SEASON OPENER @ COUNTRY HERITAGE PARK, MILTON

Yesterday, Saturday May 31, I had the pleasure of attending the “Season Opener” family event at the picturesque COUNTRY HERITAGE PARK in Milton, just west of Toronto.

20140531_125935Lots of local vendors and foodies set up camp, and event organizer, SHELLEY HARMER, and her delightful friendly volunteer crew welcomed visitors for a day of sunshine, musical entertainment and interactive games for everyone. I had been told about the event by SAM OTTAVIANO of EMG CANADA who was showcasing a number of his artists on stage so after some discussions, I suggested an appearance by music professional, MICHAEL WILLIAMS (founding VJ of MuchMusic, now journalist for Cashbox Canada magazine and concert promoter) to help host the concert stage. Photos below: singer KRIS MONICO (left) with Sam (right) setting up the EMG tent, and artists mingle at the beer tent (of course!) with MICHAEL WILLIAMS

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I enjoyed the deelish treats from EDIBLE DELIGHTS (Facebook.com/edibledelights)  in particular the yummy sausage rolls (below)…

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…and invited Michael over to taste the wicked gluten-free cupcakes and cookies – I had to have one of the giant moose cookies and it was amazing.

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Shelley took time away from running the show to pose for pics with Kris and Michael (below)

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And I played hooky from all the festivities when Michael’s charming lady, Jill, suggested we take a walk around the entire park which is 80+ acres of rolling meadows, historical buildings, vintage farm equipment and vehicles, orchards and a huge barn that is now a stunning rustic event venue.

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One of the barn buildings housed an incredible collection of farm equipment and vintage tractors – I was fascinated. I recommend parents introducing their kids to Canada’s farming history with a guided visit……

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There was also a giant water wheel used to create power…

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…and I loved the old gas station equipment, too (below).

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Nestled at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment, along west-bound highway 401 & the Hwy 25 exit you’ll find Country Heritage Park. Visit their website to see what exciting events are on their calendar: http://www.countryheritagepark.com  or call 1-888-307-3276

Upcoming cool events include: Teddy Bear Picnic (June 14), Gadsden’s summer antique fair (July 12), Antique Tractor & Toy Show with “super tractor pull” (July 18-20), a real-life Pirate festival (Aug.2-4), Heavy Horse Field Days (Aug 9-10) and an American Civil War Re-enactment (Aug. 23-24).

If you’re into steam engines, tractors or the “steam punk” movement, you mustn’t miss Steam Era Days over the Labour Day weekend (Aug 29-Sept.1).

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