Friday, June 24, 2011

show us your unionville!! DAY ONE-kelly

Welcome to Unionville Brette and Robin! So begins another installment of the ongoing Show Us Your City! series with Robin Lambert and myself. We have been invited by the Varley Art Gallery of Markham to explore the city/ town of Unionville Ontario. Unionville is a little town inside Markham Ontario. The area of Markham is growing rapidly but while new subdivisions are being added to the city the area known as unionville appears to be trapped in time (or in an episode of the gilmore girls). Quaint... oh so very quaint.

We meet Kelly an environmental technician co op student, she just completed university at the u of t with a major in Environment in Society and a second major in European Studies.  We met her at T and T Bakery a real cute mom and pop joint in Markham. Kelly was born and raised in Markham and she is an active member of her community. She participates as a gardener for a local gardening project in the park near her home. And at her job she is involved with another community gardening project called Colour your Corners (a beautification project for the public corners on the streets of Markham) and another public project called Public Realm.

After our delicious breakfast Kelly took us to a couple locations. All of which were quite personal. We went to her home, which is the same house that she grew up in. We saw her beautiful backyard as well as a warped tree in front of her house where she would hang out as a child. Next she took us down the street to a park where her and her best friend used as a meeting place and finally she wanted us to go for a frozen yogurt at a place she calls 'the window' where her and her boyfriend go for dates.  Unfortunately we got rained out before the frozen yogurt. In fact Robin and I got drenched and the window was closed because of the rain but we found the window so we will be back! All in all we had a most delightful first day in Unionville/ Markham.

 Kelly in front of T&T

 Giving directions!

 Kelly's Dad has been working on their backyard for years, 
this is his zen garden, note the yin yang.

 The crooked tree.

 The nameless park near Kelly's house.

 The RAIN!!!!! Oh so much Rain!

soon i will be posting a link to our podcast that robin is currently editing while i type this... while you wait for that watch this brunch related video! or listen to our podcast that we made!!!

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