Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Need to get into the Holiday Spirit?

Kingston has just the event
Gather at Springer Market Square to light up City Park at the Jingle Bell Walk on Friday, December 2, 2011. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. at Market Square, with the walk to City Park starting at 6:30 p.m. sharp. 

Fun for the kids!
Children (6-10 years old) have the chance to win a sleigh ride with Santa from Springer Market Square to City Park, helping Santa flip the switch to 'light up' over 45 trees with energy-saving LED lights. The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday November 25th, 2011. 

Music, Skating & More
The City's Jingle Bell Walk event will feature live music by the Open Voices Community Choir as well as free public skating in Market Square and opportunities to give back to The Partners in Mission Food Bank and P.R.O. Kids. Join Santa in the Square following the walk to receive a FREE candy cane. 

Join Us this Holiday Season...
The 10 minute tobacco-free walk in support of KFL&A's Play, Live, Be, Tobacco-Free! Initiative gets underway at 6:45 p.m., lead by Kingston's own Town Crier, Chris Whyman, and Mayor Mark Gerretsen.

For more Jingle Bell Walk and City Park Tree Lighting details  
click here 

Perfect Gift Ideas for the Confused Shopper

Stumped on what to buy everyone this year? Visit Kingston can help with our convenient packages, including events/festival tickets and accommodation booking.

Exciting upcoming event by Cirque du Soleil, Dralion is on from January 11th to 15th, 2012 

Story: “Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show's name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.”

Accommodations Made Easy 

Rosemount Inn & Spa | Starting From $162.50

The Queen's Inn | Starting from $133.00 

All Packages Include
  • 1 Night Stay  
  • 15% OFF - Restaurant Coupon
  • For 2 - Cirque du Soleil, DRALION. Best Seats

For full details on Visit Kingston package's and other gift ideas click here

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shout Out for Kingston Art

The Ottawa Citizen wrote a great article about spending a day exploring Kingston's diverse art scene, article highlights include:

"We hit the jackpot at Sydenham Street Studios (178 Sydenham), a collective where each of seven artists has a wee studio around a common display space. We chatted with two long-standing members. Gillian Little takes photographs of both nature (turkey feathers, milkweed pods) and engineering marvels (Avro jet engines, boat propellers). And Deborah Brown, who studied fibre arts at Concordia University, now paints. Some of her canvases are colourfully impressionistic; others are finely-honed geometric designs."

"Kingston Glass Studio, where we watched glass-maker Mariel Waddell create some of the intricate pieces, both decorative and functional, on sale there. And at ZEALmetal (190 Sydenham), jeweller Nicole Horlor crafts stunning work in platinum, 18 Karat gold and stainless steel. Her jewelry is modern and clean with “a bit of Zenness,” as she puts it."

Full article HERE

Friday, November 11, 2011

Great Day Trip Idea!

Prince Edward County - WASSAIL

- Prince Edward County wineries, cidery and brewery holiday open house
- Visit over 20 locations for mulled wines, cider, ale, tasty treats and Christmas Gifts
- Self -guided or register for a bus tour
- Carol Cavalcade each weekend (download songbooks here)

Great Prizes
- Overnight getaway at the Merrill Inn, including breakfast
- Overnight getaway at the Devonshire Inn, including breakfast
- One basket of winery and county products
- Dinner for two at East and Main in Wellington
- Currahs $50 gift certificate
- and many more!

November 19th & 20th / 26th & 27th
December 3rd & 4th
11am - 5pm

All details HERE

Thursday, November 3, 2011

St. Lawrence War of 1812

Festivals and Re-Enactments

Battle of Ogdensburg • Third weekend in February, 2012-2014 •
Prescott & Ogdensburg

Fort Wellington 1812 Garrison Weekend & Unveiling of New
Visitor’s Centre • May 19-21, 2012 • Prescott

Bicentennial Heritage Fair • June 1-3, 2012 • Spencerville Mill

1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival • June 22-23, 2012 • Brockville

Bicentennial Homecoming • June 29 - July 1, 2012 • Williamstown

World Town Crier Competition - 1812 • July 27 - August 6, 2012
Kingston & Ottawa

Raid on Gananoque • August 25-26, 2012 • Gananoque

Battle of Hoople’s Creek: Saving Our Stores Wagon Train •
November 10, 2013 • Cornwall to Martintown

From a Bank to An Inn in 165 Years

By Katherine McIntyre

KINGSTON, ON—If it hadn’t been for a snowstorm on Highway 401, the building might now be derelict or torn down.

