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One of the many benefits of producing a publication in Southern Georgian Bay is the opportunity to spend a lot of time exploring this gorgeous area. It was during a recent outing with GoodLife sales manager Patsy McCarthy that she took me to a must-see home on the market, just steps from Sunset Point. “Does it get any prettier than that? Who wouldn’t love to live there?” she asked. I had to agree. There were more gardens in the yard and more verandas spanning the exterior than at any other home I had seen in some time. The views would be breathtaking. The spectacular exterior left us both wanting more. We couldn’t wait to see what was inside. Exploring head-turning homes in the area is certainly another benefit of being on our GoodLife team. Join us as we wander through this gem. To me, there is nothing more interesting than seeing how people decide to live in their homes, with unique artwork, colour choices and the feeling a home evokes when you pass through its doors. Home décor was the inspiration for this fall edition of GoodLife. We accompany you, our readers, through a few homes in the region in the hope of showing you the possibilities for your own home. We hope you enjoy this personal look inside these unique spaces as much as we did. Included in every issue, our food writer Katherine Elphick seeks out the best in local ingredients to create unique recipes with easy-to-follow instructions. This issue we have an abundance of sweet and savoury fall flavours for you to prepare in your own kitchen, courtesy of Katherine and the Simcoe County farming community. Finally, be sure to check out the regional events calendar, the Concours D’Elegance in Cobble Beach, read about artists in the community, take a trip to Antarctic and get expert Gordon Stimmell’s favourite food and wine pairing … all in this issue of Georgian Bay GoodLife! Enjoy! follow us @goodlifebarrie Elise Allain

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The water is so close. You can easily see the waves and hear the seagulls right from Derek and Sue Tennant’s front porch. Their spectacular custom built home sits steps from the shore of Sunset Point in Collingwood.

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Room with a View

by Alaa Yassin | Photography by Nat Kay This prime Georgian Bay location, built by Patrick B. Coulter & Associates Inc., features 4,400 square feet of true luxury. To the right of the entrance, double doors open to Derek’s office. The view of the water from this room is as clear as the outside. But the room’s focal point is a blue and purple abstract painting of Whistler Mountain. A lover of hand-painted artwork, Sue has a variety of pieces she collected throughout their travels. Past the double French doors on the opposite side of the foyer, shades of white are offset by bursts of bright colours courtesy of more paintings found in the living and dining areas of the main floor. “I was inspired by an amazing condo in Singapore on the 70th floor that was all white with vibrant art,” said Sue. As a collector of authentic paintings, Sue has a variety of different styles hanging on almost every wall. Their home can be described as an | 11

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elegant art gallery. Passionate about her collection, Sue can talk about every painting as if it was only purchased yesterday. She remembers artist’s names and the conversations she had with each one of them. The throw pillows on the white couches in the living room were bought in Delhi, India. The red, pink and orange shades in these pillows inspired the colour theme on the main floor. It’s interesting to see warm colours mixed with white to create an elegant look. An abstract painting of a tree that Sue commissioned from an Australian artist fits perfectly over the television, adding more reds and oranges to the living room. With the living room open to above, the area feels very spacious yet cozy. The dining table is large enough to host a sit-down diner for 10. At the other end of the great room, the window seat beneath the floor-to-ceiling windows is perfect for reading while enjoying the view. The natural stain of cherry wood flooring blends well with the white shades and subtle browns within the furniture throughout the rest of the space, creating a break between the two. Adjacent to that is the open-concept, allwhite kitchen. It’s spacious yet all the stainless steel appliances have been placed within reach of one another. With a bar right by the dining table, this granite countertop space is perfect for placing appetizers and drinks when having company over. Just off the kitchen there’s the laundry closet. And adjacent to that the powder room has two doors – one from the kitchen and the other to

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the hallway leading back to Derek’s office. The powder room has floor-to-ceiling mirrors that make the small two-piece bathroom appear wider. From the dining area, exterior glass doors lead to their very private yard. Outside, there’s a fountain surrounded by extensive greenery and landscaping. There’s also a hot tub surrounded by wooden benches. What a perfect place to enjoy some quiet time outdoors, with soft music playing through the home’s surround sound system. Back inside and up one flight of stairs, sits the master ensuite. The couple decided to convert this space from a master bedroom into a family room with a large television and comfortable sofas. The double closets in there are great for extra storage space. The ensuite bathroom is part of this suite. In there, they’ve got double sinks, a soaker tub and a steam shower. “The steam really helps Derek’s asthma so we’ve got another steam shower in the basement bathroom,” said Sue. Up another flight of stairs and there’s more bedrooms. Since Derek and Sue live alone, they decided to use two of the rooms upstairs for alone time. Call it his and hers areas. In Derek’s day room, he’s got his cycling exercise bike as well as a comfy reclining chair to watch television. Across the hall, in Sue’s room, she’s got a mahogany sleigh day bed with pink bedding and a classic wing chair to match. In the corner, there’s a vintage mahogany desk. Nestled between these two rooms is Derek and Sue’s bedroom. “It’s big enough for sleeping time,” said Sue. The colour theme in here is beige and spa blue, a calming palette perfect when it’s time to relax. Further down the hall white shelves line the length of the two walls facing the loft’s railing. Because this space is open to below, the shelves can be easily seen from the main floor. This library space holds their wide selection of books and international decorative pieces. This loft is also Sue’s workspace. She likes


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the openness of the area and the view of the great room below. In addition to the full home theatre they have in their basement, the space down stairs is a perfect for their guests to stay over. There’s a fully furnished guest bedroom dressed in calm white and beige shades inspired by the forest painting above the bed. There’s also a three-piece bathroom that includes a steam

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shower and a kitchenette in the rec room equipped with a toaster, microwave and a fridge. With this much luxury, their guests are easily spoiled during their stay. Having worked in office design in the past, decorating this home was never a challenge for Sue, rather it was joyful, she said. But in order to take better care of her developing business, the Silver Springs Retreat in Flesherton, they have to move. The couple has listed this gorgeous home, knowing another family will love it as much as they did.


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A year ago, restauranteurs Dave and Linda Phillips decided to take on a management challenge. The daunting task? Bring the Mill Cafe in Thornbury back to its former glory as a unique and successful dining destination for locals and tourists alike. “Despite its spectacular setting, it has struggled for an identity for the past several years,” muses Dave, who owned the successful Fireside Cafe in Wingham, Ont. (about an hour outside of London) along with his wife Linda. So far, the couple’s hard work seems to be paying off. “Since we took over the management duties, the Mill’s recovery is well underway and diners are pleased with the changes.” | 23

