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December 18, 2016

Christmas Dinner Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted a Christmas Dinner on December 18, 2016. Guests were served a delicious hot meal catered by Rosie Balogh with help from Barbara Held, President and many other volunteers.

Richard Hoover, Vice President (shown here) along with his wife Anne volunteered and also enjoyed the Christmas dinner.

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Milfred and Marjorie Hartwick guests at the dinner.

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Bruce and Lois Gifford along with their family and friends at the dinner.

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Craig Sitter, Karen Zandersons, and their guests at the dinner.

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December 3 & 10, 2016

Open House & Bake Sale/Bazaar Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted an Open House & Bake Sale Bazaar on December 3 & 10, 2016. Guests were treated to a wide array of bake sale items and many unique treasures from the bazaar. Entertainment was provided from a duo from the Cottonwood Brass Quintet, Dave and Mary Ann Pearson. Xander Geister was also on hand signing copies of the Haldimand Heritage Sites 2017 calendar which he produced.

Volunteer Lynda Davis helping at the Christmas Open House.

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Dave and Mary Ann Pearson a duo from the Cottonwood Brass Quintet entertained the guests at the Christmas Open House.

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Xander Geister who produced the Haldimand Heritage Sites 2017 calendar signing purchased copies for guests at the Christmas Open House.

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November 26 & 27, 2016

Christmas Decorating Day Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted a Christmas Decorating Day on November 26 & 27, 2016. The Mansion was decorated in Victorian theme for the Christmas holidays. We had many volunteers come out and participate in the event and enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by Barbara Held, President. Thank you to all who made the day a great success.

Rosemary Hilton and Walter Plaenksken helping with the decorating at the Mansion.

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Lynn Otterman decorating the tree in the Sitter Music Room.

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Lynda Davis and our youngest helper of the day decorating the tabletop tree in the Smith Parlour.

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October 15, 2016

Victorian Children's Event Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted a Victorian Children's Event on October 15,2016 with period playtime and education that included vintage themed toys, games, lunch, entertainment, and a tour of the Mansion. Special thanks to Karen Richardson of Haldimand County Museum and Archives for the use of their vintage toys and games and to all the volunteers and guests who attended the event.

Jack enjoyed an afternoon of vintage playtime with special thanks to John and Lorna Walker of The Neat Little Book Shop in Cayuga for loan of the "Pirate" board for souvenir photos.

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Maddie in vintage play at Cottonwood Mansion's Victorian Children's Event.

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Dave and Mary Ann Pearson entertained at Cottonwood Mansion during the Children's Victorian Event.

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Volunteers Jackie and Grace helped show the children how to have fun with no batteries required. (Toys and games provided by Haldimand County Museum and Archives, Cayuga)

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August 21, 2016

The Peter Banting Swingtet Concert-Beef On A Bun And Corn Roast Recap

The Hamilton based "Peter Banting Swingtet" made its first appearance at Cottonwood Mansion on Sunday, August 21st at the Mansion's Beef on a Bun and Corn Roast event. The gazebo at Cottonwood was used as a dance floor. Chairs were set close to it and also under the shade of some of the magnificent trees on the property. A breeze from the lake made for a perfect day.

Members of the audience who didn't dance could be heard singing along with the favorites like "Hello, Dolly" and "Mame" among others. The band has been in the Selkirk area before but this was its first time at Cottonwood. They are known in many areas for the help they provide for not for profit organizations and charities.

Peter Banting provided a variety of classic jokes between the sets. The supper after the concert offered Snyder's corn, beef on a bun with a variety of condiments, three salads and strawberry pie for dessert. It was catered by Barbara Held, President and assisted by other Mansion volunteers. Guests were invited to eat indoors or outdoors.

Many in attendance were first time visitors to the Mansion and took advantage of the self-guided tour which was included in the price for admission. Many expressed their intention to return for other events.

The Peter Banting SWINGTET: left to right, Back row: John Steven on guitar; James Locke, drums; Urmas Soomet, bass.

Front row: Rudy Wasylenky, tenor saxophone; Peter Banting, alto saxophone; Ruth St. Amand, trumpet; and Keith Kindree, trombone.

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President of Cottonwood Barbara Held and Gelindo Sanmartin of Hamilton help get the dancing going in the Mansion's gazebo, perfect for that kind of amusement.

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Volunteer David Pearson "roasting" the corn for Cottonwood's Swingtet Concert and Beef on a Bun. Former President Clayton Spears helped with the shucking of the 84 ears of Snyder's corn earlier in the day.

