Saturday, 10 September 2016

Telling Tales 2016

Westfield hosts the 8th Annual Telling Tales Festival on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. This yearly event is Westfield's busiest day with over 25 of Canada's leading children's writers, illustrators, musician and storytellers all set against the backdrop of the historical village. Presenters this year will include Barbara Reid, Ruth Ohi, Kenneth Oppel, Jeremy Tankard and Kevin Sylvester. There will be opportunities to purchase, donate and swap books. Bring your favourite Barbara Reid book and have it autographed or enjoy a performance by Turkey Rhubarb. The historic buildings will also be open for visitors to tour.

 

This is a free event to everyone. Make sure to park at the Rockton fairgrounds and take the free shuttle service to Westfield. There is no public parking available at Westfield. If you don't want to lug your picnic lunch with you food services are provided by Puslinch Optimist, Strabane Optimist, Living Rock Harvest Truck, Jeff's Street Eats, Hippi Pops and the Ironwood CafĂ©.

To check out all the details visit www.tellingtales.org. Join www.facebook.com/tellingtalesfestival  Follow www.twitter.com/tellingtalesffs

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Textiles Day

Westfield Heritage Village is open each Sunday from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. until the end of October and on Sunday, August 21 Westfield hosts a Textiles Day. This is a special day featuring the production and use of historic textiles. Learn about wool dyeing, carding and spinning, weaving, flax processing, lace making, embroidery, quilting, tailoring, dressmaking and more! This day will also feature a special fashion show at 2:00 p.m. There will be treats for sale in the General Store including old fashioned sodas and homemade cookies. Come spend a leisurely afternoon in the Village. Regular admission rates apply or use your Nature's Reward Pass from the Hamilton Conservation Authority.



 


 
 




Saturday, 9 July 2016

Annual Ice Cream Carnival


Westfield Ice Cream Carnival:

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Some of Westfield's volunteers enjoying Ice Cream Carnival!


The annual Ice Cream Carnival at Westfield Heritage Village takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday July 31 and Monday August 1 and promises to be the coolest event on your family’s summer calendar!  Come and enjoy some yummy old-fashioned ice-cream in both modern and traditional flavours – samples are free! – and take in the atmosphere of an Edwardian summer Carnival. 
“Ice cream is one of the world’s oldest sweet foods in the world and fits in so well with the history we celebrate at the village, “says Rondalyn Brown, manager at Westfield. “We have six different hand-churns where we will be making fresh ice cream based on period recipes. If you’ve never tasted ice cream made with fresh cream and local fresh fruit you are in for a treat!”

The Edwardian Carnival, set up on the beautiful Village Green, will feature old fashioned midway games set up under brightly decorated canvas tents.   Test your skill knocking down some milk bottles, visit the fortune teller, take your picture on a paper moon or jockey your horse to the finish line.   No tickets are required, and games are unlimited!  A special feature at this year’s event will be the amazing 1915 Sawyer-Massey Steam Traction Engine that will take guests on free rides throughout the day.  Many of Westfield’s historic buildings will be open where knowledgeable and friendly costumed interpreters provide atmosphere and insights into early life in Canada. 
If the delicious ice cream samples having you craving something more, Westfield will have lots of other fun, reasonably-priced food and drink available on both days.  At the Ironwood Hall, Westfield volunteers will be serving up traditional and delicious homemade pie and ice cream.  The Crazy Cravings Ice Cream truck will offer a wide array of ice cream cone flavours in the picnic area.  Traditional carnival foods will be for sale at the General Store, including Saratoga chips, Pickle-on-a-Stick, cool lemonade, bottled soda, baked goods and old-fashioned candy.  The Copetown Lions food truck will also be serving their tasty food throughout the day.  And of course, at Westfield, visitors are always welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy in the picnic area, or you can stretch out under a shady tree.

The Ice Cream Carnival will be held at Westfield Heritage Village on Sunday, July 31st and Monday August 1st from 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m.  Steam traction engine rides and most other activities are ongoing throughout the day.  Tickets are available at the gate.  Adult admission is $11.00, seniors (65+) $10.00 and children 6-12 years $6.50.  Children 5 and under are free.   Parking is free.  Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road, Rockton.  For more information, visit westfieldheritage.ca or call (519) 621-8851.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Happy Canada Day!

Celebrate Canada's 149th Birthday at Westfield on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Come show off your Canada Day swag as you visit the historic buildings and gardens. Learn the fascinating stories of some of our country's earliest immigrants. Regular admission rates apply and can be purchased at the door. Cold drinks will be for sale at Eddie D. Cat Confectionery. Free Canada Day flags and pins while quantities last.



Preparing the window display at the General Store and Confectionary Shop for Canada Day.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Father's Day at Westfield

Bring a picnic for Father's Day!

Treat Dad to a day in the country. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the beautiful, picturesque setting of Westfield. Purchase sweet treats and cold drinks from the General Store. Enjoy antique vehicles and machines presented by the Rockton Antique and Hobby Association. Westfield will be open from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016. You can buy your admission ticket at the door. Adults are $9.50, seniors 65 and older are $8.50, children 6-12 years are $5.50 and children 5 and under are free. You can also use your Nature's Reward card. Come enjoy the leisurely pace at Westfield.




Friday, 13 May 2016

Friends of Westfield Plant Sale

Saturday, May 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon marks the return of the Friends of Westfield Annual Plant Sale. This is your opportunity to buy some hearty perennial plants to add to your garden at a very reasonable price. There will be some unique trees available as well.


Sunday, 24 April 2016

Victorian Star Party

This event on Friday, May 13 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. is an exciting opportunity for people of all ages who are curious about the wonders of the night sky. Learn about the history of astronomy, look through a Victorian telescope and discover the world of modern astronomy. Activities include an Edwardian Star Party Social, a craft in the one room schoolhouse, period astronomy lectures and star gazing with modern and antique telescopes. Westfield is always a special place, but it's magical in the evening. Take a seat at the Victorian bandstand and gaze into the night sky to see the many stars above.  Only a select number of buildings will be open including the General Store where you can buy a refreshment or purchase a star party treat.



This event is presented in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Hamilton Centre and McMaster University's Let's Talk Science and Sidewalk Astronomy groups. Tickets are available at the door. Admission for an adult is $9.50, a senior 65+ is $8.50, a child 6-12 years is $5.50 and a child 5 and under is free. You may also use your Nature's Reward Card from the Hamilton Conservation Authority. This pass allows you to bring up to 6 people including 4 adults.