Saturday, December 31, 2011

Great Snowshoe at Scenic Caves

Dan and I enjoyed a fabulous snowshoe experience up at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre today.  This is a picture of me checking out a porcupine. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I love my new Hatley Jammies

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is enjoying some time with the family over the holidays.  I'd like to share a photo of Dan and I in our new jammies from Hatley Scoops in The Blue Mountain Village.  These are the best jammies ever! Very cozy.  By the way, Hatley Scoops has a fantastic Boxing Week sale on. Offering 50% off at the Blue Mountain Village location until January 5th.  See in-store for details because some conditions apply.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Congratulations to Steve Gorton the winner of our opening day at Blue Contest

Ann Gorton was on hand this morning to accept her husband Steve's prize of winning a seat on the first chairlift of the season at Blue Mountain Resorts this morning, a Super Pass, some great mycollingwood.ca hats and a $50.00 gift card from The Sunset Grill in the Blue Mountain Village.  Steve is away on business, so Ann brought a cutout of Steve for the photo ops.  Thanks Ann and congratulations.  Pictured in photo Ann Gorton, 'Steve' and Bruce Melhuish owner of the Sunset Grill.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Take in a Christmas Concert at The Marsh Street Centre with Jennifer Potter

A great way to ring in the holiday season is to attend the upcoming Christmas concert this Sunday afternoon at the Marsh Street Centre.  The concert is Sunday December 11th at 2:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at Marsh Street, Pharmasave and Stuff to Read. Call Pat at 519.599.7837.  For more information click http://www.facebook.com/events/315617828449741/




Monday, November 28, 2011

Watch The Collingwood Santa Clause Parade


Eric Rudd from Big Screen FX has posted the Collingwood Santa Clause Parade to You Tube.  In my opinion this was one of the best parades yet. Click here to Check it Out.

Collingwood Downtown announces Santa Claus Parade Winners

Collingwood Downtown announces Santa Claus Parade Winners



It was an unseasonably warm day for this year’s edition of Collingwood Downtown’s Santa Claus Parade. It was also the first time in many years that the parade was staged in the evening as the finale of a day filled with Christmas celebrations.


Many commercial businesses, non-profit organizations, and youth groups presented entries that celebrated the theme of “Home for the Holidays”. The night scene was filled with music and lights as the magic of the Christmas season was experienced by record crowds for the event. Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to the winners.


Category winners are:

INDUSTRIAL / COMMERCIAL – First Place –RBC Royal Bank & RBC Dominion Securities; Second Place – Balloon Expressions; Third Place – Huronia Alarm & Fire Security

SERVICE CLUBS / NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS – First Place - Georgian Triangle Humane Society; Second Place – Journey Community Church; Third Place – COATV

YOUTH – First Place – First Presbyterian Church - Youth; Second Place – Elephant Thoughts; Third Place – Girl Guides of Canada & Scouts Canada

A special thank you is extended to all the sponsors, volunteers, and entries for making this year’s parade such a great success.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kingstone Animal Chiropractic - Grand Opening

Kingstone Animal Chiropractic and Dr. Angela would like to welcome you to her new home-based clinic!



Dr. Angela Martin-King's mobile chiropractic services will now have a home-base in Meaford Ontario. To celebrate, she will be hosting a GRAND OPENING & FUNDRAISING EVENT this Friday November 18th from 6pm – 9pm. She would like to invite you, your family and your friends to come out, see the clinic, learn a little more about chiropractic for animals and have a great time with fellow animal lovers! 144 Nelson St. W, Meaford On N4L 1M5



The Gift of Relaxation - Great Promo and Contest from Scandinave Spa

The Gift of Relaxation

Treat that special person to a day of relaxation with a holiday gift card to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. All purchases of $300 or more receive a $50 promotional gift card from Squire Johns Ski Shop. Gift cards can be purchased online, by phone or in person.  To purchase gift cards now click here.

HOLIDAY CONTEST

All purchasers of holiday gift cards, with a combined value of $300+, have a chance to win a $500 gift card from Squire Johns Ski Shop.  Contest ends December 20th, 2011.


Winner announced on December 22, 2011.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Untitled Prayer by Jennifer Potter

Local singer and songwriter Jennifer Potter wrote Untitled Prayer to "honour those who fight for peace," which she then set to archival "Faces of War" footage for this video.

