Friday, 2 December 2016

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Christmas has arrived at Westfield. We will be open on Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for this unique Christmas experience. There will be fireworks each evening at 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting) and a carol sing in the church following the fireworks. The buildings are decorated and the costumed interpreters are eager to celebrate the season with visitors.


This year Westfield also welcomes The Farm House Kitchen catering company to the Ironwood Hall. Reasonable priced treats will be for sale including homemade cinnamon buns, Christmas cookies, festive holiday squares, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. There will also be a more hearty fare such as homemade soup, pasta, and sliders.



If you are looking for some last minute Christmas presents check out the one-of -kind gift shop operated by the Friends of Westfield. This fundraiser helps to support many of the capital projects completed around the site. Eddie D. Cat Confectionery is also open with yummy candy treats and unique Christmas ornaments for sale.

 
 


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Halloween Is Coming!

Join us for our Witch and Warlock Party on Friday, October 28 and
Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Come join this fun loving Witch and Warlock at the Westfield Party!
This is a family friendly event with something for all ages. There will be a craft in the school house, a shadow play at the D'Aubigny Inn, story telling at the Bamberger House, a camp fire in early Settlement Area and potions for sale in the Eddie D. Cat Confectionery Store. New this year is the illuminated forest and for those more hearty souls risk the walk to the Sugar Shack. The Ironwood Hall will be open for food services provided by the Ancaster Lions.

Admission tickets are available at the door. An adult admission is $11.00, a senior (65+) is $10.00, a child (6-12 years) is $6.50 and a child 5 and under is free. We also accept the Nature's Reward pass which allows up to 6 people (including 4 adults) in for free. See you soon!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

A Taste of Warm Bread

In 1852 a book called Roughing It In the Bush was published. The author, Susanna Moodie, accounts her first seven years in Canada starting in 1832. She includes a story about her "first Canadian loaf." She writes:

It not only required experience to know when it (the dough) was in a fit state for baking, but the oven should have been brought to a proper temperature to receive the bread. Ignorant of all this, I put my unrisen loaf into a cold kettle, and heaped a large quantity of hot ashes above and below it. The first intimation I had of the result of my experiment was the disagreeable odour of burning bread filling the house.




Susanna Moodie would have benefitted greatly if she had lived near some of Westfield's volunteers to give her proper instruction on baking bread. On Sunday, October 2 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. visitors can learn the way to bake a loaf of bread in a bake oven, a kettle or wood burning stove. Come taste and smell a little history. Admission for an adult is $9.50, a child 6-12 years is $5.50 and a child 5 and under is free. Visitors can also use their Nature's Reward Pass.

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.