Archive for September, 2012

George Clooney smartly directs this 2005 film, that chronicles the real-life conflict between television news pioneer Edward R. Murrow and the “witch hunting” Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Backed by an all-star cast as his studio production team, David Strathairn brilliantly portrays earnest and determined Murrow who delivers sobering facts to American audiences as he “tries McCarthy in the press”, on the documentary show See It Now.

David Strathairn as Edward Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck

Host of the CBS shows Person to Person and See It Now, Murrow spends a portion of his career questioning McCarthy’s methods and motives for his relentless attacks on innocent people. He calls on journalistic integrity and on the American judicial system to challenge McCarthy and his anti-Communist mission.

A target of McCarthy’s unfounded accusations of Communist activities, persistent Murrow continues his media battle with the Senator and criticizes irresponsible journalists who perpetrate McCarthy’s fear mongering tactics. Seeing that the future of information dissemination and news reporting relies on broadcast television, Murrow wisely advises American audiences to treat news reports with skepticism and invites journalists to be more responsible to their public and to the people they describe in their messages.

Actor and Director George Clooney as CBS News President, Fred Friendly.

The movie’s soundtrack is peppered with gorgeous jazz segments serving as musical intermissions between grim and intense scenes of political propaganda and judicial discourse. Both the music provided by a jazz band and the stunning black and white cinematography work to make this film an authentic depiction of the time-period in which took place this dramatic battle within Cold War history.

The film closes with Murrow bidding his well-known salute to Americans, “Good night, and good luck”.

Where: Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum

3911 Carp Road Carp ON  K0A 1L0 (Just one exit from Scotiabank Place)

When:  Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 7pm
Optional tour offered at 6pm
Who: Adults
Cost: Film: $8, Film and tour: $15
FREE for museum members and Connexion card holders.


The first week of school is almost over, and it’s time to think of fall. Carp, as an agricultural community, is a busy place this time of year, especially on weekends. If you are coming out to visit us at the Diefenbunker, there are many things to do around here.

Saturdays, the Carp Market, from 8 AM-2 PM, is a bustling place full of enticing market stalls, food, and friendly folks, such as Joe from Pizza All’Antica. A mobile wood-burning pizza oven owned and operated by the whole family serves up authentic Neapolitan pizzas at the market.

Pizza in the Oven

Joe from Pizza All’Antica. Photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Carp Carrots

Carrots at the Carp Market. Photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Across the road is the new Alice’s Village CafĂ©, where you can get a great cup of coffee and lunch or a decadent snack (try the ‘Big Nasty’ cinnamon bun), open weekends starting at 7 AM and weekdays at 6 AM. Speaking of decadent treats, Twisty Cream, just down the road from Alice’s, is one of my favourite spots for ice cream, and this is certainly a great place to take your family after visiting the Diefenbunker. I have a hard time driving by here on a hot summer afternoon without stopping for a cone. And because it’s Carp, even the family pet gets a small cone.

Alice's Village Cafe

Alice’s Village Cafe. Photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Twisty Cream Ice Cream - Sundae

Twisty Cream Sundae. Photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Carp is also the home of Carp Pizza and The Swan. Carp Pizza offers a discount for Diefenbunker birthday parties and rentals, and they even do gluten-free pizza crust. The Swan caters many Diefenbunker events and rentals and is known for their creative catering and their delicious hand-made chocolates and cakes. Sunny, the chocolatier, loves a challenge, and has made such delicacies as ‘nuclear fallout shelter’ truffles and spy-meets-spy birthday cakes for us. Lunches and dinners are also delicious, cooked by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Joe.

Carp Pizza - storefront image

Carp Pizza – photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

The Swan at Carp - restaurant

The Swan at Carp – photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

A visit on Sunday can also be combined with attending a church service. Both St. James the Apostle Anglican Church and St. Paul’s United Church hold Sunday services, at 9.30 AM and 10.30 AM respectively.

St James' Church

St James’ Church – photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Although Carp is only a half hour’s drive from downtown Ottawa, the quaint and friendly village atmosphere will make you feel like you are on vacation. It’s a great place to take your family for a day’s outing.

Please ask any Diefenbunker staff or volunteers for more suggestions on what to do in Carp and the surrounding area! We are happy to help!
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