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SPRING 2010

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AND QUINTE COUNTRY LIFESTYLES

3rd Annual Golf Club Review

How to Play the Toughest Holes

Post and Beam Masterpiece

Maximize a Spectacular Setting

Hostas and Daylilies

Bonibrae Daylilies

In Search of the Voice of the Land

Poet Al Purdy

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In tHis Issue Hostas and DayLilies by Jennifer Lester Bonibrae Daylilies

Because Art Matters by Steven Draper

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Arts on Main Gallery

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3rd Annual Golf Course Review by Jodie Jenkins Toughest/Favourite Holes and How to Play Them

Noble Rot by Bruno Francois The Ultimate Dichotomy

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Post and Beam Masterpiece by Cheryl Mumford Maximizes a Spectacular Setting

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East and Main by Theresa Durning A Wellington Bistro

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In Search of the Voice of the Land by Martin Avery Poet Al Purdy

Detoxification Demystified by Dr. Maureen Horn-Paul The Toxins in and Around Us

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Speeding Along in the Middle Lane by Deborah Kimmett What’s Age Got to do With it?

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Fine home Showcase

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Saitarg’s GQ by Alan Gratias

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Sonya Smits Answers 15 Gravitas Questions

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My Divine Day at Casa-Dea Taste Vino Tour the Vineyard Taste Vino Play Some Bocce Ball Taste Vino Have Lunch on the Patio

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY & QUINTE COUNTRY LIFESTYLES

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Martin Avery Steven Draper Theresa Durning Bruno Francois Alan Gratias

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Spring came early this year and what a pleasure it was to see the early blooms and buds on the trees. It’s a come-alive time of year with people hiking, biking, kayaking and getting an early start on their gardens.

Photo by Marc Polidoro

My biking and kayaking skills are much better than my gardening skills, which is why I love hostas and daylilies. Put them in the ground and forget about them, and as an added bonus, they multiply beautifully on their own. Until I met Barry and Maggie at Bonibrae Daylilies, I couldn’t imagine that someone would base their whole business on those two plants alone. Also notable is the sizeable number of varieties they grow and the number of awards won. An early spring means early golf. For our 3rd Annual Golf Course Review, we asked the managers and golf pros at each of the clubs “what is your toughest/favourite hole and how do you play it”? If you are a golfer, you’ll have the inside track and you may want to keep this issue in your car for the days you hit the local links. Imagine enjoying a very delicious glass of wine with your dessert, and then being told it is made from grapes that have mould. This wine is called Noble Rot. Bruno Francois, known for our ‘Year in the Life of a Vigneron’ series in 2008; along with making great pinot noir wines, is also making Noble Rot from his pinot noir grapes and yes, it is very delicious. There is something stately about a post and beam home. It speaks of permanence, care, and attention to detail. Our home feature is a very spacious waterfront post and beam bungalow. The challenge we had was choosing what photos would make the cut. Each room had so many interesting details; we could have produced a coffee table book. I’m sure you’ll get a true sense of this exceptional home with those we were able to include. Al Purdy, one of Canada’s favourite poets, is said to have spent his most creative years in his A-frame cottage in Prince Edward County. You may want to make a pilgrimage to the A-frame, located in the hamlet of Ameliasburgh, and contribute to its heritage, once you read more about it. Whatever you do this spring, whether it’s sprucing up your garden, taking in a wine festival, an art tour, or enjoying the many recreational activities in the region…enjoy!

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Daylilies

Hostas and

Bonibrae

Daylilies

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“They’re the

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suppliers of daylilies in Canada and one of only a few in Eastern Ontario.

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“You do it because you love it”, Goode says of the couple’s full time enterprise. “It’s a lot of work.”

the County,”

says Barry Matthie of the famous daylilies he grows on his farm. The fourth generation farmer lives on Matthie Road outside of Bloomfield in Prince Edward County, an area enjoying its newly acquired status as a provincially-designated viticulture region. Matthie and his partner, Maggie Goode, say the soil that makes the County a good grape-growing region is also good for daylilies.

The popularity of Bonibrae hostas quickly followed that of the daylilies.

“They’re the perfect plant for the County”, says Goode “daylilies are hearty, low-to-no maintenance, drought resistant perennials that grow well in our rocky soil.”

“Soon we were selling hostas right out of our own beds and we knew we’d better plant hostas to sell the next year.”

“People would arrive to see the daylilies and notice our hostas”, says Matthie.

Goode says visitors marvel at the variety of plants on the Bonibrae farm. People come during the busy growing season to sit in the shade under a tree and just admire their surroundings. At the peak of the growing season, Bonibrae Daylilies & Hostas sports hundreds of thousands of lily blooms and about a thousand hosta plants on their sprawling acreage. The couple says the fragrant varieties can dominate the summer breezes at times. “After a rainfall, all you can smell is daylilies”, says Matthie. The couple started marketing their product in the early 2000s, with a modest appearance at the annual summer craft fair organized by the Picton Women’s Institute. The venture generated so much interest, the couple decided one of them would go to the fair and the other would stay home at the farm to meet the customers who frequently headed there after the fair. Local residents aren’t the only ones eager to acquire the couple’s now-famous plants. Customers buying Matthie’s daylily seeds are largely from elsewhere. He says 80 per cent of his customers are Americans who purchase his seeds online.

“We would show our visitors how to hybridize and talk about how we got started”, says Goode.

“Growing from seeds is hard. It’s much easier to order the plant clipping and have it sent by mail. Even if it wilts, you just soak it in water and the plant will spring back to life. The people who grow from seeds are real enthusiasts.”

Matthie’s hard work has garnered prestigious peer recognition. He’s won the Douglas Lycett award from the Ontario Daylily Society for three years running. He’s the only person to win it three times and the only one to have done so in consecutive years. He also takes home the majority of the awards each year from the Canadian Hemerocallis Society. The couple has also begun to accept requests to speak at horticultural events throughout North America and recently agreed to host the 2011 annual Ontario Hosta Society picnic.

Goode runs much of the operation at Bonibrae, but it’s Matthie who first started experimenting with daylilies in 1998.

Not bad for what is still a new company. Barry Matthie and Maggie Goode show no signs of slowing down the pace anytime soon.

Goode says the most hardcore of the daylily’s fans are the people who order the seeds.

“I started with eight plants”, says Matthie, “just out of curiosity.” Those eight plants blossomed into the five acres now covered in daylilies each summer which are sold by the bunch as cut flowers or by the root for later planting. Bonibrae is now one of the largest 10 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SPRING 2010

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Another visitor walks into the bright interior of Picton’s Arts on Main Gallery. Inspiring, confident artwork hangs against uncluttered white walls and simple island units, arranged carefully on the polished hardwood floors, tempt the curious.

