Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tourism Thursdays

Tourism Thursdays



What's happening around us.


SHEDDEN FAIR


Breakfast, livestock shows, midway, demolition derby, exhibits, and children's activities!
Free Admission

Phone: (519) 764-2939
Date: 
Friday, August 23, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, August 25, 2019 (All day)
Location: 
Shedden Keystone Complex
35921 Talbot Line
Shedden, ON N0L 2E0

PASSPORT TO NATURE: SUMMER WILDFLOWERS
Do you know the native wildflowers of summer? Learn what flowers are blooming at Newport Forest with Will Van Hemessen, botanist and ecologist, as we hike through this unique Carolinian floodplain forest. Biting insects and ticks are possible and participants should take appropriate precautions.

Registration is required, available on Eventbrite
Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 13:00 to 15:00
Location: 
Newport Forest
22130 Fleming Line
West Elgin, ON


HERITAGE FARM SHOW
Demonstrations include threshing, historic agricultural displays, antique tractors & equipment, food, and music.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 16:00
Location: 
Backus Page House
29424 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, ON 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tourism Thursdays

Tourism Thursdays



What's happening around us.


PEACH FEST 2019

Join Great Lakes Farms for their 2019 Peach Fest! The ONLY time they do u-pick peaches! Play area is open for the kids to run around and yearly peach baking will be available. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to I've Got Your Back 911 who will also be onsite with their merchandise.
WHEN: Saturday August 17, 10am - 5pm & Sunday August 18, 11am - 5pm
WHERE: Great Lakes Farms, 5111 Union Road, Port Stanley 

Date: 
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 17:00
Location: 
5111 Union Road
Port Stanley, ON N5L 1J2

IRON HORSE FESTIVAL
Join St. Thomas for their annual Iron Horse Festival from August 15th-18th!
The greatest street festival in Elgin County! Something different every day!
The festival will run the following hours:
  • August 15th from 11am-11pm
  • August 16th from 11am-11pm
  • August 17th from 11am-11pm
  • August 18th from 11am-6pm
Check the Iron Horse Festival website for ticket costs, event times and more detailed information. 
Phone: (519) 207-4000

Date: 
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:00 to Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 18:00
Location: 
Iron Horse Festival
Talbot Street
St. Thomas, ON N5P 4H4

TALBOT TRAIL OF YARD SALES
Fun-filled, treasure packed individual & community yard sales. Bargins for everyone! Talbot Line to Heritage Line to Straffordville, Plank Road South through Vienna to Port Burwell.
Be sure to start early! There's lots to see!
Rain Date: Sunday, August 18th

Be sure to stop at the Vienna Memorial Park along your fun-filled, treasure hunting journey! 
Date: 
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 08:00 to 15:00
Location: 
Elgin County, ON


HERITAGE FARM SHOW
Demonstrations include threshing, historic agricultural displays, antique tractors & equipment, food, and music.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 16:00
Location: 
Backus Page House
29424 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, ON N0L 2M0

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Hello readers! I’m Carlie, and I’m the Agricultural Exhibit Designer at the Backus-Page House Museum. Throughout the summer, I'll be sorting through various tools in the barn to get ready for the exhibit! Every Tuesday I’ll be sharing some of what I learned on our blog!


It's been a long day working in the fields. After hours of trekking through mud and dirt, you're walking up the walkway when you freeze. Your wife wouldn't be too happy if you walked through the clean house with your boots on, so you walk up to the metal beam protruding from the ground, and scrape off your boot.

The boot scraper would have been an essential item for any farming family. First, it was a quick and easy way from preventing a mess. Secondly, it would help eliminating a lot of fighting within a family, I'm sure the people cleaning the house would be irritated when the children and other family members ran through it with dirt on their feet.

While the boot scraper in our collection is located in the front hallway, in the 1850s it would sit outside the house. The base of the item would be underground, with just the second block and the metal coming out of the ground.

Although this wasn't the boot scraper that belonged to the Backus', it still would have been an essential item for their household. There are even some stories that Andrew Backus, the first homeowner of the house, would forget to scrape his boots before coming inside, leading to a very irritated Mary Jane. 

Do you or someone you know still use a boot scraper? Let us know in the comments below!


HERITAGE FARM SHOW

Demonstrations include threshing, historic agricultural displays, antique tractors & equipment, food, and music.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 16:00
Location: 
Backus Page House
29424 Lakeview Line

Wallacetown, ON N0L 2M0

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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ELGIN HISTORICAL SHOW


The Elgin Historical Show is always the second full weekend in August. An antique show to demonstrate how farming was done during the pioneer days.
 
Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 16:00
Location: 
44014 Mapleton Line
St. Thomas, ON


AYLMER FAIR

Join us August 10th-12th for the Aylmer Fair!
The fair runs the second weekend in August. Aylmer Fair is a non-profit society run by the OAAS (Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies). We are celebrating our 171st year as an agricultural fair, and are the oldest agricultural fair in District 13. We are run by a board of Directors, and volunteers in our area.
Fair admission is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for kids under 5. Parking is $5. Advanced ride vouchers are available at The Fair Office, Elgin Feeds and Aylmer Downtown Convenience until August 9th. 
For times and more information refer to their fair events booklet or website.

Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 17:00
Location: 
Aylmer Fair Grounds
Aylmer, ON



HERITAGE FARM SHOW

Demonstrations include threshing, historic agricultural displays, antique tractors & equipment, food, and music.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 16:00
Location: 
Backus Page House
29424 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, ON N0L 2M0

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Hello readers! I’m Carlie, and I’m the Agricultural Exhibit Designer at the Backus-Page House Museum. Throughout the summer, I'll be sorting through various tools in the barn to get ready for the exhibit! Every Tuesday I’ll be sharing some of what I learned on our blog!

If I was born in the 1850s, I would have a lot of trouble getting through daily life. There are quite a few reasons, the biggest being that I cannot cook. I would need a lot of different tools to assist me, so with that in mind I started looking at tools used for food preparation, which are found in the pantry. This week is the first kitchen tool of our collection, the mezzaluna.

The mezzaluna is not only a fun word to pronounce (meh-zuh-loo-nuh), but a very useful tool. Although it was originally designed to cut pizza, the settlers used it to mince vegetables. The curved blade allowed the users to rock the device back and forth to help mince ingredients with finesse.  

I know when I'm cooking, I use the classic 'crush the garlic with the side of the blade and then chop randomly' trick. If I had a mezzaluna, I'd be able to chop garlic, vegetables, and herbs safely and effectively. Although we don't have one in our collection, a mezzaluna with three blades can even be used to cut meat or cheese.

You might recognize this device, but under a different name. The mezzaluna is named after the Italian word for 'half-moon'. It's also known as a hachoir, which is the french word for 'chopper'. Finally, the untrained eye might call it 'that cutting thing'.

If you want to see the mezzaluna and all of our other tools, come by the museum or visit the Farm Show labour day weekend!



Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tourism Thursdays

Tourism Thursdays



What's happening around us.


WEST ELGIN ANNUAL FISH FRY & FIREWORKS
Come out for a family fish fry put on by West Elgin volunteer groups. Enjoy a live band throughout the day and fireworks at dusk. 

Date: 
Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 16:30 to 22:00
Location: 
Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina
8536 Haven's Lake Rd
Rodney, ON


BAYHAM BEACHFEST
Hi everyone! We are so fortunate to have local merchants who are able to put on activities for this year's Bayham Beachfest! Please see the poster on our Facebook page for times and locations. Also please visit the local businesses' Facebook pages and websites, as some were unable to meet the poster deadline but may still have events going on! The Fireworks will still be at DUSK on the Sunday evening and as always donations are greatly appreciated!
See website for more details.

Date: 
Saturday, August 3, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, August 4, 2019 (All day)
Location: 
Port Burwell Downtown


HERITAGE FARM SHOW 
Demonstrations include threshing, historic agricultural displays, antique tractors & equipment, food, and music.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 16:00
Location: 
Backus Page House
29424 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, ON 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Toolsday- Ice Tongs

Hello readers! I’m Carlie, and I’m the Agricultural Exhibit Designer at the Backus-Page House Museum. Throughout the summer, I'll be sorting through various tools in the barn to get ready for the exhibit! Every Tuesday I’ll be sharing some of what I learned on our blog!


The other day I made myself an iced coffee before I started my day at work. I brewed a pot of coffee, and then poured it into a cup filled with ice. Later that day when I went rollerblading, I had a nice cup of ice water to cool down. 

In the 1800s however, it wouldn't have been as easy as pushing a button on the refrigerator to get a cube of ice. Additionally, ice wouldn't have only been used to chill drinks. Instead it would be used to keep food cold, fresh and edible. 

Having a pair of ice tongs would have been very useful. It allowed a family to move blocks of ice (you wouldn't have had small cubes) from the lake into an icebox. This ice would be used to keep food cold. However, many families would save money in the winter by storing perishables in a cellar, outside, or other places that would be cooled by the elements.

If you want to learn more about the tools here at the Backus-Page Museum, or want to come see our collection with your own eyes, then come by the museum!