Heritage Designation for the
May 23, 2017, Brant Council presented our official Heritage Plaque to members of the Onondaga Hall Committee of Management. This event was held just shy of the 2 year anniversary of the committee’s formation to protect the hall.
The Onondaga Hall as served our community for 142 years. We hope it will continue in that capacity for many years to come!
Many thanks to everyone who supported the hall!
100% of the proceeds will be applied to our hall’s improvement.
The plants sold out in only a few hours. Many treasures were bought or swapped. It was a bright, breezy and fun day. As always, it was a pleasure to see Councillor Joan Gatward at our event.
Ready to open for the first of two sold out seatings, the hall was colourfully decorated for Spring. Fresh flowers brightened the tables. Committee members Arlene, Lisa, Carol and Jenny arranged a table full of homemade goodies. Chef Ron arranged the serving table. Jenny showed off the Bake Sale table.
Brant County Councillor Willem Bouma, a good friend of Onondaga, enjoyed the day.
Brant County Councillor Joan Gatward and Mayor Ron Eddy cheered a successful celebration of community!
The “Maple Guys”, Richard Seguin (right) and David Samson (left) gave tandem presentations on making maple syrup. Dave talked about how to make syrup in our own back yards. Richard gave a wonderful talk about his multi-generational family farm that produces local syrup. Richard’s delicious syrup was served at our breakfast.
The hall looked beautiful over the winter season! We hosted many private events throughout the season.
A good time was had by all at the second annual pig roast!
Congratulations to the prize winners of Best Buttertart and Best Pumpkin Carving!
Everyone enjoyed listening to music by The Macleans!
A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers!
On October 5, the Brant Pedalers and Paddlers headed out for a perfect day on the Grand River!
It was an easy launch for the Brant Pedalers and Paddlers. You can find more about this activity club on their website.
The Grand River at Onondaga is wide, deep and usually placid. Paddling upstream was serene against a gentle current. The return was easy with the wind and current.
This was an ambitious 3 hour paddle that left everyone smiling and invigorated.
Although it was a club sponsored event, interested people from Onondaga were invited to participate for free.
On Sunday, May 15, long time resident, Ray Simpson, was our guest speaker for a special event to celebrate Onondaga History. He had some wonderful stories to tell about the early days in our community.
Did you know that there used to be a whiskey distillery here? And hotels? Onondaga pine trees were shipped all the way to Britain. During years of war rationing, local maple syrup was a treasured source of sugar.
This free event was well attended. Cake and coffee was served. Memories were shared. Many thanks to both Ray Simpson and Ruth Lefler for opening a window to Onondaga’s past!
This spring, painting classes were hosted at the Onondaga Hall.
Landscape Painting Class produced beautiful works by budding local artists. Everyone worked from their own images and in their own styles.
A crew of extraordinarily determined Onondaga residents spent all day Saturday, April 30 cleaning up the river bank in front of the hall. They hauled tires, a rusty water heater, pipes, broken toilets, old fencing, assorted garbage and even an old hockey net up a steep cliff. Imagine how horrible all that trash looked from the river!
This effort certainly benefits the view from the river boat tours of our beautiful hall as a heritage landmark. People who canoe and boat along the river will enjoy an improved view of Onondaga. The removal of all that garbage is a significant benefit to the hall property and the village.
There is still more trash waiting to be removed. If you would like to volunteer to join your neighbours in cleaning our landscape, please contact us. Kindly do what you can to discourage others from illegal dumping.
Thanks again to all those who worked so hard to beautify Onondaga!