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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” - Benjamin Franklin Interesting contrast in this month’s edition of ClubWest. We have a profile of Grimsby Museum’s Death & Dying exhibit - on now until the end of June - something to which we can all relate and something from which none of us returns, unless you want to get into a whole reincarnation discussions, but we’ll park that and save it for another day. Then we have the rebirth of passenger/commuter rail which will and is reshaping Grimsby (and eventually Beamsville) in ways it seems unlikely most residents cannot contemplate as yet. It isn’t shocking there was a rail line to connect rural residents to an urban centre 100 years, but it is surprising to many to read that it was an electric system. That had to be incredibly cutting edge in the early part of the 20th century. It was interesting to find that the driving desire of the rail line’s construction was to ensure the system went right down Main Street to ensure passengers had access to Grimsby’s downtown shops. The opposite plan is underway with the GO train plans to create its hub at the Casablanca/QEW quadrant with – as town council calls it – a new main street being built along Winston Road. The HG&B line is just one of the remarkable historical ditties which make this area so unique, so special. How many out there in reader land know what the “honeymoon huts” were? I know there will be a few and, no, if you work at the museum or volunteer at the archives you don’t count for the purposes of this unscientific survey. For anyone who emails me (mike@wn3.ca) with the correct answer – and I want an approximate physical location included, as opposed to simply what the huts were – I’ll have a nice little prize for you. I will do a draw from all correct answers. These are the kinds of stories which cried out to be told in a publication like ClubWest Magazine when I launched the publication five years ago. This area is so rich in history, characters and talent we’ll never run out of story subjects. In fact, it’s just the opposite. It is more of a chore to narrow the field when trying to plan copy for each edition. That noted, some of these historical anecdotes are the most difficult to unearth, so we welcome the offering of ideas which can prove like a flashlight illuminating a previously dark trail. Show me the way, I’ll do the rest! Publisher, ClubWest Magazine Mike Williscraft

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Grimsby: A century ahead of its time

Main Street West circa 1913 looking east towards what would be Christie Street now. Looking closely, one can see the guard rails at the 40 Creek, where the entrance to Coronation Park is now. Photo courtesy Grimsby Archives

By Jane Austin ne of the major topics of conversation in the Niagara Peninsula these days is transportation. The Town of Lincoln is running a trial project of its ULinc bus service, while Hamilton is contemplating Light Rapid Transit (LRT). Both Grimsby and Beamsville are planning for GO rail service. It is becoming increasingly important to get people from place to place safely and quickly. Did you know that Grimsby had rail transportation on Main Street more than 100 years ago? In fact, you could travel from downtown Hamilton all the way to Beamsville by rail via the Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway (affectionately known locally as Hobos, Grafters and Bums!) The railway came to Grimsby in 1894 and it made a tremendous impact on life in the community. Electricity was comparatively new, but it had been proven safe and amazingly useful. Why not use it to electrify transportation? In 1891, a group of six Hamilton businessmen announced that they planned to establish an electric railway that would carry passengers from the heart of Hamilton to Beamsville. They hoped that eventually the line might continue on to St. Catharines and even Niagara Falls, although that did not happen. Power for the new railway would come from a generating station at DeCew Falls. The flumes can still be seen on the side


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of the escarpment there. Lord William Kelvin, Scottish engineer and mathematician had stated that electrical power could only be transmitted for 12 miles, but it had since been proven that it could travel 35 miles, about the distance between the falls and Hamilton. The first sod was turned by John Gage on Nov. 7, 1893 at the corner of Gage and Maple Avenues and construction began westward along Maple Avenue toward the downtown terminal – a converted roller rink at the corner of Main and Catharine Streets. This building was later replaced by the handsome Terminal Building at King and Catharine Streets, the central meeting place for buses and radial cars until it was demolished in 1959. Getting to Grimsby, however, was not easy. With so many private property owners and local governments to deal with, there were bound to be problems. For example, separate agreements had to be made with the City of Hamilton, Townships of Barton, Saltfleet, Stoney Creek, North Grimsby, and Clinton as well as the Village of Grimsby. The first road block came when the owner of the only road out of Hamilton’s east end, A.E. Carpenter made an objection. Carpenter owned the toll gates on this road, and it was obvious that once the railway was complete, his collections would dwindle to almost nothing. Proof of this came early, when construction workers

The same view as Page 6...105 years later. Williscraft - Photo Continued From Page 6 opened a right-of-way to Bartonville and allowed the public to use it free of charge until the tracks were laid. Barton Township Council went to look at the road and estimate the cost of making the road permanent. They ended by offering $300 a year for five years. Construction workers then returned and began to lay the track bed between the ditches and the fences on the south side of the toll road. The “free” road which had previously allowed construction crews access to the track bed now became Lawrence Road. Things went fairly smoothly until the track reached Winona Road. It was learned that there was no registered place called Winona. The railway station and a little cluster of buildings had once been called “Ontario”. But this was changed because it would create confusion with the name of the province. Imagine addressing a letter to Ontario, Ontario?! The railway station was designated as Winona, so that quickly became the official name of the hamlet. A spur line of the HG&B was run down to the station; it was called Carpenter’s Siding. Another spur was built into the E.D. Smith canning factory just west of Winona Road. Trouble erupted again when the crews reached Grimsby. The original plan had been for the track to follow the Queenston Stone Road to the point where it turned north by Forty Mile Creek, then by-pass Main Street by following Elm Street, then

