Glebe Centre Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Doors Open at Abbotsford

By Julie Ireton 

When Abbotsford at the Glebe Centre takes part in the annual Doors Open Ottawa event on Saturday June 3rd, Les Scharfe will be posted just outside the heritage house to show off a special antique. 

Scharfe and his 1930 Model-A Ford will get a prime parking spot at Abbotsford House, across from Lansdowne Park, for Doors Open -- a free, annual architectural event to celebrate the community’s built heritage. Glebe_article_MAY_2017.jpg

Scharfe hopes his antique car draws people of all ages to the heritage stone house at 950 Bank Street to check out his car and tour Abbotsford. The historic house itself is celebrating 145 years. Tea and scones will be for sale inside. 

The Model-A roadster often turns heads when touring around the Glebe. Scharfe has babied his vintage car for the past 30 years and since his retirement, he’s spent countless hours restoring every inch of it. 

Scharfe said while many young people lack nostalgia for old cars, the Model-A will often stir memories in seniors. 

“Mostly older people remember those cars,” said Scharfe. “I like to hear their stories and memories.” 

At noon on Doors Open day, Abbotsford at the Glebe Centre will also unveil a special, collaborative project recently commissioned to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. 

The senior’s centre received a community grant from the province to create a project to commemorate the celebration. 

With that in mind, Almonte artist and blacksmith, Randy Gill was tasked to design and build a bench that will sit with a view to Bank St. 

Gill received design ideas and artistic input from 16 Abbotsford seniors. 

“We came up with an overall design approach and I carved out a section, a tableau to render their ideas into iron,” said Gill. “It’s about 300 lbs, all forged iron and I took into account the people who will be using it and researched the best ergonomics for seniors.” 

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Capital ward David Chernushenko and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi will be on hand for the bench’s unveiling at noon on June 3rd

But that’s not the only 150th birthday celebration at the Glebe Centre in June. 

A Block Party is planned for June 10 and the whole neighbourhood is invited. 

Most of Monk St. will be blocked off to make way for a bouncy castle, petting zoo and musical entertainment for visitors of all ages. 

Abbotsford, at 950 Bank St, offers community programs and supports for adults 55 plus that offers everything from belly dancing to CPR classes.  Check out their spring guide on line or in person and join in. 

Abbotsford is your community support centre for Adults 55+.  We are the community programs of The Glebe Centre Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit, organization which includes a 254 bed long term care home.  Find out more about our services by dropping by 950 Bank Street (the old stone house) Mon- Fri 9-4 pm, telephoning 613-230-5730 or by checking out all of The Glebe Centre facilities and community programs on our website