Over 2200 paddlers came to Sand Point Beach in Windsor July 13 - 15, 2007, to participate in the INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOATS for the cure of breast cancer. Some came as far away as Los Angeles, New Orleans, Montreal and Toronto.
So, Saturday, 13 teams of "Survivors" navigated their teams of 20 paddlers, one drummer and a steer person, along the Detroit River at Sand Point Beach. Sunday 80 more corporate teams took to the water to participate in the fund raiser.
The races are now in its fifth year. Last year's event raised $247,000 and organizers hoped to raise more than $300,000 this year.
Some names for teams include: Bosom Buddies, Breast of Friends, Wonder Broads, Rowbust and Twin Peaks.
Update - 2008
Friday Saturday & Sunday
July 18th to July 20th
Friday July 18
- Wall of Memories Unveiling: Victoria Greenlawn Memorial & Reception Centre - 6:00 p.m.
- Erie Street Festival of Food 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- (Windsor's Little Italy will be closing the street for a weekend outdoor street festival of fine Italian foods and entertainment, all for the cause of breast cancer).
Saturday July 19
- Breast Cancer Survivor Races: Sandpoint Beach - 9:00 a.m.
- Erie Street Festival of Food 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Sunday July 20
- Corporate Community Races: Sandpoint Beach 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Erie Street Festival of Food: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
UPDATE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL 2012
July 12 - 15, 2012
Held in the town of Tecumseh at Tecumseh Waterfront Park - Riverside Drive and Manning Road.
Saturday July 14
9:00 a.m. Breast Cancer Survivor Races
Special Rose Ceremony
1:00 p.m. Student Paddling Challenge
Sunday July 15
Corporate and Community Paddling Races (more than 95 teams from our local area sponsor and support the cause and race throughout the day
Special Rose Ceremony
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Hans and I went downtown Windsor today as it was a beautiful sunny day. As we approached Festival Plaza on the Waterfront, we saw a plethora of yellow, orange and blue colours. It was a parade of at least a thousand Sikhs, young and old, making their way through the streets of Windsor. Some Sikh members carried kirpans, the Sikh ceremonial dagger. They were celebrating the birth of their religion.
Sikhs from Windsor, Toronto and London, were dressed in yellow, orange and blue - colours that represent happiness. The celebration, Khalsa Day - Khalsa means "pure" - which consists of a parade and then a feast, is celebrated on the first Sunday in May.
Most Sikhs come from the Punjabi region of India and Pakistan. Male Sikhs wear turbans to protect their uncut hair and today most were wearing bright orange turbans - very colourful. The Ladies wore beautiful silk gowns of yellow, orange or blue - so elegant.
The Sikh community in the Windsor area is estimated to be between 15,000 and 20,000.
Hans and I thoroughly enjoyed this spectacle and were even invited to join in the celebration and to share in the feast. All of the traditional dishes were vegetarian and included a very spicy chick peas and tomato dish, fried dough stuffed with potatoes, a heavy round bread, fruit salad and honey balls for dessert. Water and juice were also provided.
What a wonderful experience and such lovely people.
Neither Hans or I had our cameras with us, so I am unable to provide pictures. Next year for sure though.
Seen along the corridors of the Hiram Walker Offices, are the original copies of Royal Warrants that had been granted to the famous whiskey company.
Our guide also told us that Queen Victoria was known to have 'taken a sip' of Canadian Club every night for medicinal purposes! She lived to a ripe old age! There you go! Now, have that little nip or two before you hit the hay! Old Hiram lived into his 80's too!
So, if you ask me, that old song was all wrong..."Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I'm told; will rob you your silver, your diamonds, your gold! (But, never mind...you're going to live to be old!!!)
Canadian Club whiskey has received the Royal Warrants of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II.
Hiram Walker & Sons was the only North American distiller to have been granted a Royal Warrant.
You might wonder why there are cats in the Whiskey Distillery! Well, not only do they make the place look friendly and humane, but there was a very practical reason Hiram Walker had cats at his distillery. Where there are grains, there are mice! What better way to keep the pesky little critters out of the good grains that to have a fat cat on the payroll 24 hours a day??? Lucky cat!
Even today, you can meet the latest decendant of those early 'micers!' This friendly gal's name was 'C-C'...get it?? Canadian Club Cat! And that's that!
Hiram Walker (1816 - 1899)
"The young men of the present do not know the value of money. I hardly had time, as a young man, to go fishing, for I was always working. My habit, in my younger days of saving the pennies, has placed me where I am today." - Hiram Walker on his 74th birthday.
One of the more fascinating bits of 'trivia' we learned while on the tour through the Hiram Walker Office Building in Windsor, Canada, was the story of his fascinating 'big stick!'
Our young tour guide asked us if we could guess what this stick was and truthfully, we were stumped by the stick's original purpose! What in the world could it have been used for? Did Hiram Walker, 'speak softly and carry a big stick???' Or did he use it to measure the depth of the wiskey in the barrels??? These guesses were all 'off the mark!'
In fact, Hiram Walker was indeed a shrewd and cagey businessman for his times. How else would he have been able to save $40,000 dollars in such a short number of years before he opened his own distillery?
