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G R A N D B E N D ’S L I F E S T Y L E

Vol. 1, No. 5



July 4-17, 2007


HIT THE BEACH! Lola Campanaro shows off her swim style during her first ever visit to Grand Bend

Hit the links Our guide to local golf courses - p. 6-9

Hit the stage A sure-fire comedy (p. 2) and edgy street theatre (p. 11-12)

Hit the water Parkhill launches cardboard boat race - p. 5 Recipes p.  - Mom’s advice p.  - How to approach a new golf course p.  - Nature’s unappreciated waste manager p. 

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To Do List

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To Do: July 4 to 17 WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

 a.m. -  p.m. Gill St. Parking Lot, Grand Bend Grand Bend Farmers’ Market  a.m. -  p.m. Grand Bend Youth Centre Dude Ranch Trip

2007 Bayfield Tour of Homes. Admission: T HURSDAY, JULY 12 $20. Contact Patricia Carrier (519) 565-2835 Grand Bend Youth Centre or Laurien Trowell, (519) 565-5539 Skateboard Camp. Bring your equipment or use ours. Wednesday is Mucky Madness - p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Day! Call (519) 238-1155. Live music with Ben Shane and Bobby K Bikini Bob’s Live Music with Whiskey Nose Gables Live Music with Ocean Oakwood Inn Pub Live Music with Brian Dale



 a.m. -  p.m. - Proof Line, Forest Grand Bend Youth Centre Forest Lakeside Flyers Model Airplane Welcome Week - Meet the summer leaders, check out the new equipment. Come Show with us to the Dude Ranch for a trail ride, Forest Fairgrounds hay rides and more. Call (519) 238-1155. Fo r e s t F i r e m e n a n d Fa i r B o a r d Demolition Derby FRIDAY, JULY 6  a.m. -  p.m. - Forest Pinery Park Forest Farmers Market Family Fishing Weekend: Fish licencefree during this three day period. For more Pinery Park Family Fishing Weekend: Fish licence- information, please call (519) 243-8574. free during this three day period. For more MONDAY, JULY 9 information, please call (519) 243-8574.  a.m. Utter Ball Park, Arkona - p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Summer Program Registration (6 week Meat Draw program) Bikini Bob’s - p.m. - Parkhill Leisure Club Live Music with Whiskey Nose VON Foot Care Clinic. Appointments needed - 1-800-561-1555 Gables Live Music with Ocean Oakwood Inn Pub Live Music with Brian Dale


 Ipperwash Road Centre Ipper wash Association Yard Sale


Grand Bend Youth Centre Skateboard Camp. Bring your equipment or use ours. Wednesday is Mucky Madness Day! Call (519) 238-1155.


 a.m. -  p.m. - Forest Forest Farmers Market

Bayview Golf Course, Grand Bend Bikini Bob’s 3rd annual One K Giveaway golf tournament. Four person scramble, shotgun noon. $95 includes golf, cart, hole contests, shuttle bus, dinner, entertainment by River Road Band, and a chance at the $1000 draw. Call 519-238-2235 to register.

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Hensall-By-Design. Art show and sale. Major displays of art, including paintings, sculpture and quilts. Youth category (under 19 years of age). A fabulous summer event. 4th year. Admission $5.00, Monday senior’s day $2.50. Contact Ann Bayley, (519) 262-3500 ext. 208 - p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Live Music with Mid Life Crisis  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Horse Races Gables Live Music with Rumblefish

Oakwood Inn Pub Bayfield arena Live Music with Greg Gallello Bayfield Rummage Sale. Large indoors rummage sale. Contact Wanda Steadman SUNDAY, JULY 15 (519) 565-5185 Grand Bend Main Beach Beach Rugby Tournament Parkhill Sports Field 15th Annual Jim Walsh Slo-Pitch Ball Kettle Point Tournament Kettle and Stony Point Pow Wow, Kettle Point - p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Meat Draw Parkhill Sports Field 15th Annual Jim Walsh Slo-Pitch Ball - p.m. - Coronation Park, Parkhill Cardboard Boat Assembly for Races, Car Tournament Show and more  a.m. to  p.m. Hensall United Church Gables Hensall-By-Design. See July 14. Live Music with Rumblefish Oakwood Inn Pub Live Music with Greg Gallello


 a.m. -  p.m. - Parkhill Dam Site Cardboard Boat Races and more Events. Grand Bend Main Beach Beach Rugby Tournament

