(Guests in devil and witch costumes during the inaugural Water’s Edge Halloween Charity Bash at The Water’s Edge Event Centre in Windsor, Ontario, on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
Witches, Batmen, devils and Little Red Riding Hood mingled with Ghostbusters and even the infamous hacker Anonymous. They were among the hundreds who packed Riverside Drive’s Water’s Edge Event Centre Saturday night for its first ever and first annual Halloween Charity Bash. In their regular life, almost all of those in attendance dressed the way they were, and loving it, were University of Windsor students.
This fantasy mid-term night was certainly a way to take them away from the usual grind of their studies and do good for the community. Event promoter, and Water’s Edge owner, Larry Horwitz tells Eyes on Windsor the Bash is the first event to be solely organized by his staff at the Centre. To set the tone, staffers were appropriately attired, many as parish priests. The building itself is a decommissioned Catholic Church that was once the religious and largely the social centre of Ford City.
Built in 1907, facing the Detroit River, and with its highly ornate European-style architecture, the Centre is rich with more than a few great places for photos of brides, and others, particularly its spiral entry staircase. As an event and conference centre, it has become a popular venue for weddings, corporate meetings, concerts and fundraisers, to name a few. Saturday’s night Bash was actually designed as a fundraiser.
The pending arrival of All Hallows’ Eve proved an ideal time to celebrate in a building able to provide considerable ambiance dressed up with a number of touches, like a graveyard and spooky relics hanging from the ceiling.
Judging by attendance, the evening’s festivities proved this grand new initiative for the Centre could well be followed in the future by many more such seasonal parties.
But in all of this, the bonus is that four organizations will share the riches of the night. Water’s Edge management partnered with four University of Windsor student organizations to use what turned out to be an appropriate dark and stormy night to generate financial support for the student body’s favourite charities.
The University’s Nursing Society will use its proceeds to support the University’s Campus Food Bank. The Engineering Students’ Society will donate its share to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Windsor-Essex University of Windsor Relay for Life will help the Canadian Cancer Society and the Society of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences has earmarked support for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Music, which seemed to come from those dark and stormy heavens actually came from DJ Andre of Triple A Sounds. He was out of sight, but not out of mind, tucked away, high up in the former church’s Iconostasis.
Triple A, known for the versatility of its music, has curated its own collections of some of its most popular mixes, available on Spotify, Google Play and iTunes podcasts.
The Water’s Edge Event Centre is located at 2879 Riverside Dr E, in east Windsor. For more information visit https://watersedgeeventcentre.ca
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.