Chairman Steven Draper points the visitor to the spot where a David Boorne sculpture “The Crucifix” stood prior to its purchase by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Traditional landscape paintings, bold abstracts, intriguing photography, fabulous textiles, glass, and ceramics, marvelous sculpture – everywhere the visitor sees works of art created by a group of artists who live within Prince Edward County.

As the visitor browses, Draper describes how, along with established members with national and international followings, the Gallery includes several of the best emerging artists in Ontario and that, throughout 2010, local students will have their work featured during each one of the Gallery’s six shows.

A Bill Reddick Maple Leaf Service Plate sits close to a Mia Lane painting. Gallery

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a showcase to the emergence of the region as a serious artistic destination. Art is now a significant part of the local economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our overall mix of artist members is important, as is the support from our patron and owner of 223 Main Street, Alan Gratias, but key to the success of any organization is a focus, a vision, and a plan,â&#x20AC;? states Draper.

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The membership recently redefined the Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision, taking a look at the solid foundations created over the previous three years of operation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;painting a pictureâ&#x20AC;? of its future, a future that will create much more than a place to exhibit art, while identifying the challenges and opportunities that await in the years ahead. For instance, as hydro prices increase, paying for the 100 halogen lights that currently illuminate the work during the 364 days each year the Gallery is open, was one such challenge. A project was launched to investigate alternatives with the help of Torontobased company Lumicrest and PELACFDC. The members voted unanimously to invest in a state-of-the-art LED lighting system that will reduce electricity consumption by 80 per cent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a case of reducing our consumption and saving some moneyâ&#x20AC;? explains Draper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is about showing that our Gallery can actually lead the wayâ&#x20AC;?. The visitor asks the artist member on duty about local restaurants, bed and breakfasts, even realtors. In addition to finding out more about the artwork, partnerships with local businesses make a lot of sense in this small, close-knit community.

The Crucifix By David Boorne

With work refreshed every eight weeks, public receptions are popular and Salon nights have been introduced for 2010. Keeping the quality of these additional receptions in line with the artwork generates a new cost. The

Gallery is looking at creative ways to achieve this in the form of developing partnerships and is talking to local organizations and businesses about sponsoring future shows. Recently, Black Prince Winery came on board with much success. Taking art into the community is also part of the Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision. Last December, membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; works were exhibited in the Crystal Palace during the Olympic Torch Relay event and a display in The Edward building is the first of a number of satellite shows this year. An outdoor painting event, sponsored by both Arts on Main Gallery and Black Prince Winery, is set to fill the streets with colour during the summer. The works will be auctioned later in the day to raise funds, some of which will go to help a local charity. While the Gallery has had a website from the beginning, social media networks are new ventures. As an experiment, Facebook was used as the primary advertising tool for one recent reception - visitor and sales records were broken! With a growing list of artists keen to become part of Arts on Main Gallery, it seems the Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for 2010 is already paying dividends. With several efficiency measures now in place and new ideas working their magic, critical to the future could be an exciting plan to develop an associate membership â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including non-exhibiting artists and other members of the community - who have a passion for art and have skills to offer. Making a purchase at the sales counter, the visitor agrees with Draper:

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Golf Course Review The toughest/favourite holes and how to play them By Jodie Jenkins

Insider tips from the pros on the fairways and greens of this region.

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Manager, Donna Ashley, explains the nuances of a couple of their trickier holes. “We are a 9 hole par 29 golf course. Our #1 hole is 138 yards over water. With this you either start your game off well or with a wet one. The secret is keeping it down the middle and not getting overly excited as you begin your round. Our #7 hole is 135 yards with a tree halfway down, smack dab in the middle of the fairway, so one needs to decide to go over to the green or around to miss the branches.”

Black Bear Ridge Golf Course Owner, Brian Magee, enlightens us on #1.

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“The first hole is often overlooked because of its position on the course, but who wouldn’t want to start on a downhill hole with a +/- 75 foot change of elevation between the tee and the green. On many days, the best approach is to pick a cloud in the sky and try to hit it. The bunker on the right should tell you that the centre of the fairway, or left, is the preferred angle of attack. A good drive is required to reach the green with a mid iron, and completely removes the hazard of the crossing water course just short of the putting surface. Try and leave yourself an uphill putt and GOOD LUCK.”

Barcovan Golf Club Co-owner, Linda Shephard, fills us in on how to play #5. “The 475 yard par 5 is a dogleg right. Standing on the tee you are facing out of bounds to the left and large trees and a water hazard down the right hand side. Length and accuracy are a must if you are considering hitting this green in two. Your drive must hug the left side of the fairway for you to see the green, leaving you with 220 yards to the green. If you drive the ball right of center you have no chance of getting home, you must lay up since the trees at the dogleg are about 35-45 feet high. Once you get to the green you better make sure you leave the ball below the pin because the green is fast and slopes back to front.”

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Bay of Quinte Country Club CPGA pro and Director of Golf Operations, John Porter, has some great insight on two holes at the Q, #6 and #10. “The 6th hole is a par 4 that is the toughest hole on the course coming in at number one on the handicap. Trees line the narrow fairway and although devoid of bunkers it tests the skills of all players and places a premium on a well placed drive. The second shot is much more important on this one. #10, another par 4, is also a narrow hole with out of bounds on the left side and a challenging second uphill shot to a very small green, if the pin is at the back, it could get interesting depending on where you put your second shot!”

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Owner, Cal Dunville, talks about the best way to manoeuvre #9.

General Manager, Julie Obstfeld, gives the following tips on #4.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This 587 yard monster requires powerful strokes to make the green in regulation. Consider laying up short of the narrowed landing area for your drive. The tree-lined fairway is uphill for its entire length. The raised green is clear of major hazards but has a small trap on the left-hand side. Once clear of the green, take a moment to catch your breath and catch the view of the course.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 359 yard on the Highland Course is not only Oak Hills most challenging, but ranks as one of the most scenic out of the 36 holes. This par 4 offers a variety of challenges from tee to green. From the tee you will be facing out of bounds on the right and a narrow fairway with water guarding both sides is your landing area. An accurate tee shot is a must to score well on this hole. The green is surrounded with mounding and a large ash tree protects the majority of the green. A par on this hole is a great score.â&#x20AC;?

Napanee Golf and Country Club Club Pro, Milt Rose, explains how to play #2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Napanee is a beautiful 9 hole course with a rich history. Hole #2 which also serves as #11 is the signature hole on the course. It is a picturesque hole as the tees and green are on either side of a valley. The waterway at the bottom of the valley is a water hazard. A ball hit into the trees behind the cart path on the right can be played from the marked area to the right of the green with a one-stroke penalty. There is sand to the left of the green that is hidden from view from the tees and as you approach the green. The green has two tiers sloping generally to left front. A par here is a keeper. The ride to the green down the cart path through the woods offers some great viewing.â&#x20AC;?

