Fergus Resident Peter the Piper, Supporting Health Care & Front Line Workers

Local Fergus resident Peter Hummel, also known as “Peter the Piper,” can be seen playing his bagpipes nightly from his front balcony in Fergus.

Like many others he is one of many worldwide supporters in the movement to thank the front line health care workers. 

His family is very supportive of his passion, with his wife Sandie Thompson being the one that urged him to get on the balcony and play.

They are now sharing his nightly Live FB videos with local community groups.  The video to watch can be found here.

 

He is an avid bagpiper: a member of the Fergus Pipe Band and the Sporran Wild Bagpipe. He also teaches bagpiping.

*** This story was published with Guelph Today for the Full Article, Click this link, https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/peter-the-piper-shows-nightly-support-for-frontline-workers-in-fergus-2198438

Talk soon,

Nancy

Fergus Highland Games

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This community is so amazing there is just always something going on!  Centre Wellington was once again hosting the Annual Fergus Highland Games this August weekend.   I had the privilege of attending the opening ceremonies on the Friday evening. 

Ahhhh… the sound of those bag pipes, it was truly soul-stirring and when the Tattoo began, my heart seemed to have skipped a beat.  I found myself getting rather emotional, almost in tears which surprised me, however I don’t think I was alone in my thoughts as I looked around everyone was standing still and appeared to be just as in awe as I was.

I had the honour of meeting and chatting with Graham McTavish,  the Scottish Actor who portrays Dougal MacKenzie in the popular Outlander series.  Check out my chat with him on my FB social media, https://www.facebook.com/wanderingwellingtoncounty/?hc_ref=ARQNbIui3YV67rLi_OYe7MeqChO8gLxPQwWHonNU2InD-bhxNFeaiHNgHhgw6PeBSig

Last year when I attended the Fergus Highland Games I had the opportunity to meet the popular author of the Outlander series who was a special guest, http://www.dianagabaldon.com/ Diana Gabaldon.   She was full of grace, elegance and appeared humble amidst her immense popularity. Meeting both of these two talented public figures I believe is definitely the universe’s way of sending a message;  it is time to dust off the book I had purchased at last years event and delve into another world.

Another bonus of attending the Festival, is of course learning more about the culture and customs of different countries.  When one of the speakers shared some of his insight into the various clans in attendance, it is like I had a light bulb moment! I am rather embarrassed to admit this, however I had never seemed to fully comprehend the meaning of the Scottish Clans.  He explained it in a way I finally could understand a little more about this interesting culture.  Clans as I understood it for the first time in the Scottish context is another word for family.  If you are like me and need to understand a little more about the definition of the word, here is the Wikipedia definition below. 

A clan is a group of people united by actual or perceived kinship[1] and descent. Even if lineage details are unknown, clan members may be organized around a founding member or apical ancestor. Clans in indigenous societies tend to be exogamous, meaning that their members cannot marry one another. Clans proceeded more centralized forms of community organization and government, and exist in every country. Members may identify with a coat of arms or other symbol to show they are an independent clan. The kinship-based bonds may also have a symbolic ancestor, whereby the clan shares a “stipulated” common ancestor that is a symbol of the clan’s unity. When this “ancestor” is non-human, it is referred to as a totem, which is frequently an animal.

The word clan is derived from the Gaelic clann[1] meaning “children” or “progeny”; it is not from the word for “family” in either Irish[2][3] or Scottish Gaelic. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word was introduced into English in around 1425, as a label for the nature of the society of the Scottish Highlands

As I sat at a table with people watching the Tattoo, I felt more welcomed as the night was nearing its end.  Perhaps this is a glimpse into what the Scottish call a Clan, as it felt like we were part of a family.

As I have learned this life, there are various types of family,  not always blood.  What ever you call it, I love my “CLAN”.  You know who I am talking about, “those people who get you!”, “they have your back, they fight for you, they cry with you, they are family, they are your clan!” 

 Sláinte or until we meet again!

 

Talk soon,

 

Nancy

 

 

Wellington County Festival & Events Guide (Summer) 2018

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WELLINGTON COUNTY FESTIVALS AND EVENTS GUIDE 

EXPERIENCE WELLINGTON COUNTY Welcome to Wellington County. Get to know us better as you explore our back roads, visit our quaint towns and find your escape in our rural Ontario countryside. We have food that will require a second helping, breathtaking natural landscapes, an arts and culture scene to be envied and some of the coolest people you have yet to meet. Visit, visit again and make yourself at home. Show us your Wellington County. Get social and use hashtags for your chance to win. #experiencewellington

CULTURE HIGHLAND GAMES WHERE TRADITIONS ARE TRADITION.  You may feel like you have been transported to another time or place, but don’t worry there are many opportunities to experience remarkable events in Wellington County. Find your festival at Visit the Experience Wellington Website Gather, compete and celebrate at the Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Fergus, Ontario.

