Good morning, and happy July 13th! Another summer week has arrived, and with it comes another typical weather week in Ottawa; hot, humid and thunderstorms. It’s a special week this week though, so I have to give a special shout out to my mom who’s having a birthday on Thursday!! Happy Birthday mom, I hope you have a great day! 😊
While entering events this week into the events calendar, I noticed that there are more and more actual in-person events happening around town. Businesses and organizers are becoming increasingly creative with how to safely get people back together while navigating the rules of COVID-19 physical distancing and the various re-opening structures.
Major Event Update
With this new format of my newsletter, I’ve started to slip away from my events core, but that’s mainly due to obvious pandemic related reasons. But today, I’ve got some real events news! As I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters, there are still three large scale events planned for September that have not yet been cancelled. I’m sorry to say that the first of these three has now fallen off the calendar.
Ottawa Comiccon has announced that it has officially cancelled the September show, but has also announced the 2021 dates for next September, so we can start getting excited for that. Only 424 days! Cityfolk continues with the planning for this year’s festival, with no word yet from festival management whether or not the festival will go on. I’ve received indications that they’re still full speed ahead, but that will ultimately come down to a city/provincial decision I’m sure. Finally, for September, the re-scheduled Escapade Music Festival has not provided an update and as of today is still on. I imagine that they’re waiting on the same governmental updates as Cityfolk.
Some great news on the festival front: Kanata Rib Fest is happening this coming weekend!! You can get your rib on for three days from the safety of your own car! I’m not sure exactly how this is going to work, but the festival is operating a drive-through where you can satisfy all your inner carnivorous instincts. It seems as though the various food vendors are lined up and you just drive through the line and order what your heart desires. Information is a little lacking with their communication, but if you dig a little through their Facebook event and Facebook home page, you can piece together what’s going on. Details on my events calendar.
Theatre is back in Ottawa starting at the end of the month. Another example of the ingenuity of society in our adaptation to this pandemic, is that Gladstone Theatre has built a patio and an outdoor stage and will start running a performance of “Midsummer” starting on July 29th. They’ve pre-recorded all the music so you don’t get the musicians spittle in your drinks, and the actors will perform live outside while respecting physical distancing rules. It’s so exciting, and I’m really curious how they’re going to pull this off with the space they have at their disposal. If you’re missing theatre, get your tickets soon as they’re quite limited, and many days are already sold out!
I’m sure that you have heard, but as of the beginning of last week, mask wearing is now mandatory for inside locations throughout the city and surrounding areas. This is a controversial decision, and I really don’t want to get into the anti-maskers debate, but I’m going to anyway. To start, I just want to say that I don’t like wearing a mask, but I understand the necessity of it. What I don’t like even more is all my favourite festivals being cancelled, not being able to see all my friends and family, not playing softball this summer, and many other things that I haven’t been able to do. The minor inconvenience of occasionally wearing a mask for a few months so I can get back the things I love seems pretty trivial.
Here’s a funny TikTok video for your entertainment: https://vm.tiktok.com/JLxA2nR/
I made a quick stop on Sunday at MacEwan’s on Mitch Owen’s at Albion. While inside, I encountered five other people inside the store, one of which was the employee at the cash. Myself, and one lady were wearing masks, but the three other customers didn’t have them on, and the guy working inside had his dangling from his ear. I really feel that people aren’t taking this mask thing seriously, and I hope this is just a rural attitude that seems so prevalent when I’m out and about in that area.
Last week, Disney re-opened and also made mask usage mandatory. They even hired a private security firm to police the wearing of masks and they can be seen in this next picture. I think if a stormtrooper told me to wear my mask, it would be pretty cool. Oh Disney.
World Chocolate Day
For all you sweet tooth people out there, July 7th was apparently World Chocolate Day. I did some searching around the net, and came across some pretty incredible looking recipes on MSN News. If you’re looking for something new and chocolate-y, check out these 30 recipes:
Photo from MSN NEWS: Shutterbug
There have not been any major updates for professional sports this week. MLB is the first up to kick off with their regular season starting up next week, and I’m so excited to see the boys of summer this season. I feel that even non-baseball fans may tune in for the 80-game season. Let’s go Jays!!
The next season re-boot problem has surfaced and the NHL has found that there is a growing list of players who aren’t willing to risk their health and lives to play a sport. Do you think they will qualify for CERB? Travis Harmonic of the Calgary Flames is the latest player to announce that he’s opting out. You can see the list of players who have opted out of the playoffs here:
At least the Sens don’t have this problem.
That’s it for me this week! I hope you all have a great week, and keep on keeping on. I’m seeing a lot of anger and frustration out there, so let’s please try and be nice to each other, we’re all in this together and it doesn’t help any of us to be mean or criticize other people. Let’s work together and get back to being a community and a city where people are proud to live.