Hot theatre date

This week, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery…
But first, about last week:

I was away last Sunday, so had suggested that you might enjoy Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sunday. I’m not sure anyone actually managed to go! And no shame – maybe you needed a Sunday off, too! Good plan. There are a couple of Pedestrian Sundays left this year, so we shall try to go to one, up ahead.

On the other hand, a few of us did get together, mid-week, for a visit to Guild Park and enjoyed their theatre group’s presentation of Alexander Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. It was a hot, sunny day. We arrived in plenty of time to look around a bit and have a little picnic under some trees. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance. A few of the actors were particularly confident and winning. I must admit that the sun was merciless! We were very, very overheated. And, as it turned out, so was one of the performers. The play stopped briefly, so the company could revise their plan a bit and, in true theatrical tradition, the show went on. To an interestingly modernized conclusion. (We approved of this little twist.)

As far as I know, the actor in question is now fine. The show continued to its revised finish, and to more performances, later this week. That evening, as three of us continued to a nearby pub and a tasty dinner… the rain which had held off all afternoon came pelting down. So, that evening’s show was cancelled and the overheated actors could all rest and recuperate.

Just a few pictures to share – none of the performance itself (I was much more interested in watching the action onstage than in snapping bad photos!). (Mind you, if you want a peek, there are fun photos of cast, action and the delightful Greek Theatre stage, on the group’s Facebook page. Have a look.)

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For more pictures of this lovely park, check out our past visit, during last year’s Doors Open Toronto. What a pretty place.

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, August 06, 2017
:

Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. We’ll take the TTC north and east to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, famed resting grounds for many Toronto historical figures… but also a beautiful place to wander, in any season. Nothing fancy planned: just a look. I promise to research an interesting factoid or three, before we go! When we have had enough, we will discuss our method of return travel. If it’s not too hot, we’ll consider walking partway home. If it is super hot and humid, as it has been lately, we may have an iced tea somewhere and then hop back on the TTC. Sounds just right!

COMING RIGHT UP:

The Island. Tea at an inn. A bit more of the Don Valley. A possible bus trip to the Rouge River’s hiking forest.

And lots more! Let’s walk!!

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks.

We’ll see you soon for another great walk.

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Parks with purpose

This week, Three MORE Parks.

But first, about last week :

I longed for a cool lake breeze! We headed south to see new parks, places as yet undiscovered. And an old favourite.

Ireland Park is a memorial to Irish famine victims who arrived in Toronto by ship. A huge stone monument casts a shadow over a tiny treed park, just east of the Billy Bishop Airport Terminal (the shore-side entry to the tunnel under the lake). In the small park are several cast sculptures of famine victims. Slightly smaller than human size. It didn’t matter what nationality they were representing. They served as a sharp reminder and contrast: our world of plenty, and the needs of others around the world. Or arriving in our city. A young woman was meditating on the grass and that seemed fitting.

A little further west is the Toronto Inukshuk Park, on another small plot of green. If you drive along the Lakeshore, you may have seen the towering stone Inukshuk. But until noticing it on the map one day, I’d had no idea it was there. It’s a welcoming symbol of presence, of course. And also a reminder that our land has a long and rich history. And that we share it with many.

Not far from there, we easily found the brand new Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail. An old Ontario Place parking lot was used to create this pretty lakeside retreat. Paths, hills, trees, a beach fire pit, a beautiful soaring sun-shade, carved walls. And: nice new bathrooms! That’s something we often miss, on our long walks! (Most parks will have a tough time measuring up!) Anyway, this smallish, meandering path-park is shiny and green and blooming, at the moment. I hope it is a harbinger of great things to come, on the rest of the (former) Ontario Place lands. Are they also scheduled for re-development? In the distant future? Only time and budget will tell.

As we reached the end of the Davis Trail, we were able to enter Ontario Place (plenty of folks were around, on foot, on bikes). At the moment, it is not locked. For me, it was definitely worth a wander. I worked there one summer, long ago. And before and after that, shared many family outings, concerts, picnics, films and more, on those little islands, in the Forum, and in the wonderful Cinesphere. It still looks wonderful. I do hope they take care of it. We shall see.

If you were a fan of Ontario Place, you should visit. Have a look around. The familiar buildings are still there. See if you can imagine what they might do with it! I certainly hope they keep the amazing structures. They were – and still are – a beautiful part of recent Toronto history.

We walked partway along the exit bridge, over to the CNE grounds and were treated to an excellent rain-shower! (Yes, some of us then grabbed transit home!)

And while we were walking in Toronto, Helena was walking in Gravenhurst. She kindly shared these photos of lake and forest – beautiful!

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THIS WEEK,
Sunday, July 02, 2017
:

Happy Canada Day weekend! Meet at the Y at 9:00, as always. This week, three more small parks! And an outdoor photo exhibition. We’ll take transit to the Corktown neighbourhood to see the photos (Making Peace), then visit Corktown Common (we’ve walked past it once before, but much too quickly!), followed by a brief walk to Sherbourne Common (a really interesting installation and landscape), and then a quick visit to Sugar Beach (if the weather is nice… maybe we can sit under an umbrella!). Looks like we’ll have another warm and sunny morning to explore. After the parks, an iced tea break will definitely be in order! I won’t call this brunch (saving that for a couple of weeks!), but we may want to grab a cold beverage and a snack for our streetcar trip back.

Coming right up:

A repeat of something we’ve enjoyed in the past: The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. It’s pretty close so we’ll walk there and enjoy at our leisure. More on that, in a few days.

