My friend Esther and I are both turning sixty this fall and so our two younger friends Debbie and Glenys planned an absolutely lovely autumn adventure for us in Steinbach, the town where we all got to know each other when we were teaching colleagues. The day was full of interesting experiences but there was plenty of time to visit and relax.
Debbie had even made a hand drawn map that showed all the possible places we might make stops.
The morning started at Rhyme and Reason a Steinbach heritage home that’s been turned into a homey, comfortable place to eat.
We were given the upstairs room to ourselves for our breakfast. A tiny electric fireplace soon had the space as cozy as could be and we awaited our meals which were presented beautifully and tasted just as good.
After many cups of coffee we wandered over to the Cultural Arts Centre to check out a piece of public art by J.D. Lees, which I had never noticed before. It’s called A Love for Learning. Located near two of the first school houses in Steinbach it pays tribute to the educators of the community.
You can see a school bell in the design and the bright rainbow of colors represent hope and new beginnings. The six sections of the sculpture symbolize the major areas of study the schools in Steinbach offer-science, vocations, social studies, the arts and physical education.
The Scrapbook Cottage was our next stop. Debbie works here and happened to know it was International Card Day and they were offering free workshops led by Scrapbook Cottage owner Sharon Reimer. Visitors could come in and make a card with the staff providing materials and instructions. We had lots of fun visiting, making our cards and just browsing around the well stocked store that offers all kinds of interesting thing to look at and buy even if you’re not a devoted scrapbooker.
Ten Thousand Villages was nearby, a store operated by Mennonite Central Committee that has items made by artisans all over the world.
Since the store is run by volunteers almost every penny of profit goes right back to the creators of the goods. We browsed to our hearts’ content and I treated myself to a new necklace.
Back in the car with Debbie as our trusty chauffer we were off to Penner Pumpkins a place for family fall fun. You can play with the kittens, enter the corn maze or take a walk through the scarecrow forest. I bought some gourds and pumpkins for my Thanksgiving dinner decorations.
By now it was time for lunch and we headed off to Quarry Oaks Golf Course where the fall colors were spectacular. We sat by an open window for our meal and enjoyed the good food, the great view and more conversation. No, we hadn’t run out of things to talk about yet. We never do!
Although it wasn’t on Debbie’s map, we decided on a spontaneous side trip when we saw a sign advertising Ev’s Open House. Ev Wiebe is a talented designer of beautiful things and she had her home filled with Thanksgiving and fall pieces that were unusual and so reasonably priced. I bought a centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table and we enjoyed visiting with Ev while sipping some of her spicy apple cider.
Dessert was saved for last at Oakridge Nursery where Debbie and Glenys treated us to mini cheesecakes and lattes. They had even brought candles and Esther and I had to try and blow them out in one breath.
It was after 5 o’clock before Esther and I headed back to Winnipeg. We’d had a lovely day in Steinbach.
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