Entertaining Thoughts - Our Canada coverage

Ton Van Dusen


Entertaining Thoughts - Our Canada coverage

She's done it again. The woman I dubbed the "Devilled Egg Diva" in last week's column has pulled off another great promotion for Prescott.

Candy Alexander is knee-deep in a lot of local activities, many of them revolving around Prescott Legion Branch 97 and the Prescott Rotary Club. It seems that she's forever organizing something as evidenced by her apartment on King Street which is a changeable collage of clippings, photos and things-to-do notes.

Devilled Egg Diva? Well, it seems like she makes six dozen of them for every event requiring snacks or a lunch. That's her specialty, her thing.

This time, Candy has really struck promotional pay dirt: Two full pages with two colour photos in the current edition of national magazine Our Canada describing the history and merits of Prescott, notably the local Legion.

Our Canada is a glossy Readers Digest publication which features articles written by its readers. It boasts that, within its pages, Canadians from all parts of the country come together to "celebrate this great land we call home."

Candy is a regular reader. At one point, she said to herself: "If all of these other people can do it, why can't I?" Besides, she noted, writers selected for inclusion are eligible for a free one-year subscription.

Over several weeks, she put the material together, borrowing - with permission - from the Morris History of Prescott, the Legion and other sources. The article touches on the Fort Town's ideal location, plethora of attractions, history going back to Major Edward Jessup, and namesake General Robert Prescott, Governor General of Canada, 1796-99.

It mentions the forwarding trade, the War of 1812 and role of Fort Wellington, with a tip of the hat to the brewing and distilling industries of yesteryear.

Candy was thrilled to discover her piece made the cut, along with the photos, one of which shows St. Lawrence Academy students at the Fort Wellington cenotaph.

The other photo is of Branch 97 president Frank Murphy and member Patricia Lemaire holding up the original Canada Proud quilt which she designed and created. That's a story in itself.

More of a wall hanging at 60 x 60 inches, the red and white quilt is in the log cabin pattern with the blocks representing Canadian homes, and poppies in remembrance of those who fought to protect those homes and didn't return.

At the centre of the quilt is the Maple Leaf surrounded by patterns representing forces on guard, North, South, East, and West. I don't know much about this type of handiwork so I'll rely on Pat's description: "It's appliqued and pieced with some thread play embellishment and custom quilting."

As Candy has revealed to the nation and as colourful posters confirm, the Canada Proud quilt donated by Pat is being raffled as a Legion fundraiser, with Nov. 11 the appropriate draw date. Tickets are $5 each available at the Legion.

And I know Candy has a pocketful of them if you happen to run into her delivering devilled eggs.

Tom Van Dusen