Wardsville’s Bicentennial Celebration

What Went On:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pitch tents.  Install the quilt blocks.  Everyone on deck.  And have fun.

For locals who are handy and creative, please drop by the ball park in the early evening to help with decorating the tent and installing the barn quilts.

Friday, June 18, 2010 – Free

9:30 a.m.   Little Kin Ball Park, Wardsville.  The media is invited for a sneak peak at the 30 freshly painted “barn quilts”, the latest craze in rural folk art. One of the 8 foot square murals was painted by young artists from Mosa Central School in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex.  The young Mosa students are coming by bus to view the “Old Country Church” barn quilt that they painstakingly painted. They will learn about the local history of Wardsville, Mr George Ward and the War of 1812.

Commemorative quilt on display.

Barn quilts on display in ball park

7:00 – 7:30 pm Welcoming Ceremony at the Ball Park

7:30 – 9:00 pm.  Dykehoppers big band concert, dancing, visiting. Sausage on a bun and Ale by Penny, Crossroads Bistro.

6:00 -8:00 pm.  Heritage village demonstrations on candle making, forging, rope making and Trading Post open.  Barn Quilt Gallery: barn quilts on display in the ball park.

6:00 – 9:00 pm. Legacy Photo Shoot at the Ball Park Pavillion beside big top tent. Featuring photographers Dave Chidley and Lawrence Merin.

All Wardsville families requested to have their photograph taken in digital and black and white.  Bring wedding photos of the generations to include in the picture: Mom & Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and the Greats.  Black & White archival negatives to be stored away in Elgin Archives for the 300th anniversary in the year 2100.  One free digital picture for each group.

9:00 p.m.  Wardsville community groups have picture taken under Ball Park Pavillion beside big top tent. Groups larger than 10 people: Church groups, Masons, youth groups, etc.  Get your people together and show up at 9 p.m.

Twin Valleys Community and School Reunion. Twin Valleys alumni fly in to London, ON Friday evening for a warm up gathering.  Contact Hal Jenner  jenner.hal@gmail.com

Saturday, June 19, 2010  –  Free

8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Dave’s Cafe is open.  Breakfast at Dave’s.  And the famous Funnel Cakes!

10:00 a.m – 5:00 pm  Wardsville Jamboree.  Open Air Jam Session at Dave’s Cafe on the corner of Haggerty and Longwoods.  Bring your guitar and your group.  Book a spot by calling Dave at 519-693-0488 or just show up with your lawn chair.  Dave is grilling hamburgers and footlong hotdogs. His special Bicentennial Funnel Cakes are divine.

9:00 am – 1 pm  TCCU Wardsville community credit union. Open and ready to open a new account or do a loan!  Dressed to the nines, staff will be in serious business mode.

10:00 – 2:00 pm.  Wardsville Museum with Curator, Ken Willis, and Wardsville interpreters.

12 Noon – 4:00 pm  Wardsville Fire Station.   The firefighters will be polishing the brand new Rosenbauer 2010 tanker.  Drop by the station to gawk and admire.

11:00 am – 8:00 pm Crossroads Bistro will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (11:00 am – 4 pm) serving pizza, subs, fresh cut fries, and burgers.  Penny and her staff have a great menu.  519-693-0000.

Twin Valleys Reunion.  Over sixty fellow TVSers coming in from all parts of the globe. Lunch at noon hosted by St. John’s Presbyterian Church and Beattie Haven. Contact Hal Jenner  jenner.hal@gmail.com

10:00 – 4:00 pm  “Ward’s Station” Pioneer encampment in Little Kin Park. Trading Post.

Penelope’s Pots ~ Penni Stoddart, a guild-member potter and active reenactor who will be throwing on an old fashioned foot-powered kick wheel. As an educator, she is fully equipped to draw the public into her very messy world! With her will be her daughter Emily and son Thomas.

First Rifle Regiment of Kentucky (Volunteers) ~ The Vyskocil family, Frank, Colleen and son Nathan. The American side of events leading up to the War of 1812. Rope turning, candle dipping, corn shelling, some games and maybe a musket shot or three! This is a very knowledgeable family, that can share a unique perspective on pioneer life and the times that we are presenting.

Charles and Morag Ferguson’s Immigrants’ Kist ~ Steve Ferguson and Tracey Gordon on the life and struggle of immigrants in early Upper Canada. Tools, agricultural history, weather permitting they’ll have a few critters with them.

