Everything went according to plan. Many thanks to the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society for leading an amazing week: http://battleoflongwoods.ca/ and http://www.royal-scots.com/
Wardsville Golf Club is opening on SATURDAY APRIL 2, 2011 at 10am for walking only. No tee time necessary. Everyone welcome. Wardsville Golf Club is the proud sponsor of the Water Wheel barn quilt.
“We offer 27 challenging holes sprawled over a mature and scenic 200 acres. Our lush fairways, mature trees and manicured greens, offer the golfer a memorable experience everytime. Wardsville Golf Club is a public course offering reasonable rates for green fees and memberships. Our club house offers all the amenities expected from a premium course which include cart rentals, proshop, lessons, meals and tournament hosting. Most importantly Wardsville Golf Club offers a wonderful setting to relax and enjoy the game of golf with friends and family.”
23328 Beattie Line, Wardsville ON. Hosted by Beattie Haven Retirement Community 519-693-4901Sponsored by Old River Farm
The sun is a symbol of growth, new life and prosperity. Settlers of the 19th century such as George Ward relied on the sun for their livelihood and subsistence. The sun ensured the growth of crops. The sun powered the cycle of life. It turned the seasons and governed the weather.
The rising sun reminds us of the promise of a new day after a time of turmoil and trouble. This was the case after the war of 1812 for the settlers of Wardsville area. Much of the Ward’s property and livelihood was destroyed and needed to be rebuilt. Instead of giving up, George and Margaret Ward rebuilt their home and business in hopes of establishing a thriving homestead once again.
Happy New Year!!
Mary and Ross Snider
The American Quilt Trail 2011 Calendar
It’s Christmas! Order a calendar at http://americanquilttrail.blogspot.com/
Farmers Wife is Miss January.
Suzzi Parron, teacher, writer and Barn Quilt enthusiast created this calendar using barn quilt images from all over the US and Canada.
Wardsville’s “Farmers Wife” was lucky to get the number one spot. Not only are there interesting barn quilts showcased but the magnificent images of barns!
To view the Farmers Wife go to 1918 Longwoods Road Wardsville. The Farmers Wife was graciously sponsored by J&H Sales, Wardsville. 519-693-0123
by Marie Williams-Gagnon, Transcript & Free Press
A year of preparation and months of celebrating Wardsville’s bicentennial wrapped up with the unveiling of a mural on the side of the infamous Wardsville hill at the corner of Hagerty and Longwoods Rds. on Saturday morning, October 30.
Denise Corneil welcomed guests and explained that the barn quilt project and year-long celebration became a reality because of a $33,100 Federal Arts and Heritage Grant. After the presentation of appreciation plaques to groups and individuals, Corneil noted that there were appro
ximately 2,500 hours of volunteer service put into the barn quilt project alone. The final barn quilt piece, a large mural, was unveiled.
The 16’ x 12’ mural was painted by artist Rick Sommer who was instrumental in directing the barn quilt project. The mural “The Spirit of George Ward” depicts Ward sitting in a boat on the Thames River, encompassing both the settlement of the pioneers in the early 1800s and the Battle of Longwoods.
The mural helps kick off the commemoration of the War of 1812 -1814 which has not yet officially begun. The year-long celebration has seen volunteers put hundreds of hours into various projects including:
• stitching a 30-block George Ward commemorative quilt which won second prize at the International Plowing Match in St. Thomas;
• painting 30 8’ x 8’ replica barn quilt blocks mounted on barns and important buildings throughout the Wardsville area;
• attracting “kith and kin” to the village for a rich musical and historical experience on Father’s Day weekend including the re-enactment of pioneer life in 1810; and
• photographing the citizens as part of the legacy project.
In addition to the local hands that worked tirelessly to make the celebration a reality, Corneil herself was recognized as being the catalyst to the year’s activities.
Marie Williams-Gagnon, Editor, Transcript & Free Press
‘The Spirit of George Ward’ by local artist, Rick Sommer, depicts a quiet scene with Ward sitting in a boat on the Thames River. Forty people attended the unveiling. The mural is located at the north corner of Longwoods and Hagerty on the slope up to the ball park.
Rick and Lee Ann Sommer with daughters Bo and Kathleen
Installation of George Ward mural