From the pop bottle to the exquisitely cut glass of a beautiful chandelier, glass is both practical and extravagant.
At Upper Canada Village this weekend, visitors can discover the magic of glass blowing, magic lantern slides and mirrors. Painted and stained glass, kaleidoscopes as well as industrial applications will all be on display.
A special feature of the weekend will be the remarkable stained glass windows painted in the 1880s by famed artist Harry Horwood for the home of distillery owner J. P. Wiser.
Two newly restored Horwood windows will be on display in Crysler Hall for the first time since the 1950s.
On Saturday, September 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Brian Eagle of Northern Glass will discuss his restoration work of the Horwood windows.
David Martin of Ogdensburg, NY, a stained glass photographer and historian, will make presentations on Sunday, September 23 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. about Harry Horwood, the remarkable artist who created the windows.
“This event was inspired by the beautiful Horwood windows that we now have on display at Crysler Hall,” says Dave Dobbie, Manager of Upper Canada Village. “It is amazing how glass has so many uses. From its use as an art form to industrial or general household purposes, glass has done it all. It is very versatile and you can find beauty in even the everyday items. I hope that our visitors find this as fascinating as we do.”
Various discussions and presentations will take place on both Saturday and Sunday in Crysler Hall and Providence Chapel:
•Brian Phillips will present the story of the Mallorytown Glass Works, opened in 1839, the first glass factory in Upper Canada. Presentations will be at 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. Saturday only, in Crysler Hall.
•Professor M. Lindsay Lambert is returning to the Village with his popular 19th Century Entertainment! Three times each day (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) both Saturday and Sunday in Providence Chapel, he will present a Magic Lantern show. Using vintage glass slides and a lantern from circa 1900, Prof. Lambert tells a fascinating story of life and entertainment before film and video.
•Suzanne Plousos, Archaeologist and Material Culture Researcher from Parks Canada, will be on hand to display and discuss bottles and drink-related tableware recovered by archaeologists excavating War of 1812 through to 1840’s National Historic Sites, including artifacts from Fort Wellington, Fort Malden and Fort George. Visitors can discover why glass beverage bottles have different shapes, learn to identify British products from French, Netherlands and early American beverage bottles and discover a long standing British military tradition for toasting the monarch. Presentations will be at 12:noon and 3 p.m. Sunday only in Crysler Hall.
Other displays throughout the Village on both Saturday and Sunday will include: Discovery Centre-Paperweight Collectors of Ontario; Fairgrounds-Paul Reid, Reid’s Beads, sales and demonstrations; Janet Potter – The Glass Case – jewellery and more; Ron Squires – Squires Wood & Glass Works – stained glass demonstration.
Upper Canada Village education staff will also be organizing family activities including games and music.
Upper Canada Village will feature various Village artifacts including optical glass in Crysler Hall and other glass items and artifacts in all of the buildings.
Special discussions will take place in Robertson House (garden cloche); the Cabinetmaker’s (window glass); Crysler Store (poison bottles); the Physician’s House (glass use in medicine); Dressmaker (mirrors) and at Ross Farm House (decorative painting).
Admission to Upper Canada Village is Adult (13 to 64 years) – $17; Senior (65 years and over) – $14; Youth (6 to 12 years) – $14 and Children (5 years and under) – free.
For more information call the Customer Service Unit at 613-543-4328 (locally) or 800-437-2233 or visit the website at www.UpperCanadaVillage.com.
Visitors to Upper Canada Village are reminded that on select nights from October 5 through October 31, a Hallowe’en experience will unfold unlike any other in the region.
Visitors are invited to come and stroll through an all-new, hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of thousands of hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village.
This mesmerizing installation of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins is a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages.
Upper Canada Village’s award-winning fall event Pumpkinferno is getting ready to enchant visitors once again this fall with the addition of 11 new themed exhibits. The creative and artistic event will be open […]
A recently announced $11 million increase in provincial government funding supporting community-based services in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network is designed to give area residents more options for home and community care.
Among the health care providers who will increase their services due to the extra funding is Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation.
That organization will share in a $1 million increase in funding for personal support and respite programs that offer assistance to clients living alone, and caregivers in need of respite. Services include grooming, dressing, bathing, transferring, bed care and medication compliance.
These services are aimed at lower-risk seniors who do not qualify for Community Care Access Services, and is more of a service aimed at preventing problems.
“What this means is that Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing will be providing more hours of service and seeing more people,” said Janet Levere, executive director of WNPHC. “These are important services to the many seniors who are staying in their homes longer.”
WNPHC was also named as a service provider agency that will share in a $400,000 annual funding increase to the Assisted Living Services program which provides health services at home for high-risk seniors needing personal support services including hygiene, assisting with medication and homemaking, 24/7 monitoring and care coordination.
The bulk of the increased funding, just over $7 million, will benefit the Champlain Community Care Access Centre in delivering services through a variety of programs across the region, with the aim of supporting seniors' transition from hospital to home. These services assist clients with moderate to high needs either to avoid unnecessary hospitalization, or once in hospital, to go home sooner with appropriate supports in place.
According to the LHIN news release, 90,000 more seniors across the province will receive care at home thanks to the addition of three million personal support worker hours over the next three years.
“The Champlain LHIN is making important, strategic investments that will help transform the health system by expanding services in community settings,” said Chantale LeClerc, Champlain LHIN CEO. “In particular, seniors and people with mental health conditions and addictions will benefit from the new programs, which aim to improve quality of life, prevent avoidable emergency room visits, and keep folks healthy at home.”