CHESTERVILLE — What’s the highest building in Chesterville and what does it say?
An “Historical Hunt” is underway in the North Dundas village through Dec. 8th, and that’s just one of a dozen questions posed on the children’s version of the contest questionnaire organized by the Chesterville & District Historical Society.
Loosely inspired by the idea of a scavenger hunt, participants are encouraged to walk to indicated sites in Chesterville, then come up with answers to questions on the form now available in the publicly accessible inner lobbies at Scotiabank and the post office. One contest sheet is aimed at children up to age 12; the other poses 10 questions for competitors ages 13 and up (including adults).
There’s still plenty of time to join the fun.
Completed entries need to be turned in through the slot at the Chesterville Pharmacy (on the northeast corner of the building) — but only on Dec. 5, 6, 7 and 8, says Society member Gail Parker.
Both versions of the Historical Hunt “are quite well done” and in particular may help the next generation “be a little more wise about the history of Chesterville,” observes Parker. A prize will be awarded to the winner in each of the two age categories, she adds, as judged by the Society.
Chesterville turned 130 years old in 2020, and the Hunt is intended to at least partially offset the loss of anniversary celebrations the Society would have otherwise conducted this year — if not for the pandemic.
“It’s the only thing we can do, and really, who should celebrate Chesterville’s 130th other than the Chesterville Historical Society?” Parker observes. “We thought, we would do the History Hunt, to get the community together with an activity to still have a little fun before Christmas.”