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DRY STONE WALL PRESENTATION

INTERNATIONAL GUEST GAVIN ROSE OF THE NATIONAL TRUST (GREAT BRITAIN) AND JOHN SHAW-RIMMINGTON
OF THE DRY STONE WALL ASSOCIATION.

Dry Stone Wall Construction

Gavin Rose is an international specialist in  path/trail construction, dry stone walls and bridges  He  has been  employed by the National Trust in the Lake District of Cumbria, England for six years and knows every path, tarn and vale in his region. He is visiting Canada as a guest of the Canadian Dry Stone Wall Association and we are fortunate to have him in our area agian. Gavin will give a visual presentation on the beautiful Langdale Valley  in the Lake District of England and discuss his work with the  National Trust and how it works to preserve the cultural heritage of Britain.  He will reminiss about the struggle to rebuild trails after a major wash out, the beauty and function of a walled garden and the various construction of walls. John Shaw-Rimmington will also give a presentation of dry stone structures. John has come to our area to conduct dry stone wall workshops in Rockport and to build an arch for the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.  Both Gavin and John were in our area last year for the annual Dry Stone Wall Festival held at Landon Bay where they constructed a bridge, arch, turf fireplace and walls,all using the traditional techniques of dry stone walling.  Dry stone wall construction is one of our heritage  lost arts, it is wonderful to see the interest in reviving this historical trade.

   

Fall in Rockport

It is fall already, where did the summer go!  It was a wonderful sunny warm summer and a very busy one for the village and surrounding area of Rockport.

The community centre had anther successful School House Jam and the local businesses had various events throughout the summer including the launch of the new Two Castle Tour at the Rockport Boat Line that has been a big hit.

Caiger’s launched their newly renovated Upper Deck and Lower Deck waterfront dining and entertainment facilities, which have been well received by islanders and locals as well as visitors.

The RiverRock Shoppe launched it’s first Artists on the Lawn event in July and introduced new offerings of local grown fresh vegetables, local preserves and home baking to accompany several artisans demonstrating their talents of wood carving, pottery and more.

The Rockport Lighthouse organized a very well attended Hoot 'n Annie Music Jam event that raised considerable funds for the Rockport Recreation Hall and provided a great night of entertainment under the stars.

All in all it has been a great summer for residents, summer residents and visitors alike.

As fall arrives and the colour unfolds we are preparing for the Annual Dry Stone Wall Festival, being sponsored by the Rockport Development Group and hosted at Landon’s Bay Park on the 1000 Island Parkway. You may have noticed the dry stone wall at the east entrance to Rockport, which was built during a dry stone wall workshop last fall. A dry stone bridge will be constructed over the creek of the park during Thanksgiving Weekend (Oct. 8-11) with the formal opening on Monday afternoon. There will be continuous activity all weekend with 4 different stone wall workshops, entertainment, refreshments, artisans, bake sales and much more. This is a free event open to everyone and a great opportunity to observe the art of building a stone bridge without mortar.

There are always new events planned at local businesses so don’t forget to check out the events calendar.

Many visitors are now enjoying the heritage murals and the well-placed memorial benches as they relax and enjoy the spectacular vistas. Enjoy the fall colours in Rockport and all along the Parkway. There are still many good boating days left in the season.

   

Year Round Fun

' Rockport is a hub of activity in the summer but has beauty and activities all seasons of the year so check us out anytime of the year'

Year Round Fun

   

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