By KAILA MOREAU
Wondering what to get up to this weekend in Ottawa? Let our Ottawa Weekend Calendar be your guide.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, March 15
This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Ottawa VERSeFest has enlisted Irish poets Matthew Sweeney (of County Donegal) and Rita Ann Higgins (of County Galway) to engage you with their prose. Join them at Knox Presbyterian Church as they rhyme off readings from their collections.
Christmas is quickly becoming a distant memory, but Absurd Person Singular, a 1972 play by Alan Ayckbourn, takes you on a journey to Christmases past. Documenting the changing fortunes of three married couples over three consecutive Christmas parties, this play reminds us what a difference a year makes. On stage at The Gladstone.
Has the drab snow and dirt got you down? You may benefit from an artistic pick me up! Until March 28th, the Galerie Old Chelsea is playing host to John Hiscock’s new series Sublime Light. Viewing this bold series of landscape watercolours is sure to remind you of nature’s beauty.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, March 16
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will have Ottawa seeing green. Kicking off at 11 a.m., the parade will wind its way through city streets via Laurier, Bank, and Wellington. And the party won’t stop there. Following the parade, the 2013 Parade Party at St. Brigid’s Centre offers food and drink.
A prominent young front-runner in the contemporary jazz community, Laila Biali is bringing her talent to the National Arts Centre. Biali borrows from multiple styles, ranging from pop to classical, weaving them into her own unique arrangements.
Did you know that the sun has sunspots? Canada Science and Technology Museum‘s solar telescopes make solar observing a reality. Leave your sunglasses at home and head to the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory to safely observe the sun to see for yourself!
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, March 17
The nine-day annual Ottawa Maple Sugar Fest gets underway today with brunch hosted by the Knights of Columbus. The week has a number of activities in store including sleigh rides, a petting zoo, soup cook-offs, and a lumberjack challenge. Bring your sweet tooth and your appetite for what’s sure to be a tasty time.
It’s the final day of Barnyard Break! at the Canada Agriculture Museum. Ease your kids back into school with this day of fun and learning. There will be reading and crafts, cooking classes, and visits with barnyard animals.