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Horse & Buggies and The Mennonite Story

If you have visited the St. Jacobs area, chances are you encountered a horse & buggy clip-clopping along a rural road or through the village of St. Jacobs;  its occupants wearing bonnets, straw hats, and simple conservative clothing.  It may have been a surprising sight and perhaps you wondered why anyone would choose that way of life in our fast-paced world?
 

 

horse and buggies on rural road in morning mist
 

That’s where The Mennonite Story comes in. For 40 years, this not-for-profit interpretive centre has invited visitors to journey through engaging multimedia presentations, interactive displays, and short video or film presentations which respectfully share valuable insights into the history, faith, and culture of Mennonites, including the Old Order “horse & buggy” people, many of whom live locally and excel at farming and related businesses, food production, quilting, and furniture craft.

 


 

 

But visitors will also leave with an understanding of the Mennonites’ Anabaptist beginnings in 16th century Europe when they were hunted down as heretics - often tortured or killed - after breaking away from state churches during the political and religious upheavals of the Reformation.

 

You’ll follow their quest to resettle in "new-found lands" -- in Pennsylvania and later in Canada and other places where freedom of worship was tolerated -- driven by their ongoing determination to live peaceably, and to remain faithful to their understanding of New Testament Christian teachings centered on pacifism, believer baptism, and supporting one another in community. 

 

You’ll discover that today, there are diverse congregations of Mennonites all around the world. Though outwardly a Mennonite may either blend with contemporary society or have chosen to remain noticeably separate from it, they may still adhere to similar underlying beliefs.
 

young Old Order girls with sun bonnets


The Mennonite Story Interpretive Centre has a backstory too

 

Flashback to the early 1970s:  St. Jacobs was a sleepy village at risk of becoming redundant as a newly constructed super highway bypassed it entirely, whisking traffic easily to nearby urban centres where commerce was booming.

 

Even so, the rural Old Order “meetinghouse” churches lined with horse & buggies on Sunday mornings increasingly drew the attention of photographers, visitors, and tour companies. Without much organized opportunity for deeper understanding of what these places of worship represented, and often without proper respect shown, the need for some kind of intervention was soon evident.

 

Around that time, Mennonite pastors and thinkers approached Milo and Laura Shantz --already known for having incubated and grown many successful business ventures -- about developing a place where visitors could gain accurate insights about the Old Order, perhaps while enjoying a great meal based on the many delectable foods attributed to the Mennonite “Pennsylvania Dutch” heritage (think farmers sausage, preserves, and Dutch apple pie)!

 

And with that, The Stone Crock Restaurant was conceived, opening its doors in 1975 to overwhelming reception. The original intent was that wait staff would be trained in fielding questions about Mennonites while pouring coffee or serving “family-style” platters of delicious foods to guests, but it soon became apparent that would be impossible.

 

So, intensive planning was soon underway to fund and create an interpretive centre dedicated entirely to 'Telling the Mennonite Story'.  And the rest, as they say, is history!

Be sure to visit The Mennonite Story next time you are in the Village of St. Jacobs. It’s open every day (including most holidays) and you’re sure to receive a warm welcome and leave with a greater understanding of the people you may meet along the way.


Since its launch in 1979
The Mennonite Story has welcomed over 1 million visitors
from over 90 countries
and its audio tour is available in 8 languages! 
 

 

2019 is extra special because this year
 

The Mennonite Story is 40!

 

The Mennonite Story is grateful for the many admission donations received throughout its 40-year history.  It is also indebted to the Shantz’s businesses and their charitable foundation for the generous funding and ongoing commitment to the interpretive centre over the years.

 

In addition, The Mennonite Story has been supported by a welcoming, dedicated, and knowledgeable roster of volunteers and volunteer managers over the year including its current manager, Del Gingrich, who will retire this year after an incredible 21 years of service.  

 

To everyone, for every contribution, The Mennonite Story says "Thank you!"
 


 

Join us for a Fundraising Breakfast to
Celebrate 40 years!

 

Saturday September 28, 2019

8 - 11 a.m.
at Waterloo North Mennonite Church
with guest speaker

JOHN RUTH
Storyteller, former tour guide, and one of the visionaries who helped shape the project

Tickets $30   Click here to purchase

or call The Mennonite Story 519-664-3518

 


"The Mission of The Mennonite Story is to creatively and respectfully share

our history, culture and faith.


The Vision of The Mennonite Story is to foster understanding, conversation and reflection

from a faith perspective utilizing multi-dimensional media."

 


 

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Quilt Festival Springs into Action, May 21 - 25, in St. Jacobs

After a long and grey winter season, the many colourful and eye-popping artistic delights that a quilt festival delivers couldn't be more welcome!

Mark your calendars for the Quilt & Fibre Arts Festival taking place May 21 - May 25, 2019 in the village of St. Jacobs and throughout Waterloo region.  Quilters, crafters, and others of all ages can enjoy amazing exhibits and take part in a variety of activities that have made this event one of the year's most anticipated. 

 

Whereas traditional quiltmaking offered an artistic outlet in the local community over past generations - with 'quilting bees' providing social connection - it was done primarily out of practical necessity.  Today's event organizers work hard to showcase a fresh and ever-expanding repertoire of modern fibre arts too, underscoring how textiles continue to take their place among contemporary craft and design.

 

With that said, read on to take a look at what's ahead in St. Jacobs during the Festival, then click on the link to view the full Calendar of Events (2 pages) for details of events across the region including ticket and admission information.

 

tea cup and snacks, quilts


1.  Wearable Art Fashion Show. Don’t miss the “Wearable Art” fashion show on May 21 & 22 at Cellar52! Support local artists in both fashion & food. You’ll enjoy a unique runway show, tasty vegan food made locally and the opportunity to purchase local fashions. All proceeds go to the MCC. Tickets $30 or a table of 8 for $200.  Perfect for a ladies night out, ladies lunch, Mother’s Day celebration or date night! Email epixfashion@gmail.com to secure your spot!

(scroll to bottom of blog for poster).


2.  "A Sampling" at The St. Jacobs Shoolhouse featuring guest artist and Tea Room.

A perennial favourite, this show at the historic St. Jacobs Schoolhouse venue features hand-made quilts and needlework by guest artist Helen Martin, as well as quilts from her vintage collection.  Admission includes tea & treats, with festive hats welcomed! Also featured at this exhibit:

  • display of the ‘Rising Star’ quilt designed by Don Doan, and pieced by members and friends of the St. Jacobs Quilt Shows board for the MCC Relief Sale Quilt Auction

3.  "Quilts for the World" Exhibit at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church (SJMC).

View an expansive display of newly created quilts and other items donated for the Ontario Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Relief Sale & Quilt Auction, as well as collections and special exhibits including:

  • demonstrations of traditional lacemaking by the Avon Lacemakers
  • a showcase of work by The Canadian Embroiderer’s Guild Guelph, and the Grand Guild of Fibre Artists

4.  Fibre Fashions at the Village Silos
Be sure to see Sonja Fijn’s interesting and unusual fibre fashions inside the St. Jacobs Village Silos, including a copper dress (pictured below).

 

images of quilted items


5.  Seminars and Deminars abound!
Register for some creative workshops and demonstrations to be held at Calvary United Church, including: 

  • Audrey Vrooman, 'Thread Magic'.  Tips on using different threads and stitches that will take your quilting to new heights
  • Ruth Hilderly, Needlepunch - 'Painting with Threads'
  • Judy Martin, How to create a 'Theme Quilt'
  • Cathy Jacobs, Learn to make a 'Jelly Roll Rug', start to finish

6.  Trunk Show with Robin Bogaert — 'My Quilt Journey'
Experience a creative journey featuring many styles of quilting including free motion,
ruler work, thread painting, and traditional.

 

Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to stay a day or two to see all the shows, plus enjoy some stellar dining and boutique shopping in the village of St. Jacobs too!

