May 31, 2012: Lots of Free Fun at Hintonburg’s Tulip Festival.
Lots of Free Fun at Hintonburg’s Tulip Festival.
By Tim Thibeault.
The Parkdale Market opened its 88th season on May 12 with celebrations that included the annual Tulip Festival and with the traditional ringing of the bell by Markets Manager Philip Powell. As usual, the proceeds from the festival’s minimal-cost events were directed toward community improvement, in this case the newly formed Hintonburg Recreation Association.
Opening remarks were delivered in both official languages by Kyle Callwood, also known as youth DJ 911 and Melyna Amyot who also spent the afternoon painting dozens of small, smiling faces.
HEDC’s Lorrie Marlow thanked all the youth who have made this event so successful, some of whom have volunteered for more than 10 years. HEDC started the Tulip Festival approximately 12 years ago with a small budget and big dreams. The kids enjoyed cheap, simple games such as sack races, crafts, and a tug of war, activities which have remained a vital part of the growing festival, all springing from community involvement and volunteerism.
Now, sponsors such as Merkley Building Supplies, which funds the horse and trolley, and Dirienzo and Saikaley Mechanics, and Indian Express Food and Sweets which pays for the bouncy slide, ensure that the children of Hintonburg can enjoy these new activities free of charge. It wasn’t only children who had fun; a Brownie Bake-Off judged by Gay Cook, former food columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, and Judi Varga-Toth, owner of Credible Edibles, provided three categories of excellence from local kitchens. The winners in those categories were: Best Texture – Mimi Golding; Best Presentation – Tamara Jones; and Best Overall – Carla Morrison. Prizes in each category consisted of opulent gift baskets generously donated by Alpha Soul Café.
Elsewhere around the park were displays of art by members of the Connaught School noon hour art club, a face painting centre and crafts activities organized by Julie Amyot, a hands-on quilt painting project aided by area artist Angela McGowan, and a popular area where kids could make giant soap bubbles, all free of charge.
A new event, Passport to InFUNmation, helped people learn about community programs and services by visiting assorted displays to get passports stamped. A draw from all stamped passports led to prizes provided by GCTC, OCISO, Right Bike and the WWBIA.
A plant sale, a barbeque table, popcorn sales, a bake table and donation jars all contributed to funds raised in support of the newly formed Hintonburg Recreation Association. Initial estimates suggest that approximately $1000 was raised to help get that particular ball rolling.
HEDC organizers of this event also wish to thank their steadfast sponsors: GT Express, The Carleton Tavern, MergeprintDotcom, Hintonburg Music, Bridgehead, Subway on Wellington, The Cake Shop, Harvest Loaf, 3 Bakers and a Bike, and Wellington Sandwiches.
Thanks are also owing to Jal and Jordan with the Markets Management at the City of Ottawa, and to Phillip Powell and Andy Cullen who run the Parkdale Market. These are the companies and people who, along with members of the community itself, help make the Tulip Festival and several other HEDC sponsored annual events possible, pleasant and all inclusive.
Photo caption: Children enjoyed the games and crafts at the May 12 Tulip Festival in Hintonburg. Photos by Sheila Holmes.
Recipe for Giant Soap Bubbles:
- 12 cups of water,
- 1 cup of liquid soap,
- 1 cup of corn starch,
- 2 tbsp. baking powder.
• Stir often to prevent corn starch from settling.
• Use a loop of string or wool as a bubble wand to ensure lots of liquid is available at each attempt.