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LIFESTYLE PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier EDITOR Jill Ellis-Worthington WRITERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Lisa Brandt Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Mary Jansenberger Kathy Mueller Wayne Newton Kathy Rumleski Heather Toskan ACCOUNT MANAGERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 annettegent537@gmail.com Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 lorrainelukings@hotmail.com Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 jm@lambtonshores.com Elaine Norris 519-702-5583 lifestyleelaine@hotmail.com Wilma Van Vaerenbergh 519-476-5571 lifestylewilma@gmail.com EDITORIAL & AD DESIGN Wendy Reid AD DESIGN Nancy Greenfield Bill McGrath PRODUCTION Nancy Greenfield PHOTOGRAPHY Richard Bain PRINTING Sportswood Printing WEB ARCHITECTURE Redding Design Inc. www.reddingdesigns.com

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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” PABLO PICASSO

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had a chance to do some travelling this winter and Austin, Texas was one of the stops. It holds a huge, well-attended music, digital and film festival called South By Southwest in March each year. Truthfully, it made me a bit homesick because one of the bands we got to see was Amaru Tribe from Australia. Their digeridoo meets salsa meets folk mix of upbeat sound was reminiscent of the great music we see at Sun Fest each year. I hope they make London a stop on their international travels bringing the fun vibe of the Land Down Under to the world. Music in the streets – in Austin, in Nashville, in Memphis – adds to the cultural texture of cities, and, in the summer time, Londoners are lucky that we are able to experience this with the many festivals held in our parks. Public art is also a big part of many U.S. cities, from large statues (one made of thousands of chrome-plated bikes formed together to suggest the shape of a bike sits along the shores of Lady Bird Lake in Austin) to murals painted over an entire wall of historic buildings in Galveston to traffic control boxes painted by local artists in Beaumont, Texas. The latter is a smaller town in southeast Texas, with a population of just over 150,000. In early 2018, the city decided to work with local artists to paint the boxes that sit at intersections leading to downtown. Local artists submit sketches that are vetted for language and/or political issues and are given $100 to offset costs of materials. Ironically, the idea came from a friend of a city councillor after a visit to Toronto. These public art efforts reminded me of our colourful metal trees growing from the sidewalks of the Forest City, or the shiny rhino in front of Museum London

and our many wood sculptures that local carvers have fashioned from dead trees. Wouldn’t painted hydro boxes be a nice addition to our city’s roster of public art? Our local talent bank could show off some of its work in a new way. The boxes in each of the neighbourhoods could be representative of the history or culture of the area, visually branding it. Downtown would be even more colourful with artful hydro boxes on its streets. The city would

again brand itself as a cultural leader. Our citizen’s many contributions to the colourful fabric of the city make it a wonderful place to visit, and this hydro box project would be a distinctive addition to the painted Bell and Canada Post boxes that decorate our streets. The Lifestyle Magazine team wishes you a bright spring and wonderful summer ahead.

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TREADING THE BOARDS Comedies, Canadian works and community building dominate regional theatre scene this summer By Jill Ellis-Worthington

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armer temperatures compel us to stop hibernating in front of the television and to hit the road to lakeside towns or inland villages to see live theatre. Picking plays that boost attendance and tourism in summer-centric venues is one of the important facets to putting together a winning stage bill, according to Simon Joynes, artistic director of the Port Stanley Festival Theatre (PSFT). “Theatre is a big economic driver,” he explains. “We support our community by bringing 15 to 20,000 people to the village each summer.” That responsibility is manifested in smart marketing, like putting on the

Norm Foster play Lunenburg for a long run in June. “Norm’s a big crowd pleaser. With a four-week run early in the season, we’re getting a lot of people into the community.” Callandra Dendias, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia’s (VPP) program co-ordinator, agrees, saying the popularity of the big musical revues and comedies that the theatre is known for are proving so popular that their season has been extended on both ends, beginning earlier on April 30 and ending later on October 27. “Our expanded summer season and two Christmas shows are intended to help boost tourism in southwestern Ontario,” she adds.

Summer theatre is booming and attracting tourism to smaller Ontario towns. The Port Stanley Festival Theatre sits adjacent to the new Pat and Ali Shakir Patio. It's part of the thriving business district, with shops and boutiques, along the village's Bridge Street.

