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A taste of the KAWARTHAS

December 2018

FOOD, SHOPPING & CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Serena Ryder Christmas Kisses

Crazy Christmas Lights Top 10 Toys Snowmobiling Holiday Dinner & Wine Pairing Chef BelindaWillis from Primal Cuts

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Inspire: The Women’s Project


Merry Christmas

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Happy

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A Taste of the Kawarthas Culinary Tours Thank you for an Amazing 2018! 2018 has been an amazing year for the culinary food tours. We would like to thank all the guests who have come to Peterborough and Warkworth to enjoy the culinary delights that the creative chefs have presented. We hope to see you all in 2019! A Special thank you goes out to Black Honey Cafe & Bakery, La Mesita, Island Cream, Hunter Street Tavern, Green Up, Tiny Greens, Maison du Chocolate, Caribbean Sizzle, Hi Ho Silver, Cork & Bean, Fresh Dreams, Charlotte Anne’s, Hobarts, The Cheese Shop, Kettle Drums, Watson & Lou, & La Hacienda in Peterborough. In Warkworth, we would like to thank Our Lucky Stars, The General on Main, ‘Sper, The Village Pantry, Cheeky Bee, Centre & Main Chocolate, The Natural, Jeannine’s Backtalk Cafe, The Yellow Bordelo, SOS Lounge & True Saffron. You are what makes Warkworth special! See you all next year!

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Contents

DECEMBER 2018

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Features 30 Serena Ryder

21 Santas for Seniors

18 OPP talks about snowmobiles

46 What to wear this Holiday

40 Top Ten Toys for 2018

29 Inspire the Womens Project

16 Christmas Past

36 Crazy Christmas Lights

Talks about her new Album, Christmas Kisses Safety and Fines for Bad Kids

Tragically Hipp has great looks

Take a look at what your kids want from Santa What was it like in the 1850’s?

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How you can help

What is Heather Doughty up to?

It’s worth the trip to Hastings

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Columns Liquid Treasures 12 Wine Pairing this Christmas

Real Estate 42 Real Estate in the Kawarthas

Palitable Pleasures 6 Chefs of the Kawarthas 10 Kickin’ Recipes 15 Vegan Christmas Dishes 34 For the Love of Chocolate

Rockin’ Musicians 44 Musicians of the Kawarthas

On the Trails 26 Snowmobiling in the Kawarthas

Global Getaways 22 What to do in the Barbados

Health & Wellness 47 How not to gain weight this Christmas

Where to Eat & Shop 38 Where to Eat & Shop

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Pets 35 Thinking of a getting a pet for Christmas?

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A note From the Editor Having completed the inaugural issue of the Magazine, we are now in full swing.

But this endeavour would not be possible without the Contributors. We have a stellar team who produce the content of this magazine. Without their talent and expertise, our content would not be as interesting as it is. So let me introduce you to them! Karen Irvine - Editor In Chief, Videographer, Photographer & Motorcycle Enthusiast

atasteofthekawarthas@gmail.com Shari Darling, Sommolier & owner of Fresh DOH & Newspaper Journalist

Chef Brian Henry, Chef Extraordinaire & Newspaper Journalist Jay Lough Hayes, Real Estate Broker

Margaret Swaine, Travel, Wine, Spas and Spirits Columnist and Author

Jay Cooper, Musician & Motorcycle Enthusiast

Michael Bell, Music Specialist & Musician

Susan Porter Dunkley - Manager, Development & Outreach, Peterborough Humane Socienty

Elwood Jones, Historian with Trent Valley Archives & Newspaper Journalist

Nadene Nicholas - Snowmobile Enthusiast, Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club

Gina Livy, Personal Coach & Weight Loss Guru

Contributors

Editor In Chief - Karen Irvine Side Dishes - Shari Darling Real Estate - Jay Lough Hayes Rockin’ Musicians - Michael Bell Kickin’ Recipes - Chef Brian Henry Motorcycling - Jay Cooper Global Getaways - Margaret Swaine Health & Wellness - Gina Livy Pets - Susan Porter Dunkley Snowmobiling - Nadene Nicholas Christmas Past - Elwood Jones The opinions expressed in this magazine are not of this magazine, but are those of the writer or columnist

