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Local photography showcased at Elizabeth’s Art Gallery

12 Jun


By Diva Heather Boa

GODERICH – I’ve had a peek at the favourite memories of about 20 friends and strangers.

One after another, I’ve seen photos of their families, pets, vacations, and everyday life. I’ve seen what’s captured their imagination and what they want to remember. There’s all displayed on the walls of Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, on this opening night of the 11th Annual DPI Photography Exhibition.

Tucked in the corner is a closeup square shot of a man’s hands, tanned and weathered, gently engulfing a woman’s much paler, fisted hands. It’s a photo Barb Lassaline took of two friends. Looming above, just to the left, is a panoramic view from the front of an orange canoe with a paddle at rest over the bow, looking out over the calm waters, which meet a vivid blue sky somewhere in the distance. Sally Walker snapped this one during a visit to a friend’s cottage north of Bobcaygeon. Then there’s a Toronto streetscape with the Red Rocket crossing from the right, a herd of elephants looking into a camera in Tanzania, a quiet shot of Ball’s Bridge over the Maitland River, and a row of colourful cowboy boots lined up for sale.

Since I’m from town, many of the photographers are known to me, and I marvel that they are so talented. Many of the photographers are unknown to me, and I’m just as amazed by the beauty of their work – the stories I’m urged to imagine these images tell. There are composite photos, textured photos and tinted photos; photos where the photographer planned for the shot and photos where the photographer planned how to manipulate the shot on the computer.

It’s inspiring and makes me want to join the DPI Photography Group this fall.

The DPI Photography Group consists of photographers of all ages and ability levels who meet at the Gallery the second Thursday

Sally Walker gives a hand to Marilyn Potter, as she takes photos of her unique photography printed on purses.

Sally Walker gives a hand to Marilyn Potter, as she takes photos of her unique photography printed on purses.

of every month from October to June. Each meeting they are assigned a topic of interest as a general guideline for shooting, then their work is presented with an open critiquing discussion followed by tips and tricks, using mainly Photoshop as the choice photo editing program. Topics covered include such as how to use various modes on your camera, composition, lighting, posing and printing.

The images that capture the imaginations of the DPI Photography Group are on exhibit for public viewing until June 30. Most of the photography is available for sale.

11th Annual DPI Photography Exhibition

Where: Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, 54 Courthouse Square, Goderich, ON

When: Until June 30. Gallery open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact: 519-524-4080 or artinfo@elizabeths.ca


There’s a lot of history packed into village of Auburn

21 May
Main Street of Auburn.

Main Street of Auburn.

heather boaBy Diva Heather Boa

The main street of Auburn is pretty this time of year.

The road is surprisingly wide and grand trees are just starting to come into bloom. There’s a post office shingle and a number of sheds in which business might take place, but most of the buildings, including an ivy-covered church, on main street are now homes. There are no cars parallel parked at the side of the street and my car rolls quietly.

At this time of day, people are outside waiting. Waiting for the bus that will bring their children home from schools in neighbouring communities. A woman sits in her idling car in the church’s driveway. A mother and a her two youngsters sit on the steps in a doorway. A man on a bike waves as he rides by.

It’s worth a day trip to come poke around Auburn, if you’ve never turned off Cnty. Rd. 25 or Base Line Road. Check out the Huron Bay District Co-operative for garden flowers and supplies, maybe grab a bite to eat at the Auburn Grill or pack a lunch and enjoy it in the park down by the Maitland River. Or stay overnight at the Auburn Riverside Retreat, a family-run campground, which also has timber framed cottages and pine cabins for rent.

And while you’re there, keep in mind these historical notes that were gathered by researcher Diane Smith for a project done by the Municipality of Huron East to expand the Huron County Historical Society’s Driving Tour a few years ago:

Auburn – The village is divided, east from west, by the Maitland River. The lines of four different township boundaries auburnsignintersected here, and those lines also divided Canada Company land open to settlement from the government-owned hinterland beyond. Later, streets and plans were divided along the same lines, thus creating Auburn’s distinctive layout of “dogleg roads and offset lots.” Auburn, as with many other locations, became an area of settlement because water power was readily available here. The village was called both Auburn and Manchester – early maps of parts of the village dated 1854 and 1856 called it Manchester while the post office name assigned in 1854 was Auburn. In fact, the name of the village was Manchester, for all other purposes except postal service, until 1978 when it officially became the Police Village of Auburn.

