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Artist Barry Westhead by Wendy Soloduik

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Cold Creek Corner - Preparing for Winter by Gordon Craig

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Pondless Waterfall by Jean-Marc Daigle

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Vintages LANGUEDOC Best Value in French Reds by Daniel Gilbert

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Fall in Love with Schomberg by Susanne Prince

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Arts Society King - Newsletter and Events complied by Arts Society King

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The Quilting Bee by Kathleen Fry

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The Secret Squirrels of Happy Valley Forest by Mark Stabb

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Crossword by Paul Nielsen

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Towards a Sustainable King L Col (Ret’d) Susan Beharriell & Ariana Cancelli

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A Man of Vision: Henry William Copson by Virgina Atkins

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Book Reviews by Forster’s Book Garden

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King Township Library - More than just books! by Brianne Peters

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ABOUT OUR COVER

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Schomberg See page 4 to read about Barry Westhead

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CONTEST

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t is time to fall in love with Schomberg all over again... what better time to fall than in the autumn. Take a stroll through town while the air is as crisp and sweet as windfall apples. The shops and eateries welcome you with comfort foods and cosy must-haves for the home. September 17-18 enjoy ‘Fall in Love with Schomberg’ special events; the community bonfire, wagon rides, a weekend of outdoor art, and the not-to-be-missed Scarecrow contest! The Vanner Fair is another perfect way to spend a day in the country. This equestrian event features music, wine, delectable food, and strolling entertainment. See page six for more details and not to be missed the Organic Feast of Fields on page nine. If you want to think ‘warm’ as summer slips away, check out our article on quilt-making submitted by the King Township museum. And it isn’t just us thinking of hunkering down for the season, (although with two pages of events in and around King Township there is no reason to stay inside!) the animals of Cold Creek Conservation area will be getting their habitats ready for winter too. Turning our thoughts to the indoors, have a look at our King Township library story to discover the exciting things that are happening with the latest technology. Take a stab at the crossword, or peruse our always informative wine guide. I would like to thank the community for the overwhelming response to the summer edition of Tapestry. Library and Town copies flew off the shelves all summer. Finally don’t forget to enter our Soupfest contest for a chance to win a cookbook and tickets to the event. Take in the sights our beautiful community has to offer, and enjoy the fall issue of Tapestry.

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Barry Westhead marries

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By Wendy Soloduik

By Wendy Soloduik

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rts Society King (ASK) member Barry Westhead doesn’t have to choose between his career as an industrial engineer and his passion for photography. In fact, by marrying technology to art, Barry has devised his own durable, true-to-life art form that Tapestry Magazine has dubbed the ‘Outdoor Giclée’. Recently, Barry sat with me in his home studio in Kleinberg to discuss his creative process. Here is what he told me... When I was a boy... Barry’s “exposure” to the world of photography began when he was a child. His father James was an avid photographer who enjoyed developing his own prints. “I was in the darkroom from a young age,” Barry told me. “Like my father, I developed a passion for black and white photography and darkroom techniques.” Moving toward his adolescent years, Barry’s fascination with photography was replaced by a love of technology. In fact, it would be some years before he got behind the lens again, as Barry focused on pursuing an education and eventual career as a professional engineer in the field of Industrial Automation and Electronics. The dawn of the ‘Digital Age’ Barry Westhead was a pioneer in the area of using digital imagery for the purpose of systems analysis. “I was one of the first to get a digital camera when they came out,” Barry confirms. “My company would use cameras to document systems we had evolved for manufacturing facilities. Using the images our cameras captured, we could diagnose what was happening on the manufacturing lines, and make the necessary adjustments.” The professional use of cameras reignited the passion for photography within Barry

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as electronics and creativity collided. “My mentor, Ansel Adams, knew that the day would come when technology would replace the darkroom all together. In his 82nd year he said, ‘The time will come when you will be able to make the entire photograph electronically, with extremely high resolution and the enormous control you can get from electronics, the results will be fantastic. I wish I were young again’. Ansel had it right.” On the dusty trail In an effort to bring balance to his life, Barry Westhead is also an avid runner. The former marathoner uses his down time to run on trails throughout the forests and fields of the Humber River Watershed and Niagara Escarpment regions with his two border collies. “I find trail running very relaxing,” says Barry, also the former chair of the Humber Valley Heritage Trail Association. “It allows me to scout out locations to capture new images.” Although he carries a pointand-shoot camera on his person, Barry uses a GPS (Global Positioning System) to mark spots of interest. He then returns with his professional cameras to capture the image that caught his attention. In the eye of the beholder To take his blend of art and technology one step further, Barry uses something called High Dynamic Range (HDR) to capture some of his images. In laymen’s terms, this means he uses a tripod and a remote shutter to capture the image in various exposure levels. He then overlaps the images using a computer to create an image that recreates what is seen by the human eye. “When you take a picture of something, it never looks like what you are seeing with your eyes,” Barry explains. “By using HDR techniques, I can -4-

overlap the images – from very under exposed to very over exposed – on my computer to recreate the scene exactly as I saw, and felt it.” The HDR technique is ideal for photographing scenes in nature, Barry’s favorite genre, as shadow details that would normally be left in darkness by the camera (to highlight a focal point) are now revealed. “Your eyes adjust very quickly to the amount of light available when looking from one object to another,” explains Barry. “This allows you to see everything in full focus. When you are taking pictures, this cannot occur, unless you use HDR.” On Barry’s Web site, he further explains HDR technology: “The essence of HDR photography is to emulate with canvas and inks the secrets the Old Master and Renaissance painters developed centuries ago to achieve radiant colours and ‘glowing’ skin tones using just the available colour palette of the oil-based pigments of their day. Master Painters learned to use colour combinations and contrasts that would make our mind's eye see the paintings as if were viewing the actual scene. Picasso's assertion: ‘Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.’” Manipulation Barry Westhead shoots his images raw. This means the only thing fixed about the images he captures is the exposure and the recorded white balance. What this means is that the image can be manipulated using computer software to perfect the end result, even if HDR is not used. “I use a program called Light Room to catalogue, crop and adjust the light balance in my raw images. Once I’ve selected an image to work with, I then use Photoshop to sharpen the areas that need it. All I’m doing is bringing out the beauty that’s already there,” says the artist. “It’s amazing what you can find if you look for it. If the

details are there, you can find them.” Barry spends up to 20 hours on any particular image, making it appear true to life. “It (the image) has to be manipulated. The image is always manipulated – even by the camera itself,” says Barry. “Even ‘purists’ try to achieve a desired effect through preferred film selection and preferred development techniques.” Spray it, don’t say it With his image now perfected, Barry uses a specialized Epson Giclée printer, to control his creative process, even in the final steps. The $8,000 printer takes about $3,000 worth of ink (when fully charged) and uses an 11-colour process. It is the most advanced printer in history. “In the last hundred years, there have been only two advancements in printing, the laser printer and the Giclée printer,” Barry explains. Ironically, the 11 colour printing process is referred to by Epson as a High Dynamic Ink Range, mimicking the term used to describe Barry’s photographic technique. Barry explains why the 11colour process is so important: “Of the 11 colours, four of them are different shades of black. All of the details in a printed image are in the black ink and shades of gray are where the extreme details reside.” Barry uses different kinds of paper to alter the end product. His favorite paper is imported from Germany. The Giclée A Giclée print is created in a single spray pass (literally translated, the word Giclée is French for “to spray”. The word was originally derived by famous printmaker Jack Duganne from the French


verb "gicler," meaning "to squirt.” Once printed, Barry’s Giclée takes 48-hours to cure. It is then ready for framing and varnishing. Framing frenzy Barry coats his Giclée prints with three coats of varnish – rendering them archival and virtually indestructible, eliminating the need for glass between art and observer and even allowing them to be displayed outdoors year round. “I’ve always had an interest in woodworking,” Barry told Tapestry from the confines of his “man cave”. “I had trouble justifying the amount of tools I’ve collected over the years that went unused, and framing was the perfect way to keep them in use.”

Using western red cedar planks to create his gallery wraps, Barry has developed a term for the finished product, “I call it ultra-light art”, he says, while digging around to find the perfect accompanying hook. “These work perfectly,” Barry explains, producing a 3M Compound Strip that will adhere to the wall. “I can re-do your whole art collection without making a single nail hole,” Barry says proudly. Using biscuits and glue to create the joints, Barry’s frames aren’t just ultra-light, they are also ultra-strong, as is the varnish that Barry applies in a three-coat process. Coming in at about $150/gallon, the application of varnish is the final step in creating art that will literally, in some cases, outlast the subject matter itself. The Cost of Perfection When working for artists in other forms of media, Barry uses polarized lighting and a polarizing filter on a Nikon camera to shoot the digital images that will become Giclée prints against a green screen. Although destined to become Giclée prints, the images

shot in Barry’s home studio can also be used by artists for upload to the Internet, or to create a digital archive. When used to create Giclée prints, Barry’s reproductions of original images make art affordable for everyone and afford the opportunity for the artist to command a fair price for an original work. “There is no point in creating an image if you have no one to share it with,” Barry says, confirming the advantage of Web site sales. “But allowing artists to determine the value of their own art (through reproduction) is the goal. There is no point for any artist to go day after day without sales.” Because Barry does not seek to improve or enhance the original artwork, he must reproduce the image exactly – even though that can be a costly, and time-consuming process. Once the image is transferred to the computer, it must be colour-matched to the original – another painstaking process. “It’s not always easy,” Barry confirms, adding that the calibration of the computer and the printer is important, to avoid costly “surprises” when the final image is printed. “I start by printing test strips. If I can see the colours are off

