September 17, 2010
 
 Culture Days - September 24-26

WATCH FOR YOUR GUIDE IN THE SEPTEMBER 18TH EDITION OF THE WINNIPEG FREE PRESS AND PARTICIPATING VENUES.
One weekend.  Free cultural things for you to do, make, paint, sculpt, act, sing, dance, write, and learn. Discover the world of artists, historians, architects, curators and designers in your community. Inspire the creator in you!

Manitoba Culture Days promises an action-packed weekend with over 150 free arts and culture activities in 53 venues across the province from September 24th to 26th.
 
National Kick-off in Winnipeg

Attesting to Manitoba’s reputation as a hotbed of creativity, the official National Kick-off of Culture Days will take place under the canopy at The Forks in Winnipeg on Friday, September 24th at 7:00 pm.  There will be a community screening and concert hosted by CBC, Radio-Canada, Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and Culture Days that will include performances by local musicians Keri Latimer, Cara Luft, Alana Levandoski, Marco Castillo, Les Surveillantes, and Justin Lacroix.  Local CBC and Radio-Canada personalities attending the event include Genevieve Murchison (Radio-Reveil), Sook-Yin Lee of DNTO; the cast of the new CBC series Men with Brooms; and Brett Wilson from Dragon’s Den.
 
Several pre-event activities are planned for The Forks that evening including a workshop with L’Ensemble Folklorique de la rivière-rouge, T-shirt painting, painting on glass, a film-making workshop and a performance by the Summerbear Dance Troupe. Several other activities take place throughout the day on September 24th including author readings at Thin Air and the opportunity to attend the WSO's dress rehearsal for their season opener.
 
Manitobans will have the opportunity to meet artists and take a peek behind the scenes throughout the weekend in Winnipeg, Brandon, Flin Flon, Russell, Peguis, Portage La Prairie, Saint Eustache and Lorette.
 
Activities in Winnipeg will offer everything from dance and acting workshops, behind the scenes visits, RWB’s street festival that will celebrate dance and collective art-making projects. Locations for Winnipeg events include Osborne Village, the Downtown /Exchange District and St. Boniface with a few activities in west Winnipeg and the St. Norbert Farmer’s Market.
 
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

A featured event is the first ever Scotiabank Nuit Blanche that will take place Saturday, September 25th from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.  The event is a nightlong arts celebration that will include multi-disciplinary performances, artists’ talks and film screenings at various locations in downtown Winnipeg. The City of Winnipeg is offering a free shuttle bus service throughout Scotiabank Nuit Blanche so participants can move easily from St. Boniface to the Exchange District to the Manitoba Museum and the WAG.
 
For more information and detailed descriptions of all Manitoba Culture Days activities, visit www.culturedays.ca. Click on ADVANCED SEARCH and enter a key word, city or Manitoba and sort by date and time to create your own Celebration Schedule.


OPEN GATES AND OPEN ARMS - On Sunday, September 19, participating farms all over Manitoba are going to open their gates to you and your family so you can discover what farm life is really all about.
 
From honey to pumpkins, from beef to bison ... see first hand how Manitoba farmers grow quality products that end up in your grocery basket every week.
 
To learn more about Open Farm Day, please visit manitoba.ca/agriculture.
 

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Bring Your Family Home
for the Holidays
contest winner announced!
Granny’s Poultry Cooperative ( www.grannys.ca) has announced the winner of the Bring Your Family Home for the Holidays contest, Manitoba resident Bev Walters.

The contest, which was organized by Granny’s, Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and the Manitoba Turkey Producers, invited people to submit a short story describing why this would be a special time to bring loved ones home. 

Bev Walters submitted a heartfelt and heartwarming story of her family’s annual Thanksgiving gathering at Rock Lake, Manitoba.

“For our family, our annual weekend at Rock Lake is nothing short of magical,” wrote Walters. “Mention it, and smiles widen, spirits warm, and memories bubble up and out: the familiar embrace of the old lodge - with its quaint nooks, crannies and corners; the shared anticipation of homemade chicken soup, pumpkin pie and melt-in-your-mouth sticky buns; the crunch of autumn leaves underfoot, a crisp breeze and comfortable conversation; silly skits, scavenger hunts and shared secrets late at night.”

Bev Walters received airfare to fly two family members home to Manitoba from anywhere in Canada for Thanksgiving dinner. Her family will also receive an in-home, gourmet Thanksgiving dinner catered for up to 18 people with turkey and all the trimmings prepared by Granny’s resident Chef Jason Wortzman.


How far have YOU travelled to come home this year?
Beverely Grace is pretty sure her friend has travelled the farthest.  Faye Fraser has returned from Christchurch, New Zealand and will be visiting Manitoba until January. The last time Faye was in Winnipeg was in 1969.  There's been many changes since then. Welcome home!
 
We want to hear from you.  Sign our Guest Book and tell us  your story.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Harvest Moon Festival
Clearwater, Manitoba
September 17-19

Headingley Fall Festival
Headingley, Manitoba
September 18

14th Annual Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers Festival
Winnipeg
September 19-26

2010 NHL Exhibition Classic
Homecoming game to welcome home Winnipeg's own Jonathan Toews!
Winnipeg
September 22

Almost 30 years after their last performance, Dash and the Dots reunite for an evening of nostalgia and great tunes!  With Special Guests THE MACLEAN BROTHERS.  Tickets {$10.00} available at Ticketmaster, Kustom Kulture and the door.
Friday, September 17th -10 pm 
Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort St