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Robert Godkin, clarinet & curved soprano sax; John Mitchell, horn; Andrew Clark, banjo; Ted Houghton, tuba
Robert Godkin, clarinet & curved soprano sax; John Mitchell, horn; Andrew Clark, banjo; Ted Houghton, tuba

Jazz to grind flour by

Staff and volunteers launch another milling season at historic Watson's Mill in Manotick Ontario tomorrow. The mill first opened for business 150 years ago. Grand opening guests include the Brockville Infantry Company, the Manotick Brass and the Hot Spud Jazz Band. The four-man band keeps busy with appearances at various charitable events. Lucy Martin got the chance to chat with Hot Spud members between tunes at the mill's opening last year. Here they are, with a sample of their Dixieland fare.  Go to full article
Teri Ann Ryerson
Teri Ann Ryerson

Tis the season...

This time of year craft fairs seem to be everywhere--as sellers court buyers searching for decorations and gifts. It's a seasonal business with no guarantee of profits, as Lucy Martin learned, speaking with an artist braving the cold Saturday, at Watson's Mill, in Manotick, Ontario.  Go to full article
From left: mill manager Isabelle Geoffrion, Lucy Martin, and senior miller Mike Maguire.
From left: mill manager Isabelle Geoffrion, Lucy Martin, and senior miller Mike Maguire.

Volunteers keep Watson's Mill alive

Watson's Mill is one of many postcard-pretty Ontario destinations. It opened for business in 1860 on the Rideau River in Manotick. It's still the town's main landmark. In their time, water-powered mills represented a high degree of technical sophistication. They still serve as fascinating reminders of how--and where--settlements took hold along North America's rivers. Watson's Mill comes alive in the summer -- full of the noise of water, turbines, grindstones, and people. Lucy Martin followed two modern enthusiasts who help keep it all turning.  Go to full article

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