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WOMEN’S DAY: Fashions of Yesteryear on Display at Watson’s Mill Nov. 3-11

November 2nd, 2012

Come to Manotick for the ultimate Girl’s Day Out! Bring your friends, neighbors, and relatives for refreshments, in-store specials, prizes and much more! Arrive early in town and receive a complimentary gift, while supplies last.  Women’s Day is an annual one-day festival in Manotick, held annually on the first Saturday of November.  It is sponsored and coordinated by the Manotick BIA and brought to you by your local merchants.

For the occasion, Watson’s Mill is hosting a special exhibit featuring period clothing.  The exhibit showcases beautiful reproductions and some original pieces, borrowed from the collections of Watson’s Mill, Rideau Township Historical Society, Goulbourn Museum, OsgoodeMuseum, Vanier Museoparc and Nepean Museum.  Visitors will see a large variety of pieces spanning from the mid 1700’s to the 1950’s, including basic, every day Upper Canada fashion, upper-class ladies-wear from the 1860’s to 1920’s, Victorian wedding apparel, mourning pieces, and of course, a variety of original, and unmentionable!, “under things”.

Period pieces will be displayed both at the Carriage Shed and the Dickinson House, from November 3rd to November 11th.  Admission is by donation. The participating community museums are all members of the Ottawa Museum Network—get your Connexion Card, and save on OMN participating museum admissions and special cardholder events throughout the year.  Visit ottawamuseumnetwork.ca for more details on the Connexion Card.

In addition, community members are requested to clean out their closets and bring their gently used ladies clothing and accessories, which will be collected at Watson’s Mill and the Carriage Shed during the Women’s day weekend.  The donated clothing will be forwarded to local women’s shelter organizations.
On Saturday, November 3rd, come to Historic Dickinson Square and discover fashions of yesteryears. Not only will ladies feel “girly”, they will leave wanting to spend the day shopping, appreciating modern-day clothing!

Watson’s Mill is a unique 1860’s grist and flour mill located in Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River.  A working industrial heritage site in greater Ottawa, it has a remarkable history linked to local politics, the building of a country, and a tragic love story.  The WMMI mandate is to preserve Watson’s Mill as a working historic grist and flour mill, and a social, cultural and educational focal point for the community and visitors.


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The Royal Treatment

October 16th, 2012

Looking for an excuse to wear your tiara this weekend?  Come to the Stittsville Public Library Saturday, Oct. 20th and immerse yourself in all things Royal. Test your knowledge of Royal trivia, take a peek at regal artefacts & enter a royal look-alike contest. Are you a dead-ringer for the Queen or Prince Phillip? If so, you could win a prize!

There will be fun for the whole family at The Queen – A Celebration, a joint venture between the Goulbourn Museum and the Goulbourn Township Historical Society.  Take a peek at a collection of royal artefacts and memorabilia, play a Royal Romance trivia game and dress in your best royal finery and prepare to dazzle! Children aged 4-8 can compete in a best dressed Prince & Princess contest.

This program runs from 1:30 – 4 pm. Refreshments will be served and as usual, this event is free. The Stittsville Public Library is located at 1637 Stittsville Main St.

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Spooky Fall Craft Success!

October 15th, 2012

We had a full house for our Spooky Fall Crafts event yesterday! Kids came wearing awesome costumes & left with a creepy Halloween scene that included a haunted tree & spooky spiders in a pumpkin patch. Six-year-old Taylor, above, puts the finishing touches on her craft. 

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The Best Medicine

October 10th, 2012

We`re tickled pink with the response to our Kits`Club Joke Contest! Seven-year-old Theo even submitted an entire book of jokes he created himself! Thanks for making our day, Theo!



As a member of the Kits’ Club, children receive our seasonal newsletter with fun games & activities along with photos from events that are exclusive to kids. We keep you up-to-date about events, contests & include special extras. We also offer monthly Family Craft & Activity Days at the Museum.  Every time you participate in one of our monthly craft days we put a sticker on your membership card – after only 5 visits you win a prize!

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A Sweet Winner!

September 24th, 2012

Ten-year-old Kayla Kranz, of Richmond, dropped by the Museum
this weekend to claim her Candy Counting Contest prize.
Congratulations Kayla! Don’t eat all 68 of those candies at once!

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We Have A Winner!

September 17th, 2012

Congratulations to Kayla Kranz our candy contest winner! 10-year-old Kayla dropped by our booth at the Richmond Fair on the weekend and guessed that our candy jar contained 67 candies. She was only off by one! (The jar contained 68.) Kayla also wins a Kits’ Club Membership. Way to go Kayla!

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Richmond Fair…and a Giant Jar of Candy!

September 12th, 2012

We’re busy prepping for the Richmond Fair this weekend! We’ll be giving presentations to Grade 4 students all day Friday & manning our booth Saturday & Sunday. Be sure to stop by and say “hello” – we love hearing your stories about the Goulbourn of yesteryear. And did we mention you could win a great big jar of candy? Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, nobody can resist a good old-fashioned candy counting competition!

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#MuseumOlympics

August 2nd, 2012

Today the #MuseumOlympics are trending in Twitter, so we decided to take part in the fun! Do you think this surveyor’s chain (aka Gunter’s Chain – in the tall skinny cabinet in the centre) could be used in a fun version of  a relay game in the #PioneerOlympics? We think so! In fact, we may design a scavenger hunt style game using a modern replica of this tool.

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March Break: Birds & Nature

March 6th, 2012

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, from 1-4 p.m., Goulbourn Museum is celebrating March Break with a new theme: Birds & Nature. Kids will make several crafts inspired by birds and nature to take home, and will also get to participate in games and activities.

For March Break, Goulbourn Museum is offering 1/2 day camps from 1-4 at the Museum, for only $20 per child, per day. Each day there will be a new theme, and these themes will be released on our blog over the course of this week. The camp is aimed at children 7-11, and all materials and a light [peanut-free] snack will be provided.

Spots are filling up fast! For more information or to register your children, call us at 613-831-2393 or send us an email 🙂

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March Break: Spring Colours

March 5th, 2012

Goulbourn Museum is kicking off next week’s March Break with Spring Colours on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 1-4 p.m. Kids will not only enjoy the Museum’s games & activities, but they will also make several colourful and spring-like crafts to take home.

Each day next week, the Museum is offering 1/2 day camps from 1-4 at the Museum, for only $20 per child, per day. Each day there will be a new theme, and these themes will be released on our blog over the course of this week. The camp is aimed at children 7-11, and all materials and a light [peanut-free] snack will be provided.

Spots are filling up fast! For more information or to register your children, call us at 613-831-2393 or send us an email 🙂

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