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Climax Jazz Band, The Leaside Pub
Sat, Nov 17, 2018
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A group of us joined host Peter at the Leaside Pub on Saturday November 17 to enjoy The Climax Jazz Band, the $10 steak, and the wide selection of beer and wine. Dorothy Rose entertained us with four numbers - still going strong at age 96! Although none of us was lucky enough to win the "door prize" Chris, the band-leader, gave us a complimentary copy of the band's latest CD.

Thanks to host Peter a good time was had by all.
Christine Q.

Dinner at Magic Oven
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
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We had an amazing time at the Magic Oven with all the UK Connexion members who attended. The wine at $15.00 for a half carafe was wonderful and everyone was in such a great mood. There were ten of us in all. Those of you who did not attend should regret this. What a fun evening.

Thank you Sham for a great first event.
Sondra H.

Quarry Restaurant Supper
Fri, Oct 26, 2018
Five people met at the Quarry Restaurant on Friday, October 26. A small group, but we were able to chat with each other, with holiday travels and the stock market (way over my head) topics of interest. The meals must have been tasty, as five empty plates were returned to the kitchen.

I will arrange another visit in the spring.
Rosemary P.

Dinner at the Bier Markt
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Seventeen members attended the new venue at the Bier Markt on the Esplanade on Sunday, October 14. This is proving to be a very popular event.

The food was excellent, it came quickly and the server was great.
Cheri W.

Port Credit Waterfront Stroll
Mon, Oct 8, 2018
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On Thanksgiving Day seven UKC members enjoyed a morning stroll around Port Credit. Inclement weather kept many people away but not the fearless UKC. Oli led us on a tour of the Credit River Park followed by the lakefront walking paths. We ended our adventure at the cozy Arch Top Vinyl Cafe which served a tasty array of lunch choices. A trip back in time surprised those who went downstairs to see the huge collection of 60's era LP and 45 records.

Thank you Oli for a great outing.
John R.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Harbour Club
Sun, Oct 7, 2018
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Elephant & Castle
Sun, Oct 7, 2018
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On Thanksgiving Sunday a small, lively, entertaining group of nine, including our gracious hostess, Christine, met at the Elephant and Castle on King Street for appetizers and dinner. It was a quieter evening than usual in the pub. We enjoyed many stimulating conversations, together with English beer or wine, to accompany the complementary appetizers. Later, we sat down to dinner as a group. We meet at this location at 6:30 pm on the first Sunday of each month.

You are very welcome to join us. Just come to the Elephant and Castle and the staff will be happy to introduce you to our group.
Vivienne W.

Hike In Palgrave Conservation Area
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
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It was an overcast day when seven of us met at the Bolton Tim Hortons mid-morning to tackle a hike through the Palgrave Conservation Area on Sunday, September 30. Mary and Arnold ably led us along the quiet, forested trail for two and a half hours. We took water breaks as needed and had a midday break for snacks along the way. Afterwards we relaxed with good food and drinks at the Toby Jug pub in Bolton and had a lively conversation about the use of the word "Madam" and other preferred terminology for women amongst the group!

This is a favourite hike, I remember doing it in winter the first year I joined the UK Connexion four years ago and hopefully Mary and Arnold will organize another one like it this winter!
Susie M.

Climax Jazz Band Leaside Pub
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
The sun was shining and the weather was seasonably chilly on September 29 but the atmosphere inside the Leaside Pub was very warm. 14 people joined our wonderful host, Marilyn, to enjoy the great music and also to listen to their vocalist, Dorothy Rose, who at 96 wowed us all with her vocal powers. Most of us chose the steak special dinner that the Leaside Pub offers on Saturdays and enjoyed that, washed down with our various choices of drinks.

Altogether, a good time was had by all.
Maureen D.

Golfing Fun Day
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
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What a day for champions! On September 23rd, Tiger Woods ended his drought and came up with his 80th win of a major golf championship… we got to see his final strokes at the Wild Goose which followed a great and beautiful day of golfing at Scarlett Woods. There were eight of us, and Liz managed to win some new golf balls by capturing both the closest to the pin on the 5th, and the longest drive on the 14th holes. We were joined by another 4 at the Wild Goose, including two new members, Jan and Chris.

