Confederation Weekend

Date: August 5th, 12:00 pm - August 6th, 5:00pm

Venue: Fanshawe Pioneer Village 2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E

Location: London

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Join Fanshawe Corners as we celebrate the formation of Canada as Londoners would have in 1867! Meet our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald and enjoy a Strawberry Social as part of the celebrations. Take part in heritage diversions like croquet, stilts, and fair games, or join in on a game of vintage base ball! On Sunday, take part in the Family Frolic at the Loyal Orange Lodge hosted by Mme. Cathy Stephens.

On SATURDAY, August 5th, don’t miss the Confederation Ball. Join the Villagers at our signature Canada 150 event as we celebrate Confederation with a Grand Ball. This will be a unique opportunity to step back to the 1860s and learn the dances that the Fathers of Confederation would have done.

Tickets for the whole weekend are $50. plus HST per person and that includes a 2 day pass to the Village, 2 dance workshops, country supper, the evening ball, souvenir ball cards and the Family Frolic informal dance and tea on Sunday.

The Weekend Schedule:


10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Canadian Favorites: Set dances & Quadrilles

Learn the simple steps and figures for the set dances that were popular in Canada during the Confederation period.

2:00-3:30 pm: Late Victorian era couple dances

Practice the basic steps for the 19th century waltz, polka and schottische.

6:00-7:00 pm: Country supper

7:30 – 11:00 pm: The Confederation Ball


12:30 – 2:30 pm: Family Frolic (More heritage dancing and period fun for the whole family!)

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Strawberry Social

The Fanshawe Frolic Weekend is presented in partnership with Cathy Stephens, Itinerant Dance Mistress, London, Ontario.

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