This long, slotted stick was actually used to 'test' the grains that were brought into the distillery from surrounding farmers for use in making the famous whiskey. It seems that the farmers often tried to pass off 'spoiled grains' hidden at the bottom of their loads! Here is a good example of 'necessity being the mother of invention!' As this stick, with its little cut-out pockets was pushed down into the load of grain and then pulled out, some of the grains were caught in the empty spaces. These were then carefully inspected to see that the quality of the grains were as 'good at the bottom as on the top!' There was 'no pulling the wool over the lids'of Hiram Walker!
Bottle and Lable designs of Canadian Club over the years have maintained the identity of the brand which dates back to 1879.
Walker was the first in the industry to brand his whisky and the first distiller to put his whisky into individually sealed bottles — a step ahead of the usual practice of selling it in bulk from wooden barrels. He called it “Club” whisky as the uniquely smooth, mellow taste was enjoyed by gentlemen of the finer clubs of the day.
The success of “Club” whisky in North America alarmed U.S. distillers. They felt that consumers were not aware they were drinking a “product of Canada” and petitioned Washington for a law requiring Walker to clearly state his whisky as “Canadian.” Walker complied, “Canadian Club” was born, and contrary to the predictions of the American distillers, this new brand did not falter. Rather it “ ... hastened its growth and was firmly placed on the road to fame and fortune.”
This success however created yet another problem for the company and the brand. Due to the unregulated nature of the marketplace, a number of fraudulent imitators tried to copy Hiram's trademark label. In defence of his reputation for quality, Walker lashed back with an advertising campaign exposing the “rascality” of the named men trying to sell “bogus liquors” and boldly challenging them to sue for slander.
Today, Canadian Club is the world’s leading, premium Canadian Whisky, making it well known to whiskey lovers and is available in 150 countries.
Hiram Walker was born in East Douglas, Massachusetts on July 4, 1816. At the age of 20 he decided to head westward, as many other young men were doing at that time, and settled in Detroit where he worked as a grocer and grain merchant. By 1856, he had managed to save $40,000 which he then decided to invest in a distilling business.
However, because of prohibition and temperance laws at the time, he was forced to find land for his new business in Canada. This, untimately turned out to be his luckiest accident...
Canada offered a steady supply of quality grains, land, materials and labour cheaper than at home, and a more tolerant attitude towards the distilling of spirit beverages. Walker purchased a 468 acre tract of land and built a mill and distillery. By 1858, he was selling feed, flour and whisky. He made good, distinctively light-bodied whisky and its popularity increased.
Walker was a benevolent entrepreneur, who through his Walkerville Land & Building Company built and leased homes to his employees, both managers and workers. He provided amenities which many larger communities lacked, such as street lamps, plumbing,a fire brigade and free police protection, as well as financing for schools and churches. In 1885, Walker incorporated his own railway, which in four years enlarged his one industry village into a town supporting many diversified companies. In 1890, Walkerville was officially incorporated as a town and remained so until it was amalgamated with the City of Windsor in 1935.
Every year - the first weekend of June
Each year strawberry lovers unite for the premier outdoor event tempting any appetite for fun.
In the kingdom of Strawberryland, kids reign supreme and the smiles are as sweet as berries. A dream come true fantasy for kids and families, this popular fun zone has been expanded to offer even more activities for the young at heart
Every summer, the cities of Windsor and Detroit participate in the two-week-long Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival that culminates in a huge fireworks display to celebrate Canada Day and American Independence Day. This fireworks display is considered among the largest in the world. It is held the Wednesday before Canada Day, on the Detroit River between Detroit's Renaissance Center and Windsor's Festival Plaza. This event attracts over a million spectators to Windsor's riverfront parks.
We are lucky in Essex county to be able to grow a diversity of fruits and vegetables including delicious blueberries. Blueberries are very healthy for you as they are high in antioxidants and they are easy to pick from 4 foot high bushes.
The picking season is from late July to Sept at Klassens Blueberries, about a 30 min drive southeast of Windsor. Follow hwy #3 to Arner Townline, turn right and follow the signs.
A great fall outing is to take the family to one of several apple orchards in Essex County for a day of apple picking. Kids (and some grown ups) like to climb the trees and taste the freshly picked fruit while enjoying the crisp fall air.
Some popular orchards are Thiessen's, Hric's and Scherer's
On July 1st, 1867 Canada became a country formed by the union of the British provinces in North America.
Canadians are very proud of their country and therefore in every town and city, no matter how big or how small, there will always be some kind of Canada Day celebrations.
Canada Day is July 1, so if you happen to be in Windsor, or any other Canadian town, you will probably find all banks and most businesses closed. But you will also find parades, picnics, carnivals, bbq's, fireworks and more red maple leafs than you can shake a stick at!
In Windsor, as part of the Canada Day Celebrations, we have a 2 week festival along the Detroit River waterfront.
Here you will find a midway with amusements, rides, food and game booths. This midway appeals to families during the day and the highschool set in the evenings. You can pay for each ride separately or buy a "Ride All Day" pass for $25.
The City also provides free entertainment at the City Centre Riverfront Sound Stage. This is located in front of Casino Windsor and usually features has-been pop stars such as this years feature act, Tiffany. They also feature local bands, impersonators and hypnotists. And did I mention it's all for free?
Summerfest usually runs the last week of June and first week of July.
Windsor is blessed with 29(I counted them in the phone book) Tim Horton's outlets, so that tells you Windsorite's just got to have that cup of java, morning, noon and night.