Brantford promotes the Great One, 99, since he grew up in that city; Bobby Orr comes from Parry Sound, there’s even a cement monument in Woodstock with a cow atop of it, paying tribute to record amount of milk Springbank Snow Countess produced in one year.
Yet the fact that North American’s first ever Carol was penned here in 1642 is seldom promoted in Midland/Huronia…
There’s the goose in Wawa, the plough in Barrie, but the Huron Carol in Midland, almost nothing…..butter tarts, yes, cruise ships yes, Huron Carol, no.
The Carol was written by the late St. Fr. Jean de Brebeuf, who along with seven of his colleagues from France were martyred, a historic fact in itself. Rome named all eight, Saints, that too is an historic fact… the late Pope John Paul II, visited Midland in 1984 where he paid homage to North America’s Jesuit Martyrs.
Why can’t we share in the knowledge that a popular Christmas Carol was penned a mile or so from our homes?
Midland – gateway to the 30,000 Islands should be known as the Huron Carol Town, wouldn’t you agree?
Huron Carol Music & Score
45-Minute History of Brebeuf & The Huron Carol