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Picton Golf and Country Club Long time Member Christopher Gentile, shares how you should play the 6TH hole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This hole has the highest tee box on the course, is nicely laid out and has a spectacular view. Steve Ward has done a great job on this hole, offering distance and challenge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the first challenge being club selection! Iron or driver! Push your drive to the right and you are out of bounds and reloading. Go a little strong to the left and you are blocked by trees or in the long grass, taking a shot to get back in to play. You must be straight with the big stick from both the blues and the whites. An iron is always a safe bet off this tee, letting you place one at the top of the hill, the next down to the 100 yard marker, on with the 3rd and two putts for the par. The green is elevated and a good size, but be careful. Approaching from 100 yards out the traps can mess with your distance gauge. You have to trust your yardage and be sure of your club selection to get it close. Ease up a little and come up short and you are in the hidden valley and swinging again. Watch out for the two bunkers on either side of the green. Go over the back and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the path or in the long grass hunting for your ball. Hack it out or flop it from the rough, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still require a great shot to get it up and close.â&#x20AC;?

Roundel Glen Golf Course - CFB Trenton Roundel Glen Pro, Jason LaPalm, teaches you how to play #6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This hole at Roundel Glen may only measure 395 yards from the back tees, but the sharp dogleg left hole design forces players to choose accuracy over distance on the tee shot. Framed by trees on both sides of the fairway, golfers must hit an accurate tee shot about 200 yards to reach the corner of the dog leg, and then face another 200 yard shot directly back into a 1-2 club wind. The safest way to guard against taking a big number on this hole is to leave the 2nd shot just short of the green with a good opportunity to get up and down for par. The riskier approach is to go directly at the green which brings in the two greenside bunkers and the possibility of going long which makes for a very difficult third shot as the green slopes from back to front. The 6th hole is the epitome of â&#x20AC;&#x153;risk vs. rewardâ&#x20AC;?, a birdie on this hole will surely give you an advantage over your playing companions but miss by just a bit and you will be the one scratching your head as you leave the green.â&#x20AC;?

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Timber Ridge Golf Club CPGA Pro and General Manager, Paul Aitken, describes how to play one of his favourite holes at Timber Ridge, #9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This 402 yard par 4 demands two accurate shots to get to the green. The hole is a slight dogleg to the right where an accurate drive is required to avoid fescue to the left and trees to the right. Your approach shot needs to avoid a waste bunker on the left side of the hole and greenside bunkers short of the green. The green is not only uphill for your approach shot but is very undulating as well. Finding the green with your approach shot is great but landing your ball on a different level from the pin location will make it difficult for you to two putt. This difficult 9th hole is a great finish to the front nine at Timber Ridge.â&#x20AC;?

balls that land nearby. The narrow green is guarded on the right by a deep bunker. A drive that travels past the 150 marker is the safest route to the green. If you are going to be short on the drive then play to the front edge of the pond. Knowing the pin placement is also crucial. If the pin is back left, you can get away with coming up short just before the pond using a hybrid or a fairway wood. If the pin is middle or front right, then you can take your driver and let it go. One thing to keep in mind is that there is a spot on the fairway about 20 yards long where, if you land your tee shot there, you will not have a shot to the green.â&#x20AC;?

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walked this earth, are still opened today with awe. What else, if not Botrytis cinerea, can claim this crown? It is not certain who first started to make botrytis-affected wine in a regular manner. The French, Hungarians, and Germans all lay claim to this. Like many discoveries, perhaps they germinated during similar times in different places. Instead of panic, they threw open the doors and invited the Queen of Rot to dine on tender grape skins. Carefully, vignerons harvested what she consumed, while nervously watching their backs lest she wants all.

It is grey, fuzzy, and not in the least appetizing. It can spread voraciously through a vineyard, nimbly jumping from cluster to cluster, carried by the lightest of winds. In its wake is left a swath of panic and destruction. Botrytis cinerea is the bane of most grape growers. Yet, in some places, it is hailed and elevated to the status of peer.

Customers clamored for such sweet wines and vignerons surely left the markets smugly tapping their heavy purses lined with silver coins. American ambassador and future president, Thomas Jefferson, visited Chateau d’Yquem, arguably France’s finest domain, in 1787. He ordered 250 bottles of the 1784 vintage. He liked it so much that the following year he purchased 250 more. Botrytis-affected wine was and is worth the risk.

“Noble Rot, the monarch both beautiful and , sways her bejeweled hand at Sauternes, Rheingau, and Tokaji whilst crushing most others with a vengeful fist.”

In Prince Edward County, a few brave souls rolled up their sleeves and tried their hands with Noble Rot. A 2008 botrytis-affected pinot noir was made by Geoff Heinricks at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards. Highly desiccated grapes were slowly pressed with some healthy fruit tossed in. This Austrian practice allows the juice to soak out the sugar from grapes too dry to press. The wine was aged in oak. The result is a luscious amber wine with a highly botrytised nose of truffles and tropical fruit. The slightly oxidized style is reminiscent of a Hungarian Tokaji. Perhaps more an Austrian Ruster Ausbruch; their gently rolling hills of limestone and clay are not so different here.

I first tasted this fungus in its primal form just before harvest in 2005. The sun was low and cast beautiful shadows along the rows of pinot noir. I was with my friend, Geoff Heinricks, long-time pinot noir pioneer. He stopped, reached down, and carefully plucked a few berries. “Here, try this,” he said and thrust them to me. A fine dusting of spores puffed out as they dropped onto my unsure palm. They looked disgusting. Long forgotten leftovers in the back of my fridge frightened me less. I glanced at him anxiously. He wore a half-smirk. His eyes narrowed. Was this a joke? A test? Not one to lose face, I stared down at them and delicately placed them in my mouth. I chewed. Instead of mould, there were pears. Instead of cloying sweetness, sugar and acid coated my tongue in perfect balance. What surprise!

September, 2009 was marked by weeks of beautiful sunshine. I watched with horror as heavy rains came from the west. They were followed by wind, endless County wind. The vineyard dried and sugars returned slowly with the sun. Noble Rot knocked at harvest time. Pinot noir clusters were carefully sorted by friends. Some wore expressions of doubt. Hard to believe that buckets full of red, rotten grapes would become sweet white wine. The juice dripped out of the press for days and then slowly fermented at low temperatures. The style is more Alsatian late harvest, acidity piercing through sweet peaches and lychee against a backdrop of botrytis. The rim is pale gold and will likely darken with age.