Friday, October 28, 2011

CENTURION CYCLING CANADA ON TSN

Relive the sights and sounds of Subara Centurion Canada! The picturesque Blue Mountain Resort with its European-style village was home to the start and finish of Centurion Canada on September 14-16th. Located in the Town of the Blue Mountains riders enjoyed the scenery and the challenges that the courses presented. Containing a series of relentless rollers, the courses began at the base of the legendary Niagara Escarpment along the shores of Georgian Bay. The sharp and steep elevations served as a prime hurdle and tested all riders.
Watch the 1 hour inaugural TSN Show!!
Sunday October 30th at 11:00pm - TSN2
Tuesday November 1st at 6:30pm - TSN2
Thursday November 3rd at 2:00pm - TSN
Saturday November 5th at 8:00pm - TSN2
Tuesday November 8th at midnight - TSN
http://centurioncycling.com/canada/

Amazing Sense of Community

I just finished reading Mariane McLeod's blog that gives a heartwarming tale of sense of community spirt that is just so classy that I wanted to share it with all of you.  It's lovely story and I do believe that anyone who reads it will be emotionally touched. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Adorable Video for Cameron Street School

Check out this adorable video asking for your vote. Watch the video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x900grMgRY

and vote here

http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11585/vote  


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Vote for Cameron - lets band together as a community

The School Council at Cameron Street Public School have been dreaming. Dreaming of a school with new and safe tarmac for play...dreaming of warm and welcoming entrances...dreaming of a community vegetable garden...dreaming of ‘resuscitating’ our school yard! Help us realize that dream.

On Monday, October 3rd at 12pm voting for the Aviva Community Fund officially opened. Hundred’s of idea have been submitted and are being voted on. Cameron is competing against over 200 different ideas and only 10 will move on to the next round. So we are asking you to please take a moment out of your day to vote for our idea.


Go to http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11585 register for the Aviva Fund and click vote to help give a little “CPR” Cameron St. Public School’s Yard Revitalization!

Help our school to be able to build a Natural Outdoor playground, complete our outdoor classroom, re-landscape the front of our school, improve the building entrances, utilize large alcoves for community vegetable gardens, and so much more.


The school yard at Cameron St. is in no way a reflection of this incredible school. We have an amazing staff, wonderful students and a very motivated and inspired school council. We want to be able to have the outside of our school reflect just how truly incredible what goes on, on the inside is.


Voting for round one ends on Wednesday October 19th, please take a moment and help us enhance the lives of all the children that now to go Cameron St. Public School, and those that will go to Cameron in the future.


Vote http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11585

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Last weekend for Collingwood Farmers Market

The weather forecast for Thanksgiving weekend is looking fantastic which will make a visit to the Downtown Collingwood Farmer's Market a lovely outing where you can stock up on all the organic veggies that you need for your Thanksgiving Feast.  Make sure you pop by and visit The Olive Guy who sells the best cold pressed olive oil I have ever tasted.  He will be offering a special price of $20 per bottle, $50/3btls and buy 5 get one free for more information about this product click on the web link www.rallisoliveoil.comWhat a great healthy hostess gift this would make instead of the usual bottle of wine.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blue Mountain Half Marathon generously dontates to Environment Network

The Blue Mountain Half Marathon is a not-for-profit race that is taking place on Sunday October 16th. Half of race profits go to natural health research, the other half back into the local community to promote active lifestyles for children. The Environment Network will receive a $2000 donation towards a new program called The Crew. http://bluemountainmarathon.com/


SPECIAL THANK YOU TO Ruth Hitchcock for organizing the race and donating to the Environment Network for a new program "the Crew." "The Crew", a new after school pilot program is aimed at helping at-risk male youth (grades 7 and 8) in our local community by providing them the chance to find a sense of belonging and connect with other youth once a week. The objective of "The Crew" will be to work with these young men and help them realize their self worth and potential. The Crew participants will be given the tools needed to help improve their nutrition, physical fitness and confidence so they are able to successfully go forward into high school and beyond. Currently, there is no such program available to male youth in this area but it has been requested by area elementary school principles after the success of a similar program for girls (Girlfriends). The eight week pilot program will run after school for an hour and a half and will use resources available at local schools or municipal facilities such as parks and trails.


Today's youth are experiencing increasing amounts of pressure from all aspects of their life; family, school, friends and media. Male youth experience similar pressures and issues as girls but react with uniquely different behaviours. "The Crew" after school program will focus on issues and pressures placed on male youth. Programming will cover a variety of topic areas including healthy living, sex, alcohol and substance abuse, vandalism, violent behaviour as well as self respect/esteem, respect for others and concern for their community and environment. The program will promote healthy physical activity and provide a chance for youth who otherwise, do to lack of access or funds, aren't able to participate in extra-curricular activities.

Additionally, programming will focus on community involvement and environmental awareness. In Collingwood and surrounding areas, there is a need for a program of this nature. The success of the Girlfriends program has made us aware of the need for a similar male-focused after school program.

Funding for this pilot project is essential to the overall success and expansion of "The Crew" after school program. Seed funding will provide The Environment Network with the means to hire a part time coordinator responsible for planning and overseeing the program. Funding would also assist with other costs associated with "The Crew" such as honorarium/mileage for guest speakers, nutritious snacks, after program transportation and free access for all participants.


