There’s a lot happening at the Eaton Corner Museum these days. Be a part of it!
UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2014
Contact the Museum for more information or to reserve your place. In addition to our popular annual events, workshops on sustainable gardening and traditional crafts for everyone are new to our programming.
March 7: Irish Night at the Bulwer Community Centre, 7 pm. Don't miss this musical celebration of St-Patrick's Day with talented local musicians, singalongs, storytelling, and more! Come for the fun, the good music, and the friendship. Refreshments available. Entry is $8, half price for children. For more information contact Serena Wintle, 819-875-5210.
March 15:Introduction to Using Medicinal Plants (en français with some translation available). Learn from Chantal Parent, therapeutic herbalist. 9 am to 4 pm. Morning : herbal teas, decoctions, macerations; Afternoon: oils and body lotions. $40. Materials provided. Call the Museum to reserve your place.
April 13: Spring Brunch at the Bulwer Community Centre. Always delicious. A traditional home made brunch of pancakes, locally sourced sausage, bacon, eggs, scalloped potatoes, and baked beans. All homemade. This year's price and time to be announced.
April 19: Medicinal Herb Workshop: Les outils de l’herboristerie (presente en français)
May 1: Workshop "Security for Heritage" presented by QAHN (Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network)
May 15: GRAND OPENING of A TALE OF THE TOWNSHIPS, our new permanent exhibition in the Church building.
May 15: THE MUSEUM OPENS FOR THE 2014 SEASON
May 23: Annual General Meeting of the Eaton Corner Museum
June 17: Meeting of FSHQ (Federation des societes historiques de Quebec)
July 20: Traditional Hymn Sing
August 10: Old Fashioned Day
August 16: Medicinal Herb Workshop: Cueillette et transformation (presente en français)
September 27: Heritage Car Rally
October 4: Harvest Lunch
November 15: Herbal Christmas Gifts (presente en français)
MORE EVENTS: Plans are brewing for MORE EVENTS IN 2014, including gardening and traditional craft workshops. Dates and details will be confirmed on this page and in other media. More workshops and events will be listed as we schedule them. Contact the Museum for more information.
Previous Events 2014
February 22: Pruning fruit trees in winter with Marc Nault.
February 15: William Stone’s Leg. An original drama by Marlene Lowry of Sawyerville, performed by a cast of local players in period costume. The play was based on an historic event in Eaton Corner in 1847 when anaesthetic was used in surgery for the first time in Canada. A fascinating look into the history of Eaton Corner, the life of William Stone, and the story of William Stone’s LEG. The play was a huge success with the local audience. We had to add a third performance to accommodate the demand. Thanks to the hardworking cast and crew, to Marlene Lowry and to Sharron Rothney, and to all the people who attended making it such a success.
January 10: Spaghetti Supper fundraiser at the Sawyerville Community Centre.
Previous Events 2013
March 8: Irish Night. Almost 100 people attended the enjoyable programme of music and storytelling by performers old and young. The event was hosted by Serena Wintle.
April 14: Spring Brunch. Over 185 people enjoyed the annual brunch of pancakes, eggs, sausages, baked beans, scalloped potatoes, and desserts, all home made by the many volunteers who cooked, baked, served, and (of course) cleaned up, to benefit the Museum.
May 4: Gardening Workshop #1. How to start and transplant vegetable seedlings from house to garden”, was led by Brian Creelman. Everyone took home seedlings for their gardens.
May 24: Annual General Meeting of the Eaton Corner Museum. Guest speaker Burton McConnell opened the meeting with a talk on “Life in East Clifton, 1867 to 1900, Based on the Diaries of Sheepskin Joe Taylor”. The business meeting followed and included reports on new projects, approval of a new acquisitions policy, and the election of members to the Board of Directors.
July 13: Gardening Workshop #2. Building and Maintaining Soil Fertility in the Garden, presented by Brian Creelman who demonstrated preparation of natural soil additives to make healthy soil and happy plants.
July 20: Garden Workshops #3. “Secrets of Making Good Compost” was presented by Dominique St-Laurent, at the Museum behind the Foss House. A good practical demonstration.
August 4: OLD FASHIONED DAY. Over 250 people came to the Cookshire Fairgrounds to celebrate the heritage crafts and skills of bygone days and the local people who still know how to do them. They also enjoyed horse and wagon rides, old time music, and home made scones and jam.
August 10: Garden Workshop #4. “An introduction to medicinal plants” was presented by Chantal Parent, Therapeutic Herbalist. Twelve people attended. It was held outside behind the Foss House. Mme. Parent identified useful plants that were growing on the grounds.
August 16-18: Cookshire Fair. The Museum had an information booth at the Fair, and sponsored a competition in the Main Building, challenging youth to create a model of a pioneer homestead. Prizes were awarded in several age categories.
August 24: Garden Workshop #5: “Making Ointments from Medicinal Plants” was the topic presented by Chantal Parent, Therapeutic Herbalist. Eighteen people attended and went home with a soothing salve. A small sale of local vegetables completed the morning event.
September 14: Townshippers’ Day. The Museum hosted an information and display table including a Mystery Object contest. Fifty people entered their guess to identify the object, which was a “Wheelright’s Reamer” used to carve out the ends of pump logs that carried water from a spring to the farm.
September 19: Seed Security around the World: Helen Jensen, Ph.D. Helen will speak about the importance of preserving biological diversity in Canada and around the world, and how communities can act to develop community seed banks. She will share her experiences overseas and with the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Contact the Museum to reserve your place, as seating is limited.
October 5: Garden Workshop #6. “How to preserve your own vegetable seeds,” with Brian Creelman. A hands-on workshop on how to save seeds - and why.
November 9: Herbal Workshops with Chantal Parent. Participants learned to make herbal moisturizing creams and body lotions in the morning, and Christmas gifts (lip balm, bath salts, massage oil, herbal vinegars) in the afternoon.
November 21: Tales from the Storage Room: How to run a small museum, presented by Heather Darch, curator of Mississquoi Historical Museum. The Museum hosted this workshop on behalf of Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN).as part of its Security for Heritage, Outreach and Workshops Initiative (SHOWI)
November 30, December 1: Basketmaking Workshop. In a two-day workshop, participants learned how to make baskets from ash strips the traditional way, with Raymond Robert.