Norfolk Traveller- Christmas Edition

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Waterford Old Town Hall prepares for bustling holiday season Waterford is a hub of holiday activity this December, thanks to the busy live entertainment schedule at the Old Town Hall. The festive fun begins December 5 with A Christmas Carol Comedy, an irreverent adaptation of the holiday classic by Charles Dickens. The high-energy production is part Monty Python, part pantomime, with shades of The 39 Steps added for extra laughs. Performances are December 5 and 6 at 8:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25, and are available at, in person at the hall, or by calling (519) 443-0113. The Fred Eaglesmith Winter Weekend moves to the Old Town Hall this winter after a long, successful run in Port Dover. Eaglesmith opted for a fresh start in 2014 after moving his management office and retail space, the Hobo Store, to town earlier in the year. The OTH’s Program Director Claire Senko welcomed Eaglesmith with open arms. “Fred, his family, and his store are great additions to the community,” she said. “We had a warm and jubilant response to Fred for his Welcome to Waterford concert this past spring, and the Old Town Hall is delighted to host his concerts this winter.” Eaglesmith takes the stage with his band and special guests from December 12-14.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and are available at the hall and online at In addition to her duties at the Old Town Hall, Senko is also producing A Cranberry Creek Christmas, a showcase of local performers hosted by Cranberry Creek Gardens in Lynedoch on December 21. The lineup includes Andrea Gal, Theo Tams, Duane Rutter, and Hollie Dunkley. Senko will also perform as half of Chris and Claire, alongside singer and guitar player Chris Rait. Tickets are $30, and must be purchased from Cranberry Creek Gardens. Call Jody at (519) 582-1418. Rounding out the season is Christmas Eve Eve on December 23, a local celebration that Senko herself created. “I started celebrating Christmas Eve Eve on December 23 nine years ago at the Ukranian Church in Waterford,” Senko explained. “It’s just a big party where I provide a bottomless pot of simmering apple cider, everyone brings their favourite treat to share, and a grab bag of musical acts perform. Word spread fast, and it’s become a local tradition that we host at the hall now.” The Waterford Old Town Hall is a year round entertainment venue, art gallery, and community gathering space. Visit oldtownhall. org for an up-to-date listing of live performances, artist exhibitions, and activities, or search for Old Town Hall, Waterford, on Facebook.

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Holiday shoppers who want to give locallymade gifts will have an opportunity to browse for affordable fine art and crafts at the annual Made in Norfolk Show & Sale at the Norfolk Arts Centre (NAC). Opening November 1 in the NAC’s downstairs gallery, the marketplace will include gifts ranging from fine art to ornaments, greeting cards, textiles, wood turnings, pottery, soap, jewellery, and more. Many gifts are one-ofa-kind, and all of them were made by artists, artisans, and designers who live and create in Norfolk County. Every item available at Made in Norfolk is priced under $200. Gallery Assistant Carrie Kitzul estimates that approximately 40 artists will participate in this year’s sale, and many have participated every year since the event’s inception in 2010. “The 2013 sale was our best so far,” said Director / Curator Deirdre Chisholm. “Interest in buying local art and high-quality crafts is increasing, and I’m

excited by the willingness of Norfolk shoppers to invest in their local creative economy.” The Meet a Maker presentation series also returns in 2014. On Wednesday nights throughout November, featured artists will share their ideas and techniques from 7:00 – 8:00pm, offering guests an inside look at the creative process. The presentations are free. During November, the NAC will also host the first public exhibition of the Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild in its upstairs gallery. The exhibition opens November 1, and will feature fibre art by as many as 12 different artisans. Exhibitors will be on-site throughout the month to give demonstrations in their respective disciplines, including looming, spinning, and weaving. “The Norfolk Arts Centre is a busy place throughout the year, but we’re expecting an increase in traffic leading into the holiday season,” Chisholm said. “Public education and facilitating the development of local artists are two of the Norfolk Arts Centre’s main objectives, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people this winter.” The Norfolk Arts Centre is at 21 Lynnwood Avenue, Simcoe. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm and alternating Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For more information about the Norfolk Arts Centre, and its programming, visit norfolkartscentre. ca or search for Norfolk Arts Centre on Facebook.

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Simcoe’s classic Christmas attraction returns for 56th season As family traditions go, the Simcoe Christmas Panorama is as important to Simcoe and Norfolk County’s holiday season as Santa Claus, mistletoe, and presents under the tree.

merchants in one convenient location. The event is recognized as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events by Festivals and Events Ontario.

The Panorama and its River of Lights was the first light show of its kind in Ontario. In 1958, Santa Clause Parade organizers finally reached their boiling point after another wet and rainy event. The following year, they decided to dress the parade floats in lights for people to enjoy at their leisure, and a new tradition was born.

The River of Lights includes over 60 displays that fit into at least one of three themes: religious, traditional, or fantasy. Exhibits are maintained by dedicated volunteers, in partnership with local businesses that cover costs through sponsorship contributions. Over 90% of the lights use energy-efficient LED bulbs.

