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.
Itâ€™s time to party like itâ€™s 1899.
Starting Wednesday Â 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 Bellevilleâ€™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.
â€œItâ€™s a different way to experience history,â€ said museum technician Dave Cox.
â€œWe have so many historical games available for visitors,â€ said Danielle McMahon-Jones, Glanmoreâ€™s administrative and collections assistant.
â€œItâ€™s living history,â€ said Nicholas VanExan, the exhibit development assistant.
Thereâ€™s stilt-walking, croquet and such less-familiar games. Ever played quoits? Itâ€™s a ring-toss challenge. Graces? That involves playing catch with hoops, firing them with two rods.
Then thereâ€™s the ancient game involving barrel hoops: keep yours rolling by running alongside it with a stick.
â€œThatâ€™s my favourite,â€ said McMahon Jones.
â€œI really like that you can race with other people. Itâ€™s a very aerobic game. You never know which way itâ€™s going to go,â€ she said.
â€œItâ€™s surprisingly tricky,â€ 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 Glanmoreâ€™s most popular events â€“ but it takes more effort and patience than some of the games.
â€œEverybody takes a turn cranking the churn,â€ said McMahon-Jones. â€œit shows the kids how hard youâ€™d have to work.
â€œIt gives you a new appreciationâ€ 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, â€œThey can explore the nice air-conditioned house.â€
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Â
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.Â
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