Must, Must, Must

MUST SPREAD THE WORD

Publisher, author and poet Richard Grove has been named Brighton’s first-ever official poet laureate. The town’s newly anointed bard plans to raise awareness of poetry as he captures milestones and ceremonies in verse. You can hear a new poem by Richard Grove at Brighton’s virtual Canada Day celebrations.

photograph courtesy Torstar

MUST SUPPORT LOCAL

Local businesses have been hit hard over the last few months. Let’s show them our love. Miss eating out at your favourite Saturday night restaurant? Order take-out. Miss browsing the latest fashions? Stores are starting to open up for visits at a safe distance.

Miss finding fresh local ingredients? There are any number of on-line and safe pick-up options from our local Farm Gate stores and Farmers’ Markets. Shop, support and live locally.

MUST CAMP

Searching for a summer campsite? Look no farther than your own backyard. Pitch your tent behind the house, fire up the barbecue – don’t forget the marshmallows – catch some fireflies, and lie back for an evening of stargazing. See how many summer constellations you can pick out. Who will be the first to find the Big Dipper, the North Star or the Summer Triangle?

Afterwards, gather everyone in the tent for some late-night story-telling. A change is as good as a rest.

MUST PLAY SCRABBLE

Stuck at home with family and in need of distraction? Any distraction…? Socialization is the key to surviving COVID isolation, so before the family dashes off to log into Netflix or social media, make time for a game of Scrabble and bring out the laughter, conversation and competitiveness.

MUST GO ON LINE

Art in the County is taking it virtual this year. For the first time in its 27-year history, this signature event offers work by Prince Edward County artists and artisans that has been submitted and juried online. Purchase something you like or simply browse. Three respected Canadian art professionals will select the exhibition’s content and choose the Jurors’ Choice and Honourable Mention award winners.

June 19 – July 31 artinthecounty.com

image: Last year’s Juror’s Choice Award; Claudia McCabe – Dreamt

MUST MAKE JAM

Bottle up the sweetness of summer strawberries, raspberries, currants, and peaches at their peak. Dust off grandma’s old recipe book; roll up your sleeves and try your hand at some sticky summer jam. Spread the joy and share your creation with family and neighbours. Check out *Watershed*’s Farm Gate Guide (Page 62) for a list of U-pick locations or buy your fruit straight from the farm gate.