures. They wait because it matters, because every loss is a personal loss.� COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2010


After spending more than a decade away from Ontario, living in British Columbia, I decided to move my family back home – home for me, anyway. We settled in the Quinte area and I slowly re-familiarized myself with the culture here. Soon after the move, we planned a trip to Toronto. We headed west on the 401 and, just after passing Trenton, we came to a bridge draped in a Canadian flag. It was not Canada Day but the bridge was full of people wearing red. There was a fire truck with lights swirling, cars were honking, people were waving and I felt confused and proud at the same time. The next bridge and every bridge thereafter was the same: police cars, emergency vehicles, more fire trucks, at every bridge and overpass. More honking, more people, more pride. It was quite moving. It was only afterwards that I learned I had been following a repatriation motorcade. The year was 2002. Repatriation ceremonies are a part of the culture here that is not witnessed in many parts of this vast country. I was far removed from it living in B.C. so I wanted to find out more about this ceremony. I made a visit to CFB Trenton to speak with Jaimie Corriveau, Special Events Coordinator with the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) and Wendy Synnott, Volunteer Services, Trenton MFRC. Jaimie is originally from Newfoundland and has been with the military for the past three years. When I asked Wendy where she was from, her response was “Canada”. Her father was in the military, her husband has retired from the military, and her eldest daughter, Erica, is currently serving overseas. 16


PREVIOUS: A motorcade in honour of Maj. Michelle Knight Mendes, 30 is heading toward the Highway of Heroes after a repatriation ceremony at 8 Wing-CFB Trenton. Mast. Cpl. Marcie Lane, widow of fallen Mast. Cpl. Scott Francis Vernelli, salutes as her husband’s casket is placed in the hearse during a repatriation ceremony at 8 Wing-CFB Trenton. Michelle Brown and her children stand at attention on the tarmac at 8 WingCFB Trenton as the coffin of her husband Warrant Officer Dennis Raymond Brown, from The Lincoln and Welland Regiment in St. Catharines, is carried to a hearse. RIGHT: Hundreds of people attended a repatriation ceremony in honour of fallen soldier Lt. Justin Boyes at 8 Wing-CFB Trenton.

“the whole community mourns every loss and there is comfort and support in attending the ceremonies.”

Wendy explains that joining the Canadian military is voluntary – they choose to join knowing they may go overseas. They know it is an important role for the general good, to respect and to protect our lifestyle. And part of that voluntary role may involve a repatriation ceremony. It all starts in Trenton. It starts with the local paper and a solemn story about a fallen soldier or civilian, and a date for the upcoming repatriation. The city readies itself. Dignitaries such as the Defence Minister, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Governor General and others, arrive in Trenton on those formal days to welcome home the brave Canadians who have given their lives in the name of peace. What other small town can compare the high profile visitors it receives? This privilege, however, has its price. On the day of the repatriation, the grey military airbus arrives at CFB 8 Wing Trenton and the traditional, structured ceremony is conducted on the tarmac where, for the first time, the family receives their loved one home. The ceremony is a very private and emotional one as the “needs of the family” are considered foremost, Jaimie says. The flag-draped caskets are unloaded and laid into their respective hearses. With this, the family follows, and the journey to the coroner’s office in Toronto begins. The stretch of highway 401 from CFB Trenton to Toronto was dubbed “the highway of heroes” and, in August 2007, this route was given official designation as such. Thousands flock to the bridges and overpasses to take part in the ceremonial procession. Hundreds of Trentonians have created their own “grassroots” structured ceremony, showing “dignity and respect,” remarks Wendy. They have assumed a sense of ownership for each soldier. They are all our sons and daughters. On the day of the repatriation they dutifully take up their post at the fence line or along the sidewalks where the motorcade proceeds. Their station is the same each time. Much like church on Sunday, “people pick their Janetsays CraigJaimie. is a local cheftruck and writer, skilled in the its artflashing of pews,” A fire rests athighly one end of CFB, beersignal tasting.the lights beginning of the motorcade. Amidst the civilians lining the fences at CFB are soldiers in fatigue and retired military

personnel – civilians and military alike support one another through this emotional observance. They attend with honour and pride, most feeling a duty to do so. Whether along the fence, lining the sidewalks, or on a bridge, they wait. They wait through the weather, through rain, through freezing temperatures. They wait “because it matters, because every loss is a personal loss,” says Wendy. And the people of Trenton know this military loss very well. Over 150 casualties have made their way through this small town since 2002, and each time “Trenton stops, hats come off, and you can hear a pin drop” as the motorcade makes its way slowly through the town, says Jaimie. This imagery gives me chills as I have witnessed it firsthand. The military recognizes that the “whole community mourns every loss” and there is comfort and support in attending the ceremonies. Dignitaries acknowledge the support of those at the fence and have on occasion approached and thanked them for coming. A reception is now offered to the mourners after the motorcade has left the city. The military recognizes the supporters locally and, after being involved in such an emotional event, Jaimie explains that this reception offers people a chance to “exhale”. “Whether related or not, if you are military you are a part of this big family,” says Wendy. One can only wonder the impact on this military town. When asked this question, Wendy responds “it is hard on the members of this community,” and Jaimie follows with the military response, “they must cool in order to cope.” Trenton represents and bears the responsibility of all Canadians who do not have the same opportunity to show their physical support to the families. And the families appreciate this support. Janet Jarrell lives in the Quinte area and writes everything from short stories, to blogs to poetry.





Harvesting for Hunger By Cynthia Peters Photography by Barry Phelp

Living in a “province of plenty”, it’s difficult to believe that the demand on food banks is still on the rise. In fact, hundreds of thousands of Ontarians are forced to turn to food banks every month. Participants now include a larger portion of the working poor then ever before. While food banks are faced with tremendous challenges every day to meet the needs – it’s the sourcing and storing of healthy food that remains one of the most critical issues. As well, the overall increased demand for food has forced food banks to purchase more food and/or reduce the amount of food distributed. The good news is that there is progress and collaboration with a number of local and provincial programs across Ontario.

security organizations in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties are listening and adapting to the changing environment. We are stepping up to the plate on a number of levels. The Gleaners Food Bank in Belleville has created a community garden right on their premises. Volunteers manage the 60’ x 70’ raised garden with cold storage facilities just a few feet away to ensure the produce remains fresh and ready for pick-up by participants. Executive director, Suzanne Quinlin says, “The garden connects our volunteers in a meaningful way beyond the traditional roles in a food bank but, more importantly, it gives our clients healthy choices for their table.”

Community Harvest Ontario is an innovative program by the Ontario Association of Food Banks that will dramatically increase the amount of fresh, healthy, local food acquired and distributed by food banks across the province. With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Community Harvest Ontario builds partnerships with farmers and corporate partners to grow, glean, and donate local fruits and vegetables. It’s estimated that province-wide approximately 25 million pounds of fruits and vegetables are disposed of or tilled back into the soil each year. Community Harvest Ontario builds the capacity of communities to gain access to this much-needed food. This is a welcome program to many of the food banks but it can pose a problem for the smaller ones that have limited cold storage facilities. While there are still opportunities for better access, storage, and education, our regional food banks and food COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2010


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Regionally, they support more than 170 agencies, including food banks, soup kitchens, lunch programs, and seniors organizations, to name a few. To date, 279,000 kilograms of food have been distributed to these agencies. That’s an increase of 50 per cent over last year. “Our numbers have increased substantially, especially the first 6 months of 2010. In 2009 our purchased food totaled $5,200. In the first six months of this year we are already at $19,300.” commented Suzanne Quinlin. When donations are down, food needs to be purchased to meet the demands. The quality of the food is also an important consideration when sourcing. Gleaners Food Bank has formed great regional partnerships with organizations such as Harvest Hastings which enables them to purchase quality local meat directly from the farmers. A number of local produce farmers in the County are also becoming involved. For instance, Laundry Farms generously opened up their fields recently to some enthusiastic young helpers on vacation in the County – Payton, Felicia, and Nicholas Mikrogianakis. We picked about 50 dozen corn one hot August morning for the Picton Food Bank. As part of their school assignment this summer, they were asked to do an act of charity and present it to their class. Children, more than ever, are connecting with food – where it comes from, how it’s grown – and participating in food programs in a variety of ways. In fact, a number of urban schools across 20


the province are creating and maintaining urban gardens for their school lunch programs and to donate to community efforts. Another innovative program that links fresh produce to food banks is the “Buy Local, Share Local” initiative, sponsored by RBC, Turkey Farmers of Ontario, and Ontario Federation of Agriculture. Now in its third year, this program encourages people to buy local produce at their farmers markets and roadside stands and to donate part of their purchase to their local food bank. This year, Belleville held their “Buy Local, share Local” event in the Market Square on August 28th. As well at our TASTE event, a celebration of regional cuisine on September 25th, we will be encouraging people to think about food banks. A number of local farmers, including Honey Wagon Farms, Vicki’s Veggies, Stone House Farm, and Thyme Again Gardens will be donating vegetables for the Harvestin’ the County Farm Stand on location at the event. People will be able to purchase fresh produce with proceeds going directly to the Picton Food Bank. Cynthia Peters is an advocate for Food Security issues in the province. She is a board member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, Chair of the Advisory Committee of FoodShare, and a member of the Food Security Network of Hastings & Prince Edward Counties.

