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May 21, 2004
Spadina Museum welcomes Summer with 20th Annual Strawberry Festival
On Sunday, June 27, the public is invited to celebrate the arrival of summer
with a 1900s style Strawberry Festival at Spadina Museum: Historic House &
Gardens, 285 Spadina Rd. The fun begins at noon and runs until 4 p.m.

"We at Spadina enjoy holding this annual event. It is a great way to share a
part of the city's heritage with visitors and to celebrate the coming of
summer. The house is surrounded by six acres of lawns and historic gardens, and
with many family activities taking place throughout the grounds, it's a lovely
place to bring the kids on a summer's day " said Karen Edwards, Spadina
Museum's Site Administrator. "The Austins, who lived here until the 1980s,
commonly held strawberry socials in the early 1900s and our event provides
visitors with a glimpse of those days. It's an afternoon of fun, music and
strawberry treats."

This year's Strawberry Festival's theme is "19th Century Circus." Joining us
will be Dollie the Clown who will delight the children with her special brand
of "pocket magic." The circus theme continues with face painter Danielle the
Clown, who will turn each child's face into a unique work of art. Visitors will
be in awe of the performer on stilts, and this year's musical guests will bring
a wonderful period ambience to the festivities. Popular storyteller Pam
Mountain of Toronto Public Libraries, will hold the children in rapt
attention. The Museum of Childhood will have a craft table for the kids and
present an exhibit of circus-related toys in the house's lower floor for all to

Returning for 2004 is the children's cookie decorating contest, which has been
one of the most popular activities at past festivals. There will also be
old-fashioned ice cream and jam making for children, 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, a beautifully appointed Edwardian
home, offers a peek at the elegant world of Toronto high society at the turn of
the 20th century. Visitors view the original family furnishings and
authentically reproduced wall coverings and textiles that reflect an evolution
of decorative styles over four generations. Throughout the year Spadina Museum
offers special events and programs for children and adults. These include
Mother's Day and Edwardian Teas, March Break and Summer day camps, gardening
lectures and early 20th century Christmas celebrations, to name a few.

Spadina Museum is located at 285 Spadina Rd., beside Casa Loma. Admission to
the Strawberry Festival is $3 per person. Refreshments are extra. For more
information, please call 416-392-6910 or visit

Media contact:
Linda Irwin
Museum & Heritage Services



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