Oak before connecting to Main again. The reeve of Grimsby at that time was James A. Livingston who also was the owner/ editor of The Grimsby Independent. He was a firm supporter of Grimsby, and always printed the word GRIMSBY in bold type when it appeared in his newspaper. He insisted that the track must run down Main Street, giving the merchants the advantage of having passengers get on and off the radial cars in front of their stores. The route that was finally agreed upon was to have the tracks leave the Queenston Stone Road (No. 8 Highway, now Regional Road 81) in front of Pearson’s property and run north through Isaac Pettit’s property to I.B. Walker’s. The route would then turn northeasterly in a straight line through the Church property, Bolton Avenue, and the Rev. J.G. Murray’s property to Main Street. All of this required a great deal of negotiation and confrontation as 11 private parties were involved in North Grimsby and six in the village, but it was finally completed in 1893. A spur was built off Livingston Avenue to the Grimsby Cold Storage plant (where the Livingston Activity Centre is today) Car barns and a repair shop were built on Livingston Avenue between Murray and Patton Streets. This was a great factor in Grimsby council’s decision to negotiate with the HG&B. Therefore, it was disappointing when, in 1898, it was announced that the repair shop was being removed to the central May/June 2018 | clubwest.ca


PASSIONS History Continued From Page 7 shop in Hamilton. The repairmen did not lose their jobs but had to commute to the city to work, which did not make them happy. Livingston also insisted that the roadway to accommodate the tracks must be wide enough to allow automobile traffic on each side. That is why Livingston Avenue is the widest street in Grimsby. After the tracks were removed many years later, a boulevard planted with flowers took their place in the centre of the road. Increased traffic and the opening of Livingston Avenue all the way to Casablanca Boulevard meant the eventual loss of the boulevard. A further demand from the reeve was that the railway pay the village $200 a year for the use of Main Street. All of this got Livingston re-elected in 1894. Not all Grimsbarians were in favour of the railway. Local merchants feared that residents would take the train to Hamilton to shop instead of buying locally. After the opening, there were a

few incidents of stone and sticks placed maliciously on the track but nothing more serious. However, farmers were pleased they could take produce to Hamilton market using the railway. In addition, doctors in the village were able to send seriously ill or injured patients via the radial, thus saving them a bone-jolting trip by horse and carriage or automobile. Some residents along the line used the radial railway so frequently that they had their own cement boarding platforms. Mail came by radial railway, starting in 1895. Grimsby boys soon discovered that they could get a little fun from the railway, too. Since Anderson’s Hill at the east end of Grimsby (think Station One today) was quite steep, the boys would sometimes rub bar soap on the rails so the cars would slide down uncontrollably. If the motorman was able to stop in time, he might jump out and throw sand on the tracks to provide traction. Or he might run down the street in full flight

after the perpetrators. It was also part of the village council’s agreement that the HG&B would run a spur line north down Park Road so that visitors to Grimsby Park could ride almost to the park’s gates. Some have wondered how the cars turned around for the return trip. The radial cars were designed like city streetcars with dual equipment. When the car was ready to return to the main line, the conductor would get out of the car, adjust the trolley with a special pole, then get in the back door which was now the front door. The motorman would be there waiting to start the motor again. The railway officially came to Grimsby on Oct.17, 1894. There was a formal opening ceremony at the central terminal in Hamilton with citizens turning out for the send-off. Three radial cars full of dignitaries left the terminal, stopping briefly at the powerhouse in Stoney Creek. The powerhouse is still there, now an upscale

“Fruit express” - circa 1922 - cars heading east on Main Street in Grimsby passing Ontario Street. These cars were insulated, iced and took in air flowing through roof ducts.

PASSIONS History Continued From Page 8 restaurant called The Powerhouse. The powerhouse operated with a supply of water from the adjacent Stoney Creek and many springs in the area. As the inaugural trip continued, many of the houses along the route were decorated with flags and bunting. Residents were out by the track waving and cheering. At Grimsby, the 200 guests toured the handsome new car sheds, then walked to the drill hall for a splendid dinner. The obligatory after-dinner speeches took place, with Reeve Livingston receiving an enthusiastic greeting. All in all, it was a banner day for Grimsby. The HG&B ran successfully for more than two decades. In 1904, the Hamilton Cataract Power, Light and Traction Co Ltd. bought out the HG&B and extended the line to Vineland. The line ended at Victoria Avenue. Usage was very light, so after a year the company removed the tracks back to Beamsville. The arrival of the automobile and bus service later cut into the usage severely. The same fate befell the other radial lines that ran out of the Hamilton terminal. Dundas, Brantford, Burlington and Oakville had also enjoyed radial service until the transportation scene changed. The last car ran between Hamilton and Beamsville on Tuesday, June 30, 1931. This stop along the HG&B rail line housed a traditional diner mainly for the conJames Wentworth, the Grimsby police venience of passengers. constable, was a passenger on this trip. bought them to turn into diners, inexists for about 20 years. Then the prolifHe had also been on the first trip back pensive accommodation, sheds etc. eration of luxury motels elsewhere drew in 1894. It was a sad day for all the men However, Robert Crawford of Grimsby patrons away from the quaint ambience who had worked on the railway for many had a better idea for some of them. He of the Village. It was abandoned in 1965. years. owned the brickyard on Durham Road For several more years, two derelict cars The City of Hamilton demanded as well as a piece of land on Hwy. 8. He remained in the woods by the gas station. that Ontario Hydro should remove the Eventually, they were gone, too. poles and tracks, insisting that the tracks bought seven of the decommissioned Now, a new era is beginning with radial cars and two American-made be removed, and not just paved over. extended GO bus service, the ULinc bus, diner cars from Toronto. This was the Nevertheless, the tracks on Main Street and more possibilities for LRT in bigger basis for Radial Village in Winona. Four in Grimsby were paved over. Remnants centres. It is always wise, though, to reof the cars became sleepers which were of them were discovered a few years ago member those who had a vision 100 years when men were working at the corner of advertised to have Simmons mattresses ago, to recognize their mistakes, their and running water. There was also a gas Main and Christie Streets. challenges, and honour their successes. station and a fruit market. The Radial Although some of the radial cars were Village was a popular stopover for tourscrapped, many survived. Private parties May/June 2018 | clubwest.ca



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Arthur Loik with a display which is part as part of Grimsby Museum’s Death & Dying exhibit.

