Raymond and I have had a very busy but very pleasant day visiting with Queensborough friends old and new. By “old” I mean people whom my family and I have known since we lived here four decades ago; by “new” I mean people who have moved here in the years since, and whom Raymond and I have got to know since our purchase of the Manse in January 2012. I have noticed – and I am far from alone in this – that the “old people” and the “new people” don’t mix all that much, that in fact there is a little bit of suspicion on each side toward the other side. What I can say definitively as someone who sort of crosses over between the two groups – I am both an “old” and a “new” Queensborough person – is that the people from both groups are good folk, and not only that: they have the important thing in common that they have chosen to live in this beautiful and quirky part of the world.
Today was a big day in Queensborough, Day 1 of the two-day Marmora Area Canoe and Kayak Festival (MACKFest), when kayakers from all over Ontario (and even Quebec) come paddling down the Black River and end their paddle with a thrilling leap over the dam at the Thompson Mill in the heart of town. And there, when they come out of the icy water, they are greeted with a warm fire, barbecued food, hot coffee, and homemade pie. (A fundraiser for community projects.) And also, a big crowd of people gathered to watch and cheer them on. What you see in the photo (not a great one, but there were photo issues today; more anon) is the colourful sight of many kayaks pulled up from the river as their owners enjoy the Queensborough food and hospitality.
The people serving the food and the people who have baked those amazing pies and the people gathered to watch this exciting event in our community are both “old” and “new” Queensborough folk. Everybody working and having a good time together, and being community.
Proof that “old” and “new” can do great things together.