FOOD AND DRINK FOODIE FEST THE TABLE IS SET and the food is ready. Pull up your chair, we have a place waiting for you. In Wellington County we turn ingredients into adventure, find your new favourite and taste your way across the County. The Taste Real Local Food Fest celebrates all things food in Guelph and Wellington County.

Visit Visit the Taste Real website RURAL ROOTS ON THE FARM A NEW EXPERIENCE can be found at each bend in the road. Wellington County offers a chance to plant your feet, breathe in the fresh air and see what life on the farm really means. Let the Taste Real Local Food Map be your guide. Get yours at Visit the Taste Real Website Take part in the Spring and Fall Rural Romps, self-guided farm and food tours.

NATURAL LANDSCAPES GET OUTSIDE A MORNING OUT on the lake, an afternoon hike through the forest, or an evening under the stars. Wellington County gives you time to slow down, reconnect with nature and escape your everyday. Guelph Lake is one of five Grand River Parks in Wellington County, Visit the Grand River Website MUSIC FESTIVAL FAVOURITES THE SOUNDTRACK in Wellington County is rich, diverse and eclectic. Find the beat and be prepared to have the music take you away. This summer plan to attend Hillside Festival, Riverfest Elora and Elora Festival. Check out Visit the Experience Wellington Website

CHARM COUNTY TREASURES SPEND SOME TIME roaming through antique shops, strolling village streets and cruising County roads. Stay over in a charming bed and breakfast and beco • Elora Culinary Walking Tour • Elora Sculpture Project • Fergus Grand Theatre • Grand River Raceway, Elora • Harriston Town Hall Theatre • Headwaters Stable Tour, Erin • Hillsburgh Heritage Walking Trail • John Webb Gallery, Harriston • Minto Arts Gallery, Harriston • Mount Forest Museum and Archives • Norgan Theatre, Palmerston • OLG Slots, Elora • Ontario Steam Heritage Museum, Puslinch • Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum • The Gorge Cinema, Elora • Wellington County Museum and Archives SEASONAL • Aberfoyle Antique Market Sundays, April 29 – October 28, Puslinch • Donkey Sanctuary Sundays, May – October, Puslinch • Drayton Festival Theatre May 16 – October 14, Drayton • Elora Skyrider Zipline June 2 – September 30, Elora Gorge • Lynes Blacksmith Shop By appointment, June 1 – September 30, Kenilworth • McClintock’s Water Ski School May 15 – October 15, Puslinch Lake • Monster Month October 1 – 31, Downtown Elora • Strom’s Farm Harvest Fun Area September – October, Guelph Eramosa • Simple Pleasures for the Summer Wednesdays, July 4 – August 29, Wellington County Museum and Archives • 

FARMERS’ MARKETS • Erin Farmers’ Market McMillan Park, Village of Erin FRIDAYS, June 22 – September 29 • Rockwood Farmers’ Market and Live Music, 112 Main Street, Rockwood WEDNESDAYS, June 13 – October 3 • Elora Farmers’ Market Bissell Park, Elora SATURDAYS, May 5 – October 13 • Elora Farmers’ Market, Paddock Building, Grand River Raceway, Elora SATURDAYS, October 20 – December 22 • Minto Farmers’ Market, Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum SATURDAYS, June 2 – August 25 • Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market, 23 Brock Road South, Aberfoyle SATURDAYS, May 26 – October 27 • Wellington North Farmers’ Market, Victory Community Centre, Mount Forest FRIDAYS, May 25 – October 5 Dates subject to change. Please visit Visit the Experience Wellington Website APRIL • APRIL 6 National Tartan Day Concert, Fergus Grand Theatre • APRIL 8 Gallery Concert Series, Wellington County Museum and Archives • APRIL 8 Tartan Day, Downtown Fergus • APRIL 8 Tartan Day Historical Walking Tour, Downtown Fergus • APRIL 14 – 15 Elora Vintage and Antique Show, Elora Community Centre • APRIL 20 – 22 Guelph and District Kennel Club Dog Show, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus • APRIL 20 – 28 Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Grand River Raceway, Elora • APRIL 26 Wordfest, Elora Centre For the Arts • APRIL 29 Grand Taste, Grand River Raceway, Elora MAY • MAY 3 Flutters, Frocks and Flowers, Main Street, Village of Erin • MAY 4 – 6 Elora Festival Annual Giant Book Sale, Elora Curling Club • MAY 4 – 6 Spring Rain Weekend,Belwood Hall • MAY 6 Dollhouse Miniatures Show and Sale, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus • MAY 6 EW-CS High Tea and High Heels, St. Andrew’s Church, Hillsburgh • MAY 6 Elora Writers’ Festival, Wellington County Museum and ArchivesMAY 9 – 11 Fergu •

