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ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY at the Royal Oak Orléans, 1981 St. Joseph Blvd. (corner of Jeanne d'Arc Blvd.) Join us for the biggest St. Patrick’s day in Orleans! Green beer, live music all day and night & Irish-inspired food! Doors open at 9 a.m.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY at the Taproom260. $7 Guinness and Kilkenny. $5 shots of Jamieson. $14 chicken pies and curry. Entertainment 3-7pm Chris Evans Band. 8pm to midnight Maddy O'Reagan Trio.

TAPROOM260 presents the Where’s Waldo Trio live and in concert starting at 8 p.m. Taproom260 is located in the Centrum Plaza across from the Shenkman Arts Centre.

SHAMROCKED SATURDAY at Moose McGuire’s. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2.0 and enjoy some Irish music by Gamut. Things kick off at 9 p.m. Moose McGuire’s is located at the corner of Innes Rd. and Jeanne d’Arc Blvd.

THE ORLEANS BREWING CO. presents MAMMA MIA! the ultimate music trivia night. Up to six persons on a team are allowed. Call 613-830-8428 to register.


VIEWPOINT: Dreading the inevitable of a potential empty nest
By Fred Sherwin
March 2, 2023

My son, Dylan, announced the other day that he wants to move to Toronto. He’s one half of my now 25-year-old twin boys.

Apparently, Ottawa sucks and it’s boring and so he wants to get the heck out of Dodge. In fact, as I write this column he’s in the Big Smoke looking for gameful employment in the hospitality industry, or at least the type of employment that will allow him to rent a room in T.O..

He dropped this bombshell on me just days after I found out that my daughter Maggie (some of you might remember her as “the Magster”) got accepted to teacher’s college at Lakehead University.

For those who don’t know, Lakehead is located in Thunder Bay, as in the Thunder Bay that is 16 hours away by car. Heck, Regina is closer to Thunder Bay than Ottawa is.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m thrilled that she finally knows what she wants to do with her life and that she has been accepted to teacher’s college, but in Thunder Bay?

Why couldn’t she have been accepted to Nipissing, or even Toronto, both of which are only a day’s drive away.

But my biggest fear beyond the fact that she will be so far away, is having to come face-to-face with the prospect of one day becoming an empty-nester.

I can’t tell you the level of dread I have over that inevitability.

Now, I know that there are some of you out there who are already empty-nesters and who couldn’t wait for the day when the kids moved out and you and your spouse were left in peace and quiet and tranquility.

I was the last of my siblings to move out of my parents’ house, only I didn’t so much move out as I was gently nudged out.

One day my father sat me down and informed me that he and my mother were going to move into a one bedroom condo.

“So where was I going to sleep,” I asked.

“That’s the point,” my father replied, “you aren’t.”

And just like that, I was booted out of the nest at the tender age of 21.

In my own case, at least my other son, Jamie, will still be around to keep me company along with five cats, three of which are mine and two of which are Maggie’s. Apparently they don’t allow cats in the university lodging at Lakehead.

Jamie still has a year to go at Carleton for reasons that are too complicated to get into here. At least I have that small mercy.

But I guess the day will eventually come when he will move out to. Which brings me to my other fear – having kids that live in a different city.

Jamie wants to pursue film production, which means he will eventually end up in Vancouver, and once Dylan gets a taste of the big city I doubt he will ever come back to Ottawa for more than a visit.

Maggie on the other hand wants to live and teach in Ottawa, which is great, at least that gives me a retirement plan.

I’ve always told my kids that they may be sleeping in my basement today, but tomor-row I will be sleeping in their basement.

I know I will go absolute bonkers if I’m stuck living on my own with no kids around to drive me crazy. Although, it would be a lot cheaper. I’m guessing my hydro, gas and water bills would be cut in half, if not more. Especially my water bill. You see the boys have a tendency to take 45-minute showers twice a day. They are the cleanest 25-year-olds around. Who knew being next to God would cost so much?

I’ve started to get them to chip in, but it still doesn’t cover the full amount.

No matter. I’m happy to harp on them about it and bang on the door to get them to turn the shower off so I can actually take my own.

That’s one of the things I will miss most, along with trying to sort out the 20 pairs of shoes that seem to always pile up beside the front door and all the jackets and coats left all over the place, and the calls to come pick them up because they’ve had too much to drink, or driving my daughter to an from work because she is too terrified of driving to bother getting a driver’s license. Ahhh, fatherhood.

I really should be at the stage in life where I’m anticipating the arrival of grandchildren, but at the rate my three are going, that could take awhile.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy every single minute they are still under my roof and relish in those memories once they move out.

(If you wish to comment on this or any other View Point column please write to Fred Sherwin at




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