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Belinda’s mentor was David Haman, who trained under Chef Ferran Adrià at Elbulli

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CHEFS OF THE KAWARTHAS CHEF BELINDA WILLIS FROM PRIMAL CUTS Meet Belinda Willis, Chef extraordinaire, who has been working in kitchens for the past 15 years. Chef Belinda started her career working at 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook. Then she moved out to Vancouver Island and just started cooking. On Vancouver Island, Belinda helped open the Noodle Box. Nick (from New Zealand) & Jodie (from Campbell River) met while traveling and started the Noodle Box based on their travels and Southeast Asian street food. “I got to work on woks and fire, it was super quick and loud.” (She laughs) “I was on the Island for 8 years.” So why did she come back? “After I moved back from Vancouver Island, I was in Toronto for 8 years. I didn’t really find a place (in Toronto) that I really wanted to be, in the restaurant industry. I knew George (Primal Cuts owner), we went to high school together, and his chef was leaving, so we talked and I figured it was a good spot for me. Still working with the top quality ingredients that the city had to offer. It was just the right time, right place. I grew up here, and my family is all here. My sister started having babies, so I had to be close to them”, Belinda said. What does she do here as a chef? “We do a little bit of everything. A lot of people think that we are a hair salon when they see Primal Cuts.” (she laughs) “We do a lot of the in house sausages, all the marinades, all the BBQ sauces. We do prepared meals, deli counter, and all the sandwiches. I pretty much come up with all the recipes. “

There are line cooks at Primal Cuts, and Belinda is the Head Chef. Belinda loves being a Chef. She says “The reason I’m into it so much is that it’s one of those careers that you never stop learning. There’s so much room for growth and knowledge, and it keeps me interested. You’re never really at the top.” She plans on staying in Peterborough. “I’ve done my big city tour. I’ve done all that. I like to travel a lot, so I get to still see and do lots of things in the world, but Peterborough is my home base. I do a lot of kayaking and outdoorsy stuff, all the trails, and all the lakes. It’s super quick and easy if you want to have your escape from the city. So Peterborough is really good for that kind of stuff. Obviously.” (she laughs) What does Chef Belinda do for fun other than kayaking? “I’m into embroidery art, I do home brewing , make my own wine. I took a bartending course, so I also help out over at Saphire Lounge on Fridays and Tuesday nights. I like to keep learning and doing.” In Toronto, Belinda’s mentor was David Haman, who trained under Chef Ferran Adrià at Elbulli, a Michelin 3-star restaurant near the town of Roses, Catalonia, Spain. When Chef Belinda had been in Toronto for 4 years, she decided to go see where the big chefs get their inspiration from. “I spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Europe, the South of France, and Spain.”

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“It’s a hard industry to be in. So you have to have the passion if you are going to be in it for real.”

Chef Belinda Willis home again ... in Peterborough

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“I love being a Woman in the kitchen. It’s like being the Mom, especially here.” Her passion for her career is amazing. “It’s a hard industry to be in. So you have to have the passion if you are going to be in it for real.” What does she think about the food industry in Peterborough? “I think it’s pretty good. We have an eclectic community, with people like Karma from Karma’s Café and Sandra at La Hacienda. It’s nice to have a little bit of home style from all over the globe. It’s nice to see that it’s growing, and that everybody is community orientated with the small farms. Everybody works with each other. In other restaurant communities, a lot of people fear the competition. But not in Peterborough. Everyone is family and works together and backs each other up. It’s unique “. Primal Cuts work with small farmers. “We source the best of the best.”, Belinda says. Is Primal Cuts meat organic? “It’s not certified, but it’s all naturally raised and they follow the same protocols.” What’s it like to be a woman in this industry? “It’s pretty exciting. I love being a woman in the kitchen. It’s like being the mom, especially here. I’m the first girl that’s ever worked in the butcher shop here. So it’s kind of fun. Everyone keeps asking Where’s your beard?” (we laughed)

If I had to choose three words to sum up my impression of Belinda, they would be Fearless, Energetic and Fun.

