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Culture Home Recreation Early Spring 2013 | Volume 7 | Issue 1

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Maple Syrup with Elgin Harvest's Cindy Bircham

PLUS Events Across Elgin The Gardens of Cedarhurst Backyard Retreats: Outdoor Rooms Shuug & the Temporary Men Architect J. T. Findlay's House of Dreams West Elgin's New CSA: Omagarden Spring Style with Studio Style's Kim Ariesen


Experience Elgin’s Finest Visual Arts Attractions on the

2013 Experience Elgin County Visitor’s Guide now available For a free copy, visit www.elgintourist.com or call 1-877-GO-ELGIN

From original paintings to pottery, the studios, galleries and crafters that comprise the arts trail are ready to take visitors on an imaginative and unforgettable journey.

www.elginartstrail.ca

PARADE OF ELEPHANTS ON NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 28TH visit website for parade schedule & map

From fine dining to fresh produce, farmers’ markets, wineries and breweries, Elgin County will satisfy every taste. New locations, new recipes, and a new surprise are all part of the Savour Elgin Culinary Guide, available now.

Savour the tastes of Elgin County. For more on Savour Elgin, call 1-877-GO ELGIN x137 or visit

www.savourelgin.ca


FROM THE EDITOR

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Spring! The black, white and gray of winter will soon give way to the colours and freshness of a new season. Most of us are eager to incorporate those spring hues into our homes, gardens, clothing and meals. Colour is the backdrop for several of the articles in this issue of Relish Elgin. Dorothy Gebert writes about an Aylmer couple’s secrets for creating a relaxing backyard retreat. Two owners of houses with unique histories share the discoveries they have made about the buildings and properties which have been a source of joy to both themselves and to past owners. Dana Zegers chats about Omagarden, the farm business she started last year to supply her customers with produce in a bountiful array of fresh tastes—and colours. Kim Ariesen of Studio Style in Port Stanley gives a spring fashion outlook which includes inspirations in a range of hues.

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Starting on page five, you’ll find a vibrant line-up of upcoming events, including local home and garden shows, gardening seminars, fashion shows and art classes which can help you bring colour into all aspects of your life.

OUR COVER IMAGE Our cover image is of Chef Cindy Bircham's Maple, Walnut & Banana Pavlova. Learn more about pavlova and get the recipe on page 28, and see what else is cooking in Cindy's Elgin Harvest kitchen at www.elginharvest.ca.

One event which amassed a whole sea of greenoutfitted participants in its 2012 inaugural edition was the Shamrock Shuffle. It returns on March 16th, once again in support of Inn Out of the Cold, Elgin-St. Thomas's homeless shelter. The Shamrock Shuffle is a great way to welcome spring and help ensure that a safe and warm place is available for those in need next winter. (Green attire is entirely optional). Find out more at www.theshamrockshuffle.ca.

Debra In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

~Margaret Atwood

RELISH EARLY SPRING 2013

The Season's Events in Elgin The Gardens of Cedarhurst Elgin Map & What's in Season A Garden of Outdoor Rooms

By Dorothy Gebert

21 J.T. Findlay: Artistry Revealed Findlay's House of Dreams

24 Fresh Fashions for Spring 2013 With Studio Style's Kim Ariesen

26 Shuug & the Temporary Men 28 The Sweetness of Maple Meets the Sweetheart of Culinary Legend

By Chef Cindy Bircham, with recipe for Maple, Walnut & Banana Pavlova

30 Sharing the Bounty: Omagarden Dana Zegers's new CSA garden

Editor • Debra Bagshaw • editor@relishelgin.ca Design • Joanne Rowles • jo@relishelgin.ca Advertising Info • ads@relishelgin.ca TO SUBSCRIBE Send a cheque for $10 (to cover mailing) to the following address. Includes 5 issues. Relish Elgin Magazine P.O. Box 20058, St. Thomas, ON, N5P 4H4 519-633-1992

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Copyright 2013, Relish Marketing & Promotions Inc. All rights reserved. Relish Elgin is published by Relish Marketing & Promotions Inc. Reproduction of any material published in Relish Elgin is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the Publisher.

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EVENTS ACROSS ELGIN • MORE AT WWW.RELISHELGIN.CA

ONGOING EVENTS Every Sun Jammin' Cabin Open Jams

All musicians welcome | 1-4pm Jammin' Cabin at Pinecroft 8048 Rogers Rd South, Aylmer 519-773-3435 | www.pinecroft.ca

Various Dates Social Painting Nights

Visit website for schedule Art Gallery of Lambeth 2454 Main St, Lambeth (London) 519-652-5556 www.artgalleryoflambeth.com

Weekends in March Palmer’s Maple Syrup Festival

Shanty tours, storyteller & more 9am-3pm | Palmer's Maple Syrup 34308 Lake Line, RR #1, Port Stanley 519-769-0007

Weekends in March & March Break Springwater Maple Syrup Festival

Until Sat Mar 23 Exhibition: Easily Distracted, by Ian McLean

St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Until Sat Mar 23 Exhibition: Inside Architecture

St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Until Sat Apr 6 March Miniature Show

Works of art smaller than 4"x4"x4", Reception Sun Mar 10, 1-3pm Art Gallery of Lambeth 2454 Main St, Lambeth (London) 519-652-5556 www.artgalleryoflambeth.com

Until Sat May 4 Exhibit: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Headlines from the past Tues-Fri 9am-1pm & 2-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm | 519-773-9723 Wagon rides, demos, pancakes Members free, non by donation Springwater Conservation Area Aylmer-Malahide Museum & 8079 Springwater Rd, Aylmer Archives | 14 East St, Aylmer 519-773-9037 | www.catfishcreek.ca amtelecom.net/~aylmermuseum

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Until Sat Sept 28 Parade of Elephants

Travelling exhibit by artists and artisans on the Elgin Arts Trail www.elginartstrail.ca

MARCH EVENTS Thurs March 7 GardEner's Social & Seed Swap

Local growers/gardeners are invited to share seeds and expertise 6:30-8:30pm | 519-764-2317 Pearce Williams Christian Centre 8009 Iona Rd, Fingal www.pearcewilliams.org

Fri Mar 8 Valdy at Port Stanley Festival Theatre

8pm | $25/person | 519-782-4353 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Sat Mar 9 Bowl for Kids Sake

Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin Registration 12pm, games 1 & 3pm Cy's Bowling Lanes | 519-633-3830 438 Talbot St East, Aylmer bowlforkidssthomas.dojiggy.com

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Events Mon Mar 11 to Fri Mar 15 STEPAC March Break Workshops

Grades 2-6 | 9am-3:30pm $35/day or $160/week St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Mon Mar 11 to Fri Mar 15 City of St. Thomas March Break Day Camp

Timken Community Centre 2 Third Ave, St. Thomas Contact Parks & Rec, 519-633-7112 www.city.st-thomas.on.ca

TUNDRA SWAN MIGRATION (Photo by Mark Girdauskas) Sat Mar 9 Splash N Boots

Canadian children's entertainment group of the year $8 in advance (at Campbell's II), $10 at the door Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John St South, Aylmer www.splashnboots.com

