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Here’s hoping that the rain forecast for this week ceases and desists this weekend. It will be a busy one for those who like to get out and about.
There’s Doors Open Ontario (a.k.a. Doors Open Guelph) this Saturday as well as Jane’s Walks Guelph, which is happening on Saturday and Sunday.
Both events allow you to prowl the city checking out places and spaces you might not otherwise take in.
Doors Open Guelph organizers want you to crash the 11 premises on the self-guided tour. And, with every look-see, guides offer histories of the various premises.
Also on tap is a walking tour of past and present movie houses in the downtown. For those who want to go further afield, there is Trails Open Guelph, which leads participants on a two-km hike in the south end of the city. For all event details, visit http://bit.ly/1mwK5Gp
Jane’s Walks are comparable except most require a bit more hiking and most are outdoors. There are upwards of 20 treks covering everything from barns and coach houses in our midst to checking out people, places and activities happening “South of Stone,” as one of the walks is called.
These walks are designed to acquaint residents with Guelph with an eye to “how cities develop, function and thrive.”
For more specifics visit www.janeswalk.net under Guelph.
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Heading a little further afield, in two weeks the Guelph Historical Society hosts a day-long bus trip to Goderich. It’s sold out and is being done in conjunction with the Huron County Historical Association.
The Guelph contingent will tour the town, visit Huron County Gaol, the Huron County Museum and William ‘Tiger’ Dunlop’s grave on the outskirts of town.
Organizers aren’t fooling around, either. John Parkyn of the historical society reports there has already been a dry run with Guelph historian Gil Stelter and Huron County Historical Association  president David Armstrong.
Stelter won’t be able to make it out for the event but Armstrong will be providing  most capable historical perspectives during the day. Then, next year, Guelph will host a party from Goderich/Huron County.
For those not familiar with the Guelph-Goderich connection, both were founded by John Galt and Tiger Dunlop.
Wonders Parkyn, who was a major player in Guelph’s now having a John Galt school, “I don’t understand why Guelph and Goderich are not twinned, as each was founded by the Galt-Dunlop duo in 1827. Also, each city is at a terminus of the Huron Road.”
For this I have no answer, but good on both historical societies for giving life to our past by taking their show on the road.

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