Local Grapes at the Schuermann Vineyard & Winery

I always enjoy visiting local establishments, especially when they involve fruit like grapes! “Where the Canadian Shield and limestone meet is where our cherished vines thrive” is the greeting on their website. I’m talking about the Schuermann Vineyard & Winery in Westport, Ontario.  Last weekend I visited this locale and as one drives down the…

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Photowalk – Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

During a recent trip to Vancouver, I met with  Elizabeth Gray.  Elizabeth is a Vancouver-based photographer with two passions . . . teaching and photography. As Canadian photographers, we like to compare notes and techniques, so we spent a couple hours shooting in the mild drizzle and mist; after all, this is Vancouver! Here are…

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Fire & Ice Celebration – Clayton, NY

For the second year in a row, I attended the Fire & Ice Festival at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY.  This event was held February 15-17, from which a portion of the proceeds goes to the “North Country Troopers Assisting Troops”. Over 20,000 pounds of ice was carved into various sculptures 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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RoadTrip – Jones Falls, Ontario

This is another road trip in my series on Eastern Ontario’s towns and community events. The War of 1812 – 1814 was just over. And while peace again settled on the region, there was still an underlying tension between nations. Colonel John By was the British engineer charged with building a canal that would bypass…

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Thousand Islands Cruise – Rockport, Ontario

Another post in my series about Eastern Ontario towns and events.  It is a known fact that one rarely acts like a tourist in their own locale.  I’m trying to change that by visiting towns and community events in Eastern Ontario. We visited Rockport, on a glorious summer day.  Rockport is in the Thousand Islands…

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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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