Queenston hobby show has varied attractions
St. Catharines Standard (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada), 31 Mar 1954

Huggins, Jean A. E. (1895-1989), Author
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Article about a hobby show held in Laura Secord Memorial School in Queenston in 1954
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31 Mar 1954
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Huggins, Jean A. E. (1895-1989)
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Queenston Hobby Show Has Varied Attractions

How adults and children spend their leisure time was demonstrated at a successful Hobby Show, sponsored by the Laura Secord Home and School Association and held last night in the Laura Secord Memorial Hall.

Collections of dolls, embroidery, paintings, aeroplanes, boats, bead work and costume jewellery were among the many exhibits in the children's section. Pets, including rabbits, a guinea pig and budgies, were also shown.


Prizes for best exhibits in the children's section were awarded as follows:

Senior girls: 1st, Elizabeth Fisher; 2nd, Marjorie Hutchison; inter-mediate girls: 1st, Rosalind Erwin; 2nd, Beryl Young. Junior girls: 1st Beann Morley; 2nd, Dolores Klassen; outstanding exhibit by a girl, Elizabeth Fisher.

Senior boys:

1st, Francis Balogh; 2nd, Hank Holdenhof; 3rd,Ronald Bird. Intermediate boys: 1st, Robin Lawrason; 2nd, Peter Sempkoff; 3rd, Jeffery Jackson; junior boys: Ralph Lawrason; 2nd, Carl Sulliman; 3rd, Billy Barr. Outstanding exhibit by a boy: David Lawrason. First prize for best pet went to Ralph Hopper, second prize to Bobby Hewitt.

Judges included Mrs. E. A. Archibald of St. David's School, J. Kreiger, Victoria School, Stamford, and T. Hodgins, Glenview School, Niagara Falls.


Furniture exhibits were shown by Claude G. Erwin. Mr. Erwin's display included a dining room table in blonde finish, a buffet and bedroom suite containing a junior bed, chest of drawers and corner book shelves. The masterpiece of Mr. Erwin's construction exhibit was a tall grandfather clock with Westminster chimes.

Fred Benner showed a lovely collection of inlaid woodwork, including a table, lamps, candle holders, boxes, bowls and plaques. The fine intricate patterns showed marks of expert craftsmanship.

A collection of call cards of amateur radio operators made an interesting exhibit by R. Seward.

Some outstanding fancy work exhibited by new Canadians was shown by Mrs. J. Kirkus and Mrs. H. Krejewski.


Portrait painting, rug hooking, metalcraft, ceramics, weaving and wood inlay work were demonstrated throughout the evening by a number of amateur craftsmen. Displays included beautiful handmade quilts, smocking, embroidery, aluminum trays and many other products of nimble fingers and artistic ability.

Outstanding among the many exhibits were displays of antiques. They included heavy-hand loomed bedspreads in navy and white — one containing the name Eliza Jane Disher and the year 1848 woven into one corner, a collection of old costumes including a linen duster of the horse and buggy days, a wedding dress and other articles of finery.


Other exhibits included early American glassware and dishes and a large assortment of old newspapers and magazines, inluding the Globe of Dec. 27, 1861, the Niagara Falls Review of 1886 and 1889, Frank Leslie's Ladies Gazette of Fashion of 1855, Ballou's Pictorial Boston of 1857, and many others.

Modelling costumes of an earlier era were Mrs. H. B. Fisher, Mrs. H. Sulliman and Mrs. R. Seward.

A square, wooden church collection-box, with a 40-inch handle, and a wooden clothes-wringer proved particularly interesting.

The younger folks enjoyed fishing for prizes and a number of movies kept others amused and interested. Mrs. A. McPherson supervised the bake-sale and novelty-sale table. Refreshments were also served to the many visitors.

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The high degree to which Queenston people have developed their talents was shown last night at the second annual hobby fair of the Laura Secord Home and School Association in the school. A wide variety of hobbies was on display, including woodworking and furniture making; weaving, painting, ceramics, needlework, quilting, collections, pets, model aeroplanes, etc. Here, Mrs. Harold Usher attracts an interested group of women as she spins yarn on an old spinning wheel. Emulating the early settlers, she later will use her own yarn on her weaving loom.

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A former pupil of Laura Secord School, Mrs. John D. Armstrong, of Stamford, demonstrated her hobby — portrait sketching and painting. Here, she rapidly completes a painting of Nancy Fisher.

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A collection of antiques was one of the highlights of the show. Here, dressed in costumes of an earlier day, Mrs. Sulliman and Mrs. R. Seward read one of the exhibits, a copy of the weekly Globe of 1861.

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Queenston hobby show has varied attractions

Article about a hobby show held in Laura Secord Memorial School in Queenston in 1954