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a bit, I re-adjust using a colorimeter to accurately measure the differences,” Barry explains. “I’ve had situations where I’ve had to reprint the image six or eight times at my own cost before submitting the final proof to the artist.” Career Catalogue When he isn’t working on another artists’ work, Barry Westhead seeks inspiration from his own image catalogue. “I keep everything I take,” says Barry Westhead of his some 30,000 raw images shot every year. “Then, I just keep looking back at old images and look for their value.” Sometimes these catalogued images inspire a new series – such as the display Barry recently created for the Manulife Centre at Hogs Hollow. Other times the images sit unused, waiting to fulfill their purpose. Where to Find Sample images of Barry His home studio is also open Westhead’s Giclée prints can to clients by appointment be found at www.art2printim- only. ages.com. www.art2printimages.com


SEPTEMBER EDITION

SEPTEMBER 24TH DEERFIELDS STABLES COUNTRY INN 17084 DUFFYS LANE CALEDON, ONTARIO

COLD CREEK CONSERVATION AREA IS AN ECOLOGICALLY DIVERSE AND SUSTAINABLE NATURAL AREA, HOME TO A WIDE ARRAY OF PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES

Preparing for Winter by Gordon Craig

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Deerfields Stables Country Inn, just outside the Village of Palgrave in Caledon, will play host to North America’s first ever ‘Vanner Fair’ with breeders, owners and trainers trekking from the far reaches of both countries to participate in demonstrations, competition, sales promotion and the good camaraderie which so naturally follows the colourful Gypsy Vanner horse. Modelled after the world famous “Appleby Fair” held annually for hundreds of years in the Lake District of Cumbria in the UK, Vanner Fair will showcase the highly adaptable, newly registered Gypsy Vanner breed in a festive atmosphere which celebrates their unique history and the folklore that surrounds this magical horse. A boutique trade fair will continue the ‘Vanner Passion’ with specialty vendors and artisans selling lifestyle and equine crafts and wares, while breeders and ‘newbie’ owners regale visitors with personal anecdotes about their life with a Gypsy Vanner. Hospitality areas, a VIP concierge tent, food concessions and a wine and beer garden with strolling entertainment complete the festive atmosphere which defines “Vanner Fair”.

Fall brings the last of summer’s glory. Fruit and nuts are strung out on trees; flower seeds are carried on fluffy parachutes to fertile ground; and animals that don’t migrate to warmer southern climes or roam above the snow take cover for a long winter’s sleep. They don’t really sleep. Many mammals hibernate in burrows or shelters by lowering their body temperature to several degrees above freezing, slowing their heart rate by 6080%; metabolic oxygen demands are reduced and breathing slows. They rely on their fat reserves for basic metabolism rather than muscle tissue and specialized brown fat pads on the back and front chest produce warmth to maintain core body temperature around major organs. Hibernation is interrupted periodically through winter when temperatures rise and there are brief bursts of limited activity and then hibernation is resumed. Fur coats and protective surroundings insulate them from severe ambient temperatures. Cold Creek hibernators include squirrels and chipmunks, bats, ground hogs, raccoons, and skunks. Putting on the fall fat is critical preparation for winter hibernation. Snakes, frogs and other reptiles have a different challenge since they are not warm blooded and assume ambient temperatures. So where to go and what to do? Aquatic frogs like the Leopard, Green and Bull frogs head for the local pond and oxygen rich cold water just above the sediment but well below ice cover. Their metabolism slows in the 1º -2º C water even though they might move around a bit. Remember, water doesn’t freeze until 0 º C and oxygen concentrations are higher in colder water. Frogs, while submerged over winter, absorb needed oxygen directly from the water through their highly permeable skin. Terrestrial frogs like the Wood Frog, Spring Peeper and American Toad are more inventive since they don’t use the pond water environment for winter. These frogs burrow into leaf

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Wood Frog

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litter and under logs then increase the glucose concentration in vital organs. Elevated glucose, a natural sugar, acts as an antifreeze to prevent their tissues from freezing. Their hearts and breathing stop as their metabolism virtually halts in sub zero temperatures; they are in suspended animation. They literally survive due to sugar rather than fat. In early spring when the snow and local pond ice melts, their bodies warm and their metabolism resumes; breathing begins again, hearts beat strongly and all thoughts turn to spawning. Snakes like the Garter, Black Rat and Eastern Milk snakes seek deep unfrozen quarters. There are few natural crevices and burrows below the deep frost lines in northern climes consequently those that exist attract any and all local snake species. Such a multi-species communal site is called a hibernaculum. Snakes lose their appetite in the fall and go into winter on an empty stomach; any ingested food would putrefy and kill the snake. Once in their chilly hibernaculum, typically 10º C in late fall and dropping as far as to 1º C over winter, their metabolism slows to about 10% of normal and they slowly draw on fat reserves until spring. Winter is hard on North American snakes and severe conditions can produce up to 50% mortality killing any that freeze. Rising spring temperatures bring snakes out of their lairs to bask on warm sunny rocks before they head off for a long awaited lunch. Fall is in the air and the Cold Creek Conservation Area animals are all preparing for winter in their own way. Visit Cold Creek (www.ColdCreek.ca) and enjoy the fall pilgrimage to winter.


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Last January, in the depth of winter, Harold and Emily moved into their new estate home on a busy roadway in the rural heart of King Township. All was well, at first. They loved their home, and they especially loved the new, beautifully appointed stone terrace and gardens that promised relaxation and pleasant outdoor living once winter loosened its frigid grip on the landscape. With the onset of spring and then summer, they began to spend more time outdoors, and their anticipation soon turned to disappointment. That busy highway turned out to be quite the “ear sore”. They were dismayed to discover just how stressful and distracting the relentless sound of daytime traffic could be. Speeding cars and downshifting trucks were spoiling their outdoor living experience, and something had to be done. The solution came in the form of a large waterfall – a pondless waterfall, to be specific. The idea was both simple and elegant. The splashing sounds of falling water tumbling on stones would effectively rise above the traffic din to mask the offending noises, while simultaneously enriching their garden experience. The waterfall itself would be designed to serve as a focal feature and aesthetic component of the garden. Harold and Emily agreed a waterfall could help solve their problem. However, they were initially opposed to the idea because they assumed the waterfall would have to include a garden pond. They loved the idea of water in their garden, just not in the form of a pond. A pond was not on their list of priorities, for a number of reasons. For one, their outdoor living area was relatively compact, and they didn’t have a whole lot of space to accommodate a pond. They had safety concerns for their many young grandchildren who frequently came to visit. They also had no interest in taking on the on-going maintenance and seasonal care that is required to keep garden ponds clean and algae free, and, they worried about who would take care of a pond when they were away on their ex-

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tended trips abroad. In their case, a pondless waterfall was the perfect solution. The reservoir for a pondless waterfall is contained not in a pond per se, but in a cistern buried at the bottom of the falls. Because there is no open standing water, there is no need for many of the filtration, aeration and maintenance devices and systems that come with a conventional garden pond. Water contained in the buried reservoir is simply recycled over the falls via a pump and compact circulation system. Pondless waterfalls can be further enhanced with strategically placed aquatic plantings to reinforce their natural “look”. Unlike a conventional pond waterfall, which must be pumped 24/7 to maintain optimal water quality, a pondless waterfall system can literally be turned on or off on demand, as you please, without the worry of stagnation or elevated electricity bills. So long as the system is turned on for a few hours a week, there should be never be any mosquito concerns. From a water conservation standpoint, the idea of a pondless waterfall appeals to many homeowners because it can be easily integrated into a rainwater harvesting system designed to capture rain and snowmelt off buildings and pavements. Water is diverted to the buried reservoir, where it is stored for use both as a ready source of water for both the waterfall and for garden irrigation. Pondless waterfalls can be constructed on virtually any scale and budget, from a large multi-tiered installations cycling 10,000 – or more – gallons of water per hour, to small micro-falls tailored to small outdoor living spaces. Of course, the true beauty of a pondless waterfall lies in, well, its beauty. A properly designed and skilfully constructed natural stone waterfall, fitted with tasteful landscape lighting, is sure to become the garden’s central feature and crown jewel. It is the ultimate garden accessory offering unparalleled visual drama and, in Harold and Emily’s case, a pleasant soundscape that enhanced and transformed their outdoor living experience.

Jean-Marc Daigle is a landscape architect and president of Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes Inc.. He can be reached at 905-939-8498, or at jeanmarc@genus-loci.ca.

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Vintages

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he Languedoc Region of southern France is most often grouped with its neighbours Provence and Roussillon but it is very different. Both Provence and Roussillon are very Mediterranean in style, Languedoc is more inspired by the Rhone Valley. The main grapes of the area are Syrah, Grenache, Mouvéore and Carignan, the same as the southern Rhone particularly Chateau-Neuf-Du-Pape. The Languedoc is a large area and is divided into two regions, the western and eastern Languedoc. The west is home of the middle-ages town of Carcassonne, and contains the important appellations of Corbires and Minfruous situated in the

foothills of the Pyrenees. The terrain is quite rugged and the elevation means later ripening leading too more intense flavours. Eastern Languedoc is more flat and easier to farm. For many years it has been the backbone of France’s bulk wine industry but new investments have been made and now there are many excellent wines producers in the less hospitable hill. The main grape here is Carignan, a dark rich sometimes over powering flavour. It is mainly blended with proportions of Grenache, Syrah, Mouruédre or Cinsault. Languedoc has always been about rule breakers, so grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Mer-

lot Chardonnay are used to make wines sold under the Vin de Pays designation. Most LCBO stores now have a section in general list just for Languedoc wines, where great values can be found. Also look in the vintage section for some exceptional wines at reasonable prices. Try Saint-Croix Vieilles Vignes Coteaux du Languedoc 2009, a bland of Grenache, Syrah and Mouruédre dark colour, intense fruit of blackberries and raspberries $13.95. Chateau de L’ille Cuvée Angelique Corbiéres 2008, 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache if you like ChatéauNeuf- Du- Pape try this at half the price, $15.95. Chateau du Prieure de Mourgues 2009, St. Chinian Syrah, Grenache and Mourvédre are barrel aged separately then blended so you get the fruit of Syrah, the cedar notes of Grenache and the backbone of Mourvédre, plus the toasty vanilla from the oak aging for $16.95. Whichever wines you choose from Languedoc they seldom disappoint and always give great value. Daniel will be hosting a Languedoc wine tasting on Tuesday October 18th 2011. 6 wines, 6 course for $69.00.

