This weekend, at Orange Grove Spa in Kanata there will be an alkaline and raw food lecture as well as a food tasting event prepared by Catherine Eitzen,who will discuss what effects raw food, alkalines and food enzymes have on the body. The lecture will take place Saturday, October 5th from 11am-1pm. Tickets are $35.
Tomorrow, interior designer Kimberley Seldon will be hosting a special seminar at Ceragres for designers looking to develop their professional prospects. The seminar will focus on strategies that will help designers to increase profit as well as expand their business opportunities. It is taking place in the Ceragras Boutique Workspace at 3628 Hawthorne Road in Ottawa from 9-11am. To RSVP for the event please email email@example.com .
Ceragres specializes in countertop and tile design. They offer the opportunity for you to transform your home into a more comfortable and inviting space especially this fall as they are set to focus on more neutral tones that are appeasing on sight. Finding balance between texture and colour, Ceragres uses a multitude of materials from porcelain to ceramic to quartz. They have four Boutique Workspaces in Quebec and Ontario and distribute their products to more than 250 retailers in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.
As well, today kicks off the start of Ceragres Annual Fall Sale featuring 30% off of their products. This sale will continue until November 3rd.
On display now at Wallack Galleries is photographer Pedro Isztin’s “The River”. The exhibition showcases large-scale photographs of the Ottawa River and runs until October 5th. The black and white portrayal of the Ottawa River depicts a serenity and peacefulness connecting us with nature.
Isztin lives in Ottawa and his award-winning work has been exhibited all over the world. Istzin won a Photography Project Grant from the Canada Council in 1999 and the Ontario Arts Council Award in 2006. His work has been featured in many photography books and magazines.
Four guest speakers, three films and two days of workshops come together for Viva Argentina: Current Trends in Argentine Cinema, to be held October 2-4 in Ottawa. The event is a first-time collaboration between the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), University of Ottawa’s Spanish Program, and the Embassy of Argentina in Canada.
Viva Argentina begins with a gala presentation on October 2 of THE LAST ELVIS (El último Elvis, dir. Armando Bo, 2012). A reception will follow the film, where all visiting filmmakers will be in attendance.
Thursday, October 3rd marks the presentation of GONE FISHING (Días de pesca, dir. Carlos Sorin, 2012). Director Carlos Sorín and producer Patricia Bustamante will speak about their film. The final screening on October 4 will feature the blockbuster comedy TWO PLUS TWO (Dos más dos, dir. Diego Kaplan, 2012). Juan Vera, the film’s producer and screenwriter, will attend the screening and answer audience questions. All films will be presented in Spanish, with English subtitles.
To coincide with the screenings, the University of Ottawa’s Spanish Program is organizing the Research Workshop Trends in Argentine Cinema: Twenty Years After the “New Cinema”, with the participation of six research professors from the University of Ottawa, McGill University, Université de Montréal, University of South Carolina, and Saint Francis-Xavier University. Together with the visiting guests from Argentina, they will present their reflections on the aesthetic and political directions charted out in contemporary Argentine films in relation to the 1990s productions that broke with existing modes of filmmaking to usher in the movement dubbed by critics as “New Argentine Cinema”. Attendees will be able to engage with all the visiting guests on various topics regarding recent and upcoming trends in Argentina’s world-famous cinema.
“It’s no surprise that Argentine cinema has been receiving so much attention on an international level,” says CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley. “The incredible stories and artistry that Argentina’s filmmakers have to offer the world are in a class of their own. To have these guests here, to speak with us about their work, will only further enrich the filmgoing experience for our audience.”
All three films screenings begin at 7pm and take place at the Auditorium of 395 Wellington St. (the Library and Archives Building). Tickets for each film are available at the door: $12 for general admission, and $8 for CFI Members, seniors and students. Film information and trailers can be found on the CFI website at www.cfi-icf.ca
The Research Workshop is two full-day presentations in Spanish, but discussions and questions can be addressed in English and French.
For information about the Research Workshop, contact professor Gaston Lillo, Spanish Program MLL firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s time to eat healthy – with style and taste. The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health CheckTM program and Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa are partnering to offer healthy cooking classes aimed at teaching Canadians how to prepare healthy meals using classic French culinary techniques. The recipes were created specifically by Le Cordon Bleu to meet the Health Check nutrient criteria developed by the Foundation’s registered dietitians, based on Canada’s Food Guide.
