Picnics and Musicand Trains, Oh My! - theHumm September 2020
Picnics and Musicand Trains, Oh My! - theHumm September 2020
By John Pigeau
In one sense, this summer has reminded me a lot of the summers of my childhood — everybody wants to be outdoors. We’re all like kids again, darting out the door on the last day of school, whooping at the sunshine and gulping in the fresh air, itching to do something, anything, but be cooped up inside. Nearly everyone is camping or glamping or spending a week or a weekend at a cottage. Lots of folks are hitting the beaches and plunging into lakes. They’re walking and cycling, golfing and hiking and picnicking in the park. Staycationers have been busy gardening, barbecuing in their backyards; kids sleeping in tents for the night and swimming laps and laps and laps in their (or their neighbour’s) pools. The good news: officially, there are still three weeks of summer left!
Now be honest, when’s the last time you treated yourself to a truly delightful gourmet picnic? If your answer is “too long” or similar, well you’re in luck, as there’s still time to enjoy PICNIC Smiths Falls — a physical distancing “picnic in the park” experience with a wonderful twist.
The wonderful twist is that the delicious picnic meal is prepared for you by one of seven top-notch local restaurants. And the participating restaurants offer something absolutely delicious for almost anyone’s taste. Smoked meat sandwiches from Two Guys for Lunch; chicken Caesar wraps from Perfect Thyming; beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips from Boomtown. Harvest Social is serving up pesto chicken sandwiches, and Chuckles Jack offers butter chicken for two. How does a chimichurri steak sandwich from C’est Tout Bakery sound? Or The Pickled Pig’s classic sandwich for two with their famous broccoli salad? Meals range in price from $30 to $50. You can read the downloadable menu online at smithsfalls.ca . Fair warning: doing so will make you really, really hungry. It did me.
In Smiths Falls there are so many beautiful, peaceful spots to take your meal — beneath one of the many shady trees in Centennial Park, down by the beach at Murphy Park, or in the gazebo at Heritage House Museum. They have lots of grassy areas too, which might be just as romantic and restful. Explore. You’ll find the perfect backdrop in no time.
Each meal comes in a custom-printed box that includes a meal for two (two main dishes, two side dishes, two drinks and two desserts), a Smiths Falls Visitor Guide, a Smiths Falls Heritage Walking Tour guide, and free gifts from the Town and partners. Treat yourself or someone you love. Or maybe gift a lovely picnic meal to a good friend, or a teacher? Whatever you choose, enjoy. And as my dad would say: ignore the calories.
You might want to pair your picnic with Music by the Basin, live music every Friday in Centennial Park under the water tower. This series, hosted by The Pickled Pig, features afternoon and evening performances in the lovely park on the Rideau Canal by some genuinely wonderful local musicians. On September 4, Danielle Hewitt takes the matinée stage at 2pm, then Amber McLean plays in the evening. The following Friday features Ian & Chris in the afternoon, with Rob McLean and Rosalyn Dennett set to delight the evening audience. Finally, on September 18, The Doherty Brothers play at 2pm, and Tom Watson goes on at 7pm. Music by the Basin is free and it’s licensed, so kick off the weekend in style and enjoy a refreshing drink, great food served at The Pickled Pig, and some superb live music. Please note there is a 100-person maximum, and physical distancing is required.
There’s also lots of live music at Bowie’s in September. Their New Music Night series continues on September 11, featuring Abandon Eden and Robb Kerr. The following Friday Eddie Sayers will take the stage. Wrapping up the month is Elmsley on September 25. Suggested cover on New Music Nights is $5–$10, and the shows start at 10pm. On Sunday, September 20, as part of their Songwriter Concert Series, Bowie’s will host veteran Canadian folk and indie songwriter Pat Robitaille. This is his first show in Smiths Falls. For that show there is a table fee of $75 (for 3 to 6 people) or $10 for a Front Room ticket. The live music café is open inside at roughly half the capacity.
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind weekend late-summer getaway, you may wish to consider an overnight stay in a caboose. The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario is offering a rare opportunity for folks to step back to the early railroading days and sleep in a caboose, just as railroaders did. You can book an overnight stay in one of two authentic cabooses — a 1940s red plywood CPR caboose, or an orange steel CNR caboose, circa 1967 — and “curl up in comfortable pull-down beds with fresh linens, settle back and relax in the quiet glow of the lantern.” I highly recommend visiting the Railway Museum’s website at rmeo.org to check out photos, even if you’re not planning on booking a stay.
If you’d like to book a stay, though, you can do so by visiting Airbnb.ca (just search for “Smiths Falls caboose.”) But do so well in advance. Folks have been super keen to enjoy this rare and joyful experience. Little wonder, too — what fun!
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
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