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Culture Home Recreation Spring 2014 | Volume 8 | Issue 2

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Port Stanley Art Guild

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Deni Gauthier's Quiet Town • Seamstress Tracy Gordon Chef Cindy Bircham's Rhubarb Recipes Summer-Time Classic Cruising • Events Across Elgin


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FROM THE EDITOR Since our first issue back in September 2007 we have included as our centerfold a tantalizing spread—a map of Elgin County and a list of produce based on Foodland Ontario’s seasonal availability guide. What’s amazing is that most of that produce can be sourced, not just from Ontario, but from farmers in Elgin County. The list is long, even in the winter months as we have available to us (with a little looking) plenty of storage and greenhouse produce. During the growing season we can buy fresh food produced by our neighbours, and with a little planning, we can preserve some to enjoy later on. While home canning and freezing can be important to helping create a sustainable food system, it does take time and for many that is a commodity which is in short supply. So we are very interested in a new initiative of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. They are hoping to reduce a trend which has brought us to the point where Ontario imports 20 billion dollars of food annually. Over eighteen months their team researched the trends and challenges facing the agriculture system and came up with a framework—"create a Sustainable Food Cluster within your county and network with others to ensure a full complement of nutritious food is available throughout the region.” It is exciting that the pilot project to create the first Sustainable Food Cluster is happening in Elgin County. Find out more at www.sustainablefoodsystems.ca. You can also provide input. For example, one of the action items identified was to look at ways to process fruit and vegetables in Elgin County. What type of preserved products would you like to see? You can join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ElginSustainableFoodCluster/info.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 4 Art as Inspiration: The Port Stanley Art Guild 8 Deni Gauthier's Quiet Town 11 Tracy Gordon: And So It Seams 16 Elgin Map & What's in Season 18 Vibrant Taste of Spring: Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce & Pulled Pork Carnitas By Chef Cindy Bircham

20 Summer-Time Cruising

Classic Car Events Across Elgin

24 The Season's Events in Elgin OUR COVER IMAGE

Our cover image by Heather Keating is entitled Port Stanley (acrylic on canvas; also pictured in its entirety on page 5). See more of Heather's work at the Port Stanley Art Guild Show & Sale, June 6-8 at the Port Stanley Legion, or in her exhibition, Journeys, until June 7 at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. 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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Arts

Art as Inspiration WITH THE PORT STANLEY ART GUILD

The visual artist finds inspiration in many places, from nature, to a piece of music, a mentor, a new medium, the work of a fellow artist, travel, an art class, or contemplation of a philosophical idea or social issue. Much of the feeling of anticipation at the annual Port Stanley Art Guild (PSAG) show derives from the chance for attendees to discover where the artists have found inspiration over the past year for their new paintings, and how they have interpreted and shared it. The 2014 PSAG Show and Sale will be their 24th annual. At a Guild meeting earlier in the year, some of the PSAG members previewed pieces which they will be exhibiting in June and four of them shared what has motivated their creativity during the past year. All four of the artists agreed that being a Guild member is a great creative motivator and mentioned benefits which include workshops, critiques, speakers, networking, hearing about other events in the area, socializing with others with similar interests, help and encouragement from other members, and the chance to learn new approaches. Their time spent as Guild members varies from just a few years to several. One long-time member, Candy McManiman, remembers back to PSAG’s beginnings:

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"Around 1985, Paul Schleusner and Alma Turville painted around the village and would drop into my studio/gallery on Main Street. The topic was always about art and from these conversations arose the beginnings of the PSAG. We began our meetings in each other’s homes, progressing to the staff room at the Public School, and finally the Anglican Church and the Legion as our numbers swelled.” The opportunity to exhibit in the annual PSAG show is also itself an impetus for creativity. The art must be original and new—Candy feels this is an important inspiration for the artists to move forward and says, “I enjoy seeing how each member has added to their skills and expanded their subject matter or direction. I try to guess who did a piece before I check the name.” Heather Keating says, “Being part of the PSAG show is a great experience; opening night and meeting patrons is exciting; it’s fun to see which art received awards and best in show.” Margo Oborne agrees, “I benefit by having an inexpensive means to show and sell my paintings locally.” Carolyne McLeod adds, “The morning when we receive and hang all of the art is exciting—better than Christmas. A lot of effort goes into correct placement of each piece.”

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Arts A sampling of some of the work to be exhibited this year demonstrates that each artist and each piece has its own unique sources of inspiration. Margo’s painting of pink ballet tutus has a feeling of lightness as if beckoning the ballerinas. It is appropriately called, Let’s Dance. Says Margo, “My paintings are inspired by beautiful photographs of unusual and dramatic images.” Heather says, “The inspiration for my art comes from the different places I travel and some of my influences are from workshops I attend.” She often paints landscapes, alive with movement and colour, recording the places she has visited, both far away and closer to home, like her Port Stanley in acrylic.

She was disappointed to have lost her camera on a trip to Cuba, but most of us wouldn’t be so lucky as to have memories captured in beautiful paintings as she had. She will have some of those at the show too. One of Candy’s pieces for this year’s show is entitled Snares Island Penguin … Ready to jump—she feels fortunate to have visited New Zealand and the Sub Antarctic Islands to see these penguins and other endemic birds. The viewer is sure to be drawn toward this cute little fellow poised to jump, but as an avid birder, Candy is sometimes also interested in conveying some important messages. She notes, “Through our introduction of predators and our destruction of habitat we have jeopardized

Opposite: Ancient Wisdom by Carolyne McLeod (mixed media—acrylic paint, fabric and paper collage); Above: Port Stanley by Heather Keating (acrylic on canvas)

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Arts So much creative energy, shared, can’t help but leave patrons of the show inspired too. Margo says, “As an artist, I hope to be inspired to try new techniques and mediums and attend some workshops. I hope the show will inspire the public to come back again each year—and perhaps buy some art work locally.” many bird species.” Though her passion for birds has taken her around the world, she says, “I still get enthusiastic every spring for what I see just around Union. From Hooded Mergansers, to Wood Ducks, to Screech Owls, seen and photographed from my blind—it’s terrific. The excitement of capturing these memories and having my own reference material to use in paintings never leaves me short of subject matter.” Carolyne has been inspired by nature for many years and often paints landscapes, flowers and birds in watercolour. She says, “More recently I have been doing some mixed media work with collage, acrylic and fabric. I have an interest in the Orient (two of my grandchildren are from Asia—China and Korea).” Her piece Ancient Wisdom is beautifully balanced, layered and thought-provoking. Carolyne says, “It has Asian elements with the Oriental soldier, the bamboo portion which is fabric, and the Oriental script. The bird is on Chinese script and painted. The bird is imparting wisdom from the natural world to man.” Carolyne has also had a longtime interest in the Holocaust. In the past, she cared for Holocaust survivors and more recently was inspired by the docent giving a tour of the Holocaust Museum in Naples, Florida—her experiences led her to complete some Holocaust inspired art which will also be in the show in June.

