Community Events

Photo: William Rennie home, Ellis Ave, E side, around Grenadier Heights; showing garden-party. Approx 1900, via Toronto Library.

Community Events

Friday, March 1, 2019 Heritage York Pub Night Lambton House Featured band:  Panda Band.  Doors open at 6 pm with roast beef sandwiches on sale, music at 8:00 pm, and no cover

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 SHS Meeting, 7:15 for 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall Speaker: John Maniezzo – “When Swansea Was Dry”. Did you know that the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the Province of Ontario between 1916 and 1927, or that some municipalities, including Swansea, were “dry” for even longer periods of time, under a provision known as “Local Option”? A restaurant partly in Swansea and partly in York Township could serve alcohol in the back half but not the front half. For many years it was thought that the south side of Bloor Street between Jane and Runnymede was legally “dry”, when in fact it was not. John Maniezzo will talk about these and other quirky stories as he explores the history of alcohol sales in Swansea and its neighbouring municipalities.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 West Toronto Junction Historical Society Meeting 7:00 pm Annette Library  David Wencer on the Hospital for Sick Children

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Simcoe Seminar Presented by Heritage York Lambton House Join speakers Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, Lieutenant-Colonel Phil Halton, and Captain Chris Wattie for a panel discussion on the topic, “Conflict in Afghanistan: Will it Ever End?”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 SHS Meeting, 7:15 for 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall Speaker: Kelly Mathews – “The Road to Marylake”. In 2018, we enjoyed a most entertaining talk by author Kelly Mathews on the subject of Lady Flora Eaton’s lavish country estate in King Township. We are delighted that Kelly will be returning to talk about the subject of her latest book which deals with “Marylake”, the neighbouring country estate of Sir Henry Pellatt, better known as the builder of Casa Loma.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 West Toronto Junction Historical Society Meeting 7:00 pm Annette Library  TBA

Friday, April 5, 2019 Heritage York Pub Night Lambton House Featured band:  Hawk’s Nest.  Doors open at 6 pm with roast beef sandwiches on sale, music at 8:00 pm, and no cover

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 SHS Meeting, 7:15 for 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall Speaker: Alexandra Kim – “A Royal Presentation: Curating the Dress Collection at Kensington Palace”. Have you ever wondered what it is like to dress like a King or Queen? Learn how to dress “royally” from Alexandra Kim, formerly a curator at England’s historic Kensington Palace, home of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection which contains items dating from the 1500s to the present day. After working in a variety of British museums, Alexandra moved to Canada. She is now a Curator with the City of Toronto, in charge of Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke and Gibson House in North York.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 West Toronto Junction Historical Society Meeting 7:00 pm Annette Library  TBA

Friday, May 3, 2019 Heritage York Pub Night Lambton House Featured band:  John and Julie Dorsey.  Doors open at 6 pm with roast beef sandwiches on sale, music at 8:00 pm, and no cover

Friday, May 3, 2019 through Sunday, May 5, 2019 Janes Walk Festival, specific walks to be announced

Thursday, May 9, 2019 Heritage York History Night Lambton House Ted Glenn on “Riding Into Battle: Canadian Cyclists in the Great War” A history of bicycles in the Canadian military, including the “Battle of the Humber” training exercises along the Humber River

Saturday, May 25, 2019 and Sunday, May 26, 2019 Doors Open Toronto, exhibiting locations in western Toronto TBA

Friday, June 7, 2019 Heritage York Pub Night Lambton House Featured performer:  Jane Drake.  Doors open at 6 pm with roast beef sandwiches on sale, music at 8:00 pm, and no cover

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Swansea Historical Society Annual Walk 1:30 pm (Tentative) TBA

Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th Walk the Six West II:  History on the Humber.  Tentative plans are being made for a follow-on to the hugely successful 2017 event. Times and locations to be determined.


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