This is Noble Rot: the ultimate dichotomy, Beauty and the Beast, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

There is a future for Noble Rot here with our heavy morning fogs and dews. Many will fight it. I choose to embrace her wicked beauty.

Is it so surprising that in the distant past, people made wines from mould-ridden grapes? Nothing is new between the marriage of food and fungi. Where would we be without Roquefort, Epoisse, or Stilton for that matter? Milk has long been transformed into cheese. It eased transportation and definitely lengthened its shelf life. Wine is no different. Great Sauternes, produced when Queen Victoria

Bruno Francois is co-owner of The Old Third Vineyard and produces pinot noir wines from grapes grown entirely at the property in Hillier. Bruno is well-known for his series in 2008 ‘A Year in the Life of a Vigneron’. The winery will be opening in the spring of 2010. www.theoldthird.com

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When Catharine and Lanny Huff, of Huff Estates Winery in Prince Edward Country, decided to construct a new home on part of the old family homestead on West Lake, they chose James Smith as their designer and builder. The reason: they had worked well with him previously and liked what he did when he built The Inn at their winery. They were also very much impressed by other homes he had built in the County. James favours the post-and-beam style of construction, also known as timber framing, which lends itself to stunning open plan designs. Catharine says: “We chose post-and-beam because it maximizes the views, which are ever-changing. No single day is ever the same because of the way the light filters through the clouds and trees and moves throughout the house.” Lanny and Catharine wanted a house that would be suited to their own needs and also facilitate entertaining extended family and many friends. In addition, Lanny wanted a steam bath and a wine cellar to store and catalogue his wine collection. The home also needed to embrace the natural beauty of the building site on West Lake and reflect the family’s aesthetic tastes and appreciation of works of art. In other words, Lanny and Catharine wanted a home, which would perfectly reflect the family’s wants, needs, and lifestyle. Fortunately, James was up for the challenge.

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The entire main floor of the home echoes the grandeur of the entranceway, with Englishchestnut stained red oak flooring, massive 20-foot antique pine-toned beams and light pine ceilings. Antique pine stain is also used for the window frames, decorative mouldings, and custom-designed doors, which are 1-3/4 inch thick and crafted of solid oak. ABOVE: The timber framing of the home’s structure features pegged mortise and tenon joints with reinforcing diagonal bracing. CENTRE: Pleated polyester window coverings, when not needed, fold neatly behind decorative pine boards. ABOVE: A hand-crafted pine mantel complements the rough-cut stone and displays art objects. LEFT: A massive stone fireplace dominates the formal living room.

Almost all the pine supporting posts and beams in the home are structural. They were delivered in rough form and built on site. The supporting steel beams on the lower level are also pine-faced to match the others throughout the home. Decorative oak doors and mouldings complement the pine posts and beams. The “chalet feel” bungalow has 8,000 square feet of stunning space on the main floor plus another 4,000 feet of finished space on the lower level. The impressive exterior walls of the home feature local stone, which was lovingly crafted by County artisan Aubrey Blaker of Aubrey Blaker Masonry. The front entrance is at ground level while the back of the house slopes down to the lake to provide water views from both upper and lower vantage points. The lowest level contains additional living space plus mechanical and storage areas. The living space encompasses a games room, media area, stellar wine cellar, and guest suites. The mechanical areas include all the components to keep a house of this size and scope functioning efficiently. 26 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SPRING 2010


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appliances are hidden away behind light-coloured, antique-glazed

wine cellar. Exceptional stonework also by Aubrey Blaker. A special

maple doors. The cabinetry in this centre section and the adjacent

wine chiller to ensure a constant temperature of 54 degrees regulates

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the temperature of the wine cellar.

hues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have used all merlot cherry would have been too dark,â&#x20AC;? says Catharine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And all maple would have been just too much.â&#x20AC;?

James is an enthusiastic adherent to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;form follows functionâ&#x20AC;?

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cream-coloured backsplash tilework complement the cabinetry.

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The tiles are edged in pewter, which is also used for the larger,

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The open plan home office at the front of the kitchen features oak

views of West Lake, and upward vistas of sky and treetops. Despite

and granite desktops with added workspace, storage, a computer,

the generous size of the rooms, the interiors are warm and inviting.

and a copier. This space allows Catharine to work on various projects

Artwork is carefully chosen to enhance the decor and often features

while staying in the heart of the home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had an office which I rarely

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A bistro and Prince Edward County go together as naturally as steak frites and a glass of spicy red wine, or a warm Monte Cristo sandwich with a fruity, off dry white. Indeed, we’ve been waiting. East & Main Bistro is located at 270 Main Street in Wellington, Ontario and is fuelled by the food philosophy of owners, Kimberly Humby and David O’Connor. The delicious bistro concoctions are brought to diners by East & Main’s Executive Chef Lili Sullivan. Together Humby, O’Connor, and Sullivan have created a seasonally inspired food experience which reflects their respect of great food prepared with creativity and locally sourced ingredients. Flavourful, hearty dishes, prepared with the best of fresh, local ingredients and a minimum of fuss. Great food, fast. But, not fast food and that’s great! East & Main opened, very softly, in the fall of 2009 with a gentle crush of new and old friends, family members, and local business people who were treated to a soupçon of what was to come from the kitchen and the wine cellar of this lovingly revitalized, heritage structure. Both the lunch and the dinner menus are short but peppered with classic comfort items. Will you choose a classic, buttery-crusted quiche filled with a blend of farm fresh eggs and creamy local cheeses, paired with seasonal greens dressed with a light vinaigrette or, maybe, a juicy prime rib burger on a freshly baked roll, topped with thick slices of tomato and crisp lettuce, served with a side of thin, crispy frites. What about the macaroni and cheese gratin or a big bowl of stew? A petit menu. Grand but delicious choices. Softly, freshly, slowly but connected to the County, East & Main’s menu and its extensive wine list of local, domestic and imported vintages have been crafted with the availability and freshness of local ingredients in mind. The County has been waiting at the table for a bistro, just like East & Main. Indeed.

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In Search of the Voice of the Land Poet Al Purdy

By Martin Avery Photography supplied by Jean Baird

So we built a house, my wife and I our house at a backwater puddle of a lake near Ameliasburgh, Ont. — Al Purdy, “In Search of Owen Roblin”

He has been called the “unofficial poet laureate of Canada” and “a national poet in a way that you only find occasionally in the life of a culture”, but, in spite of his national profile, his home in Prince Edward County is hard to find”. Purdy hand-built the lakeside home and lived there with his wife for 43 years. He made the A-frame and the local landscape the focus of some of his finest poems, including, most famously “Wilderness Gothic”:

“Across Roblin Lake, two shores away, they are sheathing the church spire with new metal. Someone hangs in the sky over there from a piece of rope, hammering and fitting God’s belly-scratcher, working his way up along the spire ...” Purdy was born not far away from here, in Wooler. He attended Albert College in Belleville and Trenton Collegiate Institute in Trenton. He travelled across Canada, rode the rods to Vancouver during the Depression, and worked there for several years at a number of manual occupations. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and lived in Montreal for a while before settling in Ameliasburgh.

