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?

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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Help Save the Lighthouse

Vote for the Lighthouse (Posted On: Sunday, October 23, 2016)

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The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society has an entry in the Aviva Community Fund Competition.  We need you to click on the Aviva website  and register. You will have 18 votes which you can cast all at once. Voting closes Friday, October 28 at 4 PM. Please help!
The Nottawasaga Lighthouse stands on an island at the entrance to the busy Collingwood harbour as a reminder of our strong marine history. It was lit in 1858 the same year that Collingwood was incorporated. For many decades our Imperial Tower did her work, keeping mariners safe. The light could be seen for 17miles. But today the light no longer shines. Our tower has fallen into disrepair and named to the National Trust for CanadaĆ¢€™s list of the top 10 most endangered historic sites in Canada.
The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society is a very dedicated group of individuals working hard to save and restore our once beautiful historic landmark. Enough money was raised and this fall they are able to complete step one of the restoration plan. They are shrink wrapping the structure to slow down the deterioration by protecting it from the elements and the harsh freezing and thawing of our winters. In order for the restoration to begin again in the spring they need to continue fundraising.
"Canada's heritage lighthouses are iconic symbols of our communities and have played a crucial role in keeping mariners safe. They are also important tourism attractions that contribute to local economies."  Catherine McKenna Federal Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
It takes a Community to restore a Lighthouse.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Be The Change - Eating You Alive

The Be The Change Film Series, presented by Royal LePage Locations North, is now in its 9th year. This year we are offering dinner before screenings as well as online ticket sales.  
Last year the Series moved from the Gayety to the Simcoe Street Theatre (across from the Collingwood Library), with 2 screenings per night at 5:00 and 7:30. The audience loved the new screening times and the welcoming local marketplace/food-oriented venue, so we are back for the second year in a row. 
Join us before the film in the marketplace and enjoy a fresh, local and healthy meal prepared by Farm to Table Market and Kitchen. Vendors have farm-fresh groceries of many kinds available for sale and Creemore Coffee Studio and Earthlinks (CCI environmental student group) have gourmet snacks and beverages, too.
Eating you Alive is, appropriately, the first movie of the series, airing twice on Wednesday October 19th. The film's directors speak with everyone from medical experts to chefs to Hollywood stars about how whole-food, plant-based nutrition can help us to take control of our health in the face of a North American crisis the likes of which we've never seen before.
"We know that food is part of what attracts our big crowds, so we opted to start with a film in line with that," says Christy Deere, one of the principal BTC organizers."We believe that offering a fresh, local and healthy meal is going to be a big driver for our viewers." Deere also notes that - for the first time-tickets are available for purchase on sale, either individually for $8 or $40 for all six films at our website
The BTC Film Series is designed to unite the Collingwood and surrounding communities around a variety of environment-centric issues. Provocative, carefully chosen films are selected around themes such as conservation, health and climate change.  
As in years past, proceeds from BTC will benefit two local organizations: Elephant Thoughts, a childhood education-focused charity, and The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, a local environment-focused charity.
BTC Vital Statistics
-3rd Wednesday of every month, starting October 19th
-2 screenings: 5:00 & 7:30
-Full vendor marketplace 5:00-7:30
-Local live music: 6:45
-Simcoe Street Theatre (86 Simcoe Street, across from Library)