Sandee’s Country Kitchen – Old-Fashioned Comfort Food made from Scratch

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All of Sandee Rosien’s favourite childhood memories involve baking. Her mom was famous for a decadent chocolate cake she baked in a frying pan on top of the stove.  “I loved how she would just know it was time to lift the lid and the cake was perfect every time. It never fell,” says Sandee.

Baking made her happy and she would turn to the kitchen to relieve stress. Repeatedly she was told she should bake for a living, but she never gave it much thought. When Sandee developed major allergic reactions to the preservatives and additives in store bought products her journey of creating everything from scratch began – from cookies and bread to hotdog buns and homemade pasta, she made it all.

Her “ah-ha moment” came while she was recuperating at home from foot surgery. Baking and cooking had become a daily obsession and she would send samples with her husband to his office. “Once again I was told I should do this for a living. I decided, why not do what I love?” And Sandee’s Country Kitchen was born.

Sandee makes fresh baked bread, rolls, pies, cookies, sticky buns, muffins, tarts, cakes, jams and jellies and she will have her goodies for sale at our Old-Fashioned Christmas on December 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Here’s to going old-school and living a preservative-free life!

Find out more about Sandee’s Country Kitchen by visiting their website and Facebook page.

Czech Traditions and a Pinch of Whimsy Combine to make Pottery with Personality

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Growing up in culturally and artistically rich Prague, Marketa Stastna found creative outlets at an early age. Over the years she tried her hand at various traditional crafts, everything from knitting and crocheting to sewing and jewelry making.  She even tried pottery as a child, making lopsided pieces only a parent could love.  Then, much like those early masterpieces, she shelved the idea of making pottery.

But she just couldn’t stay away from the clay. After moving from Calgary to Ottawa, Marketa decided to try her hand at the pottery wheel again. “I began to truly hone my craft and find my style,” she says. “I try to bring a little childlike magic and whimsy to every pottery piece I make.  Whether it’s a miniature fisherman perched atop a bowl or a bird’s nest settled into the crevice of a mug’s handle, I try to intrigue and entertain with my pieces.”

Marketa will be peddling her personality-filled pottery in the vendor tent at our Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale on December 1st. Who wouldn’t love to find a piece of whimsy under their tree this Christmas?

Find out more about Marketa’s Creations by visiting her Facebook page.

Dragonfly Dreamers – Jewelry that is Absolutely Riveting!

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Wendy Southin of Dragonfly Dreamers isn’t afraid to experiment when it comes to creating her jewelry. Although she enjoys taking workshops, most of her masterpieces are the result of her own exploration and experimentation.

Dragonfly Dreamers’ jewelry is created using a combination of metal smithing techniques – sawing, stamping, hammering, riveting and patinas may be used on a single creation.  Copper is the central material used along with other metals, upcycled objects, resin and beads.

“As an artist I enjoy the process of learning and creating with various mediums,” says Wendy.  “Jewelry designing fulfills this desire with its wide range of techniques and materials to explore.”

While her main focus is jewelry, Wendy also designs altered art pieces on canvas, mirrors and other unique objects with a vintage, grungy look-and-feel.

Dragonfly Dreamers will be among the roster of talented artisans peddling their wares in the vendor tent at Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale. Join us on December 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be sure to set aside some time for ogling the funky finds you’ll come across at Wendy’s table.

Delve deeper into Dragonfly Dreamers by discovering their blog, etsy, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Handcrafted Soaps Made From Scratch

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A gardener all of her life, learning how to make soap was a natural progression for Anita Masterson – emphasis on the word natural.

Having a daughter with eczema also prompted Anita to marry her knowledge of plants with soap. The result is a line of artisanal, handcrafted natural soaps made from scratch. Her company, Moon Bubbles Natural Soap Co., only uses their own recipes and no premade bases from other suppliers. Their rich creations come in scents such as Lavender Dreams, Raspberry Kisses, and Chai Tea & their tag line is: “conscience clear, natural soaps intent on your well-being, beautifully made.”

