Carved in Stone, Etched in History at Town Hall

Unique photos from Museum on display

Off the Wagon Players to present a fun history based play: Carved in Stone, Etched in History, for Canada 150

On Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., the Off the Wagon Players are presenting a free play entitled Carved in Stone, Etched in History in the St. Marys Town Hall Auditorium. The production is being sponsored by the Town of St. Marys as part of the Stonetown Heritage Festival. It is also being offered as an opportunity to reflect on local and national history as part of St. Marys’ Canada 150 celebrations. As part of the presentation 100 of St. Marys Museum’s excellent photos will be shown starting at 7 pm and Ron Coulthard will perform songs from the 1890’s to 1900’s at the piano. Admission is free.

Carved in Stone, Etched in History is a humorous play that tells the story of individuals with connections to St. Marys who went on to become famous in Canada and around the world.

Audience members will learn about Thomas Edison’s stint at the Federally Designated St. Marys Junction Station and his subsequent firing; of Timothy Eaton’s early, successful 10 year-business in St. Marys; of Nora Clench, who first played the violin her father had made her at the St. Marys Opera House and went on to become a world famous violinist and after marriage to the famous Australian painter, was known as Lady Leonora Streeton.

The play will also tell the story of the famous Beatrice Lillie and the Marks brothers who performed at the Opera House; of Thomas Boy Guest MPP who was a raucous Irish-born politician who solved things in the backroom or with his fists, starting in St. Marys and later in the Ontario Legislature; of Kate Rice, the wealthy genteel girl, whose home Ercidoune still stands in St. Marys, who went on to be a famous female prospector, cheated out of the real value of a copper claim that is still mined by Inco/Vale today, and who was recently inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame for her innovative mining techniques and her astounding mineral finds.

Carved in Stone, Etched in History tells the public stories of these people, while a charming fairy entertains the audience with “the rest of the story.”

Make this play a part of your Canada 150 celebrations! Admission is free; no advance ticket purchase is required. For more information, visit stmarysheritagefestival.ca.

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