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Call for Entries for Haldimand County’s 25th Annual Juried Art Show

Call for Entries for Haldimand County’s 25th Annual Juried Art Show

HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON – Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre in Caledonia is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 25th Annual Juried Art Show.

This art exhibition is open to emerging or established artists who work in any medium including—but not limited to—painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramic, sculpture and mixed media. The theme of the show is open 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 9 through Saturday, May 27. 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, June 1 through Saturday, July 29 at Edinburgh Square, with an opening reception and awards presentation taking place Thursday, June 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Artist Submissions Welcome for Latest Phase of Paddle Art Tour Haldimand (PATH)

Artist Submissions Welcome for Latest Phase of Public Art Tour Haldimand (PATH)

HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON – Paddle Art Tour Haldimand (PATH) is a celebration of the municipality’s local talent and the importance of the Grand River and Lake Erie to Haldimand County.

Launched in 2021, PATH became a popular activity for Haldimand County residents and visitors to participate in, finding inspiration in the 24 unique designs created by 23 local artists who used wooden paddles—hand made by local high school students—to create art portraying the area’s natural landscapes, wildlife, history and much more.

Building on the popularity of the tour, Haldimand County is inviting local emerging and established artists to submit a sketch and description of an image they would like to paint on one of eight new paddles that will be added to the PATH this year. Each paddle blade is a surface of 28” x 7”and will be installed with the handle upright. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of  $500. The paddles will be installed throughout Haldimand County as we transition public art displays along the Tour.

Interested artists can send submissions: electronically to; in-person or by mail to the Haldimand County Administration Building c/o Community Development & Partnerships, 53 Thorburn St. S., Cayuga, ON  N0A 1E0.

Closing date for submissions is June 16, 2023 at 4:00 pm and selected artists will be notified by June 28, 2023.

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 view a wide variety of exhibitions. On display at the Cayuga Heritage Centre until the end of June, With This Ring I Thee Wed; at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre in Caledonia The Haldimand Photography Club is showcasing its Spring Exhibition, which is displayed until the end of May; and, at Selkirk’s Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum, you can check out Child’s Play: A History of Toys through August 25.

Residents and visitors are invited to attend several Haldimand Museums events throughout the month of May:

The Heritage Centre, 19 Talbot Street West, Cayuga:

Friday, May 5 at 1 p.m. – Coronation Celebration
This special presentation to celebrate the Royal Coronation will look at some of the most notable royal coronations and explore the life of King Charles III.

Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. – Historic Kitchen Gardens
A hands-on workshop looking at how these gardens were strategically planted to produce food and medicines.

Wednesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. – Salute to Mothers
An afternoon tea followed by a talk on famous mothers.

Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. – TV Mania
The history of television and how its invention revolutionized entertainment for the masses.

Wednesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. – All That Jazz
This afternoon’s presentation will focus on the 1920s in Canada and Haldimand County.

The cost for each regular program is $10/person; afternoon tea is $15/person.

Mother’s Day Workshops for Children will be offered at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre (80 Caithness Street East, Caledonia) on Saturday May 13 and Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum (3513 Rainham Road, Selkirk) on Saturday, May 6. Youngsters are invited to these fun-filled sessions to create one-of-a-kind gifts for Mom on her special day. Cost per child is $29; additional information is available online at

On May 18, International Museums Day, Haldimand Museums will host a special Trivia Night at the Cayuga Legion. A fast-paced evening of fun and entertainment beginning at 6:00 p.m. and featuring general knowledge questions is open to teams of up to four people. Cost per person is $25 which includes snacks, sandwiches and prizes will be awarded to the first and second place finishers.

Pre-registration is required for all events. Register online at or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga.

For additional information about Haldimand Museums programs, visit or email

2023 Household Hazardous Waste and Waste Electronic Events

Some household waste can be dangerous for residents and the environment if not disposed of properly. They are capable of polluting water sources and releasing harmful chemicals into the air. Haldimand County hosts four Household Hazardous Waste and Waste Electronic Events throughout the year. Hazardous waste that isn’t accepted in the garbage collection program and end-of-life electronics can be dropped off at these events.

