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The Stephenson Road 1 bridge (the bridge at Balsam Chutes) has been temporarily closed for the past week for geotechnical investigations. The bridge is scheduled for replacement later this year. Do you know why this group was gathered there many years ago? Do you recognize any faces in the crowd?
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This photo gathered comments on both the event and the current state of the location.
On the event:
Well done to park so closely together (more than one pair of vehicles in this photo). I don’t know that practice. Why and how did this start and, evidently, end? ~Sandy McLennan
I do think I recall they use to hold religious services in the A&P Parking Lot. I’m not certain what faith it might have been. This would have taken place in the 60’s. ~Bryan Boothby
Looks like the grand opening ~Debbie MacLeod Andrews
I think this was a Sunday Night Pentecostal Reunion Service led be Reverend Lang. ~Mike Janke
We used to drive around them in our convertible. Around and around with our music blasting and yelling! Not very nice when you think about it. Ah the things you do when you are young! I believe we went to school together? ~Carol Earl
On the location:
I remember shopping there with my mother when I was a kid. I loved how our groceries were put in bins and rolled down the series of metal bars outside so we could drive up and load our trunk. My job was to hold the pieces of cardboard with the numbers on them and find the matching ones to indicate our bins. ~Paula Boon
Both my dad and Grandma worked at A&P and I took back many a pop bottle for my treasured nickel! But….that’s not Brendale Square. We always just called it the A&P plaza….now we just call it an embarrassment 🙁 ~Andrea Brown
Not sure the plaza was ever officially called anything. We always said A&P parking lot. Other end was always Beer Lake. ~Debi Davis
Ahh my memory is buying my first pack of cigarettes there as a kid!! ~Zelda Dwyer
Dad called it “beer lake”. ~Joy Salmon Moon
There was a little restaurant there I think ~Diane Moores
On its future:
Let’s consider redesigning Brendale Square as Muskoka’s largest and most dynamic market. Timber-framed and covered, partially open-air, with surrounding growing season stalls like the hugely successful Atwater Market in Montreal, what a happy meeting place year ’round for commerce, trees, fountains, citizens and visitors! ~John Rivière-Anderson
Great memories when it seemed to be an all day trip just to do your groceries. I think that whole section should be torn down to make way for new stores. ~Cathryn Williams
Since it’s usually flooded anyway turn it into a splash park for the children. ~Corinne Fisher
A Doppler reader also reposted the photo on the If you grew up in Huntsville, you’ll remember… Facebook page with many followers adding comments. View them here.