“We are thrilled to work with Le Cordon Bleu to help Canadians expand their healthy cooking skill set,” says Terry Dean, Director, Health Check. “Our program has been helping Canadians eat well for nearly 15 years in grocery stores and restaurants. We want people to get excited about cooking and eating well. This is just another great way to do that.”
The classes aim to demonstrate that delicious meals don’t have to compromise on nutrition, while nutritious meals don’t have to compromise on taste.
“French cuisine can be healthy without sacrificing style or flavor,” says Linda Montone, Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa’s sales and marketing manager. “The benefits of a healthy Mediterranean diet are well-known. If you’re careful with your ingredient selection and know the proper way to use the ingredients to fully optimize their flavors, then beautiful, delicious and healthy meals can be created. Le Cordon Bleu has developed recipes that are tasty, healthy and refined.”
Taught by Le Cordon Bleu Chef Instructor, the classes include a two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-hour hands-on practical session. Guests can also attend the demonstration only.
Class dates are: September 28; October 26; November 16; December 7.
Class prices are $50 per person for the demonstration only and $179 per person for the demonstration and hand-on practical.
For more information about the courses and how to sign up, visit www.lcbottawa.com
All images – Photo courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute.
Noël Coward’s classic 1930s comedy of bad manners Private Lives is playing at The Gladstone from September 20 to October 12. When a divorced couple discover they are honeymooning with their new spouses in adjacent hotel rooms, it isn’t long before the sparks fly and their stormy romance is reignited.
Private Lives is one of the wittiest plays in the English language and you’ll roar with laughter at all the shenanigans. Directed by Craig Walker, Private Lives features Alix Sideris, David Whiteley, Steve Martin, Bronwyn Steinberg and Camille Beauchamp.
Times: Tuesday – Saturday @ 7:30 pm Saturday & Sunday Matinees @ 2:30 pm
Tickets: email@example.com or 613-233-GLAD (4523) Or book online at: http://thegladstone.ca/privatelives.html
Adult: $34 / Senior (65+): $30 / Student/Artist/Unwaged: $20 / Preview performance: $18 (prices incl. HST)
The Gladstone 910 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa ON K1R 6Y4
A highly anticipated publication celebrating Canada’s top female leaders in business will launch its inaugural issue nationwide on September 22nd. Distinctive Women honors female business leaders from a variety of sectors, while offering networking opportunities and business relationships. The magazine is Toronto-based, but has an Ottawa section featuring local businesswomen.
“Distinctive Women is so much more than just a publication focusing on female business owners and leaders,” says Brenda Robson, the magazine’s publisher and founder. “It celebrates the women who, each and every day, are leading the charge in their respective fields and contributing to the success of Canada’s business and social fabric.”
“More than ever, the idea of a Canada-wide community of spirited women sharing inspirational stories from a range of disciplines can be a reality,” said marketing director Ashley Robson. “We have recently introduced a series of webinars on a variety of topics available to our Distinctive Women, in addition to a newsletter, an active social media account and social networking events throughout the year.”
For further details on launch events, contact Jennifer Stewart, Communications Lead, Distinctive Women E: Jennifer@jscommunications.ca
When it comes to photography gurus, Ottawa-based Jean-Marc Carisse (JMC) is among them. To begin with, he has photographed the political and social scenes in Ottawa and around the world for over 40 years. Official photographer for Prime Ministers Trudeau, Turner and Chrétien, he also captured consecutive Prime Ministers from Diefenbaker to Harper, US Presidents from Ford to Obama and hundreds of world leaders on film.
His work has appeared on the covers and pages of history and political books including his own coffee table book Privileged Access w/ Trudeau,Turner & Chrétien (Warwick Publ. 2000). Magazines include Time, Paris Match and Maclean’s, as well as TV documentaries and biographies.
He now freelances as a photographer and photojournalist. Carisse has an amazing eye and has been there to snap many performers, comedians, singers, artists, actors, icons and heroes, both on stage and off. He has formal shots, informal, candid ones and everything in between. Bob Dylan, Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth, Al Pacino, Rudolf Nureyev, Tom Waits, Fidel Castro, Bob Hope, Yousuf Karsh, the Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa are all part of his portfolio – and that is just to name a few.