There will be more golfing and dining before the season ends... come and join us!
Liz M.

Play at Village Players Theatre
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
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18 UK Connexion members attended the Village Players Theatre on Sunday, September 23 to see a performance of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Crimes of the Heart. The cast provided an excellent performance that was appreciated by all who attended. Afterwards, a number of us walked to the Bread and Roses Bakery Café to enjoy a light supper.

Thank you Mary for an enjoyable afternoon and we look forward to attending more of their productions.
Ron K.

Singles Professional Network Dance
Sun, Sep 9, 2018
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The dance at the Old Mill was enjoyable, at least for me and I think the rest of our little group of seven also enjoyed themselves. The rain that threatened held off, at least long enough for a pleasant stroll to and from The Old Mill. The Old Mill itself was wonderful as always. We were in the Brulé room which neither cramped nor swallowed us. Although not the least expensive I’ve ever had, their drinks were served promptly by professional and courteous staff. The DJ was very good; not too loud or soft and kept the dance floor busy with favourites all night. There were a few excellent dancers but most seemed quite content shuffling along.

I'd be happy to host the club's next event at The Old Mill.
Steve P.

Elephant & Castle
Sun, Sep 2, 2018
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Thirteen members enjoyed mingling and dinner on Sunday September 2 at the Elephant and Castle. Three of the 13 guests were new members: Jacqueline, Greg and Steve.

All of us engaged in lively conversation on a variety of subjects!
Christine Q.

Music On The Waterfront
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
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The splendid weather added to our enjoyment of the Toronto Music Garden event on August 12 featuring a trio of musicians playing Appalachian country music and songs. Our host, Ann, along with Liz, Maigii, Irene, Dawn, Peter and Christine enjoyed sun and shade as we listened to the music. Afterwards we strolled east to Harbourfront and after some decision-making settled on a quiet-ish spot to enjoy a drink and a meal, watching the tour boats boarding passengers for dinner cruises. There was much laughter from our table as we talked about the pros and cons of a cheap trip to China, Globe and Mail obits, the woes of former relationships, and local politics!

Thanks to Ann for arranging this most enjoyable event.
Christine Q.

Pool Party BBQ
Sat, Aug 11, 2018
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On Saturday, August 11, sixteen UKC members enjoyed a gorgeous, sunny day at Gary's house for a BBQ and cooling off in his pool. We covered many topics of conversation including, NASA, exotic vacations, health, politics and future UKC events. Gary also had some nice background music playing and I just want to mention to ladies that enjoy dancing, Gary loves to dance! Near the end of the party, a special announcement was made that Shirin and Rob, two long time UKC members will be getting married next Friday, August 17. Congratulations go out to them for a very happy life together. What a beautiful ending to our day!! After most of the ladies left, most of the guys were still hanging out.

Thank you very much Gary for hosting this outstanding event at your home.
Mary J.

Elephant & Castle
Sun, Aug 5, 2018
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At first, this evening looked like it would an evening of Ron and eleven UKC ladies. Much to Ron’s disappointment, John, Ian & Chris showed up late. There were 14 UK members in total who all enjoyed good conversation, drinks and a good meal.

Kudos to our server, Kate, for a job well done.
Ron K.

New Orleans Jazz Grossman's Tavern
Sat, Aug 4, 2018
Twelve UKC members gathered on August 4 at Grossman's Tavern on Spadina Ave. On the outside the building looks quite ordinary but in fact, the inside is a Second Empire House built in 1884. In 1952 the building was purchased by Louis Grossman and the tavern was born. It is the home of The Happy Pals, a 7-piece jazz band (the liveliest band in town), playing toe-tapping New Orleans party music. They have been performing at Grossmans every Saturday for 40 years. You are encouraged to sing, dance or just sit back and enjoy the music. Beryl and I gave a couple of Fred and Ginger type performances and then Susan and Tom gave a more sedate and traditional dance.

