June 18, 2013, London Ontario – On the 1st of July, 1867, Canada became a self-governing colony within the British Empire. Relive the past and discover the events surrounding the first Dominion Day (now Canada Day). Visit Fanshawe Pioneer Village and celebrate Canada Day in true 19th century style!
Dominion Day celebrations will begin at 1:00 p.m and include an historic ceremony and patriotic speeches followed by birthday cake and lemonade. Families can enjoy 19th century games, wagon rides, a live band and a vintage base ball game between the London Tecumseh (modern) and vintage London Tecumseh teams.Take a break and visit our Village Café for a buffet featuring BBQ ribs and chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and traditional rice pudding.
Sponsored by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada
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Don’t miss these upcoming events…
Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic - Sunday, July 7th
All the bears are gathering today for a Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring out your favourite stuffed friend for an afternoon of games in the park. Watch a puppet show and make your very own teddy bear puppet. Join Victorian Bear for a parade and enjoy a picnic of lemonade and cookies served in a real china tea cup.
Sponsored by McCormick Canada
Time Travelers Summer Day camps
July 15 – 19 Ages 9 - 12
July 22 - 26 Ages 6 – 8
August 12 – 16 Ages 9 - 12
August 19 – 23 Ages 6 - 8
It's the ultimate summer adventure - travel back in time! Fanshawe Pioneer Village offers a new summer day camp experience for children 6 - 12 who will become part of Village life. Campers will engage in farm and household chores, become apprentices in our Print, Woodworking and Blacksmith shops, play 19th century games, create Victorian crafts and celebrate the end of their week with a proper 19th century social.
Sponsored by Optimist Club of Arva and District, Christopher F. Parker, Norene and the late Frederic Parker.
Vintage Base Ball
Saturday, July 13
Watch a fine exhibition of 19th century base ball. London Tecumsehs vs Northville Eclipse from noon to 2:00 pm and Northville Eclipse vs Woodstock Actives from 2:30 to 4:30.
Choose, But Choose Wisely. An 1812 play by Jeff Culbert
Tuesday to Thursday July 16,17,18
Tuesday to Friday July 23,24, 25
Performance at 7:30 p.m.
This original play follows the life of ordinary settlers in London Township during the War of 1812, desperately trying to eke out a living while caught between two giant military powers. As British Subjects, they are expected to fight with the local militia. The invading American General promises to
do Upper Canadians no harm, as long as they refuse to take up arms against the US army. And if they do, US soldiers will take no prisoners. What choice will they make? What choice will they have....
Tickets: $15.00 each, admission included.
Book on-line at www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca. Advance booking is required.
Sponsored by Lerners LLP, London Heritage Council, Johnson Sanitation Service, Sylvite Agra-Services Ltd., Union Gas: As Spectra Energy Company and the Government of Canada