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It was 1995 when Linda first spotted the property. The home was finished in less than a year due to her well-honed project management skills and strong relationships with the various building trades. In the last five years, she and Peter have enjoyed many family celebrations as well as private times together in their chateau on the river Linda says: “This is my dream home. I’ve always been a country girl and I especially love living on the water.” Peter concurs, his enthusiasm not in the least dampened by the significant amounts of grass-cutting and other regular maintenance which the ample property requires. Cheryl Mumford is an award-winning, Quinte-based freelance writer and photographer.

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Close Knit Vines/Old World Wines The Old Third Winery By Kerry Lorimer Photography by Jens Korberg

Unique characteristics of the terroir can be detected in hints of dark cherries with layers of wild thyme and anise. “I’ll take one,” says a woman standing at the tasting counter of the Old Third Winery in Prince Edward County. As she considers the finish of the pinot noir, a couple who have arrived on a tandem bike arrange for their bottle to be delivered to a nearby B&B. It is not yet noon, but there is already a queue for the 2008 Pinot Noir. Since the winery opened in May 2010, this single-production has all but sold out. Visitors to the restored 19th century barn love that every single drop of juice comes from this vineyard on Closson Road in Hillier. Unique characteristics of the terroir can be detected in hints of dark cherries with layers of wild thyme and anise. It is a medium bodied wine with a ruby red rim. Some customers plan to let it age for a few years. Others just want to bottle up and take home some of the old world charm they experience here. “We are one of the few wineries that are really focusing on one 30


wine,” says Bruno Francois, co-owner and winemaker. “There’s a saying: do one thing well. We don’t try and be all things to all people.” Bruno and his partner, Jens Korberg, already have a loyal following. Readers of this publication have been captivated by Bruno’s viticultural memoirs in several past issues. His stories expose the hard life of a vigneron, but do so in a sensually poetic style that upholds the romantic notion of growing a vineyard. For Bruno, it is all about a slow, deliberate craftsmanship. “Our goal was to do something special and make the best wine we possibly could,” he explains. What he does not create himself, he purchases from other traditional producers. The bottles are from Belgium, pure tin capsules from Spain, and cork from Portugal. Bruno likens himself to the garagistes, a small group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France. Working out of garages and other humble studios, these unassuming upstarts are producing internationally acclaimed wines. Often, their cult

status commands higher prices than the old, well-established guard. “You don’t need a lot to have a winery,” he says. “You don’t need to spend millions of dollars.” With only a small sign and an ‘open’ flag to draw in visitors from the road, the modest grey barn blends beautifully into the countryside. Everything Bruno needs to make wine is housed inside the barn. In a back room, several barrels of the 2009 Pinot Noir wait patiently in French oak. They promise to be heavier and more refined than the 2008. Around the bar area, contemporary metal sheets frame original wood posts. Thick signature bottles are displayed on old crates, stacked up to the exposed beams. Along the old stone foundation, modern equipment is lined up. The space is stylish but, more importantly, functional. Bruno’s priority is farming and producing wine, using organic and traditional methods where possible.

“Pinot noir always challenges me,” says Bruno. “Nothing is static about it. Both in the field and in the winery, pinot is an intellectual pursuit.” Like the vines, Bruno and Jens’ youthfulness belies their determination and resiliency. They began planting in 2005 after purchasing the property, on Closson Road, originally known as “The Old Third”. Their journey has had its share of ups and downs but they are starting to reap the rewards of their labours. Bruno credits the support and advice of a close-knit community of County vignerons, including Geoff Heinricks at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards and Frédéric Picard at Huff Estates. Bruno is now a key player in this group and a provincial expert in the high-density style of Burgundy, France. When commended on his success, Bruno downplays his role. “95 per cent of all winemaking is in the vineyard,” he says. “If you’ve got good grapes and conditions, you can make great wines.” At The Old Third, conditions are just right. The small vineyard is perched on the edge of an escarpment where water drains quickly away. Looking down the southeast slope, Bruno says, “This makes us one of the earliest sites to harvest in the County.” The ground itself is carpeted in thin, dense gravel called Hillier Clay Loam. It nourishes the vines through rich minerals from the glacial till and keeps them warm at night by retaining heat. A bite through one small black grape is surprisingly sweet and bursting with juice. Crouched down under the low canopy, pinecone-shaped clusters hang heavy all around. With only a few feet between the tight rows, the firm fruit could be plucked easily on either side. “I have between two and three times the density of other wineries,” says Bruno. His pinot grapes are the better for

it. In receiving only limited amounts of rich soil, the vine starts to ripen its fruit sooner than if it was free to spread vigorously . “The vines are like people,” says Bruno. “If you give them too much money, time and food they get lethargic. They don’t get work done.” A slightly stressful environment forces them to focus on their goal of producing fruit and ripening well before autumn. The high-density vineyard stays true to the medieval origins of pinot, when monasteries played a key role in developing the Burgundy wine industry. Monks had the tedious task of studying which vines performed well and planting cuttings from the best. Land was at a premium so they had to maximize their yield. Farming compact rows is still a challenge today. With vines snuggling together, there is no room for a standard tractor to pass through. For this delicate job, Bruno exported a straddle tractor home during a trip to France. He does all the work himself aboard “Birdie”, affectionately named after the manufacturer, Loiseau. When it comes to harvesting, Bruno trusts his instincts rather than modern science. “Some people look at the sugar levels of the berries to determine whether or not they are ripe,” he explains, chewing on a grape. “That’s a mistake. You really have to look at the pips and the skins.” He continually monitors the acid levels. “If they drop too quickly, the wine will not age properly.” When the time comes, a dozen workers will collect all the clusters from the vineyard. The barn will be cleared out. Friends and family will gather to sort and resort. Only perfect grapes will make it into the crusher. Early indications on the vine suggest a stellar vintage. “I think the 2010 wines will be the best,” says Bruno, excitedly. Bruno is confident but cautious. “Do you hear that?” he asks. “I’ll be back in a second.” He dashes to his farmhouse across the road and returns with a bird banger that roars across the field. “They will eat you out of house and home,” he warns of a darting flock of birds. “I’m always worried about the vineyard.” Its vulnerability to animals and fluctuating weather is beyond his control. This spring, his air shipment of tin capsules from Europe was postponed by the seismic activity of the Icelandic volcano. Then there are all the anxieties caused by national and local politics. “There’s all sorts of stuff in the County that you deal with and worry about,” says Bruno. He and Jens never anticipated being so emotionally invested in the community and its development. “I thought I would have more of a stress-free life out here in the country,” he admits. But those constant pressures are what push Bruno and Jens to learn and improve every year. It is the same formula for success that they use with their vines. Kerry Lorimer is a freelance writer and public relations consultant who lives in Prince Edward County. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2010


