Here I am to plan your social life.

St. Andrew's United Church

St. Andrew’s United Church in Queensborough is where you want to be for its world-famous (and world-beating) Ham Supper on Wednesday, April 9. Trust me.

Folks, get out your appointment calendars. Right now. I have some good stuff to tell you about, events in the Greater Queensborough Area that you don’t want to miss. And most of them involve good eating!

Here they are, not in chronological order:

Wednesday, April 9: The World-Famous Ham Supper at St. Andrew’s United Church, Queensborough

I’ve written before (here, in fact) about the church suppers at St. Andrew’s, which were a tradition of very long standing even way back in the long-ago days of my childhood at the Manse. In the spring there is the Ham Supper and in the fall, the Turkey Supper. At both, you will be extraordinarily well fed with some great home cooking, topped off with an astounding selection of homemade pies. And it’s not just about the food: it’s a wonderful opportunity to rub shoulders and share the news with your neighbours and friends. But if you’re a newcomer (to the community or the Ham Supper), don’t worry! You’ll be warmly welcomed, and you’ll be glad you came.

St. Andrew’s United Church, 812 Bosley Rd., Queensborough; Wednesday, April 9, 4:30 to 7 p.m. $12 adults, $6 children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under. For more information: Betty Sexsmith, (613) 473-2188

Saturday, April 5: The O’Hara Mill Homestead Dinner and Auction

This event hasn’t been going on anywhere near as long at the St. Andrew’s church suppers, but it’s in its 17th year, which is not too shabby. It’s a fundraiser for the historic O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area, which is (to quote directly from the O’Hara Mill website), “85 acre(s that) include pioneer buildings, beautiful gardens, nature trails, sheltered picnic areas and a lovely mill pond with its new dam and covered bridge.” (I wrote about attending a wonderful old-fashioned Christmas event at O’Hara Mill here.) There will be dinner, a silent auction and a live auction – and as I’ve written before, Raymond and I love auctions, so you can bet we’ll be there. In fact, I have seen the list of items up for bid, and there is a lot of good stuff. I think it’s going to be a fun evening. Here are the details:

O'Hara dinner

The Madoc Township Recreational Hall is at 15651 Highway 62, north of Madoc and just a bit south of the hamlet of Eldorado.

Thursday, April 3: Yours truly talks about Meanwhile, at the Manse at the Tweed Public Library

Bookmark for library talkAs part of their well-regarded Writers Series, the Friends of the Tweed Library have invited me (of all people) to speak about blogging in general, and Meanwhile, at the Manse specifically. Yikes! But I will do my best. If you’ve ever wanted to ask a question about anything you’ve read here, or felt inclined to share your thoughts on Queensborough, blogging, central or northern Hastings County, local history, home renovations, turquoise, the Rock Acres Peace Festival, wieners and beans, Wilson’s ginger ale, maple-syrup making, Buster and Bandy, crokinole, wood stoves, Avocado Green (and the list goes on, and on, and on) – well, now’s your chance! I’d love to meet you, answer your questions, and hear your stories. Refreshments will be served!

Tweed Public Library, 230 Metcalf St., Tweed, Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m. Information: (613) 478-1066

Saturday, May 4: The Queensborough Community Centre Pancake Breakfast

QCC pancake breakfast

Hard-working volunteers will be waiting to serve you delicious pancakes and syrup at the Queensborough Community Centre May 4. (Photo by Dave deLang)

This is the time of year when lots of pancake breakfasts are on offer, but Queensborough’s is well-known as second to none. The event at our village’s historic former one-room schoolhouse, now the Queensborough Community Centre, draws big crowds every year. Like the Ham Supper at St. Andrew’s, it’s an event that combines good food with community – and newcomers are warmly welcomed!

Queensborough Community Centre, 1853 Queensborough Rd., May 4, 8 a.m. to noon; for information, Frank and Ann Brooks, (613) 473-4550

2 thoughts on “Here I am to plan your social life.

  1. Hi Katherine,

    All of this looks like a wonderful start to Spring’s social activities. Your stories about buying the Manse and getting settled in (again) will be of great interest to the Library group. I’m sure this will be a highlight of their calendar of events. Don’t forget to mention the curtains and mauve paint! LOL The Ham Supper and Pancake Breakfast will be high points, too; hopefully they (and the melting snow) will help people to become enthused about events, such as this, which signal a season of rejuvenation. No doubt there will be photos of the events posted, and I look forward to seeing those.

    • Thank you for the suggestions for Thursday’s talk, Sash! As I prepare for it I feel a little overwhelmed. It’s a challenging thing, to try not to bore people to death. Hey, you should come for the Ham Supper and/or the pancake breakast!

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