Trivia Thursday – Name That Song

We are changing up our Trivia Thursdays a bit here at the WAAC website. Don’t worry, we are still going to have our popular Trivia Stories, but we are going to mix it up a bit. This means that going forward, Trivia Stories will be every other week and we will have other fun trivia posts the other Thursdays. You already got a taste of that a couple of weeks ago, with our Close-Up Challenge.

This week, we are having a Name That Song Trivia. How does it work? I have posted a line or two from popular songs from the fifties onward. Your job is to guess both the song and the artist that the lyrics are from. How many can you guess correctly? The answers will be in the comment section as always.

The Lyrics

  1. When I was just a baby my mama told me, “Son, always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns”
  2. You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!
  3. Friday night and the lights are low. Looking out for a place to go.
  4. Strangers, waitin’ up and down the boulevard
  5. Tin roof. Rusted!
  6. Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you
  7. The best thing about bein’ a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun
  8. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
  9. And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief” they point the cannon at you, Lord
  10. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

Trivia Thursday – The Baldoon Mystery, Pt 2

Welcome back for Part 2 of The Baldoon Mystery Trivia Thursday!

Last week, we posted the first half of the story of the Baldoon Witch, our own local legend, complete with 10 trivia questions whose answers were found within the story. This week we have the second half of the story for you, with ten new questions. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted within the comment section. Do you think you can find them all?

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you did. Missed the first half of our story last week? No problem! Click to read Part One and test yourself.

Ready…. Set… Go!

The Questions

  1. Some restaurants serve this all day.
  2. People without permanent homes, who tend to move based on the migratory habits of their livestock.
  3. Members of a religious group sent into an area to promote their faith or perform services.
  4. Traditional healers and spiritual leaders who serve a community of indigenous people of the Americas.
  5. A meeting in which someone (usually in a professional capacity) talks to a person about a problem or question.
  6. Though it is not found naturally in the state, this opalescent stone is the gemstone of the state of Florida.
  7. If you are an optimist, every cloud has a lining make of this precious metal.
  8. While the turkey and ham are now typically served with Christmas dinner, this fowl was the traditional Christmas meat for hundreds of years – and still is in many cultures.
  9. A thin strip of wood in the mouthpiece of main woodwind instruments.
  10. Because this mode of transportation was less dependent on wind patterns, new trade routes were opened, leading to the first wave of trade globalization in the mid-1800s.

The Story

Lauchlan MacDougald, another child of the Baldoon settlement and Wallaceburg pioneer, remembered the event well. “I was going up the river in a boat that morning in company with James Johnson, Sr., and William Fisher,” he said. “When we were opposite MacDonald’s place we perceived that John’s house was on fire, but as we were some distance from it we saw that it would be gone before we could reach it. The family were at breakfast yet and had not discovered the danger. Mr. Dan MacDonald’s house was nearer to us, and as they saw the fire they hailed us and asked us to assist them to carry out their furniture as they expected their own habitation would soon be in flames. We landed and helped them to carry out everything. In the meantime John’s house and barn were reduced to ashes together with all they contained, the family barely escaping with their lives. [John] came to us without his coat, saying that the clothes he had on were all they had saved.” 

The community helped the MacDonalds to replenish the losses they had suffered in the fire, and the family of five sought temporary refuge with John’s brother-in-law while they undertook efforts to rebuild their log cabin. But no sooner had they taken quarter when similar annoyances began to occur. After several little fires spontaneously broke out, the MacDonalds were forced to seek shelter elsewhere, fearing that the brother-in-law’s house too would burn. The strange activity followed the family wherever it went; and for a period of time they lived like nomads, moving from place to place, unable to find solace. Finally they gathered up all the old sails they could find in the neighbourhood and rigged up a tent to shelter them. But they could not live like that for long; once winter set in, even the haunted log cabin was preferable to the frigid tent. After the family moved back indoors, John resumed all efforts to remove the poltergeist, seeking counsel from Protestant missionaries, native medicine men, and Catholic priests. Nothing worked.

