Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We're Looking For Old Tractors and Machines

The Backus-Page House is looking for tractor and machinery exhibitors for this year's Heritage Farm Show. If you've got an antique tractor come out Sept 3 and 4 to share your tractor with everyone at the show. Old engines or machinery are welcome as well (how old? old enough to be considered an antique). There's no cost to exhibit and participants are invited to a volunteer dinner on Saturday night. Call 519-762-3072 to let us know you'll be here. The show runs Saturday 10am to 4pm. On Sunday there's a pancake breakfast for the public from 9am to 11am, worship service at 11am and the show runs from noon to 4pm.

8th Annual Heritage Farm Show

8th Annual Heritage Farm Show

Labour Day Weekend
September 3rd and 4th

Backus Page-House Museum
29424 Lakeview Line,
Wallacetown, Ontario

Summer is winding down and it is time for the annual Heritage Farm Show at the Backus-Page House, located just south of Wallacetown. Demonstrations planned over the two day event feature threshing, a working steam engine, farm horses, wagon rides and historic farming interpretive displays. While on site, tour the Backus-Page House Museum where costumed interpreters will be available to take visitors on a trip back through time to the year 1850. The current exhibit titled “Saint Peter’s Anglican Church- Celebrating 184 Years”, runs until Thanksgiving Day. The exhibit allows visitors an opportunity to see rare items from the church that are not often made available for public viewing. With so much to do, it is easy to work up a big appetite. The Heritage Farm Show does not disappoint providing a BBQ lunch on both days along with a bean pot on Saturday. The Sunday pancake breakfast runs from 9 am to 11am. The worship service starts at 11 am on the lawn of the museum and the second day of the farm show activities begins at 12 noon.

Saturday- Heritage Farm Show runs 10am to 4pm.
Sunday – Pancake breakfast begins at 9am.Worship service begins at 11am.
Heritage Farm Show runs 12 noon to 4pm.

Admission- Adults $6, Children $3, 5 & under free
Pancake breakfast – additional cost- Adults $6, Children $3, 5 & under free

Please note that all patrons who enter the gate, regardless of their activities, including the pancake breakfast and worship service, are required to pay gate admission.

Living History Needs People

Check out this interesting article from the Edmonton Journal. Click here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Barn Quilt Workshop

Barn Quilt Workshop 
Tuesday August 30th, 2011 
Wardsville Masonic Lodge 
21966 Hagerty Rd. 
10:00 – 2:00 
$15.00 per person 

Your day will include an escorted bus tour of the Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail, with a visit to Made on Earth to meet with Rick Sommers; an outdoor muralist who specializes in barn quilts. Upon our return to the Masonic Lodge we will enjoy a lunch followed by a presentation from Creative Communities on the “how to’s and best practices” of designing and installing a barn quilt! 

Please call or email to reserve your seat by Friday August 26th, 2011 to sheila@tourmiddlesex.ca 
519-245-8951 or toll free 1-855-245-8951 

Creative Communities
Tel  (519) 287-3566
Cel (519) 318-1074
Fax (519) 287-2241
Post: 22688 Tait's Road,  RR 4

Glencoe, ON  N0L 1M0
skype: cre8vmarysimpson

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ruth Goodman at the Waterloo Region Museum in November

Coming this fall - Ruth Goodman

You may not recognize her name, but you likely have seen Ruth Goodman on
television stretching a pig's bladder to seal a preserve jar, chasing farm
animals from the garden, or cleaning a bedroom to rid it of bed bugs.
Goodman is a free lance historian working with museums, theatre, television and
educational organizations - and she has appeared in the British television
programs Tales from the Green Valley, Victorian Farm, Victorian Farm Christmas,
Victorian Pharmacy and Edwardian Farm. Produced by Lion Television for the BBC,
these programs air in Ontario on TVOntario, and hopefully on PBS in your

The Waterloo Wellington Museums and Galleries is hosting Goodman on the morning
of Saturday, November 5 for a public presentation at the Waterloo Region Museum.

Goodman will explore the Edwardian era for Britain's rural population, and all
the subtle changes that made it stand apart from the proceeding generations, as
well as those things that tied it firmly into an ongoing narrative.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for coffee, with Goodman's presentation starting at 9:30. Tickets are $25 plus HST and are available by calling the Waterloo Region Museum at 519-748-1914.

Ruth Goodman's presentation is generously sponsored by Waterloo Wellington Museums and Galleries, Waterloo Region Museum and the Region of Waterloo, TVOntario, and Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast in Waterloo.

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Website Launches for the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

New Website Launches 
for the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

Hamilton, ON-August 12, 2011 - The Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance
(WCA) has launched a new website for visitors to access information about events and initiatives
surrounding the Bicentennial for the War of 1812 in the Western Corridor of Southern Ontario.
The Bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 has been identified as a key tourism
opportunity for the region, and the new WCA portal will allow new visitors to easily plan their
entire 1812 Bicentennial trip and educational experience from one central website.
The website www.westerncorridor1812.com
has an Events Database, searchable by location, time and type of event
shows a video highlighting the history and events of the war in this Region
provides timely updates on any 1812 news nationally and internationally
links to Partner’s sites so visitors learn about local initiatives marking the war
The site will also link to many other sites relating to the Bicentennial and the history of the war,
including the documentary Rural Raids and Divided Loyalties, a three part series telling of the
raids by American General McArthur in October of 1814. Visitors can follow McArthur’s path
by travelling along Route 1812. This historic driving trail highlights museums, historic sites and
battlefields involved in the War of 1812.
The story of the war in this region is one of courageous settlers and First Nations willing to stand
up and defend their homes from the invading force of American raiding parties and traitors as
they burned mills and stole supplies.
The WCA is a partnership of all the municipalities within the Western Corridor as it extends
from Halton Hills through Hamilton, Brantford and London, ending at Middlesex County, it also
includes the counties along the North shore of Lake Erie; Haldimand, Norfolk and Elgin. This
website was made possible by generous support from the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional
Tourism Organization and the Government of Ontario.
Media Contact
Adrienne Horne
WCA Regional Project Manager
For more information visitwww.westerncorridor1812.com

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dyeing Workshop at Backus-Page House Museum

Saturday, September 17 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Backus-Page House Museum
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown

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One of our fantastic volunteers, Carol, will be offering a FREE workshop to learn Dyeing. You must bring: large cooking pot (pot will not be useable for anything else except dyeing after this), washed wool (spun or fleece) 1lb of vegetable matter (mullen, onion skins, Queen Anne's Lace flower heads, marigold petals).
All registrations and questions should be directed to Carol at 519-768-2976.