Kingston is not just a town where the Olympic Torch is coming through, but one of the places chosen to have a community celebration. So the relay stops here overnight. Which means you have a chance on Monday night and Tuesday morning to see it.
As I write it I’m getting things lined up for a couple of interviews involving the torch run for Friday’s show. After I’ve already shoveled three times this morning. School buses canceled all over town and just miserable weather outdoors.
Here is a rundown of the stop in Kingston and the things going on. Got this from the City of Kingston website. Might have some more details on the weekend.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2009
5:30 p.m. Limestone Choristers
6:00 p.m. Introduction by the Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay Committee
Aboriginal Community Welcome by the Katarakwi dancers
Musical performances by Le Clan D’estin and Tea for the Voyage
7:00 p.m Vancouver Olympic Committee prepares crowd to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay to Market Square
Torch Arrives in Kingston
Entertainment provided by Olympic Torch Relay sponsors Coca Cola and the Royal Bank of Canada continues until 8 p.m.
Well wishers encouraged to line relay route in Kingston.
En route to Springer Market Square, the Olympic Torch will travel in Kingston from:
* The Parade Square in Fort Henry (starting about 6:20 p.m.) toward the La Salle Causeway. It is expected to pass the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College at approximately 6:30 p.m.
* Along Ontario Street over to West Street.
* Up to King Street to pass in front of the City Park statue of Sir John A. Macdonald.
* Loops back toward Springer Market Square along King Street aiming to arrive in the Square at 7 p.m.
The Olympic Torch Relay leaves Kingston on Tuesday, Dec. 15 along this route:
* Tours Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (the sailing venue for the 1976 Montreal Olympics) by boat starting at 6:43 a.m.
* After landing near the foot of Yonge Street, the Relay jogs along Logan Street and then up Mowat Avenue to King Street.
* The Relay turns up Portsmouth Avenue and continues along it all the way to Princess Street. It is expected to pass the Ongwanada Resource Centre at about 7:14 a.m.
* The Relay will turn up Princess Street heading toward the Ambassador Hotel – its final stop in Kingston – where it is expected to arrive at 7:39 a.m.
Think I forgot to give the links to some video of Toni Marie’s torch run. I’ll put that up on the weekend as well. Such strong winds they had some mounties on horses blocking the gusts from possibly putting out the flame. Never happened though. 🙂