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The Grand Mackinac Spoiler Alert

Where are Ruth Nicholson and Louise Ferris, of Hamilton and Bicentennial Branches?

Where in the World? Where in the World?

Answer:   [ At the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, on the way to Moose Jaw SK for the UELAC Dominion conference hosted by Saskatchewan Branch. In 1886, the Mackinac Island Hotel Company purchased the land on which the hotel was built and construction began. Billed as a summer retreat for vacationers who arrived by lake steamer and by rail from across the continent, the hotel opened on July 10, 1887 and took a mere 93 days to complete. At its opening, nightly rates at the hotel ranged from $3 to $5 a night. See also the hotel plaque. ]

Everyone Falls For South America

Where is Col. Edward Jessup Branch member Barb Law?

Where in the World? Where in the World?

Answer:   [ On part of our South America and Antarctica trip, we visited Iguazu Falls – one of the 7 New Wonders of Nature – on the Argentine side (the river flows through Brazil for most of its course, but the falls are mostly on Argentinian land). The falls itself is about 2 kilometres wide with many islands dividing the river so there are more than 250 different waterfalls now. The park has walkways which permit good views of most of the falls now without entering the river, but getting wet is another story – the spray was worse than Niagara Falls! It became a National Heritage Park in October of 1934, and has been desginated a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. ]

Catching Up To Hubby

Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member Nancy Conn?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ When in Moscow, at least one stop in Red Square for the Kremlin and this St Basil's Cathedral, which is now a museum. The original building, known as Trinity Church and later Trinity Cathedral, contained eight churches arranged around the ninth, central church of Intercession; the tenth church was erected in 1588 over the grave of venerated local saint Vasily (Basil). The building is shaped like the flame of a bonfire rising into the sky, a design that has no parallel in Russian architecture. Look familiar? Doug Grant was spotted at St. Basil's in 2016. ]

Not the Church of the Holy Fox

Where are Nova Scotia Branch members Jill Mattinson, Alma Hayward, Ruth Coker and Brian Coker?

Where in the World? Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Inside historic St. Paul's Church in Halifax where Loyalist Bishop Charles Inglis and other Loyalists were buried. The branch toured the church as part of a recent meeting. It is the oldest Protestant place of worship in Canada opened in 1749 by proclamation of King George II. The original frame of church was built in Boston and transported to Halifax for assembly. ]

A Banner Year

Where is Sir Guy Carleton Branch member Holly MacDonald?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Sir Guy Carleton Branch often combines their meetings with a lunch. Holly, who joined recently, is working towards her Loyalist Certificate. Her mother, Ruth MacDonald of PEI, is a longtime member and a past president of Abegweit Branch. ]

CTOΠ

Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member Nancy Conn?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ On a recent opera tour to Moscow, Nancy's group stayed in the Metropole Hotel (seen in background at edge). They attended an opera in the recently restored Bolshoi Theatre (seen in background at centre). Both are situated only a couple of blocks from the Kremlin. In the Russian Cyrillic script, a "C" is pronounced like our "S". Although it is neither octagonal nor red, even we can read the STOP sign just behind her (the last letter, which is cut off, is like the Greek pi. ]

The Kings' New Feathers

Where is Col. Edward Jessup Branch member Barb Law?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ After the Antarctic, we finally get up and close with the penguins in the Falkland Islands – pictured are king penguins (we also saw emperor penguins). The white material on the ground is baby penguin feathers; the babies lose their feathers at this time of year. They are up on the grass as they are not yet ready to swim. ]

Forever Young

Where is Toronto Branch member Michael Young (at right, in uniform)?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Photo taken at Heintzman House in Markham, Ontario, in November 2017: Toronto Branch has a table at their annual Craft Sale. Mike is dressed in a reproduction of a British Indian Department uniform. Heintzman House is one of the oldest building in Thornhill-Markham. It features the earliest mudhouse in the province. In 1798 this property was awarded to Anthony Hollingshead, a United Empire Loyalist. In 1817, possibly upon the death of Anthony, the Hollingshead family sold the property to the Honourable George Crookshank of York (Toronto). George, the son of a Loyalist, transformed the farmhouse into a 13-room mansion. ]

The Coolest Aunt

Where is Col. Edward Jessup Branch member Barb Law?

Where in the World?
Where in the World?

Answer:   [ On a cruise in early 2018, we visited Antarctica. We were surprised to see so many mountains, most of them covered in snow and ice, with lots of glaciers. We couldn’t get over the size of some of the icebergs, The one on the right of the second photo is so big that you could put at least 4 or 5 hockey arenas on top of it and not fill the space; others were way taller than our ship. Some were covered in penguins or seals getting some sun. ]

¡Buen provecho!

