GDHS Gearing up for Third Annual Fur Ball

Time to break out and have some fun

by Lorraine Payette, written June 30, 2014

“Ev’rybody wants to be a cat
Because a cat’s the only cat
Who knows where it’s at …”
– The Aristocats

(Gananoque, ON) Time to trim your whiskers and get out your tails – the Gananoque and District Humane Society (GDHS) is getting ready to bring you its 3rd Annual Fur Ball Boat Cruise.

“Please join us aboard the Sea Prince at the Rockport Boat Line for a fun-filled sightseeing cruise,” said Heather Caird of the GDHS. – to read more>


She Loves Me a Delightful Step Back into 1930’s Romance

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She Loves Me – Performance Photos

by Lorraine Payette, written June 26, 2014

The sweet aroma of love is in the air at Maraczek’s Parfumerie as Ilona Ritter (Kristen Galer) and Steven Kodaly (Kevin McGarry) continue their on-going affair. Not quite as obvious is the love developing between shy and stressed manager Georg Nowack (Ron Pederson) and his mysterious pen-pal, “Dear Friend”. But things get tense and tempers start to flare when a nervous young woman, Amalia Balash (Alison MacDonald) applies to work with them. She and Georg aren’t quite sure if they can tolerate each other or not. However, poor Amalia also finds that her best stress relief is through writing to her pen-pal, a “Dear Friend” …

What will happen when they discover who their pen-pals really are? – to read more>

Summer Solstice – Pride in the Thousand Islands Dazzles Guests for Third Year in a Row

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by Lorraine Payette, written June 25, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) Pride shimmered through Gananoque as the town pulled out the stops to celebrate the third annual Summer Solstice – Pride in the Thousand Islands weekend from June 20-22.

The Gananoque Boat Line invited attendees to partake of any or all of three different cruises for the event – ranging from the Rocky Horror Picture Show cruise on the first evening to a daytime cruise through the Thousand Islands hosted by the one and only Babe Kelly, through a final adults only drag cruise featuring top entertainer and performer Bishop Soul doing a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as well as one of Toronto’s top drag show divas and quality entertainers from Montreal. – to read more>

“Stan Rogers – A Matter of Heart” Coming to Rib Fest

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by Lorraine Payette, written June 23, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) Stan fans, get ready for a chance to sing along to your favourites as the D-Tones and guests bring “Stan Rogers – A Matter of Heart” to the festival from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on June 30. Admission is free, and the music exhilarating.

“Just after (Rogers) died in an airplane fire, Vince Metcalfe and I got hooked on the idea of (a tribute to him), taking his work to a wider audience in a theatre setting,” said Diane Stapley. – to read more>

“She Loves Me”: Largest Romantic Musical in Many Years Comes to Playhouse Stage

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Rehearsal Photos

by Lorraine Payette, written June 10, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) Opening on June 21, the Thousand Islands Playhouse will be dancing its way into your heart with the largest cast musical they’ve performed in years. “She Loves Me” promises to be a feast of sight and sound, with 13 gifted performers bringing you the story of a nervous young woman, Amalia Balash (Alison MacDonald) and Georg Nowack (Ron Pederson), the manager of Maraczek’s Parfumerie. The bane of each others existence in the workplace, each is so certain they’d be happier if they never had to see each other at all. As they both indulge in their favourite passion and stress reliever of writing and receiving letters from their secret pen pals, neither realizes that this is about to become the most wonderful summer in 1930’s Budapest that either of them could ever imagine. – to read more>

Pat Butchart’s Creative Expressions on Display at Socialist Pig

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Creative Expressions

by Lorraine Payette, written June 8, 2014

Splashes and spills of brilliant colour, texture and light. Everything swirls together until suddenly an image pops out to dominate this world of creativity and another beautiful artistic expression is here on the canvas to make you think, smile, perhaps wonder a bit at the talent that brought it forth.

Real estate agent Patricia Butchart of Gananoque is a diminutive elf of a woman. Her smile is infectious, and the twinkle in her eyes lets you know there’s far more to her than a simple glance could tell. She is the living force behind the show, “Creative Expressions”, and the intuitive art on display at the Socialist Pig on King Street East in Gananoque. – to read more>

Hot Times Coming with Summer Solstice: Pride in the 1,000 Islands

by Lorraine Payette, written June 12, 2014

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(Gananoque, ON) Get your pride shined up and prepare for the hottest summer solstice around as Gananoque rolls out its best for the third annual Summer Solstice: Pride in the 1,000 Islands Festival.

“This festival is about celebrating diversity in one of the most naturally diverse regions in the world,” said Kathrine Christensen, executive director of the 1,000 Islands Accommodation Partners. “The flavour of the weekend is fun, meant to showcase the islands, water, theatre, merchants, and diversity in a welcoming community. We try to have (everyone) gather to celebrate summer solstice while having our visitors experience the zest for life that you can only find in the 1,000 Islands.” – to read more>

Lions Annual Cruise-In a Gleaming Success

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The toys come out to play

by Lorraine Payette, written June 7, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) The fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang was just one reason to celebrate as the Lions Club of Gananoque held its annual Cruise-In in Town Park in Gananoque. The fields were full of cars and motorcycles from all over, live music by Jeff Callery and a Lions Club barbecue to feed all the hungry show attendees. – to read more>

Brock Mackenzie Leads at Bayview Place Island Savings Open Presented by Times Colonist

PGA Tour – written June 5, 2014

Round 1 – Bayview Place Island Savings Open pres. by Times Colonist

Contact: Brian Decker
June 5, 2014

First Round Leaderboard – (Bold denotes Canadian)

1. Brock Mackenzie 63 (-7)
2. Jake Sarnoff 64 (-6)
T-3. Riley Wheeldon 65 (-5)
T-3. Michael Lavery 65 (-5)

(June 5 – Victoria, BC) – Yakima, Washington’s Brock Mackenzie got his quest for a second Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist title off to a good start on Thursday, firing a 7-under 63 at Uplands Golf Club to lead by one over Manhattan Beach, California’s Jake Sarnoff.

