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The NOTL Poppy Project

NOVEMBER 2 - 13, 2022

In 2020, the Niagara Falls History Museum collected thousands of crochetted and knitted poppies from around the world - over 11,000 of them!  After developing their display, they donated some of their leftover poppies for us to contine the movement in Niagara-onthe-Lake.

We gathered our own team of local volunteers and started working on the project in August 2021.  The energetic group decided to add more poppies to the approximately 1,600 we had been given, including some made of fabric to create a poppy garden. The new poppies were hand-made by our volunteers and the installation was designed by them with museum staff. Even the 1st NOTL Rangers (Girl Guides) helped us attach poppies to the netting and some cash sponsorship was provided by the St. David Lion's Club. 

For 2022, we are expanding the project to the Court House at 26 Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  With generous funding from the Government of Canada, our Poppy Brigade has been busy making another 4,000 poppies. Poppy wreaths are being added to many shop doors on Queen Street and poppy wraps will adorn lamp posts to create a "poppy path" from the Museum to the Court House. The fabric poppy garden at the Museum will also be expanded and soldiers' names added to these poppies. 

A very special thanks goes to Davey Tree Expert Company who donated their crew to attach the installation to the bell tower of our 1875 building (the old Niagara High School), and on the Niagara District Court House.

 

SOME poppy STATS:

  • 40 + volunteers
  • 2,000 hrs of hand labour
  • 7,500 + poppies
  • 19,000 zip ties
  • 2,500 sq ft of bird netting
  • 200 ft of steel cabling
  • Days of laughter and remembrance

 

 Our Amazing Volunteers:

  • Ann Judd
  • Arlene McGuire
  • Audrey Pellet
  • Ayse Ozdemir
  • Barbara Webber
  • Brenda O’Connor
  • Briar Collins
  • Carol Allen
  • Catherine Clarke
  • Chris Allen
  • Claire Gregory
  • Dale Stuteley
  • Debbie Johnson
  • Deborah Paine
  • Dee Steele
  • Denise Ascenzo
  • Elizabeth Lewis
  • Faith Bell
  • Faith Jago
  • Faye Douglas
  • Gail Santsche
  • Heloise Kachauer
  • Hilary Bellis
  • Janet Guy
  • Janet Trogdon
  • Jean Grimble
  • Jennifer Stevens
  • Joan Hill
  • Joyce Loewen
  • Judy Thornton
  • Julie Bonnell
  • Kathy Humphries
  • Kathy O’Marra
  • Liz Klose
  • Luisa Medina
  • Maggie Hanmerling
  • Margaret Fairman
  • Margaret Teare
  • Margret Walker
  • Marie Marozzo
  • Mariitta Maavara
  • Mary Scott
  • Maybeth Ross
  • Melanie Kelch
  • Myrna McKay
  • Nancy Macri
  • Nick Clemens
  • Pam Mundy
  • Pat Klotz
  • Patty Fraser
  • Paulette Kennedy
  • Pauline Meyler
  • Peggy Bell
  • Peggy Holley
  • Sandra Sutherland
  • Sandy Frost
  • Stephanie Petroff
  • Stephen Shinn
  • Sue Henry
  • Sue Sherk
  • Terry Mactaggart
  • Yvonne Causer