Yesterday we drove out to Combermere, Ontario, to the Madonna House Pioneer Museum and St. Raphael’s Handicraft Centre. It is a beautiful drive through cottage country, I confess to being so tired, that I fell asleep on the way up and missed a lot of beautiful scenery. For those who know Madonna house, I need not explain it, but a short note for those who are new to Madonna House, it is run by missionaries, all items that are on display in the museum, or for sale in the shops, are donated, and ALL the proceeds go the poor.
The museum is pat of the Renfrew County Museums Network, there is a main shop with a multitude of collectibles, curios and antiques. There is an Art Gallery with paintings, prints and other works of art. One of my favourite haunts is The Small Shop, a thrifty shopper’s favourite, vintage items, costume jewelry and countless pieces of interest.
It is known for its Book Shop with a wide variety of used books, rare and antique special collections. The Pioneer Museum is a must if you are interested in an extensive Canadian Collection of old tools and…. the museum was built from 100 year old hewn logs by experts in the Madawaska Valley. for the museum, it is a guided tour.
Coming up Labour Day Week-end. September 5th and 6th. 1 pm – 4 pm they are having a Heritage Fest. Where you can see first hand, their skills in wool carding, spinning,weaving,felting, bee hive demonstrations, butter churning, pottery, and wood carving.
Madonna House is self-sufficient, in that it runs a farm to produce, for example, the sheep fibres used in the wool carding, spinning and weaving, cows for the milk, and butter, this is a must visit for families that want their children to know what life was like, prior to all the modern technology that we are bombarded with today.
Coordinates for Madonna House 2887 Dafoe Road, (Hwy 517) Combermere, Ontario. 613-756-3713 or visit http://www.madonnahouse.org please if you have the time, visit their website, they are dedicated to loving and living a life of service, in all aspects of everyday life….
Namaste – Oyashikiri