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June 2, 2003
Spadina Museum to welcome summer with Strawberry Festival
Culture - On Sunday, June 22, the public is invited to the Spadina Museum:
Historic House & Gardens to celebrate the arrival of summer with a 1900s style
Strawberry Festival. The fun begins at noon and runs to 4 p.m.

"What better way for children and adults to welcome the summer than to come to
an old-fashioned strawberry festival on the lovely grounds of this Edwardian
mansion?" said Karen Edwards, Spadina Museum's Site Administrator. "The
activities that will be offered provide guests with insight into the strawberry
socials that took place at Spadina many years ago. It's an afternoon of fun,
music and strawberry treats."

This year's theme of the Strawberry Festival is music. There will be
performances of traditional music using the hurdy gurdy, Scottish bagpipes and
flutes by the group Moresca who will provide European medieval music, and the
group Ursa Major, who will perform harp and viola duets of traditional Jewish
and Celtic Music. Children may sing and play along with Little Fingers Music,
and be enthralled by the storytelling of Carol Ashton.

Returning this year to the Strawberry Festival is the children's cookie
decorating contest, which was one of the most popular activities at last year's
festival. There will also be old-fashioned ice cream making, games, and more.
While at the Strawberry Festival, guests are welcome to stroll through the
historic gardens and visit the museum.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens is one of the 11 museums operated by
the City of Toronto. Spadina Museum is an Edwardian mansion that chronicles
four generations of the wealthy Austin family who lived there. It is situated
on six acres of parkland, with one of Toronto's finest restored
Victorian/Edwardian gardens. Spadina Museum offers special events and programs
for children and adults including Mother's Day tea, annual plant sale, and an
Edwardian Christmas Celebration. Spadina Museum is located at 285 Spadina Road
(next door to Casa Loma).

Admission to the Strawberry Festival is $3 per person. Refreshments are extra.
The festival runs from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the
Strawberry Festival, please call 416-392-6910.

For more information about Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, visit:

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