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Mary at Camera Combo spent the Canada Day long weekend in Sparta, Ontario at the 200th Anniversary Celebrations.  She shares some great images and interesting facts about this historic town … a vicarious nostalgia trip for me. Before I moved to the GTA in the early 1990’s from London, Ontario I spent many a delightful Sunday afternoon with family and friends in Sparta enjoying the scones and tea and doing a little shopping.

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A perfect slice of strawberry-rhubarb pie at Sparta’s barbecue lunch after a parade celebrating the Southwestern Ontario town’s 200th Anniversary.

Sparta, originally a Quaker community, is a destination for bus tours: Red Hat tours, Elgin County Quilting Trail tours and Agri-tourism. The residents’ passion for preserving the town’s early Quaker and agricultural heritage is everywhere.

In the four days I visited Sparta, I watched a lively parade with bands, floats and Shriner’s clowns, I ate lunch at the Community Centre barbecue (the perfect pie), I attended a dinner-dance at Quai du Vin Winery with 300 attendees under an enormous white tent set amidst rows of grape vines, I visited the Quaker Meeting House for a Sunday morning service and I enjoyed a peaceful musical interlude under old maples at a Garden Tea Party on the lawn of the United Church. There were other events: baseball games, St. Thomas…

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The Sketchbook Project 2013

The Sketchbook Project is a global art experience, an open invitation to people from all corners of the earth to fill the pages of a blank sketchbook. This sketchbook community is made up of people who believe art comes from anyone, anywhere, regardless of education, background and skill. The Project’s sketchbooks comprise the largest collection of its kind in the world, 75000 and counting, housed in the Library of Inspiration at the Brooklyn Art Library.

On Tour

These handmade books, the 2013 sketchbooks, are on the road, a traveling exhibition touring North America in the Project’s Mobile Library. The exhibition comes to Canada, specifically the historic Distillery District in Toronto, June 7-9 and the Darling Foundry in Montreal on June 16th.

Front CoverA Photo Log

My sketchbook is a photo log, created to show you the tale of my first and most enduring love affair. I was a teenager the first time my aunt and uncle took me on vacation in northern Ontario.  I fell in love.  And, as love has a habit of doing, it shaped me. Today, many decades later, I’m making preparations to move there full-time, to Otter Lake.  This sketchbook is a snapshot of  this wondrous place where I always feel whole.

Some Things Unexpected ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ My good friend and fellow blogger, Mary E. McIntyre, surprised and overwhelmed me with her incredible generosity.  She created a beautiful slideshow of my Photo Log. I’m sharing Mary’s gift here.

♥ Each time my sketchbook is viewed I get an email notification with the individual’s first name and the city where they live. Sounds like a small thing, but I get a thrill with every message!

♥ The 2014 Sketchbook Project is now open and accepting submissions!  Please consider participating, and if you do, please let me know in the comment box below.

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