Sat Mar 9 Ladies Afternoon Out with Wendy Farha

Singer, songwriter, musician, comedian and inspirational speaker 1:30-3:30pm (coffee served at 1pm) $10/person | Fellowship Church 641 Elm St, St. Thomas Contact Janny, 519-637-0283 www.wendy.ca

Sat Mar 9 Tom McInerney's Privateers at STEPAC

Tom McInerney, Anthony McInerney, Don DiCarlo, Kim Ladd and Sandy MacKay spotlight the music of James Taylor, Stan Rogers, John Denver, Harry Chapin and more 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) $10/person; cash bar St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

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Sat Mar 9 Sparta's 200TH: Pot Luck & English Country Dancing

Sponsored by the Sparta & District Historical Society | 6:30pm Forge & Anvil Museum 46316 Sparta Line, Sparta Contact Sally Martyn, 519-775-2292 www.villageofsparta.com

Mon Mar 11 to Fri Mar 15 Boot Camp: Savour the Flavour, A Five-day Kids Culinary Adventure

The Arts & Cookery Bank 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne 519-768-9986 www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Mon Mar 11 to Fri Mar 15 March Break Music Programs at Studio Arts

2-hour skills workshops Rock-A-Thon Fri 5-9pm, for OECYC $30/workshop or $150/unlimited 156 Edward St, St. Thomas 519-633-7222 www.studioartsrock.com

Tues Mar 12 & Mar 19 Rose Klein Workshops

12th - Woven Beads, 10am-1pm, $60 19th - Altered Books, 1pm-4pm, $45 Register 48h advance Art Emporium Port Stanley 177B Main St, Port Stanley 226-658-1888 www.artemporium.ca

Tues Mar 12 to Sat Mar 15 Aylmer-Malahide Museum March Break Programs

Mon Mar 11 to Fri Mar 15 Public Skating Sponsored Ages 5-8 | $5/child 11am-12pm, 12-1pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm by EastLink

Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives East Elgin Community Complex 14 East St, Aylmer | 519-773-9723 531 Talbot St West, Aylmer amtelecom.net/~aylmermuseum 519-773-5631 www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca

Mon Mar 11 to Fri Mar 15 March Break Activities at St. Thomas Public Library

Check website for daily schedule 153 Curtis St, St. Thomas 519-631-6050 www.st-thomas.library.on.ca

Tues Mar 12 to Sat Apr 6 Tundra Swan Migration

Swan Hotline, 519-773-7926, sponsored by Aylmer Museum, East-Link & Order of Good Cheer Aylmer Wildlife Management Area 10594 Hacienda Rd (beside the OPC) amtelecom.net/~aylmermuseum

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Events Wed Mar 13 Railway Adventure Day

12-4pm | 519-637-6284 $5/adult, $2/child, under 2 free Elgin County Railway Museum 225 Wellington St, St. Thomas www.ecrm5700.org

Fri Mar 15 Free Movie FriDAY

Rise of the Guardians (PG) 2 & 6pm (tickets 1/2 hr before) Admission free; popcorn for purchase St. Thomas Public Library, Lower Level 153 Curtis St, St. Thomas 519-631-6050 www.st-thomas.library.on.ca

Fri Mar 15 Canada Blooms/National Home Show Bus Trip

St.Thomas & District Hort. Society Contact Shelley, 519-769-2529 gardenontario.org/site.php/thomas

Fri Mar 15 to Sun Mar 17 Canadale's 6TH Annual Spring Garden Show

Sat Mar 16 Sparta's 200TH: St. Paddy's Day Dance

8pm-1am | $10/person Pleasant Valley Golf Club 46343 Talbot Line, St.Thomas Contact Connie Mills, 519-775-2560 www.villageofsparta.com

Sun Mar 17 Chicken & Cabbage Roll Dinner

5pm | Saxonia Hall | 519-773-5271 522 Talbot St West, Aylmer www.saxoniahall.com

Thurs Mar 21 Musical Showcase

Sat Mar 16 Sponsored by West Lorne Kiwanis Zandonai's Francesca da Club | 7-9pm Rimini at The Met: Live in HD West Elgin Secondary School

12pm | Galaxy Cinema $22.95/adult, $16.95/child, $20.95/sr. 417 Wellington St, St. Thomas 519-631-2261 | www.cineplex.com

139 Graham Rd, West Lorne

Sat Mar 16 Everything Celtic

Presented by St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders' Association Timken Community Centre 2 Third Ave, St. Thomas

9:30am-5pm | 519-860-6851 Romantic Designs Studio 120 Wellington St, St.Thomas www.romanticdesigns.ca

Sat Mar 16 The Shamrock Shuffle

Fri Mar 22 to Sun Mar 24 Home, Garden & Outdoor Living Show

Sat Mar 23 The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Show

Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm $25 in advance, $30 at door Port Stanley Legion 310 George St, Port Stanley mary@fredeaglesmith.com www.fredeaglesmith.com

Speakers CBC Radio's Ed Lawrence and HGTV's Denis Flanagan Fri & Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 | www.canadale.com

2 & 5km walks, 5 & 10km runs 9am | Supports Inn Out of the Cold $20/individual, $40/family of 4 Central United Church 135 Wellington St, St. Thomas TheShamrockShuffle@gmail.ca www.theshamrockshuffle.ca

Sat Mar 16 March Break Carnival

Sun Mar 17 & Sun Apr 21 For Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. SunDAY Paper Craft Pop-In Thomas-Elgin | Registration 8:30am

Call to register | 2-5pm Pearce Williams Christian Centre 8009 Iona Rd, Fingal | 519-764-2317 www.pearcewilliams.org

Grades JK-5 | 12:30-2:30pm St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Sat Mar 23 Curl for Kids Sake

& 10am, draws 9:30am & 11am St. Thomas Curling Club 38 Parkside Dr, St. Thomas 519-633-3830 | www.bbbselgin.org

Come and Experience

Southwestern Ontario’s Largest Yarn Shop Located in a charming 1842 home in the historic district of St. Thomas, across from the famous Jumbo monument, Little Red Mitten is a complete yarn shop with knowledgeable, helpful staff. We also offer spinning and weaving supplies, knitting Little groups and classes.

