John R. Park Homestead dressed for Christmas
Christmas in the Country is being celebrated Sunday and again Dec. 11 at the John R. Park Homestead at 915 Essex County Rd. in Essex.
See the homestead in all its glory Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A candlelight Christmas event will take place at the homestead Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
See the 1842 house decorated with natural materials from farm and forest. There will also be an opportunity to craft a traditional ornament, bake on the hearth and ring the sleigh bells. Costumed guides will take visitors through the house and farm after sundown.
A visit to the homestead conservation area will take you back in time to the mid-1800s. The house and farm buildings of John and Amelia Park are restored to bring the 19th century to life. Explore the Park’s magnificent classical revival home built in 1842, taste baking from the kitchen fireplace or play with a wooden toy in the children’s bedrooms. See the workings of an 1885 steam engine powered sawmill and stop by the blacksmith shop to witness the making of small hardware and repairing of farm tools at the coal-fired forge. Don’t miss the working smoke house, icehouse and barn.
For a breath of fresh air, take a scenic walk on the lakeshore boardwalk. Thousands of school children attend field trips to the homestead each year for handson learning opportunities about pioneer life and the importance of preserving heritage.
Chatham-Kent Outreach for Hunger is planning a huge fundraiser in 2019 – a day at Comerica Park in Detroit July 21 featuring the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays. Each ticket sold will include a $3 donation to Outreach for Hunger and Maple City Financial Inc. will donate $1 for each ticket sold. In addition, each ticket holder will be automatically enrolled in a raffle and the winner will receive a prize from the Detroit Tigers.
Facebook fans can enter to win a Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort And Spa staycation and round of golf at Reflection Bay simply by texting the word SANTA to 70210.
Some very famous rock legends will descend on the firstever Roxodus music festival at the Edenvale Aerodome at Stayner south of Collingwood next summer for three days of fun, food and rock and roll. Rockers Alice Cooper, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd are among just a few of the names that will rock the outdoor field.
Organizers expect about 20,000 fans to attend the concert in Clearview Township.
The company behind the event purchased 600 acres of land behind the Edenvale airport for the festival.
The July 11 to 13 festival will begin daily at 11 a.m. Early bird tickets are on sale for $299.
The Legends of Motown are appearing Saturday evening at the Chatham Capitol Theatre. The sixpiece cast of singers and musicians will perform live look-alike tributes to The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Jackson 5 and Martha and the Vandellas. Show time is 8 p.m.
A night of comedy with Jeff Leeson is slated for Dec. 14 at Sawmill Creek Golf Resort and Spa on Lakeshore Road at Camlachie, east of Sarnia.
Tickets for Ursuline College’s “In The Heights” are now available online. The production is slated for April 10-13 at the UCC Theatre in Chatham.
The Parlour Inn in Stratford is rolling out the red carpet to the public this month with special rates starting from $169.
The City of Sarnia and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton have announced the 2019 Sarnia Tall Ships celebration will partner with two other iconic annual community events during the Aug. 9-11 event. They are Artzscape by the Bay and the Bluewater Borderfest Music Festival.
Bluenose 11 will lead the fleet of tall ships sailing into Sarnia. Others include the Picton Castle, Empire Sandy, Denis Sullivan, Fair Jeanne and Appledore 1V. More ships will be announced in the new year.
Artzscape by the Bay, which attracted over 8,000 people last summer, is a fine art and unique artisans show and sale. Bluewater Borderfest had over 7,000 visitors during its last classic rock, roll and country music festival. The 2019 event will take place in Centennial Park.
The eighth annual Santa Cruise presented by Mariposa Cruises at Toronto Harbourfront is scheduled to leave the dock at 12 noon Sunday for a hour long cruise aboard the Northern Spirit. Santa’s Elves will direct families to the boat and take pictures with Santa.
Winterfest is also coming to Toronto’s waterfront Dec. 14 and 15 and again Dec. 21 and 22. Sharpen your skates or rent a pair and take a whirl around the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre. I took the grandchildren last year and they had a great time. Youngsters can also get creative with hands-on winter crafts in Miss Lou’s Room or decorate a gingerbread cookie in Queen’s Quay Terminal.
Toronto-based small group adventure operator G Adventures has acquired small group youth travel specialist Tru Travels based in the United Kingdom. The acquisition broadens G Adventures reach into the youth travel sector. It’s the latest acquisition by G Adventures. The company purchased Swan Hellenic and Page and Moy in 2017.
For decades, Canadians have been seeking refuge from the harsh Canadian winters by heading south to the sun belt states of Florida, Arizona, California and others. Buying and owning U.S. property for a Canadian resident can be confusing, stressful and filled with uncertainty. Make sure to get legal advice before making a purchase. Interesting to note that Canadians purchased more than 33,000 U.S. properties in the last 12 months and over 12,000 Canadians moved to the U.S.
The 15th annual History of the Christmas Tree Walk in Algonac, Mich. is in high gear and will continue for the next two weeks. Algonac residents Allen and Diane Kodet have opened their log home to the public to view more than 225 decorated trees on display in every room of the 9,500-square-foot home.
The trees are decorated with authentic ornaments from the 1850s until the present that have been collected over the past 40 years.
More than 2,000 people visited the home last Christmas season.
The home is located at 8945 Marsh Rd.
The art work of eight Japanese Canadians entitled Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a Broken World, goes on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on Feb. 2.
A bird count is slated for Dec. 29 at Canatara Park at Sarnia and the public is urged to participate. The count is geared towards kids.
A Country Christmas Jamboree is planned for Sunday at Brigden Fairgrounds. Doors open at noon with music starting at 1 p.m. A ham and scalloped potato supper will be served at 5 p.m.
The 2018 Dresden Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.
The ShakeBand’s New Year’s Eve party will take place at the John Bradley Conference Centre in Chatham. Tickets are $75 per person.
A Murder Mystery Night is scheduled for Dec. 13 at Club Lentinas in Chatham.
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Located in Essex County, the John R. Park Homestead will be celebrating Christmas in the Country on Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Meanwhile a candlelight Christmas event will take place at the homestead on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The homestead was built in 1842 by John and Amelia Park and has been restored to its 19th-century origins. Photo courtesy Tourism Windsor Essex/Pelee Island