There are 155 days until North Grenville’s first Doors Open and preparations are well underway.

At a meeting on Thursday at the North Grenville Public Library, lead organizer Lynne Clifford-Ward presented participants with the Doors Open brochure, designed by TD Graham and Associates, and showed them the North Grenville page on the Doors Open Ontario website.

The website lists all 24 sites, which include many of the most historic buildings in North Grenville as well as important community landmarks and businesses. “We are promoting a day of experiencing heritage, culture and industry for the whole family,” Lynne says. “Discover the story behind every door.”

They are expecting people from all over to show up for the event on September 24, including visitors from the US. Lynne was part of the organizing committee for Doors Open Smiths Falls last year and says they had quite a few Americans check out what Smith Falls had to offer. North Grenville is also quite close to the border, so they are hoping to attract a similar crowd.

Maplewood Hall, the Simpson Residence, Tallman Truck Centre, Lockwood Brothers Construction, Kemptville District Hospital and Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre are just some of the locations that are offering tours, activities, information sessions and refreshments to guests throughout the day. A full list of all the locations can be found on the Doors Open website at

Doors Open North Grenville is still looking for sponsorship to cover the costs of printing the brochures which will be given out at all the venues and contain a map to ensure visitors can get from place to place with ease. It is estimated that they will need to print over 3000 in order to have enough for each of the venues and to promote the event widely. They would like to have them done and printed by the end of June.

There was a significant amount of excitement in the room as representatives from each venue who attended the meeting gave a quick synopsis of what they are planning for the day. From tours of an operating room, to choral music, to seeing the inside of a 19th century wood burning oven, there is sure to be something new and exciting for everyone to see.

Photo: Lynne Clifford-Ward addresses Doors Open North Grenville participants


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