Contributed by the one and only Stuart Keeler
Images courtesy of Museums of Mississauga
We are fortunate to have a strong arts culture here in Canada's sixth largest (and growing!) city.
One of the attractions in Mississauga is our museums, which are chock-full of vibrant, restored heritage buildings with the goal to connect with all of the communities across our city.
There are plenty of exhibits, events and education experiences that are ready and waiting for you to engage with this year.
We have outlined a few that you should definitely check out with family, friends, colleagues or even on your own!:
EXHIBITIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS
THE JOURNALS OF SUSANNA MOODIE January 30 – April 16
Charles Pachter & Margaret Atwood in collaboration with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Benares Historic House & Bradley Museum works on loan from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Museums of Mississauga.
In conversation with the iconic Margaret Atwood and Charles Pachter
March 29 - 6:00 pm Noel Ryan Auditorium
Call Readers’ Den Information desk for more information : 905-615-3200 ext. 3544
BEING CANADIAN: Stories told through Films | National Film Board of Canada
January 30 – April 8, 2016 Benares Visitor Centre
Film Series night with for Begumpura: The Wives Colony (Hindi & English)
Feb 25th 2016 Benares Visitor Centre 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Begumpura examines the concept of estranged families as one of the major challenges of globalization and immigration by a group of South Asian immigrant wives in Mississauga.
MAPLE FAMILY SUNDAYS AT BRADLEY MUSEUM February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3
Unique entertainment, crafts and fun activities are all focused on experiencing our great nation. Pancakes with maple syrup are in the Sugar Shack; souvenirs and syrup can be purchased in the Maple Souvenir Magasin.
MAPLE MAGIC AT BRADLEY MUSEUM March 14–20
Mississauga’s favourite maple tradition returns to the Bradley Museum for March Break. Learn the magic of maple. Tap a tree and follow the sap lines to the Bradley House kitchen where maple treats await. Enjoy an afternoon of truly Canadiana themed fun.
TEAS & LIBATIONS AT BENARES HISTORIC HOUSE Year Round
Indulge in a spot of afternoon tea and enjoy one of our themed tea experiences. Choose from Traditional Afternoon Tea, Downton Abbey Tea or a special Mothers Day Tea. Or try the Grand Tour: Teas of the World series. Explore teas from Scotland, Japan, Russia and India and celebrate how we all love our tea.
JANES WALK MISSISSAUGA AT BENARES HISTORIC HOUSE May 6-8
Inspired by urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk Mississauga engages Clarkson Village from Benares Historic House along Clarkson Road North to Lakeshore Road West and past the historic Spring Creek cemetery. This free tour offers personal stories, anecdotes and contemporary pop-culture references of the neighbourhood.
MUSCLE, MUSTACHES AND MOTORS AT BENARES HISTORIC HOUSE June 19
Treat Dad this Father’s Day to an afternoon of barbershop related activities and vintage cars. 50 vintage cars from the 1800’s – 1980’s will be in display while Dad learns the ins and outs of beards and mustaches. Enjoy entertainment by a barber shop quartet, learn about cigars and take in the Hairy History Exhibit.
FRONT LAWN FILM SERIES AT BENARES HISTORIC HOUSE June 26, July 28, August 30
Gather your friends and family for a free screening of a popular classic under the stars. Come early and enjoy a tour of the museums before the film. Lawn opens at 6 pm. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Visit our website for a complete list of films.
Gastronomy | The Spirit of Simple Cuisine Year Round
The concept of “Farm to Table” is a new trend with very old roots. In this new series, learn what farm to table means today. Use produce from a local Co-op in classic recipes; discover new ways to use locally sourced seasonal fruits and veggies. Prep an entire meal based on the theme of the week. Visit the website for themes, dates and museum locations.