Weekend Activities in Kingston

This weekend is ramping up to be one of the busiest weekends of the year. Our city is playing host to a multitude of events, so we shall see how many we can make it out to!

Kingston WritersFest September 26-30

This festival has grown and grown over the last few years. Michael Ondaatje and Teju Cole are in town for the kickoff event tonight. In honour of the event, I think I will return to a book I picked up a while ago by local authors Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds (I started it, but stopped because I was reading too many things at once). Be prepared for a weekend of literary excitement!

Art After Dark September 27, 7-10 PM

Kingston has an abundance of artisans and artists, and this evening open gallery event is possible only because of their contributions. Tomorrow night, 12 different gallery/boutique spaces will be open late for the public’s enjoyment.

Kingston Culture Days September 28-30

Culture Days is something very dear to my heart, as this is my second year participating in it. Culture Days is a national movement of free, participatory arts and culture activities, and Kingston has officially recognized it since last year. Shameless plug, this year I am organizing an activity in the west end called Happy Posting in Kingston, a growing art installation centralized on the question “What Makes You Happy?”¬† that passersby will be adding to as they come. For more info, check out the activity description!

Chilifest September 29, 12-3 PM

I am saddened that I will miss this event due to being at my Culture Days activity. However, if you can make it, do not miss out! This is essentially three hours of eating chili and deciding who makes it best.

Of course, Market Square will also be bustling with activity all weekend, with the weekly farmers’ market on Saturday and the antique market on Sunday, so if you want a break from organized activity and just want to browse, pay a visit to the market.

So pretty much, something that we love about Kingston is how there is always something going on. At the same time, it is a city where you also feel  perfectly content just kicking your feet up and relaxing. It shall be a busy weekend, but it will be great. What are you planning on doing this weekend?

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Fare on the Square

Today was Kingston’s annual Fare on the Square which was a celebration of local food and farmers. A bunch of restaurants had sample tastings for $2. Apparently, according to the City of Kingston, our farmer’s market is the oldest-continuous running market in North America. Who knew.

Cat and I have been meaning to go this event for the past two years but have never made it out for reasons that I now forget. It was raining and crummy today, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind. And I finally got a chance to test the panorama feature out on iOS6! That poor kid on the left hand side of the shot got chopped off!

From the Archives: Setting Up House

As I was clearing out my dropbox (I’m up to 3.5 GB now! Still nowhere close to Kelvin’s capacity, but it’s getting better…) I came across these two shots from when we were trying to accessorize our living room.

Is it just me or do we look really little in this picture? Anyways, those frames are from IKEA (Black Ribba frames!), and the drawings are just sketches I did of Princess Street, which is one of our main E-W arteries in Kingston. We took this picture by placing the camera on the stairs and setting it on a timer. Clearly I am more ready than Kelvin…or maybe he was asking me where I wanted it. In the end, we opted to put three pictures up instead of two, because we felt that two looked too empty. (In an interesting turn of events, Kelvin actually wants to get white frames now…)

ImageNow this is what we envisioned on our side walls – two levels of shelving to make for more interesting frame and picture combinations. However, once we put the three Princess St. sketches up, it was too heavy to put both shelves up, so we now only have one. The remaining shelf is still sitting in our hallway, waiting for a home.