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To learn about their plan to breathe new life into the Mill Cafe, this GoodLife reporter recently caught up with Dave. We dished about the new menu, what it takes to succeed in the restaurant business, historical tidbits about the landmark building and more. GL: The Mill offers the perfect backdrop for a dining experience. Tell me about the view. DP: Sitting on one of our outdoor patios overlooking the Beaver River and the Thornbury (triple spill way) Dam with the landmark fish latter is pretty amazing. It’s quite a spectacular site -- the trout jumping in the spring and the salmon working their way upstream in the fall. The mill pond is also quite picturesque with its resident swans and ducks. There’s no place quite like it! GL: What led you and Linda to take over the Mill’s management? DP: About two years ago, the Mill’s owners Noel and Terry Neelan (who also own SiSi’s in Thornbury) purchased and renovated the Mill. Wanting to restore the Mill to its former glory, they hired a restaurant consultant who just happened to be a former employee of ours. He recommended that we take over the Mill’s management, and the rest is history. The timing was perfect because we had just sold our successful 20-year-old restaurant and we were looking to semi-retire and move to the Collingwood-area. GL: What kind of changes have you made? DP: Before we made any changes, we literally 24 | GoodLife Georgian Bay | Fall 2013

pounded the Thornbury pavement to find out what diners wanted. Just like something you would see on a Food Network restaurant show, I went into every shop and talked to anyone who would listen. My goal was to have local folks tell me what they wanted from the Mill. Turns out, they wanted a more affordable and accessible menu, better service and consistent hours. GL: I’m impressed with your hands-on market research. DP: It was the only way to learn how to make this place vibrant again. When we took over, the Mill ranked dead last on Trip Advisor for Thornbury restaurants. Today, we hover between two and three, and that’s out of 12. Higher rankings on Trip Advisor are a testament to the Mill’s turnaround. Customers are starting to return, and there’s a feeling of goodwill in the community about the Mill again. GL: Perched on the banks of the Beaver River, the Mill’s landmark location offers historic charm. What do you know of the Mill’s past? DP: The site dates back to 1855 and it was originally a sawmill. That original mill, along with its replacement, were destroyed by fires. In 1877, it was rebuilt as a grain mill for flour and oatmeal. At this time, the millpond was also constructed. During its early days, the industrial mill (as it stands today) was powered by an overshot water wheel, and was later replaced by turbines, which powered the building until the mid-1950s. In its final working days, it was used to mill alfalfa. Later tenants included stores, and a series of restaurants -- all called ‘the mill’.

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At the Mill, the only thing we overlook is the water. GL: Let’s talk about the menu. DP: It’s local fare influenced by the seasons. To cater to locals and tourists, we do plenty of comfort food like our magnificent mac and cheese, our ever popular premium Angus beef burger and spectacular fish and chips with our homemade Yukon gold fries. Then we turn it up a notch, by offering some very unique dishes like our kale Caesar salad, fish tacos, and our delicious seafood pasta. We also take great pride in our braised lamb shank which we brought forth from our former restaurant. Our number one best seller is our burger. Not because of the price -- just because it’s so darn good.


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GL: Is the Mill best described as a pub? DP: I would call it a casual dining atmosphere. We do offer some very spectacular dishes, but because of the ambiance of the historic mill and the river, it’s not a tablecloth restaurant. It’s very quaint and offers a unique dining atmosphere. As for capacity? We can seat about 60 indoors, and about 85 on the patios.


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DP: That’s right. Perhaps, it’s better to talk about our wonderful culinary team who are always on display in our open kitchen. They are a very tightly knit group who work under Linda’s direction. My wife Linda has spent her entire life, since the age of 10, working within the industry and she comes up with menus and the culinary staff executes her ideas. She has an incredible passion for food and her philosophy is to cook everything from scratch using only fresh, high quality ingredients and to source local ingredients when possible. GL: Drawing from your experience. What does it take to succeed in the restaurant industry? DP: Basically, there are three things you have to do right to have success within the restaurant business. Those three things are great food, great service and a really good atmosphere. For us, service has been the biggest turnaround feature with the Mill. Service is extremely important to Linda and myself and it was the hallmark of our last successful restaurant. Making sure that

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our guests have an unbelievable experience is one of our trademarks. GL: How would you describe the Mill’s decor? DP: It’s full of charm, and I guess you could even call it folky modern. There’s a really fun fish theme going on inside, and the walls are graced with paintings from local artist Sue Tupy (whose father was the creator of Blue Mountain Pottery). She also created the Mill’s logo, which is a dancing papier mache salmon perched on a latter. GL: I understand the Mill has its own winery. DP: That’s right. Terry and Noel Neelan, who own the Mill, co-own Solo Contigo, a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. This winery features a super-premium malbec as well as a delicious sauvignon blanc and an outstanding torrontes. We proudly serve these wines at the Mill.

GL: What three-course meal would you order for me? DP: Let’s make it a four course meal (he laughs). I’d start you off with our ever popular kale Caesar salad, followed by our fabulous fish taco. For your main course, I’d order you up our braised lamb shank. For dessert, you’d have to try the Mill’s signature sweet -- key lime pie. My wife makes it, and it’s nothing short of magnificent! It has become a trademark for restaurant and we have repeat customers who have it with every meal. Many customers who don’t have room for it, take it to go. GL: Yum! Let’s hear more about the dessert menu. DP: Everything is made by in-house by scratch, with a few exceptions. To support the local community we source a few sweet treats, such as Grandma Lambe’s butter tarts and Goldsmith Orchard’s popular Thornbury pie, which features a blend of mixed berries and apples in a delicious flaky crust and crumb topping.


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GL: How do you accommodate diners with special dietary restrictions? DP: Our chef and culinary team will always accommodate special dietary needs and food allergies. We have gluten-free pasta on hand, and non-meat eaters love our delicious vegetarian flatbread pizza. GL: What about specials? DP: Diners are just crazy for our prime rib weekends. Every Friday and Saturday night, we offer a delicious Angus beef prime rib dinner served with traditional homemade Yorkshire pudding and all the fixings. GL: You have the ear of thousands of local diners. Anything else you’d like to add? DP: Come in and give us a try. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! At the Mill, the only thing we overlook is the water. The Mill Cafe is located at 12 Bridge Street in Thornbury. For more information call (519)5997866 or visit

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Designing your own home is exciting, but actually building it yourself with family members must be a lot more special. That’s what Don and Sherry Currie did on almost three acres of land. They decided to have Don build their 4,200-square-foot home with their oldest son and a close family friend. Having worked in the construction industry for many years, Don had more than enough experience to tackle this personal project. They used various designs from magazines as their inspiration and got right to it. A refreshing blend of casual living with some luxurious detailing fills every corner of this home. The couple chose a casual craftsman style throughout. With the help of a Mennonite craftsman from Desboro, they were able to get some stunning woodwork all around the house. Every room opens with a heavy solid oak door that blends perfectly with the natural oak flooring throughout the residence. The frosted glass transom at the top of each door is great for bringing light in each room while maintaining privacy. Two front doors lead into the house. One door enters through the spacious laundry room and the other through the foyer. The kitchen is directly to the right of the foyer, past the warm wood styled powder room. With oak cabinets and granite countertops, this look spreads a rich country feel around the house. In addition to the dishes sink facing the window to the front yard, Sherry also has a granite vegetable sink on the opposite end of the kitchen facing the great room. A stainless steel high table, with two stools tucked underneath, was added to the middle of the kitchen to serve as an island. This is a great idea because it allows for extra surface space without taking up too much room in the middle of the kitchen. The pantry is to the left of the kitchen. The dark olive stained old antique pine double pantry doors blend well with the brown cabinets in the kitchen, spreading a rich country feel around the house. In the pantry, Currie has everything well organized on the rustic looking shelves. You can easily see it all through the glass in the doors. “I had seen the pantry design in a magazine and my husband made this one exactly like it,” said Currie.

