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October 16, 2014

Black Creek Pioneer Village to "fright" and delight families this Halloween

- Have a haunting good time at Howling Hootenanny or experience chills at Ghost Walks-

Halloween means old time fun at Howling Hootenanny, Black Creek Pioneer Village's family oriented Halloween event complete with trick or treating throughout the Village. Families will enjoy shooting apples into the Valley with the apple sling shot, a creepy creature show, the haunted maze, face painting with airbrush tattoos, pumpkin decorating, , Halloween crafts and more.

Or, for the more daring, visit us on our Ghost Walks night, to experience the eerie side of Black Creek Pioneer Village. Led by our knowledgeable "ghost" guides, our signature tours offer three unique ways to experience Black Creek after dark. Hear stories of hauntings and paranormal activity while touring the historic buildings. Bring your camera and recorder to document ghostly encounters and a flashlight or lantern to explore the buildings. These tours are not for the faint of heart and are recommended for adults and those interested in the paranormal. Author and ghost hunter Terry Boyle of the Haunted Ontario book series will be on site to sign books and speak about his spooky experiences in the field.

What: Howling Hootenanny

Event Details:
o Main stage performances by Abracadracula (October 18th & 19th), Kobbler Jay (October 25th) and The Fire Guy (October 26th)
o Creepy Creature Show - Get up close and personal with a crew of spooky critters!
o Happy Faces Airbrush Tattoos (12:30-4:30)
o The Haunted Maze - Are you brave enough to make it to the end? (12:00-4:00)
o Scarecrow Mini Maze - Fun for the little ones.
o Apple Sling Shot (12:00-4:00)
o FREE Pumpkin Decorating (while supplies last)
o Trick-or-Treat in the Village

When: October 18 & 19 and October 25 & 26 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Admission:
• Adults (ages 15 - 59) $15
• Children (ages 5-14) $11
• Seniors (ages 60+) $14
• Students (15+ with ID) $14
• Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
• Members Free
• Parking $7 per car/day

What: Black Creek Ghost Walks

When: October 25

Admission: Reservations required. Buy tickets online at www.blackcreek.ca or call 416-667-6295

Tour Details:

A HAUNTED VILLAGE: Explore the most active buildings at Black Creek with our "ghost" guides. Visit with a bereaved ghost in Burwick House, hear the tragic story of Michael Stong in the Stongs' Second House, look out for the lady in yellow in the Flynn House and hear tales from beyond the Veil in the Grain Barn. Discover the stories behind the paranormal activity and explore the buildings by flashlight and lantern.

Tour Times: 5:30pm, 7:15pm & 9:00pm,

Ticket Price: $18+hst/Member, $20+hst/non-Member

GHOST TALES AND HISTORIC ALES: Enjoy ghost stories, legends, a cemetery and more! Hear the story of the miserly Minister of the Manse, snap photos of the orbs in the Fisherville Cemetery and hear a tragic tale in Robin's Mill before heading over to the haunted Half Way House. This tour ends in the Black Creek Historic Brewery with a guided tasting of three historic ales brewed on-site.

Tour Times: 6:00pm, 7:45pm & 9:15pm,

Ticket Price: $20+hst/Member, $23+hst/non-Member

DEATH & DYING IN THE VICTORIAN AGE: The Victorians made dying an art! This tour explores the disturbing Victorian rituals around death including postmortem photography, mourning and remembrance. See actual artifacts and discover how Victorians were hurried to their deaths through diseases, epidemics, crime and questionable doctoring including bloodletting, trepanation and more!

Tour Times: 6:45pm & 8:30pm,

Ticket Price: $18+hst/Member, $20+hst/non-Member

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario

 

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 

 


 

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Discover Thanksgiving at Black Creek Pioneer Village

- New fall beers, harvest activities and Thanksgiving Dinners set to bring visitors back in time to a simpler time period -

(Toronto, October 7, 2014) Black Creek Pioneer Village celebrates Thanksgiving with three days of special activities, a new fall ale at the Black Creek Historic Brewery and Thanksgiving Dinners at the Half Way House Restaurant.

"Thanksgiving is a special time at the Village. The leaves are colourful and we focus on traditional harvest and fall traditions and activities in a unique heritage setting," said Wendy Rowney, Assistant General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "Thanksgiving wasn't an official holiday in Canada until 1879. During the 1860s, many people celebrated the harvest with a special dinner highlighting seasonal produce such as pumpkin, squash, and apples. Communities also celebrated the season by decorating their churches with fresh produce which was given to families in need after the service. We've captured the essences of these celebrations through experiences and activities at the Village this weekend."

Make your Thanksgiving weekend special by treating yourself to freshly baked apple and pumpkin treats and hot apple cider available for purchase in the Half Way House Kitchen. Be sure to visit the bronze turkeys in the Black Creek Barnyard and take the Pioneer Poultry Tour, or lend a hand with pickling and preserving the season's bounty.

Enjoy a special treat by adding the Black Creek Pioneer Village Thanksgiving Dinner to your day on Sunday, October 12 and Monday, October 13. Thanksgiving Dinners at the Village are a traditional feast with a full three-course meal! There are three seatings available and reservations are required. Sample some historic ales and take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Village while you're there (extra fees may apply).

The Black Creek Historic Brewery serves up some unique ales based on historic recipes from the mid-1800s and using brewing techniques from the same period. First, a Sweet Stout is available at the brewery beginning October 11- 13. Lactose, a sugar derived from milk, is added to Black Creek Stout resulting in a sweet creamy finish to the beer. This pairs perfectly with brie, a well-aged cheddar, BBQ foods, spicy Asian dishes, and chocolate cake or brownies.

Black Creek Historic Brewery will then make available its popular Pumpkin Ale beginning October 18, 19, 25 and 26. This beer uses real pumpkin in the brew kettle and is infused with a blend of spices including nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon prior to fermentation. The result is a golden ale heady in spices and flavor.

Thanksgiving Activities at the Village, Saturday October 11 - Monday October 13:

  • Discover the unique history of the Canadian holiday we call Thanksgiving. 12:00 - 12:30 & 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Kick up your heels and learn Victorian dances. 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Take the Pioneer Poultry Tour and learn all about Black Creek's heritage breed turkeys, chickens, ducks, and geese.11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Shepherd and her sheep. 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sample beers brewed in the Black Creek Historic Brewery. Sweet Stout will be available along with other varieties, both traditional and unique. Beer Sampler available 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a refreshing pint of history. Tour our historic brewery and enjoy samples of beer made the old-fashioned way. 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Watch as the miller grinds grain into flour at Roblin's Mill. 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Sunday only.
  • Help to peel and schnitz (dry) apples in preparation for the coming winter. Saturday & Sunday only.

*Please note that all programs and times are subject to change. Visitors should check in the www.blackcreek.ca or call for details.

 

Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 


 

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British Home Child Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village

(Toronto, September 23) On Sunday, September 28th Black Creek Pioneer Village in partnership with British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association (BHCARA) celebrates British Home Child Day in Ontario with a full day of special events celebrating the lives of British Home Children.

"In spite of the adversities the British Home Children faced in Canada, with dedication and hard work, they built a lasting legacy not only in Canada but in central Ontario where the vast majority of these children were placed." said Lori Oschefski, Founder and CEO of BHCARA "Over four million Canadians are descendants of BHC. Canada was built on the backs of these hard working children and BHC Day allows us to come together to celebrate their successes, remember their lives and to recognize their struggles."

From 1869 -1948, up to 118,000 children, known as British Home Children, were sent to Canada from Great Britain primarily to work as indentured farm labourers and domestic servants. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Canadian families have a "British Home Child" in their family tree.

"The story of the British Home Child is a largely forgotten part of Canada's history," said Chris Bagley, General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "The children that arrived in this historic child emigration movement grew up, established families and helped to build the Ontario we live in today. We are honoured to be able to celebrate their contributions and have visitors learn more about their story at British Home Child Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village."

Event Highlights: 11a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. Opening ceremonies with opening remarks by Lori Oschefski, CEO, BHCARA; Opening address Judy Sgro, MP York West and former Immigration Minister

Launch of BHCARA Executive Director, Canada, Sandra Joyce's book - ‘Belonging' a sequel to ‘The Street Arab - The Story of a British Home Child'. A book signing will take place at 1:00 pm in front of the Town Hall.

Performances from:

  • Members of the cast of the Homechild - The Musical
  • The Miller School of Irish Dance
  • Bold Step Dance Studio
  • A multi-media installation inspired by the lost childhood of British Home Children by international artists Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey
  • Folk Singer Marion Parsons
  • Children's games

2:00 p.m. Author Marjorie Kohli will give a presentation on the contribution British Home Children made in the First World War.

2:00 p.m. Author Rose McCormick Brandon will host an open mike session with British Home Child stories

4:15 p.m. Closing remarks


About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can
explore 40 heritage homes, shops and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village.
Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The
Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The
tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black
Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the
past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto
and Region Conservation (TRCA). Visit http://www.blackcreek.ca

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Media contact:
Rowena Calpito
Public Relations, Black Creek Pioneer Village
416-661-6600 ext 5632 rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 

 


 

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September 19, 2014

A Spirited Affair Celebrates Beer, Whisky, and Wine in two time periods

- Fundraising event helps to restore historic buildings at Black Creek Pioneer Village -

On Thursday, September 25th at 7 p.m., Black Creek Pioneer Village and The Living City Foundation host a signature fundraising event: A Spirited Affair: celebrating beer, whisky, and wine. This unique culinary experience raises funds to restore historic buildings at the Village. Step back in time, as the sights, sounds and tastes of the 1860s and 1960s comes to life with live music, dancing, and costumed actors. Enjoy a night of craft beer, whisky and wine, paired with local gourmet food themed to 1860s and 1960s menus.

At this two-part event, guests will first be transported back in time to the Victorian 1860s where ballroom dancing and traditional ales are all the rage. Later in the evening, they will be whisked into the early 1960s to listen and dance to Beatles and "Rat Pack" style crooning while sipping on cocktails and enjoying fine food inspired by the time period. Guests are invited to dress-up in early 1960s costumes, with skinny ties, narrow pants, and fedoras, or pencil skirts, white gloves, and bee-hive hairstyles.

All funds raised will support the Black Creek Restoration Campaign to restore five buildings at the Village in need of substantial repair.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, September 25th 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

Cost: $80. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/join/
Or by calling 416-736-1733. Tickets will also be available for purchase the night of the event.

Event Highlights:

1860s - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • -Sample craft beer, artisanal whisky, and local wine from Hogtown Brewers, Pelee Island Winery, and Toronto Distillery Co. paired with delicious 1860s-style food offerings such as smoked meats and house-pickled veggies.
  • Visit the Black Creek Historic Brewery and enjoy ales brewed the old-fashion way- Meet characters from the past including the itinerant Dr. Belfry Attic who will read the bumps on your head and reveal your true character
  • Tap you toes to lively music performed in an outdoor heritage setting

1960s - 8:00 pm -10:00 pm

  • Pair beer, wine, and whisky from Beau's All-Natural Brewing Co, Sandbanks Estate Winery, and Trafalgar Artisanal Distillery with a retro 1960s menu including quiche Lorraine and salmon mousse.
  • Twist and shout to live music from Beatles tribute band, The Britles
  • Enjoy the smooth and sophisticated sounds of crooner Andy De Campos
  • Get out on the dance floor and learn the cool moves of popular ‘60s dance crazes
  • Take part in our silent auction or play exciting fundraising games

For more information event details, on auction details, costume ideas, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.blackcreek.ca/spiritedaffair

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 


 

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See a Rarely-Seen Side of Black Creek Pioneer Village: The North Property and Costume Collection

- Gold Members have a unique opportunity to tour the oldest buildings in the Village on September 21 -

(Toronto, September 17, 2014) Black Creek Pioneer Village is a great destination for families but it also boasts several unique experiences for adults. Included in these is the opportunity to view rarely-seen costumes in the McNair Gallery and a tour of the North Property, a seldom-seen side of Black Creek Pioneer Village.

The best way for adults to experience Black Creek Pioneer Village is with a Village Membership Package which includes "just for members" private events. There are two levels of memberships, each with many benefits.

"Our members are very passionate and curious about history so we have designed these special opportunities for Black Creek Gold Members to really go behind-the-scenes at the museum," said Wendy Rowney, Assistant General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village.

