This Weekend in Kingston: Thanksgiving Edition
I’ve always thought that Thanksgiving is a great time to press the “reset” button in your life. You’re 4 weeks into university, with 8 weeks left to go, and honestly where did all those readings come from?
If you’re going home this weekend, T-gives is also a great time to catch up on sleep, hang out with friends, see your family, enjoy home-cooking, and get a handle on all those readings/lab reports/case studies/midterms/papers.
If you’re sticking around in Kingston to work/catch up on studying, or because you live far, far away… you’re not alone! There are at least 3 thanksgiving dinners on-campus (see below) where you can be all ’bout that stuffing & cranberry life.
Plus, there are 31 social events this weekend, so you might as well go out to 1 of them! Who knows, you might just meet your new BFF who also lives far, far away and/or can be found burning the midnight oil at Stauff.
Check out this quick round-up of what’s happening in K-town over the long weekend, and buzz over to QueensEvents.ca/calendar to see all 31 events!
Friday, Oct. 6
12pm-6pm: Thanksgiving Ritual (19+) – Start the weekend off right at CLARK HALL PUB! Lineup starts outside. Need Queen’s ID & be 19+ to get in.
5pm-8:30pm: Fastpitch Double Header: Queen’s vs. Carleton – Cheer on your Queen’s Gaels Women’s Fastpitch Team as they take on the Carleton Ravens right by West Campus in Garrigan Park! Everybody welcome.
7pm-8:30pm: African Children’s Choir in Concert – The Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir will be performing an incredible concert featuring well-loved gospel songs as well as traditional African song and dance. You will be amazed by the harmonies and dancing of these Ugandan children. The concert is free and open to all. Donations welcome.
7pm-9:30pm: Kingston Frontenacs vs. Flint Firebirds – Whether you’re a big fan or a new fan of hockey, don’t miss your chance to catch the action here at home at the Rogers K-ROCK Centre! Tickets are $15-$30 and can be purchased at the gate, or online through Ticketmaster. Puck drops at 7pm.
8pm-10pm: Jack de Keyzer: LIVE Blues (19+) – Two-time JUNO award-winner and seven-time Maple Blues Award-winner Jack de Keyzer is performing at the RCHA Club downtown! He also won first prize in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition for his song “That’s the Only Time.” It’s a live show not to be missed if you’re a fan of blues! Tickets are $25 at the door, and it’s open to the public.
9pm-12am: Never Named: Soundgarden Tribute (19+) – “Inescapable rhythms and haunting melodies” are on the line-up for this epic Soundgarden Tribute night at The Mansion! Featuring local musicians Sean from the Yukon and The Chalk Lines. Tickets are $10 at the door, upstairs, open to the public.
Saturday, Oct. 7
2pm-4pm: Theatre Kingston: Almighty Voice and His Wife – “One of the few plays firmly considered as part of the canon of great Canadian drama…” It’s 1895 and a young Cree couple have fallen in love and wish to marry – but the cow the groom has procured for the feast is stolen and the penalty for killing a cow without a licence is death. Written by acclaimed First Nations playwright Daniel David Moses, Almighty Voice and His Wife reimagines this true story within two wildly different acts, moving from a tragic love story to a hilarious post-modern vaudeville act. Tickets are ~$15 for students and ~$25 for adults!
8pm-9pm: The Embassy Welcomes The Swinging Doors – a 4 piece band steeped in the tradition of classic country music. Based in Kingston Ontario, The Swinging Doors play standards from the golden era of country music with honesty, integrity and musicianship, including: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. $5 gains entry, first beverage, and yummy snack.
8pm-11pm: MoonDance Kingston – Celebrate the full moon the way you were born to…by dancing your spirit free, in a totally connected and completely conscious way. Joyful, groovy tunes will be provided by the awesome duo Anna and Sarah (DJs Diva Hearts), who will play all of the best dance hits with a play list designed to get your booty shakin’ and your face grinnin’. When you need a break from the dance floor you can chill-out with a friend and a cuppa in the comfy, sweet-smelling sensory corner. Tickets $12 in advance or $15 on the door.
9pm-1am: Celtic Kitchen Party LIVE MUSIC (19+) – that good ol’ down home feeling (where all your relatives and neighbors drop by for a traditional kitchen party). Be prepared for a lively high energy performance which you are sure to remember.
9pm-2am: Beers for Queers (19+) – Beers for Queers is a social event for members of the LGBT community and their allies. Come on out for an evening of friends and fun, located at the Monte’s room of the Tir Nan Og.
Sunday, Oct. 8
9am-2pm: Memorial Centre Farmers Market – Initiated by farmers, in collaboration with Williamsville Neighbourhood Association, MCFM is a member of Farmers’ Markets Ontario, and a Sustainable Kingston partner. The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is 100% producer-run. All products are grown and produced in the Kingston foodshed – within about 100km of the market.
10am-4pm: CRCA Fall Colours Weekend – In our part of Ontario there are few things as awe-inspiring as the natural splendour of fall foliage, when the leaves on many species of deciduous trees change from green to radiant reds, oranges and yellows. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area from the water on the reservoir in one of our rental canoes or kayaks (available 10am-3pm for $8/hour). Or you can choose to stay on dry land and walk or hike on our trails. CRCA staff will be on hand to suggest routes and provide maps. You can also purchase a mug of cider and slice of pie at the Outdoor Centre and enjoy the view from the West Hall. Entry fees are: $5.50 per person for adults and children over 12, and $3 per person for children 12 and under, to a maximum fee of $14 per car.
2pm-3:30pm: Inside Agnes: Music and Art – Spend some quality time enjoying a performance by piano-flute duo Inka Brockhausen and Alan Grant in the lovely Etherington House at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre on Queen’s campus. Following the performance, and tea and conversation, meet Agnes director Jan Allen in the Atrium at 3 pm for a talk about highlights of her recent research at international art exhibtions in Europe. Entry is free.
Monday, Oct. 9
10am-4pm: CRCA Fall Colours Weekend
3pm-6pm: Thanksgiving Desserts + Movies – Did anyone say ‘pumpkin pie’? Bring a friend, all are welcome. Hosted by your SGPS.