Until August  Kettle Point Huron Country Playhouse II Kettle and Stony Point Pow Wow, Kettle Mom’s The Word: Tickets $36 (previews $29). Contact box office for showtimes and Point Pinery Park Family Fishing Weekend: Fish licence- ticket information - (519) 238-6000 Parkhill Sports Field free during this three day period. For more 15th Annual Jim Walsh Slo-Pitch Ball  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion information, please call (519) 243-8574. Tournament Bingo Sand Hills Golf Resort Pinery Park Alhambra 18th Annual Golf Tournament WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Friends of the Pinery Savannah Festival,  a.m. -  p.m. - Gill St. Parking Lot, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend  a.m. -  p.m. - Proof Line, Forest Grand Bend Forest Lakeside Flyers Model Airplane Grand Bend Farmers’ Market Grand Bend Horticulture Society Show Trillium Walk. Call Liz for details (519) Grand Bend Youth Centre  a.m. Skateboard Camp. Bring your equipment 236-7884. Bayfield,  Bayfield Main St. N. or use ours. Wednesday is Mucky Madness  a.m. Heritage walk. Walking tour of Bayfield’s Day! Call (519) 238-1155. Bayfield,  Bayfield Main St. N. heritage district. Admission: $5. Contact Heritage walk. See July 7. Elaine Sturgeon (519) 565-2376  p.m. - Kimball Hall, Forest Kiwanis Meat Bingo  a.m. to  p.m.  a.m. to  p.m. Hensall United Church Bayfield Community

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 p.m. - Goderich, Lions Harbour Park Harbour Park Band Concert. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a variety of music in a park setting, rain or shine, every Sunday evening throughout the summer. Collection taken to defray costs. Contact Murray Keith (519) 524-5251


 a.m. to  p.m. Hensall United Church Hensall-By-Design. See July 14.


Grand Bend Youth Centre Magic Mystery Adventure. Learn about magic with a real magician! Wednesday “travel” to exotic locations like Hawaii. Call (519) 238-1155. - p.m. - Hensall United Church Hensall-By-Design. See July 14. : p.m. - Port Franks Community Centre Port Franks Garden Club Campfire Meeting.  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Bingo


Cabins, efficiencies and rooms available. Call (519) 238-2203 [AM], (519) 238-5081 [PM] or (519) 238-2222 [evenings].

Strip VIPs

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Stuart Dowling is Freda Heitz

Brett McCaig is Nick Galeazzo

Grand Bend Strip - • 3

Cara Leslie is Jessica and Julia Youngstead

Sheldon Davis is “Psycho” Sid Barzini

Make The Last Resort your first stop Playhouse presentation of Norm Foster/Leslie Arden collaboration will make you laugh, shout and cheer The Last Resort Until July  Huron Country Playhouse () - for tickets Story and photos by Casey Lessard For a guaranteed good night out, book yourself a spot at the Last Resort, playing now at the Huron Country Playhouse. The play is masterfully written by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, and fun music by Canadian composer Leslie Arden. A group of apparent strangers are staying the night in Saskatchewan’s Last Resort, a hotel in the middle of nowhere that will serve as the perfect hideout for mob informant Nick Galeazzo (Brett McCaig). On the run with FBI agent Angela Miller (Shelley Simester), Nick is paranoid that every other guest in the hotel is out to kill him. Everyone is a suspect, and eventually the murderous mayhem begins. Inspector Closely (Robert Latimer) is the Scottish RCMP attaché who has to sort out the situation.

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“It’s so much fun from lights up to lights out,” says Stuart Downing, who portrays Freda Heitz, the husky female hotelier. “Once you get that reaction and that rapport with an audience it’s just so much fun. Then they start laughing and the laughter builds and builds and then you have to wait for people to be quiet because we have a play to get going.” “The play is almost making fun of itself,” says McCaig. “Even though everyone is crazy and huge and wacky, it still comes honestly. Even though I’m flailing and twisting myself and contorting myself, you’re still in the moment and you’re being there in an honest way as opposed to just flailing around for no reason.” The actors are very much in the moment and are impeccable with their comic timing. All of a sudden, a song will emerge out of nowhere, or the cast will begin ballet dancing (one of the funniest scenes, by far, featuring John Devorski as poet Trent Balfour). And to think, the cast has only two weeks to prepare for opening night. “It is insane,” says Cara Leslie, who has the dual role of Jessica and Julia Youngstead, who are staying at the hotel to hear the reading of their late father’s will. One of them will inherit $32 million; the other, a bracelet. “It really works out to about 10 days if you really look at it like that. I think we


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have done about seven shows already this week.” The quick turnaround is one of the reasons Drayton Entertainment takes advantage of actors who have already done the play for their other venues. “It’s good to come into rehearsal knowing all of your lines and all of your lyrics,” Leslie says, “and it serves you and it just makes things move a lot faster.” “It’s wonderful to come back to a character that you’ve played before and loved playing,” says Sheldon Davis, referring to “Psycho” Sid Barzini, a carpet salesman who comes to the hotel with his wife Liz (Susan Johnston Collins) for their 24th anniversary. “You get back up to speed. Most of us have done this production before so (director Marc Richard) was able to layer in a few more things. Sid’s really the only guy in The Last Resort who has no agenda. He’s the guy who is just there because his wife has brought him in there and he just wants to have a good time.” An audience that attends the Huron Country Playhouse looking for a good time will find it. The Last Resort is billed as a Hilarious Musical Whodunit, and when it comes to creating a fun night out, they all “dun it.” This is a really fun play with spot-on performances by a talented ensemble cast. Well deserving of an opening night standing ovation.




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Strip Thoughts

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How to recognize your friends: advice from mom

A good woman

The people behind the scenes are often the ones who never get the credit they deserve. As I face every new issue of the Grand Bend Strip, Anjhela is a tower of strength and keeps encouraging me to push ahead. As of this week, she understands my struggles first-hand. She typed in almost all of the text in this issue, transcribing my interviews verbatim. She contributed about eight hours of typing, which in a normal week I would have done myself. It’s a lot of work, and without her contribution, you would not be reading this right now. Anj, you’re a great woman who treats me really well, so thanks. My mom’s amazing, too. Not only has she helped me a lot over the years and recently, but she’s a true model for her work taking care of people. Over the years, she’s taken care of six men (before you get the wrong idea, I’m

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

By Rita Lessard

talking about my dad and the five of us boys). Now, with my dad recovering from surgery, I’m sure she’ll demonstrate her strength again. I realize it’s not Mother’s Day or anything like that, but we don’t need an excuse to say thanks. We need to take care of each other and show our gratitude when we get the chance.

Casey Lessard Publisher/Editor

One night (a long time ago) I was out with my girlfriends and I ended up at the Dashwood Hotel. This was my first visit to this hotel so I wasn’t familiar with the layout. After enjoying a few drinks I needed to use the washroom and I asked my friends where the women’s room was. They pointed to a hallway. When I got there both signs said men’s. Apparently the “wo” fell off the women’s room but I remembered the girls had said it was the door on the right. I went in and was confronted with an unusual looking toilet. Determined to figure out how to use the contraption, I backed up into this thing (without removing my clothes) to see how it would fit if I sat down. As I was doing this, a guy walked in and said, “Do you realize that this is the men’s washroom?” I had to think fast so I said, “Of course. I’m just in here making sure everything is in

working order.” I marched myself out of there, back to my so-called friends who were laughing their guts out. I guess the moral of this story is to look before you pee or is that look before you leap?

Hint for hot day When you go grocery shopping, take a cooler with ice in it so you can keep frozen and perishable food cold. Food safety tips Harmful bacteria can be on any food. To prevent this follow these steps: 1. Chill food as promptly as possible. 2. Clean your hands and kitchen surface often. 3. Separate foods. Don’t cross-contaminate. 4. Cook thoroughly. Use a meat and poultry thermometer for your own safety. - Sheila Tiedeman

Recipes from our readers - submit yours at Broccoli Salad submitted by Betty Watson

Beef and Potato Burgers submitted by Sheila Tiedeman 1 lb. 1/4 cup 1 tsp 1/4 tsp 1 tsp 2 tbsp 1/4 cup 1 1/2 cup

ground beef chopped onion salt pepper each of prepared mustard and worchestershire sauce ketchup milk egg, beaten mashed potato flakes

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Mix ingredients and enjoy.

Publisher: Casey Lessard Editor: Casey Lessard Editorial Assistant: Anjhela Michielsen Advertising Sales & Design: Casey Lessard Chief Photographer: Casey Lessard Grand Bend Strip P.O. Box 218 Grand Bend, Ontario N0M 1T0 CANADA Phone: (519) 614-3614 Fax: 1 (866) 753-2781

Contributors: Rita Lessard - my mom Tom Lessard - my dad Jenipher Appleton - nature/birding Cameron Rankin golf pro, Sand Hills, Port Franks James Eddington owner, Eddington’s, Exeter Distribution: Casey Lessard, Rita Lessard

