Who does not have a vision of the stern and unsmiling Victorian staring out of a black and white photograph?
Coping with the rigours of 19th century life sure seemed to have taken a toll on people’s sense of fun. Or did it?
Visitors to Upper Canada Village on July 28 and 29 will find out that our ancestors enjoyed many diversions and pastimes, from puzzles, baseball and parlour games to cricket, croquinole and croquet.
It’s a chock-a-block weekend, with lots of opportunities to pitch a hand-sewn baseball, compete in the three-legged race, solve a riddle, make a whirligig and play a game of fox and geese.
“The 1860’s were a much simpler time with less technology, so people played games for recreation,” says Dave Dobbie, manager of Upper Canada Village. “We hope that our visitors will rediscover how much fun you can have without technology.”
Visitors will be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and join in the fun.
• Chess tournament – Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. Please pre-register through website www.audiapason.ca.
• Crockinole party, dominos and skittles tournament – Saturday and Sunday all day at the Family Activity Centre.
•Massachusetts baseball – Saturday and Sunday 2-3 p.m. Discover the distinction between this and modern baseball, especially in regards to scoring and layout of the field.
•Cricket – Saturday and Sunday 11- noon and 4-5 p.m. with Tom Melville. Tom is from Wisconsin and is an expert in all things cricket. He will instruct novices and umpire matches between teams of visitors.
•Lacrosse – Sunday 1- 2 p.m. Watch the Cornwall Celtics demonstrate this fast-paced traditional game.
•Croquet – Saturday and Sunday 2-3p.m. Very popular in the 1860’s, croquet involves hitting wooden balls with a mallet through hoops embedded in a grass playing court. It was made famous when Alice in Wonderland played a very special version involving live flamingos as mallets and hedgehogs as balls.
•Children’s games – Egg races, sack races, wheel barrow races and the always exciting tug-of-war are on the program on Saturday and Sunday 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
•Riddles, conundrums, singing games – Join the Upper Canada Village musicians and learn a few songs that accompany games.
•Card games – All day Sunday. Whist, a classic trick-taking card game which had its heyday in the 19th century and Euchre which is responsible for introducing the joker into modern card packs will be played. Everyone is welcome to join in!
• Parlour games – Sunday 3- 4 p.m. “Hide the Thimble”, “I love my love with an A”, “Ring String” and “In my Lady’s Toilette” will show that sometimes mild-sounding games can be deceivingly rowdy.
•Garden syringe – Saturday. Cool off with the “super soakers” of the past.
The weekend of July 28-29 has also been marked to celebrate the anniversary of the Young Interpreters’ Program.
Since 1982, the Young Interpreters Program has given youth, between the ages of 10 and 15, an opportunity to experience 19th century life first-hand.
Young Interpreters learn traditional skills from professional historical interpreters and take part in a host of typical 19th century activities.
Hundreds of children have spent many of their formative years at Upper Canada Village and the program is still going strong!
On July 28 and 29, it’s time to celebrate.
“Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Young Interpreter’s Program is a perfect fit with this event (Games People Played) as many of the games featured will be familiar to anyone who was a Young Interpreter.”
Former Young Interpreters are invited to re-explore their favourite Village hang-outs, chat with costumed villagers, and attend school or Sunday school. Interpreters are invited to bring a brown-paper lunch and join other former Young Interpreters for a picnic with cake and lemonade at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.
Former Young Interpreter who have not received an official invitation are invited to contact Gabriele.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the above events please call 1-800-437-2233 (543-4328 locally) or buy your tickets online at www.uppercanadavillage.com.
Following an ongoing investigation into several reported break-ins occurring during the month of April in South Dundas, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry and Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police Crime Unit members have arrested and charged four adults.
Details were released May 7.
Criminal Code of Canada search warrants were executed at two residences in Edwardsburgh Township resulting in several items of stolen property recovered; consisting of drugs, assorted electronics, hunting equipment, hand/power tools, lawn tractor/gardening products and cash.
Allan Robinson (42) of Edwardsburgh Township is charged with;
– Break, Enter a Place – Commit Indictable Offence (4 counts)
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 (4 counts)
– Mischief Under $5,000 (2 counts)
– Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine.
He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on June 9, 2015.
Patricia Mellon (36) of Cardinal, Ontario is charged with;
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
She is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on June 9, 2015.
Christos Valaveris (50) of Prescott, Ontario is charged with;
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Fail to Comply with Recognizance.
He was held in custody pending an appearance (bail) at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville.
Tara McEnaney (41) of Prescott, Ontario is charged with;
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.
She was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville on June 5, 2015.
Over 30,000 people visited Upper Canada Village last year for Pumpkinferno, and area business organizations are hoping that their promotion of “A 2013 Season Of Pumpkin People”, will bring some of those visitors outside of Upper Canada Village, into more of South Dundas.
Various “A Season of Pumpkin People” activities took place in late September and will continue throughout the month of October.
The committee is encouraging everyone, including businesses and individuals, to use their creativity to build and display their own pumpkin people in front of their homes and businesses.
The idea is to promote the community, to attract more visitors and to foster community spirit within South Dundas.
Committee members encourage everyone to take up the challenge and to get involved.
Spooky tales for the little ones, along with activities are scheduled to take place Saturday afternoons, October 5, 19 at 26 in the Morrisburg Plaza and Iroquois Shopping Centre.
A Great Pumpkin Recipe challenge is being issued to the community. All recipes submitted to the contest must contain pumpkin, either canned or fresh as an ingredient. Judging will take place October 12, noon, at the tent in the Morrisburg Plaza.
Saturday, October 26 pumpkin carving events will take place in the Iroquois and Morrisburg plazas, for the Light the Way display. The plan is to carve pumpkins and to place the lighted pumpkins along the route to Upper Canada Village from Iroquois, Morrisburg, Williamsburg and Riverside Heights.