Colours 'n' Crows
EDITOR'S NOTE: Unfortunatley Colours 'n' Crows has been cancelled.
A Drive in the County…
Several years ago we lived just south of Buckhorn. I can remember Judi and I taking drives along the local roadways in the fall. Most years the colours were spectacular! When I was looking for fall festivals to visit, I discovered the Colours ‘n’ Crows Website. After reading it I decided that this would be a great event to attend. Colours ‘n’ Crows is held over a 16 day period. Throughout this period they have several special events that tie in with the theme. We choose Saturday, September 29th to head north. The event is held annually to celebrate autumn with all its beautiful colours and sweet smells. We drove north to Buckhorn and went to the community centre, where we picked up our “Rally” sheet. The idea of the rally is to drive to several different area locations. Each location has one or more scarecrows. The rally sheet asks a question about each scarecrow and you have to answer it. If you get all the questions right, your name is entered into a draw for a prize. The rally sheets also contain directions to each scarecrow site. This may sound a bite complicated, but it really is not and traveling the roads is a lot of fun. The colours are beautiful and the scarecrows are very imaginative. With a rally sheet in hand, we were off on our adventure…
Let the Rally Begin…
We left the Community Centre and the village of Buckhorn and headed north
towards Bobcaygeon. We were raring to go! The instructions
said our first location was about 3 km from the lights. We raced towards
it. Somehow 3 km came and went without us seeing the first scarecrow.
When we passed the second site I knew we were in trouble! I made a U turn
and retraced our route. This time we travel a lot slower, pulling over
when cars came up behind us. I wasn’t going to miss it a second
time! Finally there it was sitting at the side of the road. All of the
muttering under my breath was wrongly placed. The organizers actually
knew what they were doing and hadn’t given wrong instructions. I
apologize for my thoughts! The question, though, was a stinker. Who know
that Suzie Wong’s boyfriend was Charlie Chan! My father maybe, but
no normal person. With this under our belt, we pressed on. The next was
at Kawartha Country Winery, then up passed Flynn’s
Corners. The family that made this scarecrow presentation must have had
a lot of time on their hands! It had so many scarecrows, I lost count.
There was a tricky question too. I am pretty sure the answer was “outhouse”!
We retraced our steps and went back to the road the Bobcaygeon. Our next
site took us onto a back road. There were 4 pirate scarecrows and the
question was too easy! The fifth site was very tricky. Who knew that they
would place the scarecrow not at the edge of the road, but down by the
lake. Judi took the camera to take a picture while I kept the engine running
in case we were arrested for trespassing. A lady did come out of her house
and asked if we were the judges, Judi just said no and kept on walking,
quickly! The wooden fish WERE biting. Back on the main road we drove back
towards Buckhorn. At the lights we turn east towards Burleigh Falls. Site
number 6 was at the Pine Tree Trading Post. Sitting on their front porch
was quilting scarecrow. We went inside the trading post and looked at
all the great things they had for sale. I dragged Judi out so that we
could keep traveling. Her eyes were glazing over as she fondled the jewelry.
The next site, number 7, had the best theme. It had been created by Donna
Gillespie and her granddaughter Tori. The amount of thought and energy
put into their display was amazing, kids, dogs, babies, an old truck,
a broken bike, a wagon with a hidden scarecrow and a working fountain!
We travel east for some distance until we came to the Ardagh Cottage Resort to visit site 8. Here we found three “scaremen” and one “scarekid” (new words) in an aluminum boat plus a “sock dog”. There were several resort gentlemen guests having a barbeque when we arrived. I am not sure what they were thinking when we drove up, got out of the car and took pictures of the scarecrows and boat. Frankly, we didn’t stick around and ask questions. We needed to move on to see the next site. To get to site 9 we needed to go back to the stop lights in Buckhorn and go south. The site was almost at the corner in the Sunrise Resort Driveway. From there we continued south out of the village until we came to site 10. Four mangy looking pirates greeted us. One of them had a strange bird on its shoulder. We think it was a crow! We then traveled back to Buckhorn to the tourist information booth. This was site 11, where a scarecrow couple was holding hands. Around the corner on Buckhorn main street at the Aidan Anglican Church (site 12) a scarecrow Sunday school was being held, but the little boy wasn’t being very nice. A little further down the street at the Olde Icehouse (site13) was “Cauliflower/pasta” scarecrow! From here we continued west back towards the Colours 'n' Crows headquarters at the Buckhorn Community Centre. Site 14 was just around another bend in the road at the Headwater Wooden Boat Shop. The sites were new coming fast and furious. Site 15 was down a side street at the Buckhorn Day Care & Nursery School. Scarecrows were busy picking flowers. Back across the main street on another side road the scarecrows were made of floating pool noodles (site 16). The final in-town site (17) was on Adam and Eve Road (named after