If you live in the east end, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy Winterlude festivities this year. Just go to Orléans! Loads of fun events are on tap this month, in conjunction with the Winterlude schedule.
The whole family will want to head to the Shenkman Arts Centre Saturday, February 9, for Fête Frissons. Hosted by The Heart of Orléans BIA and the arts centre, this special day starts with a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Crafts, face painting, storytelling, a dance workshop, pottery and sculpting demonstrations, warm maple taffy and hot chocolate are also in the plans. While you’re there, you can take in live show. At 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre presents The Flying Canoe in the Richcraft Theatre.
The Flying Canoe (La Chasse-Galerie) is a well-known French Canadian tale about daily life in early French Canada. Audience members of all ages will enjoy the traditional songs and stories about the voyageurs, loggers, trappers and farm families. (While most of the Fête Frissons offerings are free, there is a charge for the taffy, hot chocolate and theatre presentation.)
Escape the February deep-freeze and heat things up at Mardi Gras in “New” Orléans Saturday, February 16. Featuring the Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo, the dinner and show at the Shenkman Arts Centre starts at 6 p.m. and the menu includes home-cooked jambalaya, plus dancing all evening to Cajun tunes.
On Family Day, February 18, Chris Patterson of The Arrogant Worms is presenting a family show at the Shenkman called Small Potatoes. It’s based on his popular album for children. Small Potatoes is guaranteed to be a fun and funny time, with music for singing and dancing and laughing along.
For details and tickets, check shenkmanarts.ca.