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We’re Local..We’re Wasaga Beach..Number 56 January 20, 2013

Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival January 26th

The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Second Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival (WBSFF) View and Vote and Red Carpet Gala Awards events that will take place at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex,1724 Mosley Street on Saturday, January 26th, 2013. The WBSFF is unlike any other film festival, it is a unique opportunity for grass roots film enthusiasts to compete on an even playing field. The WBSFF aims to showcase the best in category short films submitted by individuals, groups, companies, students and associations. Our film festival vision “Sundance North” is based on capturing the imagination of film makers and actors at the grass roots level creating an opportunity for international exposure while eliminating entry barriers and providing a focus for talent, passion, capability and achievement. We hope to leverage the natural beauty of our location to inspire our participants to produce films that will promote the beauty, vibrancy, vitality and quality of life of Wasaga Beach while honouring its natural ecosystems, visitors, residents and businesses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxZUxeJFJ2g&sns=em The short films submitted are between four and eight minutes in length and fit in one of the following categories: Action/Comedy and Documentary. Each film entry must contain the name of Wasaga Beach in its title and/or the story of the film must demonstrate that it is taking place in Wasaga Beach, Ontario and/or the shooting location of the Film is in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Two other categories for the second annual WBSFF include Video Advertisement (30 second video) for a business located in Wasaga Beach or that serves Wasaga Beach and Music Video (3 minute video). The films will be judged online from the WBSFF You Tube® channel for like votes prior to two community screenings for voting at Wasaga Beach, Ontario scheduled for January 26th, 2013. The Viewing and voting will be followed by a Red Carpet Gala Awards Night hosted by the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce. The entire day will be filled with artist exhibits, music performances, dancers and entertainers. You can check out the line-up at www.wasagafilmfestival.com. Wasaga Beach was the first beach in North America to be recognized as a “Blue Flag Beach”, an international eco award, for clean beaches. Over two million people visit Wasaga Beach every summer to stroll the shores of the longest freshwater beach in the world, swim in warm clean waters and enjoy the panoramic Mountain View across the Georgian Bay. We intend to roll out the “Blue Flag Beach” carpet to our film festival partners and participants for our Second Annual Wasaga Beach Film Festival scheduled for January 26th, 2013. Please join us to celebrate our participants and their accomplishments. Purchase your View and Vote ticket ($3.00 each or Family Pass for $5.00) films scheduled to start at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm includes all the entertainment, artist exhibits and music performances. The tickets for the Red Carpet Gala Awards are $20.00 each. Doors open for the Red Carpet Gala Awards in the Oakview Room at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex at 6:30 pm. The Red Carpet Gala tickets are also good for all day admission. WBSFF is a sub-committee of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce, non-profit organization. For more information on WBSFF, please visit www.wasagafilmfestival.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Golden Apple Restaurant Closes in Stayner

The final meeting of the Stayner Lions Club at the Golden Apple Restaurant last week. The club has held its regular dinner meetings there since 1956. (That's 57 years if your doing the math in your head.) Over the years they have had several hosts who served us most ably, but none more so than Leslie Kinnear, seen here sitting between Lion Pete Jerry and Lion Fred Stever. Standing behind those three are Lions Len Menecola, Bob Charlton, Claire Weston, Kim McArthur, Sandra Squire John Squire, Carrie Plater, Ken Stickwood, Bob Johnson, John Gascho, Bill Ives, Doug Inkster, Robert Walker & Shawn Davidson. They say you never knowingly do anything for the last time without regret, and this was certainly true this evening. We are very sorry to see the Apple close after such a long journey together, but we wish Leslie the very best as she sets out on this new chapter in her life. Thanks for everything Leslie! ----Lion Bob Charlton

