INDEX About Savour Elgin ......................................... 3 About Elgin Arts Trail ...................................... 4 Signature Events .......................................... 39
BEACH & BOUNTY TOUR Western Elgin Map ......................................... 5 Empire Valley Farm Market ............................ 6 Tasty Sweets Café & Bakery .......................... 7 The Arts & Cookery Bank .............................. 8 The Arts & Cookery Bank .............................. 9 Village Crier Gallery ...................................... 10
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Art Emporium Gallery .................................. 12 Clayworks Studio ......................................... 13 Concreations ................................................. 14 Great Lakes Farms ....................................... 15 Kettle Creek Inn ............................................ 16 Killer Desserts & Café ................................... 17 Portside Gallery ............................................ 18 Port Stanley Festival Theatre ....................... 19 Rubyeyes Kraftwerks ................................... 20 St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre ............ 21 Wildflowers Farm .......................................... 22 Windjammer Inn ........................................... 23
Anything Used & Sparta Country Candles.. 25 Aylmer Performing Arts Council ................. 26 Berry Hill Fruit Farm ..................................... 27 Clovermead Bees & Honey .......................... 28 Green Frog Tearoom at Pinecroft ................ 29 Heritage Line Herbs ..................................... 30 Howe Family Farm Market ........................... 31 Minerva Art Gallery & Custom Framing ...... 32 Peter Robson Studios & Gallery .................. 33 Pinecroft Ceramic Art Studio ...................... 34 Quai du Vin Estate Winery ............................ 35 Ruby’s Cookhouse ....................................... 36 Simply Scoops ............................................. 37 Steed & Company Lavender ....................... 38
ABOUT SAVOUR ELGIN Savour Elgin celebrates local food, wine, and agri-tourism in partnership with quality restaurants. Members of Savour Elgin must either grow or produce their own products and in the case of restaurants have 25% of their annual receipts purchased locally (within a 100 km radius). Eating and drinking are the only activities that all visitors have in common. Because eating and drinking involve all five human senses, food creates emotions powerful enough to compel someone to travel. Savour Elgin takes advantage of the senses and provides seventeen locations for tourists to discover the bounty of Elgin. One of the goals of Savour Elgin is to strengthen the food supply chain; the program is able to do just that by connecting producers and chefs, with tasty results. Our restaurants utilize member markets and agri-tourism locations in preparing their signature dishes. The second goal of Savour Elgin is to build awareness of culinary tourism in Elgin. The development of the program has opened up many opportunities including becoming a marketing tool for local food in Elgin with print, web and radio campaigns. Evoking a sense of community pride and having a positive impact on the community is the third goal of Savour Elgin. Members are proud to be a part of this program; look for each of the members proudly displaying their Savour Elgin member signs. To explore Savour Elgin visit www.savourelgin.ca with member profiles, recipes and an interactive map. Also find us on Facebook and Twitter along with many of our members. www.savourelgin.ca â€˘ 1-877-GO ELGIN x168 www.twitter.com/savourelgin www.facebook.com/savourelgin Project funding provided by:
ABOUT ELGIN ARTS TRAIL The County of Elgin, in partnership with the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, invites tourists and the local community to experience the finest visual arts attractions the region has to offer on the Elgin Arts Trail. The Trail provides comprehensive resources to explore local artists, artisans, galleries and theatres. Prepare yourself for an imaginative and unforgettable journey of original paintings, pottery, stained glass, candles, live shows and more. Some say that Elgin County is a work of art itself, with its sprawling countryside, towns and villages that charm thousands of tourists annually. The County’s natural beauty and traditional character make it easy to understand how such a vibrant creative arts community developed over the years. Artistic inspiration is all around. Start planning your trip today. Discover your inner artist, explore the Elgin Arts Trail. www.elginartstrail.ca • 1-877-GO ELGIN, x168 www.twitter.com/elginartstrail www.facebook.com/elginartstrail Project funding provided by:
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EMPIRE VALLEY FARM MARKET 27983 Talbot Line, Wallacetown, ON • 519-762-3504 • www.empirevalleyfarms.com May 8 - mid-Oct: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm • Sat 9am - 5pm • Sun 12pm - 5pm Empire Valley, tucked along the shore of Lake Erie on the historic Talbot Trail, bursts with colour, flavour and fresh produce all season long. From bold and brilliant hanging baskets to heirloom tomato plants, from strawberries to sweet corn, this cozy country greenhouse and market is a community gathering place. Dave and Joy Westelaken, along with their two sons, Jason and Matt, have run the 60-acre farm and greenhouse since 1985. Their motto is, “It’s not about what you sell, but what you give”, which they embody by providing deliciously simple solutions to healthy eating. The season starts with Joy’s gorgeous hanging baskets and wide, unique array of annuals, perennials, vegetable plants and ground covers. Sign up for a hanging basket workshop or drop in for the daily potting station. Friendly staff go out of their way to help you choose the best plants for your needs. Empire Valley is renowned for its tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash and sweet corn. Fresh produce is picked daily. Melons, blueberries and other fruits and vegetables make their way to Empire from neighbouring farms. Customers in the know order tomatoes, pickling cukes and peppers by the bushel. Empire Valley also stocks everything you need for canning, pickling and making your own salsa.
CAPRESE SALAD Ingredients: 1 (16 oz) pkg fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4” thick 1 cup basil leaves, washed and torn into pieces 8 sweet grape tomatoes, halved 4 heirloom tomatoes, cut into chunks 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 4 tsp balsamic vinegar sea salt & cracked peppercorns, to taste Method: • Combine mozzarella, basil, tomatoes and red onion in a large bowl. Refrigerate (covered) for up to 4 hours. • In blender, emulsify oil and vinegar. • Sprinkle tomato mixture with salt and pepper and drizzle with the vinaigrette. • Mix gently with slotted spoons, taking care not to release too much of tomato juices. • Serve on a platter with crusty bread. Yield: 8 small servings
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TASTY SWEETS CAFÉ & Bakery 180 Main Street, West Lorne, ON • 519-768-0044 • www.tastysweetscafe.com Mon & Thurs 7am - 6pm • Tues, Wed & Fri 7am - 3:30pm • Sat 8am - 4pm • Sun 9am - 1pm Closed first Sun of each month & most holidays Caren Emery opened the doors to Tasty Sweets Café & Bakery in September of 2010 after years of enjoying baking as a hobby. After deciding on a career change and having the support of her husband Steve, three children and sister Cindy, Tasty Sweets has become a go-to location for delectable treats and fresh sandwiches.
LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP Ingredients: 8 cups chicken stock 8 cups milk or half-and-half 4-6 potatoes depending on size 8 slices cooked bacon, chopped, divided 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided 2 bunches chopped green onion, divided a little bit of garlic sour cream salt and pepper Method: • Set half of the bacon, cheese and onion aside. • Dice potatoes and onions and cook in chicken broth until potatoes are tender. Add bacon, cheese, milk, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Heat but do not boil. • Serve and top each bowl with a spoon of sour cream and a sprinkle of the reserved bacon, cheese and onion.
Caren began baking at a young age with her grandma and mom, from bread to brownies. Today the family involvement continues— daughter Krysta helps decorate cookies and sister Cindy helps a few nights a week as well. Tasty Sweets offers a variety of breads, delicious desserts, pies, ice cream cakes and custom cakes. In addition to dessert the café style menu features a lighter fare of homemade soup and chili, a variety of salads and entrees. Their generous sandwiches are made using Caren’s homemade bread. Located on the main street of West Lorne, the café offers comfortable seating for 74 and the banquet room is available for meetings and special events. If you need service brought to you Tasty Sweets caters to meet all of your needs including sandwich, veggie, fruit and dessert trays, casseroles, salads and breads. If you enjoy breakfast buffets, stop in on Sunday morning to fill yourself up for the day; the buffet is offered three Sundays each month. The Emerys take a rest the first Sunday of every month and are closed. At Tasty Sweets you will find friendly staff and an environment that allows you to sit down, relax and enjoy an unrushed meal.
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THE arts & cookery bank 242 Graham Road, West Lorne, ON • 519-768-9986 • www.theartsandcookerybank.com Tues - Fri 11am - 5pm • Call for events on Sat & Sun A snapshot of rural culture … stirred. Two buildings—a 1914 Bank of Montreal and an 1883 timber frame barn— offer an intriguing blend of bricks and barn board. This stunning venue is the home of The Arts & Cookery Bank, a regional cultural destination, reviving the home-grown heritage of West Elgin, Dutton-Dunwich, Newbury and Southwest Middlesex communities. Today, The Bank’s Cookery, a heritage barn transformed into a chef’s dream kitchen, is the perfect space to “cook on all burners.” Offering hands-on cookery experiences, you’ll walk away stirred with a passion for cooking. The Bank’s Heritage Hall, an exquisite gallery of hundreds of photos viewed on multi-touch screens, provides you with a visual feast of rural culture. The Arts & Cookery Bank is a venue worth experiencing. Come for the experience. Leave inspired. Call or visit online for information on culinary and photography experiences.
Outrageously Rural HOMEMADE Marshmallows Ingredients: 1/4 cup cold water 2 envelopes of gelatin 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup white corn syrup 1/2 cup water 1/4 tsp salt 1 Tbsp vanilla extract or 1/4 cup liquor (Baileys, Kahlua, etc) 1/4 cup powdered sugar For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca 8
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THE arts & cookery bank 242 Graham Road, West Lorne, ON • 519-768-9986 • www.theartsandcookerybank.com Tues - Fri 11am - 5pm • Call for events on Sat & Sun The Arts & Cookery Bank, a regional cultural destination, is a story of courage and commitment—a venue worth visiting. The Bank uses photography as a historical visual record. Images from Dutton-Dunwich, Newbury, Southwest Middlesex and West Elgin, which span more than 200 years, are digitally displayed on multi-touch media kiosks. Hundreds of old and current photos tell a rapidly-changing story of rural southwestern Ontario. Visit this stunning venue—a restored 1914 Bank of Montreal and an 1883 timber frame barn— for a nostalgic, gripping, inspirational and authentic rural experience. Medium: photography
Photo Classes Take digital photo classes in the back of The Cookery, in The Photo Stable, aptly named because it was the stable. Behind the sliding stable doors is a state-ofthe-art digital photo lab and interactive photo classroom. It is here that photos taken in the local communities come to life and tell a story of past and present. Classes are available for all ages. Registration information and class schedules are available online.
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VILLLAGE CRIER GALLERY 194 Currie Road, Dutton, ON • 519-762-2862 www.jennyphillipsdutton.ca • villagecrierdutton.ca Mon - Fri 9am - 5:30pm • Sat 9am - 4pm • Or by appointment Bus tours, groups or out of town guests please call ahead Jenny Phillips, gallery owner and artist, along with her Town Crier husband, Dave, are both passionate about preserving the images, history and culture of their community of Elgin County and southwestern Ontario. Their son, Jonathon E. Phillips is a fine art photographer who loves nature, historic buildings and bridges. His work is now available at the gallery. Drop in for a visit and hear Jenny tell the stories behind each of her paintings. Mediums: paintings, prints, sketches, custom framing, photography
Interesting Fact Jenny Phillips was once known as the “Horse Artist” for her skillfully rendered equine portraits; however, Phillips now depicts a number of different subjects. Her paintings are vibrant, dynamic and illustrate a wide range of country scenes, children at play, nature and architecture. For many years Phillips painted and exhibited at ploughing matches, steam shows and historical events. Her lighthearted cartoons about life on the farm have also been featured in Farming Today. 10
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177 Main Street, Port Stanley, ON • 226-658-1888 • www.artemporium.ca Apr - Dec: Thurs - Mon 11am - 5pm Jan - Mar: Fri - Mon 11am - 4pm
From classes to workshops, and even art parties, the Art Emporium Gallery offers a full range of activities. Artists teach classes that explore mixed media art, creating textures and techniques to develop creativity with paper, stencils, oil pastels and paint. Visitors can also learn how to hand build clay and finish the fired piece with glazes. The opportunities are endless at the Art Emporium—the perfect location to experience all things “art”. Registration information and class details are available online.
