Doors Open returns for third year in Lambton County

Free event runs Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12

Organizers of the third Doors Open Lambton County have set a theme of “Science and Innovation” for the two-day, 30 site informal tour that will give visitors a “behind the scenes” look at some of the cutting-edge contributions made in the area over the years.

A number of public buildings and businesses as well as private homes will be part of this year’s Doors Open Lambton County, said Luke Stempien, County Archivist and chair of the Steering Committee.

“Building on our past success and participant feedback, (this event) will allow visitors and residents to explore 30 hidden spaces all across the County. These amazing sites celebrate our local history and culture in Lambton County.”

A walking tour of historic Forest departs from the Forest-Lambton Museum, the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery hosts vault tours (registration required), and the Lambton County archives will be home to short Introduction to Geneology workshops. Forest Glen Herb Farm & Bed and Breakfast is also hosting live demonstrations exploring the historic uses of herbs.

Sites such as Enbridge Sarnia Solar, Fairbank Oil, the Kineto Theatre in Forest and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia are on the list.

Among the businesses featured are the Refined Fool Brewing Co. in Sarnia and the ART Shop in Watford.

The Kiwanis Kineto Theatre in Forest is one of this year's Open Doors Lambton County sites.
The Kiwanis Kineto Theatre in Forest is one of this year’s Open Doors Lambton County sites.

Churches on the list include Christ Church in Petrolia and Our Lady of Mercy in Sarnia.

Those interested in private homes can explore Skilbeck House in Sarnia, which was built in 1834 and was home to Sarnia’s first bank. In Petrolia, the opulent Nemo Hall was built by mill owner and oil man John J. Kerr.

Many sites such as Roeland Plant Farms, Alton Farms Estate Winery, Up at Sunrise Hosts, and Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House will give visitors the opportunity to explore and taste the innovations occurring at agriculture sites across the County.

There are also guided tours and workshops available at some sites. A walking tour of historic Forest departs from the Forest-Lambton Museum, the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery hosts vault tours (registration required), and the Lambton County archives will be home to short Introduction to Geneology workshops. Forest Glen Herb Farm & Bed and Breakfast is also hosting live demonstrations exploring the historic uses of herbs.

The full list of participating sites is available online at www.doorsopenlambtoncounty.ca.

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