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PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE: 1 Giving up the Ghost 2 Like Father, Like Son? Sorry 3 The Wildest Town in Canada: Donnelly Songs and Stories VICTORIA PLAYHOUSE PETROLIA: 4 Dracula 5 Murder for Two BLYTH FESTIVAL THEATRE: 6 Cakewalk 7 In the Wake of Wettlaufer


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9 The popularity of regional theatres is also boosting their international recognition, according to Alex Mustakas, artistic director for Drayton Theatres. That organization’s success in premiering bigger productions has “put us at the top of the list for Broadway to assign rights. We were the first in the world to be granted the rights to do Mary Poppins,” he explains. The regional theatres in southwestern Ontario prioritize Canadian works, with two of them – Port Stanley and Blyth – solely staging plays by Canadian

“We support our community by bringing 15 to 20,000 people to the village each summer.” SIMON JOYNES, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE

authors, many of whom are local. “We work with new writers to produce Canadian stories, stories about the place we live,” explains Gil Garrett, artistic director of Blyth Theatre. He’s especially proud of two local works, Jumbo and In the Wake of Wettlauffer. The former tells the story of the world’s highest paid entertainer of his time – Jumbo the Elephant – and his final performance and death in St. Thomas. The latter is a “ripped from the headlines” work, says Garrett. This real-life tragedy reflects the stories

of Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s victim’s families and is a sensitive, thoughtprovoking treatment that “starts the kinds of conversations we can’t have in the contemporary mediatized world,” according to Garrett. To celebrate its 45th season, Blyth Festival Theatre is staging a repeat performance of Cakewalk, a play previously staged in 1984. “It’s the very fun story of a small town that holds a Canada Day cake baking contest and the five increasingly competitive women who enter it and 

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become quite cutthroat in their tactics. One even enters her daughter’s wedding cake without permission to do so,” says Garrett. In its first run of the season, the PSFT is premiering the work of London playwright Jeff Culbert. The Wildest Town in Canada: Donnelly Songs and Stories “is a concert of stories and spoken word,” says Joynes. VPP is also celebrating national pride with its staging of the New Canadian Curling Club, by Stratford resident Mark Crawford, which had a “sold out run at its Blyth premiere.” Adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic, a musical version Dracula will be playing at VPP this fall in the run up to Halloween. Mustakas is excited to be bringing the Canadian premiere of Rocky to the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend. He’s directing the production and calls it “challenging because it was written cinematically, with 14 scenes in act one.” For the seven Drayton stages, Mustakas agrees that picking the summer’s roster of plays is complicated. He fulfills the mandate of summer theatre goers, with “a mix of big musicals, comedies and the occasional drama.” He feels that Rocky will have wide appeal because it’s a story that nearly every one can relate to. “It’s Rocky’s story but it’s also (Sylvester) Stallone’s story – he wrote it in three and a half days – of an underdog who became a champ.” Huron Country Playhouse is not without its own Canadian flavour, featuring Glory, the true tale of the Preston Rivulettes and You’ll Get Used To It, The War Show. “We chose this one because of the 75th anniversary of D Day,” explains Mustakas. It may be difficult to pick among the many offerings at southwestern Ontario’s regional theatres this summer but you’ll be richer for the experience. 

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t’s the oldest tie in my closet, and I’ve never worn it. Handcrafted with horizontal lines of green blue, red and as a precursor to his brief Goth phase, black, this Bristol board tie has survived multiple Goodwill/landfill purges since the early 2000s when my second son proudly brought it home from Grade 1. It came with a song to the tune of Jingle Bells (D-a-d, D-a-d, I love to hold your hand, it feels so good, it feels so safe, you’re the best dad in the land). In the almost 20 years since, many Father’s Day gifts have come (and gone). Not sure why I’ve kept it, except it represents the pinnacle of fatherhood which – and I’m certain science has proven this – comes when your child is six. Popular media has another opinion of modern fatherhood, though. I blame Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin, templates for a generation of father-child interaction. While children once grew up with Steven Douglas of My Three Sons, Howard Cunningham of Happy Days

Approximately 110 countries celebrate Father’s Day. The wish to spend time with children is universal. or James Anderson Sr. of Father Knows Best, my kids had a diet of dolts. Too often seen as a faded version of Mother’s Day, the third Sunday of June actually has a pretty cool history as a day to celebrate parental bonds. Approximately 110 countries celebrate Father’s Day. The North American version started in the early 1900s. Exactly by whom and when is the subject of many stories. One is that Lions Club member Harry C. Meek came up with the idea in 1915; the club named him Originator of Father’s Day. Unlike Mother’s Day, no one’s saying it was a Hallmark idea to sell greeting cards. Since Father’s Day began, billions of dollars have been spent on gifts from appreciative children. The publication

Market Watch once compiled a list of the most popular categories, which included car accessories, shaving products, sports gear, power tools, electronic gadgets and, of course, neckties. Those cliché gifts are all nice, and I’d never discourage my kids from giving them to me or your kids from splurging on you. Dads are, after all, worth it. But the gifts that matter most – and the reason I’ve kept that tie – show an investment of time and personality. Made-in-elementary school craft projects can’t go on forever, but time for dad can. That’s why I think that what fathers from Howard Cunningham to Homer Simpson want most (but will never say) are Father’s Day gifts of time spent together, whether that means sharing a round of golf, a meal at a trendy new restaurant or a curated selection of craft beers. These are all gifts from the heart, like my son’s homemade tie and funny song. After all, that’s what fatherhood is all about even when it isn’t the third Sunday of June. n

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YARD ART ADDS STYLE TO OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES A good word to describe summertime, with all of its potential, is whimsical and your yard can reflect that fanciful feeling with well-chosen pieces of art. 

