Homestead to Celebrate Lost Arts Festival  

Posted on August 8, 2017

Essex There is no better way to connect with the past than through the lens of artistry. Join the John R. Park Homestead and a variety of demonstrators for the annual Lost Arts Festival, a unique and family-friendly event to see and experience different forms of artisanship from years gone by.

The event, hosted on Sunday, August 13 from Noon to 4pm, has been running since the 1980s. This year, the Homestead invites you to participate in a day of doing things the old-fashioned way in celebration of its 175th anniversary.

Watch as the Homestead’s resident blacksmith turns raw iron into detailed pieces, learn about native plants and pollinators in the garden, or enjoy a Canada 150-themed architectural tour of the 1842 Park family home.

Other demonstrations include beekeeping, butter making, and textile weaving, all of which will give guests the chance to meet the artists and learn how to fit one of these ‘old’ hobbies into modern life. Guests will also get to tap their toes to the old-time tunes of the Essex County Ramblers band.

“So much of what we do today happens in front of a digital screen, and that includes creative activities,” said Homestead Curator Kris Ives. “This festival is a great opportunity to get hands-on with the creation of pieces that are both beautiful and functional, to meet artisans, and to get inspired authentically, rather than virtually.”

Visitors can make a day of it and enjoy some fresh fruit and vegetables from the Fruit Wagon and honey from Dresser’s Purest Honey.

Admission to the event is $6 per adult, $4 per child, with a $20 family maximum (2 adults, 3 children).

For more information, visit www.erca.org/jrph or contact the Homestead: 519-738-2029, or jrph@erca.org. The Homestead was named Ontario’s Best Living History Museum. Since 1973, the Essex Region Conservation Authority has served as a community-based organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing the natural resources of the Essex Region.