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Events Sat Mar 23 The McCartney Years

Wed Mar 27 Talk: Chris Andreae on Railway History

Tribute to Paul McCartney's Wings Over America tour 8pm | $29.50/person Port Stanley Festival Theatre 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Senior Built Heritage Specialist at Golder Associates | 7:30-9:30pm Presented by Elgin Historical Society Elgin County Railway Museum 225 Wellington St, St. Thomas www.elginhistoricalsociety.ca

Sat Mar 23 Dennis Kalichuk: Love, Lust, Laughter

Thurs Mar 28, Thurs Apr 25 AYLMER MUSEUM'S Coffee & Culture at the Perc

Sat Mar 30 Rodney Easter Egg Hunt

Rodney Park | 135 Queen St, Rodney

Sat Mar 30 Easter Bunny IN Sparta

1 free photo, egg hunt, gifts, draws, picture mounting; Donations to Caring Cupboard appreciated 12-3pm | Side Room, Sparta Tearoom Main Street Sparta | 519-775-2312

Sat Mar 30 St. Thomas Kinsmen Club Easter Egg Hunt

Concert with Kim Ladd, Guy Miskelly, Dean Greer; show & sale of paintings Concert at 8pm, lobby show 7pm $10 in advance, $12 at door Princess Avenue Playhouse 40 Princess Ave, St. Thomas 519-637-8757 | denniskalichuk.com

Last Thurs of month, compliments of Campbell's Office Pro March: French Ivory; April: EGGxactly! 10:30-11:00am & 11:00-11:30am The Perc Coffee Shop | 519-773-9723 49 Talbot St East, Aylmer amtelecom.net/~aylmermuseum/

3 age groups, face painting, prizes Pinafore Park, Main Pavilion 10:30am | 89 Elm St, St. Thomas

Sat Mar 23 Earth Hour 2013

Sat Mar 30 to Sat May 11 Exhibiton: Roselyne Chues, Pure Joy to Supers

290 Bridge St, Port Stanley www.brodericksicecreamparlour.com

Lights off from 8:30-9:30pm www.wwf.ca/earthhour/

Sat & Sun starting Mar 23 Scenic Train Rides

11am, 1pm & 2:30pm departures (arrive 30 min prior) Easter Egg Hunt Trains Mar 29-31 $15/adult, $9/child 2-12 Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca

Opening Reception Sat Mar 30, 7-9pm St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Artists include Walter Redinger, Ron Kingswood, Kim Moodie, Patrick Thibert and Michael Durham. Guest curated by Katelyn Tippin. St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm $25 in advance, $30 at the door Port Burwell Legion 40 Wellington St, Port Burwell mary@fredeaglesmith.com www.fredeaglesmith.com

Sat Mar 30 West Lorne Optimist Easter Egg Hunt

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Wed Apr 3 & Wed May 1 Fest-A-Month Cultural Dinners

6:30pm-9:30pm | $30/person

The Arts & Cookery Bank Sat Mar 30 to Sat May 11 Repetition (as) Meditation 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne

Sat Mar 30 The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Show

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Sun Mar 31 Broderick's Ice Cream Parlour Season Opening

Scout Hall | 519-768-1055 142 Chestnut St, West Lorne

519-768-9986 www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Fri Apr 5 Downton Abbey High Tea

Prizes for dress | $25/person 2pm; tea at 3pm | 519-775-2313 Sparta House Tearoom & Restaurant 46342 Sparta Line, Sparta www.spartahouse.com

Sat Apr 6 Annual Vimy Lecture

2pm | Elgin County Museum 450 Sunset Dr (4th floor), St. Thomas 519-631-1460 x159 www.elgin-county.on.ca

Sat Apr 6 Diva's Day Out

10am-4pm | $2/person | Saxonia Hall 522 Talbot St West, Aylmer Contact Rosemary, 519-688-2531 www.saxoniahall.com

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Events Sun Apr 7 Six SunDAYs: Culinary Hands-on Experiences

The Arts & Cookery Bank 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne 519-768-9986 www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Apr 11 ThursDAY's Tempting Tastes

4-7pm | The Arts & Cookery Bank 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne 519-768-9986 www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Fri Apr 12 St. Thomas Rotary Music Festival Keynotes Concert

Showcase, awards & scholarships Freewill offering taken | 7pm Salvation Army Citadel 380 Elm St, St. Thomas Contact Ron, 519-631-0852

FRI Apr 12 to SUN Apr 14 Aylmer & East Elgin Home & Garden Show East Elgin Community Complex 531 Talbot St West, Aylmer www.aylmerfair.ca

Fri Apr 12 to Sat Jul 6 Exhibition: March of Time

Commemoration of the War of 1812 Elgin County Museum 450 Sunset Dr (4th floor), St. Thomas 519-631-1460 x160 www.elgincounty.ca

Sat Apr 13 Lotus Workshop

MAYOR'S CHARITY HOCKEY GAME (Photo by Mark Girdauskas) Sat Apr 13 Electronic Cleanup

Disposal of TVs, computers, etc CASO Railway Station 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-633-2535 | www.narhf.org

Sun Apr 14 Mayor's Charity Hockey Game

St. Thomas City Council vs Elgin County Council Supports Elgin-St. Thomas United Way 4-5:30pm | Timken Community Centre 2 Third Ave, St. Thomas Contact 519-631-1680 x4196

Sun Apr 14 Train Show

Register by Apr 10 to receive a lotus, planting & materials ($19.99 value) 11am | $41/person | 519-782-4052 Moore Water Gardens 4683 Sunset Rd, Port Stanley www.moorewatergardens.com

Model vendors & displays presented by NARHF, London N'gineers & St. Thomas N-Gaugers $5/person, children under 12 free 10am-4pm | CASO Station 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas johnshapendonk@bell.net

Sat Apr 13 Wallacetown AgRICULTURAL Society Dinner & Silent Auction

Wed Apr 17 9 WedNESDAYs: Culinary Hands-on Experiences

6:30pm, doors open 5:30 Dutton Community Centre Contact Anna, 519-762-2617

The Arts & Cookery Bank 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne 519-768-9986 www.theartsandcookerybank.com

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Thurs Apr 18 Evening of Clairvoyance

A psychic night fundraiser 8pm | $30/person | 519-782-4353 Port Stanley Festival Theatre 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Thurs Apr 18 Uptown View: A Fashion Affair

Proceeds to Violences Against Women, Services Elgin County 5pm doors open, show starts 6pm $30 in advance, $35 at door CASO Railway Station 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas www.downtownstthomas.com

Fri Apr 19 City of St. Thomas PA Day Camp

Ages 5-12 | 8:30am-4pm (ext. avail.) $30/child | Timken Community Centre | 2 Third Ave, St. Thomas Contact Parks & Rec, 519-633-7112 www.city.st-thomas.on.ca

Fri Apr 19 to Sun Apr 21 Canadale Nurseries 2013 Grand Opening & Draws

Win 1 of 5 $200 gift certificates! 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 | www.canadale.com

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Events Mon Apr 22 Earth Day 2013

www.earthday.ca, www.earthday.org

Tues Apr 23 Miss Caledonia

"Girl version" of the Wingfield Farm series, presented by Valleyview's Family & Friend Council 7:30pm show starts | $25/person Princess Avenue Playhouse 40 Princess Ave, St. Thomas Contact Valerie, 519-631-1030 x321 www.city.st-thomas.on.ca

WINEMAKER'S DINNER & QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY Sat Apr 20 & Sat Apr 27 Lily Dividing Days

Staff divide 'root bound' lilies & shallow water plants for free (reg. $10); replanting available at regular prices 9am-3pm | Moore Water Gardens 4683 Sunset Rd, Port Stanley 519-782-4052 www.moorewatergardens.com

