Hamilton Happenings: May 2011

                                                                             Photo via Hindsvik

I like to try to stay positive, but I'll admit it's been a crummy Spring so far. I can count the number of rain-free days on one hand and our precious seedlings are looking pretty spindly from lack of sunlight. Mother Nature took April showers pretty seriously this year, but judging by the gorgeous weather today, fingers crossed she's serious about May flowers too! The next couple weeks are rammed full of amazing things to see and do in Hamilton. I hope to see you out and about... without an umbrella!

AGH Art Sale: May 5-8 / "After spending the winter months visiting artist studios and province-wide art fairs and exhibitions, AGH Art Consultants have selected a variety of works for the home, office, and finally... the garden! Enjoy a bright and dazzling selection of original art from emerging and established artists."

Doors Open Hamilton: May 7-8 / This is one of my favourite events of the year. Hamilton has so many beautiful heritage sites and this is your chance to peak inside them, completely free of charge! Being a tourist for a day in your own city may be just what the doctor ordered after a long, bitter hibernation.

West Hamilton Artists Tours: May 7-8 / A unique opportunity to tour the studios of your favourite local artists. It seems I have a touch of voyeurism when it comes to artists studios — I am obsessively interested in where the magic happens. You can imagine how much this event excites me! I'll definitely hit a few in my neighbourhood.

Spring Sprint: May 7 / 9am / My family fundraise and participate in this 5k walk/run for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada every year in honour of my father, a brave brain tumour survivor. If you can't make it out to the event to cheer us on, please consider sponsoring our team here, or at least think of us huffing and puffing around a track when you wake up Saturday morning.

Makers' Market: May 7 / 10-3 / 252 James Street North / The first makers' market of the season kicks off this Saturday at Christ's Church Cathedral. If you've never been, this is a great little community market featuring local art, handmade goods, fresh foods and much more. They set up about twice a month and are celebrating their fifth season. A good place to go for a last-minute Mother's Day gift, perhaps?
Mother's Day: May 8 / all day / Don't forget!

Art Crawl featuring Field Trip: May 13 / 7-10 / 118 James St. N. / This is one art crawl you will not want to miss! Preloved (Toronto and Montreal), Robber (Toronto), Fieldguided (Toronto), and Victoire (Ottawa), along with hometown lovelies White Elephant and YarnOverMovement, will join forces in a pop-up shop! Break out the piggy bank for some amazing clothing and accessories, folks! (Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I can't contain the excitement!!!) As a little extra incentive, White Elephant will be giving out loot bags to the first 25 shoppers in the door! Believe me, you want one of those bags. You may want to camp out. Seriously.

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