1) Events for March and beyond!
The weekend of March 14-15 seems to be a busy one in our town, with St. Patrick's Celebrations and Waterfowl Festival!
2) March is also the month to register for the kids and yours Spring/Summer events. Here a few that came to my attention!
BASEBALL registration is already available online, in person starts March 11! http://www.brightonbaseball.ca/
The DRAGON BOAT CLUB will hold an Open House on March 21st from 10-2 in the YMCA Lobby
SOCCER registration starts this Saturday.
Registration for Presqu'ile SUMMER CAMP is available!
TENNIS information can be found at their website
Some more Special Interest Groups!
3) Codrington Community Centre Committee is looking for more members! Be a "Proud Codrington Volunteer" !
Applefest committee is also looking for more members to help them organize the 41st Applefest!
It is gearing up to be an eventful Spring and Summer!
TBT- KEN’S RESTAURANT BRIGHTON- PRESQU’ILE ENTRANCE
TBT--In keeping with History Open House, before the dance at the Pavilion or during or after, people gathered at Ken’s Restaurant for the famous 12” hot dog, fresh cut fries and ice cream. Of course a full hot home cooked meal was always available too.
Located at the entrance to Presqu’ile Park, Gord, Elda and their son Ken operated a tourist/local restaurant for eat in or take out. It was a very busy corner catering to tourists, cottagers, campers, fishermen, birders and Brightonians.
As a youth a summer job at Ken’s guaranteed cash, meeting lots of people and training as a short order cook. It also taught the cleanliness required for an eatery of the era.
Look at the shine on those tables...I cleaned them many a time.
Photo supplied by Susan Brose
For more information contact local historian Susan Brose for one of her wonderfully informative books of local establishments from the past. email@example.com
I visited the Brighton Arts Council Open Mic Night. What an entertaining evening it was, with a great variation of talented performers. Of course, this being Brighton, I’m not really sure why I was even remotely surprised of the quality and quantity of the participants.
I’m pretty sure every age group was in attendance - kids, teens, young adults, adults and seniors. They played piano, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica and listened to songs, a recording and a reading. It was a relaxed atmosphere and most people obviously knew each other. Don’t let that scare you away though, because they were clearly happy to see new audience members and participants. Paul, who normally listens to them while playing darts and pool at the Legion, decided to participate for the first time with lots of encouragement and appreciation.
An idea of what the evening was about…..
“The Rose”, one of my favorite songs, was sung so beautifully. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxSTzSEiZ2c .
Ian Graham tweaked Stan Rogers’ song `45 years’ and sang it for his wife Sharon as a Valentine surprise and because they will celebrate their 45th anniversary in June. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrGDoDloD1M
An obviously talented piano player gave us a treat.
A story was read about the environment. Sounds serious? Yes, it does and although the topic was serious, the writing was light.
This event is held in the Legion and people were able to drink something while enjoying the performers.
It has been a long time since I attended an evening of light entertainment and it was good for the soul with this cold and snowy February.
Thanks to Kerry Boehme for the "Peace of Mind"!
On Jan 24 the first annual Brighton Snowshoe Race, which is a part of the Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Series (http://healthandadventure.com/…/dion-eastern-ontario-snows…/) was held at Goodrich Loomis Conservation Area.
Up until just a few days before the race the weather was not cooperating- we had just a dusting of snow on the ground, but two days before the race, the Brighton area was on the receiving end of a good dump of snow that ensured that the race would have all the snow we needed.
The morning of the race dawned cold and clear- when Joe Turner (my co-race director) and I arrived at Goodrich Loomis, it was -27C. We quickly finished off marking the course, got the Nature Centre set up for registration and post race food & awards, and awaited the arrival of the runners. By about 9:30, the Nature Centre was packed with runners and their families- we had about 50 people registered, and despite the frigid temperatures, almost nobody backed out!
Everyone was glad to get going, as once the race started, everyone warmed up quickly. The course was laid out in two loops- the first loop was 2km, and it took in a very steep climb up the Esker Trail. After the first loop the racers came by the start area again, around the Junior Loop, and then did the full Esker Trail. By all accounts, everyone was very impressed with the course. We heard so many comments about how beautiful the park, and how much everyone enjoyed it. There were some great performances too, with Charley Murphy of Toronto taking the win for the men, and Celine Best of Gatineau getting the women’s win, both in impressively fast times.
In the lead up to this race, a lot of people that we talked to didn’t even know that snowshoe running and racing was a thing, but in fact it is one of the fastest growing winter sports in North America. Snowshoeing itself is nothing new, but with the development of lighter snowshoes that are easier to use, many more people are taking up snowshoeing as a way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors in the winter. And as these things go, our human nature finds a way to make it competitive. Running snowshoes are smaller than hiking snowshoes, and as such aren’t as well suited to deeper or fresh snow as larger hiking snowshoes. With the running snowshoes being smaller though, it makes for a much more natural running experience than one might think. You basically just strap them on and go.