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Volunteers for Cottonwood Mansion's Beef on a Bun, Sunday, August 21st. Maureen Edge, Cindy Stewart-Held, Administrative Assistant at Cottonwood, Greg Hilton, and Barbara Held, President of the Preservation Foundation.

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August 7, 2016

Victorian Concert and Peach Social Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted the 11th Annual Victorian Concert and Peach Social on Sunday, August 7th.

Guests were entertained by the Cottonwood Brass Quintet with special guest Dr. Henry Meredith. Volunteers served an ice cream and peach dessert with peach punch.

The Cottonwood Brass tuning up for the concert.

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Volunteers preparing the peach dessert. Pictured from left to right: Greg Hilton, Barbara Held, President Cottonwood Mansion and Deanna Schaus.

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Pictured from left to right: Peter Banting, Adam Mahonske, a concert pianist teaching now in Baltimore, whose mother is from the Simcoe area and was a friend of Peter's mother, Hula, their golden retriever, now retired from providing litters for service dogs, and Wendy Banting.

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June 19, 2016

Strawberry Social Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted their annual Strawberry Social on Sunday, June 19.

Guests enjoyed listening to the Haldimand-Norfolk Concert Band, sponsored by Bob and Shirley Otterman. Volunteers served an ice cream and strawberry dessert with punch.

Pictured from the left: Wilma and Jim Louks of South Cayuga and Don Booker of Dunnville who won the door prize, a print of Cottonwood Mansion by Emily Otterman.

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Pictured from the left: Joan Harper of Selkirk, her Mom Marjorie Hartwick of Fisherville and her daughter Isabella Harper, also of Selkirk, enjoyed an ice cream and strawberry dessert on the grounds of Cottonwood Mansion after listening to the Haldimand-Norfolk Concert Band at the annual Strawberry Social held Sunday, June 19.

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Haldimand-Norfolk Concert Band entertained guests during Cottonwood Mansion's annual Strawberry Social held on Sunday, June 19.

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May 22, 2016

High Tea-Downton Abbey Style Recap

Guests at Cottonwood Mansion Museum on Sunday, May 22nd, thoroughly enjoyed a high tea catered by President Barbara Held. Among the guests and volunteers were John and April Skerrett of Simcoe, in full Victorian regalia.

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A display of a collection of Victorian buttons owned by Mary Ann Pearson of Cayuga was also on display and will be at the Mansion throughout the summer season. Guests expressed total delight in the afternoon's festivities.

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The display of the high tea served to our guests.

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Claryssa and Amelya, granddaughters of members Bruce and Lois Gifford sang a tune to entertain our guests.

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May 7, 2016

Cottonwood Mansion Dolly Tea Party Recap

On May 7 the 5th annual Dolly Tea Party was held at the Mansion. The event was organized and presented by Deanna Schaus, Maureen Edge and their staff of volunteers. It is one of the Mansion's most popular events and has already been pre-booked and sold out for 2017. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of lunch, tea, punch, cookies, handmade desserts, crafts, and games. There were plenty of door prizes and each girl received a gift bag for attending. This year a special donation of a hand-made doll was donated for a prize by Marla Eve who is a master doll maker. She has won international competitions and earned a perfect score in the last international competition.

"Kayla" the beautiful doll donated by Marla Eve for the Dolly Tea Party.

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From the left; Roshika Dias with her daughter, Shekinah Williams, 5, of Caledonia, along with Christine Ralston of Selkirk, enjoyed an afternoon of fun at Cottonwood Mansion's 5th annual Dolly Tea Party on May 7, 2016.

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From the left; Stuart and Bridget Brown of Port Dover, were joined by Ann Brown from Toronto, and Rebecca Shapiro of St. Catherines at the 5th annual Dolly Tea Party held at Cottonwood Mansion on Saturday, May7, 2016.

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Mom, Kelly Cooper, with Jade and Kennedy Cooper, and their baby dolls, all of Stoney Creek, were joined by grandmother Joyce Ward of York at Cottonwood's 5th annual Dolly Tea Party on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

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March 13, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Country Dinner Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted a Traditional Country Dinner in honor of St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, March 13. Barbara Held, President, along with volunteers served baked ham, colcannon, barmbrack and all the trimmings which included delicious desserts, tea, coffee and punch.

Attending the dinner from the left are; Linda and Harold Robertson of Selkirk, Lois and Bruce Gifford of Fisherville, and Ron and Anne Pavlovich also of Selkirk.

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Wendy and Peter Banting attended the St. Patrick's celebration.

Peter also provided entertainment to the crowd after dinner with his Alto Sax, he is a member of the Peter Banting Swingtets of Hamilton.

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Barbara Held, President enjoying the event and serving.

