Midsummer HerbFest At the Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens - theHumm July 2019
Midsummer HerbFest At the Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens - theHumm July 2019
This year’s Ottawa Valley Midsummer HerbFest is being held on Sunday, July 28 from 9am to 4pm — rain or shine. The location is the Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in White Lake, just an hour from Ottawa. The best part is that admission is free (with donations appreciated)! This year’s HerbFest marks the 24th annual celebration of healthy lifestyles, and the 4th anniversary in the new location at White Lake.
In no particular order, the folks who put on the Midsummer HerbFest love: summer, taking care of the earth, and herbs. From day to day, they use herbs for remedies, savoury food garnishes and spiritual purposes. They will gather on the last weekend in July (mid-summer —one of the best weather weeks of the year), and hope to continue their record of 24 years without rain.
The event will include vendors, displays, demonstrations, music, crafts, children’s activities, food and drink concessions. For detailed information, please visit midsummerherbfest.ca .
White Lake’s History
Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens includes five historic museum buildings nestled on eight acres of lovely gardens on the scenic shore of White Lake. An ancient Scottish clan chief once ruled the roost here with an iron fist. Laird Archibald McNab brought settlers over and subjugated them to medieval feudal terms for almost twenty years.
The vintage buildings have many stories to tell. The stone house echoes Archibald’s reign of terror. The log church, school house, dairy barn and display building offer unique insights into the daily lives of early settlers.
In the 1970s, whale bones were discovered within two kilometres of the Museum’s location. Today, these are important clues in a breaking news story that spans 12,000 years. New theories about comet strikes, melting ice caps, inland polar oceans, continental wildfires and mass extinctions of man, mammoths and other large mammals are attributed to this “bad day”. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm until Thanksgiving. To get there, take Hwy 417 to Arnprior’s exit 184 and drive south on White Lake Road for about 12 minutes until you come to the four corners in White Lake. Turn right onto Burnstown Road and go a kilometre. You’ll find the Museum beside the lake!
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