Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade

John and I have missed all the Winter Solstice celebrations in Kensington Market so despite the drizzle on the night, we were determined to get there this year. 
We were beguiled by this collection of clowns singing an satirical version of The Twelve Days of Christmas on Augusta Avenue.
Kensington Avenue had some wonderful shadow-puppet theatres. Some of the kids in the audience got a chance to go backstage
and help put on the puppet show.
Other theatres lined the street.
Lantern bearers mixed with the crowd.
These young thespians were in full performance mode. The green knight sang an exhortation to dance and sing in celebration of the new year.
My favourite group was this screeching chorus of hags singing songs about longing for love. 
Great fun!  We'll definitely try to return next year!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Tree Party

 Our friend Nancy had her annual tree-trimming party last weekend.
Nancy and Gareth
Nancy behind the bar,  with Monika and Glenn, Cathy and Chantel in the foreground.
 Nancy's signature Christmas cocktail -- the Poinsettia. It is the perfect pick-me-up before the serious business of decorating the Christmas tree.
 Carmelized onions and cheese grilled on focaccia -- typical of the amazing fare.
Thanks for having us, Nancy.