A Treasure for Locals, A Discovery for Newcomers Currah’s Café and Restaurant

While my wife and I knew that Picton’s history dates back to 1837, we were happy to find Currah’s dining room and lounge, which fit right in to the historical streetscape. 13 years ago, owner Chris Currah chose the 1856-built Bristol building in which to establish a fresh seafood and custom beef presence in this town at the head of Picton Bay. Today, Currah’s extensive menu attracts Prince Edward County locals as well as tourists looking for an unpretentious place with history and a wide range of quality food. We decided to test Currah’s seafood menu on a Friday during the Jazz Festival. We were tired of our usual battered-fish dinner and decided to splurge a bit. At first, we were tempted by the day’s lunch special of shrimp and brie pizza with smoked gouda and “super salad” for $10.99 but we waited for a wider choice in the evening. And what a choice. Approaching the restaurant, the blackboard outside caught our attention with the offer of a 4 oz. lobster tail atop a 12 oz. AAA Angus striploin, white cheese mashed potatoes, and vegetables for $32.99. We liked the value but wanted to see the seafood menu. Inside we were greeted, seated, and served by three attentive staff before manager Jeff Jones advised us on our selections and assured me that my meal would be filling and tender. Barbara chose the broiled sea bass over wilted baby spinach with mango chipotle infused butter, mixed wild rice, and fresh vegetables for $26.99. I opted for the catfish: two large fillets, Cajun-seasoned and cast-iron blackened over braised bok choy with a hot skewer of Cajun shrimp on top for $23.99. Our fish was ideally moist and full of flavour enhanced by the chef’s recipe. 32


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Currah’s seats 52 yet, although the restaurant was full, we felt quite private on our window platform that was divided from the main floor by a railing. In another area, privacy was enhanced with a stained glass piece from local artist Vanessa Pandos. For more cozy, candlelit dining, a bay window table known as “the cove” can be reserved. The wine menu offered scope – allowing one-third of local reds to balance with about one-half of local whites. Our half litre of special-order house white was a perfectly-chilled appetizer. As we enjoyed our pre-dinner wine, we took in the atmosphere of this mainstay in the County’s “farm to fork” movement. From our table in the main window, we watched passersby on the street and envied the super-sized hanging baskets of flowers and vines outside. Inside, the ceiling beams and trim reflected the origins of the 24,000 square foot former department store, although Currah’s is one of four businesses currently using the space. After dinner, we both decided on the homemade apple crumble with caramel ice cream from Currah’s new dessert menu. It was a hit with my wife who enjoyed the texture and detected her favourite spices. Our whole experience at Currah’s, and our walk around its block of stores and shops, left us feeling we’d discovered a restaurant with a seafood specialty that respects the County way of blending old with new. Currah’s Café & Restaurant 252 Main Street, Picton 613.476.6374 Lawrence Cornett and wife Barbara are new residents to Prince Edward County. He will write and she will teach.


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Lunch With an Old Flame Paulo’s Italian Trattoria

Paulo’s Italian Trattoria, located in the heart of Belleville, is just as lovely as ever. A 20-foot high ceiling and colourful décor set the scene. So much detail has gone into this beautiful space that you have a feeling of being transported to a little coastal village in Italy. Owner Paul Dinkel has always strived for quality. When Paulo’s first opened in the mid-90s, Paul set a high standard: to offer the most pristine ingredients, the freshest produce, meats, and seafood which today are still part of the uncompromising philosophy of Paulo’s (and Dinkel’s Restaurant next door). Dinkel’s is equally as beautiful with an outdoor terrace courtyard that also evokes the feeling of an Italian piazza with a bubbling fountain – serenity in the city. Back at Paulo’s, fragrant and succulent pineapple mingles with sweet peppers, snow peas, and diced red onion on top of my pizza, which emerges from the gaping opening of a Roman wood burning oven. There is nothing like eating sumptuous food cooked in a hearth. Paul faithfully goes to Toronto once or twice weekly to select the best cuts from an abattoir he has trusted for over 30 years. Maybe I should have tried the grilled lamb chops with a dijon rosemary sauce or the ginger tiger shrimp served with a caramelized brandy sauce. I decide instead to save myself for a lovely raspberry tartufo – an Italian chocolate and raspberry combination of gelato rolled in cocoa, which also comes from Toronto. Paulo’s still has a few tables lingering over coffee. Diners are reluctant to leave this lovely oasis to go back to work. Paulo’s could easily be a movie set from the film Under the Tuscan Sun.



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The walls are painted in a warm terracotta, contrasted by aqua green shutters and crisp white trim. Black wrought iron railings divide the tiered seating and lead you up to intimate balcony tables offering a bird’s eye view over the diners below. Red and white checkered tablecloths set the stage for chef Paul Travis’s classic Italian inspired dishes. Paulo’s Italian Trattoria has always been known for its wood oven pizzas, though the restaurant’s pastas and paninis are not to be missed. The penne primavera is always a favourite, as is the Tuscan panini offered on homemade bread which is baked daily in none other than the wood burning oven. My pizza is the “Chef’s Recommendation”. The aromatic curry makes me take pause as the warm scent of turmeric and cumin wafts enticingly upward. Paul Dinkel and the staff sample several versions of what is to be the daily special, finding the ideal combination and, in this case, a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Paulo’s is unwaveringly confident about their food. They discourage substitutions because it will undermine the desired effect of the meal. I can only agree as I thoroughly enjoy my pizza served with a generous array of greens. I finish my lunch and leave this lovely restaurant reluctantly. But this I know for sure: I will be coming back to Paulo’s, and sooner than later! Paulo’s Italian Trattoria 38 Bridge Street East, Belleville 613.966.2556 Gudrun Gallo is a lover of food and wine, living in Prince Edward County.

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Who Let the Dogs Out? By Janet Craig Photography by Janet Craig and Marianne Gallagher



Dog parks fulfill an essential need:

social interaction.

Those of us who have dogs know that each one has their own personality and we can rave ad nauseam about this, much like new parents about their infant. Of course, we “dog crazy” people cannot understand for a moment why some people don’t like dogs or are afraid of them or not happy to share their parks and walkways with them. More and more in Ontario, there are dog parks springing up – especially in cities where green space is becoming a premium. Here in the Quinte region, our community is learning how important and helpful dog parks are for the residents and their dogs. There are two off-leash areas in the Belleville area. The first is an off-leash trail (affectionately called the “Pooch Path”) at the Quinte Conservation area just west of Wallbridge/Loyalist Road. The Pooch Path is not fenced and is used by those who wish to hike with their dog. Be sure your dog will not get distracted by squirrels, rabbits, etc. and run away. They could become lost. For those who enjoy a more social experience or for people with a dog that cannot be trusted to stay with you, try the Quinte Dog Park at East Zwick’s Park. This is a three acre, completely fencedin dog park with a double gated entrance for your safety. There is a smaller fenced area for smaller breeds who are sometimes intimidated by the larger dogs. Potable water is available along with waste receptacles as well as benches for seating. I like the fact that often straw or bark chips are scattered to prevent areas from getting muddy or, in winter, very icy. Be sure to take a plastic bag as you enter and help keep the dog park safe and clean. The Quinte Dog Park opened on October 20, 2001. The City of Belleville built the Dog Park with the requirement that the Quinte 38


Dog Park Association pay for the cost of the fence. In October 2002, a cheque was submitted to Belleville City Council which paid back the cost of the fencing in less than one year rather than in the five years that had been allotted. This was made possible by the active involvement of members in fundraising activities. Their website includes dogs’ photos, and dog owners’ names listed as “Snoopy’s Mum” or “Fido’s Dad”. I find this similar to public school where you only know the parents by the child’s name. In Prince Edward County, a volunteer committee has been working hard to get a dog park established in Picton at Delhi Park. Council has given them the land for the park and a portion of the fence and a large sign has been erected. Currently, they need about $11,000 to complete the project. The local Home Hardware has committed to donating a gazebo, garbage cans, and benches. The committee will continue to raise funds for the completion. In Quinte West down near the waterfront, another beautiful park has been designated. The Kinsmen Club of Quinte West recently opened a dog park in the heart of the city. Located in Hanna Park, just off Dufferin, this off-leash dog park allows plenty of space for dogs to run. The dog park is completely enclosed to ensure the safety of all. Dog parks fulfill an essential need: social interaction. Dogs, like their primitive predecessors, are pack animals. In other words, they are very sociable and that includes the love of running and playing with others. I find dog parks also satisfy a human need. A single girlfriend said after walking my dog, “If I had known how easy it was to meet people, I would have got my own dog long ago!” Most dog owners are very friendly and, let’s face it, anyone who loves a dog can’t be all bad! Janet Craig has a personal chef business for humans and now canines.

