Tuesday, December 06, 2016


Grand Bend, ON - On Sunday, August 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Dutch Heritage Day returns to the Lambton Heritage Museum bringing entertainers from The Netherlands for a Brabant Fling!  


Visitors can arrive at noon to purchase traditional Dutch fricandellen and croquetten to enjoy before settling into their lawn chairs for the main performance beginning at 1 pm and continuing until 4 pm.    


Entertainment for the afternoon will be provided by ‘De Peelhazen’ a seven member group, from The Netherlands who spontaneously started entertaining in 1986.  Their twelve day visit to Ontario, in August, coincides with their 25th Anniversary.  De Peelhazen's cabaret show includes a varied programme of skits, songs, poems and music.  The members of the group are Lenie vanDriel, Ad den Otter, Colinda Rombouts, Petra Hurkmans, Jos Manders, Jos Tonnaer and Anneke van Lankveld.


In the wake of the stresses and disasters that the Second World War wreaked on the Netherlands, waves of Dutch immigrants came to Canada in the early 1950’s in search of a new life based on the agricultural life.   The rural lifestyle of Lambton County attracted its fair share of these immigrant families, some of whom arrived with little more than an enthusiasm for growing things from the soil.  Now sixty years later, this older generation of immigrants looks back with a sense of pride and accomplishment and at what has been achieved: they have adapted to Canadian society, learned a new language, taken up and improved farms and raised children as Canadian citizens.  


“Dutch Heritage Day” began in 1995, when the Museum featured a year-long exhibition that chronicled the immigration experience, the settling in process, and the many contributions made by the Dutch community a half century ago.  The special day was added, in the style of a family picnic with cultural highlights of dance, music and song, food and language, as known by the Dutch community of over fifty years ago.


You don’t have to be Dutch-Canadian to enjoy the tastes and sounds of Dutch Heritage Day!  Come out and help the Dutch community celebrate its heritage.  Lawn chairs and sunscreen are recommended.  Advance tickets are available at all Libro Financial Group Branches and at the Lambton Heritage Museum.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event.


Lambton Heritage Museum is an antique lover’s delight.  Buildings on site include the 1867 Cameron Church, a blacksmith shop, school house, slaughterhouse and a fascinating assortment of agricultural and pioneer implements.  Mature oaks shade the grounds and a picnic shelter provides a lovely setting for a rest stop.  The Walden Gallery contains extensive collections, including Canada’s largest display of pressed glass and a priceless collection of Lambton significant furniture.  The museum includes activities for children, a gift shop with intriguing books on the local area, and a tourist information centre.


Lambton Heritage Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 5 PM, weekends and holidays from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Admission for Dutch Heritage Day is $6. adults, $5. seniors/students, $4. children, $20. family.   The Lambton Heritage Museum is 8 km south of Grand Bend on Highway 21.  For more information call 519 243-2600 or email heritage.museum@county-lambton.on.ca


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Gwen Watson,

Office/Event Coordinator

Lambton Heritage Museum, County of Lambton

Telephone:  519 243-2600

Fax:  519 243-2646

email: gwen.watson@county-lambton.on.ca


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