A popular destination for art enthusiasts, Port Stanley is home to the Art Emporium, Boathouse Gallery and Gift Boutique. Discover the talents of local and regional artists in the large, open, and well-lit gallery featuring the eclectic pieces of over 30 regional artists working in many media spanning from paintings to sculptures, photography, pottery, textiles, and more. The artists of the Art Emporium demonstrate their passion for art and the desire to share it with others. While at the Art Gallery explore the Gift Boutique, offering a wide assortment of handcrafted items, made by artisans in the community. The handcrafted goods are a treasure trove of wood turning, hand painted silks, one-of-a-kind aprons, jewellery and artist cards to name but a few. Visitors and art enthusiasts alike are sure to find a unique memento or special gift. Mediums: paintings, jewellery, candles, photography, sketches, woodcraft, sculptures, prints, metalwork, pottery, ceramics, glass art, textiles, mosaic, stained glass
In Elgin County’s northeast is the small, scenic town of Belmont, home to Catherine Craig’s rustic working studio filled with her original clay artwork, sketches and sculptures. A professional visual artist with more than 40 years experience, she values community empowerment and storytelling—the hallmarks of her work. Catherine has exhibited in many galleries across Southern Ontario in both group and solo exhibitions. A graduate of the University of Windsor’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, she has also offered private lessons to aspiring artists for more than 30 years. Catherine’s work transcends craft and hobby—it is a lifetime commitment fueled by passion and dedication.
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CLAYWORKS STUDIO 128 Dyer Street, Belmont, ON • 519-644-0893 • catherinecraigart.blogspot.com Mon, Wed, Sat & Sun 1pm - 5pm • Or visit by appointment or by chance
Mediums: pottery, sculptures, sketches, spinning, weaving, paintings
Art Classes & Workshops Catherine Craig, a seasoned artist, shares her tips and tricks in classes and workshops in pottery, sculpture, drawing, painting, weaving and spinning. Workshops are held in her working studio and can be arranged for up to six students, any time, by appointment.
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CONCREATIONS 7579 Yarmouth Centre Rd, St. Thomas, ON • 519-631-8192 • www.concreations.ca Mar to Dec: Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm • Sun by appointment or by chance Home to hidden garden treasures, Concreations is a concrete statuary located just outside of St. Thomas. The new rustic barn store features unique, handmade outdoor ornaments, with statues varying from functional to fun. Andy DeVries, a self-taught craftsperson, is the creative mind behind each artistic piece, making everything himself. See for yourself in Andy’s working studio how he casts garden ornaments in concrete and finishes each statue with stains and varnish to achieve an antique, weathered look. The delightful garden ornaments include animals, stepping stones, and masks that are sure to make your garden or patio come alive with creativity. Medium: sculptures
Interesting Fact Concrete Artist Andy DeVries’ career began when his son purchased him a mold for a concrete alligator statue as a retirement project. What started as a hobby making gifts for friends and family, quickly turned into a business. Now Andy creates over forty animals, bird baths, stepping stones, masks, inukshuks, planters and more. 14
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GREAT LAKES FARMS 5111 Union Road, Port Stanley, ON • 519-782-3433 • www.greatlakesfarms.ca Sept 6 - Nov 2: Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm • Sun 11am - 5pm Jun, Jul, Aug & Nov: See website or call for details Great Lakes Farms bring families, fun and farming together. MaryAnne and Joe Van de Gevel are the third generation to carry on the tradition of growing high quality Elgin County fruit, just minutes from scenic Port Stanley. The couple grows fresh strawberries, juicy tree ripened peaches, pears, pumpkins and 13 varieties of crunchy delicious apples. These fruits are available fresh when in season and also in many of the fresh-baked goods made in the farm bakery. Throughout the year, Great Lakes hosts a wide variety of activities including weddings, hall rentals, group dinners, farm tours and pick your own apples, strawberries, pears and pumpkins.
Banana Applesauce Muffins Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/3 cups) 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup vegetable oil
At Great Lakes Farms the fall season is full of excitement! Start your visit with a wagon ride around the farm or a trip through the corn maze. Afterwards, grab a push-wagon and head into the orchard to pick a bushel of fresh, crisp apples straight from the tree. Feel free to add a couple homegrown pumpkins from the patch. After a hard afternoon of harvesting, you can relax in the cafe and enjoy some delicious, fresh-baked apple treats. Don’t forget to visit the store and bakery to take home some fresh baked goods for your friends.
For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca
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KETTLE CREEK INN 216 Joseph Street, Port Stanley, ON • 519-782-3388 • www.kettlecreekinn.com Open Daily 11am - 9pm The Vedovas opened the doors to Kettle Creek Inn in 1983 after purchasing and completely renovating the derelict building. Today, Kettle Creek Inn is recognized as one of Ontario’s Finest Inns, and welcomes all visitors into the village of Port Stanley. Jean and Gary, along with sons Troy and Dean, operate this 10 room, 5 suite facility complete with restaurant. The Vedovas, along with Chefs Chris Burleigh & Rob Lampman, strive to improve—never resting on their laurels. One way they are able to accomplish this is by sourcing locally. Chefs Chris and Rob are able to phone the fish market down the street and pick up or have delivered fish that was caught only a few hours prior. Buying local means deliveries 7 days a week to your back door, and that means fresh food for guests. The Inn’s gazebo, set against stunning gardens designed by Elgin landscapers, offers summer dining with cool lake breezes. In the winter, the English-style pub, with its relaxed atmosphere, is the place to be on Friday nights.
Kettle Creek Inn’S Famous Cheese Burger Soup Ingredients: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 lb ground beef 1 medium sized onion (chopped) 2 tomatoes (diced) 4 whole pickles (chopped) 1 tsp chopped garlic salt & pepper 1 litre of 35% cream 500 ml of 2% milk 2 cups cheddar cheese 1 cup of chopped lettuce 1 tsp of turmeric Serves 6-8. For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca
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KILLER DESSERTS & CAFÉ 291 Bridge Street, Port Stanley, ON • 519-782-9987 / 1-866-372-2753 www.killerdesserts.com Open daily all year Killer Desserts & Café offers classic lunches with a tasty twist. Last spring, it also geared up to be the place to come for Afternoon Tea or for a fine cup of French Press coffee. Donelda’s guiding principles are quality ingredients, prepared from scratch, and made to order. She’s excited about continuing with those same ideals, while expanding the Killer Desserts & Café’s repertoire to include a variety of loose teas from the Metropolitan Tea Company. Specialty coffees, cappuccino and espresso have always been available at Killer Desserts & Café. Now those looking for the finest cup of coffee can enjoy freshly ground and French Press brewed, 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain. This is “the coffee the Queen drinks”.
