Peeling apples for AppleFest 2017

Helping peel apples for the South Dumfries Historical Society’s apple crisp and apple muffins the last two nights are:

Left to right,
June Gardhouse, Carolyn Kelley, John MacAlpine, Kelly Warner and Dr. Patricia McClure.
Thanks to everyone for their hard work for our Applefest fundraiser. They peeled 11 bushels of Courtland apples from Brantwood Farms. We hope to see you Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5 in front of the Memorial Hall. Muffins $2,  apple crisp to eat on the go $4 and a pan to take home, $12. Supplies graciously donated by Richi Milk in St. George.

AppleFest 2017

Tablecloth #1 ready for applecrisp and muffins for our booth at AppleFest this Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 10-5 in front of the Memorial Hall.

Muffins: $2

Bowl of applecrisp : $4

Pan of applecrisp: $12

See you at AppleFest


26th Annual Labour Day weekend

*** 35 Quality Dealers ***

Sat. Aug. 31, 2013 from 10am –5pm; and
Sun. Sept. 1, 2013, from 11am – 5pm.

Amid the many Fall events across Southern Ontario the St. George Antique Show has become a favourite with both collectors and the general public.

Whether you are searching for the rare and unusual or just browsing through memories of yesteryear and enjoying a fine home-cooked meal, the St. George Arena is the place for you!

Known for its depth of quality and diversification, the show offers fine and rustic furniture, silver and paintings, formal and funky jewellery, postcards and memorabilia, formal and functional glass, wonderful Persian carpets, and everything from traditional items of classical beauty to the everyday items of years gone by.

The show is staffed by professional dealers who are experts in their fields and and who are happy to chat about their items and experiences.

Leave the world of plastic and deadlines for a beautiful day in the quaint village of St. George.

Walk the historical main street after the show and browse through its shops, tea rooms, pub, and museum.

The show runs Sat. Aug. 31, 10 – 5; and Sun. Sept 1, 11 – 5.

The St. George Arena is located on Hwy 5 just a few miles north of Brantford (watch for the signs).

Admission is still $5 and the show is run under the auspices of The South Dumfries Historical Society.

For more information, please call: 905.659.1166


There is a lot planned for this year to celebrate Canada Day in St. George.

You may have noticed that the St. George Cenotaph has been missing for a few weeks – it is being restored up in Cambridge. There is a new base that has been poured to support the Cenotaph and a new walkway and benches and flower pots will be installed.

The unveiling and Re-Dedication of the Cenotaph will be taking place on July 1st at 5 pm.

Our special guest for this event will be seven time East Coast Music Award winner TERRY KELLY.

On the base of the Cenotaph we have received permission to inscribe lines from Terry Kelly`s touching song, A Pittance of Time.

There will be speeches, a song or two from Terry Kelly, laying of wreaths and then the serving of Birthday Cake and other refreshments afterwards.

During the morning and afternoon there will also be a lot to do.

The St George Volunteer Firefighters, teaming up with the St. George Lions Club, are hosting a pancake breakfast at the Fire Station to start the day.

On the Main Street of St. George, which will be closed for most of the day from the lights down to the post office corner, there will be lots of music and other activities to enjoy.

Musical guests include JAMES GORDON – who we have asked to perform a children’s music set. He is well know to many adults for his work with the band Tamarack and also his songs on the CBC radio show Basic Black. We have invited James to do a children’s show as an introduction to a project we are planning for the Fall – where he will work with local students to compose, perform and produce a CD of original songs to celebrate the St George BICENTENNIAL in 2014.

James Gordon is scheduled to kick off the music schedule at 11am. For more information on James, visit www.

Also on the stage will be local favorite GARY GRAY with his band THE NATURE OF THINGS. Gary has played many times for us on Canada Day, last year as a solo act, but he is especially excited about his band and how well their practices have been going. He is a master of the guitar solo and his fingers will be flying on Canada Day.

We have invited back JEAN ST. PIERRE – also known as STOMPIERRE – who performs the music of the late Stompin’ Tom Connors in English and French (but mostly in English for us).

DANIELLE BEAUDIN will be making her first appearance at one of our Canada Day events, but she has played shows at the St George Legion as well as in venues in Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek and Brantford. She has several videos on her website and is working towards finishing her first CD. To get a sample of what to expect visit

We have asked Danielle to sing O Canada at the Cenotaph ceremony as well – which will be fitting as her grandfather is one of our local veterans.

TERRY KELLY will be playing a full set on our Main Street Stage before joining us for the Cenotaph Re-Dedication ceremony. He has a brand new CD out and is excited to be a part of our celebrations. Visit to learn more and to watch his videos.

