Friday, 20 November 2009

Thanks, Carl!
Carl always enjoyed himself thoroughly during the Festival Parade. For the first parade, he just gathered together a group of children and a band and marched through the neighbourhood. When a police officer stopped them and asked for their official permit, Carl pulled out a parking ticket, waved it in the air and the procession continued along. We're still doing it now, 35 years later.

Carl Orbach died suddenly after a brief illness last Wednesday. He was a wonderful neighbour, friend and community member. We’ll really miss his crazy energy, his warmth and enthusiasm for other people and his constant enjoyment of Cabbagetown.
Carl was a founding member of the BIA, one of the group who started the annual Festival and a lifelong member of our business community. He supported the Cabbagetown Youth Centre regularly and generously. He really loved the annual Festival parade - he came dressed as a leprechaun and lead the parade while throwing out candies to children at the curb. He did things for fun and ended up helping to turn Cabbagetown into the successful community that we now enjoy.

This is #99
Stay tuned next week when our Newsletter reaches #100! We’re holding our Reader Loyalty Reward contest.
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Wine, wine and more wine at JAMcafe
November sees two outstanding wine events happening at JAM (195 Carlton), both filled with exciting possibilities:
On Saturday, November 21, there’s a diversified tasting of Ontario and international wines – all of them fine wines from The Vine Portfolio. Seven wines will be offered along with Av’s specially prepared hors d’oeuvres. This series of tastings is very popular (often selling out) so you’re advised to call ahead and make reservations. (416) 921-1255. $35/each.
On Sunday November 29, JAM hosts a Wine Tour de France. The evening starts with a champagne reception followed by a seven-course dinner matched with wines from eight regions in France. Space is definitely limited, so book now for reservations. $155/each.

On The Road
Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers with support from the Toronto Dance Theatre present two performances in support of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. Choreography by Rachel Browne, Brent Lott and Lesandra Dobson. Friday November 20 and Saturday November 21, 8 pm, $25, 80 Winchester Street, (416) 967-1365.

Cabbagetown South Holiday Craft Show
They’re at it again in Cabbagetown South. This is a very lively neighbourhood and they're proving that they know how to host a fascinating event.
This time, it’s an amazing pre-Christmas craft sale featuring work from five artists: Victoria Hadden, Ray Prince, Gerri Orwin, Tessa Ort and Irina Rapaport. Many of us will recognize these artists and their work and we know that this show will feature some outstanding pieces. Friday December 4 (3 to 9 pm) and Saturday December 5 (11 am to 5 pm), 130 Seaton Street.

The Christmas season is coming quickly
The Daniel et Daniel gift card can be purchased at the Food Shop. It’s a wonderful gift for the foodies in your life.
Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) have two special treats for your enjoyment over the Christmas season.
As always, they’re offering their Yule logs in three delicious flavours: chocolate, mocha and hazelnut. Great for parties and for your family occasions. Contact the Food Shop for more information and for orders (416-968-9275).
And they can cater your holiday dinner right in your home. The menu includes roasted onion soup, fresh bread with whipped butter rosettes, arugula, mint and orange salad, roast turkey with traditional stuffing, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, Brussels sprouts, baby carrots, peppers, cauliflower and broccoli – all followed up by individual English toffee puddings. $39.95 per person. Please place your orders before Tuesday December 22 and pick-up before 3 pm on Thursday December 24.

The future of Riverdale Park
Councillor Pam McConnell and the staff at the city parks department are about to start a review of the facilities at Riverdale Park. Local residents at Friends of the Farm have organized a meeting and a survey so that we can express our views about the park’s future before the officials get started with their work. The official deadline for survey answers has passed but I’m sure that comments from latecomers will be welcome. Click here and give the group your views: