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4 August

Exhibit: “The Great War, 1914-15”

The RCA Museum (CFB Shilo) will open an exhibit in commemoration of the centennial of The First World War at 5 PM on 4 August 2014, exactly 100 years to the minute since Canada found itself at war with Germany. The guest of honour for the opening ceremony will be renowned Canadian film director and author, Paul Almond, whose father was a Canadian Gunner in the Great War.

The exhibit will examine the causes of the war and its effects on Canada during the first year of the conflict. Visitors will be able to explore life on the home front and the experiences of soldiers overseas. Exhibit highlights will honour the centennials of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry formed in 1914 and of the writing of “In Flanders Fields” in 1915.

The exhibit will run until June 2015. Future exhibits to commemorate the Somme in 2016 and the battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017 are planned to build on the visitor experience in “The Great War 1914-15.”

The RCA Museum is open Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed weekends and holidays, all year and is open 7 days a week, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Victoria Day to Labour Day.

8-9 August

2nd Annual Carberry Heritage Festival

Returning for the Friday night old-time dance is fiddler Mark Morriseau and his band. On Saturday the Manitoba Muzzleloaders will be back in their buckskins demonstrating flint-lock long guns. Friday events include an old-fashioned strawberry social, street buskers and artisans as well as walking tours of Carberry’s unique heritage district.

Scheduled for Saturday is an afternoon performance by Christina the Crazy Hooper who recently won a talent contest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Christina will do a workshop with kids after her show. Other new performers on Saturday include the Sweet Medicine Singers, a group of aboriginal women drummers and singers; and a workshop by Manitoba singer-songwriter Sheena Grobb. Sheena and her band will also perform a Saturday evening concert with local singer Becky Nikolaisen as the warm-up act.

New experiences on Saturday include a town tour in a carriage pulled by a team of heavy horses, an array of live heritage breed animals (chickens, swine, goats, cattle, etc.) and a display of hand-quilted treasures. On Saturday also expect street buskers, artisans, kids’ activities, antique flea market, Ernest Thompson Seton’s birthday party, walking tours of the town and cemetery, a display about local First World War training camp Camp Hughes, and much more.

To accommodate festival events, one block of Main Street will be closed to traffic. Events begin at 2:00 PM on Friday and 11:00 AM on Saturday.

27 September

MHS Stained Glass Church Window Tour

More information will be available here later.

4 October

Brant-Argyle School100th Anniversary Celebration: Brant-Argyle School

More information will be available here later.

10 October

Concert: “The best of Ireland’s traditional, young artists”

Where: Manitou Opera House
When: Friday, 10 October 2014, 7:30 PM

Presented by the Manitou Opera House Foundation.

Tickets will be available in July from various sites in Manitou, including Sam’s Foods and the Coffee House Musicians, and by calling 204-242-2794.


27 February

Deadline: Nominations for 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Historical Preservation and Promotion

More information is available here.


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