Arctic Adventure 2012 : your source for chills, not chilli

Aurora’s Town Park was packed for yesterday’s Arctic Adventure.

As I took my daughter around to all the activities there were sizeable lines for all the fun activities.

From bouncy castles, facepainting, tubing, outdoor painting, to live music (not that diluted jazz+) and traditional eats (hot dogs and cotton candy) the Town of Aurora continues to showcase how cultural programming can and should be done.

The only disapointments were arriving too late for balloons (so popular they ran out) and more seriously the advertised, and delicious smelling but not available chilli.

Apparently a health inspector had made the rounds and forced the Optimists Club from selling their chilli because, get this, it was homemade.


I doubt there was a huge public health risk by selling chilli that wasn’t made in some industrial kitchen.

Isn’t the whole idea of ‘Family day” to celebrate things that are homemade?

Regardless of the nanny state intervention a lot of smiles were made yesterday and those responsible should feel proud for the contributions they made to Aurora’s culture.

The countless smiles on everyone’s faces yesterday tell me that if Aurora’s Culture has a centre it certainly is in impressively attended and received events like this

This is the type of culture the Aurorans I know are all in agreement on.

2 thoughts on “Arctic Adventure 2012 : your source for chills, not chilli

  1. You are in agreement on cultural programming being comprised of carnival activities and comfort foods? You are right, why do we need a Cultural Centre when Canada’s Wonderland is just a short drive from Aurora. I mean, even a McDonalds on a late Friday or Saturday night could produce cultural programming comparable to what you’ve described, although homemade food would still be better.

  2. I am in agreement that cultural programming in Aurora needs to be comprised of much more than what the Cultural Centre has proven themselves capable of delivering.

    The Cultural Center seems to cater to “high” culture and by doing so it misses the mandate of what a cultural services agreement should be.

    I am suggesting that the services agreement is an obstacle in achieving a much more inclusive approach. Perhaps you did not attend that Artic Adventure, but if you had you would notice how well it was embraced by our community. Everything has its place. Canadas Wonderland offers cultural programming, as do several other venues in the Region and neighbouring municipalities.

    Culture is a broad term and if it is going to be used to describe an organization than it has to define the parameters of how it will service.

    Operating at arms-length has not accomplished this.

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