Watson’s Mill is inviting the entire community to have a blast from the past as it kicks off another season on Saturday, May 5.
Educational officer Cam Trueman said the mill will open to the public at 10 a.m. and will include a community barbeque, jazz band and milling demonstrations. Dignitaries from all levels of government will be there to mark the occasion. He said Mayor Jim Watson, Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod and MP Pierre Poilievre will reiterate the importance of “the year of the roof” as the mill tries to raise enough money to replace the mill’s badly leaking roof.
The museum’s millers will perform the “first grind of the season” at the mill between 1 and 3 p.m. that day, and the community can shop the first day of the museum’s summer-long used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trueman said the mill has a truly exciting line-up of events planned for the spring and summer, with an added twist of mystery as the mill adds a paranormal investigation event, a ghost camp for kids and a murder mystery dinner at the end of August.
The paranormal investigation will be lead by the Haunted Ottawa Paranormal Society on July 28, taking those interested in the spirit world on a walk through the mill in search of spiritual presence.
“It’s for those people who are really interested in using the equipment, setting it up, and learning what they’re looking for,” Trueman said, noting that HOPS comes equipped with things like infrared cameras, night vision cameras, and electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) recorders.
Watson’s Mill is a paranormal enthusiast’s dream, with a number of documented paranormal sightings and incidences at the mill. Many believe the ghost of Anne Currier resides in the mill, after she was killed at a celebration of the mill’s one-year anniversary in 1861. The 20-year-old had only been married to mill co-founder Joseph Currier for a month. Over the years, witnesses claim to have seen the ghost of a young woman in the mill’s upstairs window.
In August, kids can also explore the mill’s spiritual side during a week-long ghost camp, where they will mix Anne’s story, experiments with paranormal investigation equipment, games and crafts for a frightfully fun week at camp.
The murder mystery planned for August 24 will take a more modern angle on mysterious happenings, with a “Sam Spade kind of ‘40s mystery,” Trueman said.
The mill’s favourite programs are also back by popular demand: the beer, wine and scotch tasting events will return, as well as the strawberry social and fashion show. Milling demonstrations will take place every Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m. The Raise the Roof concert series that began last summer kicked off again in April with a gospel performance by Reverend Ernie Cox. The next concert will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.
For complete event details throughout the summer visit www.watsonsmill.com or call 613-692-6455.