.On my walks around the city of Windsor I was really taken by the amount of amazing murals that are located around this great City..so much so, I thought I would write a tip on them to show some of their history as it is just so much of Windsor..known also as the " Ford City" the motor Industry is so much a woven part of this cities sometimes turmoil times due to the industrial action at local Ford motor vehicle plants....some of the biggest strikes in the Motor Industry especially the strike of 1945 Many of the murals depicted are about these dramatic times . Well over three million motor vehicles were produced here .
September 29 & 30, 2012
Doors Open Windsor 2012
Hans and I have always wanted to visit the CANADIAN HISTORICAL AIRCRAFT MUSEUM located at Windsor Airport. We got the opportunity to do so when the Museum was one of the venues for Doors Open Windsor 2012. The Public had a rare opportunity to see some vintage airplanes and actually talk to some war veterans that flew some of these planes. The Planes are stored in a huge Hangar located close to the airport, just off Walker Road.
World War II Hangar - built in 1941 to house the #7 Elementary Flying training School. The School operated at the airport until 1945. The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association (CH2A) owns and operated out of the Hangar. CH2A was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1995. Its mission is "To Honour Canadian Veterans" by preserving, maintaining, restoring, displaying and demonstrating antique or vintage military and civilian aircraft and artifacts considered important to Canadian Aviation History.
Among the group's current projects is the restoration of the City of Windsor Lancaster Bomber which used to be displayed at Jackson Park.
Hans and I really enjoyed this experience.
The Tecumseh Area Historical Society was formed in 1997 by thirteen residents who wanted a venue to showcase the town of Tecumseh and the area's rich history.
The TECUMSEH MUSEUM is situated several metres from the original location of the Tecumseh train station, just east of Lesperance Road. The "Lesperance Family" original log cabin (circa 1799) was purchased and moved to this location and is part of the Museum Property.
Stored within the museum are deeds from Tecumseh, St. Clair Beach, Maidstone and Sandwich South. Included in the Museum's artifacts are medical supplies from Col Paul Poisson (Tecumseh's first Mayor), antique photographs of the old town center, a Doherty Pump Organ and an Essex Scottish Army Uniform.
Hours open: Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
'Summer Fest is a festival which takes place along the scenic riverfront in Windsor. This festival is a perennial favorite for the entire family, offering something for all ages and stages.'
- Summerfest runs June 13 through July 1, 2012
- The 54th Annual Target Fireworks – June 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm
- Riverfront Fireworks Party on Monday June 25 at 6pm
- The 145th Canada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2012
A wonderful and unique festival held in Windsor held three weekends in June, CARROUSEL OF NATIONS is a Fusion of cultures.
Carrousel by the River
June 8 - 10m 2012
Riverfront Festival Plaza
World-class entertainment, food, arts and culture
Headliners: Kenny G - Alexander Zonjic - AshleyMacIsaac - Ohio Players - Pavlo
Culinary Pavilion featuring Food Network Chefs David Rocco and Christine Cushing
Childrens Village featuring Dora the Explorer
Carrousel Around the City
June 15 - 17 & 22 - 24, 2012
Villages around Windsor
Check out website below for locations of the different villages.
The Rotary Club of Windsor sponsors the annual ART IN THE PARK the first weekend in June, in Willistead Park.
Over 300 Artisans display their crafts in a beautiful park setting. You will find original paintings and limited edition prints, pottery, wooden crafts, ceramics, hand-made garden decorations, etc.
The admission is $5.00 per person. $4.00 in advance at any Shoppers Drug Mart. Children 12 & under, accompanied by an adult - free.
BBQ Breakfast until 11:00 a.m.
New this year: Tour Willistead Manor
Saturday June 2 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday June 3 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free Parking & Shuttle from GM Transmission Plant.
UPDATE: Art in the Park 2012
Art exhibits are open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 2 and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday June 3
Admission is $5.00 per adult. Children 12 years and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.
Free Shuttle bus from Hiram Walkers lot (corner Riverside Drive and Montrieul St.) and from Windsor Regional Hospital Shuttle Bus Parking Lot (rear of 1591 Kildare)
Located in Downtown Windsor along the Detroit River overlooking the Detroit Skyline, this theatre is available to many arts and entertainment groups for rent.
Each Season variety acts come to Windsor appealing to all people from children to seniors.
The theatre is open year round.
Opens two hours before all performances until one half hour after curtain time.
This museum houses over 15,000 artifacts and documents which hold particular importance to the history of Windsor and the greater Essex County region.
Itwas originally named the Hiram Walker Historical Museum, in 1991 the Museum’s name was changed to the “François Baby House: Windsor’s Community Museum”. Finally, in 1996 the Museum was given its present name.
