From the Editor

Valerie Smith, Publisher and Editor, The Link

Often moved by the natural world from a simple walk, hike or Sunday drive, artist Paul Chester of Keene, just north of Rice Lake, has provided us with a breathtaking painting of autumn in its full splendour for our front cover. Janet Jarrell speaks with him on page 5 about his inspiration.

There seem to be festivals galore taking place throughout our region this autumn! A new Festival for the Arts, a Festival of Music, a Scarecrow Festival and a Firelight Lantern Festival – all will provide entertainment for a range of ages and interests.

With this issue, our Eclectic Eye section focuses on handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift shows where you’re sure to find something uniquely made by our region’s talented artists and artisans.
Our special Culture and Creativity section is full of events including a very special gallery just north of Cobourg, a concert in a very intimate setting, an art exhibition, a travelling museum display and a lovely, literary afternoon.

And of course our regular columnists are back. Amanda Newell Chambers explains why woodlots and support for the responsible stewardship of these spaces are extremely important for long-term ecological stability. Joyce Higgs explores the demand for bagels made on-site at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market, Louise Racine gives us a recipe for a healthy snack and Elizabeth Palermo tells us about primal movement in Nature’s gym.
Finally, there’s David Newland and his story on home-made meadows.

Enjoy and celebrate this autumn season!

— Valerie