Where is Kingston Branch member Nancy Cutway UE, with her husband Steve?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Early European explorers and settlers arrived in the Americas not many years after Columbus's four voyages. In Lima, Peru we toured church and monastery built by Dominican friars in 1549, and had a fantastic meal in the Casa de Aliaga which "is the oldest Colonial mansion in Lima, maybe even in whole South America. The house has been owned and lived in by the Aliaga family and their descendants since Franzisco Pizarro granted the land to Jerónimo de Aliaga in 1535 – 16 generations. The family still inhabit part of the mansion. ]

Ship-Shape

Where is Col. Edward Jessup Branch member Barb Law?

Where in the World? Where in the World?

Answer:   [ While on a cruise, we visited the Nao Victoria Museum in Punta Arenas, Chile, where they have 3 full size replicas of ships. The one in these photos is Ferdinand Magellan's ship, the Nao Victoria; the other two were Charles Darwin's ships, the HMS Beagle and the Ancud. ]

Training For Travel

Where is Kingston Branch member Nancy Cutway UE, with her husband Steve?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ On a cruise, we transited the Panama Canal west to east, i.e. from the Atlantic to the Pacific, which takes about 9 hours, and our ship, M.V. Sirena of Oceania Cruise Lines, anchored at Balboa. The next day we visited by bus back across the isthmus to the new Information Centre for the 3rd lane of the canal which will accommodate Neopanamax freighters. Here we are boarding the Panama Canal Railroad for the return to Balboa. ]

Snowbird on the Rich Coast

Where is Sir Guy Carleton Branch member Sylvia Powers?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ To get away from Ontario winter, Sylvia vacationed at the Hotel Coco Beach near Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica in January. Manuel Antonio is a small oceanside village. Manuel Antonio National Park is often considered among the most biodiverse parks in the world. Spanning several natural habits, it boasts more than 109 different species of mammals and 184 species of birds. You can spot white-faced and howler monkeys, two-toed sloths, and the endangered squirrel monkey. ]

Big Bruddha

Where are Gov. Simcoe Branch members Doug Grant and Nancy Conn?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ In Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, high on a hill in a park is a statue of Buddha, supposedly the largest seated statue of him in the world. Around it are numerous smaller statues; like Buddha they are made from bronze and gilded in gold. We visited here near the end of a group tour visit to Bhutan and nearby Nepal. ]

Making (No) Tracks

Where is Nova Scotia Branch member Dianne Hancock, UE?

Where in the World? Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Dianne Hancock UE stands beside St John's Anglican church, Port Williams, Nova Scotia – the church of her ancestors and over 200 years old. She has her foot on the iron boot-scraper from the old meeting house (click for a better look full-size). (Read more about the church from waymarking.com.) Photo #2: The original Old Meeting House of Port Williams, NS. Built 1770 for Cornwallis Anglican Parish (established in 1760), it was moved down the road a bit when the church was built, and services started ca. 1810. The meeting house is still intact, now used as an Antique Store. ]

All You Need Is Company

Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member Doug Grant?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ On a Canadian group tour to Bhutan, we visited numerous temples. This was a boys' school, reusing an old royal palace, to the east of Trongsa in Central Bhutan. Little went to waste; the school reused/re-purposed lots of items and recycled the rest. The white board on the wall outlined a standard but very full day's program, from early in the morning through mid-evening. We visited the dormitory; very spartan with a mat to sleep on. It appeared that each child's worldly goods would fit into a small backpack. ]

Certified Loyal

Where are Jill Mattinson, UE, Carol Harding, UE, and Dianne Hancock, UE, of Nova Scotia Branch?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ The presentation of Loyalist certificates by Carol Harding (centre) was made in the old Kings county courthouse which is now the upstairs of the Kings County Museum in Kentville, NS. It has fabulous woodwork and a few interesting art pieces too. There is a basement too; possibly the gaol at one time? Diane Hancock's (right) UEL ancestor was Hugh Pudsey; Jill's was Joseph Denton. Submitted by Carol Harding. ]

Beloved House

Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member Nancy Conn?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ One stop on the Luther Trail, The Lutherhaus in Eisenach, Germany is one of the oldest and loveliest half-timbered houses in Thuringia. It is a European cultural heritage site in Eisenach, Martin Luther's "beloved city." Luther is supposed to have lived in this house as a schoolboy from 1498 to 1501. This is memorialized by the famous "Luther rooms" from 1356, which have been one of the most famous sites commemorating Reformation history since the 19th century. ]

Fully Booked

Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member Jo Ann Tuskin?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Jo Ann has done twenty or more presentations about the Loyalists in several of the recent years, mostly to grade 3/4 or 6/7/8 classes of students in the Greater Toronto Area. She has been invited also to speak to Senior's Groups and Service Clubs. London and Western Ontario Branch UELAC asked her to address them at a regular meeting on Nov. 14, 2017. She is pictured here with Branch President Carol Childs and Treasurer Jim Stewart – who just happens to be a 3rd and 4th cousin. ]

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