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Strip Fun

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Grand Bend Strip - • 5

Row, row, row your box

The best little race by a dam site

Cardboard boat race Saturday, July  -  a.m. to  p.m. Parkhill Dam, north end of town  admission per person; contestants pay a fee Information: Norah Gibbs - () - Story and photo by Casey Lessard Grab a cardboard box and some duct tape – it’s time to set sail at the cardboard boat race being launched by Parkhill area business owners. The event replaces CornFest, and aims to involve everyone from nearby communities and those passing through. “Norah (Gibbs) actually came up with the idea,” says co-organizer Randy Lockhart. “She thought it would be wonderful because we have a safe body of water that’s protected from waves and isn’t moving like a major river would be. We wanted to get people interested in Parkhill to show what Parkhill has to offer in its shops. Give people a chance to spend a day in the country and have fun.” Before you think cardboard boat racing is a quick way to drown yourself, do some research online and you’ll see this is serious business for other communities. People build full-sized sailboats and other floating objects from household materials. For the competitions, materials are limited to unwaxed corrugated board, duct tape and household paint. “It’s fun to see if they can create a boat that will go 200 hundred feet. I have seen designs as elaborate as full-sized bars floating down on a barge to 50-foot ships to people building a B-52 bomber.” Racing boats must be able to fit a team of sailors, usually four people, but there is no limit to the number of people a boat can hold. Construction will be done at Coronation Park in downtown Parkhill the night before racing ( July 13) to keep everyone honest. Saturday morning, the boats will parade from the community centre (where they’ll be housed overnight) to the dam at the north end of town. People who have not planned ahead and want to take part can buy a kit, build a boat and compete the day of the event. “There are points for creativity, sportsmanship, dress, and cleanliness. So it’s not just about the team that makes it to the end without sinking.” Sinking is inevitable, so water safety is an obvious concern. “St. John’s ambulance will be there,” he says. “We have approval to have a motorized boat in the conservation area for safety. We’ll have a

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Parkhill area business owners Randy Lockhart (left), his wife Diane, Norah Gibbs and Tina Davey are launching a cardboard boat contest at the Parkhill dam July 14. The event replaces CornFest, and involves creating a cardboard boat and sailing it 200 feet with sailors aboard.

(519) 238-6224 shower on site for contestants, because the idea here is to fail for the audience. Everyone must wear a lifejacket. Each boat must have an attached sealed unit, like an old bleach bottle, so if they do sink we can drag the cardboard out so it doesn’t affect the quality of the water.” A legacy is the goal of the event, and the organizers hope it will be a positive one. That’s why they’ve enlisted Toronto-based Juno-award winning blues band Fathead to perform all day. “We’ll also have opportunities for people to race their kayaks or canoes or inner tubes in the morning. Local stores and the Lions Club will be there, and there will be food and a beer tent.” Bring something to sit on (chairs or blankets), and wear appropriate clothing for the day. Parking is available at the site and in town. Hay wagons will act as taxis from town to the site and back.

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Strip Outside: Golf Special

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Golf locally: six excellent courses to try Sample what the area has to offer at Oakwood, Bayview, Sand Hills, Widder Station, Exeter and Ironwood

Above: Paulo Figueiredo of Cambridge tees off at the narrow 14th hole, which has a fierce dogleg left of the trees.

Above: Bryan Hamm, Steve Hind and John Dryden watch as John Caco chips onto the 8th hole at Oakwood Resort. “A bunch of us come here (from Hamilton) every year,” Caco said. “It’s convenient. Golf, lodging, all your meals. And it’s close to everything. They treat you well, too.”

Left: Luis Freitas of Cambridge putts on the 13th, Chris Masse’s pick for most interesting hole at Bayview.

Right: Scott and Melanie Fillier watch from the patio of Dave’s Clubhouse as Peter Huebner of Grosse Pointe, Michigan tees off on the 10th hole.

Oakwood Resort

Highway  north of Grand Bend () - or () - pro shop () -

Golf special photos by Casey Lessard

Information from Colin Scatcherd Hours: 7 a.m. to dark Number of holes: 18 Prices: Weekend - $37.50/18 holes. Weekday - $32.50/18 holes. Carts - $32.50. Specials - $10 Tuesdays (after 1 p.m.). Monday to Thursday -$34 per person including shared cart, based on two people Owners: Dave and Valerie Scatcherd Golf pro’s name: Colin Scatcherd – Class A CPGA professional Year established: 1922 Skill level of golfers: It ranges. Some of the top golfers in Ontario have played here. The course plays much tougher for women. But anyone can have fun. Longest hole: 14. 600-yard, par 5 Shortest hole: 9. 90-yard, difficult par 3. If you miss it you’re done. Most difficult hole: 13. The layout makes it difficult. It’s a nice looking hole too. Number 7 is hard, too. Most interesting hole: 8. It’s a hidden hole. I bought long pins so you could see the pin. The green is lower than the hillside. Best time of day to golf here: Just before

dusk. The rates are lower, there are less people and the sunset is gorgeous. Not too many bugs either. Pro shop products: We carry a variety of clothing from Antigua Second Skin, Titleist, PING, Full pro shop. Rental clubs, head covers, hats, t-shirts, tees, beverages, ladies and men’s clothing. Fitting cart - helps get people properly fit for PING clubs. Dining facilities and information: Full menu restaurant and bar. Barbecue for people on the run. Conference facilities for 300 people; breakout rooms and Terrace room for weddings. Other activities: Tennis pro on site, golf lessons, spa, indoor pool, sauna, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi. What people say: One of the best things is the pub. You can watch the first and tenth holes from inside or on the patio. You can watch the greens all day if you want. They enjoy the whole atmoshere and the friendly people. The new clubhouse, games room upstairs and conference facilities upstairs are great for locals and guests. People like the natural setting compared to the city courses.

