Long Weekend Activities at Murphys Point!

Heritage Mica Days is excited to bring to you three fabulous events at the park this weekend! 

First, come out on Sunday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon to our Silver Queen Mine Open House Tour where you can explore the mine at your own pace and participate in our Junior Mica Miner program. Over 150 young miners have been certified, will you be next? Later that evening join us for the David Archibald concert at the amphitheatre starting at 8 p.m. David has played at numerous national and provincial parks across Ontario and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Murphys Point! He has written for and performed on Sesame Street in New York and CBC’s Mr. Dressup.          

On Monday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we will be celebrating the long weekend at the beach with a big BBQ featuring local food and a variety of activities to suit all tastes and ages. You can participate in the sandcastle contest (with prizes for each group), check out our story-reading tent, challenge yourself at the heritage games, and get your face painted. As a special treat, Temple’s Sugar Bush will be on hand with maple taffy on snow ($2). You can’t beat that for an August long weekend!

Don’t forget to check out the park’s regular natural heritage education programming, too! Just click on the owl at the right.

Visitors will need either a camping permit or a daily vehicle permit for the park, which allows you to enjoy all of the park’s facilities for the day! That means you can cool off at the beach or grab an ice cream cone at the store while you’re here. Hope to see you soon!

Bob and Jeff at the BBQ

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Lots to do at Murphys July 18-20

It looks as if it’s going to be a scorcher this weekend, so head over to Murphys Point and frolic! Here are some of the great activities on offer:

On Saturday, the park’s Natural Heritage Education staff have two programs, starting with a kids’ program at the amphitheatre at 11 a.m. “The Salamander Room” is about a boy who wanted to bring a salamander home to live with him, but the task was harder than he thought! Based on a children’s book, come join a cast of characters for a story, some songs and a lot of fun! The program will last about 45 minutes.

Return to the amphitheatre at 8 p.m. for an evening program on Butterflies. Butterflies are a familiar sight in the park in summer. In fact, to not notice them you would have to be living in a cocoon! Join Tim for a glimpse into the lives of some of the park’s most colourful and interesting insects, the butterflies. This slide talk will last about 45 minutes.

On Sunday, Heritage Mica Days, a program of the Friends, is excited to present our Heritage Display Day from 10 a.m. to noon. Various heritage displays and trades will be set up along the trail to the Silver Queen Mine for your enjoyment during our Open House tour of the mine. Interact with our weaver and our blacksmith, visit the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario’s display, and try and guess the artifacts at our “What Is It?” table. Make sure you go to the bunkhouse and enjoy the wonderful tunes from Ken Ramsden. Ken is a Canadian heritage fiddler, singer, and guitar player who entertains families with humorous songs and stories. Of course you can also take a tour underground into the Silver Queen Mine and take part in the Junior Mica Miner program. Over 100 young miners have already been certified as Junior Mica Miners this summer. Will you be next?

The events are free, but visitors need either a camping permit or a daily vehicle permit for the park, which allows you to enjoy all of the park’s facilities for the day! That means you can cool off at the beach or grab an ice cream cone at the store while you’re here. Hope to see you soon!

Be sure to check our Events page for a full list of activities, as well as a link to the Park’s weekly program schedule.

Weaver at Work

 

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Lots Happening at Murphys Point this Weekend!

Heritage Mica Days kicks off the season at Murphys Point with tours twice a week at the Silver Queen mine. A guided hike to the Silver Queen will be offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m., where you can go on an adventure into the mine with an experienced park interpreter. There is no cost for the guided hike but pre-registration at the park gatehouse is required.

Our self-guided Open House tours start on June 29 and run on Sunday mornings between 10 a.m. and noon throughout the summer. This summer we are excited to be introducing our Junior Mica Miner Program for children aged 6 to 10 during the Sunday morning tours. The Open House Tours give you time to explore the mine at your own pace and interact with costumed interpreters.

On Sunday evening, June 29, join us for a children’s concert at the amphitheatre at 8 p.m.! Monkey Rock Music is a fun, entertaining and creative participatory music program for young children and their adult caregivers. Their primary goal is to instill a love of creating and experiencing music that will last a lifetime. Nothing has a stronger impact on a child than enjoying an activity with the people they love. The show is an hour long and every song has the audience singing, doing actions, dancing and even up on stage playing instruments. Be part of the fun!

Don’t forget Canada Day on the beach at Murphys Point! On Tuesday, July 1st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (weather permitting) Heritage Mica Days will be celebrating Canada Day with a hot dog BBQ, Canada Day cake and music provided by the Richmond Ramblers Bluegrass band. We will be giving out complimentary ice cream coupons to anyone who is dressed up in red and white or in heritage costume (how about a heritage bathing suit?). Also for your enjoyment, there will be, story readings, face painting, and rope bridge building.

Canada Day Cake

Be sure to stop in at the gatehouse and purchase a park permit if you are not already camping at the park. This gives you access to park facilities for the whole day, including trails and beaches, too! Also click on the owl to see what other park programming is taking place! There is lots to do!

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