The following workshops are being planned and will appear on the
Conference application. However, it would be helpful if your interest
in any of these workshops could be known in advance, without it
being considered a full commitment. Please FAX your opinions to
the Conference Coordinator, Clifford Collier, at 416-489-9803 or
E-mail the Workshop Coordinator, Pauline Russell-Hill, at email@example.com.
Early 19th-century Cooking Workshops
2.30pm to 4:30pm
9:30am to 11:30am
Cooking workshops will be offered at Campbell
House, the fully-restored Georgian home (1822) of Sir William
Campbell (1758-1834), Chief Justice of Upper Canada; at The Grange,
the home of D'Arcy Boulton (1759-1834) and Toronto's oldest existing
brick house (1817) now restored to its 1830s elegance; or at Toronto's
York. Campbell House and Fort York have active open hearth kitchens
regularly in use, while The Grange has one of the few remaining
brick bake ovens still in operation today.
Option No. 1: limited to 30 people each location
On arrival each group will be divided into two. The first half
will have a tour of that location for approximately one hour while
the other half will have a lecture/demonstration about food and
food preparation in the early 19th century. The sections will then
change over. The Grange will offer the baking of bread and/or cookies
in their brick oven. All will use ingredients available from that
time, some of which are no long used in cooking today.
Fort York has advised the following: Your group will tour the original
1813 British Fort at York (Toronto) and discover the social life
of officers and soldiers in Upper Canada then visit the Officers'
Mess Kitchen and help prepare and sample recipes from early 19th-century
cookbooks using period equipment and techniques. A discussion of
upper class Georgian dining and Officers' Mess rules will accompany
the kitchen workshop to reveal the officers' unique lifestyle.
The Tour portion will include an orientation to the site using
video and exhibits in the Centre Blockhouse, the Soldiers' Barracks
and Officers' Mess (time approximately 30-45 minutes) ; the Workshop
portion will include a hands-on programme in the Officers' Mess
Kitchen using recipes, equipment and techniques of the early 19th
century. Menus, etiquette, and mess life are discussed. Programme
will also include the serving of samples and a recipe booklet for
each participant to take home. (time approximately 1 hour)
||$16.00CDN/$12.00US for a 2-hour tour and demonstration at
one of the above locations
Option No. 2: limited to 15 people each location
Each group will be have extensive hands-on cooking sessions using
either the open hearth or the brick bake oven but there would be
no tour. It is possible that option 1 could go on at one site and
option 2 at another, depending on interest and registration.
English Country Dance Workshops
2:30pm to 4:30pm
9:30am to 11:30am
If you like to dance and you enjoy the social history of the early
19th century - as what Janeite does not - you will find a unique
opportunity to explore these interests at one or both of these English
Country Dance workshops. Participants will be taught dances mentioned
in late 18th and early 19th-century sources. Can you walk to the
beat of a lively tune? Do a do-si-do? or bow and curtsey? - then
you can learn these dances easily. While the same dances may not
be taught at each workshop, those taught will be part of the Regency
Ball after the Saturday evening banquet so you will have an opportunity
to put your training to use.
Come and join others for a lively session of dancing, music and
good cheer straight off the pages of Jane Austen.
||$16.00CDN/$12.00US per class
Class limited to 25 participants