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By Katherine Kiang
KaTsZoNe Newsletters > KaTsZoNe - Issue 45 - Summer 08/Hello Fall!

1 Sep 2008

Summer 2008 has come and gone.  Fall does not actually arrive until September 23rd (in the Northern Hemisphere), however, if you live in North America, summer is seen as over after Labour Day.  For students, it's back to school, generally the day after Labour Day.

Although I did not take any extended time off this year (since I already took a year off in 2006-07), I tried to squeeze things in on weekends and tried taking full advantage of long weekends.

This summer, I have had the opportunity to hang out with my mom and some of my friends.

Mom and I went to Stouffville Country Market, mingling with folks at the farmers' market, trying out food samples, admiring the fresh fruits and veggies, and of course, one of my favourites, BUNNIES!  We also visited vendors selling their wares and I picked up a zucchini/carrot cake which some of you (my co-workers) may have tasted at the office.  On our way home, I drove by another farmers' market (on McCowan Road, south of Stouffville Road) where we picked up some corn which was grown behind the storefront.  I have to tell you about the corn because it was soooooo delicious!  In fact, I don't remember ever eating so much fresh, delicious corn in one summer.  We definitely had a big dose of corn this year and I will actually miss it!

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Larry and I spent a fabulous day at Sauble Beach one weekend.  We met up with his parents at a campsite where they had spent a week.  I know that some of you have not been to Sauble Beach for awhile and some of you have never been there.  I had never been there, so, I really enjoyed the road trip as well as strolling down Sauble Beach's Main Street and checking out the stores.  You cannot pass up going to a nice beach during the summer -- even if it's just once!   So, if there is going to be warm weather ahead, in September, go...go....go!  I remember first saying to my friend, Tracy, that walking on sand made me realize that humans were not meant to wear shoes.  Forget high heels...sore feet...sore back...whatever!  Walk on sand and your feet will love you!

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At the beginning of August, just at the start of the Civic Holiday long weekend, I visited my friend, Vicky and her family, and spent a lovely Friday afternoon at The Distillery District.  We started off having tea and desserts at a cafe.  We, then, wandered up and down the laneways, admiring art in various shops and booths before finally settling down at an open area to have more to eat and listen to some jazz music.  The chairs and tables are just behind the Mill Street Brewpub and Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill.  What a great way to spend summer evening - great friends, fabulous food, jazz music and the outdoors!  If you have never been down to a relatively new popular Toronto entertainment area, check it out!  The Distillery District's website is www.thedistillerydistrict.com/.

One of the funniest events I attended this summer is Just For Laughs.  This festival originated in Montreal and I'm really glad it found its way to Toronto!  Although I did not see the shows, still, I enjoyed some great entertainment right along Yonge Street (by the Eaton Centre) from antelopes on stilts, life-size giraffes, the Vegetable Nannies, and living statues, just to name a few!  I think you really need to see my photos for this one!

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Finally, the last two events which I went to were Buskerfest (on Front Street, East) and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE or "The Ex") in downtown Toronto.  Buskers at this year's festival do what most buskers do in public - perform music or some kind of entertainment.  I saw a couple guys "play" with fire (juggling, swallowing it, etc.).  A living female statue entertained kids and tried to carry on a conversation with them.  One of my favourites was Dr. Draw and his band who entertained the audience with his electric violin, playing classical music with a dose of rock!  Hey...you rock, Dr. Draw!  I should have picked up his CD -- well, I will find it, somewhere, somehow! 

Mom and I went to the CNE this year.  Throughout the years, I have either gone to the CNE by myself or have gone with various companions (i.e. parents and friends).  For years, we looked forward to the Ex every summer.  In the past several years, I have not gone every year.  However, this year, mom and I went down there on Saturday, during the Labour Day long weekend.  First of all, we could not ask for more perfect weather - warm and breezy (not humid!).  We spent hours in the Direct Energy building, admiring competitors in the Flower & Vegetable Competition, watching musical performers, and checking out the international vendors selling stuff made all over the world.  It would not be the same to bypass listening to those convincing marketers sell their wares from a professional stove-top grill to Swiss peeler to chamois and more!  And, if you think you can resist walking out of there without buying anything ... well, every time we go, mom will say, we'll just look but we won't buy anything.  Ya, right!  From the time my mother bought the "Miracle Slicer" (which she never used) decades ago, I just say nothing.  By the way, I'll let you all know how the professional stove-top grill turns out.

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For someone who did not take much time off during the summer, I cannot say that I did too badly in enjoying the summer!  Living in Toronto allows so many opportunities to go out and enjoy lots of festivities, shopping, eating and drinking.

Fall Events

I am already looking forward to events in the fall and plan to make more use of my camera!  Some of the activities I would be interested in are as follows:

Toronto International Film Festival - September 4-13, 2008 - tiffg.ca/ - Are you star struck?  Do you long to see various foreign films?  Do you really want to entangle the mysteries of how to stay awake and sane for a week as you watch tons of movies?  If you have answered yes to any of the above, this event may be of interest to you!  If so, let me say, "See you at the movies!"

Markham Fair - October 2-5, 2008 - www.markhamfair.ca/ - Canada's largest four-day fair, agricultural exhibits and competitions, midway, horse racing, demo derby, baby farm animals, entertainment, 200 vendors and more!  Yeha!!!

Unionville Little Octoberfest - October 13, 2008 - www.unionvilleinfo.com/Events/octoberevents2008.htm - I found this in the Festivals & Events in Ontario guidebook and think it might be fun to experience Octoberfest, even on a smaller scale compared to Canada's Great Bavarian Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo.  Those of you who would love to go out to Kitchener-Waterloo, Octoberfest festivities run from October 10 to 18, 2008.  For more information, see www.octoberfest.ca.  And, if you haven't seen me in line for sausages topped up with lots of sauerkraut, and smacking my lips -- you will at Octoberfest for sure!!! 

Royal Winter Fair (CNE grounds, Toronto) - November 7-16, 2008 - www.royalfair.org/ - It's the largest indoor agricultural, horticultural, canine and equestrian event combined!  I have enjoyed "the Royal" every time I have been there.  It's not also entertaining, you will surely learn something there. 

I'm certain I could be persuaded to attend other events in the fall - thrown in here and there.  So, watch out for more e-mails coming your way and if you hear of anything going on during the fall which you would like to share, you know I'll listen! 

And, in life's journey, it's not just where you go, but, who you go with.  I want to thank everyone for joining me at events or sharing some experience with me (through stories and photos) or saying to me, hey, I want to join you to see that!  A big THANK YOU to you all!

Thanks for staying with me through this episode of KaTsZoNe.

Enjoy September!  Oh...I wonder what it will bring...

Talk to you next time.


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