Summer Hours (Effective May 1st)
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Winter Hours (Effective October 1st)
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
End of August.
Ear-resistable 4 day family fun filled weekend. Continuous entertainment, food/arts/crafts booths, midway, largest small town parade, Miss Tecumseh Pageant, tonnes of hot buttered corn on the cob (I love the corn, it’s really good).
This festival is attended by approximately 100,000 people annually and continues to grow.
Airshow at the Windsor Airport featuring aircraft and military vehicles.
This year: F-16's from the Alabama National Guard; The C130 is a four-engine turboprop tactical transport aircraft with a rear cargo ramp; C-17 etc.
They bring you up close from the most modern to some of history's greatest flying aircraft.
'The performers and pilots who fly in air shows welcome questions, visits, and interact with crowds like no other entertainer will.'
Almost 4 hours of constant flying and there will always be something in the air!
The Windsor area has a brand new fun thing to do. Featuring a huge Pirate Ship, ON THE WATER MINIATURE GOLF is fun for the whole family. The miniature golf course has a 30 foot towering tree house and 15 cascading waterfalls. It is part of the "On the Green" Indoor Golf complex.
The 36-hole miniature golf course is wheelchair accessible and there is also a soft Ice Cream Stand.
Open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to midnight.
First 18 holes
Second 18 holes
Group Rate - over 40 people
A new and exciting attraction has just come to Windsor and area. WINDSOR/ESSEX TROLLEY TOURS have arrived. Sunday, August 3, the Shores of Essex Resource Corporation launched the first "hop-on" cross-county tour. Every week, the 45-seat trolley will take riders from the Windsor Crossing shopping centre, to some of the county's wineries and sites of agricultural interest. The project is meant to boost the area's "Agri-tourism" and raise awareness of the diversity of food being produced here.
Sunday, the trolley took about 30 riders to Erie Shore Vineyard, Klassen's Blueberries and Colio Estate Winery. Locations will change each week.
Although lunch isn't included in the $20.00 ticket price. riders will be able to taste local fare for reasonable prices at the various stops. Their goal is to spread the word about local wineries - we actually have 13 wineries in Essex County ( see my Windsor Area Wineries list in my General tips section).
The Trolley will be accompanied on the tours by trolley conductor, Nathan Bridges, who points out that Windsor was the first place in Canada to have trolleys and the last trolley in Windsor was taken out of service in 1939.
Group Tours can be arranged. Visit their website www.wetrolley.com
About 30 minutes South East of Windsor, in a small village called Kinsgsville, you will find an amazing place called 'Colasanti's, surprisingly full of the most exotic flowers, birds and plants under a huge green house! You would never expect to find such an attraction in an area known for its harsh and cold winters, but it really does exist! I think the residents of Windsor must like going here especially in the winter, just to remind them that somewhere on the planet, there are tropical gardens and sunshine! Whatever the reason, anytime of the year is a good time to visit.
Here you will find more than just flowers and plants. You will also find the largest retail assortment of tripical plants in Southwestern Ontario. Above all, this is a place where children will enjoy while their parents are looking for plants...There is a petting zoo, indoor playground and special rides for children. There is also a nice gift shop with collectables.
Windsor and the surrounding areas are ideal for growing plants due to the mild climate created by the proximity of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie to the South and Lake Huron to the North, with the Detroit River and Lake St. Claire between. Colasanti's has taken full advantage of these elements to create a place for the entire family to enjoy year round. Oh, and did I mention that there is even an indoor Golf course where you can practice your putting!
Over 40 of the area's finest heritage buildings open their doors for FREE public tours.
Explore national historic sites, private homes, commercial buildings, places of worship and places of work, many of which are not normally open to the public.
Windsor - Sunday, September 28
Hours 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pictured here is Willistead Manor. It was featured in last year's Doors Open and will be one of the sites open to the public again this year. Hans and I really enjoyed the different sites last year and plan on going again for this year's DOORS OPEN 2008
Among other sites open to the public will be:
All Saints' Anglican Church
330 City Hall Square
Noon to 4 p.m.
St. Mary's Anglican Church (pic #3)
Canadian Club Brand Centre (pic #2)
2072 Riverside Drive East
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Frank Joyce House - Holy Rosary Convent (pic # 4)
3975 Riverside Drive East
Noon to 4 p.m.
McGregor - Cowan House
3118 Sandwich Street
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shaar Hashomayn Synagogue
115 Giles Blvd. East
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gurdwara Khalaa Parkash Temple (Pic # 5)
7955 County Road 42
Noon to 4 p.m.
The first ever international public art display CARTUNES ON PARADE will be hitting the streets of Windsor and Detroit in 2005. One hundred and fifty whimsical sculptures designed by local artists will feature the shared musical and automotive histories of the two cities.
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