Then John learned from a traveller about a doctor in Long Point, a town eighty miles away, whose daughter was said to be possessed with the gift of second sight. Rev. McDorman accompanied John on the two-day journey to the house of Dr. J. F. Troyner; upon arrival, they implored him to allow a consultation with the fifteen-year-old Dinah. The girl listened to John’s miserable story, and then retired to her bedroom to read her moonstone. Miss Troyner emerged from her chambers, exhausted and dishevelled, three hours later and reported that an old woman who lived in a long log house sought to drive the MacDonalds from their property. This, said Miss Troyner, was the source of all John’s difficulties. She asked John if he had seen a stray goose wandering his farm since the troubles had begun. After he replied that he had been seeing a strange goose in his flock now and again for some time, Miss Troyner told him to shoot it with a bullet cast of solid silver, for lead would do it no harm. The girl insisted that the old woman would be similarly wounded, and the hauntings would come to an end.

As soon as John MacDonald arrived home the next evening, he melted a piece of sterling silver into a bullet just as Miss Troyner had instructed. Rifle in hand, he searched for the goose in the field, and at first sight fired the silver bullet directly into its black wing. The goose gave a shriek like a human being in agony and escaped through the reeds under the cover of darkness. The next day, John and several companions ventured passed the long log house owned by the elderly Mrs. Buchanan. There the old woman sat on her front porch in an agitated state, nursing a broken arm. No more supernatural manifestations disturbed the MacDonald property thereafter.

As the story passed into history, eyewitness testimonials from prominent local figures lent the tale credibility and assured the continued spreading of its fame. Forty years later, Neil McDonald, John’s youngest son, interviewed twenty-six older local villagers that had witnessed the haunting. He collected their statements and published them serially in the Wallaceburg News; afterwards, the stories were collected into a booklet and published under the title, The Baldoon Mystery: An Intriguing Story of Witchcraft near Wallaceburg, Ontario. The story continued to circulate into the twentieth century: in the 1920s, the Northern Navigation Grand Trunk Route offered day-cruises from Detroit to Chatham aboard the Thousand Islander steamship. When the ship passed through Wallaceburg on the Chenal Ecarte, deckhands were quick to point out the “haunted house” to enthusiastic patrons. The Baldoon Mystery soon became one of Ontario’s most famous ghost stories, securing a lasting legacy for the little Scottish settlement.

Trivia Thursday – The Baldoon Mystery, Pt 1

Today is the first in a 2-part Trivia Thursday! 

I have always loved the mystery of the Baldoon Witch – I even wrote a paper on it in college. Given its mystery and its local history, I decided to use it as the basis for our Trivia Thursday. Usually when making our trivia posts, we come up with a list of trivia questions and then write a story to fit the answers ourselves. But as I discovered when writing that paper in college, all the sources related to the Baldoon Witch tell the exact same story in almost the exact same way. So this time, we took the existing lore and developed our questions from that.

As usual the trivia questions will be listed below, along with the first half of our story, which has the answers hidden within it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted within the comment section. Do you think you can find them all?

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you did. And don’t forget to come back next week for Part Two!

Ready…. Set… Go!

The Questions

  1. This country has a unicorn as their national animal
  2. Over the course of 300 years (from 1450 to 1750) approximately 50,000 people – mostly women – were executed for practicing this
  3. What is the first name of the Scottish national hero that our town in named for?
  4. The English _________ is the busiest shipping area in the world, accommodating more than 500 ships per day, even though it is only 34km wide in some spots.
  5. A place that people visit for pleasure and interest, usually while they are on holiday.
  6. This town, established in 1797 along the Detroit River, is now part of the city of Windsor.
  7. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (or Spirit) is collectively referred to as what?
  8. This interior design style is defined by practicality and comfort, relying on readily available materials and colors and features wood elements and white tones.
  9. The type of speech given by the loser, usually in a political election setting.
  10. The most famous one of these was actually just a disfigured man best known for his singing voice and dropping a chandelier on a crowd of people.

The Story

The mystery centres around a poltergeist that haunted the family of John MacDonald for three years. John was the eldest son of Donald and Flora MacDonald, two of the original Baldoon pioneers who came from Scotland to Lord Selkirk’s planned settlement in 1804. John had been just six years old when the family emigrated from Kirkcudbrightshire; he grew to maturity on the Baldoon settlement, married a local girl, and in 1826 acquired a farm of his own in Lot A of the 4th Concession.. This lot was coveted by other people in the area, particularly one elderly woman by the name of Buchanan who offered many times to purchase the land from John. He refused her requests and built his large frame farmhouse upon the land

On 28 October 1829, a pole suddenly crashed down from the ceiling as the women of the family and some neighbour girls were preparing straw in the barn, (The barn was made of logs, having above its main floor a ceiling of poles that formed a loft open at the ends and floored with the poles.) Startled but unnerved, the women assumed it was no matter and resumed their work. Several minutes later, a second pole dropped. Finding this strange, they examined the ceiling but could see no reason as to why the two poles had fallen. They resumed their work and forgot about the fallen poles as they became engrossed in conversation. Suddenly, a third pole crashed into their midst – now terrified, the women dashed out of the barn and into the house.