You can see his work, move slowly from picture to picture as you know nosh on a snack in his recently-opened Carisse Studio Café at 274 Elgin Street. Visit Ottawa’s only photography gallery/studio & Eurostyle café and listen to great music, sip on outstanding coffee, enjoy Italian paninis and specialty desserts.
Also included in the current photo display are Carisse’s best photos of this summer’s festivals. Check it out. www.carissestudiocafe.ca
YMCA-YWCA Appeals for Support to Bring Facility to Carlingwood Mall: Only 2 weeks remain to meet membership goals needed to open new Y
The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is urging everyone who wants a Y in the Carlingwood community to pre-register now in order to make the new west-end location a reality.
The YMCA-YWCA has just two weeks left – until September 30 – to meet its membership goal, of which more than 30% has been reached to date. The Y cannot proceed with a new facility in Carlingwood without the necessary level of commitment from the community.
“Many people in the community have expressed their verbal support for our plans and their intentions to pre-register,” says Tosha Rhodenizer, Vice-President, Health, Wellness and Family Engagement at the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. “We need all those people to step forward now and show their commitment. Please don’t wait – the deadline to meet our goal is fast approaching and we absolutely must meet this membership target by September 30 if the Carlingwood Mall Y is to proceed.”
The YMCA-YWCA announced in late July its opportunity to bring the Y to Carlingwood Mall. If the membership target is reached, the 23,500-square-foot space in the mall would be renovated to offer strength training and aerobic conditioning equipment, seniors’ programming, group exercise classes and children’s recreational programs. The location also has a pool for leisure swims, aquafit classes, and children’s swim lessons, as well as social spaces and room for child-minding services.
The YMCA-YWCA has been pre-registering members for the Carlingwood Mall Y since August 1, with the goal of achieving its membership target by the end of September. If it meets its target, the Carlingwood Mall Y will open in early 2014.
Y staff are in the Carlingwood Mall (booth at the front entrance #1) every day until the end of September. People can pre-register in person at the mall, online at ymcaywca.ca, or by visiting any Y centre. Pre- registration is simple: The Y will process memberships now and monthly payments will be scheduled to commence January 1, 2014. The only payment required now is the Building Enhancement Fee, a one-time fee of $25 for students, $50 for adults, or $75 for families/couples.
The old Carlingwood Y on Lockhart Avenue officially closed its doors on June 27, 2012. At the time, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region made a commitment to the community to continue to seek opportunities to return. The YMCA-YWCA’s present plan for the Carlingwood Mall Y shows great progress towards fulfilling that promise.
On January 1st, 1963, John P. Nelligan opened his own law firm. Fifty years later, Nelligan, along with partners Janice Payne and Allan O’Brien, will kick off the firm’s anniversary party at the Terry Fox Run, Carleton University on September 15th.
Lawyers John Nelligan and Denis Power founded Ottawa law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, formerly Nelligan Power, 50 years ago. The firm is one of Eastern Ontario’s most trusted and respected law firms. In the past half century it has grown from the original two founding partners to a team of over 60 lawyers and over 85 business and support staff. As a mid-size firm, Nelligan O’Brien Payne is not too big to deliver focused, individualized expertise, and not too small to offer a broad range of value-added services.
The Terry Fox Run was chosen as the kick-off for the party, given Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s long history of supporting this event.
On Saturday September 15, from 8:30 to 8:45, law firm participants will gather at Carleton University’s Anniversary Park, prior to the start of the race, for a group photo with John Nelligan, Allan O’Brien and Janice Payne.
Later, a 50th Anniversary Private Party will be held at the R.A. Centre, Clarke Hall, 2451 Riverside Drive, for staff, lawyers and their families and friends.
The party starts with lunch at 11:00. At 11:30, Mayor Jim Watson and Pam MacEachern, head of the firm’s family law group, will welcome the crowd of more than 200 people.
At 11:45, a video and talent show will feature a variety of acts by lawyers and staff. Lots of laughs guaranteed.
At 12 noon, the firm’s band The Nellotones – featuring lawyers Sean McGee, Steven Waller, Leanne Storms and friend Doug Gilchrist – will entertain the crowd.
And at 1:00 p.m., Mr. Nelligan will cut a special anniversary cake decorated with pictures of everyone at the firm. Sweet memories are made of this.
Now in his 92nd year, John Nelligan still enjoys coming to the firm he started 50 years ago. He always welcomes visitors to his office to chat about recent cases, new legislation, or a topical news item he has read about in the daily newspaper. “John’s energy and keen mind are still an inspiration to all of us,” says Janice Payne, partner, Nelligan O’Brien Payne.