Bayview Golf Club

Highway   miles north of Grand Bend () - golfclub.htm Information from Chris Masse Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. approximately Number of holes: 18 Prices: Weekend - $35/18 holes; $22/9 holes. Weekday $30/18 holes; $20/9 holes. Carts - $30/18 holes, $20/9 holes Owner(s): Archie Masse Year established: 1981 Skill level of golfers: Wide variety. We get scratch golfers and hackers. Slope rating 117 from blue tee. Longest hole: 17. 542-yard, par 5 Shortest hole: 9. 150-yard, par 3 Most difficult hole: 14. Tough undulating green, narrow driving area. Par 4 - tough hole. Most interesting hole: 13. A short par 5, but it’s risk reward. Your tee shot and approach shot have to be precise to get on the green in

two shots. Best time of day to golf here: The afternoons – the business dies down, as does the wind. The speed of play is a little quicker. Pro shop products: Gloves, balls, tees, drivers, wedges, club sets, logoed golf ball on a Precept ball Dining facilities and information: Can host 140 people in air-conditioned dining room. Basic lunch menu but we cater in for tournament weeks. Other activities: We have a nice deck out back where people can enjoy a beer overlooking the course. They seem to enjoy that. What people say: It’s very easy to walk. It can be challenging. We’re probably best known for good greens.

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Strip Outside: Golf Special

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Above: Christopher and Randy Bayley watch as Charlie Schmidt of Grand Bend takes his putt on Widder Station’s 8th hole, the toughest on the course.

Sand Hills Golf Resort  Port Franks Road Off Highway  at Port Franks () - Information from Cameron Rankin Hours: 6:30 a.m. to dark Number of holes: 18 Prices: Weekends and holidays - $30/18 holes; $20/9 holes. Monday to Friday $26/18 holes; $20/9 holes. Carts – add $12/18 holes, $10/9 holes Owners: Stubbs, Brown and Walden families Golf pro’s name: Cameron Rankin, CPGA professional Year established: 1996 Skill level of golfers: Novice to advanced. There’s a bit for everybody. Longest hole: 14. 550-yard par 5 Shortest hole: 3. 115-yard par 3 Most difficult hole: 11. Tee shot is demanding with water on both sides. Most interesting hole: 14. There’s a pond on

Above left: Doug Lee putts while Moe Pollett, Bob Fillier and Dave Cook (all of Kitchener) look on at the 11th hole, Sand Hills’ toughest hole. Above: Scott Martin of Elmira tees off on the 10th, directly across the street from the clubhouse.

Right: Golfers are at risk of being heckled by their friends on the clubhouse deck when they finish at the 18th hole.

Widder Station Golf and Country Club

 Decker Side Rd, just off Highway , southeast of Thedford the left, fescue grass on the right. Demanding () - tee shot and a tree in the middle of the fair- way, so it’s tricky. Best time of day to golf here: Early morn- Information from Pete Overholt ing, late evenings for fast game. Hours: 6 a.m. to dark Pro shop products: Callaway clubs, Toureg Number of holes: 18 clubs, Spalding clubs. Shoes by Callaway and Prices: Weekends - $35/18 holes; $21/9 Etonic, clothing by Antigua, Lady Haggar. holes. Weekday - $30/18 holes, $18/9 holes. Dining facilities and information: Pub fare, Carts (all week) - $30 and finer dining with dinner buffets Friday Owners: Stubbs, Brown, Walden families. and Sunday nights after 4 p.m. Nine and dine Year established: 1993 is popular - $19.99/person for golf & dinner. Skill level of golfers: Moderate. It suits all Other activities: Driving range - $6/large levels of players. Most of our clientele is averbucket, $4/small. age. We’re not too difficult. What people say: Not a really long course Longest hole: 4. 540-yard, par 5 but it’s fun and enjoyable to play. It’s a fair Shortest hole: 2. 124-yard, par 3 test for new golfers. Fair pricing. It’s in good Most difficult hole: 8. You have to hit it far shape. That’s what people tell us. enough to get it past trees and there’s trouble on both sides. It’s tight. Most interesting hole: 18. A par 5 that’s risk reward. You can make birdie but a lot get 10 or 12. Plus there’s lots of hecklers on the deck watching you come in.