For more information please contact Andrew Grottoli at the Environment Network, 705-446-0551

Nottawasaga Mechanical is giving away a new York home comfort system

Nottawasaga Mechanical is celebrating 25 years of exceptional customer service in 2011. To thank their customers and community they have decided to give away a York home comfort system. This system includes an Affinity Modulating gas furnace (98% efficient), Affinity 2 stage air conditioner (18 SEER), a MERV 13 media air cleaner and a touch screen communicating control with HD display. Retail value of $12000.00. For contest rules and to enter visit www.winanewfurnace.ca. Also like their page on facebook to stay up to date on promotions, coupons and tips on maintaining your heating and air conditioning equipment.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Yummy Stuff in Flesherton

One of our favourite things to do on a fall day is go for a drive, enjoy the beautiful scenery and check out new businesses.  Our drive this weekend took us to The Farmer's Pantry in the Blue Mountains for Family Fun Day, then over to The Eugenia Falls Emporium for a coffee and a chat with my friend Patricia and then to Flesherton.  We stopped in at Danielle's - fabulous catering and then we checked out the Leslieville Cheese Market, the Bakery and Peasmarsh Farm before heading over to Village Pizza for an early dinner of delicious homemade pizza.  We had a great conversation with Koelia and Gary at the Leslieville Cheese Market and I found some Westphalian Ham - brought back memories from my youth.  The Bakery has some great bakeware for sale and a nice selection of neat gifts and jams.  So the next time you're up for a drive to enjoy the fall colours make Flesherton a destination.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bruce Kitchen?

Hey, pssst…word on the street is to keep your eyes open for Bruce Kitchen coming this fall/winter. Cool name…what’s it all about? Stay tuned. http://www.brucewinebar.ca/


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Take Your Sunglasses off Please!

During the course of the summer I have had the opportunity to take lots and lots of photos.  At each event I more than likely run into some folks that I know from being Out and About and on enough occassions for me to blog about this, I find myself asking people to take off their sunglasses so I can 'recognize' them.  I seem to remember being taught that when you are meeting someone, or saying hello, you should take off your sunglasses while you are speaking with them as the polite thing to do.  This voice from the past probably belongs to my mother and like most things we hear from our mothers...we should pay more attention even if we don't understand at the time.  Who knew that gigantic Paris Hilton sunglasses would stay in fashion far longer than expected...thank goodness that Ray Bans have been back on the scene for a while now.  Funny I should mention that, my daughter asked for and received her new Ray Bans for her birthday from her Aunt Sophie.  It was a tremendously endearing moment to watch my daughter being proud of sporting new sunglasses while her grandfather looked on...wearing his pilot Ray Bans from the 1960's (my Dad actually had his pilot Ray Bans, well because among other things, he was a recreational pilot for over 40 years).  Imagine that...they looked exactly the same...and good for Ray Ban...the quality appeared to be the same as well. Maybe Grandpa is just too darn hip to be cool...but while you're pondering that...take off your sunglasses when you're saying hello...it's the polite thing to do.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Anniversary to the Team at Sophies

Happy Anniversary to Brenda and the team at Sophies as they celebrate their 1st year in business.  Sophies is located in Cranberry Mews .  The unisex salon offers full service hair, tanning, massage, and esthetics including skin, body, and nail treatments. Come experience our beautiful new location with private relaxation rooms, new retail area, and friendly, talented staff to provide customized services to suit your every want and need! Call for an appointment today – 705-445-9666.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Cirque-Tacular Event (August 20-21)


Don't miss this unique interactive outdoor show featuring aerialists, dancers, acrobatics & physical artists brought to you by A²D², along with street performers. Plus Plunge Aquatic Centre, Dockside boat rentals, Crock a Doodle, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, rock climbing, Columbia Guided Hikes, scavenger hunts, shopping and dining galore!

Saturday and Sunday Show Times in the Village Plaza: 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm

Plus 10:30am – guided family hike with free scenic gondola ride down the mountain and Street Performers throughout the Village all day


www.bluemountainvillage.ca






Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hike Your Butt up the Hill

Now that the cooler weather is here, I'm back to hiking my favourite trail - The Village Way Trail at Blue Mountain.  I love this hike because it starts off relatively easy and then once you get into the trees (yes...nice and cool in there) and you follow along the edge of the Ridge Runner the hike gets more challenging - except for the guy that ran - yes, literally ran past me going up hill yesterday.  There are about 3 bridges along the way that I use for my designated rest spots.  I give myself about 1 minute at each spot so my heart rate can calm down.  The folks at Blue have done a great job making sure the trail, wooden and stone steps are nice and secure and the dirt surface is hard packed and dry at this time of year.  Once you reach the clearing and pop out of the trees, you can enjoy a magnificent view of The Village and the Bay as you cross over one of the ski hills and then you're back into the trees zig zagging your way to the top.  The folliage is lush and the hike is fairly easy from this point on.  Take your choice of the free Gondola back down - a welcome reward or you can hike the same trail back down or pick the more challenging Cascade Trail at the South End or the Happy Valley Trail to the north.  Happy hiking your way to better fitting ski pants.  My ski pants are already happy that there will be less stress on the seams.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wordstock - Off the Page Gala Tickets on Sale

There is now just about a month to go before WORDSTOCK 2011 begins. The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for our over 20 volunteers; they’ve put together an incredible festival once again for our whole community to enjoy on September 9th and 10th. Our theme this year is SPREAD THE WORD. Please share this email with lots of people and be sure to "like" our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wordstock-Collingwood/100632459990118
Tickets Now Available for OFF THE PAGE Friday, September 9th at 8:00 p.m.