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1 A collection of one-of-akind signs. Found items can be repurposed to add interest to the yard. 2 Handmade in London, these cheerful ceramic teacup bird feeders brighten up the garden. 3 Brighten up your landscape even before the flowers start to bloom with colourful items. 4 & 5 To attract bees and butterflies, add a butterfly puddler or bee oasis to your garden. 6 Garden statuary adds vertical visual interest in the yard. 7 Illuminate the garden with colourful glass, birdthemed solar-powered garden lights, handmade by Kitras Art Glass.

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or most of the last half-century, Thorndale has been home base for Coni-Marble Manufacturing. While Nick Huizenga launched the business, first manufacturing synthetic marble bathroom fixtures in his East London double-car garage in 1969, it was just a few years later that a factory and showroom were built in the village 10 minutes northeast of London. From the late 1990s, Coni-Marble also had a showroom in London, along with a factory where its Avian solid surface countertops were manufactured. But this year, the company is celebrating its 50-year anniversary by returning to its roots, amalgamating production and sales in Thorndale with a new showroom built on the site of the production facility. “It all started here and now we have

a beautiful 2,500-square-foot showroom and new offices,” says Derrick Huizenga. Derrick and his brother, Craig, joined their father in the company fresh out of college. It’s now a three-generation business with Craig’s son, Nicholas, working in production. Derrick’s son Aaron, now in college, works summers and will eventually be an installer. Coni-Marble has expanded its product offerings over the years. Solid surface countertops followed marble bathroom products. Then, in the early 2000s, when stone materials became more popular and affordable, Coni-Marble began fabricating quartz. In about 2010, it introduced Neolith, a solid porcelain material. The advent of stone counter materials initially stole sales away from solid surface products,

like Avian, but Derrick says it’s now experiencing a resurgence. “We still make our own and we’re probably one of only a few producers in Ontario, or even Canada, still making solid surface from scratch,” he says. Derrick doesn’t foresee further expansion at this time although they are always watching style and colour trends for their custom-made products. In fact, he says, with their longevity in the business, they’re noticing the cycle of styles and colours coming full circle with some from the ‘70s and ‘80s making a comeback. He explains, “People are now going to the square sinks like those we used in the ‘70s and colours from that era like the greys and browns are venturing back into the popular palette.” n

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My aunt, and the strongest woman I know, is Tammy Lynn Ferris! Tammy is a breast cancer survivor, and I don’t think anyone deserves a day of pampering and rejuvenation more than she does,” wrote Steph Ferris when nominating her choice in a makeover contest sponsored by Lifestyle Magazine, in conjunction with Salon Entrenous, Curiosities Gift Shop and Mugford Shoes. Nominations were made via social media. 

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1 Ferris’ hair has grown back with a curl, so she was unsure of how to style it. 2 Vriesinga combined beige/ white blonde highlights with a slightly darker base colour to add depth and enable a softer regrowth. 3 She used a round brush to smooth out Ferris’ hair while adding volume 4 Taylor encouraged Ferris to enhance her skincare routine with moisturising and exfoliating products. This ensures less makeup collects in fine lines and wrinkles in aging skin.

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Since December of 2017, Ferris (50) has undergone a lumpectomy, eight rounds of chemo therapy, a double mastectomy and reconstructive procedures. Her 18-year-old daughter Aliesha Arnot says that her mom always puts other people first, even during her illness and treatments. Arnot adds that her chemo-resultant hair loss was difficult because Ferris has always taken pride in her appearance. According to Ferris, “When you are hit with a cancer diagnosis, you have no choice but to keep moving forward and embrace your ‘new normal.’” Ferris’ confidence, strength, and sense of self are what make her beautiful and these qualities seem to have been enhanced during the last 18 months. She believes that we all have hidden capabilities buried deep within us that are brought to the surface when we face situations that seem insurmountable. To begin the makeover process, Ferris visited Curiosities Gift Shop, where owner Jocelyn King and manager Leah Montoux consulted with  May/June 2019

