A unique prop­erty

Har­wood Memo­rial Hall and Park is owned by the vil­lagers, not by Hamil­ton Town­ship

Northumberland Today - - NEWS - VA­LERIE MACDON­ALD vmac­don­ald@post­media.com twit­ter.com/NT_v­mac­don­ald

HAR­WOOD — The Har­wood Memo­rial Hall and Park is a unique prop­erty in Hamil­ton Town­ship, be­cause is ac­tu­ally owned by the vil­lagers of Har­wood and area, board chair Larry Wil­liams said.

An­other unique fea­ture of this hall near the south­ern shore of Rice Lake is the arte­sian well out front that runs, whether it’s rain­ing or snow­ing, and which draws peo­ple from a wide area for the con­sis­tent qual­ity of the wa­ter it pro­vides.

Be­cause the hall re­ally is the com­mu­nity’s (al­though it gets some town­ship fi­nan­cial sup­port), it or­ga­nizes a host of dif­fer­ent events to en­gage peo­ple in the com­mu­nity from chil­dren to se­niors, rais­ing funds to pay for the hall’s up­keep.

The land on which the hall sits was be­queathed in 1924 and then, with lo­cally har­vested lum­ber, it was built and opened in 1948, Wil­liams said dur­ing a fundrais­ing break­fast this past Satur­day.

The very so­cial break­fast event which is en­joyed by fam­i­lies, singles and cou­ples of all ages, he said — and it’s just one way to make money to main­tain the hall and to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.

Fel­low board mem­ber Patti Bren­ning or­ga­nizes the break­fast with vol­un­teers and board mem­bers, who include Ann Marie Fin­ney, Amanda Jex, Judy Kel­lar and Mar­cia Wil­liamson.

A Psy­chic Fair is com­ing up on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the $5 ad­mis­sion (like the $10 break­fasts) go­ing to­wards main­te­nance and oper­a­tion of the hall and park. There will be door prizes and re­fresh­ments, Bren­ning says.

A se­ries of fundrais­ing events, with funds matched by the town­ship, re­sulted in a small skate­board in­stal­la­tion last year. And spe­cial events like youth dances are also a way to bring all ages into the fa­cil­ity. And in June, there was a fun fair held in con­junc­tion with the Friends of the Har­wood Water­front as part of a three-day cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150, and Hamil­ton Town­ship con­trib­uted to that as well.

And for some­thing re­ally a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, Har­wood res­i­dent and for­mer MP Pauline Browes, who lives at the his­tor­i­cal Drope farm in Har­wood, is work­ing with Ge­orge Parker, a mem­ber of the Cobourg mu­seum. They hope to or­ga­nize a work­shop to build his­tor­i­cal replica ore cars like the ones that moved iron ore from Marmora to Cobourg via Har­wood in the late 1860s. The work­shop would be run in con­junc­tion with the monthly break­fast Satur­days, Browes said. De­tails are still be­ing worked out.

If you have any ques­tions about ac­tiv­i­ties at the hall, Bren­ning can be reached at 905 269-2498.

VA­LERIE MACDON­ALD NORTHUM­BER­LAND TO­DAY

Patti Bren­ning (left) and Amanda Jex were among a group of Har­wood Memo­rial Hall vol­un­teers and board mem­bers serv­ing break­fast this past Satur­day. The 8-to-11 a.m. event is held once a month, one of the fundrais­ers that helps to keep the hall main­tained and op­er­at­ing.

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