Friday, 30 September 2011
Spooky Fall Crafts is this Sunday (October 2) and we're getting in the Halloween spirit. Staff are debating between costumes to wear this Sunday (and hoping the kids come in costume, too!), and we're picking through decorations to put up. Earlier this week we made crafts on CTV Morning Live, and the bottom bat with the purple body and black wings was made by host Lianne Laing - read more about the day here.
At the moment there are only three spots left for Spooky Fall Crafts, so if you are interested in attending, send me an email or give me a call at 613-831-2393 to register. To see photos of last year's event, click here.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
CTV Ottawa Morning Live is on the road and traveling to nearby communities for 'Live Where You Live'. Today the morning show was broadcasting live from Stittsville's Village Square from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m.
We are happy to say we were part of the action. Tracey Donaldson and I made crafts with host Liane Laing. This coming Sunday October 2 we have family event called Spooky Fall Crafts to start celebrating Halloween. Send me an email to register :)
Sunday, 25 September 2011
With the bicentennial celebrations months away, people may be wondering what they should know about the War of 1812.
Most of us learnt about the War of 1812 back in Grade 7 history lessons, and we probably only recall the names of Laura Secord, Isaac Brock and Tecumseh. We may have little understanding of the contributions of thousands of people who fought for King and Canada on the battlefields of this continental war.
At the Goulbourn Museum, we tell about the 100th Prince Regent's County of Dublin Regiment of Foot, which served with distinction in the War of 1812. And in 1818, the Irish lads came to Richmond to settle the town and surrounding farms, becoming our pioneer settlers.
My former Ottawa Citizen colleague, Kate Heartfield, asked friends to submit a favourite book about the War of 1812. Mine is Dianne Graves' book, In the Midst of Alarms: The untold story of women and the War of 1812 (see book cover above).
If you want to broaden your knowledge of the War of 1812, read Kate Heartfield's blog here where she lists numerous books -- most are available through the Ottawa Public Library.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Scarecrows from Autumn, Apples & Acorns:
Photos from Stittsville's Villagefest:
What a busy weekend for the Museum! On Saturday we participated in Stittsville's Villagefest, and on Sunday we offered our monthly family activity program called Autumn, Apples & Acorns.
We couldn't have asked for better weather or company at Villagefest. At our booth we displayed reproductions of scrapbooks that the Museum has in its collection (featured here). We also had visitors put their handprint on two boards that will be display on the inside of the Museum's front door.
For Autumn, Apples & Acorns kids made three crafts to take home inside the Museum, then ventured outside to work in teams and create full size scarecrows to decorate the Museum's booth at the Richmond Fair from Sept 17-19, 2011.
Our next family activity day is Spooky Fall Crafts on Sunday October2, 2011. Email me for details or to register. We will also be in the Agricultural Building at the Richmond Fair this year, and have our next Yap & Yarn knitting circle meeting at the Museum on Sunday September 18 from 1-3.