All kinds of great things are happening in Weston even while we’re cooped up.
Old Mill GM has donated a car to Frontlines to help the local community organization “deliver breakfast, lunches, and groceries as well as pick up all times to serve the community”. The donation was accompanied by a COVID key-toss. Kudos!
April 23rd is Shakespeare’s official birthday. He was born in April 1564 and while there is uncertainty about the exact date, he definitely died on that date in 1616 and a convenient legend may have been established since April 23rd is also the feast day of St. George, patron saint of England (among other places).
Shakespeare was no stranger to pandemics and plagues. He may have written King Lear while in quarantine. Theatres were closed over a five-year period beginning in 1603 so the current pandemic, while a lot less deadly, would be familiar to him.
Here in Weston, we have an organization dedicated to bringing Shakespeare’s works to young people, Shakespeare in Action. SIA is one of the two anchor artistic organizations resident in the Weston Hub. They are currently organizing an activity open to all but aimed at people over the age of 55.
Read on below:
Did you know Shakespeare wrote his play King Lear in quarantine? Come join Pete Smith and Shakespeare in Action in our free online drop-in story-telling workshop for folks over 55. Tell a story. Tell your story.
Using Shakespeare’s King Lear as a springboard, you’ll receive guidance, be offered tools, and be inspired, to write, and tell compelling personal and fictional tales.
Through this story-sharing, we hope to create an ensemble and collect stories to turn into a community-based theatre production when social distancing is a thing of the past.
When: Mondays @ 10am – 11am
Dates: May 4th – Jun 1st, 2020 *excluding May 18th*Where: Zoom
Who: Priority for folks over 55 living in York South – Weston, but also open to anyone of any age who wants to be part of this project.
How: If you’re over 55, Email Danna at York West Active Living Centre at [email protected] or click the links below.
Why: Feeling isolated? Want to share stories? Come join!
Westmount Army and Navy Club has been around since 1938. It’s at 41 Kingdom Street off Scarlett Road just across the river in Greater Weston™. The idea of the club is to support veterans, family and friends along with the local community. They were serving the community before and after World War II and the Korean War and in 1954 the club became a refuge and coordination centre in the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel.
Nowadays, the club acts as a meeting spot for many in the community and members can enjoy a quiet drink while playing darts, cards, shuffleboard and the like. The club is occasionally rented for special events but COVID-19 has put paid to all of that.
Since closing on March 18th, revenue has stopped, vital maintenance work is ongoing and the utility bills keep coming. The club is entirely self-supporting and relies on nothing else.
The club is asking for community support through a gofundme campaign that if successful, will see them through the lockdown and help them get ready for their eventual re-opening when they can once again serve the community.
UrbanArts has taken to Zoom with a gusto. Weston’s finest arts organization now offers 1o programs online. And if the video below is anything to go by, the production quality is a whole lot higher than I’m getting from my pre-coffee 320×160 nose cam.
Good content can’t be cheap, and their biggest fundraiser of the year was cancelled. UrbanArts says, that as a result, “we need to raise $10,000 by May 30th to ensure that our programs continue to meet the needs of our community once we return to normal activities.”
Run by the Weston Village Business Improvement Area, the market was supposed to open in its spanking (if constrained) new Hub location on John Street in 2018 and when the site wasn’t ready, the market was able to survive thanks to the generosity of Weston Park Baptist Church. They loaned their parking lot by the UP Express station.
The 2019 booting out of long time trader (and actual farmer) Joe Gaeta was another setback and then as luck would have it, the following week, city inspectors withdrew the Farmers Market designation because of insufficient, er, actual farmers.
In yet another blow to the WFM, the BIA announced yesterday that the market will delay its 2020 opening until Saturday, July 4 at the earliest.
From the Facebook post announcing the delay:
“On behalf of the board of the Weston Village BIA, I regret to inform you that because of Covid19,and the city’s restrictions with respect to gatherings of 5 and over, we are delaying the opening of the 2020 market to Sat, July 4th or until restrictions are lifted by the city.
The market is a wonderful community gathering place, but, right now, the health and safety of our customers, vendors and market staff are the main priority.