April 2014 Update

Dear Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour,
Looking forward to spring and summer, and truly excited about summer plans!

CARAVANSTAGE, a traveling theatre company that does Cirque-de-Soleil type shows on a floating barge with the audience watching on land!
Hoping they will be performing off shore at the Woolen Mill this August 14-16. They built their barge in Kingston’s Inner Harbour 20 years ago and this is a return home! More anon.

ON THE WALL, a truly original art festival – on the retaining wall behind Rideaucrest in Doug Fluhrer Park. Artists and community members will be invited to apply to create original art works on one of the 23 panels (each 25’x8.5′). Proposed for mid to late August (Aug 18-24?) Spread the word! Official application forms currently being created. For further information contact inverarymary@yahoo.com or 613-544-1246.
Hoping for submissions from local street artists as well as professionals, community groups and schools that might include painting, sculptural ideas, aboriginal works, HART Studio conceptions, environmental art, fibre art, found objects and more.
Jurors confirmed to date: Julian Brown (Kingston Portrait Prize), Primrose Craig (Kingston School of Art), Karen Peperkorn (Art Teacher, QECVI), Su Sheedy (Artist and Curator, Modern Fuel).
Burkom, Kingston, LeBlanc and Wilcox of CIBC Wood Gundy our founding sponsors, have pledged $500 but we really need your support to pay for things like park rental, publicity and to give the participating artists some small stipend to cover their costs. We have no money!!!!!

PLEASE SHARE OUR VISION!

YOU CAN HELP IN TWO WAYS:
Please donate! You can visit our website www.friendsofinnerharbour.com and donate pay via PayPal or send a cheque to: Friends of Kington Inner Harbour, c/o Elizabeth Durno, 190 Ordnance St., Kingston, K7K 1H1 to receive a charitable receipt. Or, if you don’t care about a charitable receipt, just go to the Kingston Community Credit Union at Market Square and donate to the Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour next time you are downtown.That would be SO wonderful. Every penny helps!
Come to the Council meeting when the motion to Council to allow us to host ON THE WALL will be put forward. We will be doing a delegation at the beginning of the meeting. An announcement concerning date and details will be sent out soon. Thanks so very much.

Other summer plans include once again, our FAMILY WEDNESDAYS IN JULY This year Burgandy Dunn has agreed to organize these events that will include the Barefoot Players as well as original crafts and games. If you are interested in helping contact bdunn@cela.ca.

SPRING CLEAN-UPS!
Sunday, April 27, Doug Fluhrer Park. 9-12 am.
Sunday, May 18, Trail just south of Belle Park 9-12 am
All welcome! PLEASE COME AND HELP! Coffee, juice, fruit and goodies provided!

OTHER EVENTS COMING UP SOON:

1) LEE MURDOCK: Performing live on Wolfe Island. SONGS OF THE GREAT LAKES.
Saturday, April 12, 2014. 7 pm St. Margaret’s Hall, Wolfe Island $12 Adults; $10 Wolfe Island Hist. Soc.members; $5 under 18.
Lee Murdock, of Kaneville, Illinois, is broadly acknowledged as “the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes”

2) SHORELINE SHUFFLE REVISITED: EXHIBITING PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS FROM THE SHORELINE SHUFFLE, 2013.
April 3 – May 18, 2014. Pump House Steam Museum 23 Ontario St. Pump House Steam Museum


Pump House Steam Museum
Learning The Museum offers learning events throughout the season for museum-goers of all ages.

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a) FORUM: ANIMATING PUBLIC SPACE THROUGH ART: April 16, 7-9 pm Panel includes:
Clarke Mackay: The Politics of Play: Civic Engagement and Site Specific Art
Annalea Adair: Kingston’s Public Arts Master Plan and What It Hopes to Achieve
Local Artists: will share their stories.

b) FORUM: RE-IMAGINING KINGSTON`S WATERFRONT: JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION May 14, 7-9 pm. Panel includes:
Carl Bray: Urban Design: Benefits and Challenges
David McDonald: Shoreline Shuffle 2013: Highlights and Messages
Also included: An update on the Waterfront Master Plan. Staff will give an overview of the objectives, timelines and public participation opportunities for this plan.

