Sunday, 25 August 2013

Our first TEDxAlgonquinPark Adventure!

Twenty-four adventurous souls joined us last Saturday for our first TEDxAlgonquinPark Adventure on a secret trail in Algonquin Park and it was amazing! In true TED fashion, we had a diverse crowd of both young and old from across Ontario and the world (Huntsville, Trenton, Toronto, Israel and New Zealand).

Musician and 2012 TEDxAlgonquinPark speaker Adam Ruzzo led us to a lookout high above two sparkling lakes and sang a selection of original songs and covers including Gordon Lightfoot's Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Don Charbonneau's Northland (My Algonquin Home), Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline and an Ontario classic, The Black Fly Song by Wade Hemsworth. We also tried an impromptu wolf howl and even howled the chorus of Sweet Caroline but all of the wolves must have been sleeping in the shade.

Many thanks to Adam for the fabulous music and to everyone who came to see what our first Adventure was all about! If you weren't able to join us, check out the photos below to get a taste of a TEDxAlgonquinPark Adventure. (And join us for our next Adventure on September 4, a Behind the Scenes Tour of Algonquin Park Forest Management!

Thanks also to TEDxBeaconStreet who pioneered TEDx Adventures. What a great idea!

[P.S. We were on an unofficial, unmarked trail and we think it needs a name. Ruzzo Ridge? TEDx Adventure Trail? What do you think?]

Lacey and Adam welcome TEDxAlgonquinPark Adventurers

The Adventure begins!

Heading up the 'secret' trail

Keep're almost there! 
Ahhh...look at that view!
Co-chair Courtney Sinclair welcomes everyone
to our very first Adventure.

Several young percussionists helped Adam...

...keep the beat. They all...

...did a fabulous job!

We were treated to both covers (like "Sweet Caroline"
and "Canadian Railroad Trilogy")...

...and Adam Ruzzo originals...

...that kept the Adventurers spellbound.

Thanks to everyone who joined us...

...from Adam & the TEDxAlgonquinPark committee
(L-to-R Dawn, Courtney, Lindsey, Adam, and Lacey.
Missing: Laura.)
We hope to see you all again!

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