Park House Museum to present exhibit highlighting women’s expanding role in Canada



By Ron Giofu


The Park House Museum is celebrating Canada 150 by looking a women’s roles over the past 150 years.

The Park House’s latest exhibit – “Her Story: 150 Years of Women in Canada – Fashion, Politics, and Gender Roles” – will open May 26, much earlier than anticipated as July 1 was the original target date. Curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak said this is an exhibit she has looked forward to presenting.

“We have a fabulous collection of clothing at the museum,” said Pouget-Papak. “It was a matter of finding a storyline for it.”

With 2017 being Canada’s 150th birthday, Pouget-Papak decided to “think outside the box” and examine the changing roles of women over the last 150 years. There are several portions to the exhibit, which people can walk and read through on the upper floor of the museum, with one being “Votes for Women.” That area talks about women’s roles in politics and elections with Pouget-Papak hoping to add a list of all women that served on town council.

There is also an area on women’s roles in wartime, with Pouget-Papak stating war helped become a “vehicle that moved women forward.” There is a “nursing sister” dress featured as part of that section.

The exhibit also looks at women’s roles in education, how they were educated for specific professions and their role in the labour force. While women were sent home from the factories after World War I, she said many stayed employed in factories after World War II and the exhibit includes a photo from the former Alymer Canning Factory.

Park House Museum curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak adjusts a dress on a mannequin in preparation for the museum’s new women’s exhibit.

Park House Museum curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak adjusts a dress on a mannequin in preparation for the museum’s new women’s exhibit.

Another component of the exhibit features the rise of consumerism, which Pouget-Papak said “exploded in the 20th Century.” There is another portion devoted to how film influenced fashion with another portion being for children. The children’s portion allows them to dress up and be themselves as Pouget-Papak stated, “it doesn’t matter what you look like, you are strong and beautiful.”

There will also be an opportunity to play “history detective” as questions will be posed that either can be answered in the story boards or by looking up the information.

The Park House Museum has an intern from the University of Windsor and that enabled the museum to get the exhibit open earlier. A preview reception will be held May 19 with a limited number of spots available. The preview reception costs $5 to attend and those interested in attending are asked to reserve their spot in advance.

“It’s like Christmas Day for me when an exhibit finally opens,” said Pouget-Papak.

Pouget-Papak added she has a five-year plan for programming with the 2018 exhibit to have an archaeological theme.

“Her Story: 150 Years of Women in Canada – Fashion, Politics, and Gender Roles” will run through Oct. 6. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in May and June, seven days per week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in July and August, with hours returning to 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in September and October. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2.50 for children over four and children under four being free.

Pouget-Papak also stated she is working on a program geared to Grade 8 students on women’s roles for when school groups tour the museum.

The Park House is also hiring seven students as the museum has received grant funding to afford the hiring. Those interested can call the Park House Museum at 519-736-2511 or visit Their Facebook page is and their Twitter address is @parkhousemuseum.

Memorial Cup coming to the Libro Centre May 21


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The Memorial Cup is coming to Amherstburg.

The trophy itself, which is closing in on 100 years old, will be on display at the Libro Centre May 21 from 1-3 p.m.

As part of the nine day tournament, the host Windsor Spitfires and the City of Windsor have announced a community tour that will see the Memorial Cup travel across the region so that residents can experience junior hockey’s most coveted prize up close.

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The Memorial Cup will arrive in front of the Libro Credit Union Centre and will be escorted into the arena by the Legion Branch Colour Guard at 1 p.m., where residents can enjoy the opportunity of getting their picture taken with this piece of Canadian sport history.

Festivities will start at 12 noon, before the Memorial Cup arrives, with free Turf Tots for toddlers and children under four years of age, face-painting, and FREE popcorn for everyone.

Kids and kids at heart will be able to get their favorite Admirals’ autograph prior to a charity game between the Amherstburg Admirals and the Amherstburg Police Service taking place on the Movati Athletic Rink at 2 p.m. The Ice Bullets Sledge Hockey Team will also be on hand to teach everyone how to shoot a puck while sitting in a sledge.

“We are so excited and honoured to be a part of this event,” says Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. “The 2017 season marks the 99th anniversary of the Memorial Cup, one of the most prestigious and coveted trophies in North American sport.”

The Memorial Cup, has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The trophy was originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March, 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in The First World War.

In 2010, the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian military personnel.

Spring “Wine ‘n Hop” sold out, ACS plans next one for Sept. 27


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On April 10th, tickets for the Amherstburg Wine ‘n Hop, a bi-annual fundraiser put on by Amherstburg Community Services, went up for sale.  By April 14th, all 100 tickets had sold out and a waiting list was created to keep track of those still calling for tickets.

The seemingly endless demand for tickets to this small, locally focused event has turned it into a key attraction within the town of Amherstburg, and Kathy DiBartolomeo, ACS executive director, says they still have room to grow.

“When we first hosted the Wine ‘n Hop in 2015, we knew it had massive potential,” DiBartolomeo said.  “This is the sort of event that people look forward to for months, and the restaurants do such an excellent job in consistently meeting their expectations.  It really does make a strong case for Amherstburg and the businesses here, and we’re so proud to be a part of that.”

