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Edition 39: October 10, 2003

In the 39th issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you to Woolwich Township, St Jacobs Country, Ontario and beyond...where the past meets the present!!

Photos courtesy of St. Jacobs Country

Photo courtesy of K. Catton

Come and enjoy a special time of year.'s exciting, its invigorating and its full of very special delights. Remember when you used to kick the dampened fall leaves as you walked along, how piles of leaves just begged to be jumped into.....Visit Woolwich Township soon, relax, kick the leaves, visit the farmers' markets and enjoy this special time of year.

Fall - full of farmers' markets, fairs, festivals and's all here in St Jacobs Country and the surrounding Woolwich Township.....we are a rich patchwork of towns and villages, a rural way of life that is reminiscent of a quieter, slower pace of time, when travelling by horse and buggy to market was an all day event.

The undulating countryside is a kalidescope of family proud farms rich with the harvest, fields of wheat, corn that remind us of our baling the crops from freshly ploughed fields with teams of horses, beautiful displays of flowers surrounding farmhouses, cattle and horses lazily grazing in the fields...surely a recipe for a soothing, contented escape from the pressures of life.

Fall is the time for festivals and fairs, farm tours, envigorating hikes and bike rides, or a trail ride on a handsome chestnut steed. Taste sensations abound with apple fritters & dumplings, apple butter and cider, pig tails, ribs & the ever popular schnitzel. Market produce abounds in huge baskets - corn, tomatoes, peppers, squashes and potatoes apples and pears, just waiting to be made into this winters' dinners, perserves and pickles.Certainly, the perfect venue to pick up the freshest Thanksgiving Dinner vegtables. Don't forget the apples and pumpkins for pies.

Photo courtesy of St. Jacobs Country

Fall also means Halloween and pumpkins.....we have all sizes, shapes and colours. When only the best will do for the pumpking carving artists!!!!!!!

Theatre abounds. There is comedy, and comedy, Uproarious laughter can be found at the Schoolhouse Theatre in St Jacobs....."Triple Espresso" runs until the end of the year with performances Wed - Sun each week. This intimate look at the lives of three "aspiring" entertainers will envelope you in sidesplitting laughter ......and up in Drayton, Joseph and the Amazing Tehnicolour Dreamcoat continues till mid November. Further afield is the Waterloo Stage Theatre with productions of "Scenes From My Dock" a musical revue of the important questions concerning the celebration of our love of leisure, weekends and cottage life. Dear Santa heralds the Christmas season with Santa gearing up to grant one very special Christmas wish. Added to this are the the obstacles being overcome by his North Pole staff, the sleigh salesman from Detroit and the elves. The KW Symphony or Theatre in the being.

AND don't forget Oktoberfest.....Oct 10-18...celebrating 35 years of the warm spirit of Gemutlichkeit! The "kick-off" is the Friday, Oct. 10th with the "tapping of the keg" and the party begins! Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostanek puts all into a dance frenzied frame of mind. Stompin' Tom Connors, a truly Canadian icon brings his brand of music to the Concordia Club. Barrel races, pancake breakfasts and a wonderful Thanksgiving Parade are just a few of the wonderful events over this nine day festival. Come and experience Bavaria in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Photo courtesy of K. Catton

Quilt shows and auctions are an integral part of this rural landscape. this special time honoured heritage is one of the special attractions of this area. A permanent but changing display of quilts resides at the the specially created Waterloo County & Area Quilt Gallery locaed in the St Jacobs country Mill in St Jacobs. This gallery showcases excellence in quilting celebrating the works of indivdual quilt artists, groups and guilds

The 30th annual Elmira Charity Quilt Auction & Country Market takes place Sat. October 25. Typically, it's a must for Homemade pies and baking, pickles and jams. Other auction items include wooden and vintage furniture, along with quilts, wallhangings and mats. All items are donated in aid of community services.

Then there's Christmas.....the village of St Jacobs starts the season of right with "Sparkles" a four day event, beginning November 13 with all kinds of events culminating in an Old Fashioned Christmas on Sunday Nov. 16. More information at The Christmas Store in St. Jacobs is filled to the rafters with every kind of decoration possible, decorated trees and enchanting gifts for everyone on your list and perhaps something for yourself!?! AND there's probably a Santa Claus parade every weekend till early Dec. To be sure of getting that "special" gift tell them all!!!!!



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