Special Events at Willistead Manor
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Special Events in our "At the Manor" Series

Willistead Manor - Watercolour of the Exterior - June 2017

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at the Manor 

Sunday, April 21, 2019. Seatings at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Thyme To-Go and Willistead Manor present an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet and Egg Hunt event, with two seatings available. Tickets are $40 per person. Children 3 years and under are free. Youth under 12 years are half price ($20). Prices do not include taxes. For tickets, call Thyme To-Go at 519-254-3434 or visit www.thymetogo.ca.

Mother's Day Brunch at the Manor 

Sunday, May 12, 2019. Seatings at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Thyme To-Go and Willistead Manor present a Mother's Day Brunch Buffet with mini tours of Willistead Manor included. Two seatings are available. Tickets are $40 per person. Children 3 years and under are free. Youth under 12 years are half price ($20). Prices do not include taxes. For tickets, call Thyme To-Go at 519-254-3434 or visit www.thymetogo.ca.

An Evening With Professor Michael Farrell

Wednesday, May 22, 2019. $50.00 Per Person. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

The Willistead Manor Inc. Board of Directors presents "An Evening With Professor Michael Farrell" at Willistead Manor. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Professor Farrell's lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Saltmarche Gallery on the second floor. Coffee, tea and desserts will follow in the manor. Call 519-253-2365 to purchase by phone or visit Willistead Manor during business hours.

Professor Farrell's lecture will cover the art and life of Gari Melchers. Melchers was the son of German-born, Detroit-based sculptor Julius Melchers. He first studied with his father, along with another student, Albert Kahn. The younger Melcher's talent was recognized and encouraged, and he traveled to Germany to further his studies. At the beginning of the twentieth century, three American artists shared equal fame: James Abbott McNeil Whistler, John Singer Sargent and Gari Melchers. Melchers' renown brought him back to Detroit where he had mural commissions and painted many important members of society ... including the Walkers. This illustrated lecture will examine Melchers' career, his art and in particular, the place of Willistead Manor's two portraits by this outstanding painter.

Summer Tours at the Manor 

July 2019

Dates and times to be determined.

Poetry at the Manor - Vol. 7 

October 2019

Date and time to be determined. This Windsor-favourite event features the City of Windsor's Poet Laureate hosting an intimate evening of poetry and discussion with guest poets laureate from across Canada. This year's event will will be co-hosted by Windsor's Poet Laureate Emeritus, Marty Gervais, along with Windsor's new poet laureate and first youth poet laureate. Details coming soon.

Holiday Tours at the Manor

December 2019

Dates and times to be determined. See Willistead Manor all decked out in its holiday finest in this family-favourite holiday event co-hosted by the City of Windsor and the Friends of Willistead.

Yoga at the Manor 

After a successful launch in 2017, Yoga at the Manor is back in 2019 with classes offered in the spring, fall and winter. We also offer a short, four-class session in the summer.

Yoga at the Manor. In this all-levels Yoga class, you will learn the discipline of relaxation and meditation. Concentrate on breathing and yoga positions, and improve your flexibility and agility.

Gentle Yoga/Healthy Backs at the Manor. The hardest part of yoga practice can be quieting the mind to listen to the body. Relax deeply; let go of unhealthy performance-based habits which contribute to imbalance and injury. This restorative approach to yoga builds healthier backs and helps improve concentration.

Both Yoga offerings at Willistead Manor are led by Deanna Gagnon and will take place inside the main manor house. Depending on the weather, some classes may take place in the beautiful Paul Martin Gardens just outside the building. This is a unique opportunity to be active and healthy in the unforgettable setting of Willistead Manor.

To register, and for details on the Fall and Winter courses, visit www.activewindsor.ca.

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Past Willistead Manor events include:

  • Doors Open Windsor 2018.
  • Opera at the Manor - Turn of the Screw by Abridged Opera Co. March 2018.
  • Opera at the Manor - "Pat and Emilia" - 2018.
  • Willistead Manor and Thyme To-Go Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. May 2018.
  • Poetry at the Manor - Volume 6 - 2018.
  • Yoga at the Manor - 2018.
  • Willistead Manor and Thyme To-Go Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. May 2017.
  • Willistead Manor Inc., City of Windsor and Friends of Willistead Silent Auction. March 2017.
  • Poetry at the Manor volumes 1 through 4.
  • Pat and Emilia Opera Premiere.
  • Doors Open Windsor 2016