Belle Vue Conservancy planning 2019 events



By Ron Giofu


The Belle Vue Conservancy’s schedule of events for 2019 is filling up.

The conservancy, whose goal is to pay for the restoration of the historic 200-year-old mansion on Dalhousie St., has plans for several events in the coming months. Conservancy president Shirley Curson-Prue explained that they are planning one event per month in the spring as not to do too much.

The first event is fast approaching, as “Rocking for Belle Vue” occurs this Saturday at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 with a roast chicken, potato and vegetable dinner planned from 5-7 p.m. with the music of Rick Rock to follow until 10 p.m. Tickets for that event are $20 and tickets are available at the Legion and the Gordon House or by calling Carolyn Davies at 519-736-9433.

The next event the Belle Vue Conservancy will be presenting will be the Windsor Symphony Orchestra concert at Christ Anglican Church entitled “Palladio.” Curson-Prue noted there is music relating to the theme that the WSO has found and that will be played as part of the April 24 concert. It is the third concert that the Belle Vue Conservancy and WSO have teamed up on.

Tickets for the WSO concert will be $20 but they are not on sale yet. For more information on the show, contact Stephanie Thomson at 226-280-7080 or e-mail her at More news on the concert and ticket sales should be available in the next couple of weeks.

Belle Vue, as seen March 17, 2019.

A final date has yet to be established for the May event, but that will be another “Nine & Dine” golf event at Sutton Creek Golf Club. Further details on that will come in the upcoming weeks.

“People seem to like that particular version although people who want to play 18 holes are welcome to do that,” said Curson-Prue.

There also will be at least one, perhaps two, Jazz Nights again this year with more details to come as those events get closer. There has been Jazz Nights with New Orleans and Memphis themes and Curson-Prue said they are looking at one with a Motown theme.

Another cleanup at the Belle Vue property is also in the works for the spring. The grounds still look well, Curson-Prue believes, but they will soon be putting out a call for volunteers to help them once the event is scheduled.

“They came out in droves last time,” she said. “The work they did that weekend was just dynamite.”

Curson-Prue indicated they are revising their window sponsorship program and further details on that will be presented to the town. The windows the conservancy are aiming to have installed would be reminiscent of the 1920’s.

“Family commemorations I think are big,” said Curson-Prue. “I think people are interested in commemorating their families and this is a way to do it.”

A lot of anonymous donations have also come in, she added, and they are hopeful that continues with work continuing on trying to land corporate donations and sponsorships.

For more information on the Belle Vue Conservancy or to donate, visit or call 519-736-7586.

WSO presents “Music for Belle Vue’s Renaissance”



By Ron Giofu


A large crowd of music lovers came to Christ Anglican Church last Tuesday night to help raise funds towards the restoration of a 200-year-old mansion.

“Music for Belle Vue’s Renaissance” was held with 118 attending and the event raising $6,650 for the Belle Vue Conservancy. The music was performed by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) under the direction of conductor Peter Wiebe and musical director Robert Franz. Baritone Adam Iannetta performed with the WSO at points during the concert.

“It’s a nice house,” said event chair Linda Jackson, as she scanned the crowd inside the Ramsay St. church.

Jackson, who oversees corporate outreach for the Belle Vue Conservancy, said they were pleased to partner with Christ Anglican Church for the second consecutive year and bring the WSO back to Amherstburg.

“(The concert) is in a wonderful venue,” she said. “Some of the bricks from Belle Vue built part of this church.”

A total of 118 people came out to the Belle Vue Conservancy’s “Music for Belle Vue’s Renaissance” held May 1 in conjunction with Christ Anglican Church and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO).

This year is a milestone year for Belle Vue, Jackson pointed out, as the main portion of the building officially turns 200-years-old. The main block of the Dalhouise St. mansion was completed in 1818, she noted.

“We are celebrating Belle Vue’s 200th birthday,” Jackson explained.

The Belle Vue Conservancy said they appreciated the event sponsors, with Jackson stating the sponsors included Bornais Insurance, Families First Funeral Home and Scott Elliott and Mike Bezzoubkin from Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC. The event also had support from local high schools, as Jackson said music students from both General Amherst High School and St. Thomas of Villanova volunteered.

Belle Vue will soon “get a facelift,” Jackson added, as work should begin soon on the new roof. Town council recently awarded a tender valued at $258,400 plus HST to Robertson Restoration.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO), under the direction of conductor Peter Wiebe, performs May 1 at Christ Anglican Church.

