This week, the history of our amazing Indigenous neighbourhood.
But first, about last week:
It was complicated by TTC detours, but Julie and Elizabeth met at Riverdale Park… and even ended up crossing paths with Skylar and family there, too! Clearly, that was the place to be. I’m so glad you all had a tulip day! Elizabeth shared some photos of the ravine walk and the lovely blooming forest tulips that she and Julie enjoyed. First, they visited the animals, and later found a patio to enjoy breakfast… until the rain came down! This sounds like it was my kind of Sunday morning! I’m pleased that it worked out – and sorry the rest of us missed it.
Feeling inspired by Elizabeth’s photos? Don’t worry – this walk definitely qualifies as one of our “annual destinations.” We’ll go again. Just look at the day, and the colours of those tulips! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your stories, J and E. Larger group, next time! (And you can introduce us to that new brunch patio!)
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Sunday, May 21, 2017:
A later start, and a fascinating double project.
Meet at the Y at NOON.
From our usual meeting point, we will head over to local church, St. Anne’s. This special walk will be led by artist, canoe-builder and educator, Mike Ormsby. Mike will share some of the history of Indigenous peoples in this area, pre-dating European settlement, and on. The walk will run from 12:30 until about 4:00. I hope it will be an eye-opener.
Mike has also curated an exhibition of art works in various media, currently displayed at St. Anne’s. In Paddling Together, Indigenous artists have created pieces to reflect on themes of reconciliation. You may have a chance to see the art works after the walk, but if you choose to return another time, the exhibition dates and times are here.
Rain or shine, so bring an umbrella.
Coming right up:
Next weekend: Doors Open Toronto! I’ll try to suggest several great options, but have a look at the schedule and see if something particularly appeals to you. Maybe you can fit in several visits. (Yep, it’s been done! :-))
Soon: Riverdale Art Walk. Summer Theatre at The Guild Park. And hey, just a few more murals, trees, buildings, parks, flowers, rivers, lakeshore wanders and streetscapes!
See you soon!
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