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Sept 11 - Organic Advocates, FEAST OF FIELDS at Coldcreek Conservation Area, call for tickets Tuesday September 13

Tuscan Wine Tasting Dinner

Tuesday October 11

Bob Milne Ragtime Piano

Tuesday October 16

Southern France, Languedoc Wine Tasting Dinner

Tuesday November 8

Wild Game Dinner

Friday Nov 11

Remembrance Day Dinner, Veterans eat free


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Susanne Prince hen the air is just a touch crisper and the trees are putting on their fall colours, people have an irresistible urge to get out and explore the countryside. On the weekend of September 17th and 18th you may want to venture to Schomberg in King Township where you can experience an Ontario village that has retained its quaint character and old-fashioned charm. King Township has one of the highest per capita populations of artists in Ontario, and Schomberg is where they come together on this weekend, The Schomberg Village Street Gallery is proud to host its annual Fine Art show and sale, now in its 3rd year. This juried show celebrates local and regional artists with a range of media including oil, acrylic, glass, photography, jewellery and intaglio. Artists’ styles range from traditional to contemporary to abstract. This Arts Society King event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm on historic Main Street. Take a leisurely stroll along the street and view original works of art from more than 30 artists. If you are lucky, you may find that perfect piece for your home. VISA and MasterCard accepted. www.svsg.ca You can also enjoy the fabulous and whimsical creations that are part of Schomberg Scarecrows this weekend. These creatures will be visible on front lawns and gardens or in front of businesses and stores all around town from 10am on Saturday 17th until 5pm on Sunday 18th. We would love you to see them all and vote for your favourite – the winner will be announced at the Community Spirit Bonfire on Saturday evening at 6:30pm. If you want to find out more or participate go to www.schombergscarecrows.com. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides along Main Street on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2 pm for those wishing to see the art and scarecrows from a higher vantage point AND give their feet a rest! Come early on Saturday and you will also be able to shop for local produce at the Farm-

ers’ Market, 8am – 1pm, in the Fairgrounds, where there will be veggies, baked goods, flowers, honey and much more. Then later on Saturday (11 am to 2 pm) the Dufferin Marsh Committee will be having a very interesting workshop for children where they will provide all the equipment and guidance needed to make a Birdhouse and at the end, you get to take it home! This happens at the Shelter in the Dufferin Marsh, Dr. Kay Drive. It’s free but donations are always welcome! For more information call Mary Asseltine at 905 939 7544. Originating from Schomberg Library (77 Main Street) will be a Heritage Walk around historic Schomberg starting at 11am and then again at 2pm. Call Sharon Bentley 905 833 5101 for more info. King Township Historical Society has arranged for Angie Krotowski, a noted quilter, to talk about the evolution of the art of quilting in her presentation “Patches Over Time” from 2 – 4pm on Sunday 18th in the Community Hall, 325 Main Street. For more information contact Lynda Rogers, 905 859 4148. There will be a display of art quilts and you are welcome to bring yours. All this activity will no doubt bring on food cravings – well, you are in luck as Main Street boasts one of King Township’s best restaurants and several eateries and pubs, so you will not go hungry! Grackle Coffee, the quintessential coffee shop, will be open from early morning to serve you the best coffee in town as well as many homemade goodies – a must. If you just want to eat something while strolling down Main Street, the Schomberg Lions will be providing their signature dishes for lunch and dinner, cooked on the grill outside the Community Hall. Not to be missed! To read more about any of the above go to www.schomberg.ca. It’s worth the drive to Highways 9 and 27. When you do, you really might just “Fall In Love With Schomberg!” See you there! Can you tell us where in Schomberg? Call or send us a pic! tapestry @kingsentinel.com or 888-557-6626

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VOLUME III EDITION 1

ASK Festival King 2011 Over 2200 people participated in the 28 "Tours & Events” including the "ASK Soirée" and the 23 "Discover the Creative You" workshops! ASK is grateful to the Department of Canadian Heritage for their ‘Building Communities through Arts and Heritage’ grant. We also acknowledge the tremendous financial support and in kind support from our 40 Sponsors, 118 Partners and our many, many volunteers.

KETTLEBY FAIR

KING TRAVEL DIARIES

SCHOMBERG VILLAGE ST. GALLERY

Saturday, September 10 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Parade at noon “The biggest little fair in Ontario” Village of Kettleby, Tyrwhitt Conservation Area

Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m. “New Zealand” at Schomberg Library

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open-air juried Fine Art Show & Sale Main Street, Village of Schomberg

All day stage and grounds entertainment, food, vendors, juggling lessons, games, clowns, mutt show and loonie draw. Watch for ASK youth & professional entertainers on stage from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. – Guitar Theory Seminars, Next Stage Theatre Co., Rachel Miller and Prince Bamidele Bajowa. KettlebyFair.ca

Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. “First Fleet Re-enactment Voyage and African Safaris” at King City Library Sue & Peter Iaboni will present their trip to New Zealand by camper van. L Col (Ret’d) Susan Beharriell will take us to Africa & sail from Cape Town to Mauritius. Community Calendar on King-Library.on.ca

Stroll historic Main Street & view work by 30 artists from King & surrounds: acrylic, oil & watercolour paintings, metal sculpture, nature photography, fused glass, jewellery & intaglio. SVSG.ca Part of “Fall in Love with Schomberg” – Schomberg.ca.


Artist in PROFILE:

Greg Locke When Greg Locke and his wife Tracy moved from a downtown art district to Schomberg in 2006, he had dreams of turning his stained glass hobby into a profession. With his recent creation, done in partnership with worldfamous artist Ernestine Tahedl, his dreams have come true. Greg learned the skill of working with glass from his father, who had picked it up as a retirement hobby. Over ten years Greg developed his own style and sold larger and larger works. To realize his dream he needed more space to expand and they discovered Schomberg’s “Dr. Kay House”, a beautiful old home built in the 1820’s, with a great horse barn Two Solitudes ideal for a studio. The renovated barn opened as a studio in 2008. With the addition of a glass kiln, he began to concentrate on “fused glass,” a technique whereby two layers of glass are fused together in the heat of a kiln. Some artists insert thin materials between the two layers, usually copper, brass, or another metal. The heat of the kiln causes these metals to change colour, creating interesting designs. Greg became so good at fused glass that he was asked by York Region Arts Council to do a series of pieces as awards to thank key contributors to a fundraising project. One of the winners was Ernestine Tahedl. As a renowned stained glass artist herself, she was anxious to meet the creator of her award. Ernestine and Greg became fast friends and he describes her as a “true Mentor” to him. Greg had a lot to learn from someone who has survived as an artist for nearly 50 years. Born and educated in Austria, and then living in Edmonton and Montreal for most of her life, she moved to King City in 1983. Like her Austrian father, she had early success in stained glass, and

then, in the 1960’s, began to paint. She has won several Canadian and international awards and is well known in Austria, France, Japan, the USA and, in Canada, especially for her stained glass commission at Expo ’67. She is currently planning a Retrospective Exhibition of her work in Austria and other European countries in 2012. Ernestine approached Greg about entering the pARTners program, established by the Ontario Society of Artists and the Woodstock Gallery in 2008. Its goal is to pair 10 emerging artists and 10 established artists together to produce collaborative works which will then be exhibited across Ontario. One requirement of the program is to use Japanese paper somehow in the work. Ernestine was excited to work with glass again, and she and Greg began experimenting with the fused glass technique, using the Japanese paper instead of metal in between the layers. The results were “”quite surprising and dramatic!” Their test piece, “Two Solitudes,” was beautiful. Delighted with the result, they continued on to create their final product. The final art work, a three-piece glass sculpture, is being kept a secret, but will be unveiled at the Woodstock Gallery on November 19th and will be on display there until early January, 2012. In addition, an existing piece from each artist will be displayed. Then all the pieces in the pARTners project will go on an exhibition tour to galleries in Hamilton, Toronto and Aurora during the first six months of 2012. But YOU can get a glimpse beforehand! “Two Solitudes” will be on display and for sale at the Schomberg Village Street Gallery, of which Greg is co-chair, September 17-18. www.SVSG.ca