2013 Schedule Sat. Jan. 19 @ Montreal, 7 p.m. (CBC, TSN1050) Mon. Jan. 21 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Wed. Jan. 23 @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (TSN, TSN1050) Thurs. Jan. 24 vs. NYI, 7 p.m. (LEAFS, TSN1050) Sat. Jan. 26 @ N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. (CBC, TSN1050) Tues. Jan. 29 @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. (FAN590) Thurs. Jan. 31 vs. Washington, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Sat. Feb. 2 vs. Boston, 7 p.m. (CBC, TSN1050) Mon. Feb. 4 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Tues. Feb. 5 @ Washington, 7 p.m. (FAN590) Thurs. Feb. 7 @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m. (TSN1050) Sat. Feb. 9 @ Montreal, 7 p.m. (CBC, FAN590) Mon. Feb. 11 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Thurs. Feb. 14 @ Carolina, 7 p.m. (TSN1050) Sat. Feb. 16 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m. (CBC, FAN590) Mon. Feb. 18 @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Tues. Feb. 19 @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (TSN1050) Thurs. Feb. 21 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Sat. Feb. 23 @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. (CBC, FAN590) Mon. Feb. 25 @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (TSN, TSN1050) Wed. Feb. 27 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (TSN, TSN1050) Thurs. Feb. 28 @ NYI, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Mon. March 4 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Wed. March 6 vs. Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. (TSN, TSN1050) Thurs. March 7 @ Boston, 7 p.m. (TSN, FAN590) Sat. March 9 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (CBC, TSN1050) Tues. March 12 @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m. (FAN590) Thurs. March 14 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (RSO, TSN1050) Sat. March 16 vs. Winnipeg, 7 p.m. (CBC, FAN590) Wed. March 20 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. (TSN, TSN1050) Thurs. March 21 @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Sat. March 23 vs. Boston, 7 p.m. (CBC, TSN1050) Mon. March 25 @ Boston, 7 p.m. (TSN, FAN590) Tues. March 26 vs. Florida, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Thurs. March 28 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m. (TSN1050) Sat. March 30 @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. (CBC, FAN590) Thurs. April 4 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (RSO, TSN1050) Sat. April 6 @ New Jersey, 7 p.m. (CBC, TSN1050) Mon. April 8 vs. N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. (RSO, FAN590) Wed. April 10 @ N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (TSN, FAN590) Sat. April 13 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m. (CBC, TSN1050) Mon. April 15 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m. (TSN1050) Tues. April 16 @ Washington, 7 p.m. (TSN, TSN1050) Thurs. April 18 vs. NYI, 7 p.m. (TSN1050) Sat. April 20 @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. (CBC, FAN590) Wed. April 24 @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. (TSN, FAN590) Thurs. April 25 @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. (RSO, TSN1050) Sat. April 27 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m. (CBC, TSN1050)

