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Books, Culture, Historical & more

Summer 2011

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The Painters; Painter Ken MacFarlane by Wendy Soloduik

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The Trisan Centre by Mark Pavilons

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Architectural masterpieces take flight by Mark Pavilons

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My Red Tulips by Heather Yeo

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Arts Society King newsletter

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Events In and around King Township compiled by Arts Society King

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Cold Creek - Summer Solstice The show never ends by Gordon Craig

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A Recipe for Continuous Blooms

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BIRD HOUSES WITH CHARACTER

F I R S T N AT I O N S A R T I S T S

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by Lorraine Roberts

Swimming Pool Conversions – A Natural Alternative by Jean-Marc Daigle

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Vintages Rhône Valley, France by Daniel Gilbert

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Of trees and the art of self defense by Mark Stabb

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Crossword by Paul Nielsen

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Library News for Kids by Brianne Peters

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Books by Forster’s Book Garden

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THE REDS OF THE RHÔNE

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peaking with Ken MacFarlane and seeing his art, I am sweetly reminded of summers as a kid; trips to the Centre Island, Sandbanks Provincial park, and the fun we had, and hope to have this summer. Speaking of fun, George Link seems to have fun with his artistic bird house designs. The library has summer programmes for the kids to enjoy, and the events in and around King are numerous this season. Our contributors have once again written about a variety of topics for your pleasure. Thank you to everyone who contributes to Tapestry. Enjoy.

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ABOUT OUR COVER

Summer Harbour, Bay of Quinte, Ontario watercolour by Ken MacFarlane See page 4 to read about Ken MacFarlane. Many thanks to Garry Conway for photographing the artwork for our cover.

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The oldest lighthouse in Canada. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run at the historic island ball park.

The painters’ painter;

ISLAND FERRY - SAM MCBRIDE One of the remaining ferries that continue transporting passengers to and from Toronto and the Toronto Islands.

the Ken MacFarlane story by Wendy Soloduik

Ken’s favourite painting of a scene in Nova Scotia, Ocean Point.

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en MacFarlane, a watercolour landscape artist from King Township, is always working on his next masterpiece. I use the term masterpiece, because Ken is a highly respected watercolour painter and instructor, who's accomplishments have earned him a place at the top of his field – a master. Like many artists, Ken uses a formula to ensure his paintings are proportionate, pleasing and tell a story. Ironically, Ken's suggestions could also be implemented as a strategy for living your best life. Find your balance First, Ken told me that watercolour landscape paintings should be balanced – typically achieved by ensuring the skyline is in "just the right spot". He recommends the two top thirds of the painting remain sky. Be Prepared The type of paper Ken uses, and how it is prepared, makes all the difference in his paintings. Ken uses paper from France and prepares the sheet by submerging it in water and when dry, he then staples it to a wooden board. The paper will remain perfectly flat even after multiple washes and the image will last indefinitely. From his experience, Ken knows the composition of the paper itself has also

changed through this process, which provides control in how "the paint is pulled through" the medium, as it now "has no where to go". Some artists consider this unnecessary, since most art quality papers are ready to use. Have Some Vision “You need to visualize what isn't there,” says Ken, using a sample painting, depicting an old farm house blanketed in snow, to illustrate his point. The white is the paper – it is the absence of paint. “When I created this scene I had to envision the finished product, protecting the space I wanted to leave,” Ken told me. “You have to learn to paint around certain areas.” Ken also uses vision when deciding what to paint. The majority of his paintings (landscapes) feature scenes in, and around King Township and the GTA. “I photograph the images I want, and then I sketch and edit a final image,” explained Ken. “This image provides an outline to paint.” Keep it Simple Less is more, according to Ken, especially when it comes to the number of colours on your palette. “Think in terms of simple value,” he adds. “Use only five or six colours and mix them together to create an interesting palette.”

Some artists use 10 to 20 colours. Ken thinks this is unnecessary and a painting can lose its continuity. “Don't get lost in choosing colours,” Ken warns. “Instead spend time thinking about how to use less and achieve more.” Move On Ken's final lesson is something that still resonates with me – "When you’ve completed something, learn from the exercise and move on.” Unlike many artists, who have trouble parting with their paintings once finished, Ken is more than happy to see his paintings sold. The empty gallery space inspires the artist to create once again and opens his mind to new ideas. “The size of the painting and the amount of detail determines how long it will take me to complete it,” he explained. “On average a painting would take me four to five days to complete. When it's done, I concentrate on a new idea.” Ken has created between 300 and 400 paintings during his career. He keeps very few. “Sell your art,” Ken concludes. Whether you sell your paintings from home or through a public gallery - let them go.”

Family First “My wife is my mentor. She has kept me in the art scene,” Ken confirms. Since being diagnosed with a rare and debilitating form of Osteoporosis three years ago, painting has been a challenge for the King resident. But with the support of his wife and family, Ken refuses to give up. “I paint because people like my paintings. But most importantly, I paint because my family has allowed me the time to do so. Painting and the health of my family are important.” Ken begins a new painting by striking the centre of interest first. In his private life he strikes that balance by keeping his family first. Ken is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters In Watercolour; Signature Member of the Toronto Watercolour Society; Honourary Member of the Bayview Watercolour Society. Balance, preparedness, vision, simplicity, focus and family values – this is King Township watercolour artist Ken MacFarlane. Ken's gallery is open daily between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. To arrange an appointment call 905833-1179 or e-mail Ken at kenmacfarlane2@gmail.com

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Trisan Centre – innovative and functional recreation centre by Mark Pavilons The Trisan Centre stands as the modern-day epitome of “green” buildings. The King Township recreation centre, which opened April 29, not only serves residents’ needs, but is a shining example of sustainability. The centre boasts a regulation NHL-size ice pad and eight dressing rooms, with seating for approximately 600 people; a 200-metre walking and running track; foursheet curling facility; fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment and classes, along with a pro shop, snack bar, program and meeting rooms. The budget for the project was $14.56 million and was made possible by the federal government’s Infrastructure Stimulus Program, in which funding was shared equally among three levels of government, including King Township. The facility is in the process of obtaining LEED certification for its sustainable environmental design

and features. And these are plentiful. There’s a 10kW micro-FIT solar array along the east edge of the parking lot, generating upwards of 12,000 kW per year, generating income for the next 20 years. A display computer shows energy output, efficiencies and explains the technologies contained within the centre to visitors. Even the ice surface area is “green,” complemented by increased insulation and efficient lighting systems. This efficiency extends to sensors in the washrooms, heat recovery on all air ventilation and high efficiency boilers and heaters. The dressing rooms made use of recycled content in materials, as well as low-emitting materials like adhesives and paints. The centre’s Eco Chill system regulates the refrigeration system, ensuring the best ice surface at the lowest cost. This unique setup collects, recycles and reuses the energy

to maintain the ice and in turn, provides heating, fresh air, hot water, radiant heating in the floor for the entire facility. Precious water is conserved. Landscaping has reduced the need of water by an estimated 50 per cent and low-flow showers and toilets, along with rainwater recycling, all help reduce water use substantially. The running track is equipped with performance indoor flooring, the same type being used for the 2012 London Olympics. The centre also has a well equipped multi-purpose room, curling lounge and staff use “green” cleaning products. A wonderful donor wall reveals the tremendous amount of community support for this project. There are many fitness membership packages available. For more information on the Trisan Centre, visit them in person; call 905-939-1216 or visit www.king.ca.