Generations of families attend the Panorama, which now spans five weeks of festivities and attractions, including a light-up celebration with live music, carolling, and a special appearance by Santa; horse drawn trolley rides on most weekends; a free New Year’s Eve celebration; and a Welcome Centre that includes a gift shop featuring 30 local

The 2014 light-up party is November 29 at 6:00pm. The River of Lights will stay lit from 5:30pm – 11:00pm nightly through January 4, 2015. For more information about special Panorama events visit or search Simcoe Christmas Panorama on Facebook.

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Model trains are serious business On Christmas morning, when little boys and girls unwrap their new Thomas the Tank Engine DVDs, toys, and accessories, Port Dover entrepreneur Tim Warris says a new generation of his customers will be born. Warris is the founder and owner of Fast Tracks, the only company in the world that manufactures the kits and tools model train enthusiasts use to build their own, to-scale, railroad tracks. More specifically, turnouts, which are the section of track that allows trains to switch from one track to another. Fast Tracks certainly caters to a niche market, but Warris says that model train hobbyists are more common that the average person thinks. “Everyone probably knows someone who is building a model train,” Warris explains. “Building model trains is a sophisticated hobby, but from the outside it can look like grown-ups playing with toys. It’s easier just keeping it to ourselves than explaining that the trains aren’t toys for the thousandth time.” Warris, a model train enthusiast himself, started his business after devising a way to build turnouts more cost-effectively than buying ready-made track from model train stores. “Part of the fun of creating a layout is developing a design and building all the pieces. Most people who are serious about the hobby want to build their own track. Turnouts can be tricky because they have to be precise.” A former tool and die maker, Warris designed a template that solved the difficulty of building turnouts by holding the many small parts in place while soldering. He later created

designs for all the pieces required to build the track, and used the equipment at his former employer’s to make the earliest versions of his designs, which he sold to a few friends. The reception was positive, so he started selling the tools online. Word spread quickly, and soon he had more orders waiting than he could produce. He now manufactures and sells 5000 different pieces of equipment used to build turnouts. In 2013, he produced and shipped 50,500 pieces from his shop to thousands of customers around the world. “I haven’t sent many packages to sub-Saharan Africa yet,” Warris said. ”Maybe someday.” Fast Tracks is located above the Silver Lake Market. Warris, originally from Delhi, said he decided on Port Dover simply because he always wanted to live here. “I could run this business from anywhere as long as I had a small shop and an internet connection, but Port Dover is where I want to be.” For more information about Fast Tracks, and for video tutorials that demonstrate how the tools are used, visit Tim Warris is also a photographer and videographer. Samples of his artistically composed local images are available on Facebook by searching Tim Warris Photography.

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They call me Santa

I am heading into my fourth season playing Santa Claus at Port Dover Christmas Fest, Lakewood Elementary’s Santa Sale, and A Family Christmas by the Lake. At Christmas Fest, I arrive by boat at the pier, appear in the parade, spend a few hours a Lighthouse Theatre hearing gift requests and having my photo taken, going to the beach for carols, fireworks, and bonfire, and then visiting stores that are open for Moonlight Madness.

I only lie when I’m asked if I’m the real Santa. I always say yes, because why not? Even when they insist I’m not real and that I’m just a helper, I always say nope, I’m the real deal, and that I make a special point of coming to Port Dover every year because it’s my favourite little town in the whole world. One little girl would not be convinced and told me that she was going to find a scientist who would prove that I’m a fake.

The Lakewood event is another opportunity for families to get photos and for kids to tell Santa what they hope to see under the tree. Getting in and out of the school without being spotted carrying my costume is the biggest challenge. I carry it in a garbage bag so I look like a volunteer emptying trash cans, but some of the kids aren’t fooled. Not being able to outsmart seven-year-olds is humbling.

Most gift requests are what you’d expect - video games, dolls, Lego, and so on - but Santa does occasionally receive a strange and memorable request. The most baffling I’ve experienced so far was for a yellow banana with NO SPOTS. No toys, no games, just a perfect banana. Last year, a little boy asked me for a white dinner jacket. I looked at his mom, who said that he was serious. I asked him why, and he said, “So I look good.”

A Family Christmas by the Lake is a fundraising concert for the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association, starring the Gentleman of Harmony. Sitting with kids and doing photos after the show is a lot easier than getting up on stage with the Gentlemen to sing Jingle Bells, I assure you. Most children get right to the point once they’ve settled in on my knee (presents), but others see the situation as an opportunity to ask questions. My approach to the inquirers is always to be direct and to (mostly) tell the truth. For example, when the little guys ask how old Santa is, I always use my real age. When they hear that Santa is 32, it blows their minds, especially if I’m the same age – or younger – than dad.

