May-Long Weekend in Kingston

long weekend, Victoria Day, Kingston, OntarioMay two-four? More like yay two-four! With Victoria Day and a long weekend fast approaching, I’m finding it really difficult to concentrate on work at the moment. Sure, the May long weekend may not be a tourist-ridden spectacle involving a parade, fireworks display and the like, but it nevertheless signifies the unofficial start of something special: Summer. As the weather people are calling for nothing but sun, it will soon be time to get your flip flops out and pour yourself a big glass of sangria.  Accordingly, this week’s safe, non-biased poll asks:

What are you most excited about doing over the long weekend?

  • Gardening. (45%, 49 Votes)
  • Friends and family. (16%, 17 Votes)
  • Outdoor recreation. (14%, 15 Votes)
  • Relaxing on a patio. (12%, 13 Votes)
  • Summer movies. (8%, 9 Votes)
  • Something else entirely. (5%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 108

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Growing up, my extended family used to converge at someone’s house on Victoria Day to enjoy great food, lively entertainment and an impressive amateur fireworks demonstration.  In recent years, I’ve broken away from this tradition, and started new ones with my wife and our friends.  We’ve stumbled in our attempt to come up with a perfect formula or activity.  A few year’s back we tried camping up in Algonquin, however we had to endure a great deal of rain, and snow just as we were packing up.  More recently, we’ve had a bit more success patio hopping, making the rounds to visit with friends, as well as supporting the local drive-in.  This year, we’ve got big plans to finally plant our vegetable garden, give the BBQ a good workout, and enjoy some friendly competition over a game of croquet.  Of course, there will likely be some unofficial fireworks going off around the neighbourhood, but that’s all part of the fun – or is it?  Speaking of which, what are your May long weekend traditions?  What special activities are you up to this coming weekend?

Thanks for J.A.G. for the photo from this week’s poll, sourced from our ever-growing Flickr group! Speaking of which, stay tuned for details regarding our upcoming greatest photo contest.

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