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ow is it possible to be so close to what was once the apple capital of the world and not think about autumn harvest? Despite the shocking cold earlier in the year – late May, which seems only a blink away – area orchards are recovering and glowing with ripening fruit. Roadside stands are vibrant with the abundant bounty of our region, and fall fairs and harvest festivals abound, including the vibrant new Codrington Farmers’ Market, which has an unparalleled energy. County vintners are closely monitoring vines, and there is an urge to begin clearing gardens in anticipation of colder weather. We will resist! It’s only early September. The best is yet to come, and there are many harvests to enjoy. In the last while, I’ve had a great lesson in what comes before the harvest. In March of this year, for the first time, I started heirloom tomatoes and peppers from seed. Most were purchased locally, but some of the favourites came from my cousin, über gardener Henrike, who provided guidance as well as seeds. The garden is spectacular, thanks to a lot of care, good advice, and faith in the power of a tiny seed. Nurturing relationships from early days is a gift. Earlier this summer, Darryl and I were in Rossmore and noticed a Model T pull up to the pumps. A tall,

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dignified, stately man exited, and his collie happily wagged his tail at the chance to watch the action. It could only be one man. A million years ago, I was a student at Monck Public in Bracebridge, and Don Snider was the principal. He moved on when I was in grade four, but it’s hard to not remember a super human. Mr. Snider lives on Rednersville Road, and drives his iconic Ford frequently. In all of the years intervening years, I always remembered Mr. Snider’s command presence, his Model T, his collie, and his dignity, which he encouraged in every single one of his students. Old friends come to mind as families get ready for the school year. Whether it’s the blissful innocence of kindergarten or the fear of grade nine, or the adventure of that first year of university, it is where we forge our first alliances, fit in while establishing our identities, and learn to cope with the unfamiliar. Those people, those moments, stay with us. Barb Long was my best friend in high school. While I may have nudged her into enjoying more of a social life, she certainly guided me through a greater appreciation of academics, just as she is doing with her own children decades later. We aren’t in touch often, but we’re still connected by shared memories and a common history. This summer, history came home to roost for local genealogist

and historian Dan Buchanan, who published a captivating story about a dark period in his family’s history. Murder in the Family is local, dating to mid-1800 Brighton, proving evil has been around the Quinte region for quite a while. Dr. King was a narcissistic control freak, and Dan captures the story with honesty and clarity, and shares it at readings throughout the region. It is a good read and highly recommended, and if you get a chance to speak with Dan as he tours, he will enthusiastically share the story behind the story, linking the characters to today’s families. Scandal and intrigue, so close to home, the past shaping our present. As Peter Lockyer declares, history lives here. So does the future. So does the social DNA of our lives; how we honour past relationships and lessons, how we go forth with new friends. In a region blessed with vintage shops, the sign makes sense - the best antiques are old friends. We’re all on our own path, whether we have a Dan Buchanan, a Don Snider, or a Barb Long, and how we nurture the seedlings in our lives dictates our harvest. Thanks for turning the page.

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Article by Sharon Harrison Photography by Daniel Vaughan

The Dastardly Ducks of Prince Edward

The lore, legend, and intrigue of the County’s spirited islands

Travelling the Long Point feet of water. Carrying a cargo of coal, she peninsula, the road appears sank in a November 1922 storm, with no infinite. Staggeringly peaceful, casualties. Built in 1877, the small wooden, its beauty lies not only in its two-mast schooner is just 95 feet long, and remoteness, but also in its has a spectacular bowsprit - the spar at the simplicity: a big sky, an even front of the ship - extending forward from bigger expanse of water, with plentiful its bow. vegetation and wildlife. The only sound To the east of Timber Island is to disturb the silence, aside from the softwhistling wind and the ever-present waves, neighbouring Swetman Island: named for (or perhaps by) its first lighthouse keeper, are birds. Off the extreme southeastern tip of the Joseph Swetman. The island originated as County, just off Point Traverse, is Timber False Duck Island, while the island pair is Island. It is known for the number of often called False Ducks Islands - not to be shipwrecks sitting offshore. The Florence mixed up with nearby Main Ducks Islands. is one of many to be found nearby. The The body of water between the mainland 102-foot steamer-tug succumbed on and the False Ducks Islands is known as November 14, 1933, about 300 feet from Duckling Reef. The names have confused shore. She sits in just 30 feet of water. many over time, especially unsuspecting Nearby, the Katie Eccles sits intact in 90 mariners.

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“The graveyard of Lake Ontario The Main Duck is widely known, For a score of hapless vessels On its jagged shores have blown.� ~ Willis Metcalfe


Whatever name is goes by, Swetman Island was once home to Prince Edward County’s oldest lighthouse, and one of the earliest ever to be constructed in the Great Lakes. Built in 1829, the 63-foot white stone tower could be found on the eastern flank of the island. After 35 years on the job, its first keeper retired and was replaced by his son, Frederick Swetman, in 1863. Together, they gave 58 years of combined service as keepers on Swetman. By 1965, the lighthouse had reached the end of its useful life, having been struck by lightning some years earlier and damaged by fire at some point. The old stone tower was demolished and replaced with the current automated 62-foot hexagonal reinforcedconcrete structure. With its distinctive red

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and black horizontal stripe banding, it is unusual in its design, which sees the upper portion flare out, appearing as top heavy. It looks a little like a mini air traffic control tower rather than a lighthouse. Fortunately, someone had the good sense to save the lantern of the original lighthouse. It is now showcased at the Mariners’ Park Museum in the County’s South Bay, sitting atop a purpose-built 33-foot round stone tower and serves as a memorial to County sailors who lost their lives at sea. The wreck of the Fabiola, built in 1852, can be found just south of Swetman Island, sitting upright, and mostly intact, at a depth of 55 feet. The 95-foot two-masted schooner, carrying coal, sank on October 23, 1900, with no loss of life.