Grocery Shopping By Bus Many of us appreciate King Township for its rolling hills, kettle lakes, and serenity. But few of us realize that there are also a lot of unique places to buy our groceries as well. On a recent local bus tour, we visited several. Our first stop on the Locavore Bus Tour, part of the ASK 2011 Festival, was the Silani Cheese factory, just on the outskirts of Schomberg. We all noted that we had seen Silani Cheese often in supermarkets, but hadn’t known that it was produced so close to home. This was an idea that resonated for the rest of the day. The Silani Cheese business, which began as a humble venture in a small family home back in 1954, has grown into a $50 million business with over 300 employees. The products are distributed all across Canada and the business continues to grow as it develops new products and processes such as grating and shredding. As we left, we were given a huge plate of cheese cubes to share. One of our tour guides, Ann Rockley who is also a Locavore Bus Tour nutritionist, assured us that a moderate amount of cheese in our diet is a healthy source of calcium. Our next destination was the Holland Marsh. Avia Eek, a King councillor and our second tour guide, gave us an overview of the importance of this natural resource in our King Township back yard. The Marsh began over 10,000 years ago as Lake Algonquin. As the lake dried up it left behind soil that is such a rich growing medium it is considered a zero on a scale of 1 to 7 due to its organic content. The first use of marsh crops was in the late 1800’s when marsh grasses and hay were harvested to fill mattresses. In the 1920’s, after a drainage scheme was introduced, the first crops of lettuce, carrots, onions and celery began to poke their heads through the rich soil. Soon thereafter, in 1934, 17 families arrived in the hamlet known as Ansnorveldt (translated means, on Snor’s field, referring to John Snor), and began to farm. Their extensive knowledge of these particular crops was priceless. Today the 7000 acres of farmed land produce food that is sold all across Canada and abroad. Situated in the Marsh is the Canal Road Market, where Marsh produce is sold. Here we found radishes so big that only one would be needed for a salad, several varieties of lettuce, onions, Asian vegetables, carrots, tomatoes and even the first corn of the Ontario season. There were pies, jams, and jellies made with local fruit as well. After boarding the bus with our purchases and loading them into the extra seats, we rode down the street to the University of Guelph Muck Crop Re-

search Station. Here scientists experiment with hybrid varieties of trial vegetables grown in small plots out back. But their chief value to the local farmers is their unique approach to pest control. Testing allows the scientists to notify farmers when unwanted insects are beginning to invade, and this advance notice gives farmers enough time to react before their crops are destroyed. Just down the road from the Research Station is the Van Hart organic greenhouse operation. This is another example of a small family-run business that has grown and flourished. Owner, Ron Van Hart is passionate about his tomatoes. He nurtures 25 varieties in a number of different growing conditions. He uses no pesticides, relying on the Research Station to keep unwanted flies at bay. He adds Nova Scotia seaweed to the soil and keeps beehives nearby for pollination. His unique system of vines allows the plants to grow as high as 25 feet, twisting around themselves, snaking along on the ground, and then shooting back up. Ron entertained us with several of his favourite axioms about farming. “Harnessing nature is like harnessing a race horse that’s out of control” he said as we left. On our way out we met Louie the peacock and his family who cawed and hooted at us as we got too close. We also met Ron’s wife, who presented us with a huge bowl of bruschetta made from Ron’s tomatoes. Our final stop on the tour was the Holland Marsh Winery. As we arrived, Ann our nutritionist reminded us that wine, especially red, is very good for the heart. We hurried in, eager to avoid heart disease. The owner poured us some delicious samples and chatted to us as we drank. He told us his winery is about 4 years old and grows four varieties of local grapes – Baco Noir, Gamay Noir, Reisling, and Vidal. He showed us the vinyards out back and the lovely clubhouse that can be rented out by club members. Then we sat down to a feast. The Silani cheese and bruschetta came off the bus and sat beside crusty bread from Dorio’s bakery in Kettleby, a sprout salad from “Sprouts For Life” in the Marsh, and organic beef from Beretta cows raised in the hills of King Township. For dessert we slathered more slices of bread with honey from Pioneer Brand Honey and Nuts in Nobleton. At the end of the meal, we drank a toast to all the local foods we had enjoyed, and we vowed never to buy cheese, meat, produce or honey from a chain supermarket again.


partners supported the Fair, providing huge logistical support. Individuals and companies donated and lent items, everything from carts to straw bales, but the actual operation of the Fair was always the responsibility of a committee that had to round up as many as 100 volunteers to stage this one-day event. After over thirty years, it was time for a change. The dedicated residents of Kettleby needed a break. The Fair needed a new operating model. And so the partnership idea was formulated with a new committee. The

King City Lions Club agreed to handle the grill. The Anglican and United churches agreed to take over the entrance gates of the fair. Proceeds were split between the Fair and its partners. The Lloydtown Rebellion Association agreed to serve the corn, dressed up in costumes and transforming the booth into an experience. Instead of the usual 200 cobs of corn, over 500 cobs were sold! “Share the work and share the profits” became the new operating model. This year even more organizations are joining the Kettleby Fair. The Kettleby Public School Parents’ Association is running the Loonie Draw. The King Township Baseball Association is operating a Speed Pitch feature, Kettleby Coop Preschool is handling kids’ games, the King Township Library will create a Story Corner and ASK is presenting a youth talent show on the main stage. More features for the fair – more community involvement. The operation of the Kettleby Fair has become a model of sustainability for King Township. As one long-time supporter of the fair said, “Our baby has grown up and gone to university.” This year’s Kettleby Fair will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be no rain. For more information, go to the website at: www.KettlebyFair.ca

which to tangle. There is, of course, another side to all of this. In late summer tiny pretty pink florets pop out in a ring around the head; when these are finished blooming a brown-grey walnut- sized top remains with spikes reaching up to 2 inches long. What happens next is a matter of choice. A pair of garden snippers may be used to cut through the sharp stem prick-

les. The stems and heads can be taken indoors become part of a Christmas dried flower arrangement, combining yarrow, goldenrod and perhaps long-stemmed grasses. Their muted colour is often enhanced by a golden spray. One might believe that this is the end of the teasel tale--but there is more! Moist soil is the favoured growing spot for a teasel, whose root system supports all

KETTLEBY LOVE AF-FAIR Every fall for more than thirty years the Kettleby community has come together to host “the biggest little fair in Ontario.” Long time residents of Kettleby gladly talk for hours about that first fair way back in 1977. It was hosted on the last weekend in September by the King Township Historical Society as a rotating fair. After King City and Nobleton, it was Kettleby’s turn. Those who attended remember the park, the heritage including a blacksmith, and the food: people ate roasted corn on the cob, and bought cooked chickens to take home with no help at all from Colonel Saunders. There was a small parade that first year and the former Methodist Church, which had been renovated into a home, was open to visitors. The only drawback was the rain. The next year nothing much changed, including the rain. Everyone enjoyed themselves and considered offering to host the fair permanently. But what to do about the weather? Some far-thinking entrepreneurs consulted the farmer’s almanac and learned that the most likely date for a rainfree event was the Saturday after Labour Day. And so the date was changed, and Kettleby residents were off

Teasel Time Lorne Macrae The alien Teasels (Dipsacus sylvestris) would be the soldiers of the wild flower parade. They stand up to seven feet tall (2m) and are armoured with green prickly stems topped by a helmet of sharp spines. Not a plant with

and running. Over the years activities were added: entertainment on the main stage was expanded, more crafters were invited to sell their goods, pony rides and bouncing castles became the big attractions for kids. The food area sold more varieties of goodies, and a Heritage tent was added. Many silent

King City Heritage walking tour

A Walk Into History Looking back into the history of most villages, towns and even cities, one usually finds a river and a mill of some sort as the catalyst for growth. Not so with King City - it owes its start to the railroad. Back in the early 1880’s, the corner of King Road and Keele Street was barely a crossing of two dirt roads. Then in 1853 the Northern Railway laid the first railway track in Upper Canada and declared its most important stop in King Township to be the thriving village of Springhill, “ a stirring and lively place with a population of 120.” The King Post Office was established at the crossing soon after, and was located inside the new Crawford Wells General Store. Hogan’s Hotel was built across the street to accommodate railway passengers for a meal or overnight. These two important buildings, along with many others from the 1800’s, are still standing today. Recently, on a very hot July Day, Crawford Wells and several other local characters came back to life and led residents on a tour of the

modern King City. They met us in the chapel of the Anglican Church, itself an historic building dating back to 1857. After a short power point presentation of significant events in King City’s growth, we were escorted up and down Keele Street and then along King Road while our guides described the architectural features of many old homes and businesses. Then we drove to the cemetery for a self-guided tour of the final resting place of some influential residents. We even got to enter the Deadhouse, one of only a few in Ontario, where we were served refreshments. Despite the heat and humidity, we learned a lot about the beginnings of this local community. If you would like to take this tour but were unavailable in July, another opportunity is being offered. On Sunday, October 2, beginning at 2:00 pm, Crawford and his buddies will once again rise from the dead and meet you at the Anglican Chapel. They promise the weather will be a lot cooler. www.ArtsSocietyKing.ca

this above ground activity. The root may be dug up and dried; this may be the basis for a homeopathic herbal medicine. Lady Barbara, a supplier of home grown herbal tonics, was stricken many times by Lyme disease and was advised by another herbalist, Matthew Wood to try teasel root which she then claimed cured her.( Both names have their own web sites, if you would like to find out more).

So, from top to bottom one could say that the teasel plant is a multitasker.


