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THE BIG CHILL top-notch Attractions, Art, entertainment, FOOD, DRINK, history and Outdoor Adventures. It is Just down the Road & around the bend in Beautiful Southwestern Ontario.

Live it for a day... Live it for a lifetime!

Your FREE Guide to Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Brantford, NEW CREDIT, six nations of the grand river, Oxford + Pamper yourself Happy / ROAD TRIPS WITH Spicy Jan / Arts, Entertainment & Outdoor / CHANGEMAKERS GALORE + A mag Chock-a-block full of local lovelies!

The perfecT pairing of STyle, relaxaTion, local flavour & aTTainabiliTy

Whether you’ve come for a day of relaxation at our spa, to dine at our beautiful lakefront restaurant that specializes in local cuisine or to golf on our expansive greens, you’ll know you’ve come home! We’ve created an inviting playground for the young at heart and you are all welcome to join in.

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Small Town Changemakers Meet some of the people, places and businesses making a difference in your community and learn how you can help.

About Town No need to hibernate in Southwestern Ontario’s winter wonderland. There is an abundance of indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family.

Small Town Sunday Jay Perry’s Ultimate Insider’s Guide that highlights what to eat, buy, explore and indulge in around Ontario Southwest.

Pamper Yourself Let’s make 2019 the year to kick back, relax, and find ways to pamper ourselves while embracing well-being and happiness.

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Team Magic Every dream begins with a plan, and our current magazine would like to introduce you to the team of talented folks who helped to make Live Small Town possible.

Arts & Culture From world-class artists and live theatre to intimate concerts, get introduced to local talent and discover the best places to soak up and enjoy the culture.



Food for Thought Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth, a rich palette, or simply enjoy a night out on the town or quiet afternoon to relax, we’ve got the place for you.

Nature Calls When the weather is nice and your agenda is open, there’s nothing like exploring the great outdoors and we want to get you pointed in the right direction.



Deep Roots We help bring local history back to life, and tell you where to look for heritage, knowledge and wonderment in your community. Let’s get out and explore!

Realizing Resolution Yet again, another small-town gal tells the story of how she followed her dreams and accomplished goals through the love and support of smalltown community.

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Small town, big advantages! When one thinks of Norfolk County, for those who can point it out on a map of Ontario, the term “dynamic college campus” may not be the first to come to mind. But that is exactly what you would find if you visited the eastern edge of the town of Simcoe, where Fanshawe College’s Simcoe/ Norfolk Regional Campus can be found. While the images of farm fields, small towns, beaches, and wineries are a large part of Norfolk, the charm of small town life is reflected in the local Fanshawe College campus as well. Here you are a name, not just a student number. Here you are warmly greeted by friendly staff and faculty from day one until that victorious graduation walk that concludes your studies. And here is where you have a variety of unique program options, which is a contributing factor to an increasingly diverse student body. A quick glance at recent online reviews or a talk with a current student and you’ll find one word repeated: small. Though some college students will want the bustling citylike atmosphere of a large college campus, there are a vast number of people who would prefer to go to a school that reminds them of their hometown: small, warm, friendly, welcoming. Not only that-Fanshawe Simcoe provides a local option for a demographic that can’t easily commute to a large city. Mothers, fathers, mature students retraining for a new career, seniors, and young adults all have different reasons to stay close to home and earn their diploma or certificate right in their own backyard. Another element that makes Fanshawe stand out is the broad program offerings available. These range from part time and evening options such as Food Service Worker and Esthetics to full time diploma programs such as Early

Childhood Education (ECE) and Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership. Furthermore, ECE along with Developmental Service Worker are two-year diploma programs that are accelerated into a 12 month time-frame with new start dates every six weeks. This is very appealing to those who want to start their new career more quickly. Continuing on the unique programming theme, programs such as Adventure Expeditions & Interpretive Leadership and Agri-Business Management were designed in conjunction with local employers to meet community needs. And for those looking to enter the trades, there is even a spectacular modern weld shop to support its Welding Techniques program. Fanshawe’s Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus manages to offer something for everyone while maintaining its small school persona. If you love the small-town life and desire an option for post-secondary education that is affordable and close to home, check out Fanshawe’s Simcoe/Norfolk Campus. With friendly staff, small classes, yet state-of-the-art facilities and a surplus of resources to help along the way, the options are plentiful for a high-quality education right here in Norfolk County.

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Nikki Campbell Schram, Tara Carpenter, Nancy Domsic Kings, Marc Douglas, Jay Perry, Erika Strada, Francine Tausney, Nicole VanQuaethem Writers

Linda Blakney, Tara Carpenter, Nancy Howden-Cowell, Donna Ferrawey, Spicy Jan, Kerri Kelly-Parkinson, Kerstein Mallon, Adrianna Michell, Cindy Mighton Frank, Emmalee Nother, Jay Perry, Krista Reimer, Kelly Samuel Blair, Tara Shannon, Kate Sharrow, Jessica Stirling, Erika Strada, Nicole VanQuaethem, Jennifer Villamere, Elizabeth Voth, Kerry Walford, Lacie Williamson, Tim Zwart

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This award winning Townhouse Condo Development is located in Waterford’s prestigious Yin Subdivision. Our 1475 sq ft bungalow designs offer a spacious layout while enjoying the perks of condo living with the luxuries found in a single-family home.

Over the next three years we will be building 37 estate homes on Newport Lane in Somerset Subdivision, one of the most desired areas of Port Dover. Many of these lots back on to the wooded area of the Black Creek Conservation and other lots have walk-out options with seasonal creek views.

Development has continued in this Simcoe subdivision behind Holy Trinity High School. Prominent has purchased 10 of the most opportune lots to build on starting in spring 2019. Contact us today to design and build your custom home.

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Kate Sharrow kate@livesmalltownmag.ca Live Small Town Magazine is printed four times a year and distributed throughout Southern Ontario via various tourist associations, related services, retail locations and home distribution. Copyright 2018 Live Small Town Magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Opinions and comments reflect those of the writers and are not necessarily those of the editorial and staff. At the time of publication, we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible. Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or corrections you may have.

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Team Magic

Authentic people, engaging stories and a sense of community fellowship are what make small towns what they are, so it should come as no surprise that these are the pillars upon which the Live Small Town concept are built. We’ve started our own “town” within these very pages, and we’d love to introduce ourselves and invite you inside! 10 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca


livesmalltownmag.ca I cannot believe that our team has completed year two of Live Small Town Magazine! Whoo hoo! Thanks to our amazing crew who run here, there and everywhere every issue.We are also so grateful to our advertisers, because without all of their support we would not be able to produce this wonderful mag! Big hugs to my wonderful business partner Kate for all that she does (in your PJs most days) and to my hubby and kids. We wish everyone love and laughter for the year ahead, as we push into our third and best year yet. Cheers!


Emmalee Nother

I’m a local lady with a love for all things country, hockey and small town. Born and raised in beautiful Haldimand County, my passion for where I grew up runs deep. My adventures have taken me from coast to coast in the entertainment biz but I always return home to my rescue dog, Duke, and my cats on the farm.

Kari Raymer Bishop Can’t wait to find out what Jay’s team raised in their 8th year!


livesmalltownmag.ca I have moved 22 times in 47 years but 17 years ago, my family moved from Hamilton to Grimsby Beach and stayed. It was my first taste of smalltown community and the beginning of discovering how rewarding it was to cultivate an extended family of neighbours. That is exactly what we tried to do with Live Small Town Magazine and I think we have been pretty successful! Our advertising partners and contributors are an amazing selection of people who value supporting the community. They are all unique changemakers and I am so proud to also count them as friends.

villamere.com Besides shining a light on folks doing pretty amazing, change-the-world stuff in this mag, I also write for ET Canada, Villamere: The Lowbrow Magazine of High-End CanLit and I’ve just released a book: Is Canada Even Real? How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip-Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe.

A born nurturer, I love to help make anything grow and am happiest when I am investing in the growth of my child, garden, students or community. I am a teacher, beekeeper, landlady, writer, activist, and general nuisance. After traveling all over the world, I have found my home in Paris, where I live with a kind professor, a wild child and a sweet dog.

Jay Perry

jayperry.ca Over the last six years, besides working as a photographer being heavily involved in growing my charity, Friends With Heart, I have been spending my Sundays travelling to small pockets of Ontario and documenting my day trips online. Whether it be stories of unique individuals, #delicious #food, or #historic #landmarks, I’ve been detailing every event through photo, video and words. Look for this regular feature in Live Small Town Mag but also please like us on our Facebook​page and my adventures on Instagram. I have some exciting ideas coming up and I can’t wait to show everyone the beauty that resides in our small towns.


I live in a beautiful small village on the shores of Lake Erie and am surrounded by family, friends, art, local beauty, goodness and of course my sweet dog Mia. I will explore all the hidden gems that our lovely wee towns offer and share those experiences with you on social media and in the pages of Live Small Town Magazine.

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I moved from Burlington to small-town life several years ago. It was a bit of an adjustment and when I say small town, I actually mean rural Hagersville. My closest neighbours are cows and buffalo. No longer could I pop out my front door and find all of the latest conveniences at my finger tips. But, you know what!? I love it now. There are so many wonderful businesses out here offering everything I could want. I’m a cook by trade and I love to write too, and out here where the buffalo do in fact roam, I have inspiration galore! From rolling farm landscapes, to Lake Erie, the Grand River, and hiking trails. The fresh produce, cheese, honey, grass fed and organic meats. Not to mention the locally produced wine, beer, and cider. Everything within minutes of my home. I am in heaven. As one of the newest sales gals to join the Live Small Town Magazine crew, I look forward to meeting you! If you are in Haldimand County and want to become one of our advertising partners, please send me an email at tara@livesmalltownmag.ca Lacie Williamson

For over 35 years, Antler Services Inc. has been providing exceptional service and knowledgeable insight to home owners, businesses and larger industries. Starting as a small pest control business run by brothers Syd and Dan Antler, it wasn’t long before they expanded into other areas, such as landscaping, lawn maintenance, and small engine repairs. Our customers and quality workmanship has remained our main focus over the years, and our entire team works tirelessly to ensure complete satisfaction. No matter what your needs, our ongoing mission is to provide the best service possible. LANDSCAPING • LAWN CARE • LAWN CUTTING • SNOW REMOVAL • ALL SEASON MAINTENANCE • SMALL ENGINE SALES & REPAIRS • PEST CONTROL • GARDEN CENTRE

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barracksbythegrand.ca Lacie Williamson is a fulltime artist, operating her own studio and gallery, LVW Creative Barracks in Dunnville, Ontario. Within her space, Lacie teaches creativity to people of all ages and offers local artists the opportunity to show and sell their work. When she’s not teaching or writing for us, you can often find her at local cultural events, like Hamilton’s monthly Art Crawl, selling hand-made items or playing her ukulele. In addition to her artistic talent, Lacie is also a performer, as a player of Niagara Improv’s monthly Improv Fallout, and as a stand-up comedian. She is the secretary of Haldimand Art Works’ Board of Directors, and cochair of the organization’s signature event: River Arts Festival which takes place every November in Haldimand County.


Building Financial Success.

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At Steward Group we believe finances are about more than dollars and cents. Every solution, like each of our clients, is unique. We work individually with you to develop your personalized strategy which forms a nest in which you can build and nurture a lasting and meaningful legacy. Your goals, values and vision for your future are yours and yours alone – your financial advice should be too. OUR APPROACH We take the complex and make it simple. Every new client relationship at Steward Group begins with a Life Discovery Discussion. Through this process we gain a full 360-degree perspective on your priorities and are able to generate a holistic, customized plan. Each plan we create is unique and the tools we employ are specific to each individual client’s needs. Our goal is to create a plan that satisfies your needs for today, your future goals and your desire to leave a lasting legacy. We believe a successful plan will address all three stages of financial planning. Our tested and proven process is anchored by six dynamic activities developed to enable us to continuously monitor and ensure that our clients’ goals and objectives are achieved. At Steward Group we pride ourselves in having a professional and friendly team that is dedicated to helping our clients with both their financial goals and insurance needs. Security. Growth. Comfort. Protection. Nurture. Next Generation. It was the feelings behind these concepts that moved Steward Group founder, Rob Knight from being a financial advisor solely focused on client matters to leading and guiding a larger team that is dedicated to delivering comprehensive strategies and solutions to individuals, families and businesses. As the Managing Director of Steward Group, Rob in-

spires the Steward team toward the goal of partnering with our clients to assist them in the successful achievement of their financial and life goals. Jordan Knight has had various roles within Steward Group and in January 2014 he took on the role of Financial Advisor with HollisWealth. In November 2017, Jordan proudly launched the Paris branch of Steward Group. He strives to work closely with his clients to help them achieve their financial goals, while maintaining the same principles that define the Steward Group process. Jordan and Steward Group are excited to be in the Wincey Mills and look forward to helping residents in the Paris and surrounding area with any of their financial planning needs. We invite you to pop by the Paris office any Tuesday morning between 8-10 where we host a “Coffee & Questions” session; you bring your questions and we’ll provide the coffee.

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The summers spent on my grandparents’ farm taught me about the importance of maintaining rural economies and supporting local farmers, businesses, and creators. Now as a university student living in a city, I still am connected to these values through my art, scholarship, veganism, and environmentalism. I know that as I grow, I should always remember where I was planted. Nicole VanQuaethem

simplynicnutrition.com As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Culinary Nutrition Expert and owner of Simply Nic Nutrition, I focus on empowering people to make healthy choices. I have my Masters of Science in Rural Planning and Development where I focused most of my research on local food systems, agri-tourism, culinary tourism and food access. Combining my passion for nutrition and local food, I teach people to eat within the seasons and to become connected to food. In my free time, when not in the kitchen testing recipes, I love getting outside, and cuddling and exploring with my little dog Chloe. Shara Keates

Join us for a visit and discover all that Mohawk has to offer. Book a campus tour, attend an information session or come to our Spring Open House events.


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All back roads, all the time! That’s my motto! (And if I see a bakery, I must pull over!) My husband, three kids and I have called St. George home for the past 12 years. Smalltown living in Tilsonburg is where it all began for me. After venturing off to London for a few years, I found the beauty and peace of small-town living was calling me back. I truly believe life is about connecting with people, whether that’s at a local restaurant, hair salon or a park bench in the heart of town. Small-town living makes that connection a daily reality. I am excited to partner with you and I can’t wait to show off your unique Oxford County business! I’m always out and about and would love to talk with you about your advertising needs! Please call 519448-3958 or email shara@livesmalltownmag.ca


olliandella.com I was born with a wild imagination. My mother was naturally creative, so I grew up painting, planting, sewing, baking and creating. The second I picked up my first camera I became obsessed with capturing the small wonders around me. To date, my permanent creative status allows me to be an art director by trade, photographer by fate and remain imaginative by nature. I spend most days in the middle of a creative mess or treading lightly while adventuring with my husband, two funny kids and our little Westie pup at our side. Sarah Gurney

I was born and raised big city, but am now a selfmade small townee. I live for weekends wandering shops, parks, and pretty places with my funny husband and son duo. When I have a spare moment not chasing my two-year-old, you can find me picking at my guitar, baking something yummy, or tackling a messy home reno project around the house! I am also one of the newest teammates at Live Small Town Magazine! If you are in Brantford and have an interest in becoming one of our beloved and valued advertising partners, please give me a call at 226-220-7340 or email me at sarah@livesmalltownmag.ca Donna Ferrawey

I’m an excursionist! Since I was young, I loved to explore all of the areas around me. My husband Jim and I go for “Drive Abouts.” That means jumping in the car, set to wander aimlessly. We find some of the most interesting places when we don’t know our destination, sometimes getting lost. Small towns, big towns, country lanes, and everything in between is where we wander. It’s fun finding new and interesting places to share with you. At home on the shore of Lake Erie, I love spending time with my husband, my armload of kids, grandchildren, my cat Murri, and my BFFs.