 

Wearable Art Fashion Show, ticket information:

 

 

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It's Maple Syrup Time, the Sweetest Season in St. Jacobs and Ontario!

Even amid the toughest days of late winter, nature is summoning surprises for the days ahead. One of the sweetest among them is Ontario's maple syrup season!

Maple syrup -- often touted as one of nature’s super foods -- is made from the sap of majestic sugar maple trees.  It is quite common for farms in the St. Jacobs area to boast an entire woodlot of maple trees, known as the “sugar bush”, as part of a producing farm. Maple syrup is delectably thick and sweet; a favourite pancake topping, awesome over ice cream, in coffee or wherever you might use sugar. Maple syrup can also be used to make maple taffy, maple butter, maple sugar and many other delicious maple products.

 

 

Maple syrup season only happens once year, typically March – April, and the production of maple syrup itself requires considerable expertise, precise timing, and hard work.  


As snow melts during warming days, and nighttime temperatures continue to dip below freezing, sap begins to flow within the maple trees, creating perfect conditions to ‘tap’ the trees and collect the clear watery sap.  Boiling the sap down to create maple syrup is a long and laborious process which is typically done in "sugar shacks" using modern evaporator systems. But that wasn’t always the case.


At the MAPLE SYRUP MUSEUM in St. Jacobs, you can see fine examples of artifacts used by Indigenous people to collect and boil the sap. There you can also view methods of production used by pioneering settlers -- with whom Indigenous people shared their knowledge -- as well as later and more modern methods of production. 

 

The Maple Syrup Museum is only one example of why St. Jacobs – located in Woolwich Township - is an excellent place to visit to experience this season, and it is open all year around.

 

TASTE!   EXPERIENCE!   LEARN!   CELEBRATE! 

 


Plan a daytrip or getaway soon to take in these maple-related activities:

Take a SUGAR BUSH TOUR with St. Jacobs Horsedrawn Tours, departing from St. Jacobs Farmers'  Market on Saturdays (until April 13, 2019), to a real sugar bush.


The world’s largest 1-day MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL takes place in Elmira, Ontario, on Saturday April 6, 2019  and on Saturday April 4, 2020.  Explore an entire main street mall filled with local food and craft booths, maple products straight from the farm, a pancake and maple syrup tent, and lots of family-friendly activities. 


“MAPLE WEEKEND" FARM VISITS
Scout some rural routes across southern Ontario to  local participating farms where you may see maple syrup production in action on site. Meet the people who make it and take some home to enjoy. Truly a tree to table experience! 
Maple Weekend takes place April 6 & 7, 2019.  In the area, look for Snyder Heritage Farms, Winding Road Farm, and Sugarwoods, all within approx 10 kms of St. Jacobs.  Check individual farms for activities and hours specific to their operations or follow Ontario Maple Syrup on social media.  If you go, share your favourite photos with #sweetontario!

 

EAT & SHOP for delicious locally-produced maple syrup products all year around at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market and The Farm Pantry in St. Jacobs.  Check out the Stone Crock Bakery in the village of St. Jacobs too, for delicious maple syrup muffins in season.

 

LEARN by watching this informative video produced by the Ontario Maple Producers' Association, and here's to a #SweetOntario maple season!
 

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Side by Side Black Friday Sales in St. Jacobs at Market Road Antiques and St. Jacobs Outlets!

Black Friday has grown in popularity in Canada over the past few years and debates about the true origins of the term "black friday" continue.  Today it is generally regarded as the start of the holiday shopping season in the USA, sometimes amid images of early morning lineups for store openings and frantic crowds. After all, who doesn't love to save some money and get a great deal ahead of the holidays!?

 

But in an increasingly fast-paced world, for many, an added sense of satisfaction comes from finding a way to incorporate the richness of past tradition into our modern living; to pay tribute to a quieter bygone time where a few simple treats - like nuts & candy and perhaps opening one or two treasured gifts with loved ones on Christmas morning - made the day special and memorable for a lifetime.

 

 

Blogs, magazines, home décor and diy websites are abuzz with ideas on how to achieve this, much of it centered on holiday décor. And within that realm, antiques and collectible items play an important role in bringing a sense of nostalgia to your home.

 

Consider how an antique piece of furniture – whether rustic or refined - or a table set with lovely antique dishes and glass can in itself pay homage to days gone by. A cedar garland strung with vintage ornaments and draped over a mantle, hutch or doorway can add dramatic flair and festive mood in an instant.

 

Or perhaps you are a do-it-yourselfer whose greatest satisfaction comes from repurposing an old item to star in your home in a fresh new way, or to give as a gift. Think wooden boxes, jugs, and jars adorned with greens and candles; bells of every description strung with ribbon; old skates, wooden sleds, skis, or an architectural element adorned to greet guests at the front door...

 

 

And even a small creative venture can be good for the soul. So take some time to browse for ideas on line or in magazines, stroll through Market Road Antiques with its more than 100 antique vendor booths, then perhaps... get out the glue gun, greens & glitter, and let visions of sugar plums and all things Christmas dance in your head as you prepare for the holidays!

 

 

  BLACK FRIDAY SALE at Market Road Antiques
  Thursday November 22 - Sunday November 25, 2018
  Open daily 10 am - 6 pm, and OPEN LATE to 8 pm
  on Thursday & Friday of this event!

 

  BLACK FRIDAY SALE at St. Jacobs Outlets

  (across Weber St from Market Road Antiques)
  November 23 - November 25, 2018. Open daily and
  weekday nights until 9 pm.

 

 

 

 

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St. Jacobs Sparkles,Thursday November 15 - Sunday November 18, 2018!

There will be a twinkle in the sky and magic in the air during St. Jacobs Sparkles! This  much-anticipated 4-day celebration ushers in the holiday shopping season in the village of St. Jacobs on November 15,16,17,18, 2018.
 


Shopkeepers have been busy as elves preparing festive samples, amazing promotions, in-store sales and contests just for you! They'll be rolling out the red carpet and keeping their doors open late so you can enjoy shopping amongst 1000s of twinkling lights in this pretty village, decked for the holidays. There will be free activities along the streets, including horse-drawn trolley rides, Victorian carolers, a visit from Santa, a weiner roast over the bonfire, a luxury limobus shuttle and more! Feeling hungry?  Reserve a seat in one of the village's restaurants or enjoy a treat from an outdoor food vendor.
 


Come join in the festivity with friends and neighbours, and find the joy in holiday shopping at St. Jacobs Sparkles! Schedule details below:

 

Event: St. Jacobs Sparkles

Thursday - Sunday, November 15 - 18, 2018
Location: Village of St. Jacobs

Shops open (extended hours):

Thursday and Friday 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm    Sunday 12 - 6 pm

 

 

FREE ACTIVITIES ~ Out & About St. Jacobs
 

NEW!  Winter Wonderland Photo Booth

FREE! Have your picture taken in a magical setting and share using #stjacobssparkles2018

Hosted by SJ BIA with greeters from Gemini Modelling Agency 

• Thursday & Friday 2 - 9 pm

• Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

 

NEW! Free Draw!

While at the photo booth, enter for chance to WIN one of 3 amazing prize baskets

 from St. Jacobs merchants including tickets to a performance by Drayton Entertainment, Stone Crock dining voucher and much more!

(Ballots may be also entered at Eco Cafe Thursday - Sunday when photo booth is closed).
Contest details on site; no purchase necessary.

