Happenings at McDougall Cottage

Wee Quilt Challenge 2014 – Bards and Ballads

McDougall Cottage will be showcasing its strong Scottish heritage by hosting its annual "Wee Quilt Challenge" in the spring. This mini-challenge invites quilters from all parts of Canada (and of course, Scotland) to submit a wee quilted creation no larger than 24" x 24". View the Wee Quilt Call entry form.

The theme, Bards and Ballads, challenges quilters to take inspiration from a line of poetry or words of a song….(ideally Scottish), and to capture the image it evokes in a unique piece of quilt art. Robbie Burns provides a rich source of such imagery; Waterloo Quilter, Marg Notar, used “My love is like a red, red rose” in a previous wee quilt challenge. But you, no doubt, will have a favourite line of your own.

So “take the high road”, speed yer bonnie boat, and don’t be a “wee cowrin’ tim’rous beastie”. Get those creative juices flowing and become part of the long continuum of oral traditions so strong in the Scottish culture.

The Bards and Ballads Quilt Show will open in April 2014 and run through Labour Day. The artists will be honoured at a Scottish Tea Wednesday, May 28, 2014 when bonnie wee prizes will be awarded. Please join us from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

April Happenings at McDougall Cottage

April 3 - Allison Lupton, Musician-in-Residence 2014
The first Thursday of the month enjoy a casual evening concert and Scottish hospitality at the Cottage. Ceilidhs feature traditional music and song. 7 to 9 p.m.

April 12 - Kids in Kilts - Fish in a Jar
One Saturday afternoon a month we invite kids ages 3 and up, to create a seasonal or Scottish inspired craft. 1 to 4 p.m.

April 12 to Sept. 1 - Wee Quilt Exhibit - Bards and Ballads
This year’s Wee Quilt Challenge encouraged quilters to take inspiration from a line of poetry or words of a song... ideally Scottish! Come by for a visit. Meet the Artists - May 28, 4 to 6 p.m. A Scottish tea to celebrate our quilt artists! RSVP

Easter Traditions
Friday, April 18, 1 to 4 p.m. McDougall staff will be baking hot cross buns, a Scottish tradition! Stop by for a sample and free recipe.
Saturday, April 19 & Sunday, April 20, 1 to 4 p.m. Try your hand at egg dyeing and learn how it was done in the "good ol’ days." Have some fun in our back yard rolling eggs in the Scottish tradition. Kids take home a special Easter treat!
The cross on hot cross buns was traditionally thought to keep the bread fresher longer!

April 24 - Garden Lecture Series - Heirloom Vegetables
Using humour and lots of pictures, Linda Crago, owner of Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm, will teach us about heirloom varieties, plant diversity, seed saving and more. Linda will have a selection of heritage seeds on hand. 7 p.m. Please call to reserve a spot.

April 27 - Tartan Teas - Music by Debby Moon
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches and more! Featured musical guests will delight and entertain.  2 p.m. $12.50 per person.
Please call ahead to reserve. 519-624-8250


Paint the Grand

Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, June 22
Painter.jpgCalling all artists! We invite you to set up your easels within walking distance of the Cottage and paint a piece, “en plein air” for interested public. Pieces will then be displayed at the Cottage and sold at silent auction. Proceeds support the Friends of McDougall Musician-in-Residence Program. Please download the entry form to participate.


Educational Programs

Scottish Traditions and Celebrations

Attention Grade 2 teachers! This exciting programme complements Ontario's Grade 2 Social Studies unit, Heritage and Citizenship - Traditions and Celebrations. During a two-hour visit to the Cottage, students learn about the McDougalls and the Bairds, two of the many Scottish families who settled in the Galt area of Cambridge. Explore some of the traditions the Scots brought along from the old country, taste traditional baking and investigate the wearing of the kilt.

Kids in Kilts

Ya dinna need ta wear a kilt ta know that kids are kool. That's why, one Saturday afternoon each month, the staff at McDougall Cottage host a special FREE craft event just for wee laddies and lassies, three years and up. Ye can drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Dates for 2014 will be posted soon. 

 March 22

 Lion and Lamb Kites

 April 12

 Fish in a Jar

 May 17

 Wee Beasties

 June 14

 Wee Gardens

 July 26

 Bug Hotels

 August 16

 Dragonflies and Butterflies

Tartan Teas Dates - 2014

Share a cup of tea and a yarn or two during our Tartan Tea events. Tartan Teas begin at 2 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Reservations are required. Please call 519-624-8250.

March 30

Mothering Sunday Tea
Music by Celtic guitarist Bob MacLean.

April 27

Traditional Tartan Tea
Music by Debby Moon, vocals and guitar.

May 11

Mother's Day Tea
Two seatings: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
Vocals and guitar by Jackki Annerino and Wayne Cheater.

 June 15

Strawberry Tartan Tea
Music by Ed Koenig, vocals and guitar.

 June 21

Summer Solstice Evening Tea
6 p.m. Light evening meal served. $15/person.
Music by harper Barbara Hull.

 July 16

St. Swithin’s Day Mid-Week Tea

 July 27

Traditional Tartan Tea
Music by Brian Sinclair, mandocello.

 August 13

Mid-week Tartan Tea

 August 24

Traditional Tartan Tea
Music by Brad McEwen, cittern.

Kitchen Ceilidh Dates - 2014

Everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of traditional music and song. A coin or two for the bonnet is always appreciated and the fun begins at 7 p.m. 

 March 6

 Failte Kitchen Ceilidh
Host Robin Harrison and his squeeze box

 April 3

 April Kitchen Ceilidh
Hosted by 2014 Musician-in-residence

 May 1

 May Kitchen Ceilidh
Host Geoff Lewis on vocals and guitar

 June 5

Traditional Irish Music Kitchen Ceilidh
Host Phil Elsworthy

 July 3

 Cross-Canada Musical Celebration
Traditional Tunes from the True North Strong and Free
Host Bob MacLean

 August 7

 August Kitchen Ceilidh
Host Gwen Potter on the fiddle


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