Well, we are always big time, but we actually have outdoor skating here in Victoria, no matter what the temperature! Yes, that’s right. Mayfair Mall has come up with a way to have an outdoor skating rink, on the roof of the mall, no matter what the weather. If you don’t have your own skates (because you left them at home – this IS Victoria, centre of Lotus Land, home of the annual February flower count, after all!) worry not! You can rent them for $5.00 a pair, with all proceeds going to aid the Land Conservancy and the SPCA. The rink takes up to 40 skaters an hour, it’s free if you don’t rent the skates (but a donation to either of those charities would be warmly welcomed) and music is provided by two of Victoria’s best radio stations – 103 the Q and 100 the Zone. How do they do it without the ice melting? All they’ll say is that it’s more environmentally friendly than frozen water. The rink will be open all of January and February.
Once you’ve warmed up and loosened up, and if it’s January 16, you might want to continue your charitable efforts by attending the For the Love of Africa dance and silent auction, music provided by the Vic High Rhythm & Blues Band. And if you haven’t yet heard this band, you’re in for a real treat – these kids know how to play music with spirit, with verve, with joy and with mega talent. It’s worth it alone, just to go listen to the band (but you won’t be able to resist getting up to dance when you hear them.) Tickets available online from the for Love of Africa website.
Then, when you’re pleasantly tired from the skating and dancing, stroll on over to the Victoria Symphony and listen to either of their two featured concerts – The French Connection, with maestro Jean Francois-Rivest and Avan Yu on piano, on January 11, 2009, or A Night at the Oscars, conducted by Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Victor Sawa. Thrill to the scores from Lawrence of Arabia, Robin Hood, Gladiator and more award winning movies on January 14, 15 or 16. Tickets available from the MacPherson Box Office.
We love winter and music here at the Admiral, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you for a stay for a night, a weekend, or for several weeks. This is the time of year our long stay guests begin arriving, and we’d love to have you join their company. During this time of year, it’s not just a hotel – the Admiral becomes a community – we have movie nights, organized tours, bridge tournaments, canasta games, and much more. We really do make this a home away from home while you’re here, and it’s warm and cozy inside the Admiral, where the coffee’s on all the time, and a brisk, short walk will bring you to the downtown inner harbour in just a few minutes. Check our Specials and Deals pages here on the blog, or on our website for seasonal and charitable specials.