 

FREE ~ A Visit with Santa

Kids! Have a chat with Santa at his hut outside Toy Soup

• Saturday  1:30 - 4 pm  • Sunday  1:30 - 4 pm

 

Wandering Victorian Carolers
•   Thursday 5 - 8 pm  •   Friday  12:30 - 3: 30,   4 - 7 pm
•  Saturday 2 - 5 pm  •  Sunday 1:30 - 4:30

 

FREE Horse-drawn Trolley Rides

•   Thursday 4:30 - 8:30 pm  •   Friday 4:00 - 8:00 pm
•   Saturday 1 - 5 pm (the shuttle does not operate on Sunday)

 

Lighting of the Tree 

See the lighting of the Christmas tree; enjoy choral singing and welcome remarks
• Thursday 6:30 pm, St James Lutheran Church

 

Burn Barrel  & Weiner Roast
Enjoy hot sweet apple cider plus charity hotdog & marshmallow roast at the Mill,
while quantities last. Hosted by Volunteer Fire Dept, St. Jacobs division

•   Thursday 6 pm   •   Friday 6 pm

 

FREE Luxury LimoCoach Shuttle by Brentwood Livery

Park free at Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Road,
then ride in style to and from the downtown at your leisure

•   Thursday 5 - 9 pm   •   Friday 5 - 9 pm

 

WHERE TO PARK (FREE)

 •  Municpal parking lot, 27 Albert Street, St. Jacobs

 • Thursday and Friday 5 - 9 p.m: Park at Calvary United Church and take the free
Luxury LimoCoach to downtown (approx. 1 km)

 


Outdoor Food & Drink


Stone Crock Outdoor Food Booth 

• Thursday 5 - 9 p.m.   • Friday 5 - 9 p.m. at Stone Crock porch

 

Beaver Tails Food Truck at Shadetree

• Thursday 4 - 9 p.m.   • Friday 4 - 9 p.m.

• Saturday 10 a.m. - 6  • Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.

 

IN-STORE SPECIALS AND PROMOTIONS

Check this page often as shopkeepers reveal their in-store promotions:

 

NEW! Carol Sing at Red Coral "Jingle on the Square"
Join in a carol sing, enjoy a hot chocolate bar and popcorn;
enter a draw for a decorative urn! Hosted by StuffIn Stockings,charity 

•  Thursday 7 - 9 pm   •  Friday 7 - 9 pm   •  Saturday 1 - 6 pm

 

The Farm Pantry
Samples by a visiting Canadian chocolatier, featuring chocolate that is dairy, nut, gluten, soy preservative and additive free. Healthy and delicious! 
• Thursday November 15, approx 2 - 5pm
 Also sampling of various local gourmet dips and condiments throughout the entire event.

 

Hybrid Hair & Detox Spa
 "Sparkle for your Soul"  • Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m. 
An evening of self care including Yoga, meditation, readings, Reiki and scalp massage,
wash & styles. Ticketed event; limited space.

Click here to request more details and reserve your ticket
 

A Gift To Remember

Lang & Pineridge Wall Calendars  $18.00

Blowout on Framed Pictures up to 60% Off the regular price.

Lots of sales throughout the store for 30 to 60% off the regular price.

 

FYi Doctors
Enter a draw for a chance to Win non RX sunglasses!
Plus, get 15% OFF any prescription eyeglasses purchased during Sparkles (Maui Jim's excluded)

 

St. Jacobs Post Office (Canada Post)
Visit the PO and drop your letter into Santa's "direct-to-the-North Pole" mailbox!
 • Friday only, until 9 pm 

 

Red Wind Studio

Stencil your own Christmas pillow! 
• Saturday 2 - 5 pm    or while supplies last
Plus! A pop-up shop in the studio featuring Paper & Sunshine, specializing in signs;
special pricing on many items including BOGO and "Save the Tax" deals throughout the event

 • Thursday - Sunday

 

Magnolia's
Save the HST! (some restrictions may apply)

 

Block Three Brewing Company

Enjoy free tastings of local craft beer. Also serving house-made Ginger Ale (non-alcoholic). 
Brewery and tasting room hours:
• Thursday - Saturday 11 am - 9 pm • Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Live Music at Block Three Brewing Company
• Thursday 5:30 - 8:30 pm with Safe as Houses.  Food for purchase by Those Pizza Guys 
• Friday 5:30 - 8:30 pm  with Monday Morning Whiskey 
• Saturday 5:30 -8:30 pm with Max Gumption

 

Waterloo Central Railway
The Polar Express™ Train Rides • November 15, 16, 17

check www.waterloocentralrailway.com for details

 

 

Click here to see the event on the St. Jacobs Village Shops Facebook page, or follow and post your images using #stjacobssparkles2018 and tag a friend or two!

 

 

Note: This event sponsored by  St. Jacobs BIA, St. Jacobs Country, and participating merchants.  All scheduled activity times are approximate and may be subject to change in case of severe weather.

 

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Disney Musical Packed with Family Fun this Summer in St. Jacobs!

by Drayton Entertainment

Go “under the sea” this summer as the blockbuster musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid comes to St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from July 18 to August 4. This aquatic adventure is sure to entertain guppies of all ages with its splash-tacular cast of familiar characters like Princess Ariel, Price Eric, Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and more.
 

Colourful costumes, dazzling dancing and unforgettable songs including “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and many more, means a stop at the theatre should be part of your St. Jacobs experience. 
 

Whether you’re planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, a visit to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse is a must. Explore the famous St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, do some shopping in the village, enjoy a delicious local meal and experience live, professional theatre all in the same charming area. With plush seats, beautiful acoustics, terrific sightlines and free parking, the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse offers top quality musicals and comedies all for one affordable price – only $46 plus tax per ticket. Plus, kids under 20 are only $27 plus tax, so the family can enjoy live entertainment together without breaking the bank.

 

Click here to take a virtual tour of the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse!

The 2018 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse also includes: the romantic comedy The Rainmaker (June 20 – July 7), Disney's The Little Mermaid (July 18 – Aug 4), the British farce Out of Order (Aug 15 – Sept 1), the Canadian premiere of Ghost: The Musical (Oct 3 – Oct 21) and the holiday musical panto Jack and the Beanstalk (Nov 28 – Dec 30). For more information about Disney’s The Little Mermaid or the 2018 Season in general, click here

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Quilt Shows in the Village of St. Jacobs, May 22 - 26!

You don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy the vast array of shows, exhibits and events that make the Quilt & Fibre Art Festival so vibrant and inspiring!

 

Held May 22-26, 2018 in communities across Waterloo Region, it celebrates the best work of quilters and fibre artists both from the past and the present.
 

 

More than 6 of the festival’s collective events will take place in St. Jacobs, a village of Mennonite and pioneering heritage where quilting and needlework played an important role – for both practicality and beauty.

 

During the Festival, visitors will see a variety of exhibits featuring everything from historic collections to the work of contemporary guest artists and guilds. Work may be inspired by modern or traditional patterns, be hand-stitched or machine quilted with free motion linear and digital designs, or it may be experimental using new techniques and trends for remarkable outcomes.

 

The Festival also holds a “trunk show”, afternoon tea, chat with an artist, demonstrations, workshops, a mystery bus excursion, and a merchant mall. 

 

The Quilt Festival is a great excuse to book a getaway to St. Jacobs! Stay at a top hotel such as Homewood Suites by Hilton; take in the quilt shows, local shops, attractions, and the nearby St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market (open Thurs & Sat).

 

For details and a Calendar of Events for the Quilt & Fibre Arts Festival, click here.

 

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It's Maple Syrup Time in St. Jacobs ~ The Sweetest Season!

With winter behind us and spring on the horizon, it's maple syrup season once again.  As majestic maple trees in local woodlots awake during warming daytime temperatures following freezing nights, sap begins flowing from root to treetop.  It's then that the trees are "tapped" and the watery sap collected for the long process of being boiled down to sweet and delicious pure maple syrup, taffy, sugars, and other maple products.

 

In St. Jacobs Country, there are a number of ways to learn, experience, and taste the magic of the maple season first-hand!

 

St. Jacobs Horse-drawn Tours hosts Saturday excursions to the sugar bush (until April 14 in 2018), local farmers sell maple syrup fresh from the farm at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market (Thursday & Saturday), and The Maple Syrup Museum tells the story of its production from the time it was introduced to pioneering settlers by indigenous people, to modern day production methods.