As Long Point Road rounds the top of the peninsula, Prince Edward Point comes into view. This is the end of the line. Almost 12 miles from the point is Main Duck Island, and in its shadow, just a quarter of a mile away, the much smaller 48-acre Yorkshire Island. Sitting very low to the water, the wooded island is affectionately referred to as Little Duckling. Just a very shallow stretch of water separates it from Main Duck Island. The pair of islands usually referred to as Main Ducks Islands also go by various names including The Ducks, The Duckling Islands, or the Real Ducks. The theme, and the humour, doesn’t end there. The hundreds of boulders, rocks, and shoals resting in these waters are known, albeit unofficially, as Duck Eggs. Both islands

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are close to the United States border and form part of a larger chain of islands. Their remoteness have many believing they belong to the US, and although some distance away, they are very much part of Prince Edward County. Main Duck Island is sizeable at 518 acres and has many similarities to the County’s landscape, with its familiar pebble beaches, limestone cliffs, and dense brush areas. On approach, the island appears to be shrouded by white-sand beaches. On closer inspection, the disappointment reveals zebra mussel shells - millions of them, several feet deep in places. The invasion of zebra mussels is also responsible for the crystal clear waters, which are clearer now than they were 20 years ago.

It makes the shipwrecks easier to dive, but the same mussels are also coating the wrecks. The glistening teal blue waters surrounding the islands don’t immediately reveal the true nature of the shallow shelves of limestone sitting just beneath. The area, known for its dangerous and perilous shores, is rife with shoals, sand bars, rocks, and reefs, making it menacing for boaters, even to the present day. Only an aerial view provides a more accurate picture of their menace to navigation. Through the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, many ships ran aground in the waters surrounding the islands. The busy shipping channel is known for its abundance of wrecks -more than two-thirds of Lake

Ontario’s shipwrecks - can be found in this relatively small area. It is one of the best places in the world for freshwater wreck diving, and with more than 60 wrecks in the immediate vicinity, it is described as exceptional by local diving schools. With its rich maritime history, an extraordinary number of vessels foundered, coming to their watery end in the treacherous seas. Stories also exist of lost treasure, and sunken gold. Countless lives were lost, and many sailors perished, giving the area the reputation and name of The Graveyard of Lake Ontario. While storms were mostly to blame when ships ran into trouble, many vessels were overladen, which only hindered their destiny when conditions turned rough. Unpredictable

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and wild, winds could whip up, often with very little warning, pushing schooners onto the limestone shoals. It is no coincidence many of the shipwrecks occurred in late fall when fierce storms and sudden rolling fog were frequent occurrences, and where the weather could change within minutes. There is another theory for the extraordinary number of wrecks to be found here. The area around Main Duck is known for its magnetic anomalies. Some scientists believe it is caused by iron deposits from a large meteor crater, creating false compass readings. Because of the islands’ geography, and a lakebed tilting sharply upward, storms travelling the full length of the lake gather strength and speed before slamming into

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the pitch of the shelf, churning waters, and creating havoc for ships. Locals refer to this, and other unexplained events in the area, as The Marysburgh Vortex. The John Randall, a 100-foot propeller steam barge can be found in just 20 feet of water. Built in 1905, she sank on November 16, 1920 during a vicious storm while moored in the bay at Main Duck Island. Resting 95 feet beneath the water in its upright position is the stunning wreck of the Olive Branch. The vessel sank near Main Duck Island in 1880. The 92-foot wooden schooner, built in 1871, is one of the best and most complete Great Lakes’ wrecks. Main Duck Island has a vibrant history of inhabitants from European fishermen in the early1800s, to farmers in the mid-1800s who brought sheep and cattle to the island. As well as a thriving commercial fishery, it was also known for its bustling shipbuilding industry - the 45-foot schooner, the Harriet Anne, built on Main Duck Island in 1856 is one example. The island’s proximity to the US, and its protected harbour, meant Main Duck saw more than its fair share of activity through the booming Barley Days of the midto-late 1800s. The island’s history, however, goes back further still with archeological findings showing early nomadic activity as early as 450 BC. County native, Claude ‘King’ Cole, purchased Main Duck Island in 1905, where among his many ventures he farmed cattle and sheep. He took full advantage of the location of his island during the American Prohibition years from 1920 to 1933, where

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he and many others became very wealthy as a result of those rum-running years. The island changed hands again, and in 1941 was bought as a summer home by John Foster Dulles, then US Secretary of State. He left the island in 1959, and it has remained vacant for many years; the buildings and pathways have long been deserted, and are now overrun with weeds and wildlife. An outline of the home’s foundation is all that remains, together with the ruin of an impressive stone and brick fireplace and chimney breast. The dwarfed fireplace is an odd sight rising up through the towering trees. The island’s illustrious history doesn’t end there - 1984 saw a visit from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as part of a royal tour of Ontario, where they enjoyed picnicking on a pebble beach during an impromptu visit to the island.

Naturally, Main Duck Island is home to a lighthouse, and due to the island’s remoteness and its position as a significant shipping corridor, it has served as an important navigational aid for many years. Built in 1913 at the west end of the island, it was the last of the lighthouses to be constructed in the region. At 81-feet high, it was the tallest lighthouse in the Great Lakes at the time. Painted white, the reinforced-concrete tower has a characteristic red lantern top and gallery. The octagonal structure is as a traditional lighthouse could be expected with a pyramidal design, slightly wider at its bottom half, narrowing towards the top. The dastardly ducks they once may have been, but these handsome islands now live the quiet life, serving as nature reserves and home to an abundance of birds and wildlife.


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Karole Marois’ County Portraits Article by Catherine Stutt Photography by Daniel Vaughan


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here are Colourful People on the Cressy peninsula at the far southeast reaches of Prince Edward County. Originally from Ottawa, the artists now live at Prinyer’s Cove, enjoying the tranquility of their new home. They spend most of their time in the large, airy, second floor art studio always watching and encouraging their friend while she paints.

Colourful People have been with Karole Marois since she painted them as a tribute to the perseverance of 25 of her fellow mixed media artists. In 2002, they lived at the KarshMasson Gallery in Ottawa, and in 2013 moved to Karole’s temporary studio at Loch Sloy in Picton before achieving permanent resident status in the new studio. They are constant companions, and perhaps unconsciously, Karole often reaches out to stroke a painting as she speaks; an artist’s hands without brushes find a connection.

