Here are the activities and entertainment which ran on Sept. 17, 2016.
(Now we’re working on Sept. 16, 2017).
Music! Eclectic sounds from various groups! Besides hearing the outdoor performances in the village’s town hall green, you can join Mennonites in singing hymns in four part harmony in the Mennonite Meeting House at 10:30am. As we said back in 2013, “No experience is required”. Or just listen in, as modern Toronto Mennonites harmonize much as did their great-grandparents. (The Mennonite Meeting House is building #39 in the official map. Head north after you go through the visitor centre where you entered the Village. Turn right as you pass the tin smith’s shop, and the next building is the meeting house. Directly north is the town hall green).
Here are some more music photos from 2016, when performers were in the quilt auction building:
Theatre (back for 2016)!
Theatre of the Beat plans to return for 2016. In 2015, they performed some scenes from their play, Commemorate!
For 2016, Benjamin Wert will perform selections from their recent play, Yellowbellies. You can be the first to see it in the GTA, after their full debut performance in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Notes from 2015: Theatre of the Beat, a traveling theatre company based in Stouffville, developed this play about the complications of pacifism when a town plans to commemorate the War of 1812. The cast for this performance includes Kimberlee Walker, Benjamin Wert, Leah Harder Wideman, and Johnny Wideman.
Learn more about Mennonite Central Committee at their booth.
The Mennonite Foundation became one of our sponsors in 2015. Learn more about your options for ethical investing and estate planning at their booth.
Explore the Village!
Here’s something so new in 2015, it needs a new category! Nick Schuurman will sell handmade print art at Toronto Mennonite Festival, and donate the proceeds to MCC. Nick is a member of a Mennonite Church in Hamilton. If more artisans would like to get involved in 2016, contact us!
Unfortunately, Nick cannot join us in 2016.
Black Creek Pioneer Village itself is a lovely setting for children to explore, and has a variety of buildings with their on-site guides. The Toronto Mennonite Festival also tries to provide different features specifically for children. Willowgrove Day Camp, founded by and still linked to Mennonites in the GTA, has developed their expertise on a farmstead in Stouffeville over four decades of operation.
Enjoy the scenery in the village!