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The great room is two-storeys high with a vaulted ceiling that adds architectural interest to the space. Sherry used different commissioned paintings around the living room to complement the warm reds in the space. The vintage cow print chair by the window was reupholstered in Walter’s Falls. “Animal print happens to be in right now and it really highlights country so I went with it,” said Currie. The living room sofas are furnished to wrap around the fireplace, which runs on radiant heat. Also all heating and cooling systems are geothermal. These are just a couple features the couple added to make their home as environmentally friendly as possible. It helps us keep the house green but also cuts down utility bills, said Currie. Despite the grand look of the fireplace, the outside view through the floor to ceiling window is definitely the focal point. With a river in their back yard, it’s really difficult to beat this view. You can go out to the deck through the allseason sunroom. The fully insulated space is a great area for reading, working or having a drink while enjoying the sunshine any time of the year. Because the Curries are big on entertaining, they’ve built two picnic tables out back for when their friends come over for BBQs. They’ve also got a fire pit, perfect for gathering around. To the other side, there’s Sherry’s greenhouse and vegetable garden. “I plant all kinds of vegetables, pretty much anything we eat,” she said. On the other end of the deck, there’s a builtin hot tub adjacent to a seating area comfortable for four. Outdoor speakers are installed to play music while enjoying the outdoors alone or while entertaining guests. The glass railing around the deck is perfect, as it does not obstruct the view. Exterior glass doors by the tub take you back inside through the master suite. With the spectacular view outside, Sherry has used her favourite season as an inspiration for the master’s colour palette. “I love the fall. So many colours in this house were inspired by the comfortable warm hues of the season,” she said. The autumn tones are definitely evident all around the house. In the master bedroom, mixed shades of merlot and burgundy reds with accents of yellow throughout the room, create

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In addition to the entertainment rec area, the basement offers an enclosed granny apartment or an in-law suite. With a bedroom, living room, a full kitchen and bathroom, the space is great for long-term visitors.

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a comforting and cozy feel in their retreat. The solid oak closet doors, link the country style in the living space into their bedroom. The ensuite bathroom is quite the sanctuary. The therapeutic massage tub from Fulford’s Plumbing is hospital regulated and is almost as good as getting an actual massage, she said. And the heated floors are a great feature to have on during the colder months. The guest bedroom upstairs is decorated with much cooler colours. Hues of blue and beige in the room create an environment that’s just as calming as a spa, perfect for guests to relax at the Currie residence. Olive maple cabinets in the guest bathroom upstairs also flow quite well with the colour palette used in the room. On the same level there’s another bedroom. “It’s for our two grandkids to use when they stay for sleepovers,” said Sherry. The second floor’s foyer is a loft that overlooks the great room. Sherry furnished this space as a home library. With bookshelves on both sides and a seating area with comfy wing chairs in the middle, the area is a great quiet space for reading. “In the winter, when you can see through the trees, the view is spectacular,” she said. The openness of their home and the rich country style interiors create a chalet atmosphere all around. There’s no wonder family and friends love gathering at the Curries. “We entertain the most during the winter,” said Currie. And for that they have the perfect space in the basement. It’s a true entertainment hub great for indoor get-together during the colder months. With a pub style seating area across from the wet bar this space is perfect for entertaining. In addition to the entertainment area, the basement offers an enclosed granny apartment or an in-laws suite. With a bedroom, living room, a full kitchen and bathroom, the space is great for long-term visitors. Despite the spectacular features that this home had to offer the Curries, they’re now looking to downsize. They’ve listed their home on the market knowing that another countryloving family with love this house as a yearround home or a seasonal cottage.

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n winter, Thomas and Daphne’s 16 and 14-year-old boys can just grab their skis and go down the hill. There’s no need to waste time getting on the lift when you’re up so high already. And in the summer they enjoy mountain biking and golfing at the Monterra golf course. Initially, the Berky family always thought

they’d get a cottage right by the water. They looked at a few place at Wasaga Beach. But their boys were never really fond of the beach. They’d rather stick to their outdoor activities. A family drive near the area where they like to ski led to the discovery of the perfect location for their family cottage. | 37

TOP: The reverse layout situates the bedrooms on the main floor and provides the commonly used areas with the view. The fireplace was wrapped with stoneveneer. This added richness to the space and helped make the fireplace an interesting focal point in the room.

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The Swiss-like chalet was nothing like what it looks like now when they first toured it. It was extremely outdated, filled with bird nests and just not liveable, said Thomas. But the view and convenience of the location had them sold. That’s why they contacted James Woodcock of TDI Construction from Thornbury. They needed the right builder to help them design their weekend getaway cottage. Woodcock was able to incorporate the few ideas they shared into a complete vision. They gave him some inspiration but also the freedom to pleasantly surprise them with the outcome. “We didn’t know exactly what we wanted, but were hoping to keep it as natural and cottagey as possible,” said Daphne. And Woodcock really hit the nail on the head with this one. He gutted the entire space down to the studs. The whole design and construction took about a year. He had to make quite a few changes to make the cottage work for the Berky family. Since the view is much more unobstructed on the higher level of the house, Woodcock chose a reverse layout. The bedrooms are on the lower floor by the entrance and the living area is on the second floor. “You don’t spend as much time in your bedroom as you do in your living space so it makes sense to have the living area with the better view,” said Daphne. The cottage sits at the peak of the mountain, offering a spectacular view of Georgian Bay. The large windows are great for showing it all off. And the view-facing deck is the perfect spot to relax after a long day of outdoor activities.

Just inside from the deck, the fireplace in the living room had to be completely redone. To give a much more fresh and modern look, Woodcock wrapped the fireplace with stoneveneer. This added richness to the space and helped make the fireplace an interesting focal point in the room. Adjacent to that is the kitchen. Kept simple and rustic, the space is perfectly functional for quick and easy weekend meals. They’re always too busy having fun when they come up to the cottage. Cooking is usually very low on their list of priorities. “If it takes more than 15 minutes, we just don’t make it,” said Daphne jokingly. The white cabinets in the kitchen make the space look modern and spacious. And they’re complemented with dark brown granite countertops. The large rectangle shaped island is perfect for the family to grab a quick meal together. And the island’s wood top finish blends with the rustic feel of the area. When Woodcock constructed the rest of the space he kept this rustic rough look throughout the entire cottage. He chose unstained wood beams and steel railings for the stairs to keep the country style all around. Downstairs the two bedrooms also have a good view of the water and the hill through the mature trees. The boys’ room is large enough for a twin-or-double bunk bed ensemble. And the master bedroom holds Thomas and Daphne’s queen-size bed with two night tables. All the furniture is simple but functional with a subtle French country touch to blend with the theme of the cottage. Practicality and functionality were well thought of in this cottage. On every floor there’s a bathroom. The basement bathroom is for the boys. In there, Woodcock kept a contemporary but also very natural feel. He used dark porcelain stone tiles to give it a rustic look. “The boys love it,” said Daphne. On the level just above, there’s Thomas and Daphne’s bathroom. On the higher level beside the living room, there’s a large two-piece bathroom for all to use. “It’s really about comfort, you don’t want to be making a far trip to the bathroom after a long day of skiing,” said Daphne. Thomas’ must-have feature in the cottage was the indoor hot tub. Closed off by garagelike glass doors with a view to the backyard. It’s easy to soak in the warmth while enjoying this view to the outside.

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In addition to the spectacular views, this cottage is all about location. It’s only a few minutes to the Blue Mountains village and steps to the attractive Scenic Caves and Bruce Trail. Collingwood’s downtown area is also just a few minutes drive, so it’s also convenient for groceries and other shopping. The drive to and from the cottage is quite stunning. You get to see Georgian Bay from different heights and angles. This cottage is a perfect example of how a fixer-upper project can really pay off. “Everything was an eyesore before, now we just love relaxing here,” said Daphne. The Berky family did not let an aging cottage discourage the purchase of a property in a perfect location. Now they get to enjoy it all.

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CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE FINALLY COMES TO CANADA it’s an affair fit for Great Gatsby himself. on september 14, Georgian Bay transforms into a playground for luxury enthusiasts from across the country. over a hundred of north america’s finest restored classic cars will show at cobble Beach Golf resort as Georgian Bay becomes the newest site of the international concours d’elegance. the concours d’elegance is a tradition dating back to 17th century high-society, a celebration of extravagance that has transformed into the most admired display of antique and classic automobiles in the world.