 

 

You can also sample and buy fresh local maple syrup products and other local gourmet foods all year around at The Farm Pantry, open every day in the Village of St. Jacobs, or order it from them online for shipping anywhere in Ontario.  

 

Maple syrup is so well-loved, and its production so significant to the local economy, that an entire festival is dedicated to it. The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is the world's largest one-day maple syrup festival and takes over the town's entire main street each year with a staggering array of crafters, food booths, and of course, all things maple.  It takes place on Saturday April 7, 2018; learn more by clicking here

 

Maple syrup season happens only once a year so be sure to plan a visit soon!  

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St. Jacobs Market District is Humming with Lots to Love in February 2018!

"Lots to Love" February SALE at St Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market!

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Once again, St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market  is giving you "Lots to Love" by jazzing up February with a massive sale! Throughout market, a huge number of food and craft vendors participate with their own unique offers and specials. See them all here! (pdf)


Every Thursday & Saturday, more than 200 vendors are at St. Jacobs Market to serve you in three distinct buildings, and you may even find a few hardy outdoor vendors too!

 

Find top quality fresh and smoked meats, fish & poultry, sausages and deli meats, cheese, farm fresh eggs, homestyle baking, mouthwatering desserts, locally-grown apples and other hardy Ontario crops, a mind-boggling array of delicious ready-to-eat foods, plus clothing, housewares,  gift ideas, and handicrafts galore.

 

 

Stop and chat with the farmers, butchers, bakers, food and craft producers themselves, and discover all there is to love at St. Jacobs Market.  Hop on over to our Facebook page to enter weekly contests too. The "Lots to Love" Sale event continues at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market every Thursday & Saturday, for the entire month of February.

 

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market is OPEN
Thursday & Saturday all year, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plus Tuesdays in summer too, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

And as if that weren't enough, there's even more to love in the entire "market district".  Market Road Antiques is hosting their month-long February Warm-Up Sale too,  and St. Jacobs Outlets' Mall-wide Winter Clearance & New Spring Arrivals Sale takes place February 15 - 25.  Both  of these shopping destinations are open every day, including Family Day holiday Monday.

 

 

Follow Market Road Antiques on Facebook.    Follow St. Jacobs Outlet Mall on Facebook. 

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St. Jacobs Sparkles! A Celebration of the Holiday Shopping Season!

 

Welcome St. Jacobs Sparkles! This much anticipated holiday event celebrates the holiday shopping season and took place on November 16, 17, 18, 19, 2017. Read on to see what took place, and plan to attend in 2018!

 

Merchants have been busy as elves preparing once-a-year savings, fabulous in-store promotions, festive goodies, free draws, and more for you to enjoy.  All across town shopkeepers throw open their doors for extended hours to 9 p.m. on Thursday & Friday night and until 6 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday.

 

Outdoors, strains of strolling Victorian carolers can be heard, horse-drawn trolleys decked with lights and bells transport happy visitors around the block; the warm-up barrel fire burns brightly and twinkling lights illuminate the streets (see below for schedule of activities). Everywhere, merriment and warm greetings abound. 

 

St. Jacobs Sparkles

Thursday - Sunday, November 16, 17, 18, 19, 2017
Location: Village of St. Jacobs


Store Hours:

•   Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
•   Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
•   Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
•   Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.

 

​Plan to attend and read on for lots more details!

 

Where to PARK:
New! FREE Luxury Shuttle
 to the village’s downtown aboard
Brentwood Livery's Limbusine  when you park free at Calvary United Church (see location).

•   Thursday evening  4:45 - 9 p.m.     •   Friday evening  4:45 - 9 p.m.

 

More free parking in the municipal lot off Albert Street, the Mill parking lot off Front St.,
street parking; overflow parking at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

 

Free Horse-drawn Trolley ride:

•   Thursday 4:30 - 8:30 pm   •   Friday 4:00 - 8:00 pm   •   Saturday 1 - 5 pm
(the horse-drawn trolley does not operate on Sunday)


 Victorian Carolers:

Listen for the strains of outdoor wandering carolers:
•   Thursday 5 - 8 pm  •   Friday 12:30 - 3: 30 pm   Friday 4 - 7 pm
•   Saturday 2 - 5 pm  •  Sunday 1:30 - 4:30

 

SANTA makes an appearance in the Village!  Bring your little ones and your camera!
•   Saturday 1:30 - 4 p.m.    •   Sunday 1:30 - 4 p.m.

(located in outdoor tent next to Toy Soup)

 

Warm up with warmed sweet apple cider at the burn barrel hosted by the Township of Woolwich volunteer firefighters, St. Jacobs division, in front of the Mill. Hotdogs and marshmallows while they last too (donations gratefully accepted).
•   Thursday evening  approx 6 - 9 p.m.     •   Friday evening  approx 6 - 9 p.m.  

 

Carols & Songs by Children's Choir from St. Jacobs Public School

•   Friday evening 
sponsored by the St. Jacobs Optimists 

 

Get Social!  Be prepared to post images of your favourite store displays

for a chance to win a St. Jacobs Sparkles prize pac valued at approx.

$1,000! Details at La Creme,  Xclusive Elements and other participating shops.

 

Optimist Club of St. Jacobs fundraiser to support new cribs for the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Grand River Hospital (located outdoors at Scotiabank).

•   Thursday   •   Friday   •   Saturday 

 

A peek at IN-STORE Specials  & Activities!

Read on for details & date specifics, and check back often for updates:

 

Stone Crock Restaurant, Jacobs Grill, and Stone Crock Bakery

• Enter on-site for chance to Win daily draw, Thursday Nov 16 - Sunday Nov 19

 

Stone Crock Meats & Cheese

• Drop in to enter for a chance to Win daily prize, Thurs Nov 16 - Saturday Nov 18!

 

Cecelia's Boutique  •  free gift with purchase Thursday - Sunday;
in-store refreshments too

 

• Stone Crock Outdoor Pop-Up! Purchase a hotdog, sausage-on-a-bun or chili,

Thurs & Friday approx 4:30 - 9 pm outdoors, or come on in for a meal

 

Spoil the Dog BakeryThursday Nov 16 - Sunday Nov 19:

• "Save the Tax" Sale all 4 days! Find many new christmas gifts for cats, dogs and their owners.

 

Hybrid Hair and Detox Spa on Thursday November 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm:
• a Christmas Carol sing-a-long

• 15-minute Angel Card Readings for $15
Plus discounts and prizes throughout November 16-19

 

Home Hardware, Thursday November 16, 5 - 9 pm:

• Try your luck on their Plinko Game, win a Prize! 
• Specials • "Save the Tax" shopping • Treats

 

At The Farm Pantry on Friday November 17:
• Sample specialty  all natural chocolates from a local chocolatier!

 

EcoCafe (new location at front of the Mill)

Take a seat on their outdoor patio while visiting the Stuffin’ Stockings crew
or take a seat inside and enjoy live music by a local harpist.

 

EcoCafe has great holiday gift ideas for coffee lovers, such as:

• $5 coffee gift bags • $35 gift packs • coffee gadgets

• drink and coffee bean specials all weekend long! 

 

Red Wind Studio 

• 10% off all merchandise with the exception of consignment items

 

Gift to Remember
• 2018 Lang & Pineridge Calendars $19.99 • All Framed Prints 25% off the regular price
Lots more specials throughout the store

 

Spanner

• 30 % Off New Arrivals! • 40% Off Jewellery and Accessories • Door Crashers at great deals

 

Xclusive Elements
• “No Tax” storewide during St Jacobs Sparkles!   • Unveiling of our “Top 10 List” of gift ideas!

• Complimentary Coffee and Baked Goodies to enjoy while you shop

 

Block Three Brewery

Thursday Evening: 
• Live Music with the Block Three House Band;

• Wood-fired Pizza from "Those Pizza Guys"

Saturday Afternoon: 
Live Music with Drew Chester from 1-3pm

 

At Angel Treasures
• draw for a prize, and everyone leaves with a Christmas angel ornament.

