9 July 2021
They say the sun’s going to shine this weekend, so it’s the perfect time to head to the great outdoors with loved ones, whether that means the backyard, a trip to the cottage or campground, or a few hours spent in a park.
▪️Family and friends of The Ottawan have been known to engage in evening games of croquet that are fuelled by a healthy spirit of competition, vodka tonics, and a bit of cheating on the part of at least one player (you know who you are). The game tends to be quite casual but it turns out there are proper rules: Buy a four player set at Canadian Tire for $34.99 + tax
▪️Enjoy game night by the campfire with a pack of Native Elements Playing cards, featuring designs by Northwest Coast Indigenous artists. $16.99 + tax and shipping.
▪️The Log Toss Lawn Game by Ottawa’s Maker House is a twist on a Finnish game called Molkky, which is simply throwing a log at some other logs to knock them down, for points. It’s actually more complicated than that, and we hear it can get pretty competitive. We’re in. $99.95
▪️Keep the porch, balcony, or cottage tidy with baskets by Les Deux Soeurs Dans Le Même Panier. These handmade, finger woven baskets are available in designs that will carry picnics, shopping, logs or lunch, or just sit stylishly on the stairs or the kitchen counter.
▪️Thanks to a heads-up from the Midnight Baker, we can tell you about a new outdoor market launching this weekend. The Nepean Night Market runs from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday July 11th, in the parking lot of the Mr. Lube on Baseline Road. Organizers promise local vendors, music, and fun, and we can’t think of a better way to banish the regular Sunday night blues.
This month is the 225th anniversary of the death of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns. The Scottish Society of Ottawa is marking the occasion on Saturday July 17 with music and poetry readings, all of which will be listed on the group’s website as they are confirmed. The society has also created BURNS225 RIP swag bags containing Scottish goodies like whisky (and whisky glasses), shortbread, chocolates, a Burns 225 logo tee, and more. $140 for members, $150 for non-members.