Tuesday, October 30, 2018

One-of-a-kind Creative Clothing Alteration Shop Opens its doors to Collingwood Community.

One-of-a-kind Creative Clothing Alteration Shop Opens its doors to Collingwood Community.

Livinlove Alterations & Creations announces the official grand opening of their clothing alteration studio, and art boutique, on Thursday, November 1st 2018 from 4pm-6pm, located at 17 Spruce Street, (just down from Skiis and Biikes) entrance parallel to the walking trail. You’ll see the bright yellow painted bee mural, and the welcoming glass door entrance. Come celebrate the newest, most unique and colourful clothing alteration shop in town, offering services in hemming, mending, patching, repairs, taking in, letting out, custom creations, and embellishments.

Livinlove also offers one-of-a-kind, originally designed fabric art creations in her boutique, and silk screening studio, such as, ethically sourced organic bamboo t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, kids clothes, all printed with Livinlove’s original designs, pouches, hats, patches, cards, pillows, and buttons, made from recycled scraps, cuttings from alterations, and donated materials. This is a perfect place to shop local for one-of-a-kind gifts, or inquire about a custom creation, any time of the year. There are new designs being created daily. Visiting Livinlove’s studio is an experience of its own, as you are greeted with the warmth of colourful, creative energy, and a friendly smiling face. There is no end to the creativity within these walls.

Founder of Livinlove, Jill Sosnowski, moved to Collingwood three years ago, after living abroad, and previously owning a successful clothing alteration shop in Nelson, BC., she eventually found her way back to the Ontario roots, from once she came.

“As a nature lover, I am passionate about providing a service which recycles and reuses your garments and materials, as there is such an immense waste left over from the fast fashion industry. As an artist, I provide one-of-a-kind wearable and usable art, that elevates, inspires, and encourages a unique sense of style. As a lover of Collingwood, Ontario, I want to be of service to the beautiful community which I have chosen to make home. The epic nature and vast beauty of Georgian Bay constantly inspire me, and has become my greatest muse.”

Come celebrate this unique, new small business in our community. There will be door prizes, snacks, friendly faces, and of course, a whole lot of inspiration.

Livinlove alterations and Creations
17 Spruce Street

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Black Harvest Returns

The tradition of Halloween and the Black Harvest Festival continues in historically Chilling Downtown Collingwood this October, with Witches (and Warlocks) of the ‘Wood taking over the town. Mark Saturday October 27th on your calendar and prepare to come downtown to see what is brewing.

As the toe of newt and the eye of frog are added to the cauldron of Halloween festivities, the downtown streets will be decked out in all things frightening…. from Pumpkins and creatures of the night, to the feature attraction, Witches and Warlocks. The spirit of the season has also taken over many of the businesses; check out all the windows to see who has been put under the spell of the spirits.

Starting at 11 a.m. activities will begin along Hurontario Street to put even the most skeptic of creature into the haunted mood; awaiting is a cauldron of activities. You can also create your own spine- chilling Halloween craft to take home or watch as balloons are twisted into ghosts. As the town hall clock strikes 1 pm all good little Witches and Warlocks and their friends will gather at the town hall for a costume contest for various age categories…. Judged by the Head Witch and Warlock!

Of course, our downtown merchants invite all the costumed good little girls and boys children to come for some early trick or treating….. just look for the Orange ‘Witch’ signs on the door or window to find out who has treats inside!

This family orientated Halloween day is a Collingwood tradition, join us, or else....

For further information, call 445-5595 or visit www.collingwooddowntown.com

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Blue Mountain Whisky Tasting - Tickets now on sale


  • 100 + Whiskies
  • Food • Cocktails • Music
  • Whisky and Cigar Pairings
Join us for an evening of Whisky tasting at the Grand Central Lodge, 156 Jozo Weider Blvd, Blue Mountain Village, The Blue Mountains, ON

Enjoy this unique opportunity to try whiskies and experience the stories behind the wee dram.

$85 Ticket Includes:
  • Entry and access to over 100 Whiskies 7:00 pm to 10 pm
  • A FREE Glencairn Souvenir Tasting Glass
  • Gourmet Tables ~ Chef Lussier, The Dam Pub
  • Live Music from Canadian Trad Trio NUA
$125 VIP Ticket Includes:
  • All the above, plus three Masterclasses starting at 5:15 pm
  • Early Entry Tasting at 6:30 pm
  • Access to VIP Room for Specialty Pouring at 8:30 pm
Masterclass 1: Bill Somerville, "Speyside Travels" - 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Masterclass 2: Davin de Kergommeaux, "The Audacity of Rye" - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Masterclass 3: Blair Phillips, "Cigars and Whisky" - 8:00PM - 8:30PM

The Dam Pub
Aberlour • Ardbeg • Auchentoshan • Benromach • Bowmore • Buffalo Trace • Blantons Single Barrel • Canadian Club • Caol ila • Cardhu • Dalwhinnie • Eagle Rare • Forty Creek • Gooderham & Worts • Glenmorangie • High River • Highland Park • Hepburn’s Choice • Johnnie Walker • Jim Beam • Kavi Reserve • Knob Creek • Lot 40 • Laphroaig • Makers Mark • The Macallan • Oban • Pike Creek • 1792 Small Batch • Talisker Storm • The Glenlivet • Toki • Wiser's
Disclaimer: Excessive drinking and intoxication will not be tolerated.
Patrons who show signs of either will be asked to leave.

