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Here comes the Summer!
Injury or illness can cost more than your health. It often means living on a lower income if you are in receipt of some kind of disability benefits and it often results in being less connected to your family, friends and wider community. You may not have the extra funds to do the things that you used to do with your family and friends. So, here are 5 free things going on in Hamilton to help you stay active and connected to your community. Maybe I’ll see you there!
1. Yoga at City Hall
Get your Buddha on! Free outdoor yoga is going to be available at City Hall soon. Beginning June 3, 2014 and running through to September 17, 2014, the yoga will take place every Wednesday at noon at City Hall (in the grassy area by Main and Bay Streets). The sessions will be 45 minutes in duration. The City of Hamilton website has more information and states that everyone is welcome “whether you’re a yoga guru or trying it for the first time”. Namaste.
2. The James Street North Art Crawl
As Pablo Picasso says “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” If you want to dust off your soul, a great place to do it for free is in downtown Hamilton. Every second Friday of the month there is an Art Crawl on James Street North (between King William and Barton Streets). This event is free, and begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. All of the galleries in the area have their new art openings on the same night, and lots of shops and street vendors are open for business. You don’t have to know anything about art to attend. It is very casual, and you can wander in and out of any of the galleries at your own pace.
3. Wednesday Live Music at Whitehearn
I don’t know about you, but I love the show Downton Abbey. You don’t have to be an Earl or a Countess to enjoy beautiful music in a historic garden this summer. From June 27, 2014 until August 29, 2014, Whitehearn Museum will host free live music in their elegant garden. So bring your lunch (and your Lady’s maid) and enjoy! There are limited tables and chairs provided, so you may be wise to bring a little blanket to sit on. There is tea and lemonade available for $1.
4. The Gore Park Summer Promenade
Gore Park is one of our City’s gems, with its central location in the heart of the City and the gorgeous fountain and green space. The Gore Park Summer Promenade runs every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During the Promenade, Gore Park comes alive with food trucks, vendors, life size games and live entertainment. There will be many vendors, artists and artisans in the park during the Promenade. The event is free, so bring your lunch from home, or grab something from a local restaurant or from a food truck in the park, and enjoy the live entertainment, and the historic and beautiful outdoor space.
5. Art Gallery Hamilton’s Friday Free Night
Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is Ontario’s third largest public art gallery and owns one of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 10,000 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and contemporary art. On the first Friday of each month from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., the Art Gallery of Hamilton presents Friday Free Night, an opportunity for members of the public to enjoy gallery level 1 exhibitions at no charge.
The summer is almost here, and there are lots of exciting free things to do in our fabulous City… something for everyone. So get out there and connect with your neighbours and with your City, and I will hopefully see you at an event this summer.
Patricia Santucci is a personal injury lawyer born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds several degrees having attended King’s College at the University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of Windsor and an Ontario Teaching Degree from Teacher’s College as well as her Ontario Teaching Certificate. After graduating from the University of Alberta law school she was called to the bar in 2000. You can find Patricia on Google+ and LinkedIn or directly through this website