On July 28th and 29th, Ridgetown will come together to celebrate our Victorian heritage with the 10th annual Festival of Porches & Verandahs, organised by volunteers from the Ridgetown Rejuvenation Association.
Saturday begins early with town-wide yard sales and the renowned Ridgetown Farmers’ Market from 8.00am to noon. The highlight of the day is pre-booked, period-inspired luncheons on historic private verandahs served from noon to 2.00pm. “Her Majesty The Queen Victoria” (aka Liz Brown) and her attendant (Helen Button) travel in the earliest known Gray Dort car to each venue where they share memories of Her Majesty’s eventful life. Diners will also be entertained by wandering troubadour Ron Fleming and a mystery history personality. Brought to life by the talented Tom Button. Tickets for the luncheon ($25.00) must be pre-booked through John Taylor at 519 674 3022 or purchased at Mitton’s Jewellers at 10 Main Street East.
From 2.00pm to 4.00pm, everyone is invited to take their “treasures” for appraisal by a team of experts at What’s It Worth? at Johnston Motors Showroom at 65 Main Street West. Evaluation costs $5.00 for one item or $10.00 for three items.
Across the road the Ridgetown Library will have their annual book sale while Ridge House Museum guides will offer free tours of the 1874 home at 53 Erie Street South from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
The day ends with a barbeque and live entertainment organised by the Ridgetown Legion at 75 Main Street East.
On Sunday 29th July from 10.00am to 4.00pm Art in the Park artists and artisans fill Watson Grove with hand crafted art while a FREE Music Fest takes place in the park from noon to 4:00pm. The schedule begins at 10:30am with a non-denominational outdoor church service. A special children’s performance as well as face-painting and balloon animals will keep young visitors entertained while families enjoy a variety of musical talent.
The Festival of Porches & Verandahs could not take place without the enthusiams and skills of our dedicated volunteers and generous support from the Howard Mutual Foundation, the Ridgetown Chamber of Commerce, Ridgetown BIA, Ridgetown Foodland, McKinlay Funeral Homes and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.