Spring is here; the ice is out, and for some people, canoeing on the northern lakes is on the mind.
This very evening, Friday May 20, my sister and brother-in-law, at the doorstep of 50 years marriage, are setting up their first overnight in Ontario’s immense Quetico park. The map of their itinerary, starting at Nym Lake, Ontario, is at the end of this post. They’ll be out for nine days. I’ll report on what I hear at the end. I wish them well. [See postnote.]
This voyage is nothing new and different. Flo and Carter have canoe’d in Quetico and the Boundary Waters for years. I’ve “been there, done that” with them on a couple of occasions, in 1992 and 2001. They are for real. This year, their son and one of our brothers, Eric and John, make up the foursome. In my trips there were six of us in the canoes.
But the real focus of this post is to recommend a new book for your summer reading, about an English artist, Frances Anne Hopkins, best known for her art depicting the Voyageurs and their country, based on her living in Canada in the mid-1800s.
The book is brand new. I’ve read the book, and I do know the author, who is a retired teacher of French (link to order the book is here).
MaryEllen and I are in an organization together, French-American Heritage Foundation. Yesterday I sent the following to our colleague Board members.
A final note on a separate topic:
Thursday evening I attended the 10th anniversary celebration of Green Card Voices, “A Decade of Storytelling”.
The Landmark was filled with supporters of the organization, and it occurred to me that I probably had been at one of the first, if not the first, program of the organization in 2013. I wrote about it at this space then.
Green Card Voices is doing great work representing immigrants as valued parts of our state and nation. They are finding their niche nationwide, and if you’re interested, be in contact with them.