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Settlers Trek 2016 en route in May

Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 10:05 AM
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A northward migration will start around noon from Brockville’s Courthouse Green on Sunday, May 15, after a call from Perth’s Town Crier, and a greeting from the Mayor of Brockville.  The journey will end on May 20 at the Tay Basin in Perth.

Settlers Trek 2016 is a re-enactment of the 100-kilometre trek from Brockville to Perth made by the first individuals and families to populate the Perth Military Settlement in 1816. The bicentennial commemoration will be an attempt to recreate the original land and water route as closely as possible, and will coincide with the 200th Anniversary celebration of the Perth Military Settlement.

Families and individuals will be travelling by horse and wagon, on foot, and by canoe. Many will be in period costume, and will appear much like the original group of 40 families who set out from the same spot 200 years ago. The wagon train will consist of five wagons pulled by two-horse teams, followed by two outriders. Some of the participants have direct ancestral links to the original group of settlers and will be leading the trek.  

At the beginning of the journey, retired Brockville Museum curator Bonnie Burke, and Reverend Marianne Emig Munro of the First Presbyterian Church, will be assisting with events on Court House Green in Brockville. Munro’s counterpart from the past, Presbyterian Rev. William Smart, had conducted a ceremony in 1816 at the same spot that launched the first wave of settlers into the region north of the St. Lawrence River.  Also represented will be the Hon. Charles Jones, one of Brockville’s leading citizens from early days.

The procession will travel through the communities of Lyn, Athens, Delta, and Portland, and committee member Liz Theobald is hoping for the size of the daily group to be similar to the original trek. Daily distance will be kept to between 11 kilometres and 20 kilometres. Organizers at the stops are expected to have arranged for daily celebrations, including music, meals, dances, children’s games, singalongs, religious services, military encampments, and demonstrations of skills from the period.

On Wednesday, May 18, the journey will continue from Portland, when a new group of re-enactors will paddle the Rideau and Tay system.  When they arrive at the Tay Basin in Perth on Friday, May 20, the Perth Regional Heritage Fair will have a pioneer encampment in place around the Crystal Palace.

Highlights along the route include an Open House at the Lyn Museum; dinner and entertainment at Athens’ Joshua Bates Centre; a tour of the Old Stone Mill in Delta and entertainment at the Old Town Hall; a military encampment at Hanna Park in Portland, followed by dinner and entertainment at the Legion; a welcome by First Nations, Parks Canada, and a piper at Rideau Ferry public dock; and the many activities at Perth’s Tay Basin.

According to Clark Theobald of the Settlers Trek 2016 Committee, “Members of the original trek were government-sponsored civilians from the British Isles and decommissioned soldiers from the War of 1812 and Napoleonic conflicts.”  The committee is comprised of volunteers with connections to area historical societies, museums, and municipal organizations from each of the communities between Brockville and Perth, and their most recent meeting was on March 1 in Perth.

A Heritage Fair press release describes their part in Perth at the Tay Basin on May 20:  “This unique one-day event is to enhance the historical aspect of the area’s 200th anniversary celebrations.  The morning will be reserved for Heritage Fair students while the Public can view the site from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Students from area grade four to eight schools participating in this student history fair will select morning workshops at the Palace from at least nine offered at the ‘Pioneer Encampment’, all with a theme of 19th century skills. Masonry, blacksmithing, tanning, mining, rope and shingle making, canoe construction, along with several military reenactment camps featuring the Canadian Fencibles, the Swiss de Wattevilles and the Fort Henry Guard, guarantee an exciting range of participatory workshop selections.”

Those who wish to participate or volunteer are asked to contact settlerstrek2016@gmail.com or call 613-326-1976.  The main website is www.settlerstrek2016.ca, and Clark Theobald points out that the site will be updated soon with the answers to many frequently asked questions and other pertinent information.

Perth Weekend Guide: Feb. 12-15

Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 12:02 PM
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FRIDAY

Athens Aeros vs. Perth Blue Wings
7:30 p.m.
Perth & District Arena
Full schedule at perthbluewings.com

Studio Theatre Productions Presents: The Game’s Afoot
8 p.m.
Studio Theatre (63 Gore Street East)
A play by Ken Ludwig. A murderously funny who-dunnit with gasp out loud twists and turns to keep you guessing. Tickets $24 and $22 available at The Book Nook, Shadowfax and Tickets Please. For further info visit studiotheatreperth.com.

