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United Empire Loyalist Home Takes On A New Life

Paradise Found

Anchorages In And Around the Bay of Quinte

Sounds of Summer

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In tHis Issue THE EVOLUTION OF THE COTTAGE by Kerry Lorimer Cottage Sentimentality by Kerry Lorimer Home Away From Home




Relive The Pleasure of Shopping Downtown by Janet Jarrell Paradise Found by Hazel Loyst


Anchorages In And Around the Bay of Quinte

Sounds of Summer by Kerry Lorimer Jazz & Blues


United Empire Loyalist Home by Kerry Lorimer Takes On A New Life


Waterfront Dining On The Bay of Quinte by Cheryl Mumford The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant Patio and Lounge


Fine Dining By The Waters Edge by Cynthia Peters The Devonshire, Inn on the Lake

Corkscrews by Janet Craig and Janet Jarrell What’s In Your Drawer?

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Portraits Of Honour by Janet Jarrell




One Man’s Amazing Tribute To Our Fallen Soldiers


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I love summer and always feel there is never enough time to really enjoy it. I have bikes, kayaks, rollerblades and hiking/tennis/golf shoes that are not being used nearly enough. This summer will be different. There is just too much here to do and enjoy. Our home feature combines the new with the old. The owners built a luxurious and modern waterfront home with water views from almost every room, while preserving the stone farmhouse, blending it seamlessly and creating a spectacular ‘man cave’. The water article planned for the summer issue morphed into ‘Paradise Found, Anchorages in and around the Bay of Quinte.’ Earlier this year when discussing the story line with with competitive sailor Hazel Loyst, she suggested this would be a much more interesting topic to sailors and boaters in the area. She was right, the information is splendid, and those that enjoy these particular anchorage locations may well find new visitors this summer. Photo by Debbie Strowger

Who doesn’t love going to the cottage? There are many cottage owners that still want the true cottage experience without electricity and running water. Others desire the grand cottage with all the bells and whistles of a city home. A cottage concept that is increasingly popular is the community concept; you have the cottage ambiance without the worry, maintenance and upkeep that other types of cottage ownership entail. A range of choices if you’re in the market to buy a cottage. Bernie Gray, owner of Bernie Gray Kayaking, passed away last year much to the sorrow of those who paddled with him. Myself included. Bernie wrote an article ‘Kayaking in the County’ for our summer ‘09 issue; we have reprinted his article in this issue as a tribute. Bernie would circumnavigate the County once a year, in his words, “It is not for the faint-hearted – doing this in one trip, point to point, takes four days and three nights if the weather is kind.” In July a group of us are following in Bernie’s paddle strokes, we won’t take on the whole County in one trip; instead we’ll do a portion mentioned in his article. Starting in Wellington we’ll paddle toward Brighton, go thru the Murray Canal and finish at the Bay Bridge. Should be fun! And fun is what summer is all about. I plan to pack in as much as I possibly can this year, hope you will too. Enjoy the season.

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Cottage The Evolution of the By Kerry Lorimer



“It looks like the cottage,” said my mother, perplexed, the first time she visited my new home in Prince Edward County. The coincidence hadn’t escaped me that my modest bungalow not only resembled the cottage in Consecon, it was just a short drive down the road from it. Of all of life’s paths, I had taken the one that led me back to the place where I’d spent summers and weekends growing up. No one was more surprised than me when I hopped off the Toronto treadmill five years ago and retreated to the country for a more quiet existence, focused on family. When I left the city, I didn’t drop off the map. Friends were already familiar with the County, having toured the burgeoning wineries, restaurants and arts studios, or at least read about them. It hadn’t always been that way. Two decades before, no one had heard of the County and friends couldn’t understand why we traveled two hours east to the cottage instead of north. The area’s evolution as a cultural centre was sadly unforeseen by my parents, who sold in the mid 1990s, just before the boom. Who knew? The area had been virtually unknown since the early 1900s when cottages were first used for pleasure. While the earliest cabins were humble with no running water or electricity, they were a rare symbol of luxury and newfound leisure. Today, many people consciously choose a rustic cottage to get away from the fast paced world of technology. It’s part of a social shift back to basics with an organic lifestyle. Edie Haslauer, a Belleville resident, has no desire to upgrade her barebones waterfront cottage. For two decades everything has been hands-on, from pumping water that’s collected in rain barrels to tending the vegetable and herb garden. “It’s one step up from camping, so you feel connected with nature,” reveals Edie. “The family time is wonderful. Cell phones don’t work and we don’t have television, so we actually sit together and talk.” At night,

solar and propane lighting is used to find the outhouse and tuck into sleeping bags on simple cots. It’s a different frame of mind, explains Edie, “Once you open the gate and drive in, the peacefulness is suddenly there.”

Despite an emphasis on bare essentials, the second homes that command the most attention are literally that: homes. Large and luxurious, the number of summer residences belonging to the wealthy and well known has grown, along with the area’s popularity. In between the ritzy homes and rudimentary cabins are cottages of every description, each as different as their owners. Location is boundless and doesn’t require water, farmland, or forests.

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While cottages have traditionally revolved around an active outdoor lifestyle, they are becoming increasingly social in nature. There’s a growing desire to engage in sports and leisure as part of a community, rather than in isolation. “It’s about getting out and participating in all that the County has to offer, rather than being tied to yard work,” says Chip Hall, President of Cottage Advisors. His company has finished the first phase of its Sandbanks Summer Village Cottages on East Lake that will eventually include 237 units. “We’re combining the benefits of owning a property while building in four-star resort amenities for village living,” he explains. While Chip’s clients are multigenerational, they have a common desire to enjoy the cottage without the usual hassle of ownership and upkeep.

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Maintaining our cottage in Consecon became a burden when it was more work than fun for my parents. With some regret, I remember how I was too busy to go, being away at school and then working through the summers. Now, when I drive by the old turn-off or go back to North Beach, I feel nostalgic for that special time and place in life. The memories helped lure me back, in pursuit of a simpler life. Kerry Lorimer is a freelance writer and public relations consultant living in Prince Edward County.

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The extravagant cottage has come a long way since the early 1900s when people first started spending leisure time in the area, usually as guests at an inn. Tucked off the main roads, these contemporary cottages aren’t always easy to find. I drove circles around Prince Edward County before I found the timber frame cottage I’d heard so much about. The traditional structure evokes old world charm and modesty, deceiving for a house that was built in 2005 and spans 2,850 square feet. From the impeccable front garden, you don’t notice that the house is a bungalow with a walkout lower level creating generous space for three bedrooms and bathrooms. Inside, a gorgeous kitchen is open to the great room, where an A-framed wall of windows provides a tranquil backdrop to West Lake. A granite topped island, as big as a canoe, floats in the middle of the kitchen, with flecks of ‘Blue Eyes’ catching the light. Hiding under the lip of the Brazilian stone are a pair of ornate fish korbles from California. Details like this and the nickel finials, which feature a Muskoka chair on the cupboards and a paddle on the drawers, take cozy cottage design to a new level. “It was fun to create the space from scratch,” says the homeowner of the masculine but warm interior.

