Vintage Film Festival

movie-reels79The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in October. 
Full details here.

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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

November 9th is Marie Dressler's 149th birthday so the Dressler Foundation put on a big celebration for her.  The celebration featured a professionally made documentary of how the community came together to build the museum, free Marie Dressler Butter Tarts (and coffee) and then followed this with a screening of one of Marie Dressler's earliest movies, Tillie Wakes Up, made in 1917.  (The Butter tarts were designed by Stephanie Harrington at the Dutch Oven).

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, five students were presented with certificates and cheques for $1500. As well as the four bursaries for Northumberland high school students who are planning tertiary studies in the performing arts, this year an additional award was made: the Canada 150 Bill Patchett Devotion to Community Award. This is to honour the community service by Bill Patchett and was made to a student who showed exceptional community devotion.


Rick Miller, Chair of Marie Dressler Foundation, was interviewed on Cogeco's Community Station (Channel 10 or 700 HD) and talked about Marie Dressler, the new Marie Dressler Museum and the Vintage Film Festival.  The program was Know Northumberland and was hosted by Holly Nimens.   A good overview of what you would learn from this web site.

 

This year, the Marie Dressler Foundation today handed out four bursaries at $1500 each to four students from Northumberland High Schools - this year three from Cobourg and a sturdent from Warkworth who attended Northumberland East High School in Brighton. Each winner is a student graduating from Grade 12 in 2016 and intends to pursue a further education in this field.

Here are brief resumes of the winners.

If you are familiar with the previous museum, you will see that the new one is totally different.  The room is larger, the walls have been repainted (a great colour), there are new displays and many of the displays are interactive.  The interface to control what you see on displays is via ipads and in some cases you can listen.  Although the appearance is open and uncluttered, there is plenty of information to be had.   Some artifacts are on display although the photos are not the originals - these are kept in the Northumberland County archives. 

As previously announced, the Foundation is working to completely renovate the Marie Dressler Museum.  Actually, a better description would be that the museum is being completely rebuilt from scratch.  Unfortunately, this means that it will be closed from late May until it reopens.  There will be no access to any exhibits during that time.

But on September 24th, 2016, there will be a grand re-opening with celebrations to mark the event.  Stay tuned for more news on this.