Thursday, 7 November 2013

2013 Elgin County Holiday Parades

The Following is a list of holiday parades in Elgin County this November and December! 

Dutton - Saturday November 9, 1:00 pm
Port Stanley - Friday November 29,  7:00 pm
West Lorne - Friday November 29, 7:00 pm
Aylmer - Saturday November 30, 2:00 pm
Fingal - Sunday December 1, 2:00 pm
Belmont - Sunday December 1, 6:00 pm
Springfield - Saturday December 7, 1:00 pm
Rodney - Saturday December 7, 5:30 pm
Port Burwell - Saturday December 7, 6:30 pm
Straffordville - Saturday December 14, 10:30 am

Local Holiday Open Houses and Shopping Events in Elgin County

The holiday season is fast approaching. Support local business and easily cross everyone off your shopping list by attending these great local shopping events and open houses.

Christmas Open House at Victorian Elegance
November 8 – 10, 2013
9:30 am – 5 pm Fri & Sat; 12 -4 pm Sun
Victorian Elegance, 109 Talbot St. West, Aylmer
Contact: (519) 765-3634

Christmas Wine & Cheese open house with gifts & d├ęcor from around the world. Tearoom specials are available. Explore the many Christmas trees magically decorated with treasures hand picked from around the world.

Port Stanley Village Open House Weekend
November 8 -10, 2013
Village of Port Stanley

Visit the merchants and business owners of Port Stanley for special deals and activities.

Cooking with Herbs Workshop: Party Planning
November 9, 2013
Tickets: $25 (pre-registration required)
Heritage Line Herbs, 53443 Heritage Line Aylmer
(519) 866-5577

Learn the secrets and tips of throwing a great party and making everything with herbs!

Pinecroft’s Annual Pre-Christmas Sale
November 9 – 10, 2013
Green Frog Tearoom at Pinecroft, 8122 Rogers Rd, Aylmer
Contact: (519) 773-3435

Rush Creek Wines Christmas Open House
November 9 -10, 2013
10 am – 5pm Sat, 12 -5pm Sun
Rush Creek Wines, 48995 Jamestown Line, Aylmer
Contact: (519) 773-5432

Store-wide sales on wine and giftware. Wine sampling paired with cheese and finger food. 

Canadale Nurseries Christmas Open House
November 9-10, November 16- 17 & November 23 -24
8 am – 5 pm Sat, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 
Canadale Nurseries, 269 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas
Contact: (519) 631-7264

Celebrate the season with fun and exciting decorating demos and workshops. Free photo opportunities with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer. Outdoor arrangement and cookie decorating workshops.

Sparta Village’s 200th Christmas
November 9 to December 8, 2013
Village of Sparta

Contact: (519) 773-2313

Sparta Village will host an array of Christmas happenings throughout November and December. Be sure to visit the Shelley McVitties Christmas Shoppe, open in the Sparta Tea Room side room from Nov 9th to Dec 8th, and Peter Robson Studio's 30th Year Celebration Sale.

Village festivities will include: • Christmas cracker craze - Nov 9-10 • Scrooge's ghosts haunt Sparta - Nov 16-17 • Santa comes to the village - Nov 23-24 • Aladdin & Group Tally Village - Nov 30-Dec 1 • Turkey Tinsel Tradition Triggers - Dec 7-8

There will also be brass bands, Christmas choirs, Tammy's Carollers, Farmtown's mini horses and buggy, Rush Creek Wine tastings, Sparta Candles brings Santa with gifts for the little ones, free draws, prizes, family fun and more.

Horton Farmers’ Holiday Market
November 16, 2013
8 am – noon
Horton Farmers’ Market, Manitoba St., St. Thomas
Contact: (519) 317-3398

This is the third annual Horton Holiday Market. Find many of your favourite vendors and many new crafters. Get all your holiday shopping done. 

Diva’s Christmas Day Out
November 16, 2013
10 am – 4 pm 
Tickets: $5
Saxonia Hall, 522 Talbot Street West, Aylmer
Contact: (519) 773-5271

Over 40 vendors, including InStyle Salon and Spa, Tru Hot Yoga, Epicure, Holistic Awakenings Day Spa, BeautiControl, Heritage Makers, Avon, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Javita Coffee, Party Lite, Inside Fitness Nutrition Consulting and more! First 100 women receive a free gift bag.

9th Annual Heritage Line Herbs Christmas Open House
November 16 & 17, 2013
 10 am – 4 pm Sat, 11 am – 4 pm Sun
53443 Heritage Line, Aylmer
Contact: (519) 866-5577

Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale
November 21 – 23, 2013
9 am -9 pm Thurs & Fri, 9 am – 2pm Sat
Aylmer Old Town Hall, 38 John St. S Aylmer
Contact: 519-765-3020

Home for Christmas Shopping Event
November 22 – December 6, 2013
Rodney, West Lorne, Dutton, Wallacetown

Western Elgin shop local event. Visit each business location for draw tickets to win in-store draw prizes. Draws to be held on December 6.

A Lavender Christmas
November 23 – 24, 2013
Steed & Co Lavender, 47589 Sparta Line, Sparta
Contact: 519-494-5525
Drop in for some festive cheer and delightful lavender treats. And while you're here, fill out a ballot for a lavender gift collection.

Pinecroft’s Annual  Christmas Sale
November 30  –  December 1, 2013
Green Frog Tearoom at Pinecroft, 8122 Rogers Rd, Aylmer
Contact: (519) 773-3435

STEPAC Winter Gift Shop Sale
December 7, 2013
12 noon – 4 pm
St. Thomas – Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas
Contact Phone: 519-631-4040

Looking for a unique gift? Visit the St. Thomas–Elgin Public Art Centre for hot cider and shopping at the annual Winter Gift Shop Sale! Local and regional artists will be featured in an expanded gift shop area. Paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and art cards will be just some of the original artworks featured.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Elgin County Remembers

The following is a list of Remembrance Day Services, Ceremonies and Parades in Elgin County.

Dutton/Dunwich Evening of Remembrance
November 7, 2013
Dutton/Dunwich Municipal Office, 199 Currie Rd. Dutton
Contact: Kate Morreau (519) 762-2204

Port Burwell Armistice Day Parade
November 10, 2013
Parade will start at the Port Burwell Legion, making its way westerly on Wellington St., turning left on Robinson St., then left on Pitt St. to the Cenotaph.
Contact: (519) 874-4308

Shedden War Memorial Service
November 10, 2013
9:30 am
Shedden Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden
This year Ted Barris will be speaking about his new book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story.
Contact: (519) 769-2010

Rodney Remembrance Day Service
November 11, 2013
11:00 am
Rodney Library, 207 Furnival Rd., Rodney

West Lorne Remembrance Day Service
November 11, 2013
11:00 am
Cenotaph at West Lorne Arena, 171 Graham Rd. West Lorne
Contact: (519) 768-1890

Aylmer Remembrance Day Ceremony
November 11, 2013
10:30 am
Cenotaph Parkette at Aylmer Town Hall (46 Talbot St. W) and Aylmer Legion (211 John St. N)
At 10:30 am there will be a Parade of Veterans from the Aylmer Legion to the Aylmer Town Hall. At 10:45 the service will begin and will include the laying of the wreaths followed by a moment of silence at 11:00 am. A light lunch will follow back at the Aylmer Legion. 
Contact: (519) 773-5249