“The cottage evolved as I found and sourced new and reclaimed objects.” Bold black cabinetry and a tumbled marble backsplash stand out against red cedar walls and ceiling. From one of the exposed white pine beams hangs a moose head, fashioned from grapevines, which draws your gaze up to the peaked roof. The floor is engineered hardwood with radiant on-demand heating throughout. From the living room and master bedroom suite, large double doors open onto the balcony, enclosed with tempered glass. “That’s where we go,” says the owner, pointing to the pale dunes of Sandbanks Provincial Park in the distance. “We pack a picnic and take the kids over in the boat for a swim.” When the Boston Whaler has been moored back at the dock, sand from the beach can be washed off in a large outdoor stone shower, beside the basement walkout. The owner spends a lot of time outside, barbequing and entertaining in one of the landscaped living spaces on his double lot, where music plays from hidden speaker rocks. While not everyone wants to live at the cottage all year round, this owner very comfortably could. Kerry Lorimer is a freelance writer and public relations consultant living in Prince Edward County. 18


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heading for the hats. I love the comfort of knowing the owner by name, the familiar feel to this shop and her personalized service. There is pride in ownership and quality here. I leave with a hat, the gift wrapped, and a smile. This could be any specialty shop in one of the many local downtown shopping areas. We are seeing a resurgence in downtown commerce as the lure of shopping in the big box stores wanes. The trends are seeing the shoppers moving from these large shopping centres downtown to the smaller urban communities. We, the shoppers, are looking for that quality and unique something that can only be found in the charming shops that line Main Street. As we become more dependent on our modern conveniences, we are finding ourselves more and more disconnected from the world around us. Our downtowns give us the sense of belonging again.

As you stroll downtown at your own comfortable pace, take a break from your window-shopping, take a moment and look up and let your eyes explore the façade of the older buildings. The detailed architecture is a reminder of the history that these buildings hold. Every downtown core housed a Woolworths Five and Dime, a Kresge’s Department store or an S&R, and if you look close enough, you will be able to make out the buildings they once occupied. Downtown shopping is more than just getting the things you need, it is really a chance to slow things down, an adventure into the past, to a time when you knew everyone who you were buying from. Recently on a sunny afternoon, I made my way into one of my favourite antique shops to browse for a gift. “Hello Marina,” I said to the owner. She returns my hello with a big welcoming smile and asks, “How are all your girls?” She knows I am

Local downtown shop owners have been coming together in response to the need for downtown revitalization. The passion of the store owners gives way to countless volunteer hours and this response has resulted in community action and improving that connection to your neighbourhood shopping. Our downtowns have the added advantage of the waterfront which further enhances the downtown experience. What makes it work? Downtowns have to have it all. From the hardware store to the specialty clothing boutique, from the homemade ice cream to the fantastic original artwork, from the live theatre to the local café, you will find shopping in your local downtown a personal experience. Granted, the busiest months for the downtown core occur during the summer, those involved in downtown planning have events running all year round, and the list of events is extensive. From winter celebrations to art walks and parades, to book readings and sidewalk sales, there is always something tempting you back into your community. Janet Jarrell, a writer and poet, was raised in Belleville and currently lives in the Quinte region. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SUMMER 2011




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Anchorages in and around the Bay of Quinte By Hazel Loyst Photography by Brian Credico



Whether you are planning an overnight, weekend, or much longer getaway;

many blissful anchorages beckon you forth.



Not only does the area offer beautiful anchorages and breathtaking scenery, it’s also steeped in folklore and long-forgotten history.

When one thinks of Paradise and a not-to-be forgotten boating vacation, the mind tends to wander to the Virgin Islands and other far-off places beckoning with their warm gentle breezes, secluded islands, sparkling waters and beautiful anchorages. Paradise is much closer to home than you may think. Lake Ontario is a mecca for sailors and power boaters alike but one needs to look no further than the over fifty miles stretching between Presquille Bay and Aldolphus Reach to truly experience Paradise close to home. The area surrounding the Bay of Quinte is without a doubt, one of the finest cruising areas on Lake Ontario with its small, protected nooks and crannies along the way for secluded overnight anchoring, as well as offering several well known popular anchorages for those that seek the company of others. Being raised a farm girl in the County and surrounding area, I was never on the waters until the mid eighties. It was during that time that my then boss introduced me to the world of sailboat racing in the Bay of Quinte and I have never looked back. The moment I am on the water and one with nature, the cares of the world slip away. 26


Having now experienced over two decades of sailing, racing and vacationing on local and far off waters, I can truly say that we are blessed with ‘Paradise Found’ right at our doorstep. Not only does the area offer beautiful anchorages and breathtaking scenery, it’s also steeped in folklore and long-forgotten history. Tales of rum running, mislaid cargo, shipwrecks, heroism, lost lives and sunken treasures abound. According to the book, “Canvas & Steam on Quinte Waters”, written by my late, greatuncle Willis Metcalfe; over sixty schooners, steamboats and barges were shipwrecked in Quinte and Prince Edward County waters. Hence the phrase “Jib Picnics” coined by the late Prince Edward County Warden, Amos McDonald, who kept the light for a long time at Wicked Point, sometimes used in telling of storms and wrecks and rescues there. The warden was a master of good phrases, some of his own coining, but “Jib Picnics” seems to be an authentic Prince Edwardesque for “Adventure under sail when heavy wrestling with the elements is involved.” I once considered naming my new sailboat Jib Picnic but changed my mind when I imagined repeating Jib Picnic three times on VHF radio.

Whether you are planning an overnight, weekend, or much longer getaway; many blissful anchorages beckon you forth. A few, like Leggett’s Cove, with its solitude and tranquility, remain a wellkept secret except to the locals who are familiar with navigating the zigzag pattern necessary to enter safely without running aground. Leggett’s Cove (Chart 2007) is not far from Snake Island, with the City of Belleville and the Bay Bridge in view; as is Cow Island, another popular day anchorage just off Meyer’s Pier.

ask? You will need Navigational Charts numbered 2021, 2006, 2007, 2064, 2069, 2018 and 2011 for Bay of Quinte waters. I highly recommend you carry a recent ‘PORTS’ Cruising Guide for the most up-to-date information on depth, weather, anchorages, and prevailing winds. The book also has a wealth of other invaluable information. Also handy to have along is a GPS; either mounted, hand-held or in my case, on my ‘Smart’ phone. And don’t forget to log a ‘Sail Plan’ so that those on shore know your itinerary.