The move from the bustling art scene in the nation’s capital to the Cressy peninsula was as bold and daring as many of Karole’s canvases. Well-known nationally and abroad for her public art – murals for many of Canada’s national museums and dozens of commissions throughout the Ottawa Valley and beyond, including one for the

Little Italy BIA called Corso Italia 20 feet high and 300 feet long – Karole felt the need to seek inspiration elsewhere. “The museums decided to go with ink jet murals instead of hand painting, and it was time for a fresh start. I needed to get out of Ottawa and just be inspired to paint,” she explained. Karole’s husband Mike is an avid sailor, and for years they kept a boat at Collins’ Bay in Kingston, often heading for the County and anchoring in Prinyer’s Cove. “At that time, the wine culture was just starting and we were drawn to the area. When we decided to leave Ottawa, we aimed high, followed the water, and had a eureka moment – we needed to be at Prinyer’s Cove. Mike decided to semiretire, and I’m a self-employed artist, and we

They are life-sized, bold, and as engaging and charming as the artist who committed them to canvas. In the studio, they are a presence and a visitor feels almost compelled to include them in the conversation, which of late usually revolves around Karole’s newest series – Terroir – her interpretation of the land, the grape, the wine, and the people of Prince Edward County.

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were going to buy a waterfront home in the County,” she laughed, still wondering how they managed to make it work. Work it did, and by November 2013, Mike and Karole were living in a modest bungalow on the water. Karole rented at studio at the historic Loch Sloy until the renovations to add a second floor studio were complete. “Loch Sloy is a beautiful place to create,” she enthused. “The tenants share a camaraderie in respecting the history of this former air base. There is so much potential for growth, and it is truly unique. It was a wonderful introduction to the creativity of Prince Edward County.” It was also a sort of military history homecoming moment for Karole as an artist. In 2004, she applied to the Canadian Forces Artist Program. Originally destined for Kandahar, a small administrative glitch rerouted the plans. “There were so many suicide bombers and we couldn’t be insured.” Instead, in 2005, Karole went to the Netherlands to witness 60th anniversary celebrations of the liberation of Holland. “It was so powerful,” she remembered. “I couldn’t do just one portrait. This had to be huge.” Two years later, she completed The Parade, consisting of 13 one-foot by four-foot panels reminiscent of tombstones. “That’s what struck me most about the visit – the visual of the gravestones and such respect from the Dutch; the order and chaos of the war. It was the image of the victory parade and the sadness of death.” The Parade is now part of the Canadian War Museum collection, displayed to Karole’s exacting specifications. “There is space between the panels to reflect a memory gap.” It didn’t stop, and became part of a progression. “It was an amazing and draining life-changing experience. Conflict will always be there, and I had to often remind myself I was an artist and couldn’t fix it.” Answering new challenges and seeking new experiences in faraway places is integral to Karole’s work. An Ottawa native, she left 22

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In the third year of the four-year program, Karole was selected to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Fierenze. “It changed everything. I was 19 in Florence, Italy and finally seeing trompe l’oeil and paintings and architecture and sculptures I had only seen in books.” Following on her love of painting figures – she shyly divulged she was drawing anatomical figures in kindergarten - she enrolled in gross human anatomy classes at the University of Toronto during her final year at OCA. “Art was my cocoon from a very early age. I would draw figures holding hands, because connecting people was important.”

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The human experience was very much a part of Karole’s Florence education. “Many of my fellow students were from Kurdish Iraq who escaped on one-year student visas, with art training from the University of Baghdad. It was a very traumatic time for them.” The contrast couldn’t have been greater. “As a young, naïve Canadian girl, it was almost unbelievable; it was an awakening. We’re still in touch and most of them are in Paris, Florence, Vienna, and Geneva under political asylum. They do beautiful work illustrating horrid events.”

Back in Ottawa and in her early 20s, Karole secured a position with the National Museums of Canada, creating illustrations, displays, and background murals. Word was out, literally on the street, and requests for Karole’s public murals grew. With more than 40 murals completed, including the sevenyear Little Italy illustration, quality never suffered for quantity. “My artwork is based on the need to connect with others on an emotional level,” she explained. “My themes are diverse. Based on my personal experiences, I express my observations on human nature using the human form as my main subject.” While that sounds like a well-written artist statement, it is so honest and reflective of the artist. Karole is serious about her work and it shows. She is serious about sharing

her motivations and ambitions, and like most artists, struggles with assessing each piece a value. After more than three decades as a professional artist in the truest form, there is still a wistful look when she speaks about completed projects, treating them as a fulfilling relationship still holding a part of her. Others simply held her in their grip. After The Parade in 2007, she was compelled to start a bigger piece. “I was obsessed and had to get it out of my system.” The result was a 65-piece collection of panels shaped once again like gravestones, one by four feet, on wood. Together Side by Side went on tour. First exhibited at the Denison Armoury in Toronto during liberation services in 2010 and then to the Perley-Rideau Veteran Home and the Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa.


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“There are no interior walls at the drill hall, so the panels were free-standing. It was very spiritual,” Karole noted. By the time the collection was on exhibition at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, networking and appreciation created international interest. A friend in the Netherlands spoke with the mayor of Apeldoorn, telling him the collection was inspired by Karole’s 2005 visit, and an invitation to exhibit there arrived. A benefactor of the arts and friend of Karole’s paid for the shipping and in the fall of 2010, Karole and Mike were there for the opening. Ultimately, the City of Apeldoorn purchased the collection and it now is on permanent display in the city hall. “I’m very proud,” she admitted. “The two collections are about the friendship between the two countries, and one is at the Canadian War Museum and the other is in Holland.” There was an emptiness after that moment. “I felt lost,” Karole remembered. “My real love and my real passion is about the figure. I was in a new region, a new studio, and then, I knew what it had to be.” Karole Marois’ Terroir was conceived. “The terroir of this series is about the flavours of the personalities as well as the land and grapes. I want to help clarify and illustrate the terroir as well as redefine it in a visual sense.” What started as a series of winemakers –new companions for her Colourful People – is evolving. “It’s about the varietals, too – the entire earth to grape to winemakers.