ULTIMATE GRILLED CHEESE & HAM SANDWICH Ingredients: 2 slices 7-grain bread 30 g Jalapeño Cream Cheese 2 slices of Jalapeño Jack Cheese 75 g thinly sliced ham
The most popular menu items by far are the specialty grilled cheese sandwiches. One is made with cheddar and apple pecan harvest compote. Its flavour is so addictive that several local people come in for a weekly ‘fix’. Another crowd pleaser is the Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese. Donelda enjoys dressing up the standards with a flavour punch or crunch. She stocks many gourmet products which line the shelves so people can bring a flavourful zing to their home meals. Donelda also keeps an open jar of most, so customers can sample before making a purchase decision.
Jalapeno Cream Cheese Ingredients: 98 g Texas Longhorn Jalapeño Dip Mix (available at Killer Desserts) 250 g cream cheese For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca
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PORTSIDE GALLERY 187 ½ Main Street, Port Stanley, ON • 519-782-7066 • portside.cuttingpromotions.com Mar - Oct: Daily 11am - 5pm • Visit website for winter hours Nestled in the heart of Port Stanley, one of Elgin County’s most scenic and exciting destinations, Portside Gallery is home to the works of 16 talented regional artists. For 18 years, this artistmanaged co-operative has produced high-quality art ranging from realism to abstraction, using a variety of mediums including oil, watercolour, acrylic, ink, pastels and mixed media. Visitors and locals delight in the diverse and vibrant pieces that range from miniature to large in size. Open year-round, anytime is a great time to browse the Gallery and purchase a special treasure to take home. Mediums: paintings, jewellery, sketches, photography, prints, sculptures, fibre arts, glass art
SHOWS & EVENTS Visit Portside Gallery’s website for information on their annual shows and events throughout the year, as well as special Christmas hours. You can also sign up for their e-newsletter. 18
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PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE 6-302 Bridge Street, Port Stanley, ON • 519-782-4353 • www.portstanleytheatre.ca Summer Box Office Hours (May 27 - Sept 13): Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm • Sat 12pm - 4pm Winter Box Office Hours (Sept 16 - May 26): Tues - Thurs 10am - 4pm • Closed Fri - Mon Located in the heart of the scenic lakeside village of Port Stanley, the Port Stanley Festival Theatre presents professional live theatre from May to September, and musical performances from October to April each year. Live entertainment draws crowds to the intimate 150-seat summer theatre, which was once the former town hall of Port Stanley. In 2014 visitors can laugh, romp and be surprised starting with the high energy ride of Country Jukebox: The Best of Country Duets right through to the final show Stag and Doe, a brand new comedy from Mark Crawford. The appealing productions highlight Canadian comedy, musicals and dramas, all showcasing top quality entertainment. Medium: performing arts
2014 Playbill May 27 - Jun 7: Country Jukebox: The Best of Country Duets Jun 11 - Jul 5: The Melville Boys Jul 9 - Jul 26: Bingo Ladies Jul 30 - Aug 16: The Fixer-Upper Aug 20 - Sept 13: Stag and Doe Evening shows at 8pm; matinees at 2pm.
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RUBYEYES KRAFTWERKS 235 Colborne Street, Port Stanley, ON • 519-782-7443 • www.rubyeyes.com May 15 - Labour Day: Thurs - Sun 12pm - 5pm • Mon 12pm - 5pm • Year round by appointment Cheryl Garrett-Jenkins is an award winning artist, who creates unique glass art. Windows, panels, and decorative 3-D pieces to personalized glassware and jewellery, nothing is too unusual or different to create in her Port Stanley studio. Some of Cheryl’s more popular works include pet portraits, personalized pieces, dishware, Celtic designs, specialty boxes, and favourite photos produced in glass. Each art piece is made from unique patterns, creating oneof-a-kind glass artworks. Passionate about her art, she loves unearthing the secrets held in a piece of glass and bringing those to life in amazing light pictures and objects. She uses a variety of skills, including painting, fusing, leading and casting, developed over the past three decades. Visit Cheryl’s studio and delight in her masterpieces or take one of her classes to be inspired. Mediums: paintings, jewellery, glass art, photography, metalwork, fibre arts, pottery, sculptures
Glass Art Classes Cheryl Garrett-Jenkins offers glass classes in ancient and new art forms, including; stained glass, fusing, sandblasting, copper foiling, casting, acid etching, and more. Cheryl teaches techniques, such as how first the image is drawn, then transformed to use as the stained glass pattern, and how each colour must be fired separately and in the right order to maintain clarity and vibrancy of the colours. Her creative vision, designs and techniques demonstrate how to produce infinite combinations of unique art pieces. Registration information and class details are available online. 20
301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, ON • 519-631-4040 • www.stepac.ca Tues - Wed 10am - 4pm • Thurs - Friday 10am - 9pm • Sat 12pm - 4pm • Sun 12pm - 3pm
Adult and Children Workshops & Classes STEPAC offers a variety of programs for adults who are interested in enriching their lives as artists. The classes cater to all abilities, from beginners to working professional artists. The Art Centre is your retreat from the outside world; a space where you can enrich your life through the study of art.
In the centre of Elgin County lies the centerpiece of its visual arts community—the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre (STEPAC). Established in 1969, it is committed to promoting visual arts throughout the region and beyond by preserving an extensive permanent collection and hosting 16 exhibitions annually featuring local, regional and international artists. Also an education-focused organization, STEPAC facilitates educational programs and endorses emerging artists. Among its many events, the annual Fall Art Auction in November provides art lovers with an opportunity to purchase unique souvenirs while supporting STEPAC’s programs and the vibrant St. Thomas-Elgin arts community.
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ST. THOMAS-ELIGN PUBLIC ART CENTRE
Mediums: paintings, jewellery, pottery, ceramics, glass art, sketches, photography, woodcraft, sculptures, prints, metalwork
SmartArt Classes for children provide an opportunity to discover the world of art making through exploration and experimentation with a variety of materials and organized activities. Basic skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture will be considered. Imagination, self-confidence and individual style are encouraged. Registration information and class details are available online.