A sensitive topic: Death & Dying at Grimsby Museum

By Sheryl Hutton ucked away on a residential street, one may think they’ve stumbled upon a small private park. Squirrels scamper, a quiet bench beckons and a view of the stunning Niagara Escarpment is a backdrop for the charm of the neighbourhood.


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Indeed, everyone is welcome to sit on the bench and enjoy the view, but checking out the brick building – Grimsby Museum – located on the property would also prove of interest. While residents go about the business of living their lives, the Museum is busy behind the scenes; collecting artifacts,

creating education programs, planning children’s camps and presenting exhibitions. As well, they host unique and interesting exhibits; case in point, from now until June 30, the museum is partnering with Stonehouse Whitcomb Funeral

Continued From Page 12 Home and McNally House to bring an educational, interesting and thoughtful exhibition to visitors. called “Death and Dying.” It features insights into this often-difficult, sensitive subject. The self-guided tour begins with a short discussion outside the room where visitors are given a brief introduction. “We want to prepare our visitors,” says Tiffany Tifan, the museum’s collections management assistant. “We felt it was important to respect the sensitivity of the subject and take particular care with children,” she says. As one enters the exhibit room, the “The Reflection Room” draws immediate attention; a welcoming, relaxing area which invites contemplation about those who have been have lost. There are handwritten notes – some written by friends and neighbours – pinned to red ribbons lined on the wall to look like draperies. Others are enlarged, framed and hung on the walls. Some notes are short, some lengthy, some signed, some are shorthand notes with initials only. All personal. All poignant. This area suggests everyone is a storyteller on behalf of those loved and lost when given the forum. This space is a result of painstaking research by the St. Elizabeth Research Centre. Patients, their caregivers, and health care providers’ needs were studied and a nook was created which invites contemplation. Lit by paper floor lamps with a room divider for privacy, it sets the mood for remembrance of those lost. There is a stack of cards which read, “I remember…” or “My reflection…”, with plenty of blank space to convey one’s experience with dying or death. This small act creates a collective story everyone shares. It is a tasteful and classy addition to this exhibit. The rest of the exhibit is uncluttered and thoughtfully organized in display cases, quiet corners and vignettes. There is mourning attire, jewellery, embalming and funerary items on display, along with information about “Death Through the Ages” and around the world.

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And yes, there is a casket and a coffin. On one wall there is a covered mirror, and a vignette next to it has a stopped clock. Both items have been portrayed on television shows and in movies, but do you understand the connotation? “Stopping the clock was mostly for practical reasons. If someone were in a rural area, especially, it could take hours or even a day or more for a doctor, undertaker or coroner to get there. The clocks were stopped to remember the exact time of death. After the funeral, they would be reset,” notes Tiffany. “As far as covering the mirrors, it’s mostly about superstition. Some people believed, if the deceased person saw their reflection, they could become trapped in the mirror and therefore could not cross over.” “People believed that the next person who saw their reflection in the mirror would be the next to die.” My favourite display was a wreath made of human hair. Had I not known what it was, I might have thought it was a crocheted collar. It is beautiful. I have seen a few pieces like this before but nothing as ambitious as this one. It encompassed several family members and looked quite delicate, yet was obviously very hardy. There were also jars where the hair was collected. It is fascinating.

There is also a children’s table where youngsters are invited to decorate memorial stones for loved ones they remember. These stones will then be collected, varnished and displayed in a place of honour at a later date. There will be seminars throughout the month of May in collaboration with this exhibit: • Tuesday, May 22 at 7p.m. - “Seeking Freedom in Illness” (Free admission/Preregistration required.*) • Saturday, May 26 at 1p.m. -“Crafts and Story Time with McNally House” (Drops-ins welcome – admission by donation. Children are invited.) *To register for any of the seminars, email museum-public@grimsby.ca, call 905-945-5292 or drop by 6 Murray St., Grimsby. Arthur Loik, a psychosocial clinician and counsellor with the Niagara West Palliative Care Team, will facilitate the May 22 “Seeking Freedom from Illness” session. Patients, care-givers, and family of those who have received a diagnosis of life-limiting illness are invited to attend. Loik’s goal is to help participants “find joy and peace while dealing with illness,” by examining various anecdotes and spiritual traditions. “There are things we lose when we get the diagnosis, like jobs and activities we enjoy; hiking or sports for example. I’d like to collaborate with the audience to answer the question, ‘Are there things we can gain, as well?’.” Loik hopes to create a safe space to “extract the good,” and provide an interactive, engaging discussion, along with a portion of the evening being set aside for questions. His passion for the subject is evident in his voice. In fact, when it comes to the Grimsby Museum, passion for the work done there is evident in everyone’s voice – along with their smiling faces, upbeat attitudes and the care taken to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment. Next up at the Museum: “1800s Kitchens and Historical Gardens” and “Once Upon a Time” a medieval exhibition. May/June 2018 | clubwest.ca



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By Lorraine Simpson ave you ever returned home from a trip claiming you “need a vacation to get over your vacation”? You wouldn’t be the only one! Traveling for your physical or mental health isn’t a new concept, but it might have you thinking about enforced exercise, strict diets, or engaging in activities you’re just really not interested in.  So what do I mean when I say Wellness Travel? 