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It won’t be formal portraits. I want them working their vineyards, and probably they won’t be defined people, but the essence of the character of people who pursue this love.” Hands now wringing the ideas from her mind, eyes not quite in the present but very much in the moment, Karole found the words, “Less of a portrait, more of the passion, part of the land.” Moving to Cressy fits Karole well. She loves the potential, loves networking with local wineries and fellow artists. She is a member of the vibrant Prince Edward County Arts Council and is participating in the annual autumn studio tour throughout September, confident visitors will make their way to Prinyer’s Cove. “There’s a Cressy ambience. It’s a little out of the way, but that’s where we find surprises. It’s worth the drive.” She sees her studio as an opportunity for visitors to see the process, hiding nothing. It is a welcoming working studio. Gone is the opaque, enter the transparent. Her paintings encompass the new approach. Some of the Colourful People will become the base for Terroir – their presence there, known to the artist, presenting new challenges. “When you paint over something else, you lose the light, so you revisit it, brighten it with flow and focus,” she explained as she mercilessly used chalk over acrylic to set motion, which will lead to wherever her brush stokes want to go.

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The Corby Distillery Article by Lindi Pierce Photography by Daniel Vaughan and Lindi Pierce

In 1857, an energetic young British immigrant named Henry Corby established a gristmill on a quiet bend in the Moira River, six kilometres north of Belleville. Around his new mill grew a community, later named Corbyville. Henry Corby was a legendary character, his vision and drive the stuff of nation building. Since his arrival around 1832, he had lived large. By 1838, he was operating the city’s best bakery; the ovens remain, in the basement of Belleville’s former Greenley’s bookstore. He had lost his wife and three children through the treacherous ice of the Bay of Quinte, and had purchased the nearby Massassauga Point for a memorial; he later built a popular resort hotel there. He had served during the 1837 Rebellion, and captained his steamer Queen between Kingston and Belleville for four years as a grain merchant. Henry Corby would go on to distinction as founder of the renowned Corby Distillery, along the way serving his fellow Bellevillians through politics and philanthropy. His son Henry (Harry), later Senator Corby, assumed the mantle in 1881, and would go on to exceed his illustrious father’s achievements in social, cultural, political, and industrial spheres.

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FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS In 1907 the distillery burned, and was quickly rebuilt. Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

The distillery ceased production during both World Wars, turning to the production of industrial alcohol for use in munitions.

Corby was an important exporter during Prohibition (1918 - 1927), that intriguing era when beverage alcohol production was legal but its sale was not. An enormous amount of Corby’s product left Belleville’s shores for “Mexico” and “Bermuda.” In the 1920s H. Corby Distillery was sold to the Canadian Industrial Alcohol Company Limited, which purchased J.P. Wiser’s Distillery Ltd. of Prescott, and moved operations to Corbyville. Diversification continued, with the acquisition of wine and Scotch whisky producers. In the 1930s, Hiram Walker-Gooderham & Worts Ltd. became the major shareholder in H. Corby Distillery Limited, an event foreshadowing the end. The 1950s saw more international industry consolidation, with Lamb’s Rum moving into Corbyville production. In 1951, H. Corby Distillery Limited acquired a historic Montreal mansion to house its executive offices. It was called The Home of Good Spirits and touted as a monument to the founder of Corby’s - “That grand old Canadian name.” The 1960s witnessed an expanding portfolio of spirits and wine; in 1969, Corby traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In the 1970s, Corby purchased Meaghers of Montreal. A 1978 newspaper account describes a $41 million operation with 280 employees in 80 buildings on 23 acres of land. The 1980s were a time of more complex acquisitions and mergers in the distillery industry. In 1988, Corby purchased the assets of the McGuinness Distilling Company Ltd. In 1989, distillery operations ceased.

By 1859, Henry Corby added a distillery to the gristmill (it was not just flour the farmers’ grain yielded, but that other staple, whisky.) Soon, the distillery became the primary business. His son’s drive and business acumen surpassed even the senior Corby. By 1905, when the younger Henry Corby retired, he sold H. Corby Distillery Company Limited to Mortimer Davis for about a million dollars. Even though the final Corby left the distillery building in 1905, the name persisted, an international symbol of quality. During the summers in the 1980s, the J.P. Wiser Distillery Reception Centre welcomed visitors and guided tours of the facility were a big attraction. Young Tammy White worked as a guide. She was proud of her attractive uniform, proud also to be the third generation of her family to work at Corby’s. Her mother Helen, and grandmother before her, worked on the bottling line. Al Cleary, now a researcher at the archives in Cannifton, took one of those tours. He recalls the huge industrial complex with amazement: pumping station, tall red brick warehouses, the powerhouse with its large chimney, the still house, bottling facilities, settling ponds, cooling house, roadways, and railway tracks. “We never realized how good we had it ‘til we lost it.” Helen White shakes her head sadly. She worked in the bottling room for 30 years. “I started at 94 cents an hour. I loved that old bottling room. People were nice. That means a lot when you work in a plant.” Helen was well liked, full of fun. At 78, she is still a character.

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Helen White today, and in 1975 working the bottling line

She enjoys looking through her Corby’s souvenirs. “They were good to us. Mom raised us three kids on her paycheque of $16 a week, 67 years ago.”

blended and aged in oak barrels. Corby’s was famous for its soft Moira River water and its closely guarded blending secrets.

There’s a photo of her on the Number 4 line. “I was seven months pregnant, wearing the biggest dresses I could find. We were supposed to quit at five months, but we needed the income.” Another photo shows a man testing Wiser’s Deluxe, their most popular whisky,

Farther on, an impressive basilica By 1995, the complex was being demolished and materials sold off. Al Cleary still has the shaped brick building still stands, a former receipt he got when he purchased lumber - warehouse. A dignified stone house on a turn beautiful old close-grained British Columbia in the river housed senior administration. The fir from 300-year-old trees. Much of the former firehouse stands guard over the empty specially milled timber from the 1920s racking property. Across the road, trees and grass

buildings was sold to the U.S. “I started to see it on the woodworking shows in the States. On This Old House, Norm Abrams explained it was from a distillery in Canada. It did have a bit of alcohol odour.”

