Archive for November, 2012

Heritage Photo of the Day: November 23, 2012

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Strawberry Seller, London, England, 1877

Strawberry Seller, London, England, 1877










Museum of Photographic Arts Collections (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Event: Corktown Christmas Forest

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Enjoy some festive family fun at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse “Corktown Christmas Forest!”

Wander through the “Forest”- located in the West Hall – where you will discover Christmas trees decorated in hand-made Victorian ornaments. Each tree will be sponsored by a local business or group, and donated to the Salvation Army Local 614 of Regent Park following the event.

The schedule will include:

· 12 p.m. Reading of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by our own ballerina – Katherine Belrose!

· 1 p.m. Performance by members of the Corktown Chamber Orchestra

· 2 p.m. Reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Stuart Hughes of Soulpepper Theatre Company

· 3 p.m. Performance by the St. Paul’s Toronto School of Irish Music

· 4 p.m. Reading of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”

· All day: Victorian ornament-making demonstrations: try your hand at scrapwork balls, paper fans, cornucopias, sugar plums, stars and pomanders! Cider, coffee, tea and treats for all, and cupcakes baked by Pretty & Sweet will be on offer. Tours of the Schoolhouse will be available all day.

Admission to this event is free for children 10 and under and pay-what-you-can for adults - recommended donation is $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.   

Date: Sunday December 2, 2011,

Time: 11am to 5pm

Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St., Toronto. (map)

For more information or to buy tickets in advance, visit Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, email or call 416-327-6997.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

Heriage Photo of the Day: November 22, 2012

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Gathering shellfish in the mud, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, c.1890

Gathering Shellfish in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, c.1890









Museum of Hartlepool (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Here are 3 more festive heritage events happening around the province in the next few weeks.  Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland will be holding the unique 17th century holiday celebration, First Light:

“The magic begins when visitors approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. A colourful historic encampment will greet visitors, set up by the popular “Survival In The Bush” group. Visitors can then stroll the candlelit paths which lead to a variety of fun family activities. “

Cost: Admission is just $8.00 per person (children 5 and under are free), with a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank.



  • November 29-30
  • December 1, 2012

Times: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, 16164, Highway 12 East, Midland ON.,  (map)

Contact Info:

Telephone: Tel: (705) 526-7838

TTY (Text telephone): (705) 528-7697


Special Notes: Please be advised that with the exception of service animals, family pets are NOT allowed on the historic site for this event. Overflow parking will be available at Doral Industries, 100 Wye Valley Road. Free shuttle buses will run to Sainte-Marie throughout each evening.

On the weekend of December 1st, Perth will be holding its 7th annual Heritage Perth Christmas House Tour.

“The women of CFUW Perth and District invite you to tour some of Perth’s most unique homes and help us raise funds to support higher education for women and young girls, local libraries and childrens’ reading programs.”

Tickets, in the form of a brochure illustrating the homes and their history, are available November 1st.

Dates: Saturday, December 1st & Sunday December 2nd, 2012

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Perth, Ontario (map)

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Karen Hickey at: 613 267-9587 or e-mail her at

For information on more seasonal events happening in Perth, visit their website at:

St. Mary’s Museum in Stratford is holding an open house featuring, “traditional games and goodies, entertainment and much more – including the opening of the “All Wrapped Up” Christmas exhibit.”

Date: Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: St. Mary’s Museum, 177 Church St. South, Stratford ON. (map)

Contact Info:


Email address

There are many more seasonal heritage events in Stratford to choose from. Visit their website for more details:

Heritage Photo of the Day: November 21, 2012

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Fishing village, Grundsund, Sweden, c.1870s

Fishing Village, Grundsund, Sweden, c.1870s










Swedish National Heritage Board

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Victoria County Historical Society: Candlelight Christmas House Tour

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Lindsay, ON (map)

Tickets go on sale the first week of November For more information call: 705-324-3404

2012 Candlelight Tour Poster

Are you a fan of Jane Austen and the Regency period?  Join JaneAustenDancing on December 16th for a Christmas Ball.

“Join us as we celebrate the season and Miss Austen’s birthday with a ball at this very elegant venue. The day will include a Regency clothing and hair workshop, dance workshop, and tour of this lovely 19th-century building. Evening ball with refreshments, non-alcoholic punch and live music, in the beautifully decorated West Hall.”

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm – 9:00 Pm (doors open at 11:30)

Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Museum, 106 Trinity Street, Toronto (map)

Ticket Information:

Purchased by December 3: $55 for adults, $40 for students and seniors

Purchased after December 3: $65 for adults, $50 for students and seniors

Ticket price includes admission to the afternoon workshops, a tour of the Schoolhouse, elegant light refreshments and the evening ball with live music.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the JaneAustenDancing website:, or contact the Enoch Turner schoolhouse at: or 416-327-6997.

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Ever wondered how Ontario’s early settlers celebrated Christmas? Drop by the Haldimand County Museum & Archives on December 1st, and enjoy some tea and a lecture on how settlers from 1812 celebrated the festive season.

Admission is $8.00

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Haldimand Museum & Archives, 8 Echo St., Cayuga ON. (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 905-772-5880



FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Looking for something fun and festive to do with the Kids in the Etobicoke area?  Drop by Montgomery’s Inn and take part in one of their Gingerbread House Workshops. Decorate your family’s dream house together. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided.

Pre-registration only. $30 per house plus HST.


  • Saturday, November 24, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 25, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Location: Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M9A 1A8 (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-394-8113

Fax: 416-394-6027



The festive fun continues at Montgomery’s Inn with the Humber River Shakespeare Company’s presentation of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Back by popular demand – this time as a full stage production – this holiday season staple is not to be missed!


  • Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 13, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 22, 2 p.m.

Prices: $15 adults, $10 children. Click here to purchase tickets directly from the Humber River Shakespeare Company.

Location and contact Info for Montgomery’s Inn:

4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M9A 1A8 (map)

Phone: 416-394-8113

Fax: 416-394-6027



Heritage Photo of the Day: November 19, 2012

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Tolbooth and Canongate, Edinburgh, c.1860-1880.

Tolbooth and Canongate, Edinburgh, c.1860-1880









National Galleries of Scotland Commons

Heritage Event for: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The Oakville Historical Society is holding its last Public Speaker Night of the year this Wednesday.  The topic for this final event is, “Alice’s Journey – A Personal Story of One Girl’s Journey from the Dr. Barnardo’s Homes to Canada,” as told by Alice’s daughter, Elaine Guther:

“The S.S. Scandinavian, with her precious cargo – Britain’s young children from the DR. BARNARDO’S HOMES cross the Atlantic on their way to Canada….. ALICE was on her way …..but would it be to “Wonderland”? “

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: St. John’s United Church, Dunn & Randall St., Oakville (map)

Admission Free. Refreshments Served

Contact Info:

Phone: 905-844-2695