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Strip Outside: Golf Special

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Ironwood Golf Club

 Morrison Line, -/ miles east of Exeter () - Information courtesy Kathy Pfaff Hours: Daylight to dark; clubhouse 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily Number of holes: 18 Prices: Weekend - $37/18 holes; $22/9 holes. Weekday - $32/18 holes; $20/9 holes. Carts - $30/18 holes; $18/9 holes Owner(s): Gib Dow Year established: 1965 Skill level of golfers: Low to high handicappers. It’s a user-friendly course. It’s a chal-

lenge, but it doesn’t beat you up. The length and the layout don’t make you take 10-15 on a hole. Longest hole: 17. 488-yard, par 5 Shortest hole: 13. 118-yard, par 3 Most difficult hole: For the women, #15. It’s long at 423 from the red tees. For the men, #3. It borders the river, the hole’s narrow, and the tees are close to the OB area. If you slice or pull, it’s difficult. Most interesting hole: 12. Our signature hole. It’s just a pretty hole. Lined with trees and an elevated green. For the guys it’s narrow so a lot don’t use a driver off the tees or they end up in the trees. Best time of day to golf here: Mornings. We have leagues every night so mornings are a good time to get a round in. If you want leisure come in the afternoon.

Pro shop products: Golf bags, balls, gloves. We have a new pro shop with clothing for men, women and children. Nike, Nancy Lopez, Antigua, Abacus. Sunglasses by Sundog and Paula Kramer. Dining facilities and information: Our dining area seats 150 for banquets and weddings, special events and meetings. Our clubhouse is a brand new $1 million facility, so it’s impressive. Other activities: We have a pro named Rob Bannerman who comes from the city and lessons can be arranged with him. What people say: It’s one of the bestmanicured courses in southwestern Ontario. Tournament coordinators say the staff is friendly and suitable to corporate business. Our leagues are popular. New members say they feel at home and blend in quickly. Far left: Bob May of Florida and Grand Bend putts on Exeter’s 7th hole while Gary Campbell, Bette May and Jan Collings watch..

Exeter Golf Club

 Kirkton Road, southeast of Exeter () -

Left: Chris Turner enjoys a post-round rest on the patio of the barn clubhouse.

Information courtesy Janet Mason Hours: 7 a.m. to dark Number of holes: 9 holes Prices: Weekend - $30/18 holes; $20/9 holes. Weekday $28/18 holes; $18/9 holes. Twilight (after 5 p.m.) – play as many holes as you wish for $16.50. 16 and under and 60 and over (all week) – as many holes as you wish for $16.50. Carts – $32/18 holes; $17/9 holes Owners: Bob and Janet Mason Year established: 1961 Golf pro’s name: Bob Mason, CPGA professional Skill level of golfers: Families and beginners come because it’s 9 holes. It’s not a short 9-hole course so it’s harder than some people might think. It’s fairly gently rolling and the fairways are wide. The slope rating is 127 from the white tees, 113 from the red. Longest hole: 9. 510-yard par 5 Shortest hole: 3. 135 yards from white tee; 6 is 100 yards from red tee. Most difficult hole: 7. It’s relatively long, you have to cross the creek and it has lots of trees. Most interesting hole: 7. It’s pretty because of the trees and the berms around the green are like arms embracing the green. You also

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have to negotiate various hazards. Best time of day to golf here: Quietest times would be: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and weekend evenings. Pro shop products: Soft goods, balls, gloves, tees, hats, towels, bags, and some clubs. Small selection of nice shoes from Footjoy. Dining facilities and information: Snack bar; buffet if there is a tournament. Hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, BLTs, candy and pop. Licensed. Other activities: Practice facilities. Nice deck overlooking course. What people say: The barn is incredible. You don’t have a lot of buildings like this. It hasn’t been winterized so you can see all the history of the 135-year-old barn. We also have old clubs Bob has collected. The course is in great shape this year. We’ve had our ups and downs over the years but the grass is holding up well. We’ve had a lot of good feedback this year.

Above: Helen Hearn of Lucan takes a swing off the tee at Ironwood’s 7th hole, which faces the clubhouse. Right: Mary Gregus is an Ironwood “beer cart babe” (her words, not ours).

