Culture Days

Culture Days brings communities together across Canada

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

The national event of Culture Days brought communities across the country together to celebrate culture and continue our Canada 150 celebrations.

John Penner tries his hands at juggling with the Windsor Circus School Rocks during Culture Days Sept. 30.

The free event brought a collection of kids activities, the interactive Royal Canadian Navy bus, tinsmithing, Integrity Admirals player signing, the Windsor Circus School teaching attendees to spin plates and juggle, historic walking tours and so much more all to the Kings Navy Yard Park. Additionally, the event allowed the Nifty Needle Workers to bring out pink bins to place throughout the park to allow for collecting donations of yarn.

“The collaboration and enthusiasm from the community has been outstanding,” Town of Amherstburg tourism coordinator Jennifer Ibrahim. “Anderdon Child Care, Windsor Circus School, St. Peter’s ACHS College School, Amherstburg Freedom Museum, Park House Museum, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Gibson Art Gallery, Nifty Needle Workers, Integrity Admirals, Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists are all organizations that took a lead to get involved and share their passions with the public.”

Emiko Shirai (left) and her sister Sophia Shirai look at the painted Amherstbrug Rocks during Culture Days Sept. 30.

 

The whole idea for the event came from an art council in Quebec. According to culturedays.ca, in 2007, after seeing the success and impact of Quebec’s Journee’s de la culture weekend, the leaders of Canada’s largest arts organization commissioned a feasibility study to assess the viability and appropriateness of launching an annual cross-country celebration of arts and culture. Since it’s official launch in 2010, Culture Days has generated enthusiastic interest, participation and support from a rapidly growing network of artists, organizations, municipalities as well as the private sector and public sector and media across the country.

Owen Cargill paints an Amherstburg Rock during Culture Days.

“Our community has so much history and talent to showcase,” said Ibrahim. “National Culture Days is a great opportunity to share our skills, engage our community and create a vibrant and unique atmosphere of learning and fun.”

Culture Days and Rendezvous heading to Amherstburg later this month

 

By Ron Giofu

 

With the Canuck it Up Festival held last month, the town’s tourism department is now focused on two more events.

Culture Days will be held in Amherstburg Sept. 30-Oct.1 with the bulk of activities planned for King’s Navy Yard Park. That will coincide with the Rendezvous Voyageur and Fur Trader encampment being held at Fort Malden National Historic Site, with that event being held in co-operation with the Maidstone and Area Historical Society.

The two-day Rendezvous event will feature canoes on the Detroit River, a camp frying pan competition, a camp pea soup competition, presentations and storytellers which will include the likes of Seamus Gunn, Tibert the Voyageur, author Rob Malo among others. Re-enactors and participants that are currently scheduled include Provincial Marine Amherstburg, the Niagara Metis Council Voyageurs, the St. Clair Voyageurs from Michigan, the Windsor-Essex Canoe Club, the Ontario Fur Management Federation, Archery Windsor and the Maidstone Voyageurs.

Culture Days is coming to Navy Yard Park Sept. 30-Oct. 1 with Rendezvous to be at Fort Malden National Historic Site that same weekend.

Culture Days is coming to Navy Yard Park Sept. 30-Oct. 1 with Rendezvous to be at Fort Malden National Historic Site that same weekend. (Special to the RTT)

The Culture Days portion of the weekend will include kids activities, the Nifty Needleworkers creating a community scarf with the help of new and experienced knitters, Amherstburg Rocks! Painting with the Amherstburg Integrity Admirals, games, horse drawn carriage rides, performances and demonstrations by the Windsor Circus School and a Sunday afternoon performance by the Essex Community Concert Band.

There will also be a Canada 150 juried exhibit at the Gibson Gallery, tours of the Boblo Blockhouse (ferry fees apply), walking tours conducted by local historian Robert Honor and storytellers from the Amherstburg Freedom Museum in Navy Yard Park.

“They really complement each other,” said tourism co-ordinator/visitor information centre manager Jen Ibrahim of the two events.

Other partners helping to present the Culture Days event include St. Peter’s ACHS College School and Anderdon Child Care. There will also be tinsmithing at the Park House Museum as well as the chance, for a small entry fee, to see the museum’s “Her Story: 150 Years of Women in Canada – Fashion, Politics, and Gender Roles” exhibit.

Culture Days is coming to Navy Yard Park Sept. 30-Oct. 1 with Rendezvous to be at Fort Malden National Historic Site that same weekend.

Culture Days is coming to Navy Yard Park Sept. 30-Oct. 1 with Rendezvous to be at Fort Malden National Historic Site that same weekend. (Special to the RTT)

Ibrahim said there will be a lot of hands-on activities that weekend and both sites.

“All of our town’s stakeholders are engaged and looking forward to it,” said Ibrahim. “This is an economical event for our community and beyond.”

Activities are scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

For more information on the event, contact the town’s tourism office at 519-730-1309, visit www.amherstburg.ca/canuckitup or visit the tourism department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AmherstburgConnection.