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Programs and Events

 The Leacock Museum is home to a variety of magical programming for all ages to enjoy. There is always something fun to experience at the museum during every season! 

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Upcoming Programs and Events

How we Kept Mother's Day Mini-Exhibit Tour

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 The tradition of celebrating Mother's Day began in 1908. In the early 1900s, Canadian author, Stephen Leacock, observed the idea with a funny short story about a family who takes advantage of the holiday by going fishing while they left their mother at home to enjoy her special day (after doing all of the cooking, cleaning, and preparation for the occasion, of course).

Stephen Leacock's real-life mother, Agnes Butler Leacock, was a force to be reckoned with. Agnes's life tells the tale of a strong, independent woman with a very interesting backstory. Agnes spent much time at the Leacock summer home at Old Brewery Bay during her life and even had her own room in the household.

To help celebrate this mini-exhibit, the Leacock Museum will be providing tours and a reading of "How We Kept Mother's Day."

Offered May 3 and 4, 2024

11:00a.m. or 2:00p.m.

Tickets Available Soon!

 

A Bouquet from Me - Kid's Activity

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Sign up your children for a hands-on activity to celebrate someone special in their lives this May! Participants will get to select flowers and create a lovely bouquet and card that they can then gift to someone. 

This activity will take place in the Leacock Museum living room. Children must be pre-registered and accompanied by an adult.

Offered Saturday May 4, 2024.

Drop-in (but must pre-register) between 10:00a.m. and 3:00p.m.

Tickets Available Soon!

House and Grounds History Tour

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Enjoy a tour of the Leacock house and grounds led by one of our experienced tour-guides. Guests will learn about Leacock, his family and Old Brewery Bay. With the purchase of your History Tour ticket, get special access to Leacock's Boathouse to see the exhibit "Boating Old Brewery Bay." 

Offered May to August, 2024.

11:00a.m. or 2:00p.m.

Tickets Available Soon!

 

 

 

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Past Programs and Events

2024

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A Leacock Love Story Valentine's Tour

"A Leacock Love Story" Poster with photos of Stephen Leacock and Beatrix Leacock

Stephen Leacock's house in Orillia was a labour of love. He built it for his wife, Beatrix. Unfortunately, Beatrix did not live to see it completed. Something did survive though... Discovered during restoration inside Stephen's bedroom closet -- Beatrix's final letters. Guests saw the letters up close and heard the romantic story in detail.

Guests learned about their love story and life together and why Beatrix was not simply, Stephen Leacock's wife on a walking tour led by Leacock researchers. 

Offered February 3 and 17, 2024

11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

2023

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Holiday Centrepiece Workshop - Roses and Rosé (Package)

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The Roses and Rosé package returned for the Holiday season! This special collaboration with Fare Restaurant and Florillia Floral Design was a great way to get festive and relax with friends!

This package included:

- A specialized winter holiday flower arranging class, courtesy of Florillia Floral Design

- A flower bouquet in a reindeer ceramic vase to take home that guests made themselves

- A Holiday-themed guided tour of the Leacock Museum's lit pathway

- A specially-crafted winter cocktail at Orillia's only waterfront dining experience, Fare Restaurant, to end off the day (mocktail version also available!)

Offered December 6, 2023
5:30p.m.

Christmas Tour & Story

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Guests joined an experienced tour guide for the Leacock Museum Christmas Tour & Story. The tour began with an outdoor stroll on the grounds. Guests saw the twinkling lights along the trail, enjoyed a special stop at the Boathouse, and ended off their tour with the story of "Hoodoo McFiggin's Christmas" in Leacock's warm, cozy living room!

Offered November 30 and December 1, 2023
5:30p.m., or
7:30p.m.

The Nutcracker Tea

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The Nutcracker tea was back by popular demand! Guests enjoyed a three-tiered treat selection prepared by FARE Restaurant with unlimited tea while seated in the comfort of the living room and dining room. 

 

Offered November 23, 24 & 25, 2023
11:00a.m., or
2:00p.m.
 

Paint your PRIDE

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Postponed from September 9th, 2023 -- Guests joined us for the opening of the "Decoding Anne Lister: History's First Modern Lesbian" exhibit. The event began with an introduction by museum staff, a self-guided tour of the museum and the opportunity to explore the new exhibit, followed by an artist-led painting workshop. A limited number of spots were available!

Offered November 26, 2023. 
Noon - 2:15p.m.,  or
1:45p.m. - 4p.m.

  • Art Instructor (both sessions): M Nowick (They/Them)
  • Guest Speaker (noon session): Amy Rae Miller (They/Them)
  • Guest Speaker (1:45p.m. session): Dr. Chris Roulston (She/Her)

Ghost Walks on the Leacock Museum Grounds

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For those who love a good haunting, what better place to host a Ghost Tour than an old historic building such as the historic Leacock Home?

Ghost Walks on the Leacock Museum Grounds was back after a successful run in 2022! Join one of our spooky tour guides and a secret special guest to learn about the haunted happenings on historical Old Brewery Bay. Ghost walks take place on the grounds of the Leacock Museum. Refreshments will be served after the tour!

