Before purchasing our property, we had only been to McDonalds Corners once before, 25 years ago, when looking to buy a wood stove for our first house. Wood ‘N Energy was there and they sold Vermont Casting stoves. The store was located in an old wood framed building that is still standing, looking at it now, I’m not sure how it never burned down.
The village has general store with post office, a church, an agricultural society that hosts a fall fair; bird auctions twice a year; and this year The Festival of Small Halls. It is also home to the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum run by Ankaret Dean. Close by is the Purdon Conservation Area, known for its display of lady slipper orchids. Just 15 minutes away is Back Forty Artisan Cheese and their handcrafted cheeses (I like their Bonnechere). But my main interest was in an organization called the McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation and Arts (MERA for short). I was just a knitter when I first heard of MERA and knew they had an active knitting group. By the time we bought our property and I joined MERA, I had begun weaving and discovered what an active weaving group they had. I have learned a lot from this group of weavers, but more importantly, I have made some lovely dear friends.
MERA offers more than just knitting and weaving. A weekly Farmer’s Market runs from May through October, workshops taught by some of the many talented people in the area, a pottery group, quilting group, visual arts group and a book group, plus music concerts and more.
Now, if someone were to open a pub, the village would be complete.