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Wellness travel promotes your health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, through activities that you do during your trip. The idea is to return home feeling healthier and better than when you left! While there’s nothing wrong with a fly and lie on the beach sort of vacation, you may be searching for something more meaningful. Perhaps you would like to go hiking or cycling on a trip? Maybe partake in the luxury of a spa

vacation? How about a yoga retreat? Perhaps even a luxury river cruise that incorporates many activities to destress and enhance your wellbeing.  With the growing trend for staying healthy while you travel, you can make your entire trip an adventure to feeling better in both body and mind. If wellness travel makes you think of spartan facilities and strict bland diets then you’ll be happy to know that things

PASSIONS Travel Continued From Page 16 have come a long way. There are plenty of wellness retreats in five-star accommodations and options for as little or as many restrictions on your diet as you like. Perhaps your particular needs do not involve diet changes or exercise but simply a vacation to regroup after a major life change. When I lost my husband a few years ago to cancer I decided to go away on a Culinary Vacation in Italy. I joined a group of people who all had similar losses at some point and they knew my situation. I laughed so much that week; I cried, too, sometimes but it felt very healing to be among people who just understood. Everyone allowed you to laugh uncontrollably at silly things without judgement or they would be an ear if you just wanted to talk. It was a very healing

Going natural – shooting during a safari with a camera – can prove just the tonic for someone seeking relaxation.

week for me and one I will never forget. Vacations are often an exercise in overindulgence, which can lead to feelings of guilt when we return home. How good would it feel to enjoy what a new destination has to offer, without the negative consequences? That’s what wellness travel is all about; reenergizing, rejuvenating and finding balance. Taking part in physical activity while you’re away can teach you how to incorporate it more into your daily life at home. A wellness trip might include eating and enjoying culinary events to tantalize your taste buds, but it may also involve physical activities like hiking, paddle boarding, yoga, surfing, or even running. If you’re not sure where to start with searching for a wellness trip then think about the kind of place you want to go and the activities you might enjoy.

Yoga in sunny Italy with wine tasting by bicycle, or maybe in the unspoiled nature of Costa Rica? Hiking in Croatia? A week in a wellness spa? Perhaps a medical spa in Eastern Europe where treatments are legendary – especially for anti aging – may be more up your alley. Perhaps you have been battling a major illness and want to celebrate your recovery with a trip you have always wanted to do?  The possibilities really are endless!  Just a few weeks ago I was in Hungary with a group of ladies who were going on a Danube River cruise. Before the cruise they all visited a dentist and an optician of a very high quality whose services were far less expensive than back home. Some people feel uncomfortable traveling alone as they traveled with a loved one for many years who has since passed. We take care of you; carrying your

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Continured From Page 17 suitcases, making sure you are in the right place at the right time and just by making you feel like you are as protected as you had felt before. This is all part of the traveling concierge service you get when you travel with us. Wellness travel is a vacation which focuses on putting you first and it’ll help you to come back feeling refreshed and in a better frame of mind, rather than marking your vacation as just another check on the long list of things to do this year.  So, where would you like to go? Here are my top wellness trips; each with a different purpose.  1. Wellness River Cruise  In addition to a plethora of wellness activities offered on board and on shore,

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Ama Waterways incorporates healthy eating and locally-sourced ingredients into its culinary offerings. Gluten-free, low-sodium and vegetarian options are available and the company features a hydration station with infused detox and gemstone water. Concierge Travel Group will offer two specific wellness river cruises for 2019 as a small group – including a private excursion just for our group – as well as gifts and recipes in rooms daily as well as your very own traveling concierge for anything you need. 2. Wine, Women & Wellness in Italy with The Wine Ladies Next spring we will take a small group of women to Italy for a week of wine tasting, healthy eating and, of course, some activities including cycling, hiking and

yoga in stunning locations. 3. Compassionate Friends Retreat After a major life change or loss you may just want to break away from routine, getting completely away. Spending time with people who understand what you are going through automatically removes the so called “elephant in the room” and help makes you feel comfortable. Our escorted trip is open to all – without question – and offers a safe, comfortable environment for you to enjoy a vacation which can be a vital catalyst which sets you back on the road to wholeness. • Thailand April 2019 _ Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket  • Sicily September 2019 • UK Castles, Gardens & Shopping May 17 2019

PURSUITS Travel Continued From Page 18 Top Tips for choosing your Wellness Vacation 1. Don’t go anywhere you are positively convinced you won’t like, no matter how enticing the price or how much your travel partner tries to convince you with comments such as “Trust me, you’re going to love it!” Maybe not; 2. Don’t travel with someone you find annoying, frustrating, argumentative, causes you stress or will more than likely undermine your wellness goals. (e.g. I know you have to get up at sunrise for that yoga class, but there’s this all-night party….)

3. Don’t stress the small stuff. Regardless of how well you plan there are bound to be at least a few bumps on the journey. Go with the flow and maintain your sense of humour. Accept what is, and let it go; 4. Identify your biggest stressor and avoid it. It could be the airport experience, flying itself, a noisy resort environment, lack of reliable WIFI (unless your goal is a digital detox), a hotel environment (either too high-end or too basic) that is not comfortable for you.  5. Be flexible and kind with yourself.  It is impossible to simultaneously experience the riches of your destination while

maintaining the wellness plan you are accustomed to at home. So, do your best to drop that perfectionist way of thinking. You may not be able to work out every day or have the willpower to say “no” to that luscious, creamy Napoleon dessert, and that’s OK—more than OK, actually. In order to truly explore new places, we need to ditch some of our usual modes of thinking and doing. (For More information on wellness travel and our Compassionate Friends program visit our www.conciergetravelgroup.ca/wellness, call Lorraine Simpson on 289-273-8095 or email info@conciergetravelgroup.ca)

