The Weekend! Sept.16-18

terryfox-sunriseI just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made possible if you try – Terry Fox –  Run or walk for Terry and so many others this Sunday Sept. 18th in Oakville at Coronation Park http://www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/oakville

This weekend – Fri. and Sat. nights Oakville Ballet http://www.oakvilleballet.com presents La Bayadere and Paquita  at the Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts – for tickets http://www.oakvillecentre.ca . Guest dancers together with Oakville Ballet’s elite dancers perform The Kingdom of Shades excerpt from La Bayadere followed by PaquitaGrand Pas Classique. La Bayadere – The Temple Dancer or Temple Maiden tells the story of Bayadere Nikiya who has sworn everlasting love to Solor the Warrior. The Ballet is set to the music of Ludwig Minkus. Paquita – Grand Pas Classique is the creation of french composer Edouard Deldevez and Paris Opera Ballet Master Joseph Mazzilier. Paquita debuted at the Paris Opera Ballet in 1846 – It is a cornerstone production of classical Ballet. These talented, athletic and highly skilled classical ballet dancers are providing our community  with the opportunity to enjoy the performing arts right here in our town.la_bayadere_paquita_poster

For those craving great take-out this weekend why not try Portugese Barbeque Chicken. Churracaria is one of my favourite meals. John’s BBQ in Oakville (Clearview area) in my opinion – or judging by the on occasion line ups – is the best! http://JohnsBBQ.ca  Moist chicken BBQ’d in a special mild (or hot if you prefer) Portugese spice blend. Fish items are fab too! Ask for whole chicken to be cut in pieces for ease of serving and request extra sauce as well. “The Family meal” – two whole chickens, a large rice, and roast potatoes for $33.99  – perfect meal for a picnic by the lake or an evening at home! johnsbbq-jpg

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Eden Mills Writers Festival https://emwritersfestival.wordpress.com/ provides the perfect reason for a day trip to the country. The Festival runs Thurs. Sept. 15- Mon. Sept. 19th. Feature event on Sat. Sept. 17 at University of Guelph: In Conversation with author Alexandre Trudeau about his just released – this week  Barbarian Lost: Travels in New China  http://www.harpercollins.ca/9781443441407/barbarian-lost.  Festival Sunday in Eden Mills will appeal to all ages – author readings, publisher booths, book sales, food court – all while strolling the bucolic hamlet of Eden Mills 12 km East of Guelph. Bring a folding chair for sitting and listening to renowned authors read from and discuss their books. Detailed parking options and shuttle bus service from Guelph are listed on the Festival website.14117979_10153628208620194_8406382465779994319_n

For those wishing to venture 90 minutes north of Oakville to the Village of Dunedin Ontario, the inaugural Dunedin Literary Festival – Words in the Woods is taking place on Sat. Sept. 17th http://www.wordsinthewoods.com/. Novelist Anne Michaels, the current Poet Laureate of Toronto, will participate in a reading and musical performance of her children’s book The Adventures of Miss Petitfour. Later in the day, Michaels will close the festival with a reading from her novel Fugitive Pieces as well as participate in a Q&A. Caledon Hikes:Loops and Lattes author, Nicola Ross will lead a one hour guided hike. Other authors, food trucks, children’s activities – “Storybook Park” and more highlight this new interactive literary festival. Tickets are required for some events – please visit the festival website. Dunedin is 7km West of the Village of Creemore ON.

After Words in the Woods extend your day in the country by visiting the nearby Village of Creemore. Creemore Kitchen http://creemorekitchen.ca/ – locally sourced food made from scratch with love… has a great post literary festival vibe. For those wishing to spend the night http://www.creemorehouse.com/ is always an option. This will quickly become a weekend in the country! Enjoy!!

Back on Lake Ontario under the glow of this Friday’s full moon is Moonglade 2016 in Burlington at Brock Park and inside the Art Gallery of Burlington. Moonglade is a one night only, indoor/outdoor, rain or shine, contemporary art festival jointly hosted by http://www.novacancyart.com/ and http://artgalleryofburlington.com/ .Various Art installations from artists across Canada will be on display, live music, beer garden, and AGB will be open late. The event runs from 7:00pm- midnight under the full moon!

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The Annual Terry Fox Run takes place at Coronation Park, Oakville on Sunday Sept.18th 9am registration – no entry fee or minimum donation required to participate! Organizers are challenging the community to raise $182,000.00 – $1 for every Oakville resident. Last year $117,000.00 was raised. Run or walk the 2km, 5km, or 10km Lakeside routes in this Sunday’s Terry Fox Run.

Always soooo much on – on the weekend –  for me – I dedicate this weekend to Terry Fox. I was 15 years old and entering grade 10 on Sept. 1, 1980 in Vancouver when Terry called off his cross Canada run in Thunder Bay ON – returning home for treatment. For many of us Terry’s story is one of those “I was there” stories. We had been watching in awe and excitement following the increasing momentum of Terry’s run across Canada. Watching on TV and reading in the newspaper – The Marathon of Hope! He captivated us all with his youth,  determination, and physical magic. This story of a modern day hero is far greater than the to date over half a billion dollars raised by the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research – it is about the power of the human spirit to do great things that live on for generations to come. Talk about Terry this weekend. Let’s keep the dream alive…

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terryhappyTerry never made it across Canada. He ran 5,373 kilometres over 143 days before cancer caught up with him close to Thunder Bay. He died on June 28, 1981, at Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster B.C. He was 22.

Alix xx

 

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