History of the Mariposa Folk Festival

History of the Mariposa Folk Festival

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande, OMAH History Committee Chair The Mariposa Folk Festival was spearheaded by Ruth Jones, an Orillia resident and significant figure in the folk music movement, who rallied her local community and Toronto contacts to bring...
History of the Orillia Silver Band

History of the Orillia Silver Band

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande and Cliff Whitfield In 1949, Harry Peacock, a member of the Orillia Kiltie Band, decided to leave the Kilties to start up a brass-band in Orillia. In the 1950s, Mr. Peacock, along with his band committee, secured the...
The Cracked Bell Caper of 1900

The Cracked Bell Caper of 1900

With an Introduction by Fred Blair, Genealogist and Family Historian The Cracked Bell Caper of 1900 is a part of Orillia history worth retelling.  On December 24, 1956, the Orillia Packet and Times published some recollections by either Alan or Heber Greene, both sons...
History of the Orillia Kiltie Band

History of the Orillia Kiltie Band

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande, History Committee Chair and Cliff Whitfield, Guest Contributor Following the success of the Orillia Citizens Band in 1923, winning second place in Class B at the CNE Band Competition, the Kiltie Band brought honour back...
History of the ORILLIA CITIZENS BAND

History of the ORILLIA CITIZENS BAND

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande, History Committee Chair and Cliff Whitfield, Guest Contributor In the late 1800s, it was common to gather at Orillia’s Civic Park (now Couchiching Beach Park) and listen to the Orillia Citizens Band, where hundreds of...