Stonebridge Community Services is committed to delivering professional, high quality home care and health and wellness services in Oxford, Elgin and Norfolk Counties. Home Care services provided by Personal Support Workers and supervised by a Registered Nurse. Health & Wellness services provided by Occupational Therapist, and Certified Senior Fitness instructors with oversight by a Registered Kinesiologist. Preventive Health Services: We offer a variety of supports and services, designed to help ensure a good quality of life throughout the aging process, such as our In-Home Personal Activity & Exercise Plan, our 12-week, Health-E Steps Program and our free Community Exercise programs held throughout Norfolk County.

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Serving our combined communities for

90 years

Tim Zwart

timjzwart.com I have always embraced being a round peg in a square hole. A walking contradiction, I am a single dad of two small children, an American void of ignorance, I love poutine but not maple syrup, and love sports but not hockey. I am a publishing veteran, magazine editor and author. My first book, Reload: Changing the way we view guns in America, is available on Amazon. MARC DOUGLAS

From small business loans to business planning and coaching. We can help your business in Southwestern Ontario get on the fast track to success!

marcdouglas.ca I wouldn’t change a thing about growing up in the small town of Paris where I discovered a love for photography. My goal is to show the beauty, strength and enthusiasm of my subjects. As a father of two children, I am a proud supporter of all things involving childhood cancer. I believe in enjoying all the little moments, because you never know what tomorrow brings. Spicy Jan

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tastyroadtrips.com Growing up in Toronto the youngest of four, we were expected to sit at the table and finish up our plate. We ate what we were given or at least we were creative about how to navigate a clean plate. Food wasn’t an element of community in my younger years. In my 20’s, through falling in love, I experienced the European culture in a delicious new way which would become my new norm. Chirozo, garlic, onion, sardines, basement bbq’s, pimento sauce, pork, bacalhau; I experienced food first hand through family, celebrations and cooking at home. This was the beginning of my 30-year journey of exploring cooking, food, business, travel and community. As owner operator of Tasty Road Trips Food Tours, I bring the food and beverage tour experience to small towns with big tastes.

If you have ideas for the mag or would like to join our team, please feel free to reach out kate@livesmalltownmag.ca.

Stone for the heart of your home

Brantford Granite & Quartz is a local family-owned and operated business in lovely Paris, Ontario which carries an impressive array of natural stone in our 5,000 sq ft showroom. We are committed to providing products and services that are competitively priced and of superior quality. Let our experienced staff guide you through designing your dream. From start to finish, we take pride in ensuring that your final product is perfectly crafted and will last the test of time and add value to not only your home but also your life!

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Kindness and caring is contagious!... It is the “bug” we should all hope to catch. I am a huge believer in paying it forward... hence my desire to showcase all of these “earth angels” and shine a light on the meaningful ways they help the people in our small-town communities. Talk about it, get excited about it and most of all - act on it! I will be showcasing acts of kindness in each issue of Live Small Town Magazine. If you have a special story, person or place that you would like me to showcase, please reach out. Wishing you all smiles, happiness and love.

The Century 21 Heritage House Ltd Woodstock goldengala.ca With 19 years of glitz and glamour, the annual Century 21​​Golden ​Gala in Woodstock has raised over $1,335,000 to benefit people in need within our community, such as the Woodstock General Hospital and numerous other organizations. Mark your calendar for March 2, 2019 as this year’s gala will be supporting Andrew’s Legacy, South Gate Centre and Easter Seals Oxford. Get ready to be “Putting on the Ritz” for charity!


Changemakers, Having an Impact in a Community Near You! Sometimes it’s the little day-to-day things that go unrecognized in our lives which end up having the biggest impact BY Donna Ferrawey

Margot’s Place Brantford Young moms can often feel overwhelmed and isolated. Margot’s Place was created as a non-profit organization to offer a helpful and friendly gathering place in Brantford. They provide support services along with fun and informative activities. Young moms get the support they need while having a chance to interact with other young moms who are facing similar challenges. Being a Mom is so worthwhile, but it’s not always easy. 18 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

Lucas Wilson Norfolk lucaswilson.ca Many aspiring magicians may know the names Lucas Wilson and his entertaining assistant Kelly Defilla. They probably also know about his astonishing straitjacket escapes that have earned him four Guinness World Records. They may have been lucky enough to see one of his shows but probably do not know that even after his growing fame, Lucas has stayed committed to helping people in need and spreading love. Not only does his October and December, Skeletons On Leslie light shows collect food donations for the local food bank but over the past six years, Lucas has visited McMaster Children’s Hospital every few months to put on a magic show for the patients. He gives each child a magic kit at no cost to the hospital. He is also a supporter of the Love Button Movement and hands Love Buttons out to remind people to pause and love. lovebutton.org

Kerry Walford, Artist

The Grand Corbel Bed & Breakfast

Visit the country to explore local shops and meet friends for a drink or dinner. Bundle up and discover your winter wonderland. Stay in a cozy B&B for a romantic weekend. Enjoy the art, history and culture found in our quaint towns and villages. The Carolinian CafĂŠ & Eatery Fisherville Hotel & Tavern

Haldimand County Trails

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Behind every good person, there has usually been some good food. At Live Small Town, we’d like to celebrate both by highlighting the best local foods and recipes around, while introducing you to the creative and talented people who make them possible. From innovative techniques and ingredients to updated twists on some of our old favorites, this is your one-stop-shop for everything food, family, and fellowship related. After all, every food journey starts with a single bite!

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Home Grown

Ryan Rivard and Jennifer Von Schleinitz opened Lago Port Dover in 2016. Focused on fresh, made-from-scratch, Italian cuisine, this resto is the perfect place to visit before you settle down for a long winter’s nap. Yum!

On the Map

Finders Keepers Every culture has their own wedding traditions but the common thread that runs through it all is love.

Mohawk Chapel Brantford mohawkchapel.ca As the sun shines down through the beautiful stained glass windows depicting historical events of the First Nation People and their role in Canadian history, you will be exchanging your vows in the oldest surviving church in Ontario and the last standing building of the original Mohawk village. Chapel bells will announce to the world as you begin your new life as a married couple.

Brantford Golf and Country Club Brantford brantfordgolfandcountryclub.com Everyone wants and deserves their wedding to be a perfect day and the goal of the staff here is to make sure from the planning to the finale that your day is everything you could hope for and imagine. Watch the stunning sunset over historic Grand River with your new life partner while you celebrate carefree with family and friends in timeless elegance and old world charm.









Cranberry Creek Delhi lynedochgardens.ca Surrounded by picturesque farm land there stands a historical 1881 church that is the heart and soul of Cranberry Creek Gardens. The surrounding gardens and out buildings make this wedding venue a glorious place to begin your married life. To help make your day hassle free enjoy a restful night’s sleep in the comfort of Charlton House Inn before your most important day begins.

David’s Restaurant Port Dover davidsportdover.com Close your eyes and imagine yourself standing with the person of your dreams overlooking beautiful Lake Erie. The breeze gently blowing your veil, while surrounded by stunning gardens and your friends and family witnessing you take your vows. This venue offers that, as well as sumptuous foods and delicious local wines to toast the beginning of your new and exciting life together.

Nithridge Estate Weddings Ayr nithridge.com When you were a child did you dream of a wedding with elegant surroundings and horse drawn carriages? You will exchange your vows in a picturesque Mediterranean Amphitheatre after which your guests will enjoy cocktails on a charming old world terrace with a jazz ensemble for entertainment as you are whisked away in a carriage for photos on this 33 acre estate on the Nith River.

Ruthven Park National Historic Site Cayuga ruthvenpark.ca This Greek Revival Mansion on the banks of the Grand River is the perfect backdrop for the photos that will tell the story of your wedding. The choice between having the 1840 Coach House or the Garden Gazebo for your ceremony will be a hard one to make but either one will ensure that your special day takes place in a grand setting that marks the beginning of your married life.

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The Seventh Fire Food for Thought on the road to Truth and Reconciliation The Seventh Fire is part of an old Anishinaabe prophecy that presents humanity with a choice of two paths. One path leads to a bright future, the other to our destruction. What does this have to do with food and reconciliation? Quite a lot actually. What is a culture without food? Where would Italians be without pasta; the Vietnamese without Pho; Eastern Europeans without Pierogis; the English without Fish & Chips; or the French without Julia Child introducing the world to beef bourguignon and copious amounts of butter!? What about Canadians? Are we a nation whose culinary identity is defined by poutine and Kraft dinner? Of course not. “Turtle Island is so intricate.” says, Chef Rich Francis, owner of Seventh Fire Hospitality Group and 3rd place finalist of Top Chef Canada, season 4. “There is a whole world of culinary possibilities, beyond colonization.” Chef Francis wants to redefine Indigenous cuisine, and therefore Canadian cuisine, by opening our eyes as a nation to the issues that have plagued Canada’s Indigenous people since colonization: The Residential School System, the stripping away of First Nations food sovereignty, and the onset of disease brought on by colonization, like diabetes and obesity. Chef Francis’ father was taken as a child and placed in a residential school. It’s a topic his father 22 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca


won’t speak about to this day. Not surprisingly, it’s had a major impact on Rich, who says that when he cooks, it’s for the scared young boy that his father once was. He cooks too for the thousands of other Indigenous children removed from their homes, families and traditional ways of life. What is true Indigenous cuisine? It’s foods native to Canada sourced through hunting, fishing and foraging, then prepared using age-old traditions – some of which Chef Francis intertwines with modern culinary practices. Unfortunately, under current Canadian guidelines, many of the meats that Chef Francis wants to serve, like Moose and Narwhal, are considered illegal. He hopes one day this will change. This brings us back to the Seventh Fire. The road to Reconciliation is forked - what path will we choose? Chef Rich Francis can currently be found operating his catering company on Six Nations in Haldimand County. He’s also working toward the opening of his restaurant, Seventh Fire, in Hamilton by Spring, 2019. Also slated for 2019, Chef Francis looks forward to the release of his first cookbook, Closing the Gap: Truth and Reconciliation Through Indigenous Foods and to the airing of his documentary (that he co-produced) titled, Red Chef Revival. Follow Chef Francis on Instagram @seventhfire

Jan’s Tasty Road Trips

Our ever-growing food scene just keeps expanding, which has foodies in larger cities pretty envious. Making us their choice dining destination! BY Spicy Jan Exploring ‘small towns with big tastes’ is the slogan of Tasty Road Trips Food Tours and the passion of Spicy Jan. After experiencing food tours while traveling in Puerto Rico, Chicago, Mexico and Calgary, my love for sharing food through community was gaining new momentum. Working in the

gourmet food industry for over a decade, I decided to take my global food tour memories and create experiences based on mylove of local food, shops and community. This concept began with envisioning a tour where guests from near and far could join a guided walking food tour in a small town that offered great food. Downtown Paris was the perfect location to begin curating tours. From fine dining, a foodie stall at the market-place, upscale sweet treats or gourmet baking overlooking the Grand, this is how it organically

unfolded and continues to develop. Now, Tasty Road Trips Food Tours offers guided walking food tours in several small towns. Watch in 2019 as we launch a Brant Brew Tour and popular this Fall was the Sips & Eats Road Trip Tour where guests experience food and beverages, farms and chefs which offers a true sense of farm to table, even farm to glass! Jan loves curating tour experiences to tempt the senses with local food and beverages. Email info@ tastyroadtrips.com or visit tastyroadtrips.com.

A TASTE DESTINATION Spicy Jan did the gut-busting work for you and distilled

it down to four absolute must-eats locations this winter!

The Beach House Port Dover Enjoy Lake Erie while dining on fresh-caught perch with sides, sprinkled in fragrant malt vinegar and with rich creamy slaw. As you enter this beachfront location, the nautical theme surrounds you. You feel like you are on vacation at a destination location on the water... and yet you are! Every table offers a perfect view of the lake with activities of nature, sightseers and boaters. Pull up a menu and stay a while, as there is something for everyone.

The Carolinian Café Cayuga thecarolinian.ca As you arrive, you sense a true vibe of community here: from art, to food sourcing, to the warm greeting as you ponder the menu board. They feature locally sourced, healthy options for grab n’ go or stay-awhile. Gourmet sandwiches, hand-crafted soups, baked delights and bold espresso are just some of what is available. This quaint eatery offers a community where everyone belongs and you can’t help but smile as you order items like The Happy Camper Artisan Sandwich!

Habitual Chocolate Woodstock habitualchocolate.com Walk through the doors of this unassuming location and become wrapped in the many levels of chocolate notes that linger in the air. They offer Canada’s largest on-site, hand-crafted bean to bar selection. Peek through the ‘behind the glass’ view of chocolate production as you taste test your way around the world. Bars from 65 to 100 % dark chocolate plus luxurious pots of rich hot chocolate are always waiting for you.

The Cedar House Paris cedarhouseparis.ca You can’t miss The Cedar House with its brilliant blue exterior. The menu has a take on upscale pub food such as duck wings, braised short rib poutine, the PLT and specialty cocktails that have everyone salivating for more. Sunday is a must-visit; they welcome guests weekly, from near and far, for their oh-sopopular, half price, Prime Rib Dinner. Be sure to leave room for in-house inspired desserts that offer the end of meal WOW factor.

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Please let us share our restaurant with its unique coastal cuisine and tropical trend in one of Ontario’s best small towns, Port Dover. 2 Walker St. Port Dover 519-583-0880

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In 1866, the James Harris Cheese Factory, located where the now Elm Hurst Inn resides, harnessed the milk of 2,400 cows to produce a 7,300 pound block of cheese. It was then proudly paraded through the streets of Ingersoll before being shipped to the State Fair in New York and then further on to England and Europe.

Our Compliments From Vintage Wines to Microbreweries and unique IPAs and Lagers, let us lend a hand with suggestions to accompany your meal or gathering

Quai Du Vin Estate Winery St. Thomas quaiduvin.com Elgin County’s oldest estate winery, Quai Du Vin has been supplying enthusiasts both near and far with European-influenced beverages for decades. Everything from traditional whites and reds to wine jellies and sparkling cocktails are available here.