Imagine being lulled to sleep by the gentle sound of water lapping against the hull of your ‘floating’ cottage or waking the next morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee while you enjoy your breakfast in the open cockpit of your boat. Securely anchored (more about that later), it’s easy to allow the afternoon hours to slip away while reading a book, swimming or rafting up and enjoying the company of other boats.

Before setting out, keep in mind that the Bay of Quinte has a notoriously weedy bottom so your Danforth and Fortress anchor may not hold you securely. The PORTS book recommends a plow, a CQR, or a Bruce anchor for burrowing under the weed and mud for a more secure hold. Should the wind come up and your anchor not hold; the last thing you want to being doing in the middle of the night is ‘dragging’ anchor. Trust me, it’s not a pleasant experience for all concerned.

There’s nothing quite like enjoying an alfresco dinner on board complete with candlelight, your favourite County wine, watching the sun set and staying up until you sight the first shooting star of the evening; one of my favourite activities while on the water... paradise found indeed! And where can these beautiful anchorages to be found you might

Some of my favourite anchorages include, but are not exclusive to those I now mention. An all time favourite close to home, is Sandy Cove (Chart 2007). Although not named on the chart, it’s located about 3 ½ miles east of Belleville. I can be there by sailboat within the hour, drop anchor, go in for a swim and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail before the sun starts to set. I have COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SUMMER 2011


witnessed well over twenty boats at one time in this lovely, sandy bottom cove. If you have a dinghy, I recommend going ashore and exploring Massassauga Point with its many indigenous plants. Except in a northeast wind, Sandy Cove is also a safe place to tuck into out of a storm if the weather is too rough to continue on. Another favourite is Northport Bay, east of Big Bay (Chart 2007). The area is well protected except in a north-easterly blow and provides a safe haven to anchor in overnight. Although still relatively close to Belleville, I always feel like I have left home because the Bay Bridge is no longer in sight. You are welcome to go ashore and explore the quaintness of this tiny hamlet where hollyhocks abound; you might even come across a yard sale.

Many sailors competing in the annual “Katie Gray” race from Belleville to Picton during the September long weekend spend at least one evening anchored in Hay Bay (Chart 2006), some behind Witlow Point. But for more than twenty years, most of us would continue on down to the end of Hay Bay, anchor out for the day and then go ashore for a corn roast and bon fire at the home of the late Russ Brownlee where we enjoyed great fellowship, Russ’s infamous rum punch and a walk through his ‘haunted’ woods after dark. Another coveted favourite anchorage lies northeast of Ram Island (Chart 2006). This anchorage is well protected in all directions. Avoid passing the island on its west side as the northwest area has a flat, shelving rock with depths of two to four feet in areas. 28


Once anchored, this beautiful secluded area offers breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and gives one the feeling of being away from everything. The quiet and solitude of Glen Island (Chart 2006) in behind Carnachan Bay, belies its reputation for being a partying ‘playground’ back in its heyday. A dear friend, now in her 90’s has assured me that Glen Island was the ‘in’ place to anchor and play in the 40’s and 50’s. It’s a beautiful, tranquil spot to spend a day or anchor overnight. Approach it carefully as there are shoals just northeast of the island. A very well-known and popular spot to find good shelter is Prinyer’s Cove (Chart 2018, 2006). Many leaving Belleville to

cross the Lake choose it as their first stopover before continuing on. Be sure to set a good anchor and scope to avoid dragging as the area can become quite crowded in high season. Of note, ‘on Halloween night, October 31st, 1879, some twenty-three vessels sought refuge in MacDonald’s (now known as Prinyer’s Cove), Adolphus Reach out of one of the worst storms of the season’. There are many other lovely anchorages further afield. Smith Bay near Waupoos (Chart 2064) is especially nice. If you can, go ashore, rent a bicycle and explore this wonderful wine county. Kerr Bay, one mile west of Stella Bay, is also a very nice anchorage (Chart 2018). I once anchored there along with some twenty Alberg sailboats holding their annual reunion.

Securely anchored,

it’s easy to allow the afternoon hours to slip away while reading a book, swimming or rafting up and enjoying the company of other boats. LEFT: Photo taken by Christophe Credico

On this very short journey, I have only touched on a few anchorages within the Bay of Quinte area. As reported in PORTS, ‘The brisk sailing, good variety of shore facilities and protected anchorages make the Bay of Quinte a popular cruising area in its own right’. Having sailed and cruised the Bay of Quinte for twenty-five years, I couldn’t agree more. It truly is Paradise Found. An avid sailor and member of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, Hazel Loyst has been sailing and racing both locally and internationally for the past twenty-five years.


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Blues Sounds of Summer By Kerry Lorimer

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You never quite know what you’re going to get at a jazz or blues festival. That’s the beauty of these events: performances take on a life of their own. As musicians interact with each other through their instruments, songs simply evolve in the moment.

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“Communication between performers is spiritual, and happens almost instantaneously,” explains Brian Barlow, a regular performer at the annual Juno Awards, and creative director of the Prince Edward County (PEC) Jazz Festival, which is hosting its eleventh annual event, August 16th – 24th. Brian, who is also president of the Toronto Musicians Association, thrives on spontaneity. Like most jazz musicians, he doesn’t use sheet music or predetermine what he’s going to play, opting instead for occasional code words or subtle hand signals with the band. When Brian suddenly changes tempo or harmony, the audience takes note, and he responds to their intrigue.

Creating a successful, self-sustaining event is possible in a rural setting, as proven by the PEC Jazz Festival. “In 2010, we did ten days in celebration of our tenth anniversary,” remarks Brian. “That’s the size of the Toronto Jazz Festival or the Montreal Jazz Festival!” The line-up of top Canadian jazz artists is also comparable, with mainstage performances in 2011 to include Peter Appleyard, Ranee Lee & Guido Basso, Mike Murley Septet, and Brian’s own Big Band. “They really want to come here,” says Brian, of the musicians. “Among the jazz community, PEC is considered to be the finest jazz festival in Canada.” It’s a win-win situation, as thousands of people pour into the County for high caliber concerts in Picton’s Regent Theatre and dozens of satellite locations.