The Purdys bought the property on the south shore of Roblin Lake in 1957 and Milton Acorn, a poet and former carpenter, helped Al build the place.

“For two months we quarrelled over socialism/poetry/how to boil water/ doing the dishes/carpentry ...” Al Purdy, “House Guest” After moving in, Al began to write about Roblin Lake, Ameliasburgh, and Prince Edward County, and in 1962 his book called Poems for All the Annettes was published. Al considered this book a “watershed” in his development. The following year, The Cariboo Horses won the Governor General’s Award. Things happened in that house. His wife, Eurithe, says Al was always his most productive at the A-frame. “Despite the caviar receptions and gold accolades, he always returned to this jury-rigged little A-frame tacked to a low-slung, leaning bungalow. The whole edifice, he observed, ‘bent a little in the wind and dreamt of the trees it came from’. Here, he could observe all his poetry’s recurring themes: love, death, ego, ‘the glories of copulation.’” COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SPRING 2010 39


Keeping his place by Roblin Lake as his home base, he travelled across Canada, from coast-to-coast, as the writer-in-residence at several universities and also spending some time on Canada’s north coast, where he wrote North of Summer: Poems from Baffin Island.

Atwood contributed a cartoon of a young female poet, likely a selfportrait, sipping Purdy’s famous homemade wine, and experiencing “a sudden attack of bladder cancer”.

Purdy wrote 33 books of poetry, a novel, radio and television plays, two volumes of memoirs, and four books of correspondence, including Margaret Laurence - Al Purdy: A Friendship in Letters, and edited a number of anthologies of poetry. Purdy developed a reputation as one of Canada’s greatest writers. His collections included two winners of the Governor General’s Award, Cariboo Horses and Collected Poems, and classics such as Poems for All the Annettes, In Search of Owen Roblin, and Piling Blood, as well as Starting from Ameliasburgh: The Collected Prose of Al Purdy. Purdy was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1983 and to the Order of Ontario in 1987. He has been described as a “versifying journalist”, and some of his books have been poetic accounts of journeys, such as his Hiroshima Poems, based on a visit to Japan. In a Purdy poem, Margaret Atwood has said, high diction can meet the scrawl on the washroom wall and, as in a collision between matter and anti-matter, both explode. The League of Canadian Poets gave Purdy “The Voice of the Land” Award, a special award created by the League to honour his unique contribution to Canada. Purdy’s Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems, was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2006, where it was championed by poet Susan Musgrave. In these poems, Purdy encounters Fidel Castro in Revolutionary Square, curses a noisy cellmate in the drunk tank, and marvels at the “combination of ballet and murder” known as hockey, all in the author’s inimitable, colloquial, man-on-the-street style. While Purdy lived beside Roblin Lake, poets, writers, filmmakers, photographers, journalists, publishers, and folks just interested in poetry from across Canada and the U.S. made pilgrimages to see him, to discuss poetry, and to drink his infamous homemade wine. A new book, called The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology, is filled with pictures, poems, and anecdotes describing the poet and the place in those days.

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Hundreds of other writers and their partners found their way to Roblin Lake to visit the Purdys. The cottage was one of the most important crossroads on Canada’s literary map, attracting Earle Birney, Margaret Laurence, Milton Acorn, Patrick Lane, Jack McClelland, and a host of others. He died in 2000, at age 82, and his ashes are buried in Ameliasburgh at the end of Purdy Lane, beside a tombstone shaped like a big book. The words “The Voice of the Land”, along with the insignia of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, are inscribed on Purdy’s gravestone. In 2008, a statue of the poet was unveiled in Queen’s Park, Toronto. In the years following his death, poets, artists, and other writers continued to make the trek to Ameliasburgh to visit Purdy’s grave. They find Purdy Street, right downtown in Ameliasburgh, and follow it to the cemetery, beside the Harry J. Smith Conservation Area. The conservation area has a 1.5 km hiking trail around the Roblin millpond. The Roblin Mill has been relocated to Black Creek Pioneer Village, in Toronto. It is easy to find the poet’s tombstone at the far end of the cemetery, right beside the river. Visitors read what is carved into the tombstone, which was taken from the last poem Purdy wrote and had published:

“This is where I came/when my body left its body/and my spirit stayed/in its spirit home” There is a nationwide grassroots movement to restore Al Purdy’s Ameliasburgh cottage but, if you ask the people who live there where his house is, they may not know or they may send you on a wild goose chase. Paul Vermeersch, a Toronto poet and editor of A-frame Anthology, travelled to Ameliasburgh while working on the book but could not find the Purdy place. There is only one store in the hamlet and literary pilgrims might ask for directions there.

The anthology features contributions from many of the poets who made the trek to Ameliasburgh to find Purdy, including Margaret Atwood, Dennis Lee, F.R. Scott, George Bowering, Sid Marty, David McFadden, and Michael Ondaatje. It also includes Purdy’s own poems about the A-frame, Ameliasburgh, and Prince Edward County. 40 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SPRING 2010

“It’s right on Roblin Lake”, someone in the store says. “You can go either way around the lake. It’s the last street if you go one way and the first street if you go the other way.” Visitors pass by a pioneer village and a campground with a chip wagon. The Ameliasburgh Historical Museum, now a village, has a log cabin, barns, a blacksmith shop, and a tea room. The church whose spire was being “sheathed in new metal” in Purdy’s poem is


now part of the Ameliasburgh Museum. They may also make a visit to the Purdy Library. The Ameliasburgh library, re-named to honour the poet, houses a collection of Purdy memorabilia. Roblin Lake is quiet, with no jet skis or waterskiing, just canoes and kayaks and great fishing for bass. The house is visible from the lake but not from the road. Signage pointing the way to the Purdy place will, no doubt, improve if it is turned into a writers’ retreat. “On a heritage meter, people from the heritage organizations tell me this place is off the charts”, says Jean Baird, the Vancouverbased editor who is leading the grass roots movement to preserve Purdy’s place on Roblin Lake. She is the founder of The Al Purdy A-frame Trust. To prevent its second-hand wood from ending up on someone’s scrap heap, and with the blessing and support of Eurithe Purdy, the Purdy A-frame Trust is raising funds to purchase and preserve the property. Their goal is to raise $900,000 to buy the house, complete some upgrades, and create an endowment so contemporary writers can use it as a retreat. “The Purdy place could be the most important literary house in Canada,” Baird says “but the lakeside lot will be sold and this great Canadian cultural landmark will come down if we don’t succeed with our fundraising campaign”. Building that house fundamentally changed both the man and the poet and many believe it was his turning point and that Purdy’s poetry became great after that. “If he had not built the A-frame, it probably would not have happened,” Baird says.