Community Matters Haldimand Motors’ annual Soup ‘A’ Bowl event, gives back to the community and diners will not leave hungry. BY Tim Zwart With the help of the holidays, winter is often the season that people start thinking of peace on earth, goodwill towards men, and helping those in need. For the past 8 years, the good people at Haldimand Motors have been doing just that, hosting an annual tradition they affectionately refer to as the “Soup-A-Bowl”. Attracting the top

local chefs and dishes from some of the area’s most popular eateries, this year’s fundraiser will feature a traditional “soup-off”, with the winning chef or restaurant earning the title of soup royalty for the year. For a simple entry cost of a bag of non-perishable groceries, your palette will be opened to a seemingly endless supply of soups, all for only

$1 a bowl! All proceeds and donations go towards helping local area food banks, so you can leave a wonderful evening feeling both filled and fulfilled. Chefs and restaurants will also be on-hand, so it’s the perfect time to mingle with the likes of Dan Megna of Twisted Lemon and others! The festivities begin in February, and more information will be made available via the official Soup-A-Bowl Facebook page. Who knows? You may even run into your favorite magazine writer, owner, or contributor while there! Giving back and helping those in need is something near and dear to our hearts, and even the smallest gesture can go a long way. Join us in helping Haldimand Motors make this year’s event a delicious and soup-er success!

Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery Waterford bonnieheathestate.ca Everything charming about Norfolk County can be experienced at this picturesque acreage of vineyards and lavender fields, and the products from both are as wholesome as the earth from which they came. Stop by their on-site boutique to learn more!

Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm La Salette ramblinroad.ca In the middle of somewhere special lies the road to... well, something special. Ontario’s first and only brewery farm, Ramblin’ Road is the perfect place to sample some of the area’s finest custom beer selections. A unique experience you’re sure to enjoy!

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Inspired by French Bistros and Lyonnaise Bouchon cuisine, Juniper Dining Co. is a modern fine dining restaurant with a comfortable and casual environment, located in Paris, Ontario. We marry quality local and seasonal ingredients with inventive cocktails, local beers and carefully chosen wines to create memorable experiences, time and time again.

3 Elm St, PariS 519-302-2200


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Simply Delicious Dishes Eating healthy has never been so Simple. All you need is a bit of creativity! BY Nicole VanQuaethem Just because farm markets aren’t open, doesn’t mean there aren’t great local food options out there. So how do you find local in the dead of winter? First, search FoodLand Ontario’s Availability Guide to see what local food is available in Ontario this time of the year. Second, see if your county, the OntarioFresh website or other local food organizations have a list of local producers. Third, ask around! You would be surprised what you can find out when you speak to people in your community. They may have a great butcher, cheese shop, or greenhouse grower that they source from. Fourth, check labels. Luckily, we have Foodland Ontario labels to help us identify local food but unfortunately, the majority of fresh and packaged food in grocery stores is still sourced

from outside the country. If you know me, I always have a final nutrition message for you. It is easy to get back into old habits during the holiday season and in the colder months. But with a few tricks, I know you can stay happy and healthy during the winter. Now that you have all this great local food, you need to put it to good use. An easy way to do that is through crockpot meals and meal prep. Veggie filled mason jar salads, warm soups and stews in the crockpot and stir frys are always quick and easy options. If you are pressed for time, grab a friend and make a bunch of crockpot meals in freezer bags. If you know you’re going to have a long day, pull one out of the freezer the night before and throw it in the crockpot the morning of. And voila! You come home to a fully cooked dinner!

Red Lentil Soup This meal is great to do when you are batch cooking or have a busy week ahead. You can make it at dinner time, put it in the slow cooker or even prep the ingredients in a freezer bag and put in the slow cooker days or weeks later. Ingredients 1 onion, diced 2-3 celery stalked, diced 3-4 carrots, diced 1 can of crushed tomatoes 1 cup of uncooked lentils OR one can of pre-cooked lentils. See directions. 1L of vegetable stock

Spice mix of choice - I recommend basil and oregano or chili and cumin Directions • Put all the ingredients into a slow cooker on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. You can also cook the night of in a saucepan. If you choose option two I recommend using precooked lentils to speed up the process. • Cook until veggies and lentils are soft. • Serve with cornbread

Nicole VanQuaethem is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Culinary Nutrition Expert and owner of Simply Nic Nutrition, where she focuses on educating and empowering people to make healthy choices for themselves. She also has her Masters of Science in Rural Planning and Development where she focused most of her research on local food systems, agri-tourism, culinary tourism and food access. Nicole grew up on a farm, which inspired her studies and work in rural development in southern Ontario. Combining her passion for nutrition and local food, she teaches people to eat within the seasons and to become connected to the food they eat. In her free time, she likes to spend time in the kitchen testing recipes, getting outside, and cuddling with her little dog Chloe. simplynicnutrition.com Live it for a day. Live it for a lifetime. WINTER 2018-2019 27

Four uniquely unForgettable dining experiences in downtown paris!

59 grand river st n, paris 519-302-3001 midtownparis.com

Casual Italian Riverside Dining

59 grand river st n, paris 519-302-3001 trattoriaparis.com

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61 grand river st n, paris 519-302-3000 stillwatersplateandpour.ca

111 grand river st n, paris 519-442-1820 cobblestonepub.ca Live it for a day. Live it for a lifetime. WINTER 2018-2019 29

My Sweet Sweet World chocolatier, Shola Ekperigin, makes all of his chocolates from scratch using cocoa beans imported from his homeland of Nigeria. They are shipped to a farm in Haldimand County where they are roasted and winnowed. Make sure to visit his new shop in Hagersville. mysweetsweetworld.com

OH SO SWEET Delights Chocolate triggers the release

of endorphins and serotonin, which make us feel good. While no proof exists that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, it does contain chemicals that elevate our mood to a similar state of when we are happy or in love. Here are 8 localicious ways to get your love on! 1 My Sweet Sweet World, Hagersville mysweetsweetworld.com 2 Habitual Chocolate, Woodstock habitualchocolate.com 3 Chocolatea, Ingersoll chocolatea.ca 4 Chocolate Sensations, Paris chocolatesensations.ca 5 WoodLynds Chocolate Shop, Woodstock woodlyndschocolates.com 6 Le Chocolat du Savoie, Brantford lechocolatdusavoie.com 7 De-Liz-cious! Treats, Brantford delizcious.com 8 McFarland’s Olde Tyme Sweet Shoppe, Simcoe mcfarlands.ca 30 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca


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NORFOLK COUNTY Normandale The Normandale Century Inn and Restaurant

2326 Front Rd, normandaleinn.com Stay for a few nights or a single meal and enjoy their licensed outdoor patio featuring delicious country cuisine. PORT DOVER David’s Restaurant

168 New Lake Shore Rd, davidsportdover.com This refined Canadian restaurant with lake view, offers an upstairs lounge with live weekend music. Knechtel’s

15 Walker St, knechtelfoods.ca A Port Dover signature beachfront destination for over 50 years, serving Lake Erie Perch and Pickerel, burgers, foot-long hot dogs, and ice cream cones.

Stop by to watch the game, grab a pint, hunker down and prepare to never want to leave until you’ve eaten your way through our menu. Whether it’s our sinful pizza, our stop-your-heart sandwiches, or our lick-your-figures-clean wings, we take pride in everything we make.

88 Main St S, HaGERSViLLE 905-768-4040

Lago Trattoria

301 Main St, lagoportdover.ca A menu that features freshly made Italian fare with seasonal twists. Enjoy fresh pasta, sauce, gelato, and more. The Crepe House

2012 Park St, crepehouse.ca A quaint eatery set in an 1880s house features sweet and savoury crepes along with espresso drinks. SAINT WILLIAMS Burning Kiln Winery

1709 Front Rd, burningkilnwinery.ca A spectacular winery that honours agricultural heritage, culinary, and cultural bounty of Norfolk County. SIMCOE Barrel Restaurant

131 Queensway W, barrelrestaurant.ca A warm inviting atmosphere with fresh home-made Italian food, gourmet pizza, chicken, veal, seafood, and gluten-free items. A casual Italian restaurant at its best. Celebrating 30 years of great food. Dine in, patio, takeout, and delivery available. Live it for a day. Live it for a lifetime. WINTER 2018-2019 31

The Combine

352 Norfolk St S, thecombine.ca Fun, honest food built on local bounty. Handmade brick oven, garden patio and wine menu. Joy Bakery Café

At Brantwood Farms, we offer a variety of fruits and vegetables for most of the year but during the chilly winter months we focus on delicious baked goods! Pies, bread, butter tarts and cookies are our favourites along side our crisp apples and amazing cider.

126 Robinson St, joyofnorfolk.ca What an excellent place to visit with friends, drink good coffee, eat fabulous baked goods and simply relax! Locally sourced deliciousness at its best. TURKEY POINT Sandbar On The Beach

45 Cedar Dr, sandbaronthebeach.com Come for the breathtaking view of Lake Erie from their incredible patio, then stay and enjoy a meal with an assortment of craft beers and a tasteful wine selection to pair.

Winter Hours November & December daily until Dec 24 Monday-Saturday 9-6 Sunday 10-5 January - April we are only open weekends Friday & Saturday 9-6 Sunday 10-5

Today I choose joy! 126 Robinson st. simcoe 519-420-9999 joyofnorfolk.ca

WATERFORD Kerry’s St. James St. Eatery

10 St James St S, A relaxing and nostalgically retro atmosphere with an amazing cup of joe and tantalizing homemade fare! Ritzy Cakes & Eatery

20 Alice St, robinsritzycakes.com A spectacular small-town run bakery also serving coffees, teas, paninis, soups, Belgian waffles, breakfast and so much more. Did I mention their treats?

GET FRESH! Open 7 days a week 251 Powerline Rd, Brantford

Vittoria The Catherwood and The Kiln

1560 Old Brock St, The Catherwood and The Kiln is a family-style restaurant famous for homemade pizza, wings, and the Nitehawk sub! Dine in, or take their flavourful feasts to go. HALDIMAND COUNTY CALEDONIA Argyle St. Grill

345 Argyle St S, theargylestreetgrill.com Upscale eatery at family-friendly prices. Mainly fresh and local products makes the Argyle a must-try. Dine-In • Delivery • Catering • Take-Out



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Oasis Drive-In

22 Argyle St S, Opened in 1927, Oasis is Canada’s oldest drive-in restaurant. Pop in for their tasty foot-long hot dogs, golden fresh cut fries or a big scoop ice cream cone.

Cayuga Shelly’s Family Dining Restaurant


1192 Kohler Rd, shellyscatering.wixsite.com/ shellysrestaurant This unique restaurant is set in a remodelled old church, and quite often has live music serenading its patrons. The home-style fare is also heavenly.

WINCEY MILLS MARKET Located in Downtown Paris

Twisted Lemon

3 Norton St W, twistedlemon.ca Always expect a fine dining experience but make a reservation because this place is a hot spot for flavour junkies. Be prepared for gourmet surprises. DUNNVILLE Julia’s Bistro

217 Niagara St, juliasbistroandcatering.com Julia satisfies anyone’s craving for homemade Italian cooking while adding her unique style! The Minga

146 Queen St, Serious coffees and sweets; many of their ingredients are organic, and most are sourced locally. You can’t beat their organic, fair-trade coffee for $1.80! HAGERSVILLE Hewitt’s Dairy Bar



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4210 Highway 6, hewittsdairy.com/dairy-bar Featuring an old-time lunch counter feel that looks right out of the 1950’s, a great selection of ice-cream treats and simple diner fare. A reminder that not everything has to change. Main 88 Pizza Pub

88 Main St S, This place offers the best pizza around, with lots of flavourful toppings on a thin crust. The bar is well stocked with beer and spirits, and with large flat screens, it is the perfect place to watch the game.

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JARVIS D&D’s Family Dining

2091 Main St, dndsfamilydining.com A restaurant that radiates a family atmosphere with great food and personable patrons. Make a reservation! Devine’s Country Restaurant

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Scott’s Family Restaurant


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Open daily for breakfast & lunch 7am - to 3pm 74 Scott Ave, PAriS 519-442-6511

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121 King St, A burger place with a 50s/60s rock and roll atmosphere that brags that their food is not fast food; it’s just served fast. Mount Pleasant Devlin’s Country Bistro & Catering

St George Abigail’s Tea House

2 Main St, abigailsteahouse.com Located in an old bank in a picturesque village, they offer an exquisite dining experience in a calm and beautifully antique-inspired environment. Reservations are always recommended. PARIS Juniper Dining Co.

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704 Mt. Pleasant Rd. devlinscountrybistro.com This former combined general store, post office and residence has been an enduring fixture in the community for over 125 years, adding Devlin’s Country Bistro in 1990. Offering contemporary Italian cuisine with a unique and delicious Californian flair.

As a home owner she too has rolled up her sleeves, got dirty and applied calculated and unique techniques that added value to her financial investment. As a small town gal, Karyn knows the value of community and trust, which is at the foundation of what makes her the perfect choice to help you realize your dreams!

Famous for their all-day breakfast, savoury lunches and homemade desserts that are nothing short of divine.

Mon–Fri 9 am–8 pm, Sat 9 am–4 pm Sun 9 am–4 pm (nov–June)

3 Elm St, juniperdiningco.ca Inspired by French bistros and Lyonnaise Bouchon cuisine, this modern restaurant marries quality local and seasonal ingredients with inventive cocktails, local beers and carefully chosen wines to create memorable experiences, time and time again. Midtown Kitchen & Coffee Co.

59 Grand River St N, midtownparis.com An artisanal New York deli and coffee house using fresh ingredients, chef inspired soups, sandwiches, pizzas and desserts. Stillwaters Plate & Pour

Remax eRie ShoReS Realty BRokeRage 227 main St. Port Dover 289-880-9950 karynjeangraham@gmail.com


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63 King St. Delhi 519-582-1100

61 Grand River St N, stillwatersplateandpour.ca A globally inspired menu, created by Chef William Thompson of Food Network’s Top Chef Canada, coupled with

a breathtaking rooftop patio leaves nothing left to the imagination. The Cobblestone Pub

111 Grand River St N, cobblestonepub.ca This laid-back, old-time watering hole features a menu of gourmet versions of pub favourites, and is a mainstay for neighbours and visitors alike.

THE Beautiful town of PARIS

Trattoria at Midtown

59 Grand River St N, trattoriaparis.com Set in a “cellar like” atmosphere, Trattoria at Midtown is opened at 4pm, 7 days a week and focuses on casual Italian fare and wines. BRANTFORD Cafe Andreou

104 West St, Fine dining in a n1865 home with Italian and continental cuisine. Enjoy exquisite food with hospitality at its finest. On the Lam

106 Queen st, onthelamrestaurant.com What a unique restaurant! Gourmet and RAW menus, fine wines, craft beers, old school cocktails all in a really cool location. Check them out!

Flown in fresh weekly from Canada’s East Coast 31 Mechanic St. Paris, Ontario. Wincey Mills 519-757-7617

Strodes BBQ & Deli

403 Fairview Drive, strodes.ca Open since 1937, Strodes not only carries a variety of select cuts of chicken, beef, poultry, lamb and other specialty meats, but also serves up homestyle lunch options.