Following the jazz we retired to our regular restaurant on Spadina that offers a wide selection of Canadian and Asian dishes, even an all-day breakfast. Everyone enjoyed the evening, and I hope to see you at a future Grossman's evening.
Rosemary

The Bier Markt
Sun, Jul 29, 2018
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On July 29th our new venue "The Bier Markt" was given the "thumbs up" by all in attendance. The restaurant is large and nicely decorated and the staff were very friendly and courteous. There were 19 people at this first evening and a good time was had by all. Lots of very animated conversation around the bar before we all sat down to good food and more good drink. This should be a permanent restaurant on our UK Connexion list.

What a great choice, Chris, thank you for hosting.
Maureen

Garden BBQ Lunch Party
Sat, July 28, 2018
Eighteen UKC members attended Audrone’s BBQ party on Saturday, July 28. Audrone's events are always popular, enjoyable and fun. This was no exception. Our host worked non-stop bringing out so many dishes and the food was excellent (as always). The weather co-operated and her garden was lovely with lots of seating, tables, etc. making it easy to "mix and mingle". Also in attendance - Gaja and GG, her beautiful Black Russian Terriers. There was a movie shoot on her street but luckily parking was available nearby. I enjoyed being escorted to and from her house by interesting movie shoot staff.

Thank you Audrone for all your hard work and generosity.
Terry G.

Scrabble Party with BBQ
Sat, Jul 14, 2018
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On Saturday evening some dozen UKC members met at the condo of our superb host Jackie. The evening began with us barbecuing on the balcony, high above Toronto's bustling midtown. Jackie had prepared a wonderful assortment of salads for us to enjoy, followed by a huge bowl of strawberries, blueberries and custard, plus an assortment of cookies, regular and gluten free, tea and coffee. Then the Scrabble games began – there was a lot of laughter and incredulity at some of the words the Scrabble dictionary claims are English. Altogether a fun time, everybody left with full tummies and brains a little sharper?

Many thanks to our thoughtful host.
Rennie F.

A Trip to the Distillery District
Fri, Jul 13, 2018
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On a comfortable, warm late afternoon/early evening, a good mix of ten new and long term male/female UKC members attended this event hosted by Oli. Our first stop was the stunning heritage room at the Spirit of York for a self-guided tour and optional tasting of Gin, Vodka and other Premium Spirits. Next was a tour of the smaller Sake Brewery where some of us enjoyed sake, sake cocktails or sake ice cream. Our third stop was free beer tastings at the Mill Street Brewery. Our final destination was dinner at the Mill Street Beer Hall with a reasonably priced varied menu with beer pairings. Our waiter, Brandon, was very professional, friendly and ensured all our requests were met. All members really connected and were enjoying our time so much ... don't think we wanted to head home!

Thank you so much Oli for organizing this very unique and successful event.
Mary J.

Dinner/Mingling Elephant & Castle
Sun, Jul 8, 2018
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Sixteen members got together on Sunday at the Elephant and Castle.

Always a great atmosphere and lively conversation.
Christine Q.

Hanging Around With Boats
Sat, Jul 7, 2018
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There are so many wonderful times we enjoy together during the year. One of my favourites Marilyn's event at the Toronto Hydroplane Sailing Club. This is the second year and again, it was outstanding! It was so lovely to be by the water watching the boats and enjoying the view while chatting with friends, enjoying Marilyn's fruit and veggies trays and having a drink or two followed by a tasty dinner and good music. It was a lot of fun.

Thank you Marilyn for your hard work organizing such a great event.
Lesley L.

Dinner, Walk and Fireworks at Woodbine Beach
Sun, Jul 1, 2018
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Ten of us joined host Irene to celebrate Canada Day at the Stone Lion situated on Queen Street East in the Beaches area. There was a good atmosphere about the place, and we enjoyed a variety of delicious food and drink and were well looked after by Casey, our server. After our meal we meandered down a side street lined with old 'cottages' and blossoming trees. From there we walked further east along the boardwalk, mingling with the hundreds of people enjoying the sunny weather, picnicking and waiting for the fireworks display. Irene and a few other members decided to stay until 10 pm when the fireworks were due to start, and the remainder of us took an earlier departure so we could view them from our own balconies at home.