Suddenly in 1989, the Corbyville distillery Helen started at Corby’s at age 15, as closed and maturing whisky stock was summer help, pounding corks into bottles shipped to the Walkerville plant. The gate Helen entered for each shift, the of Lamb’s Navy Rum, 151 overproof. During sidewalk she followed to her place on the line Helen recalls the day Corby’s closed. She her long career, she worked as filler, labeller, was line supervisor by then. “The boss said still stand on the abandoned property, but and stamper. “At first we labelled by hand. We ‘don’t let the girls go outside for break, tell the gate doesn’t open, and the sidewalk leads took the bottle off the belt, put it on a block, them to come upstairs.’ A strange gentleman across a grassy field to nowhere. Once it led to and applied the label - 76 labels a minute. We told us we would be all done in September, the back of the complex, to where the bottling had to have a rhythm. Not a bottle that went that production was moving to Walkerville. room stood. The building at the gate was the out ever had a crooked label.” Filler, capper, Then he checked his watch and said he had personnel office, the warehouses stood close tightener, labeller, stamper, and smoother - all a plane to catch. We were all upset. The to the road. had to keep up with the machine. machines were dangerous, so the bosses sent Only a few buildings remain along the us home with pay that day. Later, they gave us river. A row of vine-covered red brick excise As time went on, more jobs were done by machines. “We had to hold the line if the a dinner.” buildings, their roofs and walkways collapsing, machine made a mistake.” Labels were handHelen expressed the confusion and disbelief. was where the serious business of applying fed into a dispenser. One day Helen had to “We had everything, the water, the people, the federal and provincial seals and tax stamps stop the line - all the labels were upside down. machines, and the plant. We couldn’t believe took place. They were strictly off limits to staff. Helen opened a 1975 Corby Annual Report. Walker’s took it over, but they had the shares.” “We weren’t allowed near it,” Helen recalls.

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Richard Courneyea plans to create a microbrewery/distillery in the former excise buildings take over, rusting fire hydrants and other artifacts tell silent stories. A rusting water tank, mysterious reservoirs and gangways, the shadow of the former railway spur which delivered grain and shipped out product evoke the glory days. Phantom flowerbeds are still edged with stones. “The yards were kept so gorgeous.” Helen mourns all this loss. The river, that same Moira which powered Corby’s mill, still hurries past. An attractive billboard announces, “Corbyville. Distillery Row. Investment Opportunity.” The nearly empty site was purchased from the Corby

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setting is absolutely perfect for an informal wedding, and the staff were really accommodating. It’s all so beautiful we didn’t even have to decorate. A stress free wedding.” It’s a nice way to breathe new life into a former social centre of a huge industrial complex. In the old days, the River Inn was Corby’s function room. “I looked after retirement parties,” Helen reminisces. “We got a gold watch at 25 years, a Wiser’s Deluxe pen and pencil set and $100 when we retired. My husband Jack, a sign-painter, painted the parrot (the coveted gift, a rendering of the Corby trademark.) “At Christmas we each got a bottle and went over to a meal and a bus took us home.” The memories are layered; Helen’s four kids held a 50th wedding anniversary party there for Helen and Jack. The Mother of All Craft Shows takes place at the River Inn each Mother’s Day. Co-organizer Connie Yrjola hardly contained her enthusiasm. “It’s beautiful, it’s historic, and a great venue for Quinte area artisans’ handcrafted work.” The ambience is festive, both outside among the artisans’ tents on the riverside lawn, and inside the wood-panelled inn. A glass of wine at the elegant bar imported for Corby’s is a pleasant option. Artisans each contribute items for draws and games to benefit event partners Fixed Fur Life. An intriguing new chapter is beginning at Corby’s. Local businessman Richard Courneyea has purchased the historic excise buildings and is working on plans for a hybrid microbrewery/distillery - Signal Brewing and Distilling. It seems like the perfect way to repurpose the structurally sound riverside buildings, and honour Corby’s long history. Soon visitors will be approaching closer than Helen ever dared in her days on the line. In small ways, Corby’s keeps reinventing itself. Somehow, the vision and drive, which characterized the lives of two generations of Corby entrepreneurs, seems to inhabit the place, like all the reminders of the industrial heyday still haunting the property.

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Vida Zalnieriunas and Emily Lacey at By Chadsey’s Cairns


Women of the Article by Veronica Leonard Photography by Daniel Vaughan

In many countries, the role of winemakers has traditionally be reserved for men. In France, the words Père et Fils on the wine label signifies a craft handed down from father to son through generations. In Prince Edward County, women winemakers have more than proved their value to the wine region since its very beginning. They have helped develop the wide spectrum of County wines ranging from Closson Chase Chardonnays by Deborah


Paskus praised by many connoisseurs as the best in Canada, to Sandbanks Baco Noir by Catherine Langlois, the LCBO’s bestselling Vintners Quality Alliance red wine in Ontario. Deborah Paskus built her reputation as a winemaker in Niagara in the 1990s, with Temkin-Paskus Chardonnay, an experimental wine using organic viticulture and careful pruning to concentrate flavour in the grapes. It was Canada’s first cult wine coveted by collectors. In 1998, she discovered County soil was similar to that in Burgundy, France. With the backing of friends Seaton McLean, Sonja Smits, and Michael MacMillan, she planted the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines at Closson Chase. Catherine Langlois and her husband Rene Lorenzo purchased the land for Sandbanks Estate in 1999. They took a different approach planting winter hardy hybrids 40

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including those Baco vines along with Vidal, and Marechal Foch. Her neighbours next door at By Chadsey’s Cairns - Richard Johnston and Vida Zalnieriunas - chose to plant a selection of cool climate European vinifera. Many of the new start-up wineries followed Deborah’s lead planting Burgundian vines, others took the safer route of hybrids, and quite a few planted a bit of both to hedge their bets. In 2000, Jenifer Dean and Caroline Granger enrolled in the Loyalist College Wine Technician program. Jenifer was encouraged by County Cider owner Grant Howes who wanted to add a winery to his business. Caroline wanted to bring new life and income into her family farm on Closson Road. As new vines take three years to mature, new wineries started to open from 2001 onwards.


