Year in Review (1999 Part 2)
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This month started with a quick
trip to Ste. Béatrix to visit Danielle's parents and to help with the collection of maple
sap. A treat this year was making the rounds on snow shoes...the old fashioned way.
It was a lot of fun and the result of our effort was delicious.
The skis were finally put away
for the season and thoughts turned to the summer soccer season. Registration for me
was held on the 17th. The league got organized late this year and the registration
was not well advertized. As a result there were fewer registrants, only enough for
Work and school continued like
usual and the rest of the month was fairly quiet.
On the 6th, Christopher attended
a Forum Jeunesse on violence organized by the various French school boards. About
10,000 kids descended on the Corel Centre to hear speakers talk about subjects such as
The second week of May is
"birthday central". First is my niece Marie-Julie's on the 12th, David's
(Danielle's son) on the 13th, my nephew Stephen's on the 14th and my brother Don's on the
Christopher and I attended
David's school circus "le Cirque du Cartier". The grade 6 class at his
school presented a variety of circus acts that they had been practicing all year.
David performed on a unicycle. The kids were great.
The weekend of the 22nd we all
participated in a mediaeval themed wedding for Danielle's cousin Chantal and her fiancé
Jean-Pierre. The ceremony took place at a "faux" chateau on Lake Champlain
south of Montréal right on the border with Vermont. All of the guests with few
exceptions wore mediaeval costumes. The atmosphere was wonderful. Chantal and
Jean-Pierre hired musicians and an acting troupe to entertain in mediaeval style.
The next day we drove back to Ottawa but
first stopped at Fort
Lennox on Ile-aux-Noix, a few kilometres north of Lacolle. The Fort was built in
the early 1800's as a defence against possible American attack. The Fort is well
preserved and the guided visit is very informative. The barracks are arranged as
they would have been at the time adding to the atmosphere.
On the 2nd I attended the second
Cumberland Parks, Recreation and Culture committee meeting.
The final Orpheus production of the 1998-99 season was
the musical presentation of the famous Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables, which we
saw on the 12th. Once again, Orpheus provided us with an evening of great
entertainment at a reasonable cost.
Christopher went to Montréal
with his mom to see the Canadian Grand Prix. In the end, he did not to go.
Instead, he spent a wonderful time with his cousins swimming in the pool and enjoying the
The year-end school outing this
year was Montréal's La Ronde amusement park. The students were given the hard
choice of staying in school or going to the park...duh. Freedom (as Christopher
would call it) took place on the 24th when school finished for the year.
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