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May. 28, 2022 | Saturday
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Families make unique hats for Mother’s Day
Eileen, Rhiannon and Kaius Zorko at the Pumphouse for Mother's Day. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Hat’s off to Mother’s Day.

Families celebrated Mother’s Day with tea and crafts at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre’s Tea and Hat-Making Workshop on Sunday.

Partnering with Niagara Parks and the Niagara Historical Society and Museum, the Pumphouse launched a new project called Looking Back – Forging Forward. It’s a series of pop-up art workshops inspired by Niagara’s history.

On Mother’s Day, the series brought families together over the historical shako hat while they made contemporary fascinators, the decorative headpieces favoured by British royals, and enjoyed tea and snacks provided by the art centre.

Hannah Dobbie, children’s program instructor at the Pumphouse, said the workshop was made possible thanks to the Niagara Region’s Niagara Investment in Culture program.

“We were given some funding to create events based on Niagara’s history. That’s why we have the shako hat. They have the option to create shako hats or fascinators.”

Dobbie noted shako hats are military hats that were worn during the War of 1812.

The Pumphouse has two more workshops planned. One is a printmaking workshop in association with the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum.

The other event hasn’t been announced yet, she said.

The dates for both upcoming events are yet to be determined.