History comes alive in Prince Edward County, with a lively week of hands-on learning opportunities, live demonstrations, talks, culinary offerings, film screenings and stories –all exploring the relationships of past, present and future in Prince Edward County.
Talented chefs, experts, curators, artists, and innovators will be on hand to spark conversation, lead activities and dig into our rich history.
Saturday, February 17: Join the kick-off at Parson’s Brewing Company, with a bonfire, snacks, music and heritage games.
Sunday, February 18: Quick wits or thick as bricks? Compete in a County-themed trivia night with The County Museums at the Wellington Legion. There is a cash bar available and prizes to be won! Teams can include up to six people. Please contact the Museums at 613-476-2148 ext. 2524 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Registration fee is $10 per person.
Monday, February 19: From 8-10 a.m., Wellington Arena will host a pancake breakfast, $7 per person with proceeds supporting the Friends of the Wellington Heritage
Museum’s heritage garden.
From noon onward, join Friends of Sandbanks for Family Day at the provincial park, featuring skiing, snowshoeing and other winter outdoor activities.
At 1.30 p.m. at Macaulay Heritage Park, join Suzanne Pasternak for “County History, Legends & Music.” Entry is $10 for adults; $2 for children.
Tuesday, February 20: Join a demonstration of 3D printing, featuring an item from the Museums’ collection: 1 p.m. at the Macaulay Heritage Park or 4 p.m. at the Wellington Library Branch.
Wednesday, February 21: From the Triassic to Trenton. Research Casting International provides museums around the world with restored dinosaur fossils, casts and mounts. Founder and President Peter May will talk about what his company does, and how it has grown over the last 30 years. Admission by donation. 1 p.m. at Macaulay Heritage Park.
Thursday, February 22: History inspires figurative felt sculptor Gesina Laird-Buchanan, and she has modelled some of her greatest works of art on historic Canadian figures, including Sir John A. Macdonald, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr. Drop by Macaulay Heritage Park at 1 p.m. to learn more about needle felting and to see these wonderful works up close. Admission by donation
Friday, February 23: A mini-film fest at the Regent Theatre, featuring a series produced by History Lives Here Inc. These two-minute vignettes showcase untold and forgotten stories from Eastern Ontario communities.
This will be followed by The House of Falconer by filmmaker Mark Staunton, which documents one man’s efforts to rescue a dilapidated architectural gem destined for demolition in Picton.
Finally, award-winning filmmaker Michèle Hozer will lead a discussion about the making of SponsorLand. This recent documentary tells the story of a Syrian family and their local sponsors as they begin a new life in Prince Edward County.
Saturday, February 24: At 1 p.m., Moe Johnson discusses “A Province’s Pottery.” How much can we learn about a place and its people from their pottery? Moe will discuss the pottery of Early Ontario and will also touch on the Hart-Lazier earthenware that was unique to the Bay of Quinte area. Admission by donation.
That evening, Chef Michael Hoy Culinary hosts a heritage-themed dinner at 106 Bridge Street in Picton. Advance tickets only. Please contact the Regent Theatre at 613-476-8416 to book.
Sunday, February 25: Under the instruction of historian Tammy Lloyd of Lady Victorian Historical Presentations, participants will cook and bake their way through a complete 19th century dinner using the open hearth and wood-fired oven at Macaulay House. Please contact the Museums at 613-476-2148 ext. 2521 or email@example.com for more information. Tickets are $200 and include an additional dinner guest.
Presented by the Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee, the PEC Historical Society, The County Museums, the PEC Library and Archives, The Friends of Sandbanks, History Lives Here Inc., and The Regent Theatre are teaming up with local businesses to present a lively week of activities for Flashback February. For more information, see The County Museums page.