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ProCeeDS raiSeD BY CoBBle BeaCh ConCourS D’eleganCe will go To SunnYBrooK founDaTion To funD a STaTe-of-The-arT heliPaD on The roofToP of The ToronTo hoSPiTal. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings the elite exhibition to Canada for the first time. The event is on par with the top concours from around the world including Lake Como Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Esta and Monterey California’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, events that draw thousands of spectators each year and make even the world’s most critical car enthusiasts swoon. “If ever there was a Pebble Beach of the north, this is it. Breathtaking scenery, wonderful countryside, and close to home,” says Steve Plunkett, renowned car collector, organizer of Canada’s largest car show, and special advisor to Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It’s a celebration of the North American love affair with the automobile, a showcase of over 100 pristinely restored classic automobiles. The lush fairways and windswept shoreline of the award-winning golf course will transform into a Gatsby-esque late summer lawn party. Honourary co-chair Jason Priestley joins an elite league of judges and auto-collectors in presenting this rare opportunity to view the finest examples of automotive beauty and ingenuity hand-selected from private collections across North America. Contributing to the proper preservation of automotive history, Chief Judge John Carlson who is also a permanent chief class judge of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will lead an esteemed team in evaluating the correct preservation, restoration, and standards of presentation of each exhibit. Models dating back to 1903 will compete in 16 categories for the prestigious titles of Best in Class and ultimately Best in Show. Competitors include 103-year-old long-time car collector and restorer Margaret Dunning from Plymouth, Massachusetts with her trademark 1930 Packard 740 roadster, a rare appearance from the famous 1949 Cadillac concept Coupe de Ville, four Rolls-Royces from the 1930s and the 1934 Pierce Arrow, awarded Best in Show at Pebble Beach, winning 100 points After 30 years outside the country, the

Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance also marks the homecoming of the 1978 Ferrari 312T3 F1 that won Gilles Villeneuve his first Formula One Grand Prix. Proceeds raised by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will go to Sunnybrook Foundation to fund a state-of-the-art helipad on the rooftop of the Toronto hospital. About 500 of the 1,000 patients who are treated for life-threatening traumas at the hospital each year arrive by helicopter. At present, the hospital’s helipad is located 500 metres from the trauma room and transferring patients from the helicopter to the trauma room results in lost time in situations when every second counts. “I am pleased to be involved in bringing a car event of this stature to Canada. The Sunnybrook helipad is an important cause, and one that is very close to my heart,” says Jason Priestley. Cobble Beach Links and Resort is nestled in the Bruce Peninsula on 1.6 km of private shoreline with unparalleled views of the Georgian Bluffs. A 260-foot dock can accommodate yachts up to 120 feet, making Cobble Beach the perfect daytrip destination for Georgian Bay boaters. Guests of the Cobble Beach inn and residences enjoy gourmet dining at the award-winning Sweetwater Restaurant and first-rate treatments at the five-star Vichy Spa. Residences at Cobble Beach are available for purchase and offer yearround activity for the entire family. Tickets for this perfect late summer day on the lake are $25 with VIP packages available starting at $250. For more information on the Concours d’Elegance visit: For more on Cobble Beach Links and Resort, including information on Cobble Beach Real Estate, visit: Photo Credit for Jason Priestley photo: Paul Alexander, Stylist Talia Brown wardrobe provided by Harry Rosen and Ermenegildo Zegna. | 43

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loCal farm marKeTS Share favouriTe harveST reCiPeS. The harvest season is in full swing and with plenty of local food to enjoy, it’s the perfect time to explore farm markets. with that in mind, we toured four nearby farms and asked growers to share their favourite fall recipes. along with mouthwatering culinary submissions, the farmers interviewed offered up delicious details on their markets including the latest news on seasonal events, interesting crops and tips on enjoying this season’s bounty. Farm fresh goodness is on offer at Barrie Hill Farms. “We are southern Ontario’s leading farm destination for excellent berry picking, farm fresh food, and fun family outings,” says Morris Gervais of Barrie Hill Farms. Along with picking fields loaded with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkins and more -- Barrie Hill Farms showcases a 3,600-square-foot farm market. You can enjoy fresh country air and peaceful scenery while shopping for seasonal berries, fresh local produce, homemade pies (fresh or frozen), maple syrup and various field crops. “We also grow our own tomatoes, cantaloupes, melons, peppers, flowers, squash and pumpkins, to name a few,” says the local farmer, whose family has been operating the farm for the past 40 years. But the crop Gervais is most excited about is his patch of pink pumpkins. “It’s a new crop for us, so I’m really hoping it will be a success,” says the farmer enthusiastically. A portion of each pink pumpkin sold will go di Once considered a summer treat, raspberries are now available during fall months. This easy dessert, courtesy of morris gervais of barrie hill Farms, makes great use of the autumn crop harvested at his farm.

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PreParation: 1.

toPPing: 1 cup all-purpose flour


1 cup large-flake rolled oats 1/2 cup butter (melted) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Filling: 4 cups raspberries - fresh, barrie hill Farms 3/4 cup, plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp lemon juice


Preheat oven to 375F. grease a 2l baking dish with butter. Topping: in a small bowl, combine flour, oats, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir together until crumbly. Set aside. Filling: in a medium bowl, stir together raspberries, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Pour into a greased baking dish. Spread topping evenly over berry mixture. bake for 35 to 40 minutes, uncovered, or until fruit is bubbly and top is golden brown. if desired, serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Serves four to six. | 47

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This recipe is sure to please. “it’s one of my personal favourites,” says ward.

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Local food lovers are in for a treat at Fernwood Farms and Market, especially during harvest season. Fernwood FarmS & marKet “We are famous for our pumpkin pyramid,” 7865 hwy 26, Stayner (open daily admits Krista Ward who owns and operates the may until christmas) Stayner-area 110 acre farm and farm market 705-428-3171 with business partner Kevin Ward. “It’s so cool to see over 600 pumpkins light up the night sky!” Beyond pumpkins, the red-roofed farm market proudly carries 90 per cent local, Ontario and Canadian products. Shelves are lined with harvest fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bakery items (including gluten-free choices), meats, local milk, ice cream, preserves and a variety of gourmet and giftware items. “We even sell honey from our hives,” says the local farmer. “Visitors also love our old style donuts that we make in the store on weekends, and our famous ‘pie baked in a bag.’” During the growing season, the farm also offers U-pick crops of strawberries, multi-coloured raspberries, blueberries, currents, blackberries and pumpkins (call ahead for picking times and dates). The market also carries a wide variety of Georgian Bay apples from local growers. This year’s pumpkin pyramid lighting is Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Night wagon rides to the corn maze and Pumpkinland to follow the pyramid lighting. Pumpkinland features wagon rides, a corn maze, games, mini putt, pumpkin hunt, pick your-own-pumpkins, play area and animals. It’s open October weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Scrape down the bowl and mix again. Add

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan

the eggs, one at a time, beating well after

with foil, leaving a two-inch overhang on two

each. After beating in the last egg, scrape

sides. Spray with cooking spray.

down the sides and bottom of the bowl and

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beat one more time, to make sure the mixture

processor and process until finely ground.

