Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Backus-Page House Joins the Community Museum Operating Grant Program

TYRCONNELL -- It may be off season at the Backus-Page House Museum but that doesn't mean that things are at a standstill onsite.
The museum was recently accepted into the community museum operating grant program.
The program provides annual funding to more than 180 community museums helping them promote, preserve and protect Ontario's heritage. Community museums qualifying for acceptance have worked to meet the level of professionalism for museum and conservation administrative practices as set out in the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation's standards for community museums in Ontario.
The funding will be used by the Backus-Page House Museum to help cover annual operating expenses.

Decadence in December

Decadence in December

Get ready to board the holiday bus, for a fun approach to fundraising as the Norfolk County museums once again host Decadence in December.

This event is a progressive dinner party which will take diners across the county in an evening filled with good food, fine wines and plenty of festive entertainment.

The adventure takes place on Saturday, December 11, 2010 and begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Port Dover Harbour Museum with appetizers, music and wine. From there, guests will board the bus and head over to Spruce Row Museum for a scrumptious prime rib dinner catered by Phil McLaren and wines from Florence Estates. Then, sit back and relax and be entertained by an all-star cast in a festive holiday play that will have you singing along and tapping your toes to the music. We finish the evening off at Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre where a decadent selection of desserts will be served along with coffee and tea and more musical entertainment. The bus will then take you back to Port Dover.

Tickets are $100 per person. Ticket price includes transportation to each museum, entertainment on board the bus, as well as meal and wines. What a great way to support our local museums and kick-off your holiday season. Tickets would make a great Christmas gift for someone special.

To reserve your spot on this exciting tour, please call:
Port Dover Harbour Museum at 519-583-2660;
Spruce Row Museum at 519-443-4211;
Delhi Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre at 519-582-0278

For further information contact:

Melissa Collver

Arts and Cookery Bank Christmas Activities

The Arts and Cookery Bank's DAY HANG IT UP, LIGHT IT UP AND BAKE IT UP CELEBRATION is fast approaching...November 24 thru December 1.
See the attached poster for details. Visit http://www.theartsandcookerybank.com/ to register for the events or call 519-768-9986.

For those in West Elgin this Weekend

HOME for CHRISTMAS , please come out and support your local West Elgin retailers. NOVEMBER 25th 26th and 27th.Please see the attached Passport, and in you did not receive one in the mail, please stop in at any of the listed businesses and they will be happy to give you a passport. Take it with you as you enjoy the festive shopping experience, have your card marked . The more stops you make, the better your chance to win prizes.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Backus-Page House Holiday Dinner

Backus-Page House Holiday Dinner
Backus-Page House Museum
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, Ontario
December 4, 2010

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads…A Visit From St Nicholas~ 1823 ~Clement Mark Moore

Visions of sugar plums will pale in comparison to the culinary delights awaiting attendees at the annual Backus-Page House Holiday Dinner.
Join us for a trip into the gastronomic history of the Talbot Settlement!

The year is 1855 and the event is Christmas dinner at one of the most auspicious homes in the area. Let Andrew and Mary Jane Backus welcome you to their lovely home, decorated for the season with the fireplaces aglow. Enjoy a multi-course meal by the warmth of fire and candle light. Each course is created from authentic recipes replicated from period cookbooks that could have been used in the Backus household.

Christmas Dinner Menu

Lamb’s Wool, Potted Shrimp with Biscuits Patties
Roasted Chestnuts, Pickles, Mullegetawny Soup
Steamed Perch, Steward Sauce, Lemon Pickle
Venison en Croute, Current Sauce, Turkey, Oyster Stuffing
Mushroom Ketsup, Potatoes à la Maitre d’Hôtel, Fried Kale
Mashed Turnip, Stewed Squash, Curried Vegetables
Christmas Pudding, Hard Sauce
Almonds, Marzipan, Sugar Plums, Tablet
Coffee, Tea, Cordial

Courses will be served with the appropriate libation.
The above menu is subject to modification.
Cost: $100 a seat with a $50 tax receipt (seating is limited).

It is an enthralling experience you will remember forever!

For further information you may call the Carriage House Office at 519-762-3072.
The evening is the perfect gift for “foodies”, historians
and anyone interested in local history!
The Backus-Page House Holiday Dinner is hosted by the Tyrconnell Heritage Society. The Society is a local nonprofit organization incorporated in 1994 and dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Backus-Page House and the history of the Talbot Settlement.