Big City Lights!

Windsor’s Jackson Park is lit up for the holidays with a dazzling array of colorful lights, displays, and of course, a big Christmas tree.

The display is so fantastic  that you literally walk through a magical winter wonderland to see the main attractions of the display.

Adding to the magic are buskers playing acoustic versions of our favorite Christmas carols, a food truck, and a sleigh to take pictures in; making the whole experience a real one of a kind holiday event for Windsorites. Jackson Park was full of people taking the scene in with lively chatter and exciting energy throughout.

Walking through the display is quite spectacular, and there is so much to take in, it will require multiple visits to truly see it all; meaning this event will be a popular spot over the next couple of weeks. It is the perfect place to bring family, friends, and dates of all types – or just bring yourself and a camera – because this holiday event is loaded with the potential for artistic inspiration.

reaching to the heavens in dance!

The relationship between pretty lighting and creative inspiration was clear.  Part of the experience became navigating yourself through a crowd of people that were frequently pausing to snap selfies, and take pictures of their favorite displays. Windsor has some spectacular events Рfireworks night comes to mind, the Santa Claus parade, and those events bring artists out by the heaps. There is a connection between the type of society you are living in and the art that it produces. The vibrancy of our society and culture is visible in the passion of artists and their output, and it was thriving Friday night at the opening of the new lighting fest.

Windsor is like a playground to artists right now and raw materials are the plaything – from the rock-art being arranged at the river, to the painted rocks dropped at Ojibway, our artistic culture is thriving.

Windsor has once again shown itself to be every bit of a spectacle as New York City has. Our meandering riverfront that winds along its own display of beautiful artwork is just one example. The new holiday tree lit up at Jackson Park is just another example!

If you think Windsor is as cinematic as I do, check out the Instagram link to cinematic_windsor (available in the social links menu above) for more pictures of our filmic city!

These trees are my favorite! The lights moving up the trunks make the trees look like they are dancing in the night.

There is a lot of potential for this event over the years. Imagine Willistead Manor lit up like the Griswold house, and the park’s trees and pathways lit up to the heavens for people to wander through. Walking in a winter wonderland? Imagine walking along the river and seeing such a display and what it would look like from Detroit! Do you have any other ideas of holiday lighting for Windsor? Post a comment and share ideas.

A Sense of History

Windsor is a place that has buildings over a hundred years old. They complement some of the trees nicely and create a sense of history. Some of the old architecture that you will find in this city is designed in an older English style, like Willistead Manor. When walking up to its beautiful entrance one feels like a character in a Jane Austen novel, come to call on an important associate or would be lover. The park is open to the public and the mansion is frequently open as well. The history of Walkerville in the time period of the early 20th century, and the family that helped form it live in the aura of this magnificent home and garden. The era and culture come to life when you step inside and smell the original wood. There is no single location greater than Willistead that I’m as eager to see on the big screen!

Windsor has a diverse range of neighborhoods, from the Italian restaurants of Erie St. to the bars of downtown, the shops along Ottawa, and the many residential suburbs that populate this urban melting pot.

A true tribute to the spirit of Windsor’s blessing the new with the charm of the old is the nearly retro-fitted Armouries building downtown by the University of Windsor.

Old buildings such as the post office in Olde Sandwich town remind us of just how old this area is, and the influence the past still has over us as we have such feeling for the old architecture we refuse to tear buildings down. This location is a perfect place to set a scene from the early 1900’s – a time when the world was beginning to stretch its imagination to what was possible in society; buildings like this remind us that a hundred years later history repeats itself, as we again find ourselves during societal change.

After you drive through all of the wonderful Windsor architecture, you’ll want to take your shoot to Colchester, right to the edge of Essex County, of Canada, of so many things right out on the edge – face west – and watch the sun slip away into the lake leaving a glorious canvas of pink and orange across the limitless sky.

There is beauty here like no other art gallery in the world has to offer – whether you find it in the cities old architecture, or the counties natural spaces – you will see why film-makers will flock to this city in the future to set their movies in a little town with a big potential.

So crack a beer and stay awhile.