Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Gwynn Scheltema

Gwynn Scheltema came to Canada in 1982, following the civil war in Zimbabwe, with her husband, 3 small children under 9, no jobs and $1000. Now she is retired, living peacefully in her lakeside home on Lake Seymour in Trent River. She spent 20 odd years as an accountant and then switched to writing and…

We’re Planning and Creating!

Hello Everyone! Fall 2022 seems far away, but for the steering committee of the Northumberland Festival of the Arts, it may as well be next month!  Led by chair Gwynn Scheltema, the Festival’s steering committee and subcommittees are hard at work planning not only the 2022 Festival, but some exciting online initiatives for 2021 as…

An Ending and a Beginning

Last May when Felicity Sidnell Reid asked me to help run a blog for regional writers to share their work and experiences during the pandemic, I hesitated. We’d been in lockdown for over a month and a half, and I’d developed an effective routine of online exercise classes, daily walks, meditation, working on a novel,…

Waitressing at Marie Dressler Restaurant by Linda Hutsell Manning

One of the things Covid has done is to foster nostalgia not only for a return to normalcy but also highlights from days gone by. My 1950’s summer waitressing job at Marie Dressler House Restaurant is one of these. This coveted summer job paid $15 for a six day week: 11AM to 9PM with two…