I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Tara for the past three years in my day job, Associate Director of New Works here in Vancouver. At least once a week she’s in the office, stroller in tow, to meet with her GM Janice, and get down to the business of running an amazing dance theatre company. She’s a ray of fresh, real sunshine, and always make you laugh. I’m so delighted that Tara is our newest interview on the site today – read on and don’t forget to see her next performance in a week!
When Hilary’s email sailed into our inbox last week, I had to blink hard. Her ears must’ve been burning. Over the past couple of months, Bree and I have been eager to get back into focusing Peaks & Harbours on what we (and you!) love best – art & design excursions that thrill the grown-ups and excite the littles; promoting local businesswomen, artist, and creators; telling tales of our outdoor adventures; talking real about the world around us and our place in it; sharing tasty recipes that nourish you; and sharing our favourite hilarious moments – all from our amazing team of Peaks & Harbours contributors.
But I digress.
Hilary – Dr. Hilary Letwin to be exact – of Culture Babes, has been hosting events for five years that bring parents and kids to art exhibitions and performance events around the city, satisfying that deep craving to keep your intellect fed, with kids in tow. Now, without spoiling everything that Hilary has kindly written below, these are no regular gallery visits – they are more like, relaxed VIP tours for you and your littles. Got your attention? Read on readers, read on.
I started this “Experience Vancouver” feature because I was tired (read discouraged) from all of the negative blog posts and news articles that had been circulating around the inter-webs, regarding the decline of culture in Vancouver, the un-affordability, the “it’s you Vancouver, not me!” My discouragement definitely wasn’t coming from just the articles and posts; it was coming from personal circumstances as well.
When I sat down to prepare my editorial calendar for Peaks and Harbours and my own blog, I found I was lacking inspiration. Thinking about inspiration and where we draw ours from, helped me create the idea for this particular post. Where to find inspiration in Vancouver.
This was a delicious post to prepare. The Hot Chocolate Festival is going on right now and if you want to get out and experience some of the best cafe’s in Vancouver, I’d recommend hitting up a few of the participating vendors to try their signature chocolate beverages.
The festival is not just a good excuse to drink hot chocolate, it’s also a fundraiser for the Downtown Eastside Women’s job training program of the PHS Community Services Society and East Van Roasters.
Craft fairs have come along way in the last decade, especially in Vancouver. They are the perfect way to support and shop local, meet rad humans in your community, immerse yourself in art and fine crafts, and usually fill your tummy with delicious treats. Here is a list of upcoming craft fairs.
As far as I know, the average person tries very hard to prepare for the unknown. When I found out I was pregnant, my head began to spin with the idea of how we would have to plan for what was to come eight months from that very moment. As time went on and my belly grew, so did the lists of things we needed to do. Everything I did up until the day my son was born was plan and prepare. Eventually that day arrived, and we went on to experience everything that typically accompanies the first year of a baby’s life. Just as we finally figure out our footing, our groove as I like to say, I notice there is a date looming around the corner waiting for me. It’s the one when my comfy security blanket I like to call maternity leave, comes to an end. Something else to prepare for now. Working and being a parent. Another unknown. As the “first day back” approached, lists were back in my life, mental notes while lying in bed returned with a vengeance. How do I set up child care? part-time or full-time? How will I ever get everything organized? My head again, spinning. I needed a break from the pressure of upcoming work, and being trapped indoors from the rain. So we did what we do best, and made our way out of the city to explore the wilderness.