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“When you are hit with a cancer diagnosis, you have no choice but to keep moving forward and embrace your ‘new normal.’” her before choosing an outfit and accessories. Because Ferris loves jeans, and Curiosities has a wide selection to choose from, they chose a dark navy skinny jean for a dressier look. Heidi Morgan-Rhea, manager of Mugford Shoes Westmount location, helped select a woven leather shoe, in soft pewter, that is chic and versatile. Known as the Glam Squad, makeup artist Florencia Taylor and Salon Entrenous stylist Julie Vriesinga (2019 North American Makeup Artist of the Year and 2019 North American Hairstylist of the Year, respectively) completed Ferris’ look. According to Taylor, “Tammy is already so beautiful, so this wasn’t a transformation. I just wanted to highlight her features.” Vriesinga’s main challenge with Ferris’ hair was that it had grown back in uniform length, so her focus was reshaping and adding dimension. n

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Through the eyes of a child GLASS IS HER PALETTE By Kathy Rumleski

Artist Cheryl Garrett-Jenkins can still clearly see the face of an art teacher who let her use her imagination as a young girl to explore different media. That set her on a lifelong path of experimenting with different styles of art, as well as mixed media, which allow her to let that imagination go wherever it will take her. “(My teacher) was really good. She didn’t stick you in a groove and say, ‘You have to follow this.’ She let you go with it. We did all kinds of things,” says Garrett-Jenkins, the owner of Rubyeyes Kraftwerks, a studio in Port Stanley, where she showcases her own art and that of other artists. Garrett-Jenkins has a fascinating background, including working as a marine engineer and for the Coast Guard. Even while working on ships, she took the opportunity

to create art. Using scraps on board – old engine valves, bearing parts, valve covers and impellers – she made lamps and candlesticks. But glass art has always been Garrett-Jenkins’ favourite medium because of the challenges working with glass have brought her over the last 30 years. “It didn’t always do what you wanted it to. You can’t force glass,” she says. “It has its own mind and it’s kind of rebellious.” A piece that provided a challenge was a 48x48 three-dimensional glass panel that was commissioned. A scene from the Caribbean Sea, it has several hues of lovely blue water, colourful sail boats and a traditional lighthouse. “That one was extremely challenging because of the size and three-dimensional parts. It was the biggest piece I’ve ever done,” she says. Glass also allows her to combine other substances. “I’m trying to figure

TOP Entitled Blue Dreams, this stained glass room divider, measuring 48 inches by 48 inches, is a work commissioned in 2018. INSET Cheryl Garrett-Jenkins at work in her Port Stanley studio.

out how to mix glass with my clay now. I’m always trying something different in the kiln just to see if it works.” The result is each of Garrett-Jenkins’ clients receives a unique piece of art that’s never duplicated. Now when she creates art for clients, Garret-Jenkins appreciates the same feeling of freedom she had as a child: to be free of any rigid instructions. “If they let me run with my imagination, it’s gratifying.” n

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DREAMS for all lifestyles LUXURIOUS LOTTERY HOMES By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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iversity is the key for the three homes, in London and Grand Bend, up for grabs in this spring’s Dream Lottery. “From warm French Provincial, to chic industrial, to relaxing cottage getaway, the lottery is offering a home for every taste,” says Michelle Campbell, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. “Consistently offering remarkable Dream Homes like these has helped the lottery raise almost $35 million in support of specialized, complex and critical care

for patients from across our region.” The lottery, started in 1996, is a joint venture of three hospital foundations supporting St. Joseph’s Health Care London, London Health Sciences Centre and Children’s Hospital at LHSC. In addition to caring for London-area residents, these teaching and research hospitals are referral centres providing specialized services in support of regional community hospitals. The two London Dream Homes in Byron’s Wickerson Hills neighbourhood, constructed by Jefferson Homes, are


SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1996, THE DREAM LOTTERY has raised $35 million selling tickets for the chance to win prizes that include luxurious homes like those in this year’s lottery. LEFT AND BOTTOM RIGHT A contemporary, loft-inspired home and a French chateauinspired home were built by Jefferson Homes and are located in Byron’s Wickerson Hills development. Though very different in style, they are both welcoming family residences. TOP RIGHT Nicholson Builders constructed this Craftsman-style bungalow in Grand Bend. The cottage feeling is enhanced by a large deck that accommodates outdoor living. All three have been appointed and decorated by Jillian Summers of Upstaging Limited.