"The membership packages are quite affordable. They give you access to the Village and the opportunity to take part in many events ranging from a private viewing of our artifact collection to learning how Black Creek is preserving heritage farm animals, from touring the North Property to learning how to make a 19th century kissing ball for Christmas. They're a great value for anyone who wants to learn more about life in early Toronto."

On September 21, Black Creek Gold Members will "Tour the North" property. It's a unique opportunity to tour the grounds of a seldom-seen part of Black Creek Pioneer Village Few people know that Black Creek Pioneer Village has an additional five 19th century buildings located on its North property.

The North Property is not open to the public but tours are made available during selected special events. The Dalziel Barn, built in 1809, is located here. At 205 years old, it is one of the oldest and largest barns of its kind in the country. For many years, this was the site of the Dalziel Pioneer Museum, an agriculture museum operated by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority that welcomed thousands of visitors between the 1950s and 1980s. It was so successful that when the adjacent farm became available, it was purchased by the TRCA to recreate a 19th century village around the property's remaining five pioneer structures. This neighbouring farm became Black Creek Pioneer Village.

The museum in the Dalziel Barn closed its doors in the 1980s. Since that time, it has been opened occasionally to members of the public and will be open for a special tour on September 21st to Gold Members. Special Members Only events take place throughout the year.

For more information about Black Creek Pioneer Membership fees, Member Events (pre-registration required), or to purchase a membership please visit: http://blackcreek.ca/v2/join/membership.dot

Another way to see rarely seen artifacts is to visit the McNair Gallery, located in the Visitors' Centre. The Gallery showcases authentic artifacts and special exhibits. Shaping Style exhibit explores 19th century fashion and the undergarments women wore to achieve the fashionable female figure of the day. A small number of rarely seen costumes from Black Creek's collection are displayed annually. This exhibit is on semi-permanent display, with featured costumes changing periodically. Other exhibits on display include Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children, 1869-1948; The Working Lives of Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967 and Look and Play: A Toy His-Story.

For more information about the McNair Gallery visit: http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/experience/exhibits.dot


About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 


 

 

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Get inspired and learn skills of 19th century craftspeople with apprenticeships at Black Creek Pioneer Village

- New Quilting Apprenticeships now available -

(Toronto, August 15, 2014) Black Creek Pioneer Village is known for its beautifully re-created 19th century village, but one little known fact about the Village is that it offers adults the opportunity to learn the skills of 19th century craftspeople. Spend the day wearing a reproduction historic costume as an apprentice in blacksmithing, spinning, leatherworking, tinsmithing, heritage printing, or brewing in an authentic 19th century setting and using the real tools of the trade. Black Creek Pioneer Village has also just introduced a new apprenticeship in quilting this year.

"We are excited to add the Quilting Apprenticeship to our list of experiences," said Wendy Rowney, Assistant General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "This apprenticeship is great for anyone who wants to learn more about quilting or how to get started on a quilting project of their own. Apprentices will have the opportunity to explore traditional skills in a heritage setting. It's a lovely way to spend a quiet day. Apprenticeships make a unique gift idea!"

In the new Quilting Apprenticeship, apprentices spend the day stitching alongside a skilled quilter inside a two-storey log farm house built in 1832 by the Stong Family. They begin with learning the steps required to piece a quilt top and create a quilted item to take home. Participants will also work on a 19th century quilt frame and stitch a pattern developed in the 1800s.

During the middle years of the 19th century, many women quilted bedcoverings to keep their family warm at night. As the century progressed, these quilts became increasingly more ornate. Today, they are often cherished as family heirlooms and as unique pieces created by skilled artists over a century ago.

This apprenticeship is open to people at all skill levels from novices who have never picked up a needle, to those who want to learn more intricate needle work. Projects will be matched to the apprentice's skill level.

On August 16 and 17, visitors interested in the world of quilts will enjoy Quilts at the Creek. Learn how quilts are made, enjoy a Quilter's Marketplace, join in an advanced quilting workshop or get a quilt appraised. This event is held in partnership with the York Heritage Quilters Guild.

There are several other apprentices available at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Brewing apprentices work alongside our master brewer inside a heritage inspired 19th century brewery. Opened to the public in June 2009, Black Creek Historic Brewery is located in the heart of beautiful Black Creek Pioneer Village. Here we have recreated a working brewery, as it would have been in the mid-1800s. Our brewers handcraft the same ales and porters enjoyed in Ontario's country villages before Confederation.

Apprentices participate in every step of the brewing process from boiling the wort to pitching the yeast. While the wort is cooling, they participate in our popular Historic Brewery Tour and learn all about the fascinating world of drinks - and drinkers - in 19th century Toronto. At the end of the day, they choose from our selection of unique brews and take home a growler (2L bottle) of ale.

"Beer was everywhere in 19th century Ontario. Many people drank beer every day! Towards the beginning of the century, most beers were homemade, brewed by tavern owners and housewives, in small private breweries," said Wendy Rowney, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "The brewing apprenticeship is perfect for beer lovers who enjoy craft beers and unique flavours; or for the home-brewer looking for tips on brewing a fantastic beer."

Blacksmithing Apprentices spend time in a working blacksmith shop, learning the skills required to be a 19th century blacksmith. The blacksmith shop, built in Nobleton, ON in 1855, was one of the first buildings moved to what would become Black Creek Pioneer Village. They will spend the day working alongside a skilled blacksmith educator who will guide them safely through learning the beginner skills used by blacksmith. At the end of the day, they'll have made their very own s-hook and fireplace poker to take home as a reminder of their day as a 19th century blacksmith.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone 15 years and older. Brewery apprentices must be at least 19 years old. Apprenticeships are available from May 7 - December 23. Fees: $70/members, $75/non- member, one person per day (taxes not included). Brewery Apprenticeships costs $75/ members and $80/non-members.

Adult apprentices with the Blacksmith or Tinsmith must wear their own safety approved steel-toed shoes or boots. Please call 416-667-6295, ext 2 for more information and to register to step back in time as an Adult Apprentice.

 

Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 


 

 

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British Home Children honoured at 100th anniversary of World War I

-The British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association and Black Creek Pioneer Village host a special commemorative ceremony honouring British Home Children who served during World War I-

(Toronto, July 21, 2014) On the 100th anniversary of the First World War a special commemorative ceremony will take place honouring British Home Children who served. The ceremony is being held in partnership between the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association (BHCARA) and Black Creek Pioneer Village. Speakers include CBC Commentator Don Cherry, descendant of British Home Child and First World War veteran Richard Palamountain. Black Creek will also celebrate the opening of its exhibit, Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children, 1869 -1948.