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Introducing Your Dog to an

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By Sharon Simms

How to Make the Experience a Relaxing and Enjoyable One for Both You and Your Dog

If you have never tried an off-leash dog park before and you are somewhat anxious about it, you may want to check one out before you take your dog there. Watch how the dogs greet each other and play together. Talk with some of the owners to find out how issues are resolved in their group and find out what times of the day are “prime time” – times when a larger number of dogs are in attendance. Once you have made the decision to take your dog to the park for the first time, pick a time that is quieter and has fewer dogs. If you have a high-energy dog or one that excites easily, you may want to take your dog for a walk beforehand. The walk will take the “edge” off the dog’s energy level and will increase the likelihood of your dog’s first off-leash experience being a positive one. When you arrive at the park and enter the double set of gates, take your dog’s leash off. If your dog is not too excited, have him 40


sit before you open the interior gate. If your dog is too excited to sit, you can let him sniff the dogs through the fencing for a brief time before opening the gate. Either of these suggestions helps calm down the excitement level of a new dog that is entering the off-leash area. If there are several dogs crowding the interior gate and you have an anxious dog or you are anxious yourself, let the other dog owners know that this is your first visit to the park and politely ask them to get their dogs back from the gate. I have found that most owners also want your first experience at the park to be successful and are usually obliging. The moment you open the interior gate, all the dogs will be excited to meet the newcomer. The other dogs will come and sniff your dog’s face and rear, before bounding off to play. This is a very important part of dog socialization! As your dog becomes comfortable and begins to explore or play with other

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dogs, remember to always keep your dog in sight so you can watch your dog’s body language. If your dog is showing signs of stress, tucking its tail, crouching, or excessively salivating, leave after a few minutes and try again another day. Some dogs take time to adjust to playing with other dogs freely.


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Conversely, if your dog gets overly excited and becomes “too much” for another dog or should an issue arise between your dog and another dog, remove your dog from the situation and have him sit beside you for a few minutes. When the level of excitement calms down, let him try again. If the same issues arise, then take responsibility for your dog’s behaviour and leave. You can always try another day. There are some dogs that just don’t get along. Sometimes you will find the energy in the park is escalating because a new dog is entering. Call your dog from the gate when new ones enter and release them once the newcomer is inside. If the energy level is escalating because of a particular dog or group of dogs, an effective way to redirect your dog’s attention from the situation is to go for a walk around the park area with your dog. Generally, by the time you make your way back, the energy level has decreased and your dog can resume playing. Practice your dog’s recall, as a good recall is a valuable tool if the energy at the gate increases or a fight breaks out. Over time you will get to know the other dogs and owners. You will learn which dogs get along well and which ones don’t, which ones have a lot of energy and “stir the pot”, which ones don’t like the other dogs in their faces, and which ones prefer to be left alone. If you find that there is a particular dog that your dog doesn’t get along with, then you may need to make the decision not to enter the park when that dog is there. Not all dogs will “work it out” without one or both being injured, especially if there is a significant size or weight difference. You also don’t want aggressive behaviour to be part of your dog’s way of interacting at the dog park.

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Remember the rule of being in control of your dog and being a responsible owner. You are liable if anything happens to another dog, a child, or a dog owner. Don’t put yourself or your dog in that position. Above all, enjoy your time at the dog park. There is nothing more enjoyable or heartwarming than watching your dog romping freely and having a “blast” with all his new found doggy friends. The end result is a tired, happy, and well-socialized dog! Sharon Simms is an Accredited Dog Trainer based in Kingston.

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By Kerry Lorimer Photography by Marc Polidoro COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2010



“We chose to build a really house. It literally lays the foundations for the family’s

self-sustaining future.”

Gilbert Leclerc and Diana Cooper are self-professed “backto-the-landers”. In October 2006 they migrated to Bloomfield, looking to build a better life for themselves and their son, Tristan. The couple left behind successful careers in Calgary in search of a different type of success: independence. “We wanted to be free of market forces,” says Gil, a commercial banker. Their goal was to produce what they needed, instead of having to purchase it. “You have a choice,” he explains. “So we chose to build a really energy-efficient house.” It literally lays the foundations for the family’s self-sustaining future. Completed in July 2009, the house is off-the-grid-ready.

For Diana, a management consultant, the road back to Bloomfield was well worn. She grew up in a traditional brick house that is just a stone’s throw from the new build. Both properties were originally farmland belonging to her grandparents. In fact, the couple lived in the 175-year-old Mallory farmhouse with her parents for three years following their return. During that time they worked through the design and construction process with both a local architect and builder. “We took time to research it aesthetically and environmentally,” says Diana, drawing inspiration from pictures they had been clipping for years. “Everything from an ultramodern loft in Manhattan to a chateau in France.” A decade of planning and investment culminated in the completion of a 2,300 square foot urban farmhouse and car barn on their 12-acre property. The result is extraordinary. From the quiet country road, bold red roofs command attention and clean, contemporary lines draw you in. The interior is just as impressive. High ceilings and rough-cut pine beams create an airy loft space. Gil says modestly, “We haven’t done much with the inside.” But it is what they have not done that makes the interior so appealing. There is purity in the pristine white walls and polished concrete floors. Of the juxtaposing traditional and modern elements, Gil explains, “I’m the city boy and Diana’s the country girl. So we had to meet where we’re preserving the rural yet making sure that we have all the facilities and good parts of the city.” The large but simple rectangular structure is made entirely of concrete, which reduces heat loss in winter and is cool in summer. Everything up to the roofline has been constructed with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), cast-in-place and stacked together like Lego blocks. The walls are six inches thick and padded on either side with two inches of Styrofoam. “If we close the windows you won’t hear anything outside,” says Gil. “It’s like a bomb shelter.” The house is graded over R-40 for insulation, more than double that of an average house. The ‘sun-sink’ room captures the low winter sun. Temperature-sensitive fans throughout the house push warm air down as needed in winter. In the summer, they pull it up to the second-floor loft where it escapes through an opening in the roof. The metal roof has been designed to hold solar power and solar thermal



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To maximize the passive solar energy of the sun, the house is strategically positioned towards the southwest. During the day, the whole length of the house is awash with sunlight, which pours through large windows, skylights, and doors. “In the winter, it’s great,” says Diana. “Our cat loves it,” especially the bright sun sink room at the front. Temperature-sensitive fans throughout the house push warm air down as needed in winter. In the summer, they pull it up to the second-floor loft where it escapes through an opening in the roof. On those days, shade is sought under a generous overhang on the west side of the large wraparound porch. “We have sun, wood, electricity, and gas as energy forms,” says Gil. The hydronic heating system in the house uses a highefficiency natural gas on-demand water heater. It circulates warm water through tubes that are embedded in the passive thermal mass of the concrete floors. Almost instantly, warmth is provided to all living spaces, including three bedrooms and an office. Even when it is not on, the cement floor acts like a big pool of water absorbing temperature changes and releasing them. There is no basement, so the water heater and all the inner workings of the building are tucked away in a closet off the mudroom.



