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Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society Annual GIANT AUCTION – March 24th, 2013

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Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society Annual GIANT AUCTION – March 24th, 2013

This year, the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) combined their annual auction held on the Sunday with a Saturday slate of guest speakers and  a room full of vendors to produce a fun-filled weekend dubbed AQUAMANIA.

Today’s entry will focus on the events of the GIANT AUCTION on Sunday March 24th, 2013. To see images and information relating to the Friday and Saturday activity see our previous two blog entries.

Friday night preparations
Saturday speakers and vendors

As has become the tradition in the past few years, Peter was hard at work late into the evening and again early in the morning dealing with the registration of a varied collection of items from gravel to driftwood to full sized aquariums and fish with unpronounceable Latin names. Other members and volunteers had already done all of the hard work of setting up the tables and chairs before I arrived – I was certainly happy to see that :-).

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OVAS AQUAMANIA WEEKEND – Ottawa, Ontario – March 23 – 24, 2013

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OVAS AQUAMANIA WEEKEND – Ottawa, Ontario – March 23 – 24, 2013

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DAY 1 – Well it is now Saturday and I’m at the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society’s Aquamania weekend event. (LOCATION: Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 1876 Robertson Road, Bells Corners, Ottawa, Ontario).  Today has a full slate of interesting speakers and tomorrow is the annual GIANT AUCTION. Our previous AQUAMANIA blog post provides a full schedule for today’s speakers but, just in case, here it is again.

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OVAS AQUAMANIA WEEKEND – Ottawa, Ontario – March 23 – 24th, 2013

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Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) – Aquamania weekend – October 23 – 24, 2013

The weather promises to cooperate this year as the executive and volunteers of the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society continue to work to put the final touches on this weekend’s AQUAMANIA – a two day event culminating in Sunday’s GIANT AUCTION.  (LOCATION: Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 1876 Robertson Road, Bells Corners, Ottawa, Ontario)

There will definitely still be snow on the ground but the forecast is for sunny, blue skies and temperatures in the +2C – +6 C range, a definite change from the past couple of years.

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Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Part II)

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The first part of this multi-part posting of my visit to the Tennessee Aquarium focused on the orchids and butterflies exhibits and a few of stingrays on exhibit. This Part II highlights the reefs and the jelly fish displays. The jelly fish are a bit tough to photograph because they are in constant motion but I was surprised by the number of different varieties that the Tennessee Aquarium had on display and the amount of aquarium space that they had allocated to displaying these interesting creatures. Part III covers the “River Journey” building.

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

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Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society – Annual GIANT Auction – 2010

At their monthly meetings, the members of the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) get a chance to bid on a number of aquarium hobby related items – fish, plants, tanks, books, etc. They call these the ‘monthly mini auctions’. Then, once a year, they really take the aquarium auction process to a whole new level with their Annual GIANT Auction.

For long-time members, the annual event is a time to renew old acquaintances, to dispose of a few items not being used in the present fish room set-up, or to put that hand up to bid for that lonely item that will really be welcome in its new home :-).

Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society - Annual GIANT Auction - 2010