Wardsville Bicentennial itinerary

Description of the Weekend Itinerary

Through fabric, film, paint and pen as well as music and story-telling, Wardsville celebrates its 200-year heritage on Father’s Day Weekend, 2010.

The village and area is celebrating Friday night with the Dykehoppers, a 20-musician big band.  The George Ward Barn quilts will be on display .  There will be sausage on a bun, dancing, visiting, and a keg of fine ale served up from the cellars of Newbury Legion.

Saturday is a day for walking through the village.  Visit the grave site of Mr. Ward.  Dave’s Cafe and the Crossroads Cafe are serving up treats.   The corner stage is back again with non-stop country, folk, and gospel music.  Ward’s Station Heritage Village opens from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Legacy Photo Shoot features photographers Lawrence Merin (black & white) and Dave Chidley (digital).  Every person or group who is photographed will receive a digital print.  The studio is in the Little Kin Park Pavillion beside the big top tent.

The black and white negatives will be stored away for the 300th anniversary in 2110.

The celebrated George Ward Commemorative Fabric Quilt stitched by the Mothers and Daughters of our Wardsville will be on display before it goes on tour, eventually to be featured at the Elgin-St. Thomas 2010 International Plowing Match.

The 30 distinct quilt blocks painted on 8′ X 8′ panels will be interpreted around the edge of the ball park before they are mounted on the barns and buildings of Wardsville and area. Each block represents one aspect of the adventurous lives of Mr. and Mrs. Ward.

It all started when George Ward was asked by the British government to set up a tavern on Longwoods Road between Thamesville and Delaware.  There were war clouds on the horizon and Ward was an experienced soldier.  Our local film maker Al McGregor will show his film “Battle of the Longwoods” in the Wardsville United Church at 1:00 p.m.  A panel of local historians will help the audience make sense of this significant, but poorly understood, event in our history.

Does anyone remember the Twin Valleys Community and School?  This alternative educational community operated just outside Wardsville from 1971 to 1983.  An inspirational, multi-media program featuring George Bullied and many others will be shown at the Wardsville United Church at 2:00 pm.  Over 60 alumni of TVS are attending from points all over the world.

This is the summer solstice, so the sun won’t set for a long time, but it’s time to start the evening festivities. Mrs. Ward’s Country Chicken Dinner will be served up at 6:00 pm by Villa Outdoor Catering Specialists.  The colonial menu circa 1810 features Three Sisters Soup, Bannock, Quarter Chicken Roasted, Succotash, and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.

The crowd will then stroll to the Wardsvile Cenotaph to solemnly commemorate the Path to Peace Barn Quilt Block which pays tribute to the local men who died in the Battle of the Longwoods, March 4, 1814, the Great War, and World War II.

And then the party begins.  The revellers will enjoy the music of George Laidlaw Jazz Quartet and Catherine McInnes while sampling delicacies from the Mile Long Dessert Table.  Dance, eat, dance, eat the night away.

After we sleep, we’ll wake on Father’s Day, pack our potluck dishes and return to visit with our Dads and meet friends and family at the Ward’s Station Heritage Village.  Western District Potluck Supper at 5:00 pm under the big top and Old Fashioned Tent Revival at 7:00 pm.  Lots of gospel music and a VERY short sermon.

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