Wednesday, 14 January 2015

WHAT'S HAPPENING WEDNESDAYS

BY: JENNIFER MAXWELL

Hello everyone and a hearty welcome back!  I hope everyone's holidays were relaxing and enjoyable?  This week, I am dedicating the What's Happening Wednesdays blog to food, music, and dance.  Before our workloads become too unbearable, take some time this weekend to participate in some truly unique, hands-on events -- complete with Haggis and Taffy-Pulling and Fancy-Dress Balls, oh my!!

I. HAGGIS MAKING WORKSHOP
Date: Saturday, January 17th
When: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St.
What: Join-in on this unique opportunity to make a rustic Scottish meal, including infamous haggis!  Participants will work in the historic Mackenzie House kitchen and explore the lives of 19th-century Scottish settlers.  Special guest Maggie Newell, historic cook and culinary historian, from Gibson House Museum will be in attendance.  Note: This event costs $30 (plus tax).  Contact Mackenzie House at 416-392-6915 or machouse@toronto.ca for more information.

Mackenzie House Museum, Toronto
Try your hand at making haggis at Mackenzie House
II. QUEEN CHARLOTTE'S BIRTHDAY BALL
Date: Saturday, January 17th
When: 12:00 - 10:30 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd.
What: Queen Charlotte welcomes news of the Treaty of Ghent, an end to the War of 1812, and a return to Peace in the Canadas.  If you enjoy colourful celebrations with food, music, and dance then join-in on this recreated Georgian-era participatory event!  This event will include period dance workshops, an entertaining guest lecture, an elegant and authentic Georgian buffet supper, and an evening ball with live music.  Note: This event costs $100 (plus tax) and pre-registration is required.

A group of people dancing in historic costumes
An evening of English country dancing at Fort York
III. WINTER FUN DAY
Date: Sunday, January 18th
When: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr.
What: Visit Colborne Lodge this weekend for some fun wintery-activities!  Activities include taffy-pulling, roasting marshmallows, eating roasted potatoes and drinking warm cider in the great outdoors.  Dress warmly as most of the activities are outside.  Note: Small fees apply for taffy-pulling, potatoes, and cider.  Contact Colborne Lodge at 416-392-6916 or e-mail clodge@toronto.ca for more information.

Colborne Lodge, Toronto
Have some wintery-outdoor fun at Colborne Lodge
IV. TEA AND TOUR SUNDAYS
Date: Sunday, January 18th
When: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St.
What: Returning this weekend, Gibson House Museum will be hosting Tea and Tour Sundays.  There will be a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen.  Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies.  Later, enjoy a tour of this lovely 1850s farmhouse!  Note: This event is included with regular admission.  Contact Gibson House Museum at 416-395-7432 or gibsonhouse@toronto.ca for more information.

Gibson House Museum, Toronto
Sip some tea and nibble on some cookies at Gibson House Museum

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