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Thursday, June 22, 2017

150+ seniors to exercise in St. Marys, Ontario to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday



   ST. MARYS, Ontario -- Wellness for Seniors will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with an exercise class with at least 150 people taking part.

   Participant Nelda Oliver said the Senior Services Wellness Coordinator and Head Fitness instructor will have the seniors participate in the exercise class on June 29th (2017) with everyone wearing red or white shirts for Canada Day.

   The event takes place next Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at the Friendship Centre, 317 James St. S., St. Marys, with the exercise class starting at 11a.m., she said.

   “We will be celebrating our wonderful country,” said Pauline White, Senior Services Wellness Coordinator for the Town of St. Marys.

Putting the 'wow' in summer fun; lakeside living tour; Toronto artisans



   One-Tank Trip for June 17/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   It’s an event that’s sure to “wow” the spectators.
   In fact, all the pomp and ceremony is part of experiencing a traditional pow wow.
   You can take in all the action at the Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) Annual Traditional Pow Wow on June 24 at Historic Fort York in Toronto.
Pow wows feature native dancers wearing their colourful regalia. (Photo by Daniel Banko)
    The free event features traditional dancing, drumming, kid’s activities, craft vendors and a feast.
   Dressed in their finest regalia, the dancers and singers represent major North American native cultural groups.
   We anticipate well over 10,000 people sharing and celebrating National Aboriginal Day with more than 100 dancers,” said organizer Blanch White.
   Participants include head dancers Breanna Olsen and Matt Rutledge who will be “swinging and swaying” to the traditional beats.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

New visitor experiences this year in the "Festival City"



   One-Tank Trip for June 10/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   The curtain is rising on a new visitor experience in Stratford.
   It’s a “year of transformation” in arts and culture, the culinary scene and “retail therapy,” said Cathy Rehberg of the Stratford Tourism Alliance.
   The new Market Square, set to be completed this month, will welcome people into a pedestrian friendly space.
   Among the trees, there are places to sit and relax with a good book, meet friends, enjoy lunch from a nearby eatery or wile away the day, she said.
Enjoying High Tea at the Revival House in Stratford. (Photo by Terry Manzo)
   Just a short walk through Queen’s Park to Confederation Park brings you to a new butterfly-shaped pollinator garden creating a welcoming home for bees.
   The alliance provides the following “brief synopsis” of what’s happening in the Festival City.

   Arts and culture
   The Stratford Festival presents 14 plays now through Oct. 31 around the theme of identity and brings the world premiere of the Breathing Hole by Colleen Murphy, specially commissioned to mark Canada 150.
Breathing Hole, marking Canada’s 150th birthday, features Randy Hughson as Sir John Franklin at the Stratford Festival. (Photo by Lynda Churilla)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Canada's iconic padde sports celebrated with a splash



   One-Tank Trip for June 3/17
 
   By Jim Fox



   Go ahead and “paddle your own canoe” while joining others across Canada “celebrating” recreational paddle sports, craft and heritage.

   National Paddling Week has events from June 10 to 18 for a sport that’s “truly ingrained in our Canadian culture, such as the iconic canoe.”
A record 138 canoes and kayaks jammed into the Peterborough Lift Lock last year on National Canoe Day.

   As well, the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough paddles in with a Voyageur Canoe Paddle PA Day on June 9 and the Lock n’ Paddle for National Canoe Day on June 24.

   Paddling Week was created in 2013 by Rapid Media, Paddle Canada and the canoe museum to promote recreational paddling through individuals, groups, families, events instructors, industry, clubs, communities and other recreational paddlers.

   Organizers say the goal is to “encourage as many Canadians to get into a canoe, kayak or onto a board and be counted . . . to show our national commitment to the fun, the benefits and challenge of paddling.”

   The iconic canoe throughout time has been the means of transport and commerce of the First Nations, then later as a vehicle for the fur traders.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Here's the pitch: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum scores



   One-Tank Trip for May 27-17


   (c) By Jim Fox



   An historic stone farmhouse jam-packed with artifacts in St. Marys is Canada’s shrine to baseball in an area linked to the first game ever played.

   Despite American claims that the call “play ball” originated a year earlier at Cooperstown,

N.Y., Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum archivists cried foul when the museum opened there in 1998 after moving from Toronto.
A replica 1940’s Girls Professional Baseball league uniform and historic bats can be seen at the museum. (Jim Fox photo)
   They chronicled the origin to 1838 when a game closely resembling that of today’s was played in nearby Beachville.
   The museum is among the sport’s area heritage sites including Beachville and London’s Labatt Park, the world’s oldest baseball grounds from 1877.
   The ball hall is a definitive repository of the game’s treasures, offering aficionados an insight into the “Field of Dreams.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

Camping options when Ontario Parks fill up quickly, including B&Bs nearby



   One-Tank Trip for May 20-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   If you find a “no vacancy” sign posted for your favourite Ontario Provincial Park, don’t despair, there are other options.
   Heading toward the Victoria Day long weekend and the traditional opening for many parks after the winter hibernation, it was not unusual to find things super busy.

Drop me a line. Heading out to fish at Bass Lake Provincial Park. (Jim Fox photo)
   This is especially true at the five most popular parks – Algonquin, Bon Echo, Killbear, Pinery and Sandbanks.
   Parks’ bloggers have suggestions “we’re sure you’ll love” for alternate getaway locations.
   Another option is to skip roughing it in the wilds and stay at a cozy bed-and-breakfast and use it as a home base for exploring the parks.