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The birdhouse that started it all. This was the first piece that morphed into a new genre of 3D bird feeders/houses, models and wall sculptures in 2009.

The King Township resident has become quite well known as a sort of self-taught architect of sorts, fashioning bird houses and feeders that are replicas of famous and not-so-famous landmarks. Maybe not on par with da Vinci, but even the renaissance man would be pleased about the winged connection to nature. As a self-confessed “master manipulator of materials, colours, textures and dimensions,” Link is passionate about his craft, one that is sure to evoke emotion in others. And that's what motivates him – an almost consuming need to create wonderful, and whimsical, creations with his hands. He swears there's an internal dialogue going on in his head, between his mental imagery and the materials themselves, which lead the creative process. Link is quite pleased that his meticulous works are being enjoyed, not by thousands in public galleries, but mainly by private collectors around the world who truly love and enjoy the subject matter. This gives art meaning.

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Meticulous 3-D Models In 2009, he expanded his genre to include 3-D models, bird feeders/houses and wall hangings, initially focused around historic buildings of King Township. This has morphed into numerous private commissions of various buildings including churches, homesteads and businesses. His goal, with each creation produced, is a minimum 90 per cent recycled material content. His continues to create recyclamation artwork to relax from the heavy concentration and precise work that goes into creating the complex 3-D commissions. “I also enjoy creating whimsical bird feeders/houses, often with a sense of humour,” he says. This is evident in his creations named Two Storey Outhouse, Toaster feeder and Hogs on Homes. His home studio is a functional setting where he's surrounded by “things that aren’t that will become things that are! I create all of my art pieces 3-D and recyclamation by hand, using only a table saw and hand tools. My models are not made from kits. Everything is handmade.” He begins his commissions by visiting the actual site for measurements, pictures and to get a true essence of the surrounding character, including points of interest. He then decides on the style and size, sometimes altering sections to fit his design. Scale, he points out, is always “critical.” He

draws a base outline and selects the right material for the structure walls. For example, he looks for 100-year-old wood, which provides great texture for brick facade. He says he likes to explore texture and form and it's colour that “resonates through me. I use colour literally and symbolically for varying focal points in my works. “The tedious but necessary brick work can take a very long time to create once the base colours are correct. Then the challenge is locating widgets and materials in my vast collection of knick-knacks to create the details on the building and in the surrounding landscape.” Each is one of a kind and Link brings to life the character and essence of the buildings. These are “heirloom models,” which will be around for many generations to come and most are privately owned and displayed. One of his early works is on display at Grackle Coffee in Schomberg. In 2009, he was commissioned to create a bird house of this business as a Christmas gift from a friend. His most popular model, the Schomberg Supplies feeder, now numbers more than 20 in varying sizes and materials. Drive to Create “The need to create with my hands what I visualize in 3-D colour is compelling in my life,” he observes. While the materials vary, “the creative internal dia-


logue between my ideas and the materials direct me to a detailed creation.” Link finds it gratifying that his pieces invoke emotion with his fans. His advice to other artists - “keep expanding your creative process through various avenues including woodworking and art classes.” Early Years Link began his formal training at age 12, at the Corcoran Art Gallery, School of Art then onto the Visual Advertising Association School in Washington, D.C., focusing in design and layout. He graduated with an arts degree from Brevard College, Florida and worked as a commercial graphic artist while he pursued

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VOLUME II EDITION 4

summer 2011

Society Kin

Promoting and celebrating the arts, heritage and nature in King Township

ASK - Arts Society King, a not-for-profit, incorporated community organization promotes and celebrates the arts, heritage and nature in King Township. A grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation and a partnership with Tapestry have enabled ASK to distribute a quarterly newsletter: the four centre pages of this magazine. Join us in the many cultural events being held throughout the year that your local community groups have organized for you and your family to enjoy.

ASK Festival King 2011 - June 25 to July 22 Soirée, Tours & Events and Workshops The pictures above highlight some Festival 2010 activities with some 2011 pictures interspersed. ASK Festival King 2011 is one month of exciting Tours & Events, the ASK Soirée on Sunday June 26 at University of Toronto’s Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill, and a variety of Workshops both introductory and intermediate. There is something for everyone – all ages and a variety of interests. A bright lime-coloured Festival brochure was mailed to all houses in King Township at the beginning of May. You can also pick them up at your local King Township Library, King Township Museum or many local businesses.

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Canadian Heritage

Editor: Sue Iaboni, Write Now @ King

Design Production: Penny Gilbertson Contributing Writers & Artists: Claire Alexander, Susan Beharriell, Blazing Fiddles,

Robert Brown Photography, Judy Craig, Alfie Fishgap, Donna Greenstein, Heirloom Portraits Inc, Next Stage Theatre, Sue Iaboni, Todd Jamieson, Ann Love, Lorne Macrae, Motus O, and Tom Wray.


Artist in PROFILE -

The Arts....

Ann Love

by Sue Iaboni

Sitting in Wait

If you are already worrying about what to do with your kids or grandkids during those rainy days at the cottage this summer, then Ann Love has just the books for you. Ann and her sister, Jane Drake, have written over thirty books guaranteed to engage and educate. And what’s more, the activities in the books have been tested out on real live children – their own! Ann Love has had a love affair with King Township ever since her father, Dr. Henry Barnett, bought land here in 1959. Ann and her family lived near Happy Valley Forest while Dr. Barnett did medical research in Toronto and London. When Ann grew up, she met a neighbour, David Love, whose grandparents skied into King Township way back in 1929. Both David’s grandmother, Lady Flavelle (best known as the founder of Kingcrafts), and his grandfather, who captured the heritage buildings through photographs still hanging in the township museum, contributed to King Township as we know it today. They lived here until their deaths. When Ann and David decided to marry and raise their family here in King, they very tactfully bought the property in between the Love and the Barnett farms, on the 7th concession. Determined to overcome an elementary teacher’s criticism about her writing, Ann began writing professionally in 1988. She and her sister have collaborated on books such as: “Sweet; the Delicious Story of Candy”, “Snow Amazing” and “Kids and Grandparents: An Activity Book.” Two of their books have recently been nominated for presti-

