Wrap-up: a busy weekend!
May really starts to ramp up stuff to do in Toronto – and although the weather hasn’t been as Spring-y as we’ve all expected it was still great to get out to be in the city for things. With TCAF coming up next weekend, and Doors Open later in the month, I don’t think I’ll be having the lazy weekends I’ve been rocking all winter inside much longer.
ROM Revealed! The Royal Ontario Museum is running a lot of excellent programming for its 100 year anniversary. They offered a unique look behind the scenes this past weekend with their free-of-charge “ROM Revealed” tours – you could select their cultural or natural history collections to visit and wander through the back-of-house collection areas. My friends and I had booked tickets nice and early and went pretty much first thing – we had a wee wander around the museum first (admission that weekend was free of charge also) checking out the geology and paleontology galleries. Then we hopped into line for the ‘Epic Civilizations’ tour. It was fascinating for me to see the collection areas as someone who’s worked as a collection manager/assistant before – and the range of things we were able to wander by to see was great! New World Archaeology, the Porcelain & Glass Collections, the Egyptian/Middle Eastern/Asian collections – plus, the conservation labs! They had staff on hand in all sections to chat about the objects being highlighted from the collections, and the conservators were talking about their technique and the objects they are working on right now. (We saw the painting conservator in action, working on a really sooty painting – fascinating stuff.) It was a great experience, even though it made me sad to have fallen out of that type of museum work (it seems to be a tough industry to crack back into if you’ve been out for a number of years like I have).
Bampot Bohemian House of Tea and Board Games! After our wandering, some of us went to this new little cafe at Bathurst and Harboard in the South Annex. It’s charming and lovely! I hope if I move out of the neighbourhood that I can get back here often. It’s a small and cozy tea cafe that also has a decently sized board game collection – but we just decided to sip tea and do some knitting/crafting. (Which one of the owners was enthusiastic about, as they have a knitting night on Mondays!). There are lots of little nooks, and some tables, plus raised up platform seating littered with cushions and rugs. A vegan-friendly menu, too! Looking forward to my next visit, perhaps for games. I wonder if they need a vegan baking / board game nerd on staff.. Hmm.
Vegan Bake Sale day! Star Wars Day! I got up bright and early to whip up some GF vegan cake donuts to contribute to a Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale event coordinated by MeShell & her beau JC. The sale raised over $700 for Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, and I’m happy I was able to contribute to that. Plus, there was some Star Wars day action – May the Fourth was with all of us.
Hot Docs! I had two screenings on Sunday to finish up my Hot-Doccing (reviews soon!). After the first, and then dropping by very briefly to Adam’s boss’ birthday party, I killed a little time reading in the soon-to-close Chapters at John and Richmond – I found there was a real actual fireplace up on the top floor, so I grabbed a chair & read for a while until heading to see Vessel at the Scotiabank cinema.
Not to mention I totally missed Free Comic Book Day, and the Jane’s Walks! PHEW. So much. Time to gird my loins for TCAF this weekend.