Sat Apr 20 Tiny Tots Scrap-A-Thon

Any hobby is welcome | 9am-9pm West Elgin Community Centre 135 Queen St, Rodney | 519-785-2164

Sat Apr 20 4TH Annual Spring Fever Women's Shopping Event

Sat Apr 20 Smartie Pants Trivia Night

In support of Southwold Community Policing Association | 7:30pm Shedden Keystone Complex 35921 Talbot Line (Hwy #3), Shedden Contact Cathy Bishop, 519-631-4393

Sat Apr 20 Cooking with Herbs: INTERNATIONAL CUISINE

1:30pm | Includes sampling & recipes $25 (preregistration required) Heritage Line Herbs | 519-866-5577 53443 Heritage Line, Aylmer www.heritagelineherbs.com

Sat Apr 20 Backus-Page House Museum & Grounds Clean-Up Day & Potluck

Breakfast, home decor displays & fashion show; coupons for village shopping day of event $35/person | 519-630-6946 The Kettle Creek Golf & Country Club 320 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley facebook.com/PortShoppingEvent

Start at 9am, potluck at 12:30pm 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 www.backuspagehouse.ca

Sat Apr 20 Create a Healthy Pond Environment Naturally

Sun Apr 21 Elgin Theatre Guild: Singer Songwriter Circle

With Henry Reimer of Reimer's Waterscapes | 11am | 519-782-4052 Moore Water Gardens 4683 Sunset Rd, Port Stanley www.moorewatergardens.com

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Dave Gunning, Suzie Vinnick & Ennis 2pm | $30/person | 633-8530 Princess Avenue Playhouse 40 Princess Ave, St. Thomas www.elgintheatreguild.ca

Fri Apr 26 Friends of Youth BBQ & Elimination Draw

6pm | Saxonia Hall 522 Talbot St West, Aylmer Contact Bill Ungar, 519-639-1869 www.saxoniahall.com

Fri Apr 26 & Sat Apr 27 Coronation StREET Trivia & Dinner

6:30pm | $25/person | 519-775-2313 Sparta House Tearoom & Restaurant 46342 Sparta Line, Sparta www.spartahouse.com

Sat Apr 27 & Sat May 25 Winemaker's Dinners

Winemaker Jamie Quai and chef, present a six course dinner with wine pairings in the barrel room Hors d'Ĺ“uvres at 6:30pm $85 (includes wine, tax & gratuity) Quai du Vin Estate Winery 45811 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas 519-775-2216 | www.quaiduvin.com

Sat Apr 27 Trout Fishing Opening Day

Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Rd 519-773-9037 | www.catfishcreek.ca

Sat Apr 27 Handel's Giulio Cesare at The Met: Live in HD

12pm | Galaxy Cinema $22.95/adult, $16.95/child, $20.95/sr. 417 Wellington St, St. Thomas 519-631-2261 | www.cineplex.com

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Events Sat Apr 27 Pearce Williams Annual Workbee & Open House

Workbee 9am-2pm (lunch included), Open House 3-4:30pm Pearce Williams Christian Centre 8009 Iona Rd, Fingal | 519-764-2317 www.pearcewilliams.org

Sat Apr 27 Kenny & Dolly: Together Again!

Bill Culp Productions presents Marty Edwards & Marie Bottrell as Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton | 3pm & 8pm $29/person | 519-782-4353 Port Stanley Festival Theatre 6-302 Bridge St, Port Stanley www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Sat Apr 27 Aylmer Performing Arts: Quartetto Gelato

Doors 7pm, performance 7:30pm $25/person | 519-765-3039 Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John St South, Aylmer www.artsinaylmer.com

Sun Apr 28 Great Ride 'n' Stride Elgin-Middlesex

Walk, run or ride your bike 5-10km for the Canadian Cancer Society 12:30pm registration, 1pm start D/D Lion's Den-Community Centre 1 Erie St, Dutton Contact Dianne, 519-762-3341 www.cancer.ca/ontario

Wed May 1 to Fri May 31 May is Museum Month

Visit the museums page at www.relishelgin.ca for a list of Elgin and St. Thomas museums

Wed May 1 to Mon Oct 14 Exhibit: Accounts of a Hard Day's Work

Backus-Page House Museum 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 | backuspagehouse.ca

Sat May 4 & Sat May 18 Silverthorn LandscapE SUPPLY Seminars

Build a Pond Seminar, 10am Build a Water Feature Seminar, 1pm Create an Inukshuk Seminar, 1pm 46400 Talbot Line, St. Thomas 519-765-2379 www.silverthornlandscape.com

Sun May 5 MS Walk St. Thomas

2km & 5km route lengths Check in at 8:30am, start at 10am Timken Community Centre 8am | Rodney Community Centre 2 Third Ave, St. Thomas 135 Queen St, Rodney | 519-785-0937 www.mswalks.ca | Contact Sabrina, 1-888-510-7777 x3306 Sat May 4

Sat May 4 Rodney Hort. Plant Sale

Planning & Growing an Herb Garden

1:30pm | $10 (preregistration req'd) Heritage Line Herbs | 519-866-5577 53443 Heritage Line, Aylmer www.heritagelineherbs.com

Sat May 4 Bark for Life

Like Relay for Life for dog owners, for the Canadian Cancer Society 10am-noon | Pinafore Park 89 Elm St, St. Thomas | 519-432-1137 www.cancer.ca/barkstthomas

Sat May 4 & Sun May 5 Elgin/St. Thomas Studio Tour

11am-5pm; maps at Art Centre (301 Talbot St, St. Thomas) April 14 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Sun May 5 Hike for Hospice

Hike, run or walk to raise funds for Serenity House Hospice 10am-1pm | Waterworks Park South Edgeward Rd, St. Thomas Contact Cindy Webber, 519-637-3034 www.serenityhousehospice.ca

Thurs May 9 to Sat May 18 Aylmer Community Theatre: Honeymoon for THREE

A play by Uwe Meyer, directed by Harry Edison Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm $15/adult, $10/student Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John St South, Aylmer 519-773-3372 | aylmertheatre.ca

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HOME & GARDEN DÉCOR INTERIOR DECORATING AND GIFTWARE 435 Talbot Street, St. Thomas • 519.637.3904 • www.windnwillow.ca • windnwillow@bellnet.ca

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Events Sat May 11 Tim Hortons Trout Derby

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Sat May 11 & Sun May 12 Heritage Line Herbs Mother's Day Open House

High Tea Sunday (reservations req'd) Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 11am-4pm 53443 Heritage Line, Aylmer 519-866-5577 www.heritagelineherbs.com

WAR OF 1812 WEEKEND (Photo by Mark Girdauskas) Thurs May 9 to Sun May 19 Elgin Theatre Guild: Old Love

A play by Norm Foster Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2pm $15/person ($10 May 9) Princess Avenue Playhouse 40 Princess Ave | 633-8530 www.elgintheatreguild.ca

Fri May 10 Girls' Night Out

Real Food; Real Fun; Real Culinary Conversation | 519-768-9986 6:30pm-9:30pm | $75/gal The Arts & Cookery Bank 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne www.theartsandcookerybank.com

