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.