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Pour into a large bowl, add the melted butter,

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5. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the

are moistened. Place the cookie-crumb

baked cookie crust, smooth the top with the

mixture in the lined pan and, using your

spatula and bake for 40 minutes, until the

fingers, press the mixture firmly and evenly

filling is set around the edges but still slightly

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wobbly in the center when you gently shake

3. bake 10 minutes, then remove to a wire

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make the filling. Snap the remaining Oreos in

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half, put them in the food processor, and turn

until well chilled, at least three hours or

on and off quickly a few times, just until the cookies are roughly chopped (set aside).

overnight. 6. To cut, use the foil overhang to lift the

4. For the filling: in a large bowl, using an

cheesecake out of the pan and place on a

electric mixer on medium speed, beat the

large cutting board. use a sharp chef’s knife

cream cheese and sugar until well blended,

to cut the cheesecake into bars, rinsing off

about two minutes. Scrape down the sides

the knife with hot water and wiping it dry

and bottom of the bowl with a flexible

between each cut. Keep refrigerated until

spatula and beat again until uniform. beat in

ready to serve. Serves 10 to 12 people.

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garrett’S Farm marKet and greenhouSeS 824 Penetanguishene rd, barrie (open may to october) (705)721-1800

Gardeners and local food lovers can’t miss a visit to Garrett’s. Owned and operated for 33 years by the Garrett family, the country market sells a wide range of farm-fresh wholesome foods, including fruits and vegetables, organics, fresh baking, specialty cheese, eggs, jams and more. Four greenhouses showcase the latest in flowering, veggie and perennial delights. Garrett’s also sells at the Barrie Farmers‘ Market every Saturday morning (May to October). Owner Jeanette Garrett says she’s particularly fond of the harvest season. “I love the smell

of the apples and the colours of freshly picked vegetables — the reds, the oranges and the greens.” The local farmer is also sweet on fall weather. “There is less humidity and the mornings are fresh and cooler. It’s like an envelope of closure to the hot summer months that we’ve worked through.” With respect to managing the bounty of the harvest, Garrett advises leaving some canning until the winter months. “If you don’t have time to make jams and jellies during the growing season, just freeze the fruit and make your jam on a cold snowy wintery day in January. It warms up the kitchen and the wonderful smell of the jam cooking will remind you of summer.”

“it’s a family favourite, and i get wonderful compliments every time i serve these muffins,” says the local green thumb. “The recipe is time consuming, but the results are well worth it,” says garrett, who recommends doubling the recipes because these muffins freeze well.

appLE pIE mUFFINS toPPing

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 6 Tbsps all-purpose flour 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 tsp cinnamon

BattEr mIX A 1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1 large egg mIX b 1 cup buttermilk (substitute 3/4 cup milk mixed with 1/4 cup lemon juice) 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla Flour miXture 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups peeled, diced apples 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans (optional)

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prEparatIoN: topping: preheat oven to 325F. grease and flour muffin tins (or use muffin cups). in a small bowl, combine topping ingredients (brown sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon) and mix until crumbly; set aside. batter: (miX a) in a separate medium bowl mix together brown sugar, oil and egg; set aside. (miX b) in separate medium bowl mix together buttermilk, baking soda, salt and vanilla. blend flour into miX a alternatively with miX b; stir until just combined. Fold in apples and pecans. Divide the batter among the muffin tins until three-quarters full; spoon on topping mixture. bake for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. makes 15.

Farm fresh goodness is on offer at Barrie Hill Farms. “We are southern Ontario’s leading farm destination for excellent berry picking, farm fresh food, and fun family outings,” says Morris Gervais of Barrie Hill Farms. Along with picking fields loaded with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkins and more -- Barrie Hill Farms showcases a 3,600-square-foot farm market. You can enjoy fresh country air and peaceful scenery while shopping for seasonal berries,

fresh local produce, homemade pies (fresh or frozen), maple syrup and various field crops. “We also grow our own tomatoes, cantaloupes, melons, peppers, flowers, squash and pumpkins, to name a few,” says the local farmer, whose family has been operating the farm for the past 40 years. But the crop Gervais is most excited about is his patch of pink pumpkins. “It’s a new crop for us, so I’m really hoping it will be a success,” says the farmer enthusiastically. A portion of each pink pumpkin sold will go directly to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, an organization created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Farm visitors can also look forward to exciting new products and crops, including frozen Barrie Hill Farms berries, hardy Ontario kiwis, fall raspberries and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. The local farmer is also considering growing apples. “One of the wonderful things about living in southern Ontario is having access to such a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables,” explains Gervais.

hewitt’S Farm marKet and baKery 3331 townline rd., coldwater (farm market and bakery open Feb. 1 - Dec. 24, produce and corn stands open mid-July to labour day) (705)325-3000

This flavourful recipe is courtesy of Trevor hewitt of hewitt’s farm market and Bakery. “This versatile relish is easy to make and very popular with our customers,” says hewitt.

aUtUmN rELISH 6 cups chopped, peeled and seeded cucumbers 2 cups chopped onions 1 cup chopped red peppers 1 cup chopped green pepper 1/4 cup pickling salt 3 cups sugar 2 Tbsps dry mustard 1/2 tsp celery seed 1/2 tsp mustard seed 1/2 tsp tumeric 2 cups white vinegar

PreParation: in a large bowl, combine cucumbers, onions, peppers and salt. Let sit overnight. Drain the mixture and place in a large heavy bottomed pot. Add sugar, dry mustard, celery seed, mustard seed, tumeric and vinegar; mix together until combined. bring to a boil, stirring until thickened and sugar is dissolved. if mixture seems too runny, you can thicken with cornstarch. Pack into clean hot jars (sterilize according to manufacturers instructions) leaving 1/2inch head space. makes about four to five (500ml) jars.

During the farming season, folks don’t have to drive far before coming across a Hewitt’s Sweet Corn produce and baking stand. “Along with our main farm market and scratch bakery, we have over 13 retail stand locations,” says Trevor Hewitt, whose family has been operating Hewitt’s Farm in Coldwater for nearly 40 years. “It started with one stand, and just kind of grew from there.” Along with garden fresh Ontario produce, freshly baked pies, cookies, breads, local honey, maple syrup, homemade jams and preserves — Hewitt’s Farm Market and stands offer up Hewitt’s famous sweet corn and signature butter tarts. “Our goal is to provide convenient access to farm fresh produce and baking,” Hewitt explains. Located right at Hewitt’s farm, the main market and on-site scratch bakery (open most of the year) offers an expanded selection of locally sourced grocery, produce, meat, bakery and dairy items. The seasonal stands are as far south as Barrie, as far north as Bracebridge, west to Midland and east to Orillia. According to Hewitt, the first farm stand started with his dad’s sweet corn and his mother’s butter tarts. “It’s my grandmother’s butter tart recipe,” he explains. “My mother tweaked it a bit and we have run with it ever since.” What’s new for this fall? “Along with offering up more jams and preserves, we are showcasing more harvest activities at the farm,” explains Hewitt. Starting the first weekend in October, Hewitt’s Farm Market and Bakery will feature a corn maze, play area, pick-your-own pumpkin patch and farm animals. | 51


“Warm Spot” Warm Spot is one of Ona Alisauskas’ favourite paintings. She painted it at Shale Beach in Craigleith of her nephew, Cooper. This was one of her first water paintings from the Collingwood area. This piece was selected for the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours Diploma Collection in 2008, and now resides at the Peel Art Gallery in Brampton. Contributed photos


LEGACY FROM MEMORIES “You have been suffering to see your youth pass away like a puff of smoke; but if it grows again, and comes to life in what you make, nothing has been lost, and the power to work is another youth.” Vincent Van Gogh

These words by renowned painter, Van Gogh, have inspired one local artist to paint cherished memories and in doing so, re-live her youth. “There’s a sense of power when you’re painting,” said Ona Alisauskas, a Collingwood artist. Alisauskas immerses herself in her works, intent on capturing experience and painting her most favourite things. She paints a moment in her own life or in the life of someone close to her, and in doing so, she relives it – every spot of sunshine on the choppy water of Georgian bay, every dried orange leaf along the path at the family cottage. Each colour she mixes is for the memory, so it can be re-lived even when she is gone. These memories carefully captured on canvas are her legacy. “I paint for posterity,” said Alisauskas. “I have 52 | GoodLife Georgian Bay | Fall 2013

a sense of the continuum of art and my little place in it. When I go, my paintings will live on.” But she has more than the distant future in mind when she paints. “My main motivation is re-living the experience,” said Alisauskas. “Making that experience from a memory or a reality.” Alisauskas will often paint people into her art in order to make that experience one that is easily shared. “I like to incorporate a body in my work ... I’ve always liked people,” said Alisauskas. “I put myself in that place.” She paints landscapes like Blue Mountain and waterscapes like the shale beaches of Craigleith. She brings photographs of the scenes and

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Portrait of her son: This portrait painted by Ona Alisauskas of her son, Adam, is one of the few oil paintings she has done. The story behind this painting begins with English painter George Dawe (1781 - 1829) who was commissioned by the Russian Emperor, Alexander I, to paint portraits of all the Russian Generals who participated in the defeat of Napoleon. Dawe painted 329 portraits, which are now in the military gallery of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. This portrait is actually the head of Adam, her son, on the body of Andrey I. Gorchakov.

things she loves to her studio and paints from those. “You lose yourself in your work,” she said. “It’s like videogames. Everything else goes away. I’m painting things that are intensely personal, including my own family. It’s a personal experience.” Alisauskas always did well in art class, from childhood to elementary school and high school. Her Grade 13 art teacher encouraged her to attend Ontario College of Art, Drawing and Painting, where Alisauskas tried everything she could – oil, acrylic, watercolour, and three-dimensional sculpting. She completed her assignments in many styles from abstract expressionism to realism. But she enjoyed the challenge of realistic painting, and has stuck with that style through her career. “If I had my druthers, (clay sculptures) is what I would be working in,” said Alisauskas. But she liked the practicality of painting with watercolours – they are mobile, tidy and the canvases are portable. She does, however, paint with a three-dimensional feel, giving the illusion of depth in her pieces.

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Rocky Shore: This piece, Rocky Shore I, was exhibited at the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours 85th anniversary juried exhibition in 2010. It was subsequently selected for the Government of Ontario Art Collection at the archives of Ontario in 2012.

Alisauskas maintained a varied career first as staff artist at the Mississauga library, then as a designer in the research and development department at Sheridan College. She later earned her teaching degree and became a high school art teacher, then an instructor at Humber College in web production. She’s an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Now retired and living in Collingwood, she draws inspiration from the escarpment and Georgian Bay. “I love the water, it’s one of my big motifs,” she said. “I’m a beach bum in the summertime.” Alisauskas, originally from Mississauga, has been visiting Blue Mountain since childhood. Her father built a chalet at the base of Apple Bowl in the 1960s, and she made it her goal to retire to the area. In 2001, she did retire and move to a cottage on Georgian Bay, and later a home in Collingwood. She still enjoys skiing and doesn’t often paint in the summer because she’s always at the beach. For more about Alisauskas or her work, visit www.



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september Aug. 28 - Sept. 22 An Intimate Distance

Featuring Peter Harris and Barry Smylie in the Guest Artist Series at The Arts Centre, 163 Hurontario St., Collingwood. Opening Reception and Artist Talk - September 7, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Two different generations of painters.

Sept. 25 to Oct. 27 21st Annual Juried Photo Show The Arts Centre, 163 Hurontario St., Collingwood


Opening Reception and Awards – Sept. 29 Annual juried photography show for adults and students. Categories for submission are: Street Photography, What Water Means to Me, Photography on the Edge, On-Line Category iphotography (mobile).

Sept. 18 – Sept. 28 Same Time Next Year

Presented by Theatre Collingwood Theatre Collingwood. This play is one of the most popular romantic comedies of the century. For tickets and more information: (705) 445-2200 or visit or the Box Office at Studio 7, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood.

october Oct. 7 “The Wexford” and “Black Sunday, Nov. 9,

1913” an account of disaster and loss on the Great Lakes, with author and historian Paul Carroll. Collingwood and District Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Leisure Time Club, Minnesota St., Collingwood. Admission is CDHS membership or $3.00

Oct. 12 – Oct. 14 Harvest of the Arts Throughout Downtown Collingwood

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest at the last Farmers Market of the Season. For more information, call 705-445-5595, or check out

Saturday, Oct. 19 The Sweetest Sounds Presented by Theatre Collingwood

A century of song takes audiences on a journey through the last hundred years of musical theatre. For tickets and more information, (705) 445-2200, or the Box Office at Studio 7, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood.

Oct. 26 Black Harvest Throughout Downtown Collingwood


Face painting, children’s activity centres, children’s costume contest, and treats for all the little goblins.



For a full lineup of performances on the main stage at Stonebridge and around town visit

Nov. 4

“War Time Experiences” personal accounts with Don Wilcox and members of Collingwood’s Royal Canadian Legion. Collingwood and District Historical Society meets at 7 pm at the Leisure Time Club, Minnesota St., Collingwood. Admission is CDHS membership or $3.00

Saturday, Nov. 13-16 The Little Prince Presented by Theatre Collingwood

A child and family friendly play from Lisa DentCoutier, The Little Prince is a captivating tale that appeals to the child in all of us. For tickets and more information: (705) 4452200 or visit or the Box Office at Studio 7, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood.

Sept. 13-15 Wasaga Beach Blues

Sept. 20-22 Great Northern Exhibition and Midway at the fairgrounds.

OCTOBER Oct. 4-6 Creemore Festival of the Arts

presented by the Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society Including performances by Jason Collett at the Avening Community Centre Oct. 4 and 5. Visit for details.

The Blue Mountains

september Centurion Cycling Canada Sept. 13-15 Blue Mountain Village

It’s North America’s most exciting cycling event open to all! Racers Race, Riders Ride. And everyone has fun in the 25, 50 or gruelling 100 mile races. New this year Pedal for Pink, a 25 mile women’s-only ride to cure breast cancer.

Sears Great Canadian Run Sept. 21 Blue Mountain Village

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You can now be a part of the little black book for the littleeveryone luxuries in life, is talking about Relay to End Kids Cancer from Toronto to the Blueextras you need to treat yourself on, Mountain. Solo runners and teams of up to the20quality experts thoughout our region, people unite for an exciting, challenging and heartwarming experience. unique, wonderful finds, Fall Colours Touring hidden treasures, and best kept secrets Sept. 28-29 It’s country road and river touring time. Enjoy People to know, places to go, local wine and cider tasting, guided hiking, the this is things to try, taste or buy! Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Craft Show, and unique Apple Pie Trail adventures.

Georgian Bay’s 12th Opera at the Marsh. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited to 150, so fans are advised to order in advance from www. or in person from Riverside Graphics, Matilda Swanson Gallery and the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg; or by calling 519 599 3345, Linda Wykes 519-599-3345

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Opera at The Marsh Sunday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Marsh Street Centre, Clarksburg


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The newest half marathon winds its way through the historic harbour town of Collingwood and the open countryside with spectacular views of the Niagara Escarpment. In support of Collingwood G & M Hospital Foundation.




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BVO Treasure Shop presents Market Day at the Beaver Valley Community Centre, Thanksgiving Saturday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 519-599-2577 or visit www.bvo.

Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival Oct. 12-14

Meaford Hall - Andrew Gawley: The Man with Steel Hands Community Theatre Sept. 26 to 28, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2 p.m.