Blues musicians are a little more structured, following cyclical cord progressions, but they take creative liberty when it comes to composing lyrics and choosing the key. “It’s a way to express oneself,” says Peggy Voigt, artistic director of the Frankford Island Blues Festival and president of the Loyal Blues Fellowship. Improvisation comes in when, “A player gets passed the lead and adds their personal flare to the instrumental section.” The Blues Festival in Frankford, July 15th – 17th, is expected to draw over 1,000 people, with 30 blues acts on the main stage and an additional two workshop stages. With more than 800 people in attendance last year, the event has tripled in size since 2008. 32


Brian and Peggy make sure they include rising young jazz and blues players in the festival line-up, but new talent is few and far between. There is a growing concern that youths aren’t receiving the opportunities that they need to advance within the genres. “I remember my mother picking me up from jobs and I’d be sitting on my drum case crying because the band had given me a hard time,” recalls Brian, who joined the Musicians Union at age 13. “But, I learned something.” Today, students don’t have the same access to professional musicians, so they’re practicing with peers at their own level. “By the time they graduate, people

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got to experience real jazz when the clinicians performed. “The TD Jazz Education program is giving young people an understanding and appreciation of the arts, which is missing in the school systems,” says Brian. “It’s the most important thing we’ve done.” The Loyal Blues Fellowship is also making youths a priority with their Blues in Schools program, established in 2006. This program brings musicians into both the elementary and secondary school settings and exposes students to the origins of blues music and it’s relationship with today’s mainstream genres.

aren’t going to yell at them,” says Brian. “They’re just not going to hire them.” Brian and his colleagues decided to take matters into their own hands. This spring, for the third year, they hosted a two-day jazz program in Picton for 81 aspiring jazz musicians. The students, representing high school jazz bands, participated in intensive workshops and clinics led by professional musicians. For most kids, it was the first time that they’d received specialized instruction on their instrument. As the focus is non-competitive, they practiced with students from other schools who play in the same section of an ensemble. On the first evening, they even

“These programs give students insight into the history of modern day music,” says Peggy. “Sometimes it’s that first exposure to music that plants the seed for something special that happens later in life.” Currently, the Fellowship is funding a presentation on blues guitar history and finger-style playing for local and secondary classes. To ensure great musical dialogues continue, Brian and Peggy make it their mission to help aspiring jazz and blues musicians master the language of their instruments. Kerry Lorimer is a freelance writer and public relations consultant who lives in Prince Edward County

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Loyalist Home A New Life By Kerry Lorimer Photography by Marc Polidoro



Black and white photographs prove that times were tough for the old stone house, with its sagging roof, crumbling walls and derelict woodshed off to the side. Built in 1860 by United Empire Loyalists, the house shows all the signs of its age. But it wasn’t a bleak picture for Janice and John Cronin. They knew the potential to preserve its history and even use it as the inspiration for their sprawling dream home. The couple had been looking for waterfront and kept coming back to the northeast part of Prince Edward County where Janice



spent summers at her family cottage. “I grew up on Peats Point, so I knew about this property,” she explains. It’s a generous nineacre lot that crawls 1,000 feet up from the road and then tumbles back down towards the Bay of Quinte. The water is calm along a pristine shoreline, stretching almost 500 feet within the Point’s protected cove. “The house was pretty dilapidated,” concedes Janice, “but I fell in love with it just like that.” Sturdy and symmetrical, the twofoot thick stone structure is typical of County architecture at the

time. Janice was so taken with its rustic charm that she knocked on the door and left her business card with the homeowners, in the event that they ever wanted to sell. When a call came some time later, Janice and John couldn’t believe their luck. After taking ownership, they wanted to revitalize the 800-foot stone block and add another 4,000 square feet of living space. “We knew with the old part, that it wasn’t going to be quick,” recalls John of construction, which started in August 2009. The couple was well prepared for the challenge, having owned and operated Cronin Home Hardware in Quinte West. “We had the advantage of knowing a little of the building process,” says John. With the store located in front of their home on Old Highway 2, finding work-life balance hadn’t been easy. After they sold the business, the pair was ready for a change of scenery and had the ideal spot to move to. LEFT: Soaring 20’ high windows in the great room.

Working with a local draftsperson, the couple designed a modern S-shaped bungalow to coil around the original house. The positioning of the floor plan maximizes water views, with patio doors extending eight feet high and nine feet wide in both the master bedroom and ensuite office. Even the master bathroom is placed to optimize lake vistas from the shell-shaped tub.

Waterfront viewing is a delight from the elegant shell shaped tub in the master suite. Plenty of storage in ‘his and her’s’ cabinetry.



The massive granite island is a focal point for friends and family.

Located in the other wing of the new addition are the reading room, third bathroom and two guest rooms, one of which faces the water. The most impressive views across the lake are enjoyed from the 20-foot high wall of windows in the great room, open to the large kitchen. On the opposite wall is the entrance to the historical farmhouse, strategically accessed from the heart of the new home. Once inside, the old house is strikingly dark and cozy compared to the new sunny and spacious living room. “When we tore the roof off the old farmhouse, the stones on the load-bearing walls were all loose on the top,� recalls John. It 40



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The raised bar overlooks the lounge area. Beams for the ceiling and steps were reclaimed from the old barn. The paneling came from a store that closed in Quinte Mall. The lower windows were closed in and now feature collections. A pool table is on the way.





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required a lot of work to form it up and pour new concrete, while working around the old chimneys. The couple was able to keep the original beams but a new peaked wood ceiling had to be mounted above them. To upgrade the rudimentary floors, radiant heating was installed under engineered laminate wood and cement. Every step required extra time and attention to accommodate the building’s irregularities. “Nothing was square,” sighs John. Despite unforeseen complications, the old home was restored and the addition was completed by the April 2010 deadline, when Janice hosted 150 people for John’s surprise party.

RIGHT: View from the master bedroom.

Guests naturally gravitate to the old quarters, referred to as, ‘The Man Cave,’ because of its exclusive ‘men’s club’ vibe. At the entrance, there’s a raised bar area where you can order a drink before heading downstairs to the open lounge. The interior is virtually unrecognizable from its former labyrinth of tiny rooms. By stripping out the internal walls, mezzanine, and low ceiling, the couple was able to create a cavern, 19 feet high. It’s

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a sophisticated room, dressed up with rich cherry wood paneling and shelves that run across sections of exposed stonewall. While the old house has never looked so grand, it still evokes a casual mood, true to its humble beginnings. The pine stairs and posts, for example, are sliced beams, reused from the dismantled barn. Mounted on the wall across from the five-foot TV is a deer head and a glass case showcasing antique owls, among other treasures. “We spend more time here than anywhere else,” says John.

the front exterior, the new solarium juts out from the historical house, creating an interesting focal point in the centre. “It helps to balance the authentic stones with the manufactured ones,” explains John of the modern additions, which stretch out on either side of the original farmhouse at the front. “They blend together so that when you come up the laneway, the old house doesn’t stick out.” The size of the building is exaggerated by a high roofline, which doubles for storage above the garage, in lieu of a basement.

