Arlene Stafford-Wilson grew up on a small farm in Bathurst Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. She attended one-room school-houses at Christie Lake and the Scotch Line and at an early age began writing stories and poetry. By age eight many of her poems had been published in children’s magazines and at age eleven she entered and won a national writing competition for ‘The Enthusiast’ magazine.
Former Newsletter Editor and Honorary Life Member of the Lanark County Genealogical Society, and Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, she continues to research and write about local history and has authored articles for both Canadian and Irish Genealogical publications. She has written 10 books, listed below. Mother of one son, Alexander, she and her husband Kevin live in Ottawa, Canada.
“Recipes & Recollections: Treats and Tales from our Mother’s Kitchen”
“Lanark County Kid: My Travels up and down the Third Line”
“Lanark County Chronicle: Double Back to the Third Line”
“Lanark County Calendar: Four Seasons on the Third Line”
“Lanark County Connections: Memories Among the Maples”
“Lanark County Classics: A Treasury of Tales from Another Time”
“Lanark County Calling: All Roads Lead Home:
“Lanark County Collection: Winding Our Way Down Memory Lane”
“Lanark County Comfort: Homespun Tales to Warm Your Heart”
“Lanark County Christmas: Memories of a Yuletide Past”
“theHumm” reviews, “Lanark County Christmas:
“Recipes & Recollections: Treats and Tales from our Mother’s Kitchen
Recipes and Recollections
For over two decades, Audry Stafford won countless baking competitions at the local fair in Perth, Ontario. Because of her continued success over the years she was asked to become a judge and she served in that capacity for many years at numerous county fairs throughout Eastern Ontario.
In this book, her prize winning recipes are assembled together for the first time: her fool-proof ‘never- fail’ pastry, decadent chocolate cake, creamy rich fudge and her much-sought-after rustic sour dough recipes, to name a few.
Audry and her husband Tim were serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force when they met and married in 1943. After WWII, they purchased a farm on the third concession of Bathurst Township in Lanark County where they lived for almost five decades.
Join Audry’s five children as they take you back to a simpler time, growing up on a farm in the post-war years in rural Ontario. Follow them through the seasons, from the maple syrup production in the spring to the all important fall harvest and even memories of their old fashioned country Christmas.
‘Recipes and Recollections’ is an unforgettable journey back in time, written for Audry’s grandchildren. The stories will bring a smile to your face and the award-winning recipes will delight your palate.
Lanark County Kid: My Travels Up and Down the Third Line
Lanark County Kid: My Travels Up and Down the Third Line
In this collection of stories the author transports us back in time to the 1960s and 1970s, growing up in rural Eastern Ontario. She invites us to the family farm in Bathurst Township and to share in her adventures in the nearby communities of Perth, Balderson, Lanark, Carleton Place and Almonte to name a few. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll reminisce. You’ll remember the good old days through the eyes of a rural kid, as you travel the backroads through Lanark County.
Lanark County Chronicle: Double-back to the Third Line
Lanark County Chronicle: Double Back to the Third Line
Following on the heels of “Lanark County Kid”, Stafford-Wilson beckons you back once again to the family farm on the Third Line of Bathurst Township in the 1960s and 1970s. She invites you to come along on her adventures in Perth, Almonte, Smiths Falls, and the Rideau Lakes to name a few. Spend the day with her at the Maberly Fair or come along for an evening in Newboro. Join the cattle drive through Ferguson Falls or stay up all night at the movies in Port Elmsley. Travel back with her to a simpler, more innocent time, observe life through the eyes of a rural kid and relive the days gone by in Eastern Ontario.
Lanark County Calendar: Four Seasons on the Third Line
In her fourth book, author Arlene Stafford-Wilson invites us to spend the year with her as she transports us back to the family farm in Eastern Ontario in the 1960s and 1970s. Join her in the magical weeks leading up to Christmas in rural Bathurst Township. Spend the early days of spring with her as she gathers sap for maple syrup season. Escape into the long, hot summer days of childhood, stroll down country lanes and join in the harvest. Share the excitement of the annual Perth Fair and come along as the Lanark County maple trees show off their spectacular autumn colours. Experience the changing seasons on the Third Line: winter, spring, summer and fall in this Lanark County Calendar.
Lanark County Classics: A Treasury of Tales from Another Time
ISBN: 9780987 7026-54
In this collection of short stories, the author invites the reader to journey back to a small farm in Eastern Ontario in the 1960s and 1970s. Discover Irish legends, and learn about the troublesome banshees of North Burgess Township. Visit Clyde Forks, and share in an unsolved mystery that continues to baffle police today. Join the celebration of a milestone in the pictureque village of Middleville, and watch as a tragedy unfolds along the shores of the Mississippi River in Pakenham. Chat with the neighbours at a popular general store in DeWitt’s Corners, and witness something unusual in the night skies over Perth. Join the author as she travels back to a simpler way of life, in this treasury of tales from another time.