   Switch it up
   When Pinery’s full, try Inverhuron Provincial Park near Tiverton, south of Owen Sound.
   Inverhuron is “prized for its sandy beach, dunes and sunsets” and has outstanding swimming and well-treed campsites.
This perfect campsite, just steps from the lake, will soon be taken for the season at Ontario Provincial Parks. (Barbara Fox photo)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A stitch in time for the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale's quilt auction



   One-Tank Trip for May 13-17


   (c) By Jim Fox

   Anytime is stitchin' time for these “material girls” for the 51st anniversary of the Mennonite Relief Sale’s quilt auction.

"Won't Ask for Directions," donated by Mary Martin.

   The sale of multi-coloured quilts happens May 26 and 27 at the New Hamburg Fairgrounds, between Stratford and Kitchener-Waterloo.
   Volunteers and donors have worked long and lovingly to create the some 200 works of art for this old-fashioned quilt auction.
The “Wild Rose” quilt was made for the first auction in 1967, Canada’s 100th birthday, and donated back for the 150th.
   The event began as a way to raise much-needed financial support for Mennonite humanitarian missions around the world.
   It’s a way of “bringing help and hope to those in need,” with organizers calling the 40 venues supported by 2,000 volunteers “a remarkable community event and a beautiful expression of community compassion.”

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Waterfront Artisan Market returns to Toronto's HTO Park this summer (2017)

(News Release)


DISCOVER UNIQUE ARTISANAL GIFTS AND ENJOY FRESH CULINARY DELIGHTS
Saturdays 11 am – 8 pm | May 20 until October 7 | Rain or Shine

Toronto, ON – The Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) presented by The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA) and operated by Scadding Court Community Centre, returns to HTO Park this summer.

Located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue), WAM will take place every Saturday from May 20 through Thanksgiving weekend, 11 am to 8 pm, rain or shine.

 Toronto’s own Waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Visit waterfrontbia.com for more information.
 
La Fiesta
“We heard from last year’s attendees, and the feedback was loud and clear”, states Carol Jolly, Executive Director, The Waterfront BIA. “We’re excited to announce that due to popular demand, we’ve made The Waterfront Artisan Market a weekly event, extended the hours and brought even more vendors to the park. The Waterfront is a vibrant community and makes for a perfect getaway - just a short walk from the Downtown Core.”

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is open for its 20th season

(News Release)

ST. MARYS, Ontario -- The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, which will host more than 900 events in 2017, has opened for another season.

It is open on weekends in May (Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and on Victoria Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Starting on June 1 through August 31, the Hall will be open daily (Monday through Saturday) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Then from September 1 through October 7 we will be open Thursday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The heavy event schedule is because it is the home to the Ontario Nationals, Ontario Expos, Ontario Outlaws, St. Marys Minor Ball, St. Marys Slo-pitch, plus host games from the Great Lake Canadians, London Mens League and many other top quality baseball teams.

This year we also welcome back teams from Quebec and Ottawa. Baseball tournaments are being held on our site May 6-7, July 7-8, August 3-6 and Slo-pitch tournaments July 1-2, September 9 and 22-24.

Spring has sprung at Ontario Parks

(News Release)


After a long winter, spring is a season of celebration at Ontario Parks.Forests are a rainbow of green. Wildflowers carpet park woods. Songbirds are back.

Creatures bear young and lake ice has all but disappeared. It's an exciting time to reconnect with nature.

Opening dates for seasonal parks vary, so be sure to check park operating dates before you go at https://www.ontarioparks.com/operatingdates/2017.

Songbirds (Ontario Parks photo)

Here are five fun ways to celebrate Mother Earth this spring:


Get to know your songbirds
Provincial parks along Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron host songbird festivals every spring. If you're a budding birder, this is an opportunity to learn your birds through the eyes of expert birders and park naturalists. Join morning bird walks, guided night hikes and workshops with birdbanding demonstrations and nature photography. Here are this year's festivals and dates, http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/spring-birding-festivals/

Muskoka's three breweries brewing up maple fun


(News Release)

 HUNTSVILLE, Ontario --In celebration of the Muskoka Maple Trail & Festival, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Muskoka Brewery and Sawdust City Brewing Company have teamed up to create their first collaboration beer, and it has been an instant hit.


The collaboration brew – Pancake Breakfast Specialty Maple Ale – is a toasted golden brown ale that is inspired by a perfectly flipped pancake. 

With a doughy malt centre, aromas of cinnamon and vanilla lead the way while the maple syrup provides a rich body and lingering sweet finish. 

The maple ale will remind you of sitting around the table enjoying a warm plate of pancakes drizzled with Canada’s favourite syrup.

KISS, Kenny Rogers, Frankie Valli to rock Casino Rama this summer

New concerts added to the 2017 event line-up at Casino Rama Resort

(News Release)

RAMA, ON -- Casino Rama Resort provides a unique kind of northern fun that can only be experienced indoors; it’s what makes it a place pretty much exactly like nowhere else.
KISS is coming to Rama this summer
Today’s announcement gives fans even more reason to come explore the Great Indoors, as new concerts have  been added to the already hot summer event line-up at the award-winning Entertainment Centre:
KISS
Freedom to Rock Tour
Friday, August 18
SHOWTIME: 9 PM, DOORS OPEN: 8 PM
Tickets are $110.62/$119.47/$150.44
“I Was Made for Lovin’ You”, “Rock and Roll All Nite”, “Detroit Rock City” & “Shout It Out Loud”.
No facial make-up/masks will be permitted.