An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Posts Tagged ‘Mennonites

Waterloo County Horse Sale

I featured the Waterloo County Horse Sale in a post on June 27, 2009 and it is one of the most searched and viewed subjects on this blog. This horse auction is held on the last Saturday of every month at the Ontario Stock Exchange which is adjacent to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. The sale starts at noon and today was the third time I have stopped by to take pictures. I had never seen the actual auction take place outdoors before. I put several photographs and a video clip together on iMovie and uploaded this four minute movie to YouTube.

Written by Ruth

April 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Maple Syrup for Sale

Sobeys on Fisher Hallman Road in Kitchener has allowed the sale of farm-fresh maple syrup outside their front door in recent weeks. These boys were waiting for their next customer last Saturday.

Written by Ruth

April 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

It was a perfect early spring day for the annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. We arrived well before 9 AM and Arthur Street was already jammed with pedestrians. It was the busiest I have seen it in a few years and when we returned to Kitchener, the traffic was backed up all the way to Waterloo on the expressway. There is a good variety of street food for sale besides pancakes and maple syrup.

Written by Ruth

April 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Hosting a Crowd

We passed this Old Order Mennonite farm near Hawkesville early on Sunday afternoon. There were at least 20 buggies parked in the yard. Perhaps they were there for Christmas dinner or for another significant occasion.

Written by Ruth

December 27, 2010 at 12:23 am

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Farm Chores

Spreading Manure near Elmira ON


Written by Ruth

December 11, 2010 at 12:35 am

Crosshill Old Colony Mennonite Church

Many Old Order Colony Mennonites left western Canada early in the 20th century to settle in Mexico. Today a few thousand of them live in Mexico’s northern states, particularly Chihuahua and Durango. Some have returned to Southern Ontario including Waterloo Region and this congregation meets in the hamlet of Crosshill, Wellesley Township. (map) You can read more about Old Colony Mennonites at the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO) website.

Written by Ruth

December 5, 2010 at 12:04 am

Three Bridges School

Bell above Three Bridges Public School

The Three Bridges Public School is in Woolwich Township. It has a long history as a rural school and has maintained its distinctive small school status. The website of Mennonite Heritage Portrait has interesting information about Mennonite parochial schools and this public school which still attracts traditional Mennonite students.

Sign post in the school yard

Written by Ruth

November 18, 2010 at 12:09 am