June 7, 2022. When we accepted an invitation from the North Bay Public Library in North Bay, Ontario to do an Author Talk, we never expected it to be such a thoroughly engaging and interesting few days. The next few postings will highlight the events, but first here are a few adventures from our travels.
Our guide for the trip was Don Coutts, nephew of WWII pilot Elmer Bagnall MUTTART of Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island, who is buried in The Netherlands, and whose story has been featured on this blog. (See https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2017/07/28/the-elmer-bagnall-muttart-story/ and/or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Rzg07kPw0&list=PLaJcEVojJra-ZwR6rvb-THj8Zr2QbUXLT&index=2)
Of course, we visited many places related to the research being done on soldiers from the North Bay area who are buried in The Netherlands. (See https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2022/05/15/on-the-war-memorial-trail-author-talks-in-north-bay/) One of the stops was at the North Bay Museum.
…Author Talk At North Bay-Nipissing Rotary Club….
Pieter and I were invited to the North Bay-Nipissing Rotary Club meeting in North Bay, where I gave a brief Author Talk, a prelude to the main event at the North Bay Public Library. It was interesting that after I shared our challenges in finding St Sever Cemetery in Rouen, France, in spite of (or maybe because of?) GPS, one of the Rotary Club members came up and shared his own travel challenges in getting around Rouen. It wasn’t just us!
…The North Bay Heritage Carousel….
For me, however, a stop on MY Must See list was the North Bay Heritage Carousel. Fans of Hallmark Movies will find this carousel familiar if they saw ‘A Christmas Carousel’. I was overjoyed when Don said we could not only see the carousel, but go for a ride. My reluctant Hallmark hero gamely went along, but couldn’t understand what the fuss was all about!
In this very short clip from the movie preview, you can see the carousel:
Thank you to Don Coutts for guiding us around North Bay and arranging for the events we were able to participate in. More North Bay adventures are coming up in the next posting….
If you know of soldiers from the North Bay area that are buried in The Netherlands please let Pieter know. You can mail him at email@example.com, comment on the blog, or send a tweet to @researchmemori1.
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