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Their vision of living off the land is age-old. In the 1960s and 1970s, so many people relocated to rural areas that the back-toland movement became a social phenomenon. Fifty years later, homesteading looks quite different. Gil and Diana continue to pursue professions, often from their mobile home offices. They have embraced the latest technologies to work remotely. However, when it comes to home entertainment, the family prefers to keep it simple. They spend a lot of time in a cozy nook of the great room where puzzles, board games, and books are stacked neatly by a builtin window seat. “We have a cottage mentality,” says Gil. “We want to relax when we come home.” As such, the furniture is comfortable and accessories are spare. Saddle leather couches are paired with luxurious rugs that the couple imported from Persia and other countries. Contemporary artwork plays against the weathered fireplace mantel, which was a beam salvaged from the Mallory’s original barn. At the heart of the home, between the large wood burning fireplace and custom-designed kitchen, the family sits together at an old pine table that belonged to Diana’s grandparents. Gil and Diana are highly aware of what they are consuming and how much. There is a shared sense of urgency to reduce their environmental footprint. Yet, they are realistic in approaching the challenge, asking “what’s best for us and what we want to achieve.” Within a couple of years, they hope to qualify to become a farm property. “This is the freedom right here,” says Gil, pointing to a crop of 150 lavender plants, which will

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eventually extend alongside the driveway. “Ultimately, I’d like to stop working and be a farmer,” he confesses. Diana is already making lavender soap. Their goal is to be self-sufficient within 10 years. By then, all the different energy, agricultural, and financial concepts will have played out. For Gil and Diana, it all started with an article they once read about a couple who left corporate careers in Los Angeles to farm lavender in Oregon and live off-the-grid in an underground house. “It was wild,” enthused Gil. “We both thought, that’s really amazing. From then, we started moving everything into line with it.” That was 10 years ago when they were working in Calgary. Now back-to-landers, Gil and Diana are well on their way to fulfilling their pastoral dreams. Kerry Lorimer is a freelance writer and public relations consultant who lives in Prince Edward County. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING AUTUMN 2010




in Prince Edward County By Rosemary Kent



Every spring and fall, thousands of migrating song birds visit Prince Edward County en route to and from their nesting sites in Canada’s boreal forest. Some come from as far away as South and Central America, and others travel as far north as Hudson’s Bay and points beyond. However, as they pass through the County, we think of them as “our birds.” Because the summer and winter destinations for many of these species are inaccessible to most humans, migration monitoring stations have been established across Canada and the USA to gather information about the habits, numbers, and overall health of these amazing little creatures. Prince Edward County happens to be home to one of Canada’s most productive and successful monitoring stations – the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO).

As they pass through the County,

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Located along the eastern tip of Prince Edward County, about 30 minutes southeast of Picton in the National Wildlife Area, Prince Edward Point is a natural staging area for birds travelling across Lake Ontario and an ideal site for a migration monitoring station to collect its research data. Because the location is also a focal point for numerous waterfowl and raptors, the Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada initiated the designation of Prince Edward County South Shore as a Globally Important Bird Area (IBA) in 1998. What does a migration monitoring station do? How does it collect its data? What does it do with the data it collects? PEPtBO is collecting information that will be used to provide a clearer picture of population densities and trends, health and longevity, and migratory routes of various bird species. Because this data must be accurate and consistent, a daily protocol of observations, a census, and banding practices are followed. Every morning, for six hours from sunrise, birds are captured in mist nets and ground traps, gently extracted and placed in cotton bags by trained volunteers and delivered to the banding lab. There they are banded by an experienced and certified bander who determines the age, sex, wing length, weight, and amount of fat (i.e., the fuel source for birds). Simultaneously, the information is recorded by a volunteer scribe into a special log, to be transferred later onto a computer database and subsequently merged with data from across Canada and the USA. Visitors are fascinated as to how and why the birds stay so still while being photographed and banded. There are a couple of probable reasons: a) they sense that they are not in danger, b) many of them are just as curious about us as we are about them, especially the young ones; and c) because they are being held firmly, but safely, they seem to sense that escape is neither necessary nor wise. Once they are released, they are happy to fly back into the woods to continue foraging for food.



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The fall migration (mid-August through October 31) can be very busy at PEPtBO, banding anywhere from 6,000 to 9,000 birds of over 100 species. It can also be quite challenging for the one assigned the task of identification. Most males have lost their vibrant spring colours and the young birds bear few of the regular markings of their species, having fledged during the summer with a substandard set of feathers. A regular field guide is of little use. For many, the highlight of the fall banding season is the appearance of the Northern Saw-whet Owl. They generally begin migrating

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September is the month the kids return to school. But the fruit of my loins have been away at university for a few years now. After the first year they returned with a U-Haul of laundry and a kid named Sammy who was sleeping on our couch because his parents had moved and left no forwarding address. That first year I missed the school routine– I must have had amnesia about how brutal those mornings really were. I was always nagging, “Don’t forget your hat, your lunch, your head.” I pushed them constantly and signed papers. When I was a kid they just sent you to school and told you not to come back until it was dark. With my kids it was a paper trail of permission forms and cheese orders. And what was going on with those report cards? Reports full of sound and fury signifying nothing. My son’s report card in Grade 5 actually said: “He’s geometrically challenged and is requested to seek improvement in calculate explanations.” Explain that to me. Did the boy pass?   I stopped understanding the kid’s math homework in Grade 5. But then why would I stand over them night after night, repeating the words “linear slopes” like if I said it loud enough one of us would understand what we were doing?   We didn’t have linear slopes in high school, did we? The only thing I remember from high school was a left bower could trump an ace. Now they don’t let kids play cards in school. That’s why they cancelled Grade 13. They couldn’t play cards so they got the 54


I remember the September it all started to change. My kids weren’t children any more, nor were they teenagers. They were t’weens– that delicate age where if you make eye contact you could be turned to stone. My daughter used the word “whatever” as a verb and a noun – a swear word. And she used it in that high-pitched voice that could bring in dogs from other counties. My son grew arms and legs that seemed way too big for his body. If he went to scratch his cheek, he’d hit himself in the face. I thought he was going to knock himself out. And he had pants that hung down to show his plumber’s butt.   One September I was driving them to school and tucking them in for their new year. The next year I was driving down a side street wearing a raincoat with Groucho Marx glasses while they screamed at me:  “Mother, duck down you’re embarrassing me!”  “Uh, I’m driving.”   I liked embarrassing them. I used to wait until they were with their posse outside the doors of the secondary school and then I’d roll down the window and yell, “Just say no to drugs!” That got them through the door. And then the school board had to deal with them.   When September hit I would always think about higher learning for me, too. I’d tell myself that I’d take a class at Loyalist. I would be like Julie Walters in Educating Rita and I’d have a cockney accent and Michael Caine would be my teacher.   I told myself that I needed structure. Now that I’m an empty nester it’s the endless summer. I can get up when I like. Go to bed when I like. I can’t sleep but I can go to bed. My cats could eat me and I’d be dead for days and nobody would know because there is no attendance officer checking up on me.   My sister says I should think of somebody besides myself and help her out with a field trip she has planned for the home schooler. But hey, all I need is to be stuck on a bus with kids that are smarter than me. Besides this is just a September thing. By October, the urge to buy a family pack of granola bars will be gone. The desire to pick up a few protractor sets will have vanished. I’ll be perfectly happy sitting in the audience of a Shout Sister concert, singing along in the key of “off”.   Maybe if I get really crazy, I’ll drive along Walmer Road and yell at some Loyalist students, “Pull up your pants!”. Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady who conducts writer’s workshops and is a regular on CBC’s The Debators.

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Home Build for HealthCare Putting a 21st Century Twist on the Barn Raising Bee

By Drew Brown

As young men, many of our grandfathers participated in barn raising bees. If someone in the community needed a barn, the neighbours would come from far and wide to build one over the course of one or two days. The immediate, most tangible result was that Farmer Jones had a new barn and the potential to prosper. But the benefits of the barn raising bee went way beyond that. At the same time the men were putting up a barn, and the women were doing everything else necessary to ensure success, they were building a strong and caring community. Their actions were saying in a very concrete way, “We’re in this together and you can count on me.” It goes without saying that times have changed; raising bees are pretty rare these days. And big city media would have you believe we don’t look out for one another much either. Fortunately, in Quinte and the County, we know that’s not true. We still have a strong sense of community and the awareness that we are all better off when we take care of one another. 56


However, even by our local standards, the Home Build for Health Care is an awesome and inspiring combination of construction project and community building that would make our forefathers proud. It’s a building bee for the 21st century. The barn to be built, or starting point for the Home Build, is the need for state of the art, life-saving medical equipment at Quinte Health Care. The government doesn’t pay for this equipment so we have to. Every year the hospital’s Foundations work with volunteers and donors to raise the ever increasing amount of money needed to keep the hospital equipped. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that members of the Quinte Home Builders Association have responded to this need, but it’s fair to say that people here, and around the province, are amazed at how they’re responding. For many years, and in very many ways, Nick and Chris Staikos and Andy Geertsma have been community builders in Quinte.