The work will put Belle Vue in its “proper place as a 200-year-old national historic site” with Jackson also calling it “a national treasure within Windsor-Essex County.” The money is there for the roof, Jackson told the audience, and the next phase is currently being fundraised for.

“Now, it’s on to the windows,” said Jackson.

Jackson revealed that the town will be hosting public consultation sessions regarding Belle Vue May 29 and June 6 at the Libro Centre.

“The public is invited to come out and be part of Belle Vue’s restoration,” said Jackson. “Belle Vue truly belongs to all of us. We will open her doors again.”

The next fundraiser for Belle Vue is May 27, the Downton Abbey-themed “Rhododendron Garden Tea Party.” That event will feature 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. sittings in the King’s Navy Yard Park. Tickets are $30 each and people will also be able to view a garden dress display and participate in a costume contest for women, men and children.

Soloist Adam Domenico Iannetta sings as part of the concert.

Tickets are available at The Dalhousie Bistro, the Gordon House or Amherstburg Sobeys.

and online at

“The rhododendron gardens are one of the focal points of King’s Navy Yard Park each spring,” says Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. “We will be honored to welcome visitors with the new garden tea program. When the gardens are in full bloom, it’s an amazing spectacle and at this time of year, a great Mother’s Day gift idea!”

Rev. Bill Strang from Christ Anglican Church stated that Belle Vue isn’t the only place in Amherstburg that is two centuries old. He said Christ Anglican Church celebrates is 200th anniversary in 2019.

“We will be having a number of events next year,” said Strang.

For more information on the Belle Vue Conservancy, visit, “like” their Facebook page at or “follow” them on Twitter at

Belle Vue Conservancy “rocks” thanks to musical performance



By Ron Giofu


The Belle Vue Conservancy and musician Rick Rock teamed up for a fundraiser Friday night with the aim of restoring the 200-year-old Belle Vue home on Dalhousie St.

“Rockin’ for Belle Vue” was held at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 with Rock performing music from different eras following dinner. Michael Prue, treasurer with the conservancy, said the expectation is that the roof will be replaced later in the spring.

Following completion of the roof, the next phase of the restoration project will be the windows.

“One day, it is going to be open for all of us,” said Prue.

When it was built in 1816-19 by Robert Reynolds, the deputy assistant commissary general at Fort Malden, it was seen as a symbol of hope. The home, also occupied by Reynolds’ sisters when it first opened, is now seen as symbol of the town’s resurgence in the modern day as well, Prue indicated.

“It will be the pride and joy of the community,” he said.

The conservancy was pleased to team with Rock, with Prue stating that “Rick is a well-known fixture in the town.”

Rick Rock performs during “Rockin’ for Belle Vue” April 13 at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

The next scheduled fundraising event for Belle Vue is “Music for Belle Vue’s Renaissance.” The May 1 event features the return of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and is being held at Christ Anglican Church, located at 317 Ramsay St., starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets for “Music for Belle Vue’s Renaissance” are $25 and available at the Gibson Gallery, Sobeys Amherstburg and the Gordon House. They are also available online by visiting and clicking on the “Events” tab.

The direct link for “Music for Belle Vue’s Renaissance” tickets is

A reproduction of Peter Rindlisbacher’s painting of Belle Vue is displayed at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 during the “Rockin’ for Belle Vue” event. Rock performs in the background.

Following the WSO concert, the next fundraiser is planned for May 27. That will be the Amherstburg Rhododendron Garden Tea Party in King’s Navy Yard Park.

The Downton Abbey-themed event, run in partnership with the town’s tourism department, will feature 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. sittings in the park among the blooming rhododendron gardens.

The tea party portion will be a ticketed event and will feature a unique garden dress display. A Downton Abbey- inspired costume contest for women, men and children to denote the fascinating eras of Belle Vue, is one of the highlights of the program, the town stated in a recent press release.

For more information on the Amherstburg Rhododendron Garden Tea Party, visit or People can also phone 519-730-1309. Tickets are $30 and available at The Dalhousie Bistro, the Gordon House, Sobeys and Amherstburg town hall.

Belle Vue Conservancy planning two fundraising events, new roof coming



By Julianna Bonnett


The Belle Vue Conservancy is planning a pair of music-themed fundraisers to help fund the building’s restoration, with actual construction work possible in the near future as well.

Conservancy vice president Carolyn Davies said they looking to begin putting a new roof on the historic 200-year-old home as the Belle Vue Conservancy is hoping to restore the building as soon as they can. Roof restoration is expected to begin this spring.

Following the restoration of the roof, the next project the conservancy is looking to undertake is the restoration of the windows.