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It’s just WILD! By Jan-Willem Stulp ’ve never been much of a hunter. That’s probably due to a combination of things, I imagine. I love animals, I’m not a fan of loud noise, and I can’t sit still for long (still, to this day). Oh, I’ve done my share of ‘hunting’, when we grew up in the Northern Interior of BC. One of my friends’ dad was a bush pilot, with all that entails. Surround any 14 year-old boy with planes, guns and game, and there’s going to be some hunting. I’ll never forget torching the feathers off of some ducks we got – not nearly as glamourous as you might think, and I couldn’t get the smell out of my clothes. Of course, I have discovered that there are a number of ways to hunt and not all of them involve animals, noise or sitting still – foraging is one of these ways. One example is a totally opposite experience; moving around, enjoying the quiet of the forest, and the wonderful, earthy smell of the forest floor. Right now is a prime time to begin foraging. Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner, and good, wild things are going to start becoming available again. Some of the awesome things we enjoy get at least part of their allure from the fact that they are not readily available. They must be sought out and cannot be propagated. Wild Leeks (ramps), wild mustard, fiddleheads, dandelion, wild sorrel, juniper berries, rosehips, wild ginger, wild ber-


ries, and mushrooms – hedgehog, black trumpet, chanterelle, puffballs, morels, and hen-of-the-woods. I’m salivating just thinking of these beauties, beginning to show up again. Of course, as a chef, I love working with these treasures, however, there are caveats. Mushrooms need a trained eye and various berries and herbs do as well. There are property as well as park regulations to consider and, in the case of game meat, government inspection is not negotiable. Happily, there is a well-developed network of purveyors for those items that do need special handling; experts in mycology (fungi), foragers, and even farmers – all specialists who know their stuff and provide us with safe, sustainable and affordable wild foods. We, the chefs and diners, are blessed to be able to enjoy the fruits of their labours. Some of the wild foods I look for myself are the delectable ramps, soon to be proliferating all over the forest floor, juniper berries (I’ve used them all winter), wild ginger, and various berries. I’m also going to make dandelion jelly this year, something my mom used to make. We have a couple of acres on the escarpment, and much of this is literally,in our backyard! We have a number of “wild” recipes to share, for a delectable variety of courses and a great way to experience some Canadiana, right in your own kitchen. Other than Maple, of course…. (Chef Stulp co-owns, along with his wife Jane, Grand Oak Culinary Market in Vineland.) May/June 2018 | clubwest.ca


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Leek Soup with hedgehog mushrooms & ramps (wild leeks) This soup is something we work with regularly in the spring; I know one forager who works along the Grand River, harvesting fiddleheads and wild leeks. It’s a pretty short season, maybe five weeks or so. This fellow, Jaques, was passionate about his foraging, so when he missed a delivery one time, I asked him what had happened. He told me he’d had a heart attack, so he couldn’t make it out that day. As soon as they let him out of the hospital, he was back out foraging! He always had great product. It was a delight to get him talking about his foraging time, out by the river. INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp roasted garlic oil, (with the cloves) • 4 leeks, chopped and washed

thoroughly • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced (Yukon Golds are great) • 1/2 lb wild leeks, washed, chopped • 5-6 hedgehog mushrooms • vegetable stock • 1/2 L 35% cream • Herbs, (bay leaf, thyme) • Salt and Pepper DIRECTIONS In a thick-bottomed pot, heat the garlic oil, and the roasted cloves, and add the leek. (I usually reserve the top greens, finely slivered, and add

them just before I serve the soup.) After two minutes, add the potatoes, just enough stock to cover everything, and then a bayleaf or two, a sprig of thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, then add about ½ the cream, and turn low. Saute the wild leeks and the mushrooms together, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper. Adjust the seasoning in the soup, (I prefer this not pureed, but you could puree it) . To serve, finish with a swirl of cream, and top with the leek/mushroom mixture. Bon Appetit!

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May 2018 • Yoga Tuesdays - Instructor Barb Todorov teaches yoga at Hernder Estate Wines. When booked in 8-week blocks, the fee is $10/class ($80 total) or $15/ class at the drop in rate. Classes begin May 1 and run every Tuesday 7-8pm. Classes will take place upstairs and out on the property as the weather warms up. All levels are welcome. Bring your mat and leave your worries at the door To register please message or email: yogapractice@ outlook.com. Hernder Estate Wines 1607 Eighth Ave Louth, St. Catharines. Phone: (905) 684-3300 • The ‘F’ing’ Winery Tour - May 4, 5 & 6 - Join us at the ‘eff’-ing wineries: Flat Rock Cellars, Fielding Estate, and Featherstone Estate Winery. The three wineries band together once a year for a fanciful, flavourful, “F’ing” Winery Tour.

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Our farfetched theme and this year’s forthcoming festivities include fanciful food and wine pairings at each winery. This year the food pairings will focus on flatbread with a fresh, fabulous topping. Each winery will match their featured food to their featured wines. For falconry fans, Louise will be doing a show-and-tell with Amadeus on Saturdays and Sundays (sorry, not Fridays) from 11 am-noon! Passport fee: $15 pp (+HST) Entitles you to taste two featured wines and a fitting food pairing at all three participating wineries. Passports can be purchased at all three wineries, either by ordering ahead or on the day of your visit. • BlossomFest Niagara - May 5, from 10-4 at Cherrylane. Come celebrate your Niagara blossoms with craft vendors, food trucks, wineries and breweries. All Ages Event. Cherry Lane, 4230 Victoria Ave,

Vineland Station. Phone 905-562-4337 . • Fielding Sample & Shop Event – Join the Fielding team for an opportunity to sample new and unreleased wines available exclusively at the winery. This is by far the winery’s most popular event. Saturday, May 5, interactive sessions available between Noon-4 pm. Spots must be booked in advance. Guests will be led by Fielding experts through seven featured wine stations to sample the latest small batch and premium releases exclusive to The Wine Lodge. $10 pp/free for Wine Club Members. Space is limited. Fielding Estate Winery, 4020 Locust Lane, Beamsville. Phone 905-563-0668 • A Tribute to the Legends! – Join us for a fabulous evening of Food and Fun. We are pleased to welcome back Stars on Stage! – North America’s Top Tribute

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Wild Boar Rillets A bit more off the beaten track, this recipe is great to make ahead – as the thin layer of the fat acts as an excellent preserver – and it freezes well. It’s great to entertain with and great to have readily available with a few hours’ notice. Rillets, (pronounced ree-ETTEs), obviously French, and based on pork, this version uses part of a Boar Shoulder. INGREDIENTS • 3 lb pork shoulder (this will be a part of a shoulder, not the whole thing) • 1-1/2 lb double-smoked bacon • 4 cloves of roasted garlic • 2 sprigs, each of rosemary and thyme, chopped • chicken broth • salt and epper DIRECTIONS In an oven-proof pot, place the shoulder and the bacon, with the garlic, the herbs, and salt and pepper.

