Friday, 16 May 2008

Barracuda, raccoons, sparrows, lambs and Slaw…

Barracuda has new planters in stock
Barracuda (527 Parliament) has just announced the arrival of new Ellis Planters – a sleek, modern, rectangular planter that’s perfect for decks, patios and gardens. It’s guaranteed not to crack in the cold or to fade in bright sunshine. (In Cabbagetown, we also need protection from raccoons but Barracuda can’t guarantee that!) This is a beautiful store so it’s a pleasure to find a new reason for a visit there.

Sharon (503 Parliament) has just received sample lines from Canadian labels mac&jac and Kensie Girl. Lovely silk dresses, eyelet skirts and tops, snappy stretch skinny pants balance out this fabulous fresh line in a rainbow of colours. More raffia hats are arriving on Tuesday. Don’t miss out.

Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour
The second annual garden tour takes place on Sunday, June 8 (11 am to 4 pm). Last year’s tour was a spectacular sell-out and this year’s version promises to be even better. Tickets cost $10 and they’re available at Mi Casa (238 Carlton), Jay’s Garden Centre (Sackville and Gerrard) and the Old Cabbagetown BIA (237 Carlton).

The 14th Annual Slaw Festival of Short Original Works The Cabbagetown Theatre Company presents its satirical review annually and it’s irresistible. This year’s program, Live & Swinging, is being presented in the former Laurentian Room, now rebranded as fifty one and managed by the Stonegrill. Singing aerialist Lindsay Stephens who trains with the Centre of Gravity Circus will take advantage of the room’s burlesque hooks. If that alone doesn’t tempt you, four other short original plays will amuse and delight you. May 29, 30 and 31, and June 4, 5 and 7. 8 pm. Tickets are $15. Theatre reservations at (416) 653-5870. fifty one is located at 51A Winchester Street (just east of Parliament.)
The Stonegrill on Winchester (51B Winchester) is offering a three-course dinner theatre package. Call (416) 967-6565 for details and reservations.

Proud new parents at Riverdale Farm The 2008 babies are arriving at the Farm (Winchester and Sumach). By last weekend, two Suffolk lambs and a baby Nubian goat had just been born. According to the official announcement, more births will be happening soon and it’s a great time to drop in and see the newborns.

More Cabbagetown birding
Over the past few weeks, White Crowned Sparrows, White Throated Sparrows and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks have all been seen. Migratory birds are on their way through and giving our neighbourhood a real thrill.