Thoughts of warm days and frozen treats
By Melinda Marks, editor-in-chief
It’s that time of year when snowy roads become a memory and everything ahead seems bright and full of promise — from gardens to vacations.
And let’s not forget ice cream!
In this edition of Grand, we introduce readers to Ajoa Mintah, a chemical engineer who was lured by the sweet science of ice cream to start her own business in Kitchener. Mintah has developed her own brand — FourAll Ice Cream — using locally sourced ingredients. She has engineered favourites like French vanilla, mango sorbet, or that new Canadian classic, maple bacon brittle. She’s also working on some specific spring flavours — lemon lavender, honey rose and rosemary lemon.
Our focus on cool treats doesn’t end there, however, as food columnist Charmian Christie tells us how we can jazz up our frozen desserts at home.
For people who don’t like to go straight to dessert, we’ve got outdoor activities they can do first to earn their treat.
If you’re a sailor, or want to try your hand at the tiller, Art Kilgour writes about his love of sailing and the clubs you can join close to home at Conestogo, Belwood and Guelph lakes.
If being on dry land is more your style, the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail sounds like an incredible local treasure. Writer Paul Boreham outlines the six days it took him to walk the 127 kilometres through forests, farmland, towns and villages.
Grand also introduces you to the new head of Wilfrid Laurier University. Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s former vice-president, academic and provost, takes on the school’s top job — president and vice-chancellor — on July 1. MacLatchy is a familiar face around campus, first appointed dean of science in 2007. MacLatchy’s aim is to balance liberal arts and science along with professional programs, such as the offerings in the new Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.
And it wouldn’t be spring if we didn’t talk about our feathered friends — both the kind found in “cottage-styled” domiciles, and those flying free.
In Guelph, writer Barb McKechnie gives us the scoop on what it was like for her young family to spend time with rented chickens and a coop in the backyard.
A bit further afield, north of Guelph, expert bird bander, naturalist and former teacher David Lamble is doing splendid conservation work with snow buntings and other species. A man of many talents Lamble is certainly making a difference by helping our feathered friends.
And if you want to celebrate our country’s 150th birthday by vacationing in Canada, look no further than the next province.
Quebec’s Magdelan Islands are great for hiking and biking, birdwatching, walks on the beach, visiting art studios and glass-blowing galleries, just to name a few activites.
Quebec’s International Garden Festival and adjacent Reford Gardens, near the gateway to the Gaspe, is a delight, showcasing innovative design from various disciplines, including landscapers, artists and architects.
You can also get close to whales without leaving the shore along the St. Lawrence River.
Regardless of how you plan to spend your time over the next few months, remember the one magical ingredient that pulls it all together — ice cream.