Culture Days Returns to Scugog

Culture Days is a nationwide celebration of arts and culture that takes place every year during the last weekend of September. Much like everything else, this year will look a little different but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be cancelled. The festivities have been extended so there will be four weeks of exciting activities and programs, along with virtual experiences for the first time.

Hosted by Scugog Arts for the tenth year, the lineup includes workshops, demonstrations, art installations, and live performances – all with health guidelines being followed. Culture Days in Scugog is a free event to further the concept that the arts should be accessible to everyone.

You’re invited to find your creative side, make face scrubbies or fur-get-me-nots with Paula Lishman and stop by the rock painting booth to decorate your own stone canvas. Join the fun on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Scugog Arts Space (175B Queen St, Port Perry). Also discover live spinning and weaving demonstrations presented by the Scugog Shores Fibre Artists’ Guild on Sundays throughout October. More exciting Culture Days activities can be found at Lavender-Blu in Seagrave. Take in a tour of the garden, and workshops on how to grow lavender.

Virtual programs will be released on the Scugog Arts Facebook page, as well as the Ontario Culture Days website. The online program schedule includes

Indpainted muskoka chairsigenous language lessons, a discussion about Indigenous identity and culture hosted by Matthew Stevens from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, a cooking demonstration from Indigenous chef Tamara Green, and a Music Monday series from Music Matters that will feature basic music industry overview. Online events begin on Monday, September 28 and run until Thursday, October 22.

COVID-19 guidelines will be in place at all in-person events, including wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer at each activity. The number of people entering the hub will also be monitored.

Visit the Scugog Arts website for the full event list – scugogarts.ca/culture-days/.