Our Friday night kick-off show once again promises an unforgettable evening of outstanding comedy, music and fun, all in celebration of words. We are thrilled to announce that Canadian funnyman, Seán Cullen, will host this cabaret style show taking place at the Royal Canadian Legion. Puppetry, native drumming, team poetry, story-telling… full details can be found on the website at http://wordstock.ca/2011/off-the-page-gala. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE online or are also available at the Collingwood Public Library on Ste Marie St or at Wine Works at 14 Ronell Crescent. Last year’s show was a sell-out so be sure to get your tickets right away!

Saturday Festival Events – ALL FREE


We have such a stunning line-up of guests that one hardly knows where to start. First, all the details and schedules can all be found on the website at http://wordstock.ca/2011/event-summary.


We have award-winning and bestselling authors, some of the most published writers in Canada, a former World Champion Slam Poet, a poetry slam (sleeper hit of 2010 festival – you don’t want to miss it this year), children’s events including a visit from the Cat In The Hat, teen workshops including a session with #1 New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, four hands-on workshops for aspiring writers and something new for 2011: Off The Air.

New for 2011: OFF THE AIR


In an exciting expansion of the Wordstock line-up, we are very pleased to bring two popular CBC broadcasters and dynamic authors to the festival this year.

Terry O’Reilly is the host of The Age of Persuasion which provides a hugely entertaining — and eye-opening — insider’s look at the ever-expanding world of marketing. He’ll bring his wealth of knowledge to Collingwood when he discusses the Power of Storytelling from a marketing perspective.


Dr. Brian Goldman is the host of White Coat, Black Art and is a practicing ER physician who has a knack for making sense of medical bafflegab. He will be pulling back the curtain on hospital life while telling us what REALLY goes on in an ER.


If he survives our Friday night show, three-time Gemini Award winner Seán Cullen, will grace us again on Saturday with a reading from his latest book, The Prince of Two Tribes scheduled for release in September. He has hosted a show for CBC Radio One, called Simply Seán and is of course known for being one of Canada’s best known and most loved comedians for over 20 years.


A Word About Our Sponsors

Sometimes people skim over all the logos naming the sponsors of various events in our community. We would like to emphasize how very real and very important our sponsors are! An event like Wordstock costs a considerable amount of time and money to put on, and we are able to offer it to the community for free only because of the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers. Everything from hotel accommodations, to fees, to marketing costs and many things in between are covered 100% by the generosity of our community. These folks give because they feel it is the right thing to do. We have a record number of sponsors this year – 42 so far! Please take a moment to see who they are at http://wordstock.ca/2011/sponsors

We look forward to seeing all of you at Wordstock 2011 this year. Spread The Word. Enough reading already – go get your Off The Page tickets now!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Environment Network with the Town of Collingwood is seeking $100,000

The Environment Network with the Town of Collingwood is seeking $100,000 grant to update ENVIROPARK (with Schneiders’ Picnic contest); including expansion of a recently installed community garden, a natural playground & picnic facilities.



For us to be successful with this WE NEED YOU TO:


1) go to our “Enviropark Goes Natural” proposal: https://apps.facebook.com/picnicanywhere/entry/184360


2) vote for it, leave a comment, and share it.


If we get enough votes & comments we become one of five finalists. The final grand prize winner will be decided exclusively by FaceBook votes.


With a few simple clicks our community could be looking at a great park renovation!
Questions?


Contact Robert Voigt, Manager, Planning and Infrastructure Projects at:
phone: 705-445-1290 ext. 3293
cell: 705-441-4135
email: rvoigt@collingwood.ca









Monday, July 11, 2011

Separate Beds - Theatre Collingwood

We just checked out the premier of Separate Beds and really enjoyed the play.  It's on until until July 16th with shows at 8pm and also on July 12th & 14th with matinee performances at 2pm.  For more information or to buy tickets visit http://www.theatrecollingwood.com/ or call the box office at 705.445.2200.

