Monday, August 14, 2017

Farm to Table Experience on the Apple Pie Trail

Savour the flavours of fall with this brand-new foodie experience on the Apple Pie Trail. Hop on The Beer Bus for a full-day tour including Miller’s Dairy Farm, Giffen’s Apple Orchard and Creemore Springs Brewery.  Then, immerse yourself in the gardens of The New Farm for a truly interactive farm-to-table dining experience with Chef Carl Heinrich from Toronto’s Richmond Station and winner of Top Chef Canada.  After your full day of experiencing the Apple Pie Trail, relax in our spacious suites featuring the Westin Heavenly Bed™. Click here for more information.


Package Details:
Available Dates: September 19 – 21 and 26 – 28

  • Overnight accommodations for two in a one-bedroom suite
  • Full-day tour (on September 20 or 27) including local craft brewery, apple orchard, dairy farm and farm-to-table experience with Chef Carl Heinrich (see details above)
  • Valid for two-night stays from September 19-21 and September 26-28, 2017
  • Total package cost is CAD $928 plus taxes

Monday, August 7, 2017

Invasive Shorline Plant - Can you pitch in and lend a hand?

An invasive plant is threatening to choke Georgian Bay shoreline wetlands and form dense stands that block views and water access. It's called Phragmites, an invasive ornamental grass originally from Eurasia that is running rampant in Ontario.
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, a Collingwood environmental charity of more than 20 years' standing, has joined forces to do something about it. Under the leadership of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and together with Georgian Bay Forever and the Town of Collingwood, we are mapping the extent of the invasion and organizing a major event for Saturday, August 12 called Fight the Phrag, where we will be removing Phragmites from Collingwood's shoreline.
The danger is acute: Phragmites is an aggressive plant that spreads quickly and out-competes native species for water and nutrients. It releases toxins from its roots into the soil to hinder the growth of and kill surrounding plants. It's choking up our vulnerable wetlands and creeping in on beaches.
Please join us and help give back to the Bay. We need people to come out and lend a hand cutting and removing the plant. Sign up for either the morning session from 8:00 to 11:00 or in the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00. A volunteer appreciation lunch will be held from 11:30 to 1:30. For registration, visit our website. For more information, contact Sara Finnimore at 705-424-1479 ext. 264. 
About The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation (Watershed Trust), Ontario's first watershed trust, was founded in 1994. During the past 23 years, the Watershed Trust has dedicated itself to the task of protecting the Silver Creek and its Wetland, one of the region's most valuable natural features. The Silver Creek Watershed offers $10.5 million worth of non-market ecological services to the province each year.
The mandate of the Watershed Trust is to "develop awareness and promote partnerships that are required in order to successfully implement watershed planning in the Blue Mountain watersheds". It is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization supported by donations and fundraising. The organization exists in order to raise awareness of and protect watercourses in the Collingwood/Blue Mountains area including Silver, Townline, Batteaux and Black Ash Creeks; the Beaver and Pretty Rivers; and Indian Brook.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Midsummer Nights Dream

Midsummer Nights Dream (Posted On: Friday, July 07, 2017)

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Theatre Georgian Bay is a professional theatre company that seeks to bring relevant, thought provoking, primarily Canadian and Shakespearean theatre to the Georgian Bay region.
This summer, TGB returns to Collingwood with its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Utilizing the beautiful backdrop of Georgian Bay, this 'Bard on the Bay' event runs on Sunday afternoons/evenings and Monday evenings from July 16 - August 7, 2017.
In an effort to promote live theatre and make Shakespeare more accessible to the whole family, TGB uses adapted versions of the plays and offers performances to the community as a 'pay-as-you-are-able' event.
UpSHOWTIMES:
July 23 1 & 6pm / July 24 6pm
July 30 1 & 6pm / July 31 6pm
August 6 1 & 6pm / August 7 6pm

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

6Hours of Gibraltar set to go for this weekend!

The 5th annual 6 Hours of Gibraltar mountain bike relay is set to go on Saturday, July 15th, 2017.  Join us at this exclusive, professionally built course tucked away on a private wooded property in Gibraltar!  The varying terrain and difficulty levels allow for a challenging, yet fun and family friendly atmosphere.  It is professionally timed, has proper Medical staff on site and ends with a medal presentation for top teams and top fundraisers.
100% of the profit goes directly to support women and children who are fleeing violence.  This year, our fundraising goal of $100,000 will support My Friend's House programs.
You can participate in the relay race as a solo athlete, a team of four, or a corporate team of eight. Your team can be male, female or coed.  This event is suitable for all skill levels and is open to children and adults.  Last year, racers from 8 yrs to 72 yrs old navigated the 6km, moderate skill level private mountain bike course. For pricing information, please check out the Race Info/Links tab.
Included in your registration fee is:  T-shirt, Grab Bag, Prizes and Medals.  Morning coffee is provided by Ashanti Coffee Collingwood.  Lunch is provided by Pita Pit.  
"6 Hours of Gibraltar is a significant event for My Friend's House.  It helps us to continue to provide lifesaving services as well as helps to raise awareness about violence against women and the type of programming that we offer in our Community.  Yearly, we must raise a substantial amount to keep our doors open.  We can’t thank the organizers and participants enough for helping us out in such a big way." - Alison Fitzgerald, Executive Director of My Friend's House.
About My Friend's House
My Friend's House is more than just a shelter for women and children fleeing violence.  For 25 years, they have been a safe haven where families recoup, recover and restart their lives free from abuse in the Georgian Triangle.
Each year, they must raise $300, 000 to make ends meet while serving the most vulnerable in our community.  My Friend's House counsellors respond to 1,500 crisis calls each year as well as housing 200 women and children annually.  They also provide lifesaving Outreach and Transition services to 400 women that help families to return to our community where they can plan for the future.  
Come Join in on the fun and support the cause.For further details click here.   

