26th Annual Labour Day weekend

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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. jamesgordon.ca

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 www.daniellebeaudin.com

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 www.terry-kelly.com 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 carolee.dunn@brantmuseums.ca

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



Family Heritage Day – A Winter Wedding

Westfield Heritage Village

Monday,  February 18, 2013

12:30 – 16:00 p.m.                   


This special program will feature the fascinating traditions, rituals and etiquette of courtship and marriage in early Ontario. An Edwardian wedding ceremony in the Mountsberg Church will be a highlight of the day. Visit more than 35 heritage buildings, Gift Shop and enjoy a light meal at the Ironwood Hall.

For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 or visit www.westfieldheritage.ca.

Westfield is a stunning collection of over 35 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario.

Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture.

Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552), off Highway 8 in Rockton.

Westfield is open Sundays and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April to October. Special events run from March to December, hours may vary.


The Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce to following events.

1)        The meeting of the British Isles Family History Study Group of the Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be held on Tuesday Evening, February 5th  at 7:30pm at the Branch Office/Meeting Room – 118 Powerline Rd, Brantford

2)     On Thursday  Morning, February 21stthere will be a Family History Study Group Meeting for all levels of research at the Branch Office/Meeting Room, 118 Powerline Rd, Brantford, ON  from 10am until noon.

3)   The next regular meeting of  the Brant Branch will be on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH , 2012 from  2:00pm – 4:00 pm at the Branch Office/Meeting Room:
  Our guest speaker will be RICHARD WADDINGTON talking about Naval involvement in the War of 1812 – “BROADSIDES AND BOARDING PIKES”



Brant County Branch Ontario Genealogical Society
114-118 Powerline Road, Brantford, ON.  N3T 5L8
Tel:519-753-4140, fax 519-753-9866
Website:  http://www.ogs.on.ca/brant/
Email: brantogs@bellnet.ca



On Monday February 18th, Family Heritage Day, the Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will have an “Open House” at our Branch Library -118 Powerline Road  Brantford  from  10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

All the facilities will be available to examine and  research. There are many books and records to check out including one of the best collection of Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Histories in  the province.

The Library is in the Smokey Hollow Retirement Village complex on Powerline Road, east of Wayne Gretzky Parkway.

There is no admission charge.  Adequate parking  is available.

Phone 519-753-4140 or e-mail brantogs@bellnet.ca  for further details.

WARTIME FARM starts tonight on TVO

WARTIME FARM explores farming in England during World War II – and continues in the tradition of series such as Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm.

TVO is running this popular BBC series on Monday evenings, at 7 pm, for eight weeks starting January 7th, 2013.

The series promises a “fascinating blend of war history, survival creativity and endurance.”

For details on the show and descriptions of the episodes, visit the TVO website at:


or visit the show’s official website at:



For 2012, Westfield Heritage Village celebrates ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Saturdays, December 8th and 15th from 5:00-9:00 pm.

Christmas in the Country will take place on Sunday, December 16 from noon to 4:00 pm.

Admission is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and persons with disabilities, and $6.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. 

Twas the Night Before Christmas: 

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Enjoy Westfield by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples, fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the restaurant features light meals and refreshments. For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104.

Christmas in the Country:

Christmas in the Country
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas and celebrate the season where traditions of an earlier time are brought to life with horse and wagon rides, carol singing and Father Christmas. Seasonal refreshments are available at the restaurant, candies at the Confectionery and one-of-a-kind shopping at the Gift Shop. Runs from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Westfield Heritage Village

Westfield is a stunning collection of over 30 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario.

Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture.

Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552), off Highway 8 in Rockton. For more information, call 1-800-883-0104 or 519-621-8851 or e-mail: westfield@speedway.ca.

Westfield is open Sundays and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April to October. Special events run from March to December, hours may vary.



St. George Santa Claus Parade

Presented by the St. George Firefighters Association.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Route: Downtown St. George.
Along High Street, turning at the Post Office,

then north on Main Street to arrive at the Fire Hall.

6pm start time – bundle up it can get cold!

After the parade, children can meet Santa Claus at the Fire Hall

and enjoy hot chocolate.