Visit the “Charity the Cow” statue in Markham

My wife and I decided to see the statue of Charity the cow, in the Cathedraltown section of Markham, Ontario… before she moves away. Here is Linda photographing Charity, wearing a wreath symbolizing her winning ways.

Charity the Cow, with Linda
Charity the Cow, with Linda

The controversy over Charity the cow, in Cathedraltown, Markham

Apparently the local residents don’t support this chrome statue, and want it moved from their neighbourhood.  (The Toronto Star is among those who report on the controversy).

Clearly she does not need their support; her hooves are firmly planted on four tall pillars.

She rules Charity Crescent Parkette, which has grass, trees, and a couple of benches so you can sit and gaze up at the bovine beauty.

We visited in early spring; the ground was just thawing, and the grass was damp. So a couple of geese also visited one of the nearby homes, and later came to the park.

Geese in Cathedraltown, Markham
Geese in Cathedraltown, Markham

Charity herself gazes toward the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, which give the Cathedraltown community its name. I think she’s looking at the rear of the cathedral. Here’s a closer look.

Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Markham, Ontario
Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Markham, Ontario

As a visitor, I thought that Charity’s statue uniquely and amusingly brightens this suburb. (I also like the Toronto Chinese archway at Gerrard and Broadview; another example of my taste in public art).

I recommend you see it for yourself, before the neighbours evict her from her own park. That’s why I call this article a “public service announcement”.

The sign for Charity the cow
The sign for Charity the cow

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2017 Victoria Day Fireworks in Toronto at Ashbridges Bay

My wife and I plan to enjoy the 2017 Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto. But do we have a problem?

Beach Chairs Stranded at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto in 2017
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My wife took this photo recently. It shows that the beach area has a pretty big puddle where a sandy beach usually welcomes the fireworks watchers.

However, there’s lots of beach farther to the east, and a fair strip of boardwalk where you can stand and watch the annual fireworks display.

Just watch your step!

You should plan to be in position by 9:45pm. Don’t even think about driving there: too many people got there early in the day, and streets will effectively be closed so people can walk away safely. If you’re not in walking distance, the best bets are biking the Martin Goodman Trail, or taking transit.

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The Auden Test comes to Toronto in Oct 2016

Theatre of the Beat will present the new play, The Auden Test, at 2174 Danforth Avenue on October 21 & 22, 2016.

The Auden Test debuts in Toronto

Johnny Wideman stars in this new play by Lawrence Aronovitch.

Some members of Theatre of the Beat after a Rehearsal at Toronto United Mennonite Church.
Some members of Theatre of the Beat; Johnny Wideman at left. Image (c) by Mike DeHaan 2013.

The play is about a painting about a Greek myth, which leads to asking what WH Auden and Alan Turing have in common. Will this test our own humanity?

Catch The Auden Test in its two-day run on Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016. Both shows start at 8pm.

Admission is by donation.

2174 Danforth Avenue is the address of the Danforth Mennonite Church, just east of Woodbine Station on the #2 subway line. It is wheelchair accessible.

Founded in 2011, Theatre of the Beat has developed a repertoire of socially conscious plays, from Gadfly to Yellowbellies.

Here are links to The Auden Test on Facebook; Theatre of the Beat‘s web site; and the Danforth Mennonite Church in Toronto.

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