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Culture Days profile: Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR)

When Marjorie Green, first president and founding member of WCDR, decided to start up a writing workshop and seminar business in 1995, she knew there had to be hundreds of writers in Durham Region like her, who could benefit from workshops and training, and from meeting with other writers. So she took her idea to create a writers’ organization to a friend and client. Learn more history here.

This year, WCDR is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo source: WCDR

Tyrone Mills

Culture Days profile: Tyrone Mills

The Tyrone Mills Limited-1846 has been owned and operated by Robert Shafer over the last 30 years, but its history stretches back far greater than that. Over the last 168 years, the Tyrone Mills has been a grist mill, flour mill, lumber mill, apple cider producer, historic tour centre, bakery, and rural community centre. Today, it continues to preserve its traditional roots through continual use of its water power in lumber manufacturing and flour production.

This year, Tyrone Mills is participating in Culture Days with the following events:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit

RIDDIM FIT

Culture Days profile: Riddim Fit

Riddim Fit is a group-based dance fitness program. Certified and trained dance instructors offer dance instruction to the latest in reggae, soca, R&B and hip hop; guaranteed to get people moving and jumping up to music from the beat of the heart.

This year, Riddim Fit is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo source: Riddim Fit

St. Francis Centre

Culture Days profile: St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture

Originally constructed in 1871 by Henry Langley, the former St. Francis de Sales Church gives meaning to the name of the street on which it is situated (Church Street). It is also an important symbol of the Irish immigrants that settled in the Pickering Village area in the 1800s. In 1999, the building was designated as an Ajax heritage building; and in 2007, the Town acquired the key cultural and heritage landmark, to protect and restore the structure. The acquisition of the building is an important one, representing the first publicly owned and accessible heritage facility in Ajax. Read more history here.

This year, the St. Francis Centre is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo source: Town of Ajax

Bowmanview

Culture Days profile: Gallery on the Farm

Four generations of Bowman’s have been land stewards in Enniskillen. Eric’s grandfather T.R Bowman purchased the farm and moved from Mount Forest in 1929. This was the start of organic farming for Bowmanview Farms. Read more history here.

This year, Bowmanview Farms is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit

Ajax Town Hall

Culture Days profile: Town of Ajax

Ajax is part of Durham Region, one of the fastest growing areas of Ontario. The population of Ajax is approximately 91,000, with hundreds of new homes being built every year. The town has a vibrant business community as well, with more than 1,900 businesses and a labour force of close to 42,000.

This year, the Town of Ajax is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo source: Town of Ajax

John Raynard

Culture Days profile: Ajax Public Library

Ajax Public Library has three branches: Main, McLean and Village. The library recognizes the value of local artists, and supports local individuals and art organizations with display space whenever possible.

This year, Ajax Public Library is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Pictured above: John Raynard

Photo source: Ajax Public Library

Master Rims

Culture Days profile: Master Rim’s Tae Kwon-Do

The leading provider of martial arts classes with world-class instructors and programs. Offering structured martial arts programs that teach discipline, mental focus, commitment to goals, and the values of hard work and self-control. Each student is taught at an individual pace in order to better develop and bring out their greatest potential.

This year, Master Rim’s Tae Kwon-Do is participating in Culture Days with the following events:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit

Statiion Gallery

Culture Days profile: Station Gallery

In 1967, a group of passionate arts enthusiasts in Whitby started a community gallery, operating under the name Whitby Arts Inc. In 1969, the group, supported by interested volunteers and benefactors purchased Whitby’s Grand Trunk Railway Station, which had been slated for demolition.  It was moved to Henry and Victoria streets in 1971. The name “Station Gallery” was adopted to reflect the heritage. The newly renovated Station Gallery re-opened on Jan. 3, 2006, and has operated as a community visual arts centre for more than 35 years. Read more history here.

This year, Station Gallery is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit

Whitby Library

Culture Days profile: Whitby Public Library

The Whitby Public Library proudly celebrated 100 years of service in 2011. Today, the Whitby Public Library offers an extensive array of collections, programs, and resources at the central library and two branch libraries, as well as an archives room. The Whitby Public Library Board establishes operating and administrative policies governing the operation and programs at the library.

This year, Whitby Public Library is participating in Culture Days with the following events:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit