All roads lead to Ryde Saturday for 135th anniversary parade & daylong celebration & Barn Quilt Tour
BARKWAY — All roads lead to Ryde Saturday to mark their 135th anniversary with a day-long celebration of the pioneering spirit of the rural community — including a parade.
And dozens of other families who grew Barkway, Cooper’s Falls and beyond.
Ryde was incorporated in 1879.
“Take a step back in history and help us revisit the days of the pioneers,” says organizing committee member Judy Campbell.
“We have a pancake breakfast, a parade featuring the Shriners, vintage tractors and vehicles, floats and more, speeches from local politicians, a BBQ lunch, museum displays and a working steam engine. They expect MP Tony Clement to attend the pancake breakfast and flip a jack.
There will be a 4 DVD History of Ryde compilation and a new book on the History of Ryde, for sale.
In the afternoon Ryde is the official Doors Open site for Gravenhurst, featuring historic churches, Teopoli, Great Moose Adventures and more. The Ryde Centennial FreeMethodist Church will feature a display of vintage quilts.
This will complement our wonderful Barn Quilt Trail www.rydebarnquilttrail.com
Please note that a section of Barkway Rd. will be closed between 10:30 and 12 to make way for the parade.
Ryde is just off Hwy. 11 at the north entrance to Gravenhurst, near the drive-in. Watch for signs to the Ryde Community Co-op – the old school and fire hall in Barkway.
For more information please call 705-687-2406 or visit our website www.rydecommunityco-op.com
Barn Quilt Trail:
A feature of the year-long celebrations is the Barn Quilt Trail, a drive around back roads to see two dozen barns with individual quilt patterns mounted on them.
Barn quilts are plywood panels painted in traditional quilt square patterns and mounted on heritage buildings and properties, says trail chair Campbell.
“Our barn quilt trail was created to honour the pioneer antecedents of the original independent township of Ryde, which was incorporated in 1879.
The Barn Quilt Trail is a loop of paved road with two spurs. The trail has been created entirely by a small group of dedicated volunteers, a sub-committee of the Ryde Community Co-op.
Pick up a brochure at the celebration, it has the map with locations — and even a smartphone code scanner that lets you find the map on your iPhone or BlackBerry.
See photo gallery below for a of great barns – click on to enlarge.
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