Anita will be among the talented artisans in the vendor tent during Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale. Her decadent soaps make great gifts and stocking suffers so be sure to drop by on December 1st between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

Learn more about Moon Bubbles Natural Soaps by visiting their Facebook page or by checking them out on YouTube.

Custom Woodturning Guaranteed to also Turn Heads at Old-Fashioned Christmas

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Claude LeBel has been turning wood for seven years and now his beautiful handcrafted creations are turning heads.

Claude will be among the talented artisans taking part in Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale on December 1st. Through his business, Redefined Wood, he makes and sells wooden pens, pencils, bowls, platters, serving boards, spatulas, bottle stoppers, mini styluses, toaster tongs, honey dippers, candle holders, and more.

An active member of the Valley Woodturners in Ottawa, Claude has also acted as an assistant instructor for the beginner’s woodturing course offered by the club. He has studied under world-renowned woodturners such as Mike Mahoney and Jimmy Clewes.  Passionate about his hobby, Claude’s artistic flare adds to the beauty and uniqueness of his creations.  Form and function are important elements in his designs because he believes his creations should not only be nice to look at but should be used and enjoyed as well.

Look for Claude in the vendor tent during our Old-Fashioned Christmas on Sunday, December 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

Hope to see you there!

Lest We Forget – Wartime Exhibit at Stittsville Public Library

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Throughout the month of November, the Goulbourn Museum will have wartime artefacts on display at the Stittsville branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The exhibit contains items from both the First and Second World Wars such as military hats and a civilian gas mask. Visitors will also be able to read a collection of wartime correspondence written by Pte. Sefton Stewart. Although the young soldier’s letters made it home to his family in Richmond, he did not.

The exhibit will be on display at the Stittsville Library until November 30th.

Oodles of Free Family Activities Planned for Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale

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Save the date! On Sunday, December 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Goulbourn Museum will be hosting an Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale.

Get an old-fashioned photo taken with Santa and a head-start on your Christmas shopping at this holiday celebration featuring local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment and festive crafts.

There will be oodles of free fun and activities for all ages. Children can write letters to Santa with expert help from The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa, play with old-fashioned games and wooden toys, and watch rope making demonstrations by Tom Stephenson of The Kettle Boys. Each child will even get a handmade skipping rope to take home!

Families can don period costumes, pose for a photo with Santa in our Village Store, and take home a vintage keepsake of the day. There will be free hot chocolate and hot apple cider for everyone, and Pizza All’Antica will be onsite making authentic Neapolitan wood fired mobile pizza.

Our list of handmade vendors features something for everyone including jewelry, woodwork, pottery, Christmas greenery, stained glass art, hand-painted textile, chocolates, baked goodies, natural soaps, hair accessories, and more!

Sure hope you’ll join us!

Seeking Vendors for Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Art & Craft Show

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BECOME A VENDOR
Goulbourn Museum is accepting applications to our Old-Fashioned Christmas Art & Craft Sale being held at the Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road on Sunday, December 1stfrom 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In the past we have held an Art & Craft show exclusively. This year we are expanding to include festive Old-Fashioned Christmas fun including a children’s station for writing letters to Santa, old-fashioned photos with Santa, charming old-world entertainment and more.
We are currently seeking talented crafters to fill 14 vendor positions
in a variety of specialties such as clothing & accessories, home décor, Christmas greenery, art, bath & body, toys, textiles and baked goods.
Note:This will be an outdoor event in a heated tent. Vendors must dress appropriately. 

HERE’S HOW TO APPLY:
Send an email to marketing@goulbournmuseum.ca with:
Your name
Your business name
Contact info (web/blog/facebook/etsy)
A description of your handmade goods
A minimum of 3 quality photographs (Jpeg only, please)
Indication of whether you will need a table (at an additional cost)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
This is a juried event. Vendors will be chosen carefully to ensure a balanced representation of each category.
Applications will be accepted by email only.
Only complete applications will be considered.
Acceptance letters will be emailed by October 15, 2013 and will include a contract for you to sign and return with payment.


