Saturday, 30 August 2014

Westfield Star Party

Come Visit Westfield at Night


The Westfield Star Party will take place on the evening of Friday, September 26. This event will be presented in partnership with the Astronomical Society of Canada, and will also welcome the Let's Talk Science teaching group from the Astronomy department of McMaster University. From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. visit some of our historical buildings including the General Store where you can purchase a refreshment and sweet treat. Following this, guests will be invited to stay on site and learn about modern astronomy through meeting local astronomers and looking through modern and antique telescopes. This is an event for all ages, and there will be several children's activities offered on this evening. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Telling Tales Festival Celebrates 6th Year.

Westfield Welcomes Telling Tales Festival
Sunday, September 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Telling Tales Organizing committee invites you to "let your imagination run wild" as you explore stories of every kind by leading Canadian writers, illustrators, storytellers and musicians. Westfield Heritage Village will be the setting once again for this Children's Literacy event and fundraiser. The Selection Committee is very excited to welcome back Dennis Lee to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Alligator Pie. Make sure to click on the web address above to get all the details about this free event. (Just remember to park in Rockton at the Fairgrounds and take the free shuttle bus to Westfield.)

You never know whom you will meet at Telling Tales.
Check out the photo gallery for some other pix from 2013.

Christmas Table at Westfield

The Heatheringtons are coming
to Westfield- one more time!
Once again Westfield will be hosting a special dinner program on Sunday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for this program will go on sale Tuesday, September 2 at 8:30 a.m.
This popular program sells out each year early and this year should be no different. Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy Westfield's version with the Heatherington Family. For the last couple of years guests have come to know the many characters who make up the family and servants who work for the family. From weddings to scandalous activities the Heatheringtons have made themselves at home in Westfield Village. Just a year ago the world could not be more idyllic, however, the age of innocence comes to an abrupt end with the start of the Great War. Newspaper articles claim that it will be over by Christmas, but as the holiday approaches it is obvious it will not be over. Mr. and Mrs. Heatherington are shocked to hear the news that their eldest son, Edward James Kenneth Heatherington Jr. has enlisted. Find out how the family and servants grapple with this news as they try to celebrate Christmas 1914.
Mr. Heatherington (played by Scott Roberts) reads the headlines of August , 4, 1914.
Canada is at War!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Coming Soon...

Featured Demonstration

The OTHER Kind of Fibre!
Jerra Lindsay processing flax!
Feeling sluggish?  Lost your Get-Up-and-Go?  Perhaps you could use a little extra fibre.  Westfield Heritage Village can help!
On Sunday August 24, Westfield will feature demonstrations and activities that are focused on how different types of textile fibres are produced and used.  Watch the labour-intensive process that transforms the coarse flax plant into lovely linen fabric.  Try your hand at carding raw wool or using a drop spindle or watch a master spinner at the wheel. Chat with a weaver, hard at work on a massive mid-nineteenth century barn loom, and learn about warps and wefts.  The Cambridge Spinners and Weavers Guild will be on hand to demonstrate the elaborate process of creating and using natural dyes to tint wool and other fibres.  Tour the village and see antique textiles, such as quilts, clothing, decorative arts and floor coverings.
Visit Westfield Heritage Village for Fibre Day on Sunday August 24 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.   
Regular Admission Prices - Adults $8.50, Seniors (65+) $7.50 and Children 6-12 years $5.50.  Children 5 and under are admitted free.   Parking is free. 

Minnie Traill comes to Westfield

Minnie Traill

Hits the Stage at Westfield Heritage Village


In 2003, a very rare and unusual little volume called, “Minnie Traill or, The Woman of Wentworth” was donated to the collection at Westfield Heritage Village.  Minnie Traill is a play that was written by W.P. Wood of Ancaster and published by the Hamilton Evening Times in 1871.  The story of Minnie Traill is best described as a quintessentially Victorian, melodramatic, crazy tale.

The story of Minnie Traill will be presented at Westfield on Sunday August 17, beginning at 4:00 pm.  An adaptation of the play has been written by Westfield historical interpreter Rose Usenica, whose talents and experience as an actor, writer and director make her the perfect person for the task.  With several successful productions under her belt, Usenica is directing a combined cast of Westfield interpreters and actors from the Hamilton area who will present a staged reading of Minnie Traill.  Presented as a dress rehearsal of a local Victorian theatre company, the play will provide a fascinating window into the style, quirks, complexity and melodrama of Victoria amateur theatre. 

The play Minnie Traill or A Woman of Wentworth will be presented on Sunday August 17 at 4:00 pm. The village will be open for regular programming on that day from 12:30 – 4:00, and the play will follow. Additional tickets are not required.

For more information, please visit or call (519) 621-8851.  Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road, off Hwy #8, midway between Hamilton and Cambridge.

Regular Admission Prices - Adults $8.50, Seniors (65+) $7.50 and Children 6-12 years $5.50.  Children 5 and under are admitted free.   Parking is free. 




Ice Cream Carnival Success

Check out some of our pictures in the Photo Gallery. It was a beautiful weekend!
The Malik Family enjoyed their treat. (LtoR: Aasiyah (4), Ibrahim (12), Abubakr(7)