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Tickets on sale for museum’s fall garden party at McArthur Estate
The McArthur Estate was a hot spot for outdoor social gatherings during the early 20th century in Niagara-on-the-Lake. SUPPLIED

Tickets are now on sale for this fall’s Heritage Garden Party, where guests will be able to enjoy fine food and refreshments at the historic McArthur Estate — not unlike the social get-togethers many in Niagara-on-the-Lake enjoyed at this estate a century ago.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum’s party will return Friday, Sept. 13, hosted by Brenda and Blair McArthur, on the grounds of one of Niagara’s prized historic homes, located at 210 John St.

The museum hosted this party for the first time last September. It is an opportunity for the museum both to raise money to fund its capital project campaign and to spark interest in a beloved part of Niagara’s history as a summer getaway.

Originally built in the 1830s from a land grant given to the successor of John Graves Simcoe in the late 1790s, the home was known initially as Brunswick Place, and later as Pinehurst.

It became a hub of the town’s social scene in the 1930s, well-known for legendary and lavish parties, and today the McArthur family oversees its preservation, working to ensure its history and beauty are shared with the community.

“Many of Niagara’s colourful characters have graced the grounds of the McArthur Estate, with a few appearing this year at the garden party,” said the museum in a media release.

“Watch for the savvy entrepreneur and co-founder of the Niagara Harbour and Dock Company, Capt. Robert Melville.”

The event is a return to the romance and nostalgia that characterized the McArthur Estate during the early 20th century, complete with croquet, sparkling wines courtesy of Konzelmann Winery and elegant savouries and sweets, courtesy of Niagara’s Finest Hotels.

The Heritage Garden Party is a rain or shine event, happening on Sept. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $125 per person and include a $70 tax receipt. Those interested are encouraged book early as there is limited availability.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit notlmuseum.ca and select the Heritage Garden Party page under “What’s On.”

Another museum event happening this fall is the Niagara Polo charity match on Sept. 14.

The museum is still seeking volunteers to help with directing parking traffic in and around the Commons, at the ticket gates, setting up the divot stomp and serving bubbly during it, supervision for recycling and garbage and help with tear down after the event.

If you are able to volunteer, send your name, email, contact phone number and position you would like to volunteer for, to janet.marecki@gmail.com, or call/text 647-309-4026.


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