The writing life can be deeply rewarding. However it can also be lonely, particularly as the days grow short and inspiration thins. When I got the call saying I’d been selected as Writer in the Library, I leapt at the chance to work on my craft alongside the fresh minds of other writers. King Township Public Library sets out a number of different tasks for the Writer in Library. In fulfilling them, I had the opportunity to talk to six groups of elementary school students from across King Township about where I get my ideas, and how to evaluate nonfiction. I spoke to the three Adult book clubs, a Mother/Daughter book club and Write Now @King, a writing group sponsored by the library. On Saturday mornings, I led six workshops on writing, three for adults and three for younger authors. And then every Tuesday evening, for sixteen weeks, I sat at a table in the Schomberg Library and discussed manuscripts with individual authors – whoever chose to drop by. In all, I worked with about five hundred people. For the workshops and Tuesday evening sessions, writers emailed me their texts for critique. The stories I read were beautifully polished and covered a wide range of subjects and genres. I expected that I would be reading the stories of characters that were flat and needed more development – not an issue. The stories I read were full of vividly rendered people. I also expected to find mistakes in the internal logic of the universes people invented – that was not the case. I found myself encouraging writers to be braver, to examine things that were controversial and to emphasize the unexpected – all suggestions that assume a high level of sophistication. I really looked forward to my Tuesday evenings because I never knew who might show up or what they might be working on. The people themselves were as interesting as their writings. As I sat down in my chair, I would wait and wonder whom I would meet and what stories I would hear in the next two hours. • A high school student, a young man, arrived one evening with a notebook full of careful plans and diagrams for a story about a shaman inspired by ideals of freedom and compassion in a kingdom

gious awards. Ann says that when she works with her sister they divide up the tasks, and each of them researches the topics she is most familiar with. Then they pool their material and produce the book. Sibling rivalry is not an issue. Ann has also written two books of fiction on her own: an adult novel, “Grizzly Dance”, and a Young Adult Historical Fiction, “Taking Control”. She usually takes about 15 months to write a book: 6 months to research and plan, 6 months to do the actual writing, and 3 months to edit. Recently she has been sharing her writing skills with aspiring writers in the township through the Writer In The Library program. To find out more about this program, read her own account to the right. Writing is not Ann’s only creative talent. She also does watercolour painting. She prefers to paint “botanical art” and strives for scientific accuracy in her work. She says art is “how I avoid writing.” When she needs a break from the written word, she heads to the easel. Her favourite pieces are hanging in the Rose Gallery in King City. Is her art work included in her books? “No,”, she says, “we need pictures of kids, not plants, in our books.” Ann combines her love of nature and her desire to help kids enjoy it, with her husband’s photography skills, and together they run family nature hikes in Happy Valley. If you would like to join this creative couple and discover the stories the forest has to tell, sign up for their hike during the ASK Festival, on Sunday July 3rd. Call Jane at 905-9399357 for more details.

by Ann Love ruled by a conniving despot. Wow. • A public health nurse came by regularly. As a girl she had escaped the Soviet invasion of her homeland and survived with the support of the Red Cross. She now volunteers for the Red Cross on her holiday time in a form of give-back to the global community. She goes where people have suffered from floods, earthquakes, terrorist attacks… One such emergency took her to a midYukon town after a devastating forest fire and she is writing an amazing love story from that time. • A therapist and mother has developed a number of kid’s stories in a land of dappled sunshine, green pastures, unicorns, fairies, elves and magic. Her twinkling sense of humour raises this world right off the page. • A retired military officer who specialized in the life-threatening work of disarming bombs read aloud his poems and lyrical nonfiction for very young readers. The subject – pioneer crafts. Amazing. • A Lloydtown resident offered a script for a play about the life of Jesse and Phoebe Lloyd – I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself in the audience of a production in the next year commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Lloydtown Rebellion. • A soft-spoken nurse on maternity leave dropped by every week to polish her gritty and affirming coming-of-age story set a ghetto capable of destroying both body and soul. These are only a few of the people I met whose writing I enjoyed. It makes me think that I must pass, unknowingly, many local writers and artists on the sideroads or the grocery aisles every day. And, I confess, I learned as much or more than I gave in my term as Writer in the Library. The Writer in the Library program was funded by a generous donation from The Leonard and Gabryela Osin Foundation. The Schomberg Library itself was originally built with funds from this local family. Such local support plus the hard work of the librarians and library board place the four King Township Public Libraries at the heart of their communities – places to gather and share, think and research, read and learn, imagine and enjoy! Thank you for the opportunity to be Writer in the Library.

Heritage


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Alfie J. Fishgap, left, and Todd Jamieson, right, present a gift to retired Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman

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“When did native people go extinct?” That was the question that set the world of Alfie J. Fishgap and Todd Jamieson on end. Alfie and Todd are two local first nations artists and they are anything but extinct. Alfie is a wood-carver who began carving 15 years ago. His carvings include masks, boxes, fish sculptures, paddles and totem poles. Todd works in pen and acrylics and loves to try new media such as birch bark, deer skin, drums, even tattoo designs. They met several years ago while creating artistic pieces side by side at a Kortright Centre event. In between customers, they managed to talk and discovered their similar values and viewpoints. When the question of extinction came up, asked naively by a young girl, they really got going. Another incident: Todd’s son, Jacob Wolfe Jamieson, had come home from school one day embarrassed when asked if he lived in a tepee and ate raw meat. That’s what the grade 6 textbook had implied. How could his father eradicate some of the stereotypes and make a difference in the understanding of young children? Alfie and Todd were approached by a local school board and given permission to try out a presentation. They came dressed in their usual street clothes, but they brought along cultural artefacts to engage the children’s interest. A moose jaw could have been used as a tool or a weapon, a fur vest told the story of the fur trade. The presentation was a hit. The kids were one step closer to awareness. Alfie’s adopted name was not Fishgap. He made it up after discovering as an adult that he had been adopted by his Scottish/Italian parents. He decided to research his background and learned that his ancestors were Coast Salish and had been native fish trappers for their village. An elder had used the name Fishgap. Todd’s last name is his Christian name, given to him by his parents, a mixed race couple. His first nations’ name is something unpronounceable, but translates into Thomas; six generations after Thomas. He had been given the name of Thomas because as a child he talked a lot and emulated a Dutch preacher who had Christianized his tribe back in the 1800’s. Both men have spent their lives straddling the divide between two cultures. Todd, the spokesperson for the pair, talks passionately about the long uphill climb towards understanding. He knows that “with each generation, you build new roots.” He feels the climate is changing, especially in the last thirty years. First nations people are learning to balance the need to “remember where you came from” while adapting to the current Canadian lifestyle. Children attending York and Durham schools are beginning to understand the issues through Todd and Alfie’s presentations. One area where the two cultures come together is the 21st century focus on the environment; the need to save the planet. First Nations people have known this since their beginning. They were, in effect, Canada’s first conservationists, learning to manage the elements: preserving the forests in their natural state, honouring water sources, living successfully with the animal kingdom. If you would like to learn more, there are two opportunities during the ASK Festival. A “First Nations Family Day on the Humber River.” Saturday July 2, will be a chance for children ages 8 to 12 to hear stories and design their own birth totem to take home. For adults wishing to ask direct questions, Alfie and Todd will host a fireside chat on the evening of Thursday July 7th. Douglas Fir tea will be served. Questions will be answered. Special thanks to the Toronto and Region Conservation for their generous sponsorship of these events. Call Jane at 905-939-9357 for more information.