Events in and around King Township SEPTEMBER On Going from August 27 – April 12, 2012 First Nations artist Norval Morrisseau at McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Morrisseau is celebrated for establishing a style of art that became known as the Woodland School. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $15. Seniors/Students $12. McMichael.com or 905 893 1121 September 5 – King City End of Summer Bash, noon to 10 p.m. The Township of King is excited to announce the King City End of Summer Bash at Memorial Park in King City. For more details please visit KingCityBash.ca September 10 – 35th Annual Kettleby Fair, Village of Kettleby, Tyrwhitt Conservation Area. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parade at noon. The “biggest little fair in Ontario” opens at 10 a.m. with all day stage and grounds entertainment featuring Gin Lane, food, local vendors, sunflower and zucchini contests, juggling lessons, games, displays, clowns, mutt show, Loonie Draw, and Kettleby Valley Camp Open House. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking and shuttle buses. Still 'little', but better than ever. KettlebyFair.ca September 10 – Mushrooms on the Moraine. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Biodiversity & Global Change Lab at Koffler Scientific Reserve. Learn to identify mushrooms and other fungi on the ORM with Richard Aaron. $60 fee includes a sandwich luncheon. Register online at ksr.utoronto.ca/events. N.B.See October 8 – these workshops may be taken separately or combined. September 10 – Binder Twine Festival in Kleinburg, 9 a.m. $7 per adult, $5 for seniors & teenagers and $2 for children aged 2 to 12. Parking $2. An exciting day filled with unique crafts, great entertainment, Olde Tyme activities and great food awaits the entire family. The entire site is wheelchair accessible. Bindertwine.ca September 11 – Organic Advocates Feast of Fields. 1 to 5 p.m. Cold Creek Conservation Area. 14125 11th Concession (3.5 km north of King Road). Meet Ontario’s top chefs including celebrity Chef Michael Smith! Sample exciting local and organic food and drinks. Tickets $100. FeastofFields.org *September 16 to 18 – Fall in Love with Schomberg! presented by 7 local community groups - Events are being held the whole weekend in the historic village of Schomberg beginning with the Friday night kick-off event - the King Travel Diaries; followed on Saturday and Sunday with an outdoor Fine Art Show, Scarecrow competition,Horse & Wagon rides and Schomberg Lions Barbeque; plus Saturday only special events include Farmers’ Market, Birdhouse Building, and Heritage Walks ending up with the Community Spirit Bonfire; plus Sunday only, a presentation Quilts – Patches Over Time. Fun for the whole family. Schomberg.ca.

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*September 16 - King Travel Diaries “I always wanted to go there” – New Zealand at 7 p.m. at the Schomberg Library. No charge. Join Sue and Peter Iaboni as they travel from north to

south New Zealand in a camper van. Every bend in the road brings a spectacular new vista: sparkling turquoise lakes, majestic mountains, fields of grazing sheep; a sanctuary of natural beauty untouched by human footprint. ArtsSocietyKing.ca or King-Library.ca *September 17 & 18 – Schomberg Village Street Gallery, on Main Street, Schomberg from 10 to 5 p.m. ASK presents the 3rd annual juried open-air Fine Art Show & Sale including special readings by local authors & music from young musicians along historic Main Street. This show celebrates 30 local and regional artists across media including oil, acrylic, glass, photography, jewellery and intaglio. VISA and MasterCard accepted. Have a look at this year’s artists at SVSG.ca. *September 17 & 18 - The 2011 Schomberg Scarecrow Competition on Main Street, presented by Schomberg Village Association. Make a Scarecrow; look at the others; and vote for your favourite! Prizes to be won. Enter with your family, group/organization or business.You don't have to live in Schomberg to enter. Register by September 14th at 6 p.m. online or at Schomberg Library. See website for rules, ideas and how to enter or call Cheryl at 905 939 8494. SchombergScarecrows.com *September 17 – Farmers’ Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Schomberg Agricultural Society’s Fairgrounds. This small Farmers’ Market will have a variety of vendors with veggies, baking, flowers, honey and others. For more information contact Henry at 905 939 7688 or Andy at 905 939 8181 *September 17 – Dufferin Marsh Bird House Construction. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dufferin Marsh. Join the Dufferin Marsh Committee and the Schomberg Lions and build a birdhouse. Aimed at the younger set. Visit DufferinMarsh.ca *September 17 – Schomberg Heritage Walks. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The one hour heritage walks will be led by local historian Bill Foran along Main Street in Schomberg. Meet at the Schomberg Library. King-library.on.ca September 17 – Autumnal Birds Nature Walks. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Koffler Scientific Reserve. Find out how different species prepare to survive with Dr. Jason Weir, bird expert & evoluntionary biologist from UTSC. Registration ksr.utoronto.ca or e-mail ksr.info@utoronto.ca. *September 18, Quilts - “Patches Over Time”. 2 p.m. at the Community Hall on Main St. in Schomberg. King Township Historical Society presents Angela Krotowski, a nationally known quilter who loves to make all types of quilts such as historical, family, political and themes, will inspire you to take up a needle. Call Lynda 905 859 4148. September 22 -Write Now @ King! 7 to 9 p.m. at the KT Public Library, King City Branch: Opening meeting for the 2011-2012 year. All published and aspiring writers welcome. Find out about upcoming contests and workshops,

read from your latest work and get useful feedback. Call Sue 905 833 0490. September 22 – Growing the Arts – 2nd York Region Annual Dinner for the Arts. 6 p.m. at Le Parc Conference & Banquet Centre. Spectacular fundraising gala to support the Arts in York Region with Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo. Dinner Black Tie optional. $250 per person, 10% discount for YRAC members. ArtsCouncil@YorkScene.com. September 22 to 24 – Chi of ShaolinThe Tale of the Dragon, season opener of Markham Theatre.Amazing displays of the lengendary Kung Fu & Wushu Martial Arts skills of the Shaolin Monks, vibrant costumes, illusions and acrobatics. Visit MarkhamTheatre.com or call 905 305 7469. September 23 to 25 – Canadian Show Jumping Tournament at the Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave. Featuring International Show Jumping, Champions Patron Club, “The Village” on Saturday and Sunday - a collection of unique boutiques and family entertainment. Saturday - The Children’s Wish “Jumping for Dreams” starts at noon. Tickets are $150. Contact: csjt@equiman.com or call 905 880 5344. Equiman.com September 24 – Harvest Festival. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Georgina Pioneer Village. Celebrate the arrival of autumn with vintage farm equipment, a bake sale, fresh local produce, children’s crafts, historic demonstrations, apple cider and much more! GeorginaPioneerVillage.ca September 24 & 25 – Georgina Studio Tour. Discover wonderful artisans on this self-guided tour. GeorginaStudioTour.com. September 26 – “The Tea Lady” at 8 p.m. Nobleton King City Horticultural Society presents Lena Valiquette at the Nobleton Community Hall. Members are free. Non-members $3. altflora.com/nobleton September 27– “House Plants” with Paul Willoughby. 7:30 p.m. Schomberg Community Hall. Schomberg Horticultural Society end of summer show. Members free. Non-members $3. September 29 – Art & Jazz Charity Garden Party, 6 to 9 p.m. at Pathways to Perennials in Pottageville. An extraordinary evening of fine wine and great food. Enjoy the sounds of a live Jazz band as you tour the fine art exhibition in the beautiful perennial gardens. Proceeds donated to Southlake Regional Cancer Centre. Tickets $40 per person or $75 per couple and they sell out quickly. Call Angie 905 939 8680 or angie@pathwaystoperennials.com. September 29 & 30 – Motus O Dance Theatre “What the Heck?” 8 p.m. Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Stoufville. Dances inspired by politics, religion, business, education and sports – mature content. Tickets call 905 640 2322. Nineteenonthepark.com

OCTOBER October 1 –150th Anniversary Celebration of Kinghorn School SS# 23 and Canada Culture Days Celebration with King Township Museum and Arts Society King from 10 a.m. to noon, at the King Township Museum. There will be a celebration of King’s Heritage with a naming ceremony in honour of Walter Rolling, teacher from 1895 – 1936, for the education room. An Ancestors’ Ceremony will be led by Prince Bamidele Bajowa. Call 905 833 2331 or visit KingMuseum@King.ca for more info. October 1 – Fallfest, 10am to 3pm at Cold Creek Conservation Area. Enjoy high ropes, rock climbing, hiking, jumping castles, face painting, balloons and a free BBQ. For more info King.ca October 1 & 2 – Culture Days at the McMichael. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and parking on Culture Days, a national arts celebration. Saturday – meet curators and hear them discuss their favourite artworks and enjoy behind-the-scenes tours. Sunday discover the outdoor delights with birdwatching, tours of Sculpture Garden and talks focusing on the Aboriginal past of the Humber River Valley. Plus enjoy The Satin Dolls, part of the Sunday Concert Series. McMichael.com October 2 – King City Heritage Walking Tour (repeat performance for those who missed it during the ASK Festival on the hottest day in the summer), 2 to 4:45 p.m. Meet at the 1857 Anglican Chapel, All Saints Anglican Church, 12935 Keele St. (south of King Rd.). Join eight costumed lovers of history for an easy walk around the centre of the old village of Springhill (King City) starting with a short presentation in the Chapel, and finishing with a special tour of the King City Cemetery. Call Elaine 905 841 4041. October 5 – “How to Succeed in Visual Art” with renowned Canadian Artist, Ernestine Tahedl (King City) and Chief Curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Colletion, Katerina Atanassova. Presented by YRAC following the 2011 Richmond Hill Studio Tour Opening Reception at the RH Centre for Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge Street. Cost $10.YRAC members free. October 9 to 15 – Fire Prevention Week. King Fire & Emergency Services invites you and your family to open houses at Fire Stations in King City: 2045 King Rd., Nobleton: 5926 King Rd. and Schomberg: 91 Proctor Rd. Call Keith Wells at 905 833 4071. October 8 – Mushrooms on the Moraine. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Biodiversity &Global Change Lab at Koffler Scientific Reserve. Learn to identify mushrooms and other fungi on the ORM. $60 fee includes a sandwich luncheon. Register online at k s r. u t o r o n t o . c a / e v e n t s . Ksr.utoronto.ca.N.B.See September 10 – these workshops may be taken separately or combined. . October 15 – 4th Annual Holland Marsh Soupfest at Holland Marsh Wineries, 18270 Keele Street (North