It was Irene's first event as a host and we send a big thank-you for arranging an enjoyable evening. We hope she will host at this location again in the fall.
Christine Q.

Swing Jazz & Dancing, Alleycatz Bar & Restaurant
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
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Eleven of us gathered at the Alleycatz Bar and Restaurant on Saturday afternoon, including our new host Peter who made everyone feel very welcome. We were there to get together and see the the York Jazz Ensemble, a nine-piece band with a five-piece horn section and a great female singer with a bluesy sultry voice. Most of us were up dancing during the second set and had a great time.

Welcome to our new member and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Marilyn G.

Old Stable Pub
Sat, Jun 16, 2018
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A relaxing and enjoyable evening at The Old Stable Pub in Port Credit was attended by 10 ladies and 3 gentlemen. We had a lovely warm evening which allowed us to mingle and have dinner outside on the patio. The Polish food was delicious... cabbage rolls, goulash and perogies just to name a few. The young lady who was the only waitress working that night kept everything running smoothly.

A big 'Thank You' goes out to Mary for arranging this delightful event.
Jan W.

Penthouse Pot-Luck Patio Party
Sat, Jun 2, 2018
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Once again the Penthouse Party hosted by Bruce was a tremendous success and a sell-out. The women all looked gorgeous, as did the men! After the usual drinks, appetizers and mingling, and a toast to Roger and Ed, we were "called to table" at 8 pm. The selection of food was amazing, including many delicious desserts! After eating, some members enjoyed a drink on the patio watching the ribbon of lights along the freeway and the great view of the surrounding condo towers, the harbour, and the CN Tower. Once Ian Hunt, our DJ, began the music everyone was up dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves - did me good to watch us all moving, twisting and jiving to Sam Cooke, the Beatles, Abba, and all the great 60's and 70's music most of us UKC members enjoy. Thanks, Ian. And the raffle is always a fun part of the evening - hoping your ticket will be pulled out!

In closing, events such as the UKC organizes really do lead to friendships formed and a broader social life. Why not volunteer to host an event?

Thanks goes to all those who volunteered to help at the party and to the members who attended. And a big THANK-YOU TO BRUCE for organizing this very popular event!
Christine Q.

The Old Spaghetti Factory
Sun, May 27, 2018
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The weather co-operated, and the table reserved for the UK Connexion was filled to capacity. Our cups running over, the Sunday Dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory on May 27 was imbued with cheer and friendly conversation.

Thank you Chris for graciously continuing to host.
Rose Marie B.

Movie Night At The Cinema
Fri, May 25, 2018
On Friday, May 25, a group of seven or eight of us enjoyed an evening at the movies, hosted by Jackie who gave us the option to join her for supper at a nearby restaurant prior to going in to watch the film. The Book Club was enjoyed by all. A group of attractive, mature women decide to read "Fifty Shades of Grey" and it really opens their eyes to the opportunities out there! It's a good summer movie and quite funny in parts. (Typical Hollywood style: age-defying women meeting younger men, making on-line dating look simple!!)

Thank-you, Jackie, for hosting this event and thanks to the members who supported it. Events such as the UKC organizes really do lead to friendships formed and a broader social life. Why not volunteer to host an event?
Christine Q.

Popcorn/British Comedy Movie
Sat, May 19, 2018
On a lovely spring evening seven ladies plus our gracious host Christine gathered at her apartment to watch the movie Calendar Girls. Before getting started Christine was ready with a bottle of champagne so we could toast Meghan and Harry who were married earlier in the day. What a fun way to start our evening. Once we were all settled with refreshments and a wide variety of snacks to nibble on Christine started the film. It was about a group of older ladies that did a very tasteful nude calendar to raise money for a very good cause. The movie was hilarious but also had some sad parts and we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Before leaving our gracious host provided us with tea and a homemade delicious pie. There was also cheesecake on offer for those with a very sweet tooth.

Thank you very much Christine, and we hope there will be another British Comedy movie night sometime in the future.
Marilyn G.

