On June 8th we celebrated our 2nd Annual Heritage Celebration! For those who are wondering, what exactly is Heritage Celebration, it is one of the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum’s main fundraising events. The Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum is a not for profit site that is run by the Sharon Temple Museum Society, and its operating costs are paid for mostly by donations, grants, and events like this.
As this was our 2nd Annual Heritage Celebration, we were determined to make it even bigger and better than last year. That is when our President of the Board, James Pearson, had the brilliant idea of lighting the Temple! But it was much more than that! In honor of the harvest, which the Children of Peace celebrated on the first Friday in September, the Temple has always been illuminated. Historically, however, it has also been illuminated at the beginning of June to celebrate David Willson’s birthday, the man who founded the Children of the Peace.
The night was brilliant, from the delectable food from Taste of Class Catering, craft beer from Hockley Valley Brewery, and great wine from Southbrook Estates. The local theatre group Queensville Players did an exceptional job dressed in heritage costumes. The York Region Police Mounted Unit arrived in style with two gorgeous horses.
We would like to thank our amazing sponsors Metroland Media, Acorn/Criterion, Menkes, Great Gulf Homes, Kerbel Group, Oxford Homes, Sundial Homes, Wycliffe Thornridge, Tribute Communities, Rodeo Homes, and Pickering College for their generous support. In addition, we would also like to thank New Roots for loaning us the beautiful plants for the evening. Watch the Sponsor Acknowledgement here.
The evening began at six as guests started to arrive and enjoy the array of food and drink. We had an absolutely perfect day of sunshine and the grounds were stunning! Around 7pm the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario arrived with Mayor Virginia Hackson.
Shenanigans, an extremely talented barbershop quartet serenaded guests around site. Check out these talented gentlemen in the video below.
In the Shenanigans’ rendition of ‘Oh Canada’ look around at this amazing audience. Such a beautiful day in Canada’s 150th year!
We unveiled the Doan House for the first time since the restoration work began on it in January, and it looked incredible in the sunlight! It was discovered several years ago that the foundation was falling into disrepair, and the staff and volunteers quickly moved to raise the funds needed to restore this beautiful building. With a strong new foundation under it, and a reproduction heritage porch like the one it originally had, it is all set for many more seasons to come! Please check out these videos including Scott MacDonald and Mayor Virginia Hackson to learn more about the project and see the ribbon cutting. We would like to thank FedDev Ontario for their generous contribution to the project, as well as Diane Slaight, Bill Barnett, and the York Pioneer Historical Society.
From 7pm-8pm, we had the knowledgeable and students from Pickering College give heritage tours of the property. Thank you again for your great enthusiasm and help with our Heritage Celebration!
At 8pm, we gathered in our candlelit Temple and began with the thanks to our sponsors. Our esteemed James Pearson then took on the role of Ebenezer Doan, Master Builder of the Temple and had us travel with him from Bucks County Pennsylvania to Upper Canada, the journey that Ebenezer took in 1808.Watch here.
Our honored guest, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario then gave words of welcome.
Roberta Quilico, then performed a beautiful set of songs in the Temple, including a touching original song about our little town of Sharon. Listen here.
It was a truly beautiful night with great people and excellent entertainment. We would like to thank all of our volunteers, sponsors, and guests for supporting us each year, and hope that we can make our 3rd Annual Heritage Celebration even bigger, and better!