of Davis Drive/Hwy #9). Brought to you by: Holland Marsh Growers Association, Township of King and Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. Enjoy the harvest and bounty of the Holland Marsh through soup sampling and a fall harvest celebration. Tickets only $20. HollandMarshSoupfest.ca October 15 & 16 – The 9th annual Richmond Hill Studio Tour & Art Sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. R.H. artisans will open the doors to their homes & studios to display and demonstrate their work. This event includes only original, hand-made art in many forms and media. Sponsored by Richmond Hill Business Improvement Area. RichmondHill.ca/StudioTour or call 905 787 1441 ext 222. October 16 - “A Call to the Hunt”. 2 p.m. at Water Stone Farm, 17900 Dufferin St. (north of Hwy 9). King Township Historical Society presents Polly Winsor, a member of the Toronto North York Hunt Club who will help you relive the traditions and stories of the horses and hounds taking up the hunt in King Township. Call Lynda at 905 859 4148 October 16 to 22 – Ontario Public Library Week in King Township. Please visit your community library this week to experience the magic. King-Library.on.ca October 21 to 23 – 21st Annual McMichael Autumn Art Sale, at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg. Opening Night Gala on Friday Oct. 21st from 6 – 10 p.m. Sale continues Sat. from 10 – 4 p.m. and Sun. from 10 – 5 p.m. McMichaelVolunteers.com October 22 - Halloween is for Kids! Ages 4 – 8. 10 a.m. to noon at the King Township Museum. Join us in making fun and creative decoration and crafts for Halloween and fall. Call 905 833 2331. October 24 – “Workshop: Suet Feeders with Jules Maule-ffinch. 8 p.m. Nobleton Community Hall. Members free. Guests $3. Nobleton and King City Horticultural Society. altflora.com/nobleton October 25– “Water for Home & Garden” with Gordon Barnes. 7:30 p.m. Schomberg Community Hall. Schomberg Horticultural Society. Members free. Guests $3. October 26 – Environmental Movie Night at the Nobleton Library at 7 p.m. Dufferin Marsh, Cold Creek Stewardship, ASK, King Environmental Advisory Committee and K.T. Public Library present Carbon Nation. This is an optimistic,

solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment. DufferinMarsh.ca October 29 – Hands-On Open House at the newly renovated WhitchurchStouffville Museum & Community Centre. Noon to 4 p.m. Tour the 9,000 square foot addition for heritage and community celebrations, centrally located in York Region. Also try your hand at 19th Century crafts and life skills. Call 1 888 290 0337. townofws.com/Museum. October 29 – Haunted King Bus Tour, from the King Township Museum, 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for an evening of spooky fun and Halloween laughs! Visit some of the ghostly sites throughout the township. Youth $10. Adults $15. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Call 905 833 2331

NOVEMBER November 3 – The Charles Sauriol Environmental Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton. Keynote speaker Chef Michael Smith and some surprise friends. Tickets are $200 per person. CharlesSauriol.ca November 6 - Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Kettleby Cemetery Cenotaph at 12 noon. November 11 - Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Schomberg Cenotaph in front of the Community & Agricultural Arena, 251 Western Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. Organized by Schomberg Lions Club and the Schomberg Agricultural Society. November 16 – King Travel Diaries – First Fleet Re-enactment Voyage that transported British convicts to Australia and African Safaris at 7 p.m. at the King City Library with L Col (Ret’d) Susan Beharriell. Back by popular demand, this is a repeat performance. Susan sails ‘round the Cape of Good Hope from Cape Town to Mauritius crewing a square-rigged sailing ship and then she goes on safaris in South Africa and Kenya searching for the Big Five. ArtsSocietyKing.ca

and more. Visit Kingcrafts.ca or call 905 833 1897. November 19 - “Tecumseh, Hero or Failure!” 2 p.m. Laskay Hall. 12840 Weston Rd (s of King Rd.) King Township Historical Society presents Dr. Desmond Morton, an acknowledged expert on the “War of 1812”, author of over 40 books on Canadian political, military and social history, and recipient of many decorations. Call Lynda 905 859 4148. November 27 – Cookies with Santa, King Township Museum, 2 to 4 p.m. Crafts! Treats! Face Painting! Have your picture taken with the Man in Red! Admission is free. 905 833 2331. November 27 – Tree Lighting Ceremony in Schomberg. 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. The Schomberg Village Association invites you to join them in some holiday music with hot drinks & cookies to start the festive season. The official tree lighting ceremony will be at 5:15 p.m. Schomberg.ca

DECEMBER December 2 – “An Old Fashion Christmas Carol and Story Night”. 7:30 p.m. at King City United Church. King Township Historical Society presents Harmony Chorale choir, and Hugh Barnett actor. Call Lynda 905 859 4148. December 3 – “A MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS”. Schomberg’s Main Street, 3 to 9 p.m. Admission $5, children 12 & under free. At 4 p.m. a Santa Claus parade along historic Main Street kicks off the festivities at this family event. Costumed strolling carollers, a town crier and Ebenezer Scrooge evoke a bygone era and musical entertainers and jugglers will fascinate. Visit with Santa and his live reindeer! Craft Show with 30 plus crafters from 3 to 8pm. Watch ice sculpting and sample local Christmas fare, including baked goods, roasted chestnuts and hot apple cider. The dazzling Farmers’ Parade of Lights brings things to a close, starting at 8 p.m. 905 939 4024 or Schomberg.ca

November 18-20, 26 & 27 – Kingcrafts Studio Sale. On 18th 1 to 6 p.m. On 19, 20, 26, 27th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This 61st annual sale of unique one-of-a-kind items includes: pottery, stained glass, silver, fine art and other fine handcrafted works including enamelled items, hooked hangings and rugs, weaving, jewellery

www.ArtsSocietyKing.ca Editor: Sue Iaboni, Contributing Writers & Artists: Claire Alexander, Robert Brown Photography, Kathy Cartan, Charles Cooper, Judy Craig, Sue Iaboni, Jon Jarro, Greg Locke, Lorne Macrae, Dorita Peer, Geoff Simpson, Ernestine Tahedl and Carol Ann Trabert.

Brimming with great Canadian artists, the 21st Annual Autumn Art Sale returns to the McMichael October 21 - 23, 2011 Each year, the McMichael Volunteer Committee rounds up some of Canada's best artists and sculptors for their Annual Autumn Art Sale. This juried event, now in its 21st year, showcases these wonderfully talented artists, and helps them raise funds for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. “Over 210 artists applied this year, and our jury was hard pressed choosing the finalists”, says Louise Walter, Volunteer Art Sale Chair. “The McMichael name is synonymous with great Canadian art, and many artists feel honoured to be associated with the sale.” This year's Top 50 artists all come from Ontario, including 4 from York Region. They work with Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Pen & Ink, Textiles, Fibre, and Mixed Media. They sculpt in Stone, Ceramics, Stained Glass, and Kiln-Formed Glass, and each one is unique. Over the past 25 years, they have contributed over $300,000 to the McMichael. They've long sponsored the popular Sunday Concert Series featuring talented Canadian musicians. They've contributed to a variety of important exhibitions and projects at the gallery, and in 2010, they matched McMichael members’ contributions of $25,000 in the Year-End Annual Appeal. Their most important initiative, however, is their funding of the Visual Outreach Initiative Creating Empowered Students (VOICES) program. Through VOICES, the McMichael Education Department and the York Region District School Board work together to deliver an innovative learning opportunity for children. This creative program has been one of their proudest achievements, changing the lives of both students and teachers involved. Friday night’s Gala Opening begins at 6 pm. As always, there will be a nice assortment of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Parking and Admission are free on Friday evening. The sale continues throughout the weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 4 pm. The McMichael is wheelchair accessible. This is your opportunity to invest in a beautiful piece of original Canadian art that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment - and exceptional value. Visit AutumnArtSale.ca to see a preview of this year's artists.


earlier times, simpler times

The QUILTING BEE by Kathleen Fry “Bees” whether it was a work bee or a barn raising bee were an important means of socializing and popular community events where neighbours would gather together to help one another. On occasion, the women of a community gathered at someone's home to participate in a quilting bee. In the parlor a quilt would be found in a frame around which the women gathered to work. During the preceding winter months women would have pieced their quilt tops, ready to be stitched at the bee. Very often, plates, thimbles and tea cups were used to mark the quilting patterns. Deft fingers directed the needles and active tongues repeated the gossip that had been stored away during the winter for this occasion, when for the first time since Christmas, friends were together. An entire day was made of the affair and when all work was completed for the day, the rest of the time was spent visiting before everyone set out for home. After dinner, there was very often a square

dance or country dance with fiddles accompanying the dancers. The quilting bee was an important part of the social life of these early settlers, surpassed only by religious gatherings. Some misconceptions exist around the history of quilting #1 Piecing and quilting by hand has always been prized over using a sewing machine. When the sewing machine became available the possession of one was quite a status symbol. Piecing was often done by machine and a few women even machine stitched their quilting or appliqué. These visible stitches advertised that the quilter was a proud owner of a sewing machine. Sewing the binding by machine was another way to show off machine stitching. #2 Quilting was a common task in a woman's life in early North America. While quilting was done by those who could afford to buy imported fabric, ordinary women in early North America spent their days spinning, weaving and sewing just to keep their families in clothing. It wasn't until production of affordable textiles c. the

1840’s that more women found time to quilt. #3 Quilting originated in early North America and is purely a North American craft. Quilting has a long history back to the time of ancient Egypt and earlier. Quilted clothing has been worn for centuries; Medieval & Renaissance quilting was highly skilled. Decorative quilted petticoats were worn during the 17th century in Europe, Great Britain, America and beyond. Even today quilting is popular in countries all over the world. #4 Specially designed quilts were used as signals by the Underground Railroad. Although the idea of quilts being used as secret guides to help slaves escape from the south has great romantic appeal, Underground Railroad research has found no evidence that such a practice actually occurred. On the other hand, many quilts have been made commemorating the Underground Railroad. There is much more to African American quilting history than the idea that quilts might have been used in the UGRR. #5 In the old days women did all their quilting at gatherings called quilting bees. Such quilting parties did occur but were less common then we would be led to believe. In truth many women

