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North Crosby Heritage Festival



Tell Your Friends: Westport celebrates heritage on Saturday, July 16th.

at the North Crosby Community Centre 10am to 4pm, music, BBQ, heritage displays, demonstrations, children’s “old fashioned” games, storytelling and more. Join us as we explore the history of North Crosby, Westport and Newboro.  Share your personal artifacts for others to enjoy.  Check the Heritage Day Facebook page for a “trivia contest” and details of this event.

The Westport Heritage Festival features a select group of quality vendors selling art, crafts, gifts and food.

“The event celebrates our success as a village and as a community. Westport is a vibrant, vigorous town,” said Thacker. The festival provides a chance to showcase the area to new people coming from Ottawa and Kingston.

“Each year we marvel at the number of people that return. It’s been said before; nobody’s a stranger very long in Westport.”

Event organizers say that the festival may join other groups and become part of a larger committee for the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Date :
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Event location :
Westport, ON
Contact :
Westport Heritage Day Festival Committee
PO Box 284
Westport, ON
Contact Barb Lavoie for more information or to bring your items to this event by phone: 613-273-8177 or e-mail:

The Delta Mill Society 2015 BREAD BAKING CONTEST

The Delta Mill Society 2015 BREAD BAKING CONTESTThe Delta Mill Society
Saturday, October 3, 2015



Mark October 3 on your calendar and come to Delta and enjoy the first annual Delta Harvest Festival. There will be lots of things going on – fun for the whole family starting with a Harvest Breakfast at 8:00 am.

A contest using Old Stone Mill Red Fife or Rye flour to see who can produce the best loaf of bread in several categories. Entries will be judged at our First Annual Delta Harvest Festival on October 3 – the winner’s names will go down in Delta history!!

Bread Baking Contest:

10 Categories: B1 to B5 are adult categories and J1 to J5 are junior categories for youth 15 years of age or under.

All loaves must use some portion of Old Stone Mill (OSM) Flour (see categories)

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for each category. Loaves will be judged on appearance, texture and taste.

Category B1/J1 – Whole Wheat (using 100% OSM Whole Wheat flour) – any method, free form or pan.

Category B2/J2 – Whole Wheat (minimum 60% OSM Whole Wheat flour) – hand made*, baked in a pan.

Category B3/J3 – Whole Wheat (minimum 60% OSM Whole Wheat flour) – bread machine.

Category B4/J4 – Rye (minimum 40% OSM Rye flour) – hand made*, free form or pan.

Category B5/J5 – Artisan, any kind (minimum 50% OSM flour) – hand made*, free form loaf.

* A stand mixer with a dough hook may be used to mix and knead the dough.


Old Stone Mill Flour must be used (as specified for each category) – cost is $5 per bag if the flour is to be used for the contest. The flour can be purchased at the Mill or contact 613-928-2584 to arrange for a pick-up.

The empty Old Stone Mill Flour bag must accompany the bread.

Entry must be a full loaf wrapped in plastic.

The full recipe used must accompany the bread. Winners agree that The Delta Mill Society may publish their recipe (website, newsletter, etc.). Recipe credit will of course be given to the baker.

Please bring your bread to the Old Town Hall before 10 a.m. on Sat. Oct. 3rd. Judging will start at 10:00 am.

Contest is open to everyone other than those tasting and judging.

Enter any or all of the Categories – please fill out a separate entry form for each loaf.

For more info please contact or call 613-928-2796.

Thanksgiving Festival at Delta Mill

Thanksgiving Festival at Delta MillFor many years The Delta Mill Society has hosted this October event.

Saturday before Thanksgiving (10th October 2015)

In 2015, the event was moved to the Saturday before Thankgiving (to make it easier for volunteer participation).

It features a sale of home baking, preserves, vegetable produce, crafts, plants, dried flowers, all donated by members of the community. Visitors arrive from Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville and many other centres to enjoy the country atmosphere of this lovely village, to purchase the sale products and to take part in the activities and demonstrations of special interest (such as blacksmithing) sponsored by the Society.

Delta Harvest Festival

Delta Harvest FestivalWhen: Saturday, October 3

Begin Saturday, October 3 off with our Harvest Breakfast in the Old Town Hall starting at 8:00 am. Later, take a tour of the Old Stone Mill and see how wheat is ground into flour on the millstones. That flour is available for purchase in the gift shop. The blacksmith will also be on site to show his trade plus there will be food vendors set up inside the Mill to sell their wares and a produce sale providing an opportunity to purchase your harvest vegetables.

Lunch will be a BBQ Octoberfest Sausage or Hot Dog and then stick around for a Ham Supper with fall harvest fruits and vegetables hosted by the Delta United Church in the Old Town Hall.



Other events will include a bread making contest, a used book sale, a new book launch, plus rope making and corn shucking demonstrations. There will be lots of games and activities for kids and great musical entertainment provided by Fiddlers Plus.

The Fire Hall Museum will be open, Lower Beverley Lake Park will host wagon rides through the Park and village plus will be holding a 25 per cent sale on camping rates. At the fair grounds the Delta Agricultural Society will be hosting a vendor sale, plus a horse draw.

End the day by enjoying the Harvest Festival Dance which will take place in the Agricultural Society Hall from 9 pm to 1 am.

See what the Village of Delta has to offer.

Make Delta your destination for the day!

Delta Harvest Festival Program Guide & Map
October 3, 2015
Thanks to our Community Partners: Delta Agricultural Society, Delta United Church, Delta Baptist Church, Royal Canadian Legion Br 207, Delta Athletic & Recreational Society, Rideau Island and Lakes Theatre Group, Delta Fire Hall Museum, Lower Beverley
Lake Park and all the volunteers!

Harvest Breakfast
(Old Town Hall) – Enjoy sausage, eggs,
home fries, toast, coffee /tea, and juice from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Adults: $8.00 / Children 5 to 12: $5.00

Used Book Sale
(Old Town Hall) – free will donation
Old Stone Mill opens: tours, gift shop, vendors (bread, produce,
preserves and crafts), snack table.

Fairgrounds Main Hallopens ($5 admission to Fairgrounds) –
vendors in the Main Hall include Tupperware, Regal Gifts and
Greetings, homemade cards, homemade crafts, jewelry, baked
goods, knitting Party Lites, Epicure, Jan Berry Nails, and Unique
Make up, Avon, Steeped Tea, Bling Thing, Wood Carving, Steel,
and Sensational Candles.

Octoberfest Sausages
(Fairgrounds, all day)

Fire Hall Museum
opens (9am to 4pm)

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
(Drive Shed – 9am to 4pm)

Bread Baking Contest
Judging (Old Town Hall)

Rope making and corn shelling
demonstrations at the mill
(10am to 11am and 1pm to 2pm)

Wagon Rides of the Village
– pick-up/drop-off at Lower
Beverley Lake Park, Old Town Hall, Fairgrounds (10am to 2pm)

Launch of Pioneer Cookbook
by Joyce Gunnewiek
(Old Town Hall)

Horse Draw, Fairgrounds’ Grandstand ($5 entry to Fairgrounds)

Children’s Activities at the DARS Rec Centre (11am to 2pm)

BBQ Hot Dog or Sausage Lunch at the Mill (11am to 1pm)

Music by Fiddler’s Plus
(along the street – 11am to noon)

Rope making and corn shelling
demos (mill – noon to 1pm)

Milling Demonstration
(Old Stone Mill)

Music by Fiddlers Plus
(along the street – 1pm to 2pm)

Harvest Supper
(Old Town Hall) from 4pm to 6pm – Enjoy ham,
scalloped potatoes, baked beans, harvest vegetables, apple
crisp or pumpkin pie and beverage.
Adults: $12.00 / Children 5 to
12 years of age: $6.00. Sponsored by the Delta United Church.

Harvest Festival Dance
(Fairgrounds Main Hall) – 9pm to 1am
with DJ Jef incent – $5.00 admission at the door.

Festival of Small Halls at the Delta Old Town Hall – The Strumbellas

Festival_home_day_textCommunity Supper on Friday September 25th

$10 hot supper served starting at 5:30PM at the hall.

Reservations are required at

Cash bar. All proceeds go to support the Old Stone Mill NHS.

A musical evening in the Old Town Hall with the THE STRUMBELLAS featuring sweeping bluegrass-inspired indie rock music.

For more information, click here: small-halls-strumbellas

The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about sharing a love of music in a beloved place. Brought to you by the Team Behind Bluesfest, the Festival of Small Halls brings exceptional Canadian musicians to small venues across Eastern Ontario.

Every small community has one: a treasured building that brings people together for town meetings, yoga classes, bingo games, local theatre, white elephant sales—and the list goes on.

These buildings have rich cultural histories and countless stories to tell. No two are alike. During the festival, communities across Eastern Ontario will throw open the doors of their small halls for an unforgettable night of music. Some of Canada’s best musicians will step off the big stage and hit the scenic back roads to perform in legions, schools, churches, or town halls. They will receive a warm, small-town welcome from communities of music lovers who are eager to show off their treasured halls and their hospitality, all in the name of excellent music.

Small Halls festivals are popping up around the world. What started in PEI has spread to Australia, and now to Ontario. The Festival of Small Halls is proud to join this international community dedicated to showcasing first-rate music in intimate venues.

The Festival of Small Halls is about sharing big music in small, cherished places. It’s about settling into the heart of a community, and then experiencing music with heart.

Reminder Music Westport 2015

Music Westport takes place August 15, 2015.

Free outdoor music festival with two stages located in the heart of Westport. Also Spring Street Festival with the Fourth Annual Voice of the Rideau, vendors, magician, kids activities and food. Fun for the whole family!

For more details go to

MUSICwestport 2015

3rd Annual Westport Winter Carnival

ID-10082450Sunday, February 15 from 8am-2pm all of Westport will be out having a blast at the Westport Winter Carnival.

The carnival will be spread out over three locations; theWestport Arena, Lockwood Memorial Field and The Cove from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Take part in community events like Tug-O-War, Nail Driving, Log Splitting, Food Stalls, Snowman Building, Petting Zoo.

Afterward enjoy live musical performances by Shawn McCulloch with Henry Norwood and Wade Foster at The Cove from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Harvest Festival

The Old Stone MillCome to the Old Stone Mill Friday or Saturday, September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 for all day flour grinding starting at 1pm.

As part of the celebrations there will also be:

Harvest Breakfast – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Old Town Hall
Hot Dog Lunch – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vintage Treasures Silent Auction (all day)
Bake and Produce Sale (all day)
Blacksmithing Demonstrations (all day)
Milling Demonstration (1 p.m.)
Corn Shelling, Rope Making, Spinning wheel demonstrations (all day)

For more information about the mill and tours of the mill visit, The Old Stone Mill’s website.

Canada Day Celebrations

ID-10098086CANADA DAY JULY 1ST…. A wonderful way to celebrate Canada’s Birthday! Join the North Crosby Recreation/Parks/Events Committee as they host July 1st events in WESTPORT AND NORTH CROSBY. 

3pm Commencement of Canada Day celebrations at the Rideau District museum in Westport with the Colour Party of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 542 3:15pm 17th annual Bicycle Parade…Decorate yourself, your bike or stroller in red and white and proudly walk through town! 

Parade starts at the Rideau District Museum, to Church St. then onto Spring St., the Westport Community center, with surprises waiting for the participants. 

4:00pm Lion’s Club Beach Many activities for young and young at heart including afternoon stage entertainment, petting zoo, non-supervised swimming, Canteen, air bounce activity centers, clowns, live band in the evening and more surprises to put a smile on everyone’s face.

10:00pm Spectacular Fireworks Display by licensed professionals. 

Also in NEWBORO – the Parks/Recreation/Events Committee volunteers organize an evening parade, hot dogs and cake in the park; support the Village in decorating their homes with Red & White and fly their Canadian Flags and they host evening fireworks! 

Special thanks to Canadian Heritage and the Township of Rideau Lakes for their contribution to these events. 

Canada Day Fireworks

ID-10074641We’re celebrating Canada Day this year on June 28 as well as July 1st. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and local sights as you sit and watch the fireworks explode overhead. The BIG RIDEAU LAKE ASSOCIATION will present the CANADA DAY FIREWORKS from Cow Island at dusk near Portland.

View by water or land (Hanna Park on Water Street in Portland is an excellent spot to see this wonderful celebration!) Rain Date June 29th (Donations appreciated). Check their web site for complete details

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