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What’s Happening Wasaga Beach Wasaga Beach Lions Club Bingo every Friday evening. Almost $5000 in prizes..$1000 Jackpot Game. RecPlex Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Lions Club at 705-429-3331 Jan 26 – Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Gala Location: Oakview Room at the Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, starting at 7:00 pm. The event will kick off with a proclamation from our very own Wasaga Beach Town Crier. Recognition and Award presentation will take place in the Oakview Room at the Wasaga RecPlex Tickets are $20.00 each. Your support will help us realize our vision for the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival of "Sundance North". We are on our journey of creating a great venue for our residents, shoulder season attraction for our visitors and a film industry and new jobs for our town. We hope to see you there! Come and see what the Wasaga Arts and Culture community has to offer. In addition to our short film and video entries, we will also be showcasing the entire arts community in music, painting, sculpture, etc. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds going to support the WBSFF. Tickets can be purchased at the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce, 550 River Road West, Quilty McPherson LLP, 654 River Road West, Beach Builders Home Hardware, 1955 Mosley Street, TD Bank Financial Group, 30-45th Street and 301 Main Street, ReMax Wasaga Beach, Riverbend Plaza and 1900 Mosley Street Call for Artists Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival invites artists from Wasaga Beach area to participate in the 2nd annual WBSFF on Sat. Jan.26, 2013 at the RecPlex in Wasaga Beach. Artists in various mediums, photographers, potters, woodworkers etc. will be able to display their work during the festival’s daily events. Please contact Lynda Dies at 705-429-3147 or dieslynda@hotmail.com for further information and to register. Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce – 705-429-2247 / www.WasagaFilmFestival.com / info@wasagainfo.com Jan 30 & Feb 27 – Coffee, Books & Conversation Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Time: 7 p.m. Hear about great books and authors not regularly on the best sellers list & chat over coffee. Registration required. For more info call the Library 705-429-5481 or visit www.wasagabeach.library.on.ca Jan 31 – Business After 5 Hosted by Ingrid Bouius with Siesta Sun Spa, 30 – 45th Street. Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking, auction prizes, delicious food and great people! Everyone welcome. There is no charge to attend and membership is not required. We look forward to seeing you all there! For more information contact: Denise Potter, Business After 5 Coordinator, WBWBA and Chamber of Commerce 705-429-0017 / nwplus@rogers.com or Trudie McCrea, Office Manager, Chamber of Commerce 705-4292247 / trudiemccrea@rogers.com Feb 8 – Sweetheart Youth Dance Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St. Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets: $5.00 each and in advance and are available at the Recreation Office at the RecPlex 705-429-3321 and at the Chamber Office, 550 River Rd. West at 705-429-2247 Adult Supervision Needed! Feb 9 – Blood Donor Clinic Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St. Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. To make an appointment and for more info call 1-888-236-6283 Feb 13 – Learn Something New – Georgian Good Food Box Locations: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Time: 7 p.m. Fresh, high quality fruits and vegetables available to everyone in Simcoe County at a very low cost. A non-profit organization run by volunteers. http://www.ggfb.ca Registration required. For more info call the Library 705-429-5481 or visit www.wasagabeach.library.on.ca Feb 14 - Snowman Mania Story Time Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Time: 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 to 6 with adults can join in the fun. Stories, activities and edible snowmen crafts. Check out all the cool stories or go crazy with crafts. For more information please contact the Library at 705-429-8296 or e-mail cathyatthelibrary@gmail.com Proudly sponsored by the Wasaga Beach Public Library Feb 15–18 – Snowman Mania Location: Various locations & activities throughout the Town of Wasaga Beach. Don’t forget your Snowman Mania Button. Snowman Mania buttons cost $2.00 each. Each year’s button is unique and available only in limited quantities so they are becoming collector items. Wear your 2013 Snowman Mania button on Family Day Weekend and receive…… FREE admission to Family Swim and Family Gym at the Wasaga Beach YMCA, Free hot chocolate at Stonebridge Sales Office, Free Wasaga Beach Transit and more…. For more information visit www.snowmanmania.com For more information contact: the Chamber of Commerce at 705-429-2247 /1-866-292-7242 or visit our Events Calendar at www.wasagainfo.com

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Point of View January of a brand new year is upon us, as all in Wasaga Beach reflect on the year gone by… and look forward to the excitement a new year can bring! Our community has a lot to look forward to in the coming months, as we wait for the “real” snow to arrive to boost our local economy with the arrival of visiting snowmobilers! This month, the exciting 2nd Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival takes place and this great event is well on its way to becoming Sundance North! A growing vibrant annual film festival will mean great things for Wasaga Beach! Be sure to be a part of this year's event by attending the Vew & Vote and the Red Carpet Gala, all happening at The RecPlex, Saturday January 26. Tickets are available all over town, including our Beach BOOSTER office. February gives us a chance to get out and enjoy some great family fun at our very own Winter Carnival as Snowman Mania takes place with activities at locations throughout town on Family Day Weekend. (February 15-18) Beach BOOSTER hopes to once again be a part of the excitement, by adding to the entertainment and activities planned to keep residents of The Beach and our winter visitors busy with wintertime fun! The arrival of March means that spring and summer are close and all of us start thinking about the warm weather and the welcoming of summer tourists to our town and The World's Longest Freshwater Beach! With the dedication of many local business people in our community who strive to welcome our visitors with great facilities and creative entertainment… we look forward to a prosperous and rewarding summer season for 2013! Best wishes to all in The Beach for a happy, healthy and successful 2013!

