It’s been 275 years, so what’s another day?
Saturday’s wet weather forced a historic re-enactment of the 1738 arrival of French-Canadian explorer Pierre Gauthier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye to be postponed until this morning as part of the Culture Days weekend.
Outfitted in complete 18th-century clothing, La Vérendrye and voyageurs will arrive at The Forks historic port in two large canoes at 11 a.m. Soldiers and Cree warriors will announce the arrival by musket fire and the La Vérendrye actor and a Cree speaker will re-enact a conversation held on Sept. 24, 1738.
Following this moment of living history, there will be an unveiling of a new Fort Rouge Interpretive Panel and a launch of the La Vérendrye Route on the Assiniboine River pedestrian bridge.
Military drills and musket demonstrations, along with blacksmithing and woodworking workshops, are also scheduled to be a part of the afternoon.
Today marks the final day of Culture Days. Here’s a slice of some of the action going on in Winnipeg:
A Nude Live Painting
by Robert Sim
WHAT: "Nudity is always disquieting, instigating and surprising. So the artist, both in painting and in sculpture, in dancing or in photography, discovers in the nude a profound link with the pureness of being. Sensuality stimulates creativity in every sense." (Ariano Cavalcanti de Paula)
WHERE: Gurevich Fine Art, 200-62 Albert St.
TIME: noon-5 p.m.
WHAT: Get out and enjoy the day by shaking your booty. This event brings professional and non-professional dancers together for dance of all styles and backgrounds. Don’t feel like dancing? Come by and check out it, anyway.
WHERE: Royal Winnipeg Ballet building, 380 Graham Ave.
TIME: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Music Festival Preview
WHAT: Local seniors continue their long-standing presence in the music community with a preview to the coming festival. Fiddle, classical compositions and jazz will be featured.
WHERE: 560 Arlington St.
TIME: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Manitoba Honey Days
WHAT: Organized by the Manitoba Beekeepers Association and the Red River Apiarists Association, come learn about honey extracting, see demonstrations, meet local honey producers and taste and purchase honey derived from various flowers.
WHERE: The Forks Market
TIME: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Shade International Lighting
Design Competition Exhibition
WHAT: Shade is a result of an international lighting design competition, featuring over 650 cities around the world. During the exhibition a set of jury awards will be announced and some of the lighting prototypes will become available for purchase online.
WHERE: Make Coffee, 751 Corydon Ave.
TIME: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.