Photo: Janice Payne, John Nelligan and Allan O’Brien will kick off the party at the Terry Fox Run
Nowadays, women are busier than ever: working hard during the day gunning for a fulfilling career that allows them to define themselves independently of their family role, studying part-time to ensure continued education, training to stay fit so they can enjoy life, planning date nights to nurture the relationship with their partner at home, all while raising and caring for a few kids who look to them for comfort, love and positive role-modeling. Being a modern woman can be downright exhausting!
So it is no surprise that an event designed especially to pamper women and allow them to embrace their sexy side has experienced such success in Ottawa. In its second year, Blush is being held on Friday, March 8, 2014 at the downtown Ottawa Marriott Hotel to accommodate growing demand.
Blush founder Bri Anderson-Jackson understands the importance of making time for herself as a woman. A wife and mother to seven children, Bri also works as a photographer and event organizer. How does she balance all these responsibilities? “I am the type of person who is always on the go, multi-tasking and getting things done. I make time for my business, time for the children and date night with my husband. I guess I wouldn’t be me if I was not surrounded by constant movement and a little chaos.”
Anderson-Jackson found her passion years ago in boudoir photography where she provides a platform for a woman to rediscover or play up her sexy side, no matter what age or size. It was only natural that this more intimate platform spill over into a larger-scaled event for more women to enjoy together: “I have always wanted to host a fun event for women only. I do not feel it is being done enough in Ottawa, so it only seemed fitting to do it in conjunction with International Women’s Day.”
Marketed as the ultimate girls’ night out, the cost of a ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a drink ticket, the opportunity for a massage, nail polish application, hair styling, access to a photo booth, a chance for a professional photograph by Bri Anderson-Jackson, live musical entertainment by DJ Choice and DJ Casual, a pyjama party at midnight, the chance to win door prizes and a fabulous swag bag filled with beauty products.
So no matter your age, this evening is a chance to connect with friends, old and new, and celebrate your femininity.
Where else in Ottawa can you party with a dinosaur or a blue whale?
Nature Nocturne—the popular Friday night social extravaganza at the Canadian Museum of Nature—returns this fall for another round of exciting monthly events, each one with a different theme.
“Since the launch in January, more than 7,500 people have come to Nature Nocturne,” says Cynthia Iburg, who coordinates adult programs at the museum. “Themes have ranged from the Arctic to Star Wars, with a huge, positive response from the Ottawa community.”
Nature Nocturne is a unique program that combines mixing, mingling, gallery visits, new exhibitions, music, dancing, food stations, bars, crafts or some other form of artistic expression, and sometimes art installations as well. “Our 35-and-under target audience has really embraced the concept of socializing, dancing and museum discovery all in one place,” adds Iburg. “And where else in Ottawa can you party with a dinosaur or a blue whale?”
The glass Queens’ Lantern above the main entrance transforms into a hot and happening dance floor. DJ TDot, who has spun tunes at most of the Nocturnes, will be back for the new series. Live bands will often be on the roster too.
Visitors can wander through the galleries, which are open until midnight. Often, friends gather to take pictures of themselves next to the dinosaurs or big mammals. All photos tweeted with the hashtag #NatureNocturne are projected onto the big wall in the atrium, providing fun opportunities to see what others are up to during the night.
Another popular element is the crafting. “Adults like the opportunity to play,” says Iburg. “We’ve set up craft areas where, depending upon the theme of the night, you could make a colorful bug, inukshuk or a Star Wars foam figure. We’ll be continuing the hands-on activities in this upcoming series.”
The dates for the 2013-14 series are: September 20, October 25, November 22, January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25 and May 23.
Nature Nocturne runs from 8 PM to midnight. Tickets are $20 each (tax is included but food and beverages are sold separately). It is highly recommended that people purchase their tickets in advance, either online or at the door. For tickets and details about the program, visit nature.ca/nocturne.
The Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. Follow the museum on Twitter (@museumofnature) or like the museum on Facebook.
The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club has unveiled concept plans to restore its historic, 1920s-era clubhouse. Preliminary floor plans and concept drawings have been completed for the 10-year restoration project estimated to cost $1 million.
