Plan to visit Glengarry County in Eastern Ont.,
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Church bell at Historic St. Raphael’s Ruins, St. Raphael’s, Ont,,painting by R. Ross
Visiting Ontario ........
South Glengarry ........
North Glengarry ..........
The Glengarry Highland Games ........
Williamstown, Ont. ..........
The Williamstown Fair ..........
Williamstown Archives & Genealogy Center ......
Travel Tips ..........
Canada’s Heritage In French Gaspesie ......
Set Sail with Buzz Lightyear and more aboard “Disney Wonder” ..........
Organic Insect Repellent .....
Concentrated Tent & Gear Solar Proof ........
Hotel or Time Share .........
Artist of the month ........
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Visiting Ontario this Summer?
Plan to visit Glengarry County in Eastern Ont.,
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Are you planning a trip to Ontario this summer, then why not check out Glengarry County, the most eastern county in Ontario. Settled in the mid 1780‘s by the United Empire Loyalists the area is an historic gem. The many events and places of interest in and around the Glengarry area will keep you fully occupied. Make it your home base at one of the many B&B, the hosts who will direct you in the right direction whatever your interest might be. Visit Cornwall, Massena, USA, Montreal and Ottawa all within easy driving distance of Glengarry. Return to and relax in a quiet and friendly rural atmosphere. Our favorite weeks to visit Glengarry are the last week in July and the first Week in Aug. where we take in the Glengarry Highland Games, and the following weekend the Williamstown Fair.
There are lot’s of activities at other times as well and a drive around the area to visit the museums, old church’s and graveyards and places of interest in the surrounding country side is worthwhile. Don’t forget Upper Canada Village and the Lost Villages west of Cornwall. If your ancestors settled in Glengarry then you will enjoy finding out what genealogical resources are available to connect you to your roots.
Glengarry County, Ontario is made up of four Townships with Lancaster Township & Charlottenburgh Township in South Glengarry and Kenyon Township and Lochiel Township located in North Glengarry. I am not going to write a history of the area in this blog but just touch on the major towns & villages and to mention the largest event which takes place in the County of Glengarry on the Aug 1st long weekend, “The Glengarry Highland Games” or also known as the “Maxville Highland Games”. Another event which takes place the 2nd weekend in August is the “Williamstown Fair” which takes place at the fairgrounds in the Village of Williamstown . The fair has been serving the Glengarry community since 1812 and is a three day event.
The following is a brief outline of Glengarry County located in eastern Ontario and bordering on the Quebec border.
South Glengarry is a township in eastern Ontario, Canada on the Saint Lawrence River in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
The township was created on 1 January 1998, by amalgamating the townships of Charlottenburgh and Lancaster with the independent village of Lancaster.
The township comprises the communities of Avondale, Bainsville, Bayview Estates, Bridge End, Brown House Corner, Camerons Point, Cashions Glen, Curry Hill, Dalhousie Mills, Glen Brook, Glendale Subdivision, Glen Falloch, Glen Nevis, Glen Norman, Glenroy, Glen Walter, Green Valley, Lancaster, Lancaster Heights, Loon Island, MacGillivrays Bridge, Martintown, Munroes Mills, North Branch, North Lancaster, North Lancaster Station, Pine Hill, Redwood Estates, South Lancaster, Summerstown, Summerstown Station, St. Raphaels, Tyotown, and Williamstown.
The population of South Glengarry in 2011 was 13, 162 and the land area was 233.71 sq.mi
North Glengarry is a township in eastern Ontario, Canada, in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. It is a predominantly rural area located between Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Cornwall-Massena.
The current township of North Glengarry was created on 1 January 1998, by amalgamating the former townships of Kenyon and Lochiel with the villages of Maxville and Alexandria.
The township comprises the urban community of Alexandria (population 3,287) and the rural communities of Apple Hill, Athol, Baltic Corners, Breadalbane, Brodie, Dalkeith, Dominionville, Dornie, Dunvegan, Fairview, Fassifern, Fiskes Corners, Glen Robertson, Glen Sandfield, Greenfield, Guaytown, Kirkhill, Laggan, Lochiel, Lochinvar, Lorne, Maxville, McCormick, McCrimmon, Pine Grove, St. Elmo, and Stewarts Glen.