From 1869 -1948, up to 118,000 children, known as British Home Children, were sent to Canada from Great Britain primarily to work as indentured farm labourers and domestic servants. During the First World War, up to 10,000 British Home Children enlisted as soldiers. Approximately 1,000 British Home Children lost their lives.

Join us at Black Creek Pioneer Village for this special commemorative ceremony to honour the British Home Children who served and gave their lives during the First World War. The ceremony will include presentations by members of the BHCARA as well as the unveiling of the ‘British Home Child Honour Role' plaque.
Following the morning's ceremony, at 2:00 pm there will be an official opening celebration of the exhibit, Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children, 1869 -1948. Through photographs, family stories and artifacts loaned from Ontario community members and museums, the exhibit explores this historic child emigration movement and the effects it had on the Home Children in Canada.
Running throughout the exhibit are fascinating and sometimes troubling accounts from the descendants of Home Children, which shed light on the uncertain futures they faced in Canada. Also of interest are unique artifacts on display, which include hand-made travel trunks, medals the Home Children earned, an early 1920s saxophone and many other reproduced documents such as letters and indentures.
A special section dedicated to the contributions of Home Children in the First World War is also displayed. Here, the public can see the signal flags Home Child Arthur Clarkson used while serving, a set of meticulously recorded diaries documenting Home Child Joseph Treend's efforts to find and reunite with his siblings during the First World War and a Next-of-Kin Memorial Plaque issued to Cecil Bennett's Canadian family after he was killed in action at Vimy Ridge.

Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children, 1869 -1948 was created by Black Creek Pioneer Village in partnership with the BHCARA. It is on display in the McNair Gallery at Black Creek Pioneer Village from July 28, 2014 to December 23, 2015.

Black Creek Pioneer Village and the BHCARA will again host special events on British Home Child Day in Ontario (September 28), to celebrate the lives and history of British Home Children in Ontario.

What: World War I 100th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony honouring British Home Children and exhibit opening of Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children, 1869 -1948.

When: Monday, July 28th. Ceremony begins at 9:50 a.m., and ends at 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Exhibit opening begins at 2:00 p.m. (Media are invited to preview the exhibit at any time)

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

Who: Don Cherry, CBC Commentator for Hockey Night in Canada; former MPP Jim Brownell, Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders; Lori Oschefski, Founder and CEO of the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association; Sandra Joyce, Executive Director, Canada BHCARA and author of The Street Arab - The Story of a British Home Child and soon-to-be released Belonging; George Bradshaw, surviving BHC and Second World War veteran; Marjorie Kohli, author of The Golden Bridge: Young Immigrants to Canada, 1833 -1939; York Regional Police Male Chorus; Colour Guard provided by Cadets from Camp Borden; Ceremonial Unit of Commissionaires Great Lakes; Pipers from the White Heather Pipes and Drums, Top First World War Military Collector Carl Black; Padre Gillian Federico; Karen Mahoney, Regional Director, BHCARA and Glenna Smith-Walkden, Secretary-Treasurer BHCARA.

Admission: Admission includes ceremony and entrance to Black Creek Pioneer Village. Doors open for the ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
• Adults (ages 15 - 59) $11 before 12:00 p.m. (After 12:00 p.m.is regular admission of $15) • Children (ages 5 -14) $11 (Kids get in free Monday - Friday, July and August. Valid with the purchase of an adult or senior admission. Must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Limited to four kids per paying adult.
• Seniors (ages 60+) $ 11 before 12:00 p.m. (After 12:00 p.m. is regular admission of $14)
• Students (15+ with ID) $14
• Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
• Members Free
• Parking $7 per car/day

 

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can
explore 40 heritage homes, shops and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village.
Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The
Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The
tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black
Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the
past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto
and Region Conservation (TRCA). Visit http://www.blackcreek.ca

 

Media contact:
Rowena Calpito
Public Relations, Black Creek Pioneer Village
416-661-6600 ext 5632 rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 


 

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New Village Folk Program launches at Black Creek Pioneer Village

- Village Folk: a great experience for Kids who also get in free at Black Creek Pioneer Village this summer -

(Toronto, July 14, 2014) This summer, Black Creek Pioneer Village is about kids and making learning about the past fun! Starting July 19, 2014, Black Creek Pioneer Village kicks off its new Village Folk program. The new program is an immersive hands-on experience designed to encourage visitors young and old to step into the shoes of folks living in a mid-19th century Ontario village. Who would you be if you lived in 1860? Village Folk activities are geared towards children ages 5-12, but can be completed by visitors of any age. Black Creek Pioneer Village has also brought back its popular Kids Get in Free program this summer. Children 14 years old and under get in free, with the purchase of an adult or senior admission, in July and August, Mondays to Fridays. For complete rules please visit blackcreek.ca

"We're excited to bring back "Kids Get in Free" again this year and also introduce the Village Folk Program," said Wendy Rowney, Assistant General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "There's so much to see, do and discover here. We want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to explore the Village and experience what life was like in a pioneer town by doing the Village Folk activities. Summer at the Village is about families, and doing things together! We're making it more affordable and also adding to the Village activities so that visitors can really experience what life was like in the past."

When visitors enter the Village they will pick their "pioneer identity" by selecting one of six Village Folk cards. They may choose to be a doctor, seamstress, farmer, cook, tradesman, or hostess. On the back of the card, they will find six activities related to their specific 1860s identity. As they travel through the Village and complete the activities, they will discover how that person lived and what she or he did every day. They will experience life in the 1860s, just like people did at the time.

How did a doctor fix a broken arm? How did you train to be a blacksmith? How did farmers carry water with a yoke and bucket? How did you greet guests politely? How did cooks know when the fire was hot enough to bake a loaf of bread? Be a Village Folk and find out!