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Jesse McFaddin from RIZE Beach Corner recently had the pleasure of interviewing the remarkable Japanese rock star, Jesse McFaddin, via Skype from Japan. I met Jesse back in March when his band presented two showcases at the Canadian Music Week in Toronto, just before they flew to New York to perform at Webster Hall. Jesse is the front man for the Japanese rock band RIZE. He also just released his first solo project, STAND UP. He has also proven careers as Music Producer / Composer, as well as being a "Fashion Icon" among youngsters with his appearances on SONY CM + Vans sponsored 2009 Live Tour. In addition to gracing the cover of various fashion magazines, Jesse attended Fashion Week TOKYO, where he was the spokesperson as well as a model for the French casual brand “Girbaud” who calls attention to the serious environmental problems through “NO WATER, NO CHEMICAL”. Jesse is the son of Char who is considered a "musician's musician" rock guitarist pioneer. He has a prominent career which includes collaborations with many top ranked artists such as: Stevie Salas, Jeff Beck, Brian Setzer, to name a few. RIZE's rhythm section is comprised of N.K. on the Drums and KenKen on bass. They're actually brothers with the famous female rock vocalist Mari Kaneko (Known as the Japanese Janis Joplin) and their father the established rock drummer – Johnny Yoshinaga. So, RIZE has been cultivating their unique "Alternative rock” sound & presence from the start - making them characteristically different from other bands in the Japanese rock scene. Rize is eager to inspire the International market with their style of music singing in English and Japanese. They want to become an "international hub" between the East and West through "the power of music to activate the world when faced with the Tohoku disaster. With the recent sensation of Gangnam Style from Korea, music from Asia is becoming more and more prominent worldwide. With his first solo project, STAND UP, release November 11th Jesse chose to select amongst the many auditions that applied to produce an album with him. “The artist I selected is from Okayama. Although he didn't have any experience, in some aspects he has more talent than I do. It has a roughness that's great for a debut album, and just as the album title "Stand up!" says, this is an album in which we all stood up.” US Launch of his clothing line, Slip&Co which will officially debut in the US at the iconic MAGIC industry only retail trade show. Both the group, RIZE, and the lead singer, Jesse McFaddin, are major icons in the Japanese music and pop culture scenes. They influence music, entertainment, and fashion through Jesse's clothing line Slip&Co which has collaborated with major retail brands such as New Era. For more information about Jesse McFaddin and RIZE, visit http://www.triberize.net. Dianna Chycki is host for Beach Corner on Beachboosterradio.com and Committee Member of the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival.

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Whisky in the Wilderness

Simcoe County's early settlers were hardworking, God-fearing people who scratched a living out of the wilderness. Methodists, Anglicans, Presbyterians and Catholics...they attended their churches on Sunday and laboured in the fields the rest of the week. But the hardness of life at the midpoint of the 19th Century was punctuated by frequent social gatherings. Bees, weddings, auction sales and political meetings offered respite from the drudgery of clearing the forest and ploughing fields. Such events also gave settlers a chance to sip of the "water of life." The Scots called it usquebaugh (pronounced wusky-bah). To the Irish it was known as uisge beatha (uski-baytha). The Latin name was acqua virtae. In 1755, the pioneering lexicographer, Dr. Samuel Johnson, gave it a formal name. "Wiskey," he called it in his famous dictionary. And whisky is what they drank in the backwoods of Upper Canada. By 1850 over 200 distilleries were producing the strong spirit. Whisky was known by many names such as stagger juice, noise paint, dead-and-gone, tangle leg and forty-rod tuff. Most of Ontario's whisky was of dubious quality, often compared to fire and brimstone. One contemporary writer described the product of his local distillery as tasting like it was "made of frosty potatoes, hemlock, pumpkins and black mouldy rye." But drink it our great-great grandparents did, and in huge quantities. At almost every social gathering, whisky was served in abundance and drunk with abandon! And then there were scores of inns in Simcoe all selling pottery crocks or mugs filled with distillations of rye, wheat and corn. Even the miller got into the trade, turning a 50 pound bushel of grain into three gallons of hard spirits.

