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Hillites, lobbyists, public servants, reporters drawn to magic of Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights

By Aidan Chamandy      

Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling club brings together Hillites for a night of good-natured competition and ridiculous outfits to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. It's been going strong for six years.

For the hip and happening: Philippe Chartrand, Caroline St-Pierre, Chloe Beaulieu, Sarah Dea, Jade Thériault, and Aaron Bell, of Bowllocks, pictured July 10, 2019, at Lawn Summer Nights fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Lawn bowling is not bocce ball. That’s one of the initial things you learn after your first shot sails several feet wide of its intended placement. It’s more like baseball than one would imagine. For those used to the sandlot, rolling a ball across the lawn is akin to throwing an underhand two-seam fastball. Align two fingers along the seam, support with your thumb, and watch as the ball drifts towards a certain side. Where it drifts depends on the “bias” of the ball. 

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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