History, parties, the paranormal
While the Glengarry Pioneer Museum celebrates history, it continues to add new attractions to its program.
As it readies to open its new season on the May 19-21 long weekend, the Dunvegan museum is also preparing two new exhibits.
The first, called “Let's Celebrate,” is a show featuring artifacts and history behind holidays and traditions we know today, explains curator Jennifer Black.
The second new exhibit is about the Clan MacLeod, whose roots date back to the 1700s.
The museum was partly founded by MacLeods, with countless artifacts donated over the years by the family. The Clan MacLeod Society has been meeting in Dunvegan annually since 1934. MacLeods led the Glenelg emigration to Glengarry in 1794.
Other events this year include the Smith-In: Blacksmith Festival to be held June 9 and 10. The museum grounds will be filled with the sounds of blacksmiths hard at work. There will be fun and interesting activities for the whole family.
Take to the road for the June 16 Historical Driving Tour and join a convoy exploring various historical sites throughout Glengarry and Prescott. A guest speaker will be at each location and lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required. Deadline is June 11.
The Stitch in Time Quilt and Fibre Weekend July 7 and 8 features demonstrations, displays, education and hands-on workshops in quilting, spinning, weaving, rug hooking and sheep shearing.
At Tartans at Twilight July 26, Alan Jones and Company will be performing at 7 p.m.
July 29 at 2 p.m. prepare to be delighted by Julia Danskin’s Tartans and Clans talk.
An art show by Glengarry Artists’ Collective/Collectif d’artistes de Glengarry will be on display July 21-29 in the Orange Lodge and the Big Beaver Schoolhouse.
August 12, the museum will host a speaker who will make a presentation on British Home Children.
August 18, the Museum will be participating in the Doors Open day for Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Admission will be free all day.
Basket-making is the theme of an August 26 presentation.
Set aside September 9 and 10 on your calendar for the Harvest Fall Festival des récoltes.
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to this event.
The community comes together to help put on an amazing day of pioneer harvest demonstrations, a horse-drawn carriage parade, live music, pioneer craft demonstrators and a harvest tent filled with preserves, local produce, baking and heritage plants. There is something for all ages, from the children’s games and petting zoo, to taking in a threshing demonstration and walk through the 1860s Star Inn and other historic buildings. There is something different every year.
Keep your powder dry for the 1812 Re-enactment and Living History Weekend, September 29 and 30.
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 are setting up camp on the grounds. Children don uniforms and take part in muster rolls. Learn how they lived, watch musket demos, and step back in time. Battles will be portrayed at 3 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Don’t be afraid to take in Glengarry Paranormal, Revealings and Revelations October 13 and 27. Members of Bytown Paranormal from Ottawa will take you on a tour of the museum buildings and will reveal findings on their investigations into paranormal activity at the museum.