Set to the stage, this is a heartwarming story of one of Grey/Bruce’s most amazing citizens. Presented by Meaford Community Theatre. Tickets are $15 adults and $5 students.

There’s no better way to spend Thanksgiving Weekend than surrounded by the fall colours of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy free activities including live music, all things apple, buskers, hiking, biking, and fall driving tours throughout Clarksburg, Thornbury and Blue Mountain Village. Top 100 Ontario Event.

Rocklyn Fall Fair Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 10:30p.m. Rocklyn Arena

Studio Tour of the Arts Saturday, Oct. 12 to Monday, Oct.14

2nd Annual Distinctive Homes Tour Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by the Meaford Grannies

Enjoy a free self-guided studio tour 11-5 daily. View demonstrations and chat with our talented artists in Kimberley, Thornbury, Craigleith and Clarksburg. Follow the red and white signs.

Little Shop Of Horrors Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

Marsh Street Centre, Clarksburg Come and join us at the Marsh Street Centre for a night of Hallowen fun for the whole family. 519-599-7837,

NOVEMBER Shri Fest Nov. 1-3

A 3-day celebration of yoga life with noted yoga teachers Deb Neubauer and J-P TamblynSaboo. See musicians and artists unite in tranquility! Whether you’re an avid yogi or just getting started this is your event.

Jolly Holly Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. St. George’s Anglican Church, Clarksburg

A great place to pick up scrumptious home baking for Christmas. Admission is free with a delightful light lunch optionally available. 519-599-3047


SEPTEMBER Rocklyn Fall Fair Concert Saturday, Sept. 14

Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Concert starts at 7 p.m. Dance to follow the concert. Rocklyn Arena. Contact: Jaci Shaw 519-375-1779

Meaford Hall - 1969 Revisited Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Take a trip back to the garden to Woodstock era with 1969 Revisited. Seven world-class musicians have put together a show that will have your audience wanting more. Tickets are just $25. 56 | GoodLife Georgian Bay | Fall 2013

Featuring 4-H shows, exhibits, baby & toddler show, children’s tractor pulls, men’s baking and many other events. Jaci Shaw 519-375-1779

All proceeds donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign which supports Grandmothers in 12 African nations who are raising orphaned grandchildren. Tickets are $20 which includes light lunch at Christ Church, Anglican, Meaford.

OCTOBER Changing Colours Meaford Oct. 1 to Nov. 3 Meaford Hall Galleries

This annual art show and sale is presented by the Meaford Creative Arts Association - a wonderful representation of many area artists.

Meaford Hall - Pure Illusion Show Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

Tickets are $32 adults and $16 kids. High-energy magical adventure that combines grand illusion with interactive comedy magic. The show is suitable for both adult and family audiences.

17th Annual Scarecrow Invasion Parade & Family Festival Friday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown Meaford & Harbour Pavilion

Parade & Family Festival starting on Friday night with Pre-Parade entertainment at 5 p.m. on Sykes St. The parade starts downtown at 6 p.m. followed by the Scotiabank Family Festival from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Harbour. Enjoy scarecrows, bands, floats, cars, motorcycles, fire trucks and much more! Meaford Chamber of Commerce 519-538-1640 or 1-888-MEAFORD

30th Annual Apple Harvest Craft Show Oct. 5 to 6 Meaford Arena & Curling Club Featuring over 200 vendors. Admission $5, Children under 12 $1. Kay Freeborn 519-538-1628

Woodford Community Centre Annual Turkey BBQ Saturday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Woodford Community Centre

Please reserve your tickets in advance! Adults $14, Children 10 & under $7. Enjoy slow cooked turkey and all the trimmings! Plus homemade pies! Holly Cottage Bed and Breakfast 519-376-8246

Meaford Hall Treasa Levasseur 2013 Blues Series Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.

Blending old school R&B grooves with a songwriting ethic that comes from years of playing, Tickets are $30.

Fall Fashion Show Thursday, Oct. 10 Meaford United Church

Fundraiser for Meaford Hospital Auxiliary Phone: 519-538-4927

Meaford Hall- Martha Wainwright Alternative/Rock/Pop Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

With a hugely expressive voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha is a beguiling entertainer and a refreshingly different, new force in music. Tickets $38.

Meaford Hall - Beautiful Joe Play Professional Live Theatre Oct. 23 to 25, 7:30 p.m.

A play with a decidedly clear, passionate message- but above all, it is a moving, funny, heart-warming tale for the whole family. Joe Heritage Society.


Songs of Georgian Bay Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. Leith Church

Join Kevin Moyse, local singer songwriter, as he shares the shipping triumphs and disasters of Georgian Bay’s legendary ships through song, narration, and archival images. 519-371-5308,

Bognor Annual Fish Fry Saturday, Oct. 26 Bognor Community Centre 519-376-0919

Dragons’ Den Meaford Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7:30p.m. Meaford Hall

This local business initiative is open to existing and expanding businesses in Meaford and has contributed over $120,000 to our local economy since 2009. Winner of the EDCO Award in 2010. Visit the Meaford Chamber of Commerce website for exciting details on the show or to apply to be a contestant.

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Craft Sale Friday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity United Church, Annan

A very unique group called “The U.F.O.” is hosting a craft sale with a large variety of items from wool socks, to quilts, to preserves & baked goods. Diane McLean 519-376-0648

Wingfield’s Inferno Live Theatre Thursday, Nov. 21, 8p.m.

A devastating fire at the Orange Hall in Larkspur leaves it a smouldering ruin. Walt Wingfield leads the charge to get it rebuilt, but lighting a fire under his fellow committee members proves a daunting task. Is it courage they lack or is the devil in the details? Tickets are $32.

24th Annual Meaford B.I.A. Window Unveiling Saturday, Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m. Downtown Meaford

Browse in the shops, share in goodwill and catch the spirit with family and friends! Contact: Heather Handy Phone: 519-538-0938.

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Wine is meant to go with food. the best matchups become classics because they consistently sing together. this kind of harmony can make dining a sublime experience.




by gorDon STimmell



rarely, a nirvana moment happen. When it does, not only does the food go with the wine, but both achieve a higher fusion on your palate, transcending all the elements.

here are seven of my absolute favourite marriages of cuisine and fine wine.

1/ Oysters Rockefeller and New Zealand sauvignon blanc. The fresh shucked oysters are topped with a mix of bread crumbs, spinach and bacon bits, put on a bed or coarse salt and broiled until brown. A NZ sauvignon has green elements like gooseberry to fuse with the spinach, and a spicy saltiness to enhance the oysters. The bacon? Who knows? Best choices are Cloudy Bay S.B. or any from Kim Crawford for the best hedonistic fusion. 2/ Sauternes from France with pan seared foie gras. I gently put some grape halves into the reduction at the last moment or have a wild berry reduction on the side. Sauternes is a region in Bordeaux with very sweet whites where the grape sugar is intensified by noble rot. Often Barsac, a tiny region within Sauternes, has less pricey versions. The LCBO never has enough Sauternes on shelves but an Ontario late harvest, such as Henry of Pelham Late Harvest Vidal, works amazingly well too.