Add 2 cups of chicken broth, and bring to a simmer, while preheating your oven to 260 F. Then, cover, and allow to become totally tender. This could take some time, between 3-5 hours. Check every 45 minutes or so. When the boar and the bacon are totally tender, cool slightly and pull apart with a couple of forks.

Drain off the liquid, but reserve it. The fat will rise to the top. Place the pulled boar in a bowl and season with S&P. Place this in ramekins (small mason jars work well, too) and press down. Top with a bit of the liquid fat until it covers everything with 1/8 inch of fat. Serve with charcuterie, cheese, or a glass of something delicious, in the evening.

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Continued From Page 24 Artists to Casablanca Winery Inn on Saturday, May 5 in the Grand Ballroom.The evening will include a delicious 4-Course dinner followed by performances by tribute artists for Elvis, Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney. Event Times: 5:15 pm doors, cash bar open, 6 pm dinner service, 8 pm show begins. Casablanca Winery Inn, 4 Windward Drive, Grimsby. Phone: 905.309.7171. • Spring HandMade Market - Shop, sip and savour at this 8th annual market event - featuring 120 artisans, wine by the glass, gourmet food trucks, live music on two stages, art, bakery, marketplace and more! 1000s of one-of-a-kind artisan and handmade products all at one location. Be unique. Shop local. Feel good. Takes place May 1 (11 am-7 pm) and May 12 (10 am-5 pm) at 13th Street

Winery, 1776 Fourth Ave., St. Catharines. • Mother’s Day at Casablanca - Join us for Mother’s Day at Casablanca Winery Inn on Sunday, May 13. We are offering a fantastic buffet in our Grand Ballroom from 11 am-3 pm and a delicious plated dinner in Panorama Restaurant & Wine Bar from 5-9 pm. Reservations are going quickly. For reservations, please call Michelle Melanson at 905-309-2300 or 1-877-446-5746, x.7917 or fb@casablancawineryinn.com. Casablanca Winery Inn, 4 Windward Drive, Grimsby. Phone: 905.309.7171 • Yoga + Brunch + Hike with Mom Join us Sunday, May 13 - Mother’s Day - from 10 am-3 pm for a gentle one-hour yoga session in the beautiful Cave Spring vineyard retreat followed by a light & healthy catered brunch paired with a glass of your favourite Cave Spring wine.

After lunch, we’ll venture out through the vineyard and head for a moderate hike on the gorgeous Niagara Escarpment. Head back to the retreat for a well-deserved exploration of Cave Spring wine paired with artisan cheeses. The yoga session is designed to accommodate all experience levels in one class. Take home a bottle of Cave Spring Riesling to enjoy at your leisure, reflecting on the great day you spent with your mom. Or simply just being a mom!Price: $129 inclusive. Cave Spring Cellars, 3836 Main St., Jordan. Phone 905-562-3581 • Afternoon Tea – May 13 from 2:304:30 pm. Treat Mum to an afternoon of decadence with an afternoon tea at London Born Wine Company. Finger sandwiches, English style scones, and sweet treats await. London Born Wine May/June 2018 | clubwest.ca


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Seared Duck Breast There are a number of duck varieties that are raised for meat, and all of them have the most weight in their breast; considered a red meat, duck is one of the few poultry meats that is routinely served Medium rare – and, if I could say, rightly so. Overcooked duck breast is tough, and fibrous, where-as a gently seared and panroasted breast is succulent and delicious! Sliced against the grain, and featured on a salad, it’s a delightful appetizer. INGREDIENTS • 1 duck breast, skin on • 1 sprig thyme, fresh • 1/4 tsp each of garlic powder, cinnamon, paprika, pepper • 1 tsp each salt, brown sugar DIRECTIONS With a very sharp knife, score the skin in a cross-hatch fashion to allow the meat to absorb flavour and let the fat render out when it cooks. Mix the dry spices together and coat the duck breast in this mixture, then set

in a glass pieplate, uncovered, in your fridge, overnight. The following day, preheat a non-stick pan, on medium-high and ‘prime’ it with just a touch of oil. Then, place the duckbreast skin-down in it. The fat will begin to melt out, (called ‘rendering’) and the duckbreast will begin to brown. When golden, turn over, and sear

the other side for maybe 3 minutes. At this point you can set it aside for later service, or you can give it a further 5 minutes to finish and serve right away. Slice thinly against the grain and present artfully on a salad….I used a shallot vinaigrette but a sweeter dressing (maple and cider) would also be great with this!

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Continued From Page 25 Co. 3749 Walker Road, Beamsville. Phone: 905-563-7256 • Queen of Tarts - May 26, Noon-2 pm. Daphna Rabinovith, chef instructor, food network personality, cookbook author – The Baker in Me. Enjoy an afternoon of laughter and learning as we welcome Daphna to The Good Earth. Author of “The Baker in Me”, Daphna shares a menu to inspire even the most timid of cooks. Cost $95. Good Earth Food & Wine, 4556 Lincoln Ave, Beamsville. Phone 905-563-6333. • Hawk Talk! - Join winery owner and falconer Louise Engel on Saturday, May 26 at 12 PM to learn a little bit about Amadeus, the resident Harris Hawk, and his role at Featherstone. Louise will explain how she uses birds of prey as a part of Featherstone’s natural bird control

