The 2011 activities of the Elgin and Area Heritage Society will include another Olde Tyme School Fair, June 17 and 18, to be held at the 1887 Red Brick School, suitably decorated for the occasion.
One of the 2010 events was a old fashioned Spelling Bee, with contestants from South Crosby PS, Rideau Centennial PS, Rideau Vista PS, and Sweets Corners PS, held in front of a standing room only crowd (as one visitor said 'I couldn't believe it, but I can't remember when I have experienced such suspense'). This most entertaining event will be repeated on Saturday, June 18 and preceded by a Friday evening, June 17, 'kitchen party', reminiscent of the past, with lots of music and entertainment, all part of this year's celebration.
In addition in May the EAHS will host a first ever class visit from South Crosby PS to the 1887 'classroom' during which time today's students will have the opportunity to dress in period costume and experience learning in a different setting and style.
On September 17 the Red Brick School will be one of the sites in the Rideau Lakes/Westport Doors Open. Throughout the past year the Elgin and Area Heritage Society has continued with the restoration of the Red Brick School, with completion expected in time for the 2012 celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the construction of this magnificent building, the 'jewel of Elgin'.