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Montgomery’s Inn Event Calendar 2019

Recurring Events & Activities

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn

The market runs every Wednesday, all year, 2 to 6 p.m.
The outdoor Summer Market continues until November 2019. Our unique Farmers’ Market supports local vendors, farmers and producers. It provides a valuable community resource that champions high quality, fresh, healthy local food, including fresh-baked bread from the Inn’s wood-fired oven, local and organic produce, meat, cheese ready-to-eat meals and snacks. Be sure to visit the Inn for food tastings and other activities. Tours are free of charge during Market Days!. Visit our Market page for news and updates.

Teatime at the Inn

Every Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Experience our delicious seasonal menu with a sweet and savoury combo plate with a pot of tea.

Montgomery’s Inn Art Exhibition Series

Autumn 2019

  • Community Room (To November 30): “Upper Canadian Living” by Stephen Altena. This painting series reintroduces decorative elements and motifs to Montgomery’s Inn that would have been found in many respectable Upper Canadian homes. Since it was built in the 1830s, Montgomery’s Inn has built a long and varied history. Its original decorative elements have long since vanished. By visiting a sample of historic homes in central Ontario, such as Mackenzie House in Toronto and Dundern Castle and Whitehern (both in Hamilton), Stephen discovered patterns and decorative motifs that would have been typical during that era. This ornamentation, specifically the historical wallpapers, is the inspiration for this series of paintings. Stephen Altena is co-founder, with Andrew McPhail, of Hamilton’s Hundred Dollar Gallery and a founding member of the Hamilton artist-run collective The Assembly Gallery. He is a graduate of the Independent Study Program at Dundas Valley School Of Art. He lives and works in downtown Hamilton.

Thirsty Thursdays

Thursdays, October 31 (costumes welcomed) & November 28 (no event in December), 7 to 10 p.m.
In partnership with the INNovators, the last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday tavern night at the Inn. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine in our restored 1847 barroom or outside on our patio with food and live traditional music by Nicole Craig (August 29).
Admission: Admission: Pay What You Can. Cash bar. Handmade pie: $5. Cash

Fret Not Ukulele Night

Thursdays, November 7 & December 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
On the first Thursday of every month, join us for a fun evening of music and song as Doctor of Music Chris Wilson guides us through ukulele instruction with new and old tunes. Perfect for all skill levels. Bring your own ukulele, some spares available but they go fast! First hour is a chord workshop.
Admission: 7 to 9 p.m.: $15. (6 p.m. chord workshop: Free).

Upcoming Special Events & Activities

Sumach Roots

Saturday October 5, 7 to 10 p.m.
Juno nominee and best-selling historian Jason Wilson presents Sumach Roots: eight musical vignettes about Toronto that sample the migrant experience in the city across history (from the 1790 to the present) and from a variety of lenses. The live show takes audiences on a bold and innovative exploration of Toronto’s evolution over the past 300 years and draws from a deep well of sounds—from traditional British folk to bebop jazz and classic reggae—in order to tell the stories of those who built Toronto, both literally and culturally. Enjoy a specially produced sumach-infused cocktail created by chef Brock Shepherd, followed by a lamp-lit tour of the Inn.
Admission: $35.40 + HST. Preregistration is required at jasonwilsonmusic@gmail.com

Wood-Burning Oven Baking

Saturday, October 12, 9:30 a.m.
The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College invites participants to discover bread-baking as it once was, using the Inn’s historic wood-burning oven. Participants will bake a full menu, including pizza, focaccia and sourdough, with an expert instructor. They will learn the fundamentals essential to successful cooking and baking in a wood-fired oven in this one-of-a-kind experience.
Admission: $195. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Master and Commander: A weekend in Nelson’s Navy

Friday to Sunday, October 18 to 20
Ahoy mateys! For lovers of epic tales of life on the high seas, this event cannot be matched! Led by historical researcher, choreographer and event organizer Karen Millyard, participants will spend the weekend immersed in the world of the Royal Navy of 200 years ago. Would-be sailors will learn about every aspect of life onboard ship and ashore, from writing with quill pens to eating favourite sailors’ meals to learning the dances they loved. Along the way they will experience a voyage in a tall ship, attend a Regency ball, learn how to tie knots and will even get to watch a duel! View the full program and registration details at Danceweavers.ca.
Admission: Priced per program choice ($50 to $200) Preregistration is required at danceweavers@gmail.com or 416-578-1031.

Shades of Old Islington

Thursday to Sunday, October 24 to 27, 7 to 9 p.m. & 8.30 to 10.30 p.m. (6.30 to 8.30 p.m. only on Sunday)
If you enjoy ghostly tales told by candlelight, come to Montgomery’s Inn where you will discover the perfect atmosphere for hair-raising stories connected to the history of the Inn. Learn about 19th-mourning and funeral traditions in the Inn’s specially decorated Sitting Room. Follow your guide by lantern to the Islington Burying Grounds, the final resting place of Thomas Montgomery and his family for more chilling tales. Enjoy some home baked Halloween treats, made by Inn volunteers. A portion of the tour includes walking outdoors. Please dress according to the weather.
Admission: $25 + HST. Preregistration is required. Not recommended for children under 12.

Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table

Saturday, November 16
In the historic kitchen at Montgomery’s Inn, historic cook Sherry Murphy will lead the Culinary Historians of Canada’s fourth annual hands-on exploration of seasonal recipes dating from the Victorian period.
Admission: To be confirmed. Visit the Culinary Historians’ website for updates.

Stir-Up Sunday

Sunday, November 24, 1 to 4 p.m.
Come and see a 19th-century working commercial kitchen in an afternoon of cooking demonstrations presented by historic cooks in costume.
Admission: Free with regular admission, including samples while supplies last

Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months

Sunday, November 24, 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Historical researcher, choreographer and event organizer Karen Millyard presents a bewitching evening of storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore, along with a simple meal. During the “Black Months” of November and December, people gathered by the fire to hear the eerie tales of northern coastal France.
Admission: To be confirmed. 416-578-1031. Ticketing details at Danceweavers.