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Monday August 22nd, 2022, 4:12pm


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Willistead Manor and Thyme To-Go have set dates for the 2022-23 At the Manor Event Series. These unique events and initiatives take place inside the City’s historic Willistead Manor. Over the years, the program has included yoga classes, theatre and opera performances, literary events, tours, brunches, themed dinners and much more. Space is limited for these unforgettable events in Windsor’s culture and heritage gem.

The events are co-produced by the City’s Culture & Events team, in partnership with Willistead Manor’s exclusive caterer, Thyme To-Go. Head Chef Julie Myers designs special menus that draw inspiration from Willistead’s history, and the very plants and herbs present in the onsite Paul Martin Gardens.

Tickets for individual events remaining in the At the Manor series will go on sale approximately two months before each offering, with pricing and menu details, along with ticket purchases available at All events take place at Willistead Manor, 1899 Niagara Street.

The 2022-23 At the Manor series includes:

  • 2nd Annual High Tea & Garden Party
    Sunday, September 11th, 2022. Three seatings at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 4:00pm.
    Tickets now available at Experience includes a not-to-be-missed Tea Bar featuring hot and cold teas served in Friends of Willistead tea sets; a delicious menu of sandwiches, crumpets, scones and pastries; and a guided tour of the Paul Martin Gardens. Guests are encouraged to wear their fanciest “high tea hat” for a chance to win a prize.
  • Doors Open Windsor
    Saturday, September 24th, and Sunday, September 25th, 2022, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Experience includes free admission to the Coach House Historical Exhibition. Please note that the Willistead Manor main house will not be included in Doors Open Windsor this year. Details at
  • Poetry at the Manor – Vol. 10
    Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.   Special 10th Anniversary edition of the popular annual literary arts event. Co-hosted by Windsor’s Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais and Poet Laureate Vanessa Shields. This year’s reading features Anna Yin (Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate), Richard-Yves Sitoski (Poet Laureate for Owen Sound), Micheline Maylor (Poet Laureate Emeritus for the City of Calgary), and Sarah Lewis (past Poet Laureate for Peterborough). The anniversary event will also serve as a book launch for the fourth book in the South Shore Collections series A Manor of Words: Poetry at the Manor 10th Anniversary Anthology featuring poems by the 30+ poets who have participated in this annual event since 2012.
  • 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner
    Saturday, November 5th, 2022. One seating at 5:00pm.  Experience includes a not-to-be-missed farm-to-table epic roast featuring three delicious cuts of meat, rustic vegetables, seasonal side dishes, whisky tastings, and live entertainment.
  • Annual Holiday Tours
    Wednesdays, December 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 2022, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Sundays, December 4th, 11th and 18th, 2022 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  Experience includes tours of Willistead Manor all decked out in its holiday finest, tours of the new Coach House Historical Exhibition, and access to the Friends of Willistead’s holiday display. Regular tour pricing applies.
  • Breakfast With Santa
    Sundays, December 4th, 11th and 18th, 2022. One seating at 10:00 am.   Experience includes breakfast buffet, Santa visit and photo op, and a self-guided mini-tour of Willistead Manor. Ticket price will include the buffet, Santa visit, and mini-tour. Keepsake photos with Santa to take away will cost $10.00 extra on site.
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner
    Tuesday, February 14th, 2023. One seating at 6:00pm. Experience includes a 5-course fine dining tasting tour of Chef Julie’s travels through Paris – the most romantic city in the world! Your dining experience includes champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, as well as live entertainment.
  • Easter Brunch Buffet
    Sunday, April 9th, 2023. Two seatings at 11:00am and 1:00pm.  Experience includes a delicious brunch buffet and an Easter Egg hunt inside Willistead Manor.
  • Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
    Sunday, May 14th, 2023. Two seatings at 10:00am and 12:00pm. Experience includes a delicious brunch buffet and tours of the Paul Martin Gardens.
  • Art in the Park 2023
    Saturday, June 3rd, and Sunday, June 4th, 2023.

“Willistead Manor’s At the Manor programming series offers diverse, unique and traditionally sold-out experiences. When designing these events, we thought about the ‘At Home’ parties that Edward and Mary Walker once hosted in their grand mansion, and looked to recreate a bit of that magic. While Willistead remains a premier location for intimate and unforgettable weddings all year long, the events and initiatives of At the Manor invite new audiences to step inside and find rooms filled with delicious food, stunning art, thought-provoking poetry, beautiful music, and much more,” said Christopher Lawrence Menard, Cultural Development + Willistead Manor Coordinator, City of Windsor.

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