The Roost Cafe in King City treated customers again this past Sunday afternoon as Allysin Whitmell, from Aurora, played and sang Christmas songs and carols plus selections from the Billy Joel Keyboard Songbook for cafe patrons.
I've heard that these pleasant Sunday afternoon gigs may become a regular feature in the new year. It would really be a treat to have Allyson, and Jacquie Lawson who played guitar and sang on the two previous Sundays, appear again plus other talented young artists. Here's hoping. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
I dropped into Marylake, just north of King City, on Christmas Day morning to hopefully get a picture of the nativity scene, if there was one. There was one and the photo I took is seen below. While there I met Father Eugene Tramble, Prior of the Marylake Monastery. He was all by himself and was playing the massive organ in quite an accomplished manner, although he was very self-deprecating when I complimented his musicianship. He chatted with me for several minutes and I was quite impressed by the 85-year-old's grasp of Marylake's significance to the local community and beyond. I was charmed.
A public art installation, called 'Memory's Gate', in Laskay at the north-east corner of Weston Road and Old Church Road, was featured in a story in last week's edition of The King Weekly Sentinel. Included here are other accompanying pieces to the main weathered steel archway (above).
I've seen this brute parked outside the Roost Cafe on Keele Street in King City, a couple of times recently. All I can say is if a Terradyne Armoured Vehichle can't get you there and back for your expresso or cappachino, then you had better switch to tea.
This impressive feathered creature stirred things up last Friday at the Dufferin Marsh in Schomberg. Local birder birdwatchers and many birders from further afield lined up along Dr. Kay Drive to see and photograph a Northern Hawk Owl. This bird rarely shows up in southern Ontario, preferring the tundra regions up north.
How incredibly inconvenient this construction must be for the folks living on the south side of the King Road and west of Weston Road, at the top end of Laskay. It seems this road widening has been going on forever and it looks like it might not be until spring or early summer before the dust finally settles. Bank stabilization might be a real challenge.
It's perhaps uncommon that a small hamlet can attribute its tangible heritage to one set of farm buildings, but the wee community of King Creek may just be able to do so. The all-white farm buildings of King Creek Farm are highly recognized and add much charm and character to Mill Road, where they are located, east of Nobleton, south of the King Road. It will interesting to see if other upgrades are in the offing, and what they might be.
Anyone who is just curious or has an interest in the proposed Township of King Recreation Centre at Seneca College, on the northwest corner of Dufferin Street and the 15th Sideroad, is welcome to visit the King Township Administration Centre on the King Road, at the west end of the village of King City to see three large display panels depicting the project. The display is just inside the front door in the main hallway, on the east side of the council chambers. The development will sit on a 20-acre site and 80% of the estimated $32 million cost will be covered by developer contributions. The site would be leased to King Township by Seneca for 60 years at a nominal rate. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
Six old school desks are featured as the central display in the old classroom of the ancient Kinghorn School. Though few in number, they transform the space into a historical vestige that recalls the past, despite the many surrounding miscellaneous items that are not necessarily school related.
An optical illusion is created by an image of cubbyholes that is positioned on the wall, behind a sloped writing desk.
A portion of a 107-year-old blackboard (above) was discovered behind a wall and is now a featured historical item on display.
Sunday afternoons feature musical artists during December at the Roost Cafe, on Keele Street in King City, with entertainers polishing the Christmas spirit for cafe patrons. Pictured above is Jacquie Lawson, King Township resident, who won over listeners, this past Sunday, with sweet vocals and gentle guitar stylings. Kudos to the Roost for this charming touch.
Last week I spotted four of these signs on the three roads that are adjacent to the huge Highway 400 overpass of Canal Bank Road on the south side of the 'Marsh'. Work at the site has taken place throughout the year with road closures in effect on certain occasions. Mightn't these lights be somewhat redundant if there is already water up to your knees and your car axles? Just asking.
The Kettleby landmark known as the Curtis House, and owned by Wendy Cockburn and Rick Sikorski has been declared the 2019
King Heritage Award. The property is located at 456 Kettleby Road, directly opposite Dorio's Bakery. The owners are to receive an original drawing of their property by acclaimed King Township artist and painter Phyllis Vernon. A second original version of the artwork has been given to King Township to hang in the municipal headquarters. Many historical details of the property are to be found in a story of the December 5th edition of The King Weekly Sentinel newspaper.
Members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation were on strike outside Minister of Education Steven Lecce's riding office in King City on Wednesday morning. Dozens of the one-day strikers were to be found on both sides of the King Road, just east of Keele Street. Despite the chilly weather, strikers's spirits seemed to be high protested cuts to education by the Progressive Conservative provincial government. Many passersby in automobiles honked their support of the picketing strikers.