Pioneer School Days
Sunday, May 29, 2011, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A unique interactive tour of five former one-room schoolhouses in and around Kanata, with activities to delight everyone - children, historians, past students, teachers, tourists – and it also complements the Grade 3 curriculum.
· pioneer life with costumed interpreters teaching “1911” lessons; story telling.
· early Canadian folk songs and outdoor games; demonstrations of old artisan skills.
· English country and maypole dancing; pioneer crafts; displays of old artifacts.
· old-fashioned tasty goodies for sale at the bake table.
Tickets: $10.00 cash or cheque (three and under, free), available at the door and at seven locations:
Art Mad: 1300 Main Street, Stittsville.
Dunrobin Village Meat Co. Ltd.: 2808 Dunrobin Road, Dunrobin.
Forte: 7-457 Hazeldean Road, Farm Boy Plaza, Kanata.
Kiddie Kobbler: 490 Terry Fox Drive, Signature Centre, Kanata;
393 Richmond Road, Ottawa and 1177 St. Laurent Blvd.,Ottawa.
Two Monkeys Coffee & Tea House: 14-4100 Strandherd Road, Barrhaven.
Proceeds support CFUW/Kanata Scholarship Trust, a charity that annually awards seven local high school scholarships to study at Universities and one scholarship to an Algonquin College student. For more information, please visit www.cfuwkanata.ca
SCHOOLHOUSES & ACTIVITIES
All five schoolhouses were built over 106 years ago with some of them originally existing as log structures from as early as 1835 and some with heritage status. Designed for wide appeal, the activities vary with each schoolhouse and are outlined below.
S.S. No. 1 March at 400 Goldridge Drive, Kanata was re-built in 1886 where a log building first existed 30 years earlier. Now a heritage site and meeting place owned by the City of Ottawa, it’s the spot for trying out Maypole dancing (if weather permits) and English Country Dancing.
S.S. No. 2 March at 895 March Road, Kanata was first erected in 1828 and then re-built in 1892. In 2006, the beautiful historical restoration resulted an Ottawa Architectural Conservation Award. It now houses Dr. James Lacey’s Kanata Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. (Parking also available next-door at Marchwood Dental, 1054 Halton Terrace) See an original, anatomy quiz preserved on the pine blackboard, try making some pioneer crafts or watch or play hopscotch.
S.S. No. 1 Huntley [from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.] at 2193 Richardson Side Road, Kanata was re-built in 1883 where “Mulligan’s School’ first existed as log structures in 1820’s. It is now The Cheshire Cat pub, a heritage site where you can treat yourself to old-fashioned cookies, candies and preserves for sale at the Bake Table and sip free coffee [10 a.m. to 12 noon.] Look at old textbooks and the photographs that are hanging on the walls of this delightful schoolhouse. This schoolhouse is open to the tour from 10:00 – 12:00, and for tasty lunches after this time.
S.S. No. 2 Huntley at 3012 Carp Road, Carp began as a log school around 1835 and was re-built in 1903. Now it is a residence owned by Christ Church, which dates back to 1838. At these two locations, there will be Class, teaching about pioneer life; Hands-on activities; Artisans at work (weaver, spinner, lace-maker, quilter, tapestry and needlepoint); Display of artifacts from the early 20th century; Day-old baby chicks; Outdoor games behind the schoolhouse (Horse Shoes, races) and a Photo op with wooden Edwardian cut-out figures.
R.C.S.S. No. 3 March at 2355 Second Line Road, Dunrobin, was re-built from a log structure in 1905 and is now a residence owned by the original land owner’s descendants. Skip and toss beanbags while you wait for school to start. Study 1911 lessons in this formal schoolroom. Sing folk songs of that period. Listen to story telling by former students and teachers, who attended a one-room schoolhouse. Capture memories with a photo op in a buggy and cutter.