Cold, Bright, Hidden

I hear music…
But first, about last week:

We took two walks.
Well, some of us did!
After planning a small evening trip to see the Distillery District’s Light Fest installations, about nine of us planned to meet to see that. Maybe even ten. Or eleven.
But the cold weather (or having a cold) took a few people off the list. And the list kept shrinking! Then there was the streetcar failure (the one right in front of me!). Eventually, two of us ended up at the Distillery. Strengthened by pre-walk hot chocolates (more than one, in one case), Julie and I explored this very interesting exhibition. The colours and originality completely warranted our venture-out on a ch-ch-chilly evening. It was a pleasure to wander through and, in a few cases, interact with the light sculptures.
If you haven’t been yet, go. All ages! Very nifty. (And… there’s hot chocolate!)

On Sunday morning, we met for a short walk to the neighbourhood around Chinatown to visit both Glasgow Street and Glen Baillie Place. Both lane streets, with smaller homes, have a sense of tiny neighbourhood that is charming. Glasgow Street even has its own parkette. All tucked into an interesting part of Toronto, full of historical detail and mystery. Plenty more streets like this to see. Stay tuned.

Have a look at our cold dark night, and cold sunny day photos:

Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show.

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, March 19, 2017
:

Meet at the Y, LATE!!! at 1:00 p.m.!
Guess what? We’re going to a concert!

We need a break from extended walks, and winter weather, and the cold, grey, icy city trails. So, we’re doing something special. We’re going to hear a terrific choral concert that includes our friend Sally! (Surprise!) The Hart House Singers have been a part of University of Toronto’s community life for… ever. What better way to lift winter spirits? Please join us for a wander around the downtown U of T campus, enjoying the mix of old and new buildings, and then we’ll go in and take our seats for the concert (Beethoven’s Mass in C, and more), at around 2:30. The concert, at 3, will wrap up around 4:30 or so.

This is going to be a wonderful treat! Come along to walk and listen!

The concert is free. Donations for food banks are welcome.

COMING RIGHT UP:

The end of winter. (A reasonable request.)
Spring. (Soon, really soon.) (My crocuses? Survived that snow!)
Lots of interesting walks. (Near and far. Without scarves and gloves.)

Elizabeth suggested a visit to BMO’s 200th anniversary Make-A-Wish fountain. Maybe we can consider a community wish to make, together? We missed the winter Toronto opening of this digital/real fountain (though you can still visit and wish online). Let’s watch for its return in the fall. Sorry I didn’t get on that sooner, but it’s on the calendar now, for October.

Time will fly and Jane’s Walk, Doors Open Toronto, Open Streets Toronto, Kensington Pedestrian Sundays will all return. Can’t wait! We’ll plan an Island visit or two, a trip to the Scarborough Bluffs, the Rouge River. A little outdoor theatre… and more.

Soon, a trip to the Allen Garden Greenhouses to see the spring flower display. It may still be winter outside, but once we step into the greenhouses… ahhhhhhh!

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks. It’s always a pleasure to meet your guests!
See you on Sunday!

What?!
You’re just finding WestWalking for the first time?!

Welcome. You really should walk with us!

 

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