Well, okay, maybe not a real, Roman Centurion, but the Canadian Navy has been around for 100 years this year. And our Canadian Forces are going all out to celebrate the fact. How can the ADMIRAL! hotel ignore our naval celebrations? Well, it’s simple. We can’t. Be sure to check our specials page for a sweet deal for any out of town sailors who’ll be here, and keep your eyes on this space for information about any and all upcoming events from now until the International Fleet Review week (and after) June 9-14. Over 25 maritime nations from around the world have been invited to visit and participate in the review, and the USS Nimitz will be participating as well. No word yet on whether there will be tours, but starting now and continuing until August, Dockyard will be offering free guided walking tours. Gather up ten friends and call or email ahead to book, (by phone at 250-363-5291 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org) and take a look at what our Navy does (and has done since the dockyard opened) here in Victoria.
If you’re interested in roses, or in the WRCNS (Wrens), then be sure to attend the planting of a new rose hybrid strain at the Wardroom on March 8. The AC ™ Navy Lady was developed specifically to honour the women who chose to serve their country in the Navy – both those in the past, and those who are serving today. If you like the strain, then purchase one at a selected nursery. Information is available at the WRCNS website.
For all of you who are Welsh, or only, like most of us, wish we were Welsh, be sure to drop into the Saanich Fairgrounds on Feb. 27 to listen to Rig-a-Jig as they join the City of Garden’s Chorus to celebrate St. David’s Day in a massive, fun ceilidh. For those unfamiliar with Celtic terms, a ceilidh (caylee) is a dance. But don’t worry if you don’t know the steps, because they’ll have a caller and the dances are easy and fun. St. David is the patron saint of Wales, and his official feast day is March 1, but who can blame the City of Gardens for wanting to celebrate early? They’ve been selected to compete at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales in July 2010! Congratulations to the Sweet Adelines and best of luck to all of them!
If bluegrass is more your style, or your musical tastes are eclectic, then catch the Bluegrass festival at Ocean Island on Feb. 27. Introducing Bluegrass Sunday, hosted by Doosie and Decker. Eat, drink and check out Ocean Island’s first bluegrass extravaganza, or bring along an instrument and be part of the jam. Starts at 9pm.
And I really recommend you don’t miss Phoenix Theatre’s production of Problem Child. Confined to a hotel room, a desperate and dysfunctional couple tries to put their past drug abuse and prison terms behind them in order to regain custody of their baby. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights, best known for his fast-paced black comedies that satire the woes of contemporary culture under the pressures of capitalism. Advisory: Strong language. Two performances are captioned for those with hearing issues. Feb. 18-27.
Be sure to check our blog regularly for more information and events related to the Canadian Naval Centennial – all sorts of things are in the works, from parades to the unveiling of a statue, to tours and BBQs, right on up to Symphony Splash this August as the Victoria Symphony pays tribute to the Canadian Maritime Forces. We at the Admiral are proud of our women and men in uniform, and we are offering a special package for service families while the International Fleet Review is on, June 9 – 14. We’re located adjacent to the Inner Harbour, and offer modest, one could even say, cheap, rates. But our services and cleanliness are top of the line, as befits an Admiral! Come and stay with us and enjoy the spring and summer events that are within walking distance of the hotel (and that’s all of downtown!) We look forward to welcoming you, and your family, at the Admiral Hotel.