SAT May 11 to Sun May 12 War of 1812 Weekend

Re-enactment, settler skills demos, historic merchants Backus-Page House | 519-762-3072 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown www.backuspagehouse.ca

Sat May 11 Opening Day of Horton Farmers' Market

8am-12pm | Manitoba St, just north of Talbot St, St. Thomas www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca

Sat May 11 Sparta's 200TH: Historical Re-enactment Dinner in the Woods

Sun May 12 Steed & Co Lavender Mother's Day Season Opening

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Sun May 12 Lavender Sense Season Opening

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Sun May 12 Mother's Day Dinner

1pm | Saxonia Hall | 519-773-5271 522 Talbot St West, Aylmer www.saxoniahall.com

Sun May 12 5TH Annual Mother's Day Winery & Countryside TOUR

Fri May 10 Sparta & District Historical Society's War of 1812 Education Day pioneer dinner, stories from Jonathan 90 min winery tour at 1pm;

Grades 3 & 7 | 519-762-3072 $8/guest (registration required) Backus-Page House Museum 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown www.backuspagehouse.ca

Doan, John Mills & Sarah Haight (costume optional; bring plate, cutlery, cup) | 6:30-10pm | $20/person Contact Sally Martyn, 519-775-2292 www.villageofsparta.com

wagon rides 12-4:30pm $15/adult, $10/children 10-18 Rush Creek Wines | 519-773-5432 48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer www.rushcreekwines.com

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Home & Garden

Cedarhurst THE GARDENS OF

Kathy Schaeffer Moyes set out eight years ago in search of a location for a great salon and spa space, in an old house, with beautiful gardens. She came upon that perfect combination in McKay House, St. Thomas’ oldest brick residence. In establishing her business there, she has also become the enthusiastic steward of a heritage home and garden. John McKay built his house on Old Talbot Street in 1842 and set up a general store in the rear of the building facing Centre Street. The walls are solid brick with no interior studs on the outside walls; bricks are at least six thick on the north and south walls and up to twelve thick in the basement. Two massive beams, each about sixteen inches square, run between the second and third floors for the entire sixty foot length.

The most recent co-owners, Marie Turvey and Mary Rose Sanderson, had taken an interest in the building’s past, and Marie passed her findings on to Kathy. She has pieced together bits and pieces of its history from that information and also from business cards and other documents she discovered

in the basement. Among them were cards for “The Old Spinning Wheel Antique Shop” and the “Cedarhurst Tourist Home” (similar to today’s B&B). Says Kathy, “When I spied the card for the tourist home, I decided immediately on the name ‘Cedarhurst Salon and Spa’.” The building has had many businesses but only a few owners—the Mulligans purchased it from the McKays in 1906, and Kathy purchased it from the third owners. Mary Rose Sanderson had operated her artist gallery there since 1995. In converting McKay House to Cedarhurst, Kathy has made heritage preservation a priority. The original character, walls, ceilings and plaster were kept intact and salon fixtures, walls and furnishings were installed in a completely “reversible” manner. Though the house had been extensively renovated, Kathy found the free-growing gardens weren’t quite the casual but serene surrounding she pictured for “Cedarhurst”. As many of her clients wondered aloud how she would ever find the time to tame the chaos, Kathy set out, one three-foot

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Home & Garden one very old heritage plant which I had thought was just ordinary Queen Anne’s Lace.”

section at a time to introduce some organization while retaining the garden’s gems. Hours of cleaning and pruning were rewarded with finds of heritage plants, stoneware and walking stones. When a Communities in Bloom committee visited a few years ago, they were delighted to find plants which were typical of the period of the house. “They were quite excited about obtaining a cutting from

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Kathy’s goal was to make the outdoors an inviting introduction to what happens inside at Cedarhurst. She often finds passersby sitting in the garden and happily extends Cedarhurst’s invitation to relax and rejuvenate to those who just wish to stop awhile and appreciate her garden retreat.

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Home & Garden KATHY’S TIPS

As a busy stylist and business owner who is actively involved with family and community you might wonder how Kathy also keeps her garden looking so inviting throughout the year. She shares a few tips. You don’t have to be born with a green thumb or know all the plant names. "My mother wasn’t an avid gardener. She loved to have pots and pots of geraniums, so I always have some of those."

Never walk by anything that needs doing. “I keep pruners, string and trowels always nearby. There are pruners in the mailbox, in the hutch out front, in the garden.” Indeed a summer visitor will find garden tools left about the garden at the ready for a quick touch-up the next time Kathy passes by. The nine staff at Cedarhurst include professional stylists, registered massage therapists and certified estheticians. Cedarhurst is located at 76 Talbot St, St. Thomas. For more information call 519-631-7629 or visit www.cedarhurstsalonandspa.com.

"I have learned by trial and error and books. I don’t know a lot of botanical names. I keep the books handy. Gardening is just such a rewarding past-time.” Your garden can be interesting all year. “I want the walkway from parking to entrance to be inviting through all seasons. In winter there are evergreens, thistles, pots and bird feeders—there is a great bird population here.” Kathy even had a massive metal “tree” custom-made to hold all of her many bird feeders.

At left, top left: Kathy shows off the Cedarhurst gardens during Doors Open St. Thomas, September 2012 (photo by Mark Girdauskas). All other photos, at left and on previous page, by Tim Sullivan.

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A GARDEN OF

Outdoor Rooms AN AYLMER COUPLE SHARES THEIR SECRETS FOR CREATING A RELAXING BACKYARD RETREAT BY DOROTHY GEBERT If you’ve ever been faced with a boring backyard of grass, you know how Judy and Martin Poelman felt when they surveyed the expanse of green behind their home. They had moved into the 1897 house in Aylmer soon after they were married in the mid 1960s and added on to the original structure with two additions in the 70s and 80s. After the last addition, they were still left with a large 75x75 foot yard. “I’d been overwintering my geraniums in the basement for years, and Martin decided to give me more room by building a greenhouse in the backyard,” says Judy. That was the beginning of a garden that has evolved over the last 25 years into a series of distinct areas or “garden rooms.” They include a hanging garden in the breezeway, flower gardens, and a water garden behind the house, as well as a perennial garden and vegetable garden in the back area. Martin and Judy have created a set of separate experiences that Judy says combine to create a

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relaxing country garden. Here are some of the ways you can do it too. MAKE AN ENTRANCE At the front of the house, grasses wave in sunny beds around the front door, and the side porch overflows with geranium boxes. But it’s the stone posts, picket fence, and trellis arch at the east side of the house, which signal that something unique lies beyond. The gate opens onto a covered path that Judy and Martin call “the breezeway,” because it’s a great place to sit in the heat of the summer and catch a cooling wind. It’s also where Judy hangs baskets of petunias, impatiens, and begonias. LEAD THE WAY Martin and Judy used bricks on the floor through the breezeway, but once in the garden, they laid down winding paths to easily get from one area to another. Flagstones outlined with pea gravel are positioned in the grass along flowerbeds and the pond. They meander up several steps to the

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Home & Garden raised deck and ramble over to the greenhouse. In the perennial garden at the back, they created a different experience underfoot by using wood chips on the path that curves around the shrub beds and weeping Nootka cypress trees.