Barn Dance

by Sue Iaboni

Like many residents of King Township, the Eaton family wanted to escape from the city. On the advice of their good friends, Sir Henry Pellatt and his wife, they bought a neighbouring 700-acre working farm. It was 1919. The Eatons turned their new King acreage into their country estate, and it became the centre of many equestrian-related events; steeplechase and hunt club activities for Ontario’s wealthy horse families. In the 1930’s they had the famous French chateau, Eaton Hall, built, using brownish-grey stones from the Humber River bed. It still stands stately on the banks of a small kettle lake. The barn on the property is stately in its own way. This unique structure is believed to have been designed by E.J. Lennox, architect of Casa Loma and other historic buildings in Toronto. This barn was not his first; in 1920 he had designed a barn made entirely out of bricks at Mary Lake. The Eaton barn has a brick base, a steel roof, a long, horizontal row of 4-paned windows running all around the building. It has two entrance ramps, unusual for the time, and two levels; a lower level for horses and cows, and an upper level for storing hay and other grains. In 1971, after Lady Eaton’s death, Seneca Col-

lege purchased the Eaton property and turned it into their King campus. The magnificent barn seemed to be the perfect location for horse-related programs, including Veterinary Technology. It was also used as a riding school until the late 1990’s.Then it stood empty for 10 years. Finally the college, recognizing the significance of this great edifice, decided to do some much-needed renovations. After consultation and budget planning, the barn was faithfully restored in 2006 to its original state. And what is the future of this great barn? You can find out! The Seneca Barn will be host to two major events during the ASK Festival this summer. On July 12th Humber River Shakespeare Company will mount its summer production, A Comedy of Errors, a true Shakespearean tale of mistaken identity involving two sets of identical twins. And on July 21, Motus O Dance Theatre will present Perspectives, a brilliant synthesis of dance and mime, music and video, lighting and costuming. This is the finale of the ASK Festival 2011 and your chance for an inside view of the illustrious Seneca Barn. For information and tickets, call Jane at 905939-9357 or visit the ASK website.

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What’s that Bloomin’ thing? Only ten days at most! That’s a short time in a fourmonth summer; it is also the blooming period of a tree, often growing tall at roadsides and in coppices, which announces summer in late May with tumbling white blossom clusters. Of course, some years are more profuse than others. But wait... There are actually two similar trees. The Honey Locust, (gleditsia triacanthos) is easily identifiable by collars of long sharp spikes on the trunk. It is classified as a resident Canadian member of the Fabaceae family. Then there is another similar family member, the introduced Black Locust (robinia pseudoacacia). The trunk, which is somewhat irregular, has no spiky collars, although new growth has sharp thorns, similar to some roses. Bees go to work seeking the nectar; this produces a special honey from the large hanging pea-like blossoms, [that later seed in spirally twisted pods]. On mature trees the high floral display resembles hoar frost. When road work has resulted in chopped up stumps there are still the sucker roots under the surphoto by Robert Brown www.robertbrown.ca

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face; off the growth goes again, with the energy going into shorter multiple stems, resembling a freestanding white wisteria. Although both species are similar, the irregular shape of the trunks makes the wood unsuitable for most commercial purposes; where the appearance is of little importance the wood makes excellent fence posts, which can last over a century. Another surprising invisible characteristic is the density of the wood, which makes for a very efficient wood burning heat source similar to anthracite or hard coal with minimum soot. Be warned however, these trees produce underground suckers which can create a new growth tree thirty yards distant and a forest might be springing up around you, which is very, very difficult to control. When you sense a light sweet fragrance in the air on a warm summer’s evening, look around and discover the white blossoms, which are perfuming the air. Without spoiling rain, you have a week plus a couple of days to enjoy this, and that’s it until next year!

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Events in and around King Township *Part of ASK Festival King 2011 which runs from June 25 to July 22. For more information: 905 939 9357 or info@ArtsSocietyKing.ca or www.ArtsSocietyKing.ca. Festival brochures available at King Township Museum, Libraries and several local businesses. Now to August 14 – Ivan Eyre: Sculpture in Context at McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The evolution of Eyre’s thought is addressed in a selection of drawings, early paintings, and sculpture chosen to illuminate some of the complexities of this major artist’s challenging and paradoxical vision. Dine at the newly renovated Seven Restaurant open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended 905 893 1121 ext 2363. www.McMichael.com Now to September 11 – The Experience of COLOUR at McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The exhibition is a tribute to the landscape artist MarcAurele Fortin (1888-1970) who painted for four decades in the rising tide of Quebec and Canadian modernity. While remaining faithful to figurative art as a painter, watercolourist, printmaker, and pastelist, he endlessly experimented with colour, the true focus of his inquiry. www.McMichael.com

JUNE June 11 - Nobleton Lions Community Gala Fundraiser. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $40. Fun night of live music featuring the band “New Hollywood” with DJ music between sets, dancing and good old community fun at the Dr. William Laceby Memorial Arena in Nobleton. Featuring: $7,000 in cash prizes, a Giant Silent Auction and a delicious dinner. Tickets- from any Nobleton Lion or call Lion Bob 416 522 9675 or Lion Glen at 905 859 4456. www.NobletonLions.com June 11 - Dufferin Marsh Wine Tasting Our annual wine tasting takes place on Saturday June 11th, 8:00pm at Sheena's Kitchen in Schomberg. This is a relaxed, informal, yet informative tasting without pretension. Come out and support the Marsh. www.DufferinMarsh.ca. June 17 – Much Music Video Dance from 7:30 to10:30 p.m. for Grades 6-8, brought to you by Parks Recreation & Culture, King Township at the Dr. William Laceby Memorial Arena in Nobleton. $10 at the door. www.King.ca June 18 – Schomberg Lions Rockin’ Country Saturday Night Fundraising Dance in association with the Schomberg Skating Club, Minor Hockey, Cougars and King Curling at the Schomberg Agricultural Arena, 251 Western Ave (off Main St. in Schomberg). Doors open at 6 pm. and a Roast Beef dinner will be served between 6:30-8p.m. Door prizes, Silent auction and more. Tickets are $40.00 ea. All proceeds will go to the new Schomberg Arena, Curling and Fitness Centre (Trisan Centre). Tickets - call Lions Harry at 905 939 7055, Gord at 416 717 2824 or Marlene at 905 939 2470 or e-mail schomberglionsclub@gmail.com. www.SchombergLions.com

