Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Dragons, Ice Hogs, And Skaters

During the last weekend of Winterlude, I happened to catch a couple of costumed buskers making their way from Confederation Park over to City Hall, outfitted as dragons.


The Ice Hogs were also over here at the time, leaving City Hall as I passed by.


The Ottawa Public Library has a bookmobile program. Two buses serve in this capacity, sometimes showing up at events like Winterlude, but regularly through the week in various locations as an additional service beyond the thirty or so branches of the OPL. The bus is packed with books and other borrowing material.


Skaters were out on the ice rink before City Hall and Cartier Square.


And there were street musicians out at the entrance to City Hall. The enthusiasm of the dancer, moving to the sound of the drums, caught my attention.

28 comments:

  1. I love the Ottawa book mobile and the dragon! :)

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  2. The book mobile program is a good program. If only we have this here. Lots of wonderful happenings in Ottawa!

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  3. Goodness the last weekend of Winterlude is a feast of events and opportunities for the photographer William, I'm with the others above, the mobile book bus looks brilliant!

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  4. There is plenty to catch your eye. Looks like so much fun.

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  5. Nice to see all the activities! We have mobile libraries here as well.

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  6. It looks like a kind of carnival.

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  7. that is a cool dragon. neat costume! so fancy!!! ( ;

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  8. @Linda: I do too.

    @Nancy: it is a good resource.

    @Grace: I had no shortage of photo ops.

    @Lauren: it was fun.

    @Marleen: it is a good idea.

    @Marianne: it does indeed.

    @Beth: very cool!

    @Hilary: me too.

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  9. There is something fun for everyone at this event I see.

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  10. Book mobile is such a good idea.Also it looks like you have a few places in Ottawa for ice skating ;)

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  11. What's with the dragons? All of a sudden I've seen several blogs featuring dragons. Didn't St. George take care of that problem? Looks like you have a lot of fun there, but what's wrong with you people? Don't y'all know it's cold and you need to be inside by the first reading a book or sleeping? Sheesh!

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  12. Cute dragon and ice hogs! I like the bookmobile!

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  13. You still have lots of winter but your people get out and enjoy it. Ottawa must have the highest number of people who skate. The dragon costume is very ornate.

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  14. Looks like a beautiful winter day, William!

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  15. @Sharon: there's a lot!

    @Klara: that particular ice rink is quite popular, and is still open at present.

    @Lowell: but cold is a good thing!

    @Tamago: I do as well.

    @Red: we're in that transition zone at present. I've looked at the ice on the canal today, for instance, and there are signs of weakness. You couldn't step on it now.

    @RedPat: it was!

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  16. I'm glad there's still room for them in the streets between the piles of snow.

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  17. So much goes on in your neck of the woods. No one lets a little cold weather keep them inside.

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  18. Looks like Canadians use many opportunities to be outdoors.

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  19. Loved the dragons and the dancer. There is one man standing in that cold with no covering on his arms. Brrrr!

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  20. Re the buskers and the ice hogs: what some people will do to get some attention!

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  21. So much going on! I'm guessing that by Winterlude people are more than happy for an excuse to get out of the house.

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  22. it really looks like such a fun day!

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  23. Love the dragon! Nice to see the bookmobile. I remember one when I was a child.

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  24. This really looks fun - and colourful shots too.

    All the best Jan

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