By Samantha Mills
On Friday, Feb. 19 at the Pyramid Recreation Centre, St. Marys held its 20th annual Heritage Fair, sponsored by the St. Marys Historical Society and the St. Marys Museum. It was a chance for community antique collectors to show off their prized items. Various groups and organizations in St. Marys such as the Public Library, St. Marys Order of the Eastern Star and the St. Marys Museum also put on display their contributions to the Stonetown over the years.
The Stonetown Entertainers’ quilt with over 40 years worth of signatures from past and present Entertainers.
This year’s theme was “Caring Communities,” encouraging exhibitors to display various items from around the community, with collectors showing off everything from antique toasters, to irons and old St. Marys-manufactured pins. There was also a silent auction to raise money for the St. Marys Museum, with donated items to sell such as collectible coins and model trucks, lovely paperweights, china, and a paper clock.
Heritage Awards were presented to Chantal and Brian Lynch, Mary and Casey Van Den Berge, Sue Griffiths, Sarah-Jane Aitken, Wendy and Mark Czajkowski and, last but not least, the First Baptist Church. Representatives from the Horticultural Society, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256 and the Stonetown Grans, all made an appearance. All exhibitors were radiant with friendliness and eager to answer any questions that could be asked. It was certainly a fun time for history buffs and antique collectors alike.