Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023

Nov. 23, 2023

9 novembre 2023


Upcoming events

THE CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SINGERS present "Peace & Joy" from 7:30 p.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.. Come and join us for an uplifting evening filled with songs of peace and joy. This concert will feature new interpretations of traditional hymns and some newer less well known pieces that celebrate the beauty of Christmas. Bring the whole family - kids are free! Tickets available at  https://bit.ly/CCSPeaceandJoy.

STATION 71 LITE THE NITE event at 7 p. m. at the Navan Fire Station, 1246 Colonial Rd. Come out to enjoy some yummy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to Christmas carolers and watching Sparky light our Christmas tree. You can also bring a toy for the Help Santa Toy Parade.

CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four different locations in Cumberland Village. Over 100 LOCAL ARTISANS at 4 different locations – the R. J. Kennedy Arena, the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 2620 Market St., the Lions Maple Hall at 2557 Old Montreal Rd., and the Da Artisti Studio & Gallery at 2565 Old Montreal Rd.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village. Special activities, and gifts, for the children throughout the morning, plus a visit from Santa. Admission at the door $15 for adults and $10 for childen 12 and under. Donations will also be accepted on site for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre's Christmas Program for families in need.

DOMAINE PERRAULT HOLIDAY MARKET from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Rd. just south of Navan.  Get ready to indulge in a festive atmosphere filled with local vendors, live music, kids craft station, a visit from Santa and of course, incredible wine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts or simply want to treat yourself, this event has something for everyone.

ORLÉANS HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS ART MARKET – Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush - the market will be open for two days, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




Local couple looking forward to living the 'van life'
Fred Sherwin
April 27, 2023

It’s called “van life” and it’s a concept that is sweeping across the globe. From Europe to Australia and to every part of Canada and the United States, young people have been taking a break from the traditional lifestyle their parents may have followed and instead decided to live and travel in vans they’ve converted into tiny mobile homes.

Tori Dark and Kevin Nault plan to travel across North America in the converted Ford cargo van. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

In Tori Dark and Kevin Nault’s case, they have taken a used Ford cargo van and converted it into a four-season mobile home complete with a shower, full kitchen and a queen-sized bed. After ironing out a few kinks, they plan to hit the road sometime
before Mother’s Day and either head west or east, or maybe even south.

“We’re still not sure what direction we’re heading first. Kevin wants to head west, but I want to go down east,” says Tori.

Kevin and Tori, who are both 28 years old, have been dreaming about retrofitting their own camper van and setting out across Canada and North America since before the pandemic.

Initially, they were going to hit the road in the summer of 2020, but the pandemic forced them to put their plans on hold.

But on the bright side, it allowed them to do more research and shop around for the right panel van. In the end they settled on a Ford Transit 250 and began converting it last summer.

The pair drew a lot of inspiration for their van conversion from the various “van life” groups on Instagram.

The process – which included installing both an electrical and plumbing system, a heating system which utilizes propane, insulation and adding a shower – has taken nearly nine months with a few hiccups along the way. The latest speed bump was a faulty hot water tank which they’ve had to replace.

But now, it’s all systems go, and the pair can’t wait to hit the road.

Aside from stalling their initial plans, the pandemic turned out to be the perfect trial run for their “van life” adventure.

“Being stuck in a tiny studio apartment together 24/7 was the ideal practice,” laughs Tori. “At least traveling together in a van, we’ll be able to get outside whenever we want.”

Tori says she’s looking forward to seeing places in Canada that most people fly over on their way from one big city to the next.

“We’re not in a hurry. We want to take our time and visit all the small towns along the way and meet different people. I do watercolour illustrations so I’d like to do a series, painting various small town landmarks,” says Tori, who will also be writing a regular diary column along the way for the Orléans Star.

The two will also provide regular posts and updates on their Facebook pages and their Instagram page at vanxiety_life.



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