It’s the first day of December – the holidays are officially around the corner! That means it’s time to start putting together those shopping lists – I’m kind of a year-round shopper, so I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite downtown goodies. I’m going to have stuff for my fellow ladies, for the guys, for kids, maybe even a thing or two you’ll have to snag for yourself!
From December 1 until December 25, I’m going to be counting down with a new idea every day! I’ve even set up a whole page for it – so click on over to my Holiday Gift Guide to check out the gift below – and watch for more every day!
It’s been fun! I’ve seen some awesome mo’s around downtown this year – sometimes bushy, or scraggly, or creatively-shaped, but always with an awesome smile and a big heart behind them. A big round of applause to all of those who raised money this month! I know a lot of you are going to be excited to shave today (or see your friends finally shave) but if you’re not QUITE ready to say goodbye to Movember yet (or, like me, you’re looking for that gift to win Ron Burgundy’s heart when he’s in town this weekend), I came across a pile of mo-themed goodies at The Forks for you!
Hey, with crazy-wonderful concepts like that, what else COULD it be?
The Forks just revealed five warming hut designs that are going to be added to the skating trail this year (now officially known, FYI, as the Red River Mutual Trail)
They’re all wonderfully weird, and there are no words I could use to describe them that would do justice (although I’ll try) so let’s start with the pictures.
I said I’d try describing, so here’s some more detail about each of them!
- Windshield! It’s almost hard to think of this one as a hut at first, what with the lack of walls. But this protects skaters from the wind by turning with the wind so you’re protected – and if the breeze isn’t QUITE strong enough, you can turn the wheel inside yourself!
- Nuzzles! These look and sound like something that belongs on Fraggle Rock, which I love. Think they look like pool noodles? They are, in fact, pool noodles. 900 pool noodles per warming hut. It looks like playing on one of these string stress balls!
- The Voyageur Hut! In honour of the 45th year of the Festival des Voyageurs, this is probably the most epic hut I’ve seen yet. Yes, that is a giant pair of pants – upside down – that forms the hut. Yes, that’s a giant inflatable voyageur carrying a canoe floating above it. How high? Oh, just 200 ft or so.
- Skybox! This one was designed by local U of M architecture students – it looks like climbing inside a mirrored box. Because there’s no roof, the sun coming in will reflect inside and create warmth. They’re also hoping for lots of selfies with the hashtag #SkyBox!
- Red Blanket! The name’s a bit literal, but the concept is gorgeous – long curtains of warm red fabric hanging from the bridge you can wrap yourself in. I anticipate many cute couple photos snuggled in here!
They’re being built in late January (fingers crossed) – I’m going to have to see how they build these pants for myself.
It’s halfway through November, and you know what that means – half the guys you know are sporting half a mustache. All for a good cause, of course! But you still have to acknowledge that some of them look a little straggly.
So give yourself a break and feast your eyes on a truly epic ‘stache tomorrow night.
In honour of Movember, tomorrow night the Met Theatre is hosting a screening of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy!
To keep things extra classy, instead movie popcorn and drinks you get a roast beef carvery and whisky, wine and beer sampling stations!
Date: Wednesday, Movember 20th, Doors: 6:30 | Showtime: 8:00
Location: The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre – 281 Donald Street
Tickets: $40 with NET PROCEEDS GOING TO MOVEMBER
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PS: If – sacrilege! – Ron Burgundy isn’t your kind of guy, there’s also a screening of the Untouchables coming up November 26th with dinner, cocktails and popcorn!
It’s only on for a couple more hours – so if you haven’t yet, get down there!
There are a ton of reason it would be great for this to be permanent (many more serious and important than these) but these are the things that made me wish we had it all year round when I visited at lunch!
I cannot make crafts. I’ve tried. Really, I have. All that happens is after 45 minutes I have glitter in my hair, my fingers are glued together and I need a break and a glass of wine.
So I’ve stopped letting Pinterest delude me into thinking I can make my own holiday ornaments, and I’m going to the pros this year. There are not one, not two, but THREE crafty markets downtown in the next little while that you can hit up on your lunch hour!
1) The Downtown Winnipeg Farmers Market - the holiday edition! November 14th (that’s this Thursday!) more than 30 vendors are setting up inside Manitoba Hydro Place so I can shop for homemade honeys, jams, preserves, and crafts to create some one-of-a-kind holiday gift baskets!
2) The Festive Artisans Market! This one’s created by the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library. They’re bringing in everything handcrafted you can think of – quilts, stained glass, felting, handmade greeting cards, pottery, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more!
December 4th, 11am – 5pm
Manitoba Hydro Place (360 Portage Avenue)
3) The Signatures Craft Show & Sale – this one’s at the RBC Convention Centre, so we’re talking acres of booths filled with decorative goodies I couldn’t hope to create myself. November 21 – 24
RBC Convention Centre
I think I’m going to need some new storage bins for all this stuff…
There were two big pieces of museum news this week – one, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights announced their long-awaited opening day! September 20th, 2014 – we’ll finally get to go through the doors and explore an amazing new piece of architecture and the most up to date styles of exhibits, and it’s going to be a big day. I mean, look at it. I’ve gotten a bit of a preview of the inside, and I can’t wait to see it done.
But I was glad to see that another little local museum got some attention too this week – although for a totally unhappy reason! The Dalnavert Museum officially, and quietly, closed up in September. If you’ve never been or never heard of it, I’m not surprised – it’s definitely a hidden gem in downtown. It’s a stunning house with a wrap-around porch (apparently “Queen Anne Revival” style – I know nothing about house styles, but I know is that it’s BEAUTIFUL) where a former premier of Manitoba and the son of Sir John A MacDonald lived. It’s been kept to look as if a family in that period still lived there so you can take a walk through and explore the history. And a few times a year, it host really cool events – at Halloween they’ve had Phantasmagoria, where artists told spooky tales using old-timey magic lanterns to make projections. And a Christmas they’d create a magical Victorian experience, including a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
They even hosted groups like the Tweed Ride during Ciclovia for croquet on their lawn! (that’s a couple of Tweed Ride gents doing some pre-game relaxing on the steps)
So I’m happy to hear that we’ve got an opening date for one big museum, and I hope we hear soon that we can have a reopening date for the Dalnavert – local heritage groups are hoping they can save it! It takes all sizes of buildings to make downtown an awesome place to be, the big-time ones like the CMHR, and the little neighbourhood treasures like the Dalnavert.