by waiving fees normally paid on new homes. The Home Build for HealthCare is unprecedented. We’re all familiar with Dream Home lotteries, but no one has ever heard of even one builder, let alone two, going to these lengths to support their local hospital. When speaking to contributors to the Home Build, the one reason you hear from virtually all of them for their participation is that they want to give back to the community and they think equipping the hospital is the best way to help the most people. Generations later, in a whole different world, and we’re still constructing buildings so we can build a stronger community. The Geertsma and Staikos Home Build for HealthCare homes can be seen during the Quinte Home Builders Association Parade of New Homes October 2nd and 3rd. Drew Brown is the Executive Director of Belleville General Hospital Foundation

They’ve built the homes many of us live in and their contributions to charitable causes and projects have brought us together and strengthened the ties that help make us a caring community. Now the family-owned and operated Geertsma Homes and Staikos Homes are taking the extraordinary step of each building a home in their current developments to be sold and the net proceeds donated to the Trenton Memorial Hospital and Belleville General Hospital Foundations so all our families can receive better care. And, like an extended family, tradespeople and suppliers who work with Staikos and Geertsma have rallied to make the build a success and to maximize the donation to Quinte Health Care. The vast majority of labour and materials is being donated and even the City of Quinte West and City of Belleville have contributed Quinte Home Builders Association came up with the idea of the Home Build for HealthCare as a way to give back to the community. As an association we have always given back in some way. When we suggested the build for health care to our local members we received several proposals from our builder members and are thankful for the two builders that agreed to look after the builds. It is a project that allows trades and suppliers to contribute. With everyone giving, a whole lot is being accomplished. The Hospital Foundation was chosen because over our lifetime, everyone benefits from a strong community hospital. We also know that we make our living building and renovating for people who look into the quality of the local health care prior to relocating to this region. Eric DenOuden President, Quinte Home Builders Association



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Skate with Santa at the Memorial Arena • November 14th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm Free skating with Santa and Mrs. Claus for the entire family at the Memorial Arena.

Festival of Trees Opening Cocktail Reception • November 18th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm Hosted at Dinkel’s Restaurant & Courtyard. Exquisite finger food served by local restaurants, entertainment by the Dan Bone Trio and a chance to win a diamond! Tickets $25.

2010 Festival of Trees Grand Gala • November 20th 5:30pm - 1:00am Held at the Great Hall at St. Theresa’s School. Fun filled evening including a five course meal created by five different chefs. Dance to the music of the legendary Ila Vann Band and enjoy a Silent and Live auction. Gala Reception at 5:30 PM, Gala Dinner at 7:30 PM, tickets $125.

Christmas at the Market Square • November 19th - 21st • Christmas Market on Saturday, November 20th • Family Day on Sunday, November 21st

Holiday Home Tour • December 2nd from 5:00pm - 9:00pm Enjoy a walking tour of uniquely decorated homes of Old East Hill. Tickets $25.

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Fall 2010 Event Listings For further events visit the event calendar at Events are subject to change, please confirm event details with the organizer. Events may be submitted to Sept. 23 - 26 Brighton Applefest Celebrate the bountiful apple harvest: Parade, BBQ’s, entertainment, children’s activities, dances, street fair, car show, arts and crafts. Main Street, Brighton Sept. 24 – Oct. 9 Strictly Murder A murder mystery thriller by Brian Clemens. Brighton Barn Theatre, Behind Proctor house, 96 Yonge St., Brighton 613.475.2144 Sept. 25 TASTE! A Celebration of Regional Cuisine Annual one-day epicurean experience--the county’s finest artisanal products, wines, beers, cider and cuisine. Over 40 vendors. Adult only event. Crystal Palace, Picton 11am-5pm 613-393-2796 A Welsh Welcome Featuring the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. With guests The Tentones & Jeanette Arsenault. A fundraiser for PEC Memorial Hospital Foundation. Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.1008 ext 4503 Rodney Carrington A multitalented comedian, actor, and writer as hilarious as he is outrageous. The Empire Theatre, Belleville. 613.969.0099

Stirling Annual Shindig Visit the Heritage Railway Station and enjoy an afternoon of local bands and a BBQ featuring local food. Bands beginning at 3pm. Licenced event. Stirling Railway Station. Porchfest Belleville East Hill community music event. Performances on front porches and moving from house to house. Starts 1pm East Hill Park, corner Bleecker and Bridge East. Free event. 613.848.7790 Conway Applefest Baking contest, craft sales. antiques, games and more. Conway United Church, Loyalist Pkwy, Conway 613.354.6601 or Johnny Cash Tribute Band, Walk the Line Gates open 5pm Lil Crow Café, 216 Bayshore Road, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. 613.396.2767. Talents of the Town: Local Food, Music and Art Fresh local food, local crafts and entertainment. Conservation Park, Victoria St., Napanee 9am – 2pm. 613.354.6601 or 15th Annual Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony National Air Force Museum of Canada, Trenton, 2:00pm. Relatives, friends and members of the public are especially welcome for the dedication and recognition of the Ad Astra stones and memorials.

613.965.4643 or The Harvest Opening Reception Presented by Arts on Main Gallery 2 – 4pm. Show runs to Nov 8th. 233 Main St., Picton 613.476.5665 Sept. 25 – 26 Canadian Alpaca Farm Days Visit the Reichert Family and their alpacas. Demos, workshops, bbq and more. Seventh Town Alpaca Ranch, 1755 Salem Road, Prince Edward County 613.392.5885 Sept. 26 Rock n’ Roll Fun Run Waterfront Trail, S. John Street at Myers Pier. Contact Belleville General Hospital Foundation for details Taste the Heritage Presented by Macaulay Heritage Park, the Culinary Historians of Ontario and From the Farm Cooking School. Macaulay House, 35 Church St, Picton 613.476.2148 Sept. 27 Monday Night Cruise-In Napanee Valley Cruisers host a night of great music, door prizes and stories. No Frills North Parking Lot, 26 Dundas St W., Napanee 613.354.6601 or Sept. 30 The World Famous Belleville Kilties Band A historical and musical

look at the band with a lively presentation by Melissa Wakeling from Glanmore National Historic Site. 1:30 - 2:30 pm Third floor meeting room, Belleville Public Library. Free admission. Changing Hue 2010 Opening Reception Presented by Gallery Artplus. Featuring the works of Ronald P. Gary, Carla Miedema, Laurie Near and Bruce St. Clair. Belleville Oct. 1 Jimmy the Janitor Jimmy returns from P.E.I with a comedy show that is sure to please everyone. Stirling Festival Theatre 1.877.312.1162 John Primer and his Chicago Blues Band Presented by Zap Productions. The Regent Theatre, Picton Oct. 2 Picton Kiwanis Cribbage Colour Ride Annual colour ride fund-raiser for Kiwanis Club kids’ project. Start 9am for 100 km ride, 10:30am for 50 km ride. Start and finish Picton Masonic Hall. 613.476.4379 Belleville Bulls and Easter Seals Puck-Drop Enjoy the game and watch an Easter Seals child drop the puck Yardmen Arena, 265 Cannifton Rd. Belleville 613.547.4126



Marshman Jewellers 25th Anniversary and United Way A special evening, tickets $10, 6 – 10pm Quinte Mall, Belleville. Visit Napanee Scarecrow Festival Celebrate autumn in downtown Napanee. Arts & crafts. children’s activities, 4H display, live music and much more. Evening Hometown Country Jamboree Night, Lion’s Hall, 57 County Rd 8, Napanee 613.354.5939 J.T. Winik & Camilla Geary-Martin Opening Reception Presented by Oeno Gallery 3 – 6 pm. Show runs Oct 2 – 26. 2274 Cty. Rd. #1, Bloomfield ‘Flip, Flop, Fly’ Opening Reception Presented by Gallery One-Twenty-One, featuring the work of Claudette Boulanger, Jennifer Chanter and Maureen Swann. Show runs Sept 28 to Nov 5. 48 Bridge St E., Belleville 613.962.4609

