The Ashbridge Estate’s giant willow has gone down – September 29, 2016

Photos by Elayne Crilly-Gauthier

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The mighty willow has gone down.

The majestic willow on the Ashbridge Estate - sadly today is on the ground, barely missed Duke of Connaught School on the left.  Photo taken looking east from the front of S.H. Armstrong.

The majestic willow on the Ashbridge Estate – sadly today is on the ground, barely missed Duke of Connaught School on the left. Photo taken looking east from the front of S.H. Armstrong.

Farewell to the gracious giant willow on the Ashbridge Estate.
See more on the Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood Facebook page.

Here is an appreciation of the tree written in 2015, when this blog entered the willow in a “favourite Toronto tree” contest:

This amazing willow tree, almost 100 years old, is a striking feature of the Ashbridge Estate, a green oasis on Queen Street East. The tree is one of many gorgeous specimens on the Ashbridge Estate, which is a green remnant of the much larger Ashbridge Estate (farm) which extended from Ashbridge’s Bay to Danforth Avenue, between Greenwood and Coxwell Avenues.

A September 2014 tree tour of the Ashbridge Estate was led by Philip van Wassenaer of Urban Forest Innovations, an arborist who has worked to preserve the trees on the property over the years:

“A central stop on the tour was this amazing willow tree. We know from diary entries that it was planted by Emma Rooney (married to Jesse Ashbridge) way back in 1919. Willows are water-loving trees, and back then, a stream ran through the area to nearby Lake Ontario. This tree has been slated for removal several times, but Philip has fought to keep this striking specimen alive. To ensure it does not pose a hazard, he has removed some of the larger branches and put a fence around its base to keep people away from where branches might fall.”

(excerpted from this article about the tree tour.)

The stream where the willow stands is the Ashbridge’s Creek, now buried below ground, but its “valley” is still visible. Damp areas are of course a favourite of willows.

Learn about archaeology of the Ashbridge Estate – September 27, 2016 at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 550 Broadview Avenue

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Riverdale Historical Society presents
Marti Latta
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Archaeology of Ashbridge’s Estate

Professor Marti Latta will discuss discoveries from her archaeological dig in Ashbridge’s Bay seeking information about some of Toronto’s first settlers, the Ashbridges, who arrived in 1793 from Pennsylvania. The family’s last heritage home still stands prominently on Queen St. East.

Dr. Latta will describe her search for the foundations of the Ashbridge’s earliest log home and artifacts from their daily life in Upper Canada.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
6:30 pm
Admission $5, FREE for members of Riverdale Historical Society
St. Matthews Clubhouse, Riverdale Park East
550 Broadview Avenue, Toronto

See event details on the Riverdale Historical Society website.

Flea market at the Ashbridge Estate and farmers’ market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park — August 21, 2016

Last Sunday August 21 our neighbourhood was a happening place, with two events in full swing — the flea market at the Ashbridge Estate and the farmers’ market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park. Here are some photos.

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Michelle Rosetta of Bee23 makes and sells all kinds of great skin care products. She created her own line of products and sells them directly at locations like the Ashbridge Estate.

2016-08-21-Ashbridge-Estate-flea-marketFlea market at the Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East.

2016-08-21-Ashbridge-Estate-flea-market-flowersFlowers in full bloom in front of the Ashbridge Estate.

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate - giant willow and Duke of Connaught school in the background.

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate – giant willow and Duke of Connaught school in the background.

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate, August 21, 2016.

Farmers’ market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, August 21, 2016.

Wading pool at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, August 21, 2016.

Wading pool at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, August 21, 2016.

New entry "structure" (maybe a bench is coming?) at the northwest entrance to Jonathan Ashbridge Park.  In the background Queen Street East at Kent Road.

New entry “structure” (maybe a bench is coming?) at the northwest entrance to Jonathan Ashbridge Park. In the background Queen Street East at Kent Road.

The band gets ready to play at the farmers' market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park  August 21, 2016.

The band gets ready to play at the farmers’ market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park August 21, 2016.

My Little Dumplings will host a dinner series – Toronto Star August 24, 2016

This is music to any local foodie’s ears:

Bashir Munye is gearing up to host a dinner series at My Little Dumplings, at the corner of Queen and Greenwood on Fridays and Saturdays.

In the Toronto Star today, he calls it ” ‘nomadic cooking’ — food that explores Africa’s vast culinary regions mixed with his family’s Somali background, Italian upbringing and local ingredients.”

See the full article in the Toronto Star.  Congratulations Bashir, this is a great spread.

See more about Bashir’s dinner series at bashirmunye.com.

Here is Bashir in My Little Dumplings, that’s Queen Street at Greenwood in the background.

Toronto Star photos.  See several more in the article referenced above.

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Parade August 28, 2016 to welcome Penny Oleksiak

From the August 22, 2016 Toronto Star, story by Chris Bateman:

When 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak left for Rio de Janeiro earlier this summer she was a recent Grade 10 graduate at Monarch Park Collegiate near Danforth and Coxwell.

She will return later this week a four-time Olympic medallist, a closing ceremony flag-bearer, and a household name in Canada. To celebrate her achievements and those of her fellow east-end athletes, the Beach Village BIA is planning a homecoming parade and party for August 28.

“We’re very happy for all our east-end athletes and we’re super, super proud of (Oleksiak) because she grew up in the Beach,” said Johanna Carlo, a local chiropractor and Beach Village BIA board member.

Full story in the Star:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/08/21/beach-plans-parade-for-quadruple-medallist-penny-oleksiak-and-other-area-olympians.html

Summer camps, swimming pool hours and upcoming events – updated July 25, 2016

Summer camps
Spaces still available in some local kids’ camps – inquire at Applegrove, S.H. Armstrong, Greenwood Park about spaces.

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Lake Ontario swimming
Check the water quality report for Woodbine Beach, Ashbridge’s Bay Park.

Outdoor pools

Note Greenwood Pool is closed Labour Day but you can swim at Monarch or Summerville (Olympic) pool on that day.

Greenwood Pool is open daily until Sunday September 4 from 12 to 7 for leisure swim, and from 7 to 8 p.m. for adult lane swim (18+). On the Greenwood Park page click on Drop-in Programs/ Swimming to see the current week’s schedule. Also see swim lessons by clicking on Swimming.

Monarch Park Pool daily *including Labour Day – leisure swim 12 to 7 p.m., lane swim 7 to 8 p.m. Note Monarch is also open the weekend of Sat. Sept. 10 – Sun. Sept. 11. Those two days, same times for leisure swim 12-7 and lane swim 7-8. Final closing Sun. Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.

Donald Summerville Olympic Pool Lane swim 7 to 8 p.m. daily until Sept. 4. Leisure swim daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sept. 4. Leisure swim also from 5 to 7 p.m. starting Aug. 1 to Sept. 4. *On Labour Day, Sept. 5 — leisure swim 12 to 5 p.m.

Ongoing neighbourhood events

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East – third Sunday of the month
Sunday August 21
Sunday September 18
Sunday October 16

Farmers’ market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park
Every Sunday until Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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