Spring is here, Easter or Pascha is almost upon us (are you ready for Holy Week?), and the blood is running – gardeners’ fingers are itchy to get into the dirt, runners are out in massive force, and here at the Admiral, we’ve got spring busting out all over. Even our maintenance guys have been seen weeding the gardens!
Be sure to catch the Salmon Kings, speaking of high blood, when they go up against Utah on March 31, April 1 and 2! Tickets available at the door or check with Memorial Save On Foods Arena.
Curling is hot! Have you caught any of the action? Victoria is proud to host the 5th Annual Asham World Curling Event, the Victoria Curling Classic. Bringing together 20 world-class men’s teams and 5 world-class women’s teams, competing in separate competitions, the Victoria Curling Classic is sure to provide all the same drama and excitement that mesmerized Olympic curling fans.
Confirmed players to this year’s event include Canada’s 2010 Men’s Olympic gold medalists Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert, Canada’s 2006 Men’s Olympic gold medalists Brad Gushue, Mark Nicols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab, along with international competitors from China, Japan and Korea. 13 games are set to be played over the 4 days of competition, 10 round robins and 3 playoff games. Event passes can be purchased by calling the Victoria Curling Club at 250-386-6396.
And if Lego is more your style, then you need to be in Sidney, just a short drive (40 minutes) from Victoria on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 through to Wednesday, March 31st at the Sidney Museum. Come out and see hundreds of LEGO sets from the last 30 years as well as some original models built by the Victoria LEGO Users Group (VicLUG). This enchanting exhibit is fun for all ages! This is a “can’t miss” display, seeing upwards of 10,000 visitors in its 3 months. So, come check it out!
Once you’ve enjoyed what can be done with little plastic building blocks, you can saunter (drive, bike, walk, roller-blade) over to 1001 Douglas Street to see what women and men can do with embroidery. This year features some beading work from Metis Nation of Greater Victoria who will be demonstrating a beading technique they are trying to revive.
Then, to celebrate the coming of Easter, enjoy Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion. Peter Butterfield leads the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, VancouverVoices and students of St. Michael’s University School and the Victoria Symphony in this highly-anticipated performance of Bach’s magnificent sacred oratorio at Christchurch Cathedral. Soloists: Eric Shaw, Michael Uloth, Sarah Fryer, Jennifer Farrell, Daniel Lichti, Delwynne Windell.
For those of a Christian persuasion, who wish to participate in the Holy Week services coming up, please check the following websites and information pages:
Orthodox English language services: All Saints of Alaska OCA Orthodox Church. Please be aware that some services will be at the St. Maria of Paris Centre, 205-824 Johnson St.
Anglican services: Christchurch Cathedral
Roman Catholic services: St. Andrew’s Cathedral
We’re all excited about Easter, spring, the warm sunny weather and the return of all the birds, people and excitement to Victoria. After a long grey winter, it’s so good to see the sun and our returning visitors. At the Admiral, we’re spring cleaning (to go along with our winter, fall and summer cleaning! Yes, we deep clean regularly), weeding, planting in the garden, airing the linen and generally preparing to welcome you, our valued guest. Be sure to call ahead, or book our cheap (but clean and attractive) rooms or suites on line – click on the link to the right to take you to our brand-new website reservation page!