Strange things continued to happen. Stones, seemingly thrown by a phantom, pelted the farmhouse until every window was shattered. When visitors and family members examined the stones, they found that they were smooth and damp, as though they had been flung from the bed of the river that ran right in front of the house. The roof leaked when it wasn’t raining. Mysterious little fires broke out all over the house. “I saw the house take fire upstairs in ten different places at once,” recalled William Fleury, who lived just up the road from the McDonald family. Once the earth moved the very foundations of the house – and only the McDonald house was shaken by this earthquake. Pots and pans inexplicably crashed from the counters and tables.

“At the time of this trouble,” reported local resident William Stewart, “I lived about three quarters of a mile from the place and was present and saw for myself many of these strange things. Mr. Alex Brown, with the others, took a number of lead balls that came in through the window, marked them, tied them in a bag, and dropped them in to the centre of the Channel Ecarte, in about 36 feet of water, and in a short time the ball came back through the window. I was present when the barn was burned and also when a man by the name of Harmon was preaching there. At this time a large stone came right through the door, breaking out one of the panels, and rolled in front of the minister. The stone apparently had come out of the water. A search was made about the house, but no person could be seen. I also saw a loaf of bread move off the table and dance around the room. The owner of the house, John T. McDonald, I know to be a very respectable man.”

As news of these occurrences spread, hundreds of curiosity seekers from the surrounding areas began to visit the house in hopes of witnessing poltergeist activity first-hand – even the Toronto Globe reported the events as they occurred. The McDonalds took advantage of the situation and profited as a tourist attraction until their safety was really threatened:

“I went with my father to see what was going on at Belledoon for I was very young at that time,” H. Drulard later recalled. “We saw a pot rise from a hearth and chase a dog outside and all around the yard. It could not get away from the pot, for it would hit the dog and he would yell and howl with all his might. I saw an old fashioned butcher knife pass through a crowd of fifty men and strike into the wall the whole length of a ten-inch blade. This happened in 1830.”

After a local Methodist preacher, Reverend McDorman, tried to exorcise the spirits, the poltergeist became more violent: healthy livestock suddenly began to die in the middle of the night. Horses dropped dead in their stalls; the ox died in the field while still connected to the plough. Hogs and chickens withered and passed away. The family would awaken in the middle of the night to the slow, steady tread of men marching in the kitchen. Robert Baker, a Michigan schoolmaster who had a great interest in the subject of witchcraft, tried next to exorcise the spirit by nailing a horseshoe above the front door of the farmhouse and invoking the Holy Trinity. Not only were his efforts in vain, but local authorities prosecuted him for attempting to perform witchcraft. Mr. Baker was convicted at trial in Sandwich and sentenced to a year in prison; the Lieutenant-Governor, however, heard his appeal and granted him a pardon on 6 May 1830. And still the hauntings continued, and they became more violent. The baby screamed as its cradle rocked of its own volition; it was said that two men had to hold the cradle for the mother to rescue the infant. Guns went off while no one was holding them. The fires broke out with increased frequency and became harder to put out. And then the entire home burned to the ground.

This version of the Baldoon Mystery by Windsor’s Scottish Heritage website.

Trivia Thursday

Today’s Trivia Thursday is a little different. We know that many of you have not been to the Centre for a while and miss it. We also got a new camera that I really wanted to play with we needed to test out . So what we did is take close up pictures of things around the centre. Your job is to guess what everything is. Haven’t been in the Centre in a long time? That’s ok! You should still be able to guess what most of these are. There are ___ close ups posted below. Below that are the full pictures. Some of the close ups are zoomed in from the same angle, while others are meant to challenge you by taking the pictures at a more unusual angle. We left a lot of space between the close ups and full pictures, but be careful not to scroll too far until you are ready.

How well do you know our Centre? Tell us below how many you got right!