The 2010 champion went bogey free on Thursday, with the 63 representing his best score at Uplands in his sixth appearance. The 32-year old said his familiarity with the golf course was key to his performance in getting off to a good start.

“There aren’t too many courses other than maybe my home course that I’m this comfortable on,” said Mackenzie, a former All-American at the University of Washington. “For some reason everything just kind of suits my eye. I know where to miss it and where to hit it, and it’s just kind of up to executing. I rolled it a couple of putts today.”

Few players have as strong a track record as Mackenzie at Uplands – in addition to his win, he also posted a pair of top five finishes in 2009 and 2011 and was in the hunt on Sunday last year before fading with a Sunday 77.

“I’ve had some nice success at Uplands and I’ve always enjoyed coming back here. The people are great,” said Mackenzie, who said his familiarity with the event made it one of his favourites on PGA TOUR Canada. “I see the same walking scorers each year and say ‘Hey, do you want to come walk with me this week?’ So it’s pretty cool to see.”

One shot back of Mackenzie with a 64 was Sarnoff, playing in just his second PGA TOUR Canada event. The 24-year old, like Mackenzie, was also bogey-free on Thursday, and said he managed to navigate Uplands successfully despite a few wayward shots.

“I just kind of missed in the right spots,” said Sarnoff. “I was in the rough a lot but I had a lot of open shots and I putted really well. It’s always good to have no bogeys on the scorecard.”


As a native of nearby Comox, British Columbia, the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist is as close as it gets to a home event for Riley Wheeldon. With a solo third finish here last year and another solid start on Thursday, it’s clear the 23-year old treats it as such and seems to find his best game at Uplands.

“I’ve been saying it all week. I love this tournament,” said Wheeldon, who carded a 6-under 65 on Thursday to sit tie for third through one round. “It’s my favourite tournament on the schedule. I was ready to go this week and ready to give it another go and hopefully improve on last year.”

The 2014 season has been an up-and-down one for Wheeldon, who has made one of four cuts on the Tour while battling through a hip injury and began his PGA TOUR Canada season with a T-15 finish at last week’s PC Financial Open. He comes to Uplands with the hopes of kick starting his season in front of fans, friends and family on a course where he has an upper hand in local knowledge.

“Apart from maybe a couple guys out here, I’ve played out here as much as anybody,” said Wheeldon. “I have some people who have made the drive from North Island to come watch, so I have some people supporting me down here. It’s as close as I get to a hometown event.”


Now in his seventh season on PGA TOUR Canada, Surrey, BC’s James Allenby is looking to break through and contend for his first win – something he admitted he felt he would have achieved by now and is overdue for.

“I’ve felt that from the start. I thought that’s where I would be, but it’s a lot tougher than I expected coming out here,” said Allenby, who has seven top-10s in 50 starts on PGA TOUR Canada. “There’s a lot more competition than I thought there was. It’s been a few years out here and I kind of feel like I’m due. I feel my game’s good enough to be one of the best out here. It’s all about putting it all together and believing in yourself.”

Allenby got things moving in the right direction on Thursday, reaching 6-under at one point before settling for a 4-under 66 – tied for the low round of the afternoon wav – to share fifth place through 18 holes. The 29-year old admitted he took a hard look at his approach this offseason and is ready to take the next step in 2014.

“Starting this season, I thought it might have been a kind of a mindset that I was missing. Before, I think I was just happy to be out here and to play well. Now I feel like I need to be more than happy. I need to be the best, and show everyone that I can be a strong player.”


Weather: 20 degrees. Winds 15 km/h. Sunny.
Devin Daniels recorded the first Double Eagle in PGA TOUR Canada history on Thursday, finding the cup with a hybrid from 242 yards on the par-5 12th on his second shot
Brock Mackenzie’s sister is Golf Channel analyst and former LPGA player Paige Mackenzie
Riley Wheeldon started his tournament with a 5-under 65 for the second year in a row
PC Financial Open champion Joel Dahmen birdied his final three holes for a 4-under 66
The current cutline is at 1-under, with 61 players at T-40 or better

For scores, go to

Dahmen Claims First PGA Tour Canada Win At PC Financial Open

PGA Tour – written June 1, 2014

Round 4 – PC Financial Open Contact: Brian Decker
June 1, 2014

Final Leaderboard – (Bold denotes Canadian)

1. Joel Dahmen 66-70-68-68 (-16)
T-2. Brad Clapp 67-69-67-70 (-15)
T-2. Eugene Wong 66-67-71-69 (-15)

(June 1, 2014 – Vancouver, BC) – With a furious back nine charge and a clutch birdie at the 72nd hole, Clarkston, Washington’s Joel Dahmen shot a final round 68 on Sunday at Point Grey Golf and Country Club to win the PC Financial Open, the first event of PGA TOUR Canada’s 2014 season. – to read more>