Sunday, March 22, 2020

Local Small Business Take/Out or Delivery and Grocery Options

In an effort to provide you with some resources and also support our small business community in the food and beverage industry, we've complied a list of resources available to you.  Please note that things are changing by the minute and we're doing our best to keep this list up-to-date and accurate.  If you know a business that should be added to the list that we've missed, please feel free to call me at 705.444.3453 or e-mail jcard@mycollingwood.ca
How safe is take out & delivery?  Click here to find out what CTV News has to say about it.
Please also consider purchasing gift cards on-line for future use to support our friends in retail and hospitality.  Links have been provided below for your convenience.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

All You Can Eat Mussels at The Pottery every Tuesday

We were tipped off that The Pottery Restaurant; one of our local favourite dining establishments is now offering all-you-can-eat Mussels every Tuesday evening, so Dan and I thought we’d check it out. 
We were professionally greeted by Ellie at the hostess stand, a lovely young lady who is visiting our area from the UK, and working at her first job in the food and beverage industry. She led us to what happens to be our favourite table at The Pottery, right in front of the massive fireplace that was throwing off some night heat on a chilly winter evening.
We were delighted to find that Carol Thompson was our server for the evening. Carol is a Team Lead at The Pottery and has been working at Blue Mountain Resort for over 30 years which we think is really quite incredible. Carol offers amazing customer service, is very knowledgeable about the menu offerings and it’s always a delight to see her.
Carol explained that they were offering two varieties of mussels to choose from. We could order either Beer & Bruschetta Mussels made with Creemore Springs Lot 9 or the Red Thai Curry Mussels. As both choices were something neither Dan nor I had ever tasted, we decided to order a pound of each to start with.
We ordered a nice, very reasonably priced bottle of wine to kick off dinner and a lovely little loaf of Rosemary Focaccia bread, with dipping oil, infused with herbs and chili flakes arrived at our table. Absolutely delicious!
The main event, one pound of steaming hot mussels for each of us was served in beautiful bowls with more bread for dipping. The aroma was fantastic! Half-way through, we swapped bowls so that each of us could try each variety. They were absolutely delicious! My favourite was the Beer & Bruschetta Mussels and Dan liked the Red Thai Curry Mussels the best, so much so, he ordered another ½ pound.
We were lucky that Chef Oleg Bazavic, had time to pop out of the kitchen to see how we enjoyed our meal. It was really nice to be able to meet him, find out a little bit more about his culinary journey and discover how he made his way to Blue Mountain. It turns out that Chef Oleg moved to Canada with his family when he was 7 years old from Serbia. He did his culinary training at the Niagara Food & Wine Institute with co-op placements in Muskoka and achieved his Red Seal Chef certification in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Like so many people that move to the area, Chef Oleg loves to ski and tries to get out on slopes as often as he can. He’s recently engaged and looking forward to his upcoming wedding in August at one of our local wineries.
We look forward to returning to The Pottery soon as it’s always a fantastic dining experience, and lucky us, just around the corner from where we live.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Bluminatiuon Dream Trail is coming back!

Once again, Blue Mountain Village will bring you the 2nd Annual Blumination Dream Trail, a complimentary experience for all to enjoy. Spectacular lights. Sensational sounds. It’s a one-kilometer winter stroll through the heights of innovation to the edge of your imagination. Follow the trail along beautiful, tree-lined pedestrian streets and pathways through the Village and around the Mill pond to discover magical, mega-watt light displays. From the “Ice Garden” to the “Enchanted Forest” and through the “Mind Warp”, to name a few, it’s an exciting and interactive adventure sure to spark the imagination of the whole family. The journey ends in the Events Plaza where the illuminated “Dream Tree” is the focus of an amazing visual and musical display every hour on the hour. And, new this year, each creative installation will “dance to the music” - also on the hour from dusk to 10 pm – making it a truly multi-sensory experience. All of this plus fireworks at 8:15 Saturday nights in December!
 

Make it a part of a whole evening.
Before or after your trip along the Blumination Dream Trail, take the opportunity to do some holiday shopping or seasonal celebrating with over 50 unique Village shops and restaurants open every day. For visitors and locals alike, the entire Blumination Dream Trail experience, together with the other winter activities available at the Village, might just become your newest holiday tradition.
 
Don’t miss opening night.
Plan to join us Saturday, November 30th for the official opening party from 6:30pm-8:30pm presented by Grey County. Meet Jack Frost and the Snowflake Princess, grab a photo with our mascot Frost The Fox and get your moves on to Glow Groove Dancing. Plus of course dancing light displays and fireworks.
 
Everyone deserves a little magic during the holidays. The Blumination Dream Trail carries that magic all the way through March! It’s an adventure like no other for the whole family. Don’t miss it.
 
For more information about the free Blumination Dream Trail, deals on winter accommodation and all the Village has to offer, please visit www.Blumination.ca, supported by the Province of Ontario.

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

COLLINGWOOD SET TO HOST BEST ALPINE SKIERS IN NORTH AMERICA

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
WHERE: 
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!

JC

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.