Witches are being added to the haunting brew at Saunders Farm this fall.
“The Coven,” a Salem witch-themed indoor and outdoor haunt, is the largest new haunt added at Saunders Farm at Munster in the past five years.
Open during the daytime as a Witches Village and at night as a full-blown haunt, the Coven features a swamp, a forest and an old witch’s house that features a maze of rooms. And since a coven traditionally refers to a gathering of witches, you can bet just from the name of this haunt that you are going to run into numerous witches as you make your way through the house.
Mark Saunders explains that the Coven marks a return by Saunders Farm to a classic traditional Halloween haunt, this one related to the famous Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts in the 1690s when 20 people were actually executed for witchcraft.
The idea of the Coven came from Mark’s conversations with a friend of his in the United Kingdom who developed a witch-themed haunt with a swamp concept. Saunders Farm has been able to add a forest setting to such a haunt idea. The Coven at Saunders Farm has been totally constructed on the site by Saunders Farm’s own carpenters and staff.
(Updated from an earlier post / media advisory via the City of Ottawa.)
Mayor Jim Watson, Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to John Brummell at today’s City Council meeting. Continue reading →
(I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve run into John Brummell at local events. The man is everywhere with his big camera. He is a real pro – just watch him in action at a recent photo shoot. I’ll miss his patience, good humour and meticulous attention to getting every last name correct. Congrats on your retirement John. Hope to keep seeing you around the neighbourhood John! -GG.)
John Curry (who else!) wrote a fitting tribute to long-time Stittsville News photographer and reporter John Brummell, who retires on Friday. Here’s a great piece from this week’s paper:
Community journalism in Stittsville and Goulbourn is losing an avid proponent and advocate.
That’s because long time Stittsville News reporter and photographer John Brummell is retiring as of this Friday, Jan. 13.
And while Friday, the 13th is considered by some as an unlucky day, nothing could be farther from the truth for John Brummell who is looking forward to retirement years in which he will do some of the things which he has not been able to do in a working career going back over 50 years and particularly in the community journalism part of that career, a part featuring lots of weekend and evening work.
So this will mean more time for gardening, one of the great passions in his life, for doing things around the house that he has not had time to do over the years, perhaps for some travel driving in the United States, for walking the dog and for simply enjoying life.
They’ve taken over a 2,000-square foot space at the mall across from The Source, where they’ll be accepting donations and then sorting and packing the stockings. Organizer Crystal Smalldon (aka Mother Elf) says the response so far has been incredible, with 200 volunteers helping out and enough gifts already to fill about 200 stockings — that’s all thanks to word of mouth, email and Facebook posts over the past couple of weeks.
You can drop off donations at the mall during regular business hours. To get involved as a volunteer, or for more information visit their Facebook page.
In recognition of Howard A. Maguire’s demonstrated excellence, courage and exceptional service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a future park at 560 Parade Drive, within the new residential development at 1921 Stittsville Main Street, “Howard A. Maguire Park”. Continue reading →