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WILDFLOWERS FARM 42338 Fruit Ridge Line Central Elgin, ON • 226-926-6432 • www.wildflowerstea.com Sat 10am - 3pm • Check website for seasonal hours Along a tree lined drive, nestled in amongst the flowers and apiary sits a farm store, home of Wildflowers Tea and Honey, offering a variety of handcrafted herbal teas and herbal products, cut flowers, honey and local artisanal foods. Chuck and Jane Magri along with their three children are living their dream of thriving in harmony with the land and offering to share it with the community. It is their mission to teach young children about the importance of knowing where our food comes from and connecting back to the earth. Wildcrafting, harvesting herbs, foods and honey, along with raising meat chickens and layer hens was the beginning for Wildflowers Farm. Wildflowers Tea was born after a year of harvesting the herbs that naturally grew around the farm. With the recent addition of 1,200 perennials, Wildflowers Farm now offers arrangements for special occasions. With more flowers came…bees! Chuck offers tours with his 350,000 new pets, and may even offer a finger lick of honey straight from the frame. With a growing product list came the Wildflowers Farm Store. An original stable from the 1800s, used as a small barn for hogs and cows over 80 years ago, has now become the farm store. Bringing in local artisanal preserves, organic farm produce and handcrafted foods has allowed the Magris to offer an abundance of farm fresh foods to the community in one stop. Whether you come to shop and sip tea, stroll through the gardens or attend one of the many workshops, classes or seasonal festivals, Wildflowers Farm will leave you with a sense of calm, community and connection to nature.
Chickweed Pesto Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp pine nuts or sunflower seeds 1/4 tsp salt 2 packed cups chopped fresh chickweed 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca
On the beaches of Lake Erie rests the Windjammer Inn, where to dine is to taste a small piece of culinary heaven. Owner and chef Kim Saunders sources all of her food from the growing local farm network in Elgin County. In addition to buying straight from the farm, Kim grows many of her own herbs, heirloom vegetables and edible flowers in the gardens surrounding the Inn.
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WINDJAMMER INN 324 Smith Street, Port Stanley, ON • 519-782-4173 • www.thewindjammerinn.com See website for hours
The Windjammer Inn features a seasonal menu and specials with local fish, joined by fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, hand made breads, local meats and, of course, Kim’s pastry creations. A summer meal is best spent on the patio with the Lake breeze brushing your cheek, an oasis from the bustle of everyday life. Recommended in “Where to Eat Canada” for its fourth year, the Windjammer Inn also boasts 3 comfortable rooms in the Inn and two separate suites next door, begging you to stay for breakfast the next day. You are invited to dine at the Windjammer Inn where global inspiration meets local sensibility!
Lake Erie Pickerel Cakes Ingredients: 1 cup poached pickerel, shredded 1 cup grated cooked potato 1 finely chopped green onion 3 Tbsp chopped Parsley 1 tsp Blackened Redfish Magic (or other Cajun Seasoning blend, or Old Bay Seasoning) 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 1 egg For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca 23
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46361 Sparta Line, Sparta, ON • 519-775-0054 • www.spartacandles.com Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm • Closed Christmas, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day
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ANYTHING USED & SPARTA COUNTRY CANDLES
One of Elgin County’s best kept—and best smelling—secrets lies in an old general store built in 1838 in the historic village of Sparta. Since 1995, the Muscat family has been filling homes with their high-quality scented candles, and creating a loyal customer base that keeps coming back for more. Sparta Country Candles contain as much as three times more scent than average, and are sold in many different sizes at unbeatable prices. Doors are open daily so stop by, pick up some candles and try a piece of homemade fudge. It only makes scents! Medium: candle and candle product manufacturing
Interesting Fact The aptly named Spartaberry candle is a mysterious combination of over 40 fruity essential oils and is by far the most popular scent and unique to Sparta Country Candles. There are 20 different scents that are available year round and 7 seasonally themed scents with limited-time availability. New fragrances are introduced on an ongoing basis and customers decide which ones stay and which ones go. Scents range from traditional Lavender, Strawberry and French Vanilla to unique and whimsical scents like Mexican Vacation—a Pina Colada inspired scent that takes you to a beach-front resort. 25
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AYLMER PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John Street South, Aylmer, ON • 519-765-3039 • www.artsinaylmer.com Performances start at 7:30pm • Doors open at 7pm For over 20 years the Aylmer Performing Arts Council (APAC) has been delivering quality and dynamic entertainment. From September to May, APAC features live performances, including new and old acts, and Juno and Grammy winning artists. Performances range from drama, comedy, singing/dancing, and instrumental music. Relax to the sounds of a live multi piece orchestra in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or be amazed by the eight piece R&B band with Denise Pelley and Tom Starks in Rhythm Nocturne. Performances are held in The Old Town Hall, one of Aylmer’s historic gems. Built in 1874 and completely restored in the 1980s, this beautiful building is home to the incredible Union Jack painted on the ceiling. Call the hotline at 519-765-3039 or visit www.artsinaylmer.com to order your tickets. You can also find out about current APAC happenings on Facebook (/AylmerPerformingArtsCouncil) and Twitter (@ArtsInAylmer). Medium: performing arts
2014-2015 Season of Performances Sat Sept 13, 2014: An Evening with Ian Thomas Sat Oct 11, 2014: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Sat Nov 8, 2014: Jack de Keyzer Fri Dec 5, 2014: Kim Stockwood Sat Jan 17, 2015: Danny Michel Sat Feb 21, 2015: Rhythm Nocturne Sat Mar 21, 2015: Emilie Claire Barlow 26
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BERRY HILL FRUIT FARM 48937 Glencolin Line, RR#7 Aylmer, ON • 519-765-1752 • www.berryhillfruitfarm.com Mid-Jun - Early Nov: Mon - Sat 8am - 6pm Nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, halfway between London and Lake Erie, sits a little gem known as Berry Hill Fruit Farm. In 1980, Farmer Dick began planting his orchard of apples, peaches, plums, pears, strawberries and raspberries. Recent additions include sweet corn, beets, green beans, and local melons. Alice opens the fruit stand in June with luscious, fresh strawberries; a few weeks later, different varieties of raspberries and local blueberries begin. All summer, seasonal fruit and vegetables are featured, including sweet corn, which is simply the best around! In the Fall lots of apple varieties are available as well as potatoes, onions, squash, pumpkins, gourds and sweet apple cider.
Yellow & Green Bean Salad with Sweet Corn Ingredients: 2 cups green beans, halved 1 cup yellow beans, halved 5 cups cooked sweet corn kernels (about 6 ears) 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon 2 garlic cloves 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup olive oil
Fruit and vegetables are completely hand-picked by conscientious staff so customers get superior quality products at the peak of their ripeness. You can taste the difference that makes! Knowledgeable staff are always available to answer your questions about the crops including how to cook and preserve all the delicious products that are grown. The on-farm stand is open from June until November, six days a week from 8am to 6pm. Berry Hill can also be found at the Horton Farmers’ Market in St. Thomas (Manitoba Street) on Saturday mornings as well as at the St. Jacob’s Farmers’ Market near Waterloo.
