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Community Locally, many of the grand homes built during the Victorian years are included in walking tours which can be found on-line at www.elgintourist.com/Tourism/Heritage-Trees-Walking-Tours (Aylmer, Port Burwell, Port Stanley, Talbot Settlement, Sparta and St. Thomas). One example, the Telegraph House (205 Main St, Port Stanley) built in the early Victorian style mixes gables of Gothic Revival and the bay windows and quoining of the Italianate Style. For a feeling of nostalgia try one of the walking tours when there’s a frosting of snow. Or take a stroll down Talbot Street in St. Thomas where you’ll find many examples of late 1800s architecture including St. Thomas City Hall (1899) in the late Richardsonian Romanesque style, or the Southern Loan Building located at 384-390 Talbot St.

Laura Woermke has contributed to this edition of Relish Elgin a splendid Victorian-era woman for your colouring enjoyment (back cover). A book full of Laura’s drawings, colour me happy, is available from the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre gift shop with proceeds going to the Art Centre. Although many popular Christmas customs have a strong Victorian influence, they are just a part of the kaleidoscope of holiday traditions enjoyed in Canada. Those have been derived through influences from First Nations, European explorers, pioneers, early settlers and later immigrants which makes for infinite possibilities of flavours to bring to the Canadian holiday table.

Colour Me Victorian

The first colouring book is thought to have been the Little Folks’ Painting Book, published in 1880 with illustrations by British artist Kate Greenaway. (Crayons weren’t yet being massproduced.) In recent years, colouring books for adults have become wildly popular. Fans credit the books which are available in a wide range of styles and themes with providing relaxation and de-stressing benefits. Artist

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