BRLA Summer Sounds 2018

On Saturday, July 7th, I attended this year’s version of Summer Sounds, put on by the Big Rideau Lake Association.  This is an annual event held on Cow Island on Big Rideau Lake. You get there by swimming or boat of some sort.  People came on canoes, kayaks, runabouts, pontoons and others.  I didn’t see…

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With a Little Help From My Friends in Elgin concert

I attended a live concert at the Elgin United Church, dedicated to the Fab 4.  A 2-hour music-filled presentation was attended by over 200 audience members. Local performers included Margaret Ross, Rasa Krokys, Alex Price, Morgan Wright and Graham Lowe. “Soul Purpose” performed as well.  Soprano Michelle Knapp, Alto Karen Earl, Tenor Charalee Smith and…

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RoadTrip – Mallorytown Village Fair

Front of Yonge Township is located along the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands region. Part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, Front of Yonge can be found between the larger towns of Brockville to the east, and Gananoque to the west. Approximately 135 kilometres (84 mi) away from Ottawa and 325 kilometres (202 mi) from…

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RoadTrip – Morton, Ontario Barbecue

Here we go again! I visited another summer community event in Morton, Ontario. Originally called “Whitefish Falls”, the land with the waterpower rights to the falls were purchased by John George Morton in 1853. He planned the model village of Morton which he registered in 1857. By 1861, exploiting the power of the falls, Morton…

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Road Trip – Leeds County Plowing Match

In my ongoing series, I visited the Leeds County Plowing Match today on Charland Rd. in Elgin.  Now that is hard work! Take a look at this monster-size equipment! A heartfelt “thank-you” to all of our farmers for their hard work in providing for us!

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Road Trip – Westport Open Air Music Festival

This is the next in a series of events local to me in Portland, Ontario.  This open air music festival is held every year in Westport, Ontario. Mother Nature cooperated very nicely . . . thank-you.

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Elgin Days – Elgin, Ontario

Here is another post in my series about Eastern Ontario towns and community events. This time, I’m in Elgin at Elgin Days. Elgin is situated just off Highway 15 and offers many services. The main street features a post office, pharmacy, video store, grocery store, bank, florist shop, electronics store, hardware store, antique store, restaurant,…

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Happy Canada Day 150 – Ottawa, Ontario

I visited Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations with Sylvia, daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.  Spent a couple nights in a local hotel to be closer to the festivities. What a fiasco!  Security was in place like at airports, but the lineups were atrocious!  No toilets . . . no buskers . . . no large screens…

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PoutineFest – Brockville, ON

This post continues my series on towns and events in Eastern Ontario. We visited PoutineFest at Brockville’s Hardy Park.  It was a very sunny day and lots of people enjoyed various types of poutine, other deep-fried delicacies and ice cream.  A Beer Garden is always welcome as well!

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