Tulip Legacy blooms again in Ot­tawa

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Ev­ery­thing’s com­ing up tulips — one mil­lion of them — in Canada’s cap­i­tal.

Go ahead, count them at the 66th an­nual Cana­dian Tulip Festival, May 11 to 21, pay­ing homage to an on­go­ing gift from the Nether­lands af­ter the Sec­ond World War.

Tulips be­came Ot­tawa’s of­fi­cial flower af­ter the Dutch Royal Fam­ily took refuge there and Cana­dian troops played a piv­otal role in the lib­er­a­tion of the Nether­lands.

When the war ended and the fam­ily re­turned to Europe, they sent a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ot­tawa.

This last­ing gift con­tin­ues and is known as the Tulip Legacy.

New is the Tulip Trail link­ing Commissioners Park and Lans­downe, a 20-minute stroll by “beau­ti­ful res­i­den­tial and city gar­dens, with in­ter­pre­ta­tion mark­ers, an­i­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment along the way.”

Also new is Rendez-vous des saveurs at the Zibi community in Gatineau with tulip-in­spired culi­nary of­fer­ings.

The theme is A World of Tulips with the main flower beds at Commissioners Park at Dows Lake, also the lo­ca­tion of a Vic­to­ria Day fire­works show on May 20.

There’s also tulip art in the By Ward Mar­ket; fun fam­ily events at Lans­downe; and tulips sprout­ing along the Gar­den Prom­e­nade. tulipfes­ti­val.ca; 1-800-668-8547

Fox trots

Pub­li­cist Beth Merrick says “Ladies and gen­tle­men, start your en­gines” as Mon­ster Jam roars into Hamil­ton, April 14 and 15.

There’s a “mega lineup” of seven new trucks plus fa­ther/daugh­ter driv­ers mak­ing their de­but at FirstOn­tario Cen­tre.

Pre­sented by Feld En­ter­tain­ment, the com­peti­tors are Mon­ster Mutt, Storm Dam­age, Hur­ri­cane Force, Stinger Un­leashed, Mas­ter of Dis­as­ter, Ni­tro Me­nace and Jail­bird, along with fan-favourite Grave Digger vy­ing for the cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Fans can see a fa­ther and daugh­ter com­pete against one an­other with Ni­tro Me­nace pi­loted by Dar­ren Migues and Jail­bird driven by Kay­lyn Migues.

Along with the two 1 p.m. shows, there will be pit par­ties be­fore the ac­tion.

Tick­ets start at $15. tick­et­mas­ter. ca, mon­sterjam.com; 1-855-9855000.

Cur­tain ris­ing

Strat­ford Festival ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Anita Gaffney said its 66th sea­son will wel­come the 28-mil­lionth pa­tron.

So far, 70 per cent has been raised of the $100-mil­lion Spirit of the Tent cam­paign to build a new Tom Pat­ter­son Theatre Cen­tre.

The new theatre, de­signed by ar­chi­tect Sia­mak Hariri, is to open for the 2020 sea­son.

This sea­son starts April 17 with the Music Man and con­tin­ues un­til Oc­to­ber.

Fea­tured are The Tem­pest; Com­edy of Er­rors; Co­ri­olanus; Julius Cae­sar; Rocky Hor­ror Show; Long Day’s Jour­ney Into Night; An Ideal Hus­band; To Kill a Mock­ing­bird; Napoli Mil­ionaria!; Bronte; and Par­adise Lost. strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca; 1-800-567-1600

Vimy re­mem­bered

Ge­or­gia Sifton of the El­gin County Her­itage Cen­tre in St. Thomas says the 8th an­nual Vimy Lec­ture will honour those in the First World War com­bat in France.

The event at the cen­tre (460 Sun­set Drive) on Monday (April 9) at 2 p.m. will re­call how 600 El­gin County sol­diers fought at the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge in­clud­ing Lance- Sergeant El­lis Sifton, a Wal­lace­town na­tive.

Killed in ac­tion elim­i­nat­ing a Ger­man ma­chine gun em­place­ment, he was posthu­mously awarded a Vic­to­ria Cross to be dis­played that day.

Guest speaker is Tracy Gor­don of Dut­ton, an his­tor­i­cal seam­stress and war re-en­ac­tor. Info: (519) 631-1460, ext. 193 Golden Age The Wood­stock Cho­ralaires will cel­e­brate The Golden Age of the Sil­ver Screen at the Marathana Chris­tian Re­formed Church (735 Fron­tenac Cres.) on April 28.

With per­for­mances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., con­duc­tor Ge­of­frey Warder will be ac­com­pa­nied by pian­ist Su­san Barta with the Show­time Or­ches­tra.

They will per­form songs from Hol­ly­wood movies such as The Jazz Singer, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, State Fair and Sin­gin’ in the Rain.

Tick­ets are $25, adults, and $12 to age 12. Info: (519) 536-7630


Tulips bloom on Par­lia­ment Hill in Ot­tawa.

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