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New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale

We visited the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale on Friday evening, sampled some food and looked at the beautiful donated quilts which will be auctioned on Saturday. This annual event is famous for its quilts and its strawberry pies but there are many other things to enjoy. There were no fresh strawberry pies on Friday, but thousands will be made and sold today. The following information is copied from the event website.

“The New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale takes place every year on the last Friday and Saturday of May.  It hosts over 40 venues with an estimated 2000 volunteers donating their time and expertise while demonstrating their passion for assisting others in need.

The Relief Sale was started in 1967 by individuals from Mennonite churches in southwestern-Ontario in response to the ever-growing world-wide need for relief from hunger, poverty and natural disaster and for development and peace-building activities. All merchandise and services are donated which means all funds raised on sale days are donated directly to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a not-for-profit relief, service and development and peace agency of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in North America. MCC seeks to demonstrate God’s love by working among people around the world suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster. Started in 1920 in response to hunger in the Ukraine, MCC strives for peace, justice and dignity of all people.

Many people contribute to the success of the sale: donors of goods and services, supporting church congregations, auctioneers, venue coordinators and volunteers as well as the thousands of visitors from a wide geographic region who purchase the merchandise. Annual revenue from the Sale has been well in excess of $300,000 for more than 25 years. Since 1967, over 14 million dollars have been raised.

The sale attracts visitors annually because it is entertaining while raising money for a worthwhile cause. People come year-after-year because they know that the event is run exclusively by volunteers with a passion for the sale and its good work and that all of the money goes to MCC.”

Ten Thousand Villages tent with many fair trade items for sale

Location: New Hamburg Fair Grounds (map)

Written by Ruth

May 29, 2010 at 12:01 am


The sign for Luxemburg is on Waterloo Street between Baden and New Hamburg. I found nothing about the history of this tiny community and there is nothing suggestive of a village or hamlet as you drive through. Pfennings Organic farm is located here and the Nith River curves near the road. (The Nith River is a very curvy waterway!)

I found a list of communities around Kitchener and Waterloo at this web site. Some are familiar and others are as obscure as Luxemburg. It would be interesting to know the history that goes with some of the names.

Kitchener, Waterloo, St. Jacobs, Heidelburg, Josephburg, St. Clements, Petersburg, Wilmot Centre, Mannheim, Schindelsteddle, Ayr, New Dundee, Baden, Luxemburg, New Hamburg, Wellesley, Conestogo, Winterbourne, Maryhill, Bloomingdale, Breslau, Kossuth, Freeport, Doon, Hagey, Blair, Bridgeport, Rummelhardt, Erbsville, Haysville, St. Agatha, Elmira, West Montrose, Zuber Corners, Weissenburg, St.Clements, Wellesley, Berlett’s Corners, New Prussia, Phillipsburg, Drayton, Linwood, Waldau, Berlets Corner, Trussler, Williamsburg, Bamburg, Hawkesville, Wallenstein, Macton, South Plains, Roseville, Huron Park, Country Hills, Strasburg, Rosendale

Written by Ruth

March 11, 2010 at 12:04 am

Heritage Water Wheel in New Hamburg

Heritage Water Wheel in New Hamburg, Ontario

New Hamburg boasts the largest working water wheel in North America. It is beside the Nith River which winds through the town and is a symbol of water-powered mills which were important to the economy of the area.

Written by Ruth

March 10, 2010 at 12:01 am