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Over the next ten years, these seven women would make a huge impact on the growth of tourism and the wine industry in the County. Debora Paskus had a celebrity team of backers for Closson Chase where she was part owner and winemaker. She was given a free hand to make the finest wines possible in the County. Her investors were in for the long haul and agreed to her approach of organic verging on biodynamic growing techniques and careful aging. Quality, not quantity, was key. Their contacts provided an eager market for Deborah’s wines, who accepted the high price of excellence. Winery events at Closson Chase over the ensuing years would bring Toronto’s rich and famous to Prince Edward County, many of whom chose to buy summer property and invest in local businesses. Deborah Paskus retired from Closson Chase in December of 2014, but her wines live on in the best wine cellars in Canada. Catherine Langlois’ plans were not as lofty. “My vision was having a small winery with six or seven people working for us, and I would make wine for my friends. I hired my neighbours’ kids, people volunteered to help at harvest and I’d whip up a big lunch for everyone. My first big steel tank was bought

second-hand from a dairy and retrofitted with a special cap from Italy. I couldn’t imagine how I was ever going to fill up a 3,000-litre tank.” Catherine grew up on a farm near Ile d’Orleans in Quebec. Her experience working the grape harvest in Burgundy, France, and in marketing at Pelée Island Winery for ten years had given her good industry connections and business savvy. She specialized in approachable affordable wines for tourists and cottagers, which paired easily with barbecues and summer sipping. Flowers, a big veranda, colourful deck chairs, her youthful staff, and fun events gave Sandbanks winery the allure of a beach shop and people loved it. Sandbanks Estate winery has grown exponentially over the years. These days people from all over Canada book in advance to help at harvest. It is now the largest wine producer in the County making over 25,000 cases a year. To meet the demand, she buys most of her grapes from growers in the County and around Ontario. By Chadsey’s Cairns took a very different tack toward their wine and its promotion. The farm has lovely historic buildings. Special events take place in a huge dairy barn from

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“My first wine teacher advised us to make wines we like.” Vida Zalnieriunas

Amy Baldwin at Waupoos Winery

the 1850s, the winery is in a converted stable, Baco Noir won bronze at the Ontario Wine and their retail store is a former apple house. Awards. I also made the first ever VQA Prince Visitors pass an old cemetery lining the Edward County Ice Wine winning gold at the driveway and there is even a ghost story. The All Canadian Wine Championships.” winery has a loyal following for its classic fine The beautiful Italianate winery and gazebo wines and special events. Vida’s mentor is restaurant overlooking Lake Ontario has leading wine maker Ann Sperling. “She is one become a destination for tours and major of the best in Canada,” acknowledged Vida. events. Visitors appreciate their easy drinking “My first wine teacher advised us to make affordable wines from a mix of hybrid and wines we like, so I choose classic European European grapes. Amy left the winery in 2011 vinifera” Vida continued. “We made the when it came under new ownership and a first red sparkling in the County, ditto for second Amy took her place. our botrytis-affected whites, and bone dry Amy Dickinson, now Baldwin, is a graduate Riesling. Since 2007, we have produced 100 of Niagara College who trained at Reif Winery. per cent estate grown wines. We were the An energetic multi-tasker, Amy Baldwin first to release Riesling, Chardonnay and has been building up the winery’s portfolio Gewurztraminer grown in the County from of wines and in her spare time makes fruit wines and ciders for Clafeld Fruit Winery vines we planted ourselves in 1999.” Market across the road and for the Big Apple Jennifer Dean of County Cider produced in Colborne. wines and ice cider and helped develop new Although the original women winemakers product lines more appealing to women. In 2009, she stopped winemaking to become were divided by distance, the workload, and general manager of the rapidly expanding differences in winemaking philosophies, cider production. In 2014, they were the friendships are blossoming in the next largest cidery in Ontario, producing 400,000 generation. litres of cider. Amy Baldwin was at Niagara College with Kerri Crawford - the new assistant With its scenic location overlooking Prince winemaker at Rosehall Run - a County girl Edward Bay, County Cider has become an who first worked at the Grange winery along annual pilgrimage for cider lovers who try with Maggie Belicastro. Another classmate, the special varieties only offered onsite. Their MacKenzie Brisbois, who interned for lunch patio, with its capacity seating for several years with Norman Hardie, has just 200, often has a wait list of diners, even on started as the winemaker and viticulturist weekdays. for Trail Winery. Lucie Trepanier, a highly Amy Mumby, the first woman winemaker at Waupoos Winery, was largely self-taught but proved her skills. “In my first year my

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qualified sommelier and harvest hopper is another Norman Hardie protégée who is now interning at Keint-he Winery. Dannielle

Davidson, a Loyalist College graduate in biotechnology, joined County Cider in 2009 and is the production manager and cider maker. Jacklyn Boyd, another Niagara College grad, is the new assistant winemaker at Sandbanks. The youngest winemaker in the County is Emily Lacey. She has been planting vines at Lacey Estates since she was six. She produced her first wine this year at 17 under the guidance of her father, Kimball Lacey, and is heading for Niagara College in 2016. The second wave of women is ready to make their mark on the County.


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he Quinte area is rich in history, culture, and exploration possibilities, but all too often, local residents become complacent about touring through their own neighbourhoods. With the economy in a downturn, many have revisited the idea of exploring their communities and experiencing some of the unique facets of Quinte, with endless options for local ‘staycations.’ It isn’t just the locals who think so; Time magazine listed Prince Edward County as one of the top travel destinations for 2015. Tyendinaga is one such area full of culture, beauty, and recreational options off the traditional map, including the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. After the American Revolution, in which Mohawk peoples dutifully served on behalf of the British, the Crown committed new land to the Mohawk warriors to compensate for their lost indigenous lands. They chose to settle on the Bay of Quinte in 1784 and today more than 9,000 people form the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ), one of the communities within the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Tyendinaga and the Mohawk territory are rich in historic and cultural experiences and are worth a stop for more than cheap gas and souvenirs. Take an afternoon or a whole week to drive through the countryside and stop at some of the waiting local attractions.