3) ARTILLERY PARK OPENING MAY 1.
Dignitaries present 11;30 am.,

4) NEW AGE OF SAIL: THE STORY OF CANADA’S SAILING BOOM
May 5 – November 30, 2014. Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. www.marmuseum.ca


Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Ontario, Canada and the Museum Ship Alexander Henry is open year round for indiv…

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Curated by Rob Mazza, this exhibit will honor the designers and builders that launched sailing’s popularity from the late 1950s through the 70s and show the transition from wood construction to fibreglass, the beginnings of mass production and affordability and increased leisure fun for the middle classes. Models and actual boats on display.

CURRENT CITY SURVEYS WANTING YOUR INPUT

1) KINGSTON`S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
Let the City know about your climate action plans at as they get ready to the release the community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan due on Clean Air Day June 4.

2) KINGSTON ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY FORUM
What do you consider to be environmental priorities. Short survey
http://www.CityofKingston.ca/getinvolved

3) CITY OF KINGSTON TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN
Once again, http://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/get-involved to complete short survey.

INTERESTING NEW ADDITION TO CITY OF KINGSTON WEBPAGE
Snapshot Kingston is a new app in the mapping section of the City’s webpage – easy to use and shows how the city has grown over time. Users can enter any address and view historic maps and aerial photos dating back to 1885 to see how it has changed. Have a look at the Inner Harbour. Have a look at your own address.
Also included are the Culture Map, City parks and Capital Projects.www.cityofkingston.ca/maps
FYI; To subscribe to the City’s News mailing list to receive interesting updates like this:

ONGOING QUICK UPDATES:

1) High Level Vision and Master Plan for Douglas R. Fluhrer Park approved by the Arts, Recreation and Community Policies Committee meeting, Thursday, March 27. To be presented to Council sometime soon. Changes to the park are not likely to happen anytime soon as the work of the City’s newly created Waterfront Working Group will have to complete their deliberations first.

2) Location of this year’s trail section still under deliberation

3) Ways being sought to raise awareness and community funding to help Kingston’s turtles.
Contact Celeste Booth – celestebooth@gmail.com

4) Possible Inner Harbour Zimbabweyan sculpture summer camp still under consideration. Hank Doornekamp graciously offered the Woolen Mill property as a possible setting.

5) The City of Kingston’s Waterfront Working Group: Proposals from consultants being received and evaluated.

6) Inner Harbour Heritage Tour: Further discussions ongoing about new possibilities.

7) Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour Voting Members meeting, Monday, May 5 at 1 Place d’Armes, Unit 83.

8) Cycle Week (June 1 – June 8) and the Commuter Challenge. We are partnering with the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Health Unit to host a Roll-In Breakfast in Market Square on Monday, June 2. Mayor and Council are being invited to participate in a friendly competition riding into the downtown with constituents! Mayor on board! Planning in process. Should be fun. Stay tuned.

9) 9 North Street. ABNA Investments finalizing development plans with the City. In process.

10) Wellington St. Extension Outreach Group. You are cordially invited to join this new group that will be collaborating with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group in Kingston for the purpose of creating an educational presentation for community groups, organizations and schools to discuss broad concerns about revitalizing the downtown including the pros and cons of the proposed extension. Some advocacy involved. If interested contact inverarymary@yahoo.com

11) Kingston Streets Alive. Streets will be closed to traffic from the Memorial Centre to Lake Ontario Park (sections of Alfred, Princess and King) for a day celebrating physical activity and fun. Arts activities being planned along the way. Proposed date now changed to Sunday, Sept 21. Volunteers wanted. More anon.

12) From Fellow Community Associations:
a) The Our Neighbourhood community association is having a meeting May 7 (location TBA) to assess where to go next after their OMB hearing March 26 where they argued vigorously against the proposed development on Johnson St of a high-density 29 unit building that would replace 5 houses on Johnson St. in an area of the city zoned for one and two bedroom houses. Decision pending. For more information, visit ourneighbourhood.ca
b) Meeting of Williamsville Community Association, Monday, April 14, 7 pm St. Lukes Church. Includes presentations from KEDCO and KCAT.
c) Skeleton Park Music Festival scheduled for Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21
d) McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association in partnership with Lake Ontario Waterkeepers for the 2014 Swim, Drink Fish Challenge. Sunday, June 22. Newlands Pavilion – featuring Sheesham and Lotus Contra Dancing and the Open Voices Community Choir. More anon.

13) Thoughts afoot to consider some sort of Shoreline Improvement initiative in the fall. More anon.

So there we are. Spring is here. See you in the park and along the waterfront.
Cheers,
Mary Farrar,
President,
Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour