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Carnival Countdown: Unleashing Summer

Unleash summer all day long at Macpherson House July 4th. We built this Season’s kickoff event like an ice cream sundae. Start with all day house tours with master weaver Susi on the loom beginning at 1pm. Add an interactive Ollin drum circle. Top this sundae off with a little bit of everything: live music with Steve Tanner, vintage carnival games, and a lively line dancing class with Tricia Cammaart. So what is the cherry on top of this awesome event sundae? Real Marble Slab Creamery ice cream sundaes; several flavour choices with a variety of toppings. These sundaes will be available from 12pm – 3pm for $6 each. Stop in for just one part of this great day or enjoy all the events.

Please bring your own seating.

Time: 10:30am – 4:00pm (see full schedule of the day’s events below)


Everyone Welcome! Please note that children ages 14 and under are required to be accompanied by an adult.

No pre-registration required.

Schedule of Activities

10:30am-4:00PM: Carnival Games and Macpherson House Tours

11:00am: Ollin Drum Circle with Yessica Rivera Belsham

Yessica Rivera Belsham facilitates an inclusive and interactive drum circle with a focus on diversity and inclusivity. She brings her traditional drum as well as a wide range of other drums, shakers, dance ribbons and more for an interactive educational and wellness engagement with drumming and singing from across around the world. Through drumming, singing, dancing, creative arts, and more, is part of a community which embraces connection with Mother Earth and celebration of life, diversity, and unity.

Artist Bio: Founder of, Yessica Rivera Belsham is an Indigenous Interdisciplinary Artist from México, the tail end of Turtle Island (North America). She is grounded in her heritage and celebrating diversity and inclusivity. Her love of life and passion of world music, language, and arts are combined in one as she celebrates and embraces drums, songs, and peoples from all directions while always walking gently with and connected to Mother Earth.

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Steve Tanner Music in the Macpherson House Ballroom

Slow down and listen to Steve Tanner’s music in the Macpherson House ballroom. His music blends a combination of traditional, blues, folk and roots music together. He feels that every song should tell a story, and that every story should have its song. Don’t be afraid to join in if you know the words.

Artist Bio: Steve grew up just down the street from Macpherson House on the banks of the Napanee River and as such is no stranger to the neighborhood. He loves to share songs & storiesin a variety of settings including parks, pubs, porches, and parlours.

12:00pm – 3:00pm: Sundaes with Marble Slab ($6/each)

For only $6 make a delicious Marble Slab sundae! Choose from vanilla bean, salted caramel, and banana chocolate ice cream. And then, top off your sundae with cookie dough, strawberries, sprinkles, gummy bears, toffee bits, and more! Available while quantities last.

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Loom Demonstrations with Susi

Join a Macpherson House tour and catch a loom demonstration from master weaver Susi.

Artist Bio: Susi was inspired to turn a hobby into a profession when she found the Macpherson House loom and restored it. She has been demonstrating weaving–both at Macpherson House and across Canada–for over 55 years! She is truly a master of her craft.

2:00pm: Line Dancing with Tricia Cammaart 

Get ready and join us for a toe tapping, hip swaying Line Dancing Class.  This energetic and fun filled class is perfect for all levels!  Tricia will guide you through some popular line dances like Shivers by Ed Sheeran and Good Time by Alan Jackson. So dust off those dancing shoes and come dance with us!

Artist Bio: I am an experienced and dedicated Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (RHNP) and proud co-owner of Zeal Holistic Health, established in 2012. With over 20 years of expertise in empowering women to achieve optimal health, my journey began as a passionate group fitness instructor, teaching invigorating classes such as Zumba, Line Dancing and Yoga. Now, as a trusted holistic nutrition expert, my focus lies in providing comprehensive and personalized solutions to support women on their wellness journey.

Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Archives hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm* & 1 – 4pm

*closed from 12 –  1pm 

Macpherson House & Park hours

Tuesday – Thursday, 1 – 4pm in July & August

Holiday Hours 2024

June 29 – July 1: Closed (Canada Day Weekend)
July 4: Closed (only Macpherson House open)
July 5: 10am – 12pm (staff professional development)
August 3 – 5: Closed (Civic Holiday Weekend)
August 31 – September  2: Closed (Labour Day Weekend)

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

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Labour Day Weekend Hours

Please note that the Museum & Archives will be closed from Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th for the Labour Day long weekend.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.
Have a great long weekend!