Be mine

SIX NATIONS of the grand river TERRITORY Ohsweken Burger Barn

3000 4th Line, burgerbarn.ca Known for their amazing gourmet burgers that are always served with a surprising twist. Their southern style comfort food is sure to satisfy any appetite. Offering daily specials and all day breakfast. Village Cafe   1875 4th Line, If you are near Oshweken be sure to go to the Village Cafe. The food is reasonably priced, delicious and the atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming. If you are looking for something traditional, the corn soup is a must!

Nourish your senses & restore your body with a soothing cup of tea in this private, quiet space called The TranquiliTEA Spot. Come anytime or book a tea party in advance. 15 GRAND RIVER ST N, PARIS, 519-442-6001 thehollowwillowhealthstore.ca

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The weather outside may look frightful, but our small town communities are so delightful! With events and attractions aplenty, winter can’t hold us down!

Written by Emmalee Nother

PHOTO Courtesy CANADA Tourism

the Big Chill

As the temperatures drop and the crisp leaves of fall get covered with white, winter wisps of snow, we all start to go into hibernation mode. We are so fortunate to live in communities that provide us with so many lovely places to go, so many friendly people to see and so many exciting experiences to explore. So stir up that hot cocoa and get ready for a winter wonderland! Emily Stowe, the first gal to practise medicine in Canada!

Mount Pleasant Walking Tour Take a walk on the historic side! A self-guided tour of Mount Pleasant in Brant County allows you to take your time and enrich yourself with the splendor of years past. Mount Pleasant was founded in 1799 and was a prosperous community surrounded by fields, farms, inns and mills, all with a distinguished past. It remains part of the Long Point Trail - an old native trail that stretches from the glorious shores of the Grand River in Brantford all the way south to Lake Erie. This small village still encompasses much of its rural charm, century homes, beautiful churches and picturesque farmsteads from years past. Starting your tour at the corner of Mount Pleasant and Burtch Roads at the Windmill Country Market, you can saunter through a proud part of the area’s history at your leisure any time of the year. The homes and churches look a little more magical with a little sprinkling of snow! Visit brant.ca to download the Mount Pleasant Walking Tour map.

Frosty Fest Brantford, Harmony Square Looking for a family affair full of flair? If a fun-filled day of winter activities for everyone of all ages to enjoy is what you fancy, then pencil in Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18th for Frosty Fest in Brantford. This annual tradition takes place on Family Day and includes the ever so popular ice carving, horse-drawn trolley rides, snow taffy and of course, their street midway, filled with fun, new additions every year! Not to make your mouth water while waiting for February, but last year they showcased Nutella covered bacon and it was NOT to be missed! This winter carnival is presented by Freedom House and is located right in the heart of Harmony Square with the mission to give back to the community through the Kindness Project. It is celebrating its 10th year in 2019, so if you haven’t yet been, this year would be a year not to miss! Admission is always free, and provides loads of fun while creating memories for years to come.

Ottercreek Woodworks Woodstock ottercreekwoodworks.com We’ve never met a charcuterie board we didn’t like! But have you ever taken a moment to bask in the beauty of the board upon which all those luscious cheeses and cured meats perch? They are often perfectly rustic, one-of a-kind pieces that are just as beautiful as the food atop of them. Now what if we told you that you could make your own? Ottercreek Woodworks has created the quintessential tree-to-table experience offering you a guided walk inside a Carolinian Forest with Ottercreek’s own master woodworker Dave Schonberger to get in touch with the roots of your board and the roots of the forest. From there, you head to the workshop, select a piece of locally harvested lumber and begin crafting your very own live-edge charcuterie board with Dave and his wife, Michelle. You can personalize your board, browse the studio and learn how you can entertain your friends and family with your newly made work of art.

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Plant Inspired Kitchen Woodstock plantinspiredkitchen.com Winter often means the winter blahs. A lack of Vitamin D from a shortage of sunlight can make us feel downright dreary! To liven yourself up (and get out of the house!) why not try a plant-based meal workshop through Plant Inspired Kitchen in Woodstock. Featuring bright veggies and exotic flavours, Registered Holistic Nutritionist Lisa Friesen holds workshops showcasing what you can do and make with an all plant based diet. You name it, she’s got a workshop specializing in that tasty food you’re craving. Mexican? Thai? A super fresh Buddha Bowl full of sprouts and hearty root veg? She’s got them all! Lisa teaches with a full heart so you can have a full belly of delicious, vibrant foods that make your body feel less like a couch potato and more like a leaping leek! Hosting several classes a month, she welcomes you at her brick and mortar shop brimming with good vibes and good eats. Visit their website to register for a class or check out her meal delivery options.

Heritage Day Workshop Brantford, February 15 They say in order to know the future you must understand the past. Hosted by the City of Brantford, the 22nd Annual Heritage Day Workshop is all about diving into history to build a better tomorrow. This year’s workshop is aptly named “Brantford: Celebrating our Past, Building our Future” and includes a full-day series of lectures covering everything from the industrial history of the area, to the Indigenous and military history of the people who call Brantford home. With lunch and coffee breaks provided, this full day of educational speaking allows you to not only better understand how Brantford became the bustling city it is today, but to also acknowledge the tougher times that have, in the end, allowed us to shape our community’s future. The event is held at the Sanderson Centre of Performing Arts and registration is required in order to attend. To see the full itinerary and book your tickets please visit 2019 Heritage Day Workshop on Facebook.


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Sugar Bushes There is nothing more Canadian than Maple Syrup! It’s the first sign that spring is just ahead and the days are getting just warm enough that we want to unravel out of bed and leave our blanket burrito behind. Chambers Maple Syrup shop in Waterford is a cozy little shack with an eclectic, quirky shop filled with your heart’s content of maple syrup products! Pick up a jar of their maple butter, a little taste of maple heaven and a true flavour of Norfolk County. You and your fluffy pancakes can thank us later. If you’re headed out to Oxford County, we’ve got your maple dreams and desires covered. Take a tasty little trek to Jakeman’s in Beachville just outside of Woodstock. Their maple sugar bush has been in the family since 1876. Now with the 5th generation of the Jakeman Family taking over the business, they are also the largest maple syrup packer in all of Ontario! We personally can never leave without a bag of their maple sugar candy! Such a treat! Barn Quilt Trails barnquilttrails.ca You’ve no doubt caught a glimpse of the quaint and colourful painted quilt squares on and around buildings during country drives, but did you know they are actually a part of the Barn Quilt Trail? A little piece of rural eye candy, these squares look like actual quilt squares, but much larger, and are a way to celebrate and draw attention to Canada’s gorgeous country landscapes. Often seen on barns and homesteads, each has their own whimsical story to tell. These pieces of folk art showcase Ontario’s unique and authentic culture. Embracing the heritage of our great small town communities, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Norfolk and Brant Counties started to create their own Barn Quilt Trail in 2011. Over the past 7 years, it has blossomed into a beautiful tribute to many historical events like the War of 1812. Maps are available for each county and make a truly memorable road trip! For more information visit their website.

Chili Willy Cook-Off Brantford February 24 A piping hot bowl of chili is hard to pass up on a cold day. So don’t pass on Brantford’s best bowl of chili! Another fantastic winter event taking place in Harmony Square, this delectable get-together showcases local restaurants competing for the title of best bowl. Folks from near and far are encouraged to come out and have their say on what the best bowl of chili in Brantford truly is. Chili tasting is available for $5 per person and who knows? Maybe your favourite chili will win. A true test of your taste buds. The event takes place annually on the last Sunday of February, so get those stretchy pants ready for a good time! Between bowls, feel free to enjoy free public skating and dance to some tunes by a live DJ. You’re going to need to skate a few laps because this chili cook-off serves up some of the best chili around and you’re going to want seconds, maybe even thirds. We don’t blame you! Haldimand Dessert Tour Finish off that bowl of chili, because dessert is served! Take a drive through Haldimand’s Dessert Trail. Every sweet tooth’s dream is very much a reality on this scenic route: from some of the best butter tarts this side of the Grand River at Jones Bakery in Caledonia, to the creamiest, locally made ice cream from Hewitt’s Dairy Bar just outside of Hagersville. In the summer you can barely get a parking spot here and in the winter their specialty flavours like Rum Raisin and Egg Nog bring loads of people, even in minus 20-degree weather! Are you more of a donut fiend? Well DONUT worry; just a little drive down to Dunnville and you can stop at The Minga for some indul-

gent Chocolate Chickpea donuts. You would never guess these are dairy and egg free, because they taste like bits of heaven! Not all desserts are something you eat! Staying in Dunnville stop at one of our favourites – Bains Road Cider Company and pick up one of their two signature dessert wines. Sip Sip Hooray! Port Dover Polar Bear Plunge It’s not New Year’s Day until a bunch of crazy Canucks jump into Lake Erie! Port Dover’s Polar Bear Plunge is not a feat for the faint of heart. With Lake Erie often at its coldest, sometimes more ice-covered than open water, this event can cause icicles to form from your ears to your toes. Despite the frigid temperatures, this annual tradition is not to be missed - whether you’re a polar participant or the warmer, but still chilly spectator. Those participating jump in around 1pm and are normally right back out within the first few minutes! The good news is, it’s all in good fun and donations are often made to a local community group. After the icy plunge, polar bears and onlookers alike head to the Port Dover Harbour Museum for the Captain’s New Year’s Day Levee and Old-Time Fiddle Party. By the end of your first jig, you’ve already forgotten about your frozen frolick! It’s a true Norfolk tradition, and whether you jump in or not, it’s a great way to start off the year nice and chill.

World Nutella Day This smooth and scrumptious event just begs to be eaten up with a spoon! There’s no better place to celebrate World Nutella Day than in the city it’s made in – Brantford! Yes, Nutella is traditionally an Italian staple, but a little known fact is that this chocolate hazelnut spread is manufactured at the Ferrero plant right here in Brantford. Started in 2007 by an American blogger, February 5th was named World Nutella Day and fans from around the world came together to recognize their favourite spread. As the event took off, Ferrero took over to allow the delicious day to grow globally. Now, Brantford is considered the best place in the world to rejoice over the love of Nutella. Gathering in Harmony Square, you can make ooey, gooey Nutella s’mores, sip on the creamiest Nutella hot chocolate and share your fondest Nutella memory with friends and family. Whether you enjoy it on toast or right out of the jar, Nutella is truly a treat worthy of celebration!

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2019 Rec Expo A perfect showcase of all things active, every February Brantford hosts the Rec Expo, highlighting the sports groups, organizations and clubs that Brant County offers to local children and youth. Everything from your go-to sports like ringette and softball, to important community organizations like 4-H Clubs. Want to get your little tykes into something more adventurous? Why not try geocaching! Geocaching Unlimited offers a great outdoor treasure hunt that anyone young and old, friends, and entire families can take part in while also discovering their local ecosystems and parks. Alongside the many different recreational options, last year they also had a sports equipment exchange that was a wonderful way to repurpose old gear and help others trade up whatever gear they might need in order to continue playing. Wanting to be a place of inclusivity and equality, the Rec Expo also provides information on financial assistance, helping make sport and recreation activities available to everyone!

The River Rotary Trail Haldimand County This 5.7 kilometre trail is the perfect place to bust out the cross country skis and take in some breathtaking countryside. The Rotary Riverside Trail runs just downstream from Caledonia and once the snow lays a perfect layer of fresh powder, this trail offers views like no other. The trail is open all year round with a parking lot located at Seneca Park. You can then ski your merry way to the cute little town of York where the trail ends and take in some unparalleled views of the river. With the picturesque Grand River on one side of you and the beautiful farmland on the other, keep your eye out for wildlife in action. Deer are often spotted along the trail as well as bald eagles and various waterfowl. Large black walnut trees frame either side of the trail and create the perfect vignette of a true country winter. Not a skier? Snowshoeing the trail is equally as enjoyable! You’ll be the envy of all of your friends once they see the stunning photos on your Instagram!

Riverbend Acres Woodstock riverbendacres.com There is nothing more majestic or magical than a horse drawn sleigh ride in the snow! Riverbend Acres is a beautiful family run farm located in Oxford County that provides horse drawn wagon rides for special events or just perusing the countryside. The stunning secluded woods, located right on the farm, offers the perfect romantic backdrop for one of their private Valentine’s Day sleigh rides! You and your hunny can snuggle up close while you get chauffeured around the farm, taking in gorgeous winter views. With their powerful Belgian horses guiding the way and a warm blanket that they graciously provide, the 20 to 25-minute sleigh ride is a great way to disconnect and live in the love-filled moment. Travel around their 100-acre farm and afterwards cuddle and relax with the cute barnyard animals. At only $80 per couple, it’s a unique way to enjoy a part of your day and it will definitely be a memorable excursion to talk about for years to come! Fat Biking - Elevation Mountain Bike Camps & Coaching Turkey Point elevationmtb.com Looking for a thrill in your winter festivities? No need to stay indoors, hop on a bike and head to Elevation Mountain Bike Camps & Coaching to Fat Bike! I know you must think we are joking, but hear us out. These aren’t your ordinary bikes, by far. These are fat bikes. Named as such thanks to their huge tires, these bikes are made for rough terrain and yes, snow! Fat bikes are becoming more and more popular and with many winter biking trails opening up across rural counties like Oxford and Norfolk, fat biking is no longer an unusual thing to see. If you’ve got a mountain biker or even a moto-cross fan in your family, get them to try fat biking, they are sure to love it! Just make sure you stay on the designated winter-bike trails as coming across a snowmobile unprepared would be incredibly unsafe. For more info on designated winter biking trails visit ontariotrails.on.ca

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Our totally insider, Town-by-town, hidden-gem-by-hidden-gem, guide to what’s new, hot, and legendary in Oxford County. All the stuff you absolutely must eat, do, buy and indulge in to make the most of your time off the sofa and loving our county! Written & Photographed by Jay Perry

Our family line, via my mom’s side, is from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. So, naturally I grew up surrounded by the music of Stompin’ Tom Connors, who was a favourite of my grandmother’s. Because of this, the only thing I really knew about the town of Tillsonburg was that your back would ache every time you hear that word! A line I’m sure most Tillsonburgians (Is that correct or did I just make that up?) have been inundated with for quite some time. It is exciting for everyone at Live Small Town Magazine as we grow and continue to expand our boundaries to feature more small towns and Oxford County’s collection is thankfully where I ventured for this issue. 42 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

I spent 24 hours not even scratching the surface of what this county offers! My first stop was to the Annandale National Historic in the heart of Tillsonburg. It was built in 1883 by Edwin Delevan Tillson, Tillsonburg’s first mayor, and the son of the founder of the town, George Tillson. The house was beautifully decorated for the holiday season by various organizations — something they do every year. Each group gets assigned a room to display their Christmas displays and no group is allowed to decorate the same room twice, which adds to the uniqueness of the house. The museum boasts hand painted ceilings, stained glass portraits of famous authors at the top of the doors leading into the library, and fine, detailed wood work. It is an amazing reminder of how much effort and care went into the craftsmanship of days gone by. I was told to come back in

the spring because it is completely different when not decorated for the holiday season. So, who wants to come with me for another trip? Afterwards, I headed towards downtown Tillsonburg for my first food stop and I noticed one of my fave parking features that many small town cores offer, diagonal parking! I slowly pulled in and ventured over to The Copper Mug for a bite to eat. As I walked in, my first impression was a sense of community. It had a pub feel to it and I felt like it was a place where you would be welcomed no matter where you were from, a place where you and your friends could go for a couple of beers and watch the hockey game. I had a quick chat with owner, Doris Weiler, who gave me the history of the restaurant and was such a pleasure to talk to. After glancing through the menu, I quickly decided on the

