“History came alive this past weekend as author Arlene Stafford-Wilson signed copies of her books at The Book Nook on Gore Street in Perth.”
Avid historian, former Newsletter Editor and long-time member of the Lanark County Genealogical Society, she grew up on the third concession of Tay Valley Township and has channelled her love of history into two books. The stories include her adventures in the surrounding communities of Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and Almonte to name a few.
“Our Mother was a keen competitor at the Perth and Maberly Fairs for decades and we wanted to preserve her prize winning recipes along with stories from my four siblings and I growing up on the farm outside of Perth. The book includes over 90 recipes and stories like our old fashioned country Christmas. We’d head back into the bush with an old toboggan, cut down a spruce and drag it back to the house. Most of our Christmas decorations were homemade in those days so was very different than things are today”
Stafford-Wilson’s second book ‘Lanark County Kid’ is a collection of short stories about life in a rural community during the 1960s and 70s and some of the people and places she encountered. The book includes an index at the back and features hundreds of local names.
“If you’ve spent any time at all in the area, you will likely recognize many of the names in the book; you may even be surprised to find your own name there!”
Leslie Wallack, owner of the store says she’s had a waiting list right of people who want to purchase Lanark County Kid and that Recipes and Recollections has also sold well. The book shelves are re-stocked now and both books are available for last minute Christmas gifting.
“I’d like to thank Leslie for sponsoring the book signing and thanks also to all of the old friends and neighbours and new friends who came out and helped to make the day a success.”
The books are also available at Mill Street Books in Almonte and The Bookworm in Perth.