Oct. 2 – 3 Ameliasburgh County Fair Old-fashioned fair hospitality, re-enactments, tearoom open. Ameliasburg Historical Museum 613.968.8099. Stirling-Rawdon Fire Department Open House BBQ, kids fire helmets, Auto-ex and live fire demonstration. Kids’ activities. Station #1, Stirling. 13th Annual Tweed & Area Studio Tour 21 locations 10am – 5 pm free admission. 613.477.2039 Oct. 3 7th Annual Prince Edward County Marathon Featuring Boston qualifying full marathon and half marathon Picton 1.866.473.2786 3rd Annual Fall Family Harvest Festival. Free entertainment and events. 1 – 5 pm Zwicks Park, Belleville 613.962.4597 ext 3

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Oct. 6 Walter Ostanek Concert The Polka King returns to Stirling for a great concert of polka and traditional tunes, favourite country classics and beer barrels of entertainment. Stirling Festival Theatre 1.877.312.1162 Oct. 7 On Air for Health Care The Prince Edward County, Trenton and Belleville Hospital Foundations are hosting their inaugural radiothon fundraiser live from the Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club. 6am – 6pm. Brian 613-476-1008 ext 4503 or The Carleton Show Band A stage show as nostalgic as the Pig N’ Whistle but as modern as today. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099 Perspectives Opening Reception Annual Juried show presented by the Belleville Art Association.

6 – 7:30 pm Show runs Oct 7 - 28. Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street. 613.968.6731 ext 2240 Oct. 8 Thanksgiving Barn Dance 8 pm Jeff’s Building, Stirling Fairgrounds Pianist Rick Penner Plays Harold Arlen, Rhythm, Blues and the Weather. 10:30 – 11:30 am. Series continues 2nd Friday of each month. At the John M. Parrot Gallery, Belleville. Free admission 613.968.6731 ext 2240 Oct. 9 Scarecrow Festival 4th Annual fundraiser Participate in creating a unique scarecrow. Food and beverages for sale. $20 donation includes materials for scarecrows, 100% to charity. Goats to visit. Galloping Goat Gallery, 906 County Road 13, Black River 613.476.9696

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The Doodlebops...Together Forever Tour A high energy, live concert that gets the whole audience movin’, groovin’. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099 Oct. 9 – 11 Animal Art Show. See animals, real and imaginary, local and exotic all created by the artists and artisans of PEC. Free face-painting and mask-making for kids. Upstairs at Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton Oct. 14 The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology A celebration of the quintessential Canadian poet, Al Purdy. Join Jean Baird, George Bowering and local poets for an evening of fun, friendship and a chance to make a contribution to help preserve his Ameliasburgh “A-Frame” home. 6 – 7pm. 613-968-6731 ext.2237 for details.

Oct. 14 – 30 The Belleville Theatre Guild presents Staff Room. Winner of Best Production at the 2005 Theatre Ontario Festival. 256 Pinnacle St., Belleville 613.967.1442 Oct. 15 Savour – Food and Drink Festival A casual evening celebrating the “tastes” of Quinte. Culinary delights, local wine, exhibits by regional artists. Live jazz featuring The Groove Trio. 5 – 9pm Knights of Columbus Hall, Trenton 613.392.7635. Oct. 16 Pumpkinfest in Wellington Giant pumpkins and great fun. Pancake breakfast, pumpkin parade, crafts, contests, weigh-off. The Quinte Symphony presents Gershwin Gala An evening of fine dining, live entertainment (special guests!),

raffles and celebrations launching the 2010-2011 season. Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard, Belleville 613.962.0050 Hot Rocks, the Rolling Stones Show A theatre-like show complete with the sound, the look and the energy. Stirling Festival Theatre 1.877.312.1162 Jukebox Hits LIVE with Freddy Vette & The Flames This 8 piece band will perform the explosive hits of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and all your favourites. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099 5K Run or Walk Come on out for this new 5K Fun Run or Walk event and raise funds and awareness for Colorectal Cancer. 9am Tyendenaga Township Recreation Facilities

Oct. 16 – 17 Fibre Arts Show and Sale The County Handspinners present handknit, woven, felt, hooked items and more. Spinning and weaving demonstrations. 10am – 5pm Foxglove Studio, 30 Wellington St., Bloomfield. Fall Fibre Affair Tour historic Gutzeit House in the Village of Bath while visiting four fibre artists displaying their latest designs available for purchase. Lunch in historic dining room. Free admission 10am – 4pm Oct. 17 Harvest at the Hill BBQ and chili cook off at the Batawa Ski Hill. Entertainment for kids. 2 – 8pm 613.398.6568 Oct. 19 Michelle Wright, An Acoustic Evening A special acoustic concert. Michelle will weave her most famous songs. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099



Oct. 21 Scenes of Sandbanks and Beyond - Opening Reception Works of art from a variety of mediums will celebrate the scenic beauty and historical significance of Prince Edward County. Proceeds from the show will be directed to Friends of Sandbanks for programs. 7 – 9pm Show runs Oct. 22 - Nov. 7. Black Prince Winery, Picton.

guest speaker David Bird author of The Bird Almanac. Proceeds to Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. 613.471.1096 Carolyn Dawn Johnson Multi country music award winner making her Empire Debut. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099 Oct. 23 – Oct. 24 Prince Edward County Gravity Fest 2010 Canadian Downhill Skateboard and Street Luge Championships, first ever IGSA sanctioned race in Ontario. From 8am Picton

Oct. 22, 23 The Haunted Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Enjoy the delicious and dastardly dinner theatre with Murder, Mayhem and Mystery! Stirling Festival Theatre 1.877.312.1162 Oct. 23 Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Grecian Gala Knights of Columbus Hall, Trenton.

The Bath Artisans’ Fall Show and Sale 10am – 5 pm St John’s Hall and Fire Hall, Church St, Bath. 613.352.5841 Tweed National Theatre presents ‘Fall Follies’ At the Marble Church Arts

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Centre, Acinolite Oct 23 7pm, Oct 24 2pm 613.478.3499 Oct. 24 The Quinte Symphony presents Rhapsody in Blue Guest artist Michel Szczesniak, piano. 2:30 pm Bridge Street Church, Belleville Oct. 30 Arts Quinte West Autumn Show and Sale The artists of Quinte West present their third annual Autumn Show and Sale. Recent works in painting, photography, sculpture and more. 10 am - 4 pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Stella Crescent, Trenton. Free admission. or 613.392.7635 Michael Bourada, Illusionist One of Canada’s elite magicians and one of magic’s brightest rising stars. The Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416

Ingeborg Mohr & Doug Robinson Opening Reception Presented by Oeno Gallery 3 – 6 pm Show runs Oct 30 – Nov 15 2274 Cty. Rd. #1, Bloomfield Oct. 31 Boofest Come for some ghoulish games and creepy crafts at the 30th Annual Halloween Boofest. Centennial Park Ampitheatre, Trenton 613.392.2841 Classic Albums Live perform “Thriller” Classic Albums Live return to perform Michael Jackson’s masterpiece “Thriller”. Come dressed in your best Zombie look or whatever you’d like. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099 Nov. 3 – 27 Countylicious Prince Edward County’s celebration of fine dining. Top restaurants offer 3


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Nov. 6 – 7 19th Annual Christmas at Presqu’ile Over 100 artisans’ juried work on display in the Christmas House. Enjoy refreshments at Stonehenge Tearoom. Visit our Artists in Residence at the Lighthouse Art Gallery. Free admission. 10-4 daily 613.475.1688

courses for $30 - $35. Visit Nov. 5 – 7 The Makers Hand A prestigious show and sale of works featuring Eastern Ontario’s finest artisans. Picton Fairgrounds. $5 admission. Nov. 5, 7, 12 to 14 Artists in Motion Gallery and Gift Shop Features work of over 40 local artisans as part of Heart of Hastings Studio Tour, Stop 11. 29 Forsyth St., Marmora 613.472.1278