As the lower windows have been filled in with fieldstones and the upper windows are too high to see out, a sunroom was added to the old section to provide 90-degree views of the countryside. From

The great room takes advantage of this height with a 21-foot peaked ceiling of Western red cedar. “It’s a very warm place,” says John, of their new living room. The couple’s cats and dog soak up the natural light on a shag rug, in front of the 54-inch gas fireplace. The décor is elegant with a cheerful combination of rustic and retro pieces. Equally bright is the ivory coloured kitchen with sun tunnels above the oversized granite island. “We have a lot of company,” says Janice. “Family and friends all end up here,” including many friends that she had as a child, who still live in the area. “It’s amazing how all the neighbours stay connected,” observes John of the peaceful, close-knit community around Peat’s Point. Janice agrees, “It’s like coming home.” Kerry Lorimer is a freelance writer and public relations consultant living in Prince Edward County.

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Waterfront Dining on the Bay of Quinte The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant Patio and Lounge

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“Why does everybody love the Boathouse?” For many reasons, including superb location, unique historical character, extensive menu options, Saturday night entertainment and a total attention to detail that blends it all together. Although now officially ‘The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant Patio and Lounge’, it’s commonly shortened to just ‘The Boathouse’ by its many regulars who appreciate the waterfront location on South Front Street leading to Meyer’s Pier. The restaurant overlooks a boat basin, part of Victoria Harbour linking the Moira River to the Bay of Quinte. During the summer months, the basin is home to local and visiting pleasure vessels. Some tie up at The Boathouse dock while the captain and crew savour a meal inside or out on the patio. The original Boathouse building was a boat shop, dating back several decades. By the 1950s, it was a marina with boathouses, docks, gas pumps and a small maintenance shop. When Greg Annesley and his partner purchased the property in 2000, they turned the shop into an open kitchen with a 30-seat restaurant offering breakfast –starting at 6 a.m. – plus some basic pub fare. Eventually the Boathouse stopped serving breakfast and the pub menu evolved into the present one, featuring award-winning fish and chips plus seafood specialties, sandwiches, pasta, burgers, chicken, steak, tapas, special-order group dinners, and of course . . . desserts! Beverages consist of a minimum of 16 draughts and a varied selection of wines, most of which are locally-produced. For those who can’t decide, an assortment of ‘tasters’ are available. 46


As the menu options grew, so did the physical space. The most recent expansion provides seating for 200, with a private dining room, new pub lounge and patio. The building is something of an engineering marvel that literally sits on pillars just inches above the water. The new roof was constructed on top of the original boathouse which allows the ceilings inside to expose ancient beams and an industrial-size block and tackle apparatus, paying testament to the buildings’ working roots. Whereas the first expansion had a cozy, homey feel, the new one has more open and elegant experience, enhanced by the 20 foot ceiling, numerous tall windows and a floor-to-ceiling natural stone fireplace. Greg keeps on tweaking the menu to ensure the best possible dining experience for his customers. Battered fish lovers can choose mild-flavoured white varieties such as halibut. He has also recently added a new species known as Cape Haddie or Capensis. This fish swims in the Antarctica gulf stream off of the coast of South Africa. It is caught, processed, and flash frozen right on the fishing vessel to lock in freshness. This fish is certified sustainable and Greg says the cold water habitat gives the fish an especially appealing firm texture. So that’s the Boathouse experience for you. What’s not to love? The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant Patio & Lounge, 32 South Front Street, Belleville 613.969.2211 Cheryl Mumford is an award-winning Quinte based writer and photographer.

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Fine Dining by the Waters Edge The Devonshire, Inn on the Lake

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In Eastern Ontario, we are fortunate to have a number of fine dining restaurants, especially in Prince Edward County. What is rare is to be able to enjoy the experience a few feet from the shores of Lake Ontario. The Devonshire Inn, situated in the picturesque village of Wellington, boasts a waterfront deck and scenery like no other in the County. The inn was originally a foundry, built in 1850 by then famous W.P. Niles, who also owned the first utility company in Wellington. Needless to say, the foundry was the also the first building with electrical lights. The building has gone through many transformations – foundry, personal residence, and retirement home. The current owners, David Littman and Kathy Kennedy, purchased the property 14 years ago and transformed it into one of the most popular inns and restaurants in the county. While their original dream was to buy land and grow grapes, when they saw the building for sale, they fell in love with it on sight. With David’s carpentry talents, and Kathy’s design & business savvy, they quickly set about to renovate and restore the property. Many of its original architecture and features were preserved including the unique fireplace found in the dining area built by local Herb Payne in 1897. The seating capacity is impressive for a small inn with 32 inside and 35 on the patio. From Eggs Benedict (or as they renamed it with their special spin, Egg’s Devonshire), for breakfast to Chicken Ballantine for dinner, the majority of ingredients are local and fresh from the farms and producers of the County. Their food philosophy has always been local first and they have built long-term relationships with the local farmers. 48


The new chef, John Ross Woodland, also shares the same philosophy. This former hockey scholarship recipient is a whiz in the kitchen and is no stranger to the County having worked at a number of notable food establishments in the area. This is his first head chef position and he is receiving accolades from visitors and locals who keep returning. Lunch includes such specialties as locally sourced pork which is smoked, pulled and braised in the restaurant’s own BBQ sauce, to fresh perch salad. Dinner takes on another ambiance. If a romantic evening is what you have in mind, look no further. Lit by candlelight and enhanced by warm breezes from the lake, the setting and food will help create that magical evening. For the current seasonal menu, the appetizers include the chef’s in-house Charcuterie plate featuring pate & terrine, pan seared sea scallops served with a pea panna cotta, homemade smoked bacon chips and tarragon foam. The entrees offer a wide range of tastes, from local pickerel served with potato and Jerusalem artichoke gratin, to braised beef ribs with leeks and celeriac. No matter your dietary needs, they look forward to creating a dish that suits your dining experience. Their wine list is impressive and includes all County wines that are rotated throughout the year to promote as many wineries as possible. Each appetizer and entrée is paired with local wines to help make your selection more palatable. The Devonshire has it all. Beautifully prepared local food, local wine, good service and the best waterside view in the County it’s the perfect summer dining experience. The Devonshire, Inn on the Lake 24 Wharf Street, Wellington, 1.800.544.9937 Cynthia Peters is a personal chef, food writer, community advisor and advocate for food security issues throughout the province.