The population of North Glengarry in 2011 was 10, 251 and the land area was 248.53 sq. mi.
Glengarry Highland Games also known as the Maxville Highland Games are held the first long weekend in August every year. Maxville a village of approxametly 600 plus persons do a tremendious job of hosting the games.
The first games were held in 1948 and a few hundred people were expected not the thousand that turned up and the local people had to raid their pantry’s to feed the many people enjoying the hospitality of the Maxville community. Since that time the people of Maxville and Glengarry have welcomed tens of thousands to what is estimated as one of the largest Highland Games in the World. It is a two day event with a tartan ball on the previous Thursday evening. The community deserves credit for the great job they do to welcome the many visitors to the area.
You can purchase seating in the grandstand or bring your lawn chairs or blankets, either way you will enjoy the entertainment on the Friday evening or the day time activities on both the Friday and Saturday. The closing ceremonies with the mass pipe bands is a touching tribute to the mainly Scottish people who settled this part of Ontario and to the many who enjoy living or visiting what is hard to believe was once a wilderness.
Many venders and food booths are available as well as locally prepared dining, the beer tents are available for those who like to mingle with the locals or the Angus Gray Hall for entertainment from the local musicians.
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From the Glengarry Highland Games web site.
“They will witness an outstanding display of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition. In the course of the day, more than 60 pipe bands are put through their paces to decide the North American Pipe Band Championships™, more than 200 dancers defy gravity in the Highland Dance competition and giants hurl telephone pole-sized cabers and 50 pound iron hammers around the infield. It is a memorable and incredible event.”
Williamstown, Ont., home of the oldest continuing Fair in Ontario, The Manor House built by Sir John Johnson which is also the local Library and the Glengarry Archives, The Nor’Westers Museum, (not to forget the Glengarry Pioneer Museum at Dunvegan), St. Andrew’s Church established by Rev. John Bethune, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and the David Thompson Home all to be visited in this beautiful historic village in Glengarry County, Ontario.
Williamstown Fair, 201 years, Canada’s Oldest Annual Fair
The following is the wording on a Plaque in the Village of Williamstown on the north side of John Street at the entrance to the fairgrounds.
"Ontario's oldest continually operated agricultural fair received its patent on March 29, 1808, from Francis Gore, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. It is probable that at first, the local farmers simply gathered on the village common or streets. However on June 25, 1814, Sir John Johnson, the founder of Williamstown, granted 5 ha for the express purpose of holding a fair and it has been held here annually ever since. Through the years, this fair, like many others in the province, has raised our standards of agriculture by providing a centre for the display of superior farm products and livestock".
The Williamstown Fair has a varied program such as Family Games, Exhibitions, Petting Zoo, Wagon Rides, Free Corn Roast, Midway, 4-H Dairy Shows, Horse Hitch Demo, and Horse Pull, Kids Tractor Pull and the Raisin River Footrace on the Sunday, also entertainment and many more activities.
For more information on the Fair check out the following website.
Glengarry Archives and Genealogy Center.
If your descendant’s settled in Glengarry, then a visit to the Glengarry Archives is necessary not only to see the Sir John Johnson Manor house but to check out what local genealogy is available and to browse the many books written on the area. The archivist is very knowledgeable in the local history and you might just meet up with long lost relatives. http://www.glengarryarchives.ca/
The following pictures were taken at the Williamstown Fair in August 2011.
Lochiel Pipe Band entertaining in the "Gathering place" at the Williamstown Fair.
|Antique Car at Williamstown Fair Display, 2011|
Travel Tips from Carmeron travelers newletter 2003
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See Canada's British Heritage in French Gaspesie
Posted by Deanna Cioppa on June 26, 2012 at 10:08:18 AM EDT
By Deanna Cioppa
The residents of the province of Quebec are, shall we say, quite proud of their French heritage and the uniqueness of their region. The deeper you get into Québec, the harder it can be to even find someone who speaks English. And that's part of Québec's charm and character. So it's surprising to find, in this bastion of Francophilia, a town completely devoted to Québec's British heritage.
