Our season got off to a rolling start with our June Garden Party and Fundraiser. Thanks to all who bought tickets, whether you attended or not, and to the volunteers that made it such a memorable evening.
With your support we raised over $2,600 towards the support of Fairbairn’s ongoing operations. It was a beautiful evening with fantastic food, well appreciated whiskey and, most importantly, lots of friendly chatter.
Our two new exhibits, Rare Beasts and Diversity and Accomplishments in Anglophone Québec, were well received. Artist Alyson Champ gave us an appreciation for the importance of the rare farm animal breeds so expertly rendered in her artwork.
Fairbairn’s programming is in full swing, with a record number of visitors and participants to date.
Living History for Kids activities bring out an average of 16 young ones every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Free activities continue until August 16.
Living History Sundays have also been very popular, seeing on average 135 participants per event. For the second year in a row, we hosted Gracy Ratt's Algonquin Medicine Walk. This year we introduced the hands-on experiences of Bee Day that provided fun and educational demonstrations of the essential role pollinators play in our ecosystem.
Don't miss our next free drop-in Living History Sundays event is Aug.25 (10 am-3 pm). Our guest speaker, Geneviève LeGal-Leblanc, co-owner of ‘Ferme et Forêt’, will give a lecture entitled Flavours off the Beaten Path.
In our ongoing effort to reach out and promote our heritage, Fairbairn has been offering Walking Tours of Historic Wakefield. lead by our talented local historian, Hannen Sabean. If you have visitors or want to hone your knowledge of our village, this is the tour for you! Register online, or call 819-778-3382.
Summer theatre in the park returned again this year with two well-attended Shakespeare productions: Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Fairbairn’s Board of Directors, supported most ably by our coordinator Helen MacKinnon, continues to work on diversifying our funding sources, resolving ongoing spring flooding issues and building strong and vibrant programs and exhibits. Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement for this vital organization in our community.
Our summer staff, Noah, Saskia, Max, Hannen and Henry are eager to welcome you to our events or to provide guidance during your visits. Drop by! We are open 7 days a week until Aug.18th, and then weekends only until October 20th.
Watch for upcoming activities on our Facebook page.