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Upcoming Events at The Commissariat

Click here to see the combined events calendar for all Provincial Historic Sites

 

Ongoing Experiences

Included with price of admission.

May 20, 2017

  • Guided Tour - Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest buildings in St. John's with one of our knowledgeable interpreters. The Commissariat was built between 1818-1820 as the home and offices of the Assistant Commissary General - the supply officer for British forces in Newfoundland. Learn more about the British military presence in Newfoundland.
  • Impress with a Quill Pen - Can you write with a feather? The Officers of the Commissary could. Until the mid to late nineteenth century, most writing was done this way. Have a seat in the general office in Commissariat House and try it for yourself. Dip your feather in the ink to write your name or draw a picture. If you're feeling adventurous, try writing a letter then sealing it with wax.
  • Life in the 1830s - Commissariat House offers a series of engaging activities for kids and adults alike. See if anything is cooking in our historic kitchen or help out in the historic vegetable garden. Curl up in the sunroom to explore toys and games from the past like dominos. And don't forget to take a selfie dressed in the fashion of the period and share with us on social media.
  • Crafts in the Carriage House - Drop by the Carriage House and get creative! Create a shadow puppet and put off a show. Or make a mobile using a variety of materials. Or maybe create your own letter seal! See what we're making today!

Cost: Included in regular admission
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

Concert by Candlelight

Kellie Loder – June 17, 2017

June 17, 2017

Kellie Loder is a Juno Award Nominated singer and songwriter from Newfoundland & Labrador. She is quickly becoming recognized as one of the province's best songwriters. She brings catchy melodic hooks and thoughtful, lyrically driven content to each song she writes. Her inspiration comes from her own personal growth and life experiences, as well as stories shared by others.

Cost: $20/ticket
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

Discovery Days at The Commissariat

activities for the whole family

June 25, 2017, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Step back in time this Discovery Day weekend at Commissariat House. Explore life in 1830s St. John's with activities that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Drop in to enjoy tasty treats from our historic kitchen, make a shadow puppet, write with a quill pen, and more!

Free admission
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

 

Concert by Candlelight

Earle & Coffin – July 9, 2017

July 9, 2017

Nick Earle and Joe Coffin are emerging blues artists from St. John's who have released their debut album "Nick Earle and Joe Coffin Live at The Citadel House", earning them the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year as well as a Music NL nomination for Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year.  Adopting a distinctive style which is well beyond their years, they draw inspiration from blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters. Rich soulful vocals and exceptional guitar playing are just two of the descriptions that come to mind when watching these two execute their skills. Earle and Coffin have already performed with many of Newfoundland's top roots and blues musicians and have learned to demonstrate the utmost professionalism and style.


Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

Concert by Candlelight

Brianna Gosse with Steve Maloney – August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017

Since the release of her multiple award winning debut recording, AERA, with its pop and soul vibe, Newfoundland native Brianna Gosse has been steadily turning hearts and ears with her charm, musicality and incredible voice. Whether performing with a full band, or simply as solo guitar and ukulele, her songs breathe a resonance that has graced airwaves, stages and events from St. John's to Kansas City and steadily making fans at all stops in between!


Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

Doors Open

September 24, 2017

September 24, 2017

Explore Commissariat House - an almost 200 year old home right in the middle of downtown St. John's during Doors Open weekend. You might be surprised at what you find!

Free admission
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

Free admission
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.caFree admission

 

 

Christmas at the Commissariat

Christmas Family Fun

November 18, 2017, 10am – 3pm

Get into the festive spirit with the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a 1830s Christmas in St. John's during our two weekends of events. Explore the house during our daytime event where you can enjoy traditional seasonal greenery, holiday music, a taste of Christmas pudding, a sip of hot chocolate, crafts, costumed portraits & more!

Free admission
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

Please bring a non-perishable item for the
Community Food Sharing Association
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

 

Christmas at the Commissariat

Christmas Family Fun

November 19, 2017, 10am – 3pm

Get into the festive spirit with the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a 1830s Christmas in St. John's during our two weekends of events. Explore the house during our daytime event where you can enjoy traditional seasonal greenery, holiday music, a taste of Christmas pudding, a sip of hot chocolate, crafts, costumed portraits & more!

Please bring a non-perishable item for the
Community Food Sharing Association
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730 Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

Commissariat by Candlelight

November 24, 2017

November 24, 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Get into the festive spirit with the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of an 1830s Christmas in St. John's during our two weekends of events. Join characters from Colonial St. John's as you tour Commissariat House by candlelight. Enjoy warm cider by the fire, sing-along carols, and make a natural craft to take home. Be sure to dress warm!


Please bring a non-perishable item for the
Community Food Sharing Association
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730 Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

Commissariat by Candlelight

November 25, 2017

November 25, 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Get into the festive spirit with the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of an 1830s Christmas in St. John's during our two weekends of events. Join characters from Colonial St. John's as you tour Commissariat House by candlelight. Enjoy warm cider by the fire, sing-along carols, and make a natural craft to take home. Be sure to dress warm!


Please bring a non-perishable item for the
Community Food Sharing Association
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

 

Georgian Feasts

December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017

Live like the lord of the manor and enjoy a six-course dinner expertly prepared by Chef Roary MacPherson and his team. The evening begins with canapes and a drink in the parlour before being seated in the formal dining room where you will enjoy four scrumptious courses with wine pairing. Then retreat back to the parlour for cheese and port to finish your dining experience. The house awash in candlelight and the halls decked with boughs of holly - what could be more festive?


Presented in partnership with the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (RANL)
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

Dates subject to change.

 

Georgian Feasts

December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

Live like the lord of the manor and enjoy a six-course dinner expertly prepared by Chef Roary MacPherson and his team. The evening begins with canapes and a drink in the parlour before being seated in the formal dining room where you will enjoy four scrumptious courses with wine pairing. Then retreat back to the parlour for cheese and port to finish your dining experience. The house awash in candlelight and the halls decked with boughs of holly - what could be more festive?


Presented in partnership with the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (RANL)
Location: Commissariat House PHS, Programming space
For more information, contact: Lynda Keefe, Site Supervisor
Tel: (709) 729-6730, Email: commissariat@seethesites.ca

Dates subject to change