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Above: Lets Dance by Margo Oborne (acrylic on canvas); Below: Snares Island Penguin...Ready to jump by Candy McManiman (acrylic on canvas) The 24th Annual Port Stanley Art Guild Show & Sale takes place Fri June 6th to Sun June 8th at the Legion in Port Stanley, with a Friday night opening. Hours are Fri 7-10pm; Sat 12-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. Parking and admission are free. Find out more at www.portstanleyartguild.com.

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Entertainment

DENI GAUTHIER'S

Quiet Town

Making music has been central to Deni Gauthier’s steadfast pursuit of living life fully and true to himself. He writes lyrics which, though spare, contain ample doses of reflection, humanity, struggle, longing, joy … life. And from whispered to plaintive high notes, his voice wraps perfectly around the music he creates. Deni set out to write songs for a second album almost two years ago, and what he came up with was nice—very nice. With nine thoughtful songs (plus a cover), some beautifully crafted music and Deni’s very listenable voice, he could have taken that pre-production mix, added musical “frosting” with some easy-going production and served it up with pride. Instead he found a way to bake it up in layers, spread with fillings of tart, sweet, textured, bright, unusual … In so doing he transformed Quiet Town from nice to noteworthy.

Deni hooked up with respected producer Andre Wahl who, “As opposed to telling me how much he loved

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it, was the first to tell me what he actually thought of my music, no sugar-coating.” He and Andre brought together a handful of talented musicians in an old brick schoolhouse and they went to work. Inside the schoolhouse, with its moods, special sound and “century of mojo”, and sometimes outside in the crisp winter air, there was a month of collaborative push, pull and stretch. What they came up with is an album which is layered, interesting and full of life. There’s something in every song to hold your attention and keep it into the next, from the more thought-provoking or reflective ones like “Into the West” and “I See You” to a couple more simple but still enjoyable songs—the lovely “Hold My hand” (wedding dance song for the summer of 2014?) and the final “Gospel”. If you are not in the mood for quietly meditative gratitude, “Gospel” would be a good one to crank up when you are feeling thankful. “Na na nahhh”—thanks Deni!

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Entertainment

"Let start here, where it all begins, Where the air seems thin And I know for sure that the cool rain wins, Just like its always been The wind will blow, over rock and through the trees, holds back the past of true unease This one lane road will send me back to where I came, Not quite changed, but not the same" ~ Into The West

Opposite: Deni and his dog outside the old brick schoolhouse. Clockwise from top left: Deni Gauthier, by Matthew Pennings at Red Rubber Studios; Airstream for guests who visited the schoolhouse during the recording of Quiet Town; inside the schoolhouse; Andre Wahl & Steve Koning working on keyboards for “Hold My Hand”; the schoolhouse from the road. Photos courtesy of Deni Gauthier.

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Deni’s second album, Quiet Town was released May 1st. He will be touring widely in the upcoming months—check for dates and locations at www.denigauthier.com. The official London launch takes place at the London Music Club on May 30th. For all the updates follow Deni on Facebook at www.facebook.com/denigauthier.

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And So it Seams SEAMSTRESS TRACY GORDON

For Tracy Gordon, being a seamstress has been a joyous adventure. A recent project found her immersed in the vibrant colours and intricate stitching of a unique “crazy quilt”, a work of textile art started by a St. Thomas woman more than 117 years ago. However, she is just as at home sewing a costume for a customer’s imagined character from the future. Chatting recently in her Dutton studio, Tracy described a path she has happily pursued for twenty-five years—one which has taken her from quilting and sewing to the creation of one period piece which in turn led her to become a historical re-enactor and then to specialize in the creation of period costumes for herself and others. She says, “It is a really interesting time right now for both re-enactors and sewers of historical costumes!” “There are so many anniversaries in the coming years—the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 (1812-1815) is coming to a close, but now there is the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1919)

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and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War (1861-1865). There is also a growing interest in voyageur and early explorer re-enacting.” “I have been thinking about the upcoming commemorations and how we can educate children— we know what makes us Canadian but we need to remember what made us Canada.” (Though the American Civil War took place on American soil, as many as 40,000 men from a yet-to-be-formed Canada fought in the war; it also served to push forward and shape talks about confederation.) Tracy has recently become a proud member of a reenactment group of WWI Nursing Sisters known as Bluebirds. She believes that war re-enactment is a way to learn and educate about history. She notes, “The men who fought at Vimy Ridge went into it with the mindset that they wanted to do their best and give it their all.” Tracy has had a long-time interest in the battle of Vimy Ridge. She says, “When I was nine I met my great-great-grandmother, Alberta Gregg. At 103

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Arts Tracy has become known for her fine sewing workmanship. It was only natural that a past customer, Dr. Ian Begg, thought of her when he was looking for someone to finish a quilt started by his grandmother, Sarah Louise Penhale, in the 1890s. When he called and asked Tracy if she knew anything about quilting she replied that it was how she had started out in her sewing business. She was immediately intrigued by the box he brought her, of crazy quilt squares packed in tissue along with the original packages of embroidery threads. She agreed to take on the project with the condition that she didn’t want to rush the work, and it would likely take a year. The quilt blocks were made from pieces of fabric in a palette of vibrant colours, embellished by whimsical embroidered figures—teacups, butterflies, owls, strawberries—and an assortment of artfully applied outline stitches. Tracy says, “I can’t imagine how many hours she would have worked on it, all by sunlight or lantern.” years old, she still talked about losing “Charlie” in the Great War. I learned that Charlie was her son who had been killed at Vimy Ridge at age twentyone. Even back then it was such an emotional experience hearing her talk about him. Three years from now I am hoping to join re-enactors at Vimy Ridge as Silver Cross Mother, Alberta Gregg.” Of re-enacting Tracy says, “It is important to know your craft.” She brings that same knowledgeable, thoughtful approach to her historical costuming, constantly researching styles, fabrics and methods. She says, “I try to stay true to the techniques of the period, but also offer pricing options. When people ask about what a costume will cost, I have a guideline based on whether the piece will be costume quality (more for fun and to suggest a time period), production quality (it looks historically correct) or museum quality (produced with the right fabrics and techniques).”

