30th Aug, 2009

Fall vacations – a change in season?

Officially, summer’s not over yet, and the weather here in Victoria often underlines that. September is one of our most beautiful months, even if the day ends soooner and the night carries that hint of autumn chill to it. Days are bright, warm and beautiful, with the gardens and parks showing their last beautiful blooms, and the leaves just beginning to turn. It’s a gorgeous time to visit, and if you’re planning on coming out to Victoria for the back to school beginning of fall, be sure to check out the following events.

For one night only, August 31, be sure to be at the MacPherson Playhouse for Jake’s Gift. Julia MacKey plays the dual roles of an 80 year old man and a 10 year old girl as the old man returns to Juno Beach, site of Canada’s landing on D-Day during World War II to find the grave of his brother. Instead, he’s confronted and forced to deal with ghosts he’s successfully ignored for 60 years. Both gut-shakingly funny and heart-breakingly sad, Julia’s dual performances have won accolades all over Canada.

The Victoria Fringe Festival continues through the week until Sept. 6 at various locations. Check out Cherry Cherry Lemon by Keri Healey where two very different women explore the themes of love and lust and how one isn’t always the other, or Good Night Uncle Joe, about life in the last days of Salinist Russia and the testing of loyalties and life. For a comic relief you might want to see The Peter and Chris Show! With Peter and Chris!, featuring award winning comediens (you guessed it) Peter and Chris, or the Return of Sex, a futuristic look at procreation in 2072.

If you want a taste of the international, then be sure to stop in at the Greek fest, running September 2 to 7 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Presentation. Located just in front of the Commonwealth Pool, this promises to be a delight to the palate, the ear and the senses. Greek cooking and music are justly famed and presented throughout the festival. Also featured is not only Greek dancing, but dance lessons, and each night open stage dancing – join the professionals up on the stage for a great evening of music and real Greek dances.

If Blues is more your thing, then be sure to check out the Island Blues Bash. September 5 to 7, Ship Point for most performances. Some of the featured acts: Gerry Barnum Band, Cruel Shoes, The Pushband, Soul Shakers and the Insomniacs. There are lots more groups – both local and international. Be sure to check out the action. Please note that evening performances will take place at venues other than the Inner Habour, Ship’s Point.

The Classic Boat Festival takes place Sept 4 – 6 in the Inner Harbour. Free to specatators, the Festival features beautifully restored classic boats from all over the west coast of Canada and the US. If you time it right, you can enjoy the boats while listening to the incredible blues of the Island Blues bash.

The Saanich Fall Fair is underweigh Labour Day weekend at the Fairgrounds in Saanichton. Be sure to visit and enjoy the rural, agricultural delights on display. What started out as 10 pioneer farmers back in 1868 has now grown to amazing proportions. Today, the Saanich Fair has three times more exhibits than the PNE, and more than 5,000 entries in 26 sections.  Enjoy the agricultural fair with judging, midway, games, demonstrations and much more.

Whether your preference is for superb theatre, Greek culture, Blues and Boats or an agricultural fair with loads of history to it, the Admiral Inn will be happy to accommodate you. We can’t promise baklava for breakfast, but we do provide a complimentary continental breakfast. And while we might not have an in-house blues band, we are steps away from the Blues Festival. Make our hotel your end of summer downtown, inner harbour accommodation and we’ll go the extra mile to make it comfortable, enjoyable and a home away from home getaway.

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