Tyendinaga Caves Just north of Highway 401 are the Tyendinaga Caves, owned and operated by Charles and Elizabeth Koch. The couple purchased the property 31 years ago from a local farmer who was unable to do much with the limestone-rich fields, especially once sinkholes began to appear. The caves formed after the ice age when glaciers swept through the area, often destroying anything in their path, which is why Elizabeth sees the Tyendinaga caves as such a special place. “The fact this survived glaciation and is still here today is something that is a wonder for nature because the glaciers, like we said, were so tremendously huge that by rights, the caves should have been crushed,” said Elizabeth.

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In the summer months, visitors tour the largest natural cavern in Canada, complete with educational photos, delightful tight squeezes, and dark corners that appeal to the historian in any traveller. In a 40-minute guided tour, guests are educated about fossil formations found in the area, then led through massive steel doors protecting the caves from would-be vandalism and moisture loss. Inside, the caves are a meeting of history and exploration, with initials scrawled into the rock dating back to 1812. Brave adventurers are also given the opportunity to turn off the lights and squeeze through a tiny opening, earning a sense of spelunking life.

While they are intent on exploring the area and showcasing it to the public, Elizabeth and Charles prize research and preservation of the caves, including maintaining the integrity of formations such as curtains, stalagmites, and stalactites, which all take thousands of years to develop and are easily damaged. With an eye towards the future, Elizabeth and Charles know more history lurks underground, waiting to be revealed. “We wanted to explore it further and see what else was here,” said Charles. “I still have more exploration to do.” www.tyendinagacaves.blogspot.ca

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L’il Crow Native Arts Centre and Café Many travel hotspots claim to be a mixture of art and eating, but L’il Crow Café is a vision actualized. The café is work turned home for artist and musician David Maracle, whose sculptures, cornhusk dolls, and various CDs showcase his artistic prodigy. Of course, there’s food. With delicacies like elk panini and homemade soups, there’s something for everyone on the eclectic menu. “It was built as an art gallery first, and we wanted to add 50

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something because people were enjoying the stage, just looking at the art,” said David. From there, L’il Crow turned into an artistic empire, with Mohawk fare with modern twists and accommodations for those with dietary restrictions. Diners can also sample traditional medicinal drinks, each with their own herbal remedies. “We’re getting known for a place where you can come and feel the First Nations way of life,” David said. The location is also home to a vibrant summer concert series on the outdoor stage, next to a tipi paying homage to First Nations culture. The property sits on the edge of Lake Ontario, offering stunning views and a hub for

local musicians to cultivate and share their craft. “We pride ourselves on being on the water and able to share that history with the world,” said David. With artists from as far as Africa and Japan, L’il Crow creates a sharing of cultures that contributes to weaving Canadian multicultural fabric through art. “If we can’t speak the language, we can speak it with food or music,” said David. With a litany of upcoming musical events and a menu begging for lazy nights on the waterfront, L’il Crow offers many reasons to visit.

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Christ Church Royal Chapel After lunching at L’il Crow, families can explore a National Historical site steeped in cultural significance. Christ Church, Royal Chapel of the Mohawks is one of only six royal chapels outside the United Kingdom. It was built by the Mohawk people in 1843 as a symbol of the political and military alliance with Britain. Over the centuries, the monarchy has given several gifts to the chapel, including a triptych in Mohawk language and a Bible. Christ Church, a full time parish in the Anglican Parish of Tyendinaga, has recently

undergone significant restoration. Mark Gray and Andrea Belliveau, the duo behind Ecclesiastical Refinishing Group of Kingston are helping the Mohawks restore what Mark calls a, “Church that radiates history and community.” Inside, Christ Church boasts stunning architecture and a symbolic uniting of two cultures through the stained glass windows telling the story of Mohawk war sacrifice. The ceiling is covered in historically accurate blues and yellows, and a gold leaf motif graces the corners. The design is simultaneously


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maintain the special relationship between “It was a pretty big challenge for a small Mohawk and British nations. “I have a special community,” he noted. Between corporate attachment to the Royal Chapel because it’s donations, fundraising events, raffles the burial place of our family,” Chief Maracle and more, the efforts raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. The organizers welcome said. donations from the public for maintenance With cultural significance in mind, the and utility costs, so the entire community can renovations are a priority for the Mohawks. preserve this cultural legend. “If we’re going Renovations such as these come with a to preserve these buildings for present and hefty price, forcing Chief Maracle to think future generations, then there needs to be outside the box when it came to fundraising. strong public support,” said Chief Maracle.

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at high speeds on the state-of-the-art track or watch others in drag racing and motorcycle competitions. The racing destination also offers a chance to learn from the best in their impressive racing school.

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Native Renaissance Leather Crafts and Art Gallery Just off the highway, Native Renaissance offers an array of Canadiana and First Nations art from all over the nation. Explore more Maracle art in this beautiful gallery of Thomas Maracle’s work, including impressive cornhusk dolls and colourful paintings. www.nativerenaissance.com

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The house with soaring gables, nine in total, grabs your attention right away. Number 2 Hill Street sits on a bluff commanding a view down the Picton Bay. So strategic is its location you think its walls should be stuffed with cannons and its ramparts fixed with sights. Judge Edwards Merrill built the fine double brick house in 1879, moving from a grander version of the same gabled silhouette around the corner, now The Merrill Inn. David and Marilyn Warrick rescued the house in 1988 from its decline as rooming house, tenement apartments, and home for handicapped children. Over the years, the couple have been returning ‘the MiniMerrill’ to origins. David himself is of a Victorian cast, raised in Lancashire and schooled in Bloomsbury literature, but English and Humanities, which he taught at Humber College as a career, is not what fires his imagination these days. Nor Marilyn’s, who recently retired as a special ed teacher. These days it’s all about Canadian history and the County connection to Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald. Five years ago, David and Marilyn conceived of a larger-than-life bronze statue to recognize the young Macdonald as a Quinte boy. Endurance, or what the Romans called ‘persistens,’ is a great virtue of people who get things done. The Warricks could package their tenacity, so consumed have they been by their Macdonald Project. Ruth Abernathy’s Holding Court, which critics are calling the finest work of this well-known Canadian sculptor, was unveiled and installed in front of the Armoury on Main Street, Picton on July 1 of this year. The 200th anniversary of the birth of our own John A. - Quinte boy extraordinaire has returned home.