No purchase necessary; lots of chocolate to be eaten!

 

FYidoctors-St.Jacobs 

• stop by to see a variety of stocking stuffer ideas; and enter a ballot draw for sunglasses!

 

Region of Waterloo Library: St. Jacobs branch

• Let’s Read Storywalk in St. Jacobs, Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Walk with your family through the pages of the book, Good Morning Canada, displayed outside the branch and come inside to make a fun Canadian craft!
Andrea Beck is the Let’s Read selected author for 2017-18.
Free. All ages. Drop in. 519-664-3443

 

*See the EVENT LISTING on Facebook and click "Going"

PLUS, stay tuned to Instagram: @stjacobscountry, @stjacobsvillage
Facebook: St. Jacobs Village Shops

 

 

 

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Horse & Buggies and The Mennonite Story


If you have visited the St. Jacobs area, chances are you encountered a horse & buggy clip-clopping along a rural road or through the village of St. Jacobs;  its occupants wearing bonnets, straw hats, and simple conservative clothing.  It may have been a surprising sight and perhaps you wondered why anyone would choose that way of life in our fast-paced world?

 

horse and buggies on rural road in morning mist

That’s where The Mennonite Story comes in. For 40 years, this not-for-profit interpretive centre has invited visitors to journey through engaging multimedia presentations, interactive displays, and short video or film presentations which respectfully share valuable insights into the history, faith, and culture of Mennonites, including the Old Order “horse & buggy” people, many of whom live locally and excel at farming and related businesses, food production, quilting, and furniture craft.

 



But visitors will also leave with an understanding of the Mennonites’ Anabaptist beginnings in 16th century Europe when they were hunted down as heretics - often tortured or killed - after breaking away from state churches during the political and religious upheavals of the Reformation.

 

You’ll follow their quest to resettle in "new-found lands" -- in Pennsylvania and later in Canada and other places where freedom of worship was tolerated -- driven by their ongoing determination to live peaceably, and to remain faithful to their understanding of New Testament Christian teachings centered on pacifism, believer baptism, and supporting one another in community. 

 

You’ll discover that today, there are diverse congregations of Mennonites all around the world. Though outwardly a Mennonite may either blend with contemporary society or have chosen to remain noticeably separate from it, they still adhere to many similar underlying beliefs.
 

young Old Order girls with sun bonnets


The Mennonite Story Interpretive Centre has a backstory too.

 

Flashback to the early 1970s:  St. Jacobs was a sleepy village at risk of becoming redundant as a newly constructed super highway bypassed it entirely, whisking traffic easily to nearby urban centres where commerce was booming.

 

Even so, the rural Old Order “meetinghouse” churches lined with horse & buggies on Sunday mornings increasingly drew the attention of photographers, visitors, and tour companies. Without much organized opportunity for deeper understanding of what these places of worship represented, and often without proper respect shown, the need for some kind of intervention was soon evident.

 

Around that time, Mennonite pastors and thinkers approached Milo and Laura Shantz --already known for having incubated and grown many successful business ventures -- about developing a place where visitors could gain accurate insights about the Old Order, perhaps while enjoying a great meal based on the many delectable foods attributed to the Mennonite “Pennsylvania Dutch” heritage (think farmers sausage, preserves, and Dutch apple pie)!

 

 

And with that, The Stone Crock Restaurant was conceived, opening its doors in 1975 to overwhelming reception. The original intent was that wait staff would be trained in fielding questions about Mennonites while pouring coffee or serving “family-style” platters of delicious foods to guests, however it soon became apparent that would be impossible.

 

So, intensive planning was soon underway to fund and create an interpretive centre dedicated entirely to 'Telling the Mennonite Story'.  And the rest, as they say is history!

Be sure to visit The Mennonite Story next time you are in the Village of St. Jacobs. It’s open every day and you’re sure to receive a warm welcome and leave with a greater understanding of the people you may meet along the way.


Since its launch in 1979
The Mennonite Story has welcomed over

1 million visitors

from over 90 countries
and its audio tour is available in 8 languages! 
 

 

2019 is extra special because this year
 

The Mennonite Story
is 40!

 

The Mennonite Story is grateful for the many admission donations received throughout its 40-year history.  It is also indebted to the Shantz’s businesses and their charitable foundation for the generous funding and ongoing commitment to the interpretive centre over the years.

 

In addition, The Mennonite Story has been supported by a welcoming, dedicated, and knowledgeable roster of volunteers and volunteer managers over the year including its current manager, Del Gingrich, who will retire this year after an incredible 21 years of service.  

 

To everyone, for every contribution, The Mennonite Story says "Thank you!"
 


 

Join us for a Fundraising Breakfast to
Celebrate 40 years!

 

Saturday September 28, 2019

8 - 11 a.m.
at Waterloo North Mennonite Church
with guest speaker

JOHN RUTH
Storyteller, former tour guide, and one of the visionaries who helped shape the project

Tickets $30   Click here to purchase

or call The Mennonite Story 519-664-3518

 


"The Mission of The Mennonite Story is to creatively and respectfully share our history, culture and faith.


The Vision of The Mennonite Story is to foster understanding, conversation and reflection

from a faith perspective utilizing multi-dimensional media".

 


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Quilt Festival Springs into Action, May 21 - 25, in St. Jacobs

After a long and grey winter season, the many colourful and eye-popping artistic delights that a quilt festival delivers couldn't be more welcome!

Mark your calendars for the Quilt & Fibre Arts Festival taking place May 21 - May 25, 2019 in the village of St. Jacobs and throughout Waterloo region.  Quilters, crafters, and others of all ages can enjoy amazing exhibits and take part in a variety of activities that have made this event one of the year's most anticipated. 

 

Whereas traditional quiltmaking offered an artistic outlet in the local community over past generations - with 'quilting bees' providing social connection - it was done primarily out of practical necessity.  Today's event organizers work hard to showcase a fresh and ever-expanding repertoire of modern fibre arts too, underscoring how textiles continue to take their place among contemporary craft and design.

 

With that said, read on to take a look at what's ahead in St. Jacobs during the Festival, then click on the link to view the full Calendar of Events (2 pages) for details of events across the region including ticket and admission information.

 

tea cup and snacks, quilts


1.  Wearable Art Fashion Show. Don’t miss the “Wearable Art” fashion show on May 21 & 22 at Cellar52! Support local artists in both fashion and food. Enjoy a unique runway show, tasty vegan food made locally and the opportunity to purchase local fashions. All proceeds go to the MCC. Tickets $30 or a table of 8 for $200.  Email epixfashion@gmail.com to secure your spot!(scroll to bottom of blog for poster and ticket information).


2.  "A Sampling" at The St. Jacobs Shoolhouse featuring guest artist and Tea Room.

A perennial favourite, this show at the historic St. Jacobs Schoolhouse venue features hand-made quilts and needlework by guest artist Helen Martin, as well as quilts from her vintage collection.  Admission includes tea & treats, with festive hats welcomed! Also featured at this exhibit:

3.  "Quilts for the World" Exhibit at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church (SJMC).

View an expansive display of newly created quilts and other items donated for the Ontario Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Relief Sale & Quilt Auction, as well as collections and special exhibits including:

4.  Fibre Fashions at the Village Silos
Be sure to see Sonja Fijn’s interesting and unusual fibre fashions inside the St. Jacobs Village Silos, including a copper dress (pictured below).

 

images of quilted items


5.  Seminars and Deminars abound!
Register for some creative workshops and demonstrations to be held at Calvary United Church, including: 

6.  Trunk Show with Robin Bogaert — 'My Quilt Journey'
Experience a creative journey featuring many styles of quilting including free motion,
ruler work, thread painting, and traditional.

 

Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to stay a day or two to see all the shows, plus enjoy some stellar dining and boutique shopping in the village of St. Jacobs too!

