Friday, January 22, 2010

Guitar Lessons Anyone? Learn from the Best!

Just wanted to let everyone know that Aaron Garner has some space left for guitar lessons.  He's charging $25 per week for a half hour lesson running from his home in Collingwood.  Times are available on Tues, Wed or Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., although he might be able to do a lesson slightly earlier or later if necessary.  Please call 445.4649 if you're interested in more details. Space is limited and time slots are filling up!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Town of Collingwood, and the County of Simcoe today celebrated the opening of 18 new affordable rental units. This project,Westview Towers, located at 145 High Street, is supported by more than $1.2 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

Shown in the photo from Left to right are:
Mayor Chris Carrier, The Honourable Helena Guergis, MP, John Fogolin, President of Tornat Construction Corporation (Developer of the Property), The Honourable Aileen Carroll, MPP and County of Simcoe Warden Cal Patterson

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Canadian Blue Legend Curley Bridges

Canadian Blues legend Curley Bridges will kick off the 2010 Spring Blues Series at the Arts Centre, 163 Hurontario Street, Collingwood on January 21, doors open 6:30 music starts at 7 pm.

The series is an initiative of the Collingwood Jazz & Blues Society, sponsored in part by the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts.

The Arts Centre is an intimate venue perfectly suited to present these veteran artists who in addition to their music will relate some of their personal experiences, tall tales and war stories of life on the road in the blues world. Seating is limited.

Advance tickets $10.00 at the Crow’s Nest, 239 Hurontario Street, Collingwood or by calling 705.444.4449. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. Special pricing for Collingwood Jazz & Blues Society members.


Friday, January 15, 2010

The best way to get red wine out of the carpet

There is one tried and true method for getting red wine stains out of the carpet!  You have to act fast...but don't panic.  Immediately walk calmly to the paper towel not stop to chat on the way...if you are calm, maybe no one will notice.  This is especially important if you're in someone else's house.  Grab a bunch of paper towel...walk calmly back to the scene of the crime.  Place the paper towel over the spill and step on it with the heel of your foot repeatedly with all of your body weight.  As the pieces of paper towel become saturated with the spill soaking up from the carpet, replace with fresh pieces of paper towel for maximum absorption and keep stepping with your heel (shoes off) until all of the wine has been soaked back into the paper towel.  It may take a minute or two...but keep stepping and replacing the paper towel as necessary.  I just did this on the spill in my husband's office.  Result no stain and because I was talking to him calmly all the while...he didn't notice.  phew!

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Congratulations Johnathan on Winning the Leaf Tix!

Johnathan Smith was the winner of Leaf Tickets from East Side Marios. Enjoy the game!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Shovel that Snow!

I'm not sure how this happened over the past week or so...I watched all of the lovely flakes grace our landscape, getting excited about all of the great skiing and snowshoeing that this beautiful blanket of white offered. I made sure I was well prepared in advance for Winter driving conditions and am very careful to brush off all of the snow on my car and scrap the ice off of every single window and mirror before driving away in this weather.

What I forgot to notice was the amount of snow that had collected on our second floor decks. We have two decks that are on the second floor of our home, and they are very big decks. I happened to look at them as I was driving away from home this morning and was very alarmed by the amount of snow that had accumulated on them. Yikes. I immediately promised myself when I got home that I would take a stab a clearing off the snow because I was seriously worried about having a situation where our decks collapsed because of the weight of the snow (before you say...that's not realistic...I will have you know that I watched one of my neighbours decks absolutely get dessimated by a huge snowfall last year. It was an expensive repair bill for them for sure and a nasty surprise when them arrived on Friday night.

Anyways, I started out shovelling over 3 feet of snow from each deck. It not only took a huge amount of strength to scoop and then hurl the snow over the deck was a completely exhausting exercise.

Three hours later of heavy snow moving (the snow on the bottom is very very heavy because it has been pressed down by all of the newer snow) and I am no where near finished.

My advice to you...expecially if you are a weekender...get someone to do it for you, or when you get to your chalet this weekend, take notice of any areas that might require some snow removal.

This is a classic example of not seeing the forest through the trees for me and I can't believe that I didn't notice how bad the situation was before today.

So...get the shovel out...and remember to bend your knees and twist slowly and gently. It's much easier to tackle this job with a slow and patient approach because you will get tired out quickly.

Good luck!

Prime Rib Dinners back by popular demand at The Dam Pub

Back by popular demand, the Dam Pub is serving Prime Rib Dinners every Sunday starting at 5pm.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year - Check out what your future has in store

Happy New Year. Make sure you check out myextras and read your horoscope for the coming year!

Traffic Turning Circle - Yikes!

The locals know about the new turning circle on Mountain Road just near South Base Lodge at Blue Mountain. We've had time to adjust to this new fabulous feature that will seriously improve traffic conditions along Mountain Road at peak times, especially on weekends. That said, for anyone who has not had the opportunity to navigate the turning circle, please remember to follow the road signs and slow down to the suggested 30KM sign, but at the same time, remember to keep your eyes open and get ready to step on the brakes.

As a seasonal tourist destination, we do have to make concessions for 'citiot driving habits' if only for our own self presevation!

Fabulous Snowshoe at Scenic Caves

Friday afternoon was the perfect day for a snowshoe at Scenic Caves. Sarah and I took our workout outside and it was a sunny afternoon with almost no wind. We went up to the Lookout (huff...puff..)...then did the Deep Woods Trail...the snow was deep, that's for sure...then we connected to the Suspension Bridge Trail...and then back to the main lodge. Scenic Caves has cut a new trail this year that goes way underneath the bridge. We will be sure to try that one out next time. If you're looking for a break from the gym...try snowshoeing. Absolutely Fab!