This week, close and Kensington!
But first, about last week:
The recent official unveiling of Claude Cormier’s dog fountain, in Berczy Park, was not the only reason for our walk south to the Gooderham flat-iron building, and its little triangular parkette. But really: what a fountain! I’ll let the photos speak for that, and heartily recommend that you visit in person, sometime. It’s delightful. (Cormier also designed Sugar Beach, and has plans in the works for a cat-themed park, next. Not sure whether that one will include a fountain, but I hear that there will be mice.)
But our main goal this past Sunday was to enjoy a little Shakespeare in the great summer outdoors. And enjoy, we did! The Two Gentlewomen of Verona, presented by Dauntless City Theatre, was terrific! My favourite character was, of course, “Crab” – the dog! It stands to reason, too, then, that my favourite actor was Starbuck… the adorable rat terrier who played Crab, sporting a jaunty pink micro-cowboy hat. She carried her scenes well, and even stood up for some extra attention.
The rest of the cast? Also quite fine! We really had fun, and enjoyed this adaptation of the play, despite the heat… which increased as we wandered the little park, following the action and the music. (And the dog!!! Don’t forget the dog!)
The play included a gender switch, became quite contemporary, used the space well, and and occasionally enlisted the fountain into the action, too. (The water was turned off, to make the play more audible, and the handsome Bouvier de Flandres became a chair!)
Anyway, we had a great time. Made some interesting stops on the way there and back, too. Have a look:
Sunday, August 27, 2017:
Meet at the Y at 10:00. A LATE START! Let’s go to Kensington Market. It’s the last Sunday of the month and the Pedestrian Sunday wander can really be fun. This choice will keep our morning fairly compact. Unless you want to stay and shop or have lunch or visit every possible spot there! (All good!) Anyway, let’s go and enjoy. I’m all for some tasty snacks, iced tea, maybe some street music. The Kensington Market Art Fair should offer some great things for our admiration, too. The event actually starts at noon, so plan accordingly. But we’ll leave the Y at 10, and arrive around 11, to watch it all getting ready. You can decide how long you’d like to stay.
The forecast is sunny. Bring a hat!
COMING RIGHT UP:
What about visiting The McMichael Collection, in Kleinburg? Let’s talk about this. There’s a cost. But there’s also a reasonable bus-trip there, from downtown TO. We’d each bring a picnic and enjoy a couple of the exhibitions and a walk on the trails, too. It’s a day-long commitment (leave the Y at 9:30, bus to Kleinburg at 10:30, leave McMichael for downtown at 4:30… ). This would be wonderful. Please let me know your thoughts. (The bus trip is offered all summer, until October, and people would need to book in advance, to be sure of a seat.)
Other thoughts? The Island! Just for a walk and a picnic. It’s looking beautiful and we should enjoy it before fall. Then, what about a long trip to Bluffer’s Park? We’ve thought about it… let’s do it! Also: Montgomery’s Inn. St. James Cemetery. And shall we go canoeing on the Humber River? This too is possible! Lots of great late summer walks ahead.
Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks.
We’ll see you soon for another great walk.
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See you Sunday!