Heritage military theme a blast this Canada Day at McCrae House

DSCN6305Guelph, Ontario, June 21, 2013 –Get fired up for the annual Canada Day celebrations at McCrae House Monday, July 1st from noon until 4 p.m. “Our Canada Day festivities offer activities for the entire family,” says Val Harrison, Coordinator of Public Programs. “This year visitors can enjoy musketry and naval cannon demonstrations, a variety of heritage military displays, poetry readings, a kid’s obstacle course and of course, birthday cake!” 

Interact with re-enactors and military history enthusiasts and learn about artifacts and uniforms of the Civil War, First World War and Second World War. Displays include a War of 1812 encampment and a portable military hospital. The afternoon program also includes a marching, musketry and cannon demonstrations.

Featured this year is an interactive Poets Reading. Poets Honey Novick, John Be. Lee, Ed Kuris, Frances Roberts-Reilly and Bill Bisset will reflect on John McCrae’s poetry and poems of war and peace. They will also be inviting people to read their own poems or write one of their own.

The performance times scheduled are:

 12:00          Doug and Nathan Larson

 12:30          Anthony and Egan

 1:10            Musketry demonstration

 2:00            Doug and Nathan Larson

 2:30            Anthony and Egan

 3:00            Musketry Demonstration

For hands-on experiences, visitors can create Home Front crafts with the Canadian Embroiderers Guild of Guelph, try out our junior boot camp obstacle course and create Canada Day crafts.

McCrae House is located at 108 Water Street.  Admission to the Canada Day event is by donation.  Contact Guelph Museums at 519-836-1221 or visit guelph.ca/museum for more information. 

Posted by Dawn Owen on June 21, 2013