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March 16, 2006
Mackenzie House celebrates Celtic and Lithuanian cultures
Citizens of Toronto in the early 1800s were “…either natives of Canada, or emigrants from other parts of North America, or from Europe, Asia, and Africa – a mixed race, neither amalgamated in manners, customs, nor habits…”

- William Lyon Mackenzie, The Colonial Advocate, 1828

Discover how newcomers to Canada have shaped Toronto’s cultural heritage and culinary diversity during special weekends in March and April at Mackenzie House Museum. Visitors are invited to explore other cultures through their traditional dance, costumes and artifacts. During the KITCHENCultures program treat your tastebuds to a cross-cultural cooking experience. Gather in the Victorian-era kitchen for a fun fusion of cooking and culture, complete with demonstrations and samplings of traditional foods. These programs are part of regular tours, and are included with admission.

In March, Mackenzie House will celebrate Celtic traditions; in April, Lithuanian foods, costumes and culture will be highlighted.

On Sunday, March 19, the focus will be on traditional Scottish dancing with the Kirsty Duncan Dancers. These popular performers will make appearances at 1:30, 2:45 and 3:45 p.m.

The following weekend, March 25 & 26, from noon to 4:30 p.m., KITCHENCultures heats up again with our community partner, the Emerald Isle Seniors. They will prepare colcoannon (a mix of kale, potatoes and leeks with butter and cream), lamb stew and Irish soda bread for visitors to sample. After tasting the cuisine, visitors will be delighted with performances by Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancers.

On April 22 and 23, from noon to 4:30 p.m., our cultural partner will be the Lithuanian Girl Scouts, who will dress in both Scout uniforms and traditional costume. They will prepare varškecia, a cottage cheese dumpling that is served with a variety of toppings. Visitors will be able to view traditional Lithuanian weaving or juostas, Easter eggs, and amber artifacts that include pictures, jewellery and carvings, as well as literature about Lithuania.

Mackenzie House Museum is located at 82 Bond Street, two streets east of Yonge Street, just south of Dundas Street. Regular admission to Mackenzie House is Adults: $4; Seniors & Youth: $2.75; Children: $2.50. To contact the site for further information, e-mail or call 416-392-6915.

Media contact:

Kim Corby
Museums & Heritage Services



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