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
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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Here’s a quick note on the annual Krinos Taste of the Danforth, 2016 version, in Toronto.
My wife and I went on Sunday just after noon. The only reasonable way to go is by TTC; the #2 Bloor/Danforth line has several stations serving Taste of the Danforth. (You do realize these events close the street to vehicle traffic, right? Okay, that’s settled).
Taste of the Danforth, from West to East
We started at the west end, at Broadview. At first we found the lines for food and drink to be pretty short and manageable. I went for a lamb gyro, and my wife for a spinach pie. Good food, and we shared enough that we had some variety.
Later we had chicken shish-kebabs, and took home a dessert. Linda’s always careful to bring a sturdy, re-usable shopping bag.
We asked about socks made from bamboo – yes really! – at one store. It turns out that my wife buys Christmas presents from their factory outlet in East York or Scarborough.
The lines were longer, and the street more crowded, as we went east toward Donlands. The total distance is about 2Km.
Taste of the Danforth celebrates the shops and culture along this vibrant stretch of Danforth Avenue. It started as a collection of Greek restaurants. Other ethnic foods are now available, from at least one English pub to Thai or sushi from the Orient. A few vendors come in for the day: I noticed the CFL’s Argo team and Toronto FC soccer. Some traditional midway games were available. Live performances were presented from three stages along the route. And perhaps the most enthusiastic presentation was by Assassin’s Creed cosplayers.
This annual event runs in early August, on the weekend after Simcoe Day. I’ve written about it in 2015.
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Groundhog Day comes every February 2nd, no matter what the weather. And that’s the modern point, really: to celebrate winter, especially the hope that spring will arrive soon. (Updated Feb. 2, 2016 with the predictions).
Since the groundhog checks its shadow when it wakes up, let’s chase sunrise from east to west in Canada and the USA.
Where do Canadians Celebrate Groundhog Day?
The first Canadian groundhog to predict the end of winter is Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam.
Québec asks Fred la Marmotte about sunshine and shadow in Val d’Espoir, in the Gaspé Peninsula .
Ontario needs a team of marmots. Wiarton Willie celebrates his 60th sunrise in Wiarton. Groundhog Gary works in Kleinburg. I suspect Dundas Donna was a one-year wonder; she’s a South American coatimundi who visited Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto in 2014.
Manitoba’s three groundhogs are Brandon Bob, Manitoba Merv in the Oak Hammock Marsh, and Winnipeg Willow. (Merv is actually a hand puppet, but apparently he pays his union dues to the live critters). CBC reports that Winnipeg Willow died in late January; apparently without a pre-arranged successor. [see Merv’s report, below].
Balzac Billy of Calgary, Alberta, is actually a Richardson’s Ground Squirrel.
I’d say that most people think of Shubenacadie Sam or Wiarton Willie when asked about “Groundhog Day Canada”.
Groundhog Day in the USA
New York State’s Staten Island Chuck inherited his post from Charlotte, who’d had an unfortunate encounter with Mayor de Blasio in the zoo.
The most famous Yankee groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby of Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Other eastern Americans include Chuckles the Eighth of Manchester, Connecticut (at the Lutz Museum); and Potomac Phil of Washington, DC.
Ohio’s Buckeye Chuck, Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee (Yellow River Game Ranch in Atlanta, and the only groundhog who holds two doctorates), and French Creek Freddie in West Virginia are other prognosticators in this annual round of weather prediction. Michigan’s Woody the Woodchuck just came to my attention this year.
The Predictions of Groundhog Day 2016
Here are the 2016 Groundhog Day predictions.
These Groundhogs Predict an Early Spring in 2016
Thanks to enough cloud cover in the morning, the following groundhogs enjoyed the dark dawn and predicted an early spring.
First out of his burrow, Shubenacadie Sam had enough cloud to claim that Nova Scotia would be blessed with an early spring. [610 CKTB’s and Wiarton Willie says report].
If you live near any of these groundhogs, the best plan is to wake up early and join the festivities; many of them are free to attend.
For an extreme example, Wiarton Willie hosts nearly a week of events from Jan. 28 through Feb. 2nd. Skate, examine a yurt, learn to appreciate ice sculptures, “and so much more”. Many of these are free; check the Wiarton Willie Festival page.
Why not sing for the joy of winter’s impending end? “Carols for Groundhog’s Day”, in Amazon’s Kindle reader version, has lyrics for a dozen Groundhog Day songs. You already know the Christmas carols tunes! It’s a real value via Amazon’s online Canadian and American sites, with seasonal recipes and decorating tips.
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