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Beach BOOSTER supports fun and safe sledding

Welcome Wasaga Beach trail rider! Our club has managed to get in on the early snow fall this season and we were one of the few areas that were able to capitalize on the first snow fall opening trails for the past few weeks. Mother Nature is always in charge and we were forced to close the trails temporarily till the next blast of winter. Our trails are ready and we are just one winter storm from reopening to continue this winter season. Limited conditions are still available in parts of the province. Always check the OFSC Trail Guide for sledding opportunities. With the amount of sleds in town last week end, it was encouraging to see sledders enjoying all we have to offer here in Wasaga Beach . We are planning our Snowman Mania Ride for Sunday February 17 and hope all will come out and support the run. The trail riding we did manage to get in so far enabled us to experience all the new trail developments that were under taken over the summer months and we are very pleased with the trail improvements. With over 100 K of trails that your local club manages, trail improvements are an ongoing endeavor. THINK SNOW and we will all be back on the trails as soon as possible. As always, ride safe, ride sober!

Part of a local collection

Groomer operators from around the area during training day

Wasaga Snowmobile Club Executive

Wasaga Beach Lions Club

Wasaga Beach Lions Support Camps Lions Camp Dorset - The resort has 20 dialysis units onsite in order to provide guests with their dialysis three times a week. It also provides an excellent opportunity to experience the great outdoors; get back to nature; and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere away from the stresses of everyday life.

Wasaga Beach Lions Club meets 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Social 6 p.m. at the Lions Den, RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach, ON Wasaga Beach Lions Club Bingo every Friday evening. Almost $5000 in prizes..$1000 Jackpot Game. RecPlex Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Lions Club at 705-429-3331 Interested in coming out to a meeting? Call Membership Chairman Bill Frieday 705-812-5507 More New Members for Club. At our last meeting on January 14th more guests signed their applications to become members of our club. Induction ceremony for new members will be held early in 2013. It’s a good feeling to give back and serve your community.

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Lions Camp Dorset – $1,000 Presented to Lion Bill Verson Director of Lions Camp Dorset Presented by Lion Frank Van DeValk

Camp Huronda is a camp for children with juvenile diabetes. It provides an atmosphere where children have fun with their peers. This year's donation will help build the new Lions Learning Centre. This includes our annual donation of $1,000 plus $1,000 for our Governors' Project.

Camp Huronda and Governor's Project $2,000 Presented to 2nd Vice District Governor Barb Ennis Presented by Lion Suzanne Lacombe

Camp Kirk exists to serve children who have learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders and high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders through a Camp programme that allows children to increase their understanding of themselves and of their learning disabilities.

CNIB Lake Joseph - A camp designed for the blind and visually impaired where they can enjoy the outdoors and their friends in a safe environment. This money will be used to purchase 10 canoe paddles and 10 lifejackets.

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The Way Wasaga Was Main Street and Main Beach...by Joe Bickerstaff

A view of the busy Main Beach in the early 1960's.

