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“A bed without a quilt is like a night sky without stars”.

Happily, you are likely to find almost as many beautiful quilts as stars around St. Jacobs Country during the Quilt & Fibre Art Festival Waterloo Region and Beyond. Held from May 26-30, 2009 the Festival calendar lists over 20 events and quilt shows occurring in St. Jacobs, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Fergus, Stratford, Shakespeare and New Hamburg. From museum and gallery exhibits to tearooms, trunk shows and a merchant mall - there are a variety of venues to delight you! Whether you are a quilting enthusiast or just “along for the ride”, your visit will be a journey into creativity and a spring adventure you will want to make an annual tradition. The Festival culminates with the world famous ‘Mennonite Relief Sale and Quilt Auction’ in New Hamburg on Saturday May 30, 2009.Visit the Festival web page for more information or call toll free: 1-800-265-3353


In the Market District:
NEW: Market Road Antiques


 

Located across the road from the Farmers’ Market, Market Road Antiques has more than 20,000 square feet devoted to antiques and collectibles, with new stock arriving daily! Pause at the in-house café for something delicious while you are shopping. Open daily year round. Outdoor Produce & Flea Market vendors on-site Sundays spring through autumn weather permitting.




St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market


 

Open Thurs.& Sat. 7-3:30 year ‘round, Tues. 8-3 from June 16 to Sept. 1/09. The Market is one of Canada’s largest with over 500 vendors indoor and outdoors! (Pack a cooler to transport your goodies home.) Watch live performances by talented buskers. Kids will enjoy the Market Petting Farm. Take a horse-drawn trolley tour to a Mennonite Farm. Visit ‘Quilted Heirlooms’ at the Log Cabin on the market property for custom quilts and quilting supplies. Hop aboard the ‘Waterloo Central Railway’ at the Market platform for a scenic train excursion to the Village of St. Jacobs.




St. Jacobs Outlet Mall


 

30 stores OPEN DAILY, week nights until 9! Top brands and great prices will make this a stop of necessity for bargain hunters. Take a break in the Food Court upstairs. Kids will love the LEGO store’s play area and special LEGO model displays.




St. Jacobs Country Playhouse


 

See professional theatre performances by Drayton Entertainment; shows also occur at the Schoolhouse in St. Jacobs and Drayton Festival Theatre in Drayton: 2009 Playbill, see: www.draytonentertainment.com


In the Village of St. Jacobs:
Shopping Galore


 

Past and present mingle effortlessly in the Village and you can hear the clatter of buggy wheels on the street while browsing for the latest fashions in a stylish boutique! Contemporary and traditional craft studios, toys, antiques, unique ‘themed’ shops, a bakery, meat & cheese shop, galleries, gourmet foods and great restaurants are some of the businesses that populate the charming streetscape. Listen for the sound of the church carillons at noon and 6 p.m.





Museums & Exhibits


 

If you are curious about the Old Order Mennonites, take an hour to see ‘The Mennonite Story’ at the Visitor Centre. Your questions will be answered by knowledgeable staff and informative multi-media exhibits. At The Mill, a number of exhibits are sure to intrigue you: The Maple Syrup Museum and St. Jacobs Quilt Gallery on the third level, the Model Railway Panorama and Model Tractor Collection on the fourth level. Tucked into the basement of this heritage building are the ‘Home Hardware Retrospective Exhibit’ and ‘The History of Electricity Exhibit’ where you can view the original water-powered turbine that once produced electricity for The Mill.




Hike The St. Jacobs Portion Of The Trans Canada Trail!


 

This footpath follows an 1860's vintage millrace that was constructed by the Conestoga River to serve the power needs of the old gristmill in the Village of St. Jacobs. A lovely 2 km walk any season of the year!


The Olivier Soapery


 

The Olivier Soapery has opened its first store in Ontario at The Mill in St. Jacobs. Olivier offers over 140 natural and therapeutic skin care products created with the finest eco-friendly ingredients. 1441 King St. North, St. Jacobs


To find charming Bed and Breakfasts in the St. Jacob's area, go to http://www.bbcanada.com/ontario/southwestern_ontario/st_jacobs



If life is like a patchwork quilt of memories…the memories you make in St. Jacobs Country will be some of your warmest and most cherished. See you soon!

St. Jacobs Country
Web: www.stjacobs.com
E-Mail: tourist@stjacobs.com
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3353




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