GNAG

Mary Tsai
GNAG Executive Director


For friends, neighbours and community

The enduring vitality and continuing survival of the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) rest on four powerful pillars: our annual Taste in the Glebe, the Craft and Artisan Fair, and the Glebe House Tour fundraising events, and the year-round support of so many wonderful people: participants, volunteers, staff, sponsors and friends.

At this time, when in-person events are not possible, GNAG has created a special website highlighting our supporters as a way of saying thank you. We are so grateful for the profound kindness and generosity that we have received over the years and it is now our turn to be there for them. Please visit events.gnag.ca.

This year, bring Taste in the Glebe into your home

GNAG is blessed to count so many restaurants, caterers, delicatessens, cafés, bakeries, pubs, wineries, breweries, distillers, provisioners, specialty shops and suppliers among its closest friends and strongest supporters. For more than two decades their contributions to our signature Taste in the Glebe has raised over $400,000 towards GNAG’s Community Development Fund. We continue to be in absolute awe of their unflagging energy, unbounded innovation and steadfast commitment to service, as they have pivoted so rapidly to meet our needs in these challenging times.

This year, we are not able to congregate in the Glebe Community Centre Main Hall for Taste 2021. However, we invite you to bring Taste into your home. Visit events.gnag.ca/taste where you will find a listing of Taste supporters. We invite and encourage members of our community to keep our local businesses going until we can see them again in person.

In the near future, the GNAG Taste team will be organizing a series of special events that will allow us to have fun “together” while showcasing many of our supporters. Examples include:

  • Unique “virtual” tasting events
  • Culinary/food preparation broadcasts
  • Special offerings for purchase and pickup or delivery
  • A Friends of GNAG recipe collection
  • Culinary collaborations

GNAG Craft and Artisan Fair
goes online

For over 40 years, GNAG has been hosting the Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair, featuring the highest quality, locally made merchandise. At this time, we are unable to have an in-person show. We have created our online catalogue to showcase these skilled members of the local arts and crafts community just in time for holiday gift giving. What could be better than supporting these talented people while giving to our loved ones? Please check out their wonderful work, and spread some joy.

The Glebe House Tour

The Glebe House Tour, 20 years running, was made possible by the generous homeowners who welcome ticket holders to tour their spectacular homes, our generous sponsors and volunteers who run this annual fundraiser for GNAG. Visitors could see what homeowners have done to breathe life into older properties and how they decorate and live in their spaces.

House tour enthusiasts usually look forward to this fall event. However, this year’s tour was cancelled because of health and safety reasons. Rest assured, the Glebe House Tour has not disappeared. We promise there is something very special in the works so stay tuned for further details. Visit events.gnag.ca for updates.

Kindness from
the Glebe Central Pub 

In October, the Glebe Central Pub hosted their second annual Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Total proceeds from both years’ 50/50 draw raised $1,000 towards GNAG’s Community Development Fund. Even in these difficult times, we continue to be incredibly blessed by the generosity of our community businesses. My heartfelt thank you to owners Blair Brassard and Dan Rogers.

GNAG’s Fall term 2 open for registration.  How about trying something completely different?

GNAG has lots to creative offerings when it comes to adult courses and events to end 2020 (yay). Along with our favourite painting, drawing, acting, writing and fitness courses we have a few new treats in store.

Mentalist Jaymes White is back! After four years of sold-out, critically acclaimed séances across Ontario, White brings his expertise in psychological thrills to the web. This interactive online experience is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Connect with the spirits, while social distancing from the living!

We also have a free online Texas Hold’em poker workshop, wreath making, an acting-for-camera course and so much more. Let’s end what has been a very tough year with lots of thrills, laughs, creativity, friendships and most important of all…with a smile!

Are you ready to reconnect with friends and neighbours? We are! In-person fitness and dance classes are back at the GCC. It is safe and fun! There is plenty of space to keep you inspired, motivated and moving. If you are not quite ready for in-person classes, our online classes are still a great option. You can exercise from the safety of your own home. Whatever you chose, GNAG fitness and dance will help keep you positive, resilient and healthy.

The GNAG team accepts a donation from the Glebe Central Pub. Front, left to right: Dan Rogers (pub), Ali O’Connor, Paul O’Donnell, Mary Tsai, Blair Brassard (pub). Back, left to right: Lauren Kirk, Jason Irvine, Tanis Hodder

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