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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-Winter 2019

  • Community Room (To November 30): “Upper Canadian Living” by Stephen Altena (pictured above). 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.
  • Community Room (December): “Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” by Dave Rheaume. The Inn is excited to announce that the annual Christmas Carol exhibit is back! Enjoy this ten-painting series of Dickens’s Victorian Christmas during our holiday events.
  • Briarly Room (To December 27): “Canada’s Canvas” by Katherine Suydam Brown (pictured below). This exhibit shows the diversity and beauty of the Canadian countryside, from the barren north to the romantic and rustic east, the rural peace of central Canada and the vast expanse of the Prairies.

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

Paper-Poppy Wreath Drop-In

Saturday, November 9, 1 to 4 p.m.
Participate in a drop-in craft activity: mark Remembrance Day by making paper poppies. Poppies will be displayed in the Community Room for the Remembrance Day Tea.
Admission: Free with general admission.

Remembrance Day Tea

Sunday, November 10, 1 to 4 p.m.
To mark Remembrance Day and the centenary of the Armistice, Montgomery’s Inn is hosting this special tea, featuring WWI-era music by Roger Zuraw on guitar and Dougal Bichan on bagpipes and refreshments inspired by recipes from the Great War. Visitors can enjoy a pot of tea (unlimited) or cider and a special sweet-and-savoury combination plate with treats, including a special Remembrance Day cookie, baked by dedicated Inn volunteers.
Admission: $7 + HST for tea (tickets sold at the door).

Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table

Saturday, November 16, 1 to 4 p.m.
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: $65 (general). $55 (CHC members. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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.

Jazz at the Inn: An Ellington Evening

Saturday, November 23, 7 to 10 p.m.
Join Drew Jurecka, Clark Johnston and Adrean Farrugia of the Toronto Duke Ellington Society as they perform a concert of live music at the Inn. There will be two sets, and during the extended intermission patrons will be able to enjoy a drink at the cash bar and a cold bite typical of the 19th-century heyday of the Inn in the historic bar room.
Admission: $25 + HST. Tickets are available online. Advance tickets are required.

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.

Gingerbread House Workshop

Saturday, November 30, 3 classes: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Come to the Inn for a fun-filled couple of hours spent decorating a gingerbread dream house of your own or with a group! All the supplies to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided.
Admission: $30 + HST. Tickets are available online. Advance tickets are required.

Holiday Market

Wednesday, December 4, 2 to 7 p.m.
Join the vendors of the farmers’ market along with special local artisans in this special edition of the Inn’s Wednesday market. Shop for unique gifts while cozying up in front of the Inn’s fireplace, sip mulled cider and buy a gingerbread man from the winter witch!
Admission: Free.

Dickens Christmas Feast

Saturday, December 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Come to the historic Inn to enjoy a candlelit four-course Christmas feast served before the roaring fire. Recreated from sumptuous, historic recipes of the Victorian era, the menu includes pre-dinner drinks and a demonstration of Dickens’ own recipe for Flaming Rum Punch in the cozy bar room. The evening will also include dramatic readings from A Christmas Carol and a brief dance lesson in the ballroom with live musical accompaniment.
Admission: $100 + HST (including a glass of wine and rum punch). Cash bar. Tickets are available online. Advance tickets are required.

Carols in the Tavern

Saturday, December 14, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Get some Christmas spirit in the Tavern while you sing 19th-century carols and sip a historic drink! Enjoy savoury treats and mulled cider and tap the cash bar for a selection of historic drinks.
Admission: $20 + HST. Tickets are available online. Advance tickets are required.

A Christmas Carol at Montgomery’s Inn

Tuesday to Sunday, December 17 to 22
7 p.m. (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun evenings), 8 p.m. (Wed evenings), 2 p.m. (Sat & Sun weekend matinees)
Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol returns to Montgomery’s Inn. Gather with friends and family as five talented actors armed with a trunk full of storytelling treasures bring to life the timeless tale of greed, ghosts and salvation. Embark on a dramatic journey that will see you travel from Ebenezer Scrooge’s cold bedroom to Fezziwig’s joyful party, the Cratchit’s meagre table and ultimately to a Christmas morning fresh with snow. This charming one-hour performance will warm the hearts of Tiny Tims and Scrooges alike. Enjoy cookies and cider after the performance and take in the exhibition of David Rheaume’s Christmas Carol pictures in the Community Room.
Admission: $25 + HST (adults). $10 + HST (children). Tickets are available online. Advance tickets are required.

Holiday Market

Wednesday, December 18, 2 to 7 p.m.
Join the vendors of the farmers’ market along with special local artisans in this special edition of the Inn’s Wednesday market. Shop for unique gifts while cozying up in front of the Inn’s fireplace, sip mulled cider and buy a gingerbread man from the winter witch!
Admission: Free.