June 23rd, 2019
June 23rd, 2019
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saints & Sinners 2019


Beer. Wine. Cider. History.

In the late 1800s, the town of Sydenham (Owen Sound) was known as “the fightin’est, drinkin’est, whorin’est town in the province of Ontario”. Nicknamed Corkscrew Town, it was known across the country as the place to go for a good time, because the bars never closed. Not everyone was thrilled about this reputation. The ladies of the community formed the very first branch of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and began the long hard battle of banning the booze. By 1905 the sale of alcohol was prohibited in Owen Sound, and in 1917 National Prohibition was enacted, bringing the wild party to a grinding halt – but only briefly. Alcohol went underground and bootleggers and blind pigs flourished throughout the County. 

It’s time to find out: are you a Saint or a Sinner?

Saints & Sinners brings Moreston Heritage Village to life with the colourful history of Grey County during the prohibition & bootlegging era. Dress in your 1920s best and taste samples from local beer, wine, cider, and spirits producers. Snack on delicious food from local vendors. Learn the Charleston and get moving with live music. Pop into the local Speakeasy, the Black Rabbit. And watch out for the prohibition protests, the rowdy partiers, and the paddy wagon scooping up trouble makers!

Event is 19+ only. Guests under 19 years of age may not attend this event.  

Pick up your copy of the 2019 Saints & Sinners Passport map while you're here!

Beattie's Distillers
Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery
Creemore Springs
Duntroon Cyder House
Spy Cider House and Distillery
Tobermory Brewing Company
Windswept Cider

Dejong Acres
Friends of Moreston – Lemonade Stand & Ice Cream
Fired Up at Grilled in Action

The Fred Parsons Band

At 2:15 and 3:45, bring your dancing shoes to the Bandstand and learn the wild dance craze of the 1920s: the Charleston! 

At 2:45, pop into the main tent for Underneath it All: The History of UndergarmentsDispelling the mysteries hidden beneath our clothes, Community Waterfront Heritage Centre Curator Wendy Tomlinson not only mentions the 'unmentionables', she discusses them in fascinating detail! This lively presentation includes a display of antique undergarments from the 1860s to the 1960s, including corsets, petticoats, bustles, lingerie and more!

At 3:30, make your way to the main tent and strut your stuff in the costume contest! 

Advance tickets:

$20: Regular Admission. This ticket includes admission to the event and five tokens which may be exchanged for drink samples. Ticketholders may purchase additional drink tokens.

$10: Entrance Only. This provides admission to the event. Attendees with a Entrance Only ticket may not purchase alcohol, but may purchase food, non-alcoholic drinks, and participate in all other activities. 

Additional drink tokens may be purchased for $2 each.

*Day-of prices increase to $25 Regular admission / $15 Entrance Only. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW! Tickets are also available at the front desk at Grey Roots from 10 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. 

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Large Agricultural Equipment and Historic Vehicle Display Building Blue Water GarageGeorge Rice Blacksmith ShopHerb Miller Sawmill1920's School House1920's Timber Framed Barn1920's Ontario FarmhouseOrange Hall1886 Log House1920's Good Cheer BandstandOutdoor AmphitheatrePioneer Blacksmith Shop1853 Pioneer Log CabinMoore & Muir Engine Works

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