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quilted alone at home. Women also quilted with family members or as a part of a church or other organized group. #6 Women in the past used scraps for quilting as a frugal measure to save money on new fabric. Although some quilters used scraps from outgrown clothing in their quilts others bought fabric specifically for the quilts they made. Other times quilts were made with a combination of both, "Although some claim that patchwork quilts themselves are made with worn-out cloth it was typically the good pieces (not the worn) that were cut and stitched into patchwork. It would be counter-productive to spend time sewing fabric that was already worn out." (Fawn Valentine, from West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers) The frugality theory also implies that quilt making was a necessary drudgery. Instead we find that most women enjoyed the creativity involved in making a quilt whether with new fabric or scraps. Although quick and simple quilts were made for everyday use, many quilts were far too intricate in the piecing and quilting to have been made just for necessity. The King Township Historical Society is proud to present quilter and artist Angela

Krotowski on Sunday September 18, at 2:00 PM at the Schomberg Agricultural Building, Main St. in Town during the "Fall in love with Schomberg" weekend Sept. 17th and 18th. In her talk “Patches Over Time" Angela will describe with examples how quilts have gone from a time when they were necessary to keep the pioneers warm in winter to the art form of wall hangings today. Angela Krotowski is a well-known quilter who loves to make all types of quilts in historical, family and political themes and who will inspire you to take up a needle and work on a patch! There will be a display of quilts that will demonstrate the art form of quilting. Angela is also an expert in fabric identification and can tell what era the fabric is from and how it was manufactured. You are welcome to bring in your quilt that day for her to comment on. The King City branch of the KT Public Library has a regular quilting group that Angela leads.


The Secret Squirrels of Happy Valley Forest by Mark Stabb King Township’s Happy Valley Forest is home to many mammals, but the human ones usually encounter just a few resident species: whitetailed deer, grey or red squirrels, a raccoon if you are lucky, the rear end of a skunk if you’re not. Larger predators like river otters are rare but present thanks to streamside linkages to Pottageville Swamp. Small mammals like the woodland jumping mouse may only be seen if delivered home by a marauding house cat. Northern and southern flying squirrels may even secretly work the night shift in the Happy Valley Forest. The larger woodlands here that support eastern grey or red squirrels are also likely to support their flying counterparts. Flying squirrels are finely adapted for nocturnal living, with large dark eyes and long whiskers that help them sense their surroundings during evening patrols. To aid in

their gliding, both species have membranes that extend from wrist to ankle, and a wide, flat tail that acts as a rudder in flight. Both the northern and southern species have a varied diet eating seeds, fungi, insects, even small animals. They are readily attracted to bird feeders and watching these stations at night has led to several discoveries in the area. Northerns and southerns depend on trees with holes for nesting, resting, food storage, defecatoria (alias outhouses) and winter roosts – all good reasons to conserve these holey trees in a woodland. The two species are difficult to tell apart: the northern flying squirrel is roughly red squirrel-sized, has more of a rusty appearance to its fur, and more grey around the face. It showed up on a national one-cent stamp a while back – appropriate given its cross-Canada distribution. Closer in size to an eastern chipmunk, the southern flying squirrel has more of an

overall grey appearance to its adult fur. The southern is near the northern edge of its range in King Township, their distribution closely Garry Conway matching that of food (NCC) is active here in large sources such as oak and part to conserve and manage beech trees. habitats that allow these People who know me won’t species to survive and thrive, be surprised to see me writwell into the future. When ing about these creatures. enhanced habitat conservaNCC started its work here Back in 1988, following extensive field and literature re- tion, coupled with a range more than a decade ago, the search, and interviews with expansion (perhaps linked to red-shouldered hawk was Ontario’s leading naturalists, climate change), led to a re- designated as a species of I wrote a status report on the evaluation of the squirrel’s special concern and became southern flying squirrel for status. In 2006, the southern a flagship species for forest the Committee on the Status flying squirrel was declared protection. Thanks to careful of Endangered Wildlife in not at risk and now appears management and conservaCanada (COSEWIC). to be self-sustaining, benefit- tion of lands throughout its COSEWIC designated the ting from ongoing conserva- range in central and southern Ontario, it too was reassessed squirrel as rare, a classifica- tion actions. This story reminds me of in 2006 and deemed no tion that in today’s conservation jargon is known as a why we have such lists of longer at risk. Biologists can species of special concern. species at risk (Ontario has point to conserved lands as The distribution and ecology its own provincial list now). playing an important role in of the southern flying squir- It is not to create panic and keeping populations of this rel was poorly understood: shout, “the sky is falling!” It species healthy in the long prime forest habitat was is to raise the red flag and di- run. Land conservation in the being lost and important rect attention to species in habitat features, such trees trouble, inspiring actions to Happy Valley Forest and with cavities, were getting prevent species from disap- elsewhere helps keep rare and at-risk species from spilittle attention in forest man- pearing. Happy Valley Forest is curralling towards extinction, agement. The rare designation rently home to at least six at- while also helping keep comhelped raise the profile of risk species. Three notable mon species common. Conthis species, and led to a ones are Acadian Flycatcher, servation also helps ensure number of government and Hooded Warbler and Jeffer- that the forest will always be university research projects. son Salamander. The Nature there to divulge its many, and Improved information and Conservancy of Canada occasionally furry, secrets. Mark Stabb is Central Ontario Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Since 2000, NCC and its partners have helped protect more than 547 acres of habitat in the Happy Valley Forest. If you want to share your flying squirrel images or stories Mark can be reached at mark.stabb@natureconservancy.ca

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TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE KING

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hat does sustainability mean to you? This is the question being posed to King residents, organizations and businesses this summer and fall. As the Township develops their first Community Sustainability Plan, everyone is being asked to take a good hard look into the future. Sustainability may seem like one more buzzword and King just another bandwagon supporter. After all, what can a small town like King do when the world’s icebergs are melting and a large part of humanity around the world still live without access to basic necessities? But the truth is places like King Township have everything to do with sustainability. At its core, sustainability is about community well- being. It is about making smarter decisions about our lifestyle, community design, infrastructure and public finances. It is about living within our means and leaving our villages, countryside, natural habitat and farmland in a healthy state for our children and our children’s children. In King, sustainability is being discussed as four pillars: economic, environmental, financial, and socioeconomic. Most people realize that we need to

recycle, use less energy, protect natural spaces, build a strong economy and spend public funds responsibly. But what is socio-cultural sustainability? Trying to answer that very question is the task of King’s Socio-Cultural Working Group made up of local citizens and headed by group Ambassador Nancy Belo Gomes. The group meets every month to discuss sustainability and help develop the Plan from the social and cultural perspective. Working Group Member and Welcome Wagon representative Elizabeth Fedrigo, shares her experience. “Many families I have visited have moved from urban areas filled with too much traffic, pollution and crime. People come to King because it provides a good quality of life, space for children to play, clean air, safe streets and friendly neighbours.” The locals already know the special reasons that draw them to King. So we need to act now in order to ensure that we maintain, improve and do not lose all the wonderful things we love about this community. Have you ever enjoyed A Main Street Christmas, Victoria Day or an Arts Society King event? Do your children ever go to the museum or library, play sports, attend school or swim at one of our pools? Have you ever used the food bank or contributed to it? Ever been to a garage sale, picked up litter, voted or written a letter to the editor? What about buying something from a local business or attending a village fair, a Lions’ event, the curling rink, a dance or a church service? If you have ever done any of these things then you

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are very much a part of the socio-cultural fabric of King. King needs you to act responsibly as a resident by contributing your ideas and opinions to the Sustainability Plan. It is as simple as a phone call to the Township’s Sustainability Coordinator, Sara Puppi, at 905-833-4080, filling out a Vision Card at the Township Office or visiting www.sustainableking.com and filling out the Sustainable King Vision Survey. Are you going to help plan King’s future? Completed Sustainable King Vision Cards. We are collecting Vision Cards until the end of September.

Article written by L Col (Ret’d) Susan Beharriell & Ariana Cancelli. Photo taken by Sara Puppi.


A book review by Virginia Atkins:

Son Alfred Copson and his wife, Elizabeth with children, Ivy, Hattie, and Ernest. >

A MAN OF VISION: HENRY WILLIAM COPSON

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Henry W. Copson Atherstone Depictions of Henry’s Interests & Skills.