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And there is the A-frame in Ameliasburgh, beside Roblin Lake in Prince Edward County, where one of Canada’s greatest poets lived and where he is buried. And they will continue to come, to commune with his spirit and to write poetry. And the A-frame he built will become a writers’ retreat, a place for a writer-in-residence, so future generations of Canadians can be inspired to write in and about this place, as have generations before them.

“His house, his writing: they’re an integral part of our past and our culture. They remind us of who we are, as Canadians, and what we could be” White, Patrick, The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2008. Martin Avery is the author of Purdy’s Ghost To contribute to The Al Purdy A-frame Trust, cheques can be made payable to ‘The Al Purdy A-frame Trust’ and mailed to 4403 West 11th Ave., Vancouver BC V6R 2M2 For more information contact Jean Baird at jeanbaird@shaw.ca or 604.224.4898

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removing potentially harmful products from the body” No matter how good our food is or how pure an environment we live in, we will always be exposed to toxins. They naturally occur in foods, are produced as a by-product of metabolism, and are even excreted in our intestines by health-promoting bacteria as unwanted chemicals. As a result, we need all of our detoxification systems in our bodies to be working as efficiently as possible. All forms of life are exposed to natural toxins from the environment. Natural exogenous toxins come from bacteria, viruses, fungi, molds, plant and mineral, and animal poisons, smoke, fumes, and ultraviolet light, to name a few. All forms of life also create their own toxins and, for the most part, all beings have found ways to avoid, neutralize, and eliminate them as part of normal biological function. We could argue that any disease could potentially be caused or complicated by increased toxic load. Toxic load is comprised of human metabolic products, food-borne substances, and man-made environmental chemicals. As well, we must add any type of stress 48 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SPRING 2010

due to work, home, family, or relationships that can affect our ability to detoxify. One of the latest fads in the natural health industry is “doing a cleanse” or “doing a detox”. But what exactly does this mean? What are we actually doing when we “detox” and what can we expect from our detoxification program? Detoxification is the process of transforming and removing potentially harmful products from the body, and has its own nutrient and regulatory requirements. Diseases result when detoxification is inadequate to handle to load and the toxic substances interfere with normal cellular function. In more general terms, when we think of the process of detoxification, we think of it as the waste removal system in our body. The major organs involved are kidneys, bladder, liver, gall bladder, colon, and skin. Each person as an individual, has differences in their ability to detoxify based on the ability of their organs to eliminate, the effectiveness of enzyme systems involved in processing these toxic substances, the general state of organ reserve, and the general ability of the gut lining to act as a barrier to the entrance of these substances to the bloodstream in the first place. There are many symptoms, syndromes, and “diseases” associated with toxicity. They include, but are not limited to: poor bile flow (gallbladder and liver problems), drug/medication/supplement reactions/interactions, skin rashes, caffeine intolerance, PMS, intestinal dysbiosis causing diarrhea, constipation, IBS, arthritis,


acne, eczema, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heavy metal toxicity, headaches, chemical sensitivity, headaches including migraine, itching for no reason, psoriasis, brain fog, inability to concentrate, and memory issues, to name a few. In order to determine your individual level of toxicity related to your own particular symptoms experienced, there are several methods of testing blood, stool, and urine that can be used. Your local naturopathic doctor can assist you in determining what testing needs to be done, and can help you put together a complete detoxification program based on your own individual metabolic needs. One of the ways we can assist our body to detoxify properly and efficiently on a daily basis is through our diet. Eating a diet of whole, real foods including a rainbow of fresh vegetables (especially the ones higher in the sulphur-containing amino acids such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, spinach, onions, and garlic) fresh fruits, avoiding white grain products, eating only whole, high fibre grains, and good quality protein including fish, goat’s milk cheeses, turkey, and lean meats such as lamb and venison, with minimal beef and pork can help. There are many herbs and spices that can be helpful in detoxification as well including turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, sage, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. The most important factor in any detoxification strategy is to drink at least 2 litres of water every day, to ensure adequate fluid replacement, and to allow adequate flushing of toxins from the body. Make sure your bowels are moving regularly as well (at least once every day-YESthis is normal!) to allow for proper elimination of waste. Minimizing caffeine intake from tea, coffee, and other beverages can help to reduce the burden on your liver and digestive system. Other strategies can include regular far infrared sauna sessions, fasting (with supervision), colon therapy, massage, and lymphatic drainage protocols. For people on any pharmaceutical medications, caution is warranted as any detoxification program can alter how your body metabolizes these drugs. As you improve your body’s ability to detoxify, many of those niggling symptoms experienced will disappear or at least improve. You should experience an increase in energy, a better sleep habit, better digestion and elimination, and an overall increased level of wellness. But, a word of warning: often people will initially experience a worsening of symptoms as they start a detoxification program. This is a common occurrence and will usually resolve in people who are generally healthy. Anyone with any health concerns or taking any pharmaceutical medications wanting to participate in any detoxification program should seek the advice of and be monitored by a qualified, licensed practitioner to ensure that no adverse reactions occur. Your local naturopathic doctor can assist you in developing a detoxification program that is suited to your individual needs. The best times of year to detoxify are in the spring and fall as the seasons change. Here’s to a great spring and to safe and healthy “detoxing”.

Dr. Maureen Horne-Paul, ND, “The County Naturopath” has been in clinical practice for 15 years and is the owner of Saraswati Wellness Spa just outside of Picton.

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The other week, I was cruising down the highway and this handsome young guy pulled up alongside me. He waved and I waved back. I was thinking, Deb baby, you’ve still got it. When he pulled me over I was delusional enough to think I am still young enough to flirt my way out of the ticket. As he swaggered up to my car, was I looking for my ownership? Oh no. I was checking my lipstick and pushing my armpit fat up into my cleavage. By the time he looked into my car window I was armed with my best Marilyn Monroe voice. I gushed, “Is there a problem officer?” By the way his veins popped in his neck, I was convinced I was turning him on. That is until he said, “Are you in need of medical assistance ma’am?” This immediately snapped me back to the cranky old bat that I usually am. “Oh, just give me the dang ticket”. Then, just like at Weight Watchers, I lost all my points in one sitting. My mother wouldn’t have done that. My mother would have tried to bore him to death with her medical history. “Officer, I have never sped a day in my life. I have had six children. Would you like to see the Caesarean scar?” I learned something valuable that day. I am middle aged. I am too young to do the dotty older lady routine and too old to flirt. I am stuck in the middle lane, sandwiched between the young-uns passing me at 138 km an hour, rap music blaring, and the slow lane with the old ones in hats, their heads barely above the steering wheel.

