Montgomery’s Inn Event Calendar 2016
Invitation to a Public Meeting
about Montgomery’s Inn building projects 2017
Thursday, December 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Inn would like to invite all its friends, supporters and members of the public to a public meeting about two Montgomery’s Inn building projects scheduled for 2017.
The Inn will have two separate building projects taking place during 2017 that aim to improve the visitor experience by refreshing the interpretation of the historic Inn (including addressing issues with the building fabric) and opening up the main entrance so that it creates a more welcoming and easy-to-navigate space.
The architects have created detailed plans, which have been reviewed and approved, and which offer an exciting scheme to really enhance the experience of visitors to the Inn. The meeting will provide more information about the restoration project and the new entrance project, including the current timetables and how we intend to operate the Inn around the building work.
We hope that members of our community will be able to join us and learn more about how these projects may balance the long-term preservation of this designated heritage site with its function as flexible venue best serving the needs of the community. Light refreshments will be served. There’s no need to RSVP, but if you want to let us know you’ll be attending in advance, that’s fine too.
Recurring Events & Activities
Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn
The market runs every Wednesday, 2 to 6 p.m.
We’re indoors until late May. Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more! Have a tour of the museum on us and see what our youth group is up to; it’s free on Wednesdays during market hours. Visit our Market page for news and updates.
Teatime at the Inn
- Briarly Room: Certain Empty Houses (November 13 to December 9): A solo exhibition of work by Toronto-based artist Meaghan Hyckie. Opening: Sunday, November 13, 2 to 4 p.m.
The galleries are open during regular office hours. For viewing information, call 416-394-8113.
Thursday, November 24, 7 to 10 p.m. (no event in December)
In partnership with the INNovators, the last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday tavern night at the Inn. Enjoy live traditional music with a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery speciality by firelight in our restored 1847 barroom. Visit the event page for further details.
Admission: Pay What You Can, cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew with fresh-baked bread.
Fret Not Ukulele Night
Thursday, November 3, 6 to 9 p.m. (Repeats December 1)
Come and sing, laugh and make music at our monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your uke—but if you’re just testing the waters and don’t have one, let us know and we’ll loan you one for the night.
Admission: 7 to 9 p.m.: $15. (6 p.m. chord workshop: Free).
Upcoming Special Events & Activities
Bridge at the Inn
Friday, November 18, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon at the Inn learning about its history and playing bridge. The afternoon will include a tour of the Inn, refreshments, and the opportunity to meet other bridge players.
Admission: $17.70 per person plus tax (or $70.80 for a table). Pre-booking tables of four required; please bring your own deck of cards. Register at 416-394-8113.
Sunday, November 20, 1 to 5 p.m.
Witness a working 19th-century commercial kitchen when the Inn’s team of Historic Cooks in period costume presents an afternoon of cooking demonstrations that focus on traditional Christmas treats like shortbread, fruitcake, mincemeat and Twelfth-Cake according to authentic historic recipes and using antique equipment on the date traditionally set aside for holiday baking. Samples while supplies last!
Admission: Free with regular admission to the Inn.
Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months
Sunday, November 20, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Danceweavers presents an evening of Breton food, music and storytelling by the hearth, featuring storyteller Bruce Carmody and Emilyn Stam with Balfolk Toronto. The evening includes hot cider and a meal of white-bean soup from a kettle over the hearth, cheese, apples, whole-grain bread baked at the Inn, and a traditional Breton butter and buckwheat cake. Please note: some of the stories may not be suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Admission: $20 (show, general). $15 (show, students & seniors). $15 (meal at 6 p.m.). Pre-registration is recommended. 416-578-1031
Christmas Cookie Decorating
Saturday & Sunday, November 26 & 27, 2 to 4 p.m.
Master Baker Monika Paradi will prepare you for Christmas with this hands-on workshop. Kids ages 6 – 12, along with their parents, learn to decorate seasonal cookies like a pro and leave the workshop with a half dozen decorated goodies, recipes and the inspiration to create your own edible Christmas treats! Admission: $25 + HST. Pre-registration required.
Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Decorate your family’s dream house all together. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided.
Admission: $30 + HST per house. Pre-registration required.
Carols in the Tavern
Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Get some Christmas Spirit in the Tavern while you sing some 19th-century carols and sip a historic drink.
Admission: $20 + HST, including savoury treats, mulled cider. Cash bar for historic drinks. Pre-registration required.
Holiday Farmers’ Market & Gift Sale
Wednesday, December 7, 2 to 7 p.m.
Artists and artisans join our regular farmers’ market vendors for a special holiday event. Shop for foodie gifts and seasonal treats in a lovely historic setting, open an hour longer than our regular market. You’ll find fresh bread from the Inn’s bake oven, preserves, local winter vegetables, sweets, prepared foods, ethically raised meats, cheese, eggs, dried fruit, nuts, honey and wine while enjoying festive seasonal music. Cozy up to a roaring fire while sipping a hot mulled apple cider and kids will enjoy purchasing a gingerbread man from our winter witch!
Admission: Free. Fundraising fruitcakes: $10 each.
Classical Music Series at Montgomery’s Inn
Saturday, December 10, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music in the Community Room in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price. Tickets available at Neapolitan Connection.
Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table
Sunday, December 11, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
The Culinary Historian of Canada and Montgomery’s Inn present a hands-on early Victorian cooking class led by Michelle Gatien, author of The Market Cook, A Taste of Afternoon Tea and The Victorian Christmas Table. Participants will assist in preparing three authentic historic recipes in the Inn’s 1840s-era kitchen using historic equipment and techniques beside the hearth fire. Samples to take home and a tour of the Inn, decked out for Christmas, are included. Please note: Limited to 20 participants. Participants must be 13 or older (with parent) or 16 or older (solo) to attend.
Admission: $55 (general); $45 (members); $35 (students/seniors 65+). Register online at Eventbrite.
Jane Austen Christmas Supper by Firelight
Friday, December 16, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy the pleasures of the Georgian table during the festive season, supping by candlelight and the comfort of an open fire. There is no more delightful way to savour the traditions of Christmas! Every recipe is reconstructed from historical sources; you’ll find a blend of the familiar and the intriguingly different. A rare opportunity to experience a full historical meal within the walls of one of Toronto’s best-loved heritage sites. Historical clothing is encouraged, but optional. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Register at www.JaneAustenDancing.ca or phone 416-578-1031 for details.
Canadian Opera Company
Scotiabank After School Opera Program
Mondays from January 9 to March 6 (excluding Family Day, February 20), 4 to 6 p.m.
Montgomery’s Inn is the newest location of the COC’s Scotiabank After School Opera Program for children ages 7 to 12. Under the guidance of the lead artist, a program assistant and special guests, children explore opera through singing, composing and drama. This fun and unique program develops children’s performance and music skills while nurturing their self-confidence. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebratory performance on the final day.
Admission: $15 per participant for the term. Registration for winter term opens Monday, December 5. For more details, contact the COC.