Vintage Film Festival

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Marie Dressler House

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The Marie Dressler House no longer operates as Cobourg's Tourist Information office but still  houses the Interactive Marie Dressler Museum.  Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.


Hours

Summer 2018 

Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 4:00
June 25 to August 28


Fall - Winter 2018

TBD

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News

News about the Activities of the Marie Dressler Foundation

On September 8, there was an opening reception to the Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) that explores the Cobourg community’s relationship with Marie Dressler over the past 90 years. Part of the celebration of Marie’s 150th birthday, it was produced by the Marie Dressler Foundation and curated by Kristina Karakolis. Featuring historical images and documents, it tells the story of Marie with emphasis on her connection to Cobourg. Because of Marie’s film connection, two exhibits use TV monitors to show a video and trailers. The reception featured special 150th birthday cookies and welcomed a number of tourists who were in town at the time. In attendance were Mayor Gil Brocanier, Councillors Suzanne Seguin, Aaron Burchat and Debra McCarthy as well as previous Mayor Peter Delanty and of course the AGN's Executive Director Olinda Casimiro.

See the photos below for more - click any image to enlarge and access captions. Then scroll through them all.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Special Events happening in Cobourg in 2018 to celebrate Marie's 150th Birthday.

There is more detail on each event below. Go here for Women and Hollywood tickets.  Go to Best Western for tickets for Marie Dressler's Dinner at Eight Birthday Celebration.

 

On July 7, 2018, bursaries of $1500 each were presented to the four winning students. The photo below is of the four students and the video shows the presentation by Rick Miller (chair of the Foundation) and other board members.  The first winner in the video is Graham Beer – many will note that he is generally on the other side of the camera.  Witnessing the event were Foundation board members, parents of recipients, the media and a couple of guests visiting from Victoria.  Originally residents of Cobourg, Pam Jackson and Pat Archer helped in the original collection of artifacts for the Museum.

The Marie Dressler Foundation Board believes that it’s fitting that Cobourg celebrates its heritage and in particular the Cobourg born star Marie Dressler, by awarding these bursaries.

Bursary Winners

Graham Beer - Cobourg Collegiate Institute - Presenter: Scott Fraser
Kieva Earle - St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School - Presenter: Cathie Houston
Ben Hughes - East Northumberland Secondary School - Presenter: Terry Foord
Sydney Stewart - Cobourg Collegiate Institute - Presenter: Rick Miller

Note that the awards for the first three are based on merit and the fact that they are planning tertiary studies in the performing arts but Sydney’s award was also for exceptional community devotion.  That award is called the Bill Patchett Devotion to Community Award to honour the community service by Bill Patchett.

 

Date Name of Event
August 4 Movies In Victoria Park, Cobourg
September 9 until November 10 “Cobourg’s Sweetheart:
Celebrating Marie Dressler”
September 14 “Women and Hollywood”
September 29 “Dinner At Eight”
November 9 Marie Dressler 150 Celebration Day

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Proclaimed as "Marie Dressler 150 Celebration Day" by Town Council

November 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm in front of Victoria Hall, Cobourg

This will be a public celebration with speeches by local dignitaries with some give-aways for the attendees, and a special surprise.

Download the Town's proclamation here.

More details will be forthcoming in the next few months.

Free admission

Sponsors:
Town of Cobourg

 


September 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn, Cobourg

An epic celebration of Marie Dressler’s 150th birthday using her 65th birthday in Hollywood as a theme.

The evening features:

1930’s cocktails, food, and décor  (wine included with dinner)
Live 1930’s big band and jazz music by Northumberland Orchestra during dinner
Surprises during the evening
Following dinner, a showing of “Dinner At Eight” (1933) starring Marie Dressler