Admission:

• Adults (ages 15 - 59) $15
• Children (ages 5-14) $11
• Seniors (ages 60+) $14
• Students (15+ with ID) $14
• Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
• Members Free
• Parking $7 per car/day

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario

 

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 


 

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Make Your Father's Day Weekend Historic at Black Creek Pioneer Village

- Experience the life of an 18th century soldier complete with Ginger Beer, a new limited edition beer from Black Creek Historic Brewery -

(Toronto, June 9, 2014) On Father's Day weekend, Black Creek Pioneer Village will become the site of a battle scene between Loyalist forces and American Revolutionaries in the annual Battle of Black Creek. Visitors can step into the past with more than 200 re-enactors, including over 100 soldiers. Dads and their families can enjoy the spectacle, speak with the soldiers in their encampments, and watch them drill before the battle. Afterwards, the whole family can enjoy a special Father's Day feast of barbecued ribs and adults can enjoy authentic Black Creek Ale. This Father's Day weekend Black Creek Historic Brewery will have Ginger Beer available for the first time, as the newest addition to its speciality seasonal ales.

The Battle of Black Creek is organized by Reg James, Lt. Col. of the King's Royal Yorkers, a re-enactment group that researches 18th century life in North America and stages dramatic mock battles with other re-enactors in Ontario and the northern U.S.

There is something for everyone on this special weekend at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Explore Revolutionary War military encampments, try your hand at the Rubber Band Shooting Gallery, witness the ceremonial changing of the guard, view a musket demonstration, and of course watch the grand battle itself!

Also be sure to visit the Black Creek Historic Brewery and try the new Ginger Beer brewed specially for the Battle of Black Creek. In the 1700s and 1800s, beer was a popular drink with soldiers in Europe and North America. Ginger beer is a variety of beer that originated in England in the 1700s and spread to North America. Today, ginger beer is more commonly known as a refreshing soft drink, rather than its alcoholic (and equally refreshing!) cousin.

The Black Creek Historic Brewery Ginger Beer, alimited edition specialty ale, is a mild amber ale with notes of ginger. It pairs well with curries and stir-fried dishes.

Visitors can tour the Black Creek Historic Brewery, where period ales are brewed the old-fashioned way. Adults can even sample beers aged in oak barrels or purchase a growler of their favourite brew to take home.

For a complete list of Battle of Black Creek Activities please visit: http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/events/battle-of-black-creek.dot

Admission:

• Adults (ages 15 - 59) $15
• Children (ages 5-14) $11
• Seniors (ages 60+) $14
• Students (15+ with ID) $14
• Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
• Members Free
• Parking $7 per car/day

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario

 

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 


 

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Explore Ontario’s Pioneering Roots at Black Creek Pioneer Village

- 2014 Season at Black Creek Pioneer Village includes new baby heritage farm animals, events and activities -

Black Creek Pioneer Village, a re-created 19th century working village at Toronto’s northern edge, is now open for the 2014 season with new events and activities to tell the story of Toronto’s pioneering roots.

“Visit Black Creek and check out what is new this season,” said Chris Bagley, General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. “Bring the kids, choose a pioneer identity, and discover what life was like in the past in our new family program, Village Folk. Learn to quilt as an adult apprentice, visit our new exhibits, and determine whether you are descended from a British Home Child. We’re bringing back favourite seasonal events: Battle of Black Creek, Pioneer Harvest Festival, Howling Hootenanny, and Christmas by Lamplight. Step back in time and discover what life was like when Canada was young.”

At the city’s largest outdoor history experience, there is much to learn about Ontario’s rich rural heritage and simpler way of life. The Village includes 30 acres of rural landscapes, restored homes and workshops, a historic brewery and many historical interpreters in period dress who demonstrate and explain how people lived, worked and played in this time period.

New for 2014:

Just born!  New baby heritage farm animals: Many of the farm animal breeds that were central to life in a rural Ontario village of the mid 1800's are now rare and seldom seen. Over time as more and more farmers sought out specific characteristics in farm animals, many of the breeds that were popular in the past began to disappear.

This spring visitors can see heritage breed baby animals up close, including six new lambs, light Brahma chicks, and Rouen ducklings.. Learn more about the farm animals at the Village by attending our "Meet the Farmer" programs throughout the season.


At Black Creek, we provide homes to several heritages breed animals including

  • Light Brahma chickens
  • Black Cochin chickens
  • Barred Plymouth Rock chickens
  • Hereford cow and calf
  • Tamworth pigs
  • Clydesdale horses
  • Border Leicester sheep

WWI 100th Anniversary Ceremony: July 28 - 11 a.m

British Home Child Day: September 28th

New exhibits at McNair Gallery: "Shaping Style" open through December 2014 and "Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children," June through December 2014.

New Adult Apprenticeship Program: Quilter for the Day. Spend the day in costume with our Quilter. Learn the methods used by 19th century Quilters and all about the tools of the trade.

New ongoing activities at the Village: "Village Folk." Who would you be if you lived at Black Creek? Pick a card, complete the activities and discover what life was life in a pioneer town.

New seasonal ales available at Black Creek Historic Brewery: Our Brew Master has lined up a unique list of seasonal ales available only at the historic brewery in limited quantities. Visit www.blackcreekbrewery.ca for more information.


For a complete list of events and activities please visit http://www.blackcreek.ca

Help Sherlock Holmes Solve the Mystery of the Golden Egg at Black Creek Pioneer Village during March Break

This March Break Black Creek Pioneer Village will open its doors for kids of all ages to solve a mystery!

(TORONTO, March 4, 2014) There's a mystery stirring at Black Creek Pioneer Village, this March Break, March 8 - March 16, and the Villagers are hoping our guests can solve it! The Harness Maker's valuable Golden Egg was stolen and he has no idea who took it! Help Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve this mystery by exploring the Village and searching for clues, decoding secret messages and questioning the suspicious Villagers. There are fun activities or clues in every building where guests can use their detective skills such as disguise, observation, logic, and deduction to help them narrow down the suspects and solve the mystery!

"Last year's Sherlock Holmes mystery received a positive response from visitors, so we are excited to bring back Sherlock Holmes with a whole new mystery for visitors to solve," said Geri Smith, Project Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "This is the perfect outing for anyone who enjoys solving problems, collecting clues, and putting things together to solve the Mystery of the Golden Egg.

