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Games, ice cream at Glanmore

July 13,2016 03:12

Danielle McMahon-Jones of Glanmore National Historic Site demonstrates the ice cream churn at the museum in Belleville Tuesday. Staff are offering chances to try Victorian-era games and ice cream making this summer.

It’s time to party like it’s 1899.
Starting Wednesday  staff of Glanmore National Historic Site are inviting all ages to try some old-fashioned games and crank out some ice cream as part of their annual summer program.
For no extra charge, visitors to Belleville’s Victorian museum can play 19th-Century games July 13 and Aug. 10 or make ice cream July 27 and Aug. 24. All activities run between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
“It’s a different way to experience history,” said museum technician Dave Cox.
“We have so many historical games available for visitors,” said Danielle McMahon-Jones, Glanmore’s administrative and collections assistant.
“It’s living history,” said Nicholas VanExan, the exhibit development assistant.
There’s stilt-walking, croquet and such less-familiar games. Ever played quoits? It’s a ring-toss challenge. Graces? That involves playing catch with hoops, firing them with two rods.
Then there’s the ancient game involving barrel hoops: keep yours rolling by running alongside it with a stick.
“That’s my favourite,” said McMahon Jones.
“I really like that you can race with other people. It’s a very aerobic game. You never know which way it’s going to go,” she said.
“It’s surprisingly tricky,” added Cox. He said there is even a record from ancient Rome in which the writer complained of children playing hoops in the streets.
Making ice cream is one of Glanmore’s most popular events – but it takes more effort and patience than some of the games.
“Everybody takes a turn cranking the churn,” said McMahon-Jones. “it shows the kids how hard you’d have to work.
“It gives you a new appreciation” for the resulting dessert, she said. Making one batch takes about 45 minutes; each participant usually gets a small cupful of ice cream.
There are other ways, however, in which to stay cool.
Before visitors try the games or churn, McMahon-Jones said, “They can explore the nice air-conditioned house.”
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 are admitted for free.
For more information call 613-962-2329 or visit www.glanmore.ca. 

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