Looking for an update on the 'Track to the Future' mural project? You're in luck as our second mural of the season honouring Jumbo the Elephant has been completed by the talented mural artist Sbuone! The purpose of this portion of the project is to create a scavenger hunt for original elephant murals throughout the city - with the latest thought provoking art piece located at Railway City Brewing Company.
Here in St. Thomas we are lucky to be surrounded by an agriculturally dense and diverse area with amazing local producers. Supporting these businesses has never been easier! With two large markets in the area: Wildflower Farmers’ Market and Horton Farmers’ Market, you have two opportunities to get out and love local each and every week.
Today we are taking a deeper look at the Horton Farmers' Market! Read up on our post about Wildflowers Farmer's Market here.
Here in St. Thomas and Elgin County, we are lucky to be a part of such an agriculturally dense and diverse area. All around us are great local businesses, farms, and food producers and we have the special opportunity of celebrating them through our local farmers’ markets. We are lucky to have two large markets in the area: Wildflower Farmers’ Market and Horton Farmers’ Market.
Let’s take a deeper look into both of these wonderful spaces and meet some of the amazing local vendors! Today we begin with the Wildflowers Farmers Market.
Most people are familiar with AR technology through the popularity of Pokémon Go. With the Engage app’s St. Thomas adventure, AR technology is being used to learn about our own community. Users can walk to a particular location and use the app to scan the area, which will initiate the AR attraction. The attractions range from themed minigames to short history features, covering themes like the region’s railway history, mural artwork, and the veteran’s memorial.
Summer 2021 is starting off bright and bold!
Building on the tremendous success of the ‘Track to the Future’ mural project that launched in 2020, Railway City Tourism began a new phase of the project - creating a scavenger hunt of original elephant murals throughout St. Thomas! This homage honouring Jumbo the Elephant started the season with artist Kristyn Watterworth and her colourfully fun parade of elephants found across from the entry to the St. Thomas Elevated Park.
Explore the Railway City this Spring!
Find off-the-beaten track trails, parks, public art, and so much more! Be surprised by your own backyard and win prizes along the way.
From photographing a Blue Heron to visitng our favourite local elephant to say "Hi", the Railway City Scavenger Hunt has a mix of easy, intriguing, and more challenging missions to take part in. Emerging after a long winter (and, LBR, and rather lengthy 2020) it's time to shake off the cobwebs and discover some of our local hidden, and not so hidden, gems! We won't give it all away, afterall what's the fun in that?
Read on to learn how to sign up and just what's at stake!
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Having to change direction like pretty much everyone else out there this past year, and moving on from in-person events, Relish has been working to forge stronger connections between you and our local farmers and food producers. We have an incredible array of locally made goods in St. Thomas and Elgin County. Goods that come from the land surrounding us and from the hands of passionate locals.
Building on the tremendous success of the ‘Track to the Future’ mural project, Railway City Tourism is requesting expressions of interest from artists who would like to design and paint an original mural of an elephant in St. Thomas! This is a rare opportunity to connect one of the key stories in the history and mythology of the community – specifically, the death of Jumbo the Elephant in 1885 – with the future of the city in augmented reality. Indeed, the artwork will serve two purposes: first, each artist selected will paint an elephant mural in St. Thomas; second, select elephant murals will be incorporated into the new ‘Engage’ augmented reality app to be designed by EXAR Studios and launched in summer 2021! Users of the app will be able to see the elephants as avatars that help guide explorations of the city.
It is not down in any map; true places never are.