The events run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • April 29 – Cayuga Secondary School
  • June 10 – McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia
  • September 16 – Dunnville Roads Yard
  • October 14 – Hagersville Secondary School

Waste accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Events include paint products, automotive-type fluids, pressurized containers, batteries, and medications. Electronics accepted at the drop-off events include computers, monitors, home office equipment, television and video equipment, as well as cellphones and cellphone batteries.

Items that are not accepted include non-propane gas cylinders of any type, medical sharps, mercury, and pool oxidizers (e.g. chlorine pucks).

Residents can use the “What Goes Where” search tool to learn more about what can be disposed of using the regular garbage collection program and what must be dropped off at one of the Household Hazardous Waste Events. They can also visit the Recycle My Electronics website for a list of acceptable electronic waste.

Please direct any inquiries about hazardous waste disposal to Solid Waste Operations at

Registration for spring/summer programs opens May 1; 2023 Playbook now available

Registration for County spring/summer recreation and museum programs opens online at midnight on Monday, May 1. In-person registration will also be available beginning May 1 at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn St. S., Cayuga during regular business hours. Registration for library programs opens on June 19. All programs are now available for viewing online and in the Playbook.

The 2023 Spring/Summer Playbook, the County’s guide for programs, activities and experiences, is available online or at the Cayuga Administration Building, library branches and County museums. The Playbook includes information about registering for swim lessons, summer camps, heritage and culture presentations and events and library programming.

Residents can also visit the Playbook to find information on non-registered recreation options such as parks, trails, pools, and splash pads. Many County parks and greenspaces include amenities like skate parks, ball diamonds, tennis/pickleball and multi-use courts and picnic areas, offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities for all interests. For walkers and cyclists, Haldimand offers more than 40 km of off-road pathways and trails and hundreds of kilometres of on-road cycling routes throughout the County and along the Grand River.

For more information, visit

Upcoming May programs at the Haldimand County Public Library

Haldimand County Public Library has something for everyone with three exciting upcoming programs this May.

Spring card-stamping workshop

Hosted by Annette Ball from Stampin With the Bee’s, attendees of this program will make three beautiful spring cards to send to loved ones. The registration fee is $10 and can be done at any library branch or by calling (289) 674-0400. See the schedule of workshops below.

  • Monday, May 1 at 6 p.m., Jarvis Branch
  • Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m., Cayuga Branch
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 6 p.m., Hagersville Branch

Hagersville Branch Knitting Club

The Hagersville Branch of the Haldimand County Public Library invites anyone interested in knitting or crocheting to participate in a fun, relaxing weekly social club. The Knitting Club will run every Thursday, beginning May 4, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring their current project and/or supplies and share in the hobby of knitting, crocheting or other yarn crafts with fellow yarn enthusiasts. The club is open to everyone, regardless of skill level. No registration is required.

Resume finessing workshop

In partnership with Nichole Morgan, a professional career coach with over five years of experience in Human Resources and Recruitment, the Library is offering a free resume-finessing workshop to help individuals perfect their resumes.

The course will teach adults how to craft an interview-securing resume and present a favourable first impression.⁠ Participants will learn how to:

  • Align relevant skills and experience with the employer’s needs⁠
  • Communicate one’s career story and update one’s qualifications
  • Identify top accomplishments⁠
  • Tailor a resume to the position sought
  • Properly format a resume
  • Address employment gaps (if any)⁠

The workshop will be offered to all adults at the Caledonia Branch on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and can be done in the branch or by phone at (289) 678-0400, ext. 1. All participants are asked to bring a copy of their current resume.

Haldimand County launches new Business Retention and Expansion Program

Haldimand County is proud to announce the launch of a new Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) program designed to support and grow local businesses.

Officially titled Real Haldimand Business Support, the BR+E program will focus on identifying and addressing the needs of existing businesses in the County, with the goal of retaining and expanding current businesses, as well as implementing actions that will support the attraction of new businesses to the area. The program will provide a range of services to local businesses, including one-on-one interviews with economic development staff, follow-up supports connecting business owners to applicable resources, expansion information and available industry-specific marketing opportunities.   

The program also includes a targeted BR+E survey that’s used during confidential one-on-one interviews to gather information from local businesses about their current operations, challenges, and future plans. The intent of the survey is to support businesses looking to expand, identify areas where businesses may be struggling, and to provide information that can be used to develop policies and programs that will help key sectors to grow and thrive.

