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So said Thomas Mann, the James Earl Jones character, in Field of Dreams. He was speaking of the baseball field in the cornfields of Iowa.

But he could just as easily have been referring to those gems of Americana (Canadiana) that lie off the beaten path and beyond the interstate (Trans-Canada).

Try it on for size:

“….people will come, Ray. They’ll come (to Iowa) for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway, not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past….. “Of course, we won’t mind if you have a look around,” you’ll say. “It’s only twenty dollars per person.” They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack…..
And they’ll walk (out to the bleachers), and sit in shirt-sleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find (they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines), where they sat when they were children (and cheered their heroes). And they’ll watch (the game), and it’ll be as if they’d dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they’ll have to brush them away from their faces….America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But (baseball) has marked the time. This (field, this game), is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Ohhhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”

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