Thanks to all the organisers of the Sandy Hill Winter Carnival that was a cracking good time for kids of all ages. We can barely wait til next year’s fun!
Organisers Christine Aubry & Catherine Fortin Lefaivre
Crafty girls take over the art room as Carnival opens
The ever popular wagon rides
Claudia Salguero’s (left) penguin graces the pathway to fun
Steve, Lai, Cllr Mathieu Fleury & Catherine pose for the blurriest photo in history.
Mayor comes early to meet the artist
Mingling & skating in the mild winter day
Ever popular “tire” w Diane Beckett & Francois Bregha
Winter Carnival Organizers Geri Blinick, Christine Aubry and Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre flank Mayor Jim Watson with Sandy Hill Seen’s Jennifer Cavanagh
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It’s finally here! Sandy Hill’s Winter Carnival kicks off at 2pm today. Be prepared for fun, merriment, conviviality, sleigh rides, ice sculptures, rides, a community dinner and more. See details on the poster below.
Don’t forget to bring lots of warm winter wear for our neighbours too. This is a wonderful opportunity to give to the vulnerable while renewing and building our great community spirit.
Nous sommes tous. We all are.
An edited version of this review was also published in Apt613.
“Freezing” at The Gladstone theatre, steers far enough from the movie echoed in the title to breed familiarity and anticipation – queue many young girls in their finest Anna and Elsa gear – while Ken MacDougall delivers an original storyline guaranteeing a unique and uproarious night out for all ages.
Set in the troubled land of Snow Globe Queen Gerda (Gab Desmond – in a stellar cross-dressed performance) is keen to marry off Princesses Hanna (Esther Vallins) and Adele (Jessica Vandenberg) to preserve the icy kingdom. Enter Hans (Will Lamond), the winter-hating villain of the piece, who threatens endless summer if not granted a royal wedding and all measure of comical action ensues with an eager beaver, a troll with low self-esteem, a handsome ice-man, a tornado and many twists and turns.
To the unacquainted a pantomime is “British theatre traditionally performed at Christmas incorporating song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, in-jokes, topical references, and audience participation.” Audience members cheer the heroes, boo the villain and in this instance some young one’s even had a hockey shoot out.
Costume and styling connect the younger audience with accessible characters while the fresh and fun writing hold that engagement. The cast is charming with particularly strong comic performances from Desmond, Lamond and Shelley Simester as Rubble the troll. The music and choreography are wholly successful as the cast deliver wonderful, rousing song and dance numbers.
Freezing’s is well-paced with seasonally whimsical moments. The music and adventure keeps kids entertained while tongue-firmly-in-cheek asides on everything from the Red Blacks to the LRT and talented performances secure adult amusement. Despite a few not altogether successful jokes, such as the 3-pigs / Senator scandal and an unfortunate commercial break in the proceedings, producers Sarah & Matt Cassidy deliver a winning panto which should well become Ottawa newest holiday tradition.
Dec 18- Jan 4th
Evenings 7:30PM, Matinees 2:30PM
The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave.
Tuesday Dec 9th is Dalhousie Street’s Holiday Shopping Night.
For the uninitiated North Dalhousie, or NorthDal as the aficionados call it, has transformed itself in to a boutique shopping and dinning destination with an array of independently owned eclectic and high-end offerings.
From 4-8PM the NorthDal businesses between Murray St & Bruyere will be offering tempting and tempting discounts. Adding to the festive fun for every purchase over 20$ you’re entered in to a draw with a chance to win a $700 shopping spree with participating businesses!
Participating #NorthDal businesses include:
AMANDA MAY LINGERIE: treats and drinks plus gift with purchase.
BRIDGEHEAD: Come in and take the chill off with a warm winter drink. This season bring along Erik Karlsson`s EK #65 Blend. $2 from the sale of each pound goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.
COCOCO CHOCOLATERIE BERNARD CALLEBAUT: in store samples plus free chocolate bar for every $20 spent.
CRYSTAL DAWN: treats and store specials
CYLIE ARTISANS CHOCOLATIERS : free shot of hot chocoloate with $25 purchase.
DAS LOKAL KITCHEN & BAR: Gluhwein stand with firepit plus 10% discount off meal upon presentation of receipt from any participating merchant.
DAYA ORGANIC SPA: treats
ISABELLE BOUTIQUE: 10% off and 15% on selected items
LOCOCINA BY ELENA JONES: desserts + 25% discount storewide
SPORTIVE PLUS ACTIVEWEAR 14+: 20% off regular price Sportive Plus brand merchandise.
UPWARD DOG YOGA CENTRE: hot tea plus 10% off class packages and merchandise
VICTOIRE: treats & 10% off.
WORKSHOP STUDIO & BOUTIQUE: treats & 10% off.
WUNDERKAMMER: 40% off all Lissa Bowie jewellery.
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