Remember to dress weather-accordingly as the tour takes place outdoors in rain or shine!

Offered October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2023
6:00p.m., or
8:00p.m.

Fall High Tea

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Back by popular demand! Fall high teas returned this fall with six different dates. Guests enjoyed a three-tiered treat selection prepared by FARE Restaurant with unlimited tea while seated on the porch or in the comfort of the living room. Reservations were required.

Offered October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28, 2023
2:00p.m.

Roses and Rosé - Fall Edition (Package)

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The Roses and Rosé package returned for the fall season! This special collaboration with Fare Restaurant and Florillia Floral Design was a great way to get creative and relax with friends!

This package included:

- A specialized flower arranging class, courtesy of Florillia Floral Design

- A fall flower bouquet to take home that guests will make themselves

- A full guided tour of the Leacock Museum (including the newest exhibit: "Decoding Anne Lister: History's First Modern Lesbian")

- A specially-crafted autumn cocktail at Orillia's only waterfront dining experience, Fare Restaurant, to end off the day (mocktail version also available!)

Offered October 11, 2023
5:30p.m.

House and Grounds History Tour

Enjoy a tour of the Leacock house and grounds led by one of our experienced tour-guides. Guests will learn about Leacock, his family and Old Brewery Bay. With the purchase of your History Tour ticket, get special access to the Boathouse to see the newest exhibit: "Boating Old Brewery Bay." 


Offered May 23 until August 31, 2023.

Tour times:

Tuesday to Friday – 11a.m. and 2p.m.

Saturday – 11a.m.

*The Leacock Museum House and Grounds History Tour will return in May 2024!

Roses and Rosé (Package)

Poster for Roses and Rosé Package

This packaged experience included:

- A specialized flower arranging class, courtesy of Florillia Floral Design

- A flower bouquet to take home that guests made themselves

- A tour of the gardens, rose garden & "A Leacock Love Story" exhibit at the Leacock Museum

- A specially-crafted Rosé Prosecco beverage at Orillia's only waterfront dining experience, Fare Restaurant, to end off the day (mocktail also available!)

Offered August 24, 2023 at 5p.m.

K. Valerie Connor Memorial Poetry Celebration

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The K. Valerie Connor Memorial Poetry Celebration is an annual province-wide literary contest run by the Leacock Museum in honour of one of our museum's cherished volunteers, Valerie Connor. This contest supports original works of poetry from Ontario residents in three age categories and offers $2100 in total cash prizes.

Learn more about the 2023 contest

Historic Places Day

POster for Historic Places Day

Date: July 8, 2023, 11a.m. – 12:30p.m.

Guests heard from author, Lynn Holden as she recounted her experiences traversing all 20 Canadian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Her journey began in 1982 with a visit to Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories. After spending 40 years visiting them all, Lynn began writing a book featuring her experiences, information on each site, and photographs in 2018. Lynn’s talk will explore her experiences, the sites, and the book. After the talk, signed copies were made available for purchase. Entry was by donation on the day! The event was held in the Leacock Museum living room.

Gatsby Garden Party

Date: June 17, 2023, 1 - 4p.m. 

 

Guests joined us for a family-friendly Gatsby Garden Party which combined the decadence of the 1920s with the simplicity of a picnic style outing. Guests packed a picnic lunch and joined us on the Leacock lawn. There was live entertainment for adults and children, lawn games, and a silent auction. Guests who attended the event participated in the awards ceremony and reading for the K. Valerie Connor Memorial Poetry Celebration. It was a great way to ring in the beginning of summer! 

Boating Old Brewery Bay Launch

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Location: Leacock Museum Grounds, House & Boathouse

Date: May 20, 2023 (Victoria Day Weekend), 1 – 4p.m.

To welcome a new boathouse exhibit, two associations – the Orillia Heritage Centre, and the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association – joined us to showcase historic boats, canoes and model ships. There were crafts and activities for children, as well as paddling, seat-weaving, and other demonstrations! Guests were welcomed to tour the boathouse and the museum. The day was ended by listening to Leacock's famous "Sinking of the Mariposa Belle" told by storyteller, Tim Greenwood.

2022

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Ghost Walks on the Leacock Museum Grounds

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Location: Leacock Museum Grounds, 50 Museum Drive\

For those who love a good haunting, what better place to host a Ghost Tour than an old historic building such as the historic Leacock Home? Tours featured tales of haunted happenings on the property.

Mary Pickford Exhibit Closing & Silent Film Screening

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Date: October 20, 2022

Time: 6:00pm

It was time to say goodbye to the first installment of the Leacock Museum’s new exhibit series “Entertaining Entertainers: Mary Pickford, Queen of the Silver Screen.” To do so, the Museum planned a closing event where guests could tour the exhibit one last time. Guests were invited to screen “Fanchon the Cricket” an autumn-themed silent film starring Mary Pickford herself.

The film had been re-mastered and re-released by the Pickford Foundation and was shown in the living room space of the Leacock home. Light refreshments were served.

 

 

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