You know that a village has a heart when it closes down a busy street and invites everyone over for dinner. And when that village also has an excellent art gallery, you know something very special is going on. That pretty much sums up Tweed, located about forty beautiful kilometers northeast of Belleville on Highway 37.
Welcome to my first report as a Hasting County Local Wanderer – writing about the friendly Village of Tweed is an excellent way to begin my wanderings.
Let’s talk about Tweed’s appetite first: on Saturday evening, July 24, I joined several hundred people for dinner on Tweed’s Metcalfe Street, adjacent to the municipal offices and library. The occasion was “Farm to Table,” a community dinner that was part of the Ontario 150 Community Program to help celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. In the words of Rachelle Hardesty, Manager of Community Development/Parks and Recreation for the Municipality of Tweed, the dinner was a “once-in-a-generation chance to celebrate our community, our agriculture, and our heritage.”
The REAL reason, however, was just an excuse for everybody to get together for a great time. Dozens of volunteers worked all day setting up the tables, arranging the decorations, erecting the food tents, cooking the food, and generally making sure that every detail was lovingly looked after. And what fun it was! The food was terrific, the music was lively, laughter was everywhere, and everyone seemed to have a fine time. What a grand way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!
Thank you to the organizers for generously inviting me to attend. I hope my photos give you an idea about how much fun this community dinner was for everyone. Congratulations to all the volunteers who made it possible!
Next, a few words about Quinn’s of Tweed, Tweed’s well-known art gallery. I drove to Tweed a few days before the big community dinner to wander around the village and meet Paul Dederer, the enthusiastic owner and curator of Quinn’s of Tweed Fine Art Gallery. (Link: www.QuinnsOfTweed.ca)
The historic building that houses Quinn’s of Tweed has been part of the community since the 1880s, originally serving as an upmarket department store. Over the years, the building has been home to a variety of businesses, all of which kept the original name. Paul discovered the building in the fall of 2010 when he was searching southern Ontario for an ideal location for the art gallery he wanted to establish. An accomplished landscape architect and photographer, Paul brings the soul of an artist and the skills of an entrepreneur to his business. He features dozens of painters and artisans in his collection as well as his own photography.
In addition to representing many accomplished artists, Paul and his staff provide framing services, appraisals, and restorations. The magnificent two-story gallery with its twelve foot ceilings is the ideal place to showcase the works of Paul’s dynamic painters and artisans. The gallery is well worth a visit to Tweed – treat yourself to the beauty of Paul’s artists and breathe in the ambience of this heritage building.*
So that’s my report on Tweed – a village with a heart, a great appetite, and a delightful art gallery!
* Additional information from Arabella magazine, Summer Dreams 2013 edition.
Story and photographs by Larry Tayler
As one of our six Local Wanderers exploring Hastings County, Larry enjoys Arts and Culture, Agri-Tourism and wandering back roads and trails.
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Our Local Wanderer Initiative is funded and supported in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport and Regional Tourism Organization 11 - Ontario's Highlands.