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elements that many try to hide, mixing elements of raw, edgy style with the warm texture of wood and exposed brick.”

both two-storey family homes but showcase distinctly different styles. The five-bedroom industrial-style home has a “rugged loft feel,” says project manager Jeff Fung. “It is open-concept with a large great room, featuring a 20foot ceiling and a fireplace with Venetian plaster for a cement look.” Jillian Summers, president of Upstaging Limited and designer for all three Dream Homes, describes the interior as “exposing all that lies beneath … proudly displaying the building elements that many try to hide, mixing elements of

Jillian Summers, president of Upstaging Limited and designer for all three Dream Homes

raw, edgy style with the warm texture of wood and exposed brick.” For décor items, Summers turned to Warehouse 74, which specializes in vintage-inspired industrial-style furnishings and accessories. The house features a modern kitchen with a walk-in pantry and a finished basement. “The basement is often forgotten, so we really wanted to feature it as a place to get together, a party area,” Fung says. It includes a golf simulator and large recreation room with a bar, as well as a bedroom and bathroom.

The other Jefferson Homes offering is a four-bedroom home with an ambiance that Summers describes as “French country – warm, inviting and cozy, a space that says ‘welcome home’.” The style, she notes, dates back to the 18th century and is a reflection of homes in Provence in the south of France. With a smaller footprint, this one is “a modest home that is still luxurious,” Fung says. Its more European-style elevation, with natural stone and block work, is a first-of-a-kind look for the Byron neighbourhood, he adds. 

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Summers calls the home “elegant yet comfortable,” mixing old with new. Décor items are supplied by Accents Home Furniture, a retailer that combines the latest design trends with timeless classic styles. It also features an open-concept kitchen and great room, as well as a finished basement, with a recreation room and walk-out to the backyard, Fung says. The Grand Bend home, from Nicholson Builders, is a Craftsman-style bungalow, created with cottage inspired living in mind, says Summers, noting its weathered finishes, shiplap walls, natural-fibre rugs and neutral tones. “It is sophistication meeting casual living,” she says. One of its highlights, says Rod Nicholson, is an expansive rear deck and an adjacent covered deck, with peaked roof and two skylights, ideal for outdoor entertaining. The multi-level backyard features armour stone accents and a fire pit. Inside, the main level includes an open-concept great room, with ledgerock fireplace. The kitchen features an island, stainless steel six-burner stove and a walk-in butler pantry. A room off the main foyer can be an office/den or an additional bedroom. The master bedroom ensuite has a soaker tub and tile shower plus a double vanity. The finished lower level has two additional bedrooms as well as a large recreation room with a mini bar. Furnishings for this home are also from Accents Home Furniture. The three homes are available for touring. n

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IRISH EYES ARE SMILING TRAVEL TO WHERE SPRING IS GREENER THAN GREEN By Kathy Mueller

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t’s springtime in southwestern Ontario, flowers are blooming, birds are singing and the grass is green. However, ask anyone who has ever travelled to Ireland and they will tell you: ‘You haven’t seen the colour green until you’ve seen the green of the Emerald Isle.’ “It just pops,” said Susan Eliuk, travel pro advisor with Travel Agents in Action in London. Sitting further north than southwestern Ontario, it seems mystical that this island nation of about 4.8 million people could be covered in such lush green grasses and, of course, shamrocks. Ocean currents bring warmer waters further north, and there is a lot of precipitation - about 225 days of rain a year in western parts of the country. All of that rain, combined with more moderate temperatures, is ideal for vegetation. While the green rolling hillsides are beautiful, they are not the only star

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ABOVE Many claim that the Irish countryside is the greenest green on earth. TOP INSET A stop at some of Ireland's famous pubs for a pint of Guinness is a must.

attraction of this magical land. There are the historical favourites to which tourists have been flocking for decades. Near the top of everyone’s list is the Blarney Castle with its infamous stone that has visitors bending over backwards to kiss it.

Legend has it that puckering up to this 1446 stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab. Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, is home to Titanic Belfast. It tells the story of the doomed ocean liner, RMS Titanic, sitting on the site of the former shipyard where the Titanic – the largest ship of the times - was built. Another must-see is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway on the northern tip of Ireland with its 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns. It rivals the Cliffs of Moher in its majesty, which rise 214 metres above the sea in County Clare. It’s a place that, when weather conditions are right, sea waters will be pushed up and over the cliffs, catching unsuspecting visitors off guard. And of course, there are pubs dotting cities and villages across the country. “You can’t go to Ireland and not take in one of the local pubs,” said Eliuk. “The