June 17 to 19 – 28th Tottenham Bluegrass Festival. Weekend advance pass $65 (until June 3) or $75 at gate. Popular and award winning groups from U.S. and Canada. Host Mike O’Reilly. Workshops, children’s program, crafts & concessions. Tickets: toll free 1 888 886 4566 or local 905 936 4100 or cofac@eol.ca. www.TottenhamBluegrass.ca June 18 – The Moraine For Life, Adventure Relay. Run, hike, bike, paddle 160 km, the 24 hour team challenge. Up to 15 people per team. Sponsored by ORMF and Joey & Toby Tanenbaum. Proceeds support the Oak Ridges Trail Association. www.MoraineAdventure.com or call 1 877 319 0285 or info@oakridgestrail.org. *June 25 – Heritage Cemetery Bus Tour, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $25. Join the King Township Museum Board and explore how cemeteries memorialize the people who built our communities. Monuments express past artistry and craftsmanship and provide useful information about early settlement, birth & death patterns and family histories. Meet at the Dr. Wm. Laceby Memorial Arena in Nobleton. Reservations required. Call 905.833.2331 or kingmuseum@king.ca *June 26 - Schomberg Horticultural Society’s Annual Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $10 available on the day at the Schomberg Community Hall, Main Street. Visit beautiful gardens in Schomberg and surrounding area. Call Barb for more information 905 939 2216 *June 26 – ASK Soirée, 4 to 8 p.m. at U of T’s Koffler Scientific Reserve, 17000 Dufferin St. (south of Hwy 9). Tickets $50 members, $55 non members. A celebration of the sights, sounds and tastes of King featuring artists, musicians, dancers, culinary artists, vintner and brewer. Spectacular country picnic on the historic outdoor race track overlooking the Holland Marsh with views to the Niagara Escarpment. Check www.ArtsSocietyKing.ca for details of the culinary fare, local brewery & winery, silent auction with unique pieces of art created by notable ASK artists, cake cutting anniversary celebration and non stop entertainment including York Region’s Motus O Dance Theatre – winner of Artist of the Year at Ontario Contact 2010! Tickets - call Jane at 905 939 9357. AmEx, Visa, MasterCard, cheque, cash and PayPal accepted. NOT TO BE MISSED! *June 27 to July 22 – ASK Festival “Discover the Creative You” Workshops Week 1: From Paper to Press, Floral Watercolour Painting, Landscape Acrylic, Ceramics Outside the Box, Introduction to Watercolour Week 2: Fired Up For Clay! Blogging: Journals for the 21st century, Rufus Porter Primitive Floor Cloth, Your Colourful Soul, Traditional Stroke Painting, The Basics of Quilting Week 3: Introduction to Clay Modeling, Fused Glass, Gourd Birdhouses, Yoruba Drum Rhythms & Storytelling, The Craft of Blacksmithing, Fantastical Faces & Forms (Papier Maché), Scare A Crow – How to Build a Scarecrow! Week 4: Portraits – Straight on View,

How to get “A Head” in Wood Carving, Roosters – Rise & Shine! (acrylics), Loose Landscapes (acrylics), Have we got a Pear for You! (acrylics), Happy Hooking, Portraits – Profile, ¾ view. See www.ArtsSocietyKing.ca for more information. To register call Jane at 905 939 9537. *June 28 - Walking into Wilderness: The Toronto Carrying Place and Nine Mile Portage with Heather Robertson, 7 to 8:30 p.m. King Township Museum. No charge. Heather tells the true story of the intrepid travelers, First Nations, French, English and Canadian, who for more than 10,000 years followed a narrow path along the Humber River across the Oak Ridges Moraine to reach the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Congratulations to Heather who will be honoured on June 4th by The Ontario Historical Society at its Annual General Meeting with the prestigious 2010 Fred Landon Award – the best book on regional history in Ontario published in the past three years. *June 30 - Screening of Winning Documentaries Multimedia Film Festival York Region Winners 7 p.m. King City Library. No charge. Michael Bowe, Chair and Founder of the Multimedia Film Festival of York Region will show some of the winners of this year’s documentary films. There are four categories – professional, all inclusive, secondary/youth (14-18) and Elementary/children (6-13). Films run from 6 seconds to 34 minutes and explore the diverse cultural identities & social issues across our region.

JULY July 1 – Canada Day at McMichael Canadian Art Collection - Official opening ceremony of the Sculpture Garden – nine monumental bronze sculptures by Winnipeg artist Ivan Eyre. Something for everyone: Metis fiddlers, two artists in residence – Greg Staats and Brian Kelley, an interactive graffiti art project, children’s performers and demonstrations by several ASK artists between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. www.McMichael.com July 1 – Celebrate Canada Day with Kettleby Village Association at 7 p.m. Tyrwhitt Park. The Kettleby Canada Day “modest celebrations” are fun for the whole family. Hot dogs and pop available but you can also bring your own picnic. Free cake served at 8:30 p.m. followed by a 20 minute firework display at 9:45 p.m. *July 2 - FIRST NATIONS “FAMILY” DAY ON THE HUMBER RIVER, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cold Creek Conservation Area 14125 11th Concession (3.5 km north of King Road between Nobleton and Bolton). Come for any combination of the 4 activities. Two events require registration. Cash barbecue from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. or bring a picnic lunch. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aboriginal Art & Culture for 8 to 12 year olds with Alfie J. Fishgap (Salish) & Todd Jamieson (Oneida). $15 per child (includes materials). Registration Required: Call Jane 905. 939. 9357 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Raptor Show Canadian Raptor Conservancy. No

