Elgin County Railway Museum presented the St. Thomas "Calamity City" Haunted Walk on the evenings of October 6th and 7th. The walks led several groups along a downtown path from the Railway Museum to the Princess Ave Playhouse where they learned a little of St. Thomas' railway history, including the story behind a tragic accident in 1887. Coordinated by Lori and Doug Sands, restless spirits with stories to tell made appearances along the way - they were played by several volunteers from the Elgin County Railway Museum and the Elgin Theatre Guild.
Wallacetown Fair 157th Edition presented something for everyone throughout the weekend, including a Friday Dance with Marshall Dane, OPP Golden Helmets, Wallacetown's Gpt Talent, The Magical World of Majinx, Mud Bogg with entertainment by The Mudmen, plus old favourites seen in some of the Sunday photos below.
Several organizations in St. Thomas and Elgin County enthusiastically joined in the national Culture Days celebration September 29th to October 1st 2017. They invited public participation in well over fifty events at many locations. Find photos below from a few of Saturday's activities.
Rural history and rural roots came to life on September 9th and 10th at the annual Farm Show in the heart of the Talbot Settlement. A variety of activities provided opportunity for all, including kids to learn about heritage skills. Above Julie and son Ashton took part in one of the many hands-on activities offered during the sunny weekend. Below, some scenes from Saturday at the show.
The 2017 Iron Horse Festival took place from August 17th to 20th on the historical rail yards of the Elgin County Railway Museum, next to the Canadian Southern (CASO) Station. Some scenes from this year's Festival ...
The final Quai du Vin summer music event for 2017 brought in another sell-out crowd grooving under sunny skies to the tunes of the fifties and sixties. Photos from the day below ...
Port Stanley’s harbour has been an essential part of the village since 1827 when the first schooner was launched. On August 5th to 7th members of Heritage Port Stanley guided interested groups on a narrated walk to learn about this fascinating history. They shared information on the history of shipping and commercial fishing, the story of the tragedy that occurred during the construction of the lift bridge and how the harbour has changed over time from the lift bridge to the lighthouse. Photos below are from the Sunday tour.
Many men from Elgin County enlisted in the American Civil War and the farmers of the Talbot Settlement profited from selling goods to the Union. For the Backus-Page House first ever Civil War Re-enactment, July 29th and 30th, Union and Confederate soldiers had weapons demonstrations, afternoon battles, and more. Some scenes from Saturday below ...
St. Thomas-Elgin Pride week included several events across Elgin County. In St. Thomas the celebration kicked off in St. Thomas with a flag raising at City Hall on Monday.
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Quai du Vin kicked off their "Summer Sounds Delicious" music series with a crowd-pleasing sold-out Motown Memories on Sunday July 9th.