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Handcrafted rugs at Waterford museum showcase regional history

By Carol Steedman

 

Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum is hosting a unique display of rug-hooking artwork entitled The Barn Raising Project. It includes 40 handcrafted pieces that show the beauty of the rural landscape and a wide assortment of barns from across Canada.

This is an award-winning travelling exhibit from Huronia Branch of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild and the Simcoe County museum. Simcoe County includes the northern towns of Collingwood and Meaford.

Each detailed picture includes a short story of the origin and history of the scene it depicts. One shows a barn burning and the range of colours portray the flames licking out of the octagonal-shaped building.

The Barn Raising Project is at the museum until December 18 and is well worth the visit.

On Saturday, September 12, the museum will again host the 8th annual Heritage Tractor Drive. It opens at 8 a.m. for registration and the drive begins at 9 a.m. Vintage tractors will wind their way through Norfolk County with various stops along the way. For a map of the tour or to register to participate, contact the museum staff.

James Christison is the new curator and director of Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum, located at 159 Nichol St. in Waterford, taking over from Melissa Colver who left for a new job in Norfolk County.

"I consider it an honour and am thrilled to be part of the Waterford community which has been so supportive of all we do here at the museum," said Christison, who worked as assistant to Colver for five years.

He said the children's summer program has been filled this year. Each of the six weeks had all 15 places filled with 18 children participating some days.

Program leaders benefitted with volunteer high school hours and the children benefitted from their ideas and enthusiasm. There were 33 youth leaders over the six weeks, with students from three Waterford and Simcoe high schools.

This year's summer programs culminated with a sleepover "night at the museum" where games, campfire and a giant outdoor movie screen provided lots of fun and camp memories.

To contact Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum about their events or to register for the Tractor Drive, contact www.waterfordmuseum.ca or phone 519-443-4211.

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Last weekend there was a successful event held at Kerry's Eatery on St. James Street in Waterford. The community pulled together with 50 people making donations of prizes, money and food for Kerry's Youth Activity Fair.

The purpose was to make young people and families aware of the organizations and events held through the year to keep them active and involved in their community. More than 300 people attended.

Free hotdogs and beverages, raffles, an auction and lots of children's activities made an enjoyable time for all.

The approximately $1,300 that was raised will be shared by five local groups that provide activities for children and youth.

Waterford Area Youth or W.A.Y., which meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Waterford Baptist Church. This group is supported by several churches and the young people are busy organizing a Hive Event of geo-caching called The Amazing Race on Sept. 25.

Old Town Hall Kids will also benefit from the fundraising. Currently, the three-week summer camp program at the hall is preparing a production to be staged at the end of August. Contact Claire Senko at the Old Town Hall, 519-443-0113 for details.

The Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum kids programs, Waterford Skating Club at the arena on Church Street East and Youth For Christ will each also receive a share of the money raised from Kerry's Youth Activity Fair.

"The community's participation was so awesome again this year that it shouldn't have just my name on it," said organizer Kerry Bockenholt.

Our Town is an Expositor feature that presents news and views from communities in our area. Carol Steedman is a freelance writer who lives in Waterford. She may be reached at goffsteedman@execulink.com.