Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sandy Acres Equestrian - Sara Edwards

Sara Edwards had one dream career from a young age. To work with a horse, of course.
Edwards is the owner and operator of SE Equestrian where she works with not just one but many horses and their riders as a riding coach and through a series of schooling shows she has organized at the GNE fairgrounds.
"I always wanted to work in horses. I never thought about doing anything else," said Edwards. "It's not really a career, it's a lifestyle."
As a child, she begged for riding lessons and finally received them as a birthday gift from her aunt. She was hooked immediately and spent 12 years showing competitively. She competed on the provincial and national circuit and later worked as a groom at the Royal Winter Fair and in Florida during the winter circuits.
"I never thought about doing anything else," said Edwards.
She's been coaching for nine years, and makes every effort to instil a passion for horses, their care and equestrian sportsmanship in her students.
"I make sure the kids have fun and a good experience," she said. "And they have to take care of their horse, not just ride it - It teaches responsibility for another being."
When it comes to sportsmanship, Edwards pushes her students to support each other as a team. Though equestrian sports are - for the most part - individualized, she said she encourages her students to help each other in the barn and at competition.
"Not only is it great for physical activity," she said. "The kids form good friendships here. They find a common bond."
Many of her students start at an SE Equestrian summer camp where they too get hooked on the sport. Though it’s hard not to love the life around someone like Sara Edwards.
"That feeling you get when you’re riding - I can't put it in words,” she said. "It's your happy place. It makes a bad day a good day."
Edwards gives private and semi-private lessons both at the barn and freelance for competitive and recreational riders of all levels and ages. She also runs summer camps at Sandy Acres Equestrian Centre in Nottawa.
And in the spirit of a lifestyle career, the SE Equestrian brand also includes Edwards' skills making custom-design show and competition ribbons and A-level braiding and clipping for competition horses.
You can see her work and contact her through her website at her website.   
Written by:  Erika Engle
Photos:  Doug Burlock

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Collingwood Beer Dinner on June 7th, 2017



Ring in spring at the Collingwood Beer Dinner. Hosted by The Collingwood Brewery and partnered with Tesoro Restaurant & Chef Tony, this unique menu promises an Italian twist to be paired with The Collingwood Brewery's local selection of craft beers.
Doors open at 6:30pm. First course served at 7pm. Tickets: $60 each include: plated dinner with beer pairings at each course and 1 pint of choice upon arrival at the brewery. 

Purchase tickets online or at The Collingwood Brewery. For questions or for more information please email info@thecollingwoodbrewery or call (705) 444-2337.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Taste of the Town - Do you have your tickets yet?



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Join us for Collingwood’s original premier culinary fundraiser on June 4th at Sunset Point Park!

Enjoy culinary delights from over 20 local top chefs, beverages from around the world, and incredible entertainment all in an afternoon on Georgian Bay. 

Tickets are now on sale for only $135 (with a charitable tax receipt of $95). You can purchase them here or call 1-800-838-3006.

In it’s 15th year this local culinary fundraiser is not to be missed. We have raised over $500,000 with this event and all proceeds go to the local organizations that Rotary supports, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Home Horizon and the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Winemaker's Dinner at Bruce Wine Bar

Upcoming Winemaker's Dinner at Bruce Wine Bar featuring Chef Shaun J. Edmonstone and Tenuta Santome' #winemakers dinner #thornbury #thisisthornbury. Call 519.599.1112 for tix.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Springlicious hits Copper Blues in the Blue Mountain Village

Shoulder season is a great time to enjoy lots of dining promos in the region and one of our faves is Springlicious at Copper Blues in the Blue Mountain Village.


Monday, March 20, 2017

How can you help Save the Nottawasaga Lighthouse? Eat cookies, dance and more....

There are 5 great fundraising events coming to Collingwood to help raise funds for the Nottawasaga Lighthouse.  Starting with the sale of Paula's Pantry Lighthouse cookies on March 21.
Launch party for an Andrew Peycha limited edition print - Nottawasaga Lighthouse on March 28 from 7 to 9 pm at The Huron Club. Prints are $125.00 each, unframed.  Each print is on acid free paper and fade resistant ink has been used.  Only 200 prints will be available.  Print size is 18" x18" . After March 28, prints will be available at Georgian Frame Gallery, Skelton Galleries, The Loft Gallery in Thornbury and on-line.
The first Yard Sale of the year will be held at the Collingwood Youth Centre  at 76 First St in Collingwood on Saturday  April 8 from 8 am to 1 pm.  Proceeds towards restoration of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse. To donate, good useable items phone 705-443-7664  or email Items may be dropped off at the Youth Centre between 9 am and 7 pm on Friday, April 7.
On Saturday, May 13, the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society presents "You Light Up My Life", a Dance and Silent Auction at the Georgian Bay Hotel.  Dance to the music of Strange Potatoes and enjoy a sumptuous buffet prepared by Gustav's.  The evening all begins with cocktails and appetizers from 6 to 7, followed by dinner from 7 to 8:30. Come early to view the many silent auction items that have been generously donated by area merchants. Tickets are $75 a person (includes a $25 tax receipt) and may be purchased at Georgian Bay Hotel, Skelton Galleries, Collingwood Olive Oil, Farm to Table, on-line or by calling 705-443-7664.
Tattoo Day in Collingwood is on Saturday, May 27. Come out to one of the three tattoo parlours in town, Collingwood Tattoo Company,  Steel n Ink or Idols and Anchors and get your ink on in support of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse. Tattoos are only $50 with half going to the NLPS. Choose from a variety of nautical designs.  The event runs from 11 am to 7 pm.  Be adventurous. "get a tat" and support the Lighthouse.