Charge. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Reptile & Amphibian Show – Sciensational Sssnakes. No Charge. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Outdoor Survival Skills with Jonathan Thompson (Mi’kmaq) $10 per family. Registration Required: Call Jane 905.939.9357. Generously sponsored by Toronto & Region Conservation with support from ASK, Cold Creek Stewardship and King Township. *July 3 - Happy Valley Forest Cultural and Natural Heritage Walk for families. 8 to 10 a.m. No charge. A summer’s morning walk for families through southern Happy Valley Forest to look for evidence of past peoples and present wildlife. Bring your cameras and water. Meet Ann and David Love at the intersection of the 7th Concession and the 16th Sideroad. *July 5 - King Travel Diary Series First Fleet Re-enactment Voyage and African Safaris with L Col (Ret’d) Susan Beharriell, 7 p.m., Nobleton Library. No charge. Re-enactment of the First Fleet Voyage that transported British convicts to Australia. Then go on safaris in South Africa and Kenya. Registration Required: Call Jane 905. 939. 9357. Limited Seating! *July 7 - Everything you wanted to know about Native People… But never had the chance to ask… with Alfie J. Fishgap (Coast Salish Nation in BC) & Todd Jamieson (Oneida Nation near London, Ontario) at 7 p.m. Cold Creek Conservation Area. No charge. Enjoy an evening by the fire sipping on Douglas Fir tip tea along the Humber River and participate in an intimate discussion asking questions on any subject related to Native People in Canada. Bring a lawn chair. Generously sponsored by Toronto and Region Conservation. *Humber River Shakespeare Co. – The Comedy of Errors. Outdoor theatre! Bring your family, your friends, a picnic, and a blanket and prepare to be enchanted as Shakespeare’s farce comes to King. This is a fast paced comedy with burlesque dancers, fortune tellers, magicians and strange visitors, taking you on a roller coaster ride of mistaken identity leading to seduction, arrest, infidelity, beatings, theft and general all round madness. Most performances are pay-what-you-can. Suggested donation $15. July 8 & 9, Schomberg Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. July 10, Tyrwhitt Park, Kettleby, 2 p.m. Rain or shine. July 12, Seneca College Barn, King Campus. 13990 Dufferin Street, King City. Indoor Venue - Advance tickets $15 available. Call 416 209 2026 OR Paywhat-you-can on site. July 13, King Township Museum, 7 p.m. 2920 King Road, east of Jane St. www.HumberRiverShakespeare.ca *July 9 - Bugs, Bees & Butterflies Hikes. 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. University of Toronto’s Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill, 17000 Dufferin St. (south of Hwy. 9). No charge! Get the scoop on insects’ secret lives and cunning ways with Dr. Maydianne Andrade and Dr. Andrew Mason, spider specialists and


.....just professors of biology at U of T. Children can engage in a special bug-catching competition between walks! Registration required: e-mail Ksr.info@utoronto.ca. starting June 15. *July 10 – Nobleton & King City Horticultural Society’s Garden Tour, 10 to 4 p.m. Tickets $10 available from Black Forest Garden Centre and Nobleton Pharmasave and at each garden on the day of the tour. A chance to visit a variety of private gardens, from small intown gems to large estate and farm gardens. Call Maria at 905 833 2146. www.altflora.com/nobleton *July 11 - Documentary “Jackie - The Power of Style” with writer, producer Christina Pochmursky. 7 p.m. at Schomberg Library. No charge. Decades after Jackie Kennedy Onassis' death, she remains an icon of style and elegance throughout the world. The film, directed by King’s Christopher Rowley, also explores the power of the media in the 60's. *July 12 - Laskay Raspberry Social from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Laskay Hall (Weston Road, south of King Road). Raspberry desserts served in historic Laskay Hall. Reservations required. Call 905.833.0222. July 14 – King Township Mayor’s Annual Golf Challenge, Cardinal Golf Club, Shotgun 12:30 p.m. or dinner only at $75 per person. This year’s proceeds will go towards the new Township of King’s recreational facility – the Trisan Centre. For more information contact Teresa Barresi in the Mayor’s Office at tbarresi@king.ca *July 15 - Lyman Henderson reminisces over lunch at a private King Estate - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $40. Lyman and Ann Henderson were “culture nuts” and avid volunteers – National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Ballet Jorgen, Arts & Letters Club, Council for Business & The Arts in Canada, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and Famous People Players. Registration Required: Call Jane at 905.939 .9357. Limited seating. *July 16 - Locavore “20 km Diet” Bus Tour with light lunch. 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. $40. Visit a local cheese store, Holland Marsh growers, a fresh vegetable market and a local winery and have a “tour” at each stop! Enjoy a BBQ lunch at the winery with products from each stop. Registration Required: Call Jane at 905.939.9357. Limited seating. *July 17 - King City: Heritage Presentation & Walking Tour. 2 to 4:45 p.m. No charge. Join us for a Heritage walk around the centre of the old village of Springhill (King City), starting with a short presentation at the 1857 Anglican chapel and completing the tour at King City Cemetery. Meet at All Saints Anglican Church, 12935 Keele St. King City (south of King Road) *July 19 - King Travel Diaries – Around The World with Brock Groombridge. 7 p.m. Schomberg Library. No charge. Finishing his degree amidst the recession, Brock chose to let the economy repair itself while he set out on a one year, 36 country, backpacking adventure around the world, all

the while video blogging his experiences on his website: www.backpackwithbrock.com. Registration Required: Call Jane 905.939. 9357. Limited Seating! *July 21 - Motus O Dance Theatre Presents “Perspectives” at 7 p.m. Seneca College Barn. $35. MOTUS O, winner of 2010 Ontario Artist of the Year, brings their unique and magical “Perspectives” production to the newly renovated Seneca College barn for a onenight performance. Prepare to be dazzled by their superb athleticism and energy and their brilliant synthesis of dance, mime, music, and video projection, lighting and costuming Registration Required: Call Jane 905.939. 9357. Limited Seating! *July 22 - Canadiana Architecture and Furniture, 1630-1900 with Interior Design Professor Susan Thom. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Vogan’s 1872/73 Wesleyan Methodist Church residence. Light lunch included. $40. From the Courier de Bois to the Selkirk settlers, Canada has a strong European heritage. However politics, climate, immigration, and cultural influences shaped a new ‘Canadiana’ version of European styles. Registration Required: Call Jane 905.939.9357. Limited Seating. July 23rd - Swift Night Out - A family of chimney swifts can eat as many as 12,000 insects (including mosquitoes) in a single day! Want to know more? Join us for a "Swift Night Out" as we learn more about and watch for these fascinating creatures www.DufferinMarsh.ca. July 29th to 31st – Aurora Jazz + Festival 2011 - Fri. 6 - 10 p.m., Sat. 2 - 10 p.m. & Sun. 1 - 10 p.m. Town Park Aurora. Supporting Local Talents, the Arts & Safehaven Community Living. Produced by Aurora Festival of the Arts. www.AuroraJazzFest.com

AUGUST AUGUST 5 to 7– 38th Annual Alliston Potato Festival features entertainment & activities including Rotary Parade, amusement park, potato pancake breakfast, flea market, vintage sled show, concerts in the park. www.AllistonPotatoFestival.com.

