Visitor Information Services in Iroquois will be moved away from the Iroquois Plaza, and closer to the town’s tourist attractions.
South Dundas council approved the move at the May 7 meeting.
This move is one that was suggested by the Iroquois Waterfront Planning Committee.
The VIC will be located in the back room of the Forward House, making it accessible through the side door.
According to the usage statistics presented, it cost the township almost $23 per visitor with a tourism related inquiry to operated the facility last year.
South Dundas economic development officer Nicole Sullivan intends for this proposal to help use these funds more effectively.
The plan is to create a tourism cluster to capture the target audience.
“The target audience is those who are already interested in visiting the community,” she noted. “The objective is to provide information which encourages them to participate in additional activities, ultimately lengthening their stay and increasing spending within the community.”
“The Forward House is strategically placed for achieving this goal as it is located in close proximity to a number of tourism attractions in Iroquois (including the Carman House, Iroquois Golf Course, Iroquois Locks and Galop Canal Marina, etc.),” said Sullivan. “It provides an ideal opportunity to attract traffic that is going or coming from those destinations and travelling along Carman Road.”
“Similarly, the large majority of tourism signage which currently exists through the SDG Tourism signage programs directs visitors along that route,” she added.
Along with moving the visitor information service to a better location, the site also provides some opportunity to create a small interpretive centre where historical/artistic displays could be included. “The Forward House provides adequate space to this objective plus the added appeal of it being a historical building itself,” said Sullivan.
The location will have the convenience of a washroom facility, which the old building never had. Also it is located close to other municipally employed staff at the campground who may be able to cover staff at the facility during lunch breaks. In previous years, the building was left without staff during employee breaks.
The previous location in the plaza will remain in place, for the use of community groups through the township’s facility rental agreement. There would be no fee.
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.email@example.com.
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.
Micro-surfacing, a fairly new road surfacing technology that municipal officials see as providing good value for money, is a little costlier this year than last.
South Dundas council awarded the tender to the lowest bidder for the nearly 16 km of roadway planned for this year at the June 18 council meeting.
The almost $460,000 worth of work represents a 13.3 percent price increase year over year, according to the report presented to council by Chris Bazinet, South Dundas manager of public works.
Two companies submitted bids. Duncor Enterprises Inc. was the lower bidder. Their bid was over $10,000 less than that of Miller Paving Limited, the company who has done all of South Dundas’ micro-surfacing so far.
Roads slated for micro-surfacing include Pigeon Island, Prunner Road, Zeron Road, Flagg Road, Waddell Road and the east end of Seibert Road.