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The Answers:

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Card rack near the front entrance

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Exercise balls in the Exercise Room upstairs

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Exercise bike in the large Fitness Room

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Pool cue rack

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Ramp railing

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Cake stand from Sue’s Kitchen

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Yoga mats

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Pocket from one of our pool tables

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Hand weights

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Flowery Flyswatter

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First Aid Kit near the Dining Room

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Large tree painting in the exercise room

Trivia Thursday

Today is the 48th edition of our Trivia Thursday, and my first attempt at making a trivia post! With it being so lovely outside, I wanted to make today’s trivia post full of interesting little tidbits about Spring! Test your knowledge and see how much you know about this wonderful season!

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden within it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can find all the answers?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

The Questions:

  1. What is usually (but not always) the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere?
  2. Which holiday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal (Spring) Equinox?
  3. What myth is associated with the first day of Spring?
  4. These two flowers are usually the earliest to bloom each spring.
  5. This day is observed internationally as a day to raise awareness a bout environmental issues.
  6. The opening of the cherry blossom in March or April signals the start of spring in this country.
  7. According to Greek myth, the return of spring coincides with the return of this goddess.
  8. Spring is the most popular season to make this large purchase.
  9. The early Egyptians built this monument so that it points directly toward the rising sun on the spring equinox.
  10. These flighty creatures are more likely to swarm during the spring but are actually more docile than at other times of the year.
  11. April Fools Day is believed to have started in 16th century France when this was changed from the Julian version to the Gregorian version. With this change, the observation of New Year’s changed from April 1st to January 1st. Those who continued to celebrate on April 1st were called “April Fools.”

The Story:

Three sisters, Elizabeth, Jane, and Lydia, were out for a walk one mid-April day. The trees were starting to bud, and the tulips and daffodils were poking through the soil beside the path. The birds were singing, the honeybees were flying from flower to flower, and the laughs of children playing could be heard.

It was the first time they had seen each other in several weeks. They walked and talked about their husbands, their kids, their jobs, and got caught up with one another. Eventually the subject changed to where the sisters wanted to take their next vacation.

Elizabeth, always the most adventurous and definitely the most quirky said “I want to do one of those weird tours where you go see creepy things. I would love to go to Japan and see how close I can get to that nuclear powerplant that had a meltdown and see the Haunted Forest.” Her sisters looked at her like she was crazy.

Lydia said that she would love to go on a cruise or to a tropical beach somewhere. “Anything with a beach, basically,” was how she put it.

Jane, always the most practical of them all, said “I was thinking of buying a house actually.”

“In this market? It’s a seller’s dream right now. You think you can find a house at a decent price? You’d have better luck balancing an egg on its tip!” Lydia exclaimed.

“Really Jane, sometimes you have to live a little.” Elizabeth pushed. “Make some memories. Where is someplace you have always wanted to go?”

“Well, I have always wanted to see the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx…”  

“Ooh. That would definitely be an awesome trip!” Elizabeth said, nodding.

Lydia exclaimed “Hey! I just had an idea! We should all go together. It can be a chance for us to hang out for more than a few hours. Jane, you have gotten so busy with little Persephone, and Elizabeth, I haven’t see you since New Year’s.”

“I love that idea, Lydia!” Elizabeth said. “Let me just check my calendar and see when I can make it work.”  She pulled out her agenda and started flipping through it. The other sisters did the same.

“Well, I’ve got a huge project coming up at work. It’s going to take months to finish.  Plus, I need a little time to save up for a trip.” Lydia said.

Elizabeth thought. “Well, what about next March?” That gives us nearly a year to save up.”

“Isn’t Easter in March next year?” Jane questioned.

Lydia checked. “Nope. It’s in the middle of April next year. Close to Mom’s birthday. And Earth Day apparently” she said, looking at her calendar app.  

“The kids have March Break until the 20th. They go back to school on March 21st. Can we leave after that?” Elizabeth requested. “Darcy is great with the kids, but I would feel bad taking off on a trip and leaving him alone to take care of them all day. Plus waiting until after March Break should be cheaper.”

“Yeah, that works for me” Jane said, nodding.

“Me too” Lydia smiled.

“Great! It’s a date then!” Elizabeth declared.

The sisters kept walking, enjoying the warm spring sunshine, and talking of all the sites they wanted to see when next spring came around.