United Church – The Presbyterians had begun a congregation in Manchester in June 1860. They were the first to construct a unitedchurchchurch building, which opened in March 1863. In the early days, the service was given first in Gaelic and then in English. The old Knox Presbyterian Church became Knox United Church when the three Protestant denominations united in 1925. The church building you now see dates to 1904. The red brick manse to the west was built in 1913, but the original Presbyterian Manse on the east side dates to the 1870s.

Apple Farms – (Maitland Terrace) The once abundant orchards of Auburn and the rest of Huron County supplied maitlandterracethe local apple evaporator plant. The Caldwell General Store was converted into the plant in the late 1890s. It continued in business until it was destroyed by fire in 1925. Local apple supply dwindled and by the 1930s the rebuilt plant was closed.

Dam – Manchester Park – In the mid-1840s, most of the land of what would become the auburnparkfuture townsite of Auburn was bought by the first settler to arrive here, William Robert Garratt. Because the provincial government had reserved all the waters of the Maitland River for its own use, Garratt was stymied in his plans to build a mill, and he soon left. Eneas Elkin was next to arrive in 1850, buying land in the Hullett section. Elkins ran a ferry service across the river. In 1854, Elkin had the northern part of his farm surveyed into a town site he called Manchester Village. Sales of lots enabled him to build a dam and a four-storey grist mill on the Maitland River just south of the main village site. In the late 1860s, a spring flood destroyed Elkin’s mill dam and it was then rebuilt by James Cullis. A short distance downstream the Cullis sawmill provided another essential service to the village.

Have a look, too, at the unique entrance signs on Cnty. Rd. 25 that announce your arrival in Auburn. These blocky cement letters are listed among the Folk Art Treasures of Huron County, a book written by Ron and Bev Walker.

Family adventure on the trail

3 Oct

by Diva Rachel Lynn

On this adventure you’ll meet our amazing, loving, family pet dog named Hank.  We thought about getting a dog for a long time, 1 year to be exact.  We knew it would be a lot of responsibility and wanted to make sure we were good and ready. We knew Hank was the “one” when we went to choose our new family member.  He jumped over his brothers and sisters to get our attention.  Fast forward 2 ½ years.  Hank loves going for walks.  Around the block, downtown, or on trails. He isn’t picky.

On this day, we decide to take the whole family out to the Menesetung Bridge on the north end of Goderich.  The hike is 3.2 km long; short enough for (my daughter) Bea and long enough for Hank to burn off some energy.  I was surprised that my husband suggested this on a Sunday afternoon, football day in our house!  I jumped at the opportunity.

It is a beautiful sunny day.  I can see fisherman in the Maitland River, many people and their pets passing us as we start our hike.  I even see a few golfers at the Maitland Golf Course.  I have been on this trail many times in the summer, spring and fall.  Our hikes usually take us east but today we decide to go west.

The trail starts on an incline and even gets my heart beating a bit faster. This doesn’t last very long and then flattens out for the remainder of the walk.


At the half way point we find the Maitland Inlet Marina which is on the north side of the Saltmine .  I completely forgot this gem was here.  We walked around to the beach side and just took in the beauty of it all.  On our way back we can walk on the lake side of the trail and there are various lookouts where you can get a peak of the lake.


At the end I have one happy dog and one content baby.  The sun is shining; we enjoyed nature and some family time.  Life is good.



Shelter Valley Campground offers plenty to do

2 Jul

by Diva Christine Harris,

I packed up my husband and my little dog Maggie and we went to spend some time at Shelter Valley Campground this past weekend.  We were greeted by Linda Lucier, who is one of the new owners with her husband Shawn.  She was very helpful getting us situated in the cute little cabin we were to stay in.  This cabin is the only one on the campsite, which made us feel a bit special when some of the other campers took notice and asked if they could take a peek inside.

Our tiny little cabin was cozy and sweet!

Our tiny little cabin was cozy and sweet!

Shelter Valley Campground is located on highway #8 between Clinton and Goderich.  Once you turn off the road you drive down a pathway to the campground in the valley right next to the Maitland River.  There are plenty of amenities and things to do at the campground.  They have a store full of everything you might have forgotten to pack or have ran out of, and if you happen to feel electronically deprived you can even sign up for wifi.  There is lots of playground equipment for the kids, a pool, and shuffleboard and horseshoe pits for the adults. They even have foosball, ping-pong and darts set up in hall.  The weekend that we were at the campground, there was a movie playing, a bass fishing derby, kids crafts, kids bike parade, ice cream social, wagon ride, and a 50/50 draw.


