GALLERIES + MUSEUMS
Art Gallery of Northumberland
Stroll this gallery in the grand Victoria Hall and learn about the region’s early landscapes and notable citizens. An inspiring collection of canvasses, sculpture and imagination.
Tues – Fri 10 am to 4 pm
Sat & Sun 12 – 4pm
Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre
Visit the exhibit hall, a restored limestone building known as the Barracks, one of the oldest in town, and an accompanying vintage workman’s cottage. Tales of Cobourg’s military service and railroad boom times. Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. through to the end of October.
Marie Dressler Museum
Cobourg is the birthplace of Marie Dressler, star of stage and screen in the 1920s and ’30s, and one of the greatest comediennes of her generation. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931 at age 63! The town has proclaimed Sept. 24 as Marie Dressler Celebration Day, marking the opening of the new Marie Dressler Museum at her homestead on King Street, themed with 1930s Hollywood art deco artifacts and interactive features (including a very cool mirror and dressing table).
On the second floor of a lovely 1922 art deco building on Division Street, just above Craft Food House, this intimate space hosts film screenings, live music and workshops, thanks to film buff and owner Ken Prue.
Concert Hall & Firehall Theatre
Popular venue for musical theatre, plays and concerts, the Concert Hall (with its glorious painted ceiling!) is located in the ball room of Victoria Hall, where the Prince of Wales attended the building’s opening gala in 1860. In the market square behind Victoria Hall, the former town fire hall is the Firehall Theatre playhouse for the local Northumberland Players.
Local music teacher and performer, Marianne Marusic, has opened the living room (two sets of French doors, two fireplaces and towering columns) at her historic Victorian home on Queen Street as a concert venue for musicians. The house was once owned by Lydia Cornell, whose niece,1930s’ stage star Katharine Cornell, reportedly hosted friends Ethel Merman, Orson Welles and the Marx Brothers on the property. An elegant setting for folk, classical and chamber music, 905-377-8724.
Take a self-guided tour of the heritage landmarks of town, many of them historically-designated buildings standing tall and proud. Victoria Hall, the town hall at the centre of it all, was named in honour of Queen Victoria, and fully restored to its original glory. Its courtroom, designed after the Old Bailey court in London, England, was a working courtroom in Cobourg for almost a century and a half. You might just hear the doors being rattled by an angry ghost. The story goes that a man on trial here got loose and ran to the front doors to escape, but the doors were locked!
Get hands on! Take a workshop in studio with Marcela Rosemberg, an award-winning glass artist, to experiment with the craft of glass fusing. Pieces start solid, heating to an almost liquid state, fusing themselves into an entirely new combination of colours then cooling and turning into entirely different shapes and objects. Marcela will guide you through the design, cut and composition of a plate that will later be fired up in the kiln.
As one participant says, “She explains her love of glass like she’s explaining a relationship with a person. I was struck by her expression, ‘I listen to the glass.’ She inspires confidence in those who have never attempted anything like this before, like me. MORE INFO