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How to play Turkey a course for master the first time Golf Tips

By Cameron Rankin

Impress your playing partners by playing well and have bragging rights the next time you play. Here a few ideas to help you enjoy your round: • Try to find out as much as possible about the course you are going to play. If the course has a website look for details such as type of grass used on the greens and fairways, type of sand in the bunkers, club professional tips on how to play each hole, length of holes, diagrams or photographs of each hole and finally make sure you get the proper directions on how to get to the course. There is nothing worse than arriving late for your tee time. • If you can, arrive early, say 30 minutes ahead of your tee time. Loosen up on the range, spend a few minutes on the putting green, and check out course conditions. If you are playing a new course, most of them are built on a blend, with a sand and topsoil base, bent grass fairways and tees, and Kentucky bluegrass rough. The bent grass tees and fairways allow the golf course superintendents to cut the playing surfaces much shorter if required to provide faster and smoother playing conditions. Playing on this type of grass, I would recommend playing the golf ball slightly further back in your stance when playing fairway shots; this will help you make a more descending blow on your golf ball at impact. • When you get to the first tee, hopefully you have made some notes on how to play each hole from the golf courses website tips. If not, try and visualize your shot, and align your body parallel to the target line. Mental imagery is your best asset when hitting your shots. • I highly recommend you play the course at a yardage you will enjoy. Try a set of tees similar to the course you play all the time. • When approaching the green, try to look at the different contours of it: slopes, right to left, tilted back to front etc. This will give you a better idea of the type of putt you have. When on the green, distance control is the key to good putting. With the practice you had on the putting green, you should have a better idea of the speed and pace of the greens you are playing. My final tip while on green would be to visualize a 3-foot radius circle around the hole and try to put your first putt within that circle. Try these tips and I’m sure your score will be lower. Cameron Rankin is a member of the CPGA and British PGA, and the head pro at Sand Hills Golf Resort ( between Port Franks and Thedford.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

vulture: of the road-kill

Living in Balance

By Jenipher Appleton

Nature’s sanitary engineer may remind you of someone you know Beauty is in the eye of the... ah, forget it

What has a naked, red-skinned head, a hooked beak, The turkey vulture isn’t a pretty bird, but is an important player in the ecosystem. and is possibly one of the ugliest things you have ever photo: courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources seen? No, it is not someone’s mother-in-law. It is the turkey vulture; the under-appreciated, road-kill-loving turkey vulture. Ailsa Craig local and naturalist Hank Halliday introduced me to this species back in 1979. I had never seen one while growing up in Muskoka, although the birds are plentiful in that region today. If you see a bird that resemG R A N D B E N D bles a soaring eagle, with elongated fingerlike wingtips, it is most likely a turkey vulture. The species name Cathartes aura is Latin for ‘cleansing breeze.’ Go figure. The name ‘turkey vulture’ originates from the bareskinned red head, which resembles a wild turkey. The purpose of this ruddy nakedness is to keep the remains of decaying animals from sticking to the vulture’s head as it thrusts into its meal. Yum! Another attractive characteristic is a semicircle of whitish to greenish warts below and in front of the eyes. During hot summer weather the bird will defecate on its own feet to help keep itself cool. When harassed, a turkey vulture will throw up on whoever is bothering it. Charming! In addition to road-kill, the turkey vulture will eat dead livestock or the dead young of herons. A flock gathers quickly after an animal dies, soaring a hundred meters up, using their keen sense of smell and sharp eyes to specifically locate the prey. Once landed, they make hissing, grunting and growling sounds as they compete for the meal. Just like home. With a six-foot wingspan, the vulture soars efficiently on thermal air currents, holding the wings in a shallow V and rocking from side to side. It should not be mistaken for the majestic eagle, as the latter soars on horizontally outstretched wings without the rocking motion. From beneath, the wing-feathers of the turkey vulture are twotoned black and gray. Tall dead trees are a favourite perch, Created by LINDA A. CARSON, JILL DAUM, ALISON KELLY, conjuring up scenes from old Merrie Melodies cartoons. ROBIN NICHOL, BARBARA POLLARD & DEBORAH WILLIAMS One day in early spring, I noted a turkey vulture perched atop a stump at the north end of Hyde Park Rd. His AT THE PLAYHOUSE II wings were spread wide, catching the ultra violet rays of Follow six stressed-out women the sun. The Anhinga, a water bird seen in Florida, does as they navigate the never-ending demands the same thing to dry its wings. It is difficult to drive any distance at all without seeing of the world’s most difficult career – motherhood. a dead raccoon, rabbit or skunk. Vultures perform a very important function by helping with the ecological clean up. Although very unattractive, it should be easy to admire the adaptability, grace and importance of this most unapBox Office: 519-238-6000 preciated bird.

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Strip on Stage

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Stephanie Carpanini

Joshua Browne

Allie Boak

David Baker

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Sean Topps

Carolyn Lawrence

Christine Carr

Players Bend the rules and push the limits aroundtheBend(players) Wednesdays - Grand Bend Farmers’ Market; other dates and locations: Interview & photos by Casey Lessard aroundtheBend(players) are seven University of Windsor theatre students living in Grand Bend for the summer and performing street theatre at venues including Evinc Studios, the Grand Bend Farmers’ Market and the Lakeview Café.