people of Ireland are so very warm and open. They are great story tellers and will talk with you as if they have known you for a very long time.” In Dublin, the Temple Bar hosts a number of cultural institutions for daytime visiting. After dark, however, it becomes a high energy center for nightlife with tourists crowding into nightclubs, restaurants and any number of bars. That includes the ever-popular Temple Bar Pub where the music is lively and the whiskey and Guinness flow. But what about some of the perhaps, lesser-known attractions? “One thing people may not realize about Ireland is that it is a spectacular place to see the northern lights,” said Eliuk. “An old fortress in Donegal, the Grianan of Aileach, is a great spot for photographers to get some amazing shots.” Not far from Dublin, but a little off the beaten track is the ‘Wonderful Barn,’ a corkscrew-shaped stone building built after a famine in the 1700s to create jobs and to act as a place to store grain should there be another famine. “Ireland is one of our top European destinations,” said Gail Ducharme, a vacation manager with Ellison Travel and Tours. “Small group tours made up of friends or family are really trending right now.” With six to ten people in a group, a travel itinerary can be customized to suit a group’s particular interests. “They get a tour guide and bus to themselves. That provides flexibility to change the itinerary on the go, if they want to.” One popular group tour has families tracing their own history. “A lot of Canadians have historical ties back to Ireland,” said Ducharme. “We build them a tour to help them find their family heritage with visits that include churches and graveyards.” From bubble domes, to yurts; from world famous wool sweaters, to cooking classes and craft breweries; from Waterford crystal to the lively sounds of Celtic music, Ireland has something for everyone. Plan your itinerary ahead of time to soak up as much of this green land as possible. Even so, chances are, you will return. “One visit won’t do it all,” said Eliuk. n

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A CHANGE OF SEASONS often brings on feelings of the need to change one’s look. As soon as beach weather hits, most of us want a new hairstyle that reflects our rejuvenated mood. But with so many new trends and products, where do you begin? Is the ‘ombre´’ look over? What does ‘balayage’ mean? What products can hold texture but look natural? How do you try out bangs that won’t immediately be regretted?

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Bikas says that the trends for this season are centred around a ‘lived-in’ look. Luckily, Maria Bikas and her team

of stylists at the Maria Bikas Salon have you covered. Bikas says that the trends for this season are centred around a ‘lived-in’ look. If you are a brunette, she suggests a smoky look using balayage, a method of applying highlights that results in a more natural appearance. Blondes are beautifully butter cream this season, wearing tones in the beige palette. For the adventurous, soft pastels, such as pinks and blues, are very popular. Bikas’ tip for staying on trend with the more extreme colours is to give them an ‘acid washed’ effect. When styling, think soft, less structured curls. PRO TIP: don’t start your curl right at the root or leave an inch or two uncurled at the ends. Brush your curls out afterwards. Bikas recommends Kevin Murphy’s Bedroom Hair (a texturizing spray) and Session Spray Flex (which offers a hold that doesn’t feel brittle or crispy). For enhanced volume try Kevin Murphy’s Anti-Gravity lotion. Recently, many stars – like JLo and Arianna Grande – have been rocking sleek high ponytails on the red carpet. The key is to use the right products on sections that you don’t want to move, such as L’Oréal Professionnel’s Infinium Hairspray. PRO TIP: wrap hair around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic and keep the ponytail smooth and styled. Perhaps add some very loose curls for texture. One of the most popular highfashion trends this season is visible bobby pins; they can mimic jewellery and add an elegant chicness. n

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ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND ENLIGHTENMENT ON THE WEST COAST

By Janis Wallace

MUSIC

Juno-winning Bedouin Soundclash brings their popular mix of reggae-tinged pop sound to the Bayfield Concert Series June 27. The band debuted in 2001 and has been a favourite ever since. After a hiatus, they re-emerged in 2017 with the release of Clock Work and six singles, including Salt Water, in 2018. Formed in university, Bedouin Soundclash has four studio albums and several awards and nominations behind them. They’ve appeared with Nine Inch Nails, Damian Marley and Ben Harper, to name a few. They’ve also collaborated with French Canadian singer Coeur de pirate and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A new album is scheduled for 2019. WHAT: Bayfield Concert Series: Bedouin Soundclash WHEN: June 28, 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Bayfield Town Hall TICKETS: $50 through ticketscene.ca and Shopbike Coffee • bayfieldconcertseries.com

HERITAGE

More than 40 million people live along the Great Lakes, which contain a fifth of the planet’s freshwater. This area depends on the lakes for water consumption, transportation and recreation. An

exhibit produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in collaboration with the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council looks at the ecosystems at a time of increased interest in their health. Canada’s Waterscapes comes to the Lambton Heritage Museum May 1 to September 30, offering interactive exhibits to inspire exploration and action to protect the lakes. “We decided to bring this exhibit to the Lambton Heritage Museum because the content for the exhibit looks engaging and fun, and we have such an intimate connection to water in Lambton County,” says Dana Thorne, curator/supervisor. “It is a natural fit for us and our connection to Lake Huron and the St. Clair River.” WHAT: Canada’s Waterscapes WHEN: May 1 to September 30 WHERE: Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend • lambtonmuseums.ca • 519-243-2600

