Rutherford House Special Events 2013
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Robert Burns Celebrations
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Rutherford House celebrates Robert Burns with dancers, pipes and Address to a Haggis.
A lively salute to Scotland’s favourite son. Rutherford House presents a lively celebration of Scottish heritage. The day salutes the birthday (on January 25) of Scotland’s favourite son and national poet, Robert Burns, with Scottish dancers, live pipes and drums and the dramatic and humorous pageantry of Burns’ own Address to a Haggis. Along with traditional shortbread, visitors can embark on a culinary adventure as they sample haggis cooked to perfection on a wood fired oven.
Day Open House
Monday, February 18, noon to 4 pm
Celebrate the Family Day weekend with a visit to the historic home
of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and
his family. The Rutherford family moved into their new home in early
February, 1911. Explore the features of this historic house, take part
in traditional family activities, sample cookies baked in the wood-burning
stove and make an old-fashioned craft.
Eggstravaganza at Rutherford House
Sunday, March 31, noon to 4 pm
Spring and Easter go hand in hand at Rutherford House. Celebrate the
season as your explore this magnificent home and discover historically
coloured eggs. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and a spring-themed craft;
just make sure to keep a watchful eye for the Easter Bunny!
Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton
Tuesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 7
10 am to 5 pm each day
Rutherford House presents a week of hands-on history.
Drop in throughout this week to explore what life was like for the women in the Rutherford family and their community in the early 1900s. There will be hands-on activities such as house cleaning, homemade remedies, beauty treatments, Edwardian hair styles, refreshments and we will even look at some unmentionables (but we won’t talk about that). Bring the whole family and plan to spend the afternoon learning new skills and making memories.
Sunday, July 28, noon to 4 pm
Join us for an old-fashioned country fair with historic crafts, time-honoured
games and the fruits of our harvest. Enjoy delightful hand-made crafts
and lively music. Test your skills with old fashioned carnival games.
Square off for contests and prizes for both children and adults. We
have tons of activities for a family friendly summer Sunday so bring
the whole family!
Rutherford House Culture Days
Friday, September 27
Saturday, September 28
Sunday, September 29
Events run from 12 - 4 pm each day
As part of Alberta Culture Days, Rutherford House puts the spot light on local talent in the arts and culture community;
all centered on wool;the history of wool in Alberta, its sources, uses and products made from wool.
Visit with a local sheep farmer and his sheep, try your hand at carding and spinning wool, explore the handiwork of several artisans,
and create your own woolly craft. The entire family will enjoy an afternoon of demonstrations, art, historic crafts and more.
Sunday, November 3, noon to 4 pm
What did the women do while the men were away at war? Come and witness
what life was like for those in Edmonton during World War I. Discover
the contents of the comfort packages sent to the soldiers overseas,
gather a few hints on knitting socks, and read letters from the front-line.
See what changes the war had on women’s lives, clothing and careers.
Demonstrate your patriotism by sampling a war budget meal!
Sunday, December 8, noon to 4 pm
Join us for a traditional Rutherford House Christmas. Experience the
unique sparkle of this elegant house with the halls decked for the
holidays. Enjoy the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and taste cookies
baked in a wood burning oven. Visit the historic kitchen and sample
some hot apple cider. Spice up this holiday season with a visit to
Do you want to have some good old fashioned fun? Join us at Rutherford House as we explore and practice some time
honoured activities. Enjoy learning the skills of traditional crafts and explore the secrets of age old cleaning
methods. There will be a different activity for the whole family to discover and enjoy.
January 27 - Knitting for Soldiers
March 10 - Clean as a Whistle
April 14 - "Start Small"
May 12 - Mother’s Day – Oh my Mama!
June 16 - Founder’s Day Celebration
July 14 - Cool and Refreshing
August 18 - School Days
September 15 - Apple of My Eye
October 20 - Souper Dooper!
November 24 - Deck the Halls
Please call (780) 427-3995 or for toll-free calling within Alberta dial
For deaf or hearing impaired calling please dial (780)
427-9999 in Edmonton, or 1-800-232-7215 from other locations.
details see our website www.rutherfordhousehistoricsite.org
For more information
on the Arbour Restaurant, the Whatnot Gift Shop or private bookings please
Friends of Rutherford House Society
Last reviewed/revised: September 10, 2013