Berry fun festival at Martintown Mill

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By Shawna O'Neill
Berry fun festival at Martintown Mill
From left, volunteer Gerald Duguid and President Brian Arberry, both of the Martintown Mill Preservation Society (Shawna O'Neill/Seaway News photo).

This story was corrected to reflect that the baked goods were prepared by the Martintown United Church and not the Presbyterian Church.

MARTINTOWN, Ontario – Locals showed their love for fresh berries and baked goods on Saturday, June 22 at the Martintown Mill Preservation Society’s annual Strawberry Festival.

“We have fresh strawberries for sale by the basket…you can have some with ice cream or whip cream with them. We have strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake…” said Barb Bracken, Member of the Board of Directors of the Society, about some of the delicious seasonal options available. “We do events like this in the summer and will be open every Sunday from July 7 to Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

The event saw 300 attendees enjoying the produce of Dentz Orchards & Berry Farms in Iroquois. Local musicians Django Libre entertained the crowds and other baked goods were also available from members of the local United Church.

“It’s an opportunity for people to come out and see where we are and get to see what we’ve done,” said Bracken.

Bracken explained that this year, the Society took all the plaster off of one wall in the Mill and repointed the stone.

“We have to spend a certain amount of money a year to be a charitable organization so we are going to be continuing to improve the Mill,” said Bracken.

The Mill will be host to a number of anticipated events this year, like artists and vendors displaying their craft on a weekly basis, local authors holding readings from books they are working on that often pertain to SDG, archivists explaining the history of the building during events like Open Doors, and annual Halloween and Christmas festivities.

“We try to stay interesting for the people of Martintown and we get a lot of good volunteers. When people come out to do their thing here…there are volunteers waiting for them,” commended Bracken.

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