FILM

Bringing award-winning films to Forest began six years ago when Glen Starkey thought it would be a good use of the

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Kiwanis Kineto Theatre. Today, the New Lambton Film and Food Festival is a popular four-day event that shines a light on Canadian and international films, as well as the food, culture and agri-food industry in the area. Ten films are shown, including Green Book, Collette, Stan and Ollie and Nothing Like a Dame. Three dinners, wine tastings and food pairings, artisans, arts, entertainment and education workshops round out the festival. A youth short film competition connects high school talent with TIFF professionals. “It’s a training course,” says Starkey. “It covers developing a script, story line, acting, filming and editing. It’s intensive fun.” WHAT: New Lambton Film Festival WHEN: May 23 to 26 WHERE: Kiwanis Kineto Theatre, 24, King St. West, Forest • forestfestivals.ca • 519-786-4879

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he village’s green and streets will be alive with music, classic cars, food and festivities during the summer months. From old friends – like Gathering on the Green, staging its 38th rendition on June 1 – to newer entries – like the four-year-old Back to the Green Car Shows, to be held on June 18 and July 16 (with rain dates one week later), there are many opportunities to visit London’s favourite village. Attracting 100 to 150 cars, the London East Lions Back to the Green Car Shows also offer grilled goodies, so you can check out classic autos while munching on hamburgers and hotdogs. It’s a guilt-free way to avoid

cooking on a hot day, as all proceeds go to the Lions club for its charitable work. In its ninth year, the Wortley Village Jazz and Blues Fest will close down Wortley Road from Askin Street to Elmwood Avenue on August 18. Ten bands will play on five stages from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. More than 5,000 people attended last year, bringing lawn chairs and enjoying visiting village shops and patio eateries. It runs in conjunction with Gathering on the Green 2, which has become one of the area’s largest events, with over 150 vendors of local and handmade craft items.

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CLEAN

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UNDERTAKE AN ECO-FRIENDLY CLEAN SWEEP THIS SPRING

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Springtime. There’s something about the budding flowers and rebirth of nature that lifts the spirits. That is, until someone mentions those dreaded two little words: spring cleaning. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a loathsome chore. Tidying up, eliminating clutter and giving everything a good scrubbing makes a living space feel lighter. Whether you’re preparing to list your home for sale or just freshening it up for the season, there are ways to make it easier on yourself and the environment. You may already have everything you need to do the job well. Getting the dirty jobs done doesn’t have to mean working in a cloud of chemicals. A squeeze of dish soap, lemon, baking soda and vinegar can tackle just about any cleaning job that’s been put off for a while. Add a few Magic Erasers and some lint-free cloths and you’re good to go. Cleaning vinegar is even stronger than the regular, white variety, but ordinary vinegar will also do. Mixed with water (the ratio depends on the toughness of the job ahead) vinegar will clean windows, mirrors and countertops. Used full strength, it will make a bathroom


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sparkle, right down to the toilet bowl. Some spring cleaners add a few drops of lavender or another essential oil to leave a pleasing scent behind. The grunge that builds up around faucets can’t stand up to a real lemon. It will leave the taps shiny and the kitchen smelling great. It’s also touted as a great substitute for harsh bleach on laundry day. Brighten a stainless-steel sink by scrubbing it with baking soda. For windows, one tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with one-quarter cup vinegar and two cups of warm water makes an eco-friendly and effective cleaner. The microwave cleaning trick of zapping a bowl of lemon and water for three minutes apparently does work to loosen stuck-on food. But why not wipe down the inside of the microwave immediately after a pasta explosion? Oh right – teenagers. One peek inside an oven in need of attention is enough to make a person consider abandoning the eco-friendly approach in favour of harsh chemicals and nuclear weaponry. But even scrub-

