How do I love thee OEV…… Let me count the ways.
Once an OEV resident, always an OEV resident!
I lived in the Old East Village for only 1.5 years in the mid 1980’s, but this neighbourhood still has my heart.
When tragedy struck 3 blocks from where I used to live, I knew I had to do something!
I haven’t lived in London since 1994, yet I always find the time to return to the best neighbourhood within the city!
Just this week alone, Tuesday night we ate a family dinner at Tony’s Pizza and then on Wednesday we got coffee at Asmara Caffee. Little did anyone know that later in the evening on that same Wednesday, a drunk driver would smash her car into a home, rupturing a gas line and causing an explosion that changed the lives of many forever.
Let me list everything that I hold dear to my heart about the OEV:
- Went to H.B.Beal for high school (technically not in the OEV but right on the edge)
- Had my first date at Tony’s Pizza in 1986 (and many dinner dates since then)
- I know the smell of O Pee Chee gum being made
- My husband works on the edge of OEV and looks at one of the mosaic murals out his office window (created by the Potters Guild)
- I met the love of my life (2ndfloor, West Wing of H.B.Beal)
- I remember when Marks Work Warehouse had a store in the OEV and can still smell the wood floor as I cut through the store on my walk to school.
- The cutest drummer in high school asked if he could kiss me on my front porch
- I shop at the Western Fair Farmers Market
- Got grounded for missing curfew when I stayed too long at the Western Fair
- The London MQG Canada meets at the Boyle Community Centre
- I love Anderson Craft Ales IPA beer- and we sometimes go for beer after our guild meeting
- I could hear the noise of the Western Fair from my bedroom window
- We would play video games at the arcades on our school lunch breaks
- I’ve been knitting with friends at the London Brewing Coop
- I’ve been to concerts at the Aeolian Hall
- I paid a parking ticket at the Provincial Offences Office (not the best memory)
- I attended the opening of Union Ten and love their gin cocktails
- I used to borrow books from the Carson Branch of the London Public Library
- I could smell Kellogg’s cereals being made
- Our family loves the London Potters Guild and supports the Clay Art Centre
- I had numerous friends that lived in the OEV
- I shop at Illbury and Goose
- I drink Powerhouse beer- and it’s great!
My list could go on and on and for these reasons and many more I love the OEV, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life!
There is a fundraiser on Tuesday at the Aeolian Hall and I have made a quilt for the silent auction. It’s the I heart OEV logo and I hope it can raise a lot of money to help all the families affected by one senseless drunk driver.
Here is the event poster, support if you can!