I even enjoy the little ones who do nothing but cry. Parents and grandparents apologize profusely for criers, or for taking a few minutes to set up the kids for a group shot, but I have never once felt frustrated or in any way negative about having to be patient with families. The only times I’m disappointed is when children have waited in line for a long time, and when it’s finally their turn, they’re too scared to come up. Sometimes they can be coaxed with a candy cane, or if mom or dad comes up with them, but occasionally there’s a child that’s just not having any part of seeing Santa and the parents have no choice but to take him or her home. I’ve seen families wait for over an hour with a little one who waves

to Santa over and over again, and looks so excited, only to petrify in terror as soon as it’s his or her turn. This probably happens once or twice every hour, and it’s sort of funny, but I’d much rather everyone have the experience with Santa they intended. Christmas Fest is November 15. Santa arrives at the pier around 1:00pm, and the parade begins shortly thereafter. Santa is available for photos after the parade until 4:30pm. The bonfire on the beach begins at 6:00pm with carolling, followed by fireworks over the lake at

6:30pm. There are bargains at the downtown shops all weekend long. Visit for more information, or search for the Port Dover Board of Trade on Facebook. Lakewood Elementary School’s Santa Sale is December 6 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, and includes an opportunity to take photos with Santa, vendors, a penny table, and a bake sale. A Family Christmas by the Lake is December 7 at Lighthouse Festival Theatre. Tickets are $15. To order, call (519) 583-2221, or order online at


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Support Norfolk Food Banks Demand for food, supplies, and monetary donations will be high at Norfolk County food banks this winter, and organizers are hopeful that the community’s generosity will help families face their challenges head-on. Karen Haviland, who volunteers for the Waterford and District Food Cupboard, says that her community’s food bank provides assistance to approximately 1000 people every year. “We need more of everything,” Haviland said. “We follow Canada’s food guide, so we need more cereal, canned meats, and canned fruits and vegetables.” Haviland said that personal toiletries are also needed. “People need products to keep themselves clean, and smelling good too,” she

explained. “These items will help them feel good and look good, which is important when they’re trying to find jobs.” Donors can drop off non-perishable donations at the Waterford Foodland. Most other grocery stores in Norfolk also have drop-off baskets for their local food banks. Haviland reminds donors to make sure that everything they leave in the drop boxes is non-perishable. “We’re happy to accept fresh food donations, but they have to be made directly to the Food Cupboard. By the time we get to the drop boxes, perishable foods won’t be good anymore.” To donate to a food bank in your community, contact:

Lifeline Food Bank (Port Dover)

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Hours: Thursday 8:30am – 12:30pm; second Thursday night of the month 5:00 - 7:00pm Donations: Wednesday 8:00am – 10:30am or call and leave a message Contact: Kim Scoyne 519-428-9718

Mission Food Bank (Port Rowan) Free Methodist Church 29 Erie Ave Port Rowan, ON,N0E 1M0

Hours: First and third Tuesday of each month 10:00am – 12:00pm Contact: Joan Skuce 519-586-3003

St. Vincent de Paul Society (Delhi) Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Parish 110 Adams Ave Delhi, ON N4B 1P7 Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm Deliveries made during office hours on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact: Paul Mooney 519-582-1312 ext.24

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Salvation Army Kettle Program provides relief to people in need

Few symbols represent the spirit of giving at Christmastime more than a bell-ringing volunteer standing next to a red and white Salvation Army kettle. The Salvation Army in Simcoe is preparing to head back out into the cold this winter to raise money to provide emergency relief to Norfolk families who find themselves on the downside of advantage. The kettle campaign begins November 21. The fundraising effort is completely volunteer-driven, and all the money raised stays in Norfolk County. Approximately 125 volunteers will contribute an average of four hours leading up to Christmas, and raise somewhere in the neighbourhood of $60,000. Co-ordinator Jim Lewis says that more volunteers would be greatly appreciated, and would definitely improve the fundraising total. “We have 14 kettles, but we don’t usually have them all operating at once,” Lewis said. “We just don’t have enough hours available to make that happen.” Lewis says that the kettles are usually set up in front of grocery stores, department stores, and the LCBO in Simcoe, Port Dover, Delhi, and Waterford. More volunteers from outside Simcoe would make the outlying areas more

manageable. Volunteers can contribute as much time as they want, but two hour minimums are appreciated. There are many ways that charitably-minded people can support The Salvation Army apart from volunteer time. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as are non-perishable food items. Please check any food items before donating, because Canadian law prevents charities from distributing items that are past their expiry dates. Used clothing, furniture, and other merchandise that is in good condition (not damaged or broken) is also needed at The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Simcoe. Retail sales from the store support emergency relief programs, and individuals who seek assistance from The Salvation Army sometimes receive a voucher to go shop there. To volunteer for The Salvation Army Kettle Program, phone (519) 426-5420. Jim Lewis will return your call and arrange dates and locations. Monetary and food donations can be made directly to The Salvation Army Church, 184 Colborne Street North, Simcoe. Clothing and merchandise can be delivered directly to the Thrift Store at 86 Robinson Street, Simcoe.

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