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September 10, 2009
Celebrate the harvest season with City of Toronto museums
Summer is winding down, but at Toronto’s Historic Sites the fall fun is just beginning. Celebrate the autumn season with harvest festivals throughout September and October.

The revelry begins today, September 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the Montgomery’s Inn annual corn roast. Bring your lawn chair to the Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W., and enjoy fresh corn, other local produce and baked goods while listening to live bluegrass music. Admission is free; refreshment prices vary. Return to Montgomery’s Inn on Sunday, October 18, 1 to 4 p.m. for the Apple Harvest Tea with freshly-baked apple crisp and other goodies to purchase and take home.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre celebrates harvest in the valley on Sunday, September 20, from noon to 4 p.m., with costumed interpreters, musicians, storytellers, historic cooking demonstrations and tastings, artisans, vendors and more. It’s free. Todmorden Mills is located at the bottom of Pottery Road, east of Bayview Avenue and west of Broadview Avenue.

The beauty of autumn is truly reflected in High Park. Enjoy warm apple cider, wagon rides, storytelling, music, crafts and more at the High Park Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 4, noon to 4:30 p.m at Colborne Lodge and the Children's Garden Harvest Festival (south end of High Park). Free admission to grounds; activity and merchandise fees apply. It’s pay-what-you-can to tour inside Colborne Lodge.

Thanksgiving weekend is always busy in the kitchen and at Gibson House it’s no different. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 10 to 12, noon to 5 p.m., see and taste harvest foods being prepared. Children can even lend a hand in the kitchen. Gibson House is located at 5172 Yonge St. Regular admission applies.

At Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Rd., just north of Lawrence Avenue in Thomson Memorial Park, kids can help make a scarecrow as costumed interpreters create a variety of traditional dishes and preserves. Attend on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 from noon to 5 p.m. and try some soup cooked over the hearth. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

For a complete list of fall activities at Toronto Historic Sites, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045,



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