Canada Day was celebrated in style in 2014!
Over 105 people visited the house on guided tours, and nearly the same number enjoyed tea and scones at tables set under the 100 year old apple trees on the lawn on July 1 from 12 noon to 4 pm.
A special guest was Murray Rankin, M.P. for Victoria, who had a special tour, and took some time to have tea as well.
Beautiful hot weather prevailed, and our many visitors enjoyed special displays by the Hallmark Heritage Society; the Old Cemeteries Society; and the Victoria Heritage Foundation.
Heritage chickens were in a pen at the front fence, which attracted the curious – including, briefly – a hawk who hovered overhead, before being seen off by the presence of the nearby croquet players.
Our new Gift Shop was well attended, and a Membership desk signed up several new members and supporters were welcomed to the Society.
Our special “Roscoe Blend” tea – infused with rose petals – was enjoyed by the crowd, and many purchased packets of the tea to take home. The special blend tea – from Murchie’s – was created for Ross Bay Villa, based on Sir James Douglas’ description of the house in 1869: “a pretty cottage half-buried in roses and honeysuckle”.
Delicious scones for the tea (and some useful tents) were kindly provided by Thrifty Foods.
Thank you both to Thrifty Foods and Murchie’s (since 1894) for supporting the preservation of Ross Bay Villa!
Remember, tours of Ross Bay Villa are held each Saturday at 2pm, or by Special appointmnet. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org