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Don’t talk to me about respect either. That cop didn’t once say to himself, “I don’t think I’ll give this older but still sexually alluring woman a ticket because she is mature and wise”. Society doesn’t celebrate wisdom and crow’s feet. Sure, I could move somewhere else. Someplace where I would get the reverence my age deserves. I could immigrate to China where they respect the elderly, but they have other issues so I don’t think it would be worth the trouble.

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Stonewall Farm – Spectacular Waterfront Property Located on Prince Edward Bay on twenty spectacular acres. This six-year old custom residence was meticulously designed and crafted for the current owners. Much of the stone and wood used in its construction came from the property itself and it shows: the house integrates beautifully with its setting. Numerous porches, decks and terraces take full advantage of the unforgettable water views and state of the art electrical, heating, cooling and irrigation systems make this 6600 square foot residence an easy place in which to live – not to mention efficient, elegant and singularly beautiful! A detached auxiliary building currently serves as a workshop but could be a terrific studio or guesthouse – if the five bedrooms and eight bathrooms of the main house aren’t enough! It overlooks the aerated pond at the edge of the lake, and the expansive, beautifully treed acreage which surrounds the house.

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SpringEvent 2010 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 April 16 – 18 A Bench and a Few Good Chairs The best of art and landscaping, demonstrations, vendors, guest speakers. Annual fundraiser for the Edith Fox Life & Loss Centre. Daily admission. The Crystal Palace in Picton. Visit www.benchandchair.org or call 613.476.1128. April 16 – 18 Quinte Home and Leisure Show Duncan McDonald Community Gardens, Centennial Park, Trenton. Call 613.392.7635 or visit www.quintewesthomeshow. com for details. April 16 – May 1 ‘Luxury Cruise’ Presented by Brighton Barn Theatre. Call the box office at 613.475.2144 Info: www.brightonbarntheatre.ca. April 17 Spring Funfest Dinner, silent & live auctions in support of the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Tickets $25. Knights of Columbus Hall, Trenton. Call: 613.392.2310 Pastels & Acrylics Opening reception 3-5 pm. Guest artist Michael Amar. Show runs to May 29. Gallery One-Twenty-One, 48 Bridge St., Belleville. 613.962.4609.

April 18 The Ontario Presbyterian Chorus 7 p.m. at 34 Victoria Ave, Belleville. Admission is free but a freewill offering will be received. There will be a social time following the concert. April 21 Aging With Passion, Purpose and Planning Social, Wine & Cheese, Guest Speakers and Prizes. Wednesday, April 21st 6-9pm at Capers Restaurant, Downtown Belleville. Please RSVP via the on-line registration at www. PassionPurposePlanning.ca April 22 ‘The Habit of Art’ The Regent Theatre presents Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art. 7 p.m. via satellite from The National Theatre, London, England. Tickets are $16 and $18. www.theregenttheatre.org The Arthur Ellis Short List Event An evening with some of Canada’s favourite mystery & crime writers and announcement of the books nominated this year for the Arthur Ellis Awards. Books & Co., Picton. Info: Janet Kellough 613.476.3988 or kellough@kos.net April 24 8th Annual Picton Rotary Wine Festival A 5 course gourmet dinner paired with local wine.

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Live and silent auction and entertainment. Crystal Palace, Picton. Tickets $140. For details www.pictonrotary.ca 6th Annual RCAF Memorial Foundation Charity Banquet Gourmet dinner, live and silent auction. National Air Force Museum of Canada, Trenton. Tickets $100. 613.965.7314 ‘Rise and Shine’ Concert with Andy Forgie Sonrise Christian Academy, 58 Johnson St., Picton. Activities include face painting, balloon animals, crafts, plasma cars. Snacks provided. Free. Info: 613.476.7883 or office@ sonrisechristianacademy.com Endless Summer Beach Band 8pm at the Stirling Festival Theatre. Barbecue & Concert Tickets- $47.50. Concert Tickets $27.50. www. stirlingfestivaltheatre.com The Relevant Deborah Kimmett Comedy show by acclaimed CBC Debators show, and 2nd City veteran. Tickets $25. The Regent Theatre, Picton www.theregenttheatre.org Stirling Hawaiian Luau Jeff’s Building, Stirling Fairgrounds. 8pm-1am. Call 613.395.3341 April 25 Choral Cavalcade

The Belleville Choral Society presents its annual spring concert at 2:30 p.m. at Bridge Street Church, 60 Bridge St. East, Belleville. Tickets $10 each; $30 per family of four. Available from QAC, Choral Society members and at the door. City of Quinte West Half Marathon 10k run/walk, 5k run/walk and a children’s walk all in support of the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Call 613.392.2841 ext. 4487. April 25-29 & May 2-5 Stirling Festival of Sacred Praise 60th anniversary. For more information contact Helen Cofell at 613.395.4110 or helencofell@sympatico.ca April 29 Trent Hills Grannies For Africa Fundraiser An evening with author Catherine Gildner who will read from her latest book ‘After the Falls’. Tickets $12 available from Eclectic Mix in Warkworth, Kerr’s Corner Cooks in Campbellford. 7pm. St Paul’s United Church, Warkworth. Call Lyn 705.924.9888. April 29 – May 1 Trenton Art Club Annual Show and Sale Members of Trenton Art Club present their annual Spring Show & Sale in the foyer of the Quinte West City Hall.


April 29 – May 15 ‘Albertine in Five Times’ Presented by the Quinte Actors Theatre. Tickets $25 at the Quinte Arts Council, 36 Bridge St. East in Belleville, or 613.962.1232. April 30, May 1-2 County Antique Show Crystal Palace, Picton April 30 – May 2 Antique Car Show and Flea Market Stirling Fairgrounds. Admission$5, Children 12 and under free. May 1 Armida at The Regent Theatre Live via satellite from the MET. Performances begins at 1:00 pm EST. www.theregenttheatre. org/Via_Satellite.htm Mariner’s Gala Dinner An elegant evening complete with dinner, wine, entertainment and silent auction. Waring House, Picton. Call 613.476.2149 ext 426 May 1 – 2 Quinte Walleye World Live Release Fishing Derby Headquarters will be located at Centennial Park, Trenton. Contact 613.392.7635 or visit www.kiwaniswalleyeworld.com May 6 Pushing Paint Opening reception 6-8 pm. Robert Huffman celebrates his first solo art exhibition. Show runs May 6 to July 3. Gallery Art Plus, 54 North Front Street, Belleville. www.galleryartplus.com May 7 ‘A Month of Sundays’ A comedy-drama written by Bob Larbey. Prince Edward County Community Theatre. Picton Town Hall. Call 613.476.5925. www.pecommtheatre.com May 8 ‘Baby Boomers, The Show’ The Stirling Festival Theatre. Tickets $27.

