Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville will be contributing to the celebration of the province-wide theme of Toward a fair and equitable society by showcasing 12 outstanding sites in the community from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 2.

Each Doors Open site is of architectural, historical and/or cultural interest. Admission is free for visitors at all participating sites. Some of this year’s highlighted sites include:

Holy Theotokos Convent-Joyous Light Candles. The Greek Orthodox convent is located on eight hectares (20 acres) of rolling hills, forests and two natural ponds. The convent currently produces 100 per cent pure beeswax candles. Tour the convent, visit the candle-making factory and observe or participate in hands-on candle making. The gift shop will be open and a bake sale, featuring Greek pastries, is planned.

Altona Mennonite Meeting House. Built by pioneers who emigrated from Pennsylvania, the 1852 brick meeting house has never been renovated. It features original, unpainted, pine pews and floor. The cemetery is the burial place of Abraham Stouffer, the founder of Stouffville and his family. Located just outside the municipal boundaries of Whitchurch-Stouffville in Altona, the site represents the rural Mennonite roots of the community.

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre. The innovative LEED platinum-certified building creates more energy than it uses. Functioning as the hub for the York Region Forestry educational programming, the centre was built using local and recycled materials. Guided and self-guided tours of the facility are available. Nature-themed arts and crafts will be offered for families and youth, including building a small bird feeder to take home.

Richardson Masonic Lodge. Occupying a 1955 building, the lodge continues to play an active role in Stouffville. Take a guided tour of the building and Masonic lodge room and learn about the sundial and the organization’s history. Light refreshments will be available. Participate in the MasoniChIP (child identification) program. Parents will receive a digital information CD, compatible with the Amber Alert system.

The Ontario SPCA Provincial Education and Animal Centre in Stouffville. Doors Open is a great opportunity to meet the animals and learn more about the programs and services offered through the Ontario SPCA.

Visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/en/whitchurch-stouffville for information.

Photo: Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, one of 12 sites included in the 2018 Stouffville Doors Open event.