Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023

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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.



Vanxiety_life #9: Vanlifers decide to spend a few months close to home

(Tori Dark and Kevin Nault have em-barked on a trip across Canada aboard their newly converted camper van. In doing so they are joining hundreds of other couples who have taken up what is referred to in the culture as “VanLife”. During their trip, the Orléans Star will publish a series of diary pieces from Tori allowing readers to follow the couple’s journey. This is the latest installment in that series.)

Many people were surprised to hear that we are continuing to live in the van while staying in Ottawa for the next few months. I guess they assumed we would move in with family and park the van for the time being.


Tori checks out the fall foliage during a recent van-cation trip to Camp Fortune in the Gatineaus. PHOTO SUPPLIED


We could enjoy the free showers, beds, and space to walk around without knocking my head on the overhead cabinets every other day. Sounds tempting, but there are a lot of benefits to being nomadic in this city.In a way, it has encouraged us to become tourists in our hometown.

Since being back, we have taken up “residency” in numerous neighbourhoods that we otherwise wouldn’t have because our house goes wherever we go. Having friends in Gatineau means movie nights can go longer without the long drive back to the east end. Just a quick 20-second walk down the driveway and bingo – you’re home!

This became extremely convenient when we attended weddings this summer. Kev and I closed out the reception on the dance floor at 1 a.m. without having to worry about calling an Uber or catching the shuttle back to a hotel. We took the free floral arrangement, and a bottle of whiskey and danced our way back home – all 100 metres to the van.

A few other places we have enjoyed exploring further include Wakefield, the Mer Bleue Conservation Area, Gatineau Park and my sister-in-law’s driveway.

Meech Lake provided a much-needed relief from the humid Ottawa heat. We have also been introduced to the mountain biking community at Camp Fortune. Only as a spectator for our friend Chris, because there is no chance I’d make it out alive biking down those forest trails!

I’m also looking forward to planning little weekend trips outside of Ottawa as a way to take full advantage of vanlife this fall. First on my list is downtown Montreal for a concert at the MTELUS Theatre next week, hiking in Tremblant for my birthday in November and hopefully a trip down to Lake Placid before the snow falls.

We often park outside family and friends’ homes and they always offer us a spot inside, but we are more than happy to snuggle up in our cozy van apartment.

Until next time. Happy trails.

(You can follow Tori and Kevin at www.instagram.com/vanxiety_life/. Tori and Kevin are both former students at Cairine Wilson Secondary School, Class of 2012.)




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Vanxiety_life #9: Vanlifers decide to spend a few months close to home

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