Cornwall Community Museum ready for summer season

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CORNWALL, Ontario - History is coming to life at the Cornwall Community Museum in the Wood House with sword fighting, interpretative dance, a city jam session, and a lot more free activities.

Curator Ian Bowering said a series of events will be kicked off with Doors Open, a province-wide celebration of history and heritage, on June 21 and 22.

The museum has a creative way to mark the annual event, too: walking tours of the Waterfront and Pitt Street, which will be highlighted with interpretative dances about the Great Cornwall Elephant Walk, the founding of Cornwall, and its industries.

The walking tours and interpretative dance performances will also take place on Saturday, June 28.

Along with the museum, the SD&G Historical Society will be operating the Cornwall jail starting on June 21 on Saturdays and Sundays; unlike most of their activities, the museum will be charging admission.

Back by popular demand, summer Sunday teas will run until the end of June.

For Canada Day, the museum will host a pie eating contest and open the Cornwall Waterfront Exhibit.

The 4th Cornwall Thing Contest in partnership with Lift-Off (July 10-13) asks residents to bring their cutest, newest, oddest, oldest, or most Cornwall 'thing' from July 10 to 12, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Judging begins on Sunday, July 13, at 2 p.m.

"Plus we are inviting all musicians to play 'Wild Thing' on the porch of the museum on the 13th," said Bowering.

Then, it's time to duel. Every Friday, from the end of June, fencing (sword fighting) demonstrations will add an element of adrenaline and excitement.

Over the August long weekend, the museum will re-dedicate the United Loyalist plaque that used to be on the Second Street post office, as well as mark the anniversary of World War I with an exhibition.

An Irish memorial monument is set to be unveiled in the fall.

For more information, e-mail Ian10@bellnet.ca or call (613) 936-0842 or visit cornwallcommunitymuseum.wordpress.com.

Organizations: Cornwall Community Museum, Second Street Post Office, SDG Historical Society

Geographic location: Cornwall, Pitt Street

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