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The Allan Macpherson House & Park

NOW OPEN!
Tuesday's and Thursday's, 10am-5pm
until September 1, 2016
Closed Holidays
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee

613-354-3027
[Map]


Allan Macpherson, a half-cousin of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, moved to Napanee in 1818 to operate the grist and saw mills at the falls. The flour produced at the Napanee Mills was a very fine quality, shipped to Montreal and England. In 1820, he secured the Postmaster’s appointment at Napanee and a few years later, built this gentry-inspired house north of the falls. For almost three decades, he was one of Lennox and Addington’s most civic minded and politically active entrepreneurs. In 1848, Allan Macpherson returned to Kingston, but the house remained in the family until 1896. In 1962, the Lennox and Addington Historical Society began a visionary labour of love to restore this home to its nineteenth century character.

From July 5th to September 1st the Macpherson House will be open for the 2016 summer season on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Many special programs and events will take place during the summer. For a full list of programming, please take a look below...

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Admission: $3

Price of admission also grants visitors access the the Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives, located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee.


NOW OPEN! Tuesday's and Thursday's, 10am-5pm
until September 1, 2016
Closed Holidays


2016 Summer Event Schedule

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Demo Thursday: Hand Felting

July 21st, 1 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee


Join hand felter Beth Fisher from Alpaca Stop as she demonstrates her craft...

Fleece, warm water and soap combine to create clothe that can be molded into a multitude of creations. Come try your hand at creating your own felted bar of soap and learn more about how this ancient craft is still being practiced today.

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Workshop Tuesday: Intro to Needle Felting with Adele Webster
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July 26th, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee
Admission: $35/person plus kit


Join Adele Webster on July 26th and learn basic needle felting techniques and create a beautiful piece of art...

Participants will learn basic needle felting techniques while creating a beautiful 5" x 7" landscape piece of art. After purchasing the available kit they will go home with enough supplies to continue to experiment with this beautiful art form. The kit contains: needle, foam board, 2 pieces 5"x7" wool felt, felting wool.

Adele Webster owns UrbanSteading Company. It was created to connect old world skills with modern living. Slow down and appreciate the simplicity of everyday living in a hectic world.

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Demo Thursday: What's that Bird?

July 28th, 1 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee


Join Field Naturalist Mark Read and learn a bit about some of our feathered friends...

What’s that Bird? Join Field Naturalist Mark Read and he'll help you answer this common question. After a 45-minute indoor introduction into the basics of bird identification (using stuffed specimens to learn from), Mark will then take you for a short walk (weather permitting) to put your new skills into action. Bring binoculars if you have them!

Mark currently holds the Education Chair with Kingston Field Naturalists and is responsible for maintaining and reporting upon bird sightings in the Kingston area. He has been birding for nearly 40 years and, originally from the UK, has travelled extensively as an educator and researcher in SE Asia, Egypt and Nepal.

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Music in the Garden featuring Triola

July 28th, 7 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee

Admission: $3


On July 28th you're invited to 'Music in the Garden' featuring Triola at the Macpherson House in Napanee...

A great musical performance in a beautiful garden setting - the perfect combination. On Thursday, July 28th at 7pm, you're invited to 'Music in the Garden' at the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee.

The evening’s entertainment features Triola. The trio blends the sweet sounds of chamber music with engaging banter to create a magical performance. From toe-tapping fiddle tunes to sizzling tangos, popular classics to hot jazz, Triola delights in presenting eclectic programs for audiences of all ages. 

Admission to ‘Music in the Garden’ is only $3 per person and are available at the door. Please call 613-354-3027 for more details. We'll see you in the garden!

About Triola:
Elegance and exquisite performance personified in this unique combination of strings, known far and wide in Eastern Ontario and beyond.  Gisèle Szczesniak, Melinda Collins and Eileen Beaudette are principal players of the Kingston Symphony. Individual performing credits include CBC broadcasts as well as commercial recordings, solo and chamber concerts throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

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Demo Thursday: Heritage Masonry with John Scott

August 4th, 1 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee


Join stonemason John Scott as he speaks about dry stone walls on August 4th...

John Scott will be speaking about stonemasonry with a focus on dry stone walls, their history, construction methods, styles and if weather permits a brief practical demonstration outside.

About John Scott:
A traditionally trained stonemasonry consultant working in the conservation of heritage masonry structures in Canada and abroad. A licensed stonemason and a certified dry stone waller, John is a professor of historic masonry conservation and practical construction at the Algonquin College Heritage Institute in Perth, Ontario. A professional member of Dry Stone Canada, John is a certified walling instructor and holds a diploma in Heritage and Traditional Masonry and an applied degree majoring in Heritage Resource Management.

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Workshop Tuesday: Texture in Rug Hooking
with Loretta Moore
 

August 9th, 10 am - 3 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee
Admission: $35/person plus kit


Join Loretta Moore on August 9th for an advanced level workshop on rug hooking...

You have tackled the basics in rug hooking now you want to learn more about this fascinating art form. In this class we will look at introducing both visual and tactile texture to our rugs through the use of alternative fibres as well as different rug-hooking techniques creating a piece that people will want to touch as well as look at up close!

We will work from a variety of kits that contain a pattern on linen as well as wool strips and alternative fibres.   Kits range from $60-$80 and is payable the day of workshop to the instructor.

Students need to bring scissors and either a good quality quilting hoop with a long bolt or a Qsnap frame. Appropriate hooks will be available from the teacher.   Contact the teacher for more information about equipment is needed visit www.hookedonthelake.wordpress.com
LEVEL: ADVANCED – prior rug hooking needed

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Demo Thursday: Hand-Dyeing with Beth Fisher

August 11th, 1 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee


Join Beth Fisher from Alpacastop on August 11th and learn to dye wool using organic and synthetic colourings...

