Rutherford House Special Events 2014
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Robert Burns Celebrations
Sunday, January 19, 2014
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 17, 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, April 20, 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!
Founder's Day Tea
Sunday, June 1, noon to 4 pm
As the founder of the University of Alberta, A.C. Rutherford and his family felt a great sense of pride for this facility and its students. Join us as we celebrate the success of this year’s graduating class with a Rutherford family tradition: Founder’s Day Tea. Celebrate this tradition; discover this remarkable home, the family that lived here and their contribution to our community.
The Domestic Voice at Rutherford House
July 6 - 13, 2014
During the week of July 6 - 13, 2014, Historic Festival and DOORS OPEN Edmonton, "Many Voices, Many Stories, One City", Rutherford House invites
the public to 'hear the voices of the domestic help' during the early 1900s in Edmonton. Experince the daily activities that depict what life was like
in a large household and working for the well-know and well respected Rutherford family. Each day will have a different activity. Explore this magnificant
home and learn about our local history.
Sunny Summer Fair
Sunday, July 27, 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 26
Saturday, September 27
Sunday, September 28
Events run from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free!
As part of Alberta Culture Days, Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site puts the spotlight on local talent in the arts and culture community, all centered on fibre; the history of various fibre industries in Alberta, along with fibre sources, uses and products. 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 craft using fibre. The entire family will enjoy an afternoon of demonstrations, art, historic crafts and more.
Sunday, November 9, 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 7, 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.
March 9 - Clean as a Whistle
April 6 - Start Small (start a small project and a garden craft)
May 11 (Mother's Day) - Oh my Mama! (make a Mother’s Day craft)
July 13 - Cool and Refreshing
August 17 - School Days
September 14 - Apple of My Eye
October 19 - Souper Dooper!
November 23 - 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
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on the Arbour Restaurant, the Whatnot Gift Shop or private bookings please
Friends of Rutherford House Society
Last reviewed/revised: September 10, 2014