Head-of-the-Lake Trading Post ~ A traveling 1800’s mall, HOTL’s unofficial motto is

“We got everthing!” Furs, leather, hand crafted leather goods, knives, pipes, relics etc.

Owned and operated by ‘Trader’ Jim Anderson.

And, of course, wandering about the encampment will be some furry guy talking about his adventures in Upper Canada. That would be Shaymus Gunn aka Doug Robinson.

George Ward’s Minstrels.   Hugh (tenor) and Don Nisbet (bass), Peter Evans (George Ward) (leads), Bob Landsborough (Baritone), and Stephen McEown  (lead).

1:00 – 4:00 pm  Story of Wards: Barn Quilt Gallery in Little Kin Park.  Celebrating history through paint.  Thirty barn quilt murals are interpreted by volunteers telling the Ward’s story.

1:00 – 4:00 pm. Legacy Photo Shoot at the Ball Park Pavillion beside big top tent. All Wardsville families requested to have a special photo taken for the time capsule. Please bring wedding photos of the earlier generations to include in the picture to assist future geneologists.  Local Photographer, John Kendall, will be the official roaming photographer, capturing images of the bicentennial celebration.

1:00 pm.  “Battle of the Longwoods” film by Al McGregor at the Wardsville United Church. Fact and Legend Panel: Al McGregor, Glenn Stott, and Doug Robinson aka Shaymus Gunn.

2:00 pm. Memories of Twin Valleys at Wardsville United church.  Reminisce with some of the residents whose lives were changed forever at this alternative educational community just outside Wardsville during the years from 1971 to 1983. An inspirational, multi-media program introduced by Don Nisbet, and featuring the former Director, George Bullied, and many others. This was a special era of recent Wardsville history.

3:30 pm. Walking Wardsville Film. Performing artist Cara Spooner (Fran Lutchin’s grand daughter) and her videographer colleague Simon Rabyniuk will show a video based on their experiences learning about  Wardsville’s past and future through walks lead by locals. Walks will be from Thursday to Saturday if you would like to participate. The final film will be shown at Wardsville United Church.

5:00 p.m.   End of Free activities on Saturday. $35 tickets to join Saturday evening celebration under the big top ten.  See below.

Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, 2010  –  Free

10:00 – 4:00 pm  “Ward’s Station” Pioneer encampment in Little Kin Park. Trading Post.

11:00 am and 3 pm   Demonstrations.  Potter, weaver, candle and rope maker.  Story telling.  Kids demonstrations.  The settler’s kist.  Royal Scots Mini Military.

1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Story of Wards: Barn Quilt Gallery in Little Kin Park  Celebrating history through paint. Mr. & Mrs. Ward were busy people who lived a long time. Thirty barn quilt murals are interpreted by volunteers to tell the Ward’s story.

5:00- 6:00 pm. Western District Potluck Supper under the big top tent in the ball park.  Coffee, tea, juice provided. Bring your one or two dishes for the potluck buffet table as well as your own plates, utensils, and cups.

7:00 pm. Old Fashioned Tent Revival featuring local gospel group, “A String and a Prayer“.  Free will offering.  For more information, call Rev. Richard Golden (519) 289-1574

Mrs. Ward’s Country Chicken Dinner,

Saturday evening, June 19, 2010

Tickets sales have been closed for Mrs. Ward’s Country Dinner; see Becky Clarke at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the Information Table to see if any tickets have been turned in.

5:00 pm. Social Hour in the tent. Music and visiting.

6:00 pm. Mrs. Ward’s Country Chicken Dinner created by Villa Dining Lounge

Menu: Traditional foods 1810: Three Sisters Soup, Bannock, Quarter chicken roasted, Mashed potatoes, Succotash, Strawberry rhubarb crisp .

7:00 pm.  Official recognition of Mr. and Mrs. Ward and their descendants.  Welcome Twin Valleys Community.  Honour our Volunteers.

7:30 pm. The Hanging of the Path to Peace Barn Quilt Block.  The crowd will stroll to the Wardsville Cenotaph to pay tribute to all who suffered or died in the Battle of the Longwoods, March 4, 1814.

7:45-8:45 pm Shaymus Gunn, The Pioneer Story Teller. Listen to the tales of George Ward through the eyes of his good friend Shaymus Gunn.

9:00 pm  – ?   Dance Under the Moon with George Laidlaw Jazz Quartet and Catherine McInnes. Enjoy the Mile Long Dessert Table. Bojena Bladek’s sweet creations plus desserts by Women of Wardsville (WOW).

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