Activity Board keeps everyone "in the loop"

Activity Board keeps everyone “in the loop”

We really enjoyed staying in the cabin.  It has two bunks (double on bottom, single on top), a mini fridge, fold out table, chairs, BBQ with propane, hydro, picnic table and a fire pit. There is also a cute little porch to sit on out front to catch some shade during the day.  The cabin is also situated between both river access points and just a short walk to the store and washroom facilities.  All around the cabin are trailer sites and we were pleasantly surprised by how many friendly people stay here.  Almost everyone said hello as they passed by, and someone was even nice enough to let us know that our interior lights had stayed on in our vehicle.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Shelter Valley Campground.  Great scenery, great people, and plenty to do!  For more information check out their website: www.sheltervalleycampground.ca or call Linda or Shawn at 519-524-4141.

Camping requires a roaring fire to sit around, doesn't it?

Camping requires a roaring fire to sit around, doesn’t it?

Double size on the bottom, single on the top bunk

Double size on the bottom, single on the top bunk

The camps sits beside the beautiful Maitland River

The camps sits beside the beautiful Maitland River

The little porch on our cabin

The little porch on our cabin

The store was well stocked with camping essentials

The store was well stocked with camping essentials

Foodie in Benmiller

19 Jul


By:  Diva Jenna Ujiye

An inn, restaurant, spa and retreat, The Benmiller Inn and spa truly is a gem on Ontario’s West Coast. If you haven’t noticed, I am a foodie and I typically plan my trips around where I am going to eat! Not long ago my friend Rebecca asked if I wanted to head out to Benmiller for a quick lunch. Yay! Of course I wanted to go. I knew chef Spencer would have many items on the menu that I would want to try.

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I ordered the reuben panini and Rebecca got the smoked cheddar chicken sandwich. As you can see from the photo, the food smelled so good that we ate first and then remembered to take the photo. After we finished we ran in to dining room manager Marianne and she had not started her meal, so I was able to capture the beauty of the plated food. She was having mushroom flatbread and seared flat iron steak with frites.

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I took some photos of the menu and wanted to try out everything! Now I know I have written about the Benmiller Inn before, so if you read this blog often you will also know that Benmiller has many unique rooms, a pool, meeting rooms and a spa. A perfect oasis for a vacation at any time of the year! They also have some great events, so check out their website here: http://benmiller.ca

Benmiller is located just outside of Goderich in Benmiller Ontario, along the beautiful Maitland River:

Benmiller Inn and Spa
81175 Benmiller Line
Goderich, Ontario
Canada N7A 3Y1

Tel: (800) 265-1711 or (519) 524.2191
Fax: (519) 524.5150

Canoeing and Carrying on

13 Jun

Canoeing on the Maitland

By Diva Jenna Ujiye

I have always been one to enjoy being on the water and try to get out canoeing at least once a year. A few weeks ago I headed out on the Maitland River and set out for a weekend of canoeing and camping with a bunch of friends. I was fairly excited as last year the water was really low and we weren’t able to get out at all.

Fishing and canoeing Getting ready to canoestretch of it! We started out at Belgrave Road and meandered the river for a few hours until we stopped right at Auburn. My boyfriend had rigged up our canoe with a motor, but the water was flowing fairly quick and we didn’t end up using it (luckily, as it just seemed totally silly!).

Now what I find is the major trick to canoeing and camping is the packing. You have to make sure you bring enough – but not too much – so your canoe is still comfortable. We were able to do this by dropping of the majority of our overnight needs at the camping site and just taking our lunch and extra clothing with us.

At the campsite Canoeing on the Maitland Canoeing on the Maitland

My favourite parts of the trip were as follows:

– Seeing the forest floor covered in our Ontario flower – the Trillium

– Watching a friend endlessly catch tiny little fish

– Stopping for lunch in an amazing picturesque setting

– Giggling while one of the canoes somehow filled with water and sank (of course all in good fun, they just emptied it and were good to go again without loosing anything)

If you are looking for more information about paddling in Huron, here is a link to the Huron County Fishing and paddling guide: http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/?page_id=248