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The Copper Mug

Coyle’s Country Store

chef’s special — a chicken wrap with a creamy potato soup paired with a can of Dead Elephant beer from the St. Thomas brewery, Railway City Brewing Co. Everything was delicious and I highly recommend stopping in for a meal, but if you’re just dropping in for a drink, head to the back of the restaurant and hit them up for their free, buttery popcorn. Delish! While heading to my next destination, I noticed a large building with the word Coyle’s on it. I was intrigued to see what was going on behind their doors and as I approached the entrance, I was greeted with a sign that read “Coyle’s Fresh Made Fudge *Samples*.” I could already tell I would love it there! Homemade jams, peanuts, baking 44 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

supplies, Christmas and home decor, and then I spotted it... the fudge kiosk. Now, I’m not much of a sugar person, but I have a special place in my heart for fudge. Chocolate with M&M’s, Butter Pecan, Chocolate Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Maple Walnut, Cookie Dough, and the flavour that interested me the most was Vanilla with Butterfinger. I asked for a sample and a small piece was cut for me. It was the best four seconds of my day! Coyle’s was originally opened in Kinglake, Ontario in 1899 by Aubrey

James Coyle as a small store and manufacturing plant but in 1924, as his family and business grew, he decided to relocate to Tillsonburg. I highly recommend checking them out at coylescountrystore.com and then visiting them on your next tour through Oxford County. My next stop was to 3DVR Designs. I found them online when I was researching the area. 3DVR Designs is a local business that creates technology to put consumers into life-like virtual reality scenarios. Their technology has potential to transform the way we learn, communicate, work, experience the world, and interact with each other. It may also lead a new profitable industry that will benefit companies large and small. After the owner, Milton Toledo, put the VR headset on me, I was instantly transported to a room deep in the mountains. I could walk around the location, I could pick up books that were on the shelf and I could even head outdoors. I learned how to change the furniture in the room and

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was absolutely blown away. Milton and his team have also developed a VR simulation where I could be in the same room as a Tesla car. I was able to open the doors, change the colour of the car, the interior, the rims and after Milton instructed me to sit on a chair, I actually felt like I was inside the car. Everything was to scale and it was mind-blowing experience. This is the future! Wouldn’t it be incredible to walk through homes before buying them and be able to change the colours of cabinets, flooring, and furniture. VR is a game changer! If you are a home builder, car dealer, or can think of a way to use 3DVR’s technology, you should get in touch with them. 3dvrdesigns.com Darkness and freezing snow began to aggressively threaten my journey, so I decided it would be best to pack it in and head to my accommodation: A quick drive down the road to Elm Hurst Inn & Spa in Ingersoll. The mansion was built in 1872 as the personal residence of cheese maker James Harris and his family. This Gothic

Revival style mansion remained a stately family home for more than a century but the last Harris heir sold the property in the mid 1970s. In 1979 the house was transformed into a popular dining establishment and in 1988 a 49-room building was added to accommodate the addition of the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa. After arriving, I made my way to the dining room and sat down for a threecourse meal. Other than being a guest at a wedding, I rarely have indulged in such an elegant experience. I started with the Roasted Sweet Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Gunn’s Hill Five Brothers Cheese crostini. It was unbelievable. My entrée was roasted maple buttered salmon with smoked bacon, sweet corn, blueberry and Oka cheese smashed potato. In the future, I might just pour a touch of maple syrup every time I eat fish again. I pondered getting the dessert, as it was included in the meal but I just didn’t have the room for a pecan chocolate chip tart with Mapleton organic cappuccino ice cream and blood

orange caramel sauce. Later, after I watched the waitress delivered one to another table, I instantly regretted my decision. If you have tried this dessert, please never email me and tell me how amazing it was. It will only deepen my regret. I then made my way to enjoy the hospitality of their spa, that featured a jacuzzi tub, sauna, steam room, massage rooms and a salon for manicures and hair. That night, I had the best sleep followed by a complimentary and superb buffet breakfast. My visit to the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa truly left nothing to be desired. Morning came and I then ventured into downtown Ingersoll to visit Chocolatea and meet with professional chocolatier and owner, Cindy Walker, who offers high quality teas and homemade chocolate. We talked for about an hour and I really had no idea how much effort went into producing her unique products. Cindy’s knowledge on the subject was quite impressive and I was lucky to sample one of their ginger teas - exactly what I needed to start the day. Chocolatea is not a sit-down cafe, but more of a store. Cindy hopes her

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products will enhance social gatherings in the comfort of your own home or be given as gifts. Again, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to leave with three of her peanut butter cups. One for me, one for my niece and one for my nephew. Needless to say, they did not all make it to their intended destination. If you like tea, chocolate or both, this place is a must. Such a treat! My last stop on my Oxford County adventure was to a place that was somewhat the talk of the town. The largest panzerotti you will ever see, apparently resides here and I needed to experience it myself. If you are from the Ingersoll area, you know where I’m talking about, but if you’re not, I was heading over to a little Italian family restaurant called Louie’s Pizza & Pasta. I started my meal with an appetizer of Gunn’s Hill Cheese Curds — Lightly dusted Gunn’s Hill cheese curds, beer46 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

bathed in Upper Thames Brewery Blonde Ale, fried and served on top of house-made marinara. I wasn’t sure what to expect but soon a bowl appeared before me and I dug right in. They were like mini mozzarella sticks but ten times more spectacular. I told myself not to eat the entire bowl and to save some room for the panzerotti... five minutes later, I was licking up the last of the marinara sauce. When I ordered the panzerotti, my friendly waitress looked at me in disbelief. I could tell she knew that I had no idea of the magnitude of what I had ordered and she was right. When she returned and lowered the plate to the table, there was a loud thud. The table even appeared to lean with the uncertain weight of the panzerotti goodness. Their Canadian Panzerotti was filled with pepperoni, Cremini mushrooms, bacon, mozzarella cheese, and house marinara sauce. It looked like the size of small boulder and I dove right in. While I was eating, the owner, Mike came over to introduce himself. He told me that a recent customer was able to finish the entire panzerotti in nineteen minutes. Insanely impressive, but I wasn’t down for the same challenge. This beast of deliciousness was so large that I had acccepted the challenge to finish half of it and twenty minutes later, I was successful.

Besides what I ordered, they also have a massive menu with something for everyone. I was very impressed with this restaurant and will visit them again one day with an army of friends to help devour a panzerotti. Although my visit to Oxford County was just a quick 24 hour vacation, I am already forecasting when my return would be. There is so much that I didn’t have time to do. While here, I learned about the Oxford County Cheese Trail and I needed more time to check that out. Everyone I met was so welcoming and supportive of what we are trying to do with Live Small Town Magazine. I would like to thank everyone I met during my stay and for those of you reading this, please take a minute to check out the places we featured online and make the time to visit and discover more. PLEASE NOTE: Stompin’ Tom Connors was wrong, my back doesn’t hurt when I hear the word Tillsonburg. It feels great! See you someday soon while cheese touring!

If you enjoyed this piece and wish to see live videos while I’m adventuring into these small towns, then follow me on Instagram at @jayperry for behind-the-scenes look at what is going on. But more importantly, where should I head to next?

Louie’s Pizza & Pasta

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Treat Yourself


It is so easy to spoil yourself with lavish, local goods. Take a day trip down your favourite country road and spend a day just wandering around a few of your favourite small towns. Whether you’re looking for something comfy and cozy or something prim and proper, you’ll never know what treasures you’ll find down the back roads.









1 A Day In My Closet, Caledonia adayinmycloset.com 2 Trends on Grand, Paris 3 Cashmere and Cobwebs, Port Rowan and Port Dover cashmereandcobwebs.com 4 Shear Creations, Port Rowan shearcreations.ca 5 Roberts & Co Ladies Wear, Ingersoll and Woodstock robertsandco.ca 6 Shoes on the Grand, Cayuga 7 13 Reasons, Port Dover 8 Wayne’s Warehouse, Paris 9 Nina-Brie Enterprises, Brantford nina-brie.com 48 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

Staying warm this winter has never looked so good!

Lalor Estate Inn

Dunnville lalorestateinn.com This charming inn was built in 1905 by Francis Ramsey Lalor, who was a Member of Parliament, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. Each guest room in this Edwardian Inn is uniquely and beautifully appointed, offering fresh roses, fluffy robes, pillow-top mattresses and turn-down service to pamper you. With nearly an acre of gardens, majestic trees and a wrap-around porch to relax on, you’ll feel completely rejuvenated by the time you head home.

YOU MATTER. Taking some time to pamper yourself is not only a great way to recharge

and rejuvenate but a necessary part of being healthy. Here are a few options.

The Nourished Woman London thenourishedwoman.ca The Nourished Woman offers a variety of retreats and services aimed at boosting energy, self confidence and enriching lives in the safe environment of sisterhood. Twice a year they gather to bring the energy of the seasons into souls and lives of their clients. The Awakening Goddess, Spring Retreat is March 29-31, at Camp Trillium on Rainbow Lake, in Waterford.

Grand Wellness Centre Brantford grandwellness.ca Feel Good. Be Great. Live Grand! This is the philosophy of this multidisciplinary wellness spa. They offer a array of self care services such as salt cave, massage, hydrotherapy, aesthetics, reflexology, infrared sauna, and alternative healing, just to name a few. After first opening in 2004, Grand Wellness Centre has continued to grow and became known for the highest quality service.

Elements Day Spa Port Dover elementsdayspa.ca Pampering ourselves in a spa may seem like something that only the very rich can do but this unisex spa offers us luxury at an affordable price. Begin with a complementary swim in the salt water pool, a dry sauna, and an invigorating rainforest shower before you head up to enjoy your facial, manicure, pedicure or massage. Give yourself or someone you love this gift of pleasure.

The Grand River Spa Ohsweken grandriverspa.com This state-of-the-art 23acre, spa retreat, offers hot stone massage, facials, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, reiki, and a variety of other amazing services. Take a dip in their indoor pool, walk their spacious grounds, or get your sweat on next door, at their sister company, Pro-Fit Health Club. It is all waiting for you, just a short country drive away!

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SOW SHE GROWS Winter pauses The winter is always packed full of hustle and bustle, which can be positive but it sure can be exhausting with seemingly endless errands and obligations galore. It is hard not to feel worn out during these colder months and I know the kids feel it too! With sanity in mind, I always try to break up our mounting ‘to dos’ with some selfcare activities because it is key to well-being. I love sharing quiet cozy moments with my children, Lilah and Max, throughout the brisk and dark days of winter. What better way to do that then by treating ourselves to a delicious snack and drink from a sweet little coffee shop like our favourite spot, Joy Bakery and Café in Simcoe! Often after filling our tummies, we will take in a fantastic show by Young Theatre Players. It truly is a great way to unwind. Another wonderful way we choose to slow the pace down is by shopping “small batch” and picking out locally made items to take home and share. The Shop at Sweetwater in Boston, Norfolk County, is a delightful little spot offering a wide variety of curated handmade goodies - from cozy knits to woodworking pieces and so much more. It always makes me feel so good to support the local, handmade crafters. Walking along the natural canvass of the Grand River is also good for the soul and it gives us plenty of time to enjoy conversation and the

peace of nature. Animal spotting is a game we frequently play to pass the time – counting unique birds or looking for preoccupied squirrels! Simply getting out into the fresh air and moving our bodies just seems to be the ticket to relax and invigorate. That said, just driving through the countryside and enjoying the rolling scenery is all we need to slow ourselves down. My family will simply hop into the car with our dog Wally and head out for an aimless adventure. There are many great things to notice on a country drive. We savour the experience of the farms, the small towns, and the quirky restaurants but we always allow time to make detours – because that is where we will make the most memories. It is really easy to get too caught up in the motions of day-to-day, and forget to enjoy the simple pleasures of life but it is so important to take a step back, decompress and remember that caring for yourself and your family is essential. What ever you enjoy, we hope that you find yourself a peaceful moment or two to take part in something you love to do for you!

Jessica Stirling is mother to two spirited children and is raising them rural. She is passionate about teaching them to enjoy life’s beautiful simplicity and the importance of supporting a local food system. She is a big dog lover and day dreamer who enjoys listening to music, wandering aimlessly through fields and forests while getting lost in all of nature’s splendour... typically with her little ones in tow. An arbitrary artist and a random maker of many things - knitted, crocheted, sewn and beyond – she is always adding new mediums to her skill set and fine-tuning those she already has acquired. Much of her adventure is captured on her inspiring blog sowshegrows. com. Life is a journey worth slowing down for, so join her as she stops and pauses for the turtles crossing the road. 50 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

OldSchool SoapBox Woodstock oldschoolsoapbox.me Michelle Gladiator’s entrepreneurial story is similar to many people. After 15 years of working shifts in the automotive industry, the lack of creative freedom was taking its toll. She felt trapped and knew she needed to make changes. Three years ago she started researching chemical free soap recipes in an attempt to shelter her family from the harmful effects of the mass produced options and founds that soap making was the rewarding escape she had been needing. Not only did it break through the mundane of her life, but it also pushed her outside her reclusively shy, comfort zone. Now she produces an array of artistic soaps and body products such as body butter, bath bombs, milk baths, and hand creams - all uniquely creative and made in small batches with care and attention to detail.

Norfolk Soap Company Simcoe norfolksoapcompany.com While surfing Youtube, Michelle Pineo and her fiancé Jeremy Hanrahan happened upon a soap making flick and quickly became obsessed with the creative process of experimenting with Bath Bombs, Shower Steamers, and Bubble Bars. In early 2017 they decided to share it with their community. They also make beer based soap for New Limburg, Concession Road Brewery, and Hometown Brew Co.

Moyaa Shea Butter Lowbanks moyaasheabutter.com Haldimand County gal, wife, and mother of five boys, Debbie VanGrieken started her business, Moyaa Shea Butter, just a few years ago after she had a scare with cancer. In combination of wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle, she also wanted to be more purposeful in her professional life. When she met a group of missionaries who were working with farmers in Uganda to produce shea butter, the pieces started to come together for her. She decided to create a social enterprise that cared about people and the planet ahead of profits, and so her Fair Trade business, Moyaa Shea Butter came to be. Uganda had suffered from civil unrest since the early 1980s; hundreds of thousands of people had been killed and an estimated 1.4 million people had been displaced. Debbie works with many former child soldiers and women, who were left to rebuild communities after horrific atrocities, to build a sustainable Fair Trade Business. She imports raw shea butter, then jars and packages it. She also uses it as a raw ingredient for her all natural shea soap line. Let us support her in doing so!