CREATE ROOM DIVIDERS

Martin’s building skill is evident in the architecture of the greenhouse in the middle of the garden. It creates a physical divider between the front area, which can be surveyed from the deck and windows of the house, and the back area, which remains tantalizingly out of view. When he dug out the basement for the greenhouse, he used the excavated material to create raised beds and constructed fences, trellises, and pergolas to enclose each space. Trees and hedging provided more delineation and privacy.

PLANT FOR SUN AND SHADE

Plants will often define a garden room more than anything else. Judy planted her beloved geraniums and other sun-loving plants in south-facing flowerbeds and positioned shade-loving species,

such as hostas, ferns, and angel trumpets, along the north-facing side of the house. In the back area, the perennial garden is planted with more hostas and includes burning bushes, hydrangeas, and daylilies. Judy even managed to fit in a vegetable garden behind the greenhouse with beans, kale, and tomatoes.

ATTRACT BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES

While the trees and shrubs create a habitat for wildlife, Judy says that attracting birds and butterflies was high on her “must have” list. As well as planting nectar-filled flowers and bushes for butterflies and hummingbirds, Martin and Judy placed birdhouses on the back of their neighbour’s garage (with permission, of course) to provide spring housing for sparrows and a decorative feature in the perennial garden the rest of the year.

TAKE A SEAT AND ENJOY

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Home & Garden are able to rest and enjoy their handiwork with a choice of seating options. The breezeway has a table and chairs to enjoy the shade, the water garden has a bench from which to contemplate the pond, and there’s another one under a tree in the perennial garden. But Judy’s favourite place is the comfortable chairs on the raised deck off the living room where she can sit with her morning coffee. “I can see the whole garden from here,” she says, “and there’s always something to look at.” Dorothy Gebert is an Elgin County writer whose special passion is telling stories about gardens, landscapes and greenscapes. Photos: Aylmer & District Horticultural Society Garden Tour, June 2012

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J. T. FINDLAY: ARCHITECT

Artistry Revealed

When Josie Cosens went hunting for a home twelve years ago, she was immediately entranced by the charm she was certain lay hidden by the overgrown surroundings of 27 Crescent Ave in Lynhurst. She later learned that the property she had fallen in love with was “The Croft” and that the house had been built by noted St. Thomas architect John T. Findlay for he and wife Anne. In his essay on Findlay, Paul Baldwin commented that “despite success in other styles, John showed a special affinity for residential work in the Arts and Crafts style” with both open and more compact variations to be found on many streets in St. Thomas.“ John and Anne Findlay’s own home, built in 1922 at 27 Crescent Ave, was of this design, small and compact, built close to the ground with a stoop rather than a porch, finished with stucco and shutters, a shelter from winter and inclement weather, sur-

rounded by wild flowers, more Highland than American.” With the help of family and friends who shared in her enthusiasm for the home’s history, Josie took on the daunting task of removing the dense overgrowth of trees and vegetation which had taken over as the home’s second owners had moved into their later senior years. She was rewarded by the revelation of a unique and lovely house and property. She grins, “Many people who hadn’t given the property a second glance when it was for sale remarked that they wished they had looked more closely.” She has continued the renovations with husband Mike Nicol, striving to retain much of the special character of their Arts and Crafts style residence. They proudly display Findlay’s Architect Certificate in their home. In planning the on-going improvements, Mike says the first priority had to be making

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Home & Garden the home comfortable. "The basic structure was good. The main beam in the basement is a railway rail running across the middle of the house. But it was constructed of stucco on cinderblock with lathe and plaster—it was cold! So the first big project was to insulate.” Asked if they have any advice for those fixing up an older home, Mike says they have focused on doing one project each year. “We have learned to think everything through and plan it out—otherwise a project can really snowball.” Josie has discovered that the property she and her family love was also a source of joy for the Findlay family. John was known to have been an avid horticulturalist and he, Anne and son Don spent many hours enjoying the breathtaking ravine setting. She found remnants of a backyard fountain and a barbecue in the spot where they frequently had Sunday picnics. A ramshackle garden shed couldn’t be saved, but outside the building Josie found a cement slab engraved with “Anne’s House of Dreams” and has incorporated it into her own gardens. She keeps for safekeeping a copy of a clipping from the Times-Journal which appeared after Findlay’s sudden death in December of 1947: “Mr. Findlay was an ardent horticulturist, specializing in hillside and wild gardening. For years he had been engaged in beautification of the hillside at the rear of his attractive home in Lynhurst. Few persons were better versed in the natural flora of Western Ontario. He found rare plants in many parts of the district and was successful in transferring their wild beauty to his garden. Many of his native orchids came from the forest depths around Port Frank and Ipperwash. His greatest pleasure came from his home and his gardens. Only recently he told a member of The Times-Journal staff that he intended “taking it a little easier” and would devote more time to his hobby. He was looking forward with much anticipation to new garden plans for next spring and summer."

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Home & Garden ON THE EXHIBITION Historian Paul Baldwin delved into the work of architect John T. Findlay via photos, biking excursions, interviews and a mountain of archival materials. He shared his discoveries in an exhibit at the Elgin County Museum, with an engaging presentation to the Elgin Historical Society, and in a booklet containing essay, photos and catalogue of over 300 public and residential buildings believed to be of Findlay design. Relish Elgin was delighted to include Paul’s article in our fall 2012 magazine. Findlay worked in St. Thomas for most of the 40 years from 1907 onwards. In doing his research, Paul developed an instinct for recognizing the “Findlay” touch in the array of styles in which he worked over those years. He came away with a deep appreciation for Findlay’s artistic flare, and expressed his hope that Findlay homeowners would become “proud of the fact that they own a house that was designed by a phenomenal architect, local, not big-time, but really an asset to his community.” J.T. Findlay: Architect is now available from the Elgin County Museum, 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas. In his foreward, Curator Mike Baker notes, “The main intent in assembling this list is to make owners aware that we think their home or building was designed by Findlay and to encourage them to check their records for such things as architect’s plans and specifications…We would ask owners to contact the museum if they are able to find such records.” The Findlay exhibit continues at the Elgin County Museum until the end of March. A “Findlay Walk” tour of buildings with Paul Baldwin is planned for Sun June 9, 2013. For more information, call 519-631-1460,ext. 160. Photos, previous page: 27 Crescent Ave, Courtesy of Paul Baldwin, except fireplace with the Cosens' boxer Millie, Relish Elgin This page,all Courtesy of Josie Cosens, from top: 27 Crescent Ave (left) & 25 Crescent Ave, also designed by Findlay, c. 1930; 27 Crescent Ave, c. 1930; Findlay home & property, dates unknown

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Spring Fashion

Fresh

SPRING FASHIONS 2013 WITH KIM ARIESEN

Kim Ariesen, proprietor of Studio Style in Port Stanley is known for her fashion passion and flair for helping her customers find the styles that will have them looking and feeling wonderful.

dimension when wearing neutrals. There are shades of hot pink, orange crush and rich purples. And, we can't live without my favourite, black and white combinations!