Honda Indy Car at Blue Mountain Honda

Come to Blue Mountain Honda between July 18-20th and check out the Honda Indy Car that Paul Tracey drove across the finish line at the Honda Indy.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Simplicity Bistro is Open

Simplicity Bistro in Thornbury is now open for business and the menu looks amazing.  I just popped in the other day to check it out and the aroma was mouthwatering and the food looked spectacular. The four partners, Chef Andrew Barber, his wife Sylvia, Chef Scott Chalmers and his wife Melissa have done a major transformation to the interior of the building that used to house Sterios at 81 King Street East.  The restaurant boasts a fresh and elegant interior. Open for lunch and dinner you can make your reservations by calling 519.599.5550. Options like the Ravioli stuffed with shrimp and basil served with cherry tomato served in a roasted pepper sauce and the Spinach Salad served with grilled corn, red pepper, cherry tomato, red onion and goat cheese are calling out to me.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What's Keli-Anne up to?

For those of you who fondly remember Keli-Anne Pye-Beshara and her beautiful paintings, you can check out what she's up to these days from her studio in Holyrood.  Here's a note from her:

Howdy all:

This is a quick update on what’s been happening here in my Holyrood, Newfoundland studio.


I have a shiny fresh website brimming with brand spankin’ new paintings. Check it out www.keli-annpye-beshara.ca


I have expanded the retail side of my business to include a new line of Stretched Canvas Prints and greeting cards - see the PRINTS page of my site to order. I have 13 new retail locations in Newfoundland carrying my prints and cards - see the STORES page.


I have branched out into a new medium - plywood! I am super excited about the results. I have attached a PowerPoint showing the process and my first 3 pieces. These 3 CUT-OUTS are for sale and need a public space in which to live. Feel free to pass this along to friends or associates.


I post the stages of my paintings on Facebook and write about the process as I go along. This is my way to paint in public within the comforts of my own home studio – life is grand Join me:


www.facebook.com/people/KA-PYE-BESHARA/624876412

Thanks for your support. It is very much appreciated.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Luck vs Choice

This morning I just received a well written and inspirational blog post for a Monday morning that I thought I would share with you.  It's written by my friend Dr. Melissa and I think you'll find her post interesting.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

We're thrilled to have been recognized with the Innovative Business Award at the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards last night at the Bear Estate.  Check out the complete list of awards and winners.  Congratulations to all who were nominated and recognized.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wow - this is a great babysitting service at Plunge! AQUATIC CENTRE

Check this out. DATE NIGHT @ PLUNGE! AQUATIC CENTRE

Thursday & Friday Nights - May & June 2011
Drop off anytime 5 pm on Pick up no later than 9pm
Cost: One Child $30.00 2nd Child add $20.00 3rd Child add $15.00
Children ages 4-12
Activities will take place at Plunge! including arts, crafts, swimming & park play.
Children will be supervised & engaged by Qualified Employees.
Drink & Snack will be provided.
How to Register?: Complete a Date Night Registration Form
Email, fax or drop off to Plunge! minimum 24 hours prior to your Date Night
705-444-8705 www.plungebluemountain.ca

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Love My New Honda CRV

Lucky me, lucky me, my wonderful husband surprised me with a brand new Honda CRV Sport in a lovely shade of sage green for our anniversary.  It was hard to say good bye to my beloved and trusty Elliot my Honda Element, but I have made the transition rather quickly.  The new car is named Elenor...works well with the existing nick name Ellie.  Sounds a little silly, I know, but I have had a wonderful relationship with Elliot over the last few years and he's taken me over 152,000 kms safely while I've been out and about.  Elliot never let me down, always started on the coldest of winter days, was able to make it up Scenic Caves Road in the worst conditions and took me to the cottage (my favourite place in the world besides Collingwood) always a happy road trip.  Elliot and I had a remarkable relationship.  He will be missed, but I'm looking forward to a great relationship with Ellie, the sleek looking, smooth running new car in my life (with a fantastic sunroof).  Thanks to Ward Bond and the Team at Blue Mountain Honda for taking such great care of us through the transition and always giving excellent customer service.  Special thanks to Nick for quietly answering all of my really stupid car questions without making me feel stupid.  The next step is to get 'mycollingwood.ca' on the rear window.  Tomorrow I'm off to see Brian at Park Signs to get the new decal because they do an amazing job of matching the paint colour for a very sophisticated looking colour spot of brand awareness.  Big hugs and kisses to Dan.  That's a pretty amazing present.  And Suzan if you're reading this...no eating in the new car and no feet up on the dash when you're waiting in the car for me to finish grocery shopping. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

One Tooth has fantastic new arrivals in time for Mother's Day

One Tooth has fantastic new arrivals just in time for Mother's Day.  If anyone is speaking with my daughter Suzan, please let her know that I would love some new athletic wear from One Tooth located in the Cranberry Mews.  Makes a fantastic Mother's Day present and is great active wear and everyday wear.  Check out these photos of Brenda and Jason and the new stock.



Thursday, April 28, 2011

National Day of Mourning

If you're wondering why the flag around Town are flying at half mast today it's because it's a National Day of Mourning commemorating workers whose lives have been lost or injured in the workplace.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Royal Wedding Watch

Wow...I just came across the Media Briefing Document (96 pages) on the Royal Wedding.  Every little detail.  Makes for interesting reading. http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/content/documents/Royal%20Wedding%20media%20briefing_230411.doc

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hatley Scoops Scores with Moms

I was in the Blue Mountain Village today visiting with Leslie the Manager at Hatley Scoops and saw some fantastic Mother's Day gift items...so I snapped a picture to show you.  How cute is this stuff?  They also have a great sale going on and some fantastic jammies perfect for Mom.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ski Straps doing Double Duty

You know what happens, a bit of nice weather pops up and you get inspired to get the bikes out of the shed, pump up the tires and you're scrambling around in the garage to find stuff you need to get the bike on the trail.  As it happens my brother Chris and I decided to go for a ride on the Georgian Trail and we didn't have our super high performance biking pants handy (we don't really have them and if I did I don't think they would help my performance anyways), and we couldn't find pant clips in the garage...but Dan the genius found ski straps that worked just great.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Environment Network needs your help!

The Environment Network needs your help!



On May 13th, StoneTree Naturopathic Clinic, and the Environment Network are bringing Dr. Walter Crinnion to Collingwood to talk to us about everyday toxins, how they affect our health and what to do about it. All funds from the ticket sales will go support the initiatives of the Environment Network and the wonderful projects and programs.


Dr. Crinnion is an internationally recognized expert in environmental medicine, the author of Clean, Green and Lean, and is an accomplished speaker. If you have any interest in health and the environment, he is a speaker that is not to be missed. For more info, http://www.facebook.com/l/a69c1Grf-FyPbY-XCEwO6eqz4sQ/crinnion.eventbrite.com

This event will be held at the Gayety Theatre in Collingwood from 7-9PM and we are aiming for a full-house as all proceeds from the event will be going to the Environment Network.

Tickets are $12 and can be bought on-line at http://www.facebook.com/l/a69c1Grf-FyPbY-XCEwO6eqz4sQ/crinnion.eventbrite.com , or in person at the Environment Network or StoneTree Naturopathic Clinic.


How we are hoping you can help:

1. Buy a block of 10 tickets ($120.00) and share them with your staff and / or clients. This is an excellent opportunity for businesses with Health and Safety Committees to increase their knowledge surrounding issues such as cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, respiratory issues, etc.


2. Buy a ticket and come to the event ( http://www.facebook.com/l/a69c1Grf-FyPbY-XCEwO6eqz4sQ/crinnion.eventbrite.com ).


3. Promote the event to your customer email list and/or FaceBook page.


4. Hang a poster in your place of business. Let me know you want one and I will get it to you.


5. Tell every one of your customers who are passionate about the environment and health about it. It really is a unique opportunity to have an expert of this quality here is Collingwood. It is a “don’t miss” event.


Thanks so much for doing what you do in this town and being part of the solution.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bunny Plate at Crock a Doodle in The Village at Blue

Check out my masterpiece bunny plate that I painted at Crock a Doodle in The Village at Blue.  It was fun, easy and I feel very proud of myself.  Perfect for Easter treats!  I had some assistance from Courtney and used her sample for inspiration.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Triple Play Weekend at Blue Mountain

Spring is here but winter's not over yet! Mountain operations will re-open earlier than anticipated. Because of the wonderful weather this week and a fantastic effort to conserve snow, Blue Mountain Resort has opened both the Silver Bullet and Easy Rider lifts today, Thursday, April 14th thru Sunday, April 17th, weather permitting. The Ridge Runner will be open again on Friday, April 15th and run until Sunday, April 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., also weather permitting.
As Monterra Golf is also set to open on Friday, the rare opportunity presents itself to offer up a triple play of things to do at Blue. Exclusively, for the weekend the resort will offer a $69 (+ HST) ticket that includes a morning ski, a round of afternoon golf and a ride on the mountain coaster.


There are also other exciting combinations of deals available this Friday thru Sunday. You can hit the slopes and ride Ridge Runner for only $35 or golf and experience Ridge Runner for only $45. They are also offering the classic ski and golf combination for only $59 (all packages + applicable taxes).


It’s a rare occasion, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to save big on spring skiing and boarding, golf at an awarding-winning course and the chance to ride Ontario’s first Mountain Coaster!


Weekend lift tickets can be purchased at the Grand Central Lodge ticket windows for quick access to the slopes! Individual lift tickets will be offered at a discounted rate of $29 (+HST). Blue expects warm daytime temperatures and heavy granular snow conditions for the weekend.

With spring in the air there is no better way to enjoy the season than with a few exclusive days of skiing, riding and golf! Guests are encouraged to check Blue Mountain’s Snow Phone at 705-445-0231 or the website at www.bluemountain.ca for weather and snow condition reports prior to arrival. Real time updates will also be available on Facebook www.facebook.com/BlueMountain and Twitter www.twitter.com/BlueMtnResort



Monday, April 11, 2011

Ladies pay attention! Great deal at Sophie's Salon in Cranberry Mews


Sophie's Salon in Cranberry Mews is offering $200 in services for only $50.  This is an amazing deal.  To find out more, call Brenda at 705.445.9666.  This is a great time to give yourself a Spring Tune Up for sure!  Mother's Day is around the corner and I know any mom would really appreciate this unique and special offer.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

2011 Community Garden spring clean-up/work day!

Mark your calendar for 2011 Community Garden spring clean-up/work day!


