Snowmania has arrived in the Glebe
If you stroll past Pure Gelato in the Glebe over the next month, you may hear a familiar sound coming from a giant snow sculpture carved out on the patio.
It won’t take you long to recognize the voice, and when you approach the sculpture, you’ll see an eight-foot Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip donning his signature Lilliput Hat, frozen in one of his signature poses.
The giant snow sculpture is one of five snow creations for Snowmania – The Glebe’s annual event for the 40th anniversary of Winterlude. It’s our way of paying tribute to the man, the poet, and the activist who gave so much to his country.
Four other smaller snow sculptures are being carved along Bank Street – at the Chinese United Church, Feleena’s Restaurant, the Beer Store, and at Sporting Life. But that’s just scratching the surface for what is planned for Snowmania and Winterlude in the Glebe.
The winter party gets going this Saturday with an official opening ceremony to light the Lansdowne Winter Garden from 6-8 p.m. Members of the public are invited to bring a tin can or jar to make lanterns inside the Aberdeen Pavilion from 6-6:30 p.m. with the official procession beginning at 6:45 p.m. Eccentric Adam will provide entertainment throughout the evening.
Snowmania Sundays begin Sunday, February 4th with Lantern Workshops inside the Horticulture Building, as well as family entertainment provided by Eccentric Adam and Zip-E the Clown. Snowmania Sundays run February 4th, 11th, and 18th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Roll to some family funk on February 10th with the Aberdeen Roller Disco party. Families can roll around the Aberdeen Pavilion while grooving to disco beats from a live DJ. Bring your own skates or rent a pair on site. Organizers are hosting an early session from 5-7 p.m. and an evening session from 8-10 p.m. Click here for more details.
Like beer? Head to the Aberdeen Pavilion February 16-17th for this year’s Winter Brewfest where you can sample craft beers from Ontario and beyond while staying warm. Click here for tickets or more information.
Snowmania kicks into high gear on February 17 with the Crackup Snowmania Challenge – where families and kids are invited to build snowmen around Lansdowne Park to help raise awareness and funds for mental health services in Ottawa. While the event is not an attempt at a Guinness World Record this year, we are still hoping to break our own record of 3,000 snowmen last year. The event is being hosted by the Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. all around Lansdowne Park. Click here for more information.
Restaurants, bars and hotels will go head-to-head for bragging rights in the Waiters’ and Waitresses’ Race on Ice on February 18. Cheer on these teams as they race along the Rideau Canal with trays loaded with dishes. Who will take home the championship? And who will spill their dishes all over the ice. The races start at 1 p.m.
And the Glebe will be a buzz with entertainment on Family Day Febraury 19, as the area will be bursting with activity for the final day of Winterlude.
The fun all starts at 11 a.m. with the Cow Guys who will be performing juggling and magic throughout the neighbourhood. Contact juggler Lacey Lucidity will performing her jaw-dropping crystal ball performance along Bank Street while a family photo booth will be set up at Local from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come and get free fun and silly family photos at Lansdowne throughout the day. The Ottawa 67’s then take on the Kitchener Rangers at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets.