Monday, January 8, 2018

Winterfest 2018

The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society (NLPS) is dedicated to restoring this important part of Collingwood's history. As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts, we invite you and your family to join us in a fun filled day at Devil's Glen Ski Resort on January 26. Winterfest 2018 is our inaugural event.


We have put together a very diverse list of activities for every member of a family to enjoy. Downhill Skiing on 25 runs, Cross Country Skiing on 24 km of groomed trails, Snowshoeing, "Fat Bike" riding, Ski Demos and more. Along with breakfast, lunch and apres, we will feature the "Birds of Prey" exhibit (always a crowd pleaser from the University of Guelph), a commemorative photo booth, along with a silent and live auction featuring a trip for two to Big White (courtesy of Squire Johns).   

Click the link to find out more information about the event

Click the link to purchase tickets

Monday, December 11, 2017

Where will you ring in 2018?

We've got lots of options for ringing in 2018.  Here are some of our favourites with more options being loaded shortly:

With Gustav and the Georgian Bay Hotel


Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre - Celebrate Winter Solstice - Great Family Fun


The Tremont Cafe is offering a 5-Course Tasting Menu for $75pp + Tax.  Send E-MAIL for tickets or call 705.293.6000.


Crow Bar and Variety will have live music with Jane's Party
Two seatings; Early Seating 6pm. 5 courses, bubbles and live dinner music. 80$
Late Seating 830. 5 courses. Bubbles and live dinner and dance music. 95$
Call 705-445-0509 to reserve now.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Twinkle Bulb Season has begun again!

It's that time of year again and Twinkle Bulb production is in full swing!  My little craft project, turned big craft project, turned side business is off to a running start this season and I've lined up a booth at a few local shows where you can find Twinkle Bulbs.  

Greentree Annual Christmas Open House - November 18 & 19

A Stand for All Things Local - Night Market at the Beaver Valley Community Centre - December 1st

Collingwood Artisan Holiday Market at the Georgian Bay Hotel - December 15th

I'll be adding more markets and retail locations as plans firm up.

Dan has given up his position with the company as Chief Executive Ribbon Cutter and has passed the scissors to our new Dad, Sir Walter David and the production has moved off the dining room table to a little studio on the second floor.  A great new space that helps with the sanity at dinner time.

If you're interested in purchasing Twinkle Bulbs directly from me, send me a note to or give me a shout at 705.444.3453.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thriller Throwdown at Kaytoo in the Blue Mountain Village

Hallowe'en is creeping up around the corner, and it's that time of year where we all wish we could be part of Michael Jackson's infamous zombie dance squad. Well here is your chance!
Join Erin McAndrews and the team at Kaytoo in the Blue Mountain Village on Tuesday, October, 31st for the baddest Thriller Throwdown Georgian Bay has ever seen.
You know the song. You know the video. And you probably already know all the iconic Thriller moves. If your zombies are a little rusty, we'll be refreshing all those classic Thriller moves from 10:00-11:00 in an informal, ghoulishly fun dance tutorial. It's totally free to take part in and dance experience is absolutely not a prerequisite. The best part is we'll be shooting a video of all the impromptu zombie magic that ensues so be sure to dress creatively.
Let's face it, we've all been secretly waiting to bust out the Thriller all year long.
So hand out the candy, get your pre party on and then, come get your Thriller on with us at Kaytoo.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Collingwood Whisky Launches Special Edition

Don't miss the launch of the new limited edition Collingwood Double Barrelled Whisky Wednesday, October 18th at the Collingwood LCBO from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.  Enjoy some sampling and snacks, and they will have the engraver on hand to personalize bottles and someone from the distillery will be on hand to answer any questions.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Georgian Bay Reads

Bay's premier literary event of the year returns on Saturday, October 21 to the Collingwood Leisure Time Club at 7:00 p.m. The 9th annual Georgian Bay Reads event pits book defenders from each participating library against each other to determine the best Canadian title. It's an evening full of laughs as each defender argues why their book is deserves to be the champion!
The defenders for each library are:
Clearview: Julie Pollock, book is The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie by Cecily Ross
Collingwood: Mariane McLeod, book is Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Meaford: Leslie Ransom, book is Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Springwater: Anne Arksey, book is Man in the Shadows by Gordon Henderson
Wasaga Beach: Cathy Turrie, book is We're All in This Together by Amy Jones
Moderator: Julie LeBlanc of Collingwood, 2016 winner for The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Each defender will explain why their choice is the best, as the moderator gives them questions to be answered within a set time limit. Go overtime, and the bell will sound! Meanwhile, the other contenders will be arguing and presenting passionate critiques of all books but their own. As each round ends, a defender and book are voted down, until only the Georgian Bay Reads champion is left. The audience can participate in the fun as well by voting for the People's Choice Award.
"It's going to be an incredible event this year," says Dorothy Gebert, Public Relations Coordinator at the Collingwood Public Library. "We've got five fabulous books with five enthusiastic defenders, so I can guarantee that intellectual repartee and tension-filled moments will be part of the show. It is going to be an exciting event to be at!"
Admission is free, but tickets are limited. Contact a participating library to reserve yours.
Who will be the champion this year?
WHERE and WHEN: Georgian Bay Reads
Saturday, October 21, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Collingwood Leisure Time Club
100 Minnesota Street, Collingwood, ON

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Surfing High on DYI

A new DIY project in the works - crafted by a Collingwood-born inventor - pairs surfing across the water with soaring through the air. It's Silver Surfer meets Iron Man. It's not a plane, though the physics are similar. It's a remote propulsion system for hydrofoils, stand up paddle boards and surf boards.
Chris Vermeulen, an inventor and entrepreneur, has combined his passion for kiteboarding and surfing with his drive to build new things for this DIY propulsion system project.
"The most exciting thing is we can now fly across any body of water on something like a hover board, and it makes you feel like a super hero with special powers," said Vermeulen. "Its a truly unique feeling and highly addictive."

His plan is to create a model that self-balances thanks to a gyro-assisted steering system. He and the team will be using 3D printed parts and other custom designs to make a small, quiet motor, waterproof remote and compact battery for the system.
The concept isn't new, there are electric motors out there already in use to propel hydrofoils and surfboards - which are not exactly ideal for those looking to seek excitement and want to do this in economical way using a board you may already have laying around. 
Currently there are two extremes available in the market. First being a high priced unit at the cost of a car which works very well, or low cost, low speed units that slowly push you around on your SUP.
Adding a propulsion system makes them about the closest you can get to a Back to the Future-style hover board flying up to three feet above the water. A system like this greatly reduces the need for perfect surfing conditions. A propulsion system on a hydrofoil means the rider can surf above choppy water, or can still soar when there's no wind.
The unique part of Vermeulen's plan is the DIY factor. He is working on a system that can be easily attached to any SUP, surfboard or hydrofoil board and can be made at a fraction of the typical $12,000 price tag - the going rate for another electric-powered hydrofoil surfboard.
A lot of time and effort has gone into proof of concept and designs for the project. There is currently a Kickstarter campaign to raise some seed money for the team to be able to order parts and build prototypes. Supporters who donate $50 or more will be given access to a video series teaching them how to build their own propulsion system. 
"It's worth the effort because we are making the first high-powered portable and affordable unit at a fraction of the cost of competitors," said Vermeulen. "The application of the system on a surfboard is the tip of the iceberg. We plan to make it useful on kayaks, snorkelers and divers for fast and powerful transportation."
For more information about Vermeulen and his DIY eFoil project, click here.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
By Erika Engel