Click here for hotel accommodations. Use Promo: GB00000914

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Apple Country!

From October 6th to 8th, celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with fall fun in the Blue Mountain Village, Thornbury, and Clarksburg! There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the beautiful fall colours!

Fabulous fall colours, crisp autumn air and even crisper apples. These are just some of the ingredients of the ultimate Thanksgiving experience, and you’ll find all this and more at the Apple Harvest Festival from October 6th to 8th in the towns of Thornbury, Clarksburg and the Blue Mountain Village.

Awarded the Top 100 Festivals designation by Festivals and Events Ontario for many years, the Apple Harvest Festival features free family events and activities to enjoy as you venture from one charming town to the next. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy live music from dozens of talented local artists, take part in guided hikes, apple pie eating contests, cidery tours, art studio tours, caramel apple decorating, Applelicious, interactive family groove dancing, the John Deere Kids Zone, hand-painted apple ladders, and more!

On Saturday, October 6th at 8pm, make your way to the Blue Mountain Village for the Town of The Blue Mountains’ 20thAnniversary Fireworks display! The breathtaking fireworks show will take place over the mountain to celebrate 20 years as The Blue Mountains.

Find the full schedule at www.AppleHarvestFestival.ca

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How can we be better Canadians?

Answer that question and you can help George Czerny with the content for his new book idea.

People work hard to better their bodies and their minds, but what do they do to become better Canadians?A Collingwood, Ontario, man aims to find out. George Czerny has sent letters across Canada to selected government, First Nations and Inuit leaders asking them the question: What can Canadians do to be better Canadians?

Czerny, who is retired, is seeking feedback in connection with a book idea he has and he would like your comments too. The working title of his book is “Kiss The Ground You Walk On, Canada” and in it he wants to convey the message of how we can all be better Canadians.

He is looking forward to responses from across Canada. Anybody who would like to comment can send him an e-mail at:ilovecanadatoo@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Treasure Hunt at Kings’ Court

A renovation project at our cottage led me on the hunt for antique 6 pane windows.  Off to the Thornbury Antique Market I went…with measurements in hand.  It had been quite a while since I’d checked the place out and I was hopefully excited that I would find what I was looking for.

Nestled in the Kings' Court Design Building, Thornbury Antique Market is an incredible destination for a treasure hunt.  There are so many antiques packed into this location, at first it was a bit overwhelming so I asked the owners Christine and Mick for a bit of assistance.  Sure enough, they knew exactly where to find what I was looking for….and surprise surprise…I’m not suffering from sticker shock.  Well priced merchandise and excellent customer service.

They offer a huge variety of antiques that are sourced from 14 different vendors plus some consigned Items.  And as a side note, if you’re on the hunt for some famed Blue Mountain Pottery…make this your first stop.

Christine and Mick have been the owners for over two years now and appreciate all the regular customers but hope new ones will discover them too. They have been working antique shows, fairs and had an antique shop in England before.  Located opposite the Thornbury Cidery, you can easily find parking in the lot and the market can be accessed from the side entrance.

They’ve got paintings, furniture, architectural salvage, china L.P.'s , bronzes, vintage clothing, lighting, vintage glassware, dolls, jewellery and so much more it’s impossible to list it all. Worth a visit for that unusual find as the merchandise is changing constantly.
Find them at 99 King St. East, Thornbury or visit their website at thornburyantiquemarket.com.

Open daily in summer from 10:30AM to 4:30PM on weekdays and from 10:30AM to 5:00PM on weekends.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shipyards Kitchen Party honoured with Kemp Award.

The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is proud to announce the 26th recipient of the
Robert G. Kemp Arts Award for 2018, “Shipyard Kitchen Party” and their production
“100 Years from Now”.
This exciting project tells Canadian stories from a uniquely Georgian Bay perspective through the visual, musical and dramatic arts. Audiences will have an opportunity to see “100 Years From Now” when it returns to the Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood, from November 9th to 11th, 2018.

The $5000 award will allow the group to expand their audiences through audio recording, filming and lesson plans for educators.
The Award was created in 1989 through a trust fund administered by the BMFA with the intent to provide encouragement and/or recognition to an individual or group residing in the South Georgian Bay area. Each applicant submits a project proposal that will benefit the community.
A formal presentation will be made at the BMFA Annual General Meeting later in the fall.

Photo (L-R): Julie LeBlanc, Sacha Law, John Eaton, Barbara Kemp and Jason Murphy.