What: March Break Mystery Fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village
• Enjoy a free Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride around the Village
• Decode secret messages and search for clues around the Village
• Participate in a Detective Workshop with Dr. Watson
• Interact with a variety suspects and Sherlock Holmes himself
• Keep track of your findings in your Junior Detective Notebook
• Create a disguise and make your detective badge
• Enjoy a variety of family friendly foods at the Gift Shop and Event Pavilion Snack Bar (11 am - 4:30 pm) and seasonal treats like hot cider and fresh baked cookies at the Half Way House Kitchen
Activities are subject to change

When: March 8 to March 16 11:00 am - 4:30 pm on weekends and 10:00 am - 4:30 pm on weekdays

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario

Admission:
• Adults (ages 15 - 59) $15
• Children (ages 5-14) $11
• Seniors (ages 60+) $14
• Students (15+ with ID) $14
• Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
• Members Free
• Parking $7 per car/day

 

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.
Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 


 

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Discover the Magic of Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village

- Get into the spirit of the season at holiday workshops, special holiday activities and Christmas by Lamplight -

(Toronto, November 27) In the 19th century, life was simpler: people enjoyed eating together, sharing music and going for walks and enjoying the sentimental feelings associated with the season. It was also the time when many holiday traditions began. Santa Claus, then called St. Nicholas, made his first appearance in 1822. The first Christmas card appeared in 1843 and by the 1860s people in Toronto had come to see Christmas as a special time to be spent with family and close friends. Black Creek Pioneer Village brings that world to life again with a rich program of holiday activities for a new generation of Canadians with unique holiday workshops, special weekend programming, a gingerbread village, Santa's Cottage and Christmas by Lamplight.

During the holidays, the Village is dressed up in its seasonal best. The decorations make extensive use of natural materials, such as evergreens and dried fruits and flowers grown right in the Village. Each heritage home reflects how different families would have celebrated Christmas in the 1860s. Guided walks on the weekends, such as the "Tour of Christmas Traditions," provide a glimpse into the customs that underlie our modern-day celebrations, and give visitors a chance to chat with historical interpreters in the Village. Other popular activities include creating a Christmas card and "Christmas Feasts & Flaming Puddings" presentations where visitors can experience these culinary delights for themselves.

Every year Black Creek Pioneer Village celebrates the season with its signature "Christmas by Lamplight" event. On these special evenings the site's historic buildings will be lit by the lustrous glow of two hundred antique lamps placed throughout the Village, along with candles, and - in some homes - a roaring fire in the hearth. To add to the Christmas spirit, musicians will be playing, carollers will be singing, stories will be told traditional treats such as roasted chestnuts, mulled apple cider, mincemeat tarts, and real sugarplums will be served. Start your Christmas season with this nostalgic trip into the past.

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village Event Details

Family Wreath Workshop - December 8 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a festive afternoon at Black Creek Pioneer Village creating a wreath to deck the halls or adorn your front door!

Pre-registration required. Maximum two children with each adult. $ 30 member, $35 non-members (taxes not included)

*All children participating in the workshop must be between 5 and 14 years of age. Adult participants must be at least 18 years old.

Please call 416-667-6295, ext 2 for more information and to register for a Black Creek workshop.

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village (weekends until December 23) 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.:

Enjoy the Village at its best, all dressed for Christmas. Weekends are filled with flaming puddings, Christmas tours, holiday crafts and ballroom dancing. On weekends starting December 7th, visit with Santa in his cottage, or take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon!

General admission fees apply. For a complete list of activities visit: http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/events/activities.dot

Christmas by Lamplight - Saturdays, December 7, 14, & 21, 6:00 p.m.to 9:30 p.m.

For three magical evenings, Black Creek Pioneer Village invites visitors to join in the holiday festivities. Bathed in the glow of lamplight and dressed in its finest holiday decor, Black Creek comes alive with live music, food and activities. Program only or with dinner options available.

Pre-ticketed event. To order tickets please contact Customer Service at416-667-6284 during business hours or via e-mail at: customerservice@trca.on.ca

For more information about the program and prices, please visit: christmasbylamplight.ca

Christmas Dinners - December 8, 15, & 22 - 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family.

Members: Adult $45.00/Children (4-12 years old): $22.50
Non-Members: Adult $49.95/Children (4-12 years old): $24.95 Children 0-3 years old are FREE*

Prices include parking & admission to the Village. Above prices do not include HST. Reservations required. Please call 416-667-6284

General Village Admission:
• Adults (ages 15 - 59) $15
• Children (ages 5-14) $11
• Seniors (ages 60+) $14
• Students (15+ with ID) $14
• Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
• Members Free
• Parking $7 per car/day

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

 

 

 


 

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October 16, 2013

Experience Halloween Chills and Thrills at Black Creek Pioneer Village

- Trick or Treat during the day at Halloween Hootenanny or Tour the Village after dark with New Ghost Tours -

Enjoy a scary good time at Black Creek Pioneer Village with two great Halloween events. Howling Hootenanny is a family friendly daytime event for trick or treaters of all ages, and for those who are more daring, Black Creek Pioneer Village is open on one special night for its new signature Ghost Walks.

What: Howling Hootenanny

Event Details:

  • Main stage performances by Abracadracula (October 19th & 20th) and The Fire Guy (October 26th & 27th)
  • Creepy Creature Show - Get up close and personal with a crew of spooky critters!
  • Happy Faces Airbrush Tattoos (12:30-4:30)
  • The Haunted Maze - Are you brave enough to make it to the end? (12:00-4:00)
  • Scarecrow Mini Maze - Fun for the little ones.
  • Apple Sling Shot (12:00-4:00)
  • FREE Pumpkin Decorating (while supplies last)
  • Trick-or-Treat in the Village
  • A Wake Up - Experience a house in mourning.

When: October 19 & 20 and October 26 & 27 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Admission:

  • Adults (ages 15 - 59) $15
  • Children (ages 5-14) $11
  • Seniors (ages 60+) $14
  • Students (15+ with ID) $14
  • Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
  • Members Free
  • Parking $7 per car/day

What: Black Creek Ghost Walks

When: October 26

Led by our knowledgeable "ghost" guides, our signature tours offer three unique ways to experience Black Creek after dark. Hear stories of hauntings and paranormal activity while touring the historic buildings. Bring your camera and recorder to document your ghostly encounters and a flashlight or lantern to explore the buildings. These 1.5 hour tours are not for the faint of heart and are recommended for adults and those interested in the paranormal.