Open Mic at the Golden Arrow
9 p.m.
Golden Arrow Pub (71 Foster Street)

Tom Watson at O’Reilly’s
9 p.m.
O’Reilly’s Ale House (43 Gore Street East)

SATURDAY

Fire and Ice: A 200th Signature Event
All Day
Conlon Farm & Crystal Palace
This event celebrates the true Canadian spirit – in the middle of winter! The day-long event will embrace winter with outdoor activities taking place at Conlon Farm, as well as a night out for the grown-ups at the Crystal Palace, featuring an ice bar, live music, fireworks and a bonfire! For information contact Cathy at cathy@catscovecommunications.com or visit www.perth200.ca.

Valentine’s Book Sale
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
30 Herriott Street
Proceeds to the Perth & District Union Public Library. Call 613-283-5622 for more information

Free Public Swimming
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Pert & District Indoor Pool
For further information, contact the pool office at 613-267-5302.

Studio Theatre Perth Presents: The Game’s Afoot
8 p.m.
Studio Theatre (63 Gore Street East)
A play by Ken Ludwig. A murderously funny who-dunnit with gasp out loud twists and turns to keep you guessing. Tickets $24 and $22 available at The Book Nook, Shadowfax and Tickets Please. For further info visit studiotheatreperth.com.

Shawn McCullough at the Golden Arrow
9 p.m.
Golden Arrow Pub (71 Foster Street)

SUNDAY

Free Public Skating
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Perth & District Community Centre
For further information, call the arena at 613-267-2455.

Studio Theatre Perth Presents: The Game’s Afoot
2 p.m.
Studio Theatre (63 Gore Street East)
A play by Ken Ludwig. A murderously funny who-dunnit with gasp out loud twists and turns to keep you guessing. Tickets $24 and $22 available at The Book Nook, Shadowfax and Tickets Please. For further info visit studiotheatreperth.com.









Posts Tagged ‘history’

Settlers Trek 2016 en route in May

Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 10:05 AM
posted by admin

A northward migration will start around noon from Brockville’s Courthouse Green on Sunday, May 15, after a call from Perth’s Town Crier, and a greeting from the Mayor of Brockville.  The journey will end on May 20 at the Tay Basin in Perth.

Settlers Trek 2016 is a re-enactment of the 100-kilometre trek from Brockville to Perth made by the first individuals and families to populate the Perth Military Settlement in 1816. The bicentennial commemoration will be an attempt to recreate the original land and water route as closely as possible, and will coincide with the 200th Anniversary celebration of the Perth Military Settlement.

Families and individuals will be travelling by horse and wagon, on foot, and by canoe. Many will be in period costume, and will appear much like the original group of 40 families who set out from the same spot 200 years ago. The wagon train will consist of five wagons pulled by two-horse teams, followed by two outriders. Some of the participants have direct ancestral links to the original group of settlers and will be leading the trek.  

At the beginning of the journey, retired Brockville Museum curator Bonnie Burke, and Reverend Marianne Emig Munro of the First Presbyterian Church, will be assisting with events on Court House Green in Brockville. Munro’s counterpart from the past, Presbyterian Rev. William Smart, had conducted a ceremony in 1816 at the same spot that launched the first wave of settlers into the region north of the St. Lawrence River.  Also represented will be the Hon. Charles Jones, one of Brockville’s leading citizens from early days.

The procession will travel through the communities of Lyn, Athens, Delta, and Portland, and committee member Liz Theobald is hoping for the size of the daily group to be similar to the original trek. Daily distance will be kept to between 11 kilometres and 20 kilometres. Organizers at the stops are expected to have arranged for daily celebrations, including music, meals, dances, children’s games, singalongs, religious services, military encampments, and demonstrations of skills from the period.

On Wednesday, May 18, the journey will continue from Portland, when a new group of re-enactors will paddle the Rideau and Tay system.  When they arrive at the Tay Basin in Perth on Friday, May 20, the Perth Regional Heritage Fair will have a pioneer encampment in place around the Crystal Palace.

