The staff and volunteers of the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and volunteers from the Cumberland Community Association combined forces to host our annual Family Fun Day at the Museum on the Sunday afternoon (from noon to 4:00 pm); part of the CCA's Winterfest weekend. While the Family Fun Day has been part of the weekend for many years, this year it was bigger, better and enjoyed by more visitors.
The museum staff created an excellent to map to guide visitors quickly and efficiently to the various activities and entertainment. The weather was ideal, cold but not too cold, with bright sunshine, which encouraged many families to come out and join the fun. At the railway station entrance (reception) staff counted most of the visitors as they entered (although at peak times we suspect several (~30) people slipped through without being counted). In attendance were:
• 40 children under 5,
• 140 children 5 -15,
• 6 youths/young adults,
• 109 adults and
• 34 seniors,
• for a total of 329 visitors
With perfect weather everyone had a great time witnessed by the courtyard full of smiling faces. The horse drawn wagon rides were full all afternoon, toes were tapping to the folk music performances of “Cratur” and 'monster' mask creating crafts for the children was a hit. The open-air 'skills' games of snow bowling and iceblock construction challenged the most dedicated of competitors and people assisting with snowshoes had no time for breaks. Happy participants crowded around the fire pit to warm their hands while enjoying hot dogs and hot chocolate provided by the Cumberland Lions Club. The hotdogs were in such high demand that they had to restock and still sold out! Through the kind-hearted donations of participants $400 was raised to help the Lions Club continue to improve Maple Hall.
While we cannot always expect Mother Nature to cooperate, we believe that the increasing popularity of the Museum will continue to enhance participation in this mid-winter event as well as others held there. On behalf of the Cumberland Community Council we would like to thank the City of Ottawa for it’s kind grant in support of this event.