I know that Queensborough–Madoc–Tweed-area readers can learn about local coming events in our weekly newspapers, but whenever there’s something particularly good coming up, I think of the readers who live further afield who might be interested in attending. And so, everyone, here’s the latest round of Things You Should Do in Queensborough and Area, by Katherine Sedgwick.
First up: an evening with mystery writer Hilary MacLeod at the Tweed Public Library this coming Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. This is another in the splendid Writers’ Series hosted by the Friends of the Tweed Library. (I was extraordinarily honoured to be the guest speaker at the April Writers’ Series instalment.) Hilary has written four books (and is working on a fifth) in the Shores mystery series, set in a fictional East Coast fishing village that kind of has to remind you of Prince Edward Island, where she lives when she is not in her other home in Prince Edward County. (Talk about a charmed existence.) The first in the series, Revenge of the Lobster Lover, won the 2011 CBC Bookie Award for Best Mystery, and Hilary’s carried on with the fishy theme in the followup books Mind Over Mussels, All is Clam (a Christmas mystery) and Something Fishy. (The work in progress is called Bodies and Sole.)
Hilary also happens to be a friend of Raymond and me; she and Raymond were colleagues in the journalism biz in Montreal many years ago, and in more recent years (until her retirement to write first-rate mystery novels) she was a very highly regarded teacher in the journalism program at Loyalist College – where I now teach. Connections everywhere! So we’ll of course be on hand to hear Hilary speak on Thursday evening. The Tweed Public Library is at 230 Metcalf St., Tweed. Appropriately themed refreshments will be served!
And speaking of food: the Queensborough Pancake Breakfast is this weekend! People, you could not ask for a better (or more delicious) way to spend a Sunday morning than to drop in to the Queensborough Community Centre (our historic 1901 one-room schoolhouse) between 8 a.m. and noon this Sunday, May 4. As you can see from the menu on this flyer, which arrived in local mailboxes today, you will be getting an awesome breakfast at a great price – and a chance to rub elbows with le tout Queensborough (as they say in France).
And hey – if you come early and are so inclined, you’re invited to join us around the corner and up the road (812 Bosley Rd. to be precise, just up from the Manse) for the Sunday service at St. Andrew’s United Church at 11 a.m. You could make it a morning of nourishment for both body and soul – and spend some time in not one but two of Queensborough’s historic buildings.
And I can sincerely say that for all of the above – I hope to see you there!