I don’t think anyone would ever accuse me of being shy about proclaiming that Queensborough is a happening place. Sometimes people from “away” look at me askance when I go on about it, as if to say (though they are too polite to say it out loud): “It’s a tiny hamlet in the back country north of 7, for Pete’s sake – how can there be that much going on?” Well, that just shows how much they know.
Take just the past week, for instance. Why, on Wednesday night (April 15) there was the venerable and (justly) famous annual Ham Supper at St. Andrew’s United Church. As always, crowds of people came for a great feed of ham, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, salad, rolls – and of course homemade pie. All of it is cooked and served up (and the mountain of dishes washed) by the members and friends of St. Andrew’s, and it’s an evening of fellowship, fun and food for all concerned. (Plus a lot of hard work, but the fun and fellowship and food make up for that.) Along with local residents we had visitors from Madoc, Tweed, Stirling and beyond. And I know I am safe in saying that not a soul went away hungry.
We were very fortunate this year to have Terry and Eileen Pigden of Centre Hastings TV in Madoc stop by the supper and photograph scenes from it. Terry just recently posted his footage on YouTube, and I think you’ll agree that he’s done a great job of capturing the event itself and also (at the end of the video) some scenes showing how pretty Queensborough is in springtime. Here you go, and thank you (again) to Terry and Eileen for showing Queensborough events to the world!
But barely had the dishes been dried from the Ham Supper than it was time for the annual celebration of spring on the Black River in “downtown” Queensborough. That’s when kayakers from all over Ontario and beyond flock to our village to test their mettle against the fast-flowing waters of the river as part of the Marmora Area Canoe and Kayak Festival (MACKFest), and at the end of their watery exertions enjoy barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs, hot coffee and hot chocolate, and of course more homemade pie. This time the food is provided by the Queensborough Community Centre Committee and friends, and the proceeds of the food sales go to support the community work of the QCC.
Now, a combination of circumstances (which included a disadvantageously scheduled but unavoidable trip to Toronto) kept Raymond and me away from the festivities this year, though I’ve been on hand in previous years and have written about it here and here and here and here. It was too bad for us, because the weather this year could not have been better, especially on Saturday when temperature climbed to 20C and the sun shone all day long. I am reliably informed that the turnout – both in kayakers and spectators – was excellent. I’ve included a photo taken by one of those spectators, Charlene McKeown of Stirling, at the top of this post; here are a couple more, also courtesy of Charlene and her husband, Bob:
So in a single week, we had a hamlet full of visitors for two great local events that featured great homemade food. Now who dares tell me that there’s not much going on in Queensborough?