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Haldimand Museums celebrate Ontario Museum Month with diverse and engaging activities

May is Ontario Museum Month, an opportunity to celebrate the province’s 700-plus museums, galleries and heritage sites and their amazing historical and cultural assets and stories.

This month, Haldimand County’s three unique Museums are pleased to invite visitors to enjoy a wide variety exhibitions. On display at the Cayuga Heritage Centre until the end of August is Common Grounds, a history of the parks and gardens that make up the County’s landscape.

On display at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre in Caledonia, the Haldimand Photography Club is showcasing its Spring Exhibition, which is followed by the Annual Juried Art Show, open May 30 to July 26.

At Selkirk’s Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum you can check out We Chair-ish You in Haldimand County, open May 17 through June 14 with a ‘meet the artist’ open house taking place May 17,  9:00-11:30 am followed by a live auction of the artist chairs June 19 at 6:00 pm.

Residents and visitors are also welcome to attend Haldimand Museums events at each location throughout the month of May:

The Heritage Centre (19 Talbot Street West, Cayuga):

Wednesday May 15; 1 pm – Park Development Talk
A talk on the theory and process of park and garden design from a guest speaker.

Saturday, May 25; 1 pm – European Park History Talk
A look at the influences of European parks in North America, including how they impacted the development of Haldimand County’s parks.

The cost for each regular program is $10 per person.

Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum (3513 Rainham Road, Selkirk):

 Wednesday May 8; 6:00 pm; $20 per person – Early Salad Days and Edible Flowers Adult Workshop

 Saturday May 11; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; $29.75 per child – Mother’s Day Workshop for Children

 Additional information is available online at

Pre-registration is required for all events. Register online at or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga or your local Library Branch’s myHC kiosk.

For additional information about Haldimand Museums programs, visit or email

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Haldimand Museums puts out call for entries for Haldimand County’s 26th annual Juried Art Show

Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre in Caledonia is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 26th Annual Juried Art Show.

This art exhibition is open to artists of all ages and experience levels who work in any medium including—but not limited to—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramic, sculpture and mixed media. While the theme of the show is open, this year there will be a special category to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Grand River’s Heritage River Designation, and artists are invited to submit pieces that depict any subject matter in any location,

Works of art completed within the last three years are eligible for entry and will be received at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, 80 Caithness Street East, Caledonia during regular business hours from Tuesday, May 7 through Saturday May 25. An entry fee of $25 per artist will be charged; up to three pieces may be presented for the jury’s consideration.

The Juried Art Exhibition, which always presents an extremely varied and interesting mix of styles, subjects and mediums from local and area artists, will run from Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, July 27, with an opening reception and awards presentation taking place Thursday, May 30 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Entry forms are available online at  or from the Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre.

For further information, please contact Edinburgh Square at 905-765-3134, or by email at

Haldimand’s winter ’24 Playbook the go-to guide to winter recreation, leisure and fun!

There is still lots of time to take advantage of all the cold-weather recreation and leisure Haldimand County has to offer, and the Playbook—available online and at the Haldimand County Administration Building, the Cayuga Heritage Centre and Libraries—is residents’ guide to getting engaged and getting active!

Public skating programs

Free public skating programs are offered at all four of the county’s arenas, including public and adult skates, pre-school skates, child’s hockey skates, shinny for all ages and open figure skates. No registration is required; check out the Playbook or the Recreation page for schedules and additional details.

Walking tracks

The County has indoor Walking Tracks in the Caledonia, Cayuga and Dunnville Arenas, open daily from 8:00 a.m. to Arena closing. Access is free and requires no pre-registration; call the Arena to confirm hours of operation.

Partnership programs – Sit to Be Fit, Minds in Motion

In collaboration with the Haldimand Abilities Centre, Haldimand County is pleased to once again offer the always-popular Seniors Sit to be Fit at the Caledonia Arena, while the new Minds in Motion program is being offered at the Cayuga Arena. Both programs are free; contact the Abilities Centre at 905-768-4488 for information or to register.