bing with the arm strength of The Rock still won’t likely return the oven to its previous glory. Plus, it is good time management to get it professionally cleaned. Oven Clean uses non-caustic chemicals to get your stove back to a place before overflowing casseroles and other messy spills got baked on. Oven Clean’s Tilda King says their environmentally-friendly process returns the appliance to showroom condition. “Oven cleaning is one of the mosthated household chores. We’re done in less than two hours and you can be doing something else. And we do the entire oven, even racks and doors. No fumes. No mess. And you can use the oven again immediately after we’re done.” While we’re on about appliances, it’s amazing what can accumulate behind them. Drag them away from the wall and evict those dust bunnies and other critters before they reproduce as quickly as real bunnies do. A big part of spring cleaning is decluttering and finding more efficient ways of running our lives. We’ve all reached back to the no-man’s land of a deep cupboard and discovered a package whose expiry date was three years past. A well-organized kitchen reduces frustration, according to Dennis Beker of Gliding Shelf Solutions, whose company replaces regular cupboards with pull-out drawers that allow you to see everything, instead of only what’s at the front. “For me to put the glides in, you have to take everything out. Then you will be more selective about what you’ll put back in there. It cuts down significantly on waste.” Stiles – those thin, vertical boards between double cabinet doors – are all that stand in the way of you finding what you want quickly in a more organized, useful cabinet. You will smile as brightly as the morning sun in springtime every time you open a drawer or an appliance and you can go easier on yourself and the environment this season. n

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Making memories

Family travel is the way to go

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste “Remember when….” These words begin many family conversations, recalling special times with parents and grandparents. Creating such reminiscences is fueling a growing travel trend to family trips involving two or three generations. “The biggest emphasis for multigenerational travel is making memories,” says Tena Reid, travel advisor with Ellison Travel and Tours. It’s definitely something Ellison’s advisors are seeing more and more. “For myself, there is at least one or two in every season,” Reid says. “I think it’s because grandparents today are healthier and looking for ways to spend special times with their families.” Travel for all ages is also easier, she adds. “The world is becoming more accessible for people who have

mobility issues. If grandparents are using walkers or wheelchairs, we can make arrangements to accommodate that.” The trips encompass a range of formats, from exploring regions of Europe to cruises, all-inclusive resort vacations or enjoying the attractions of Disney World. “It can be anything, anywhere, whatever people want to do,” Reid says. “If you’ve thought about it, it’s out there.” Ancestral tours are popular, she says. People who have immigrated to Canada often want their children and grandchildren to experience their culture of origin. A family of Italian heritage recently spent two weeks exploring Tuscany, exploring from their base at a rented villa. Ellison also arranged a trip for a 91-yearold veteran, who took his six children on a European battlefield tour. Disney is a big draw, Reid says, and

ABOVE Cathy and Doug Ellison, owners of Ellison Travel and Tours.

boasts a whole department dedicated to arranging multigenerational trips. Cruise ships are ferrying families around the globe. Disney and Royal Caribbean are two lines that cater to this type of travel, she says, mentioning a couple who have enjoyed three Disney cruises, one with each of their children and families. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class ships - virtually floating cities, says Reid – lend themselves to multiple ages. They feature quiet adult-only areas as well as kid-delighting lures, such as carousels, waterparks, multiple pools and age-friendly programs. The cabin styles also accommodate family groups, she adds, citing one suite that sleeps 14, with four bedrooms and its own deck with hot tub and barbecue. n

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Beauty is everywhere

Where art, heritage and science meet ABOVE Dr. Wei Jing Loo owner of DermEffects.

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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istoric churches and artistic passion are not elements that immediately come to mind when thinking about a dermatology clinic and research facility. But they are inextricably linked in Dr. Wei Jing Loo’s DermEffects clinic in London’s Hyde Park neighbourhood. In 2012, when Loo began searching for a site to open a private practice clinic, she came across the former Hyde Park United Church, forced to close its doors in 2011 due to dwindling membership. She immediately fell in love with the century building. “Having lived in the United Kingdom for 10 years, I love old buildings that have a history and beautiful architecture,” Loo says. “I could readily envision how to restore, refurbish and repurpose this one.” The restoration was a massive project,

including an entire new roof and replacement of the belfry tower. It was completed in three phases, beginning with the medical wing in the church’s rear extension. In this space, pews were repurposed as seating and the front door of the demolished adjacent church office was salvaged and reused to separate the reception area and the clinic rooms. The cosmetic wing, completed in 2014, is located in the mid-section, the former choir room. Removal of a lowered ceiling revealed the original hundred-year-old tin ceiling, which, with considerable effort, was restored. The final phase saw the sanctuary repurposed as a research wing, with original lights and oak ceiling preserved. Among Loo’s favourite elements here are “ghost chairs,” impressions left on the wainscoting by the removed pews.

Rather than paint over them, she opted to leave them and invited community members to contribute quotes, poems and phrases that are stenciled above them. In addition to a love of historic buildings, Loo has a passion for creating art and her watercolour and silk paintings, along with mixed media pieces incorporating a variety of recycled materials, adorn the walls. “While I love medicine, art is my hobby. I use it as a way to give back to the community,” she says. Such community support includes events like her second Art For Charity event May 9, for which she created 50 works to be sold to raise money for United Way, cancer care via Relay For Life and the Montessori Academy of London. n

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