Carleton Place Home Show Defies Wiarton Willie by Christine Armstrong


Thanks Christine Armstrong for this piece- I will be out there on Friday night taking pictures. C’mon Spring!

By Christine Armstrong

I must admit that my relationship with Mother Nature is feeling a little strained right now. I am starting to wonder if she is feeling ok. Has she forgotten what season she is supposed to be starting? Could she be experiencing memory loss? Is she menopausal and experiencing cycles of cold and hot flashes? Mother Nature, can we just have Spring already!

Since I have family roots in the town of Wiarton in Bruce County, Ontario, I still honor Groundhog Day. The town has its own groundhog, Wiarton Willie, which it shares with the nation. Locals, fans and news reporters come out to “hear Willie’s prediction” early in the morning on February 2 each year. Other events at the festival include dances, contests, parades and pancake breakfasts.

This summer I made the road trip up the Bruce Peninsula and went to rub Willie’s statue and dip my toes in the Georgian bay; but I must admit I’m also starting to question what is going on with Willie. Ontario’s Wiarton Willie earned cheers from a crowd of onlookers this year when he emerged from his burrow and failed to see his shadow, which folklore suggests means that spring is just around the corner. His prediction came as a major storm sent temperatures plunging in his home province and blanketed much of the region with up to 40 centimetres of snow.

No offence to Willie, but I’m hoping that the Carleton Place Spring Home Show happening this weekend will encourage Spring to come. Here’s my prediction: Record number of people come out to attend the wonderful Carleton Place Spring Home Show! Following this record turnout, Spring has started with a vengeance. Town Hall declares Spring Home Show new predictor for the arrival of Spring.

So do you cling to any old wives tale about spring? If so what are they or what are the strangest ones you have heard?

Christine Armstrong's photo.
Christine Armstrong's photo.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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