CRAFTER FEES:
Space rental is $40 (approx. 6’ x 3’). Please add $10 table rental fee, if required).
Fees must be paid and contract received no later than October 30, 2013, if accepted.
Please do NOT send payment until you have receiv­ed notice of acceptance.
 Please do NOT send payment until you have receiv­ed notice of acceptance.

From the Depth of our Collection

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Stephanie Miles has spent the past two months working as a Collections Assistant at Goulbourn Museum. Today marks her last day with us.  During her time here she has spent hours meticulously going through our collection cataloging and photographing artefacts. This is one of her favourite finds:


By Stephanie Miles

While going through a few artefacts I was surprised to uncover a book on the legendary ocean liner the R.M.S Titanic. The book, The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters: Thrilling Stories of Survivors, was donated to the Goulbourn Museum in 2011 by Donna Foster.

Having been published in the year of the historic event, 1912, it is in surprisingly good condition for its age with the exception of its missing spine and the delicate nature of the pages.

This artefact led to many questions in my mind. Why was the artefact donated here to the Goulbourn Museum? Is it possible that a citizen of the former Goulbourn Township was a survivor or a relative of a passenger on the Titanic? If so then what stories might they be able to share about this ill-fated ship?

The Titanic sank approximately 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. Interestingly, 100 years earlier during the War of 1812, many ships carrying Irish soldiers enroute to Canada also sank off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland when their vessels hit rough seas.

Help Bring Clarence Evelyn Rielly’s War Medals Home!

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It has recently come to the attention of Goulbourn Museum that a collection of war medals, belonging to Richmond’s own Clarence Evelyn Rielly have appeared in an auction hosted on EBay. With the community’s help we hope to bring Rielly’s medals home to preserve this local hero’s story for future generations.
Photo Showcased as Part of Auctioned Collection
Clarence Evelyn Rielly served as a Sapper in the First World War with the Canadian Engineers and continued on to serve in the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). When Rielly first enlisted, his attestation papers show he worked as a telegraph operator from Richmond. Rielly was born in 1892 and was 24 years old when he enlisted.
This collection includes Rielly’s WWI War Medal and Victory Medal, Second World War Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and War Medal, along with his RCAF Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, general service badge and RCAF Reserve service badge. Also included in the collection are two black and white photographs showing Rielly in his RCAF uniform. This auction of Rielly’s war medals, pins and photographs will close on August 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm.
The auction was first brought to our attention by Dave Thomson from St. George, Ontario. Thomson’s hobby is to find war medals belonging to Canadian veterans and help repatriate them to their family or hometown. The value of this collection to the Museum comes from collection of material as a whole, preserving the story of a war hero from Goulbourn Township. The rarest of the medals in this collection is the RCAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. Rielly earned this medal after achieving 18 years of service with the RCAF. These medals were awarded between August 1944 and September 1957. In comparison, there were approximately 1.1 million Canadians who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force during the course of WWII, the majority of whom received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and the equivalent Second World War Medal. What makes the RCAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal so special is there were only 487 of these medals awarded to Canadians.  
In 2014, Canadians will commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The Museum will be launching an exhibition in June of 2014, and this collection could be incorporated into the exhibit if we can rally enough support and raise money to secure the winning bid. 
Cash or cheque donations can be made to the Goulbourn Museum. If we can raise sufficient funds to secure the winning bid, we will purchase the grouping and accession the items into our artifact collection. Otherwise donations will be used toward improving our collection and creating programs and exhibitions at the Museum. Goulbourn Museum is a registered charity and can offer tax receipts for all contributions over $10, so please be sure to leave your contact information with a donation.
The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville.
Help to spread the word and let’s bring Clarence Evelyn Rielly’s war medals back to Goulbourn Township!



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