submitted by Shirley Price
Following a delicious pot luck lunch, New Horizon Club members were delighted to have a visit from Sir John A and Lady Macdonald, AKA Brian and Renee Porter from Brockville, on March 22 at the Burritt’s Rapids Community Centre. Brian is a retired teacher who has been bringing history alive with re-enactments of the life and times of Sir John A. Macdonald and other significant historical figures from Canada’s past. Since his retirement some 20 years ago, Brian has spoken to more than 250 groups, from young children up to seniors. He kept his audience fascinated as he talked about the women in Sir John A’s life, including his mother, sisters, two wives and daughter. Renee, Brian’s wife, in her role as Lady Agnes Macdonald, read excerpts from Lady Macdonald’s diary. It was a great way to kick off the club’s celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The afternoon ended with an enthusiastic rendition of “God Save the Queen”.
The next meeting of the club will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 2 pm, with a male voice choir, the Mellowdears, as the highlight. All meetings take place in the Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall and are held each 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. For programme or membership information call Janet at 613-269-2737 or Shirley at 613-258-9315.