A Wonderful Day in Carleton Place Letter to the Editor – By Ted MacDonald


A Wonderful Day in Carleton Place Letter to the Editor – By Ted MacDonald

A Wonderful Day in Carleton Place Letter to the Editor –  By Ted MacDonald

Originally published in the Canadian Gazette

Pictures by Linda Seccaspina

Photo of Chef Ben White on our Main Street in Carleton Place-read his column on Sunday


The amazing Ben White a long time ago- Photo by Linda Seccaspina– All photos by Linda Seccaspina


What great day Gail and I had this Sunday strolling the streets of Carleton Place.

It started last Sunday when we went to the Waterfront Gastro Pub. It was a beautiful day so we decided a beer or two by the water would be pleasant.

It turned out to be more than that. as the Carleton Place Blues Society Band was playing outside on the patio. We really enjoyed it and said we should go back the following Sunday.

We didn’t quite make it but we still heard the band playing. How?

The story is. I met Gail at the Thirsty Moose (her very happy place) on Saturday after she finished her day at Wisteria. We had a quick beer and discussed going to the Gastro Pub to hear the band again and spend a little time by the water.

Sunday morning I got an e-mail from friend Carl saying he wanted to Golf. Great. We are both members at Scottish Glen so off we went. We played with Ben and Lorie a nice couple living on Mississippi lake. Carl and I enjoyed the game if, not the score. Such is golf.

Carl wanted to go to Ballygiblins for a late lunch and a pint after the golf game, but since it was a little early and Gail and I had planed to go to the Gatro pub and I had left over pizza from the Eating Place I passed on Bally’s this time. So home I went for reheated pizza.
Then off to Waggsandwhiskers dog park with Google the poodle.
Google and I got home around 4:00 PM and then Gail and I decided to do a little tour. Fortunately. we live within walking distance of downtown so off we went.

We walked up Beckwith and stopped at Slackoni’s. The owner and chef, Rob Slack (also a golfer), met us the door and invited us to enjoy the patio, which we did. This was where we heard the blues band. but did not make it to the Waterfront.

We sat outside right beside the dam and the music carried over to us. Bonus! Sorry Gastro pub we will make it there next time.

Next was pleasant stroll down Bridge. We passed some of our favorite pubs, Ballygiblins, St. James Gate and the Thirsty Moose, but stopping at all of them is not a good idea if you know what I mean.

Gail gave me a play-by- play of the wonderful shops where she loves to spend money.

We also passed Saigon Delight a great Vietnamese restaurant. If you have never had Pho, do yourself a favour and try it.

We did stop at he newly opened Grumpy’s in the formerly Guido’s, The Heritage, and The Mississippi etc. on the corner of Lake and Bridge. Gail had been there before and said the staff was great. She was absolutely right as always.

A nice slow beer on the patio was just perfect. We also got a tour of the new dining room and the bridal suite upstairs. Very well done! From there it was a quick ten minute walk home and a great finish to a wonderful day in downtown Carleton Place. We think everyone should take advantage of what our town has to offer.


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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