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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]

Kinsmen and Kiwanis join up again for the annual celebration.

Watson's Mill

The annual celebration of Manotick's popular Dickinson Days features an old fashioned parade, an outdoor craft market, non-stop entertainment all day long, food, children's fun, dancing, music. Dickinson Days offers fun for the whole family. Best of all, most events are 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.

On Sunday this year, there will be an art show in the Tent and wagon rides for all.


2005 Schedule

Friday, June 3 - hosted by the Manotick Kiwanis

  • 6:30 pm Kiwanis Parade
    The parade begins north of the village, south on Main Street to Potter Drive, Dr. Leach Drive and ends at the Arena.
  • 8:00 pm Children's Show - Manotick Areana

Saturday, June 4 - Entertainment, Food & Music

  • 7 - 11 am - Pancake breakfast
    Loaded plates will fill you up at this time-honored favorite. Follow your nose to the tent! Dickinson Square is at the corner of Dickinson Lane and Mill Street.
  • 9 am - 5 pm - Outdoor Craft Fair
    In the historic center of town by Watson's Mill, Mill Street and beyond, enjoy over 100 Artisans displaying their work.
  • Free entertainment on the outdoor stage:
    • 9:00 am - Manotick United Church Contemporary Worship Band
    • 10:00 am - Manotick Brass
    • 11:00 am - Pique Dance Studio
    • 12 noon - Ottawa Police Choir
    • 12:40 pm - OPENING CEREMONIES
    • 1:00 pm - Celtic Harps - Leslie Anne Dam & Friends
    • 1:30 pm - Denise Smith School of Dance
    • 2:30 pm - Jujitsu Demonstration
    • 3:00 pm - Gwen Cadman Stepdancers
    • 4:00 pm - Canterbury High School Vocal Group
    • 4:30 pm - Tim & Sandy Stanutz
  • 5 pm - 8 pm - Music by TANGENT
    Enjoy the music of TANGENT while you relax with family and friends. Enjoy a barbeque, the music, outdoor dancing and refreshments in the tent at Dickinson Square.

Sunday, June 5 - Art & Music in the Village

  • 11 am - 5 pm - Art Show
    The Manotick Art Association displays their work in the Tent at Dickinson Square.
  • 1 pm - 3 pm - Barber Shop Quartets
    These popular groups will perform, singing in 4-part harmony at various street locations around town again this year. At 3 pm, they will head to the Legion for a competition.
  • 3 pm - 5 pm - Barber Shop Competition
    Manotick Legion - a great way to spend Saturday afternnon, listening to all the groups at once.


Kinsmen Club of Manotick & District - Jim Stewart 692-3269
Kiwanis Club of Manotick - Dale Davidson 521-1736
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