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“Scotch,” David says not as question. Marilyn stays with tea for our mid-afternoon chat. He goes in one direction, one of the two kitchens now more of a bar annex, and she heads to the other kitchen in what used to be an apartment. With straight cut blonde hair, lithe and slender in dark blue culottes and a white patterned blouse, she walks quickly. The public rooms are painted in a serene off-white, what Farrow and Ball might call milk thistle. A framed map of Paris circa 1890, wall sconces, and a massive chandelier are evidence of a fondness for Restoration Hardware. A fire of applewood in a marble-faced fireplace takes the chill out of a day in search of sun and fills the room with sweetness. “No time off just yet,” Marilyn says. “He’s still watching,” pointing to an antique bust sitting on a table in the front window. Must be that Roman God of Persistence. “Lots of education work still to do.”

David and Marilyn became grandparents for the first time in early summer to granddaughter Audrey. The new parents, Julian and Alex, are in Toronto and the eldest son John recently married to Amy from Ohio, resides in Phoenix. I ask David, probing his reserves of natural gravitas, to share one secret of a successful marriage. “Simple,” he replied. “I run everything by Marilyn. She makes all the decisions but makes me think I do.” As we raise our tumblers to Marilyn, she jumps to her feet.

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He helped the communities raise money to promote tolerance, inclusivity, and respect. Nick had lots of support along the way, including a van supplied by Bayview Auto of Belleville. “I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards Bayview Auto for donating the use of the Van. They stepped up to make this dream a reality, and if not for their unwavering generosity, I am not sure what we would have done. The people who make up the team at Bayview auto are some of the best I have ever met.”

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Most people pass through Carrying Along Northumberland County Road Place without a thought. Eager tourists 64, Fort Kente Road signs announce know the village as the gateway to Prince ‘Kente Portage: the Oldest Road in Ontario.’ Edward County’s beaches and wineries. There’s a lot of history in a few short They may wait a bit while the historic kilometres here - a Catholic mission in steel swing bridge opens for recreational the 1660s and a First Nations village. Fort boaters travelling the scenic Murray Kente, a log blockhouse once guarded Canal, but likely they will continue south the entrance to the portage, near where along Loyalist Parkway, unaware of the an optimistic billboard now announces a multilayered history of Carrying Place prospective residential development. recounted via two short detours. Four fine pre-1812 houses tell the pioneer story. Here, Asa Weller’s oxen Carrying Place began as The Carrying hauled bateaux across the portage, and Place along an ancient portage route son William ran the legendary Weller between Weller’s Bay on Lake Ontario and stagecoach between York and Carrying the head of the Bay of Quinte; the two side Place, with connecting service to Prescott trips travel its entire length. One route by steamship. leads westward along Northumberland Here, Robert Young operated a tannery, County Road 64, the other runs eastward store, and blacksmith shop. During the on Old Portage Road. War of 1812, the portage was the ‘war The portage was invaluable to the area’s route’, safely conveying troops, supplies, first peoples. A cairn erected in 1934 and captured American prisoners of war; marks the 1787 Gunshot Treaty, when regiments camped on the farm. the Mississaugas relinquished control of The future promised great things, but territory stretching from here to today’s in 1889 the ship canal, first proposed Toronto, and north to Lake Simcoe and early in the century, finally opened, not Rice Lake. at the portage but a mile north in Murray The Old Portage Road section passes Township; business shifted northward weathered farmhouses and barns carrying and prosperity eluded Carrying Place. reminders of the ambitious early village. Ironically, the name Murray persisted The boat launch rests among willows and for the post office until 1913, when a rushes, Indian Island stands offshore, and historically minded postmaster petitioned Canadian Forces Base Trenton occupies to change the name to the Carrying Place, in honour of its history. the middle distance.


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Name one universal rule of friendship. Honesty.

Why do we sometimes crave chaos? Surrender is strong enough to let go.

What are you going to do about growing old? Live my life to the fullest while I can. Take care of myself...dance. I still dance.

How do you stay clear of the rocks and shoals? Stay clear of cliffs.

What have you not got from your life so far that you hope to get? I have done pretty much everything I’ve wanted to do but am open to whatever comes my way. I love to travel and have yet to get to Ireland. I want to rent a villa in Tuscany with a group of friends. Anyone game? What makes your heart stand still? The thought of wake boarding with my daughter Allie. What recipe for a successful home life do you want to share? Never ground my kids...well, maybe Ryan. Never go to bed angry. Never force my kids down a path they don’t want to take. If you knew the truth, how would you reveal it? Straight up. We all hope there will be one more time. One more time for what? I think one time around the block is enough. What do you wish your mother understood about you? ANYTHING!

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Name one secret you do not want to discover before you die. How and when...don’t want to know. If you were going to launch a new prohibition, what would it be? A prohibition against Prohibition. How would you like to rewire your brain? If my brain were re-wired, I’d be a completely different person and all of those great things in my life would have happened to someone else! If you were going to ask for divine intervention, what would it be for? The acceptance of LGBT marriage by everyone and the tolerance of other people’s beliefs and ways of life. What are you fatally attracted to? Paul McCartney.

When they say ‘fo llow the fear’, what fear are you following? I let fear become my friend. Fear is an intricate part of an actor’s existence. Why should we hang onto our illusions? If I had not hung on to my illusions as a kid, I would never have accomplished anything. I didn’t have a backup plan. What would your father make of you now? My Dad was very proud of my choices and he would be hanging out at the cottage enjoying his grandkids if he were still around. When do reality and fantasy merge? When your dreams come true. What is the best way to get licensed as an adult? Be mature enough to handle situations children shouldn’t have to deal with. What do you wish you understood about the workings of the universe? I would love to understand what else is out there. It’s arrogant to think we are the only ones here. How do you get to the authentic self? Read more Joseph Campbell. What is your favourite recipe for unhappiness? Hanging around un-authentic people If you were in charge of the world for one day, what would you do? I would wave my magic wand and remove intolerance from our minds. What takes you down the rabbit hole? The thought of never seeing my husband again. What increases your sense of reverence? God is all around us. I watch the sunset at Westlake. How can we escape the trap lines of our own obsessions? I rely on my friends and loved ones. They can’t help me with my obsession with Dr. Phil.

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