Join us for this amazing event where over 20 RotaryClubs work together to promote this amazing FREE festival and literacy throughout the year.
A Day To Celebrate Stories – Sunday September 20th, 2015
This year’s illustration was created by Canadian illustrator Bernice Lum. Bernice was born in Toronto and is currently based there. She is a graduate of the Sheridan College Graphic Design Program. Bernice has illustrated for Oxford University Press, Chirp and Chickadee Magazines, Kids Can Press and Bloomsbury. She has had over 40 books published while continuing her commercial work with clients in the United Kingdom, North America, Japan and Korea.
An Inspiring Location
Take a step back in time at Westfield Heritage Village: host to Telling Tales Festival for the last seven years. Westfield’s natural surroundings and unique collection of historic buildings make it the perfect location to bring stories to life. Telling Tales performances take place at nine different stages throughout this picturesque village.
Authors and Illustrators & Storytellers… Oh My!
This year’s festival brings 30 of Canada’s top authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicianstogether to share their stories and talents with children of all ages. There is truly something for everyone: from babies to teens, parents and grandparents, from beginning readers to avid readers, and even to reluctant readers!
Books really come to life when presented by these engaging authors. They are some of our most talented children’s authors in Canada, and they’re also some of the funniest and most entertaining too. Read along, play along, dance, sing and have fun!
Lots To See, Hear and Do
Nine stages invite you to roam around the Village, enjoying music, games, and historic characters. Pose for pictures and chat with Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, Tinkerbell and other characters from your favourite stories.
Books, Books, Books
Buy a book from the Bryan Prince Bookseller’s tent and have the author sign it – what a prize for your bookshelf! Add some books to your home library for only a dollar or two, or bring a gently used book and “swap” it for a different one! Either way, at our Giant Book Swap & Shop kids can take home a new-to-them book.
Play & Learn
For the little ones there is a bustling Children’s Activity Centre in the Large Meadow with a special focus on creative, literacy-based play. Exhibitors, the Library Bookmobile and a vintage fire engine are sure to delight kids young, and young-at-heart. As an added bonus there are lots of contests and prizes during the Festival!
Westfield Heritage Village is buzzing with activity. Check out the steam locomotive, buy old-fashioned candy at the general store and even see how horseshoes are made at the Blacksmith Shop. All of Westfield’s fantastic costumed interpreters bring history to life by showing you what pioneer life was really like.
Mark Your Calendar now for Sunday, September 20th, 2015.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.)
Westfield Heritage Village
1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552) R