UPDATE: More events have been added and new details are available for Carberry’s First Annual Heritage Festival. The two blocks of Main Street that comprise Manitoba’s only designated Heritage District will be closed to traffic for festival events from 2 to 5 pm on Friday and 11 to 5 pm on Saturday.
FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- self-guided walking tours of Carberry’s architectural gems;
- display of vintage cars and farm implements at Carberry Plains Museum from 2 to 7 pm Friday and 10 to 7 pm Saturday;
- hour-long cemetery walking tours at 3 pm;
- Friends of Camp Hughes, a WW1 training camp, will have a display in the Legion about the camp’s history;
- street buskers will perform;
- artisans will have booths selling their wares;
- lots of fun activities for kids – games, face painting;
- get your picture taken wearing a vintage hat, have some lemonade on the verandah of the gingerbread house and help support the museum;
- there will be demonstrations of wool spinning, taxidermy, felt making and intuitive readings
FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY
- a decorated bike parade with prizes and fun at 3:30 pm;
- cut a rug to fiddler Mark Morisseau and his band at the old time dance from 7 – 11 pm in the hall. It’s an all-ages (no alcohol) event so bring the whole family. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students.
FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES ON SATURDAY
- Farmers Market from 9 to 11 am with plenty of fresh local produce;
- celebration of naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton’s birthday at the Seton Centre from 11 to 1 pm with lunch and birthday cake;
- high tea in the afternoon;
- apron fashion show;
- flea market;
- a new community mural will be installed;
- many businesses will feature special heritage-priced items;
If you got it, flaunt it! One of the basic adages of self-promotion.
From the angle of heritage preservation, there are very few Manitoba towns or cities that can match Carberry for sheer heritage chutzpah. The town of 1670 boasts Manitoba’s only designated heritage district, two blocks of Main Street containing 30 original buildings constructed between 1896 and 1930. This summer, the town is inviting everyone to the First Annual Carberry Heritage Festival – Friday and Saturday August 9 and 10. They have plenty to celebrate!
I love this idea! It’s original, ambitious and appropriate for the town. I have called Carberry Manitoba’s Heritage Gem and written extensively on this blog about its attractions. (On the Category menu there are 44 posts about Carberry) The town is a major day tripper destination for heritage buffs. If you are a heritage buff and haven’t been to Carberry, shame on you. Their heritage festival is a great opportunity to see the real deal.
The two-day festival has a growing slate of activities planned:
- Seton Centre will be celebrating Ernest Thompson Seton‘s 153rd birthday with cake, lunch and other events;
- Friends of Camp Hughes will have a display set up in the Legion and self-guided walking tours of Camp Hughes site, 16 kms west of Carberry off Hwy 351;
- The Carberry Plains Museum will have a display of antique vehicles and farm implements at the museum;
- The James White gingerbread house (top picture) will serve lemonade and cookies on the Verandah along with a vintage hat show;
- The Magic Bean Coffeehouse will serve high tea and present an apron fashion show on Saturday afternoon;
- Gerry Oliver will demonstrate felting and sell his wares; Pat Lovatt will sell her hand made alpaca items;
- On Saturday morning there will be a farmer’s market with plenty of fresh produce by then on sale, along with lots of crafts and handmades.
- Aboriginal events feature dancing and singing;
- Kid’s activities will include face-painting;
- Joe at Offbeat Antiques will hold a flea market, bargains galore;
- buskers will appear at various times and places on Main Street;
- Friday night an old-time dance will be held in the hall. It’s an all ages (no alcohol) affair so bring the tykes and the grannies and whoop it up to fiddler Mark Morisseau;
- more events and activities still in the works. I will add them as they get green lit.
Announcing this festival is a bit of a scoop for me so thank you to the Carberry Heritage Group for allowing me that honour.
Alert your heritage network to this new wrinkle in celebrating a local past. See you in Carberry in August.