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strategy in the vineyard. Amadeus will be on hand- quite literally! Along the way, we’ll enjoy a tasting of three of the delicious Featherstone wines that Amadeus helps to protect. Tickets: $12 (+ hst)pp, 2 wines tasted. Featherstone Estate Winery, 3678 Victoria Ave., Vineland. Phone 905562-1949. • Roots On The Twenty – Niagara’s hottest new event! Dust off your boots and kick up your heels as we explore the history, experience culture, and sample the best local fare we have to offer. Celebrate the roots of Niagara’s Twenty Valley with this new premier festival, May 27-28 at the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. Live entertainment, food trucks, axe throwing, interpretive centres, and more. Real authentic food – local craft bevvies – sounds to lose your soul in. June 2018

• Niagara Vegfest in the Vineyard - Saturday, June 2, 10 am-5 pm. As a Vegfest winery partner since the beginning of this program, we are proud to offer an array of vegan-friendly wines at Cave Spring. On this self-guided winery tour, drive through the beautiful Niagara region and visit four different wineries who all produce outstanding vegan wines. Each winery will prepare a unique and delicious vegan wine and food pairing. Cost: $20 pp. Cave Spring Cellars, 3836 Main Street, Jordan. Phone 905-562-3581. • Graze The Bench 2018 – June 2-3. Graze the Bench has quickly become one of the most popular events in wine country. This cluster of boutique VQA wineries offer not only some of the most celebrated wines in Ontario, but unforgettable vistas of rolling vineyards and Lake Ontario.

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Venison Leg Venison leg is one of the cuts that is more difficult in a home kitchen, not because of its complexity but due to the size of the cut. It comes as a 15-18 lb section which is comprised of several smaller muscles. I invariably end up trimming each muscle down, removing the silverskin, – the connective tissue around each one. It makes it a less ‘impressive’ cut as I end up with 4 or 5 3-4 lb pieces, but they are much more tender and, I find, easier to manage. I like taking this meat to a nice medium rare and finish with some juniper berry jus; Awesome! INGREDIENTS • 3-1/2 lb venison leg, (denuded if possible) • 1 bottle of VQA Cabernet Franc • herbs, (thyme, rosemary) • juniper berries

• Salt and Pepper • Oil (I use Sunflower) DIRECTIONS To begin, grab a large-ish freezer bag. Season the meat liberally with salt and pepper and add a glass of the Cab Franc as well as a couple of sprigs of each of the herbs and 6-8 crushed juniper berries. Squeeze out most of the air and put in the fridge overnight. Keep this liquid for making gravy! To set yourself up, you can sear this well in advance.

Add some oil to a pan, pat the meat dry and sear, quickly on high heat, until nicely browned on all sides. At this point you can either hold it, until ready to cook, or put it in the oven right away. Should you want to roast it now, place in a 350F oven, until a probe thermometer reads 125 – 130F. Take out and tent with foil for 5-8 min then slice across the grain. Serve over roasted potatoes or mashed, as I did, and pour jus over top. Then, drink the rest of the wine with this!

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Continued From Page 26 The event is not your traditional passport program… we promote more of a “laze and graze” approach. Your VIP pass includes, entry to the private “grazing” area at each winery – which comes to life with an amazing live band at each venue, a commemorative Graze the Bench glass – for 2018 receive a crystal Riedel glass, your first 5 oz. glass of wine, your first delicious dish. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to www. grazethebench.com • The Sadies - Friday, June 8. When The Sadies burst upon the North American scene some 20 years ago they were often dropped into the alt-country category, perhaps for lack of a more fitting genre. The quartet has collaborated with such iconic Canadian artists as Blue Rodeo and the late Gord Downie.Tickets are $79 pp

+ HST. These special evenings also include a delicious three-course dinner, prepared by Redstone chef, Dave Sider. Redstone Winery, 4245 King Street, Beamsville. Phone: 905-563-9463 • Rosé Festival – June 9. 6-10 pm. Wear pink, drink pink, Eat Tacos. Westcott Vineyards, Westcott Vineyards, 3180 Seventeenth St., Jordan. Phone 905-5627517 • Floral arrangement class by The Watering Can - Sat, June 16, 12:30pm-2:30pm. Join us for a floral workshop to design a gorgeous arrangement featuring peonies taking place in the private upper tasting room at Harbour Estates. Enjoy tastings of fine wine, including a luncheon while taking in the breathtaking views, overlooking Jordan’s wine country. Register at: thewateringcan.ca. • Homegrown Festival - Saturday June

16. 11 am. Enjoy local with international flair! Marcela Medhurst, Owner/Cocinera of Mama’s Chilean Empanadas, returns to Malivoire to showcase her Strawberry Cheesecake creation, with one of our most recognizable and popular wines, the 2017 Ladybug Rosé. An unlikely pairing, but one that you do not want to miss! The dry, fresh fruit of our rosé comes alive with the flavour and richness of this delicious creation. After you have had one you’ll likely want another! Malivoire Wine Co, 4260 King Street East, Beamsville, ON. Phone 866-644-2244 • 9th Annual Charity Golf Lournament! - Lakeview Wine Co. Join us for a day of golf to help support Distress Centre Niagara. It will be held Thursday, June 21.Cost $175/golfer ($700/foursome) includes 18 holes of golf with power cart, May/June 2018 | clubwest.ca


Chef In Residence CUISINE

Berry Cobbler, with Wild Ginger As the season progresses, berries start to come on – from the early strawberries, then cherries and raspberry varieties, all the way to elderberries and cranberries. In one of my apprenticeships, my chef would select a quantity of each berry as it became available, and then place it in a huge earthenware crock, and add some rum, and grain-spirits. By Christmas time, the fruit was unbelievably delicious (you couldn’t eat too much, though….) and still had its own individual flavour. In this recipe, we are working with various fruit, mostly berries. You could certainly add plums, peach slices, etc, as well. INGREDIENTS • 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen-thawed berries, various • 1/2 cups sugar • wild ginger, (about a 2” piece, washed, and finely chopped) • 1 cup flour • 2 tsp baking powder • pinch salt

• 1 cup milk • 1/3 cup butter, melted DIRECTIONS This is a pretty rustic, but delicious dessert. Combine the berries and ginger with the sugar. Let the flavours meld a bit. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder, then stir in milk and butter, un-

til just mixed. Place the berry mixture in a glass pan or small baking dish and spread the cobbler dough over top. Bake this at 350F, but on a tray, as the mixture tends to bubble over. Once it’s golden brown, (50 min to 1 hour), let cool, and serve warm. This is great with ice cream or Chantilly.