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CLOVERMEAD BEES & HONEY 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer West, ON • 519-773-5503 • www.clovermead.com Adventure Farm open Jun - Oct: Mon - Sat 9am - 5:30pm Honey Gift Shop open Mar - Dec: Mon - Sat 9am - 5:30pm • Jan & Feb: Tues, Fri & Sat 9am - 5:30pm Open Holidays • Closed Sundays Clovermead Adventure Farm is buzzing with a staff of 24 million bees that produce six different floral sources of honey, each with its own uniqueness. The Hiemstras’ enjoyment of bees and working outdoors has been shared through three generations of family beekeepers who started in the Netherlands. But do not be fooled, this is not your grandfather’s apiary—this is also an adventure farm! Farm animals, Ontario’s largest bee display hive, pedal carts, jumping pillow, playground, wagon rides, and food will keep you busy all day long! Enjoy Summer Days with the Beekeeper—he is ready each day in July and August to show you the bees up close and answer your questions. Who’s crazy enough to put bees on your face? Check out www.clovermead.com for Bee Beard demonstration times. Farm fun continues into the fall with Clovermead’s Honey and Pumpkin Festivals. A movie in the BeeTown Hotel teaches about bees and honey production. Inside the Honey Store, visitors can freely sample honey and spreads at the honey bar and also fill their own container. There are all types of honey treats to take home, beeswax candles, maple syrup, toys, hand cream and goodies. Come see what all the “buzz” is about!
RAISIN Honey COOKIES Ingredients: 3/4 cup Clovermead honey 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter or margarine 1 egg 2 cups sifted flour 1 tsp each salt and cinnamon 1/2 tsp soda 2 cups uncooked rolled oats 1 cup seedless raisins For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca
8122 Rogers Road, Aylmer, ON • 519-773-3435 • www.pinecroft.ca Victoria Day - Thanksgiving: Daily 11am - 3:30pm Thanksgiving - Victoria Day: Sun - Fri 11am - 2:30pm • Sat 11am - 3:30pm
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GREEN FROG TEAROOM AT PINECROFT
Pinecroft’s owners, Brenda and Paul Smith, and their children, Chad and Sarah, continue a family tradition of supplying Elgin County with not only quality handmade pottery, but unsurpassed country fare in their unique log tearoom. The peaceful serenity of Pinecroft carries you back to a less hurried time—the scent of the forest, the sounds of the birds and the calm of the waterfalls are food for the soul. Paul makes his legendary fresh bread and rolls each morning, and Chad and Sarah oversee the day to day operation of the kitchen.
GREEN FROG TEAROOM Asparagus Pie Ingredients: pie pastry 2 lbs asparagus 1 1/2 cups Béchamel sauce 3 tbps butter 3 tbps flour 1/2 onion minced 2 1/2 cups hot milk peppercorns 2 tsp thyme 1 small bay leaf sea salt grated nutmeg, to taste
The tea room serves quality country fare that is fresh, bountiful and tantalizingly presented with the artists’ touch. Handmade mugs, plates and bowls are featured in the tea room. Produce and meat are sourced locally at neighbouring farms, markets and butchers to present in soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Seasonal specials feature local asparagus, strawberries, melons, squash and pumpkins. One of fall’s most popular soups is Pinecroft’s Pumpkin Pear and in the spring, Asparagus Pie served with fresh rhubarb crisp for dessert! After lunch, choose a truly Canadian souvenir from the gift shop and then take a stroll across the pond to the studio and see where the pottery is made.
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HERITAGE LINE HERBS 53443 Heritage Line, Aylmer, ON • 519-866-5577 • www.heritagelineherbs.com See website for hours An outdoor tea room, themed gardens and a unique gift shop all await your visit at Heritage Line Herbs, where the goal is to farm sustainably, sell locally, and connect deeply with customers. In 2002, Deb and Tom Benner began the process of transforming their tobacco farm into a culinary herb farm. The result has been a successful herb business with over 160 different varieties. The Silver Birch Tea Room at Heritage Line has a soothing waterfall back drop and offers the best in local cuisine. The menu includes the Silver Birch lunch, sandwiches, gourmet pizza, lemon thyme and pineapple sage cheesecakes, along with lavender lemonade. For food that tempts the taste buds, a stop at the Silver Birch Tea Room is required. Beside the Tea Room are Deb’s gardens with nine separate themes. The herbs allow one to relax at the Tranquility Garden, or get ready to make a pizza at the Pizza Garden with all of the essential herbs. There is also a large swing to sit and enjoy the scents of all the herbs together. Inside Heritage Line Herbs gift shop, guests are able to purchase specialty blend dried herbs as well as local art, jewellery, and hand lotions.
Rosemary Chicken Couscous Salad Ingredients: 2 cups chicken broth 1 (10 ounce) box couscous 3/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves 2 large cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces 1 cup chopped English cucumber 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca
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HOWE FAMILY FARM MARKET 48596 John Wise Line, Aylmer, ON • 519-773-3779 • www.howefamilyfarms.ca Jun - Nov: Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm • Sun 11am - 5pm After many years of selling strawberries and other seasonal produce at their road side fruit stand, the Howe family has created a new feature to house their farm fresh goods. Howe Family Market has been open since June 2010 selling its own produce, including strawberries as well as farm fresh produce from other local growers in Elgin County. Howe farm fresh and home grown produce includes: beans, beets, cantaloupe, cucumbers, melon, okra, pumpkins, squash, peppers, tomatoes and much more! The Howes work with neighbouring farms in order to supply their customers with high quality produce including blueberries, cherries, peaches, sweet corn and raspberries.
