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DICKINSON DAYS - first weekend in June. It's Moss Kent Dickinson's Birthday and Manotick village invites you to the party!

Moss Kent Dickinson
We celebrate Moss Kent Dickinson's Birthday every year!
The village of Manotick invites you to join in the celebration of the unique history of the village, its founders, and Watson's Mill. We've organized a celebration full of family fun in Manotick, a rural village in Ottawa, Canada's capital. [map]

June 4 & 5 mark the 29th annual celebration of Manotick's popular Dickinson Days. Featuring an old fashioned parade, an outdoor craft market, non-stop entertainment all day long, food, children's fun, dancing, music, and more, Dickinson Days offer fun for all. Best of all, it's (mostly) free.

Most of the celebration takes place in Dickinson Square, the conservation area around the mill that Mr. Dickinson built. (The mill was later renamed Watson's Mill after the new owner.) It is the oldest gristmill still grinding grain into flour in Ontario and is Ottawa's only operating industrial heritage site. Moss Kent Dickinson, the founding father of Manotick back in the 1800s celebrates his actual birthday on June 1st, 1822, but the party is always on the first weekend in June.


2004 Schedule

Friday, June 4, 2004 - hosted by the Manotick Kiwanis

  • 6:30 pm Parade
    Liam McGuire will be introducing parade participants from the balcony of Kelly's Welcome as they wend their way down Manotick Main Street to the arena. The parade begins at the City Works depot north of the village, south on Main to Potter Drive, Dr. Leach Drive and ends at the Arena. This year's parade has a very rural flavor with the Queen of the Furrows and a collection of antique tractors, cars & trucks. The Brockville Steel Drum Band and SpartiCat return as do many other old favorites. Watch for a special treat: the Renegade Cheerleaders!
  • 7:45 pm Post-Parade party
    Refreshments face-painting and fun at the arena, featuring the fun and fantasy of "A Clown Around".
  • 9:30 pm D.J. and refreshments
    The Kinsmen take over the arena floor to provide fun for the more grown-up among us. Cover charge.

Saturday, June 5 - hosted by the Manotick Kinsmen

  • 7 - 11 am - Pancake breakfast
    Loaded plates will fill you up at this time-honored favorite. Follow your nose to the tent!
  • 9 am - noon - Manotick Bait & Outdoor Adventure's kids fishing derby
    Set to disprove the old adage that the early bird gets the worm. Those fish will bite any time. Or will they? Come and join the fun on the dam by the mill
  • 9 am - 8 pm - M&M's barbeque and refreshment tent
  • All day from 9 am to 5 pm:
    • Outdoor Craft Market
      In the historic center of town by Watson's Mill, Mill Street and beyond.
    • Petting zoo , pony rides, and kid's midway at Manotick Main and Clapp Lane.
    • Live entertainment on the free outdoor stage:
      • Manotick United Church Contemporary Worship Band;
      • Ian McWilliams - Old Tyme Fiddle;
      • Manotick Brass;
      • Pique Dance Studio;
      • Ottawa Police Choir;
      • Capital City Chorus;
      • Denise Smith School of Dance;
      • Jujitsu Demonstration;
      • Gwen Cadman Stepdancers;
      • "Treny" Fashion Show;
      • Shakespeare Young Company
    • Horse drawn carriage rides.
      Travel around the village in the finest historical style, courtesy of the Mews Association. A real photo opportunity!
    • Pioneer Days on the lawns of Watson's Mill
      Blacksmithing, Calligraphy, Chair-caning, Fire fighting, Display of old photos and memorabilia, Herbology, Stitchery, Tinsmithing, Wicker furniture creation & restoration. Inside: TD Canada Trust Children's corner. A real flour grind (1:30 - 3:00pm)
  • 6 - 8 pm - Musical entertainment
    Ottawa jazz and swing quartet named Cy's 4X3+1 in the Olde Bung and Barrel tent.
  • 8:30 pm - Evening dance
    Sticks & Stones will have you dancing on the big floor of the arena. Cover charge. Licensed.


Dickinson Day History, Events - Jim Stewart 692-3269
Kinsmen Club of Manotick & District
Kiwanis Friday evening - Dale Davidson 521-1736
Kiwanis Club of Manotick
Pioneer Days - Deborah Jones
Parade - Colin Kearney 692 2508.
Fishing Derby - Jacob Lightford 692-4142
Stage Entertainment - Connie Moss 692-3920
Crafter's Market - Sheila Stewart 692-3269
The Manotick Directory provides this website as a free community service to Dickinson Days, Manotick Kiwanis, and Watson's Mill.