This is a ticketed event. Buy tickets online at www.blackcreek.ca or call 416-667-6295

Tour Details:

A HAUNTED VILLAGE

Tour Times: 6:30pm & 8:15pm, Ticket Price: $18+hst/Member, $20+hst/non-Member

Visit with the bereaved ghost in Burwick House, hear the tragic story of Michael Stong in Stong's Second House, look out for the lady in yellow in the Flynn House and hear tales from Beyond the Veil in the Grain Barn. Discover the stories behind the paranormal activity and explore the buildings by flashlight and lantern.

GHOST TALES AND HISTORIC ALES

Tour Times: 7:00pm & 8:45pm, Ticket Price: $20+hst/Member, $23+hst/non-Member

Enjoy ghost stories, legends, a cemetery and more! Hear the story of the miserly Minister of the Manse, snap photos of the orbs in the Townline Cemetery and hear a tragic tale in Roblin's Mill before heading over to the haunted Half Way House. This tour ends in the Black Creek Historic Brewery & Restaurant with a guided tasting of three historic ales brewed on-site. Guests are welcome to stay for some pub grub and a pint after the tour.

DEATH & DYING IN THE VICTORIAN AGE

Tour Times: 6:45pm & 8:30pm, Ticket Price: $18+hst/Member, $20+hst/non-Member

The Victorians made dying an art! This tour explores the disturbing Victorian rituals around death including post-mortem photography, mourning and remembrance. See actual artifacts and discover how Victorians were hurried to their deaths through diseases, epidemics, crime and questionable doctoring including bloodletting, trepanation and more!

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario

 

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 


 

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(Toronto, September 11, 2013)

Get into the Spirit at A Spirited Affair, Celebrating Beer, Whisky and Wine at Black Creek Pioneer Village

-Step back in time to a lively 1860s town then shimmy into the roaring 20s on September 26 -


A Spirited Affair, Celebrating Beer, Whisky and Wine is a unique culinary and drink experience at Black Creek Pioneer Village that celebrates the history, culture and fun of the 1860s and 1920s. Event highlights include live music, interactive characters, a silent auction, dancing and tastings of local craft beers, whisky and wines paired with gourmet foods. The silent auction features great gifts and one-of-a-kind experiences including a day with the Toronto Emergency Task Force, jewellery, artwork, furniture and even naming rights to one of Black Creek's sheep!

The proceeds from the event will benefit Black Creek Pioneer Village, so that future generations can experience and interact with Ontario's rich history.

"This unique event mixes history with culture and entertainment." says Geri Smith, Project Manager at Black Creek Pioneer Village. "This is your chance to step back in time and kick up your heels for a fun evening of food, drink and music in our historic village."


Event Highlights:

1860s Era, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Mingle with the Shopkeeper as he pushes his wares and whisky
• Visit the Historic Brewery to meet the Brewmaster and sample historic ales
• Enjoy live music on the porch of the Half Way House Inn
• Dodge the Temperance Advocate as she collects signatures for her petition

1920s Era, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
• Head over to the roaring 20s for live music and Charleston dancing
• Sample local beer, whisky and wine, paired with hors d'oeuvres
• Try our signature drink, "The Black Creek Killer"
• Bid on many unique silent auction items and experiences
• Play fun games and win prizes
• Join in the fun with your favourite 1920s outfit

What: A Spirited Affair
When: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, Gallery, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto
Cost: Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased at http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/join/fundraising-event-details.dot

Ticket price includes six drink samples, all food samples, and lots of unique and fun entertainment. Each guest will also receive a complimentary gift bag to take home.

*Must be 19 years of age or older to attend this event*

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum, located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Living City Foundation and the public. For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca .

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito

Public Relations, Black Creek Pioneer Village
416-661-6600 ext 5632 rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 


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(Toronto, July 9, 2013)

Black Creek Pioneer Village Goes Back to the Mid Century for the Greatest Show on Earth

The show goes on July 13-14 and 20-21

Come one, come all! On the weekends of July 13-14 and 20-21, Black Creek Pioneer Village is pulling out all the stops for the Mid-Century Carnival: Greatest Show on Earth! Enjoy days full of lively entertainment, fantastic storytelling, festival food and much more at Toronto's largest outdoor living history museum. Thrill as the Mental Floss Side Show and Zoltan the Adequate perform feats of unbelievable daring-do including fire eating and sword swallowing! Take part in an interactive fairy tale or discover the amazing World of Wonders Dime Museum of Curiosities. Get a glimpse of the past with the Family Friendly Peep Shows and learn to be silly in the School of Clowning. Don't miss the craft vendors and fun festive foods!

The event is based on P.T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Hippodrome show (later known as The Greatest Show on Earth). In the beginning, Barnum featured the rare and exotic alongside the best in entertainment which drew thousands of visitors who came for fun, adventure and a peek at the strange and mystical.

"We are excited to bring the spirit of P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth to Black Creek Pioneer Village," said Geri Smith, Events Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "The Mid-Century Carnival is the only place in the city where you and your family can enjoy the entertaining acts and displays that reflect the spirit and intrigue of a 19th century travelling amusement show."

Event Highlights:

  • Main stage performance by the Mental Floss Side Show and Zoltan the Adequate!
  • World of Wonders, Dime Museum of Curiosities - Discover the rare and amazing exhibits including a Fiji Mermaid, Paul Bunyan's Gun, a Jackalope and much much more!
  • School of Clowning - Discover your inner clown and see what it takes to really clown around!
  • Fairy Tales - Step into the story with our entertaining storyteller!
  • Family Friendly Peep Shows - Peek inside the boxes to reveal the wonders within!
  • Optical Toys - Try out some toys that trick the eye and which led to the invention of film and animation!

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, Gallery, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

 

About Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum, located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Living City Foundation and the public. For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

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Public Relations, Black Creek Pioneer Village
416-661-6600 ext 5632 rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 


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Black Creek Historic Brewery launches 2013 series of Limited Edition Specialty Ales

- Taste unique beers at Ontario's only working historic brewery-

Toronto: June 28, 2013- Black Creek Historic Brewery, the only working historic brewery in Ontario, has unveiled a list of unique limited edition specialty ales planned for the 2013 season, available only at the brewery located at Black Creek Pioneer Village (BCPV).

