His­tory, par­ties, the para­nor­mal

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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.

In stitches

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.

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