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June 16, 2005
21st Annual Strawberry Festival at Spadina Museum
Celebrate the arrival of summer with a 1900s style Strawberry Festival, on
Sunday, June 26, at Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens. The fun begins at
noon and runs until 4 p.m. This year’s theme is "Living with Art." Experience
what it was like to attend a garden party in the early 20th century. Enjoy an
afternoon of fun, creative activities, music and delicious strawberry treats.
Special admission for this event is just $3 a person.

This year’s event is complete with various activities for the whole family to

  • View party dresses from the 1920s and special exhibits highlighting the
    Austins’ involvement in the Women's Art Association of Canada and the
    establishment of the Toronto New Symphony.
  • Take part in a strawberry spoon race, learn how to walk with stilts, and
    make a Picasso fridge magnet.
  • Enter the annual cookie-decorating contest. Cookies will be judged on
    artistic style. The cost to enter is 50 cents.
  • Enjoy classical music performed by flutist James Thompson and harpist
    Pearl Schachter. Both musicians have been trained at the Royal Conservatory of
    Music and will perform separately throughout the afternoon.
  • Complete a sketch while exploring the museum and share your work with
    other visitors by hanging it in our "Strawberry Festival Art Gallery" for the
  • Enjoy the wonderful ambience of the new 1920s party theme décor.

In the afternoon, Spadina Museum staff will announce the successful candidate
of its recently held competition for the Artist in Residence program. Created
to commemorate the respected and critically acclaimed artist, Lynn Donoghue,
the program invited emerging artists to explore the legacy of a museum site and
express their vision of it for a 21st century audience. The recipient will be
awarded an honorarium of $1,500, the use of a studio during museum hours, and
other related benefits.

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. The house is decorated with original family furnishings and
authentically reproduced wall coverings and textiles reflecting the evolution
of decorative styles over four generations.

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 or visit r.htm.

Media contact:

Kim Corby
Museum & Heritage Services



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