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enry would be proud of his great granddaughter Bernice Copson Bell who has crafted a vision of her great grandfather’s life into a narrative using the papers and documents bequeathed to his descendants. There he is, pictured on the attractive cover of this new book, looking out with the confidence and courage of a settler who left a comfortable life in 1847 to cross the Atlantic Ocean with his wife and five children to farm in King Township. In England, he had managed Etruria Wharf, part of the Trent Navigation Company’s shipping network carrying passengers and goods, a vital artery that fed commerce to the heart of the Midlands before there were paved roads. As railways began to steal waterborne traffic, the Industrial Revolution forced the pop-

English model, free of denominational rituals and open to everyone. With desperate zeal to succeed, inexperienced Henry and his two elder sons tackled the rough work of improving depleted soil and clearing land for crops; if no income resulted from these labours, the farm might be lost. However, Henry was a quick learner and in a few years, the Copson farm thrived, its cattle known for good value, its wheat and apples shipped to eager markets abroad. Over the years, the Copson offspring matured and Henry’s new house (1861) which he had shared with Ann until her death, known as The Homestead, became home to extended family. Henry’s astute advice facilitated additions to his and his son’s properties, his vision of vesting them in farming, “an honest industry,” was realized. Long after Henry’s death, a substantial Copson-Graham Family Trust was established. Legacies were distributed among a number of charities, including generous gifts to the Aurora and King Township Historical Societies, the latter for the benefit of the King Township Archives, “as a memorial to a King Township pioneer” Henry W. Copson. This handsome book is illustrated with photographs,

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ulation to cope with transition from agriculture and artisanal occupations to a machine economy. Henry Copson, once a law clerk and school teacher, began to consider emigration to Upper Canada. Investigating possibilities of settlement on the raw frontier, he wrote, “If I could learn law by the book, I can learn farming by the book.” So he bought a farm. The Copsons’ new address was “Aurora Post Office, Whitchurch Home District, Canada West, British North America. They moved into a drafty house, “badly in need of repair,” remote from neighbours and isolated from Sunday Chapel gatherings. It was over two miles from Aurora on the 2nd concession, King Township, Lot 26, East Half. Henry’s wife, Ann, probably suffered severe culture shock as many pioneer women did, far from a beloved homeland and expected to withstand hardships without a servant or nearby relatives. Coming to Canada, Henry brought a keen interest in education and passionate faith in Christianity; he had belonged to the Independent Dissenters of Atherstone, Warwickshire. In later years, Henry built a log chapel on his farm called The Atherstone Union Sabbath School based on the

Sons, (left to right) Robert Miller Copson, Henry White Copson and Alfred Copson. >

Indenture (Deed) of purchase of property East-half, Lot 26, 2nd Concession of King Township, 23rd of November, 1847.

< Henry and Ann Copson It is from these rich resources that a sense of Henry, Ann and their family evolve and especially of his vision to emigrate to “Canada West." I have attempted in studying these letters and documents to understand Henry's experiences in emigrating from a management position with the Trent and Mersey Navigation Company and comfortable living in a company house with helpful servants to a situation of unfamiliarities and unknowns in rural living and early “bush farming” in King Township. Into these pioneer and social circumstances, made even more prominent by a significant career change, Henry and his wife earnestly applied themselves. He openly committed himself to the raising of his sons “in an honest industry” and “to furthering the Kingdom of God.” This book portrays his motives to leave England and to embark on new endeavours, hardships and successes. It reflects his influence upon the four generations of the family in Canada, most specifically in King Township and the town of Aurora.

calligraphy, documents and letters; it has an extensive bibliography from Henry’s library- books on farming, religion, business, government, education and law. Henry had many talents, unusual intelligence and of course, that special ingredient, vision. His story is a

testament to undaunted pioneering spirit and gives substance to the respect we owe the founders of our community. Overall it is a significant contribution to the history of King. A MAN of VISION is available at the Rose Gallery in King City.


By Neil Ambramson Narrator Helena Colden is a veterinarian recently deceased (breast cancer), who has left behind lawyer husband David and a menagerie of pets (dogs, horses, cats). She can’t move on just yet as she is afraid to face the animals she has had to euthanize over the years, so she waits in limbo watching David, her pets, her associate Joshua and others who remain. David is having great difficulty not just mourning Helena, but taking care of all her animals who don’t understand why she is no longer there to care for them. Joshua, Helena’s partner in the vet practice is not coping well (he hasn’t since his son died several years ago, and therefore has lost his wife as well). Others Helena is watching include her former research partner Jaycee who is working with chimp language and intelligence, and Sally a vet tech with a young son with Asperger’s who has recently been fired by the

vet she worked for. They are all connected when Sally comes to work for David caring for Helena’s menagerie as David tries to go back to work. Jaycee has been caught trying to “steal” Cindy, the chimp she has been working with. Jaycee’s funding has been discontinued and now Cindy will be sent to the “Primate pool” where she could be subjected to any number of cruel medical experiments. David takes her case trying to prove that Cindy is not just government property, but because she can sign and express thoughts and feelings, is a sentient being who cannot be claimed as “property.” This becomes a story of love, grief, healing and animal rights. The author is a lawyer who works with animal rights groups. His wife is a veterinarian. He seems to be a lawyer with heart and writes from his heart. This book is great for anyone who loved “The Lovely Bones”, “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, “A Dog’s Purpose,” and any other books where animals play a key role. Get out the Kleenex box and start reading. It’s lovely.

Never Knowing By Chevy Stevens After reading Chevy Stevens’ thriller “Still Missing”, last year, and was totally enthralled with it, I was excited to discover her latest book, “Never Knowing.” Both have the same narrative setting and therefore, literary style: a young woman telling her psychiatrist her story. In “Still Missing,” it’s the story of a young woman who was abducted and kept on a mountain top for a year before escaping, and how she is struggling to recreate a life for herself. In “Never Knowing, it’s the story of Sara, a single mother who is content with her life as a furniture refinisher. She has met a great guy (even her Dad approves of him) and is planning her wedding. She was adopted at birth and has just found her birth mother. She is not prepared for the rejection she receives when she tries to introduce herself to “Julia,” but then discovers why. She was conceived when Julia was raped by the “Campsite Killer.”

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As a matter of fact, she’s the only one who ever escaped this serial killer and he’s still out there. The book becomes a real thriller as Sara’s biological father discovers her existence and keeps calling her. She tries to work with the police to help catch him, while trying to keep her daughter safe, her adoptive family oblivious and her fiancée from stopping her involvement because he thinks it’s too dangerous. All the while, she questions her emotional connectedness to her adoptive family. She always felt slightly “outside” of it, and the search for her birth mother is reflective of those feelings. The book is more than just a thriller. It is a look at how we become who we are. Is it nature or nurture? How much do adoptive families and the adoptees owe each other? For that matter, how much do natural parents and their children owe each other? Is psychopathy inherited? Can one be born into horrific circumstances and not be adversely affected? This is a great psychological thriller that will leave you breathless and reflective at the outcome.

Horse Etiquette 101 Leslie Hobson Some tips from the professionals on how to deal with our four-legged equine friends in King Township! King has long been known for its incredible private horse farms and equestrienne centres. I recently spoke to several professionals to get their best tips for keeping both horses and people safe. Martha Griggs is a Level III event coach and operates Earnscliffe Training Centre in Kettleby, Ontario. For Martha, there is a simple key to horse safety. Slow down. On the lovely long driveway into Earnscliffe, she and her fellow instructors are constantly reminding students, parents, and visitors to slow down! Even if you think you are going slowly, you aren’t going slowly enough. Even more important is the encounter with a horse while it is being ridden on the road. I have had cars slow down and let their children lean out the back window to scream “Hello horsie!” as they try to pat my horse. One brilliant man honked rapidly to try and get my horses attention. It is important that you continue going by, at a slow but steady pace, and do nothing to distract the horse. While most people would never consider walking into someone’s back yard and playing with their dogs or children without an invitation, people are constantly approaching horse farms and engaging with their horses. Some will even enter a paddock – or let their children enter one! - which is extremely dangerous for both the horse and the unwelcome visitor. Many horses are skittish around strangers and may bite or kick. The horse could also have some physical problems and being spooked may exacerbate an existing injury. You must treat a horse with the same respect that you treat a strange dog.

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Sam Kewen Leslie is the recent winner of this year's Canadian Federation of University Women writing contest in Aurora.

Never approach a horse without first getting permission from the owner or rider. This applies whether the horse is under saddle, loose in the paddock or tied to a fence. You must never feed a strange horse. A horse may have special dietary conditions or vices (like biting) about which you have no idea. Even after you have permission, always make sure the horse knows you are there. Approach from the front, speaking slowly and softly. Let the horse smell you. Avoid the rear area where you are most likely to be kicked, and always watch small children. A toddler’s hand on a horses belly could feel like a fly the horse will just kick away. A special consideration should be given to horses in the Mounted Unit of the Metropolitan Toronto Police. P.C Kellough of the Mounted Unit advises that when police horses are on patrol, they must never be bothered or patted. At community events, the officer may allow the public to interact with the horse. Again, always ask permission first and always approach from the front.


by Briann Peters, B.A (Hons), M.L.I.S. Acting Manager of Children’s & Young Adult Services, King Township Public Library

King Township Public Library- More than just books! The King Township Public Library is excited to offer cutting edge technology. We are committed to remain upto-date with current trends. Recently, we’ve added new technologies such as: eReaders, downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, Playaway & Playaway Views, Twitter, a mobile app and a Library QR code. You can download the free BookMyne app to your iPhone today and begin using the King Township Public Library’s catalogue right from your iPhone! Renew materials, place holds and more right from your iPhone. Find the mobile app under ‘Read and Relax’ on our website www.king-library.on.ca. Or, use the new Library QR (quick response) code to direct you to our amazing virtual branch , open 24/7.

The Library is Now Lending E-Readers Responding to the popularity of electronic readers and e-books, the KTPL will now be loaning out the devices. The Kobo eReader was selected because it is preloaded with over 100 classic books and is compatible with the library’s downloadable e-books. The library has a selection of current and popular fiction and nonfiction books that are available to download free to eReaders. For detailed instruction on how to download e-books, visit our website at http://www.kinglibrary.on.ca/ and click on Read and Relax. To borrow a Kobo eReader all you need is a valid King Township Public Library card. The loan is for three weeks, and no renewals are permitted at this time. Downloadable E-Books @ King Township Public Library This new service allows patrons to checkout and download e-books directly to their e-readers. The Library offers two platforms to download E-Books from; NetLibrary and Overdrive. Both are accessible though the Read and Relax page on the Library’s website. With NetLibrary you will need to create an account at one of the King Township Public

Library Branches before downloading. With Overdrive, all you need is your King Township Public Library card. Combined, over 4000 titles including juvenile and young adult books are available through NetLibrary and Overdrive.

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