Museum and library programming

Haldimand Museums and Libraries also offer a variety of activities and programs for all ages, including exhibits, presentations, workshops and social opportunities. You can also go virtual with your Haldimand Museums experience! Visit the Museums’ online collection or exhibits, programs and curriculum. A schedule of Museum programs is available at; some programs require registration.

March Break

Families looking for March Break diversions have a variety of options to choose from including weekly recreation camps (registration opens February 1), museum workshops or ‘take-home’ kits and library activities. Pricing, locations and registration details are in the Playbook and online at

Haldimand County also has beautiful outdoor spaces you can visit at your leisure: parks, pathways and trails. Please be aware these assets are not winter maintained and should be used at your own discretion.

Visit the Haldimand County Administration Building, your local Library or the Cayuga Heritage Centre to pick up a copy of the Playbook, or find it online.

Haldimand County Public Library announces holiday and winter break program lineup, invites residents to get into the festive spirit

Haldimand County Public Library’s holiday and winter break program features a wide range of programs for all ages.

Highlights include:

Holiday Card Stamping Workshop
Nov 28, 6 p.m. (Cayuga Branch) & Nov 29, 6 p.m. (Hagersville Branch)

Participants will be guided through the process of creating handmade, festive greeting cards by local maker Annette Ball. Cost is $10/person with all proceeds benefitting the library. Individuals can register in-person at the library or by phone at 289-674-0400.

PAWS to Read Open House
Nov 29, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Cayuga Branch)
This innovative program partners children with certified therapy dogs to improve their literacy skills. Reading to a non-judgmental listener fosters self-confidence and a more relaxed, pleasurable reading experience. Open House attendees will get to meet some of the dogs, their handlers and learn how to get involved in the 2024 program. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

Cayuga Light Up Night Festivities at the Library
Dec 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Cayuga Branch)

Residents are invited to stop by the Cayuga Branch on Light Up Night to check out their collections, learn about library programs and create a special holiday ornament to take home. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required; just drop in.

Local Author Book Signing – Beau Johnson
Dec 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Caledonia Branch)

All are welcome at the Caledonia Branch to meet local author Beau Johnson and celebrate the release of his latest book, The Abrum Files: A Bishop Rider Book. Attendees can bring their own copies of Beau’s work to get signed, or purchase other titles for $20/each. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

Children’s holiday break/winter programming & storytimes
Registration opens December 4 (All Branches)
Registration for children’s holiday break programs, including LEGO clubs, craft parties, BINGO, and Storytimes opens on December 4. In-person registration is required; start dates and costs for each program vary and are posted at local branches and on the library website.

Registration will also begin on December 4th for the winter sessions of Storytime, Tales for Twos and Baby Storytime. The winter sessions will begin in January 2024, the exact start dates and costs for each program can be found at each of the library branches or on the library website. Registration is required and must be done in person at the library branch.

One Book One Haldimand Author Visit: Brad Smith – Rescheduled
Dec 7, 6:30 p.m. (Dunnville Branch)
All are welcome to join local author Brad Smith for a discussion on his latest book (and Haldimand County Public Library’s 2023 One Book One Haldimand title), Copperhead Road. Participants will enjoy a short reading, a book talk and a Q&A session facilitated by library staff. Copies of Brad’s work are available for loan in print and digital formats; they can be requested by calling 289-674-0400. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

For more information on library programs and services, visit or follow Haldimand County Public Library on Facebook.

Haldimand Museums looking to preserve the community’s past through oral history project, seeking interviewees

Haldimand Museums is embarking on a special project to preserve local history through the voices, memories and perspectives of people who have lived, worked or visited the county throughout history.

Staff are currently seeking individuals with unique stories or recollections of Haldimand’s past who are willing to be interviewed and videotaped for this oral history project, which will eventually become part of the museum’s permanent collection and viewable for generations to come.