We will also have clowns on hand and other children’s activities.

Bring a lawn chair to enjoy all the great music on the Main Street – between 11 am and 5 pm.

Independent of the Main Street events, the St. George Firefighters will again host their FIRE AND THUNDER Fireworks Display at King William Park starting at approx. 10 pm.


The South Dumfries Historical Society is proud to honour the service and sacrifice of our citizens who served in the military.

In our on-going mission to preserve our community’s history, we are working to restore the St.George Cenotaph which is located in Memorial Park at the Corner of Main and Beverly Streets in St.George.

Oldest Cenotaph Memorial to the Great War in the Brant – Brantford area

Dedicated on the 1st of August 1926. It is only predated as a memorial for the soldiers of the Great War by the St.George Memorial Hall which was dedicated in August of 1925.

These where followed by the Paris Cenotaph in 1929 and the Brant County War Memorial in 1933.

The 86 years since the St.George Cenotaph was erected have taken their toll on its cement base which is above the ground about 6 inches.

Our restoration project will involve a heavy duty concrete base at ground level topped with a new granite base and then the monument reinstalled. This process will protect the new concrete base.

The existing sidewalk is to be replaced with a stamped concrete walkway as well as the monument and the bronze plaques on the monuments face will be recondition.

Contributions to the Society for this project will be earmarked for the support of the Cenotaph Restoration project, and used as required.

Thank you for your interest our community’s history.


Cliff. Jones Dave Thomson
President, S.D.H.S. & Cenotaph Project Chair
519-448-1075 519-448-1967

***Please make cheques payable to: South Dumfries Historical Society***

36 Main Street South, P.O. 472
St. George, Ont. N0E 1N0

All Gave Some – Some Gave All – We Have Not Forgotten


Counterpoint invites you to:

Remember When . . . ?

The Brant Historical Society presents the Oral History Project,
a program which collects and preserves stories about Brantford and Brant County.

Join your hosts for a complimentary lunch,
listen to stories about Brantford and Brant County
and share your own memories. (Or just come and listen!)

Thursday, April 4th
12:30-3:00 pm
Grace Anglican Church
4 Pearl Street, Brantford

Please RSVP to: 519.752.2483 or email

The Brant Historical Society’s Oral History Project is made possible by a grant
from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


The Land Between – a new series airing on TVO (and available on DVD)

Premiere of the first of three episodes airs:
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 7:00pm and
Saturday, March 30, 2013 – 4:00pm

This visually spectacular 3-part series explores the newly recognized area in Ontario, Canada, that many people are calling The Land Between.

Watch The Land Between series on TVOntario. Airing March 26th, April 2nd and April 9th at 7:00pm. Each episode repeats on Saturday at 4:00 P.M.

It has been produced by the same peope who created the County of Brant history for the Ontario VIsual Heritage Project series.

They have a page on their website devoted to this new series at

You can also find bonus content there:

There are so many amazing stories in The Land Between, that we couldn’t possibly fit them all into a three part series. Visit the “additional stories” playlist on our YouTube channel to learn even more about The Land Between, including: the story of the Whetung Store, the mysterious French Clochette artifact found near Sparrow Lake, the Pheylonian Candle Makers, the Otonabee Conservation Authority, and more.

More details from the website:

This visually spectacular, three-part, high-definition documentary series explores the newly recognized area in Ontario, Canada, that many people are calling The Land Between. Directed by Zach Melnick and Narrated by R.H. Thomson, the series uses aerial and time-lapse videography, cinematic historical re-enactments, animation, an original musical score, and hundreds of rare historical photographs and films to introduce you to The Land Between, and the ever-changing story of how humans have interacted with this special region throughout time.

Known as an “ecotone”, The Land Between is a liminal space between the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. It is home to a host of overlapping species from the north and the south, which has encouraged sharing between First Nations cultures for thousands of years. But European settlers couldn’t figure out what to do with its incredibly diverse patchwork of rock barrens, rivers, lakes and marshlands. It was not until the Victorian fascination with “wilderness” that The Land Between found a place in the collective psyche of Canadians – when people gave parts of it names like “Muskoka” and “The Kawarthas.” And it’s only recently that recreational use and urban resource needs have placed this biologically diverse region under threat.


Join the Great War Centenary Association for the 3rd event in their lecture series on March 20th.

Matt Symes author and editor of will be presenting a talk on the subject “Sport, The First World War and Canada”

The lecture will be at the SC Johnson Building, Room 127, starting at 7 pm.

You will find the building at 38 Market Street in downtown Brantford.

Admission is free (donations welcome!)