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She sourced out an appropriate border fabric to set off the squares and found a rich ruby antique velvet (once drapes from a turn of the century opera house). For the backing she decided on a civil war reproduction fabric in a complementary pattern. She proceeded to complete a few of the blocks which hadn’t been quite finished, and then to assemble, edge and back the quilt. Over the past year, she has appreciated the fine work done by Sarah, noticing more details each time she worked on the quilt. In mid-April Tracy proudly presented the completed quilt to Dr. Begg. Tracy says, “He was more than pleased and I felt like I had come full circle from starting out as a quilt maker and now coming back to it to complete this wonderful quilt with such a history.” In addition to a constant demand for historical costumes for re-enactors, Tracy has also seen growing numbers of people interested in custom garments

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Arts for other forms of imaginative play. “There is a big interest in Cosplay (costume playing of a character) and Comic-Con (events where fans of comics or related pop-culture characters gather).” She has worked on costumes themed for everything from steampunk to pirates, Downton Abby, and zombie walks. Tracy had originally called her business “Understatements and Embellishments”, named for her specialization in historic replica undergarments, but has recently changed it to “And So It Seams” which more clearly indicates all that she does (and her love of puns). She has also moved into a bright new studio space, with more room to spread out and organize her supplies. She is ready to boldly take on

the world of costuming, from the museum quality finery of yesteryear to the fun outfit a customer imagines for her favourite character from a year far in the future. Page 11: Sarah Louise Penhale's crazy quilt inprogress at Tracy's studio; Opposite: Steve Ferguson & Tracy Gordon in Civil War Day Dress outside BackusPage House Museum; Below: a completed dress, and Tracy at work on the crazy quilt in her studio Tracy Gordon’s studio is located at 174 Currie Rd, Unit 8, Dutton. Call in advance to ensure she is there—519-762-5555.

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After the long, cold winter we had this year, we’re particularly excited for all signs of spring. One of our favourite signs of warmth ahead is the return of the Horton Farmers’ Market. We’re excited to see the new and returning vendors, who bring freshness to downtown St. Thomas every Saturday morning, and wish them the best in their harvesting/baking/crafting/preserving/preparing in the season ahead. Come and meet us at the market!

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Rhubarb VIBRANT TASTE OF SPRING BY CHEF CINDY BIRCHAM

What are the most exciting things about late spring? Besides dirt under the fingernails and firing up the barbecue, it has to be the return of farmers' markets, Cinco de Mayo, and the mouth-puckering perennial plant Rheum rhabarbarum. Better known as rhubarb, it's one of the first vibrant tastes of the season popping up in greenhouses and fields around the same time as fiddleheads, ramps, and morel mushrooms. Technically a vegetable, stalks of rhubarb can range from lime green to blushing pink with large, green, triangular-shaped leaves. The leaves should always be discarded as they are considered toxic. No need to fear the stalks though—fans of this old world flavour often have memories of dipping fresh picked rhubarb in a bowl of sugar and consider the sweet and sour explosion a rite of spring passage. It's fine to crunch on rhubarb in its raw state, but I prefer the flavour and texture it lends to baked custard tarts,

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fruit compotes, and in the recipe that follows—a savoury barbecue sauce. A few notes about the ingredients used: Roasted garlic is specified as it has a sweeter, earthier flavour compared to pungent raw cloves. Chile caribe is a paste prepared with dried chiles that have been toasted, soaked in water, and puréed. Five ancho chiles will make enough caribe for this recipe with some to spare. If you can't find whole dried peppers, ancho chile powder or hot smoked paprika will suffice in equal measures. A pork shoulder is a must for this type of cooking as the fat and connective tissue will render into the meat for flavour, tenderness, and succulence which a leaner cut cannot provide. The shoulder is sometimes sold as a Picnic Roast or Boston Butt. If the shoulder has skin and bone, it can be discarded for another use. Oh, I should mention rhubarb also tastes great in margaritas.

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Pulled Pork Carnitas

Food & Dining Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

3 1/2 lbs pork shoulder 1/2 onion, chopped 4 cloves roasted garlic 4 3-inch pieces rhubarb 2 tsp salt 1 tsp anise seeds, toasted & ground 1/4 tsp cumin seeds, toasted & ground 1 cup water 1 Tbsp chili caribe 1 1-inch cinnamon stick

Makes 2 cups

2 cups chopped rhubarb 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped 3 cloves roasted garlic 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp cider vinegar 1 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp chile caribe (or to taste)

1. Cut pork shoulder into 2-inch cubes. Place all ingredients in a Dutch oven with a lid and bring to a simmer over low heat until meat is fork tender, about 3 hours. Remove lid for last hour of cooking. 2. Use a slotted spoon to remove meat from liquid and place the meat on a foil lined baking tray. Discard cinnamon stick. Over medium high heat, bring the remaining fat and juice in the pot to a boil and reduce to about 1 cup. 3. Using two forks or your fingers, break the meat into small pieces. Pour some of the reduced juice over the pork and place under a broiler to brown and crisp, stirring once to remix. 4. Serve piled high on soft toasted buns with a smothering of rhubarb barbecue sauce and creamy coleslaw.

1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Stirring occasionally, simmer over medium-low heat until sauce has thickened and rhubarb broken down, about 20-30 minutes. After cooling slightly, purée until smooth and velvety.

Article, recipes and photos by Chef Cindy Bircham. Cindy Bircham is a professional chef and recipe developer cooking her way across Elgin County with a passion for quality, local, and made from scratch. Visit www.Elginharvest.ca for her blog ‘From the Kitchen’. Her baked goods will be available Saturdays at the Horton Farmers’ Market in St. Thomas and the farm store at Wildflowers Farm (42338 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas) and weekends at Howe Family Farm Market (48556 John Wise Line, Aylmer).