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Irish Barmbrack

Prep: 15m
Cook: 1hr
Ready in: 5h 15m


Ingredients

2 1/2 cups dried mixed fruit (Compliments Five Fruit Medley)
1 1/2 cups hot brewed tea
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon marmalade
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions

  1. Soak the dried fruit in the hot tea for 2 hours, then drain and gently squeeze out excess tea.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch Bundt pan. Stir together the flour cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda; set aside.
  3. Beat the egg, sugar, marmalade, orange zest, and tea-soaked fruit until well combined. Gently fold in the flour until just combined, then pour into the prepared Bundt pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed. Allow to cool in the pan for 2 hours before removing. Continue to cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Press the objects of choice into the cake through the bottom before serving.

Carrot salad

8 cups cooked carrots (sliced)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard or regular
1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 onions (chopped)
1 can tomato soup (don't add anything)
3 tbsp vinegar
3/4 cup white sugar
pepper to taste
1/2 cup salad oil
1 green pepper (chopped)
chopped celery

Mix all together, marinate at least 24 hours. Will keep in fridge for weeks.

Can be served hot or cold.




February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Country Dinner Recap

Pictured left to right are: Bob Otterman and Shirley Otterman of Fisherville, Jack and Darlene Binns of Hamilton, and standing is Barbara Held, President of the Cottonwood Mansion Preservation Foundation at the Mansion's Annual Valentine's Day Country Dinner held on Sunday, February 14th, at the Selkirk heritage site.

Guests enjoyed a social hour followed by dinner. A self-guided tour of the Mansion was also included in the event. Cayuga resident Deb Matthews added to the enjoyment with "unmentionables", jewelry, an autograph book, and a quilt belonging to her Great Grandmother and dated to 1872, when the Mansion would have been in its heyday in terms of Victorian parties and enjoyment.




December 17, 2015

Even More Christmas Events Recap

Former guests at the dinner and several new to the event expressed their pleasure with the event and the ambiance. The unique Christmas gifts available for purchase were also much appreciated.

The Mansion continues to be open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until it closes for January, February and March apart from rentals and special events.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Pictured is Carol Fillmore of Port Dover who returned to Cottonwood after an absence of a few years to provide dinner music and a Christmas Carol Sing-along at the heritage site's third major event of the Holiday Season on Sunday, December 13th.

The winner of our Christmas Bucket draw was Marjorie Hartwick (left) shown with President Barbara Held (right).

Volunteer, Jim Armstrong, staff member, Cindy Stewart-Held and our President Barbara Held serving dessert in the kitchen.




December 11, 2015

Christmas Events Recap So Far

The November 28th and December 5th Open Houses at Cottonwood Mansion Museum were a banner day for the Foundation! The unique items for sale on both days brought oohs and aahs as did the Christmas decor. Lunch and baked goods for sale at the December 5th event were so popular that both Christmas open houses in 2016 will feature them.

The December 5th event was a special hallmark for the Mansion when descendants of both the original Hubers who settled Selkirk and beyond in 1790 and descendants of the Holmes Family came to visit. One member of the first group wept for joy at seeing the trunk in the Ballroom that belonged to the original settlers. She had only seen it in photographs until this visit.

Six-year-old Sadee Kelly in Victorian hoop skirt and period cape, muff, and bonnet was a special added attraction on the 5th. She is currently Cottonwood's youngest volunteer and brightens every event in which she participates with her smile and enthusiasm.

After a traditional Country Christmas Dinner on Sunday, December 13th, the Mansion will close for the winter apart from rentals and three special events. For information on these see the Coming Events on the website. The Mansion reopens to the public on April 2, 2016. During the interim all emails and phone messages will be checked regularly and will be answered as soon as possible.

(l-r) Richard Morris, and Sue Morris, of Kelowna, BC., Mary Weiler, of Burgessville, ON., and Sandra Buck, of Woodstock,ON., Visitors to Cottonwood Mansion on Saturday, December 5th, included Sue and Richard Morris of Kelowna, BC., who happened to be in Ontario sharing Holiday time with family and friends. Sue Morris is the Great Granddaughter of William Holmes.

Six-year-old Sadee Kelly in Victorian hoop skirt and period cape, muff, and bonnet was a special added attraction on the 5th.

Barbara Held, President of Cottonwood Mansion with the delicious variety of baked goods for sale on December 5th.




November 26, 2015

Three Events Celebrating Christmas at Selkirk Heritage Site

Cottonwood Mansion Museum Decorated in Victorian Fashion for the Holidays.

