Hundreds of area
residents descended on the Shenkman Arts Centre on Saturday
to take part in the annual Fête Frissons Winterlude in Orléans
As a snowstorm
blanketed Orléans in the fluffy white stuff, participants
enjoyed fresh maple syrup taffy while doing arts and crafts,
taking part in their own puppet show, face-painting, live
music and lunch provided by Meatings BBQ.
singer Suzan Lavertu performs with Eric Sarah
at this year’s Féte Frissons Winterlude in Orléans
event at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Feb. 2.
Even more popular
was a mountain of fresh snow that had been piled up beside
the arts centre by maintenance crews over the past two weeks.
Kids of all ages took turns climbing the snow pile and sliding
down its sides.
The Fête Frissons
event is held in partnership with Winterlude and the Heart
of Orléans BIA. Shenkman Arts Centre artistic producer and
manager Caroline Obeid says the partnership with Winterlude
goes back six years to 2013.
“They came to
us a few years ago and asked what else can we do to get
people in their own neighbourhoods celebrating Winterlude
and so we thought this is a great opportunity to get people
inside, outside and acquainted with the building and doing
some arts activities,” said Obied.
and Brigitte Tessier brought their daughter Brielle, 4,
to the festival last year. They enjoyed the experience so
much they returned again this year.
“We love it.
There’s lots of fun things to do for all and there’s lots
of activities for kids especially our daughter’s age,” said
Brigitte who is a self-confessed “winter” person. “It’s
nice to have an activity like this after the holidays with
Winterlude and everything.”
Among the many
participants at this year’s Féte Frissons was Orléans MPP
Marie-France Lalonde who helped the folks from Meatings
BBQ serve up Mac & Cheese to the hungry masses who had built
up an appetite taking part in all the activities one of
which was a massive mural of Ottawa’s many tourist attractions
which kids were invited to help colour. The
project was the brainchild of community engagement artist
Brenda Dunn whose previous endeavours include The Living
Colour Book Project and Art in Jest.
that took part include the Ottawa School of Theatre, the
Ottawa School of Art, LynneART Face and Body Art and Canada
Learning Code which provided an interactive display where
kids could have fun learning about coding.
Ella Salt, 4, likes what she sees after getting her
face painted at this year’s Fête Frissons. (Right)
Two kids colour part of the large colouring mural
in the lower lobby of the Shekman Arts Centre. Fred
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our
local business partners.)