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Summer¯ Time Cruising The start of fair weather beckons us to walk, bike or drive—to get out and explore. For some, the drive of choice is in an “old car” which will come out of winter storage for some long overdue and much anticipated cruising. What makes an older car “special” is often a matter of personal fancy, and the definitions for “antique”, “classic” and “special” vary from one group to another. The Classic Car Club of America (of which the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada is a member) posts a list of cars considered to be classics and defines such as a ‘fine’ or distinctive automobile produced in 1948 or earlier, generally high-priced when new and built in limited quantities. As for the vintage category, the minimum age for historic or vintage plates in Ontario is 30 years old. Then there are cars which are collectable or elicit interest because of their significant impact on the market, rarity, or exceptional condition. The roots of a keenness for classic and specialty cars may go back to the enthusiast’s youth or even childhood, and the motivations for lavishing money and time on them include connecting to the past, the challenge of restoring an automobile or building one from pieces, or an appreciation for an iconic form or fine auto craftsmanship. Rob Burns, who played a major role in organizing the Annual Lion’s Club Car Show in St. Thomas for

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several years says, “My interest started in childhood; a neighbor was a hot rod buff and I’ve had an interest ever since—as the pocket-book and time would allow.” He has recently completed restoration of a ’57 Corvette. Back in 1975 he wanted a ’63 black and black (black exterior and interior) he had tracked down in the States but upon discovering it didn’t fit the fifteen year old requirement for cars coming across the border, he ended up with a ’57. He says, “I drove it for a year, took it apart to paint and then it sat 25 to 30 years till I finally dragged it out ten years ago to work on it again.” It has now been transformed into an attention-grabbing beauty in the original blue and beige. Bob Zylstra, along with brothers Fred, John and Harley took over Bridgeview Motors from dad John in 1982. As manager of the sales end of the business he ensures an on-going supply of almost new cars and smooth sales transactions for Bridgeview customers. At the end of the day, however, he has spent many an hour getting down to the nitty gritty hands-on of restoring several cars. He says, “I just enjoy the challenge of putting them together. There’s been a ’65 Mustang, ’67 Chevelle, ’69 Firebird, ’69 Camaro, ‘80 Camaro, and a ‘72 Nova.” And with a full house of mechanics on Bridgeview’s repair side of the business, there’s always willing help near-by.

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Recreation For those who work on, drive or just enjoy a chance to get a close-up look at some nicely restored vehicles there are lots of ways to connect with fellow-enthusiasts. Rob Burns notes, “Once you get involved in shows and restoration, it’s surprising: you find there’s a real network locally of people with knowledge and contacts for parts and information.” There’s also a full slate of annual events and cruiseins in Elgin County. One of them is the annual West Lorne Show & Shine. Doug and Dorothy Staddon combined their zeal for community service as West Lorne Optimist Club members and their love of classic cars to take on organization of the event and then kept on doing it for seventeen years. Their enthusiasm has prompted a couple of members from the next generation of Optimists to take the lead for 2014, carrying on the organization of the enjoyable show which is set in a well-shaded section of Miller Park, starts with a full breakfast (a West Lorne Optimist fundraiser), and offers a chance for entrants to win cash prizes. Doug notes, “There are quite a few classic cars in the immediate area—my neighbor has four of

them! The Show and Shine attracts as many as 160 cars from London, St. Thomas, Windsor, Buffalo and Tillsonburg.” Doug has had a lifelong interest in classic cars— over the years he has owned ten or so, doing much of the work on them himself. He says, “Right now we have a 1932 Chevy 5-window Coupe and a 1966 Imperial Crown Convertible—only 514 of them were ever manufactured.” (It’s a 1966 Imperial Crown that was the subject of one episode of the popular “Pawn Stars” television show. When the son and grandson of the shop’s co-owner pretended, as a joke, that they had sold his yet-to-be-restored prize Imperial for $1,000 the epic reaction made for some tense comedic moments. Of course the ‘kids’ had kidnapped the car for an ultimate surprise restoration.) Says Doug, “Dorothy and I generally attend fifteen to eighteen car shows each year. We have met a lot of people over the years.” He notes that news of local shows is spread mostly via the show network as event flyers are passed by car owners and event musicians from one show to the next one. On the following page you'll find a few of the events on the cruising calendar this summer.

Opposite: Lion's Club Father's Day Car Show in Pinafore Park; Above: Rob Burns's '57 Corvette (photo by Red Button Photography) and Bob Zylstra with his '69 Camaro

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Recreation SOME 2014 SHOWS IN ELGIN AYLMER WEDNESDAY SHRINE CRUISE NIGHTS Wednesdays starting May 21 ICS Courier Parking Lot, 308 Talbot St W, Aylmer Contact: Roy, 519-773-5526 The Aylmer Shriners have operated the Aylmer Shrine Cruise for the past seven years. Formerly it was the Olde Aylmer Cruisers Cruise-In. Participants are generally from a 50-mile radius. The cruises are an important awareness- and fund-raiser for the work of the Aylmer Shriners with contributions going to VON, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and Shriner’s Hospitals, as well as to helping with medical treatments for a local child. DAVE WHEELER CAR SHOW, DUTTON Sat May 31, 9am-3pm | Dave Wheeler Automotive Contact: Dave, 519-762-3561 No admission charge, plus door prizes and music.

RODNEY’S 10TH ANNUAL CRUISE-IN Fri June 13, 4-8pm | Furnival Road, Rodney Contact: Gail, 519-785-1881 $5 entry per car. 7:30pm cruise to Port Glasgow. All proceeds to a children’s charity. Foot long hot dogs & ice cream floats are sponsored by Mickey’s Diner; door prizes sponsored by local businesses. Sidewalk sales and in-store specials along Furnival Road. 17TH ANNUAL LIONS FATHER’S DAY CAR SHOW Sun June 15, 8am-4pm | Pinafore Park, St. Thomas Contact: Wayne, 519-631-2148 www.lionsclubofstthomas.com Registration 8am-noon. Vehicle admission $10; no pre-registration; spectators by donation. Dash plates for the first 300 cars registered. People’s Choice awards are given in several categories. This is a great family outing with music and food; park facilities include playground equipment and splash pad.

