The Not So Secret Society of Ladies Who Lunch — It’s Always a Good Time


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The town of Carleton Place hosted Ladies Who Lunch Saturday June 6th. How a bunch of women can pull these Ladies Who Lunch’s off once a month must boggle some minds. Never ever underestimate the power of a woman! I have put on many events in my lifetime- in fact I was thrown in the kitchen of the Cowansville Anglican Church at age 6 and worked every single event until I moved away. Church events are hard work, and as Chef Dusty Pettes from Ballygiblins said yesterday- church ladies have their opinions, and you don’t mess with them. He was in fact referring to our ladies of St. Mary’s in Carleton Place who poured tea. As soon as I have a picture of them I will post them. They are a fighting team and a heck of a bunch of wonderful strong women.


It began with an idea to bring women to together as one.

Then came the Treasure Hunt which is still on:

Carleton Place Epic Treasure Hunt (maps on table)

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Wisteria’s (on Bridge Street) Wonderful Whimsical Clocks. Wicked!

So what is a Ladies Who Lunch? The women that attend their events are strong. They are the ones that when their feet hit the floor each morning- the devil says,”Oh Crap, she’s up!” It’s tough being a woman in this world- so would you mess with these women?


Now–  a group of Ladies Who Lunch from an organization of 15,200 local women in one room is something you don’t want to mess with. Would you? Sometime it takes balls to be a woman!


I wouldn’t even try to get anything by that Swirlicious woman on the far left! Ask Blair White! 


These three are trouble. Especially that Krista Lee from Apple Cheeks on the left. Don’t mess with Dena from The Granary either. We don’t play a victim. We stand up and deal!


See that lovely lady in the blue suit. That’s Arlene Anderson the CEO from Carleton Place’s Sam Bat Co. She sells baseball bats that the pros use. Look what one of her door prizes (a replica of Barry Bonds bat) did to inspire one woman.


 Don’t mess with Zena! Just take off the Z and add an X. What does that spell? I rest my case.



Angela and Glenda know what’s up-women who love give everything!


Meeting old friends after all these years- we have made mistakes through out life, but we have never quit. It only makes us stronger!


Don’t mess with Penny The Beckwitch-Strong people know how to keep their life in order.


If you can’t find a good role model- well then hell be one!

cupShelley from Dolly Doll Cupcake- Cupcakes and confidence.


Wendy Daniels from BOOM-FM and Catherine Landry, LWL Mothership leader. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them!


The younger generation taking charge already! Well done ladies! We can do it!


What can we do? Plenty sister!


 The Dress Shop-Women have always been the strong ones of the world- Coco Chanel


Holy Batman!–Never ever mess with these women! Don’t even try! They build women up – not tear them down. Angela Sutcliffe and Judith Cane.


Who were these British women that infiltrated the group and advertised they wanted to get nailed? How dare they? DNA-UK Nail Spa in Almonte. Keep calm- you’re a strong woman!


Despite the stern admonitions of Perth Classic Theatre Rev. Bell, provincial town crier Daniel Richer cannot help but let loose an “oyez!” before the cameras! But Rev. Bell had some stern words for me, Michelle and Dee from DNA UK about wearing trousers. Bell’s sons are among the featured characters in this year’s Perth through the Ages walking tour – The Maid and the Merchant, with a Nancy Drew-inspired theme – while he himself appears in the Friday night Lonely Ghosts Walk. More at -Photo by Michael Gauthier.


Now this is Lanark County’s own Wade Foster on the fiddle making us tap our feet. He is a rock star. Born and raised in Perth, ON, Wade is known all over the Ottawa Valley and beyond as a multi-instrumentalist and singer. He played his fiddle to accompany the women from the fashion show. Photo by Michael Gauthier


Whatever it is move on-it’s just a chapter in the past! Chef Dr. Dusty from Ballygiblins is in the house!


Dusty Pettes from Ballygiblins watched his step around all these women.

foodaaThey shopped and talked until they dropped.


And so they ate and made merry– and spoke highly of each other. Look at the Ottawa Valley Lanark Maple Fudge from The Cheddar Stop in the hat boxes.


Ginger Cafe Mini Chate tea moon pies.


Good Food Co’s Gluten Free mini cheesecakes.


Slackoni’s Chocolate Mousse. 


Chef Ben White making sure that the lemonade came out right for the ladies.





Then they went to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum along with provincial town cryer Daniel dit LaFleche and lovely Julia to view the displays, had their cards read and saw and bought the art from Beautiful Minds. PLUS “They Left Their Mark” Display. Photos from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.


Sheena from Tease Tea and Jennifer from Younique were at my house.


And that was a wrap ladies. Stay strong ladies– always be Wonder Woman! You are stronger than you think!


Photos from Lisa Strangway Michael Gauthier from Freedom Photography and many others

And this was what it was all about—–

Bonnie McWhirter

I left Ottawa at nine this am and got back home at 9:30. What a wonderful day!! Farmers’ market, lunch, shopping, palm reading at the museum, and most impressive, a self-guided tour of Springside Hall. Thank you so much to Catherine, Linda and all the organizers and vendors. Oh, I don’t have a business; I’m retired but everything was meaningful and memorable for me. I did drive to Perth to tell my sister, a designer, all about it. Thank you all!

No thank you Bonnie!

The whole event was fabulous. Everyone was so positive & up-beat, who knew there was so many great shops with personality? I’ve already made plans to return to Carlton Place soon. I can’t wait for the next small town Ladies Who Lunch event.

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Come and visit Carleton Place- the happiest damn town in Lanark County

Ladies Who Lunch

You are dynamic. You are resourceful. You are focused and determined. And you are part of LADIES WHO LUNCH, Ottawa’s premier social networking event filled with civic minded people.

Never mind how the men do it, girls: at Ladies Who Lunch, we celebrate each other, share our stories, support our work and make things happen. And we’re growing fast, because you believe in it.


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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  1. The whole event was fabulous. Everyone was so positive & up-beat, who knew there was so many great shops with personality? I’ve already made plans to return to Carlton Place soon. I can’t wait for the next small town Ladies Who Lunch event.


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