JUNE

6 – 8 Canadian National Fly-Fishing Champships, Centre Wellington • JUNE 9 Doors Open Erin, Various locations in the Town of Erin • JUNE 9 Drayton Kinettes, Super Hero Soiree, Ag Hall, Drayton Fairgrounds • JUNE 10 Donkey Day, The Donkey Sanctuary, Puslinch • JUNE 14 Aberfoyle Agricultural Society Chicken Barbeque, Puslinch Community CentreJUNE 15 Mapleton Custom Rodders Car Show, Moorefield Ball Diamonds • JUNE 16 Rotary Club of Erin presents “Ribfest”, McMillan Park, Village of Erin • JUNE 16 Doors Open Fergus and Elora, Various Locations across Fergus and Elora • JUNE 16 Doors Open Historical Walking Tours, Fergus and Elora • JUNE 16 Subaru Triathlon Series at Guelph Lake, Guelph Lake Conservation Area • JUNE 16 Touch a Truck, Harriston and Minto Community Centre, Harriston •

JUNE 20 – SEPTEMBER 1Insights, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JUNE 21 Sensational Elora’s Fabulous Fergus Pub Night, Four pubs throughout Fergus • JUNE 23 Puslinch Lake Alive Living Home Tour, Old Marina Restaurant, Puslinch • JUNE 23 Palmerston Handcar Races, Palmerston Railway Museum • JUNE 23 Party in the Park, Palmerston Lion’s Heritage Park • JUNE 24 Local Food Fest, Ignatius Jesuit Centre • JUNE 24 Celebrate Sunrise Summer Fundraiser, Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, Puslinch • JUNE 24 Fergus Horticultural Society Garden Tour, Various locations across Fergus • JUNE 29 – 30 Clifford Classic Truck Show, Clifford Rotary Park • JUNE 29 – JULY 2 Arthur Optimists Canada Day Weekend Celebration, Arthur Fairgrounds and Community Centre • JUNE 30 Drayton Kinsmen Wing Night and Concert, Drayton Fairgrounds

 JULY 

Orton’s Annual Canada Day Celebration, Orton • JULY 1 Get in Touch for Hutch, Arthur Community Centre • JULY 1 Puslinch Canada Day Pancake Breakfast and Fireworks, Puslinch Community Centre • JULY 1, Canada Day Fireworks, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus • JULY 1 Dominion Day Elora, Downtown Elora and Bissell Park • JULY 1 Canada Day Celebration, Crossroads Life Church, Harriston • JULY 1 Canada Day Fireworks Display, Drayton Fairgrounds • JULY 2 – 6 Arthur SU Sports Camp, Arthur Community Centre • JULY 4 – AUGUST 29Twilight at Templin, Templin Gardens, Fergus • JULY 5 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JULY 6 Annual Wiener Dog Race, Grand River Raceway, Elora • JULY 6 – 15 Elora Community Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, Bissell Park, Elora • JULY 7 FEDS Annual Special Needs Soccer Festival, Victoria Park, Fergus • JULY 7 – 8 Black Sheep Contemporary Textile Festival, Elora Centre For the Arts • JULY 8 Conestogo Lake Annual Fishing Derby, Conestogo Lake Conservation Area • JULY 12 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JULY 13 – 15 Hillside Festival, Guelph Lake Conservation Area • JULY 13 – 29 Elora Festival, Various locations in Elora • JULY 19 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JULY 20 – 22 Mount Forest Fireworks Festival, 514 Main Street North, Mount Forest • JULY 26 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • JULY 28 Fergus Ghost Walk, The Bookery, Fergus • JULY 28 Fergus Medieval Faire, Downtown Fergus

