The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre invites the public to help local families in need as the annual Mitten Tree campaign begins on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop your winter clothing donations at the Museum and enjoy a day of family-friendly crafts and activities.
We'll kickoff this donation drive with a knitting circle at the Museum for novice and experienced knitters alike. We invite all knitters to connect, share, and learn in our knitting circle. Knitting groups from across Niagara will be meeting at the Museum that day.There will also be plenty of fabric-art inspired crafts, including DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters.
For the more adventurous knitters, try your hand at some of our historical knitting patterns from the First World War's "Knit Your Bit" campaigns, which called upon citizens on the home front to knit socks, hats, scarves and mittens for the troops at the front.
The Museum will continue to collect donations of winter clothing - mittens, hats and scarves, through Jan. 3, 2017. All winter clothing donations will go to Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold and Out of the Cold for local families.
Join us Friday, Dec. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the final First Fridays event of 2016!
This Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is your chance to get into the holiday spirit! Party in your ugliest Christmas Sweater with live music, plus food and drink from The Smokin' Buddha (cash only).
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: A Very Hipster Christmas sing-a-long featuring Oscar Anderson-Shortt
8 p.m. to10 p.m.: DJ Tanner
Tickets: $10 or $12 at the door. Cash Only, 19+ event.
First Fridays is presented by the Museums of Niagara Association, in partnership with the Welland Museum, Jordan Historical Museum, Old Fort Erie, Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre, Niagara Historical Society and Museum, and Niagara Falls History Museum.
Join us for special seasonal crafts and activities throughout the Museum galleries. Holiday programs are pay what you can. More details coming soon!