Let’s Go Out with Dad

Dear Dad:

You’re pretty sick… er sweet, so after you open the homemade cards, and enjoy the kid-prepared – and shared – breakfast in bed, let us take you out for some family Father’s Day fun on the town.

Remember back in the old, old days when you were young? Oh? You forget?
Well, why don’t we pile in the car and head to Stittsville for a pretty cool history refresher. Goulbourn Museum is the place to be today.
Here we can head back in time for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. (Was that when you were a kid?)
Located at 2064 Huntley Road in yesteryear municipal buildings (the township hall of 1872 and the clerk’s building of 1961), the museum is hosting a bicentennial celebration June 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It’s extra special because the 100th Regiment of Foot settled in the area after fighting in the War of 1812. Highlights include the introduction of two new military exhibitions, plus interactive games, displays, a historical presentation and a photo booth where we can pose for pictures in period costumes
Goulbourn Museum also has some pretty awesome exhibits about rural township life in the 19th and 20th centuries. (Was that when you had to dial a phone, dad?)
For details about the museum, visit www.goulbournmuseum.ca or call  613 831-2393.

Dadster, since we know we you love anything that goes vroom vroom, next we’ll take you to Billings Estate. Located at 2100 Cabot Street, this place belonged to original settlers Braddish and Lamira Billings. (Wonder if they made their kids clean their rooms?…)
Billings is hosting a Father’s Day Antique Car Show June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so we can see how cars have changed over time. If you want, dad, you can have your picture taken with the Billings 1959 Cadillac. Nice! There’s also a barbershop quartet and a barbecue, so you don’t even have to fire up the batbie when we get home – unless you want to.
For details, call 613 247-4830. Check http://ottawa.ca/en/rec_culture/museum_heritage/museums/billings/

Happy Father’s Day, dad. oxo

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