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3/ Freshwater fish with Ontario Rieslings. In summer I live in a boat and catch trophy smallmouth bass. Every few days my wife demands a fish dinner, and I go out and bring two or three back, usually 12 to 15 inches long (I release the monsters) and after I fillet them, she dips the bass in egg washed breadcrumbs and pan fries them. Dozens of Niagara Rieslings are first class now. Try Tawse Sketches of Niagara Riesling which gloves with the lemon wedges and flaky fresh caught bass. Pickerel is a fab species too! 4/ Lamb with Spanish tempranillo. The Rioja region is the top producer of tempranillo and the best are amazing. Usually aged mostly in American oak, the classic aromas show lots of mint, coconut, sandalwood incense, and sumptuous black cherry elegance. So mint is the food bridge, whether you prefer mint jelly, or piquant mint sauce. Want to create something sublime? Get a crown of lamb, and use fresh mint leaves (one tiny leaf variety tastes like mint chocolate) to infuse the stuffing, which goes into the middle of the crown. The fusion of the Rioja red with the mint touches is astoundingly delicious. 5/ Pan seared scallops with Aligoté. Around 90 per cent of great white Burgundies are chardonnay cloaked by village names. The region also makes aligoté, and mostly keep it for themselves. Why undersell $140 whites? Fortunately Paul Bosc of Chateau des Charmes pioneered in bringing in aligoté cuttings and growing it in Niagara. Try this with scallops (make sure you do not overcook the scallops, they are not supposed to bounce like rubber), it cuts cleanly through the richness and cleanses the palate. Another unknown Burgundy white, Melon, is grown by Norm Hardie in Prince Edward County. It too is killer. 6/ Asian cuisine with gewürztraminer. This grape is intensely floral, reminiscent of rose petals, violets, honeysuckle, lychee nuts, and tangerine blossoms. It finds its perfect mate with Chinese and Thai dishes, including orange or lemon chicken, pad thai and many more. My favourite fusion is Thai duck curry in coconut milk that also has lychees floating in it. For great Alsatian sweet edge gewurz, look to Alsace, but Niagara also produces a few of these spicy fragrant whites too, usually in a drier, less viscous style. Fielding 2010 Gewurztraminer is a very nice local choice. 7/ Chocolate dipped strawberries with red Ontario icewines. Yes, a raft of Ontario producers make icewines from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot grapes. If you make a semi sweet chocolate glaze and dip fresh Ontario strawberries in it, serving a half bottle of one of these red icewines is a transcendent taste explosion on your palate. Inniskillin 2012 Cabernet Franc Icewine is very elegant. A grand summer dessert pairing.

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As a travel editor i love every aspect of travelling. From the moment a trip first comes together to the moment i am back home after a long adventure, i love all of it. some people won’t believe me, but preparing for an adventure is one of my favourite parts. each trip is unique and requires a different amount of preparation and planning. early this year i was offered the experience of a lifetime; a ten day expedition to Antarctica aboard the Antarctic Dream. needless to say i jumped at the opportunity.

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I have visited six continents; Antarctica would be my seventh and final continent. After committing to the expedition I began researching, an important step in order to know what to expect and what to pack. The first item on my agenda was to research the ship. I had heard that the Antarctic Dream was an incredible ship, but knowing what I do about the sometimes-harrowing seas of the Drake Passage, I decided to investigate a little further, just to be sure. No one wants to go to Antarctica without feeling safe. I discovered that the Antarctic Dream was built in Holland in 1961 for the Chilean navy. Her original name was Piloto Pardo, named after the officer who sailed with his ship Yelcho with Shackleton on board to Elephant Island to rescue Shackleton’s men who had been there for 4.5 months. When the Yelcho was decommissioned, the Piloto Pardo replaced her, servicing as a logistics ship to the Chilean stations. Five years ago the present Chilean owners bought the ship and refurbished her as a passenger ship for the polar regions. She takes a maximum of 84 passengers, 5 expedition staff, 13 hotel staff and 20 nautical crew members. At 81 metres long and 12 metres wide, she has a draft of 4.6 metres. The next step was to figure out what to pack. Even after all of my travels I still always manage to over pack, this trip was no different. A trip to Antarctica is no ordinary trip, it requires preparation for the unexpected; warm clothes for those frigid days and lighter ones for in between. Through my research I discovered the Canada Goose Expedition Parka, and I am thankful I did. The Expedition Parka was first developed in none other than Antarctica and has been used by scientists there for over 20 years. Designed to withstand the most frigid of temperatures, the Expedition Parka is durable, well insulated and surprisingly light weight. The Expedition Parka

also boasts a multitude of external pockets, ideal for day trips. The ship will supply jackets, but if you want to ensure comfort and warmth I would highly recommend Canada Goose. The next thing I needed was a good camera man. Although I do all of my own photography, this particular trip called for someone who knew their way around a video camera. I called my old friend Bill Maycock from Bermuda. Not only would Bill be a great cameraman but he would also appreciate a trip like this. After weeks of preparation the trip was finally upon us. From Toronto we flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina. After three days in Argentina we caught the flight to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, where we spent the night in a hotel, got up early the following morning and boarded the ship. One of the first things I do when I board a ship is look around to see who else is on board. I always find the demographics interesting. On this specific trip I was surprised to find so many women, I had mistakenly and perhaps being slightly “old fashioned” assumed it was a more masculine adventure. As I have mentioned in previous articles, I have been sailing for over 40 years and have heard numerous stories about what it is like to cross the Drake Passage. On any given day the Drake Passage can go from calm seas to huge swells. I knew once we got across we would be in another world and that it would be worth it. The Drake Passage definitely lived up to its reputation. The two day passage was

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made that much more comfortable by the fantastic staff aboard the Antarctic Dream. On our third day at sea we finally reached the South Shetland Islands and the beginning of our passage through the Nelson Straight. Almost immediately we found ourselves surrounded by humpback whales. The clear, almost calm conditions provided ideal viewing from the bow. The ship slowed to a snail’s pace and everyone, including our Captain, had an opportunity for a photo. Our next destination was the Aitcho Islands Group and Deception Island. We boarded the zodiacs and were soon standing on solid ground. It was an amazing feeling to know that I was one of only a small number of people who had ever stood at this spot. When you set foot on Antarctica, it is an amazing feeling. My mind was thinking of what it would have been like for Shackleton. Compared to my first class adventure, what was he thinking when he first stepped onto solid ground, was he having similar thoughts? The Aitcho Islands, are a dramatic mix of snow and moss covered cliffs, often dotted with penguins at their nests. We spent the next few hours exploring the nearby shores, being careful not to disturb penguins and seals. The penguins were breathtaking, crowding the shore in the thousands; it was hard to stop myself from picking one up for a quick cuddle. When our time was up we headed back to the zodiacs and it was off to our next destination, Deception Island. Many passengers braved the chill of the deck in order to watch our progress through Neptune’s Bellows and into Whalers Bay. As we departed the ship I couldn’t help but

think that the rugged and often extreme landscape is defined by its stark contrasts. Deception Island is volcanic, resulting in black beaches offset by blindingly white glaciers. The view was absolutely breathtaking. The remains of old whaling stations and wooden boat frames just add to the history and intrigue that is Antartica. For the wildlife enthusiasts, Antarctica is a prime location to view all sorts of rare and exotic species. In addition to the humpback whales, we were lucky enough to see killer whales, chin-strap penguins, gentoo penguins, fur seals, leopard seals and a variety of albatross species. For those who enjoy dramatic scenery there is nothing to match the colour, light and sheer power of ice fields filled with the abstract forms of icebergs. For myself the combination of wildlife and scenery made an unforgettable memory. After an amazing and fulfilling adventure it was back to Argentina and then onto Toronto. My experience aboard the Antarctic Dream fulfilled a lifelong goal and was the experience of a lifetime. The expedition group and crew were amazing and sharing the experience with my good friend Bill made it that much more remarkable. If I learnt one thing on this trip it was that no matter how prepared you are, some experiences are just that much better because they are unanticipated. I think this trip taught me to remember to leave a little room in my suitcase for the unexpected. For more information on the Antarctic: www. For more information on Canada Goose:

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