The 2013 MCC Sale at Black Creek Pioneer Village
(Updated Aug. 11, 2014): Please see my 2014 article, “Two Quilt Events at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto” for the updates, including an August quilt show and sale organized by a completely different organization.
(Added Sept. 1, 2013 and updated Sept. 1, 2014): Starting in 2013, this annual Toronto event will add the title, “Toronto Mennonite Festival”, to its name. Visit us on Sat. Sept. 20, 2014.
(Updated Aug. 11 & Sept. 10, 2012). MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) will hold the 2012 Relief Sale on Sat. Sept. 15. I’ve added a new article, “2012 Quilt Auction at the Black Creek Pioneer Village Relief Sale“.
Most of the details and links in this article are still true!
This Annual Event is in the Past: The Black Creek Pioneer Village Fall Festival
Toronto’s premier annual fall fair, the Black Creek Pioneer Village 55th Annual Pioneer Festival will welcome the MCC Quilt Auction and Relief Sale on Sat. Sept. 17, 2011 at 10am.
The next festival will be Sat. Sept. 21, 2013.
What is the MCC Quilt Auction and Relief Sale Event at Black Creek Pioneer Village?
The Quilt Auction is a fund-raising project for MCC. The relief sale includes vegetables or pies to take home; ready-to-eat foods such as pie, roasted chicken legs, corn on the cob, Sloppy Joe on a bun, Asian cuisine; jams and preserves; and more.
Each hand-made quilt, requiring many hours of piecing and stitching, is donated to this auction.
This Toronto event is a significant regional fund-raising opportunity for MCC. It is also a terrific family event with the opportunity to learn about pioneer life. Quilt collectors can bid for bargains or compete for a high-quality display quilt.
What is MCC (Mennonite Central Committee)?
MCC, or Mennonite Central Committee, is a service organization supported by many Mennonite denominations. It “shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice”.
One specific example in 2011: providing relief from drought and famine in East Africa. They were in Haiti after the earthquake and in Indonesia after the 2007 tsunami.
MCC is one of the most effective relief and service organizations in the world, largely because they partner with local agencies and organizations, and because they usually take a long-term approach even when responding to immediate needs.
Let me introduce you to MCC through my article “Modern Mennonite Relief Organizations and Service Agencies“, or read the official MCC web site.
Where Does the Money Go?
Proceeds go to MCC for its relief efforts throughout the world: famine and drought relief in East Africa; aid after natural disasters; and many other projects.
The organizers run a separate fundraising event as part of their annual general meeting. Local Mennonites cover nearly all the costs associated with the event, to ensure the public’s money goes toward MCC’s relief efforts.
What is Black Creek Pioneer Village?
Black Creek Pioneer Village plunges its visitors into the “lifestyles, customs, and surroundings of…the typical crossroads community village found in the Toronto area during the 1800’s”.
Owned and operated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Black Creek Pioneer Village has authentic “period” buildings and artifacts. Staff and volunteers re-enact the trades and lifestyles befitting those historic times.
Livestock also lives at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Vegetable gardens are cultivated and harvested. Read more at the official Black Creek Pioneer Village web site.
Where is Black Creek Pioneer Village?
Black Creek Pioneer Village is at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway in north-west Toronto, just east of Jane Street on the south side of Steeles Avenue. It is on the west side of the York University Campus.
How can I Find Black Creek Pioneer Village?
From highway 401, take highway 400 north and exit onto eastbound Steeles Avenue.
From highway 407 take Jane Street southbound, then turn east onto Steeles Avenue.
From highway 400 southbound, take highway 7 eastbound, then turn south onto Jane Street and later east onto Steeles Avenue.
Parking costs $6 for the day.
The TTC’s Steeles West 60 bus arrives from the Yonge/Steeles station. The Jane 35 bus connects from the Bloor/Jane station.
York Region Transport serves Black Creek Pioneer Village with the Route 10 (Woodbridge) and Route 20 (Jane-Concord) bus lines.
What will it Cost to enter Black Creek Pioneer Village and the MCC Quilt Auction and Relief Sale Event?
Black Creek Pioneer Village charges admission, from $11 to $15 per person depending on age. Taxes are extra.
There is no additional admission charge for the MCC Quilt Auction and Relief Sale event. You will be tempted to eat your way through the village green, typically for $5 or so per plate. You can hope to catch a bargain on a small quilt, or be prepared for a bidding war for the most coveted full-size quilts.
When will the MCC Quilt Auction and Relief Sale Event at Black Creek Pioneer Village be Held?
The MCC Quilt Auction and Relief Sale Event at Black Creek Pioneer Village will be held on Saturday Sept. 17, starting at 10:00 am.
The quilt auction starts at noon, so arrive early to preview the quilts and find some nourishment.
Further Details about the MCC Quilt Auction and Relief Sale Event at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Catch me at this pioneer festival. I will spend part of the day selling Sloppy Joe snacks (meat or vegetarian) at this fall fair.
For more details, see the official Toronto Mennonite Festival (Black Creek Pioneer Village Relief Sale) web site.