Art in the Park - Events in the Manor
Events in the Manor

Events in the Manor 2017

Saturday and Sunday, Willistead Manor will be open to the public for Events in the Manor 2017. A variety of local arts organizations will be providing entertainment, interaction and information on events happening all year round in Windsor-Essex for you to enjoy! As well, the Friends of Willistead will be on hand to answer questions on the history and decor of the Manor.

Literary Arts Windsor

Sat. June 3, 12:30pm - 3:00pm – Poetry Reading & Workshops,  2nd flr

Literary Arts Windsor will once again be sponsoring poetry readings and workshops for our visitors. Have a seat and listen to our finest local poets read from their works and find out what’s happening at Bookfest Windsor 2017. 
All workshop materials are provided.
12:30 Writing Workshop - Writing The Traditional Haiku
1:00 Poetry Readings:  Mary Ann Mulhearn, Amilcar Nogueira, Carlinda D'Alimonte
1:30  Writing Workshop How To Write A Six Word Story
2:00 pm: Poetry Readings: Mary Ann Mulhearn, Amilcar Nogueira, Carlinda, D'Alimonte
2:30 pm: Writing Workshop: Writing the Traditional Haiku
3:00 pm: Poetry Readings: Laurie Smith, Karen Rockwell, Dan Lockhart
3:30 pm: How to Write a Six Word Story

Art inDeed - Wellness through Creativity

Come nourish yourself through creativity and colour! Art InDeed offers holistic arts-based programs that can be practiced by anyone who wishes to explore and experience art-making, nurture and discover creativity and heal and connect mind-body-spirit. Come vist the Art InDeed display and find out more about their programmes for kids, teens and adults. Bring the kids for some art interactive fun!

Ghostlight Players

Ghost Light Players engage, inspire, challenge and entertain audiences with theatrical productions that range from classical works to new productions from local playwrights and everything in between; we are supporting and promoting our current generation of artists while paving a path for future generations from within the community; we provide artistic opportunities that promote a life-long learning to a diverse community; and are constantly celebrating the essential power of the theatre to illuminate and illustrate our common humanity. In short, creating theatre without fear!
Find out about past and upcoming performances, talk to the actors and organizers and learn how you can become involved.

Sho Art, Spirit and Performance

Sho Art, Spirit and Performance gathers artists dedicated to the interplay of art, spirit and performance. This multidisciplinary approach welcomes painters, poets, sculptors, musicians, actors…allowing each artist to innovate, collaborate, produce and present art across all creative borders.
Come in and find out about all their innovative programmes such as monthly Figure Drawing, theatre productions and "Scattered Ecstasies" – their yearly group visual art/poetry/music collaboration.

Portrait drawing by request with Mark Crampsie both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm, Library (main floor north end of the Manor)

Short performances of excerpts from "Threshold of Magic:The Death and Life of Tom Thomson" a one-man play by local writer, director and educator Barry T. Brodie will be performed by Jeffery Bastien.


Artists of Colour

The Artists of Colour are a local group of multidisciplinary artists who will be displaying their work, and presenting musical performances by their members.

Sunday, June 4th 2 pm, Library (main floor north end of the Manor)

This year’s performance is entitled “Tribute to an Era” and will feature songs from the 30’s and 40’s sung by members of TAOC.

It was the year 1935. Certain discriminating laws were in effect, and new laws were being enacted that deprived many people worldwide of their human and civil rights. It was a dark era in history! Yet in the midst of this turmoil, creativity was being sown and nurtured. The swing era emerged and became wildly popular. With the infusion of these artistic principles, people began to feel a groove that made them want to get up and dance, they did!
The Artists of Colour will take you back to the year 1935 when creativity rose above negativity. "


Meditation and Drawing the Tree of Life
with Nora Franko

Sunday, June 4th  1pm – 2pm, 2nd floor.

Join Nora Franko of Sho Art, Spirit and Performance in this guided meditation & drawing event. 

"Upon arrival, you will be seated and when you close your eyes you will begin your spiritual journey! After the 20 minutes guided meditation we will draw and colour our Four Seasons featuring the Tree Of Life on a canvas! You will get a little break from the business of the festival and will nourish your soul through creativity and colour. Come with an open heart and give yourself this gift of relaxation!"

Walk-ins are welcome (please arrive at least 10 minutes prior) or pre-register here
Open to families and individuals of all ages. All materials are provided.

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Windsor Essex County

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Windsor Essex County is committed to building cooperative relationships in the arts & cultural sector through special events and community projects. Find out more about their upcoming free workshops and their annual Open Studio Tour which last September included over twenty artists and arts organizations around Essex County.

Events in the Manor takes place both Saturday and Sunday during Art in the Park, 11am - 4pm. All events are free to our Art in the Park visitors.