Foundation to invite input on tavern

Community groups from Shakespeare, Tavistock and elsewhere will be invited to take part in creating a vision for the renewal and future use of Fryfogel Tavern.

Sheila Johnson, Executive Director of Fanshawe Pioneer Village, acting as a volunteer advisor to the Board of Directors of the Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation, spoke at the Board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 4. She said members of the public representing a broad range of community groups would be invited to join in discussing the future of the tavern at a session to be  to be held on a date to be determined following the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation at the Falstaff Family Centre in Stratford on Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m.

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Three “tools” spur heritage projects

Municipalities are relying on three Ontario provincial government programs as “tools” to retain and restore heritage properties that attract people and businesses and bring new life to “main street” in their communities.

Andrew Jeanes, heritage advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, said municipal grants and loans, heritage property tax rebates and the community improvement plan all were being used by local governments as incentives to restore heritage properties and revitalize their downtowns. He spoke to a packed room at the Queen’s Inn at Stratford Tuesday night, February 17.

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February photo contest winner

“Sharp … well lit … well balanced …,” said Ian Taylor, choosing this entry as winner of our photo contest for February. Stratford’s Festival Theatre was bathed in colourful light for the Mayor’s Gala Saturday, January 17, shot by Bill Chan, winner of our first three monthly contests.

Our monthly photo contest is open to all residents of Perth County. Photos of historic sites in Perth County may be any size, but must be at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). Entries may be e-mailed in jpeg format to or mailed to: Photo Contest, Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation, 196 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 3H4.  Deadline for entries in the March contest is March 15.

Foundation foresees busy year

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation anticipates one of its most active agendas in recent years, given the list of events and projects slated for the Fryfogel Tavern and Arboretum in 2015.

Volunteers will be needed in large numbers to carry out the ambitious program envisaged for the year ahead. Anyone interested is urged to get in touch with the Foundation through our website.

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