Doors Open Middlesex: Sept 17, 18

The Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail will be highlighted as part of Doors Open Middlesex, Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18, 2011.

Middlesex County – The unique historical towns and villages that make up Middlesex County will be front and centre this fall, as Middlesex Tourism sets to launch Doors Open Middlesex, a program that will educate, enlighten and entertain all those who come through the “doors”.  Maria Van Bommel, MPP for London-Kent-Middlesex, joined Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) representative Mike Crook to announce that this initiative would be receiving a $43,600 OTF grant.

Spirit of Ward mural in Wardsville

“This is exciting news for Middlesex Tourism,” said Van Bommel.  “Doors Open will quite literally open a lot of doors for our communities and businesses.  September is an absolutely beautiful month for visitors to come to Middlesex to witness the best rural hospitality we have to offer.”

The grant will be used to establish the first-ever Doors Open Middlesex program, which will allow residents and visitors to visit a number of built and natural heritage sites, encouraging tourism and an interest in local history.  Doors Open Middlesex is the ideal vehicle for Middlesex Tourism to unite the communities in Middlesex County and assist them in their efforts to recognize the benefits of working together and ultimately establishing a tangible tourism product.

“The museums, historical and heritage societies, restaurants, store owners, downtowns, residents and visitors will all benefit from this experience,” said Sheila Devost, Tourism Development Officer for Middlesex Tourism.  “Those who come to experience Doors Open Middlesex will learn about the rich history and culture of this unique part of Southwestern Ontario, and will no doubt want to return to visit other sites at different times of the year.”

The mission of Middlesex Tourism is to develop an organization that will promote and market the tourism sector in Middlesex County.  Formed in April 2010 as the result of a successful grant submission to the Sand Plains Community Development Fund, Middlesex Tourism coordinates with stakeholders, service providers and local operators to create a unified tourism alliance in Middlesex County. They have been successful in bringing together many of the heritage players to consider the development of a Heritage Network which could jointly market and package their events and venues.

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For more information, please contact:

Sheila Devost, Tourism Development Officer, Middlesex Tourism



About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for, a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada. We are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.

Posted on April 14, 2011, in 3. Barn Quilt Host & Sponsors, 5. NEWS and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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