Joyce Johnstone and Twinkletoes perform at the Museum

If you didn’t see the article in the Tri-City News last week about Joyce Johnstone and her dog Twinkletoes, check it out here www.bclocalnews.com/tri_city_maple_ridge/tricitynews/community/88856057.html.

You can see these two dance at our Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday at the Museum. They will perform at 11:30am, 12:15pm, and 1pm.

You'll have to check out this shot on flickr

Take my word for it, you have to go to flickr to check out this picture of our passenger rail car, “The Venosta” by R. Sawdon Photography. It has exceptionally brilliant colours. The page indicates it was taken March 14th… Are the cherry blossums really so vibrant already? I am including a link to the page here. Check it out!
Old Train Car
~ DWPenner
Webmaster

Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday, April 4th 10am-2pm

Get your Easter fill Sunday, April 4th from 10am-2pm at the Port Moody Station Museum. See the Easter Bunny. Hunt for marbles and exchange them for chocolate eggs. Get your face painted and watch Joyce and her dancing dog Twinkletoes perform. Then make an Easter hat and wear it to Pajo’s n the Park for free fries. The hunt is on all day, so come any time. Dress for weather and bring your own Easter basket. Concession stand available on site.

Admission is $2 per person 2 years old and older.

New this year: Toddler section – youngsters can take their time while they hunt for Easter eggs in a seperate area.

Images added to – Message from the Gardener: Part 2 Citron Melon


Technical issues prevented the images for the “Message from the Gardener: Part 2 Citron Melon” article from being included when it was initially posted on Friday, March 5. The images have now been added. So if you are following this blog via RSS notifications or other similar methods you might want to go back to look at the article.
Thank you.
Darrell Wade
Webmaster

Message from the Gardener: Part 2 Citron Melon

Another fruit we grew in our garden last year was the citron melon. At one time this melon was widely grown in Canada and was a popular fruit because it was so flavourful when eaten fresh. Citron has a tough outer rind and will keep for several months indoors – even at room temperature. I kept mine in the basement from late Sept. until early Jan. and they did not go bad. Note that the Citron Melon is not related to or anything like the Citron Peel you can buy in the store.
So what to do with Citron Melons? The solution was to make some preserves. When I started I found out just how tough the rind was and needed a carving knife. Once cut open, the melon has red seeds evenly distributed throughout the fruit. It took some time to remove the seeds and cut the melon into bite size pieces.
There are various recipes available for citron preserves but they usually involve mixing fruit with ginger, lemons and sugar. I tried 3 different recipes with the following results:
Recipe 1 – treated the citrons like pickles. The melon pieces were soaked in brine for a day and drained and rinsed several times. Then they were boiled in a mix of sugar, lemon juice and lemon pulp with ginger root. The end product was a nice yellow colour with chunks of solid fruit.
Recipe 2 – The melon pieces were boiled in a mix of sugar, lemon juices and ginger root and toward the end crushed pineapple was added. This mixture carmelized quite a bit and did not have many chunks of fruit – everything was reduced to a pulpy mass.
Recipe 3 – Again the melon pieces were treated like pickles as above. After this they were boiled in a mix of sugar, cinnamon stick and cloves. This made for quite a different flavour.
Because citron melon has so much pectin in it, all these products are very thick and have a firm set.
Come by on Sunday, May 9th to sample these products at our annual Mother’s Day Tea!