To Make Summer Special, Go West

Continued From Page 27 use of practice facility, welcome lunch, buffet dinner, thank-you gift bag, team prizes, select hole competitions, raffle prizes. It is being held at Thundering Water Golf Club, 6000 Marineland Pkwy, Niagara Falls. It’s sure to be a fun day of golf supporting a great cause! For more information please go to our website – www.lakeviewwineco.com • Tailgate Party - June 23 - The best way to kick off the summer is with a tailgate party in the vineyard and a warm Niagara welcome! Join over 30 Niagara wineries at 13th Street Winery for the TD Tailgate Party – one amazing night featuring VQA wines, fresh produce and farm-to-table favourites. 13th Street Winery, 1776 Fourth Ave., St. Catharines. Phone 905-984-8463 • Joy and Bubbles - June 30, July 1-2. Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Noon-4 pm.

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Sparkling wine is the wine of celebration. To celebrate Canada Day, and winemaker David Johnson’s birthday, join us for a sip of Featherstone’s premium sparkling wines, which were made in strict adherence to the French méthode traditionelle. This is the only time that both of our sparkling wines will be open and available for tasting. Featherstone Estate Winery, 3678 Victoria Ave., Vineland. Phone 905-5622-1949. Multi-Dates • Featherstone Veranda & Wood-fired Pizza Oven - Open: May 19-Sept. 3 on Saturdays & Sundays only, from noon – 4 p.m. Our huge wrap-around veranda provides a stunning view out across the Escarpment. This is casual open-air dining in Niagara’s Wine Country, heck it’s as close to a picnic you can get without the ants. We offer simple and delicious thin crust pizzas baked in our wood-fired pizza

oven. Nothing complicated – just tasty and relaxed fare with stunning vineyard views. Very casual- just come up to the pizza oven to place your order and get a glass of wine. Reservations recommended for groups of 6 or more; call 1-905-562-1949. We do not take reservations for groups of less than 6. Featherstone Estate Winery, 3678 Victoria Avenue, Vineland. Tel: (905) 562-1949. • Seasonal Patio At Westcott - We’re excited to announce extended hours this upcoming season for our Patio at Westcott with chef Andrew McLeod (of Bolete Restaurant) cooking over the wood fired grill and bread oven. Visit us for a lazy summer lunch or dinner. Seasonal Hours (May 24 until Canadian Thanksgiving), Fridays, Saturdays 12-9, with live music from 6-9pm, Sundays & Mondays 12-5pm. Westcott Vineyards, 3180 Seventeenth St., Jordan. Phone 905-562-7517


Transforming backyards −

Natural Light Patio Covers from VanAm Construction


ll year round we crave the warmth of the sun, and then by about this time each summer, we’re working hard to avoid its harmful effects. That’s particularly true in our backyards, where too much direct sunlight can transform an idyllic oasis into a spot too hot to enjoy at certain parts of the day. Every solution has its challenges, from umbrellas that blow away during storms to awnings that cast a permanent shadow and have to be taken down each fall. The ideal solution is a Natural Light Patio Cover, available from VanAm Construction. Seemingly magic, the covers block all U.V. rays and 75 per cent of infrared rays, while letting through most of the light. The result is a cool setting that is still filled with natural light. Because there are no U.V. rays, it’s impossible to get a sunburn sitting under the cover. And the air under the cover is cool because so much of the infrared heat is filtered out. All that’s left to enjoy is the sunlight – the perfect solution for any backyard. Natural Light Patio Covers use Acrylite panels, made from 100% acrylic guaranteed not to fade or discolour for 30 years. They can be configured to work in any setting, attached to homes to cover decks and patios, or built as stand-alone covers detached from the house. They are permanent structures that stay in place year-round. Homeowners have two primary choices – aluminum or wood. Aluminum structures come in white, sandalwood or brown. Each order is custom-made to fit perfectly with an existing deck or patio. The other option reflects VanAm’s expertise as a homebuilder and renovation contractor. “We also offer the covers built into beautiful Timberlite pergolas,”

“Seemingly magic,

the covers block all U.V. rays and 75 per cent of infrared rays, while letting through most of the light. The result is a cool setting that is still filled with natural light.

says Ken Blokker, director of sales. They are made with Douglas Fir timbers and can be stained in a variety of colours to suit any backyard décor. “The timbers are really very beautiful, and the Natural Light Cover transforms the pergola into the perfect place to relax all summer long.” VanAm Construction has a sterling reputation across Southern Ontario for building homes and doing renovations and backyard projects of all kinds. Owner Dave Vanamerongen is based in Grimsby. The company services customers across Southwestern Ontario. “I’ve been installing Natural Light Patio Covers for many years for customers in and around London,” Blokker says. “Now that I’ve teamed up with VanAm, I can offer a wider selection of solutions for every backyard set-up.” In addition to the 30-year warranty on the Acrylite panels, there is a lifetime guarantee on the structures themselves, along with a one-year

labour warranty. “People really can’t believe it until they’re standing under the cover, looking up at the blue sky but not feeling the heat of the sun on their skin,” Blokker says. “By filtering the sunshine, we give people the best of the sun without any of the downside. It transforms backyards.” There’s plenty of time to get a Natural Light Patio Cover installed this year. There’s a turnaround time of only two or three weeks for aluminum structures, and a little bit longer for Timberlite options. Van Am does installations all year round.

Dealer for

n For more information contact

Ken Blokker 905-517-0461 www.vanamconstruction.com

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