to large rocks). There were 3 scarecrows, Batman, Superman and Spiderman. The rally question was “what are the alter egos of these scarecrows?” The first two were easy, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. We couldn’t remember the third one for the life of us. We sat in the car for some time trying to think of the name. I had seen both movies, so you would think this would be a snap question, but a brain block came forward and I was at a loss. Judi was no help either; she wasn’t into the super hero movies. Finally I decided I needed divine intervention, so I called my “lifeline” Rev Paul Putman. Paul is a movie buff, so I figured he would know the answer immediately. Unfortunately he was blocked too! Judi and I were determined we wouldn’t leave without the answer. Then, as we were about to give up all three of us came to the same answer… “Peter Parker” Exhausted, I turned off the phone and Judi and I headed for our next stop…
The Buckhorn Community Centre…
The next site (18) was at the Buckhorn Community Centre. Four singing legends (Elvis, Sonny & Cher and Willie Nelson) had gathered on the front lawn to serenade passersby. Several special events were planned throughout the Colours ‘n’ Crows event dates. Today the committee had organized a Colours ‘n’ Crows Carnival. There were games for kids, a magic show, food, Scarecrow making seminars and lots of scarecrows dotting the centre. We watched as a number of scarecrows were made, ate the last hamburger, looked at the wonderful fall colours and generally soaked in the atmosphere of the Carnival. Finally we took our leave of the Centre and continued our travels. We did not need to go far. Site 19 was right across from the Community Centre at the Buckhorn Public School. We counted 7 scarecrows including the one on the post. We climbed back into our vehicle and drove on to site 20. It was just up the road on the south side. There it was, a farmer milking a cow! When we had started out in the morning it had been dull and overcast. Now the clouds were opening and the sun was trying to break through. It is amazing how much the sun can brighten autumn colours. We kept on heading west towards Sandy Lake. We turned onto Buckhorn Narrows Road…
The End of the Road…
The Buckhorn Narrows Road is a beautiful winding road made even more spectacular with the fall colours. We followed the Rally directions until we came to the end of the road. (Site 21) The road ended in a cul-de-sac that was ringed by a number of homes. The scarecrow collection was based on a sports theme. The presentation was amazing. There were canoeists, rock climbers, bikers, seadooers and a biathlete. It looked like the whole neighborhood had pitched in! We retraced our steps back to the main road, crossed over and follow another scenic road. Again we came to a dead-end. The house at the very end was our target (Site 22), and then it was back to the main road. It was a road we were familiar with because it took us to Six Foot Bay and the Bayside Boutique Gallery (see Buckhorn Fine Art Festival). Before the gallery, we had to find Scotsman Point Resort and Tea Room (Site 23). The mast on the boat was really high and my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be (excuses… excuses!!!), so we weren’t sure what was at the top of the mast. We think it was burrs, that’s right prickly burrs! Who in there right mind would put burrs at the top of the mast… go figure? We had better luck at Bayside Boutique (Site 24), there were 8 babies (pumpkins!). It was back to the main road, down a little and onto a really narrow cottage tract. Fortunately we knew this road well too, it led to friends of ours cottage. The kids (scarecrow kids) were playing in a treehouse. (Site 25) Who knew what they were wearing! Back onto the main road, (I was getting dizzy!) we headed west again. Shortly after the turn, we came to Site 26. The scarecrow family were having a great time camping in the “Great Outdoors”! Moving on, we stopped just to the west of Sandy Lake at the Sandy Lake Guest House (Site 27). This was another great effort. There were imaginative scarecrows all over! Alexander Keats would have been proud of the one in the swing seat! Site 28 was quite a bit further down the road. The instructions told us to turn left onto Allen Road. Then there were a number of other streets we had to turn onto. We finally can to the right house. The scarecrows were right there on the front lawn. The question was a confusing one for us. There was a kid’s lunch box and we were supposed to name the character. We tried! Now it was time for Site 29, the last site. We had to retrace our steps (sound familiar?), cross the main road and look for 838 Flynn’s Road. We found it, passed it (no scarecrow to be seen), came back to it (it was a farm with a long driveway) and were about to go up the driveway when two boys came barreling down the lane on four wheel all terrain vehicles. I called the boy over to the car and asked him if he knew where the scarecrow was located. He looked at me blankly, shrugged his shoulder, said he didn’t but could go and asked his Dad… I told him not to bother and Judi and I drove back to the Colours 'n' Crows headqurters, dejected that we hadn’t completed the whole Rally. We handed in our Rally sheet, minus an answer for Site 29, and started off on our long trip home. We had a great time and enjoyed a wonderful drive on a beautiful fall day. On the bright side, there is always next year!
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