5 ways to Experience Art & Culture in Eastern Manitoba

Art and culture are rich in Eastern Manitoba. Many different experiences are waiting for you! Whether it’s finding your creative side, immersing yourself in history, or simply enjoying the art before you.

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  • Go out with people within your household, but practice social distancing (2 metres away) with other groups.
  • Please practice Leave No Trace. Clean up after yourself and leave nothing behind such as trash and waste.

 

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Attend Taping of Marc and Mandy (Blumenort)

Who wouldn’t love being in the audience of a talk show? Well, did you know that you have that opportunity right here in Eastern Manitoba? In Blumenort, you can be in the audience of the Marc & Mandy Show.

Marc & Mandy Show follows a married, multicultural duo as they talk about home décor, food, entertainment, celebrities, and lifestyle. Their on-screen chemistry provides viewers with a fantastic hour of humour, news, tips, and ideas for living life in a healthy, creative way.

After the taping, your stomach will probably be grumbling. Spice up your lunch at Two Peppers. Serving Mexican and Canadian food, you can have a delicious meal.

Order off their Mexican menu for a beef quesadilla, beef taco bowl salad, tortilla chips and salsa, and much more! Or, stick to the old fashioned burger, sandwiches, salads, and soup.

 

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Bridgehill Pottery Workshop (Woodmore)

Unleash and harness your inner artist at Bridgehill Pottery Workshop. Not only can you view beautiful art, creations, and designs here, you can make them with your own two hands!

Whether you’re an experienced potter, curious about learning, or a newbie to the art of clay, Bridgehill Pottery Workshop welcomes you to their studio. Through workshops, you can start off learning the basics of pottery and continue advancing your clay knowledge. Discover your creative side through the many designs, techniques, forms, and colours.

Only five minutes away is the cozy restaurant Can-Am Country Corner. After spending the day playing with clay, you’ll probably be famished. Can-Am Country Corner is sure to fill your stomach with mouthwatering meals. From specialties like perogi dinner, pelemeni, battered tilapia fillets, and more, you can find that special item that will hit the spot. Or, if you’re in the mood for a classic, their pizzas, burgers, soups, and sandwiches won’t disappoint.

Buffalo Point Cultural Centre (Virtual Tour)

While you may not be able to experience Buffalo Point’s rich history in person, you can explore it through a virtual tour.

There are interesting stories, artifacts, and displays to discover, some dating back thousands of years. Showcasing aboriginal people’s lives as far back as the 1700s, when Chief Red Cloud and the Sioux inhabited the land before the Ojibwa arrived in the 1800s. This started many clashes for control of the area, known then as Lake of the Sandhills, now Lake of the Woods.

From weapon, clothing, and art from that era, you can learn the steps taken and the discoveries made, which has led to how Buffalo Point is today. Whether you’re a history buff or not, the history of Buffalo Point engrosses all who explore this Cultural Centre.

Cuddle up in bed, grab some take-out from your favourite local restaurant, and take full advantage of Buffalo Point Cultural Centre’s virtual tour.

Leo Mol Mural (Beausejour)

At St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, you can take in the sight of Leo Mol’s mural. This breathtaking art is truly a sight to see. The mural expanding from wall to ceiling is not one that gets to experience every day.

Leo Mol was a prominent sculpture and painter in Manitoba. Born in Ukraine in 1915, Mol worked with clay from an early age, his father teaching him. He studied at the Leningrad Academy of Arts and later continued his studies in Berlin and the Hague.

In 1948, Mol and his wife emigrated to Canada and later in 1949, moved to Winnipeg, where he began working as a ceramic artist, church painter, and stained-glass artist. Over the years, Mol would design and build over eighty stained glass windows for Manitoba churches. Notable churches he worked on were the Westworth United Church in Winnipeg, where you can view the Last Supper scene through the stained glass; and the Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral, where views of Ukrainian history were used in his art.

Leo Mol left his mark in Manitoba, including many rural areas. To learn more about Leo Mol, his artwork, and his contributions, please visit these websites.

Manitoba Historical Society

Mayberry Fine Art

After visiting the mural, stop by at Blue Haze Barbecue for real southern BBQ. Whether you’re in the mood for deli sandwiches, BBQ on a bun, or even some specialties like Mac ‘n Cheese and BBQ bowl, you can experience barbecued foods like it is meant to be.

Musee St-Pierre-Jolys Museum (St-Pierre-Jolys)

Explore the museum grounds in St-Pierre-Jolys and discover their rich French-Canadian history. With three museums, each building showcases different aspects of Canadian living and how St-Pierre-Jolys came to be. From September to June, people can reserve private tours to visit these fantastic heritage sites.

Le Couvent was built in 1900 and served as a teaching convent owned by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. For sixty years, the building was a girls’ boarding school for grades one to ten.

Today, you can venture into Le Couvent and find a traditional classroom complete with a mannequin wearing a nun’s period habit. You can view the parlour, which served as a reception area for the guests, the chapel, Mother Superior’s small bedroom, along with photos and artifacts from the community and surrounding area.

The Sugar Shack, or La Cabane à Sucre as the technical name, is another great visit. Armand Desharnais ventured out in the spring of 1986 to tap a few Manitoba maple trees on the museum grounds. What came out was clear maple water, producing fine syrup. With the help of volunteers, this started the annual Sugaring-Off Festival in April.

As the festival grew, a larger sugar shack was needed. In 1998, local artist, Réal Bérard, designed this “Cabane à Sucre,” and it was erected on the museum grounds. The original sugar shack is adjacent to the newer building, and in 2000 was named “Cabane d’mon oncle Armand” to honour Armand Desharnais.

La Maison Goulet was once Moise Goulet’s house. Moise Goulet was a freighter who transported merchandise by Red River oxcart from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Fort Garry, Manitoba. Situated on the Crow Wing Trail, his house was a resting place for freighters.

Located on the first floor of the museum, you will find J’em Bistro. This is the perfect spot to grab a nice, hot soup, a sandwich, or satisfy your sweet tooth.

Or, if you need something a little more filling and hearty, visit Oma’s Schnitzel Stube. This German cuisine restaurant is well known for having the best Schnitzel!

 

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