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Deep Roots

Many of us know Scott Jensen as the gate keeper to three generations of delicious cheese making at Simcoe’s Jensen Cheese but Scott’s talents are not limited to crafting fermented beauties. He is an artist and, dare I say, a romantic. Scott discovered some Victorian cabinet cards at local antique and junk shops. Emotionless in their Sunday best and no longer connected to anyone, they began pulling at his heart and he decided to bring them back in a series of magic marker drawings that resembling parlor paintings. He feels that magic marker is the common man’s mark maker: a quick tool to deliver information. His goal was to transcend the “commonness” of the marker by creating elaborate portraits that would breath new life into those who had vanished in time.

Living History

With the fast pace of our lives seeming to accelerate at every turn, we should all take a moment to reflect on the numerous stories, places, memories and people that have truly made Southwestern Ontario one of the greatest places on earth. Each of our communities, counties and towns have contributed their own unique piece to the tapestry that can collectively be called Canada; and there is no better way to chart a course towards the future, than by glancing back to honour the past.

Heritage Day at Selkirk Centennial Community Hall

Selkirk selkirk-ontario.com As we move quickly through our daily lives, it is easy to forget those who forged the footpath we now travel with ease. Every year, on the third Monday in February (Family Day), the North Erie Shore Historical Society helps us remember by hosting the Heritage Day celebration: a fun-filled day of old-fashioned crafts, historic displays, demonstrations, music, 10-cent ice cream cones, and much, much more.

The Great Potato Famine (1846-1851) encouraged many Irish to immigrate and settle in Canada. Most chose Ontario. Newly married Kitty and Charles McCarthy crossed the sea and quickly began making a life and family in Haldimand County.

FROM AROUND HERE We certainly have a prime breeding ground for a global

Photo of Scott Jensen’s Portrait by Nikki Campbell Schram

network of entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. Here are just a few!

James Hillier, Brantford 1915 – 2007 In 1938, this Canadian scientist and inventor designed and built, with Albert Prebus, the first successful high-resolution electron microscope in North America. He also accummulated 41 other patents for devices and processes.

Emily General Six Nations 1908 – 1991 Before becoming a teacher, Emily was an activist who fought the RCMP’s forced removal of 21children from Six Nations - first to the Mohawk Institute Residential School and then to Chapleau Residential School, located 900 kilometres away.

Jay Triano Tillsonburg 1958 Jay Triano is a former Canadian men’s national basketball team player, the first Canadian-born coach in the NBA, a former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and he captained Canada’s basketball team at two Olympics in the 80s.

Helen Kinnear Cayuga 1894 – 1970 Helen was a lawyer and the first woman in the British Commonwealth to be made a King’s Counsel. She was the first female lawyer to argue before the Supreme Court of Canada, and the first woman appointed as a judge in Canada.

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Aging Gracefully

In this fast-paced age of instant gratification, it’s often easy to overlook and under appreciate the value of a hard day’s work. Sometimes the best results come from patience, process and purpose; after all, good things come to those who wait. BY Tim Zwart

Please feel free to reach out and let us know about other special folks, businesses, and organizations that are aging gracefully within your community!

History is all around us, and sometimes it pops up in some of the most unlikely of places. Have you ever been in your favourite local spot, looked around at the charming atmosphere surrounding you and thought to yourself: I wonder how long they’ve been here? As a writer and history buff, stumbling across a great story can be exhilarating. But sharing that story, conveying the emotions I felt and invoking them in others, is where the real excitement and sense of satisfaction lies. The following are three of my favourite examples for the latest instalment of our Aging Gracefully series. Fisherville Hotel and Tavern

Fisherville thetav.ca The tale of the weary traveler is something we are all familiar with. Working long hours over great distances and leaving behind family and loved ones in the name of one’s livelihood, are all feelings most of us can connect with on a personal level. We all yearn for a warm bed to sleep in and a hearty and delicious meal to fill and power us through the day ahead. Finding an ideal “home away from home” is harder than it seems, and it takes a special blend of comfort and familiarity to

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replicate such a feeling. But if your travels happen to land you in the Fisherville area, look no further than the good people and friendly confines of the Fisherville Hotel and Tavern. Originally opened in 1893 with the specific purpose of accommodating travelling salesmen, the Fisherville has been a lighthouse for those seeking comfortable lodgings and delicious, home-cooked meals ever since. Head Chef Kathleen Milroy has developed quite the local following for her award-winning soups, new twists on traditional pub grub, and a menu that is sure to complement any of the craft beers routinely featured at the tavern. Rooms at the hotel feature modern amenities combined with simplistic, rustic charm, providing plenty of comfort and relaxation for your journey ahead.

Maus Park Antiques

Paris mausparkantiques.ca Going back in time has always seemed like an unobtainable work of fiction to most of us, invoking visualizations of sci-fi scenes filled with enough moving dials, flashing lights and tempting levers to make an average house cat explode from sensory overload. And while scientists may eventually unlock the secrets behind this amazing journey in the future, at present there is very little attention or funding devoted to it. But what if we told you that you already could travel back in time, and that the best place to do so was in Paris, ON? Though it may sound unbelievable, Douglas Stocks of Maus Park Antiques, has been traveling back in time and bringing artifacts back to the present for over four decades now. The former head of the Canadian Antique Dealers Association, and star of Canadian Antiques Roadshow on the History Channel, Stocks doesn’t just restore and sell antiques‌he also quite literally lives them! His breathtaking gallery is situated right in his own personal home, an 1854 restored manor that acts as the perfect backdrop to the history it contains. Pieces from his collection have been featured on Netflix, Hulu and ABC projects, and a trip through his vast showroom is as close to time travel as modern science is ever going to get. Reach out to learn more or book a private appointment! The Ayr News

Ayr ayrnews.ca As long as there has been language, there have been storytellers. These select few volunteer to keep the rest of us informed, to document important events and occurrences, and to preserve our history and our heritage with as much accuracy as they can. The history of these scribes and their work is deep and rich, encompassing everything from cave paintings to hieroglyphics, but really came of age with the invention of the modern printing press sometime in the 15th century. Seemingly overnight, the printed word (in the form of manuscripts, books, leaflets and the like) was popping up all over Europe, and the ability to reach the masses was cemented as a vital tool the world over. And one of the first official publications in Ontario to begin the practice, is the Ayr News, celebrating its 105th anniversary this year. Family-owned and operated by the Schmidt family since its inception, the paper prides itself on presenting local news and insight to the area with honesty and integrity, earning it several publication awards; one of their owners, Jim Schmidt, has even been inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame! A vital part of their community that continues to go strong, The Ayr News is the embodiment of everything Aging Gracefully is about: longevity, honesty hard-working people, nostalgia and a celebration of the history that makes us who we are today. Live it for a day. Live it for a lifetime. WINTER 2018-2019 55

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Treasure Hunt Ditch the trendy, overcrowded mall destinations and mark your calendar for a weekend treasure hunting adventure. BY NANCY HOWDEN-COWELL Bird & Bee Vintage Rental Co. Paris birdandbeevintage.com If you are looking for wedding photos that speak to your own uniqueness, this 1900, vintage-styled, general store is where you will find it. The shelves of their shop in Wincey Mills in Paris are chocked full of interesting props to rent or purchase the perfect selection to help bring back the feeling of days gone bye, adding to your special occasion and making your photos anything but run of the mill.

Franni’s Attic Antiques, Uniques and Collectibles Port Rowan Come February, when we are all so tired of being at the mercy of old man winter, why not bundle up and take a drive to Port Rowan to experience a unique Cabin Fever Sale. With over 40+ vendors housed in this old general store, offering between 10% -50% off, you will surely find something to brighten your spirit while you browse through the booths and listen to oldies!








The Fox and Fawn Antiques Tillsonburg foxandfawnshoppe.com This eclectic antique and decor shop in small town Oxford County is the result of a lifetime love affair with decorating, re-purposing, and collecting with a knack for distressing and chalk painting furniture. If they don’t have what you are looking for in the way of anything from vintage clothing, jewelry or furniture, they will help you locate it.

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Pickers Antiques Warehouse Port Dover, Port Rowan, and Brantford I am constantly amazed at the ingenuity of these talented people. I mean, who looks at a saw handle and sees a coat rack? They specialize in taking pieces from the past and pairing them with unlikely bedmates that has them reincarnated into unusual decor items. If you are looking for something different, you might want to checkout all their amazing stores.

Tattered and Torn Caledonia This Caledonia shop marries antique linen grain sacks with furniture pieces from the past to create the comfortable French Farmhouse feel or a more elegant French Château style. You will find an array of patina rich cabinets, that bring character and authenticity to your home with that old world charm. As well, they offer a large selection of unique accessories to complete the desired look.

The Yellow Farmhouse Caledonia Talk about your one-stop shopping! This lovely Caledonia antique store, housed in an old yellow farmhouse, is brimming with treasures. They specialize in Folk Art with everything from hand-hooked rugs, quilts, handcrafted furniture as well as antique pieces to accessorize your home. Offering new and old is what makes this shop extra special and a muststop on your antiquing trail.

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Peak Alliance Realty Inc. is located in the downtown core of the “Prettiest town in Canada”. We are a full service brokerage serving the County of Brant (Paris, St. George, Glen Morris, Burford), the city of Brantford and surrounding area. Owners Jim Stonham and Mike Manes take pride in their Customer-First and Community/Family involvement. they continue to strive towards their vision to achieve world-class service by being the top realty resource. if you are nearby, please stop by for a visit!



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The Paris Fairgrounds Your CommunitY’s Year round event FaCilitY The Paris Agricultural Society is about more than a five day fair. Each year, we provide economical facilities to community groups who otherwise would not be able to meet or to share their gifts with the community.

Heirlooms & Antiques Looking to spend a day antique or vintage hunting? Need to find that perfect period piece to enhance your home or wardrobe? Looking for some retro tunes or previously enjoyed gems? Take a drive down our country roads, stopping at flea markets and local shops to search for treasures then pop into one of our quaint eateries for some local fare... Here are some of our favourite places. Alfred Street Nostalgia

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Anderson Auctions

7 Clonmel Ln, Port Dover www.jimandersonauctions.com Artiques Hagersville

23 Main St, N, Hagersville Bird & Bee Vintage Rental Co. at Wincey MIlls

31 Mechanic St, Paris birdandbeevintage.com Caledonia Furniture Finds

127 Argyle St, S, Unit #5 caledoniafurniturefinds.com Caresa Antiques

1182 Windham Rd 9, Windham Centre Cattail Cove Interiors

1012 Bay St #4, Port Rowan Cheap Shabby Chic

148 Queen St, Dunnville Christie Antique and Vintage Show Catherine Lillywhite, Grace & Lace, Parsley & Sage, Jacqueline Kent, Pinkstix Purses, Artizan. GorGEoUS décor!!

1000 ON-5, Dundas christieshow.ca CJ’s Antiques & Refinishing

4080 Hwy. 24, Vanessa cjsantiques.ca Classic Vault Emporium

12 Main St, S, St George Collectors Centre

46 Colborne St, Brantford collectors-centre.business.site Colonel Mustard Antiques

308 Grand River St N, Paris • petvalu.com

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Look Fabulous This Season! 1407 Hwy 59, Port rowan 519.586.3817

7014 Hamilton Rd, Putnam Country Corner Antiques

3067 ON-3, Simcoe Courtland Treasures Antiques and Emporium

682 James St, Delhi

Covey Coin & Supply Centre

92 Simcoe St, Tillsonburg Crossroads Antique Market

1146 Colborne St E, Brantford Deer Creek Antiques & Creations

1703 Norfolk County Rd 45, Langton Flyers Cafe & Bakery (some antiques)

144 Queen St, Dunnville Forch’s Record Store

59 Dalhousie St, Brantford forchsrecordstore.ca Franni’s Attic

1011 Bay St, Port Rowan Grand River Antiques

1540 East, Hwy 54, Caledonia grandriverantiques.com

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Cayuga grandriverantiquesociety. yolasite.com Grand River Flea Market

261 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge grandriverfleamarket.com Green Spot Antiques

49 Cedar St, Cambridge Haldimand House Marketplace

22 Argyle St, S, Caledonia haldimandhouse.com Henry Dobson Antiques Inc

955781 Gibson Ln, Drumbo The Kilted Moose

57 Talbot St, W, Aylmer Main Station Collectables & Pawn Shop

28 Alice St, Waterford Maus Park Antiques

289 Pinehurst Rd, Paris mausparkantiques.ca Miller & Miller Auctions

59 Webster St, New Hamburg millerandmillerauctions.com Mizener’s Antiques & More Market

367 ON-5, Dundas antiquesandmoremarket.com

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75 Broadway, Tillsonburg Nice Old Stuff

2037 Main St, N, Jarvis niceoldstuff.ca

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Old Country Store

80 Alice St, Waterford Old Town Hall Auctions

13 Burwell St, Paris oldtownhallauctions.com One of a Kind Antiques & Collectibles



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97 Wilson St, Woodstock oneofakindantiquemall.com Orange Cat Antiques

200 Brant Ave, Brantford Paris Road Antiques

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548 Paris Rd, Paris parisroadantiques.blogspot.com Pickers Antiques Warehouse

Inside C- Squared Menswear 334 Main St, Port Dover & 1049 Bay St, Port Rowan (opening June 1st) + Crossroads Trading Post & Flea Market 1146 Colborne St, E, Brantford Queensway Antiques

88 Queensway W, Simcoe Tattered and Torn

903 Haldibrook Rd, Caledonia etsy.com/ca/shop/TatteredanTorn Southworks Antiques

73 Water St, N, Cambridge southworksantiques.com The Back Shed Antiques & Primitive Crafts

2388 Highway 3 E, Jarvis thebackshed.ca The Fox and Fawn Antiques

93 Broadway, Tillsonburg foxandfawnshoppe.com The Freelton Antique Mall

248 Freelton Rd, Freelton freeltonantiquemall.com The Henhouse Shoppe

163719 Brownsville Rd, Brownsville The Yellow Farmhouse

697 Stoney Creek Rd, Caledonia Tillsonburg Antiques Plus

6 Old Vienna Rd, Tillsonburg Time Capsule Antiques & Retro Nostalgia

168 Queen St, Dunnville timecapsuleretro.blogspot.ca Towpath on the Grand

14 Talbot St, W, Jarvis towpathonthegrand.com Toys ‘n Stock

676888 16 Line, Tavistock Unique Boutique Gifts Antiques

Alice St, Waterford Walpole Antique Farm Machinery Association

2041 ON-6, Jarvis wafma.ca


Waterford Antique Market

80 B Alice St, Waterford waterfordantiquemarket.com Webster R Antiques

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Woodstock Art Gallery cityofwoodstock.ca Jumping out of the television and on to art gallery walls, timeless classics continue to excite and provoke audiences after almost a century. From the golden age to the digital age, the satirical adult humour popularized by Warner Bros. animations revolutionized the industry through their at times bizarre and brash animations. The exhibit gives a behind-thescenes look into the creation of beloved cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and more. Pieces document the evolution of designs from model sheets to story sketches to animation drawings. With over 165 drawings, the surreal images are nostalgic while also speaking to the current moment. At times political, comedic, low-brow, but always with the spirit of comradery, Warner Bros. animations are available for an intimate experience with childhood favourites. Visit the Woodstock Art Gallery from November 10, 2018 to January 5, 2019 to see ageless Americana and support your local gallery.

Inspiring Minds

Arts and culture are an important resource in our path to building stronger connections with the present and the past, serving to document and preserve stories and ensure that history is shared. They beautify public spaces, help forge relationships where there is diversity and become stewards of strength in community. At Live Small Town, we love to promote local participation and bonds. We believe one of the best ways to engage is through the arts.

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Wrapped in Courage Brantford Native feelypianoschool.com Learning the piano has never been so simple with Feely music. Long-time teaching family the Feelys are making music lessons easier than ever with an upcoming app for beginner to advanced players. Teachers will continue to make house calls and are attentive to each student, while the app currently being developed will make practice a little less lonely. While also focusing on expanding their music school out of province, the prototype app out soon will accompany in-person lessons.

Jake Thomas Learning Centre Six Nations jakethomaslearningcentre.ca With over 90,000 hand written documents in multiple languages, the Jake Thomas Learning Centre houses archival documents to promote Six Nations history and culture to educators worldwide. Home to a Language Development Program, they carry on traditions through the distribution of books, papers, and other educational materials. Named after Jake Thomas, the late Cayuga Chief, official faithkeeper, and singer, the centre continues his legacy as an interpreter of Iroquoian culture.

DT Concert Series Paris dtconcertseries.com Housed in the Dominion Telegraph Building in downtown Paris, Ontario, the DT Concert Series is bringing touring musicians to small town Ontario this winter. Without many music venues in the region, the concert series, established in 2016, draws crowds for intimate music acts. Almost sold out, upcoming performers include Martha Wainwright, Port Cities, and Digging Roots, and sold out shows by Jenn Grant and Steven Page. See you there!

Pints and Punchlines Jarvis concessionroadbrew.com As the temperatures drop, indoor activities for adults seem sparse. With daily tours of their old firewall micro-brewery, Concession Road Brewing Co. is a new gathering place where everyone feels like an old friend. The taproom, open Thursday through Sunday, offers a cozy space to try pints, or you can take home a growler to try on your own. On the first Friday of every month, join host Lacie Victoria for their Pints and Punchlines comedy series to support local comedians and breweries.

Cheri Maracle Six Nations cherimaracle.com The multitalented Mohawk/ Irish actor and singer Cheri Maracle stars in Sonia B. Boileau’s recent short film We’ll Always have Toynbee. Maracle has performed at jazz music festivals, holds a strong theatre background, and had a role in the acclaimed drama series Blackstone. From Six Nations Territory, her work has taken her across Canada, the U.S, and Europe. Her latest credit concerns a love affair between a First Nations woman and a white settler, which meditates on desire and integrity.

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Portrait of an Artist

They help us negotiate connections between ourselves and the world. Making us think more deeply, strive more intently, feel joy more profoundly and bring meaning and purpose to humanity. These are the artists behind the art.

Linda Blakney

Brantford lindaleeblakney.com Art is part nature. To be an artist, you have to have a passion for it. To be a passionate artist, you must be obsessed with learning about other artists and working with accomplished teachers and mentors to build a repository of knowledge. Besides that, there are two things that will help activate an artistic passion. First you need to dedicate thousands of hours in the studio, experimenting with new ideas, materials and technics. Second, you will need to teach, because when you teach, you learn as well. I have estimated that during my artistic career, I have over 30,000 hours of art practice, both in the studio and workshops learning. My art is abstract, my materials are always different and the enthusiasm for creative expression is unrelenting. Yes, it is easy to say I am obsessed with art. 64 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

Krista Reimer

Port Rowan As time moves on, I find peace and joy in the memories of the past. Painting such memories has become for me a way of reminiscing, preserving, and honouring the stories of loved ones. I prefer using old candid photographs as references because of their imperfect and uncontrived qualities. I am a self-taught artist that has always lived near Port Rowan. My pride in our community has inspired me to also paint farming, woodland, and town scenes. I work with a variety of mediums including watercolour, acrylic, and oil paint and have had 20 years of experience in commissioned artwork. I also teach art lessons in my studio, and have taught in a public school through an OAC grant.


Cayuga kerrywalford.com I suppose my inspiration for rural Ontario landscapes came from adventurous drives in the countryside with my other half of 16 years. In our early years, we were both working our way through university, with nothing but student debt to our names. Our drives were our escape, where we shared our hopes and dreams under the starry skies of night or during the golden hour in the evenings. We began to fall in love with old Ontario farm homes and the slower pace of rural living. Then one day we stumbled upon “Wildwood� in Cayuga, an English farm-house

built in 1840. We immediately saw the potential for an art gallery and room to grow a family. Three years later, we have been blessed with the arrival of our beautiful baby girl Clementine, followed by our gallery opening

this past November. Opening an Art Gallery in our home allows me the best of all worlds; I get to practice my art, raise Clemmie at home, and enjoy our quaint village of Cayuga. My very own little slice of heaven. Live it for a day. Live it for a lifetime. WINTER 2018-2019 65

On the Map

Makers Market Our local art scene is bursting with talent and has been instrumental in revitalizing local community culture. BY NANCY HOWDEN-COWELL Lilli & Lotti Dunnville instagram.com/lilliandlotti If you are looking for something unique and whimsical for that special child in your life, this is where you will find it. Two lifelong friends have been reliving the magic of childhood with their handmade out-of-the-box creations. Don’t expect your run of the mill from these ladies; prepare instead for clothes, games and those pieces of decor that awaken the child in all of us.

Linda Yeoman Woodstock Her lifetime love of nature, gardening and art has inspired this lady to combine all of those passions and create stunning pieces of art. Nature is her media, beginning with the tiny seedlings that she places gently into the ground in the spring to grow the fruits of these plants that become her canvases. Each gourd comes into its own with her talented paintings and sculptures.








Irma Makariunaite Delhi irmamakariunaiteart.ca It is always such a joy to find an artist who pushes the boundaries and creates works of art from everyday items. Perhaps it is the extensive travel that she did while learning her craft that enables her to see beyond the ordinary and open herself to the possibilities that exist in a small scrap of fabric then fusing it with more traditional art media to create her inspiring collages.

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Tenessa Bobessa Jewlery Design Brantford tynessabobessa.com Creating new memories with vintage gold and specializing in custom designs are a collaboration of creativity. Work with this artist to make your special pieces more memorable and unique so that your wedding ring or one of a kind gift is truly an expression of love. She is making miniature works of wearable art that embrace the past and the future.

Pottery on Seven Burford Bringing pottery to a new level is often a risky procedure for this artist. Her pots start out ordinary but end up as anything but. After a second firing they come out of the 1100 degree kiln and this is where the magic and the risk begins as the hot pot hits the cooler air. The carbon rich horse hair sizzles and smokes as art is created and a beauty like no other is attained.

Talking Earth Pottery Six Nations Steve Smith of Talking Earth Pottery has been creating these exceptional pots since 1974. The symbolism that is etched through the layers of clay brings to life the inner spirit of this strong culture and passes on the stories that were almost lost. Many of these unique pieces have been commissioned to show appreciation and have found places of honour with the lucky recipients.

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As live theatre continues to grow in popularity, lovers of the performing arts across Canada have begun noticing an emerging trend: big cities aren’t the only places to find a good show. Small towns and local theatres are churning out quality performances, and their well-known theater companies, and impressive resumes mean a trip to the theatre is even closer than you realize! Backstage Capitol Theatre

93 King St, Delhi backstagecapitol.com Open year round, this unique and historic venue plays host to live performances of Celtic, Folk, Vintage Rock & Roll, and a host of other genres! Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corp

247 Main St, Port Dover lighthousetheatre.com The theatre is open all year round for a variety of events, including concerts, public meetings, community fund raisers, dance recitals, workshops, band rehearsals and classes. The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts

88 Dalhousie St, Brantford sandersoncentre.ca A vintage, vaudeville and silent movie theatre opened in 1919, this local gem showcases plays, classical music, dance and more. With seating for 1,125 guests, it is also the home to the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. Simcoe Little Theatre

33 Talbot St N, Simcoe simcoelittletheatre.org Open for 71 years, this community theatre offers a grand selection of drama, comedy and classics. Waterford Old Town Hall

76 Main St S, Waterford oldtownhall.org A restored historic building that boasts a 180-seat auditorium, the Waterford provides our communities with cultural diversity as a music, artistic and theatrical production venue. 68 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca


Nothing boosts your own personal creativity more than visiting art galleries. Akin to osmosis, being around art and in the company of creative folks makes you feel more creative! Our small-town communities are rich in this talent, and there is no better way to experience it than to pop into one of these local showcases. Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Rd, Brantford glenhyrst.ca Located in Glenhyrst Gardens, a beautifully landscaped sixteen-acre park on the banks of the Grand River, the gallery offers contemporary fine art exhibitions, guided tours, classes, lectures, events, and art rentals.

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Holly.O. Gallery

16 Charlotte St. Paris (one street north of the Arlington Hotel) hollyo.ca Paris artist Holly.O. welcomes visitors to her gallery and studio. View Holly’s collection of original artworks and take a behind-the-scenes look at her sunny studio space! Gallery is open by appointment throughout the year. The Oak Gallery

313 Main St, Port Dover theoakgallery.com This new gallery offers the work of both local artists and those from afar, showcasing metal, wax, acrylic, glass, ceramic, wood, watercolour, oil and ink artistic creations. Two Turtles Iroquois Fine Art Gallery

Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken twoturtle.ca This modest gallery brings you the best of Iroquois culture and symbolism, celebrating nature in the form of original paintings, soapstone sculptures, limited edition acrylic prints, Giclée prints and lithographs.

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Wildwood Art Gallery & Studio

24 Winnett St, N, Cayuga WildwoodCayuga.com This new gallery is home to Artist Kerry Walford, who specializes in oil paintings of rural Ontario. The gallery will also feature the work of local artists, offer art classes for children and adults, and host several art shows throughout the year.

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Studio & gallery art Show June 1 & 2 16 Charlotte S., PariS by aPPointment hollyo.ca

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Arts & Culture MUSIC VENUES

In each issue, Live Small Town will highlight a few of the diverse entertainment venues that our counties offer, and what makes each one unique and worth attending. New shows and events are being added all the time, so be sure to check your local listings and news sources for updates, and spread the word! The DT Concert Series Brantford’s Premiere day sPa Warm up this winter with one of our Seasonal Soaks. We specialize in an array of therapeutic practices, massage, body treatments, aesthetic services, and yoga studio classes. Open 6 days a week Monday - Saturday. Sundays are available for private rentals & workshops.

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97 Grand River St N, Paris dtconcertseries.com This seven-part music series housed in the historic Dominion Telegraph Event Centre in downtown Paris, Ontario, is presented by Arlington Hotel and Noisemaker Management. It is an intimate venue, offering an up-close-and-personal musical experience with some of Canada’s most talented live performers. Brando’s on Market

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135 Market St, Brantford brandos.ca When the sun goes down on Market Street, the party is not far behind and you’ll find festivities aplenty every night. A hot spot for local bands and talent, including rock, funk, soul, blues and live DJs every week, you can tell right away this isn’t your average bar! David’s Restaurant

168 New Lakeshore Rd, Port Dover davidsportdover.com Every weekend this beautiful, waterfront venue pairs live music with the best martini and wine selection around, adding a delicious menu that boasts the bounty and spoils of Norfolk County. Flyers Bakery and Cafe

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144 Queen St, Dunnville flyersindunnville.com Here at Flyers you’ll find a crazy combination of sweet treats, savoury soups, local history, art and concerts. Whether your jam is folk music, rock or jazz, there is always something to rock out to. They are also billed as one of our great breakfast joints, so come

for a visit, stay for the night, catch a show and enjoy our beautiful county for the day. You won’t regret it! La Salette Historic Church and Hall

88 LaSalette Rd, LaSalette lasalette.ca Nestled in the scenic rural hamlet of LaSalette, Ontario this magnificent Gothic Revival style church now acts as a community-owned-and-operated venue for local concerts and theatre. Feel free to reach out to rent this location for your event, or check out their website for booked performances.

MASTERS IN THE MAKING At Haldimand’s hands-on art studio & gallery with programming for all ages

Manny’s Place Live Entertainment

125 Stanley St unit #2, Brantford mannys-place.com Manny’s has all the elements of a great concert venue: a clean lounge setting, pub-style seating with flat screen TV’s for the sports enthusiast, weekly events and live entertainment on a huge stage that is fully loaded for sound and lighting. OLG Casino Brantford

40 Icomm Drive, Brantford 519-752-5004 olgslotsandcasinos.ca Besides the obvious entertainment, there is always something going on at OLG Casino Brantford - from comedy, to Elvis tribute bands, to a wide array of current musical celebs. Check out their web calendar for exciting lineups. Shared Harvest Community Farm & Educational Centre (and music)

834 North Shore Dr, Dunnville sharedharvestfarm.ca A certified organic vegetable farm that also is host to live music, music festival Turnip the Beets, harmonica retreats, music dinner nights and open mics. PLUS tons of workshops and educational opportunities for all ages. Their goal is to support the community and focus on working together to make a healthier and more engaging life for all. Whistling Gardens

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Out & About

Seasons are ever changing. The altering weather is a gentle reminder that all things end, but can begin anew. Search out the treasure trove of things to see and activities to do in our communities. The sky’s the limit when it comes to natural beauty and outdoor adventure, so grab your fishing rod, pack your sunscreen and dust off your hiking boots - the great outdoors is calling!

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Winter is for the birds!

Birdwatching is a wonderful way to venture out with friends and family to discover the beautiful outdoors. BY Adrianna Michell As the temperatures drop, spending more times indoors becomes tempting. The winter months can bring hibernation-like sedentarism, as it is more appealing to cuddle up on the couch than brave the cold. Still, sub-zero temperatures don’t mean that there

aren’t fun outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. After a few extra layers and a warm drink, cold toes don’t compare to the snow-capped tress and sparkling ice of a morning snow. Both newcomers and lifelong community members have to agree that

Southern Ontario winters are nearly world wonders, with picturesque foliage, pristine snow, and many natural landscapes for you to explore. Getting outside doesn’t have to be difficult either, as there are many trails nearby perfect for a calm winter walk or a bird watching excursion. Marsh lands are abundant throughout the region, which provide the perfect ecological area for birds braving the colder climate. Whether you are a seasoned bird-watcher or just someone along for the walk, you will love to see expressive birds pop against the bare landscape

with song calls like holiday bells. Bright birds make tree tops more cheerful, while evergreens keep the forests bountiful for yearlong animal inhabitants. The winter months provide the perfect time to take up a new outdoor hobby and the regional trail systems are the place to practice. Get active with a pair of snowshoes or hiking boots, or try a leisurely family stroll with a camera for capturing memories or photos of wild fowl. Some fresh air can help keep the winter blues away, and there is no better way to do so than exploring your own backyard.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Here are just a few of our popular birding trails

in Southern Ontario. Be sure to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and remember to take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

Dunnville Marsh Dunnville to Port Maitland grandriver.ca Trailing beside the Grand River, this marsh is a winter landscape that should not be missed. When accessed through the Byng Island park, the wetlands open up into a large system of wildlife trails. This time of year, birding highlights include red-winged black birds, ducks, and the occasional red-throated loon appearing along the lake.

