Heritage calendar well worth price

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

Have you braved the Spirits of Friday the 13th, or do such fanciful omens hold no fears for you, Faithful Reader?

As a child I was always careful not to step on sidewalk cracks. Skipping rope verses and other little phrases ran through my head on the walks to and from the public school. “Step on a crack. Break your mother’s back.” We invested our terrors. It was between wars, before threats of wars. Life was simple. Being late for dinner was a major misdemeanour.

I have survived yet another Hamilton Potters’ Guild sale and came home with fewer pots than I took. For many years I have been in charge of flowers at the reception table and the tea-tables upstairs. It began more than 20 years ago. A little decoration from my garden.

Recently, the garden has yielded too scant a supply and my choices come from Gray’s Florists. They are always obliging and what more could one ask? A little of this and some of that, plus a large amount of greenery. All arranged and rearranged for several days.

The arrangement must look interesting from all sides, look fresh for four days. Five little pots of flowers for the tea-room tables and the job is done except for daily refreshing with water and garden flowers.

At closing time on Sunday, the flowers were presented to the potter (or potters) who organized and ran the three-day sale. It is a mark of these exceptional folk that they unfailingly are surprised and pleased by this gesture.

They deserve far more than flowers and the round of applause they receive. If you have not attended a potters’ guild sale, where 100-plus potters arrange their wares...there will be another one next spring, F. R.

In the past few years the potters have made and donated hundreds of soup bowls that are sold to raise funds for Hamilton’s homeless people. Twice annually, this now adds up to thousands of dollars.

I have an out-of-town guest and we have slipped into a routine. Dinners in town, cinnamon buns from the bakery for breakfast, the Dundas Little Theatre play on Saturday evening.

The DLT play this past weekend was Noel Coward’s Still Life and The Lunch Hour by John Mortimer. Two one-act plays by two of my favourite authors. Noel Coward needs no introduction. John Mortimer was known for his character Horace Rumpole of BBC-TV fame. Each was well cast, well acted and amusing. Smiling and chuckling humour. Cleverly, they used the same set, rearranged and redecorated.

The 2010 Dundas Heritage calendars are on sale from the museum and Carnegie Gallery. Buy several. One for yourself and some for friends. The cover photo is a July photo of the Deluxe Restaurant, circa 1940, with a young and lovely Susie Wong and her husband Du. The pages have notations such as 2006 July 15: Transformer fire leaves most of Dundas in the dark for five hours. 1881 Sept. 27: Worst fire claims 26 stores, houses and hotels.

A picture of Remembrance Day 1956 when the cenotaph was downtown at Bankers’ Corners, before Banks and Firehall took over. That alone is worth the price, F. R.

Heritage calendar well worth price

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

Have you braved the Spirits of Friday the 13th, or do such fanciful omens hold no fears for you, Faithful Reader?

As a child I was always careful not to step on sidewalk cracks. Skipping rope verses and other little phrases ran through my head on the walks to and from the public school. “Step on a crack. Break your mother’s back.” We invested our terrors. It was between wars, before threats of wars. Life was simple. Being late for dinner was a major misdemeanour.

I have survived yet another Hamilton Potters’ Guild sale and came home with fewer pots than I took. For many years I have been in charge of flowers at the reception table and the tea-tables upstairs. It began more than 20 years ago. A little decoration from my garden.

Recently, the garden has yielded too scant a supply and my choices come from Gray’s Florists. They are always obliging and what more could one ask? A little of this and some of that, plus a large amount of greenery. All arranged and rearranged for several days.

The arrangement must look interesting from all sides, look fresh for four days. Five little pots of flowers for the tea-room tables and the job is done except for daily refreshing with water and garden flowers.

At closing time on Sunday, the flowers were presented to the potter (or potters) who organized and ran the three-day sale. It is a mark of these exceptional folk that they unfailingly are surprised and pleased by this gesture.

They deserve far more than flowers and the round of applause they receive. If you have not attended a potters’ guild sale, where 100-plus potters arrange their wares...there will be another one next spring, F. R.