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This is a reprint of an article Bernie Gray wrote for the summer 2009 issue. Sadly, Bernie passed away last year just before the kayaking season. We wish to remember Bernie and say thank you for great times on the water. For those who knew Bernie, you can almost hear his solid Scottish accent as you read this.

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Summer is here, County waters beckoning, and, after a few years of promising yourself a gift, you’ve finally relented and bought yourself a kayak. Hopefully, you have taken – or intend to take – some lessons. A lesson or two will help you cut down on some muscle soreness, make you paddle more efficiently and if you get around to learning the exit and re-entry, could save your life. I can’t count the number of times former students have said how much more they enjoy their kayaking since they took a lesson – even if I shouted at them! Once all the above have been accomplished, the next question is, “Where can I paddle in the County?” Prince Edward County is by far one of the best and safest places one can flat water paddle. For example, as we are an island of sorts and, let’s say, we are going to paddle out of Wellington, along with a strong east wind blowing, you can paddle safely out on Lake Ontario. A wind coming out of the west then makes West Lake your ideal paddling spot without a great change in your itinerary. One of my favourite trips is from Wellington, across the first part of West Lake, through the gap to Garret Island, now known as Camp Trillium. When you get through the cut, set your sights to the right to the first of the dunes – an ideal spot to get out and stretch your legs. A walk over to the Lake Ontario side to swim or play in the surf is fun, but be careful of the undertow! And watch out for poison ivy, which is everywhere – not a nice souvenir to take home! COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SUMMER 2011


Back in the kayak, one has to return by the same route, back through the gap. However, if the wind is out of the west and not too strong and if you would like to experience a ‘Big Lake’ paddle, when you come out of the cut, head west to the banks. There you will find a short portage – we call it “granny’s” – it’s about a 60 foot portage and very well marked to Lake Ontario. Now you are off to finish your paddle back to Wellington. The scenery and wildlife on the trip are exceptional – eagles, carp, mink, deer, swans and wolf have all been seen on this short journey. The return trip from the portage is also neat. If there is a low wind, the swell can give a wee thrill. When you get to the lighthouse, cut and channel, be aware of the boats coming in and out. Never argue about right of way! Just be careful and come in on the right side (wall side) of the channel. If the wind is high, take extra care. I have had a swim myself entering the cut. Pay attention and watch for reverse waves. A few minutes and you are home. The above excursion is approximately five miles and would take about three hours. By adding more shore time, a swim and a picnic, this can easily be turned into a memorable day trip. Some other voyages you might want to add to your list are Lake on the Mountain, a quiet morning or afternoon paddle, lunch at the restaurant, and a fabulous view over the bay. There are

four other inland lakes suitable for paddling in the area; Lake Consecon, East Lake, Roblin Lake and Fish Lake. If you lived to be a hundred you would not cover all the paddling water of the County. Last, but not least is the circumnavigation of the County. I try to do this once a year. It is not for the faint-hearted – doing this in one trip, point to point, takes four days and three nights if the weather is kind – a distance of one hundred and five miles. In some locations B&B’s are right by the water, or camping is an option. But this too, can be done in parts – Wellington to Brighton, Brighton to Glenora, Glenora to Prinyer’s Cove, Prinyer’s Cove to Waupoos and so on. There is great kayaking waiting for you in Prince Edward County so get out and enjoy. Be safe, and remember – life jackets on at all times.

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A double ceremony recently held in Trenton, Ontario meant for a full day of honour, respect and remembrance for our military personnel. The repatriation ceremony of Canada’s 156th fallen soldier, Bombardier Karl Manning, made its way down the Highway of Heroes from CFB 8 Wing. Attendees included government officials such as the Governor General David Johnston, family members and the public-at-large. This solemn event immediately followed the beginning of a nation wide tour of the Portraits of Honour mural. This hand painted mural is a staggering 10 foot by 40 foot memorial depicting, with striking precision, the soldiers, sailors and air crew who have given their lives to the war in Afghanistan. The artist, Dave Sopha, is the son of a Canadian soldier and a British War Bride, and also a member of the Kinsmen Club of Preston in Cambridge Ontario. In response to the loss of Canadian soldiers since 2002, Dave began to do what he does best; paint. As an accomplished artist, he has painted many other militarythemed murals, but this one is his largest project yet. In December 2008 he began the daunting task of painting every single fallen member since the war in Afghanistan began, spending an average of 80 hours on each picture perfect portrait. His intention was to ‘remember, honour and celebrate.’ It was decided that this project needed nationwide attention; hence the involvement of Kin Canada, an all-Canadian service association.

This tour is an opportunity for thousands of Canadians coast to coast to remember and get up close and personal with the fallen men and women of the Canadian forces. The artist’s sketch of Bombardier Karl Manning was also on hand at the viewing on the base. Dave Sopha’s passion and dedication is painfully appreciated each and every time one stands before the mural in awe of the sacrifice given by those who proudly wear the uniform. The mural was unveiled recently at its first national tour stop at the military base in Trenton. The reveal took place at The National Air Force Museum of Canada during a gala event hosted at CFB 8 Wing by the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Belleville, Picton and Trenton. Bruce Airhart, District 6 Governor for Kin Canada, was one of many volunteers on hand organizing this gala with the proceeds going to the Military Families Fund and also, he said, “to the Military Family Resource Centre located on the base.“ These military resources are in place to support the families of those fallen soldiers and further to support the injured soldiers that return home. The seven month tour will see the mural travel coast to coast allowing thousands of Canadians to view this wall of remembrance. For more information and for the tour schedule visit Janet Jarrell, a writer and poet, was raised in Belleville and currently lives in the Quinte region. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SUMMER 2011


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Summer Performances Westben Arts Festival Theatre Campbellford For a list of summer concerts go to Friends of Sandbanks, July & August Events: Mini Harvestin’ the County dinners, Dinners and Theatre, Theatre in the Park, Sandfest. All at Sandbanks Provincial Park

Friday Night Concerts in the Park – Trenton 6-8pm, all summer free concerts at the Ted Snider Bandshell. Bring your lawn chair. Music in the Park - Tweed Sundays, 2-4pm, July 3 to Sept 4, Bring your lawnchair and enjoy the music at Tweed Memorial Park Picnic Shelter. Concerts on the Bay – Belleville July & August – Sunday and Wednesday nights Lions Pavillion

