Bards and bat­tles at Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum

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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

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