Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Doors Open Waterloo Region - Sept 18

Information reprinted from the Doors Open e-list

Here is some just-released information about special programming available during Doors Open 2010:


Waterloo RegionForty-two sites, many of which are not regularly open to the public, will participate in the eighth annual Doors Open Waterloo Region (DOWR), Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Doors Open, a free heritage and architecture open house event, began in 2003. Thousands of people visit noteworthy buildings and heritage sites through DOWR every September. More than 8,000 individual site visits were tallied during the 2009 event.

Most sites are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but several have shortened hours, so visitors are encouraged to read the individual listings.

Many sites are planning a warm welcome for their visitors, and will feature free programming, including:

· Children's activities:

· Climb the bell tower at Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Kitchener)

· Go on a scavenger hunt in a heritage church (St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener)

· See a children’s science show (Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo; science show at 11 a.m.; kids’ science activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

· Do some fun activities at the Kitchener Masjid (mosque) and the Cambridge Islamic Centre

· Play Victorian games and view Victorian toys (Woodside National Historic Site, Kitchener)

· Attend an Eid celebration (Islamic Centre of Cambridge). Eid is the celebration that concludes Ramadan.

· Tour a Masonic Temple, and register for MasoniCh.I.P, a program that uses modern, police-approved techniques to create a child identification kit (K-W Masonic Temple, Waterloo)

· Meet artists and musicians, and find out how to develop your artistic talents (Button Factory/Waterloo Community Arts Centre, Waterloo)

· Guided farm tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. (Nauman’s Farm, Wellesley Township)

· Music: Rockway Mennonite Collegiate students will perform vocal and instrumental music at Zion United Church/Rockway Mennonite Church between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Zion’s church organist will be on hand to play the pipe organ; Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Kitchener) will feature hourly concerts on the 1921 Casavant organ; St. Andrew’ Presbyterian Church (Kitchener) will be offering mini-pipe organ concerts by Douglas Haas every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Grand River New Horizons Band will perform from 11 a.m. to noon at the Button Factory in Waterloo

· Heritage displays: view historic quilt displays at Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Kitchener); chat with Waterloo Historical Society volunteers (Kuntz-Labatt House/Erb & Good Funeral Home, Waterloo); learn about our local archives at the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room (Dana Porter Library, University of Waterloo); view a 100th anniversary display highlighting how public hydroelectric power in Ontario was born in Kitchener (Social Innovation Generation SiG, Kitchener)

· Talks and lectures: Quantum Computing Labs will be open for tours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Science for adults: 2 p.m.; lecture by Dr. David Cory (Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo); Islamic documentaries (Kitchener Masjid and Islamic Centre of Cambridge)

· Use REEP’s energy efficient software to model costs, paybacks and savings of green home renovation options, and find suppliers, contractors, grants and financing for energy-efficient retrofits (REEP House for Sustainable Living, Kitchener)

· Get a sneak-peek of the Waterloo Region Museum (Kitchener)

· Visit a museum: learn about firefighting, 1900-style! (Fire Hall Museum and Education Centre, Cambridge), see the Ontario Maple Syrup Museum, Home Hardware Retrospective, St. Jacobs Quilt Gallery, Model Train Museum and the Short Story of Electricity display (Snider Flour Mill, St. Jacobs)

· Guided tours: check the site listings at www.region.waterloo.on.ca/doorsopen.

Where do I find out more information?

  • Look for the special map & guide at libraries, museums and tourist offices across Waterloo Region from July until Sept. 18, or in the Advertising section of the Saturday, Sept. 11 edition of the Waterloo Region Record.

  • Photos and details of all of the Doors Open Waterloo Region sites can be viewed at www.region.waterloo.on.ca/doorsopen. Check out the website now and pick your own must-see sites!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting information about Doors Open Waterloo Region on your site - we really appreciate it!

    Kind regards,
    Jane Snyder
    Co-coordinator, Doors Open Waterloo Region