There are so many events coming up in Tillsonburg that you will have to use the What’s Happening column in the paper as a program guide!
Bazaars, teas, concerts, tree lightings, the BIA Crawl, house tours; it just goes on and on. It will be a wonderful warm up for Christmas. I am going to write on a few selections as the groups asked if I could help promote their events. I am happy to try and help anyone who asks. Don’t be afraid, I am free!
Another tree lighting? Yes, this second tree lighting ceremony is to honour Tillsonburg’s Service Clubs, for all the wonderful work and generous giving they do around the town and to say thank you for all they did to help to save and preserve the Tillson Family mansion, Annandale House. On Friday, Nov. 24, 7-9 p.m. you can join the Deputy Mayor as we light the trees on the Museum’s lawn.
Saturday, Nov. 25 is the big day for everything in town including at least two Bazaars that are across the street from each other. The Anglican Church Ladies at St. John’s will be serving a light lunch, tea, coffee, juice, pickles, sandwiches squares and cookies to keep you fortified as you check out everything including 'the gold man' who would be happy to give you cash for your broken gold jewelry! It runs from 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Across the road is the Maple Manor Bazaar and Penny Sale from 9 a.m.-12 noon. All proceeds go to the Resident’s Activity Fund.
Annandale National Historic Site's Christmas Open House is a must-see this time of year. You get to tour all three floors of Annandale House decked in Yuletide splendor; each room done by a volunteer to whatever theme or design they wished.
You also get to take in the newest exhibit in the Pratt Gallery: Made in Canada Christmas. Did you know that canoes were made in Tillsonburg? You will be stunned at the number of items from the museum’s permanent collection that were manufactured in Canada and that you will recognize! This weekend, ANHS is open Nov. 24-25, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Nov. 26 12-4 p.m.
The annual Kinette Club and Craft Guild’s Holiday Tour of Homes is giving the request, to see the homes in the evening a try. Beautiful homes will be decked out for Christmas and with lights twinkling it will look very different in the evening. The special attraction this year is the opportunity to see Seven Gables. It was originally E.V. Tillson’s home, and today it is the McLaughlin’s wonderful Bed and Breakfast. Tickets which include 7 Gables, Annandale House, and other local homes and are on sale at Annandale NHS $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the tour. This will be the last opportunity to tour Seven Gables, so get your tickets now! The Tour takes place Saturday, Nov. 25 from 4-9 p.m.
The Senior Centre Singers have been rehearsing and are raring to sing for you. They are now under the direction of Janice Edmund, with Shelley Vermeersch accompanying on the piano. Their Christmas concert is Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior Centre. Advance tickets $10 available at the Senior Centre office. Come and hear the reason for the season!
December 2nd, the wonderful Alleluia Bell Choir, will perform once again at St. John’s Anglican Church on Ridout St. W. at 2 p.m.
Next up, back at ANHS, is A Confederation Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. In honour of Canada’s 150 Birthday, you can hear a special reading of The Countryman, written and performed by Tillsonburg’s Stephen Bourne. It is an Oxford County tale with a mysterious twist! Entrance is by donation.
Friday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. is the Annandale Poinsettia Tea & Tour of Annandale. If you missed the open house you might like to check Annandale House decked in holiday splendor followed by a Tea and Christmas Treats, plus you get to take home a Poinsettia! Advance tickets $15 + HST.
The First Noel, the Christmas Cantata of St. Paul’s United Church’s Choir and Friends will be under the direction of Shelley Vermeersch and will have a lovely selection of Christmas music. It is Sunday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Tillsonburg and District Historical Society will be having its Back to the 50’s Christmas Dance on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Legion. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door. This was a very popular event last year so plan on get your tickets now.
“Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat!” When was the last time you had goose at your Christmas dinner? Start licking your lips and you will be ready for A Dickens Dinner and A Christmas Carol. There will be a traditional Dickens-era dinner - a turkey dinner with a goose option, Christmas pudding and sauce - everything you want for a Christmas dinner. Following the meal there will be an abridged reading of A Christmas Carol by Dickens himself, plus you get to tour the house! Advance tickets for $60 + HST, are needed for this unique event at Annandale NHS on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.