When it comes to spring fashions, Kim gets especially excited, and she is practically bursting with enthusiasm for the inspirational offerings of spring 2013. She shares an update on the trends to look for.

COLOUR BLOCKING MAKES A STATEMENT

COLOUR STEALS THE SHOW

This season, colour represents spring in limitless options. There are new colour tones of spearmint green, citrus yellow and sea blue which are fully saturated. Neutrals, uncomplicated and elegant, are seen in tones of stone, and tints of silver-leaf green and dove grey off-set with the freshness of white. This contemporary feel adds a new

Spearmint green and citrus yellow make a crisp statement with the use of textures and fabrics. Orange crush mixed with regal blue creates a bold colour combination that is done dramatically by Spanner. Cool, fresh shades of sea blue and cobalt represented by Robert Kitchen, a Canadian company, remind us of the coastline. Colour pants and capris have made it from the runway into boutiques and have added newness to styling this season. Pops of colour mixed with black and white give a strong colour blocking impact and contrast stitching creates

Fresh looks from the Spanner Spring 2013 Collection, courtesy of Kim Ariesen.

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Spring Fashion interest. Modern graphics and abstracts in black and white are revived this spring, adding the drama and design that can take you anywhere from day to night.

NEW SILHOUETTES SHOWCASE FEMININITY

Clean lines and simplicity in slimmer silhouettes dominate this season. French and Italian inspired influences are seen with the looks of tailoring and draping silhouettes. The French embrace the clean lines of sixties styling with slim pants and capris; the Italians display a more fluid feel to clothing. Both have a feminine appeal and showcase the female figure—I encourage women to enjoy the newness of these silhouettes and styling which is both chic and comfortable.

This spring, they vary from florals to geometric bold patterns in tones which range from neutrals to vibrant colour choices to black and white. The subtlety of botanical prints and florals with graphic patterns and liner stripes create an exciting and vibrant spring. You'll see many combinations! Says Kim, “This spring’s fashions offer colour choices, refresh us with the beauty of the season and remind us of the newness it has to offer.” Studio Style is open 11am5pm daily at 209 Main St, Port Stanley, 519-782-7467, www.studiostyle.ca. Kim presents a beautiful palette from both Canadian designers and European collections, and welcomes your visit to the Studio.

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Entertainment

Shuug & the Temporary Men SIMPLY PLEASING BLEND OF HOMEGROWN SOUNDS Shuug and the Temporary Men formed their band less than two years ago and have since entertained frequently at a variety of local venues. Their music is a fun, sincere and pleasing blend of what they describe as “County music”, a mix of folk and rock and roll. The entertainment they offer is un-pretentious and lively. With six people and a range of talented vocals and instrumentals to draw from, they have a sound that is big and energizing. It’s obvious that they love music. Chuck Magri, one of the band members, recently offered some insights which had been shared by the group. He notes that most people are influenced musically by their parents and it’s safe to say that all the members of Shuug and The Temporary Men have been heavily influenced by rock and roll. “But amongst the group, there are preferences and influences from different styles—rock and roll, country, pop, 90s, classical, folk, blues. I guess that’s why we produce a unique but familiar sound.”

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They also seem to truly enjoy making music together—though the group is fairly new, their connections are long-standing. Husband and wife, Karen (Shuug) and Paddy O’Sullivan had been writing songs for years, playing their music for friends. In 2011, Chuck, a long-time friend, had a new banjo and a gig lined up for a band and wondered if they could help. Paddy thought that the banjo would be a good fit for the songs he and Shuug had been writing. The trio played for an enthusiastic audience at the Rosy Rhubarb Festival. Soon after, they decided to put a proper band together. They invited friends who lived locally and whose talents they respected to join. With the addition of experienced musician Don Mathers on bass, Jon Sibley on drums and Mike Pineau on lead guitar, the band was officially launched. The band members find that having known each other for a long time and sharing a history together is a big part of what makes them click as a group. Chuck says, “We find it creates roots, understand-

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Entertainment ing, and a fellowship. When a song idea is brought to rehearsal, it might be really rough or almost finished. We spend time just hearing it out. The best thing about six minds working together is that everyone hears music slightly differently. When something is rough, we suggest different ideas and work through it.” The sheer volume of talent and the group dynamic takes this group beyond being just good, fun entertainment. They have an underlying musical and story-telling sophistication that suggests that there’s some depth and room for surprises here, something to keep people coming back. Collectively, their life experience is diverse. Chuck notes that although all of them were born and raised in St. Thomas, “As we got older, some started working, some went to school, and some took time to just stay young for a while. A few of us went abroad on journeys that were unforgettable. Regardless of whether it was the big jet plane route or working hard to get by, there are stories and lessons that are presented to us each and every day no matter what time zone you are in.” Their appreciation for each member’s individual experiences and contributions is combined with their emphasis on embracing and expressing their shared culture. “Every little community has their own ‘sub-culture’—what’s acceptable, how they are entertained, local customs, even local heroes. Elgin County’s culture definitely had an impact

on each of us, on how we are today. The sound we produce comes from what feels right and is influenced by the sights, sounds, people and the community as a whole. Over the last year and a half, we have been able to convert our thoughts and feelings into a simple, but true reflection of our surroundings. It’s our home. And a good home for all the folks of Elgin County! We love our area and we want to share our homegrown sound with other communities across Ontario, Canada and hopefully, around the world.” In the band’s lyrics and band bio, there are references to the distant echoes of old steam engines, rich tobacco and corn fields, hard-working people who have lost jobs, long hard winters and a $50 Dodge reconstructed from pieces in a box. In their music, there is a rhythm and familiarity which is instantly likable, but also invites an interest in being there the next time this ‘train’ rolls into town, and a hope that it will be before too long. Shuug and the Temporary Men will be performing Sat June 15th at Art in the Park, in Station Parkette, Talbot Street, St. Thomas, and at FreshFest, Fri July 19th at the CASO Station, 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas. Visit www.shuug.com and www.facebook. com/ShuugAndTheTemporaryMen for more on the band. Photo by Dave Maxwell

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Food

The Sweetness of

Maple

Meets The Sweetheart of Culinary Legend BY CHEF CINDY BIRCHAM Pavlova is a dessert native to Australia or New Zealand. Although named after the famous Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, the texture is what makes this dessert the sweetheart of culinary legends. The meringue cake, baked crispy on the exterior and marshmallow-like on the interior, is typically served as one layer filled with rich whipped cream then topped with fresh fruit. Inspired by international cuisines and the bounty of Elgin County, I’ve taken the dessert from Down Under and localized it with the addition of Canada’s culinary star—maple syrup. I’ve also stacked the pavlova three-layers high and garnished it with sliced bananas and walnuts. Feel free to substitute local seasonal fruit instead. Don’t be intimidated by the luxuriousness of this dessert—novice cooks around the world have been preparing pavlova for over 75 years. The secret to a successful ‘pav’ is patience; the meringue must bake at a low temperature and be allowed to dry before using. You may prepare the components in advance, however, it’s best to assemble the final pavlova no more than six hours before serving as the crispy meringue will soften and crumble as it sits. It is a

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dessert that is messy to cut (a serrated knife works great), but beauty is in the belly of the beholder.

