Down At the Twist and Shout–Wave’s Inn




This is Wave’s Inn, located on Franktown Road and run by Wava McDaniel Baker in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The building is still there, but is now a private home- Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum








Wava McDaniel and Maurice Price

Photos- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Wendy LeBlanc-I remember attending a birthday party there for Kathryn Dack. We were quite young – under 10, I’d guess – but we all thought it was a pretty swanky occasion.


Linda Gallipeau-Johnston-I remember my Mom saying they used to go there. Wava was great at the High School – so nice to everyone!

Wendy LeBlanc-You are so right about Wava at CPHS, Linda Gallipeau-Johnston. She was always so kind and would listen to teens who needed someone to talk to. On top of that, she made fabulous meals – who could ever forget her pies that she made from scratch daily. I had the pleasure of working in the kitchen – for my lunch – for 4 years. She was always the same – totally unflappable – no matter what could and did go wrong!

Julie Sadler Originally it was a family home with 2 bedrooms upstairs at the back. The front was a dance hall ( with food, no alcohol) for the young people of Carleton Place in the 40’s and 50’s. Beautiful hardwood floors. Ask anyone in town who is over 80 and they will have some stories to tell you!

Linda Gallipeau-JohnstonI loved it when we had classes close by the kitchen – the smells were just like home.


Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker

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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