LAKEFIELD — The Cheesy Fromage Shop is celebrating its grand opening in Lakefield by partnering with the Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee to bring community members an interactive scavenger hunt along the Lakefield Trail.
Set to open its doors at 25 Queen St., The Cheesy Fromage Shop will mark its launch with a grand opening from July 28 to 30. Over the same three-day period, the scavenger hunt will take place on the Lakefield Trail.
Hikers are encouraged to keep an eye out for “lost mice,” along the 5 1/2-kilometre route. Participants are asked to collect the mice and bring them into the The Cheesy Fromage Shop, where they’ll receive prizes.
Cheese, charcuterie boards and gift cards are up for grabs for keen-eyed scavengers.
Community members are asked to drop by the new Queen Street shop to enjoy live music and to learn more about the contest. Participants can pick up trail maps at the store.
“Partnering with the Lakefield Trail seemed the perfect fit for our business,” said Tanya Bailey, owner of The Cheesy Fromage Shop.
“After so many trees were lost to the storm in Lakefield this spring, our business will recognize our loyal customers by having the Trail Committee plant a new tree on the trail.”
Bruce Bellchambers, chair of the Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee, said the May 21 derecho windstorm impacted the trail.
“We lost a lot of large trees in the storm. There’s a little section of the trail between Bridge and Smith Street and that’s where the tree will be planted,” said Bellchambers, adding that the committee will be planting additional trees to replace those lost as a result of the powerful derecho.
The Lakefield trail was forged between 1998 and 2000 by like-minded nature lovers who went on to form the Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee. Almost $700,000 was raised to create the public trail.
The volunteer-run committee, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the trail’s opening last year, includes about a dozen members.
The collective meets regularly to carry out maintenance work along the trail and to plant trees — fulfilling its mandate as a stewardship committee to preserve and beautify the area for trail-goers to walk, cycle or relax by the waterfront.
The committee also carries out a bench program, installing donated benches throughout the Lakefield Trail. Over two decades, the committee has installed about 60 benches along the trail.
To learn more about the trail, go to www.lakefieldtrail.ca or visit the committee’s Facebook page.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner