• Thursday, February 10th, 2011
They come here from all over the world to showcase their talents, their unbelievable works of art and display the magic they create from just a single block of ice.
To me, it seems like an impossible task…for them, it seems almost effortless. Not only do they create a masterpiece work of art, but while doing so they are challenged by ever-changing Ottawa weather. No matter what kind of weather comes their way though, these people play the lead role in turning Confederation Park into the Roger Crystal Gardens every year. Amazing!
So being positioned where we are, we get front row seats to watch the ice-carvers every year create mythical creatures, abstract art, and famous buildings from around the world. What really goes into the creation of these masterpieces though? IĘm sure it must be a lot of thought, time and planning. Having the ability to create something that stands out from the rest and in a time frame of only 3 days is always so impressive!
To think that these simple blocks of ice come alive during Winterlude, especially at night when they are illuminated with different colored lights, then when Winterlude is overątheyĘre gone. We, along with our guests, are lucky to be able to just stroll across the street and take a look, but I would suggest to everyone to get out to see them this year because they are some of the best I have seen in the past few years!
Also, thanks again, to our wonderful Ice SculptorĘs who gave us a carving of our own right outside our restaurant, Grill 41 as well as our beautiful bunnies in front of the hotel. We love being in the center of it all!
• Tuesday, February 01st, 2011
Back in October of last year I got a call from the General Hospital in Ottawa. At the age of 56, my father had been brought in after suffering from a heart attack and was going to be staying a few days for observation. It was scary to think something like this could take such a close family member, and mentor of mineą.and so unexpectedly!
This is one reason why I am very proud to say that this year the hotel is going to be lighting up red for the month of February in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and all the fantastic volunteers and donors they have. Where would we be without all of these people?
It is such a small part we are playing in directing peopleĘs attention to Heart Month. The real heroes are the oneĘs who have given their time, money and devotion to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. We are happy to be kicking-off Heart Month in Ottawa and taking the first step forward for another year of life-saving research.
We feel so lucky to be one of the two landmark locations in the city to be a part of Heart Month this year (the other is Residence Inn by Marriott) and want to invite everyone out to celebrate all the great volunteers and donors who have helped out the Heart and Stroke Foundation. February 3rd at 5pm we are lighting up the hotel redącome show your support for healthy hearts!
• Thursday, June 28th, 2007
It was such a great night! We hosted a lovely reception in Confederation Park on Sunday evening (June 24th) and despite the cloud burst, our guests were kept dry and comfy under the protection of the tent we had compliments of our friends at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
As long-time sponsors of the Jazz Festival, we were able to invite our guests to a great night under the stars with the amazing drums of the Conga Kings – an 11 piece Rumba Group with 3 of the master congueros of Afro-cuban music. It was a great evening .. great music, fabulous food and drink and great company.
To our delight, this year, our partners at the Ottawa Jazz Festival awarded the Lord Elgin Hotel with the ‘Corporate Award of Distinction’. We have been working with the Jazz Festival for well over 10 years and it was so rewarding to have this award presented to us. With our location, it makes so much sense to give back to these festivals that provide the color and culture that make this a great town! Kudos to the unfailing efforts of people like Catherine O’Grady and the heads of all the other wonderful summer festivals and all those behind them for all they do to bring such fabulous entertainment to our city! We are proud to be a part of what you do!
• Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
In April, we have had the great pleasure of hosting the children that qualified for the annual CanSpell Spelling Bee, that is put on by CanWest. These are the brightest and most talented winners and runner ups – 41 of them, that come the Ottawa annually to participate in this week full of fun, learning, adventure and finally, to compete in the final spelling bee that took place this past Saturday.
This is our third year hosting these children and it is a great honor to be a part of this great cause – that is to promote literacy in our kids and then celebrate those that excel. As a mother of four boys, I certainly know what reading has done to enhance our kids lives. My son, who is 19, has taken his ‘gap’ year to circle the globe…first Australia and now is in Europe. Whenever he calls, his voice is full of excitement, as he is taking in so many of the sites that he has read about in his history books. As a lover of history and an avid reader, his travels and experiences have been enriched and taken on so much more relevance because of his reading.
It is great to have the children competing in CanSpell with us, because we are in some way, a part of a much bigger effort – to promote and celebrate reading for our children. Congratulations CanWest and thank you for allowing us to be a part of this great event!
• Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
This hotel is fortunate to be right on the starting line of the ING National Capital Marathon, which has turned into a huge event here in Ottawa. Even better, ING stays with us through this exciting weekend, so we are really caught up in all the excitement and I love it.
I have been running all my adult life, starting when I was 16 or so and still at 50, I try to get out a few times each week. A couple of years ago, my husband decided he was going to train for the 1/2 marathon. Hey, I have always been the runner in our family… what’s this?? Now he was giving me tips on running.
Well, this year has been my third participating. I started to train with Fred (my husband) and suddenly I was up to 10 km first year, so thought – why not? I ran the 10 K and he ran the 1/2 Marathon. Last year, I got up to 18 km training with him, so I thought why not do the 1/2. He ran the entire marathon and I did the 1/2 with my son Harry. This year, Fred and I trained together for the 1/2 – with no stopping. We enjoyed our long weekend runs and I was all ready for the big race. Then last Tuesday, I wrenched my knee on the stairs at home… I was so disappointed. My knee was swollen and I was hobbling the next day. I had already registered and everything – what a drag! Well, by Friday, I thought… hmmm, this is feeling better – why not just try to see how far I can go. I’d just drop out when the pain got too bad. Well, I just kept going and it wasn’t until the last 2 km that I was having some trouble. Well, can’t give up with only 2 K to go, so pushed through..and finished! What a great feeling!
I am hooked! I love the challenge, and the incredible sense of accomplishment each weekend when we do our long runs. I love the excitement of the day – all the people getting pumped up for the run – the horn blasts and off we go. I love the cheering all along the route – thank you to all of you who come out and cheer and support the runners. And finally, getting to that finish line.. what a feeling!
So for all of you who may be thinking of joining the challenge, hop on. It’s not as hard as it looks.