 

Wearable Art Fashion Show, ticket information:

 

 


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It's Maple Syrup Time, the Sweetest Season in St. Jacobs and Ontario!


Even amid the toughest days of late winter, nature is summoning surprises for the days ahead. One of the sweetest among them is Ontario maple syrup season!

Maple syrup -- often touted as one of nature’s super foods -- is made from the sap of majestic sugar maple trees.  It is quite common for farms in the St. Jacobs area to boast an entire woodlot of maple trees, known as the “sugar bush”, as part of a producing farm. Maple syrup is delectably thick and sweet; a favourite pancake topping, awesome over ice cream, in coffee or wherever you might use sugar. Maple syrup can also be used to make maple taffy, maple butter, maple sugar and many other delicious maple products.

 

 

Maple syrup season only happens once year, typically March – April, and the production of maple syrup itself requires considerable expertise, precise timing, and hard work.  


As snow melts during warming days, and nighttime temperatures continue to dip below freezing, sap begins to flow within the maple trees, creating perfect conditions to ‘tap’ the trees and collect some of the clear watery sap.  Boiling the sap down to create maple syrup is a long and laborious process which is typically done in "sugar shacks" using modern evaporator systems. But that wasn’t always the case.


At the MAPLE SYRUP MUSEUM in St. Jacobs, you can see fine examples of artifacts used by Indigenous people to collect and boil the sap. There you can also view methods of production used by pioneering settlers -- with whom Indigenous people shared their knowledge -- as well as later and more modern methods of production. 

 

The Maple Syrup Museum is only one example of why St. Jacobs – located in Woolwich Township - is an excellent place to visit to experience this season. 

 

TASTE!   EXPERIENCE!   LEARN!   CELEBRATE! 

 


Plan a daytrip or getaway soon to take in these maple-related activities:

Take a SUGAR BUSH TOUR with St. Jacobs Horsedrawn Tours, departing from St. Jacobs Farmers'  Market (Saturdays until April 13), to a real sugar bush.


The world’s largest 1-day MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL takes place in Elmira, Ontario, on Saturday April 6, 2019.  Explore an entire main street mall filled with local food and craft booths, maple products straight from the farm, a pancake and maple syrup tent, and lots of family-friendly activities. 


“MAPLE WEEKEND" FARM VISITS
Scout some rural routes across southern Ontario to  local participating farms where you may see maple syrup production in action on site. Meet the people who make it and take some home to enjoy. Truly a tree to table experience! 
Maple Weekend takes place April 6 & 7, 2019.  In the area, look for Snyder Heritage Farms, Winding Road Farm, and Sugarwoods, all within approx 10 kms of St. Jacobs.  Check individual farms for activities and hours specific to their operations or follow Ontario Maple Syrup on social media.  If you go, share your favourite photos with #sweetontario!

 

EAT & SHOP for delicious locally-produced maple syrup products all year around at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market and The Farm Pantry in St. Jacobs.  Check out the Stone Crock Bakery in the village of St. Jacobs too, for delicious maple syrup muffins in season.

 

LEARN by watching this informative video produced by the Ontario Maple Producers' Association, and here's to a #SweetOntario maple season!
 


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Side by Side Black Friday Sales in St. Jacobs at Market Road Antiques and St. Jacobs Outlets!

 

Black Friday has grown in popularity in Canada over the past few years and debates about the true origins of the term "black friday" continue.  Today, it is generally regarded as the start of the holiday shopping season in the USA, sometimes amid images of early morning lineups for store openings and frantic crowds. After all, who doesn't love to save some money and get a great deal ahead of the holidays!?

 

But in an increasingly fast-paced world, for many, an added sense of satisfaction comes from finding a way to incorporate the richness of past tradition into our modern living; to pay tribute to a quieter bygone time where a few simple treats - like nuts & candy and perhaps opening one or two treasured gifts with loved ones on Christmas morning - made the day special and memorable for a lifetime.

 

 

Blogs, magazines, home décor and diy websites are abuzz with ideas on how to achieve this, much of it centered on holiday décor. And within that realm, antiques and collectible items play an important role in bringing a sense of nostalgia to your home.

 

Consider how an antique piece of furniture – whether rustic or refined - or a table set with lovely antique dishes and glass, can in itself pay homage to days gone by. A cedar garland strung with vintage ornaments and draped over a mantle, hutch, or doorway can add dramatic flair and festive mood in an instant.

 

 

Or perhaps you are a do-it-yourselfer, whose greatest satisfaction comes from repurposing an old item to star in your home in a fresh new way, or to give as a gift. Think wooden boxes, jugs, and jars adorned with greens and candles, bells of every description strung with ribbon, old skates, wooden sleds, skis, or an architectural element adorned to greet guests at the front door.

 

 

And even a small creative venture can be good for the soul. So take some time to browse for ideas on line or in magazines, stroll through Market Road Antiques with its more than 100 antique vendor booths, then perhaps... get out the glue gun, greens & glitter, and let visions of sugar plums and all things Christmas dance in your head as you prepare for the holidays!


4-day BLACK FRIDAY SALE at Market Road Antiques
Thursday November 22 - Sunday November 25, 201
Open daily 10 am - 6 pm, and OPEN LATE to 8 pm
on Thursday & Friday of this event!

 

BLACK FRIDAY Weekend SALE at St. Jacobs Outlets

(across Weber St from Market Road Antiques)
November 23 - 25; open daily and weeknights to 9 pm


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St. Jacobs Sparkles,Thursday November 15 - Sunday November 18, 2018!

There will be a twinkle in the sky and magic in the air during St. Jacobs Sparkles!  This much-anticipated 4-day celebration is ON NOW and ushers in the holiday shopping season in the village of St. Jacobs on November 15,16,17,18, 2018.
 


Shopkeepers will be busy as elves preparing festive samples, promotions, in-store sales and contests! They're rolling out the red carpet and keeping their doors open late so you can enjoy shopping amongst 1000s of twinkling lights in this pretty village. 

There will be lots free activities along the streets, so read on for all details! Feeling hungry?  Reserve a seat in one of the village's restaurants or enjoy a treat from an outdoor food vendor.
 


Come join in the festivity with friends and neighbours, and  put the joy back in holiday shopping at St. Jacobs Sparkles! Schedule details below:

 

Event: St. Jacobs Sparkles

Thursday - Sunday, November 15 - 18, 2018
Location: Village of St. Jacobs

Shops open:

Thursday and Friday 10 am- 9 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm;   Sunday 12 - 6 pm

 

FREE Activities - Out & About downtown St. Jacobs

 

A visit with Santa
Kids! Say hello to Santa at his hut outside Toy Soup

• Saturday  1:30 - 4 pm  • Sunday  1:30 - 4 pm

 

NEW!  FREE Winter Wonderland SelfieWall/Photo Booth

We've created a magical setting just for fun! Drop in, have your picture taken for FREE by our friends at Gemini Modelling; share using #stjacobssparkles2018. Inside the Mill at 1441 King St., enter off King Street next to Eco Cafe.

• Thursday & Friday 2 - 9 pm

• Saturday 11 am - 6 pm • Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

 

NEW! Free Draw for Prize Baskets!

Enter a free draw to WIN one of 3 amazing prizes

from St. Jacobs businesses! Enter ballot at 
photo booth, or at Eco Cafe next door, Thursday - Sunday only. 
Contest details on site.

