Chapters Runnymede

November 17th, 2009 § Comments Off on Chapters Runnymede § permalink

I was asked to sign copies of my new book, Gravity Brings Me Down, as part of a weekend-long celebration at Chapters Runnymede. The store was celebrating its 10th anniversary in the old Runnymede Theatre location.

How I love that building. With its vaulted ceiling and gorgeous gold shell detailing, the old theatre is truly a well-loved and significant Toronto landmark. Built in 1927 as part of the development push west, the building originally housed vaudeville productions. It will be interesting to see how the location develops over the next 18 years when it will celebrate 100 years of life as part of the thriving Bloor West community.

As part of the celebration, and to honour the theatre’s birth date, employees dressed in twenties-style clothes while oldies played over the sound system. The store was very busy and everyone seemed to be enjoying the fun. Flap on, Runnymede!

The Royal

November 17th, 2009 § Comments Off on The Royal § permalink

Every year, my sisters and my niece attend The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. This year, I also attended. We’re all enthusiasts, having grown up on horseback, but for some reason I’ve never been able to go to the Royal before.

What an incredible experience! There is so much to see and do: from the bovine serenity of prize-winning dairy cows to gargantuan 100 pound watermelons, butter sculpting contests and thrill-a-minute show jumping competitions, the fair offers something for just about everybody.

We took in the Big Ben Jump Off, one of the most exciting events of the week. We sat on the edge of our seats as riders from around the globe took to the ring to test their mettle. We cheered and clapped and shouted. Sometimes, we even wiped a tear or two from our eyes.

When we left, we were tired and exhilarated and definitely happier for the experience. I know one thing for sure: I won’t miss the Royal again. I’m already looking forward to next year!

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