Chef Michael Smith returns. Sample exciting local and organic food and drinks. Tickets $100. Win two tickets in this year’s contest. www.FeastOfFields.org. September 16 to 18 - Fall in Love with Schomberg. King Travel Diary Series New Zealand (Fri. 7 p.m.), Schomberg Village Street Gallery (Sat & Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Scarecrow Competition (Sat & Sun), Lions BBQ (Sat 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 6 to 10 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Farmers’ Market (Sat 8 a.m. to

September 17 & 18 – 3rd annual Schomberg Village Street Gallery, from 10 to 5 p.m. Outdoor Juried Fine Art Show & Sale will take place along historic Main Street in the village of Schomberg. (Hwy 9 and Hwy 27) www.SchombergStreetGallery.ca.

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SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 10 – 35th Kettleby Fair, 10 to 5 p.m. Village of Kettleby, Tyrwhitt Conservation Area. Craft Village, exhibits, loonie draw, great food, mutt show and continuous stage & grounds entertainment, along with Open House at Kettleby Valley Camp. Parade at noon. www.Village.Kettleby.on.ca for details. September 10 – Binder Twine Festival in Kleinburg, 9 a.m. $7 per adult, $5 for seniors and 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. www.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). 40 of Southern Ontario’s top chefs! Celebrity

1 p.m.), Birdhouse Building (Sat 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Main Street Heritage walks (Sat 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.), Horse & Wagon rides (Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Community Spirit Bonfire (Sat 6:30 p.m.), Quilts presentation “Patches Over Time”(Sun 2 to 4 p.m.). www.Schomberg.ca September 16 - King Travel Diaries – I always wanted to go there! 7 p.m. Schomberg Library. New Zealand north & south island by camper trailer with Sue and Peter Iaboni. ArtsSocietyKing.ca; King-Library.on.ca.

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

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Feast of Fields will be expanding the Children's Organic Garden at Cold Creek Conservation Area this year to include more vegetables and herbs. As well, they are building a permanent cedar pergola at the garden to accommodate the grapevines that have been planted. There will be a new “Children’s Garden” sign erected on the site.

by Gordon Craig

Increasing day lengths trigger an explosion of activity in Cold Creek. Trees have already burst into leaf, grasses are growing at an exponential rate, flowers start their seasonal parade of display, frogs chorus continuously, birds court and build nests. Insects emerge from ponds and streams searching for mates, dropping eggs on water surfaces to renew the forage base for fish and birds. Summer is the time to reproduce and build energy supplies for the next generation, winter migration and hibernation. It is a time to tread lightly during this growing period. Take care to observe, but not disturb, nesting sites and habitat in meadows, wet lands, lowland shrubs, highland forest. It is important to stay on nature conservation trails and prevent pets from running through protected habitat. Cold Creek has a range of these habitats that can be explored on the perimeter hiking trail. Watch for the early summer flowers like trillium, jack in the pulpit, wild iris in wetlands, summer phlox and purple vetch tangled in meadows that produce late summer pea pods. Birds nest in numbered boxes with successive species stacking their nests as one occupant replaces another through Jack-in-the-pulpit the summer. Check

Firefly the results of last year’s record and monitor the change of occupants as you hike (see www.ColdCreek.ca for nesting data and bird box designs). The first weeks in June fireflies, beetles really, appear over uncut meadows and along forest edges after dusk. Half second flashes of light are produced by activation of luciferin in the lower abdominal segments. A green, yellow or orange flash pattern is species specific. The enzyme producing the light has been incorporated into biological and chemical environmental monitoring measurement systems. Males fly and flash signalling for receptive females in the grass or on bushes. Females produce eggs that hatch into larvae and live on or below the soil surface, depending on species, and eat other invertebrates. A firefly watch programme by the Museum of Science-Boston in 2008 uses public participation to determine the impact of habitat alteration, pesticide and fertilizer use and other urban influences on fireflies. You can join their network (https://www.mos.org/fireflywatch/) and contribute to their research. Visit Cold Creek every week to see what is pushing its way to centre stage – the show never ends.

The gardens will be maintained by the visiting children and two Seneca College environmental students for the summer.

please to announce the return of celebrity TV chef Michael Smith. “I am proud to be a part of the organic movement and look forward to sharing flavours at this years Feast of Fields,” he said. Smith has also donated his new signed cookbook to this year’s silent auction. For more information about Feast of Fields or to order tickets, visit www.feastoffields.org e-mail to feastoffields@gmail.com or call 905-859-3609.

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by Jean-Marc Daigle You own a swimming pool. Perhaps you had it built a few years back, or you acquired it with the house purchase. Initially, the pool was great fun for you and your family. But the kids have grown up and lost interest. Maybe you’ve got health concerns regarding the use of chlorine and pool chemicals, and have lost the will to keep up with the pool’s maintenance. Perhaps it’s sprung a leak, and you are facing costly repairs. For whatever reason, the pool has lost its appeal; now it has become that blue elephant in the back yard. What do you do? Some homeowners will opt to get rid of it, by filling it with soil. Unfortunately, a properly decommissioned pool comes at a price, and this may be the most expensive hole you will ever fill. Some with health concerns may spend their money on a conversion to a salt water (or other non-chlorinated) system. And, yet others may decide to bite the bullet and keep the current system up and running, for lack of a better option. If this is your dilemma, you may want to consider a more natural and ecologically sensible fresh water alternative. You can convert your chlorinated pool into a “natural swimming pool”. Natural swimming pools were pioneered in the 1980’s by Biotop, an Austrian pool company. Since then, they have gained tremendous popularity across Europe and Great Britain, where many thousands have been built. Although it has taken a while for the concept to capture the public imagination here in North America, natural swimming pools are now gaining a foothold in the pool construction market. Lots of information is now available on-line – Google “natural swimming pool”, and you’ll be amazed at some of the beautiful creations out there. Conventional pools rely on chlorine and other chemicals to keep the water clean and biologically sterile, i.e., free of algae, microbial activity, and other life forms (other than swimmers). Natural swimming pools, on the other hand, are anything but sterile. They are designed to promote aquatic life rather than eliminate it. Water quality is maintained by the aquatic plant and biological filters, in combination with mechanical UV sterilizers, ion generators, and skimmers. Natural swimming pools are lined with a rubber liner, and are typically built to resemble a natural pond. A typical design consists of a central swim zone enclosed by a submerged retaining wall. The wall holds back the aquatic plantings