Golfing Fun Day & Squire Pub Dinner/Mingling
Sun, May 20, 2018
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Thanks again go out to Joan and Dorothy for organizing another golf day. On Sunday May 20, there were seven of us, two men John and Fred. Joan, Dorothy, Liz, Pauline and new member Anna made up the rest of the group. We were blessed with perfect weather for golf. The gentle breeze kept us very comfortable. After hacking away for nearly four hours, we all gathered on the patio for the awarding of the prizes. Liz won the "longest drive" and John won "closest to the hole".

After relaxing for a while we moved on to the Squire Pub Restaurant. Thanks go to Chris for arranging this monthly get together. Twenty-four members attended. After mingling with lively conversation around a covered pool table, 22 stayed for dinner on the upper level which is reserved for us. There were a few new faces. I am sure everyone enjoyed their tasty meals. There is room for more members to join us on these events.

Hope to see more people in the future.
Pauline Amsler

Terra Cotta Hike & Lunch
Sun, May 13, 2018
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Five UK members (Joan, Arnold, John, Peter & Ron) met at the Terra Cotta Inn for a day of hiking in the Terra Cotta conservation area. It was a great day for hiking, a very summerlike day with nary a cloud in the sky. The trees were all turning green and we encountered many trilliums in full bloom as well as some daffodils growing in the wild. With the birds singing in the background and the sound of rushing water, it made for a glorious day of hiking. We hiked for 2.5 hours and, with Arnold guiding us, we made it back to the Terra Inn where Nancy and Ian joined us for lunch.

A great day was had by all!
Ron K.

Elephant & Castle
Sun, May 6, 2018
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It seemed everyone really enjoyed the evening with many different conversations and much laughter. We had a large group of 15 including new members Emanuela and Peter. We had an almost equal distribution of men and women.

The food was excellent and the waitress very responsive. There was quite a bit of discussion about the severe winds experienced in Toronto on Friday evening and various other topics.

Many thanks to Christine for hosting the event.
Bruce B.

The Leaside Pub
Sat, Apr 28, 2018
The Leaside Pub is the best kept secret in the area for a great afternoon of community and jazz. There is atmosphere, with traditional jazz music courtesy of the Climax Band, a great selection of beers and wine, and a menu that includes a steak dinner for $10 - yes, $10! And it's a tasty, tender steak, too.

Marilyn, our delightful UKC host, welcomed everyone with her lovely smile. There were new and old members (about 11 in total) – including Bonita who brought two new men with her. Thank-you, Bonita. And a big welcome to Joanne who is a brand new member. A special thank-you should go to Marilyn who drove from her east-end home to Mississauga to pick up Ed T. and bring him back to the pub so he could enjoy the afternoon. (It was good to see Ed who was his usual stoic self, and we look forward to seeing him at future UKC events.)

In light of last Monday's tragedy in our beautiful city, all of us no doubt have received emails, phone calls, texts from family and friends in different parts of the globe to ensure we are safe. On CBC the following morning, the host suggested we all do a kindness for someone: a small task, an email, a card, a phone call – just to show gratitude.
Christine Q.

Elephant & Castle
Sun, Apr 1, 2018
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There was a good turnout of 11 people for the 15/15 Dinner/Mingling at the Elephant & Castle on April 1. There were lots of very interesting conversations. Also two newcomers to the UK Connexion: Louise and Maria. Welcome!

And thanks to Bill and staff at the E & C for the great service we received.
Pat P.

Live Jazz & Blues, Port Credit
Wed, Mar 28, 2018
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Eleven members met for an enjoyable evening of good music and good food at Shore Grill & Grotto in Port Credit where acclaimed musician Carson Freeman, saxophones, clarinets and flutes, plays every Wednesday evening with talented guest musicians. The music consisted mostly of well-known standards, described by Carson as pop soul.

Thank you, Mary J, for organizing and hosting another great event.
Ed T.

Old Spaghetti Factory
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
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A dozen members attended the Old Spaghetti Factory event on Sunday March 25. It continues to be a favourite of many because of the hour-long "cocktail hour" where we get to mix and mingle with friends and also because of the affordable menu featuring mostly three-course meals.

