Every year in Gagetown, New Brunswick local residents, artisans and community volunteers open their doors for a two day only event Called Christmas In the Village.
This is the 22nd, year and it takes place on Nov 25 and 26th. I decided to take it in to start getting in the Christmas cheer. Map of town locations
Vehicles are parked along every road, looks like lots of people are here to take in the sites, sounds and tastes of the season. There are plenty of highlights. I stopped at a booth the Shelter Box No Family with out a shelter. I purchased a lovely hot apple cider and Ross, a friendly gentlemen explained the organization.
The Old boot pub was open with artists selling their products but the bar was not open for business. If you can’t make it today for the celebration, the old boot pub is great in the summer months. The bar is made from half of a old boot called the old boot 11, They have live music in the tourist season.
Is the oldest surviving building in New Brunswick dating from 1761. Today it is famous not just because it is rumoured to be haunted, but for making tartans. They have weaved a tartan for the the Royal Canadian Air Force, the province of New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton. They were commissioned to design an official New Brunswick gift to several royal family members including Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth, and the Queen Mother.
Home of former Father of Confederation of Canada Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley please read more in my story In Honour of Canada’s 150th, The home is now a museum. It was decorated for Christmas and I enjoyed ginger bread cookies and hot apple cider. You can see the room where Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley was born. Examples of fine art and furnishing and some artifacts. I also had to pop over to the cemetery next door to see graves of his parents Mr and Mrs Tilley.
Circa 1836, it served as the court house of Queens county till 1960. Only a small area was open for viewing this weekend. Crafts were available for purchase, but in the summer you can take a tour of the inner workings of the court system. Outside is a monument acknowledging the appropriation of land from families in the smaller outlying communities to build Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
Information on The Mount House and its loyalist owner, was on the side of a house with a mural. I stopped for a photo and read the story of the mysterious Mount house.
Rotary Park a former Loyalist land grant now Rotary Park, has a boat launch, public washrooms picnic area and interpretative plaques, describing the history of the community and points of interest.
My last stop was the Antique store; Rustic Reflections. I browsed around looking at antique crockery and dishware, ice chests, rocking chairs and tables, saws and spinning wheels.
but there are many more wonderful crafts persons to see: painters sculptures knitters, weavers, wood workers and artisans of every type to help you complete your holiday shopping. It is open today till 5 pm.
Cheers and Happy Holiday travel from Maritime Mac.