West Zwicks Park. FestivalsAndEvents Music at Port Milford July & August - Chamber music performances. Various locations in Prince Edward County. The Regent Theatre – Picton July22 - The Ed Sullivan Show -Bounty Enterprises recreates the Ed Sullivan show using a cast of the best

tribute artists in the country. Aug. 5 - Johnny Winters -- Blues Legend. Aug 17 to 20 - Prince Edward County Jazz Festival -- Features internationally acclaimed musicians performing in over 32 satellite locations in Picton and around the County. Aug. 25 - Ian Tyson in concert. Festival Players of Price Edward County July 2 - Oct. 2 Sounding Ground

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-- A series of five short audio plays; while listening to these plays on an audio device you’ll embark on a walking journey around Picton. Fridays to Mondays June 28 - July 8 Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly -- New musical. Inspiring, insightful and entertaining. Fields on West Lake Bloomfield July 12 - July 30 The Book of Esther -- A family’s struggle to keep their farm, family and faith intact. A heartwarming story of a young girls’ journey to find herself. Mt Tabor Playhouse, Milford August 2 - 27 -- The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw Comical and clever reworking of the Faust legend. A little bit silly, a little bit bluegrass and a whole lot of fun. Rosehall Run Vineyards, Wellington Stirling Theatre July 12 – 16 Mama’s Country Record Collection -- A show that will have the audience down memory lane with classics such as Rose Garden, Delta Dawn, Hello Darlin’, King of the Road, Help Me Make it Through the Night and many more. July 26 – 29 Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing -- Based on the popular title by perennial favorite Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade


July 7 - 10 Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival Midway, musical entertainment & attractions for all ages in the new Zwick’s Entertainment Pavilion, vendor exposition, ethnic food village & much more. West Zwick’s Park.

July 15 Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament & Party in the Square Golf tournament and dinner. Two great golf clubs to choose from plus “Party in the Square”with music and dancing at Belleville Market Square. and

June 17 – July 3 Art in the County Prince Edward County Art Council’s Annual art show and sale featuring the talented artists of Prince Edward County. Old Town Hall, Picton.

July 7 – 11 Picton Picturefest Inaugural film festival and “cinephile retreat” featuring the screening of 13 films, workshops, youth camp, outdoor fun. Picton and Bloomfield venues.

July 1 – 3 Celebration of Gaelic Culture The first ever three-day festival to be held in the Irish language, featuring traditional singing, dancing, music and literature. Near Erinsville and Tamworth.

July 10 The Commodores’ Orchestra in the park! The 18-piece orchestra plays your big swing band favourites at this free concert, featuring vocalists Jo-Ann Wheeler and Gord “Satchmo” Smith. 6:30-8:30pm West Zwicks Park Pavillion, Belleville

July 15 – 17 Frankford Island Blues Festival The Loyal Blues Fellowship presents three days of great music, workshops, family activities. Camp, play, jam and mingle. Frankford Island Tourist Park and Campground.

Nothing is a humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling. August 10 – 20 Sexy Laundry -- A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about a middle-aged couple coming to grips with their lackluster sex life

July 2 Consecon Community Day 2011 Day long community festival, excitement for the whole family. Car boot sale, kids zone, puppet show, firefighters challenge, evening pig roast, live music, fireworks. 613.394.9914 or

July 14 – 17 Odessa Fair Odessa Fairgrounds

July 16 Victorian Tea and Garden Tour 12th Annual self-guided garden tour followed by Victorian Tea. Proceeds to college & university scholarships for local students. Local artists, music. $20. St. Thomas Anglican Church, 201 Church St., Belleville 613.966.5677 July 16 – 17 Pioneer Days at the Red Barns Third annual fundraiser for the local MS group. 167 White Chapel Road, Off Hwy 49 just north of Picton.

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July 17 C.V. Lions Club, 11th Annual Fun Day in the Park & Car Show Vendors, entertainment by Texas Tuxedos, silent auction, lots of cars, food all day. Cherry Valley Lions Memorial Park 613.476.7971 cherryvalleyon/index.php Horse Show, Tweed English, Western and Gaming. Sponsored by Gateway Horse Riders Assoc.

July 21-23 Rockfest An outdoor venue located next to the theatre with state of the art staging, sound, lighting. Great Big Sea, The Trews, Meat Loaf, Blue Oyster Cult. Fully licensed. The Empire Theatre Square, Belleville July 23 Bay of Quinte Boat Cruise Cruise the beautiful Bay of Quinte aboard the Island Queen. Two cruises will be offered by Quinte West Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy live entertainment, light refreshments



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and the beautiful scenery aboard the Mississippi style paddlewheeler. Cruise will leave from Trenton Fraser Park, the first at 1pm, the second at 7pm. www.quintewestchamber. July 23 – 24 12th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Club Weekend Show & shine.10am–4:30pm Ameliasburg Museum July 24 O’Hara Mill Heritage Day Guided tours of pioneer buildings and running saw mill. Pioneer crafts and antique machinery demos. Entertainment and nature trails.10am-4pm O’Hara Mill Conservation Park, Madoc 613.473.1725 July 28 Craft Show and Sale Prince Edward District Women’s Institute’s 28th Annual Craft Show & Sale. Vendors, farmers market and crafts are all part of this massive craft show covering four buildings. Picton Fair Grounds. index.html

July 29 – 31 Napanee Fair 180th Edition features traditional favourites such as the Conklin Midway and agriculture exhibitions. Napanee Fairgrounds Flinton Country Bluegrass Jamboree Adddington Highland Recreation Centre, Flinton July 30 Streetfest & Paint the County Main Street, Picton First Annual Consecon Soap Box Derby On the Mill Street hill in Consecon. Event open to girls and boys 5-8 years old or 9-12 years old. Extra soap boxes available.613.394.9914 July 30 – 31 History Weekend Presqu’il Provincial Park 10am12noon www.friendsofpresquile.

