May is that special time of year when we gather together as a community to celebrate all things Windsor.
On Saturday, May 18, we celebrate Windsor’s 127th Birthday with a free, family-fun day for everyone. Join me at 10 a.m. at Ambassador Park for the Annual Mayor’s Walk along the waterfront, past the Great Canadian Flag, back through Dieppe Gardens to the Vision Corridor alongside the Chimczuk Museum and Adventure Bay Family Water Park presented by WFCU Credit Union. There, we’ll have free hotdogs and birthday cupcakes (while supplies last), stage entertainment, inflatables, activities and more. As part of the celebration, and in honour of International Museum Day, the Chimczuk Museum and François Baby House offer free admission activities. Explore the Chimczuk’s travelling exhibition, Egypt: The Gift of the Nile before it leaves at the end of the month. We’re all an important part of Windsor’s Story. Let’s celebrate our city together. Details will be added to citywindsor.ca and museumwindsor.ca in May.
Early in the month, on Saturday, May 4, celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2019 at Adventure Bay, both Museum Windsor sites, and Rogues Gallery Comics. The sites all offer various activities, including free comics (while supplies last), superhero themed kids’ crafts, magic lessons, balloon animals, and costumed heroes visiting throughout the day. Visit adventurebay.ca or museumwindsor.ca for details.
That day, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., museum staff lead a walking tour, Jane’s Walk "History is the Present: Windsor Growth" that explores the history and development of Windsor in the City Hall Square/Senator David Croll Park area. Visit janeswalk.org or museumwindsor.ca for details.
Also on May 4, start your gardening season with a visit to the 23rd Annual Paul Martin Perennial Plant Sale at the Lanspeary Greenhouse from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 100 perennials, plus herbs and grasses, trees and shrubs will be available for purchase with proceeds supporting the Paul Martin Gardens in Willistead Park. Visit citywindsor.ca for info.
May is the month to celebrate mothers. Willistead Manor and Thyme To-Go offer a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 12 with seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (visit willistead.ca), while Roseland Gold & Curling Club offers a brunch with seatings between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (call 519-969-5112 for reservations).
Emergency Preparedness Week May 5-11 sees Windsor Fire & Rescue Services visiting local schools to address fifth and sixth graders, helping to ensure our community is prepared and safe all year long. Visit windsorfire.com for details. Later, May 13-17 is Windsor Police Week. Devonshire Mall hosts displays from May 9-11, while the Annual Police Appreciation and Memorial Service takes place May 13 at noon at All Saints’ Church. Visit police.windsor.on.ca for further info.
Racing enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase Canadian Fan Prix Ticket Packages on sale in May for the 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Belle Isle (May 31 - June 2). You’ll have access to package deals and special savings for this annual event.
The WFCU Centre is the place to be as the month winds down. Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo takes place May 15-19 with various performance times during a limited run of seven shows. Later on May 21, Gucci Mane (legendary Atlanta hip-hop artist) arrives at the centre as part of his first-ever Canada Tour. For tickets to Corteo or Gucci Mane, visit wfcu-centre.com.
Head over to mayordrewdilkens.ca to check out my Mayor’s Minute Video Series, which includes an update on the Streetcar No. 351 Restoration Project. If you want to help support our streetcar initiative, please visit streetcar351.com to donate, or to purchase your official T-Shirt featuring the streetcar logo and a unique, vintage artistic design.
To learn more about the events and activities coming to Windsor this May, visit citywindsor.ca, activewindsor.ca, snapdwindsor.com, and check out the Activity Guide.
Mayor Drew Dilkens,
City of Windsor