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7 July 2024


The 2024 Norfolk County Heritage & Culture Events, Exhibitions, and Programs Guide is now available and includes 2024 include community events, exhibits, youth programming, and more.

PDHM – 2024 Annual Fun Car Rally *NEW LOCATION*

September 28

New Location: Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre

182 South Dr, Simcoe, ON

$25 per car

Buckle up! Our 7th Annual Fun Car Rally is returning for 2024. During this fun family event, support the Port Dover Harbour Museum while cruising Norfolk’s scenic country roads! Drivers, navigators and friends will travel on a secret route, while answering questions about what they see along the way. See you at the finish line! New this year; experienced rally participants can skip orientation and get started right away! 

10:00-11:00am: Registration in person at Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre

11:00am:  Driver/Navigator Orientation. Rally will begin immediately after orientation.

All cars must return to the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre to turn in their questionnaires by 3:00 pm

Car Rally

PDHM Pumpkin Painting Party

Smiling caucasian  little girl showing her painted pumpkin

October 19, 2024

Ages 3-10
$6 per child

Calling all witches and wizards, ghosts and goblins – this one’s for the kids! Paint your own pie pumpkin, take part in a Costume Parade around Riverfront Park (weather dependent), and then get your groove on in a museum dance party. Don’t forget to grab your treat bag!

Programs at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

Pre-registration required.

DTMHC – Quance Sawmill Tours

Saturday, August 17th
1:00-3:00 pm

The Delhi Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre is very excited to announce that the Quance sawmill will be open for guided tours this summer!

Drop-in on Saturday, August 17th between 1:00-3:00pm for a casual tour provided by Curator Andrew Moore. Admission by donation.

The mills, originally owned and operated in the 1830s by Henry Sovereen, grandson of Delhi founder Frederick Sovereen, were purchased by the Quance family in 1874 and operated until 1970. There were two sawmills and one grist mill that served as a welcome enterprise to the citizens of Delhi and the surrounding area. The original sawmill burnt in 1913, but was quickly rebuilt with new equipment. The lumber mills produced furniture and decorative elements for area homes as well as served an important role in the tobacco industry during the 1930s, producing lumber for tobacco kilns, laths and barns. Residents used the grist mill to grind their grains into flour. The mills were amongst the first buildings developed in Delhi and were a draw for early settlement due to the important services rendered.

Learn more about the history of the mill, the lumber industry in Delhi, and the Quance family during our sawmill tours this summer. 

WHAM – Holiday Starlight Shopping

November 2024 (Dates TBD)

Kick off your holiday shopping by visiting Bowlby Bros. & Co., the museum’s famous gift shop. Featuring home and garden products, unique seasonal ornaments and fabulous stocking stuffers. The museum will be open extended hours to join other vendors in Waterford for a night of holiday splendor.

WHAM – Farmerettes At War

November (Date TBD)

Learn about the forgotten history of the young women who answered the call by working on the farms in Ontario – including Waterford – during the Second World War. Join author Bonnie Sitter as she shares her research and documentary highlights from Ontario Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes.

Admission by donation. 

WHAM Heritage Tractor Show

Sunday, October 20, 2024
9:00am – 4:00pm

Featuring heritage tractors of all makes and models on the north grounds of the museum as part of Waterford’s Pumpkinfest. Special demonstrations and displays, including “touch a tractor” for all ages.

Admission by donation. 

WHAM – Agricultural Hall of Fame

Saturday, September 15, 2024
2:00pm – 4:00pm

The Agricultural Hall of Fame at WHAM honours and celebrates Norfolk County’s outstanding contributions to agriculture and promotes the importance of these achievements. Join us as we formally recognize the 2024 recipients and unveil the new exhibit highlighting their accomplishments.

To see a full list of past inductees, click here: Inductees

WHAM –  Car Boot Sales

2nd Saturday of the Month

June 8, July 13 & August 10
8:00am – 12:00pm

Calling all treasure hunters! Start your Saturday morning thrifting at WHAM with this old-fashion English style flea market. Vendors selling antiques, collectables and “good junque” will be setup on the museum grounds.

Admission is free. Cancelled if raining. 

Be a vendor!

Load up your car and sell your junque from the trunk at the Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum’s CAR BOOT SALES. This old-fashioned, English styled flea market will be running on the East parking lot of the museum the 2nd Saturday of June, July and August – 8am to 12pm.

VENUE: Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum (159 Nichol Street, Waterford) East Parking Lot.

WHEN: Saturday, June 8, July 12 and August 10. Sale Runs: 8am-12pm (vendors to arrive between 7:00am – 7:30am).

VENDOR FEE: $20 each sale day – book one approximate 10’ by 10’ space or more (cash payments only, pay upon entry)

PLEASE NOTE: This car boot sale is for individuals selling their new, used and ancient items, home-made arts/crafts and related wares. This is not an event for commercial retailers. Please read full terms and conditions on vendor application form.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Event cancelled if weather conditions are unfavorable. Cancellation notices will be posted on museum social media.

BOOK IN ADVANCE: Those who wish to book a 10’ by 10’ space(s) must do so at least 3 day in advance of sale dates by completing and submitting the vendor application form.

VENDOR APPLICATION

NCA – 4th Annual Genealogy Symposium

Save the Date Advertisement for the 4th Annual Genealogy Symposium

📅 Join us for the much-anticipated 4th Annual Genealogy Symposium at the Norfolk County Archives on September 14th, 2024. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned genealogist, this event promises enriching experiences for all.

Get ready for insightful talks from guest speakers, and don’t miss our used book sale, featuring valuable ancestry research resources. For just $25 per person, your ticket includes access to all talks, exclusive swag, and light refreshments (book and vendor sales are extra).

Mark your calendars as tickets go on sale starting July 15th, 2024! Act fast to secure your spot, as availability is limited. Join us for a day filled with genealogical discoveries and community connections. See you there! 🌳🔍 #NorfolkGenealogy2024 #archives #ancestry #genealogy #findyourfolk

NCA – Advent Christmas Junk Journal Workshop

Christmas Advent Junk Journal with vintage Santa and lady in red velvet dress and hat.

Saturday, November 23, 2024
1:00pm – 4:00pm

In this introductory workshop to the junk journal craft you will learn how to assemble and embellish your own Christmas Advent Junk Journal. Take your keepsake journal home and fill it with your holiday memories or gift it to a friend!  Just in time for Christmas.  This workshop is perfect for beginners!  All supplies provided.  This workshop is recommended for ages 18+.

$50 per person.  Pre-registration required.

PDHM – Common Threads

First Thursday of Each Month
Starting January 4, 2024
10:00am – 11:30am

Calling all fiber artists and needleworkers! Whether your hobby of choice is knitting, embroidery, cross stitch, crochet, felting, or any other handmade piece of art worked up with needles, thread, or yarn, bring your projects and join us at the museum on the first Thursday of each month for a relaxing morning of crafting and connection. 

Beginners welcome. Must have your own craft supplies. Pre-registration not required.

To join the discussion or to receive updates about this recurring event visit our Common Threads Facebook Events Page

PDHM – Not-so-Victorian Séance

Thursday, October 24, 2024
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Spiritualism was a popular trend in the Victorian era reflecting a widespread fascination with the afterlife as well as the enigmatic workings of emerging communication technologies like photography, the telegraph and telephone. Learn about the mysteries of Victorian spiritualism, and then partake in a modern day reading with medium Shannon Easton.

$50 per person

Ages 18 and up.

Note: This event is not wheelchair accessible. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

DTMHC – Vintage Tractor Drive

Saturday, August 24
Time: TBD

Calling all vintage tractor owners! Join us for a half-day drive through the beautiful backroads of Norfolk County. All tractors 1980 and older are welcome to join the celebration of vintage tractors and their owners.

If you are interested in having your tractor in the event please contact the museum to register: [email protected] or 519-426-5870 ext. 8213

DTMHC – Haunted Mill

Saturday, October 19 & 26th
Time: TBD

The Quance mill has a dark side. Do you dare explore the interior of the sawmill and come face to face with the shadowy energy that built up over a hundred years of accidents and injury. What forces feed off the pain and survive in the blackness of the abandoned mill. Small brave groups tours will be guided through mill at designated time slots.

Admission: $10 per person.

PDHM – Crooked Stovepipe Folk Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, July 31, 2024
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Join the Crooked Stovepipe Folk Orchestra for their usual assortment of jigs & reels, waltzes, two-steps and rags, sentimental standards, jive ditties, and singalong favourites.
July 31, 7pm 
Riverfront Park – Harbour St.
-Admission by Donation
-Bring your own lawn chair