CAG Winter Party a Huge Success

Feb 2018 PHOTO Snowshoeing by Jim LamontBY SUEELLEN MACGOWAN

Brantwood Park drew crowds of neighbours for the annual Winter Party in the Park and Soup Cook-off Jan 21, 2018. Thanks to many volunteers, sponsors, chefs and organizers; the event was a huge success and went smoothly despite plus temperatures.

“Weather is always an unpredictable factor,” said Carol Workun, Executive Director of the Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East (CAG) that runs the annual event. “This year we thought we might have to cancel due to the effects of the warm weather on the ice, but we made our final call to carry-on with full support of Marco DeNigris, of the Brantwood Rink Group. We really appreciate it, since everything went really well and it was wonderful to see the park and the beautiful rink so well used.”

Visitors to this free-event enjoyed horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding, snow-shoeing, skating, hockey target shooting, and roasting marshmallows against the scenic backdrop of the Rideau River. Inside the Brantwood fieldhouse, there was hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, baked goods and soups entered into the cook-off.

Selena Arvai and her Minestrone soup won the Cook-off, as judged by community members, she received a $100 gift certificate from Al’s Steakhouse. Additional prizes were donated by The Royal Oak on The Canal and distributed to others. CAG greatly appreciated the great support of all this year’s participants, which included Todd Dunnett’s delicious Sausage Minestrone. Soup submitted was quickly consumed by enthusiastic taste-testers, recipes online at

Elysia Allen won the candy jar guess, guessing 48, the correct number! The candy jar was filled with an assortment of different sized gummy candies, 64 individuals tried to their luck in guessing the number crammed inside the Mason jar.

“The Winter Party is a great way to connect with neighbours while having fun outside as a family,” said Leah Skuce of Old Ottawa East. “We go every year and are always impressed by how great everything is and much our kids never want to go home at the end.”

CAG thanks its community partners who helped make this event possible, including City of Ottawa, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre Watson’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centre, The Green Door, Diane & Jen Realty, The Regional Group – Greystone Village, Bank of Montreal – Lansdowne.

CAG also thanks Loblaws, Pretoria for donating some of the food and Al’s Steakhouse and The Royal Oak on the Canal
for donating cook-off prizes.

CAG also thanks its large team of volunteers, without whom there would be no event:

Marie-Eve Noel, Jim Lamont, Nick Workun, Lisa & Todd Dunnett, Ben Hebb, Fiona Clark, Jane Gough, Selena Fraser, Carol Anne Owen, Marnie Drover, Chaz Davies, Camrose Burdon, Sevda Lisiecki, SueEllen MacGowan, Tina Raymond, Suzanne Gagnon, Heather Jarrett, Dave Macki, Ramine Shaw, Jim Fraser and Tera Winter.

CAG also extends its warm appreciation to rink volunteers without whom the event would not be possible.

Did you enjoy the Winter Party?? Please considering volunteering for our upcoming Valentines Days Skate and Chili Cook-Off!! These Events NEED volunteers like you to make them a success! Contact Lisa at volunteer@OttawaEastCAG for more info. The Valentine Skate is Friday, February 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Brantwood Park, more info:

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