Looking ahead to July 9, 2022, the Middleville and District Museum will be hosting a Live Theatrepresentation. In fact, a hundred year old mystery will unfold in front of guests. You won't want to miss it!Reserve your tickets today. Details below.
Please note that the Middleville and District Museum will be closed to the general public on Saturday, July 9, 2022 and admittance will only be granted to ticket holders for the 1 pm and 3 pm Live History performances.
‘A Timeless Gathering’
at the Middleville & District Museum
Saturday, July 9th, 2022
Reserve your tickets today!
Performances at 1pm & 3pm
$20 per ticket Suitable for 12 years and up
e-transfer email@example.com VISA, Mastercard, Debit, cheque, cash ‘Live History’ is a Governor General’s Award nominated Theatre Troupe that has preformed across Canada and in many countries around the world.
Tickets can be reserved by calling 613-256-4997 or drop by the Middleville Museum in person.
A little information to peek your interest...
THE AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE: PLANNING ON ATTENDING 'A TIMELESS GATHERING'? HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT!
A Timeless Gathering has escape room and theatre elements. Expect to work with all your fellow audience members and the actors as you try to discover the identity of your mysterious guest.
For the majority of the performance, you will be seated around a table with your fellow audience members and the actors. Clues will need to be solved (as you sip your tea).
A Timeless Gathering is a show that takes place in one area of the venue and lasts ~1.5 hours. As an interactive experience, audience sizes are limited to 30 so that everyone is able to participate should they wish.
The Museum will have an event on Saturday, August6th that is sure to be fun for the whole family! Kids and those young at heart are invited to drop by the Museum between 1 & 3 pm to join in the fun of making scarecrows. We will be collectively making three large scarecrows to decorate our back fence and kids will have an opportunity to make a small, individual take home scarecrow craft. There will also be a read aloud at the barn doors vignette at the north end of the Museum during the afternoon. Come out and help us scare some crows! Pre-registration is not required, but it would be great if you could send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend to ensure we have plenty of materials on hand.
What has already unfolded at The Middleville & District Museum this season...
A little background: The Middleville and District Museum undertook a renovation and installation project in 2019-2020. Many hours were spent planning the project and garnering donations of funds and materials. A Trillium Grant of $24 900. was received for part of the project. The Grant was used to complete the installation of indoor plumbing and upgrade our electrical system. Due to Covid 19 concerns, a typical recognition of the receipt of this Trillium Grant was unable to be scheduled as an in person event, but the Museum wishes to recognize the importance of the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Many thanks to donors Catherine Kelly and the late John Brearly who began this project with the installation of a well and septic system. Thanks to local businesses including Centennial Truss, Lanark Timbermart, Carleton Place Canadian Tire, and Perth Planing Mill for donations, building materials, and fixtures. Thank you to the many individual donors who have contributed to the project.
On Sunday, June 5th, 2022, The Middleville and District Museum Board included a special recognition event as part of its opening weekend celebrations to express appreciation to the local donors that helped make our recent (2019-2020) Kitchen and Bathroom installations a reality. Many hours of labour, quantities of materials and contributions of money were donated to help this project happen. A photo of contributors who were able to attend was taken. A full list of donors for the project is below. The Museum is very grateful for the support for this project.
L to R: Dawn Morrison, President of the Board of Directors, Betty Gemmill, Clarence Gemmill, Alice Borrowman, Curator, Mike Sobol, Wendy Kennedy Sobol, Russ Borrowman, Gene Borrowman, Ron Closs
Donors to the Museum Kitchen and Bathroom Projects
Halls Well Drilling Blackburn Plumbing Brad Larocque Mike Sobol Wendy Kennedy Sobol JMM Electric, Mark Mikolaitis Catherine Kelly John Brearly The Perth Planing Mill, Luke McLenaghan Centennial Truss, Russ & Gene Borrowman Timbermart, Ron Closs John Hall Wendell Cochran Tackaberry Sand & Gravel Rodney Stead Clarence Gemmill A huge Thank you to all!
The generous donation of a piece of adjoining land for the creation of a parking lot was made by neighbour, Lionel Easton in the summer of 2021. The Museum called on several volunteers who brought their machinery and gave their time to take down an old fence line and build a new one to outline the Museum's new footprint. Ken Lalonde brought his many years of fencing experience to the project. The team worked together to accomplish the job.
The Museum is grateful to the following people who contributed to this project. Lionel Easton Bob McKay Kenny Lalonde Ian Bodnoff Bob Groulx Rodney Stead Kevin Phillips
The Middleville and District Museum would like to recognize the excellent work of Sonja Nichols and her cleaning crew who work to get the Museum ready for a season of visitors. Sonja organizes the cleaning of the Museum and donates her own time in support of the Museum. Many visitors comment on how great the Museum looks! Thanks, Sonja!
Royal Platinum Jubilee Tea
Royal Platinum Jubilee Tea
Menu Sweet Treats Fruit Tea Sandwiches Tea & Coffee
Gluten-free Queen Elizabeth cake and other treats were available. Many visitors enjoyed their Royal Platinum Jubilee Tea treats at the picnic tables under the shady trees,
Guests dusted off their best fascinator or top hat and joined us for a celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a Royal Jubilee Tea on Sunday, June 5th, 2022. Visitors enjoyed a delightful selection of Tea sandwiches, fruit and sweet treats with a cup of hot tea or mug of local coffee.
A Pandemic Time Capsule
Time Capsule sealed in the wall cavity of the 1861 School House, complete with cobwebs.
A second time capsule was deposited in the old stone wall of the School House on June 5, 2022. It is scheduled to be opened in 2032.
Students visit and travel back in time to the 1800's for a day full of fun!
Although we weren't open to the public before Victoria Day Weekend, we snuck in a visit from a busload of students from Caldwell Street Public School in Carleton Place on May 12th, 2022.
On Thursday, May 12th, 2022, local school children from Caldwell Street Public School in Carleton Place, visited the Middlevilleand District Museum to learn about life in the 1800’s. These students were the first busload to try out the newly improved bus and van access. Museum volunteers, dressed in period clothes, delivered a full program of activities for the Grade Three students to give them a taste of local history. In the Schoolroom, they practiced math facts, spelling and learned to do some cursive writing on a slate. A visit to the 1830’s cabin revealed how settlers lived their lives without indoor plumbing or electricity. Other activities included the opportunity to do some weaving and learn about the settlers’ journey from the old country. A guided tour gave the students a chance to see and learn about the Museum’s many, many artifacts. Of course, no visit to an 1860’s Schoolhouse would be complete without some traditional outdoor games on the schoolyard where children have played for over a century. Games like The Graces, sack races and musical stumps showed today’s students how children got exercise and had fun with simple, everyday items at hand.
The Museum hopes to book more visits from buses and vans of visitors this coming season. Contact us to see what opportunities might be available.
In the mean time...
During the days when the Museum is closed, please continue to engage with our volunteers for research and information inquiries by e-mail or facebook. We keep busy updating our website and posting items of interest.
The 2021 Season The Museum opened on Saturday, July 24, 2021 for this year's season due to Covid 19 restrictions. . We are open Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays every weekend until Monday, October 11, 2021. At times when the Museum is closed, you can still reach us by email at email@example.com
While we are all uncertain as to what the future will bring, the past is always with us - lots of it is in our museum!
From the Board of Directors and volunteers of the Middleville and District Museum
2019 - 2020 News Upgrades to our Beloved (but old) Building! The Middleville Museum is thrilled to announce that we are the recipient of a $24,900 Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The Grant will be used to complete the installation of indoor plumbing and upgrade our electrical system. We will be hosting an OTF Recognition Event & Community Celebration as soon as possible after the completion of the project. Many thanks to donors Catherine Kelly and John Brearly who began this project with the installation of a well and septic system. Thanks to local businesses including Centennial Truss, Lanark Timbermart, Carleton Place Canadian Tire, and Perth Planing Mill for donations, building materials, and fixtures. Thank you to the many individual donors who have contributed to the project in the last year. We are so grateful!
When the Museum is closed, staff can be reached by telephone and email Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.