Watson’s Apothecary

Saturday October 29 & 30, 2022 | 2-10pm

Each year, Homer Watson House & Gallery (HWHG) is host to a fundraising festival known as “Spirit Season.” An ever popular series of events, Spirit Season celebrates Homer Watson’s interest in Spiritualism and HWHG’s reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in Waterloo Region.

This year, the event will be expanded to include a brand new, cocktail making experience. Participants will be invited to gather rare and medicinal ingredients from the grounds and apothecary and brew their own potions and tinctures!

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The Recipe Book

Upon arrival, participants will receive a copy of “Watson’s Potions & Tinctures,” a recipe book with instructions to create several cockatils. Each participant can choose to create 3 cockatils over the course of the 2 hour event. The recipe book will include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic recipes.

Botanical Ingredients

Participants will receive cryptic clues to locate cocktail ingredients from the grounds at HWHG. The HWHG groundskeeper will be available to assist any participants who lack a green thumb.

Apothecary Shop

After gathering ingredients from the botanical gardens, participants will enter the apothecary shop, where they can acquire additional ingredients with the assistance of the HWHG apothecary and use special equipment to concoct their potions and tinctures.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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