MAPLE, WALNUT & BANANA PAVLOVA

This recipe will make one large, several medium, or multiple individual meringues. Adjust your baking time accordingly. You can increase or decrease the size of the recipe by knowing the magic ratio: one large egg white to 56 g of sugar (by weight) makes a thick and glossy meringue. Serves 8-10 Meringue: 6 egg whites, room temperature 1 ½ cups light brown sugar (336 g) 1 /8 tsp kosher salt 2 tsp vinegar 1 Tbsp cornstarch Toppings: 2 cups 35% heavy whipping cream 2 Tbsp plus 1 cup local maple syrup 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 2 bananas

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Food Method: 1. Preheat oven to 200°F. 2. Line two baking trays with parchment paper. On one side of the paper, use a marker and 8-inch plate to outline 3 large circles. Flip right-side up so the marker is on the bottom. 3. Prepare meringue by placing egg whites in a clean mixing bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer, whisk egg whites on low speed until frothy. Gradually increase speed to medium, then to high until the whites are stiff and fluffy. Add in salt. Mix in sugar, ¼ cup at a time until the meringue becomes thick and glossy, about 5 minutes. Stir in cornstarch and vinegar. 4. Spoon the meringue onto lined trays using the circles as an outline for each layer. Make a slight indentation in the center of each meringue, keeping the sides slightly built up. Place in the oven and bake 60-70 minutes, or until meringues are crispy and firm. Turn off

the oven, prop the door open and leave the meringues to cool completely, 2-4 hours. Store in an airtight container up to 4 days. 5. Whip cream together with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and vanilla extract. 6. Assembly: On a serving platter, carefully place one layer of meringue and spoon on some whipped cream; sprinkle with some chopped nuts. Repeat with the two remaining layers finishing with sliced bananas and chopped nuts. Immediately before serving, drizzle with local maple syrup. Cindy is a Certified Professional Chef and food enthusiast with a passion for quality, local, and made-from scratch. Visit www.elginharvest.ca for her blog 'From the Kitchen', to see what else she’s been “cookin’ up and puttin’ up”.

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SHARING THE BOUNTY AT Imagine the delicious pleasures of having a multicoloured, fresh, locally grown basket of produce delivered each week to your door. Dana Zegers started Omagarden in 2012 to make just that a reality for her customers. Omagarden, located near Rodney, is 5km away from the farm where Dana grew up. Her family owns a conventional cash crop and, until recently, hog operation. Following her post-secondary education Dana travelled then returned to work on the farm. She realized it was a lifestyle she loved but she wanted to investigate non-conventional farming possibilities. A friend had told her about CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training in Ontario). Intrigued, Dana hunted down a similar intern-

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ship opportunity and in 2010 worked at a market garden and toured CRAFT farms. She decided her approach to farming would be based on CRAFT’s ecological methods, delivered though the close farmer-customer relationship of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model. Dana smiles as she tells the story of her dream suddenly receiving a kick-start. “I came home one weekend and my dad asked if I wanted to go look at the ‘old Newport farm’. It is still known from past days as a grower of potatoes and a place to pick strawberries, and it was for sale. I came along, thinking he must be interested in the property as a possible addition to his farm.” As they surveyed its sandy loam soil, house, and additional large out-building, her father’s ques-

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Food tion took her aback. “Do you want to start your farm here?” Her immediate reply was a hesitant, “Well…. I think so.” Says Dana, “Sometimes people have romantic notions about farming, images of roses and butterflies and such.” She had enough experience to appreciate the challenges. Still, she didn’t hesitate for too long before deciding to “just give it a try” and purchased the fifty acre farm. She credits a strong family support system with being able to forge ahead with confidence. They appreciate her commitment to growing food without chemicals. She has relied heavily on her father’s lifetime of experience. “It’s the same principles whether conventional or not—it’s working the land and knowing about soil testing and so on.” In 2011 Dana planted an initial small test crop and started planning for the future. She needed a name. She remembers, “A group of friends was helping with suggestions. One of them walked into the room repeating omagarden, omagarden, omagarden.” She was immediately hooked by its catchy sound and connection to her Dutch background (“oma” means grandmother in Dutch). A friend had started a CSA in 2011 with 80 customers and advised a smaller start-up, so Dana aimed in 2012 to plant a ½-acre and sell 20 shares. Along with the demands of setting up a new farm business, Dana was faced with a summer that was unusually dry. Her plan to eventually install a drip-irrigation system couldn’t wait and late one mid-summer afternoon with no rain in site, she and her father made a trip to Delhi to obtain 20,000 feet of it, and then to bring in his back-up water tank when the farm well couldn’t keep up.

offers information on what she grows and tasty recipes using the season’s bounty. In spite of the challenges, Dana’s is looking to the future with enthusiasm. “It’s good work,” she says, bubbling over with ideas she and her sister, singer and yoga instructor Stacy Zegers, have for adding complementary ventures at the farm. But for now she is dedicated to tackling one thing at a time, growing slowly and continuing to provide her share-customers with a weekly delivery of beautiful deliciousness. COLLABORATIVE REGIONAL ALLIANCE FOR FARMER TRAINING IN ONTARIO (CRAFT) CRAFT Ontario is an informal, member-driven network of farmers who offer internships on their organic and ecological farms. Internships are enhanced through regular field trips to selected CRAFT farms. Find out more at www.craftontario.ca. COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) In a CSA, farmers grow food for a predetermined group of consumers who pay an annual fee to purchase their share of the harvest. Through CSAs, people are claiming back a connection to the production of their food and committing to sharing in the risks. It allows farmers to be supported locally and for people to eat food grown in their own area.

Then, there are the weeds. Dana lamented via one of her web posts, “WEEDS! These are my nemesis and just trying to keep on top of them is a full-time endeavour.” She notes, “They seem manageable in the spring until you add in harvesting and deliveries.” Along with seasonal updates, her website

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With your CSA share at Omagarden, you receive a huge variety of fresh, local, naturally grown produce from June to October. One full share is enough to satisfy two to three adults; this year half shares are also available. You can arrange to pick up or have your share delivered. To find out more about Omagarden, visit www.omagarden.ca or contact Dana at 519-691-6598 or dana@omagarden.ca.

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Anniversary Sale The Muscat family and staff would like to thank our faithful and loyal customers by offering you

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Relish Elgin Early Spring 2013 Edition  

Relish Elgin magazine features the people, places, businesses and events that make Elgin County and St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada unique.

Relish Elgin Early Spring 2013 Edition  

Relish Elgin magazine features the people, places, businesses and events that make Elgin County and St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada unique.

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