The comprehensive clubhouse restoration will include a historically-sensitive restoration of the building’s interior, balconies and facade; modernization of the lobby, café, lounge area and change room facilities; and upgrades to the aging plumbing, wiring, and structural supports.
Phase 1 of the Clubhouse Restoration Project involves development of detailed design plans and preparation of drawings required to obtain construction permits. Ottawa-based architect Kris Benes (Open Plan Architects) will work with the club’s restoration committee and board member Mike Lundy (M.P. Lundy Construction) to complete Phase 1 and prepare detailed cost estimates for the different phases of the restoration. Phase 1 will begin in 2014.
“We are very excited to announce our plans for the restoration of our clubhouse,” said Peter Sutcliffe, president of the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club’s Board of Directors. “Our vision is to bring back the historical beauty of the building with some modern twists that will improve the experience for our members. The Club is a hub of activity with its tennis, swimming, volleyball, café and banquet facilities and range of social activities.”
Founded in 1881, just four years after the first Wimbledon championships, the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club is the oldest tennis club in Ottawa and one of the oldest in Canada.
The clubhouse, built in 1923, was designed by J.A. Ewart, the most prominent Ottawa architect of his day, whose signature buildings include Glebe High School, the Civic Hospital and the American Ambassador’s residence in Rockcliffe.
The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club will finance the restoration through its fundraising campaign and club revenues.
“DIMENSIONS” is presented by The National Capital Network of Sculptors on September 12-15, 2013.
The show displays a remarkable cross-section of sculptures in a multitude of media, styles and working methods from 28 local artists. There are bronze, stone sculptures, wood carving and assemblages, clay and glass sculptures, as well as multimedia pieces and other forms of three-dimensional art.
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts
310 St. Patrick Street (at Cumberland)
Vernissage: Thursday, September 12, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Come and meet the artists on Friday, September 13, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 14, 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 15, 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Some sculpture techniques will be demonstrated on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit our website: sculptureottawa.ca
The Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence has announced that Alan Thicke, Tom Green, This Is That, Jeremy Hotz and Harland Williams are among many great Canadian talents scheduled to appear at the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival taking place in Ottawa from October 3-6 at four venues across the city.
Festivities will kick off on Thursday, October 3rd with a special live episode of Best Radio Program/Clip nominee CBC’s This Is That, featuring Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring in the studio space at Centrepointe Theatre.
Previous Canadian Comedy Award winners Nikki Payne and Sean Cullen will be joined by Best Male Stand-Up nominee Mark Forward, Harland Williams and host Alan Thicke for The Canadian Comedy All-Star Show on Friday, October 4th on the Centrepointe Mainstage.
In addition to the Canadian Comedy All-Star show, on Saturday, October 5th, Centrepointe will house some of Ottawa’s finest home-grown talent in The Ottawa Show. Showcasing just how growing up in Ottawa makes you so hilarious, The Ottawa Show features stand-up comedy by Jon Dore, Tom Green, Mike MacDonald, Rebecca Kohler and Jeremy Hotz.
A percentage of the show’s proceeds will go towards “Mike MacDonald’s Comeback Fund”.
Each night of the festival will also feature showcases by nominees in seven of the live performance categories for Sketch, Improv, Stand-Up and Comedic Play/Revue/Series plus the Festival’s first-ever all French-language stand-up show on Saturday October 5th. Notable nominees scheduled to appear include: DeAnne Smith (Best Female Stand- Up); Graham Kay (Best Breakout Artist); Peter Anthony (Best Male Stand-Up); The Sunday Service (Best Improv Troupe), The Second City and The Sketchersons (Best Sketch Troupe)
Showcases will take place at the studio at Centrepointe Theatre plus Canadian Comedy Awards partnered venues Yuk Yuks (292 Elgin St) and Arts Court (2 Daly Ave).
Capping off the four-day festival, star of the hit CTV series Satisfaction Ryan Belleville will host a live awards ceremony on Sunday, October 6th at Centrepointe.
For more information, show schedules and ticket information, visit www.canadiancomedy.ca
Don’t miss the excitement of the 2013 Wings over Gatineau-Ottawa Air Show September 14 and 15 at the Gatineau Airport on Highway 50, just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa.
Experience this thrilling family-oriented aerial circus, featuring aircraft such as the Golden Hawk F-86, Spitfire, Hurricane, P-51 Mustang, Corsair, Lancaster, Yellow Wings biplanes, as well as West Quebec’s world-renowned wing-walking legend, Carol Pilon!
