This week, annual Island strawberry tea retreat!
But first, about last week:
Well, first of all, about that post title! It was meant to be: Ten Interesting Things! Alas, I was distracted! So read on. Canoes are sure to appear at some point!
It was tough to limit our planned look-about walk to just ten interesting things! Having that imposed quantity actually made us look around at many, many more things. I suggested we find ten nifty things and share them, but, somehow, everything was interesting and every block had amazing flowers or a street festivity or a terrific building to enjoy. So we enjoyed them all. A bit of a hodgepodge walk, on a beautiful Sunday morning. That was fun!
Couldn’t join us? We missed you… but you can still join us, after the fact, in photos. Oops. Thirty-three photos! (I know, that’s not ten!!!) Hopefully, you’ll be able to visit some of these spots yourself:
Click on any photo to scroll through a slideshow, captions and all. It’s practically a neighbourhood tour!
Sunday, June 17, 2018
It’s time again for the delightful ISLAND STRAWBERRY SOCIAL!
If you haven’t attended before, there are a few details to know:
We’ll take TTC to the ferry docks.
You can purchase your ferry ticket online.
We’ll go early for a long, excellent walk before lunch/tea/treat/music in the sun.
→ Meet at 9:00 at the West End YMCA
→ TTC to ferry docks (bottom of Bay Street, south of Front)
→ Ferry to Hanlan’s Point (departs at 10:15 sharp)
We’ll walk east, all the way along Hanlan’s and Centre islands, to arrive at the church for the festivities at noon.
If you’re interested in the Blessing of the Boats and Bicycles (starts at 11:00), you’d need to DASH across the islands to get there in time! Or go directly to Ward’s Island and meet us there for the lunch and fun. Let me know if that’s your plan? We’ll see you there!
If you plan to meet us at the docks, please research departure times. We’ll aim to depart from there, promptly, to give plenty of walking time. So, if we miss you… you can catch up! It can be done (right, Nilla? ♥).
Or meet us at St. Andrew By-The-Lake Church, on Ward’s Island.
Bring the usual summer-smart stuff:
🐛 bug spray
👒 hat (summer-tea-ready, if you like!)
🌂 maybe a brolly
💰 TTC fare
💰 Ferry fare (return trip = $7.87, or $5.16/for 65+)
(Or order ferry ticket online and print/bring on phone.)
💰 LUNCH MONEY! Strawberry Tea (tea sandwiches, cake, beverages) costs $15. per person. Add a glass of bubbly for $8, but certainly not required – there’ll be plenty of punch, tea, coffee (included).
There’ll also be music, trees, sunshine, and even a silent auction.
BUT… if there is a rainy downpour, the event will be cancelled. Keep your eyes on the forecast. (And in case you’re worried about pre-ordering your ferry ticket… those are good until December, so I say: don’t worry.)
Plan B, in case of rain, will be a neighbourhood walk, where we can plot our next island visit instead! Sunday will be a wonderful day, no matter what the weather!
Yes, it’s Father’s Day! I hope you’ll have a chance to do something to celebrate, or in fond memory. Or bring Dad with you! (I tried to talk my dad into it… but he’s not keen! Sorry!)
I plan to return to TO on the Ward’s Island ferry at 2:15. You can certainly stay longer if you like! 🙂 (I usually do… but… it’s Father’s Day!)
Suggest a destination. Have we forgotten an interesting spot? Plenty more of our city to see. New murals, new buildings, everything in bloom. Maybe an art show. The lake. The parks. Ah, summer!
Next week, something completely different, at Nathan Phillips Square. Veronika suggested this excellent event, and I can’t wait to share it. Stay tuned for details. That date will include a later morning departure. Full info in a few days. Maybe dim sum, afterwards? That would be fun.
Recent requests include:
Back to Scarborough Bluffs, to actually see the Cathedral Bluffs!
Also: Little India/India Bazaar, to see, shop, and taste.
Lots to see and do there! Let’s go back!
Think about other Toronto landmarks you’d like to visit.
Let’s plan together!
See you soon!