The following text is from the Summer 2014 newsletter of the Small Arms Society
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The former inspection building of Small Arms Limited will be open Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Small Arms Society is excited to once again be participating in Doors Open Mississauga. This year we are looking forward to building on the success of the past two years where we hosted approximately 4,000 visitors. Our mission is to promote arts, heritage, culture and science.
This is a unique opportunity to visit an Ontario heritage-designated building and discover its history and future. Come out and enjoy a fun day of activities, including tours of the historic building, art exhibition and sale with 30 local artists, lots of live entertainment and refreshments, Hits of the Blitz performances, and local performers from Frog in Hand.
Frog in Hand was founded by two sisters, Noelle Hamlyn and Colleen Snell, in 1990 with a backyard performance featuring a frog circus. The artists of Frog in Hand, which includes dancers, musicians, actors, textile and visual artists, believe that art is a lived experience and can be found in the most humble places.
The Frog in Hand company members have national and international professional experience in Canada, US, Japan, China, Korea, Ireland, Israel, Australia and UK.
Honorary Colonel Gerald Haddon
Doors Open will also include a presentation by Honorary Colonel Gerald Haddon, who is the grandson of John A. D. McCurdy. In 1909, McCurdy became the first Canadian to fly a plane. He was later hired as manager of Canada’s first flight training school, which was located on the Rifle Ranges in Lakeview.
Heritage Mississauga will also be joining us at the Small Arms plant for Doors Open 2014. They’ll be here to distribute their latest heritage- themed comic book. The hot-off- the-presses second edition will be about the World War One flying aces that trained at a flight school at the Lakeview Rifle Ranges.
There will also be displays by the Lorne Scots, Wounded Warriors, Lakeview Waterfront Connection, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Credit Valley Conservation Authority and Inspiration Lakeview. There will also be a display on the Hanlan Feedermain project. And don’t miss the biplane flyover!
The Small Arms building is located at 1352 Lakeshore Road East, at the foot Dixie Road. It’s just a short walk west of the Long Branch Go Station. There will be parking at the rear of building .
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Below is a post from last year’s Doors Open event at the Small Arms building:
An August 2013 interview with Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey provides additional background: