Doors Open Hamilton: Day One

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Doors Open weekend is one of my favourites in Hamilton. From 270 Sherman to Treble Hall, there’s always a new corner of the city to explore. Today’s exploration got started a little late, but I still managed to visit three Doors Open Hamilton sites — MacNab Presbyterian Church, Whitehern, and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.

It was a cold and rainy day, but signs of spring lurked everywhere. My highlight was St. Paul’s Presbyterian, a church that dominates James Street South. The church was built by Scottish immigrants in the mid-1800s, and the Bells of St. Paul’s were added in 1906. The bells are played every Sunday morning (I’ve grown used to hearing them from my apartment), but as part of Doors Open Hamilton, we were allowed to climb the steep stairs to see how they are controlled, and were treated to a sample of “Amazing Grace.” 

There's still one more day to check out Doors Open Hamilton. I'm looking forward to being out and about tomorrow, too. 

These last two pictures have nothing to do with Doors Open Hamilton, except for the fact that my day of wandering around Hamilton (which also included Craftstock and Ottawa Street antique shopping) ended at the Hamilton Farmer's Market where I bought a pound and a half of cheese. Really, every good day should end with a haul of cheese. 


  1. I do not know what I like best. Majestic St. Paul's and the bells, (I've always loved church and Carillon bells) the cheese in the farmer's market or the fine clock. You sure live in one fantastic city. Here in Florida the cities are quite boring (except for St. Augustine) if not too hot and humid to enjoy most of the year.

  2. Numbed to the centre of our consciousness, we saw children choked stiff to death, like twisted wax dolls, foaming in their mouths. A young father, holding his dead twins in both his arms, delicately, as if they were fragile toys, was seen posing in front of a cell phone camera, with the cold composure of the temporarily insane, giving his cousin purposeful instructions, '' film it, film it! We need to show it to the world''.
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