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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

March Break Camp

Does your child enjoy outdoor adventures? Do they enjoy exploring nature? Do they enjoy being active all day long? Explorations Green March Break Camp is made for them! Under the guidance of our trained camp counselors, campers will discover different relationships between people and our environment while exploring nature during the winter months. Campers will enjoy activities such as snowshoeing through the various George Christie Nature Trails, geocaching, participating in both outdoor and indoor sports and physical activities, indoor swimming, birdhouse building and painting, learning gardening skills, cooking organic and healthy snacks (vegan-friendly, gluten-free, nut-free), and much more!
Explorations Green March Break Camp offers campers a unique experience to explore, challenge themselves, collaborate with others and discover in a fun and safe environment. Over the years, we have found that campers increase physical activity, engage better with nature and the outdoors, and develop long-lasting relationships with other campers and our counselors.
Our Head Camp Counselor, Lea Pankhurst will be hosting Explorations Green March Break Camp out of Pretty River Academy, located at 11521 ON-26, Collingwood. Camp will run between March 13th and 17th. Drop off time is 8:30 am and pick up is at 4:30 pm. Tuesday and Thursday, campers will be swimming at Centennial pool so be sure to pack their swim trunks! Camp fees are $190/week or $45/daily. Camp will sell out quick so be sure to sign up now! Register at our website.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Love a Valentine's Cabaret

There are a dozen reasons to RUN to buy your tickets to Theatre Collingwood's February 13th Cabaret, appropriately titled "LOVE".  That is, the show will have 12 of Canada's most sought after musical theatre performers on the stage for one night only.  Executive Director, Erica Angus, and Musical Director, Chris Tsuchiuchi, are delighted with the cast of performers who have stepped up to support this annual (fund raiser) cabaret.
"Each year we reach out to our friends in the theatre community and I am always overwhelmed by the response", said Angus.  "Performers take time out of their busy schedules to come to Collingwood to support Theatre Collingwood and put on a fantastic show for us."
This year's cabaret will include performances from such accomplished performers as Alana Hibbert (Stratford Festival), Adrian Marchuk (Jersey Boys), George Masswohl (Stratford, Shaw, Broadway), Sharron Matthews (Mean Girls, Hairspray, Canada Sings), Tracy Michailidis (Stratford, Shaw, Charlottetown Festival, Broadway), Shannon Taylor (Stratford Festival), David Ball (Shaw Festival), and more including Collingwood's very own, Craig Ashton (Canadian Opera Company, Stratford Festival).
Audiences can expect an evening of great songs and incredible voices, concluding with a huge group number involving all 12 singers plus the band. The Historic Gayety Theatre stage will be filled! Tickets are $45 (includes HST), or for $85 you can upgrade to the very popular RED CARPET TICKETS which include premium seating, a partial tax receipt, and a post-show reception with the stars at PIE Restaurant including food and a beverage. Theatre Collingwood is a not-for-profit theatre company with charitable status,  and wishes to thank our Production Sponsor, Harrison Denture Clinic.
For more information on the performers or to book tickets call 705-445-2200 or visit our website.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Find out why Collingwood is Ranked #1

Ted Mallett, Vice-President and Chief Economist at the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB), will be coming to Collingwood on January 16, 2017 to discuss the Canadian Federation of Independent Business' 2016 Entrepreneurial Communities report released in October, 2016.  Collingwood was the top entrepreneurial community in Canada in this report.
"It's a great tool for communities and business owners to gauge what's working and what's not when it comes to laying the groundwork for entrepreneurial growth," said Mr. Mallett when the report was released. "It's like a snapshot in time that reflects business confidence and government policies that shape the business landscape."
The Town of Collingwood is hosting a lunchtime event on January 16 at which Mr. Mallett will be speaking about the report and answering some key questions about Collingwood: What helped? What hindered? And how do we focus on our greatest opportunities?
"Keep Accelerating Entrepreneurship is the name of this event as it's a way of congratulating businesses on their amazing accomplishment of being ranked #1 for entrepreneurship, and also inspiring discussion on further efforts that are needed to keep accelerating entrepreneurship in the region," commented Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Town of Collingwood.
Visit our website for more information and tickets.  Seating is limited for this event. Buying tickets in advance is recommended. The event will take place at the Temple Building, 126 Hurontario Street. The cost is $20 and includes a light lunch. 
About Collingwood
Collingwood is a bustling town filled with energy and creativity.  It acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts & culture community. Collingwood is home to an extensive education system, integrated healthcare services, recreational facilities and a Business Development Centre (BDC).
The BDC helps business with a variety of needs through a unique partnership with the Town of Collingwood, the Downtown Collingwood Business Improvement Area, the provincially supported Small Business Enterprise Centre, and the federally supported Centre for Business and Economic Development.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Day Feast in Collingwood

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It's hard to believe the Christmas Day Feast is now into year three, and the organizers are very grateful that so many companies and individuals in the Collingwood area continue to support the event!
Christmas is a time of hardship for some people, either unable to put together a Christmas dinner due to financial or emotional barriers or due to loneliness. Some are new to the town or simply want to enjoy a special spirit of the holiday with others in the community.
A dedicated team of volunteer "elves" has been working behind the scenes to provide a community Christmas day event open to all. Chairperson, Marg Scheben-Edey said, "We are grateful for the support that has come forward on an annual basis. Just last week we were thrilled to learn of the significant contribution again pledged by the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay.".
Several local businesses and individuals have come forward with generous donations that have ensured the event will be one to remember for the 130 expected guests. At this time all of the nearly 100 volunteer positions have been filled and the group is now turning its attentions to reaching potential dinner guests.
This FREE event takes place on December 25th at 1PM, at the Collingwood Curling Club, who have once again generously donated the use of their Hall. It is a non-denominational event and everyone, of all ages, is welcome. This feast will include a home-style meal, seasonal entertainment, an activity for children and a little something for the adults to take home.
Reservations are required as seating is limited to 130, and can easily be made by calling 211 (Community Connection).
For more information, visit our website or facebook page

Friday, November 4, 2016

Twinkle Bulbs - where to find them

Local entrepreneur, Julie Card (that's me) has been hard at work in the wee hours of the early morning and into the night getting ready for the month ahead aka Twinkle Bulb Season.  A craft project that went from a hobby into a business almost overnight last holiday season, launched at the Downtown Collingwood Christmas Market to rave reviews and a lot of sparkle.
















Where can you find Twinkle Bulbs this season?
Events

December 10, 2016

The following retail locations will also have some custom colours available.
Aarden's Chocolates - Coming Soon.
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain - available December 1, 2016
IWA Spa Blue Mountain - available after Nov 11, 2016
The Cheese Gallery, Thornbury - available mid November
Georgian Hills Vineyards - Coming soon.
Custom Orders
If you'd like to order a custom colour selection or large quantity of Twinkle Bulbs for holiday gifts or decor please contact Julie Card directly at 705.444.3453 or send me an e-mail.