I was browsing through the Kijiji ads last week, when I came across an advertisement for an upcoming display of nativity scenes. I have always loved Nativity Scenes, maybe a throw back from when I played a part in one at school, and this display was going to be at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Madoc Ontario, on Saturday Nov 29.
If you are planning a stay in one of our short term rentals, you will be pleased to know that it is an easy and pretty drive to and from Madoc, with a few routes to choose from. We decided to take a longer scenic route going to Madoc from Trenton, going up Highway 30, through Campbellford (I will tell you all about Dooher’s Bakery in Campbellford, and their sublime cream doughnuts in another post) until we reached Highway 7 , and then along the 7 until we reached the town of Madoc. The huge rocks on highway 7 are always a pleasure to look at, and it never ceases to amaze me that I am unable to grow grass on my property without a lot of work, yet somehow, nature has allowed trees to grow in the tiniest of nooks amongst the boulders! We were pleased to see that there were quite a few cars already parked outside of the Church, which must be a sign of a good turn out. We were warmly greeted at the Church doors by a parishioner and told a little about the displays and where they were set up. There was even going to be hot apple cider and home made cookies waiting for us in the hall if we wanted to partake in some. This Church was built in 1865, and as corny as this may sound, it definitely gave off the feeling of being a warm, happy and welcoming place to be.
We decided to start our tour of the nativity scenes in the main part of the church. I was surprised at how many nativity scenes there were. I was told that this was the third year of the displays. The first year they had about 60 displays, the second year they had 99 and this year they had about 140 displays loaned to them by parishioners and non-parishioners alike. I took some photos to share with you. It would be impossible to pick a favourite display, but here is a small example of some of them. There were so many displays that there wasn’t enough room in the main part of the church, so the display spilled over into the parish hall, where we also sat down and enjoyed our hot apple cider and cookies. I will definitely be coming back next year! Our visit was such a nice one, and it was refreshing to see a church that is obviously still full of life.
As we were in Madoc, we thought we may as well have a little look at the main street. There is a very nice bakery in Madoc, and as I was in town, I felt that I absolutely must pop in and buy some of their tarts. It would just be wrong not to do so! After doing a quality control check for my bakery purchases in the car, we headed home down Highway 62 towards Belleville and then home. What a nice day out! Hope you will check in for our next report on what is happening locally and at home. I wonder when we will see the first ice hut on the Bay of Quinte this season? The Bay has already frozen and unfrozen a number of times and it is only December 1st!