Here are a few photos from the Jane’s Walk on May 6 – The Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood – since 1793. Thanks to Dhruv and Calvin.
Duke of Connaught Public School and Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood
Saturday May 26, 2012
10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
Duke of Connaught Public School, 70 Woodfield Road
Parent Resource Room (through front door of “old” school, first door on left).
- Share your local history stories, photos and artifacts with neighbours and students from the community
- We will be collecting and documenting your stories as part of the Duke of Connaught’s 100th anniversary archive project
- View the neighbourhood timeline on Robert Miller’s blog (this site)
Tell your story
- Bring your family photos, old newspaper articles and neighbourhood memorabilia (baseball uniforms, medals, artifacts, etc.)
- Join us and share your stories about the Duke of Connaught school and the Ashbridge’s area
The collection will become part of an ongoing school archive to celebrate our community.
If you cannot attend this event and have a story or artifact you would like to share, please contact us at 416-463-6933.
Photo from Toronto Star:
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watch Victoria Day fireworks with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty at Ashbridge’s Bay, Toronto. (May 21, 2012). There is also an exciting shot of the royal couple walking past a candy floss vendor.
Original post on May 18:
From a list of things to do over the long weekend:
Toronto Victoria Day Fireworks, Ashbridge’s Bay Park, May 21 — Join Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for a traditional Victoria Day fireworks celebration over Lake Ontario.
From the royal tour itinerary:
Monday, May 21, 2012
Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridge’s Bay
Their Royal Highnesses join Ontarians to celebrate Her Majesty’s 60-year reign at the largest Victoria Day celebration in the province.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will join emergency services workers and their families.
Games, Inflatables, Activities and Food! Great fun for everyone!
All proceeds support Duke activities. This event happens rain or shine. If it rains, the day will be moved indoors to the Woodfield gym, otherwise it will be in front of the school.
Duke of Connaught Fun Fair
Saturday June 9
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
70 Woodfield Road
South of Dundas, north of Queen.
Between Greenwood and Coxwell.
Take part in this exceptional evening of relaxation and fun while raising money to support Applegrove’s work with young children and families. Bring your friends!
Besides a choice of services and classes, you will :
- have complimentary access to the café where you can enjoy a delightful array of healthy nibbles and beverages
- indulge in a chocolate fountain
- have access to henna or paraffin wax treatments
- enjoy retail therapy at the Silent Auction!
Tickets are only $50, but are limited in number … Act quickly to treat yourself, your mother, sisters and friends!
Spa Night proceeds will support children’s early development.
Applegrove Community Complex
60 Woodfield Rd.
It was a great day for a walk through the community. Thanks to the 45 people who joined me on Sunday May 6 for the Jane’s Walk: The Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood – Since 1793.
Thanks for your stories about the neighbourhood, and your participation. Thanks to Umar, Dhruv and Calvin for helping out. I’ll look through photos and post some here.
A special thanks to Robert and Rick (Duke class of ’49 I believe they said), our guests from out of town who drove all the way here just for the walk around their old stomping grounds. They had such great tales to tell – I had never heard that there had been a park on the south side of Queen between Jonathan Ashbridge Park and Coxwell, and that it was a major place for ball games in the east end. We learned that after the park came the wartime houses, which in turn were disassembled and rebuilt in Ajax, which Robert and Rick told me at Voulez-Vous over coffee. Those houses were replaced by the apartments and other buildings that are on that block today. Lots of different uses for that piece of ground over the decades.
Also kind of amazing: their memories of the East Riverdale Rec Centre that used to be in Jonathan Ashbridge Park; that they skated on Ashbridge’s Bay just on the south side of Eastern Avenue, when it came up that far; that Steve Stavro helped Robert home one day after he had broken his arm; that Rick was married in St. Stephen’s Church, that had been at the foot of Greenwood Avenue, and Robert was his best man. Buddies from Duke school days and pals they remain. And then there were the stories about crawling under fences to pilfer apples from the trees that were prevalent in the neighbourhood.
– Robert Miller
If you weren’t on the walk, and have stories to tell, there are still ways to get involved.
Thu. May 24 – 4 to 6 p.m. Digital Archive Day, Duke of Connaught School, 70 Woodfield Road. Bring photos of the neighbourhood and school to Duke of Connaught to be scanned; they will be returned. If you can’t make it that day, come to the History Harvest May 26 or the following photo day on June 15 (also 4 to 6 p.m.). Help identify, organize or scan the existing piles of photos, or bring items (letters, report cards, newspaper clippings, old outfits, logos, awards, etc.) to be scanned! Light refreshments will be provided, and there are sure to be plenty of stories and laughs.
Sat. May 26 History Harvest – bring your stories, photos, memorabilia to Duke of Connaught School, 70 Woodfield Road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enter by the main door (old school) and the first room on your left, Parent Room, is where the Harvest is being held. This will be your chance to tell stories about your experience in the school and / or the neighbourhood. You don’t have to be a former Duke student to come and tell your story.
See duke100th.com for more details about all the events celebrating Duke of Connaught School’s 100th birthday.