Weatherup Beare and Susan Shaw, a husband and wife team, were driving the 401 on a stormy night back in 2001. Alarmed by drifting snow, they took refuge in Kingston. And then says Shaw, “We bought a money pit.”

The couple had never been to Kingston, Ontario, knew nobody and nothing about its history. But when a for sale sign on the lonely building beckoned, something inside them clicked.

Back in 1846, this handsome limestone building at King and William Streets housed Kingston’s branch of the Bank of Montreal. Offices, tellers cages and the bank vault were located on its main floor, the manager’s family on its second floor and tellers on the third.

Since then the building has morphed from a bank to a men’s club with its own bowling alley and billiard room, to a private home, to an apartment.

Now the prestigious Frontenac Club Inn with fourteen bedrooms, a club-like great room, meeting rooms and a breakfast area, has replaced bowling alleys, tellers’ cages, a bank vault and tired apartments.

Their building was in its worn out apartment phase when Beare, with past experience as a full time school trustee, and Shaw in communications for a health care centre, took over. Their rationale, “It was time for a change, with their house paid off and two offspring in university.”

And a change it was! Three years in renovation, with everything needing upgrading or repair except their building’s solid limestone basement. They searched and found original architectural drawings in Ottawa’s archives and the name of its original architect, George Brown, who had also designed Kingston’s magnificent city hall. They tried to keep historical features such as a handsome walnut staircase and black and white tile floors in the entrance hall, golden hardwood floors and some interior limestone walls.

Capturing the essence of a men’s club, in their main lounge area, they included comfortable leather couches and in deep-set windows, chintz window seats. A bookcase with an eclectic choice of hard cover books has replaced a teller’s cage, and a coffee bar is in a former bank vault.

Shaw, with a deft hand at decorating, combines her sense of colour with historical features, travellers’ comfort and all the myriad details of running an inn. “It can be fun but a lot of work,” she comments.

Beare, in a navy apron, serves up a gourmet breakfast seven days a week and he adds, “Late arrivals, late for breakfast, staffing 365 days a year can be a drain on energy.

“Building a reputation is one way of attracting guests,” he adds. “We are lucky in Kingston being in the historic downtown on a quiet street, near Queen’s University, Royal Military College and one block from our waterfront. We get plenty of repeat customers. Word of mouth is a good but slow way to develop our type of business. Being included in a travel guide is an asset. Small weddings and meetings are an additional source of business and add to our reputation.”

And how do most new guests discover Frontenac Club Inn? “They find us through the Internet.”

But both agree that doing something different with their lives has been a big adventure and most of the time they are grateful for that snowstorm.

Free Museum of Health Care Events

You’re invited to a free public lecture this autumn which will explore current research into the history of prosthetics.

November 9th, this year’s Margaret Angus Research Fellow Jeff Sobil will explore the history of prosthetic limbs and the unique role they have played within rehabilitation medicine, national identity and discourse on economics, morality, gender, art and science. “Spare Parts: How Crippled Masculinity Got Hamstringed & Got a Leg-Up” takes place at 7pm at the Louise D. Acton Building (31 George Street), and refreshments will follow.

To help Canadians better understand the history of health and health care, the Museum preserves and promotes the rich material legacy of Canada’s medical and health care past. The Museum serves the general public, practitioners, students, and historians through exhibitions, interpretive programs, and special events throughout the year. This year the Museum of Health Care celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The Museum of Health Care is open year-round from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm (open weekends during the summer), and admission is by donation. Drop in to see our seven onsite exhibitions, or visit us online at www.museumofhealthcare.ca for online activities and exhibits.