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Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is an annual literary festival that showcases the very best of established and emerging Canadian writing in an idyllic outdoor setting on the banks of the Eramosa River.

On Friday September 6, the EMWF brings together two best-selling Canadian authors for the opening night of the festival. Marina Endicott and Guy Gavriel Kay will appear on stage together for the first time, to discuss their craft and the role of the past in their respective novels. Opening the evening will be Garry Thomas Morse, reading from Safety Sand, his most recent collection of poetry, accompanied by Juno-award-winning cellist, Matt Brubeck.

Festival Sunday, the main event, will welcome more than 50 writers to the village of Eden Mills on Sunday September 8, 2019. Some of our acclaimed authors include Anakana Schofield, Emma Donoghue, Terry Fallis, Lynn Coady, Linden MacIntyre, Marie-Louise Gay, Catherine Porter, and Lee Maracle. We are excited to present an array of genres, from graphic novels, to poetry, to memoirs. The festival provides stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining programming for all ages—children, youth and adults. Join us September 6-8, 2019 and discover your next great read!

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Queenston: Worth the Visit – by Jane Calver with her photos

Queenston resident Jane Calver shares her views of her village’s past, present and future. Niagara-on-the-Lake is being invaded again. This time it is not by the British but by developers from the north of us, who have the mentality for building large homes on miniscule lots, all very similar in style or design. Judicious development
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Maple Time at Crawford Lake & Mountsberg

News from our friends at Conservation Halton: Wondering when spring will arrive? Stop looking to groundhogs and robins for predictions of the thaw, at Conservation Halton we say look to the trees! The maple sap is about to flow and Mountsberg and Crawford Lake Conservation Areas are firing up for two marvellous maple syrup festivals. Conservation
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Civil War at Westfield Heritage Village

  Here’s some news about the old Civil War, from our friends at Hamilton Conservation Authority: Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of the American Civil War Experience at Westfield Heritage Village on Sunday June 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This special program will be your chance to experience the conflict,
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Kathleen Wynne, 1st Female Premier for Ontario

In honour of the first female Premier for Ontario, we’re reposting Mike’s photo of Hon Kathleen Wynne when she was Minister of Transportation, and took part in the 24th Annual Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart in June 2011. This is a photo of the Premier that you won’t see every day! More photos are on our
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Memoir Writing by Sarah Yates

Sarah Yates, a subscriber to and good friend of Niagara Escarpment Views, has a couple of different gift ideas. Here is all the info: Everybody has a story to tell and as we get older, many of us harbor the wish to tell that story, to record our  family’s past and to leave it behind
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Lincoln Alexander of Hamilton, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

News of the death of Lieutenant Governor Lincoln Alexander brings back memories for Mike and for me. I met him once in the late 1980s, and I knew I was in the presence of greatness. He was visiting the church I attended, St. Mary Magdalene’s Anglican in Toronto, and he joined us afterwards for coffee
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200th Anniversary of Battle of Queenston Heights

Here are some photos taken by Mike Davis, of the 200th anniversary events commemorating the Battle of Queenston Heights on Oct. 13. Were you there? What was your experience? Are you a history buff?

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Sir Isaac Brock Commemorated on Royal Canadian Mint 25-Cent Circulation Coin

We just received this news: On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock’s death on the battlefield at Queenston Heights, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today unveiled a new Royal Canadian Mint circulation coin honouring his
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How to Think Like a Neandertal is Worth Reading

I took one anthropology course in university, barely passed it, and then decided to specialize in English literature. But I’ve always remained fascinated by early humans and exotic groups of people. So I devoured How to Think Like a Neandertal almost at one sitting. I was disappointed at the end of the book because I
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