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Above: West Lorne Optimist Club Antique Car Show WEST LORNE OPTIMIST ANTIQUE CAR SHOW Sun June 29, 9am-3pm | Miller Park, West Lorne Contact: Jeff, 519-768-2031 Breakfast, food booth and chance to win cash prizes of $300, $150 & $75 with entry. NEW: NOSTALGIA NIGHTS CLASSIC CAR SHOW Sat Jul 12, 5-9pm | Downtown St. Thomas Contact: Rob, vette1957eh@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/events/247012525483763 Brought to you by the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board. Free fun for all ages. Music from the 50s and 60s, food, awards, prizes, 50/50 draw. Train rides 1-7pm (between Downtown and RibFest in Pinafore Park). Art in the Park 2-7pm.

An Enthusiasm for Wheels Born in Elgin Born in Luton near Aylmer Ontario in 1861, Perry Doolittle was a lifelong innovator. He built what was thought to be Elgin County’s first bicycle at the age of seven. He went on to come up with several bicycle inventions and win more than fifty cycling trophies. Then, in addition to practising medicine in Toronto, he became an advocate for automobile safety. Known as the “Father of the Trans-Canada Highway” he was also founder of the CAA and in 1925 completed the first automobile trip across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver. His 1926 Model T was fitted with railroad wheels for 500 miles of the trip because there was no road.

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Ontario Auto Trivia James C. Mays is a respected authority on collectable cars, specializing in the history of the Canadian auto industry. You will find a wealth of extensively researched history on antique cars, trucks and tractors at www.theoilspoteh.ca. Some Ontario auto facts from his trivia page:

• On January 1, 1904 the government reported

that there were 182 automobiles in the province of Ontario.

• Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford and

wagon maker Gordon McGregor signed a deal on August 17, 1904 that changed McGregor’s Walkerville Wagon Works Limited into The Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited.

• The QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) between Ham-

ilton and Toronto was the first limited access, high-speed freeway in North America. It opened officially in 1939, just before the outbreak of World War Two.

• The last Studebaker was built in Hamilton,

Ontario, on March 17, 1966. It was the end of 117 years of the Studebaker Corporation in the transportation business. The car was Timberline Green.

• The Mercury Bobcat was made in St. Thomas,

Ontario in 1974. Only Canadians could buy them that year.

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Eventful Elgin EVENTS ACROSS ELGIN • MORE AT WWW.RELISHELGIN.CA ONGOING EVENTS Every Sat until Nov Horton Farmers’ Market

8am-12pm | Manitoba St, N of Talbot www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca

Every Sat in May & Jun Cineplex Family Favourites

11am; $2.50/person Galaxy Cinema, 417 Wellington St, St. Thomas 519-631-2261 | www.cineplex.com

Sat & Sun to Jun 29, WED-SUN JUL 2 TO AUG 31, plus Victoria Day, CANADA DAY & LABOUR DAY PORT STANLEY TRAIN RIDES

11am, 1pm & 2:30pm departures (arrive 30 min prior); Sat 11am trains are Complete Line Tours; moms & dads 1/2 price on Mother’s & Father’s Day; adults $15, kids (2-14) $9 Port Stanley Terminal Rail, 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca

Every Sun Jammin' In The Cabin Open Jams

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

2ND Sunday of every month Meet Art Emporium's Featured Artists 2-4pm | The Art Emporium, 177 Main St, Port Stanley 226-658-1888 | www.artemporium.ca

Until Sat Jun 7 Exhibitions: DONNA ANDREYCHUK, DENNIS KALICHUK & HEATHER KEATING

Donna Andreychuk's A Perfect Storm, Dennis Kalichuk's 1000 Words of Nature and Heather Keating's Journeys St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas | 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

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Until Sat Aug 30 Exhibition: Treasures from the Vault

Elgin County Museum, 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-1460 x159 | www.elgincounty.ca/museum

Until Mon Oct 13 Exhibition: Celebrate Volunteers

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

UPCOMING EVENTS Sat May 10 Treble Makers Women’s Choir: A Canadian Melody

7:30pm; Adults/children: $10/5 advance, $12/6 at door Calvary United Church, 221 Stinson St, Rodney Contact Jane, 519-768-1717 www.facebook.com/TrebleMakersWomensChoir

Sat May 10 St. Thomas Rotary Perch Fish Fry

Benefits CASO Station, other local charities; 4:30pm or 6pm seating; adults $25, kids under 13 $12 (advance only) CASO Station, 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-633-2535 | www.narhf.org

Sat May 10 Julia Hansford Sparta Studio Opening

10am-5pm; discover this artist studio, new to the village Julia Hansford Sparta Studio, 46341 Sparta Ln, Sparta www.facebook.com/hansford.julia

Sat May 10 Mother’s Day Open House at Wildflowers Farm

12-4pm; stroll the grounds and the new farm store Wildflowers Farm, 42338 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas 226-926-6432 | www.wildflowerstea.com

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Events Sat May 10 Sahara Swing Band: Swing Into Spring

Daily Sat May 17 to Labour Day Tours of HMCS Ojibwa

8-11pm; $10/person Princess Banquet Hall, 18 Princess Ave, St. Thomas www.facebook.com/saharaswingband

10am-5pm; adults/kids 6-12: interior $18.50/$11 (ages 6+ only), exterior $10/$3 (under 6 free), combo $30/$15 3 Pitt St, Port Burwell | 519-633-7641 | projectojibwa.ca

Sat May 10, Jun 14 & Jul 12 HMCS Ojibwa Greater Depth Tours

Sat May 17 St. Thomas & District Horticultural Society Annual Spring Plant Sale

6-9pm; $172/person (ages 16 and over; $100 tax receipt) 3 Pitt St, Port Burwell | 519-633-7641 | projectojibwa.ca

Sat May 10 & Sun May 11 Mother’s Day Open House at Heritage Line Herbs

Sat May 17 Port Stanley Community Yard Sale

Heritage Line Herbs, 53443 Heritage Ln, Aylmer 519-866-5577 | www.heritagelineherbs.com

Sat May 10 & Sun May 11 BACKUS-PAGE HOUSE War of 1812 Weekend

Sat 10am-4pm, $6/adult, $3/ages 4-13, under 4 free, $15/family; Sun 9am-1pm, by donation ($2 suggested); Mother's Day breakfast Sun 9am, $6/adult, $3/under 12 Backus Page House, 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 | www.backuspagehouse.ca