Oral histories play an integral role in many cultures and take many forms, including (but not limited to) songs, stories, folklore, allegories and traditional one-on-one interviews – either audio or video.

Oral history can provide a fuller, more accurate picture of the past by augmenting information provided by public records, statistical data, photographs, maps, letters, diaries, and other written-word historical materials.

For Haldimand Museums’ oral history project, staff are hoping to capture accounts of what life was like in different areas of the county, at different periods in time.

“There’s so much more to local history than the artifacts or records we have in our collection, and what’s published in history books. We want to hear from people that have had unique experiences in Haldimand County over the years, remember certain events or recall circumstances that occurred while they were living or working in the area,” said Anne Unyi, Supervisor, Heritage and Culture.

“The interviews we conduct will shine a light on our community’s past that may otherwise be forgotten. It’s important we capture these untold stories so we can teach future generations about where they came from and the events that shaped life as they know it,” Unyi added.

Individuals who are interested in being interviewed for this oral history project are encouraged to contact with their name, contact information and a few brief details on the stories or perspectives they wish to share. Museum staff will follow up with individuals to coordinate interviews, which will be conducted in-person at either the Cayuga Heritage Centre or Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre over the coming months.

Haldimand Museums and Cayuga Legion team up to host Trivia Night & Fish Fry Fundraiser

Join Haldimand Museums and the Cayuga Legion as they host a Trivia Night & Fish Fry on Thursday, September 14 at the Cayuga Legion, located at 11 Talbot Street West.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with a full perch dinner—including fries and coleslaw—served at 5:30 pm.

Once everyone’s perch craving has been satisfied, a fun-filled evening of friendly competition begins with a spirited pop culture trivia contest. Test your knowledge of recent history, trends and the trivial. Prizes will be awarded for the first and second place teams, but no prize is better than bragging rights!

Register your four-person team online at The cost per person is $30, and covers both the meal and trivia.

Proceeds from the evening support ongoing Haldimand Museums’ program and exhibition development, as well as activities of the Cayuga Legion.

For additional information about this event, contact

Haldimand Museums’ Annual Car and Truck Show back for 17th year

Haldimand Museums is pleased to present its 17th Annual Car & Truck Show, taking place Sunday June 25, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, at the Selkirk Community Park (17 Kent Street, Selkirk).

Admission to the family-friendly event is by donation; a $5.00 entry fee applies to participating vehicles.

The popular get-together provides a place for vintage and specialty car and truck enthusiasts from around southern Ontario to celebrate their love of all things automotive. “We had a great turnout last year and the show was fun for everyone,” says Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum Curator Dana Stavinga. “We are hoping the weather will be cooperative but, if we do have rain, the event will be postponed to the fall.”

While the show is centered around cars and trucks, there will be so much more to see and do! Visitors and participants can enjoy a silent auction, craft displays, entertainment by DJ Frank Vessero, tasty foods served by Shelly’s Family Dining & Catering Services of Kohler, door prizes for the drivers and a presentation of 25 trophies in a variety of categories at 2:30 pm.

“Museums aren’t always associated with antique car and truck shows,” adds Haldimand County Supervisor of Heritage & Culture Anne Unyi, “but we encompass all things heritage and culture. These vehicles offer some great lessons in automotive history and social and cultural trends.”

For further information about the Car & Truck Show please contact Dana Stavinga at 905-776-3319.

Haldimand Museums hosting International Women’s Day Presentation at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre

On Wednesday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m., Haldimand Museums will be offering a special, theatrical presentation to celebrate Woman’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Guests will travel back in time and walk in the shoes of 20th century suffragette, Annie Fearless to learn about the challenges and triumphs experienced by women in the early 1900s.

The cost for this presentation is $12.50/person. Pre-registration is required. Register online at or in person (prior to the event) at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn Street South in Cayuga.

International Women’s Day emerged in the early 20th century, resulting from labour movements in North America and Europe which signalled an increasing call for equal opportunities for women. European countries such as Germany, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland were the first to recognize International Women’s Day, beginning on March 19, 1911.

Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre is located at 80 Caithness Street East in Caledonia. For more information about programs and activities, contact Edinburgh Square at (905) 765-3134 or email

Haldimand County’s Fall/Winter 2022-23 Playbook highlights programming and leisure options for the season

The Fall/Winter 2022-23 Playbook—your guide to indoor and outdoor activities, programming and experiences—is now available online and at the Haldimand County Administration Building, libraries and museums. Highlights of the Playbook include:

Free skating programs for all ages

Free skating programs are offered at all four arenas, providing residents and visitors with options to keep active and have fun throughout the colder months. Public skates, preschool skates, child’s hockey skates, youth shinny, teen shinny, adult skate, adult shinny, women’s shinny and open figure skating are all free of charge and require no registration. Check the Playbook or the County’s website for locations, schedules and additional details.

Once the cold weather really sets in, check out Haldimand County’s two natural ice rinks in Fisherville and Selkirk; visit the County website for updates on conditions.

Walking tracks & low-impact exercise

Arenas in Caledonia, Cayuga and Dunnville have walking tracks open daily from 8 a.m. to closing. Please call the arena to confirm closing times. Seniors Sit To Be Fit, offered by the Haldimand Abilities Centre, is another popular, free program designed to increase participants’ strength, flexibility and endurance.

Outdoor activities

For enthusiasts of the great outdoors, Haldimand’s trails and parks have a lot to offer. Check out disc golf courses in Caledonia’s LaFortune Park (18 holes) or in Jarvis Lions Park (nine holes). You can also try out the Haldimand GeoTour, rated the second-most-popular geocaching experience in southwestern Ontario in 2021.

New this fall is The Ripple Effect, a series of hand-painted paddles installed along trails throughout the county. This latest series of public art is the second phase to the original PATH (Paddle Art Tour Haldimand), a county-wide display of more than 25 handmade wooden paddles painted by local artists. Details about the locations of these public art installations are available on the county website.

Museum and library programming/exhibits

Haldimand County’s museums and libraries also offer a variety of activities and programs, including exhibits, presentations, workshops and social opportunities. A full schedule of museum programs is available online; some programs require registration.

March Break Camps 2023

During March Break, the County’s camps and museum workshops will keep your children active and engaged. Pricing, locations and registration details are in the Playbook and online at

Visit the Haldimand County Administration Building, your local library branches or museum to pick up a copy of the Playbook or find it online at

10th Annual Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest running October 15 – December 1, 2022

The County’s annual Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest – now in its 10th year – will be accepting entries from October 15 to December 1, 2022. Residents and visitors are invited to submit photos of Haldimand’s beautiful environment, architecture and vibrant community life for a chance to win some great local prizes.

With 87km of gorgeous Lake Erie waterfront, the Grand River, sprawling countryside and charming towns, Haldimand County is one of the most picturesque destinations on Ontario’s southwest coast. Its abundance of outdoor recreation options, scenic lookouts, community events, historic sites and culinary experiences make it an incredible place to live, explore and photograph.

Photos eligible for entry must depict a scene from within the boundaries of Haldimand County. They must be original, digital high resolution photos no more than two years old and not previously published.

New this year, a special prize will be awarded for ‘Best Garden’ to coincide with the Dunnville and Haldimand Horticultural Societies’ Year of the Garden celebrations. Representatives of the two groups will be judging this category.

Participants may submit their photos via the online submission portal, accessible at Photos must be submitted by Thursday, December 1 and comply with all rules and regulations.

A panel of judges comprised of both County staff, community members and local media will closely examine all submissions in December. Four winners will be announced prior to the end of 2022 with 1 Grand Prize, 1 Second Prize, 1 Third Prize, 1 Honourable Mention and 1 Best Garden Prize awarded.

Prizes include gift certificates for unique culinary experiences and local shops.

Winning photographs will be featured in an exhibit within the new Cayuga Library + Heritage Centre and displayed permanently on the County website.