Story and photo by Nancy Ellis
For all the times I have felt out of place, this could be counted as one of them – that is until I was met with more smiles than I knew what to do with. I was in attendance at the Orono Fundraiser, the Wine and Cheese event to benefit Orono Park, approaching its 90th birthday this summer. Intrigued by what I thought would be a great place to report I soon found that this was not the time nor place. With about five other camera-sporting people there that evening, I chose not to interrupt. I thought…these people are really enjoying their evenings. They were happy clinking glasses, looking around towards other people they knew. The atmosphere spoke for itself.
It was great to see the giving people that have lived nearby and throughout the Clarington community. I met bed and breakfast owners, store owners, farmers and more, and every one of them seemed proud to be there. The night included wine from Archibald’s Estate Winery, cheese from Algoma Orchards and much more. Tyrone Mills brought samples of their hearty soup mixes, Kendal Vale Farm was there with their cheeses and Norma’s Edible Flowers & Herbs too. Clarington councillors were also out on Friday to support the preservation effort of one of Orono’s oldest treasures. Pam Lancaster representing the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority spoke about what they are doing to support the Orono Park, ensuring it will be around for others to enjoy. There were easily 100 people or more gathered in the Orono Town Hall sharing memories and surmising about the future. The night was a great way to welcome the 90th birthday year of the Orono Park.
To see more photos from this event click over to our PHOTOS page for the slideshow.