July 30 – August 7 Clic: Eastern Ontario Photo Show & Sale The second annual juried photography show. Special youth category. Books & Company, 289 Main St, Picton 613.471.1283 July 31 8th Annual Gospel in the Park Afternoon of some of the county’s finest gospel artists. Also fundraiser BBQ in support of Haiti Youth Mission trip. 2-7pm Wellington Park, Wellington. Aug. 5 - 7 37th Annual Prince Edward Auto Club Street Meet For lovers of classic cars, check out some of those classic automobiles that will never go out of style. Ameliasburg Museum. Aug. 6 – 8 Miss Supertest Celebration Aug 6-7: Miss Supertest III boat displays.Vendors, exhibits, pancake breakfast, BBQ, beer tent, roostertail book, souvenirs. Loch Sloy, Picton Aug 7, 1pm: Mariner’s Service honouring driver Bob Hayward at South Bay United Church. Reception

to follow at Mariner’s Park Museum, South Bay Aug 8, 10am: Witness the unveiling of Canada Post’s 50th Anniversary stamp honouring the Miss Supertest Team. Then enjoy displays til 4pm, Loch Sloy, Picton Aug 8: 4pm Miss Supertest documentary, cocktails followed by VIP dinner. Tickets $75 in advance. Picton Yacht club. For more information: 613.476.8112 Aug. 13 Wellington Lions Club Dragon Boat Races Waterfront celebrations at Wellington Harbour 613.399.3081 Aug. 13 -14 Art in the Park The Kiwanis Club of Tweed in partnership with The Tweed & Area Arts Council present Art in the Park. Tweed Memorial Park www. Aug. 13 – 15 Quinte Ribfest One BBQ you don’t want to miss. Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings Prince Edward Counties.




Aug. 11 – 14 Stirling Agricultural Fair Spend the weekend at the Stirling Fairgrounds and check out the Agricultural Heritage Museum, animal shows, derbies, rides, and great Canadian performances. The Stirling Fairgrounds Aug. 14 Gleaners Organic Garden Sale and More Crafts and garden items, art on the fence plus music. Back to school and household sale. Gleaners Food Bank. Belleville. Aug. 17 Annual Lakeshore Lodge Day Celebration of one of the area’s most historic lodges. Guided walk, re-creation of an 1890’s picnic, traditional games, music, corn roast. Evening entertainment. Nominal charge for refreshments. Sandbanks Provincial Park Aug. 17 – 21 11th Annual Prince Edward County Jazz Festival Features internationally acclaimed musicians performing in over 32 satellite locations in Picton and

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around the County. 613.476.5109 Aug. 18 O’Hara Mill Annual Corn Boil Great family fun. Scare crow building, egg tossing, frog jumping, corn husking, log sawing and nail hammering competitions. Hot dogs, corn on the cob and entertainment. 3-7pm O’Hara Mill Homestead Conservation Park, Madoc 613.473.1725 Aug. 18 – 21 Havelock Country Jamboree Canada’s largest live country music & camping festival. Aug. 19 – 20 Hastings Waterfront Festival Hastings Village Marina Aug. 20 Celebrate Cycling in Prince Edward County Free bike tours, bike rentals, live entertainment & music, food and bike expo. Wellington Park, 11am - 5pm. 1-866-333-4491.

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Aug. 26 - 28 Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival Premier festival. Many activities. Aug. 27 Water Buffalo Food Festival Stirling Talented chefs will battle to create a wide variety of dishes combining the unique flavours of scamorza, ricotta and water buffalo cheeses with locally grown produce. Stirling is home to the first milking water buffalo herd in Eastern Canada. Sept. 3 – 5 4th Annual Rednersville Road Art Tour Artists along the road open their studios to the public. Over 18 different studios and galleries.

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The Church of St. Mary Magdalene and two other beautiful County venues Stéphane Lemelin Artistic director and pianist Ana Sokolovic Composer-in-residence

Sept. 9 & 10 Trenton Scottish Irish Festival Come cheer on the parade of marching bands as it winds it’s way through Trenton.

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Sept. 16 - 24 Prince Edward County Music Festival 9 day Classical Music Festival in 3 County venues. For details Sept. 16 – 18 Prince Edward County Studio Tour Artisan’s studios and galleries will be open to the public. Located all around the county. Sept. 24 Taste! A Celebration of Regional Cuisine 10th annual culinary event featuring regional chefs, gifted growers, winemakers and all the cuisine Prince Edward County has to offer. Advance tickets available.

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Bath Fall Fair 10 – 4 On the grounds of the Fairfield Gutzeit House, Main Street. Antiques, books, white elephant, baking, BBQ and more.

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Sept. 10 Artwalk An explosion of art in restaurants, shops and galleries. Downtown Belleville. Sept. 10 Doors open Belleville Enjoy a tour of historic landmarks.

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Peter C. Newman answers sixteen Gravitas Questions

Peter C. Newman was born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to Canada in 1940. He financed his university studies as a gold miner in northern Quebec and as an assistant magician at Eaton’s Toytown in Toronto before joining the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves, Ordinary Seaman in 1947. He was eventually promoted to Captain’s rank in 1987. With over 2.5 million books sold, Mr. Newman may be best known for his ‘Establishment’ books. The Canadian Establishment published in 1976 and on the best seller list for 54 weeks had sales of over 250 million. In his very prolific career, Mr. Newman has received numerous awards and accolades and holds Honourary Doctorates from Seven Universities. Mr. Newman and his wife Alvy Jaan Bjorklund, have recently moved to Belleville and are restoring their century home. Mr. Newman is writing a book on the United Empire Loyalists. Give one example of life’s absurdities. That Belleville, where I plan to live the rest of my life, doesn’t have a great deli. Tim’s sprinkles do not do it for me.

What is the most authentic form of belonging? Realizing that J.K. Galbraith and Marshall McLuhan are the greatest Canadians the U.S. has produced.

Who do you wish would call you? My father, so I could properly express my profound gratitude for saving my life.

What is the essence of atonement? Wear a “Screw Guilt” sweat shirt and take the message to heart. I gave one to Michael Ignatieff.

What is the best thing you have found? Big Band Jazz which creates hopeful Grace Notes–and expendable energy.

Name one thing we should feel entitled to. Entitlement is for losers. This country salutes innovators and cranks.

If you were overcome with exuberance, what would you do? Nothing on God’s earth equals sleigh-riding the ocean waves in your boat under a full moon. When you say you want to live in the moment, what moment is that? Sailing the ocean and watching sea and sky divide as dawn appears. We all hope there will be one more time. One more time for what? To appreciate Canada, which compared to everywhere else is the solution looking for a problem. How are you eccentric? I can’t type but wrote 25 books with one finger dancing on the computer keyboard -- even if it is bent from overuse.



Why is danger sometimes so alluring? Because it’s an existential journey into a post-modern world, which nobody can define, but love using the words. What is the essence of integrity? Connecting with your inner child before he picks up his bazooka and blasts you to eternity. Why do we sometimes crave chaos? Life is a long string of chance outcomes–chaos will bring them around. Name one tenet of the art of forgiveness. Getting even by ignoring the culprit. What is it that we need to understand about surrender? It’s sweet and if intimate, can make you sing the whole day. What is the essence of charm? My wife Alvy. We grabbed the last clear chance to savour the joys of life, love and laughter -- and have all three, plus.



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