The Guildwood Village Community Association put together an incredible Guildwood Day 2019 with huge support from Guildwood businesses, schools, churches and community groups. Despite the evening BBQ being cancelled due to severe weather forecasts today was fantastic!
Thank you GVCA and thank you to all of the many, many volunteers that made today a success!
We met with Guildwood Village Storyteller Yvonne Garson this morning on the beautifully restored staircase inside the Guild Inn where she told us the story of the Ghosts of Guildwood. Many of you will know Yvonne from the Guildwood Village Library.
Thank you so much Yvonne for sharing this story. And Congratulations on your Retirement!
Also thanks to The Guild Inn Estate for letting us make this video inside, it was a little cold outside 🙂
For more stories like this, please join Yvonne’s group called Eastend Storytellers at Morningside Library. They meet on the 3rd Wednesday each month at 6:30pm until 8pm. For more details, please contact yvonnegarson at gmail dot com.
If you have a Guildwood Village story to share on camera, please contact us.
We met up with John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park to hear about the proposed use of the Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park.
“After being closed for more than 30 years, Guild Park’s “Sculptor’s” cabin is being considered for future use as a small-scale welcome/activity centre for park visitors.”
“The volunteer groups that organize events and activities at Guild Park recently submitted a proposal to the City of Toronto. The report identifies many ways to partner with the City’s Arts Services division for re-opening and using this small, 230-sq.-ft. cabin, located near the front entrance of Guild Park.
In this 3-minute video, John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park, gives some background about the cabin and how it might be used by park visitors in the summer of 2019. It’s another step forward in the remarkable and ongoing revitalization of Guild Park & Gardens, 201 Guildwood Pkwy., in Toronto’s Guildwood Village.
The Sculptor’s Cabin proposal is by the Guild Park Stakeholders Group, made up of volunteers from Friends of Guild Park, Guild Festival Theatre, Guild Renaissance Group and the Guildwood Village Community Assn.(GVCA).”
John P Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park, joins me to provide answers and insights into the Pioneer Log Cabin in The Guild Park.
Whether you’re in the passenger seat driving north to the cottage or staying home in Guildwood Village for the Simcoe Day long weekend, we hope you will enjoy this video which we made in response to the Log Cabin Questions we posted earlier in the week.
1) Did Augustus Jones or Lord Simcoe build this cabin? That may or may not be a trick question.
2) How many rooms are in this cabin?
3) Who was the last Guild of All Arts artist-in-residence to use this cabin?
A archaeological excavation of the area surrounding the “Pioneer Cabin” was conducted by University of Toronto Professor Marti Latta in the summer of 1996. The goal was to discover who built the Log Cabin, one of the the oldest in Ontario. Historical records had suggested three possibilities Augustus Jones (Surveyor, 179l-1793); William Osterhout (United Empire Loyalist,1796-1803); and William Humphreys (Farmer,1845-1870). Although today it is named after Osterhout, the builder of the cabin is believed to he Humphreys, one of Scarborough’s earliest settlers.
More recently, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, an artist in residence at Guild Park, lived on the grounds in a cottage and made the historic log cabin her studio. She taught extensively and believed “it was her mission to make appreciation of sculpture accessible to the public”. via article from www.insidetoronto.com