“Haldimand County is home to a diverse and vibrant business community, and we are committed to supporting the growth and success of our local businesses,” said Lidy Romanuk, Manager, Haldimand County Economic Development & Tourism Division. “Real Haldimand Business Support will provide the resources and support those businesses need to thrive, maintain their operations in Haldimand and create jobs. Now is the right time to check in with our businesses to better understand the lasting impacts of the past three years and any resulting opportunities or change in priorities. In addition to helping our businesses succeed, information gathered from this program will allow us to assess any changes we might need to make with our existing strategic plans.”

The BR+E program is looking to engage businesses of all types, and will place additional emphasis on connecting with businesses in some of Haldimand’s key industries: Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism, Downtown Retail, Professional Services and Healthcare. These sectors are vital to the local economy, and the program will work to identify and address the unique needs of these businesses.

Businesses interested in learning more about the program or getting involved can contact Jaymie Nelson, Project Manager Business Retention & Expansion at to schedule an interview, or visit the website to fill out a contact form. All businesses large and small are encouraged to connect.

For more information visit:

Nanticoke Minister’s Zoning Order Public Consultation

Haldimand County Council is seeking public feedback on the Nanticoke Minister’s Zoning Order which was supported by the previous Council. The objective of these consultations is to hear the views of members of the public and then use that input to inform Council’s next steps relative to the standing decision of support.  Details of the project are contained below and via the links provided.  Members of the public are strongly encouraged to review the background information on the County’s website along with the Frequently Asked Questions section.

The two meeting dates are:

  • Virtual Meeting – Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m.  (registration by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, April 18)
  • In-Person Meeting – Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. (registration by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 26)

If you wish to participate in either meeting, you must register with the Clerk by completing and submitting the form available on the County website. Each delegation will have 5 minutes to express their views on the matter.

Alternatively, in writing to the Office of the Clerk or drop off at 53 Thorburn Street South Cayuga ON), no later than Monday, April 24 at 12 pm. Please note that any written submissions will be included as part of the record produced by the Clerk for the April 27 public meeting.

Haldimand County Public Library hosting 10th annual poetry contest

Haldimand County Public Library invites residents of all ages to get creative and participate in its 10th annual poetry contest, to be held throughout the month of April.

This year’s theme is Kindness. The Library encourages entrants to express through poetry how kindness, or good will, empathy, tolerance, helpfulness and philanthropy has impacted them, their community, or how they approach the world.

Entry forms and a full list of rules and submission details can be found on the library’s website or at any library branch. Submissions can be made in person at any branch or can be submitted online.

Submissions will be accepted during the month of April and entered to win cash prizes in one of the following categories:

  • Primary – Kindergarten to Gr. 3
  • Junior – Gr. 4 to Gr. 6
  • Intermediate – Gr. 7 to Gr. 10
  • Senior – Gr. 11 – 12
  • Adult – age 18+

Judging will take place at the beginning of May by a library-chosen panel. First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded in each category. First prize will receive $50, second prize will receive $35 and third prize will receive $20. Winners will be announced in mid-May with an awards ceremony to follow.

Individuals with further questions about the 10th Annual April Poetry Contest may call or visit their local library branch. Branch hours and contact numbers can be found on Haldimand County Public Library website.

Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum welcomes spring with children’s workshops

This spring, the Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum is offering a series of fun, engaging and artistically themed workshops for children aged 5-12 years.

Taking place in Haldimand’s unique one-room schoolhouse, the Saturday workshops will focus on creating one-of-a-kind arts and crafts for each holiday using techniques such as woodworking, painting and gardening.

Saturday, Apr. 1 – Easter Workshop
Participants can help the museum get ready for its Easter egg hunt, create some crafts and sample some sweet treats.

Saturday, May 6 – Mother’s Day Workshop
Focusing on scrapbooking, this workshop will teach kids how to make a special memory for mom.

Saturday, June 10 – Father’s Day Workshop
Kids can construct a puzzle piece creation and make some sweet treats to share with dad.

All the workshops run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $29 per child. Registration is available online or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn St. S., Cayuga.

All programs take place at the Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum, 351 Rainham Rd., Selkirk. For more information call the museum at 905-776-3319 or email