Lanark County Connections: Memories Among the Maples
ISBN: 9780987 702647
In this collection of short stories, the author invites the reader along on a journey into the past. Come for a tour on Lanark County’s back-roads, and go sightseeing in the most remarkable places, some well-known, and a few more obscure. Visit heritage buildings and meet some fascinating people, both famous and ordinary, who made their mark in the community. Spend the afternoon with a group of creative rural women, and hear their gems of wisdom as they craft a quilt. Enjoy a carefree summer evening at an old-style country dance-hall on the Rideau Lakes. The author invites you to come along on these adventures and more, as she shares some memories among the maples.
Lanark County Calling: All Roads Lead Home
ISBN: 9780987 702661
Experience an unforgettable party at one of the most popular country music festivals of our time – the legendary Ompah Stomp. Next, sample some popcorn at the Soper Theatre in Smiths Falls, while you meet the folks who made sure your night at the movies went off without a hitch. Visit Perth, Ontario, where you’ll meet trailblazer, Sophia Haggis, a local confectioner, also known as ‘the candy lady’. Your next stop is Ferguson Falls, where you may encounter a ghostly apparition, searching for their lost love along the shores of the Mississippi River. Come and meet the Witch of Plum Hollow, an Irish fortune teller who helped police solve crimes. Take this captivating journey through some of the most intriguing places in Eastern Ontario.
Lanark County Collection: Winding Our Way Down Memory Lane
Travel back in time to the 1960s and 1970s as the author invites you to come along on this journey through rural Eastern Ontario. Visit the Rideau Ferry Inn, a much-loved dance hall, where rock and roll was king. Watch in wonder as a water-witcher dazzles you with their mysterious abilities as they locate the best spot to dig a country well. Spend the evening at the infamous Stumble Inn, in Ferguson Falls, known for its bootleg whiskey and legendary fighting among the Irish villagers. Next, meet the dedicated staff of the Perth Public Library, and discover the tragedy, scandal, and unstoppable spirit that made this place the heart of the town. Visit a rural farmhouse and discover the secrets behind the art and science of sourdough. Spend a hot summer night at the Port Elmsley Drive In, meet some fascinating people, and find out what happens behind the scenes while you watch a movie under the stars. Join the author as you wind your way down memory lane.
Lanark County Comfort: Homespun Tales to Warm Your Heart
In this collection of short stories the author invites you to visit some extraordinary places and meet some fascinating people who left their mark in Lanark County. Come to cottage country and visit Arliedale Lodge on Christie Lake, playground of the rich and famous, where the legendary Marks Brothers hosted unforgettable parties. Meet the Oakes family, and discover the tragedies and triumphs of their much-loved bakery in Perth. Spend an unforgettable evening at a Pant Barn dance, meet the rock and roll bands, and find out what went on behind the scenes at these legendary concerts. Celebrate with the members of a 125-year old country church at an old-fashioned strawberry social and learn the secrets of the popularity and longevity of this special place. Take a Sunday drive into the Lanark Highlands, meet the fascinating folks of Flower Station who may have uncovered the secrets of the fountain of youth. Meet Perth’s millionair bachelor, discover a legal scandal that rocked the town of Perth, and find out who inherited his fortune.
Many thanks to one and all who shared their memories of Christmas, in “Lanark County Christmas”, and may these stories delight the readers of today, be a lasting legacy of our local history, and a rare glimpse into days gone by in Lanark County:
Lynne Allan, Shirley Armstrong, Graeme Hoatson Beattie, Helen Benda, Peter Bothwell, David Bromley, JoAnne Cavanagh Butler, Jean Carson, Margery Conboy, Diane Cox, Martha Craig, Dave Crosbie, Judy Burnham Curry, Elaine DeLisle, Eric Devlin, Graeme Dixon, Marlene Springer Donoghue, Brian Dowdall, Diane Miller Duncan, Joanne Ewart, Beverly Miller Ferlatte, Richard Frizell, Karen Fulton, Eric Gordon, Anne Graham, Julia James, Muriel James, Thom Lowry, Cynda McAdoo, Gail McFarlane, Grant McFarlane, Rosetta McInnes, Everett Millotte, Ivy Mohrhardt, Chris Morrow, Carl Munro, Ethel Nagle, Jayne Munro-Ouimet, Dianne Pinder-Moss, Doris Quinn, Fran Rathwell, Rose Mary Sarsfield, Shirley Scott, Allan Stanley, Lea Beth Taylor, Steve Tennant, Doris Thompson, Ron Thornbury, Noreen Tyers, Dave White, and Don White
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