Gordon and Velda Scott 103 John St. N.
Gordon Scott, choirmaster
The St. John's choir , with Gordon Scott lower centre, in about 1952 Photo Paul Wilker
Gordon Scott choirs
Elizabethan Singers on the Stratford Festival Stage for a summer concert, 1954
From left: Lloyd Bradshaw, Keith Elliott, John Boyden, Miriam Root, Velda Scott, Helen Baumbach, Jean Moorehead, Ilene Hunter, Audrey Conroy, Gordon Scott. Director: Gordon Scott; accompanist Audrey Conroy. Picture from Gord Conroy.
By 1953, Gordon had formed The Elizabethan Singers, as a complement to the new Shakespearean Festival. It was a madrigal group of 10 voices, male and female, professional in quality, from Stratford and area. They sang intricate harmonies a capella, for the most part, with an emphasis on Elizabethan music and modern music with an Elizabethan flavour.
The Elizabethans presented concerts in Stratford at the Festival Theatre and Avon Theatre and throughout southern Ontario. The CBC broadcast several of their performances, in the summer and with Sir Ernest MacMillan at Christmas.
Kathryn Root, musician
Avondale Cemetery by Fred Gonder
House at 62 John St. N., built in 1875
James Peter Woods
The Catharine East Garden
The Catharine East Garden is on the east side of John Street South, just before the bridge crossing the Avon River and across the street from the entrance to Avondale Cemetery. There is a sign that makes the garden easy to find.
Residence: 170 John St. N.
Robert Moderwell, heritage house
This heritage house, at 170 John St. N. was owned by Robert Moderwell, the first sheriff of Perth County, from 1853 to 1872. There is a Stratford street named after him. (see Moderwell Street).
Architectural description: two-storey, brick painted grey, gable-roofed section at each end, connected by a traverse section. First floor: left side rectangular two-over-two part window with shutters; traverse part recessed; entrance door at left side with a three-paned transom above it; window to the right of door is rectangular two panes over one pane; with shutters; right side window in gabled portion of the house same as the one on left side of second storey; rectangular one-over-one paned window with shutters in each gable section; centre traverse section filled in with enclosed porch with one window on each side and six windows at the front; each peak has a plain square drop finial. The left wall has two rectangular windows in the second storey and one smaller two-part window in the first storey towards the back of the wall. The house was probably built by Thomas Lunn, a Stratford contractor.