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GAC News: Guelph Arts Council Celebrates Success of Doors Open Guelph

On the occasion of Guelph’s 190th, Saturday’s sunshine brought out over 8,000 Guelph residents and out-of-town visitors – record attendance for the event’s 16-year history – to the fourteen sites offered at Doors Open Guelph and Trails Open.
 
Among the many highlights of the day were:
  • tales of ghosts and gangsters at The Albion Hotel
  • record attendance of 1,700 at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate
  • lineups for a peek inside some of Guelph’s historic treasures, including The New Petrie Building, Ker Cavan, and The Armoury
  • a glimpse into the fascinating worlds of renowned Guelph innovators RWDI Consulting Scientists and Engineers and The Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing
  • a special 185th Birthday celebration at St. George’s Anglican Church
  • artist’s talks with Peter Johnston and Ron Shuebrook and hands-on art experiences at Silence.

 
Doors Open Coordinator Susan Ratcliffe said: “This year’s Doors Open Guelph was a stunning success. We thank the site owners and all the volunteers for their commitment to our city’s rich heritage in buildings, arts, landscapes and industries. And we thank the visitors for being so patient and cheerful even with the long lineups at the popular sites.”
 
Doors Open Guelph is one of Guelph Arts Council’s longest-running programs. Its success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, sign crew, and more. This year over 150 volunteers and site participants pulled together to open the doors of Guelph’s remarkable places.
 
Doors Open Guelph 2017 was generously sponsored by Downtown Guelph Business Association, Grinham Architects, and media sponsor Guelph Mercury Tribune.
 
About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsors Meridian and Gary Stewart of CIBC Wood Gundy.

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