Nov. 11 Autumn Arts Albert College, 160 Dundas St. W. Belleville. 7pm. Call 613.968.5726 ext. 2254. Liona Boyd The first lady of the guitar— internationally renowned in the world of classical guitar. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099

Nov. 6 Joel Plaskett One of Canada’s finest pop singer/songwriters—a multi award winner chosen to open for Sir Paul McCartney in 2009. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099

Nov. 12 The Reasons The Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416

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Nov. 12 – 13 Belleville Weavers & Spinners Guild Fibre to Fabric Show & Sale Fri. 4 – 9pm, Sat. 9:30 – 5pm. The Recreation Centre, 116 Pinnacle St. Belleville. 613.966.1234. Nov. 13 Arts on Main Gallery Christmas Show Opening Reception “The Gift of Light”, Work by 30 juried PEC artists in mediums such as oil, glass, metal, fibre art, wood, photography and more. 2 - 4pm Show runs daily Nov 10 – Jan 17, 233 Main St. Picton. 613.476.5665 Christmas Show Opening Reception 3 – 5pm presented by Gallery One-Twenty-One. Show runs Nov 9 – Jan 8, 48 Bridge St., Belleville. 613.962.4609

Nov. 13 – 14 19th Annual Craft Show and Sale Picton Arena 613.476.5115 Nov. 14 15th Annual Festival of Trees Skate with Santa at the Memorial Arena, free skate 2-4 pm. Presented by the Quinte Arts Council. Belleville Night Time Santa Claus Parade Twinkling lights on floats. 5:30 pm 613.962.4597 ext 3 Nov. 16 The Nylons with Shout Sister Juno award winners The Nylons with their signature a capella show. With regional favourites Shout Sister. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099

Deborah Kimmett Witty, Wise, Wonderful, October 16th 10am-3:30pm Amherst Island One Day Writers Retreat. Great dialogue, great plot, a great story. Book a B & B and come to the island to get away from it all.

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Nov. 19 Brighton Santa Claus Parade 7pm 613-475-0670 ext 115 Nov. 19 – 21 Christmas in the Market Square Festival of Trees Market Square, Belleville. Visit Nov. 19 – Dec. 31 Hansel & Gretel A laugh-a-minute pandemoniumpacked pantomime! Stirling Festival Theatre 1.877.312.1162 Nov. 20 Festival of Trees Grand Gala Held at the Great Hall at St. Theresa’s School. Fun filled evening. For details visit Whole Lot o’ Hoagy Presented by My Eye Productions. The Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416 The Rankin Family Acoustic Tour—Up Close and Personal The Empire Theatre 613.969.0099 Sandi Ralph Opening Reception Presented by Oeno Gallery 3 – 6 pm. Show runs Nov 20 – Jan 10. 2274 Cty. Rd. #1, Bloomfield Nov. 20 – Dec 5 Wassail Wine Festival Wassailing is an age old tradition, as the harvest comes to a close. Winegrowers celebrate the harvest with music, and generally toast to good health and good crops. Visit the participating Prince Edward County wineries to join in the celebration. 1.888.313.WINE Nov. 22 Michael Kaeshammer and Jill Barber: A Very Special Evening A unique and special concert featuring two of Canada’s finest touring and recording talents. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099


Nov. 23 The Trews Acoustic Gold albums, top singles and multiple awards. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.696.0099 Nov. 26 – 28 Festival of Trees Showcase of Christmas Trees Silent Auction in support of PEC Hospital Auxillary. Bid on trees beautifully decorated by local businesses and individuals. Bake and craft sale. Free admission. Crystal Palace and Community Centre, Picton Nov. 27 Foxboro Santa Clause Parade Community Santa Clause parade sponsored by Foxboro & District Lions Club. Lots to see and fun for the whole family 12:30 pm Ashley St., Foxboro Bloomfield Festival of Lights Night time parade down Bloomfield Main Street. Frankford Santa Claus Parade and Christmas Fantasy of Lights Fun for kids of all ages. Downtown Frankford and Frankford Tourist Park. Parade at 2 pm 613.398.7991. Campbellford Santa Claus Parade Downtown Campbellford 3pm 705-653-1047 or Nov. 28 Trenton Santa Claus Parade and Christmas Fantasy of Lights Parade starts at Centennial Park at 4:30 pm 1.800.930.3255. Picton Santa Claus Parade. Sponsored by Picton BIA. 3pm Main Street, Picton Nov. 29 Rita MacNeil’s Spirit of Christmas with Frank Mills Rita embraces the Christmas season with her heart and her music and is joined by Frank Mills. The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099


Dec. 1 Jingle Bell Walk & Nativity Celebration Carol your way downtown along with the DBIA to Fraser Park for the lighting of the nativity. Wagon rides in downtown. Meet at Old Town Hall 55 King St, Trenton 613.394.4318. Richard Marx, An Acoustic Evening with Matt Scannell The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.969.0099 Dec. 2 Holiday Home Tour Enjoy a walking tour of uniquely decorated homes of Old East Hill. For details visit Dec. 3 Stirling Santa Claus Parade Starts 6:30 pm at Stirling Fairgrounds and heads east on Front St. Come see Santa and his crew. Stores are open late for shopping and treats. Dec. 3 – 4, 10 & 11 ‘QUARTET’ By Ronald Harwood. Prince Edward Community Theatre launches its 3rd Season. Prince Edward Community Centre, Picton. Visit Dec. 4 Toronto All-Star Big Band, Christmas Special Regent Theatre, Picton 613.476.8416 Frost Fest Batawa Community Centre 613.392.2841

Christmas Around the World Presented by Tweed & Area Arts Council 7 pm Marble Church Arts Centre, Actinolite Dec. 9 Totally Scrooged: A Naughty Panto Show A great get together for the whole gang at Christmas. Repeated throughout December. The Empire Theatre, Belleville Dec. 11 A Christmas Carol Panto: Family Show A story that is often hilarious and sometimes just a little bit scary. Musical fun for the whole family. All ages. Repeated Dec 12, 18, 28, 29 31, 2pm The Empire Theatre, Belleville 613.696.0099 4H Club Christmas Nativity Scene 4H fundraiser featuring live animals, narration, choir and actors, carriage rides and more. 10am Downtown Stirling Covered bridge. 613.395.3341. Dec. 12 The Quinte Symphony presents A Christmas Celebration Guest artists: The Belleville Choral Society, Katie Hinchliffe, soprano 2:30 pm Bridge Street Church, Belleville An Old-Fashioned County Christmas At Macaulay House. Hearth cooking, caroling, cookies and old-fashioned decorating. 12 – 8 pm 35 Church St, Picton 613.476.3836.

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Peter Worthington answers fifteen Gravitas Questions Give one example of life’s absurdities? Canada’s hate laws. What is it about being on the cusp that is so great? It makes life exciting. We all hope there will be one more time. One more time for what? A final tennis game. If you were overcome with exuberance, what would you do? Take a cold shower. What makes your soul tremble? Nothing. How do you decipher what God is trying to tell you? Listen to your conscience. How do you know turbulence is coming? When news reports are taken seriously. What is the best way to grow up fast? Join the Army.

Peter Worthington joined the Navy in WWII at age 17, and served as a platoon commander in the Korean War with the Princess Patricia’s. He graduated from UBC, got a journalism degree from Carleton University and, for 15 years, covered mostly wars and foreign crises for the Toronto Telegram (195671). He opened the first Canadian newspaper bureau in Moscow (1964-67) and was the founding editor of the Toronto Sun (1971-83) and the Ottawa Sun (1988). Ever since he’s been a Sun columnist, except for a brief flirtation with federal politics. He has won four National Newspaper Awards and one Citation. He and his wife Yvonne have had a home in Wellington since 1988, which they share with three grown kids, five grandkids, and four family dogs.



When do your demons slip their leash? When I listen to socialist nonsense. What keeps you sane? Not listening to socialist nonsense. When do you switch off your moral code? I don’t. How does the supernatural work for you? I don’t see ghosts but my father did. Why is it that only our ears keep growing as we age? They do? I thought it was noses that grew bigger with age. Why do animals not worry about going to heaven? They’re already in heaven if they live with me. What is the first piece of equipment you would install in a Seniors’ Playground? A high jump.




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