“The Belle Vue is one of the top ten endangered historical buildings in Canada and that’s why it’s so important to us,” said Davies.

The Town of Amherstburg owns the building with the Belle Vue Conservancy charged with the duty of raising the funds to pay for the restoration. CAO John Miceli said there has been a bidder’s meeting for the roof replacement on Belle Vue.

“The Belle Vue Conservancy has raised funds and would like to replace the roof. We are moving in that direction,” Miceli told the RTT in an e-mail.

The first fundraiser will allow people to rock the night away with Rick Rock and his music at “Rocking for Belle Vue.”

The Belle Vue Conservancy, in partnership with Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, is having a fundraising dinner, silent auction and music by the well-known entertainer, Rick Rock.

“It’s a time to rock the night away with great music from Rick Rock. I suggest everyone build up their appetites and put on your dancing shoes,” said Carolyn Davies, vice president of the conservancy.

The Rick Rock night will be April 13 starting at 6 p.m. at the Legion Br. 157 and the menu will include chicken, vegetables, scalloped potatoes, salad and dessert all for $25. Tickets are available at the Gordon House, Legion Br. 157 or by contacting Davies at 519-736-9433.

A display of the History of World War I veterans who healed in the Belle Vue after the Great War when the home was a respite care residence will be available.

The second fundraiser will be “Music for Belle Vue’s Renaissance” and will take place May 1.

Back by popular demand, people are invited to join the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Belle Vue Conservancy as they celebrate spring to raise funds for Belle Vue at the event at Christ Anglican Church.

“We started this event a year ago and it was a tremendous success. It was sold out and we did not have enough seats, so we are eager to see how this year goes,” said Davies.

Joining the WSO will be Windsor’s own Adam Iannetta, who, according to, has wowed audience with his rich baritone voice.

“Music for Belle Vue’s Renaissance” will run from 7-9 p.m. Tickets for this event are also $25.

For more information go to or and search under “Education & Community – Community Outreach.” People may also call event chair Linda Jackson at 226-345-0628.

The public is also invited to “Like” the Belle Vue Conservancy’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter by searching “@BellevueMatters.”

—With files from Ron Giofu

WSO brings free concert series back to Amherstburg



By Jolene Perron


Every summer, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra takes their instruments on the road and head out to play in the fresh county air.

To kick off their 2017 Free Summer Concert Series, the WSO brought their woodwind quintet to the gazebo in King’s Navy Yard Park to play for a crowd of people. Grandparents sat on the grass with the grandchildren, families brought their kids, some people brought their dogs, and they all enjoyed the beautiful weather Saturday evening.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra played an array of songs from Mozart, to Elton John, to Amherstburg’s own Shelton Brooks, and even Johannes Brahms Saturday night in King’s Navy Yard Park.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra played an array of songs from Mozart, to Elton John, to Amherstburg’s own Shelton Brooks, and even Johannes Brahms Saturday night in King’s Navy Yard Park.

“We have been coming to Amherstburg for years now and Colleen and Richard Peddie are the generous sponsors for the event here in Amherstburg, so we are very, very grateful to them,” said Stephani Marshall, director of operations with the WSO. “We like to create a program that’s going to showcase the wonderful music that our musicians can play, but this program this year is really special. It was created by Faith Scholfield, who plays the oboe in this concert. It’s sort of a preview of the season and gives a little taste of what’s to come.”

The WSO will be playing two concerts a month from now until the end of August, and will resume their regular season in September.

Marshall explained one of the best things about the WSO is that there is truly something for everybody. This year’s season includes a number of shows, including Ode To Canada, Music of Star Wars, music from Elton John, The Marriage of Figaro, and so much more. Marshall said they try to appeal to all types of people from all walks of life.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra played an array of songs from Mozart, to Elton John, to Amherstburg’s own Shelton Brooks, and even Johannes Brahms Saturday night in King’s Navy Yard Park.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra played an array of songs from Mozart, to Elton John, to Amherstburg’s own Shelton Brooks, and even Johannes Brahms Saturday night in King’s Navy Yard Park.

“We have a lot of music for young children, we do a kids concert series all throughout our season, we reach thousands of students throughout the county with our education and outreach programs, we go to retirement communities and nursing homes,” said Marshall. “From birth to any age, we have something for everybody. I think if you look at this crowd here, you can see people bring their children, they get an ice cream, people come out with their dogs, it’s just a lovely way for everybody to get together in the community and just have a chance to enjoy the weather.”

To learn more about their Free Summer Concert Series, or about their 2017-2018 regular season, visit

The next summer concert in Navy Yard Park is July 22 at 7 p.m.