I live in a little township that has five communities with a total population somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20,000 people. In this township we have almost everything you could ever want or need. We have a small movie theatre, and art deco live theatre, a horse racing track complete with slot machine, a lake, a gorge, rivers galore and, i think, 129 bridges.
We have a Centre for the Arts, three libraries, the County Museum and Archives, a Truck Show, Writers Festival, Singing Festival and a Scottish Festival.
We have more pubs than you can shake a stick at. We have family restaurants, each with a hint of ethnic flair. We have an excellent Chinese Restaurant and our Indian Restaurant, according to my friend, is as good as anything he's found in Vancouver.
With a laundry list like that it might be hard to add anything that a jaded fella like me could get excited about.
Well, a month or two ago a restaurant on Fergus' main street closed its doors. It had been struggling since the death of the previous owner a few years back. Paper covered the windows and speculation began. Early on I heard a rumour, but I shook my head in disbelief.
Not a chance, I thought. A town this size in white-bread rural Ontario couldn't possible support that kind of restaurant.
That's right - Sushi in downtown Fergus. We went for lunch and it was excellent. I know that their opening night was busy. I certainly hope there's enough patronage to keep them busy.
Now all we need is a really good Italian restaurant...and maybe Greek...Thai?