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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!

Summer Happenings at McDougall Cottage

July

Cross-Canada Musical Celebration Kitchen Ceilidh
July 3 - 7 p.m.
with host Bob MacLean

July 10 - Picturesque and Industrial Galt: Then and Now
Our in-house expert, Joleen Taylor, gives a pictorial then-and-now look at the 1902 publication "Picturesque and Industrial Galt."

St. Swithin's Day Mid-Week Tea
July 16 - 2 p.m.

July 17 - Local Industrial Architecture: Past, Present and Future
Associate Professor from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Rick Haldenby, presents a lecture on the industrial architecture of Cambridge and Waterloo Region, and the roles these buildings play in our past, present and future.

Kids in Kilts Bug Hotels
July 26 - drop in 1 to 4 p.m.

For kids age 3 and up

Traditional Tartan Tea
July 27 - 2 p.m.

Music by Brian Sinclair, Mandocello

Pre-Mill Race Festival Concert
July 31 - 7 p.m.
Melrose, an English trio of outstanding musicians well-known to Millrace Festival, perform at the Cottage. Expect stellar acapella vocal pieces, chorus songs and dramatic instrumentals. www.melrosequartet.co.uk  

August

Traditional Scottish Tunes Kitchen Ceilidh
August 7 - 7 p.m.

with host Gwen Potter

Celtic Star Chain Mail Workshop
August 10 - 1 - 4 p.m.
Jewelry maker Marilyn Gardiner leads this afternoon workshop. Beginners welcome. $20/person + kit fee ($16 - $56 depending on metal type, silver filled to coloured bronze.) Kit can be purchased on the day of the event. Tools provided. Please call to register by August 6.

Mid-Week Tartan Tea
August 13 - 2 p.m.

Piping Down the Sun
August 14 - call for time
Join us and our special guest pipers at sunset as we honour the start of the Celtic day in the traditional way, by piping down the sun!

Kids in Kilts Dragonflies and Butterflies
August 16 - drop in 1 to 4 p.m.
For kids age 3 and up

Piping Down the Sun
August 21 - call for time
Join us and our special guest pipers at sunset as we honour the start of the Celtic day in the traditional way, by piping down the sun!

Traditional Tartan Tea
August 24 - 2 p.m.
Music by Brad McEwen, Cittern

Piping Down the Sun
August 28 - call for time

Join us and our special guest pipers at sunset as we honour the start of the Celtic day in the traditional way, by piping down the sun!


St. Swithin's Day - July 15

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mare

The name of this 9th-century bishop and saint is best known today in connection with this weather lore proverb. How many days of rain will we get at the Cottage between July 15 and August 23? Drop by the cottage to make your weather prediction. You could win a wee prize!


Architectural Series
In partnership with Building Waterloo Region

McDougall Cottage is highlighting Galt's architectural diversity with a series of walking tours, lectures and a small exhibit in collaboration with Building Waterloo Region, a region wide initiative.
Please call to register for walking tours and lectures. Admission is by cash donation.

Walking Tours - 6:30 p.m.
Walks begin and end at the Cottage where
refreshments and treats are served!

August 14 - Galt's Industrial Living Legacy
Learn why Galt was once referred to as the "Manchester of Canada" and explore the recent flood control measures that protect our industrial heritage and parks.

August 21 - Dickson Hill
Learn about the Dickson family and see some of Galt's finest late Victorian and Edwardian homes.

Architectural Lectures - 7 p.m.

July 10 - Picturesque and Industrial Galt: Then and Now
Our in-house expert, Joleen Taylor, gives a pictorial then-and-now look at the 1902 publication "Picturesque and Industrial Galt."

July 17 - Local Industrial Architecture: Past, Present and Future
Associate Professor from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Rick Haldenby, presents a lecture on the industrial architecture of Cambridge and Waterloo Region, and the roles these buildings play in our past, present and future.


Friends of McDougall Cottage
Musician-in-Residence 2014
Flutist Allison Lupton

A talented flutist and vocalist, Allison will be performing a series of concerts throughout the year as McDougall's Musician-in-Residence. Admission by Donation.

Flute History & Traditions
June 12 - 7 p.m.

The flute takes centre stage at this entertaining and
educational evening concert. Allison is joined by Beth Beech on piano, Rob Hoffman on button accordion and Mary Ashton on fiddle.

Story Songs & Ballads
July 24 - 7 p.m.

Allison's beautiful singing voice is featured in this evening dedicated to song. Accompaniment by the ever-versatile Ian Bell.


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 -2014 

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.

 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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