I have been told I am too wordy and need more pictures.
So for my 2013 review more pictures and less words.
2012 was another great year living in this great city! It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to see and do in winter, spring, summer or fall.
- Winnipeg Children's Festival
- Winnipeg Fringe Festival
- Children's Hospital Book Market at St. Vital Centre. Did you know the Children's Hospital Book Mart was established in 1961 and is the longest running fundraiser in support of the Childrem's Hospital Foundation raising about $6 million in support of childrens health in Manitoba?
- Alzheimer Society's Memory Walk with the staff of HomeInstead Senior Care. I had a great time. Got some walking in, visited with great people and was greeted at the end of the walk with a huge chocolate cupcake and ice-cream! The owner's two very adorable children beat me in raising the most donations.Well done kids.
- Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre [CFDC] I was at both the MB Provincial Mining Week Exhibition this spring at The Forks and at the MB Mining & Mineral Convention in November.
In January I visitied the Winnipeg Art Gallery with my Sisters of the Travelling Purse group to see Feast: All About Food Exhibition and the Norman Rockwell Exhibition. I really appreciate the variety of exhibitions the Art Gallery brings to Winnipeg to augment their already impressive permanent collections. Throughout 2012 I attended several art openings, saw the musical Cats - again - as many Fringe plays as I could sqeeze in and remembered to bring some "purse cheese" to go along with the bread supplied at the Winnipeg Wine Festival.
I really enjoyed watching the Aquatica synchro team practise and compete at the Pan-Am Pool. The skill and dedication of these girls and young women is absolutely amazing. And as they refine their 2013 competition routines all I can say is - you go girls!!!
At the other end of the age spectrum I had a blast bowling with a seniors team at Polo Park Lanes.
And, out of all the places I visited in 2012 and of all the activities I participated in, my most favourite place has to be the Assiniboine Park and Zoo. The Nature Playground is first class and so much fun... strolling around the "new" Duck Pond and then sipping tea at the Qualico Family Centre and Park Cafe was a perfect way to start many days this summer... the Conservatory is always spectacular and I had the great fortune to officiate at several weddings there, and, of course, walking around the Zoo is always a delightful way to spend a few hours. I am eagerly looking forward to going to the Polar Bear Conservation Centre.
As 2012 ends and a new year begins I want to say a big THANK YOU Winnipeg. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers I met this past year whose generousity of time enables all these great events to happen. You have each enriched my life in some way. Thank you to my friends for the wonderful gift of friendship. And thank you to my family who have cared and supported me as I live my dream.