Located on Duthie's Point and part of Québec's stunning Gaspé Peninsula, the Gaspesian British Heritage Village is right on the Bay of Chaleur. The property stretches 82 acres, and features actors in period costumes representing roles like Village Blacksmith along with 24 historic buildings and walking paths that lead to one of Gaspé's many charming lighthouses and a beach. The focus is not only on the British settlement of Gaspé, which began around 1784 when Loyalists arrived from across the pond, but also on the variety of peoples who settled the area—Mi'gmaq, Acadian, and British. Organized family activities and Traditional Skills Days help bring children closer to history—you can build an outdoor bread oven!—and a tea room provides light fare and refreshment.
The Heritage Village is also host to Québec's only bluegrass festival. From August 26 through September 2, the New Richmond Bluegrass Festival brings together over 50 bands on three stages. Interested in staying for the whole fest? Purchase a VIP or weekend pass to get free camping (no services) on site for the entire week.
Plan to spend at least a few hours here, especially if you want to explore all the buildings. Self-guided tours (with map) are available, and guided tours are offered daily at 11 am and 2 pm. The site is open daily through September 2 from 10 am to 5 pm, with admission available by arrangement after. Admission is $8 for adults with discounts for children.
Photo credits: Courtesy of Gaspesian British Heritage Village
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Set Sail with Buzz Lightyear, and More, Aboard Disney Wonder
Posted by Elissa Richard on June 14, 2012 at 12:25:45 PM EDT
By Elissa Richard
The family- and film-minded folks behind Disney Cruise Line have announced a series of special Pixar-themed cruises set to unfold aboard the Disney Wonder this fall. The four sailings, scheduled to embark from Los Angeles and cruise the California coast to Ensenada, Mexico, will feature a cast of character actors from popular Pixar films like Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille (Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear among them), along with Pixar-themed entertainment and exhibitions designed for kids of all ages.
In addition to special meet-and-greet sessions with Pixar characters, guests aboard the themed sailings can look forward to screenings of Pixar films, including Finding Nemo 3-D and sneak peeks of future Pixar flicks; artist- and filmmaker-led presentations highlighting the creative process behind animated films; art exhibitions showcasing storyboards, character sketches, and other film-related art; and even Pixar-themed dance parties. All guests aboard will also receive a commemorative lithograph designed by Steve Purcell, Pixar artist and co-director/screenwriter for Pixar's latest release, Brave.
The 7-night Pixar-themed sailings aboard the 2,700-passenger Disney Wonder sail from LA to San Francisco, San Diego, and Ensenada, Mexico; rates start from $799/person, and embark on select dates between mid-September and mid-October. DisneyCruise.com
Photo Credit: Disney Cruise Line
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
Artist of the Month
|Painting by Elizabeth Fraser|
My name is Elizabeth Fraser. I am a spirited & disciplined daily painter from Portland, Maine, where I have a studio on Munjoy Hill. I paint every day and complete at least one oil painting a day. I started my daily painting project in January of 2006 and it has changed my life as an artist. The exercise in discipline has been extraordinary; my eye is sharper; my sense of color is stronger; compositions jump out at me; I see a painting in everything.
I have created an art journal with my small daily paintings, giving my viewers an insight into my life as an artist in Maine, as well as a sense of my time and place in Portland. My daily painting project has resulted in the completion of close to 2000 daily small paintings as well as numerous larger works.
With my bright, bold use of color and expressive brush strokes, my paintings evoke feelings and moods taken from moments that impress me. From sunrises on the Eastern Prom, to napping pets and vases of flowers, to trips to the Farmer’s Market, and visits to nearby beaches and parks, it is the beauty that surrounds me in my everyday world that is the subject of my work.
Elizabeth has Glengarry County connections, her father James Fraser a long time teacher in Hudson Ohio, was born in Charlottenburgh Township and attended the local schools. Her grandparents were Arlington Fraser 1904-1997 and Grace MacDonald 1910-1982 and an uncle Alex W. Fraser, with the assistance of his wife Rhoda Ross publishes books on the Glengarry area, an aunt Frances Fraser resides in Dalkeith, Ont. and is involved with the Dalkeith Historical Society. Elizabeth's mother was Molly Lynn 1936-1990 from Virginia. Elizabeth has a brother Michael who also paints
To contact Elizabeth and to visit her studio:
Fraser Art Studio • 81 Congress St. • Munjoy Hill • Portland, Maine, 207-650-3437
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