Pan Am Games

Join us in celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

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On February the 3rd, 2015, AHS Vice-President Bill Albino was pleased to receive a call from Newmarket-Aurora MP, Lois Brown with the news that AHS has been successful in their recent bid to receive funding from the Toronto 2015 Pan & Parapan American Games Community Celebrations Fund. The purpose of this fund is to “invest in events and activities that celebrate Canadian values, culture, and heritage beyond the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario and across the country.” (Program Guidelines).

With this funding AHS is proud to be hosting the following exhibit…

Tennis in Canada: From Early Beginnings to Global Success

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The exhibit invites you to explore the evolution of tennis from its origins to its establishment in Canadian society. The history of tennis in Aurora has a rich beginning, with the first tennis club in Aurora playing on the Hillary House grass courts in 1911. The Hillary family were a very active group who regularly played tennis, one of the most popular sports of the day. The Hillary House collection includes a tennis racquet used by the family in 1905, which will be featured among many other tennis artifacts in the exhibit at Hillary House.



Pan Am and Parapan Am Celebrations

Aurora Tennis Club - 1913

Saturday July 18, 2015
Opening Ceremonies and A Taste of Wimbledon at Hillary House

Enjoy traditional Wimbledon-style refreshments (think strawberries and cream, Pimm’s, and sandwiches) from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. A BBQ will be held 6:00pm -8:00pm. Admission by donation. This day will also feature Tennis “Grudge Matches”! Register your singles/doubles ‘Grudge Match’ with a competitive friend, tennis rival, or your biggest competition for just $20.00! Call AHS to reserve your spot.

Sunday July 19, 2015
Family Fun Day

This Sunday, head over to Hillary House from 11:00am – 4:00pm for country fair style games (bean bag toss, ring toss, croquet, and more!). We’ll serve BBQ, water, pop, coffee, and tea. The Tennis in Canada exhibit is open, and admission will be collected by donation.


Saturday July 25, 2015
Domestic Sports with the Aurora Lawn Bowling Club and the Aurora Community Tennis Club

Presented in partnership with the Aurora Lawn Bowling Club and the Aurora Community Tennis Club, this event will feature tennis demonstrations in period costume at Hillary House, as well as lawn bowling and tennis demonstrations at McMahon Park. Held 10:00am – 4:00pm, beer, cider, wine, and BBQ will be served on the Hillary House grounds. From 1:00pm-3:00pm, the Aurora Lawn Bowling Club will open their doors and invite you to tour their clubhouse, learn about lawn bowls, and give you the opportunity to play on their field!

Saturday August 8, 2015
Closing Ceremonies and A Taste of Wimbledon at Hillary House

Enjoy traditional Wimbledon-style refreshments (think strawberries and cream, Pimm’s, and sandwiches) from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Admission by donation. Closing ceremonies will be held at 3:30pm.

Celebrate the games and the history of tennis in Aurora! Join us for heritage tennis demonstrations featuring local tennis greats! The celebrations will also include heritage crafts and activities, historic house tours, refreshments, music, and more. All BBQ will be served and sold by the Aurora Lions.

Volunteers are needed, Contact Us to find out more.

We even have tennis-themed Gift Shop items!

DSC_0108DSC_0100 Our Gift Shop contains an impressive collection of vintage and novelty tennis-themed ties! With over 30 ties to choose from, ranging in age from 10 to 60 years, you’re sure to find a tie that suits your favourite tennis player. In the spirit of Pan Am/Parapan Am tennis, we will be selling these ties all summer long! $20-$30.

Also for sale is a replica of Major Walter Wingfield’s groundbreaking text The Game of Spharistike or Lawn Tennis (1874) – the text which standardized the game. As seen in our Tennis in Canada exhibit, this book is sure to amaze and impress any tennis player. $20.

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To find out more about the exhibit, the celebrations, or for media inquires contact Erika Mazanik at 905 727 8991 or erika.mazanik@aurorahs.com

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

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