The May 10 Wine 'n Hop being presented by ACS has sold out but the fall event is planned for Sept. 27. (Adam D'Andrea photo)

The May 10 Wine ‘n Hop being presented by ACS has sold out but the fall event is planned for Sept. 27. (Adam D’Andrea photo)

After attending the event twice previously, and purchasing tickets for the upcoming iteration, Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce President, Carolyn Davies, adds that she believes the event provides a boost to small businesses in the area.

“I think it’s a really important event for this town,” Davies said. “Not only is it a lot of fun, it supports the small businesses in the area by providing an attraction right downtown where people can peer into the windows of shops and get excited for what Amherstburg has to offer.

The 2017 Spring Wine ‘n Hop will take place May 10, and is being sponsored by John D’Alimonte and Kim Wheeler RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd., Dollars & Cents Investments Inc., Bornais Insurance and Financial Services and Tech-IT-Easy.  It will include food and drink samples from Dalhousie Bistro, The Cellar Resto-Lounge, Beacon Ale House, the Artisan Grill and the Fort Malden Legion.  Tickets have sold out, however interested persons can call 519-736-5471 to be put on a waiting list in case extra tickets become available.  The event will start at 6 pm, with all attendees meeting at the Legion before breaking off into groups.

The 2017 Fall Wine ‘n Hop is scheduled to take place Sept. 27, 2017.

Gibson Gallery presenting “Student Pix” through May 7



By Danica Skakavac


For the Gibson Gallery, nothing matters more than bringing together families and friends in light of original artwork.

The Gibson Gallery is hosting the “Student Pix: Student Digital Photography GECDSB” exhibit until May 7. The idea of the event is to create the opportunity for public board students from Grades 1-12 to enter in their photographs in hopes of winning the contest.

River Town Times editor Ron Giofu was one of three judges for the Gibson Gallery's "Student Pix" exhibit, which runs through May 7.

River Town Times editor Ron Giofu was one of three judges for the Gibson Gallery’s “Student Pix” exhibit, which runs through May 7. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

The entry categories are Junior (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software), Intermediate (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software) and lastly Senior (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software).

The gallery works with Shelley Pike, teacher consultant K-12 Computers and 21st Century Skills, Business Studies and Computer Science with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Judges for the “Student Pix” event included River Town Times editor Ron Giofu, freelance reporter and Gibson Gallery board member Jonathan Martin and professional photographer Phyllis Chant.

The awards for the winners and participants will be held May 7 at 3 p.m.

The walls of the Gibson Gallery are filled with the photography talents of students from within the Greater Essex County District School Board.

The walls of the Gibson Gallery are filled with the photography talents of students from within the Greater Essex County District School Board. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

“My favourite part of the event is the closing day when the students and families come together to honour the winners and to celebrate the successful contest and exhibit,” says Pike. “The media is there and our superintendent gives out awards. It is a very big deal for the students and a day that they will never forget!”

Pike also added in her opinion of the showcase, saying that reading the descriptions the students write with their entry photographs about what their images mean to them allows a little glimpse into their values that we may not know.

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and can be found online at Their Facebook site can be found at To find them on Twitter, visit

Their hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Live History group planning performances at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada



By Ron Giofu


An Ottawa-based touring group is bringing their live historical performances to Amherstburg.

The group, known as “Live History,” will be featured in over 50 venues in six countries in 2017 with one of those venues being Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada. There will be three performances May 6 and two more May 7.

“It’s probably like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Live History founder Jasmine Bowen.

The interactive performance – called “In Time” – will see the audience divided up and go off with one of the actors presenting the show. The description states: “Directly following the successful siege of Detroit, General Brock, his aide-de-camp Lt-Col Macdonell and you, his militia, have returned to Fort Amherstburg. The next great victory lies ahead, at Queenston, and morale is high. However, there are a few among you who are not as they appear. The War of 1812 created divided loyalties, and those who would do anything to see victory for their side. The local healer has family on all sides of the war, her loyalty in question as the conflict rises. The young Lt-Col is struggling to find his place in the world around him; a protege on a pedestal he’s not sure he belongs on. General Brock is already eager for his next battle; but will it be a success? It’s up to you, the local militia, to keep the camp safe and help the troops move out within the hour, before disaster strikes. Lives are at stake; history could be changed. Will you be ‘In Time’?”

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“It’s completely interactive live theatre,” said Bowen.

There will be four historical characters portrayed during the performances, with each likely not to exceed 30 audience members.

Live History has partnered with Parks Canada and comes to Amherstburg with a story that is geared towards history relevant to the area. They worked with Fort Malden staff to come up with stories they could portray.

“We tell lost stories more than famous stories and it all comes together,” said Bowen.

Live History will travel to such locales as Whitehorse, Yukon, the United Kingdom and Bermuda this year, she added.

The May 6 performances are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. while the May 7 shows are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $14.70 per person and available by calling 519-736-5416 or 519-562-0408. People can also e-mail for details. Tickets are limited and the “In Time” show is recommended for people ages 14 and over.