Bards and battles at Glengarry Pioneer Museum
It would be a mistake to assume that the Glengarry Pioneer Museum (GPM) is just your typical small town tourist draw.
Like most museums, the GPM enables visitors to step into the past – its grounds are home to several 19th century log buildings that were used for everything from schools to hotels – but it also hosts a number of special events every year that have piqued a lot of interest.
For the second year in a row, the GPM is hosting Shakespeare at the Museum. Come out on July 9 at 7 p.m. to take in the Bard’s immortal classic, A Comedy of Errors. In 2014, the museum hosted a production of As You Like It, which drew plenty of applause and laughter from the audience.
On July 19, the museum throws its Celtic Fair. The day will include various lively workshops (music, dance, folklore, Gaelic, etc.), Scotch tastings (must pre-register), vivid displays (Celtic religion, Celtic arts, dress, etc.), and so much more. There will be music throughout the day and refreshments will be available.
On Aug. 22, the museum hosts what’s become an annual tradition – the Glengarry Wood Fair and Auction. Wood has been a huge ingredient in the lives of pioneers and the shaping of this country.
As such, the Glengarry Wood Fair will showcase all aspects of forestry and the crafting of wood products.
Participants will be able to discuss planting a woodlot with forestry professionals, or watch demonstrations of all the wood arts from turner and carver to timber framer or the chainsaw carver.
On Sept. 13, the museum hosts another tradition – the annual Harvest Fall Festival.
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to this Festival at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum in the village of Dunvegan. This rural community comes together to help put on an amazing day of pioneer harvest demonstrations, a horsedrawn carriage parade, live music, pioneer craft demonstrators and a harvest tent filled with preserves, local produce, baking and heritage plants.
Later that month, over the Sept. 26-27 weekend, experience 19th century military life... right up close and personal. The Glengarry Light Infantry and other Living History reenacting groups such as the 1812 Civilians and Native Allies will set up camp at the museum for the War of 1812 re-enactment weekend. Let your children don uniforms and take part in muster rolls. Learn how they lived, watch musket demos, and step back in time!
For more information on these events, visit www.glengarrypioneermusem.ca.
This production of As You Like It was a rousing success at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum
The Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s War of 1812 re-enactment weekend