In the past few years the potters have made and donated hundreds of soup bowls that are sold to raise funds for Hamilton’s homeless people. Twice annually, this now adds up to thousands of dollars.

I have an out-of-town guest and we have slipped into a routine. Dinners in town, cinnamon buns from the bakery for breakfast, the Dundas Little Theatre play on Saturday evening.

The DLT play this past weekend was Noel Coward’s Still Life and The Lunch Hour by John Mortimer. Two one-act plays by two of my favourite authors. Noel Coward needs no introduction. John Mortimer was known for his character Horace Rumpole of BBC-TV fame. Each was well cast, well acted and amusing. Smiling and chuckling humour. Cleverly, they used the same set, rearranged and redecorated.

The 2010 Dundas Heritage calendars are on sale from the museum and Carnegie Gallery. Buy several. One for yourself and some for friends. The cover photo is a July photo of the Deluxe Restaurant, circa 1940, with a young and lovely Susie Wong and her husband Du. The pages have notations such as 2006 July 15: Transformer fire leaves most of Dundas in the dark for five hours. 1881 Sept. 27: Worst fire claims 26 stores, houses and hotels.

A picture of Remembrance Day 1956 when the cenotaph was downtown at Bankers’ Corners, before Banks and Firehall took over. That alone is worth the price, F. R.

Heritage calendar well worth price

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

Have you braved the Spirits of Friday the 13th, or do such fanciful omens hold no fears for you, Faithful Reader?

As a child I was always careful not to step on sidewalk cracks. Skipping rope verses and other little phrases ran through my head on the walks to and from the public school. “Step on a crack. Break your mother’s back.” We invested our terrors. It was between wars, before threats of wars. Life was simple. Being late for dinner was a major misdemeanour.

I have survived yet another Hamilton Potters’ Guild sale and came home with fewer pots than I took. For many years I have been in charge of flowers at the reception table and the tea-tables upstairs. It began more than 20 years ago. A little decoration from my garden.

Recently, the garden has yielded too scant a supply and my choices come from Gray’s Florists. They are always obliging and what more could one ask? A little of this and some of that, plus a large amount of greenery. All arranged and rearranged for several days.

The arrangement must look interesting from all sides, look fresh for four days. Five little pots of flowers for the tea-room tables and the job is done except for daily refreshing with water and garden flowers.

At closing time on Sunday, the flowers were presented to the potter (or potters) who organized and ran the three-day sale. It is a mark of these exceptional folk that they unfailingly are surprised and pleased by this gesture.

They deserve far more than flowers and the round of applause they receive. If you have not attended a potters’ guild sale, where 100-plus potters arrange their wares...there will be another one next spring, F. R.

In the past few years the potters have made and donated hundreds of soup bowls that are sold to raise funds for Hamilton’s homeless people. Twice annually, this now adds up to thousands of dollars.

I have an out-of-town guest and we have slipped into a routine. Dinners in town, cinnamon buns from the bakery for breakfast, the Dundas Little Theatre play on Saturday evening.

The DLT play this past weekend was Noel Coward’s Still Life and The Lunch Hour by John Mortimer. Two one-act plays by two of my favourite authors. Noel Coward needs no introduction. John Mortimer was known for his character Horace Rumpole of BBC-TV fame. Each was well cast, well acted and amusing. Smiling and chuckling humour. Cleverly, they used the same set, rearranged and redecorated.

The 2010 Dundas Heritage calendars are on sale from the museum and Carnegie Gallery. Buy several. One for yourself and some for friends. The cover photo is a July photo of the Deluxe Restaurant, circa 1940, with a young and lovely Susie Wong and her husband Du. The pages have notations such as 2006 July 15: Transformer fire leaves most of Dundas in the dark for five hours. 1881 Sept. 27: Worst fire claims 26 stores, houses and hotels.

A picture of Remembrance Day 1956 when the cenotaph was downtown at Bankers’ Corners, before Banks and Firehall took over. That alone is worth the price, F. R.