March 7th - August 3rd: Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
As much as we love fun happenings within Western New York, every once in a while an event is just too fantastic to miss—and well worth a short trip. As Pooh himself once said, “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is paying homage to the beloved silly old bear during this five-month-long exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, that examines the real people, relationships and inspirations behind Pooh and his imaginary world.
“This exhibition is designed for kids to enjoy with interactive games, reading nooks and even a slide, while bringing us all back to days where we could bask in the sun, visit with neighbors and let the day slip away,” says Justin Jennings, ROM’s presenting curator. “In many ways a primer for a life well-lived, ‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic’ details the origin, creation and legacy of a place where all of us can feel special, listened to and loved.”
Handwritten correspondence, original illustrations, photographs, manuscripts, memorabilia and more shed light on the creative collaboration between author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard, and how they brought the bear of little brain to life.
“This exhibition will not only capture the imaginations of our young visitors but will enchant entire generations of families who grew up with Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends,” said Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO.
Tickets include museum entry (CA $18-31).
Winnie-the-Pooh’s Canadian roots
Veterinarian Harry Colebourn bought a black bear cub from a trapper and named it Winnie after his hometown of Winnipeg. When Colebourn left for England at the onset of WWI, he took Winnie with him, eventually leaving her in the care of the London Zoo when he was deployed to France. A young Christopher Robin Milne fell in love with Winnie at the zoo, pleading with his father—A.A. Milne—for repeated visits and naming his favorite teddy bear after her.
March 21st-29th: Spring Sparkles Festival
Another event worth hopping across the border for, this offshoot of the hugely popular Niagara Icewine Festival will feature sparkling wines from across the Niagara Region. That’s all we know about this inaugural festival at press time, but you should be able to find all the deets now on their website.
March 28th: America's Test Kitchen Dinner Experience
The Atrium at Rich's
1 Robert Rich Way, Buffalo
Part of WNED’s Celebrity Chef’s Table event, this four-course dinner held at The Atrium @ Rich’s features recipes from the “America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Cookbook” with a side of behind-the-scenes stories from Jack Bishop, the popular PBS show’s always-entertaining chief creative officer and tasting lab expert.
“This is the first time we’ve done this event and we’re so excited to have such a high-level chef join us,” said Heather Hare, senior director of corporate communications at WNED. “He’s never been to Buffalo before, so this is a great opportunity for Western New Yorkers and hopefully some of our Canadian friends to see him.”
One of the founders of “America’s Test Kitchen,” Bishop himself chose the recipes for the evening: cream of cauliflower soup and arugula salad with figs, prosciutto, walnuts and parmesan, followed by a choice of beef top loin, braised chicken with mustard and herbs or eggplant involtini with ricotta, and a decadent chocolate raspberry torte to finish things off. The culinary extravaganza, complete with wine pairings, kicks off with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m.
And don’t be surprised if you bump into Bishop on the streets during his visit. Apparently, word of our fabulous food and confections has spread—rumor has it he’s eager to taste what the Queen City has to offer!
Individual Tickets: $190; WNED members, $161.50.
Dinner table of 10: $1,800; members, $1,530.