Festival of Porches & Verandahs

SATURDAY: Victorian Luncheon – 12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm

Enjoy an elegant lunch served in grand style on a beautiful private Ridgetown verandah, entertained by period entertainers,

including a visit from Her Majesty The Queen Victoria.

Advanced booking only $20:00 Mitton’s Jewellers or John Taylor at 519-674-3022

Ridgetown Legion Celebration and Beer Tent – 2pm – 8pm

Whats’s It Worth? – Bring your priceless antiques to have them appraised by our experts. 1 Item $5.00. 3 Items $10.00 – 2-4pm. 

SUNDAY

Art In The Park – Free Family Entertainment

Watson Grove – 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Open-air church service, Ridge House Museum exhibition, Stuart Wicks Band, Freshwater Band, Ricky Leon the Magician For the children: balloon animals, face painting, pony rides on cart.

Bring a lawn chair and stay for the day.

Art in the Park artists’ registration & details 519 784 2548

 

 

 

The Festival of Porches & Verandahs was conceived in 2009 as a way to celebrate the Victorian architectural heritage of Ridgetown.

The inaugural Festival featured pre-booked luncheons on private verandahs around the town. “Queen Victoria” (aka Liz Brown) travelled by open horse-drawn carriage to each of the participating porches, greeting guests and sharing some information about her life. In addition a wandering troubadour and a magician visited each porch, offering vintage entertainment.

In subsequent years poet “Archibald Lampman”, “Sir John A. MacDonald” and “Lewis Carroll” – all brought back to life by Tom Button – charmed luncheon guests.

The menus were carefully based on historic food selections either from old cookery books or old family recipes. Teams of volunteer “dressers” set tables with antique linens, fine china and silverware with crystal glasses. Expertly arranged floral centrepieces echo colours or patterns of the table settings.

The Victorian flavour has been captured by a variety of  entertainers including an internationally acclaimed chalk artist, vintage bands,  barber shop quartets, a professional magician and Chatham’s Dickens Fellowship Players.

In 2010 Art in the Park was revived and has been a fixture in the Festival each year since then. Regional artists and crafters pay a nominal fee to display and sell their work – “Buy local; Buy Handmade” is the theme.
In 2011 an outdoor ecumenical church service was introduced to the programme. A number of people surrounded the bandstand in Watson Grove for a welcome start to their Sunday. A sold-out bus tour of historic Ridgetown was a feature of that Sunday afternoon and will be repeated in 2013.

2012 saw the Sunday programme expand with Art in the Park moving from Saturday to Sunday. In addition, a full Sunday of free entertainment was added: the popular outdoor church service, the Town Crier, a Dickens Players performance, a barbershop quartet, poetry readings, face painting, a bag piper, a barbeque and the Blurry Pickers bluegrass band. An exit poll conducted by the CK Department of Tourism indicated that 1,500 visitors came to Art and Entertainment in the Park.

Last year’s Sunday programme included the usual outdoor church service, the Town Crier, a barbershop quartet, a bag piper, a barbeque, a magician and The Mountaineers celtic band – plus the mid-afternoon bus tour.