Our Guild Park theatre plans should be discussed. The play this year is Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. Interested? great! Curious? Look it up and see if it appeals. This is a ticketed event, and seats are on the grass (we’ll bring blankets and whatever… ) The Sunday dates are at 7:30 in the evening – not ideal for some of us (including me, alas!). So, when it gets a bit closer, I will see whether people would consider a mid-week matinée. Let me know your thoughts, on Sunday. A bit of individual planning involved for that.

We’ll continue to walk every Sunday morning! If it’s hot out, we’ll try to keep it brief. Or we’ll have plenty of core-coolers!

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Of lanes and gardens

This week, Three Small Parks.

But first, about last week :

Someone, somewhere, online suggested that the whole city should check out the newly named Art Lives Here Lane. (Woo-hoo!) (Or so they implied.) That sounded great, so off we marched. But after planning that destination, I heard of another lane-in-progress (with pollinator murals going on the garage doors, the very day of our walk!). Hmmm, I thought: what could be more interesting? But I figured it might be too much. We were going to walk right past that one and save it for another day.

Luckily, I realized how darned close it was to our route, and we agreed to detour a bit and see the new work. Were we ever pleased to do so! We turned towards Garrison Creek Park (just north of Dupont, east of Ossington) and immediately saw that some of the garage murals were already complete and others were well in progress. (This was a 9:45 a.m. on a Sunday, don’t forget! Impressive!) We instantly ran into Toronto street artist extraordinaire, Nick Sweetman! What a treat – as I’ve long admired his work. We’ve seen Nick’s bees, and, fairly nearby, his terrific octopus… and here he was, early in the morning, coordinating these garage murals. At the time, we weren’t sure what his own result there would be. So we’ll definitely go back. (I’ve seen it now – can’t wait to share!) The lane will be called Butterflyway, and, according to Sweetman, was instigated by David Suzuki. Nice. (When we do return, you’ll see the very amusing D.S. mural in the group.) In the meantime, we spoke to some of the other artists and really enjoyed our side trip.

And, really, thank goodness for that. Because once we reached our original destination it was a little disappointing. Yes, there were a few murals, and there were also some small prints of artwork and little acrylic paintings, too – posted here and there in the Art Lives Here Lane. Quite charming. But it was not exactly what we’d expected. Both those lanes are worth future visits, to see how things continue to develop. Very interesting.

On our way out of Art Lives Here, we ran into Elizabeth’s niece, Carol, a horticulturist, and enthusiastic home gardener, too. She was pleased to show us her front garden, and veggie and perennial gardens in the back yard, too. That really was a special treat. Thanks, Carol, for being so hospitable! We really loved that fireworks Allium!!!! Wow!

What a terrific morning! Have a look at the murals and plants. It was all wonderful:

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THIS WEEK,
Sunday, June 25, 2017
:

Meet at the Y at 9:00. South of here, along the lake, we’ll visit three places. In no particular order: Inukshuk Park, Ireland Park and the brand new Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail. Yes, that’s right: the old Ontario Place parking lot is now a walking/biking park! It will continue to evolve, but I thought it would be great to see it while it’s still fresh. So we can compare thoughts on this, later, once the park concept in that whole Ontario Place zone… continues!

No matter what the weather, we’ll be along the lake, once we reach our destinations. Should be a great morning for it! Do join us!

Coming right up:

Still ahead: A picnic. Start thinking about where? And what to bring!
A play. (I will let you know when you should book tickets.)
Seeking early Toronto in old bank buildings! (And if they are now home to cafés, okay!)
A ferry trip to the Islands, once that is possible.
Tea at an historic inn. (Pinkies up, please.) (Montgomery’s Inn, here we come!)
A trip to Corktown and Sherbourne Commons, and Sugar Beach.
Summer patio brunch in High Park, just because.

We’ll continue to walk every Sunday morning! If it’s hot out, we’ll try to keep it brief. Or we’ll have plenty of core-coolers!

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A Green Mile (or three!)

This week, a special lane…

But first, about last week :

We enjoyed our return to The Green Line – our third visit (the second long visit… and the second one to culminate in a cool gelato snack!). This lovely series of almost-connected parks and parkettes angles north and west. The trees were shady and plenty of things were in bloom, including the scented rugosa roses. Lovely! The greenery was a huge boon on such a hot and humid day. (We did earn that little snack break! Yes, we did!) Thanks to the terrific group of walkers for joining in such a great Sunday morning exploration.

We encountered colourful little hanging notes, all through the parks, advising of this weekend’s BeeLine on the Green Line – a walk/community event promoting pollinators in parks. Sorry about that planning miss! 🙂 But… if you want to check that out, it’s this Sunday afternoon. We’ll head in a slightly different direction, but you could always dash over there after our lane walk!

Here’s a quick look at our walk:

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Check out our previous visit to The Green Line, too. The repeats may give you a chuckle!

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, June 18, 2017
:

Meet at the Y at 9:00. We’ll walk north again, this time to the Christie and St. Clair West area, to see a lane full of amazing painted garages. And… that’s it! It’s Father’s Day, and a few of us will have afternoon plans, so I wanted to keep this walk pretty compact. You can walk up and back with us, or grab TTC at any spot you like, for the trip back. The forecast says warm and rainy, so check before you head out. Maybe an umbrella will be in order?

This particular lane (between Wychwood and Kenwood Avenues) has just been officially named Kenwood Lane. The naming ceremony is on Saturday (so… it might be much busier then). Hopefully, early Sunday morning, we can ramble up the lane and enjoy the murals at our leisure.

Coming right up:

A picnic.
A play.
Seeking early Toronto in old bank buildings! (And if they are now home to cafés, okay!)
A ferry trip to the Islands, once that is possible.
Tea at an historic inn. (Pinkies up, please.)
A trip to Corktown. For many reasons.
Summer patio brunch in High Park!

And plenty more. Please c’mon along. We walk every Sunday morning!

See you soon!

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