hespeler village

Official Opening of the FHM

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Capturing the warmth and tremendous support from the City of Cambridge and many other visionary community leaders including Waterloo Regional Council during the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the Fashion History Museum in the village of Hespeler, Cambridge, Ontario

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“Stepping Out”

A 8 minute (gorilla) video of the proceedings here

Shot during the ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening of the Fashion History Museum on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. Features the (unedited) opening remarks by Kenn Norman, CEO and an inspiring message delivered by City of Cambridge Mayor, Doug Craig. A demonstration of authentic community building in action. Nicely done!

Kathryn McGarry shines

“I wish this was” La Mur

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Street Party Celebrations & Urban Art

captured live

Saturday, September 26, 2015

following 4 weeks of public outreach and community engagement

“I wish this was…”

A call for citizens to participate in the expression of a new vision for Hespeler Village, inspired by Neighborland (http://candychang.com/i-wish-this-was/), a forum/rally for collaborative civic art south of the border. Traditional media outlets, a social media campaign and a “chalkboard” have been used by the Village BIA to encourage community engagement and participation. The Chalkboard was mounted to a concrete monument located at the northeast gateway at Queen Street & Guelph Avenue which will soon be demolished to make room for the proposed Public Art. While the original intention was to commission the Work as part of the current streetscape project, the Hespeler BIA proposed to engage the community and get a sense of “I wish this was” at this very prominent corner. City of Cambridge staff are supportive and excited about the idea.

Follow the campaign at:
facebook.com/HespelerVillageSmashup
twitter.com/skitaberry

Curious about Hespeler Village? Visit:

facebook.com/HespelerVillage
facebook.com/thecityofcambridge
The Fashion History Museum
Company of Neighbours
Queen Street Music School
Urban Artist Ean Kools
Galt Strokers Club
O&V Tasting Room

FHM – Weaving the Threads

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Kenn Norman, CEO & Jonathan Walford, Curator, co-founders of the Fashion History Museum speak with students from Ryerson University’s School of Architecture during their site visit to 74 Queen St East in Cambridge on February 25th, 2015. Stefany Kawka shares her passion for Hespeler Village as a local restaurateur and Chair of the BIA. Students were conducting field measurements and gathering historical, demographic and cultural clues to inform their case study of the former post office building. The site was chosen as the subject building for the 2015 CSC Student Design Competition sponsored by the Grand Valley and Toronto Chapters of Construction Specifications Canada.

Special thanks to Lary Turner, a local historian for leading students in a walking tour of the village which included a view of the Riverband Lofts development site, a visit to the Heritage Centre and tour of the Hespeler Carnegie Library.

The FHM story fast forwards to opening day on Saturday, June 27th with a sample of the exhibit “Back to the Eighties”. Follow the developing story at:

facebook.com/fashionhistorymuseum
kickshawproductions.com/blog
fashionhistorymuseum.com

for more information about the 2016 CSC Student Design Competition watch this site! And bookmark:
grandvalley.csc-dcc.ca
cscdesigncompetition.com
Curious about Hespeler Village? Visit:
facebook.com/HespelerVillage
facebook.com/HespelerVillageSmashup

like the soundtrack? Visit jojoworthington.com
facebook.com/jojoworthington

milling about Hespeler

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the illustrious Mill Girls of Hespeler

while employed at Dominion Woollens and Worsteds

Soundtrack recorded at the Hespeler Heritage Centre

11 Tannery St., East in Cambridge, ON

Gramophone playback of Bing Crosby singing "Swinging On A Star" 
by songwriters Johnny Burke & James Van Heusen

more about the history of Hespeler Village at:
Visit Cambridge Ontario
The Company of Neighbours
Hespeler Heritage Centre facebook page
Jonathan Walford’s blog
The Star Nov 26, 2011

uwaterloo library archives

LYRICS:
Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule?

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig?

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He’s fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don’t care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish?

A fish won’t do anything, but swim in a brook
He can’t write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he’s slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish

A new kind of jumped-up slippery fish
And all the monkeys aren’t in the zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So, you see it’s all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin’ on a star

Chalk it up for Hespeler Village

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STREET PARTY SATURDAY, SEPT 26TH!

Check out facebook/HespelerVillageSmashup for details

City of Cambridge’s “We Dig Hespeler” Sept 18/15 Newsletter

The City of Cambridge

and the

Hespeler Village Business Improvement Association

are pleased to announce

that funding is available for a new public monument

at the corner of Queen & Guelph

The objective of this project is to create a distinct “sense of place” for The Village. Our hope is to create an iconic landmark that proclaims “You have Arrived”! We invite everyone to provide us feedback for what you wish this space could be. Please write down your ideas on the chalkboard and tell us what you would like to see here

right in the Heart of your Village

or simply record them on our facebook wall
Hespeler Village Smashup twitter feed here



Student Design Awards LIVE at Connections Cafe May 20th – UPDATED

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Connections Cafe 2015 live stream inviteWatch Event Slideshow here

Construction Canada announcement here

Connections Café is about meeting with our colleagues in the design & construction community to discuss trends in the industry, share stories and make plans for the future.  On May 20th at 7pm we will proudly introduce the top five winning teams of the 2015 CSC Student Design Competition

in celebration of the outstanding effort by all contestants & faculty

and   the empowering inspiration of community & creativity

Segments of the evening will be videotaped to share with friends of CSC across the country in recognition of the contributions of many supporters, especially our sponsors!

join us at:   http://www.ustream.tv/channel/csc-design-competition

Construction Canada online here

Following Connections Cafe, a display of the top five entries will be available for public viewing

at the Fashion History Museum at 74 Queen Street East in Cambridge

CSC is Tapping the Future

Tune in on May 20th!

join the live stream here at 7pm

View the Connections Cafe 2015 live stream invitation

contest background here