Christmas with Leacock kicks off Saturday
ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Leacock Museum administrative coordinator Jen Martynyshyn said she has high hopes for a new event starting at the Orillia locale Saturday afternoon.
Visitors to an Orillia museum will soon get to enjoy some Christmas spirit with one of the city’s most famous former seasonal residents.
The Stephen Leacock Museum kicks off its Christmas with Leacock event Saturday afternoon.
Jen Martynyshyn, the museum’s administrative co-ordinator, said the inaugural event will run 1 to 3 p.m. for three Saturdays this month.
“We’re trying to make the house feel lived in,” she said, noting there will be tea, cookies, games and, of course, the opportunity to meet the man himself in the form of a Leacock impersonator.
“We love the idea of bringing the house to life. We’ve always decorated the house for Christmas.”
The event is free, with donations accepted. As well, the museum’s gift shop will be open with 50% off everything, including seasonal decorations.
The museum also has a special meal planned next week to coincide with the Orillia Opera House’s production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
“We’re sticking close to the Dickens theme,” Martynyshyn said, adding while the three-course menu will feature a traditional turkey meal, the appetizer and dessert will be British-inspired. “There, you can visualize it, but here, you get the taste of the time.”
There will be a 5 to 7 p.m. serving Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for those hoping to grab a bite before heading over to see the play.
Martynyshyn said the museum wants to create more programming partnerships with other city properties, such as the opera house, and establish more winter events.
“We’re from the same (City of Orillia) department, so we’re looking at programming that we can build upon,” she said.
The museum will also remain open throughout the winter from Wednesday to Sunday for visits, with the café open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday nights throughout the winter, the museum hosts “Cabin Fever” from 5 to 10 p.m., with guests able to enjoy live music, tapas and drinks, all while sitting beside a roaring fire.