www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com Texas Blues Legend Andrew “Junior Boy” Jones A Bluesman with a talent as big as Texas. Tickets $26.50 The Regent Theatre, Picton www.theregenttheatre.org May 8 – 16 Spring Birding Festival Guided bird walks, banding demonstrations, workshops at Prince Edward Point. Art of Flight Art Show and Sale at Black Prince Winery. www.peptbo.com. May 9 Mother’s Day Celebrations Sandbanks Pro. Park. Annual celebration of wildflowers, birds and other signs of spring. Guided walks, refreshments. www.friendsofsandbanks.org 613.393.3319. May 14 Musical Chairs Twenty one-of-a-kind Muskoka chairs hand-painted by area artists will be auctioned to support the Quinte Symphony. Tickets $25. For more info www.quintesymphony.com or call 613.962.0050. May 15 Black and White Arts on Main Gallery 3rd Anniversary Show Opening reception Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.. All new works by 30 outstanding PEC artists. Show runs May 12 to July 12. 223 Main St. Picton. www. artsonmaingallery.com Bath’s Spring Fling Entertainment will be provided along with a live and silent auctions at St. John’s Church Hall. Tickets $35. 613.352.5168 www.bathontario.ca May 22 Annual Lilac Festival & Plant Sale Plant and lilac sale, vendors and silent auction. No admission to event but $4.00 to tour house and museum. Macaulay Heritage Park, Picton. 613.476.3833 or

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613.476.2148 ext. 426 museums@pecounty.on.ca. An Evening of Fine County Tastes Presented by the Wellington Rotary Club. Locally produced wine, beer, cider and cheeses. Admission $10 per person, includes 1 free tasting. Fundraiser for the new Wellington Community Centre, 6-10 p.m. 613.399.3203. May 21 – 22 Frankford Riverfest Come out for the carnival rides and fireworks this Victoria Day weekend! Call 613.398.6200 for more details. May 22 – 24 Ameliasburgh Historical Museum Welcome Weekend “Gathering of Friends” reenactment...living the Loyalist lifestyle in canvas tents and teepees as the museum opens for the 2010 season. 517 County Rd. 19, Ameliasburgh. museums@pecounty.on.ca. 613.968.9678 or

613.476.2148 ext. 426 May 26 –27 ‘The Judy Garland Story’ Stirling Festival Theatre. Tickets $25. www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com May 27 – 29 Prince Edward County Author’s Festival Something for Everyone Readings, Dinner, Workshops, Conversations, Book Signings, Pub Poetry. Tickets available at Books& Company. Call 613.476.3037 or visit www.pecauthorfest.com. May 27 – 30, June 3 – 5 ‘Something for Charlie’ Presented by the Bay of Quinte Community Players at 55 King Street, Trenton. tickets@my-theatre.ca 613.398.0006. May 28 – 29 Stirling-Rawdon Famers’ Market Kick-off May 28- Kick-Off Street Dance 8 p.m.- 1 a.m. May 29- Market

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613.921.7100. May 29 William Maddox at the Organ 7:30 p.m. at Bridge St. Church, Belleville. Tickets $25 For info call 613.962.0050 or www.quintesymphony.com. May 30 Barks by the Bay Canine festival showcasing dog related products and service. 9 - 4 p.m. at Hanna Park in Trenton. 613.394.5374 www.barksbythebay.ca June 3 – 5 Kinsmen Carnival Come out and enjoy family fun with games, rides and much more! Located in Centennial Park in Trenton. Call 613.392.2841 for details. June 3 – 19 ‘South Pacific’ Presented by the Belleville Theatre Guild. Tickets $22. 613.967.1442 www. bellevilletheatreguild.ca

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June 4-6 Quinteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Isle Bluegrass Celebration A weekend of Bluegrass music, camping & fun. Details: www.quintebluegrass.com June 5 A Letter from Wingfield Farm Presented by the Regent Theatre, Picton. Tickets $30. www.theregenttheatre.org Napanee to Bath House Tour Tour six private homes and the historic Fairfield Gutzeit House in Bath. Passports: $25 includes lunch or $20 tour only. 613.354.6668 www.lasos.ca â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My Sweet Patootieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Featuring fiddler-singer Sandra Swannell and Terry Young on finger-style guitar and vocals. Stirling Festival Theatre. Tickets $22. www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com June 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 Quinte Annual Cat Show Open to purebreds and mixed breeds. Contact Leslie

Chapman at 613.392.8282 or mdalpee@cogeco.ca June 6 4th Annual Kids of Steel Triathlon A great experience for kids 6 to 17 yrs! On-line Registration or in person at PEFAC @ 13263B Loyalist Parkway, Picton. Registration Deadline noon Friday, June 4. www.pefac.ca June 9 - 12 Hank Williams â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liveâ&#x20AC;? 1952 Joe Matheson as Hank Williams. Stirling Festival Theatre. Tickets $25 www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com June 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 3 Friday Night Concerts in Fraser Park Friday evenings at the Ted Snider Band Shell in Fraser Park, Downtown Trenton. Listen from the docks at Fraser Park Marina. 613.394.4318 www.downtowntrenton.ca

June 11 - 13, 18 - 20 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Selfish Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A new musical by Brian Finley & Ken Tizzard, based on the short story by Oscar Wilde. Westben Concerts at the Barn. www.westben.ca 705.653.5508. June 12 Gardenersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gala Annual Flower Show Ikebana & tea room, Master Gardenersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plant sale, speakers and vendors. Picton Curling Club Rink and Fairgrounds. Free admission 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm. Call 613.476.1931 for details. June 13 United Empire Loyalist Service A commemorative service celebrating the 226th Anniversary of the Loyalist landing in Adolphustown. St. Alban the Martyr Church, Adolphustown, Hwy 33.

Ameliasburgh Museum, Prince Edward County. June 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 Fiddlers on the Trent Music fills the canal way at Frankford Tourist Park, Quinte West. 613.398.1612 www.fiddlersonthetrent.com June 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 46th Annual Antique Show Held at the Prince Edward County Curling Club, Picton. Details: Janet Bryant, 613.476.2078 Stirling Truck Show Truck competition, educational seminars and vendors. www.stirlingtruckshow.com June 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 4 Art in the County Juried Art Show and Sale, Prince Edward County. Picton Old Town Hall. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm www.artinthecounty.com

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