Cottonwood Mansion Museum in Selkirk is offering three special Christmas events this year. Decorated in traditional Victorian style, the first event is an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, November 28th. Admission is free and a wide variety of special gifts and crafts for Christmas and other occasions will be on sale. Some collectors' dolls with their provenance will be available at very low cost. Self-guided tours of the Mansion are also available. A duo from the Cottonwood Brass Quintet will play in the afternoon.

A second open house with free admission is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, December 5th. In addition to items remaining from the previous week, this one will include a variety of baked goods for sale.

On Sunday, December 13th, beginning at 12:30 p.m., President Barbara Held is hosting a traditional Country Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. It will be catered by Julia's Bistro. Pianist Carol Fillmore, well known to many at Cottonwood and beyond and now residing in Port Dover, returns to the Mansion for dinner music and carol singing after the dinner. There are several surprises in store for guests. The dinner is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children twelve and under. Reservations are required on or before December 10th by calling 905-776-2538 or emailing cottonwoodmansion@gmail.com.

Visitors to Cottonwood for any of its Christmas events would also enjoy visiting nearby Selkirk for its outstanding Christmas decorations.

Pictured are Barbara Held, President of the Cottonwood Mansion Preservation Foundation; Father Christmas; and Administrative Assistant, Cindy Stewart-Held, in the Sitter Music Room, decorating for the holiday season.




September 19 , 2015

Doors Open Haldimand County

Visitors from as far away as India and the Philippines enjoyed Cottonwood Mansion Museum during Doors Open Haldimand County 2015 on Saturday, September 19th. Clayton Lord Spears and Catherine Lady Stidsen greeted visitors. In the Pettit Parlour, Jay and Richard Hoover told the story of...
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Clayton Lord Spears and Catherine Lady Stidsen greeted visitors.

Barbara Held, President of Cottonwood Mansion and Helen Spears a dedicated volunteer offered refreshments in the Mansion's kitchen.

Four of Cottonwood Mansion's volunteers, all with ten years or more of service to the Foundation, celebrated their 80th birthdays in September of 2015. They were all volunteering at Doors Open Haldimand County on September 19th when President Barbara Held surprised them with a birthday cake. The "youngest" got to cut the cake and Richard and Jay Hoover, also volunteering along with several others, confirmed that "Eighty is the new Sixty", while helping to celebrate. Left to right are Joan McNeice, Catherine Stidsen, Marj Featherston, and Doris Held.

Sadee Kelly 6, Amelya Radzick, 10, Claryssa Radzick 12 The girl's, volunteers and all students at Rainham Central School, Fisherville, raised $40.00 selling lemonade and donated to Cottonwood Mansion during the Door's Open event held on September 19, 2015.

Jay and Richard Hoover told the story of their members of the Hoover family and Jay offered suggestions on how to produce the kind of history of a family that he has.




September 9, 2015

Grimsby Historical Society Article on Cottonwood Mansion

The Grimsby Historical Society recently provided an article about Cottonwood Mansion. Click on the image to the right to read the article.







August 20, 2015

Ontario Farmer Interview

If you subscribe to or have access to "Ontario Farmer", don't miss the article on Cottonwood Mansion Museum by June Payne Flath. She was at the Mansion and interviewed Cindy Stewart-Held, Clayton Spears, and Catherine Stidsen to help with the article. We are grateful to her and her publisher for having made this possible.

Barbara Held


August 18, 2015

Volunteers needed for Doors Open Haldimand County

Volunteers needed for Doors Open Haldimand County at Cottonwood on September 19th. Please call 905 776 2538 or email cottonwoodmansion@gmail.com on or before September 12th if you are able to help in any way.

Thank you for the strong turn out of volunteers. We have enough now.


August 9, 2015

Victorian Concert and Peach Social

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Pictured left to right are Mary Jean Follonsbee and Liz Morelli of Cheapside enjoying the Victorian Band Concert at Cottonwood Mansion.


Gena Kelly and her daughter Sadee getting punch cups ready for guests at the Victorian Brass Band Concert and Peach Social.


Pictured left to right are Greg Hilton, Cottonwood volunteer, Judy Mooney of Hamilton, winner of the in house draw at the Mansion's August 9th Peach Social, and Cindy Stewart-Held, Administrative Assistant at the Mansion.


Dr. Hank playing the music from the Philadelphia Firemen's Cotillion.


Sadee Kelly, Cottonwood's youngest volunteer; Cindy Stewart-Held, Administrative Assistant; Catherine Lady Stidsen, in her Edwardian Garden Party Look, getting Peach Punch ready for guests.




August 8, 2015

Gas Fest

On Saturday, August 8th, Cottonwood Mansion Museum will be open to the public from 2 pm to 4 pm only. Prior to that we will be participating in the Gas Fest Parade in Selkirk. Come join us for our very popular Victorian Band Concert and Peach Social beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, August 9th.