Sun May 11 Steed & Co Lavender Mother's Day Season Opening

Starts at 8am | www.portstanley.net

Sat May 17 Port Glasgow Yacht Club Community Yard & Garage Sale

Port Glasgow Marina, 8536 Haven’s Lake Rd, Rodney 519-785-0189 | portglasgowyachtclubandmarina.ca

Sat May 17 West Lorne & Community Horticultural Society Annual Plant & Bake Sale

8am | West Lorne Community Complex, 160 Main St

Steed & Co Lavender, 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta 519-494-5525 | www.steedandcompany.com

Sat May 17 & May 31 Murder Mystery Train Rides

Tues May 13 CASO Station Victorian Tea

Reserve prior to May 9; 2pm & 3pm; $10/person 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas | 519-633-2535 | narhf.org

Thurs May 15 to Sun May 25 ElginLicious

Visit the website for participating businesses and offers www.savourelgin.ca

Dinner at 6pm, ride and performance at 7pm Port Stanley Terminal Rail, 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca

Sat May 17, May 31 & Jun 14 Silverthorn Landscape Seminars

Build a Pond; Create an Inukshuk; Build a Water Feature Silverthorn Landscape Supply, 46400 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas 519-765-2379 | www.silverthornlandscape.com

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7:30am-noon (or until sold-out) Horton Farmers' Market, Manitoba St, St.Thomas Contact Shelley, 519-769-2529 gardenontario.org/site.php/district10/events/plantsales

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DINING ROOM OPEN FOR LUNCH, DINNER & WEEKEND BRUNCH INN & PANTRY PORT STANLEY 324 Smith St, Port Stanley • 519-782-4173 • www.thewindjammerinn.com

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Events Sat May 24 & Sun May 25 24TH Strawberry Fields Kite Festival

1-4pm both days | South Lawn, Regional Mental Health Care, Corner of Sunset and John Wise Ln, St. Thomas 519-775-2527 | www.gothicdesign.ca/strafest.htm

Sat May 24 & Sun May 25 ST. THOMAS MCRR Shops 100TH Anniversary

Tours of locomotive shops, music & more ; 10am-4pm Elgin County Railway Museum, 225 Wellington St, St. Thomas | 519-637-6284 | www.ecrm5700.org

Sun May 25 Tom Zombie Run For Your Life

10am | Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer 519-637-0333 | www.tzf.ca

Sun May 25 Purina Walk for Dog Guides

The Old St. Thomas Church Tues TO Sat mid-May to late August Free Tours of Old St. Thomas Church

9am-5pm | 55 Walnut St, St. Thomas 519-633-2610 | www.oldstthomaschurch.com

Wednesdays May 21 to Sept 20 Aylmer Shrine Cruise Nights

5pm-dusk; contributions to VON, STEGH, Shriner's Hospitals ICS Courier Parking Lot, 308 Talbot St W, Aylmer Contact Roy, 519-773-5526

Sat May 24 Free Family Movie in the Park

9pm | Pinafore Park, 93 Elm St, St. Thomas 519-633-7112 | www.stthomas.ca

Sat May 24 Kids’ Pond Ecology Workshop & THE SNAKE LADY AT MOORE WATER GARDENS

Workshop 11am-12pm ($25); Snake Lady 11am-3pm Moore Water Gardens, 4683 Sunset Rd, Port Stanley 519-782-4052 | www.moorewatergardens.com

Sat May 24 26TH annual Tiny Tots Trike-a-Thon

9am-12pm | Tiny Tots Co-Op, 217 Furnival Rd, Rodney 519-785-2164 | www.ttcns.ca

Sat May 24 The Ultimate Ladies Night

Relay For Life fundraiser; 6-10pm; $25/person (limited) St. Anne's Centre, 20 Morrison Ave, St. Thomas 519-637-7592 | facebook.com/UltimateLadiesNight

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Organized by The Port Stanley Lioness Club; 1pm registration, 1:30pm walk | Port Stanley Legion, 310 George St, Port Stanley | Contact Bev, 519-782-4308 www.purinawalkfordogguides.com

Sun to Thurs May 25 to August 21 Canada Southern Railway Station Tours

10am-4pm | CASO Station, 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-633-2535 | www.narhf.org

Tues May 27 Create, Make & Take: ADULT CraftS

2-3:30 pm; register by phone or at Adult Info desk St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St, St. Thomas 519-631-6050 | www.st-thomas.library.on.ca

Tues May 27 to Sat Jun 7 Port Stanley Theatre: County Jukebox—The Best of Country Duets

Tues-Thurs & Sat 2pm, $30.50; Wed-Sat 8pm, $33.50 Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 | www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Wed May 28 West Elgin Community Health Fair

Free, family-oriented event; 3:30-7:30pm Rodney Recreation Centre, 135 Queens Ln, West Elgin Contact Shelly, svergeer@wechc.on.ca

Thurs May 29 to Sat Jun 7 Aylmer Community Theatre: Mrs. Parliament's Night Out

Wed-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm; $15 adult, $10 student/ preview night; call or see website for ticket outlets Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre, 38 John St South, Aylmer 519-765-3039 | www.aylmertheatre.ca

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Events Thurs May 29 to Sun Jun 8 Elgin Theatre Guild: Swing Dance

Sat May 31 Royal Ascot Tea & Fascinator Competition

Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $16 in advance, at Bell's Bookbin, 552 Talbot St, St. Thomas, 519-878-4452, or online Princess Avenue Playhouse, 40 Princess Ave, St. Thomas 519-633-8530 | www.elgintheatreguild.ca

Doors open at 2pm; $10 | 519-631-3844 Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St, St. Thomas

Fri May 30 Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. ThomasElgin Golf for Kid’s Sake

9am-3pm | Dave Wheeler Automotive, Dutton Contact Dave, 519-762-3561

Kettle Creek Golf Club, 320 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley 519-633-3830 | www.bbbselgin.org

Sat May 31 STEPAC’s Annual Redtail Cocktail Party & Silent Auction

Sat May 31 Wheeler Antique Car Show

Sat May 31 & Jun 28 Quai du Vin Winemaker's Dinner

Advance reservation required Quai du Vin Estate Winery, 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas | 519-775-2216 | www.quaiduvin.com

