Hamilton Happenings: May 2012

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I think the first two weeks of May are the busiest two weeks in Hamilton all year! There is an insane amount of things to do and each event sounds too good to miss. A difficult situation for someone like me, who both loves this city and is hopelessly indecisive. Help a girl out... what are you doing in Hamilton this month?

AGH Art Sale: May 3-6 / "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."

Sew Hungry: May 4 / 11-3 / Ottawa St. / Touted as Canada’s largest food truck and restaurant rally, this seems to be the event everyone is talking about. 15 of Ontario’s best food trucks and 6 of Ottawa Street’s top restaurants will be serving lunch curbside, including fan favourites Gorilla Cheese, El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Smokes Poutinerie, and more. My advice from attending last year? Take the afternoon off and be prepared to wait.

Art Grab: May 4 / 7-9 / 155 James St N / $71 / A fundraiser for Hamilton Artists Inc, this event presents a gallery full of 5 x 7 anonymous works by local artists, celebrities and community leaders, which you will get a chance to sntach right off the wall! There will also be door prizes, refreshments and entertainment.

Doors Open: May 5-6 / 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.

Spring Sprint: May 5 / 10am / Dofasco Park / 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 me here, or at least send us happy thoughts as we huff and puff around the track Saturday morning.

Simple Apron Sewing Class: May 10 / 6-9 / 174 James St N / As far as I know there are still spots available in the class I'm teaching at Needlework this month. Just in time for Mother's Day!

Vintage Dress Sale: May 11-12 / 133 James St N. / For the first time White Elephant is bringing Victoire's successful bi-annual vintage sale from Ottawa to Hamilton! Together with vintage enthusiasts Love In The Afternoon from Toronto and Hamilton's own Peacock Chic, they have sourced the most incredible dresses from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Tulle, silk, lace, taffeta, bows, crinoline, oh my! Who knows, maybe my wedding dress will be hiding in those racks?

Mother's Day: May 13 / all day / Don't forget!

West Hamilton Artists Tours: May 12-13 / 10-5 / A unique opportunity to peak inside the studios of your favourite local artists. This year's tour features 22 artists in 10 locations throughout the Locke Street and Kirkendall neighbourhoods.

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