 

Victorian Carolers wandering along the streets
•   Thursday 5 - 8 pm  •   Friday  12:30 - 3: 30,   4 - 7 pm
•   Saturday 2 - 5 pm  •  Sunday 1:30 - 4:30

 

Horse-drawn trolley rides

•   Thursday 4:30 - 8:30 pm  •   Friday 4:00 - 8:00 pm
•   Saturday 1 - 5 pm (note: the shuttle does not operate on Sunday)

 

Tree-lighting & Welcome

See the lighting of the Christmas tree; hear choral singing
and welcome remarks
• Thursday 6:30 pm, St James Lutheran Church

 

Burn Barrel and Weiner Roast
Enjoy hot sweet apple cider plus charity hotdog & marshmallow roast at the Mill, while quantities last. Hosted by Volunteer Fire Dept, St. Jacobs division (donations welcomed)

•   Thursday 6 pm   •   Friday 6 pm

 

Luxury LimoCoach Shuttle by Brentwood Livery

Park free at Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Road, then ride downtown in style. Operates route at approx 15 min intervals:

•   Thursday 4:45 - 9 pm   •   Friday 4:45 - 9 pm

 

NEW! Carol Sing at Red Coral "Jingle on the Square"
Join in a carol sing, enjoy a hot chocolate bar and popcorn;
enter a draw for a decorative urn! Hosted by "StuffIn Stockings" charity

•  Thursday, Friday 7 - 9 pm   •  Saturday 1 - 6 pm

 

Where to Park Free

• All day free parking, Municipal P lot, Albert Street

• Thursday & Friday evening 5-9 pm, park FREE at Calvary United Church and take FREE luxury LimoCoach to downtown (~1 km)

 

Outdoor Food Booths
 

Beaver Tails Food Truck at Shadetree

• Thursday 4 - 9 p.m.   • Friday 4 - 9 p.m.

• Saturday 10 a.m. - 6  • Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.
 

Stone Crock Outdoor Food Booth 

• Thursday 5 - 9 p.m.   • Friday 5 - 9 p.m. at Stone Crock porch

 

Other Food & Drink Events
 

Block Three Brewing Company

Enjoy free tastings of local craft beer. Also serving house-made Ginger Ale (non-alcoholic). 
Brewery and tasting room hours:
• Thursday - Saturday 11 am - 9 pm • Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Live Music at Block Three Brewing Company
• Thursday 5:30 - 8:30 pm with Safe as Houses.  Food for purchase by Those Pizza Guys 
• Friday 5:30 - 8:30 pm with Monday Morning Whiskey 
• Saturday 5:30 -8:30 pm with Max Gumption

 

In-store Specials and Offers

Check this page often for updates!

 

The Farm Pantry 
Samples by a visiting Canadian chocolatier. Chocolate that is dairy, nut, gluten, soy preservative and additive-free! 
• Thursday approx 2 - 5 pm
 Also sampling of various local gourmet dips and condiments & local maple syrup, throughout the entire event.

 

Hybrid Hair & Detox Spa, "Sparkle for your Soul"

• Thursday November 15, 6 p.m. 
An evening of self care including Yoga, meditation, readings, Reiki and scalp massage, wash & styles. Ticketed event; limited space.

Click here to request more details and reserve your ticket. 

 

A Gift To Remember

Lang & Pineridge Wall Calendars  $18.00

Blowout on Framed Pictures up to 60% Off the regular price.

Lots of sales throughout the store for 30 to 60% off the regular price.

 

FYi Doctors, Free Draw
Enter a draw for a chance to Win non RX sunglasses!
Plus, get 15% OFF any prescription eyeglasses purchased during Sparkles (Maui Jim's excluded. Details in store)

 

Red Wind Studio

Stencil your own Christmas pillow! 
• Saturday 2 - 5 pm  (or while supplies last)
Plus! A pop-up shop in the studio featuring Paper & Sunshine, specializing in signs;
special pricing on many items including BOGO deals
 • Thursday - Sunday

 

St. Jacobs Post Office (Canada Post)
Visit the PO and drop your letter into Santa's "direct-to-the-North Pole" mailbox!
 • Friday only, until 9 pm 

 

 

Get social!  See the event on the St. Jacobs Village Shops Facebook page; follow and post your images using #stjacobssparkles2018 and tag a friend or two!

 

Note: This event sponsored by St. Jacobs BIA, St. Jacobs Country, and participating merchants.  All scheduled activity times are approximate at this time and  may be subject to change in case of severe weather.


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Disney Musical Packed with Family Fun this Summer in St. Jacobs!

by Drayton Entertainment

Go “under the sea” this summer as the blockbuster musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid comes to St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from July 18 to August 4. This aquatic adventure is sure to entertain guppies of all ages with its splash-tacular cast of familiar characters like Princess Ariel, Price Eric, Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and more.
 

Colourful costumes, dazzling dancing and unforgettable songs including “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and many more, means a stop at the theatre should be part of your St. Jacobs experience. 
 

 

Whether you’re planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, a visit to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse is a must. Explore the famous St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, do some shopping in the village, enjoy a delicious local meal and experience live, professional theatre all in the same charming area. With plush seats, beautiful acoustics, terrific sightlines and free parking, the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse offers top quality musicals and comedies all for one affordable price – only $46 plus tax per ticket. Plus, kids under 20 are only $27 plus tax, so the family can enjoy live entertainment together without breaking the bank.

 

Click here to take a virtual tour of the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse!

The 2018 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse also includes: the romantic comedy The Rainmaker (June 20 – July 7), Disney's The Little Mermaid (July 18 – Aug 4), the British farce Out of Order (Aug 15 – Sept 1), the Canadian premiere of Ghost: The Musical (Oct 3 – Oct 21) and the holiday musical panto Jack and the Beanstalk (Nov 28 – Dec 30). For more information about Disney’s The Little Mermaid or the 2018 Season in general, click here


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Quilt Shows in the Village of St. Jacobs, May 22 - 26!

You don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy the vast array of shows, exhibits and events that make the Quilt & Fibre Art Festival so vibrant and inspiring!

 

Held May 22-26, 2018 in communities across Waterloo Region, it celebrates the best work of quilters and fibre artists both from the past and the present.
 

 

More than 6 of the festival’s collective events will take place in St. Jacobs, a village of Mennonite and pioneering heritage where quilting and needlework played an important role – for both practicality and beauty.

 

During the Festival, visitors will see a variety of exhibits featuring everything from historic collections to the work of contemporary guest artists and guilds. Work may be inspired by modern or traditional patterns, be hand-stitched or machine quilted with free motion linear and digital designs, or it may be experimental using new techniques and trends for remarkable outcomes.


 

The Festival also holds a “trunk show”, afternoon tea, chat with an artist, demonstrations, workshops, a mystery bus excursion, and a merchant mall. 

 

The Quilt Festival is a great excuse to book a getaway to St. Jacobs! Stay at a top hotel such as Homewood Suites by Hilton; take in the quilt shows, local shops, attractions, and the nearby St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market (open Thurs & Sat).

 

For details and a Calendar of Events for the Quilt & Fibre Arts Festival, click here.

 


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It's Maple Syrup Time in St. Jacobs ~ The Sweetest Season!

With winter behind us and spring on the horizon, it's maple syrup season once again.  As majestic maple trees in local woodlots awake during warming daytime temperatures following freezing nights, sap begins flowing from root to treetop.  It's then that the trees are "tapped" and the watery sap collected for the long process of being boiled down to sweet and delicious pure maple syrup, taffy, sugars, and other maple products.

 

In St. Jacobs Country, there are a number of ways to learn, experience, and taste the magic of the maple season first-hand!

 

St. Jacobs Horse-drawn Tours hosts Saturday excursions to the sugar bush (until April 14 in 2018), local farmers sell maple syrup fresh from the farm at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market (Thursday & Saturday), and The Maple Syrup Museum tells the story of its production from the time it was introduced to pioneering settlers by indigenous people, to modern day production methods.

 

You can also sample and buy fresh local maple syrup products and other local gourmet foods all year around at The Farm Pantry, open every day in the Village of St. Jacobs, or order it from them online for shipping anywhere in Ontario.  

 

Maple syrup is so well-loved, and its production so significant to the local economy, that an entire festival is dedicated to it. The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is the world's largest one-day maple syrup festival and takes over the town's entire main street each year with a staggering array of crafters, food booths, and of course, all things maple.  It takes place on Saturday April 7, 2018; learn more by clicking here

 

Maple syrup season happens only once a year so be sure to plan a visit soon!  