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

365 Sports brings back The Urban Slide to Meaford this Friday and Saturday

365 Sports is bringing the Urban Slide http://theurbanslide.ca/ back to Meaford on Friday & Saturday and I'd love to get the word out in Collingwood. 

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WHAT: The Urban Slide Canada is back in its hometown of Meaford for another year of the giant 1000 foot slip’n slide. The event is organized by 365 Sports Events Inc. in partnership with the Municipality of Meaford, Chapmans Ice Cream & Bayshore Broadcasting. www.urbanslide.ca

WHERE: Hospital Hill (Nelson Street) - Meaford, ON

WHEN: Friday, July 7th from 2pm - 9pm and Saturday, July 8th from 9am - 6pm.

WHO: Everybody is welcome to join the most incredible event of the summer! One person can slide at a time, every rider must be minimum 44 inches tall.

WHY: Why NOT release your inner child and come to the most popular event of the summer?! Portions of every event go to local community charities, in Meaford, funds are donated to the local hospital.


Peak to Shore Music Festival

There's nothing like a summer music festival. And there's no summer music festival like Peak to Shore. It's a diverse showcase of local, up-and-coming talent plus Canadian touring veterans performing at 20 unique venues - all situated within the incredible natural beauty of the Southern Georgian Bay region. Part of 365 days of live music from Collingwood to Meaford, Peak to Shore has helped solidify the region's reputation as the live music mecca north of Toronto.
With more visitors each year, Peak to Shore has become an important source of exposure for new Canadian talent. "It's a great platform for new and local artists", says Chris Scerri, the festival's program director. "Some of these musicians just starting out are going to be on the scene for a long time. They're going to create some of those, 'I saw them before anyone knew who they were!' moments for our guests, which is really exciting."
The Lineup
Headlining the festival is east coast icon Sean McCann of Great Big Sea, Saturday night at Blue Mountain Village. Featured Venue Artists include: Irish Mythen at Meaford Hall, Luke McMaster at Blue, King Cuddy at Bruce Wine Bar, The Harpoonists and the Axe Murderer at Blue, Ethan Paxton & The Brakeman at the new CROW Bar & Variety, and Devon Cuddy Band at the spectacular Shipyards amphitheater overlooking the Collingwood Harbour. Plus dozens more concerts and open mics all week throughout the region. While the vast majority of the shows are free, dinner reservations are recommended at several venues and advance tickets are available for Meaford Hall and Simcoe St. Theatre concerts.
Peak to Shore is a favourite not only of the festival-goers and musicians, but of the venue owners as well, and has led to more live music spots popping up in the area. Steven Vipond, co-owner of Bruce Wine Bar, a popular spot for great food and great live music in Thornbury, says the growth of the music culture in the region has helped fuel the growth of his business. "Music has become so woven into the fabric of the area." says Vipond. "There are so many great musicians that attract so many music lovers, we're opening CROW, a second dining and music venue in Collingwood in time for the festival. Music has created the demand, and we're happy to meet it."
Another great aspect of the festival is just how much there is to do beyond the music. The Southern Georgian Bay region is a summer playground. Anchored by Blue Mountain Village, there are fantastic shops and restaurants and a host of outdoor activities and adventures for the whole family. And this is no "pitch-your-tent-in-the-mud" music fest. The area boasts a range of accommodations, including luxury suites with spa amenities. Visit BlueMountain.ca and use the promo code PEAK2SHORE to save 40% off three nights or more in a Village suite when you book by May 18th.
Peak to Shore Music Fest is music and nature at its best. A not-to-be-missed cultural adventure, and an amazing showcase of what music means to the Southern Georgian Bay region. For more information and complete concert listings, visit the Peak to Shore website.  

Monday, June 26, 2017

Irish Mythen at Meaford Hall

Meaford Hall Wed July 5, 8pm          $28/33

Think back to a time in your life when you heard music that was so powerful and beautiful you were instantly engaged. That very well could have been an Irish Mythen show, an experience in the joy of everything. Born and raised in County Wexford Ireland, Irish Mythen has travelled the globe — playing in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the UK. Her music has the root of small communities and the strength of a loyal fan base. During her travels she has worked with a host of world-renowned artists like Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and The Pogues. She shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter Yarrow, to name but a few. Since her immigration to Canada in 2008 Irish has been honored to create music and memories with Gordie Sampson, Joel Plaskett, Ron Hynes, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro and Dave Gunning. She has become an admired and respected artist on the Canadian scene.

Irish Mythen | folk/singer/songwriter
Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live shows. She is the storyteller who will grasp your attention and who will bring you on an incredible and emotional journey, as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre who’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after the end of her show. Presented by Meaford Hall, as part of the Peak To Shore Fest 2017 www.peaktoshore.ca

For more info click here 

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.

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.