What kind of theatre do you do? Joshua Browne: We adapt our work to whatever our audience and whatever our space is. We’re performing at the Lakeview in a few weeks - probably some Shakespeare on their patio. We’ve talked about doing a show at the mini-golf place where it has all these little houses that look very Victorian, so we had an idea of doing some Shaw there and having an evening event or even have it happen while people are playing golf. We did clowning at the Farmer’s Market last Wednesday. Who thinks of the themes and who thinks of the ideas? Sean Topps: It’s a collaborative effort. We want to create our own work to reflect the community rather than to dictate to the community what we’re going to perform. It’s about all of us having a really open dialogue and a form of communication to collaborate and concoct a piece. What do you hope to get out of being part of something like that? Allie Boak: Becoming a self-sufficient actor I think is very important, especially nowadays

in theatre and just exploring different types David Baker: The show we did last night of theatre like site-specific work and working was very crazy and sort of raunchy. We did with this excellent group of people. that because we knew the audience that we were going to direct it towards. And then we What do you hope the Grand Bend got all this crazy feedback. For some reason I was a little surprised but then again the audience gets out of this? Stephanie Carpanini: We want people to audience reflected what we were doing in make up their own story through what they the same way. Sort of what we were doing on are seeing. Not necessarily always presenting stage was exactly what was going on off stage. to them your typical kind of conventional They were throwing pizza at us. Joshua: As much as getting hit with a pizza theatre and that it doesn’t have to be on a sucks and heckling is a pain and it hurts, it’s stage. We’re trying to give our age group and also real. It’s also a real dialogue and we learn younger kids a love for art. There aren’t a lot of young people anymore from that.

that appreciate theatre - I mean there are but nowadays kids just want to go out and party Christine, there was a tough scene and drink beer - the kids on the streets of where you’re having oral sex performed on you. It’s a public Grand Bend last night anyways. place; you’re portraying something that’s very private. There’s sodomy When you look at the work that and all this other stuff. What do you guys are doing, what do you you expect the reaction to be from hope to address in the work that the audience? I saw one group of you are doing with this group? Carolyn Lawrence: It’s important to chal- people walk away at that scene. lenge the audience. I mean you take these Christine Carr: It was a comment on the people, like last night, that are drunk and life of Grand Bend, the life of these tourit’s easy to label them as drunks and they ists who come into town. I think people sat aren’t coherent and they wouldn’t understand so let’s give them a couple simple jokes and W HAT PEOPLE SAID: make them happy but you start to realize that there’s more to it than that. You can’t just label It’s certainly different. It would be that audience. There were older generations nice if I knew what was going on. My walking by and there were some kids that father is a bit old-fashioned. Once would walk by. they started doing that (oral sex), we thought, Bloody hell. Based on your experience last - Ramin Reyhani, Persia (Tehran, Iran) night and the practices you guys have been doing what have I liked it. It was very artistic. you learned so far from the - Georgia Murray, London experience?

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there and had a little click in their minds that maybe this is an experience they’ve had and that’s why they walked away, or it’s something they relate with this party scene. As an actor it’s a scary thing to do. It takes a lot of guts and being able to throw yourself out there and go for it. There’s a fine line where it becomes pornography. Yeah, it was scary to go out there. It was risqué. The things that are the scariest are the most worthwhile. It makes it exciting and challenges the audiences. As long as you are true to the story and are specific. Sean: The piece came out of a dissatisfaction of our culture at our age. Our generation, our pop culture. And the things we think are glossed over or missed in a lot of ways. Our knowing things aren’t quite right here. What we did is very surface and that’s what our culture is. It’s sex-driven and not of the self. That’s why we wanted to show it on stage. Joshua: We drink, we party. We are part of this culture as much as anyone. It’s poking fun at stuff, but it’s not meant to put anyone down. We’re not trying to come down from on high; we’re trying to hold up a mirror. Sometimes it’s too accurate and hard to take.

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Taking it to the streets Members of the aroundtheBend(players) group (see page 11 for profile) performed this weekend at the Evinc studio on the main strip to crowds sitting in chairs and standing along the sidewalk. Their late night performance was a commentary on beach life, body image and overindulgence. Some were offended and others insulted. Still others thought it was funny and others complimented the actors on their courage and drive. Left: Carolyn Lawrence, Christine Carr and Allie Boak are bathing beauties soaking up the sun. Right: David Baker is the alcohol-pushing lifeguard. Below left: Carolyn Lawrence stumbles after having too much to drink. Below right: Christine Carr passes out and is declared dead by David Baker’s police officer.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

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