It may be the slow season at Northville Farm Heritage Centre, but activities continue. Monthly directors meetings are held the first Thursday of every month, and card parties take place every Wednesday evening. Behind the scenes, historical artifact conservator Kelly Bourassa is advising a few NFHC members on how to battle a powder post beetle infestation. This bug, almost invisible to the naked eye, delights in drilling numerous small holes in old wood, eventually destroying artifacts if they are not eradicated. NFHC members have been spraying for this beetle for three years now, using a non-toxic compound that will target them. Smaller artifacts are being frozen for three weeks at a time, as this also kills the beetles.
Coming up on December 5 is a brief directors meeting at 7 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas party.
Below are two shots of the card parties, and one of Kelly Bourassa checking for powder post beetle evidence.
This aerial photo of Northville Farm Heritage Centre was taken by Paul Illsley with the help of a remote controlled Quadcopter recently.
On the upper left is Thorpe Road going east. In the foreground is the NFHC parking lot which borders Steadman Road.
To see other interesting photos taken in Kings County, go to: http://www.paulillsley.com/Kings_County/Aerial_Images/index.html
It was a great day with a good turn out. There were 32 pullers, and that’s an increase from the last time. The youngest puller is 14 years old, as shown in the photo below.
The Antique Tractor Pull & Show is coming up on October 5. (Rain date October 6.) Come and see the action!
On October 5, Northville Farm Heritage Centre will hold their last Antique Tractor Pull & Show of the season. Tractor enthusiasts will be able to showcase their lovingly restored tractors and compete for highest honours in pulling power. For anyone who hasn’t toured the NFHC premises to see the many hundreds of artifacts, this is a good chance to do so.
The Cookhouse will offer their yummy burgers and hot dogs throughout the day, and admission is $5 (kids 12 & under free).
In case of rain, the Pull & Show will be set ahead one day, to October 6.
With an iffy weather forecast, organizers of NFHC’s Harvest Festival have been making contingency plans for Sunday. First of all, it may NOT rain – forecasts tend to be unreliable. If it does, we’re fortunate to have a number of buildings at the Heritage Centre that can be used for more than one purpose.
If the weather is indeed damp, all the kids’ activities will be moved indoors, along with the Name That Tool contest for adults. The Fur and Feathers show (bunnies and birds) is already being held indoors. The Cookhouse has a nice overhang on the front – you can line up for your hamburger and stay dry. Oxen and teamsters are a hardy lot and seldom slow down regardless of weather.
Be sure to bring your little ones for the Fish Pond, face painting, and balloon animals – all of them FREE with your freewill donation at the gate.
The forecast also suggests temperatures of around 23 degrees, so it should be quite pleasant outdoors. We hope to see a few hundred people show up!
Baking Competition at NFHC Harvest Festival:
Class 1: brown bread
Class 2: coconut cream pie
Class 3: brown sugar fudge
Class 4: Children 12 and under: Chocolate chip cookies
Class 1: Five tomatoes on a plate
Class 2: Selection of vegetables, attractively displayed
Class 3: Seven early apples on a plate
First, Second, and Third prizes will be awarded in all classes.
This year’s Harvest Festival and Ox Pull will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Oats will be harvested with a McCormick reaper, and threshed with our threshing machine the old-fashioned way. Watch the men using their pitchforks, and see the oats coming out of the machine.
In addition to the harvesting there will also be an OX PULL with participation from around the province, and there will be games and activities for all ages.
BAKING COMPETITION: We will again have three separate categories of baking. Last year the prizes consisted of grocery store gift cards, so this is worth going after!
VEGETABLE COMPETITION: There will be three categories here as well. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Again, there are good prizes for the winners!
GAMES will include a couple of booths, a Name that Tool competition where you’re asked to identify antique tools, a Community Challenge for kids or adults, and more.
The COOKHOUSE will be offering the usual yummy hamburgers and hot dogs throughout the day, with hot and cold drinks, chips etc.
Come join us for a fun, relaxed day that takes you back to the early 20th century.