Sun from Jun to Aug Music in the Park Concert Series

4-7:30pm; $100 ($65 charitable tax receipt issued) Redtail Golf Course, 7020 Mill Rd, Port Stanley 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

6pm | Morris F. Jones Memorial Bandshell, Pinafore Park, 95 Elm St, St. Thomas | www.stthomas.ca

Sat May 31 Relay for Life Luminary Sales Blitz

Sun Jun 1 Broderick’s ICE CREAM 30TH Birthday

8am-12pm; $5 each | St. Thomas Horton Farmers Market and various other locations in St. Thomas

11am-10pm | 290 Bridge St, Port Stanley www.brodericksicecreamparlour.com

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Events Fri Jun 6 to Sun Jun 8 Port Stanley Art Guild Show & Sale

Fri 7-10pm, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-5pm Port Stanley Legion, 310 George St, Port Stanley www.portstanleyartguild.com

Fri Jun 6 to Sun Jun 8 22ND Annual Rosy Rhubarb Festival

Shedden Keystone Complex (Hwy 3, Shedden) and surrounding community | Contact Sandy, 519-764-2600 www.rosyrhubarbfestival.com

Sat Jun 7 Koi Sale at Moore Water Gardens

12-3pm | 4683 Sunset Rd, Port Stanley 519-782-4052 | www.moorewatergardens.com

Sat Jun 7 Downtown Bike Festival

9am-1pm; music, bike parade, skills training and more L&PS Corridor, Downtown St. Thomas www.facebook.com/events/1471188063097312/

Sat Jun 7 Edison Fest

Lavender Bloom Celebration at Steed & Co Lavender

9am-6pm | Vienna Memorial Park, 6226 Plank Rd, Vienna Contact Lynda, 519-866-5521 | www.bayham.on.ca

Wed Jun 4 St. Thomas Hort Society Design Workshop

Sat Jun 7 & Sun Jun 8 East Elgin Sportsmen's AssN Open House

7pm; pre-registration required; $10 Msgr Morrison School, 10 S Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas Contact Shelley, 519-769-2529

Wed Jun 4 to Sat Jun 7 St. Anne’s Community Festival

St. Anne's Centre, 20 Morrison Dr, St. Thomas Contact Mike, 519-631-3640 | www.stannesfestival.com

Wednesdays in June Mixed Media Workshops

With Sarah Cowling; 10am-12pm; $150 Art Emporium, 177 Main St, Port Stanley 226-658-1888 | www.artemporium.ca

Fri Jun 6 North America Railway Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

CASO Station, Anderson Hall, 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas Contact Laurence, 519-633-2535 | www.narhf.org

Fri Jun 6 to Sat Jun 7 Mocha Shrine Ceremonial

Fish fry at the East Elgin Community Complex Friday night (open to the public); parade Sat at 2pm; donation presentations and initiation of Masons

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9am-5pm (gates close at 4pm); $10/person, $30/family; ammunition tickets $1 each 9586 Springfield Rd, Aylmer (btwn Glencolin & Hwy #3) 519-615-6377 | www.eesa.ca

Sun Jun 8 Grape Escape Vineyard Run

$35 until Jun 6; $20 dinner and entertainment only Quai du Vin Estate Winery, 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas | 519-637-0333 | www.quaiduvin.com

Wed Jun 11 to Sat Jul 5 Port Stanley Theatre: The Melville Boys

Tues-Thurs & Sat 2pm, $30.50; Wed-Sat 8pm, $33.50 Port Stanley Festival Theatre | 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 | www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Fri Jun 13 Shedden Tractor Pull

6pm | www.sheddentruckandtractorpull.com Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line (Hwy #3), Shedden

Fri Jun 13 RODNEY's 10TH ANNUAL CRUISe-IN

4pm start; 8pm cruise to Port Glasgow Furnival Rd, Rodney | Contact Gail, 519-785-1881

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Events Fri Jun 13 to Sun Jun 15 19TH ANNUAL Vanfest

Springwater Conservation Area | 519-773-9037 www.catfishcreek.ca, www.vannin.com/vanfest/

Sat Jun 14 Sparta's 6TH ANNUAL Girls Day Out

10am-5pm; $35/person (pre-registration required) Sparta Community Centre | Contact Eileen, 519-775-2628

Fri Jun 20 to Sat Jun 21 Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life

7pm-7am; $10/person, includes t-shirt and food St. Joseph's High School, 100 Bill Martyn Pkwy, St. Thomas Contact Crystal, 519-636-8308 www.relayforlife.ca/stthomas

Sat Jun 21 Extreme Elgin 2014

Sat Jun 14 Cruise Night FOR ANIMAL AIDE

Elgin St. Thomas Community Fndn fundraiser; 10am-4pm Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer | www.escf.ca

Sat Jun 14 Springfield Family Fun Day

2-6pm; presented by St. Thomas & District Hort Society Msgr Morrison School, 10 S Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas Contact Shelley, 519-769-2529

Music, food and prizes; by free-will donation; 4-8 pm Elgin Mall, 417 Wellington St, St. Thomas Malahide Community Place, 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield | Contact Mary, 519-765-4306 | fun-day.ca

Sat Jun 14 & Sat Jun 28 Saturday Night Beer & Pizza Train RIDES

Port Stanley Terminal Rail, 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca

Sat Jun 14 to Sat Jul 26 Exhibition: MELANIE MACDONALD'S Don’t Read This if You’re a Woodpecker

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

Sun Jun 15 17TH ANNUAL Lions Fathers' Day Car Show

7am-4pm; breakfast 7-11am; food trailer 11am-4pm $10 car show entry | Pinafore Park, 95 Elm St, St. Thomas Contact Wayne, 519-631-2148 | lionsclubofstthomas.com

Fri Jun 20 to Sat Jun 21 Canadian Cancer Society Relay FOR LIFE

7pm-7am | East Elgin Secondary School, Aylmer www.relayforlife.ca/aylmer

Sat Jun 21 Annual Rose & Flower Show

Sat Jun 21 Summer Solstice Celebration

3-8pm; $15 (kids by donation); live music, artisans, etc. Wildflowers Farm, 42338 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas 226-926-6432 | www.wildflowerstea.com

Sat Jun 21 & Sun Jun 22 Horseshoe J Dude Ranch Family Camp

Horseshoe J Dude Ranch, 32553 Erin Ln, Fingal 519-762-5402 | www.duderanchontario.com