One of the great things about snowshoe running is the workout that you get. You’re moving much slower than when you run on the road, but the exertion level is very high, so you get a great muscular and cardio workout but without the impact and pounding of running on the road. The Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Series offers great opportunities to try out the sport of snowshoe running. The races themselves are not too expensive, and very low key and friendly, and there is a fleet of rental snowshoes available.
As the directors of the Brighton Snowshoe Race, Joe and I hope to see more local folks out next year!
Amazing photos by Sean Scally from the Snowshoe Race at Goodrich Loomis can be found on Sean's website:
I visited Rock Paper Scissors (again, I should write).
Rock Paper Scissors and The Shoe store share a split level building on Main Street next to the Post Office. There is also an entrance in the back, across from Sobeys. When you go down the stairs you will meet Cindy, the owner of Rock Paper Scissors.
Cindy is a down-to-earth businesswoman. She demonstrates this in many ways; one of them is the reason why she decided to open up a paper store in town. It’s actually pretty simple; she asked the residents about their needs. This was 12 years ago, about the time that scrapbooking was very much an `in’ thing and she began with supplying those with that hobby. Like every store that stays in business for a long time, she has evolved with the changing needs of her customers. Currently Rock Paper Scissors offers printing, faxing and copying services and sells toys, school and office supplies. What I wasn’t aware of until recently is that the quality toys also available are from Melissa & Doug and Skip * Hop. They seem to be a favourite for Christmas gifts in our town. For more information check the websites.
Cindy‘s is the typical small-town store, with some people running in and out quickly because they just ran out of paper or ink at the most inconvenient time while other customers will stay a little longer to chat. Some days the store even seems to be a local meeting place for small business owners. It’s Cindy that provides her store with the small town shopping experience and that is what makes the place different than any other school and office supply store.
Like always, don’t be shy, open the door and look what can be found behind the storefront.
I went to the Dance Hall Daze Extravaganza.
It was an informative, entertaining and eventful evening. It was really nice to see how many people in our town are interested in Brighton's local history.
I visited the Carpet Bowling club, officially called The Brighton & District Carpet Bowling Club! They added district because they have members from Hastings, Campbellford and Belleville. This club operates under the unofficial motto “Gentle exercise with a lot of social”!
Graham welcomed me with a wide smile. He is obviously very proud of the club he founded in 2001. The carpets, official named Short Mats, were made and bought in England. The day I was visiting Graham was doing maintenance on one of the Short Mats. They have 4, thanks to the generous donation by the Trillium Foundation in 2005. Up to 6 people play on each Short Mat. They are a small but enthusiastic group of just over 30, and their emphasis is on social rather than playing exactly to the written laws of the game, although they try to keep generally within the rules as much as possible. The game is very similar to curling (no brushing required) or lawn bowling with a few minor differences. They play 2 times a week from 1pm-4pm from Mid-October until Mid-April. Normally they play two games each play day with a break for tea, coffee and cookies. Membership fees won’t break the bank balance with $10 for the season, and $5 per play day. Day tournaments are played each year between teams from Cobourg and Kingston with reciprocal events also if possible. For anyone who doesn’t have a set of lawn bowls, they have a few loaner sets for free trials.
When I asked about taking some pictures, they were keen and even put the games on hold so I could take a group picture.
If you would like to have some relaxed exercise with a small group of people whom will welcome you with big smiles join them on a Monday or Thursday afternoon.
If anyone is interested they can contact Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 613-475-3286.
Our town will have a LIVE #TBT with pop-up story tellers and dance demonstrations from the Dance Hall Daze days! The pop-up story tellers will be sitting in the audience and Dan will call upon them to share their story of Dance Hall Daze memories. These will be short recollections from their experiences. Mary McEwan and her group will show us some dance moves from the Dance Hall Daze days.
From all accounts, from the late 1800’s until the late 1960’s (peaking in the late 40’s) our town was an active place for dancing and entertainment, with people coming from far and wide to have a good time in Brighton and Presqu’ile.
The Brown Brothers Band, Guy Lombardo and Herbie Bell and the Solidaires are some of the musicians that played in the dance halls.
The Brown Brothers band was formed in 1939. They played successfully for over 40 years and were a group made up of family members Dorothy, Todd, Harold, and Gord along with guest artists. They were cousins of Ron Waddling’s family and when they played at the dance halls in Brighton/Presqu’ile they stayed with relatives.
See you tomorrow evening at King Edward Park for a fun time while finding out more about our local History!
Included in the pictures is the BHOH presentation that Dan, Dot and Susan presented at council last night!
A Thank You to Kerry Boehme for providing the “peace of mind”!
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