What do you think? Sarah has convinced me that it’s worth a trip! Have you been before?
Archive for March, 2012
This week, I am so happy to introduce you to one of Coffee with Julie‘s regular readers and commentors (bloggers love their comments!). I first met Sarah when long-time friends were proudly sharing their professionally taken family photos. I immediately asked for the photographer’s contact info, because the photos were just that good! (Warning, one look at Sarah’s newborn portfolio makes me clucky and might do the same to you!) I booked Sarah for a family photo shoot as a gift to myself back when Max still had toddler cheeks and Stella still had gaps in her teeth. We were thrilled with the results and are planning another session for this spring.
I’ve been wanting to try out Great Wolf Lodge (GWL) for some time now, but the driving distance and cost have so far held me back. So when Sarah told me that she’d visited a GWL over the March Break, I implored her to share all the details! She was kind enough to take the time to do so. I love getting an insider’s review of a vacation spot, and I thought you would too!
The water park itself was incredible …. (stay tuned for Part 2!)
At this point, I really wasn’t sure what to make of the dynamic duo. On the upside, they had an infectious attitude and loads of personality. On the downside, they were nuts, possibly certifiable. (p. 63)
They also serve as outstanding examples of one of the most underestimated, yet key, ingredients to success: Be nice! They treat people with kindness and respect at all times. No matter how busy they are, they still find the time to return all of their calls and emails personally. (p. 66)
Hi Julie! My name is Greta Podleski …
JULIE: Okay, the truth is that I am not only anxious and uninspired, I am a disaster. I’ve literally burned boiled eggs before. Do you have an easy recipe or two that you could suggest for me?
At 6pm today, Canada’s National Arts Centre announced the line-up for English Theatre’s upcoming season. I was particularly curious to see what this year would hold because it’s Peter Hinton’s last season. Love’em or hate’em, one thing everyone can agree on is that Peter Hinton, as Director of the English Theatre program since 2005, really shook things up. Sure, I didn’t enjoy all of his choices, but he certainly made a mark and I love that he re-established a resident company of actors. I, for one, will miss him.
Source: NAC. Photo credit: Dwayne Brown.
I took a look at the line-up for the year ahead and there are a number of performances I’ve earmarked as must-squeeze-into-crazy-family-calendar-worthy. (Note: the descriptions below are directly pulled from the NAC news release.)
So these are my picks …
Pride and Prejudice (November 21 – December 8, 2012)
The romantic world of Regency England is brought to vivid life in this sparkling new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classical masterpiece about love, family, and the politics of marriage. When the independent minded Elizabeth Bennet meets the enigmatic Mr. Darcy, her opinions on marriage are profoundly tested. Can he overcome his pride and she her prejudice to make an ideal match in a society where social standing outweighs personal feeling? You’ll delight in watching the sparks fly. An enchanting theatre experience leading up to the holidays.
Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott (February 27 – March 16, 2013)
Clinton, Ontario, 1959. Fourteen-year-old Steven Truscott was sentenced to death for the murder of his 12-year-old classmate Lynne Harper. Maintaining his innocence throughout, his conviction was overturned in 2007. Now, Beverley Cooper re-examines the case, turning it into a theatrical experience with trial transcripts and interviews woven into the fabric of her drama. Ten people from the community are under pressure to arrive at the truth, including Steven’s friend Sarah, a young farm girl who could see his innocence. Many years later, as if in an epiphany, Sarah finally escapes the prison of her doubts and reclaims the innocence lost so long ago.
Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story (April 24 – May 11, 2013)
Source: NAC. Photo credit: Unknown.
Before Elvis sang “Hound Dog” and Janis Joplin belted out “Ball & Chain”, Willie Mae Thornton had already been there and done that. Her powerful voice, sexy songs, and larger-than-life stage presence made her a blues legend. In this musical, written for and starring Jackie Richardson – “Canada’s first lady of jazz” – you’ll be part of the scene at a ‘70s club in L.A., where Big Mama tells her story and sings the blues – which she once described as “nothing but life, good food, good times, and good sex.” Guaranteed to rock your soul.
The Edward Curtis Project (January 30 – February 20, 2012)
In 1930, photographer Edward Curtis’ landmark series, The North American Indian, recorded for posterity what he termed a “vanishing people”. Decades later, Métis/Dené playwright Marie Clements and Canadian documentary photographer Rita Leistner went in search of those same First Nations people and communities. Their three-year journey has become a visually stunning, thought-provoking drama. Present-day Aboriginal journalist Angelina – traumatized by chronicling the freezing death of three Native children – interacts with Curtis’ photo images and the controversial man himself, questioning the ethics of her work and assessing the collateral damage of being a witness.
The exquisite photographs created during the fieldwork of The Edward Curtis Project will be on display in the Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery, upper lobby of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre.
Family Programming – Tulugak: Inuit Raven Stories (May 4, 2013)
Source: NAC. Photo credit: Ed Maruyama.
The Raven dances, the Raven sings, the Raven always has something to say. From the time Inuit lived a nomadic life, the Raven has inhabited the imagination and cultures of Nunavut, Nunavik, and Greenland. Exploring Inuit stories from across the Eastern Arctic through dance, music, circus, theatre and storytelling, Tulugak: Inuit Raven Stories is a unique and insightful show for young and old alike. (For ages 6 +)
What do you think? Do any of these performances catch your fancy?
Spring fever is real. SO real for us Canucks! The weather was so gorgeous this past weekend that all the neighbours were out front of their houses washing cars, kids riding bikes, and big smiles all around.
One big way that spring fever hits me is my wardrobe. I look at it and think — it needs a complete overhaul! But, alas, I looked at my budget and thought — nope, not gonna happen! However, I did pop over into our local Superstore and treated myself to a couple of cute things from the Joe Fresh line.
I tried this blouse on with pants in a gorgeous mustard colour (yes, I realize not everyone thinks mustard is a gorgeous colour, but I love it!). Unfortunately, the pants looked very strange on me — fitted at the top and then massive flares at the bottom. But I went for the blouse anyhow, thinking that I could easily pair it with black pants for work. Price: $39.
I also brought home a cute marine dress for $29. I honestly can’t remember the last time I wore a dress to work. Or a skirt for that matter. I certainly won’t look like one of Joe Fresh’s emaciated models (they seem to be ultra-thin these days, don’t they? I don’t remember them being so thin when Joe Fresh first launched) in the dress, but whatever, I’m still going to wear it.
And one more thing. A cute little satiny blouse that I thought could dress-up a pair of jeans for $24. Actually, looking at this picture, it doesn’t look that cute. But it’s looks better in real life, I swear.
Does spring make you want to run out and re-haul your wardrobe? Any good finds to share with us here at Coffee with Julie?