Doors Open Smiths Falls

Come visit Doors Open Smiths Falls on June 9 and celebrate the Town’s heritage in all its significant forms: historic, architectural, natural and cultural. This one-day annual event in Smiths Falls is part of a province-wide celebration and provides unique opportunities to explore and enjoy interesting places and spaces – free of charge.

Put on your comfortable walking shoes and have a leisurely guided walk – in the morning with Rideau Trails or at twilight with the Municipal Heritage Committee, when they will focus on Smiths Falls’ industrial heritage. Join guided tours of the newly renovated Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital or Hart Laundry Services in the Gallipeau Centre, the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario or the Masonic Lodge.

See new and antique fire trucks on display in front of the Town Hall. Stop by and have a chat and tour with a Town Councillor in the Town Hall Council Chambers, or visit Jack FM and meet the radio team of Wayne and John. At Heritage House Museum don’t miss seeing the two-storey Victorian privy, the world class wood carvers exhibition, or “Home in a Suitcase”, a display of special memories of new residents who now call Smiths Falls home.

Be amazed when you visit the Parks Canada Gate Shop, where they make the giant Rideau Canal lock doors. Enjoy demonstrations by the Search and Rescue Team, including horses and dogs. Support fundraisers such as the Smiths Falls Library used book sale or community barbecues, and visit the REAL Deal Store and Environment Centre – the day is filled with choices!

Along the way, enjoy “Cultural Expressions”, the provincial Doors Open theme for 2013. Be entertained by performers at various Doors Open sites. Listen to the organ and Carillon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and classical music and jazz at Trinity United Church. Appreciate live theatre with a special performance of the Mills Community at the Station Theatre and the talented music students from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute. Visit the artists in Russell Street Village, including the Smiths Falls Art Journey group. Why not bring home an original work of art? Appreciate the creativity of prioneers expressed in their wooden tools at the Montague Agricultural Museum. Enjoy Open Stage, a live music jam in Lower Reach Park, from 5-8pm.

Smiths Falls has participated in Doors Open since 2002, when the Ontario Heritage Trust embraced the program. This year, it will also participate in a Doors Open Ontario socio-economic survey. Visitors who participate in the survey have a chance to win one of 15 gift cards, redeemable at Ontario’s finest hotels, inns and spas.

Join in the fun in Smiths Falls on Sunday, June 9 from 10AM to 4PM for Doors Open! (Please note that open times may differ at some sites.) Volunteers are waiting to welcome you all over town.

Drop by Smiths Falls Town Hall lobby for a map and full list of Doors Open sites and activities or contact Lynne Clifford-Ward, Co-ordinator, Doors Open Smiths Falls 2013, at lcliffordward AT smithsfalls.ca or 283-4124 x 1150. More information can also be found at doorsopenontario.on.ca.

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