September 23rd 2011
September 7th 2011
Village turns 175
Julia Le (for mississauga.com)
Those who call Old Meadowvale Village home treasure what remains of the farms, shops, pioneer homes and old mills located in their historic corner of the city.
On Sept. 17, the community there is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Theyre inviting all city residents to go back in time with them as they remember the past theyve been working hard to preserve.
The free event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. in the area bordered by Pond St., Second Line w., Old Derry Rd. and Historic Trail. The day will include a tribute to the Credit River, performances by the Madd Paddy Irish band, Goggin-Carroll Irish dancers and First Nations elders, people dressed up in period costumes, vintage cars and even an old pump car on loan from the Halton Railway Museum.
The event also features food vendors, face painting and a wood carver.
Mike Byrne, chair of the committee of residents thats organizing the event, says the story of Old Meadowvale Village begins with the natural space.
"If you didnt have the Credit River and trees and the potential for farming at the very beginning, you wouldnt have a settlement," said Byrne, a resident of village for the past six years.
The Mississauga Indians lived at the river mouth, Bryne said, and the first settlers were of Irish descent.
Byrne says the village continues to be a close-knit community that takes pride in its heritage.
"Its the first heritage district in all of Ontario," said Byrne, who has been a resident for six years. "If it wasnt for many villagers who are still active in the community, there would likely not be much of this village left."
Meadowvale residents Terry Wilson and his mother Rosemary will display their Miniature Village that models how the area looked before the boom of development wiped away the farms, shops and homes. The Miniature Village features shops the size of a garden shed, old mills, a miniature version of the old railway station and a church that doubles as a school house. It will be open to the public during the celebrations.
Byrne hopes people will take advantage of the opportunity to connect with the village.
Proceeds from the sale of food and merchandise will help pay for the reconstruction of a bell tower that used to crown the Meadowvale Village Community Hall.
The Meadowvale Village Residents Association is accepting donations to help restore the hall.
Original Article Source: http://www.mississauga.com/community/article/1077252--village-turns-175
August 28th 2011
August 22nd 2011
Thank you to all the volunteers and attendees of this year’s Grangestock for making it our best year yet despite the rain. We look forward to seeing you all next year for another rockin’ good time! Be sure to visit our Grangestock 2011 event page to view photos from this year’s festival!
Grangestock rocks neighbourhood
Julie Slack for the Mississauga News
For young singers like Mackenzie Faulkner the chance to sing in front of a live audience at events like Grangestock, is a great opportunity.
The 12-year-old Allan A. Martin student was one of several young performers singing today during the third annual Grangestock.
The free Heritage Mississauga event on the grounds of the the historic Robinson-Adamson House, “the Grange”, combined arts and music for a community festival attended by a few hundred people.
Mackenzie sang a Bruno Mars song and audience members appreciated his young talent.
"I enjoyed it. It’s a good chance for me to sing live," he said, admitting he was a little nervous. "My knees were shaking the whole time I was up there."
Afterward, crowds enjoyed the old time rock and blues of the Jerry Stiff Band as well as multimedia artists who were demonstrating and selling their works in the vendors village.
Children played on a bouncy castle, made arts and crafts and had their faces painted.
Grangestock chairman and vice president of Heritage Mississauga Greg Carraro said the day is all about giving back to the community.
"Originally, the first Grangestock came together as a way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock," he said. "We hold events like these to entertain the city and to educate and let people know what programs we offer."
This year, Grangestock teamed up with Sir John’s Homestead Ratepayers’ Association, the neighbouring ratepayers’ group, explained Heritage Mississauga executive director Jayme Gaspar.
This allowed the association to take part in the community event and hold its annual barbecue at the same time.
All proceeds from refreshment sales and silent auction goes to support the Research, Education and Resource Centre of Heritage Mississauga.
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