Learn to dye wool using organic and synthetic colourings.  Spin wool using both a wheel and drop spindle.  Beth makes learning this heritage art fun and colourful.  Her wares will be available for purchasing. Beth Fisher and The Alpaca Stop specializes in offering Canadian-made alpaca products – socks, hats, mitts, duvets, yarn and rovings – all at affordable prices. The natural beauty of alpaca fleece allows for the creation of garments and products that are light-weight and snuggly warm.

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Salt Water Moon

August 17th & 18th, 8 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee

Tickets: $15 each
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You won't want to miss this live theatrical performance at the Macpherson House this August...

The gardens of the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee will come alive with a live theatrical performance on August 17th & 18th. Michelle Langille and Michael MacEachern star in the Single Thread Theatre Company’s production of David French’s renowned Salt Water Moon. The gardens of Napanee's most well-known historic home will be centre stage for this production.

Salt Water Moon is a site-specific production that has toured to rave reviews in Sudbury, Orillia, Kingston, Port Hope and Toronto. Tickets are $15 each and will be on sale soon. For more information, please call 613-354-3027.

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Demo Thursday: Christmas in the Summer with Howard Sandles

August 18th, 1 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee


Join Howard Sandles on August 18th and learn about the beautiful art of stain glass...

Meet stain glass artist, Howard Sandles and learn about the beautiful art of stain glass. If you are inclined, make your own Christmas sun catcher or ornament for $15.00 (payable to artist). Howard will lead you with placing your own glass pieces in a form and will work with you to solder your piece together to finish it off.

About Howard Sandles:
Howard A. Sandles is a retired elementary school teacher. He has been involved in stained glass for over thirty-five years and work with students in the classroom producing Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day gifts.  Howard is also teaches stained glass classes at The Glasshouse in Kingston.

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Workshop Tuesday: Make Your Own Summer Wine Basket
with Naneen Tyner
 

August 23rd, 10 am - 3 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee
Admission: $35


Join Naneen Tyner on August 23rd and create your very own summer wine basket...

In this workshop you will make your own reed woven wine bottle basket, a nice gift for yourself or that special friend.  An interesting fact about the age-old craft of basket making is that, while many other crafts have become mechanized, no one has ever invented a machine that can make baskets.  Naneen Tyner has been weaving baskets for the past 22 years and now designs her own patterns. She says basket weaving kind of grows on you.  A few basic tools, creativity, and a little patience and you will have a work of art before you.

About Naneen Tyner:
After finishing a basket workshop at Loyalist College, another one in Penticton British Columbia, she started on her own journey of basket-making. The baskets are made of split ash and the handles are oak, some of the bottoms are woven and some are of wood.  Dyeing her own reeds helps her incorporate a lot of colour and style to her baskets. 

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Demo Thursday: Heirloom Seeds with Cate Henderson

August 25th, 1 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee


Join Cate Henderson on August 25th and learn a bit about heirloom seeds...

The Heirloom Seed Sanctuary defines the word “heirloom” as applied to plants as a variety that either has been, or is worthy of being, passed down through generations.  Heirloom tomato varieties are some of the most tasty and nutritious, but perishable tomatoes.  How do you save the seeds in order to grow them from year to year and pass them down through the generations?  Cate Henderson, of the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) will show you!

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Music in the Garden featuring Lotus Wight

August 25th, 7 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee

Admission: $3


On Thursday, August 25th at 7pm, you're invited to 'Music in the Garden' with musician Lotus Wight...

A great musical performance in a beautiful garden setting - the perfect combination. On Thursday, August 25th at 7pm, you're invited to 'Music in the Garden' at the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee.

The evening’s entertainment features talented performer Lotus Wight. He plays the banjo and the contrabass harmoniphonium for an unforgettable sound that you won't want to miss. Over his playing career, Lotus Wight embraced the music over which he had obsessed since his childhood. The Carolinas, the Mississippi Valley, West Virginia, Kentucky, and New England fed him the sounds of tradition and helped to form his unique sound. 

Admission to ‘Music in the Garden’ is only $3 per person and are available at the door. Please call 613-354-3027 for more details. We'll see you in the garden!

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Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives

97 Thomas Street East, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9 [Map]
613-354-3027
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The Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives has completed a major renovation that greatly enhances the experience for visiting patrons. The expansion consists of a new addition featuring a large research room and archival storage, and enhanced display areas.

The Museum & Archives provides insights into everyday life from the late eighteenth through the twentieth century and focuses particularly on telling the story of Lennox and Addington County. The story of the settlement and historical development of the County is highlighted in themed exhibits, a modern reading room, genealogical research opportunities as well as regularly scheduled programming and special events about a wide variety of topics.

We invite you to come for a visit - you won't be disappointed. For more information, please visit www.CountyMuseum.ca.

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Demonstrator- Naneen Tyner

An interesting fact about the age-old craft of basket making is that, while many other crafts have become mechanized, no one has ever invented a machine that can make baskets.  They are still handmade, even in Taiwan.   Naneen Tyner has been weaving baskets for the past 22 years and now designs her own patterns. She says basket weaving kind of grows on you.  A few basic tools, creativity, and a little patience and you will have a work of art before you. 

 

© 2016 L & A Tourism
County of Lennox & Addington
97 Thomas Street East
Napanee, ON K7R 4B9
CANADA
tourism@lennox-addington.on.ca
T: 613.354.4883
F: 613.354.3112