On Saturday don't miss... Sadee Kelly will have a Lemonade Stand set up on the lawn of Cottonwood Mansion , following the Gas Fest Parade and festivities in Selkirk, on August 8, 2015 from 2 - 4 pm, during open hours. $2.00 per cup, all proceeds go directly to benefit Cottonwood Mansion Museum. See you there!

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Catherine Berry Stidsen in her Scullery Maid Look and President Barbara Held of Cottonwood in her Parlour Maid Look at the Selkirk Gas Fest Parade.




Sadee Kelly had a Lemonade Stand set up on the lawn of Cottonwood Mansion following the Gas Fest Parade and festivities in Selkirk. The price was $2.00 per cup, all proceeds going directly to benefit Cottonwood Mansion Museum.




July 18, 2015

6th Annual Cottonwood Daylily Sale

Mary Ann and David Pearson's annual daylily sale for Cottonwood Mansion was once again an amazing success. This year they added a new hybrid, "Pockets Warhol", to the offerings. It is a second charity for this year's proceeds, connected with the "monkey who paints" who lives at the Story Book Farm north of Toronto. It is the same location were the Ikea monkey found a home.

One Toronto resident traveled to Cottonwood just to purchase the Pockets Warhol daylily. Many others had come to the sale in previous years, with the quality of the offerings bringing them back once again.

The Pearsons had 220 pots for sale in all including the three hybrids named for Cottonwood, Laurence G. Hamilton, and Miss Lillie (Lillian Holmes). They also had a collection of giant hosta selling for $5 a pot donated by friends who are renovating their garden and donated the mature plants to the Cottonwood Mansion Museum Sale.

The sale raised more than $710 for Cottonwood and $135 for the Sanctuary. Orders received by phone and email are still being picked up so the profits will increase accordingly. Persons still interested in purchasing lilies are invited to call the Pearsons at 905-772-5205.

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Melody Roberts and Ron Gernat of Toronto, visited Cottonwood Mansion for the first time during the Pearson's Annual Day Lily Sale. Melody's mother was Jocelyn Hoover of Selkirk, which makes her an 8th generation. Her father was James Roberts, whose mother was a Neff, and she recognized the tea set in the dining room, among other items donated by Florence Neff Young.




June 17, 2015

HN Caregivers Tea at Cottonwood Mansion

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Happy guests.


  Back row - Julie Coulson, Haldimand Regional Coordinator for the Adult Day Program, Senior Support Services; Gena Kelly (in period costume), Cottonwood Secretary/Treasurer and Volunteer.

Front row - Mary Lou Willis, Dorothy Elliott, Caregivers.
 

Helpful staff.

  Julie Marchese, board member; Barbara Held, President; Catherine Stidsen, media and public relations and volunteer; Gena Kelly, Secretary/Treasurer.  

  Mary Ann and David Pearson, Cottonwood members, volunteers, and members of the Cottonwood Brass Quartet.  




July 25, 2015

Roofing Contractor Sought

The Cottonwood Mansion Preservation Foundation is seeking estimates on repairing the flashing and replacing the roof on the Mansion part of Cottonwood. To make an appointment to provide an estimate please call Cindy Stewart-Held at 905-776-2538 or email cottonwoodmansion@gmail.com. Estimates are needed by August 15th at the latest.



June 26, 2015

New Administrative Assistant at Cottonwood Mansion Museum

The trustees of the Cottonwood Mansion Preservation Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Cindy Stewart-Held to the position of Administrative Assistant at Cottonwood Mansion Museum, beginning July 1, 2015. Cindy lives in Fisherville and knows the operation of the Mansion very well from volunteering at it and attending many special events over the years with her husband, Mike Held. Mike's family have been major supporters of the Mansion since shortly after the restoration of it began some twenty-five years ago.

Cindy brings a background in management and sales to the work along with computer and graphics expertise. She will be at Cottonwood Mansion Museum from 1-3 p.m. on Canada Day to welcome visitors. She will be the hostess when the Mansion is open to the public and is available for rental, touring and other information at 905-776-2538 or at cottonwoodmansion@gmail.com.

Cindy Stewart-Held

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June 10, 2015

Selkirk Bakery Display

A display of artifacts from the Selkirk Bakery which was opened in the mid 1800s, opened at Cottonwood Mansion Museum on Wednesday, June 10th, courtesy of area resident William H. Lindsay. The exhibit is on display until Friday, September 18th, and will be followed by materials connected to croquet and other sports in the Victorian Era. See our events for more details.