Highlights along the route include an Open House at the Lyn Museum; dinner and entertainment at Athens’ Joshua Bates Centre; a tour of the Old Stone Mill in Delta and entertainment at the Old Town Hall; a military encampment at Hanna Park in Portland, followed by dinner and entertainment at the Legion; a welcome by First Nations, Parks Canada, and a piper at Rideau Ferry public dock; and the many activities at Perth’s Tay Basin.

According to Clark Theobald of the Settlers Trek 2016 Committee, “Members of the original trek were government-sponsored civilians from the British Isles and decommissioned soldiers from the War of 1812 and Napoleonic conflicts.”  The committee is comprised of volunteers with connections to area historical societies, museums, and municipal organizations from each of the communities between Brockville and Perth, and their most recent meeting was on March 1 in Perth.

A Heritage Fair press release describes their part in Perth at the Tay Basin on May 20:  “This unique one-day event is to enhance the historical aspect of the area’s 200th anniversary celebrations.  The morning will be reserved for Heritage Fair students while the Public can view the site from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Students from area grade four to eight schools participating in this student history fair will select morning workshops at the Palace from at least nine offered at the ‘Pioneer Encampment’, all with a theme of 19th century skills. Masonry, blacksmithing, tanning, mining, rope and shingle making, canoe construction, along with several military reenactment camps featuring the Canadian Fencibles, the Swiss de Wattevilles and the Fort Henry Guard, guarantee an exciting range of participatory workshop selections.”

Those who wish to participate or volunteer are asked to contact settlerstrek2016@gmail.com or call 613-326-1976.  The main website is www.settlerstrek2016.ca, and Clark Theobald points out that the site will be updated soon with the answers to many frequently asked questions and other pertinent information.

Perth Weekend Guide: Feb. 12-15

Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 12:02 PM
posted by admin

FRIDAY

Athens Aeros vs. Perth Blue Wings
7:30 p.m.
Perth & District Arena
Full schedule at perthbluewings.com

Studio Theatre Productions Presents: The Game’s Afoot
8 p.m.
Studio Theatre (63 Gore Street East)
A play by Ken Ludwig. A murderously funny who-dunnit with gasp out loud twists and turns to keep you guessing. Tickets $24 and $22 available at The Book Nook, Shadowfax and Tickets Please. For further info visit studiotheatreperth.com.

Open Mic at the Golden Arrow
9 p.m.
Golden Arrow Pub (71 Foster Street)

Tom Watson at O’Reilly’s
9 p.m.
O’Reilly’s Ale House (43 Gore Street East)

SATURDAY

Fire and Ice: A 200th Signature Event
All Day
Conlon Farm & Crystal Palace
This event celebrates the true Canadian spirit – in the middle of winter! The day-long event will embrace winter with outdoor activities taking place at Conlon Farm, as well as a night out for the grown-ups at the Crystal Palace, featuring an ice bar, live music, fireworks and a bonfire! For information contact Cathy at cathy@catscovecommunications.com or visit www.perth200.ca.

Valentine’s Book Sale
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
30 Herriott Street
Proceeds to the Perth & District Union Public Library. Call 613-283-5622 for more information

Free Public Swimming
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Pert & District Indoor Pool
For further information, contact the pool office at 613-267-5302.

Studio Theatre Perth Presents: The Game’s Afoot
8 p.m.
Studio Theatre (63 Gore Street East)
A play by Ken Ludwig. A murderously funny who-dunnit with gasp out loud twists and turns to keep you guessing. Tickets $24 and $22 available at The Book Nook, Shadowfax and Tickets Please. For further info visit studiotheatreperth.com.

Shawn McCullough at the Golden Arrow
9 p.m.
Golden Arrow Pub (71 Foster Street)

SUNDAY

Free Public Skating
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Perth & District Community Centre
For further information, call the arena at 613-267-2455.

Studio Theatre Perth Presents: The Game’s Afoot
2 p.m.
Studio Theatre (63 Gore Street East)
A play by Ken Ludwig. A murderously funny who-dunnit with gasp out loud twists and turns to keep you guessing. Tickets $24 and $22 available at The Book Nook, Shadowfax and Tickets Please. For further info visit studiotheatreperth.com.

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