"Specialty beers are based on available seasonal ingredients and have always been popular with our visitors who are looking for unique locally brewed beers to try," said Nick Foglia, Senior Manager, Sales, Visitor & Food Services at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

The brewery recreates the techniques, tools and recipes used by brewers in Ontario in the 1860s. The equipment is made mainly of wood and copper, and the beer ferments the way it did in the old days, in wooden barrels. Beers are brewed using historical recipes, without the use of electricity, any stainless steel tanks or bottling plants. The beers are not carbonated which provides a different taste when compared to the commercially brewed beer of today.

Black Creek Historic Brewery beers are sold in 64oz growlers. They cost $18, which includes the tax and a $4 refundable deposit for the growler. The growlers are available for sale in the Black Creek Historic Brewery and the Half Way House restaurant.

Visitors to BCPV are invited to take part in the Historic Brewery tour. After visiting the brewery and discovering how beer is made, they will enjoy three samples of our historic ales. Participants in the Beer Sampler program will sample beers brewed on-site and learn about drinking (and drinkers!) in the 1860s. These programs are available for an additional fee of $4.50 (tax included).

Black Creek Historic Brewery Specialty Ales 2013

July

July 1 (Canada Day)
Maple Porter
July 13 & 14 (Carnival)
Raspberry Porter

August

August 24 - (Hop Harvest)
Lemon Balm & Mint Pale Ale


September
Fresh Hop/Wet Hop Pale Ale
September 28 & 29 (Pumpkin & Apple Days)
Harvest Brown Ale or Autumn Ale flavoured with Sweet Potatoes

October
October 12, 13, 14 (Thanksgiving)
Sweet Stout

October 19, 20, 26, 27 Howling Hootenanny)
Pumpkin Ale

November
Estate Ale

 
December
December (weekends beginning December 7)
Winter Warmer

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About Black Creek Historic Brewery
Located in Black Creek Pioneer Village, the Black Creek Historic Brewery is a working recreation of a 19th century brewery, an era when beer was both a popular beverage and a staple food. Using only period equipment and no electricity, the Brewery handcrafts the same ale and porter varieties enjoyed in Ontario before Confederation. Open daily to the public, visitors can chat with the Brewmaster in costume or join guided tours and taste samples drawn from oak barrels. The beer can be enjoyed on the premises at the Black Creek Historic Brewery Restaurant and Pub, or brought home in returnable "growlers." Public events are held throughout the year at the Brewery; the facility is also available for corporate and private functions. Black Creek ales and porters sold off-site at LCBO stores are brewed at a commercial facility under the supervision of the Brewmaster. Black Creek Historic Brewery is a member of the Ontario Craft Brewers and is operated by Black Creek Pioneer Village in partnership with Pioneer Breweries Limited. For more information, visit http://www.blackcreekbrewery.ca .



This May Long Weekend Enjoy a Pirates and Princesses Family Adventure at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

- Fairytale stories come to life on May 18, 19 and 20-

On May 18, 19, 20 enjoy family fairytale fun at Toronto’s largest outdoor living history museum. Bring your eye patches and tiaras and celebrate the stories of Cinderella, Peter Pan and Rapunzel. Participate in pirate workshops and prince and princess etiquette lessons. Join Cinderella’s Ball, search for Captain Hook’s treasure and make some crafts.

Event Highlights:
Storytime with Debra Hale - Listen to timeless tales of Cinderella, Peter Pan and Rapunzel.
Interact with lively characters such as Cinderella, Captain Hook, Rapunzel, Prince Charming and more.
Cinderella’s Ball - Join in with all the characters at the most popular Ball in the Village.
Pirate Workshop- Learn to walk and talk like a pirate..."arrrggh".
Enjoy a Village Wide Treasure Hunt and make a royal crown craft or eye patch craft to take home.


Faiytale Family Tea - Join Cinderella, her evil stepsister, Rapunzel and Captain Hook for a Fairytale Family Tea. These charismatic characters will visit you at your table to share a smile, pose for photos, and sign an autograph book (given out upon arrival). At the end of your meal, you can follow these friendly characters in a Pirate and Princess Parade out into the Village for many fun activities. Pre-registration for the Family Tea is required, please call 416-667-6295. Fairytale Family Tea starts at 10am each morning (Village opens at 11am).

Prices for Family Tea: $21.95* for Members (2 and under are free)
$24.95* for Non-Members (2 and under are free)
*Price includes a meal for those 3 and up, admission to the historic Village and parking. Price does not include HST or gratuity.


Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, Gallery, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

About Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum, located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Living City Foundation and the public. For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.  



Help Sherlock Holmes Solve the Clockmaker Mystery at Black Creek Pioneer Village during March Break.

This March Break Black Creek Pioneer Village will open its doors for kids of all ages to solve a mystery!

(TORONTO, March 4, 2013) There's a mystery stirring at Black Creek Pioneer Village this March Break, March 9- March 16, and the Villagers are hoping our guests can solve it! The Clockmaker is missing and so is his favourite and most valuable clock. Interact with Villagers and help Sherlock Holmes solve this mystery by finding clues throughout the Village. There are fun activities in every building where guests can use their detective skills such as disguise, observation, logic, clues, deduction and secret codes to help them narrow down the suspects and solve the mystery!

"We're excited to bring Sherlock Holmes to life in this interactive adventure at the Village," said Geri Smith, Project Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "It's a unique day out where families can solve problems, collect clues, and try their best to solve the Clockmaker Mystery. We've created fun activities that will bring out the detective in everyone!"

What: March Break Mystery Fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village

• Enjoy a Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride around the Village
• Watch "Who's Calling?", a live puppet show
• Search for clues around the Village
• Participate in a Detective Workshop with Dr. Watson
• Create a disguise and make your own secret spy name tag
• Enjoy a variety of family friendly foods (11 am - 3:00 pm) and seasonal treats like hot cider and fresh baked cookies at the Half Way House Kitchen
• Also enjoy a special Family Tea Time

Activities are subject to change

When: March 9 to March 17 11:00 am - 4:30 pm on weekends and 10:00 am - 4:30 pm on weekdays

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario

Admission:
• Adults (ages 15 - 59) $15
• Children (ages 5-14) $11
• Seniors (ages 60+) $14
• Students (15+ with ID) $14
• Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
• Members Free
• Parking $7 per car/day

 

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.

Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.

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Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632
rcalpito@trca.on.ca