That coupled with the ease of getting to and from the venue… it is only steps from Union Station or Green P parking.
Cheri W.

Annual General Meeting
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
A small select group of members attended the Annual General Meeting a day after St Patrick’s Day. The current executive kindly agreed to continue in their current roles for the coming year. Treasurer Philip Brown presented his positive annual report; Events Director Christine Quinn discussed the many events held during the year and whetted our appetites with details of the new ones to come in Spring. Membership Director John Pettitt reported on our advertising sources of new members – the life-blood of any organization. We are dependent on the members of our organization to host events and new ones, along with venues in the GTA, are always encouraged! President Vanessa Jones commended the executive on their roles and involvement during the year.

During the meeting we were treated to the live concert in the next room, which went down well with the pizza that John timed to arrive at the end of the meeting.
Jackie B.

Tartistry Café and Jazz
Sat, March 17, 2018
This was a well-attended event with music provided by a five-person group of very skilled musicians led by Ed Vokurka on the violin. This was a softer jazz than some other places and truly restful to sit and enjoy the music while being served delicious tarts, both savoury and sweet available plus a selection of regular and specialty teas and coffees. There were 12 guests of which 11 were ladies – the one man was a wonderful surprise as Ed T was able to join us. Long-time member and host Ed who is recovering from treatments and missing our members and of course the music, came along thanks to Marie.

This was a great afternoon and our thanks go to Marie for putting it all together and hosting.
Marilyn G.

5-Pin Bowling Mississauga
Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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On Tuesday March 6 a group of 10 UKC fun-seekers gathered at the Streetsville Bowl. There were 9 ladies and ONE GENTLEMAN! Yes indeed you are right if you recollect that this is one more man than last time, as we were joined by newcomer and soon-to-be member Brian. The Bowl was, as on a previous occasion (last Hallowe'en) a most comfortable venue for us, with helpful and welcoming staff, not noisy...which is a BIG help...drinks and snacks and very good rates, and within easy access from both east and west. Brian got off to a most fortuitous start by picking up the ball and scoring an immediate strike! AND he vowed he had not bowled in many many years. ("Oh, yes, sure, we believe you") was the chorus from the other 9 participants who, vowing not to be outdone, each proceeded to endeavour to come up with a personal best score. However, there were, it has to be admitted, a few gutter balls, but who, other than an obsessive perfectionist would worry about those? Although one of the group had some very innovative ideas about the direction the ball should be going. "Hey, Mary...the ball's supposed to go the OTHER way!" we reminded the lady trying to throw it over her shoulder! To round off a very convivial afternoon most of the group repaired to the upstairs restaurant for drinks, snacks and conversation.

All agreed that Mary must certainly organize another such event in the very near future!
Joan H.

Popcorn/British Comedy Movie
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
A group of seven of us got together on Saturday, February 17 for drinks and nibbles and catching up, then settled to watch "Brassed Off" – a funny but poignant film about the mine closures in Yorkshire in the 1980's. Many recognizable faces including some from Coronation Street! (The host was unable to attain The Lavender Hill Mob.)

We will do it again in the spring; one or two suggestions were made: The Full Monte and Calendar Girls.
Christine Q.

Genuine Puppy Love Lunch
Sat, Feb 3, 2018
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Many thanks go out to Audrone who opened up her home to nine U.K. members who Just Love Dogs. She provided us with a pizza lunch and various delicious snacks and refreshments which everyone enjoyed. First we met GG, the 135 lb mother of the pups and also Gaja, the pups' 150 lb grandmother. They are beautiful Black Russian Terrier dogs who are very friendly. Then the main attraction...the 4 puppies who were 5 weeks old and so adorable. We all pampered, cuddled and played with the pups until it was time for their sleep time. They were very entertaining and each one had their own distinct personality.

Everyone had a lovely afternoon. Thanks Audrone!
Janet W.

