An intriguing new exhibit has recently been assembled in the Gerhard Ens Gallery at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV). In keeping with our theme for 2015, this exhibit has been named Mennonite Food: Tastes in Transition. The public is invited to attend an opening event on Thursday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Curator Andrea Dyck says, “The exhibit explores the question, ‘What is Russian Mennonite food?’ The answer to this question is interwoven with complex issues including religious beliefs, ethnic traditions, socio-economic realities, local landscapes and environments, neighbouring cultures, world politics, and international migrations. All of these influences have resulted in a diverse food tradition with a rich history. Today, nearly five centuries after the birth of Anabaptism, defining Mennonite food continues to be a dynamic and unfolding story.”
The Gerhard Ens Gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
When we had to cancel our Spring on the Farm festival on Victoria Day, I made a point of telling people that when I acknowledge that God has created the weather which causes us to cancel such an event, the cancellation doesn’t upset me. I had to rethink that perspective last weekend. Those of us living in southeastern Manitoba will recall that we experienced a rather violent storm on Saturday evening. After the worst of the storm had passed, I headed over to the museum to check for damage and found our big tent virtually collapsed. The centre poles were still in place but many of the smaller poles around the perimeter were down, and many of the straps anchoring the tent had snapped. Contemplating the damage that the tent had possibly sustained and the work likely required to re-erect it left me feeling somewhat less charitable toward the weather and the God who controls our weather.
As it turned out, we had almost no further wind for the rest of the weekend, so the crumpled tent stayed in place. On Monday morning a team of seven staff and volunteers spent three hours gently coaxing it back to its usual position. There was no visible damage to the tent, and nobody sustained any injuries in the process. I am very thankful and acknowledge the hand of God in this. We also look forward to the day when we will have a permanent building to replace this tent.
Canada Day Festival
In the six-and-a-half years that I’ve been on staff at Mennonite Heritage Village, we’ve always tended to feel that an attendance of over 2,000 people per day is a good attendance for a festival day. And it is. On occasion we’ve seen up to 2,500 guests on such a day. This year on Canada Day we had over 5,100 guests. Despite the line-ups at the rides and food vendors, which were somewhat reminiscent of Disney World, guests appeared to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the City of Steinbach in providing a venue to celebrate Canada Day.
We were privileged to have a blogger from www.mommymoment.ca and her family at MHV for that day. Her blog indicates they had a very good time. We have also recently established our own YouTube channel for MHV. It can be located by searching for “Mennonite Heritage Village” in YouTube. Our channel currently contains video footage from our Canada Day festivities, including the flag-raising ceremony.
Calendar of Events
July 9 – Exhibit Opening at 7:00 p.m. at MHV
July 13-17 – Pioneer Day Camp for children ages 5-8
July 31-August 3 – Pioneer Days (10:00–6:00 daily)
August 10-14 – Pioneer Day Camp for children ages 9-12