Author Unknown- If anyone knows please let us know.
PAKENHAM 1976 —
Another year has rolled around
And so I take pen in hand
And try to compose another poem
About Pakenham our fair land.
We hope our theme is known far and wide
As I’m sure of it you often hear
For there’s something of interest in Pakenham
At any time of the year.
In summer we have celebrations
On mostly every occasion.
You can play ball or go swimming
Or just on the beach be lazing.
You might go see Wendy
And learn at her Eldercraft Shop
And at the new leathercraft store
Now don’t forget to stop.
You can cross our Five Span Stone Bridge
And get to Andrew Dickson’s studio and craft shop,
There you’ll find quilts, stained glass windows, and Pottery
But be sure you don’t let them drop.
Now in Pakenham you will find
You can get groceries at Scott’s or Mann’s
Get your hair done at Eleanor’s or Debbie’s
And get gas or oil at Langford’s or McCanns.
You can get your electrical supplies at Bradleys,
Your hardware at John Parish’s Store.
But if its eating you want to do
Why Chenier’s and Centennial have it galore.
There are other sources of business
In Pakenham all year.
A touch of the old as well as the new was presented at the Pakenham Craft Show. (19 May, 1976 – The Arnprior Guide)
And in case you think I’ve forgotten them,
I’ll try to name them here.
Go to Branje’s or Barr’s for your welding
For Plumbing and heating John Early or Deugo Bros. get
Travel by Barr’s own bus lines,
And Ed Coady’s lumber products don’t forget.
There’s Scheel’s butcher where they sell steaks and roasts
There’s a good fire hall next door of which we often boast,
We have a fine library where you can get good reading
And cross the corner is the Dr’s office sometimes you might be needing.
There’s the Royal Bank on the main street
Our fine school where the children are bused to and fro
The Council Chambers on the corner,
And to Berry’s for feed you might go.
There’s Wood’s fleet of trucks
Which draw cattle far and near
And right beside it is Stewart House
While there you may have no fear.
Peter Lehman has moved out of the village
To a new home fairly near,
But don’t you worry folks
Because he still sells John Deere
There may be a few I have left out,
Now I didn’t intend it you hear?
But if I have forgotten you,
I’ll try to remember next year.
We’re so proud of our fair village
Where there’s nothing but good will,
And you may worship at St. Andrews ,
Or St. Marks or Peter Celestine on the hill.
Now if it’s sports you have a liking to
There’s the curling rink where you might raise your hopes,
And if that doesn’t entice you,
You might go to Mount Pakenham ‘s slopes.
Now this time of year is really important here
As each one rushes on his ways,
There’s an awful hustle and bustle
As it’s Winter Carnival Days–
There’s so much activity in ten short days,
Be it skating, dancing or skidooing trips.
Contest for Miss Pakenham and Lumber Jacks and suppers
The pace would nearly make you flip.
This started out to be a short poem
I got carried away, that’s clear
But remember there’s “Something of interest in Pakenham”
At any time of the year. M. L.
No one seems to know for sure what people want these days, except that they won’t accept a cent less.
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