Bring your ideas and your muscles to 795847 Grey Road 19 at 10:00 am and help us kick off our gardening season! Not only will we have a chance to get our hands dirty and begin to prep the garden but we will also take some time to discuss our visions for this fabulous community space. We will also be answering questions in regards to personal garden alotments. Feel free to bring your own tools and gardening gloves.


Please send any questions to carolyn@elephantthoughts.com

Monday, April 4, 2011

Reversible Dresses at Three Peas in a Pod

Reversible Dresses are now available at Three Peas in a Pod.  These adorable dresses are made from colourful and fun prints on one side and a coordinating solid with a band of the same print on the reverse. If a mess happens just turn it inside out :).

Three Peas in a Pod is located at 64 Hurontario St. Collingwood, On 705-443-8383.

Spring Lift Tickets at Blue

Spring Sale on lift tickets – Blue Mountain Resort.  Although spring has sprung at Blue Mountain Resort there is still snow to be had. Starting Monday, April 4th Blue introduces new spring savings on Day Lift Tickets. For day hours of operation only (9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.), weather and conditions permitting, ticket prices have been discounted to reflect spring rates until the end of the ski and snowboard season.

Please visit Blue on-line for the most up to date ticket pricing.


2011 Discounted Spring Lift Ticket Pricing: (All prices + GST) All Ages April 4, 2011 – season close
Day* (9am – 4:30pm) $29
* Resort ski terrain is open Monday – Thursday in the Village Pod only.
Terrain from the Village to North will re-open Friday through Sunday. (April 8th to 10th, weather and conditions dependent).
With spring in the air there is no better time to get out and enjoy a few exclusive days of warm weather skiing and riding. Guests are encouraged to check Blue Mountain’s Snow Phone at 705-445-0231 or our website at www.bluemountain.ca for weather and snow condition reports prior to arrival.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thank You Cheese Gallery

Trying to be as true to myself as possible in my ongoing Quest for Fitness (yes...I'm still on it and the result of hard work is paying off slowly but surely) while I was lunching with a friend at The Cheese Gallery in Thornbury today I couldn't find anything in their offering that worked for me.  I explained this and voila, Casey and Wendy came up with a special plate just for me (I think they should call it the Julie Cheese Plate) and they gave me some fresh fruit with some low fat cheese.  Yeay.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Best Corned Beef Sandwich

I popped by the Legion last Friday for a Corned Beef Sandwich.  There is no question about it folks, John (just John) at the Legion serves up the very best Corned Beef Sandwich in the land.  Piled mile high for only $3.50 it's a steal of a deal.  Available only on Fridays.  I tried to get John to smile for the picture...he was playing hard to get.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Congratulations to the CheerCore Chameleons

The CheerCore Chameleons just came back from an amazing show at the Provincials with quite a list of accomplishments that head coach Sam Thomas and her team can surely be very proud of:list of our accomplishments at Provincials:


CheerCore Juniors - Provincial Champions in the Small Junior Level 2 division


Junior Level 3 stunt - 1st place - four athletes from our junior team put together a 1 minute long routine where they performed a variety of level 3 cheerleading stunts


Senior Level 5 stunt - 1st place - five athletes from our Senior Gold team put together a 1 minute long routine where they performed a variety of level 5 cheerleading stunts; and

CheerCore Senior Gold - 3rd place in the Senior Level 4.2 division



Click http://www.cheercorecollingwood.com/ to find out more about CheerCore Collingwood.



Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wednesday is Date Night at Catch 22

Scheduling a Date Night with your significant other, a special friend, or even a family member that you just don't spend enough time with is a really great idea that just got better. The folks at Catch 22 have just created a new Wednesday Date Night menu.  For only $50 clams you can choose an appetizer to share, each enjoy a lovely entree and clink spoons or forks over a delectable dessert.  To look at your Date Night dining options check out the special Catch 22 Menu.  To top that off, they're also offering $5 off the price of any bottle of wine.  Now that's just spectacular!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Poplar Sideroad - Emergency Road Closure

Due to contributing spring conditions and extreme road breakup, Poplar Sideroad from County Road 124 (Hurontario Street) to Highway 26 East will be closed until further notice.


Please note that this section of Polar Sideroad is scheduled to be reconstructed beginning on or about April 1, 2011. During this time the road will be closed for the road reconstruction project.

Town of Collingwood Engineering Department

Saturday, March 5, 2011

2011 Clerkson Award deadline

Attention all artists in any media!
 The 2011 Clerkson Award deadline for applications is approaching!