Since the early part of this century, our Main Beach… and our Main Street have been the hub of our tourism industry and an entertainment centre! Our Main Street became a vibrant and exciting place to shop, meet, dine and be entertained… while our grand beachfront hotels rivalled those anywhere and welcomed visitors with their modern facilities offering the most beautiful beach and views in the world. Great entertainment was available everywhere in the Main Beach area… including Playland Park… one of Canada’s Largest Amusement Parks! For years we have had dreams of building on what was created in the glory years of Wasaga Beach when we were known as Canada’s Premiere Beachfront Resort! In the sixties, we had reached a point where although we had all in place… we needed to stay in tune with what the tourists of the day were looking for! Included here is a rendering of what some “wide-awake” folks saw for our Main Street and Main Beach area. It shows some great additions to our wonderful beach area, including a grand pier at the foot of Main Street, a break-wall/pier to protect the spit and the river’s mouth, development on the beachfront and even a marina in the protected river on the spit. What’s interesting to note is the caption under this drawing… wondering what became of these great ideas for development… in order to stay current with our dreams of remaining a truly world class beach resort! This drawing and comment were published by a local newspaper in 1966! It seems that almost 50 years ago… we were wondering when the needed improvements to our Main Beach and Main Street area were going to be acted upon! Now, in 2013 as Visioning Meetings continue and with the possible appointment of Don May of Almost There Inc. as Development/Project Manager of Main Beach development, perhaps we can look forward to seeing some welcome improvements to this important part of our town. Our Main Street and Main Beach must be revitalized and once again be recognized as the commercial and entertainment hub of our tourism industry! Sports Report Wasaga Beach resident Doug Adams, Sports Director for Beach BOOSTER reports on all local hockey. The weekly show will have your local WBMHL scores including the popular "Feature Game of the Week". Stay up to date with local Junior hockey action! Mondays 3, 6, 9 pm & midnight. Tuesdays 7:30 & 10:30 am & 3, 6, 9 pm & midnight. Contact Doug: Sports@BeachBOOSTER.com

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Beach Corner; Sponsored by The Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Dianna Chycki will be exploring what's happening in town and telling us the inside story of festivals, concerts and events in and around The Beach. Beach Corner is also a regular feature in beach BOOSTER publication. Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5 pm & 7 pm. Contact Dianna@BeachBOOSTER.com

Yesterday Once More Cliff Lamb is an expert on the oldies that we all remember and love. Now on Beach BOOSTER Radio, Cliff plays the tunes from the 60's & through the decades with stories about the songs & the artists. Cliff’s “Top Ten” from a given point in the 70's will really get the memories racing back. Yesterday Once More, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm.

The Way Wasaga Was Joe Bickerstaff has been writing stories of Wasaga Beach’s past in beach BOOSTER publication since it’s start. You can now hear The Way Wasaga Was throughout the week on Beach BOOSTER Radio. As always, Joe would like to hear from anyone with stories of Wasaga Beach’s past!

Eastern Passage Craig Miills introduces you to...or brings you back to...some of the best East Coast music around. Sit back and enjoy these down home sounds every Sunday morning from 11:00 a.m. until noon. What a way to enjoy your Sunday mornings!

Shelly's Sure Shots! Direct from the Sports Bar at Boston Pizza, Shelly will give us her picks for the weekend's NFL games and recap last weekend's games. She's not always right... but she's always a fan! Fridays every hour on the hour from 1:00 pm til 7:00 pm. Saturday 10:00 am, noon & 2:00 pm.

Dardanella Daze To help remember and recognize the glory days of our historic "Grand Old Lady of The Beach", The Dardanella, enjoy an hour of the Big Band music that was once heard over the sands of Wasaga Beach. We will feature all the greats like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & more! Wednesdays 8 pm & 10 pm, Sundays 7 pm & 10 pm.

Cornerstone Conversations Coming Soon! Xan and Gary talk with each other and one local resident each week to explore lifestyle topics relevant to Wasaga Beach residents. Tune in to hear insights, experience, ideas and the letter of the week. Days and times to be determined. Stay tuned for more information.

Business Under 40 Coming Soon! Business Under 40 was formed to provide networking and educational opportunities for young business people. The group will talk about events & new initiatives. Days & times to be determined. For more details check out our Facebook page or email us at bu40@wasaga.com

A crowded Main Beach in 1953. Note the Dardanella sign upper left.

Many enjoying our Main Beach in the mid 1930's.

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