The dark is setting in early these days, and this weekend is the darkest of all. Hallowe’en is approaching quickly and already the cobwebs are thick, the gravestones are proliferating and the manic werewolf howls are echoing in the neighbourhood.
And if you’re planning to come to the old, ghost ridden city for the holiday, you need to know that Conde Nast declared Victoria the 4th best city in North America to visit! So what are you waiting for? Mild temperatures that stretch into winter allow visitors to take in its many orchards, wineries and fall and winter gardens, not to mention not needing heavy coats and boots over those spectacular Hallowe’en costumes! We’re waiting for you, come on over and stay with us! Here at the Admiral, we’re decorated, but not with anything too scary, and the trick or treat candy is under lock and key, to keep it safe for the big night. But for this blog, we’re looking a little ahead.
Although Emily Carr described herself as an isolated little old woman on the edge of nowhere her work has an appeal that is universal in its expressive messages. With this exhibition, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will become the premiere destination on Vancouver Island to visit and learn about Emily Carr through her paintings. On the Edge of Nowhere will include an historical survey of Carr’s artistic career, featuring pieces in all the media and styles she explored and perfected. It will also focus on Carr’s influences and inspirations, such as European modern art, members of the Group of Seven artists, First Nations artists, Carr’s spirituality, and her interest in developing an art that speaks of her personal experience and her connection to the West Coast landscape. Runs until Dec. 31.
The Royal BC Museum is hosting free Remembrance activities and presentations. Together with Veterans Affairs Canada, military historians and veterans will talk about wartime experiences in the Museum Lobby each day. Community participants present poster displays, collections, public searches for military family history as well a wartime jeep and vintage uniforms to try on and have pictures taken. Replicas of the National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will also be on display. In addition, military personnel and their families (with ID) will have free access to the Museum’s exhibitions on the upper floors on November 11 only.
The 4th Annual Owl Designer Fair! A hip design and craft fair featuring all local artists. Unique handmade gifts for any age or style featuring textile artists, painters, clothing designs, vintage made new, jewelry, toys and accessories for baby’s and kids, pottery, home decor and much much more. Have a bite at our cafe and shop locally while enjoying live tunes in the evening by The Ramble, Mark Ednie, and more. You will find us in the gym at the Fernwood NRG Community Centre at 1240 Gladstone Ave near the heart of Fernwood Square. Entrance by optional donation with proceeds to the musicians and the Fernwood NRG. Friday November 26 6pm-10pm and Saturday November 27 10am-9pm.
Whether you’re here for friends, family, the craft fairs now starting up, the Rememberance Day activities or the Emily Carr exhibit, the Admiral can be your home away from home while you’re here. Even if you’re coming into town on business, we can help you out – check out our webpage for our November specials and our business amenities. And don’t forget to light the jack o’lantern on Sunday evening!