Strawberry PiE Ingredients: 1 quart fresh strawberries, whole and/or sliced (1L) 1 cup sugar (250mL) 1/4 cup water (50mL) 3 Tbsp cornstarch (45mL) 2 Tbsp cold water (25mL) 1 baked pastry shell (9 inch/23 cm) 2 cups whipped cream (optional) For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca
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MINERVA ART GALLERY & CUSTOM FRAMING 11078 Springwater Road North, Aylmer, ON • 519-765-1616 • www.minerva-art.com Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm • Evenings by appointment Travelling to Egypt at age 17 was life-changing for Kevin Morrell, owner of Minerva Art Gallery. It is the place where he got his first taste of classic art and developed a passion for gods and goddesses of ancient times, like the namesake of his gallery. An avid traveler, Kevin features works from international, Canadian and local artists, highlighting those from Elgin County. He tours the globe to meet artists, investigate their style and quality, and personally select each piece for the gallery. Minerva Art Gallery is also a one-stop shop for personal and corporate custom framing. Offering a comprehensive selection of frames and art, and the assistance of a dedicated design consultant, it can accommodate any style, budget or timeline. Mediums: paintings, prints, custom framing
Art Selection & SERVICES Minerva’s website features an online gallery, which is updated weekly, and they’ll do their best to track down specific pieces for their customers. They are a licensed dealer for Trisha Romance, Robert Bateman, Steve Hanks, James Lumbers, Ces’an, Laura Woermke, Connie Greger and many other artists. Minerva also specializes in hard-to-find limited edition prints, and offers art evaluations and appraisals for personal insurance and estates. 32
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Peter Robson Studios & Gallery 46340 Main Street, Sparta, ON • 519-775-2522 • www.peterrobsonstudios.com Weekdays 10am - 4:30pm • Sat 11am - 5pm • Sun 12pm - 5pm • or by appointment Located in the quaint, historic hamlet of Sparta, Ontario, Peter Robson Studios has drawn the attention of art lovers from across the region for more than 30 years. Passion for the studio and original art is a family affair that includes Peter’s wife Eleanor and son Steven, who proudly display Peter’s paintings, limited edition prints and sculptures at the gallery. Well known and highly respected, Peter Robson Studios has the capacity to customize an art program of any size for charities or businesses with existing prints or by special commission. A complete state-of-the-art custom framing centre is located on the premises. Mediums: paintings, sketches, sculptures, prints, custom framing
Interesting Fact Peter Robson was born and educated in London, England. After working at Canterbury Cathedral as an apprentice decorative stone carver, he moved to Canada in 1966. The popularity of Robson’s original paintings has gained him recognition across Canada and internationally in both private and corporate collections. His art is displayed around the world in several locations including the Tower of London, in England and the Borovsk Museum of Art near Moscow, Russia. 33
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PINECROFT CERAMIC ART STUDIO 8122 Rogers Road South, Aylmer West, ON • 519-773-3435 • www.pinecroft.ca Studio generally open daily 9am - 4pm • Check website for hours Opened in 1948 by Jimmie Clennell and Selma Caverly, Pinecroft is considered to be Canada’s oldest continuously operating pottery studio. Tucked away in a 54 acre pine forest, this thriving family-run establishment has produced fine quality earthenware and stoneware pottery for 66 years. Second generation studio potter Brenda (Caverly) Smith offers a wide range of functional pieces including complete dinner sets. High fired reduction ware is wheel thrown with some slab work. Classes and hands-on workshops are offered year round in the teaching studio. Pinecroft also features the work of Tony Clennell (MFA, RCA), who recently joined the studio as an associate potter. Tony is an adjunct professor at Sheridan College and has taught workshops in Canada, USA, Japan, China and Italy. For the full Pinecroft experience, visit the Green Frog Tea Room for lunch, relax at the massage hut and stay the night at Selma’s Cabin B&B. Mediums: pottery, ceramics, paintings, prints
Pottery Classes & Workshops Brenda Smith offers classes in pottery, focusing on the wheel. The recent addition of a Wood Kiln brings a new dimension to the teaching. Classes are held in the pottery studio onsite and both evening and daytime sessions are available year round. A variety of pottery workshops are also offered by some of the country’s most well known potters, from Tony Clennell to Susan Harris. Visit www.pinecroft.ca for a schedule and information on 2014 pottery workshops. 34
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QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY 45811 Fruit Ridge Line, Central Elgin, ON • 519-775-2216 • www.quaiduvin.com Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm • Sun 12pm - 5pm Redi and son Roberto Quai first planted their vineyards just north of Sparta in 1972. Roberto and wife, Lisa, opened the doors of the winery in 1990 and are pleased to celebrate 24 successful years in the wine industry.
Quai du Vin Maple Wine Custard Ingredients: 1 Tbsp gelatin 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup Quai du Vin Maple Wine 1 cup hot milk 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp salt 3 egg yolks, beaten 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup whipping cream Method: • Soak gelatin in water. • Place maple syrup, wine, milk, sugar and salt in the top of a double boiler and stir over boiling water until dissolved. • Pour part of mixture over 3 beaten egg yolks. Return the sweetened yolks to the double boiler. Stir until it coats the spoon heavily. Stir in the soaked gelatin until it is dissolved. Cool the custard. • Add vanilla, then whip and fold in cream. • Chill at least 12 hours.
At Quai du Vin Estate Winery (pronounced “K dew vañ”), the focus is the established winemaking and retailing operation that feature and complement the vineyard and the scenic location. Quai du Vin produces 90,000 bottles per year with the top sellers being their Vidal and Riesling. Winery tours are available with the length depending upon interest level, ranging from 30 - 60 minutes. Expanded tours that include food and wine pairings are also available by booking in advance. Jamie Quai now adds to the winery’s legacy as the third generation to harvest and make wines on the fertile lands in Elgin. Jamie is expanding the development of the wine with barrel aging and introduction of new wines such as Viognier (well known in Europe) that are well suited for this climate. In addition to wine, Quai du Vin offers a pristine country setting second to none and has become famous for their outdoor events. Tickets and event information are available online or by phone.
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RUBY’S COOKHOUSE 583 John Street North, Aylmer, ON • 519-773-8786 • www.rubyscookhouse.com Mon - Wed 7am - 9pm • Thurs 7am - 9:30pm • Fri & Sat 7am - 10pm • Sun 8am - 9:30pm Spring/Summer: Mon - Sat 7am - 10pm • Sun 8am - 10pm Celebrating its 9th anniversary in June 2014, Ruby’s Cookhouse has become synonymous with large portions, friendly service, and a warm atmosphere. Father and son team of Steve and George Kapogianis bring over 40 years of restaurant experience and marketing to Ruby’s. The Kapogianises believe that fresh is better and source many of their foods locally from their vegetables to beef, poultry and sausage. On the menu, guests can expect to see favourites such as Ruby’s Herb Roasted Chicken, Chicken Souvlaki, Homemade Hamburgers (voted Best Hamburger in Aylmer), Chicken Parmesan, or an all fresh Stir Fry. In addition to lunch and dinner items, Ruby’s offers breakfast all day long. Friendly service and good food are Ruby’s reputation, and to carry that out are chefs that have worked in every facet of the restaurant including: Brent Blackman, Jesse Mote, as well as Steve and his brother Jim. George is glad that he has carried on the family tradition of restaurant ownership, “The restaurant business is a unique hands-on business with new people, faces and experiences. It’s fun—each day is different and a new challenge.”
THE LEGEND BEHIND THE NAME RUBY’S COOKHOUSE In the early 1800s a young schoolmarm, Ruby, from the New England States, loaded up a covered wagon and joined a wagon train bound for the west. Heading into the plains of Kansas, Ruby’s wagon broke an axel on the rough terrain. Knowing there would be other wagons and people to follow, Ruby checked her supplies and set up camp. The travellers always received a warm Ruby welcome, the heartiest homemade bowl of soup and the tastiest herb-roasted chicken they could ever imagine. And so became Ruby’s Cookhouse. To this day, just outside Topeka, Kansas along the old trail route where Interstate 73 runs south toward Arkansas stands the original Ruby’s Cookhouse. Travellers from then and now know that Ruby’s Cookhouse is the place with the warmest welcome, the coldest drinks and the best ‘undo the top button of your pants’ food. Ruby’s Cookhouse on 583 John Street North in Aylmer, Ontario continues this tradition today. “So come on in, stay a while and taste a piece of history!”
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SIMPLY SCOOPS 38 Robinson Street, Port Burwell, ON • 519-874-1390 • simplyscoopspb.weebly.com May 16 - Sept 1: Sun & Mon - Thurs 11am - 9pm • Fri & Sat 11am - 10pm May (before long weekend) & Sept 5 - Oct 13: Weekends 11 am - 8 pm
Just a short walk from the sandy beaches in Port Burwell sits Simply Scoops, a family friendly ice cream shop you don’t want to miss. Established in 1995, Simply Scoops has become a staple in the heart of Port Burwell and a hot spot to cool down on a warm summer’s day. New owners Terri & Dan Vansevenant recently purchased the shop from their daughter Renee, and their youngest daughter Sammy can often be found serving scoops with a smile.
Traditional Banana Split Ingredients: 1 banana, peeled & sliced lengthwise 1/2 cup scoop vanilla ice cream 2 Tbsp crushed pinapple 1/2 cup scoop chocolate ice cream 2 Tbsp hot fudge topping 1/2 cup scoop strawberry ice cream 2 Tbsp strawberry ice cream topping crushed peanuts (optional) whipped cream cherries
Simply Scoops is truly a local treasure, serving the finest locally sourced ice cream, burgers and fresh cut fries. Offering generous portions and a vast array of hard ice cream flavours, 32 different flavours of soft serve and a wide variety of other frozen treats, Simply Scoops can boast having something to satisfy every sweet and savory appetite. After deciding what to treat yourself to from the menu, your next decision will be whether to enjoy it on the patio in the sunshine, or in the air conditioned dine-in area. If you are in a rush, Simply Scoops offers a complete take out menu. Whether you are on the beach, camping in the provincial park, checking out the HMCS Ojibawa submarine or simply out for a summer drive, be sure to stop by Simply Scoops and treat yourself to something that is simply delicious!
Method: • Line up ice cream scoops in banana boat dish between halfs of banana • Top vanilla ice cream with crushed pineapple, chocolate with hot fudge and strawberry with strawberry sauce • Top each scoop with whipping cream, a cherry and crushed peanuts (if using) 37
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STEED & COMPANY LAVENDER 47589 Sparta Line, 3km east of Sparta, ON • 519-494-5525 • www.steedandcompany.com Mother’s Day - Christmas: Wed - Sat 10am - 5pm • Sun noon - 4pm Finding a home for a show horse has led to one of the area’s most popular tourist destinations. Steed & Company Lavender was created when Suzanne Steed was looking for a farm for her show horse and came upon a property outside the historical village of Sparta. The lavender farm is part of a 45 acre horse farm nestled at the edge of the spectacular Carolinian forest and is designated as an Area of Natural Special Interest (ANSI) by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Steed & Company Lavender grows several varieties of English lavender landscaped into beautiful gardens integrated into the natural beauty of the rural setting. Suzanne is committed to protecting the natural heritage of the property and does so by practising ecologically sensitive growing methods including no pesticides. You are invited to stroll through the lavender flowers and visit the gift shop which offers exquisite handcrafted lavender products including toiletries, home essentials and a full range of culinary lavender products. Suzanne started with more obvious recipes for her culinary line, but has experimented widely to include organic lavender ice cream, lavender chocolate and lavender coffee. Local, natural and, where possible, organic ingredients are used in a range of jams, marmalades, dressings, mustards, spreads and teas.
Lavender Lemon Shortbread Ingredients: 1/4 lb (125 g) butter, at room temperature 1/3 cup (80 ml) sugar 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) salt 1 tsp (5 ml) dried lavender flower buds slightly ground 1 tsp (5 ml) fresh lemon zest 1 cup (250 ml) all-purpose flour For preparation instructions visit www.savourelgin.ca 38
OUR SIGNATURE EVENTS ELGINLICIOUS May 15-25 & October 2-12, 2014 Savour spring and fall flavours with Elginlicious, from May 15th to 25th and October 2nd to 12th. Experience local restaurants, wineries, specialty food shops and agri-tourism destinations with three great prices to choose from! Find special promotions running at $10, $15 and $25. Elginlicious is a unique opportunity for you, your family and friends to explore all that Elgin County has to offer in the spring and fall! For details visit www.savourelgin.ca and click on Events.
ARTASTIC ELGIN September 27 & 28, 2014 Discover your inner creativity as the artists of the Elgin Arts Trail invite you to take part in two days of interactive events, providing you with an experiential adventure throughout Elgin County. Workshops with participating Elgin Arts Trail artists in their studios, gallery events, speakers, and more will be offered. Don’t miss it—September 27 & 28, 2014. For details visit www.elginartstrail.ca and click on Events.
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BEACH & BOUNTY GIFT PACKAGE • Includes a one night stay at the Kettle Creek Inn • Picnic basket to take to the beach full of goodies • Gift certificates for cooking classes, a framed print…and much more!
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