Museum releases plans for a busy September

August 18, 2016   ·   0 Comments

It looks as if Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA) will have something for everyone next month, but not all the events will be on the museum grounds on Airport Road at Highway 89.

A release issued this week outlines a host of planned events, starting with a “Live Fundraising Auction starring Bob Severn, Auctioneer,” on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the old Corbetton Church.

The auction will feature a preview at 9 a.m., with the bidding taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

“Join us at the church on the DCMA grounds for a live auction of antiques, collectibles and household items generously donated to the Museum for this annual fundraiser,” the release said. All bidders must register on-site. Cash, credit, debit and personal cheques with ID accepted.

Next up will be the museum’s Annual Country Barn Dance on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 5:30  to 9 p.m., which will take place this year at a new location, Horning’s Mills Hall, 14 Mill Street, Melancthon.

“Square dancing, live fiddling and calling!  If you’ve ever wondered how an authentic country barn dance works, join us at the Horning’s Mills Hall. No previous experience necessary. Comfortable shoes mandatory. Families welcomed.  Kid’s lessons between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.”

Those interested are asked to RSVP by phone at 519-941-1114 or email: The cost: $15 for adults, $10 for DCMA members and $5 for children.

A “Lenscapers” Photography Walk Workshop is planned for Saturday, Sept. 24. Two sessions are scheduled, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“Grab your camera and join professional photographer Emily Curd for a fun and educational photography session at Island Lake near Orangeville. Learn skills for composing great shots including adjusting for indoor and outdoor shooting. Bring your own camera.  No skill or experience required.  Suitable for ages 16+.”

For further information or to pre-register, call 519-941-1114 or email: Cost: $30.00 or $25 for DCMA members.

At 2 p.m. the next day, Sunday, Sept. 25, the museum will feature a conversation with George Stroumboulopoulos.

“From radio DJ on CFNY and VJ on Much Music to hosting The Hour on CBC, and Hockey Night in Canada, George ‘Strombo’ joins us for an interesting conversation about his life and his work interviewing everyone from Prince Charles to Kermit the Frog. This is an event for the whole family.”

You can pre-register by phone, 519-941-1114 or email:

The cost: $20 for adults, $15 for DCMA members and $5 for kids.

The month’s end will see the opening of a special display, From Cradle to Coffin.

Running from Saturday, Oct. 1 to Jan. 31, 2017, the exhibit will include a three-hour opening reception.

“From birth to marriage to death, the pioneers of our County observed and celebrated life’s events with some interesting traditions. Babies weren’t always born in hospitals and wedding dresses weren’t always white,” the release advised.

For the exhibit opening, DCMA Curator Sarah Robinson will present, in words and pictures, both the customary and more unusual birth, marriage and death traditions.

“The opening event will also feature delicious fare from our neighbours at the Globe Restaurant and tastings from Hockley Brewery/spirit tree.”

The reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m. You can RSVP by phone at 519-941-1114 or email: The cost: $25 or $20 for DCMA members.

Readers Comments (0)

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.