Golden Age of Harness Racing in New Brunswick


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You are invited to a free public talk exploring the Golden Age of Harness Racing in New Brunswick, featuring local expert Leah Grandy, PhD, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame (NBSHF), 503 Queen St., Fredericton.

Nineteenth century New Brunswick was home to a vibrant and pioneering harness racing community, as professionals and amateurs thrilled spectators with some of the fastest horses in the world. Grandy will turn back the clock and delve into the fascinating history of a sport that continues to be championed by NB talent, including famed jockeys and NBSHF Hon. Members Earle B. Avery, Rufin Barrieau and James Doherty.

Contact: New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame


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Vous êtes invité à une causerie sur l’âge d’or des courses attelées au Nouveau-Brunswick, animée par l’experte en la matière de la région, Leah Grandy, Ph. D., qui aura lieu à 19 h, le mercredi 30 octobre, au Temple de la renommée sportive du Nouveau-Brunswick (TRSNB), situé au 503, rue Queen, à Fredericton. L’entrée est libre.

Au XIXe siècle, le monde des courses attelées au Nouveau-Brunswick se caractérisait par son dynamisme et son avant-gardisme, conducteurs professionnels et amateurs faisant courir des chevaux parmi les plus rapides du monde, au grand plaisir des spectateurs. Mme Grandy effectuera un retour en arrière pour se plonger dans l’histoire fascinante d’un sport dans lequel, encore aujourd’hui, le N.-B. continue de faire sa marque grâce au talent de jockeys renommés membres d’honneur du TRSNB, comme Earle B. Avery, Rufin Barrieau et James Doherty.

Renseignements: Temple de la renommée sportive du Nouveau-Brunswick

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Keswick Ridge Historical Society FLAVORFUL FALL FESTIVAL

Join us as the Keswick Ridge Historical Society celebrates the importance of FOOD in our history!  A day of activities and fun!

Saturday, Sept. 21st 10 am

10am Baking Contest – children & adults – call Dawna for details 363-2072
11 – 4 BBQ – Hot Dogs, hamburgers, sausages and Corn Boil
12 noon – Bike Rodeo – call Ralph for details 363-2115
1pm – Root Beer chugging contest
2 – 4pm – Variety Show – Local Talent – voluntary donation for admission
4pm – Pie Auction – 25 delicious home-made pies !


Be the first to buy our newly printed cookbook “A Taste of Keswick” which is full of recipes from old editions of the “Keswick Exchange” newspaper.  Interesting stories, photographs and quotations are included throughout the book ($20.00).  A great display of antique kitchen utensils and old cook books.

Display of children’s artwork – “My Favourite Meal”

A beautiful Basket full of goodies will be raffled.

Local history books, which have been re-printed by the Historical Society,  will be for sale.

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Queens County Court House Welcomes Thom Swift

16 Court House Road, Gagetown

On Sunday night, the last evening of the Queens County fair, singer-songwriter and award-winning Blues musician Thom Swift is performing at the Court House. (8 p.m., tickets $20). This is becoming a tradition for us because Thom makes it part of his Harvest Jazz and Blues experience; he stops in Gagetown on his way home to Halifax from Fredericton.

We’d love for you to come. His up-close-and-personal performance sounds fantastic in the courtroom acoustics.

You can check out Thom’s latest music on his website and he’ll be performing from his newest CD “The Fortunate Few”. It’s just garnered him three East Coast Music Association award nominations .

Hope to see you.

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Albert County Historical Society Antique Road Show

Historic Albert County Courthouse

Historic Albert County Courthouse (Photo credit: jimmywayne)

HOPEWELL CAPE – The Albert County Historical Society will be holding their annual fundraising Antique Road Show on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 from 2pm to 4 pm at the Hopewell Cape Community Hall, Albert County Museum, 3940 Route 114.

Everyone is invited to bring their antiques of all types for an interesting afternoon of explanation and evaluation.  After a huge success last year, the plans for the afternoon have been improved to make the afternoon even more enjoyable for all.

The fee for appraisal is $5.00 per item or have 3 items appraised for $10.00, with all the proceeds benefiting the Albert County Museum.  The appraisal fees include admission, but, if you would just like to stop in and learn a bit about the wonderful vastness of Albert County culture, there is a general admission of $2 per person.  The appraisals will be done on a first come first served basis.

The certified appraisers again this year are father and son, Steve and Stuart Liptay, from Liptay Auctions, who very generously donate their time for this great fundraising event.

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Flavourful Fall Festival Dinner



Featuring local and seasonally appropriate food

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th – 4:00 & 5:30








 ADULTS – $12.00  CHILDREN UNDER 8 $6.00

Contact the Keswick Ridge Historical Society through their website for tickets

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Meet the Author – Thomas Shanklin

Thomas Shanklin is a New Hampshire author with roots in Queens County. Since his birth, he spends his vacations in New Brunswick. For many years he stayed at the cabins owned by Martha and Ernie Sypher. His relatives included Zena Akerley, the Akerleys at Big Cove, Mildred Belyea and the Spraggs at Hatfield Point.

Thomas has just published a 290 page book of stories and information relating to Hatfield Point, Cambridge Narrows, the Spraggs, Akerleys and other relatives. There’s a story about Walter Akerley, Zena Akerley, Aunt Ella Maude Akerley, Willard Akerley and more. It’s called “Downeast-Up Country — a Place, A Family, a Time

On his vacation here this August, Queens County Heritage and the Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library will host him at several Book Readings & Sales at which time he will read some of his stories and sign books. He will have books available – in two versions – a full color version that shows the documents and photographs and letters as they appear in reality. That book is more expensive. Then a printed a book in Sepia and Black and white which is less expensive but no less impressive.

The events planned are:

Thomas Shanklin – Meet the Author- at the Jemseg Farmers Market, Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.

Book reading & Signing at Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library, Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.

Book reading & Signing at Queens County Heritage Book Fair, the Book Place, Lower Jemseg, Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.

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Gathering in Gagetown

The Gathering in Gagetown, 14 August 2013
Schedule of Events, Village of Gagetown,
Queens County Court House

The Gathering in Gagetown, 14 August 2013

The Gathering in Gagetown, 14 August 2013

10 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks by Susan Shalala, Queens County Heritage – Courtroom. All day From 10:15 – Irish materials on display throughout the Court House. Everyone invited to browse.

11:00 Talk: Traditional Irish Cottages & vernacular furniture – Marilyn Driscoll – Courtroom

12:00 St. John’s Anglican Church Hall opened to provide space for lunch – pack your own picnic & join in.

12:30 Talk: Irish roots of expropriated communities of Queens County – Connie Denby – St. John’s Anglican Church Hall

1:15 Story Circle – Participants include Judy Ann Breen, Dawn Bremner, Roberta MacKenzie and Eugene McGinley – Courtroom

2:30 Talk : Bruce Driscoll, President of the Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick – Courtroom

3:00 Entertainment: Senior fiddle students of Katherine Moller’s Violin Studio – including 2013 recipient of the Inishowen fiddle, Sidney Murgatroyd, plus Bowin’ (Abbey Allain Geldhart & Morrigan Gemmell) – Courtroom

4:00 Closing remarks – Courtroom

The Creek View restaurant will feature an Irish menu for the day and, for those wishing to stay on for the evening, the Old Boot Pub will be providing Irish pub music. We hope you’ll attend!

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