The BMFA is now accepting submissions for the $1000 plus interest Murray Jacob Clerkson award to an Artist living in the Georgian Triangle Area.


Whether you consider yourself an emerging artist or an emerged artist we encourage you to apply for the award!!


Five finalists will be selected to show their work for a month in the BMFA gallery and receive a free annual membership to the BMFA. This means reduced entry fees, discounts at local retailers and arts suppliers and information about classes, theatre trips and more.


Application brochures available in the BMFA Arts Centre or online at www.bmfa.on.ca  Call 705 445 3430 for information.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Balloon Expressions makes and Impression

My daughter's best friend Zoe came to visit for her birthday. Her mom had made dinner reservations and I wanted to give her a special welcome when they arrived at the restaurant.  So I called Melissa Foley at Balloon Expressions and asked her to make something really special.  Melissa sent me a text message asking if Zoe had any hobbies and what her hair and eye colours were.  I told them that Zoe loves to sing and has brown hair and hazel eyes. They created a mini Zoe out of Balloons!  It was just fantastic and Zoe was so thrilled about it.  So thank you so very much to the folks at Balloon Expressions!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Amazing Tastes Dinner At Azzurra

Last night we had the pleasure of dining at Azzurra for their sold out tasting event. The dinner had 5 courses and each course was paired with a wine and a cheese presented by Dags and Willow. The menu was carefully designed to stimulate the 5 tastes. You can see the menu below along with the wine and cheese each course was paired with.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Roll Up The Rim is Back

Roll Up The Rim is back at Tims. Enjoy this video made by Eric Rudd at Big Screen FX.



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Craigleith General Store - Closed

It's sad when a business that's been around for about 40 years in our community closes it's doors.  The closing of the Craigleith General Store comes as a surprise to most and will always be the subject of many fond memories.  Keep your eyes on The Empire Grill and Gastropub in the Balsam Street Plaza.  I have it on good authority that they will be dishing up full breakfast very soon.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Wishing everyone a happy Valentine's Day today.  Take care of your sweetie and hug everyone you love!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ski Cross at Blue - Thrilling

Watching and capturing images at the qualifying rounds of the Rockstar Ski Cross event at Blue was thrilling.  Looking forward to catching the finals tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cook Like Chef Philip Tarlo

I am so completely impressed with myself.  This all started yesterday when I was invited by Chef Philip Tarlo who just opened the Collingwood Cooking Academy recently, to attend one of his classes.  Dan and I attended Beef 101 and we learned so much...including how to make the most amazing Yorkshire Puddings.  I have tried on several occassions to make them in the past and have not enjoyed much success and I think we used them for something other than eating...perhaps sports related...if I recall.  Anyways, the Yorkshire Puddings were amazing and so was the Beef Wellington.  It was great to have Dan there too because I could ask some leading questions (like how long are you supposed to left beef rest before cutting into it?) and then Philip would give the answer...so it wasn't like I was telling Dan what to do...Philip was.  How brilliant is that? 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Congratulations to the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team

The athletes from the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team brought home lots of hardware on Sunday night.  They braved the cold weather (-41) in Thunder Bay.  Friday's races were cancelled leaving only the GS on Saturday to show their stuff as they raced through the red and blue gates.  Our team brought home a total of 11 medals for downhill racing.  Here are the results from our athletes: Christine Arnott, Gold; Matthew Poste, Gold; Jeffrey Plouffe, Gold; Kayla Tateyama, Silver; Kristin Draper, Silver; Matthew Fields, Silver; Rob Roest, Silver; Robert Edmunds, Silver; Jimmy Cleary, Bronze; Samantha Mayer, Bronze; and Jarred Jennings, Bronze.  Also, Erin McNaulty and Jeremy Robertson are bringing home Bronze medals in Curling.  Pictured here is Jeffrey Plouffe on the podium with his Gold Medal - he's my step son and I couldn't be more proud (his Dad shed a few tears of happiness and pride when we heard the news...ok I did too).  Way to go team!  And a big thank you to the coaches that accompanied the athletes.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Special Olympic Athletes off to Thunder Bay

It was a very chilly day on the slopes as 12 Blue Mountain Special Olympic Alpine athletes had their last training runs before heading out to Thunder Bay on Thursday to compete in the Provincial Games.  Our hearts go out to Malcolm DenBok who broke his leg during training this afternoon dashing his hopes to bring home a medal.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Empire Grill

Wow, what a great experience.  We dined there last night with some friends.  The first shocker was the wine list.  Great prices with most bottles of wine well under $40.  Now that's refreshing.  The 14 oz Rib Steak was delicious and cooked perfectly (I'm picky!) and the assortment of veggies was very yummy.  My husband had the baked potatoe with his halibut and it looked and tasted great (my fork navigated over to his plate on autopilot).  If you want a well priced delicious steak dinner, try The Empire Grill and Gastro Pub located in the strip mall across from Canadian Tire.