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September 9, 2002
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre celebrates fall with a Harvest Festival
Culture - Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre once again
hosts a community Harvest Festival in celebration of the upcoming fall, on
Sunday, September 22, from noon to 5 p.m.

Set in the midst of the beautiful Don Valley, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum
offers visitors approximately nine hectares of green space to stroll through,
as well as a heritage garden and wildflower preserve to enjoy.

During the festival, the grounds will be enlivened with the acoustic music of
popular folk group, Tamarack. Drawing upon traditional sounds and contemporary
influences, Tamarack sings passionately about Canada with songs inspired by
this country's history and age-old legends.

Visitors are invited to tour the site's two historic homes as costumed staff
perform the seasonal task of preserving fruits and vegetables for the winter.
In keeping with the periods represented by the houses, the staff will be using
Victorian techniques for baking and preserving. Guests are
welcome to ask questions about these old-fashioned methods and will find it
interesting comparing them with 2002 techniques.

Visitors can observe demonstrations by local artisans such as cedar
shingle-making, flax-processing, pioneer tinsmithing, and Dr. Zonk's Museum of

The peckish may purchase fabulous fall picnic fare or take home tasty treats
from the bake sale.
Families can take part in 19th century crafts and games. There will be many
activities for both kids and their parents, such as playing with toys,
participating in games, making masks and "scary apple heads." In addition,
guests may have a hands-on experience with the amazing technology of the Camera
Obscura, a prelude to the development of the camera.

Special event admission applies: adults: $3.50; 60+/students: $2.75; children 6
to 12: $1.50 and children 5 and under: free.

The Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre is located on Pottery Road,
just west of Broadview Avenue at Mortimer Avenue. For more information, visit
our Web site at or call 416-396-2819.
The museum is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Culture Division,
Museums and Heritage Services.

Media contact:

Media Contact
Lorrie Ann Smith,
Program Officer,



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