Archive for March, 2012

Elle The BunkerGirlElle The BunkerGirl here to report that as things are picking up at the  Diefenbunker, we thought it’d be great to give our bunker fans a behind-the-scenes look at what staff does to plan for this year’s new events!

As Project and Marketing Coordinator, I hope to organize and promote as many fun and quirky events for those who need that nudge to come visit this fabulous National Historic Site. We’re sure to have something pique your interest at least a little bit with this events blog as I will be blogging like mad. If not, we welcome your suggestions! So join us on our journey in “event-ifying” this bunker.

Case Study #1- Mother’s Day

One of the ideas we had for Mother’s Day is to serve “mocktails”, non-alcoholic cocktails, to our visitors. These “mocktails” are quite fitting as they are by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). So before serving them to our wonderful ladies on Mother’s Day, we tasked ourselves with taste-testing them to see if they are worthy of their “mocktail” status. The three options I chose are these summery mixes: Sangria, Margarita, and Mojito.

Nine people from the bunker staff, including myself, tried and rated these beverages for overall taste; on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being disgusting and 10 being delicious. We also commented on their similarity to the real deal.

Here are the scores and some comments:

The Sangria rated the highest with an average score of 7.5. Here’s what the bunker staff had to say about this drink:

“It’s sweeter but lighter than regular sangria”.
“It has a nice fizz to it, a bit more than the usual mixture.”
“It tastes like sangria, but better!”

The Margarita rated lowest with an average score of 4.5. Here’s what bunker staff had to say about this drink:
3 girls with martini glasses at CanX bar

“I love the colour!”
“Cheers to nuclear radiation!”
“It tastes like dirty feet, probably because they tried to simulate the tequila flavor.”

The Mojito rated an average score of 6.1. Here’s what the bunker staff had to say about this drink:

“It isn’t too minty like some mojitos.”
“It’s quite sweet and not as refreshing.”
“It tastes like spearmint toothpaste.”

After taste-testing these three drinks, it is safe to say that we won’t be serving mock margaritas on Mother’s Day. As everyone had a relatively positive remark about the sangria, we’re definitely going with this option! Don’t like sangria? No need to fret as we’ll have an assortment of teas, sodas, and a fruit punch to quench your thirst.

For those interested, I purchased these beverages at a local Shopper’s Drugmart for $9.99 each. The sangria comes in a 750mL bottle, and the mojito and margarita come in a pack of four cans of 250mL each.

For more information or more options for MADD virgin drinks, please visit.http://canstore.maddvirgindrinks.com/

And for more information on this Mother’s Day event, please contact Elle The BunkerGirl at events@diefenbunker.ca or at 613.839.0007 ext. 265.

What is one of the most exciting jobs in the world? A spy, of course!

From Spy Headquarters at the Diefenbunker, we have highly trained Special Agents who are willing to share some of the trade secrets. We won’t under any circumstances divulge all of our secrets (for that you will have to enroll in Spy Camp!) but we will give you a taste of how to achieve Spy status.

Our Special Agents, at our top secret Spy Camp, think it is best to learn by example. Let’s take a look at our March Break Spy Camp where several spies-in-training learned the fine art of espionage.

Trade secret #1: Be stealthy

These Spies-in-Training make stealthy tasks look easy: (click on the image to enlarge)
Spies-in-training crawling on their bellies to avoid being exposed to the enemyBoy climbing through red laser obstacleStealth girl makes navigating through lasers look easyBoy slinking his way through laser obstacleBoy standing proud inside laser yarn obstacle

Trade Secret #2: Be intelligent and curious

These Spies-in-Training learn from each other and crack codes together:
Two spies and training share their knowledge2 Spies-in-training examine the clues needed to find Agent xWorking as part of a team is key.2 boys working together

Trade Secret #3: Be a master of disguise

Spies-in-Training can transform their look at any moment:
Spies in disguiseSpies in disguise

Want to know more and truly be part of the inner circle of spies?

Then sign up for one (or more!) of our Spy Camp Summer Sessions:
July 2nd- 6th – The Art of Espionage- all ages (7-12)
July 9th – 13th – Making and Breaking Codes (ages 7-9)
July 16th – 20th – Making and Breaking Codes (ages 10-12)
July 23rd – 27th – Master of Disguise (ages 7-9)
July 30th – August 3rd – Master of Disguise (ages 10-12)
August 6th – 10th – Investigation: The Hunt for a Mole! (ages 7-9)
August 13th – 17th – Investigation: The Hunt for a Mole! (ages 10-12)
August 20th – 24th – The Science behind Spying (ages 7-9)
August 27th – 31st – The Science behind Spying (ages 10-12)

For more information or to register, you can download the registration form on the Diefenbunker website or e-mail spycamp@diefenbunker.ca or call (613) 839-0007

Ottawa Museum Network LogoOn behalf of its member museums, the Ottawa Museum Network would like to thank the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their continued support of Ottawa’s local museums and heritage community. This “Top Ten” list highlights just a few of the successful projects and accomplishments that have been made possible as a result of the generous funding provided by our supporters.

1. Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War MuseumOn February 14th, the Diefenbunker held its first ever romantic evening underground, ‘Love Under Cover’. The event received an amazing response from the community and sold out as of the weekend before. The night included delicious food catered by Carp’s own The Chesire Cat Pub, specialty chocolates handcrafted by the chocolatier at The Swan, and a Cold War era movie. Visitors were also treated to the first viewing of material from a recent Oral History project. The short film Love and Duty featured former employees at of the Diefenbunker who discussed what it would have been like to leave their loved ones behind during a nuclear attack.

2. Vanier Museopark

Muséoparc: boy looking in sugar bucketThe Museopark’s team is currently planning the 2012 Maple Sugar Fest that will take place from Sunday, March 25 to Sunday, April 1, 2012. The activities will be held at 300 des Pères Blancs Avenue in Ottawa, just a couple of minutes away from Parliament Hill. This year, a diversified program will be presented. Close to 5000 people are expected to enjoy this event. Come savour some maple syrup with us!

3. Goulbourn Museum

Goulbourn MuseumOn Monday February 20th (Family Day) the Goulbourn Museum held its annual Heritage Day Open House. Fifty-three guests explored the newly renovated pioneer exhibit, enjoyed light refreshments and mingled with Museum staff and members of the Board of Directors. Smaller visitors were kept busy with a variety of heritage-themed games including: building a miniature log cabin, creating a pioneer quilt out of paper, and discovering artefacts.

4. Billings Estate National Historic Site

Billings Estate National Historical SiteBillings Estate expanded its summer programming into the winter by offering Preschool Play Dates every Saturday morning in February.  The one-hour program gave kids between the ages of 2.5 and 4 years the opportunity to interact with the museum in a hands-on way, while learning about things like baking and the seasons, and how Ottawa’s pioneers approached these subjects.

5. Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

Pinhey's Point Historic SitePinhey’s Point continued its ever popular Snowshoeing Under the Stars program this winter, with four sessions offered.  Each hike explored the history of snowshoeing in Canada before delving into more theme-specific topics, like wildlife in the winter, First Nations history and how pioneers survived the winter.  The sessions were capped off with hot chocolate around a bonfire.

6. Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum

Osgoode Township Historical Society and MuseumThe Osgoode Township Museum hosted a wonderful Kids Craft Day at the beginning of the month, with children creating colourful dragons in honour of the Chinese New Year as well as a variety of Valentine “Love Bugs” to give to their friends on the 14th.  The museum also welcomed several children from the surrounding area for a PD Day Program which explored the mysterious creatures of myth and legend through games, crafts and other fun activities.  Several participants took part in our Hat-Making adult workshop, which was a great success, and everyone went home with a beautiful and unique headpiece!

7. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Cumberland Heritage Village MuseumCumberland Heritage Village Museum was the perfect winter wonderland for the Cumberland Community Association’s annual Winter Fest celebration! Over 300 visitors enjoyed sleigh rides, snow shoe relays, snowmen and snowball target practice whilst inside local favourites, ‘Corkery Road’ regaled the crowd with their Celtic tunes and stories.

8. Nepean Museum

Nepean MuseumFairfields and Nepean Museum staff participated in the Ottawa Carleton Elementary Teacher’s Federation (OCETF) P.D. day, highlighting educational programs and kits offered by the two sites. The “February Fling” event at Fairfields saw a full crowd for the program. In addition, the monthly Sunday “Family Zone” event “Costumes and Cameras” at Nepean Museum drew a capacity crowd, proof that our Family programming continues to grow in popularity.

9. Watson’s Mill

Watson's MillOn Monday February 20th Watson’s Mill hosted a Family Day/Heritage Day drop in with activities, exhibits and demonstrations the whole family could enjoy. Over 90 people popped in to play with heritage toys, create old fashioned tumble clowns and take part in a Tatting demonstration. In partnership with the Rideau Township Historical Society, an exhibit on Timothy Eaton was also a highlight for visitors to recall the good old days of shopping.

10. Bytown Museum

Bytown MuseumIn February the Bytown Museum actively participated in Winterlude. The museum hosted a tent on the canal during the weekends providing family activities and games.  In turn many people visited the museum as part of their Winterlude experience. Staff would like to thank all of the volunteers for coming out and helping with the set-up and activities and promotion of the museum. In addition to preparing and delivering quality programming and exhibitions, the museum has been engaged in organizational initiatives to enhance its ability to serve the Ottawa community.

Over the next couple months, the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum will be undergoing a refresh project (AKA Operation Wake Sleeping Giant) with our online communications. One of the main goals of this project is to improve our visitor experience online.

The creation of this new blog is one small step in our greater online communications strategy. We will be republishing some blog posts from http://diefenblogger.blogspot.com. This way older posts will still be accessible to you from our new and improved blog.

Please be patient with us while we get up and running. Also, be sure to follow our blog (click on Follow in the right column under the header “Let our Blog Come to You!”) to watch this not-so-top-secret Operation unveil itself!

If you have any questions or feedback please be sure to contact our Marketing & Community Relations Manager, Kelly Eyamie, at marketing@diefenbunker.ca or 613-839-0007 x227.