summer, St. Andrews will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Cottage
Craft and its founder, Grace Helen Mowat. An enterprising and remarkable woman,
Grace Helen Mowat recognized the skills and artistry of local women and
encouraged them to weave tweeds, and design, sew, knit and embroider artifacts
which she then sold throughout eastern Canada and further afield.
recognition of this anniversary many original pieces have been brought together
for an exibit at the Ross Memorial Museum in St. Andrews outlining the story of
Miss Mowat's life and the growth of the industry. This exceptional exhibition,
a joint project with the Charlotte County Archives, will launch with a grand
opening on Saturday June 14th. The event will begin at 5 o'clock at the
Anglican Church Parish Hall with a short talk by the Reverend Basil Lowery, who
knew Miss Mowat and has fascinating anecdotes about Nellie, as she was known to
her friends. A wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will follow across the street
at the Ross Memorial Museum. Your ticket price will also include admission to
the first viewing of the exhibit!
exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture and the
Department of Canadian Heritage. Tickets for the gala opening are limited to
100 and cost $20 each. You can reserve tickets through the Ross Museum at
529-5124 or through the Charlotte County Archives at 529-4248, and they will be
available at Cockburns Drug Store in St. Andrews.