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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Area 1 Picnic 2009



A day trip in Ontario
By Louise G. de Tonnancour
Thursday morning, June 11th 2009, Sally Perodeau, Denise Morissette, Maria Romero and myself left Beaconsfield at 8:30 to attend the invitation for a picnic in Mallorytown hosted by the Brockville Thousand Islanders. Sally drove us there, in what was a very smooth drive, in exactly two hours and fifteen minutes.  The Library&Community Hall where the event took place was just ½ km or so off the 401.  We were gracefully welcomed and directed to the beautiful grounds surrounded by trees under which the rug hookers had found places to sit.  In the middle, a white gazebo sheltered one of the vendors, the others regrouped in the shade, along a rustic fence.  On that special day, hats were the theme of the day.  All colours, sizes, shapes and wonderfully decorated, they were everywhere to be seen and admired.  At 12:00, we were invited inside to help ourselves to buffet tables very well garnished with good food and lots of goodies before going back outside to eat.  


In the afternoon, there was a parade of hats with 3 prizes:  most original, most beautiful and the tackiest.  Lots of laughs there, you can imagine!  Later on, we all had access to a treasure chest filled with small surprises. Sheila Brokloff, the Brockville Thousand Islanders President thanked us all for coming and we finished with the long-awaited Show & Tell which was a procession of gorgeous rugs, one guild after another guild.  All in all, the day was a success and our thanks go to the hostesses of this annual gathering in the Area 1 of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild.  We returned happy, inspired and recharged to pursue our favourite leisure activity.   Other rug hookers from Québec who participated were Jeanne Osler and Brenda Ticehurst from The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild + Betty Anderson and Maureen Meloche from On Track 2.