Hilarious, shocking, sometimes even wildly inappropriate – just some of the sentiments expressed by those who attended last year’s Best of Gatineau Hills party at the Black Sheep Inn to celebrate the winners of the Low Down’s first annual online reader’s poll.
The bash was more than just a way to announce the winners and have a little drink or two. It was an opportunity for the Hills to come together and celebrate the region after what was a tough year – dealing with such contentious issues as the Hwy 105 extension, the possibility of a massive septic treatment facility to threaten the Gatineau River, and ongoing struggles to get the steam train back up and running.
Overshadowed by such weighty issues, there was a sense that the community had lost sight of what makes it great.
The Low Down felt that the time was right to shine a light on the community, to remind ourselves that we live in a “funny, quirky, tight-knit community full of talent,” wrote Nikki Mantell, publisher of the Low Down in her editorial last year. Hence the creation of the first annual online reader’s poll.
But we know that not everyone was happy with the results. The inevitable reality of asking people to vote for their favourite person, place, or thing is that there are always going to someone or something that gets missed or left out, or people who didn’t agree with the results.
Polls are contentious, but the positive vibes garnered from acknowledging the gems within our community far outweigh any negatives resulting from the poll, which, if you attended last year’s party, would be all too clear.
You weren’t there? Well, you’re in luck, because we’re offering a second chance.
Cast your vote NOW – before March 15 – in the Low Down’s second annual online reader’s poll, www.lowdownonline.com/best-of-2013.
Then come and celebrate our community at the Black Sheep on March 28, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The $5 tickets include nibblies and the musical stylings of DJ Hokum.