Sat Jun 21 to Sun Jun 29 Lavender Bloom Celebration

Steed & Co Lavender, 47589 Sparta Ln, Sparta 519-494-5525 | www.steedandcompany.com

Sun Jun 22 King of Pop: Michael Jackson Experience

STEGH Fndn fundraiser, featuring Bishop Soul; 3-5pm; $34 advance ($3 service fee), $40 at gate (after 5pm Sat) Quai du Vin Estate Winery | 45811 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas | 519-775-2216 | www.quaiduvin.com MAJOR ATTRACTIONS • Edison Museum, 14 Snow St, Vienna • Marine Museum & Historic Lighthouse, 20 Pitt St & 17 Robinson St, Port Burwell • Wind Interpretive Centre Info Kiosk 5361 Brown Rd (at Nova Scotia Ln), Port Burwell • HMCS Ojibwa Submarine, Port Burwell • Port Burwell Provincial Park & Beach

www.bayham.on.ca • 519-866-5521

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SPRING EVENTS IN BAYHAM • EDISON FEST • JUNE 7, 9am-6pm Memorial Park, Vienna • Kids’ activities, draws, museum tours, entertainment, vendors and fun. • CANADA DAY IN PORT BURWELL • JULY 1 Parade at 11:30am, followed by flag-raising, cake-cutting and other festivities.

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Events Sun Jun 29 - Tues Jul 1 Port Stanley Canfest

Sun 10:45am kids (8 and under) treasure hunt at GT's; Tues 10pm fireworks on Main Beach; see website for other events | www.portstanleycanfest.ca

Tues Jul 1 Aylmer & Malahide Canada Day

Fireworks at dusk; VogelJoy concert East Elgin Community Complex, 531 Talbot St W, Aylmer 519-773-5631 | www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca

Tues Jul 1 West Lorne Canada Day Celebration

1pm kids activities; 5pm fish fry; 7pm opening ceremonies, baseball games, Snake Lady show; 9:30pm fireworks Miller Park, West Lorne | 519-785-0560 | westelgin.net

Tues Jul 1 Dutton Canada Day Celebration

12pm–dusk | Sons of Scotland Park, Dutton 519-762-3209 | www.duttondunwich.on.ca

Tues Jul 1 PORT BURWELL Canada Day Celebration

Canada Day in Pinafore Park, St.Thomas (Mark Girdauskas, Photos by MG)

Parade at 11:30am | Port Burwell

Sat Jun 28 Wallacetown Agriculture Society Barn Dance & Silent Auction

Fireworks at dusk | Fingal Ball Park, Southwold

7pm; $8 advance, $10 at door | Wallacetown Fairgrounds www.facebook.com/events/724839690899486/

Sat Jun 28 Joe Preston’s 10TH Anniversary PARTY

Hosted by Friends of Joe; doors 7pm, tributes 8pm; $25 Masonic Hall, Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas Contact Karen, 519-633-3333

Sat Jun 28 Mennonite Community Services 14TH ANNUAL Charity Auction

7am breakfast, viewing; 9am bidding; 11am lunch booths Aylmer Fairgrounds, 245 Sydenham Rd East, Aylmer 519-765-3020 | www.mcson.org

Tues Jul 1 Fingal Canada Day Celebration

Tues Jul 1 ST. THOMAS Canada Day CELEBRATION

Festivities all day, fireworks at 10pm Pinafore Park, 95 Elm St, St. Thomas | 519-633-7112

Tues Jul 1 Music & Artisan Festival for Hospice

1pm | Pinecroft Pottery, 8048 Rogers Rd South, Aylmer Contact Lynn, 519-637-3034 | serenityhousehospice.ca

Tues Jul 1 Half-Price Herb Sale

Heritage Line Herbs, 53443 Heritage Ln, Aylmer 519-866-5577 | www.heritagelineherbs.com

Mon to Sat in July & Aug Summer Days with the Beekeeper

Sat Jun 28 & Sun Jun 29 Assn of Port Stanley Artists’ Show

11am-2pm; Adventure Farm open 9am-5:30pm; included with admission ($11/person, $50/group of 5) Clovermead Bees & Honey, 11302 Imperial Rd, Aylmer 519-773-5503 | www.clovermead.com

Sun Jun 29 Annual West Lorne Optimist Club Breakfast & Antique Car Show

Thur Jul 3 to Sun Jul 6 Horseshoe J Dude Ranch KID’s Mini-Camps

11am-5pm | www.portstanleyartists.com Port Stanley Legion lawn, 310 George St W, Port Stanley

8:30am | Miller Park | Contact Jeff, 519-768-2031

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Horseshoe J Dude Ranch, 32553 Erin Ln, Fingal 519-762-5402 | www.duderanchontario.com

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Events Fri Jul 4 to Sun Jul 6 Balls Bike Rally

Springwater Conservation Area, Aylmer 519-773-9037 | www.catfishcreek.ca

Sat Jul 5 Wildflowers Permaculture Workshop

1-4pm; $40 | www.wildflowerstea.com Wildflowers Farm, 42338 Fruit Ridge Ln, St. Thomas

Sat Jul 5 Port Glasgow Yacht Club Steak BBQ

Port Glasgow Marina, 8536 Haven’s Lake Rd, Rodney 519-785-0189 | portglasgowyachtclubandmarina.ca

Sat Jul 5 to Sun Jul 13 Ontario Free Family Fishing Week

www.ontariofamilyfishing.com

Sun Jul 6 Rodney Kiwanis Club Kids' Fishing Derby

Registration at 9:30am, fishing from 10am-2pm Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina, 8536 Haven’s Lake Rd, Rodney | 519–785-0163 www.portglasgowyachtclubandmarina.ca

Sun Jul 6 St. Thomas Hort Society Garden Tour

11am-5pm; $10; tickets at Canadale Nurseries, St. Thomas Contact Shelley, 519-769-2529

Sundays in July & August Sunday Summer Teas

1-4pm; $10/person (advance reservation suggested) Backus-Page House, 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown 519-762-3072 | www.backuspagehouse.ca

WE STRIVE FOR ACCURACY IN THESE LISTINGS, BUT DETAILS SOMETIMES CHANGE SO PLEASE CALL AHEAD.

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More events, details and past event photos can be found on our website.

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