Our Ontario Trip plus Communities in Bloom Symposium 2003

Getting to Stratford proved a bit daunting as the signage in Ontario overall is really quite bad – you must have a good map with you. We did make it and got settled into our hotel at Victorian Park Inn then went to get registered.

The City of Stratford put on a wonderful symposium with great speakers. Saturday morning we gathered in our finery at the Stratford Festival Theatre for the National Awards Ceremony on the stage of the ‘King and I’. You can see all the winners listed on the Communities in Bloom website at http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca/ and see some of the pictures we took while there here. You have to be there to experience the joy these people have when they name is called…they have worked hard to get here and this is the feather in their cap. Community involvement is what this is all about.

We were treated to a special performance by Stratford resident, Loreena McKennitt and the MC for the morning was none other that Stratford’s own Lloyd Robertson of CTV.

These pictures include the winners, Loreena, the King & I stage, the huge silent auction and finally some pictures of the gardens in front of the Festival Theatre.

Next year this will take place in Charlottetwon PEI and the year after in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

After this, it was back to the room and then a little shopping in Stratford. Our last evening here was special … a great meal and band and draws for all kinds of prizes. Another year over and I know participants are already talking about next year.

These pictures are taken at Shakespeare’s Garden in Stratford. The tower is what remains of an old woolen mill, the black swan does not look too happy with Tom being so close!, then the final dinner for the symposium



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