Huron County, ON – Huron Arts & Heritage Network is pleased to announce that Doors Open is returning September 13th & 14th with the biggest event to date!
“This year’s theme “Re-Imagine Huron: Step into Our Stories” encourages us to look at things we think we know with fresh eyes and to appreciate the history and stories of our communities,” says Deb Sholdice, chair of the Huron Arts & Heritage Network.
DoorsOpenHuronCounty features 37 sites across the County open to the public. In addition, there are three historic tours, two guided hikes, a stained glass tour and a speakers’ series. From private homes to unique public facilities, businesses to local trails, there’s a site and something to do for everyone!
Of course an event of this size only happens with the work of many dedicated people, including volunteers. “It takes about 100 volunteers to make the weekend work,” says Rick Sickinger, Cultural Development Officer for the County of Huron. “They are the face of the event, greeting visitors and answering questions. We really couldn’t do the event without them.”
Huron Arts & Heritage Network (HAHN) is currently recruiting volunteers for the weekend. Shifts are approximately four hours and are morning or afternoon, Saturday and/or Sunday. Volunteers are needed at sites in Bayfield, Blyth, Brussels, Clinton, Egmondville, Goderich, Hensall, Seaforth, Wingham and Zurich. To volunteer, please fill out the form at www.creativehuron.ca or call 519.482.5457, ext. 8.
There will be brief volunteer training sessions in the week before Doors Open in three locations: Goderich, Zurich & Blyth. Volunteers will be asked to attend one session. In addition, there will be a thank you BBQ for volunteers immediately following Doors Open on the Sunday evening at the Emergency Training Services Centre in Blyth.
With over 2000 visitors, Doors Open is one of the largest events in the county and attracts locals and tourists alike. HAHN produced the first DoorsOpenHuronCounty event in 2008, with its partners in the heritage sector and with municipal government. Two years later in 2010 another Doors Open Haunted Huron occurred and in 2012 the Doors Open theme was Defending a Nation.
DoorsOpenHuronCounty is made possible through the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the County of Huron and the Municipality of Bluewater, Town of Goderich and Township of North Huron.