AUGUST

 AUGUST 2 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • AUGUST 3 – 5 Jeff Davie Memorial 3-Pitch Tournament, Palmerston and Harriston Ball Diamonds • AUGUST 4 – 6 Pirate Fest, Marden Park • AUGUST 4 Sensational Elora’s Film on a Plate, The Gorge Cinema, Elora • AUGUST 6 Grand River Raceway Industry Day, Grand River Raceway, Elora • AUGUST 9 Music at the Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives • AUGUST 9 Pipes, Plaid and Pageantry Parade, Downtown Fergus • AUGUST 10 Fergus Ghost Walk, The Bookery, Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 12 Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 11 Fergus Scottish Festival, Downtown Edition!, Downtown Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 11 Fergus Scottish Festival, Historical Walking Tours, Downtown Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 11 Psychic Fair, The Bookery, Fergus • AUGUST 10 – 12 Drayton 161st Fair, ‘Best Pickin’ in Mapleton, Drayton Fairgrounds • AUGUST 11 Fergus Ghost Walk, The Bookery, Fergus • AUGUST 11 Downtown Harriston Street Party, Savour in the Street and Street Dance, Elora St. S, Harriston • AUGUST 17 -19 Riverfest Elora, Bissell Park, Elora • AUGUST 18 Spirit in the Hills Family Fun Day and Classic Car Show, Main Street, Hillsburgh • AUGUST 18 – 19 Classic Ford Truck Show, Arthur Fairgrounds • AUGUST 18 Mount Forest Agricultural Society 159th Annual Fall Fair, Mount Forest and District Sports Complex • AUGUST 22 – 26 Annual Palmerston Fair, Palmerston Fairgrounds • AUGUST 24 – 25 Grand River Truck and Tractor Pull, Grand River Raceway, Elora • AUGUST 24 – 25 Campin’ and Jammin’ in the Park, Drayton Fairground • AUGUST 25 Alma Car Show, Wallace Cummings Park, Alma • AUGUST 26 Antique and Classic Car Show, Wellington County Museum and Archives • AUGUST 26 Tri Kids Triathlon, Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus 

There are over 200 festivals and events in Wellington County every year. Visit Visit the Experience Wellington Website, https://www.wellington.ca/en/business/resources/TasteReal2017/PDF-Files/2018-Festivals-and-Events-Guide—Accessible-Doc.pdf.

 

Talk soon, 

 

Nancy

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5 THINGS to Do this WEEKEND

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Hey Canada … It’s the official May 24 weekend upon us!   Yeah… for me and many more Canadian’s that always signifies the unofficial start of the SUMMER.  I hope you enjoy your long weekend and the many adventures which await you this start of the season ahead of us.  Perhaps your jumping in your car heading to your cottage or camping at one of the local provincial parks.  Or maybe you are hanging out locally and just chilling.  Here are some great local events going on in Wellington County this weekend.  

 

Elora PLEIN AIR :  http://grandandgorgeous.com/event/elora-en-plein-air/

Grand River Raceway Fireworks:  https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/index.cfm?page=detail&itmno=3272

2Rivers Festival:  https://www.guelphmercury.com/events/8594070-701051-2rivers-festival-2018/

The Royal Wedding at the Secret Garden Tea House: http://www.thesecretgardenteahouse.com/upcoming-events

Hillsburgh Garden Club Plant Sale:  http://www.erin.ca/whats-on/details?id=ff84113f-e7f2-41b5-974b-d4024b9b1466

 

Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

 

 

 

 

EVENTS Wellington County 2018 MARCH

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Wellington Advertiser:   http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/index.cfm?page=community

Wellington County Business & Industry:  https://calendar.wellington.ca/business/Month

Wellington County Events:  https://www.centrewellington.ca/beactive/Pages/Events-Calendar.aspx

The Grand 101 Events:  http://thegrand101.com/events

Wellington County Museum:  https://www.wellington.ca/en/museum-and-archives.aspx

Grand River Raceway:  https://grandriverraceway.com/

Gorge Cinema Elora:  http://www.gorgecinema.ca/

The Annual BRO Show:  http://grandandgorgeous.com/event/4th-annual-bro-show/

Wellington County Library (March break):  https://www.wellington.ca/en/discover/event-2.aspx

The Elora Singers: http://www.elorasingers.ca/

Fergus Grand Theatre:  https://www.centrewellington.ca/beactive/Pages/Fergus-Grand-Theatre.aspx

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