Monthly Archives: August 2011

Weddings: the violinists

Our family has attended weddings the last two Saturdays and our girls are playing at one next weekend also.  Yesterday and last Saturday we were at weddings of girls we have know since they were ten years old.  We have been friends with their families for most of our years in Ottawa. Both brides especially wanted the girls to play violin, which they did beautifully. There has been some overlap in repertoire for the three weddings but also some new pieces to learn and arrange for each one. One of the perks of playing during the ceremonies, they found, was the close proximity to the wedding party; unfortunately they were not able to juggle cameras and violins. I will post pictures of other aspects of the weddings but why not start with my violinists?

As the girls almost always have to perform in black they were keen to have new “not black” dresses for the weddings.  The guest lists were totally different so wearing the same dress to each wedding was not a problem. Finding the dresses in the first place was more difficult. I was willing to make the dresses if necessary but we decided to shop first. L17 and I went out one evening and within an hour had found a dress which would only need minor alterations.  A15 and I went out numerous times including a visit to the fabric store and kept returning empty handed.  Finally with less than two days to go we found a pretty dress which was long but close to the style she wanted(most she had tried were way too short!) After taking a good look at it I assured her I could transform it into the style she was after but had been unable to find.  Here are the before and after shots:

L17’s dress as we purchased it:

and after I created straps and altered the sash:

A15’s dress as we purchased it:

After I made a few changes:

She got some bling

A15 has spent the last three days at the National Legion Youth Track & Field Championships which were held here in Ottawa. After a year of training three times a week it has been a very satisfying and exciting end to the season. Before she left for Iceland she qualified in local meets for the 100m, 200m & 300m sprints in the under 16 age group.  Her times in the 100m and 400m also gave her a place in the 4x100m relay and the sprint medley relay. Club teams and provincial teams from all over Canada came to compete in U16 and U18 events.

The weather all weekend was hot and usually sunny.  I volunteered on the first two days of the meet and was very happy to be given a job in the shade of a tent.  Many volunteers and officials were out in the sun most of the day.  Being a volunteer also gave me the opportunity to watch A15 from the track side if I wished.  Her first race, the 100m heat, can be seen here ; she is in lane one in the first heat shown. She was happy with all her results, but getting a personal best in the 300m, advancing to the finals of the 200m, also with a PB, and medals in both relays were definitely the highlights.

Above: 100m heat

Above: Silver medalists U16 Open Club 4x100m relay

In the photo above you can she is finishing her 400m leg of the medley relay. The medley is a strange race made up of a 400m, two 200m and an 800m. A15 was the first runner and she gave her team a lead which they maintained to the end, winning them the gold medal. Video now available here.

Above: Gold medalists U16 Open Club sprint medley relay