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Fun, Fire, and Smallpox … in Canada’s timber capital

Ottawa Storytellers presents its

Travelling Tent Show


To order tickets for “Fun, Fire, and Smallpox” in advance, call Brenda (at Nepean Museum), 613-580-2424, ext. 17300. Then you can pay on-line or at any City of Ottawa recreation facility. Any unsold tickets will also be available at the door.


At the turn of the 20th century, Ottawa was coming of age. We had one of the grandest hotels on the continent, years before the Chateau Laurier was built. We had an opera house and several fine theatres, which featured international stars, and we rivalled New York for innovative technology. This was also the world of the lumber barons, H. F. Bronson, J. R. Booth, and E. B. Eddy, with their massive stockpiles of dry timber, and nearby, the rough wooden houses of the mill and yard workers. On a fine spring day in 1900, all of this would be destroyed in hours by a fire so huge you could see the smoke in Kingston.

Early Ottawa was ravaged by fire, by disease, by scandal, yet every time, she picked herself up, dusted herself off, and, often with a laugh, carried on.

Under a beautiful tent, Fun, Fire, and Smallpox recounts that time in stories and music in four delightful settings across the city.

All shows at 7 Pm.

-        May 27: Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road, 613-833-3059

-        May 28: Billings Estate National Historic Site, 2100 Cabot Street, 613-247-4830

-        June 10: Fairfield House, 3080 Richmond Road (nr. Bayshore shopping centre), 613-726-2652

-        June 11: Pinhey’s Point Historic Site 270 Pinhey Point Road, Dunrobin, 613-832-1249

Tickets are $15, available at the door or by calling the venues. All venues accept cash or debit/credit cards.

Ages 14+

Running time is approximately 90 minutes plus a 15 minute intermission (with free refreshments!)

For more information, or call Pat Holloway at 613-731-1047


Getting to the Billings Estate: 


Driving directions: Take Riverside to Pleasant Park. There are lights at the intersection for Riverside and Pleasant Park. Turn onto Pleasant Park and follow it to Cabot Street (about 100 metres from Riverside). Turn onto Cabot Street and drive to the end directly into the museum’s parking lot. There is plenty of free parking as well as room for buses to park at the museum.

Public transportation: The museum is a 5 minute walk from the Pleasant Park transit station or a 13 minute walk from Billings Bridge station. Consult OC Transpo for route information and times.