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June 19, 2006
Annual Strawberry Festival at Spadina Museum
Experience what it was like to attend a turn-of-the-century garden party - but with a Mad Hatter as your host. Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens celebrates summer with the 22nd annual Strawberry Festival, and an “Alice in Wonderland” theme, on Sunday, June 25. The event begins at noon and runs until 4 p.m. Admission is $3.

This year’s event includes many activities for children and the whole family to enjoy:
  • meet two Mad Hatters - one who creates spontaneous art with kids, the other who amuses and delights audiences with his great collection of riddles and short stories
  • children will decorate a Mad Tea Pot (cardboard cut out), then it’s off to the Mad Hatters’ Tea Party where they will use their imaginations to pour tea from their works of art during this pretend tea party on the grass. Parents are welcome to join in.
  • everyone will enjoy classical music performed by flutist and Royal Conservatory of Music teacher, James Thompson
  • take a seat at a table in the gardens and enjoy strawberry shortcake and other treats
  • enjoy more sweet tastes - guests are invited to make ice cream and strawberry jam
  • tour the historic house with its lush décor that echoes four generations of decorating
  • play games such as croquet on grounds that are adorned with images of Alice’s famous tournament (look for the flamingoes and hedgehogs)
  • children may find their way through the maze game in the orchard
  • find all the Cheshire cat grins that are hiding throughout the house and visit the exhibition of images from Alice’s world (created in partnership with the Toronto Public Library’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books)
  • children may dress up in costumes that are reminiscent of “Alice in Wonderland,” have their face painted and join in the annual Cookie Decorating Contest.
  • enter the Recitation Contest - bring your own memorized piece or try something from our collection. Receive a poster of an illustration by Tenniel provided by the Toronto Public Library’s Osborne Collection of Children’s Literature.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens offers a peek at the elegant world of Toronto high society at the turn of the 20th century. The house is situated on six acres of parkland that includes one of Toronto’s finest restored Victorian gardens. Spadina Museum is located at 285 Spadina Rd. (next door to Casa Loma). The site is TTC accessible and there is paid parking available at Casa Loma. For more information, call 416-392-6910.

The Strawberry Festival is part of Live With Culture, a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural communities. Visit, the ultimate guide to Toronto’s culture scene.

Media contact:

Kim Corby
Museum & Heritage Services



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