Doors Open Lambton set to start June 11, 12
The Fairbank Oil Properties in Oil Springs is opening to the public for free tours during Open Doors Lambton County, June 11 and 12. The historic oil property is one of 30 Sarnia-Lambton sites on this year’s Doors Open tour.
(Paul Morden/Sarnia Observer/Postmedia Network/May 26 2016)
Doors are set to open to the public June 11 and 12 at 30 Lambton County buildings and sites with interesting stories to tell.
It’s part of the Doors Open Lambton County program, organized along with a provincial initiative every other year to open homes, churches, museums, businesses and cultural spaces for a weekend of free public tours.
This is the third time Doors Open has been organized in Lambton, and this year’s theme is Science and Innovation. A full list of the 30 local sites can be found online at www.doorsopenlambtoncounty.ca.
They include the Enbridge Solar site, Fairbank Oil in Oil Springs, Forest’s Kineto Theatre, the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, Refined Fool, Our Lady of Mercy Church in Sarnia, and others.
“I think the chance to go behind the scenes, past the sign that says ‘staff only’ is always popular for visitors,” said Luke Stempien, the county’s archivist and chairperson of the local Doors Open steering committee.
“A lot of the sites are still open to the public on a normal day, but it’s a chance to go into the back room.”
One example is the public art gallery in downtown Sarnia where Doors Open visitors can register ahead of time for tours of its vault.
Another is the Enbridge solar farm that isn’t normally open to the public, he said.
Several agriculture sites are also on this year’s list, including the Roeland Plant Farms greenhouse near Forest, Alton Farms Estate Winery in Aberarder, Twin Pines Orchards and Cider House near Thedford, and Up At Sunrise Hostas, also in Thedford.
The provincial program initially focused on historical structures, but has since widened “into a bigger celebration of both history and culture,” Stempien said.
“It’s also a good celebration of innovation in all its forms across Lambton County.”
A map and guide book is being printed and is expected to be available at local libraries, museums and Doors Open sites, but all of the sites are listed on the websites.
Most of the sites will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days, but times are different at some locations.
“We encourage everyone to check the website,” Stempien said.
Some of the sites are offering additional attractions, including a walking tour from the Forest-Lambton Museum, introduction to genealogy workshops at the Lambton County Archives in Wyoming, and demonstrations exploring the historic use of herbs at the Forest Glen Herb Farm and Bed and Breakfast.
Several private homes are also opening their doors, including the 1834 Skilbeck House in Sarnia and Petrolia’s Nemo Hall.