Tickets are $20 for adults. Admission is FREE for children under 12 years of age and veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War. Parking is FREE.
For more information or to buy advance tickets online visit: WingsOverGatineauOttawa.ca
On August 15th, 80 local ladies of the Red Hat Society strutted their stuff at Ottawa’s first Annual Red Hat Mall Crawl – an event meant to promote awareness of and membership in the Society. Carlingwood Shopping Centre was awash in red hat ladies. Much to the delight of the many seniors who frequent this mall, the Red Hat Ladies enriched their day with color and conversation. The atmosphere was joyful as the mall filled with spirited, fun-loving women promoting the principles of the society – fulfillment, friendship, freedom and fitness.
The ladies, in hats of assorted sizes – some with feathers, some sparkling with faux-diamonds, some with veils, some with bows – wandered through the mall taking advantage of special offerings, answering quiz sheets related to mall shops, bringing a smile to the faces of the uninitiated, and happily answering the many questions from seniors and curious onlookers.
The ladies were unmistakeably visible down each and every corridor as they buzzed around the mall like a hive of colorful, busy bees. They could be seen around every corner and inside all of the many stores, doing what they do best: shopping. For this one spectacular day, Carlingwood Shopping Centre became a sea of red and purple, much to the delight of all.
At the end of the day, ladies deposited their quiz sheets and are awaiting the call that they have won any number of wonderful prizes. These include gifts from Hallmark Davis Agency and Unique Accessories; gift cards from Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Loblaw’s, Bentley’s and Quilts etc.; a gift certificate from Salon Ravello; a tea service gift basket from Bowring’s; and, from Red Hat Ambassador Barbara Gowan, a gift basket full of red hat paraphernalia. At the time of writing, it is not known who won what!
Not many outside the Red Hat Society know that the group’s official sport is shopping. During the Mall Crawl, Red Hatters were offered discounts at Bee Sweet, Best Sellers, Bowring’s, Claire’s, Cole’s, Kernels, Northern Reflections, Rinaldo’s, Rexall Pharma Plus, Sears, Charms, Coats Co., Grand and Toy, Hallmark Davis Agency, TanJay, Teavana, Unique Accessories and The Body Shop. Product samples were offered by The Body Shop, Yves Rocher, Laura Secord and the Wine Rack. While many shops contributed to the success of the day by providing enticing window and store displays, discounts and other special offers, Unique Accessories went above and beyond the call of duty by bringing in spectacular red hats, fascinators, shoe bling, parasols and assorted treasures to lure the ladies.
Another little-known fact is that almost every Red Hat event involves food – Hatters were particularly pleased with the discount provided by the Carlingwood Restaurant and by Treats, who made special red and purple cookies for them.
Joyce Monk, of the Purple Chiffon Bloomers of Cornwall, said her group had a wonderful day and hoped that the event would be repeated. Yvonne Gibb, Queen of the Red Hottawan Hatters thought “the games were great fun and all of the shopping deals were spectacular and the networking was a super bonus. It was really nice to be able to put a face to some of the names I have dealt with.” Jill Lepack, Queen of the Renfrew Red Hotters, thought the day was “delightful” and “a really great time.” She and her sister were “excited to have spoken with so many nice people…to dress up in our finery and strut our stuff!”
Sandra Dormer and Barbara Gowan, Ambassadors of the Red Hat Society and the ladies who spear-headed the event, were effusive in their gratitude to Frank Fenn and his staff at Carlingwood Shopping Centre. Sandra said that “without the incredible support and generosity of the people at the shopping centre, we would not have been anywhere near as successful. Carlingwood is like a Mecca to many seniors in our community and we were so pleased to bring a little colour to their day.”
Even Ottawa’s mayor, Jim Watson, was in on the event. Though not able to attend, he sent special greetings, congratulating the Red Hat Society for “encouraging women fifty plus to celebrate their age and to participate in activities which promote an active lifestyle and spreading good cheer to others.”
While the official purpose of the Mall Crawl was to increase membership in the Society, which it did, there is an unofficial rule within the Red Hat Society: Hatters can only participate in an event if they will have fun at it. This event met both criteria with resounding success; one thing for sure, it put a lot of smiles on many of the seniors’ faces.
For more information on the Society, visit www.redhatsociety.com