Indian Dinner Feast Harbourfront
Fri, Jan 26, 2018
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On a very cold windy day on the Harbourfront, seven UK members braved the weather; two cancellations due to sickness. The scenario was an Indian Buffet with too many choices to choose from. Many still shivering from the cold really welcomed a bowl of soup which was not only hot, but also 'HOT' to warm the soul. Several of the meat dishes were spiced with curry, while others satisfied milder tastes. Strange but true, several of our UK members started with dessert first, before attacking the salads and scrumptious main dishes. Amongst the clatter of the dishes, was the chatter of recent topics.

As this was the beginning of a New Year, many focussed on their goals and aspirations, health and travel plans. Now tummies full, before bidding Adieu and ending an enjoyable evening, out to tackle the bitter cold, -26 with strong winds from Lake Ontario.
Irene P.

Dinner/Mingling Elephant & Castle
Sun, Jan 7, 2018
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Despite the bitterly cold weather, we had 11 for dinner and mingling at the Elephant and Castle on Sunday evening. We enjoyed drinks, mingling, and then we sat down to eat our favourite pub grub and converse. A number of guests asked about Ed. He is surely missed and we hope he'll be joining us again soon!

We had two new faces: Pauline and her daughter, Justine. While we think Justine may be a tad too young for the UKConnexion, Pauline is hoping to join us again when she makes the transition to Toronto.

All in all a good evening and a treat to be out in good company, even if it was bitter outside!
Christine Q.

Twelfth Night Fun, Cambridge
Sat, Jan 6, 2018
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Only 3 UKC members did NOT miss the splendid revelry and pageant played out for the "Twelfth Night", an ancient mid-winter celebration at the British Club in Cambridge. It was presented by the Millrace Folk Society together with a Morris Dance Troupe, Mummers play (Saint George (complete with horse), slaying the Dragon – Donald Trump – and this year also Kim Jong-Un (complete with missiles and "nuke button"). The Grand Parade started the festivities including such characters as The Green Man and Old Father Christmas accompanied by folk musicians, dancers and singers to crown the "Queen of the Night". After a sumptuous finger food spread washed down with hot cider, we danced for an hour or more with enthusiastic participation in the folk dancing set and reels and pub carol singing until the fond Farewell Parade and Father Christmas bidding us:
  Christmas now is past and gone,
  Likewise our revels too.
  Now is come our farewell song;
  I bid you all adieu.
Kim H.
Gala New Year's Eve Pot-Luck Dance Party
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
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This year’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza for the UKC was hosted by Jackie in the party room of her downtown condominium on Bloor Street East. It was the perfect setting to ring in 2018 and Jackie went above and beyond in hosting this event.

There were 38 people in attendance and being a Pot Luck affair there was an over-abundance of food, desserts, snacks, libations and door prizes. While a few people played Pool after dinner, I can safely say that everyone danced the night away to DJ Ian Hunt, as we rang in the New Year in style with bubbly and noise makers!

Special thanks to Jackie for hosting and orchestrating this amazing party and to Joan, Christine, Len and many helpers who helped in making New Year's Eve a fabulous event.
Mary B.

Live Band Swing Jazz & Dancing Alleycatz
Sat, Dec 9, 2017
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UK Connexion group enjoyed a fun evening at Alleycatz on December 9th with great music by the swing/jazz band. We were entertained with nice Christmas songs and golden oldies. Had a few turns around the dance floor too!

A big thank you to Marilyn for organizing.
Jacqueline R.

A Tour (and Taste) of the Solar System
Sat, Nov 11, 2017
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On Saturday November 11, Bruce hosted 48 people for a potluck and "Tour of the Solar System" in the penthouse party room of his Esplanade residence. Folks were greeted at the door by Gabriele and Candace, then tucked in to a wonderful spread of savoury foods. Afterwards they were treated to an educational and entertaining talk and film of astronomy from its beginnings to the present day of space travel by our own nuclear physicist Nick, who then gave us a really special treat, a taste of strawberry dessert! as eaten by the Astronauts. Where else could you have an experience like this – other than the UK Connexion? The evening was rounded off by a great choice of fruits, pastries and cakes, tea and coffee.

Thanks to Nick and Bruce for arranging all this and to Gabriele, Bertha, Mary and Candy for helping so efficiently.
Rennie F.