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St. Jacobs Market District is Humming with Lots to Love in February 2018!

"Lots to Love" February SALE at St Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market!


Once again, St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market  is giving you "Lots to Love" by jazzing up February with a massive sale! Throughout market, a huge number of food and craft vendors participate with their own unique offers and specials. See them all here! (pdf)


Every Thursday & Saturday, more than 200 vendors are at St. Jacobs Market to serve you in three distinct buildings, and you may even find a few hardy outdoor vendors too!

 

Find top quality fresh and smoked meats, fish & poultry, sausages and deli meats, cheese, farm fresh eggs, homestyle baking, mouthwatering desserts, locally-grown apples and other hardy Ontario crops, a mind-boggling array of delicious ready-to-eat foods, plus clothing, housewares,  gift ideas, and handicrafts galore.

 

 

Stop and chat with the farmers, butchers, bakers, food and craft producers themselves, and discover all there is to love at St. Jacobs Market.  Hop on over to our Facebook page to enter weekly contests too. The "Lots to Love" Sale event continues at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market every Thursday & Saturday, for the entire month of February.

 

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market is OPEN
Thursday & Saturday all year, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plus Tuesdays in summer too, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

And as if that weren't enough, there's even more to love in the entire "market district".  Market Road Antiques is hosting their month-long February Warm-Up Sale too,  and St. Jacobs Outlets' Mall-wide Winter Clearance & New Spring Arrivals Sale takes place February 15 - 25.  Both  of these shopping destinations are open every day, including Family Day holiday Monday.

 

 

Follow Market Road Antiques on Facebook.    Follow St. Jacobs Outlet Mall on Facebook. 


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St. Jacobs Sparkles! A Celebration of the Holiday Shopping Season!

St. Jacobs Sparkles - took place in the Village on 

November 16, 17, 18, 19, 2017.  Read on to see what was involved, and plan to attend the event in 2018.

 

Merchants have been busy as elves planning this special event just for you. Some offer once-a-year savings and fabulous in-store promotions, while others greet you with festive goodies and free draws. And all across town shopkeepers throw open their doors for extended hours to 9 p.m. on Thursday & Friday night and to 6 pm on Saturday & Sunday.

 

Outdoors, listen for strolling Victorian carolers, horse-drawn trolleys decked with lights and bells transport happy visitors around the block; the warm-up barrel fire burns brightly in the evening light and thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the streets. Everywhere, merriment and warm greetings abound (see below for schedule of outdoor activities).

 

St. Jacobs Sparkles

Thursday - Sunday, November 16, 17, 18,  19, 2017
Location: Village of St. Jacobs


Store Hours:

•   Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
•   Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
•   Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
•   Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.

 

Plan to attend!  See more details below

 

Where to PARK:
New! FREE Luxury Shuttle to the village’s downtown aboard
Brentwood Livery's Limbusine  when you park free at Calvary United Church (see location).

•   Thursday evening  4:45 - 9 p.m.     •   Friday evening  4:45 - 9 p.m.

 

More free parking in the municipal lot off Albert Street, the Mill parking lot off Front St.  Some street parking; overflow parking at
St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

 

Free horse-drawn trolley ride:

•   Thursday 4:30 - 8:30 pm

•   Friday 4:00 - 8:00 pm   •   Saturday 1 - 5 pm
(the shuttle does not operate on Sunday)


Wandering Victorian Carolers:
•   Thursday 5 - 8 pm   •   Friday 12:30 - 3: 30 pm  •   Friday 4 - 7 pm

•   Saturday 2 - 5 pm  •  Sunday 1:30 - 4:30

 

SANTA makes a visit!  Bring your little ones and your camera
•   Saturday 1:30 - 4 p.m.    •   Sunday 1:30 - 4 p.m.

 

Warm up burn barrel hosted by the Township of Woolwich volunteer firefighters, St. Jacobs division. 
Sweet cider, hotdogs & marshmallows while they last

•   Thursday evening  6 - 9 p.m.  •   Friday evening 6 - 9 p.m.  

(Located in front of the Mill; donations gratefully accepted)

 

Carols & Songs by Children's Choir from St. Jacobs Public School

•   Friday evening in front of Scotiabank
sponsored by the St. Jacobs Optimists

 

Optimist Club of St. Jacobs Fundraiser to support new cribs for the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Grand River Hospital.
(located outdoors at Scotiabank)

•   Thursday   •   Friday   •   Saturday 

 

Get Social!  Be prepared to share images of your

favourite store displays for a chance to
Win a St. Jacobs Sparkles prize pac valued at approx $1,000!

Details at La Creme,  Xclusive Elements & participating shops.

 

A peek at IN-STORE Specials:

 

Stone Crock Restaurant, Jacob's Grill, Stone Crock Bakery

• Enter on-site for a chance to Win a Daily Draw
Thursday Nov 16 - Sunday Nov 19

 

Stone Crock Meats & Cheese

• Drop in to enter for a chance to Win daily prize,
Thurs Nov 16 - Saturday Nov 18!

 

• Stone Crock Outdoor Pop-Up! Purchase a hotdog,
sausage-on-a-bun or chili outdoors,

Thursday & Friday approx 4:30 - 9 pm
or come on inside for a meal.

 

Spoil the Dog Bakery, Thursday Nov 16 - Sunday Nov 19:

• "Save the Tax" Sale all 4 days! Find many new christmas gifts for cats, dogs and their owners.

 

Cecelia's Boutique  •  free gift with purchase Thursday - Sunday

 

Block 3 Brewery,
Thursday Evening: 
• Live Music with the Block Three House Band;

• Wood-fired Pizza from "Those Pizza Guys"

Saturday Afternoon: 
Live Music with Drew Chester from 1-3pm

 

Hybrid Hair and Detox Spa
Thursday November 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm:
• a Christmas Carol sing-a-long

• 15-minute Angel Card Readings for $15
Plus discounts and prizes throughout November 16-19

 

Home HardwareThursday November 16, 5 - 9 pm:

• Try your luck on their Plinko Game, win a Prize! 
• Specials • "Save the Tax" shopping • Treats

 

At The Farm Pantry on Friday November 17, 4 - 8 pm:
• Sample all natural specialty chocolates from local chocolatier!

 

EcoCafe (new location at front of the Mill)

Take a seat on their outdoor patio while visiting the
Stuffin’ Stockings crew
or take a seat inside and enjoy live music by a local harpist.

 

EcoCafe has great gift ideas for coffee lovers, such as:

• $5 coffee gift bags • $35 gift packs • coffee gadgets

• drink and coffee bean specials all weekend long! 

 

Red Wind Studio 

• 10% off all merchandise (with the exception of consignment items )

 

Gift to Remember
• 2018 Lang & Pineridge Calendars $19.99 • All Framed Prints 25% off the regular price

 

Spanner

• 30 % Off New Arrivals! • 40% Off Jewellery and Accessories

• Door Crashers at great deals

 

Xclusive Elements
• “No Tax” storewide during St Jacobs Sparkles!   • Unveiling of our “Top 10 List” of gift ideas!

• Complimentary Coffee and Baked Goodies to enjoy while you shop

 

Region of Waterloo Library: St. Jacobs branch

• Let’s Read Storywalk in St. Jacobs,
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Walk through the pages of the book, Good Morning Canada, displayed outside the branch;  come inside to make a fun Canadian craft! Andrea Beck is the Let’s Read selected author for 2017-18. Free. All ages. Drop in. 

 

At Angel Treasures
•  Free draw; and everyone leaves with a Christmas angel ornament.

No purchase necessary; lots of chocolate to be eaten!

 

FYidoctors-St.Jacobs 

•  enter a ballot draw for sunglasses!

 

Click here for St. Jacobs Sparkles Facebook EVENT LISTING
 

 


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