Dear members and friends,
Welcome to a new season! It will officially be spring tomorrow – the equinox will take place Wednesday, March 20 – and although there’s been a chill in the air, there are signs of growth and renewal throughout Ruthven Park’s beautiful picturesque landscape. Though the Mansion is still closed (until Victoria Day long weekend May 18th), we encourage visitors to explore the grounds and check out the bird banders who will begin their spring migration banding April 1st.
This newsletter is a bit different, it is the first of our quarterly reports that will be forthcoming throughout the year. These will provide more details on projects and research than the monthly e-newsletter. You will find details about the ongoing restoration of the widows walk, what Michael our new education coordinator has been up too. As well details on the upcoming season, tour times and dates for Behind the Scenes tours.
You will also find a recap of past events – and details about upcoming events such as the Acrylic Paint Workshop with Heather Gross, Native Plant 101 with Chris Di Raddo, and we welcome Elizabeth Boyd back for a Herb Walk in May.
You can access the PDF of the March newsletter on your device by downloading it when you click here: 1st Quarterly Report 2019
We hope you enjoy reading it as much as you enjoy the changes that come with spring this season!
Ruthven Park staff
Seeking Students for this Summer
Did you ever want to know what it would be like to work at a National Historic Site? Here is your opportunity.
Ruthven Park is seeking three (3) university or college students with relevant skills and experience to fill the following positions:
- Interpretation and Visitor Engagement Assistant
- Tourism and Events Assistant
- Education and Programs Assistant
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Please include a cover letter with your resume and send to email@example.com.
Please note that the above student positions are contingent upon the receipt of funding.
For further information and job description please click below!
Ruthven National Historic Site Acrylic Paint Workshop
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required, $45 per person includes all material.
Spring has finally arrived! Come and visually celebrate this wonderful season by painting your own masterpiece inspired by the passage of time and seasons. Local artist and educator, Heather Gross will lead you in exploring the pleasures of putting pigment to canvas to capture the colours, warmth and excitement of spring. No previous painting experience is necessary. All art materials will be supplied and you’ll take home your completed work of art at the end of the evening!
Heather Gross’ artistic inspiration comes from nature found in her Haldimand backyard and from far away places. Painting from real life and photos, Heather captures the interplay of light, shadow, shape, pattern, texture and colour in her home studio in Cayuga. Botanical art has recently captured her interest. Heather’s art was on display in the ‘Art of the Plant’ exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Stone Wall Gallery, in Ottawa (May – October 2018). Her botanical work is currently on display at the Nature Art Studio in Toronto. Sharing her passion, Heather enjoys teaching painting in Cayuga
March Break at Ruthven Park NHS
March 11-15th beginning at 11 a.m.
Educational and fun programs for the whole family
Bring a Picnic lunch, eat in the Coach House or on the grounds before your tour!
Monday – Mad Science will warm you up with a “Beach Day with Bugs”.
Tuesday – Want to learn how the Thompson Family made butter, cheese and ice cream?
Join us for a presentation by the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.
Wednesday – Step back in time to a nineteenth-century classroom, participate in pen & ink and chalk & slate activities with staff visiting from Wilson MacDonald School Museum.
Thursday – See up close and learn all about common backyard birds with Ruthven’s bird banders.
Friday – Lorrie Green will share her passion for turtles, talk about their importance and species that are found locally.
No need to book in advance, $25 for a family pass includes a tour of the Thompson Mansion
Fun for the whole family!
After lunch, family tours of the Thompson Mansion available from 1-3 p.m. on the hour, last tour at 3 p.m.
NOTE: ALSO, TOURS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC WILL BE OFFERED FROM 1 P.M. UNTIL 3 P.M
Dear members and friends,
We hope you all managed to get through the quirky weather last month and are excited about being one step closer to spring.
Inside January’s newsletter, you’ll find a warm welcome to our newest employee here at Ruthven, a call out for summer students and new volunteers needed. As well as an update on the restoration work happening on the widows walk, and a list of our many programs and events we have coming up. We certainly hope to see you our at our Family day event where Ruthven goes Wild with Wild Ontario, we hope to see you and your family out for a fun-filled day.
You can download the newsletter PDF to your computer, laptop, or device, by clicking here: January 2019 Newsletter.
We hope you enjoy reading it, and as always we welcome your questions and comments in person, via email, or on the phone.
We hope to see you at one of our many upcoming events!
Warm winter wishes,
Ruthven Park staff
The Welcome Centre and Grounds: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday closed or by chance.
The Mansion: Reminder that our regular tours of the Thompson Mansion season have come to an end. 2019 season will begin again May 18th. Tours will be offered 7 days a week from May 18 – September 2, tours times 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Give us a call today or check out our website for more information 905.772.0560 or www.ruthvenpark.ca
Phone: (905) 772-0560
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0