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grown in granite rock and peastone beds around the pool perimeter. Water is pumped through the plant filters, and in tandem with a bio-filter waterfall and other mechanical cleansing components, is proven to keep the water clean and clear. All you add is a few spoonfuls of beneficial bacteria every couple of weeks through the swimming season. These bacteria will colonize the rock and other biomedia in the plant filters and bio-falls, where they will provide highly effective algae control. As with any pool, the design may be further accessorized with plantings, a deck or patio, stone diving slabs, stone steps, underwater lighting and other accessories. In a pool conversion, the basic design principles still apply. The existing pool shell becomes the “swim zone”, and the existing pump and skimmers are incorporated into the converted pool’s circulation system. A large plant filter is constructed next to the existing pool. You’ll need enough space in the yard to accommodate the plant filter, which ideally should be roughly the same size as the swim zone. Aesthetically, the plant filters are designed to complement the existing pool shape, and become a landscape feature in and of themselves. Designed as a water garden, the filter is planted with a variety of native aquatic plants, and ornamented with granite boulders and riverstone. The installation includes a waterfall that doubles as a biological filter. The aquatic plant filters are linked to the existing pool via a second circulation system. Water is drawn from the swim zone, pushed through the plant filter up to the waterfall, and discharged back into the pool. All connections between the existing pool and the plant filters must be properly sealed, and must be designed to suit the existing pool type, such as fibreglass, vinyl, or concrete. An ion generator and UV filter is added to the circulation system to maintain optimal water quality. A properly designed and constructed natural filtration system will maintain the same fresh water quality you would expect in a natural swimming pool. Of course, a conversion comes at a price; costs will vary depending on factors such as the existing pool size and type, and ease of equipment access. However, if the concept appeals to you and you are prepared to invest in a conversion, it will literally breathe new life into your pool, and married with the aquatic gardens, will transform your backyard into an aquatic oasis.

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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of interesting flavours; blackberry, dark cherry, sweet plum, chocolate and pepper. Great balance and structure. It is a 2009, which was an excellent year for the Rhône, Costieres de Nimes at the very south end of the Rhône Valley and is only $15.95. Here the blend is usually Syrah and Grenache. This is an up and coming region that offers tremendous value. Mas des Dressades 2009 is a great example with aromas of tar, tea, licorice and chocolate. The taste is well balanced with great structure and is only $14.95. The southern Rhône produces a lot of top quality wines and the area is well represented in the LCBO at many price points. Pick your comfort level price and try something from the Rhône. It is hard to go wrong.

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the bark of a tree is wounded there is swift physical and chemical response to similarly seal off the area to avoid being sunk. Trees have a nifty way of sealing off a breach by plugging up the surrounding area with gums, resins and assorted cells and compounds from adjacent tissue. This creates a sort of defensive “brown belt” (to continue our battling metaphor) of impermeable material that walls off the area. The surrounding bark also creates additional growth to pinch off the wound as well. The sealed off part will then die as the tree sacrifices part of its body for the good of the whole. It happens all the time, in almost every tree you see. Trees make the attempt whether the break is a tiny twig or a major branch. A typical place to look for evidence of this is along trails or lanes where vehicles or equipment have bashed against the tree. Arborists know this process inside and out. Garry Conway

A forest trail winding away under a canopy of tall trees can be an image of peace and tranquility. But this serene scene masks a raging ecological cage-match involving every mature tree (and even young ones) in the forest. Trees have an unending battle against gravity, wind, ice storms, snow loads and other physical challenges that test, pummel and even strengthen their tissues. This is a story in itself. But it is when trees are wounded and begin their fight against the agents of decay that they reveal their true grit, and their hidden secret weapon. Trees are the planet’s tallest and longestlived organisms. Sugar Maples and Eastern White Pine in the protected nature reserves such as those of the Happy Valley Forest can grow as tall as 30 to 50 metres high and live to be 400 years old. The Eastern Hemlock can be even older. But they are easy targets in a world awash with the fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms that are poised to attack as soon as a tree develops a weak spot. How to they survive these microscopic hoards? To make an example, let’s knock down a big old maple (sorry tree, nothing personal) and have it gash the trunk of a neighbour on its way to the ground. You see evidence of this regularly in the forest. The exposed wood is destined be flooded by moisture and invaded by fungi, bacteria, yeasts and a succession of creatures that, if left unchecked, would consume the tree from the inside out. The problem is that tree wounds do not actually heal the way that a cut on a person heals. On humans a cut will form a scab then re-grow skin and scar tissue, forming a protective living skin layer again. Trees go about it differently. The great tree physiologist Alex Shigo said it best: While people heal, trees seal. Picture a ship or submarine that suffers a puncture to its hull. Alarms go off as the water rushes in. The captain hollers an order to seal off the compartments being flooded. When

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Lively scenes of children playing in and around water are brought to mind with this year's theme Splash! Celebrate Summer. Building sandcastles at the seashore, fishing off the end of a dock, setting off in a canoe or just splashing around in a local pool are all part of the fun this summer. Once again this year, TD Bank Financial Group is proud to support literacy in Canada by offering the TD Summer

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ADULT Before I Go to Sleep By S.J. Watson she wakes up forgetting each morning) patiently explains everything again. One day she receives a phone call from a man claiming to be a doctor she has been seeing without her husband’s knowledge. When they meet, he hands her a journal she’s apparently been keeping to help her remember. Once she begins reading the journal, discrepancies in Ben’s story begin to emerge and Christine (and we, the readers) begin to question what really happened to her. As she reads about herself day by day, the story slowly unfolds and Christine becomes more and more fearful and less trusting of both her husband Ben and Dr. Nash. Neither she nor we (the readers) know who to trust. The subtlety of this mystery lies in the writing style. Because

Christine can only remember by reading her journal from the day before, everything is revealed to us at the same time as it’s revealed to her. So we’re in the dark as much as she is. Our second guessing is only as good as the information she’s put in her journal. This makes the book “un-put-down-able.” Combine this with an unforseen twist at the end, and we have a great thriller with a gripping plot and a satisfying ending. Highly recommended. By the way, it turns out that S.J. Watson is a man. He does an incredible job of getting inside the head of this tragically confused woman. The book is scheduled to release June 14, 2011.

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Opening scene: Christine Lucas wakes up in an unfamiliar room, beside an unfamiliar man who appears to be middle-aged. She can’t imagine what would have possessed her to have a one-nighter with a man 20 years her senior. It’s only when she looks at herself in the bathroom mirror that, to her horror, she discovers she is also middle aged. The “stranger” then patiently explains to her that he is her husband and that she had an accident in her twenties and has had memory loss ever since. Apparently, she can remember things that happen during the day while she’s awake, but when she’s had a night’s sleep, the next morning, everything is forgotten again. Every day is the same. She asks the same questions and Ben (the “stranger”

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Education With Balance

THE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL (JK-12) is a co-ed, non-denominational, university-preparatory school. We offer a superior, balanced education that challenges the student, develops the mind, and strengthens the character. We educate in innovative ways through integrated, leading-edge technology and in sophisticated facilities for academics, athletics, visual and performing arts. Please contact us at any time to arrange a personal tour.

Please visit www.cds.on.ca to learn more about our open house schedule. Currently reviewing applications for September 2011 admission. Space is limited.

13415 Dufferin Street, King, Ontario 905.833.1220 admissions@cds.on.ca www.cds.on.ca

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Tapestry, Summer 2011  

A magazine of quality living in King Township

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