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.
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.