Tuesday, January 8, 2019

On Screen at Meaford Hall

On the Screen Thursday Flicks is back for the 2019 season with 6 amazing films kicking off January 10th!
First on the screen is Colette, after marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is moved from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. She agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband and after its success it inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.
Starting February off on the 7th is Juliet, Naked. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life's second chances as Annie who is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan, an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe, is lead to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.

After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later--a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love. Catch The Wife when it takes the screen February 21st!
A Star is Born makes its way to the screen on March 7th. Both musically-inclined and internally broken, Jackson and Ally are lovers of an unshakable bond. Undoubtedly gifted yet sorely despondent, Ally is ready to abandon her dreams of becoming an artist. Fortunately, Jackson's unbridled love won't allow for such. In a last-ditch effort to revive her hopes, Jackson convinces Ally to continue pursuing her goals. As Ally's musical career begins to thrive, their relationship is marred by Jackson's conflicting emotions and toxic alcoholism.
March 21st The Old Man & The Gun takes the screen. Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
Ending the Winter/Spring Thursday Flicks on April 4th is Widows, a story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica, Alice, Linda and Belle take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
On the Screen, Thursday Flicks start at 4pm and are $10 in advance or $12 at the door! Don’t miss out! Get your tickets today at www.meafordhall.ca , by phone at 1.877.538.0463 or by stopping by the Box Office open Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


WHAT: Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) and Alpine Canada Alpin is pleased to announce the return of the Nor-Am Cup (North American Cup) to the Collingwood area. The series will also be the first Nor-Am ever to host a parallel slalom, which is a new addition to the World Cup FIS circuit, providing fans with a very exciting venue as racers go head-to-head down the course.
WHEN: January 2nd – 6th, 2019
January 2 – Georgian Peaks Club, Giant Slalom
January 3 – Georgian Peaks, Giant Slalom
January 4 – Alpine Ski Club, Parallel Slalom
January 5 – Osler Bluff Ski Club, Slalom
January 6 – Osler Bluff Ski Club, Slalom

WHO: Approximately 80 of the best women FIS* Alpine Ski Racers in North America including members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, USSA National Team, Ontario Ski Team and Quebec Ski Team. FIS pertains to athletes competing on a world ranking systems for competitors 16years and older.

WHY: The Nor Am Cup Circuit is a feeder system to the World Cup Circuit. It is a stepping stone for athletes to jump from the Provincial level to the World Level allowing for high calibre racing in North America. The overall winners of the Nor Am Cup circuit earn an automatic berth on the World Cup for the following year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit https://www.alpineontario.ca/2019noram/

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Shopping in the Blue Mountain Village with Andrew and Meghan

We decided to go on a tour of the retail shops in the Blue Mountain Village to see what kind of unique gifts we could find. Andrew Siegwart and Meghan Harwood came along to introduce us to some of the shop owners, do a bit of modeling and taste testing.  We had a ridiculous amount of fun and found some pretty great Christmas gifts that will take care of everyone on your list.

Did you know that most shops in the Blue Mountain Village are open from 10AM until 9PM daily, including Christmas Day?  Plus you can take in the Blumination Dream Trail each evening from 5PM-10PM with a spectacular light show in the events plaza each evening at 6PM, 7PM, 8PM and 9PM.

One of our first stops was Madison Clothing Boutique.  They've got some great 2-for-1 offers on tights, scarves and more so you can check off two people on your list or make someone twice as happy.

We stopped in at the Pepper Palace...hot hot hot...with great gift packs. Everything is hand-crafted, made in small batches with all natural ingredients. Surprisingly, not everything will burn your tongue off.  Though, from this point forward Andrew is now 'Andrew the Brave'.

Next we were on to Crock-a-Doodle.  If you're inspired to create this season, this is the place to do it for sure.  Most people really really appreciate a hand made gift because it's thoughtful and truly unique.  If you're pressed for time (and who isn't at this time of year?) you can always snag a gift card and gift someone a fantastic, creative experience. Remember those ceramic Christmas trees your aunt or grandmother would bring out once a year?  Now you can create one of your very own.  

Get into the holiday spirit at Georgian Christmas.  Find out what the pickle ornament is all about. Apparently this old tradition is making quite the comeback.  They've also got a fabulous sale on ornaments. 

And if you've got a Harry Potter fan on your shopping list, pop by Georgian Christmas so you can fill that wish.  They've got a great selection of Harry Potter figurines.

Next, we hopped on over Gabby Isabella, an established Canadian women's clothing store and they've got a great incentive...free gift with purchase! These gorgeous gloves have a retail value of $59.00. 

Do you know someone that wants a hippopotamus for Christmas?  You're in luck because Reiner's Origianls have these very cool hand crafted leather ottomans designed and made in Canada. They come in all sorts of shapes and designs.

Next I needed to find something warm and cozy for my husband who is always freezing, so we headed off to North Face to find something cozy, warm and fashionable.

IWA Spa has a lovely boutique and we discovered that they are now the exclusive Lululemon retail partner in the Blue Mountain Village.  In addition to great clothes and accessories, you can purchase the gift of exerience and buy someone on your list a gift certificate for spa services.  Their facials are absolutely incredible and their Gan-ban Volcanic Rock Therapy is relaxing and rejuvinating.  This multi-award winning spa also offers massages, so a gift certificate for a couples massage is a great gift for the busy, hard-to-buy-for couple that seems to never take time for themselves.

Oh, and wait, they also offer a wonderful selection of body and facial care products and Andrew found exactly what he was looking for with their beard care packages. He's definately channelling his Blue Steel look.

Next, we checked out Sinergy Clothing and we found sporty leisure clothing for women and men and we also found some pretty funny sweatshirts.  Gift in style with their brands: Champion, Fox Racing, Born Rich, and My Package 

Phew!  Well that certainly kept us busy for the morning.  Time for a lunch break at Firehall Pizza.  Love their salads...and their pizza too.

Stay tuned for our afternoon shopping adventure.  We found more great shopping solutions and look forward to sharing them with you in my next post.

The countdown to Christmas is on and we're on it!


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Jazz at the Marsh Street Centre in support of BVO

On Saturday December 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm Social Time and 7:30 pm Concert a group of extraordinary musicians will open the festive season with familiar carols and hymns interpreted as only this stellar ensemble of outstanding jazz musicians can offer. We are delighted to welcome Ross Wooldridge on saxophone, Brigham Phillips on trumpet, Danny Douglas on trombone, Andy Harasymczuk on guitar, Dave Young on bass and Ted Warren on drums. An awesome congregation indeed.
Special Guest and MC for the evening will be Dean Hollin who no doubt will convince us with word and song that this really is the most wonderful time of the year.
This event is a fundraising drive to support the work of Beaver Valley Outreach and gives you the opportunity to win over $1,500.00 worth of unique draw items. The $10 pack of 6 tickets in the BVO Holiday Draw gives you the chance to put your money on a round of golf for Four at the LORA BAY Golf Club or a Weekend for Four at the ROYAL HARBOUR RESORT. Check out a few other exclusive choices on the list.
Concert tickets are $30, students $5 at the door, and available at Pharmasave and BVO in Thornbury, Gabriele Photography in Collingwood and Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Christmas Day Feast in Collingwood

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas! The fifth annual Christmas Day Feast, Tuesday, December 25th, 1 p.m. at the Collingwood Curling Club is coming together with tremendous support from local business owners, individual supporters and over 100volunteers. Chairperson, Marg Scheben-Edey said, “We are grateful for the continuing support of the community to make this event possible.” The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Collingwood!

The planning committee, made up of 12 elves, has been hard at work since September planning logistics, fund raising, arranging rentals, food, entertainment and organizing volunteers.

Community Partners to date include The Rotary Club of Collingwood, Collingwood Curling Club, Men with Knives Catering, Chef Simon Bailey, Northwinds Brewhouse & Kitchen, Giffen’s Country Market, Tim Hortons, Sobeys, Eggsmart, The Print Shop, Meridian, Community Connection and Ace Cabs. Many more have provided financial support and resources to make this event memorable for all who attend!

The event is FREE and ALL are welcome to the Community Feast! Whether new to town or far away from family, Christmas can be a lonely time, and for others, financial or emotional barriers may make it difficult to put together a Christmas dinner. Some people simply want to enjoy holiday cheer with others in the community. The event is non-denominational and
open to all ages. Reservations are required as we are limited to 140 seats, and can be made by calling 211 (Community Connection).

The main attraction, “the feast” will include a home-style meal with all the trimmings, seasonal entertainment, activities for children and a little something for the adults to take home.

For more information: www.CollingwoodFeast.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Canadian Pet Connection: Grey-Bruce’s Pet Health Experts

Pets can enrich our lives in unique, and irreplaceable ways. Whether it’s a dog, cat, guinea pig, or mini pig, pet lovers everywhere can attest, there is no substitute for the bond shared between people and their pets.
As the saying goes, “Do something you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life”. That’s why, in 1993, Lorne Forder left his career in Toronto’s financial district, and started Canadian Pet Connection - one of Canada’s first pet health food stores, located in Oakville, Ontario.
Lorne’s passion for the pet industry started with his black Labs, whom he adored, trained and competed with in dog training and agility events. In an effort to find healthy products to help his dogs perform at peak levels, Lorne became frustrated with the lack of high quality, human-grade pet foods and supplements available in his area. In fact, many people in the professional dog-showing community were travelling south of the border to purchase better quality foods for their furry friends.
Lorne believed healthy pet products should be available to all pet owners. Canadian Pet Connection began with one retail location in Oakville, and grew into two brick-and-mortar stores, complete with professional grooming facilities, as well as a distribution centre. 2017 brought many changes, and with that came a new business model embracing the growth of ecommerce. The assets of those locations were sold to allow the business to relocate to the small town of Meaford, Ontario.
Over that last 30 years, Lorne, alongside his son Brandon, have acquired extensive knowledge pertaining to pet health. This includes pet diet and nutrition, supplementation, and holistic approaches to treating a myriad of animal health ailments. Brandon and Lorne have established themselves as experts in pet problem solving: everything from food allergies and sensitivities, to unwanted behavioural problems, including leash aggression, barking, anxiety, and more.
Canadian Pet Connection’s retail outlet in Meaford is located right beside the Meaford Factory Outlet. There, they offer high-quality, human-grade pet foods, supplements, treats, toys and accessories. They also offer free delivery from Collingwood to Owen Sound, and all the areas in between.
Since moving the business to Meaford, this small family business has shifted their primary focus to e-commerce. In fact, their online store, found at www.canadianpetconnection.ca, is quickly becoming one of Canada’s largest, and fastest-growing e-commerce pet retail sites.
Do you need expert pet health and nutrition advice? Call or visit the pet experts in-store today!

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