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Monday, January 27, 2020

Spring has sprung in Drumbo; Keeping Warm at the Woodstock Museum


   One-Tank Trip for Jan. 25/20

   (c) By Jim Fox

See and smell the crocuses in bloom.
   Fast forward to spring with a splash of colour and the scent of fresh blooms.
   Put a little spring and summer into your winter at “Come Bloom with Us,” the Drumbo Agricultural Society’s popular flower show.
   It takes place next Sunday (Feb. 2) at the Drumbo Agricultural Hall in the village east of Woodstock and south of Highway 401at exit 250.
   Then, warm up at the Woodstock Museum’s new exhibit exploring rural life in the winter.
   It asks: “Isn’t winter supposed to be cold? Or are Canadians just obsessed with the weather?”
   The garden show, meanwhile, offers “something for every gardener” and those with a green thumb or two, said the society’s Catharine Bechard.

   “When you walk in the door, the smell of hyacinths reminds us that spring is really coming,” she said.
   Upon arrival, guests are offered coffee and tea and mini-muffins before starting a day of “everything to do with gardening.”
Everything a gardener would need is at the flower show..
   There are door prizes, vendors, a silent auction, guest speakers and an included hot lunch provided by Kennedy’s Restaurant & Catering of St. Agatha.
   In its eighth year, the show attracts people “from all around the area – Burlington, Cambridge, Brantford, Innerkip, Woodstock, London and beyond.”
   Gardening experts making presentations are:
   - Rodger Tschanz of the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, who created and manages the University Trial Gardens. He also judges the annual and perennial entries of the All American Selection organization at the university.
  - Bruce Peart, horticulturist for Gelderman Landscape Services and previously the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington as head gardener at Hendrie Park and later curator of the renowned lilac collection.
   - Robert Pavlis, owner of Aspen Grove Gardens, a botanical garden in Guelph with 3,000 plant species, and author of two books and publisher of gardening blogs GardenMyths.com and GardenFundamentals.com
Gardening inspiration
  Among the food offerings are the show’s famous scones, the recipe for which “will never be shared,” Bechard said.

   If you go
   The show is at the Drumbo Agricultural Hall, 42 Centre St., from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (doors open 8:30 a.m.).
   Tickets cost $45 ($50 after Jan. 25) and must be bought prior to the event, with no ticket sales at the door.
   For more information and tickets (PayPal), go to drumbofair.com

   Bundle up
   As Canadians hunker down in the middle of a cold winter, a cool new exhibit at the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site (466 Dundas St.) looks back at how people in rural communities have learned to survive in our northern climate.
The Blackburn family sleighs down the street in 1910. (Woodstock Museum National Historic Site Collection)
    Keeping Warm, on now until April 25, traces rural life in the winter from the earliest settlers to today.
   It explores the development of home heating, textiles, transportation and cooking technology.
  The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from the museum’s collection, including a selection of century-old quilts and coverlets.
   “Many of the people who first settled in Woodstock and Oxford County were unprepared for the extreme cold they faced in Canada,” said Karen Houston, manager of culture and museum curator.
   “Historically, as well as today, Canadians came from many different places and held many different views, but we’ve always been able to bond over the shared experience of winter,” she added. cityofwoodstock.ca/en/live-and-play/woodstock-museum.aspx

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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