Grand River Valley Forest Paris to Cambridge grandriver.ca Connecting to the Pinehurst Lake Park and Cambridge Rail Trail, this marsh is an interesting landscape unlike other regional marshlands. Terraces rise nearly 40 metres above the river, inhabited by orchards and fields and nearly 119 recorded bird species. Open year round, animal and bird sightings are abundant in this ecological treasure.

Long Point Birding Trail Long Point birdscanada.org Considered one of the richest birding areas in the country, Long Point Birding Trail is home to a variety of indigenous and visiting bird species. With the possibility of seeing over 400 species, the trail provides many opportunities to access this local wonder. Attend the Long Point Bird Observatory to brush up on birding or see them up close.

Lawson Nature Reserve Salford/Ingersoll Our Carolinian woodlands are a local hub for birds, with a well-established conservation authority to protect all of the endangered species and vulnerable habitats. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty through a trail system that has something for every level of hiker. Diverse plant, mammal, and bird life decorate the winter landscapes for nearby residents and visitors alike.

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Connecting with nature offers a wealth of benefits, not to mention the sheer enjoyment of being surrounded by beauty. So go play outside! BY Tara Carpenter As Canadians you might think we would be used to the wild winter weather Mother Nature throws at us year after year at this time, but we always seem to hide away in our cozy caves to hibernate. This can affect our mental, emotional, and physical well-being in a very negative way. Kids intuitively know how to have fun in this not-so-desirable of seasons. My childhood winter playground was the mammoth-sized snowdrifts in the fields where I would dig for hours like a groundhog to create a den that I would imagine

was my home. I learned to skate by pushing a chair on the flooded fields and ponds on the farm until my feet were frozen. As a child we don’t feel the cold when we are mesmerized in the imaginary play of building a fortress to hide behind for a serious snowball battle with all the kids in the neighborhood. These are the memories of a real Ontario winter. My coldest winter camping experience as an adult was when I slept outside in a tent at -23C while at the Research Station in Algonquin Park. The only way I made it through the

night was because I was layered in absolutely every piece of clothing that I could fit on my body. I even slept with my mitts and toque on! The key to enjoying the coldest days of winter is dressing appropriately. What I recommend is multiple layers with a base layer of merino wool. Wool is sustainable, renewable, environmentally friendly, and is even warm when wet. An outer shell that is wind and water proof will have you covered. So get dressed up warmly, get outside, and breathe that invigorating cold Canadian fresh air. Don’t miss out on these experiences and fun winter activities that are only offered this time of year. It will make you feel like a kid again!

Tara Carpenter discovered her love for nature and the outdoors at an early age while growing up on a Norfolk farm. She has always been an avid enthusiast of nature and travel, and for 17 years she roamed all corners of the globe in search of adventure. From sailing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to hitch-hiking across Canada, Tara has made herself at home in nature’s embrace. Grounded by the unique challenges of motherhood, Tara now encourages other parents and their families to get outdoors and foster their own passion for environmental connectedness. For info on programs connect with Terra Trails or GROWE Grandriverrafting.ca/grand-river-outdoor-wilderness-education 74 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Authority

Our Ontario southwest offers a copious quantity of wild edibles just waiting to be gobbled up by anyone who knows where and when to forage. Here are just a few of the delights to be had.

grandriver.ca Need some motivation to get out of your warm cave this winter and get some required exercise? Well Pinehurst Lake offers classic cross-country skiing on 4 km of groomed and track-set trails, 7 km of snowshoeing trails, and 2 km of plowed walking trails. Ski and snowshoe equipment can be rented on weekends and on Family Day. No excuses now to get outside and have fun! Jimmy Riggin

The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations

mncfn.ca The Mississaugas of the New Credit is a thriving and vibrant community, bursting with people reaching for their roots as well as the future by offering community-engaging activities. After-school skating is available at the local arena all winter. Sharpen those blades and get out to one of the many community arenas for public skating that the family can enjoy.

jimmyriggin.com A day out ice fishing on our Great Lakes has always been a long standing intrinsic Canadian tradition. What better way to do it then to be nestled up in the warmth of a heated hut with pre-drilled holes, benches for up to 6, and a BBQ to cook your lunch. The anticipation of peering down the hole waiting to wrangle up a big one is an essential winter experience.

Chaga Inonotus Obliquus This highly prized and sought after fungus is being closely studied for its anti-cancer abilities. Growing primarily on the white birch tree of the north, this medicine of the forest is now sold at health food stores to be brewed into a rich tasting coffee substitute. Sustainable harvesting and the drying of this mushroom is an important part of the processing.

Oxford Snowmobile Club

ofscdistrict5.com District 5 Region of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club is a dedicated group of volunteers representing 25 clubs that operate 3,139 km of trails throughout Southwestern Ontario. If you have the need to feel the exhilarating rush of a sled beneath you this winter then join one of their many events. Vintage show, driver training courses, and permits are on sale now!

Sumac Rhus typhina Against the white snow the cluster of showy red berries can be made into a refreshing pink Canadian lemonade drink that is high in Vitamin C. It is best to brew it with cold water, then filter it, sweeten and enjoy! This tea was also used as a wash for ulcers, and skin diseases. Infuse with Basswood twigs to aid in childbirth. Avoid if hyper sensitive to poison ivy.

Basswood Tilia americana All parts of the mighty basswood are eatable and have high medicinal value. The winter inner bark, which after being cooked is quite tender, can be eaten on its own or added to stews. High in antioxidants, astringents, antispasmodic, and it reduces inflammation. Traditionally the inner bark was only eaten in winter as a survival food when all other food was scarce. Live it for a day. Live it for a lifetime. WINTER 2018-2019 75

Rural Roooots!

Rural recreation is the cure-all you’re craving and roots are so cool and underground, they’re like the most indie thing in the planet. Put those two things together and you’ve got (yell it!) Rural Rooooots: Your indispensable, unconventional guide to bucolic wonder and countryside cravings. BY J.C. Villamere

Please feel free to reach out and let us know about other farming folks within the community who are doing it different!

In my long career, I’ve worked at a pizzeria, a drug store, a camera shop, a record store, and more. I’ve been a public servant, a graphic artist, a concert photographer, an entertainment reporter, a best-selling author, and an editor. But I have always wanted to be a florist. No matter where you are in the world, the language of flowers translates easily. Across cultures, flowers are used to mark births and birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, retirements and funerals. Whether you are eyeing florals with your upcoming nuptials in mind or you just can’t get enough of the promise of spring that flowers offer, it’s a great time to take a closer at your local flower growers. These farmers are the keepers of our local culture’s blossoms. Their floral harvest is a powerful symbol of hope, renewal, health, and possibility. I always wanted to be a florist. Each spring, when I see the hidden potential of humble seeds unfurl, I’m reminded that I might yet become one.

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Dirt Road Flowers

St William dirtroadflowers.ca Wait, what’s a micro-florist? Well, in this case, it means there is no flower shop to visit, so there’s no chilly cooler to stand in while you repeatedly fail to create a bouquet that costs less than a car payment and looks like the work of a professional, which you are not. From mid-June until mid-October, Dirt Road Flowers will deliver seasonal, fresh-cut flowers and arrangements to you or whomever you like in the Port Rowan area, plus St. Williams, Turkey Point, Vittoria, and Simcoe. Free delivery! In the offseason, this team trades their dirt road in St. Williams for the cobblestones of Ajijicin, Mexico. But once the jacarandas bloom in April, they’ll be back to the tiny, 550-square-foot cottage they work out of for the flower season, much of which is occupied by vases. “Can one ever have too many vases?” asks Howes-Olmstead on @dirt_ road_flowers, her popular Instagram account. (My answer is, “No, one cannot.”)

Every single flower from Dirt Road is grown from locally-sourced seeds, tubers, corms, and bulbs. Each bouquet is a study in form and texture, arranged by a real pro — no flower cooler fails required! Primula Flowers

North of Drumbo Oh, are you in the market for super-dramatic custom arrangements? Wait, you’re only interested if they’re created from flowers that are local, pesticide-free, and herbicide-free? Wow, I like a flower lover who knows what they’re in the market for! Also, you’re in luck because Teresa Bakker of Primula Flowers has exactly what you want, plus a bucolic setting perfect for unforgettable family and wedding portraits. I love Primula Flowers’ holistic approach to enjoying blooms: in addition to achieving magical things with fresh flowers, she also dries flowers for use in tea, potpourri, luxury spa services, and to use as flower confetti for celebrations. She also dries and stores seeds and seems resourceful and prudent in a way that is inspiring. Back in the fall while you were busy eating Novemburgers and watching the Grey Cup, 1,300 bulbs were being planted for you at this picturesque flower farm that operates as part of the Bakkerlane Dairy Farm. You might have visited the farm last summer for the chance to pick your own sunflowers for a dollar a stem. Now that’s a super-dramatic arrangement!

Bakkerlane farm by Cindy Mighton Frank, belvedere lavender Photos by Kelly Samuel Blair

Belvedere Lavender

Burford belvederelavender.com It’s all about feeling good: that’s the motto at Belvedere Lavender, where 5,000 lavender plants emerge from the rolling fields on a family farm near Burford. One thing that promises to get you feeling good is Belvedere Lavender’s natural line of luxury skincare products. The line, which is focused on using natural, organic, kosher and vegan ingredients, includes 15 lavender-infused preparations, formulated to deliver the benefits of lavender to your lips, feet, face, hands, and body. And why stop there? Belvedere Lavender also offers home products including lavender sachets, candles, and soothing heat packs. Establishing Belvedere Lavender has been the lifelong dream of Erik Wesseling and if you’re wondering if that’s the same Erik Wesseling who does outstanding work at Floral Buds & Design in Woodstock, or if it’s the Erik Wesseling who is the go-to florist for the Juno Awards, or if there are three, separate, florally-inclined Erik Wesselings, I can answer your question: There is but one Erik Wesseling and it is he. He is achieving his lifelong dreams. (Could lavender be the secret?) Live it for a day. Live it for a lifetime. WINTER 2018-2019 77

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GOLF Brant County • Arrowdale Public Golf Course • Brantford Golf & Country Club • Brantford Indoor Golf Club • Brant Valley Golf Club • Burford Golf Links • GolfNorth Properties • Heron Point Golf Links • Northfield Golf Centre • Northridge Public Golf Course • Mystic Golf Club • The Oaks of St George Golf Club Haldimand County • Cayuga Golf Club • Coral Creek Golf & Country Club • Dunnville Golf & Country Club • Freedom Oaks Golf Club • Highland Mini-Golf • MontHill Golf and Country Club • Sandusk Golf Club • The Dunnville Golf and Country Club Norfolk County • Fescue’s Edge Golf Club • Greens At Renton • Lynn Meadows Golf Club • Norfolk Golf & Country Club • Pine Valley Golf Club • Sandusk Golf Club • Springview Farm Golf Course • The Links at Dover Coast • Woodside Greens Golf Park TRAILS Brant County

Brant has a trail system that is envied the world over, and our network of trails and pathways is used by walkers, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders alike. Check out some of the most popular trails below, as well as some of the lesser-known gems (our personal favourites). For more information, visit brant.ca • Apps Mill Trail (GRCA) • Burford Lion’s Way • Grand Valley Trail (GVTA) • Green Lane Park

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• Hamilton to Brantford Trail (GRCA) • LE & N Rail Trail • Mt.Pleasant Walking Tour • Mt.Pleasant Nature Park • Nith River Trail • Paris to Cambridge • S.C. Johnson Trail (GRCA) • TH & B Rail Trail Haldimand County

Haldimand is home to some of the most spectacular and scenic hiking trails around, many found along the Grand River and in our local parks and conservation areas. For more information, visit haldimandcounty.on.ca • Blue Heron Way • Chippewa Trail • Kinsmen Park Walkway • Patterson Walkway • Ramsay Walkway • Rotary Riverside Trail • Thistlemoor Park Pathway • Thompson Creek Restoration • Townsend Recreation Trail Norfolk County

Norfolk has a stunning selection of trails that takes you through an array of wetlands, grasslands, forests and farmers’ fields. Come visit us and explore landscapes that you have never been to before, while experiencing all the amazing adventures this county has to offer! For more information, visit norfolktrails.ca • Andy and Helen Spriet Trail • Backus Woods • Big Creek National Wildlife Area • Brook Conservation Area • Delhi Rail Trail • Hay Creek Conservation Area • Lynn Valley Trail • Long Point Eco-Adventures and

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• Long Point Provincial Park • Norfolk Sunrise Trail • Port Rowan Wetlands • St Williams Conservation Reserve • Sutton Conservation Area • Turkey Point Provincial Park • Woodlots in Norfolk County • Waterford Heritage Trail

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One of the toughest parts about achieving positive change is finding the courage to take that first step. BY Elizabeth Voth It is a common practice that happens each December; there is an intention to set goals and create a plan for the next 365 days. For some, it is about removing a habit; for most, it is committing to make a positive change. To me, 2018 meant an opportunity to take one step forward, fulfilling the idea of building my own business. Understanding my personal goals, a mentor had encouraged me to seek a word to describe my year ahead. A word for my personal life and for the career I was beginning to understand as my own. With some quiet thought, I realized and understood that in 2018, I would invest. Invest in my own personal development, in my future, my 82 LIVE SMALL TOWN livesmalltownmag.ca

career, and in community. It was with this word, invest, and my 2018 Dream Board where the idea for EV Coaching was born. EV Coaching came from a commitment to support a friend through a10-week goal setting and physical training plan. What I did not know was that those 10 weeks in the fall of 2017 would lay the foundation for developing a community of women who feel freedom from past fears and discomforts in exercise environments - a community of women who would come together to invest in their own health, engage in positive behaviour changes and be supported by me, their coach. For me, it took the practice of investing in my own community to realize my goals and what I was created to do. In the last year, I’ve understood the value of my communities. I have community in my friends and family. I have community in a group of fellow business owners in Warrior Coaching, and now, I have a community in EV Coaching. It is a community that is growing through partnership with local businesses here in Oxford and Norfolk counties. And it is a community that I see value in and now understand that it was always meant to be built here, in the environment that I grew up in. 365 days later, I continue to dream about what I can accomplish and how I can continue to support a community of women that I am fortunate to lead. We are told it is not good to look back, because you are not going that way. Personally, I can now say that by looking back, I am able to understand and appreciate the events of this past year and how every setback, or unexpected turn has built strength in to my business and my personal life.

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Live Small Town Magazine Winter 2018-19  

Live Small Town magazine promotes all the unique experiences, places and people that small towns offer throughout Brantford, County of Brant...

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Live Small Town magazine promotes all the unique experiences, places and people that small towns offer throughout Brantford, County of Brant...