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by Chef Brian Henry

www.thespiceco.ca www.chefbrianhenry.com

Kickin’ Recipes

S ER EN A RY D ER ’ S FAVO U R I T E CH R I S T M A S

DINNER Chef Brian Henry has been a Chef for 35 years. He is the owner of Angle Iron Kitchens and The Spice Co.

Over my career I have had the privilege of cooking for countless celebrities. Many people gush at this notion and wonder what it was like to cook for them and what they ate. For the most part, I can readily state that they take comfort in wholesome home-style meals which is why I wasn’t surprised when Serena Ryder said that her favourite Christmas Dinner foods were Creamy Mashed Caulifl ower, Whole Roasted Chicken and Swiss Chard which can be easily made using the following recipes. Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower cut into bite-size florets 4 cloves garlic, peeled ⅓ cup buttermilk 4 tsp. cooking oil, divided . 1 tsp. butter Salt and fresh cracked pepper Chives Method: Place cauliflower and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until tender. Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 tsp. cooking oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse mixture a bit and then process until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining cooking oil and garnish with fresh cut chives.

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Roasted Chicken Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, giblets removed Salt and fresh cracked pepper 1 tbsp. onion powder 1/2 cup butter, divided 1 stalk celery 1 small cooking onion, peeled and cut in half Method: Place chicken in a roasting pan, and season generously inside and out with salt, pepper and onion powder. Place half the butter in the chicken cavity. Break the remaining butter into pieces and place under the skin of the chicken over the breast meat. Cut the celery into 3 or 4 pieces, and place in the chicken cavity along with the onion. Bake uncovered in a preheated oven at 350 °F for about 60-75 minutes and a minimum internal temperature of 180 °F has been reached. Remove from heat, and baste with melted margarine and drippings. Cover with aluminum foil, and allow it to rest for 20 minutes before serving.


ROA ST C HI C K E N W I TH C AUL IF LOW ER & SW ISS CHARD Mediterranean Swiss Chard Ingredients 2 tbsp. cooking oil 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped ¼ cup pine nuts 1 bunch Swiss chard, separate the stems from the leaves and cut both into 1-inch pieces ¼ cup raisins ¼ cup of water or unsalted vegetable stock Salt and pepper ½ lemon cut into wedges Method: In a large sauté pan heat the cooking oil over medium high heat. Lightly brown the garlic and pine nuts in the oil being careful not to scorch either. Quickly remove the garlic and pine nuts from the pan and set aside. Add the chard stems and raisins to the pan with the stock and gently simmer until evaporated. Add the chard leaves to the pan and quickly toss them so they begin to wilt. Return the garlic and pine nuts to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with lemon wedges to be squeezed over the chard.

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BLOCK SERIES WINES: They ARe BACK ! Instead of slaving and sweating over your oven for hours cooking a turkey this holiday

season, you may prefer to prepare another seasonally appropriate protein that your family and friends will enjoy. Of all protein-based dishes celebrated over the holidays, roast chicken is the most versatile to pair with a wide variety of wines. Red or white, light or full-bodied, wines of many grapes, regions, terroir, and styles will harmonize with roast chicken. It all depends on the preparation methods and side dishes being served. Chicken has such a mild flavour. With its delicious juices and crispy skin smothered in full fat gravy, what wine wouldn’t work? Right? The fattiness and saltiness of gravy can even work with Canadian Icewine! I say, however, that you consider saving your Icewine to serve with your holiday desert. Pinot Noir is no doubt a safe wine pairing choice for roast chicken. It is a safe choice because the wine occurs as half white and half red. Meant to be slightly chilled and with bright acidity like a white wine, Pinot Noir is light-bodied, dry, crisp, and complex with layers of flavours like a red wine. This French grape has enough delicacy to

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complement side dishes like pureed cauliflower or mashed potatoes and all the other trimmings, such as stuffing, carrots, etc. If serving Pinot Noir, refrain from sweet-based dishes like candied carrots. The sweetness will turn Pinot Noir’s refreshing acidity to rancidity. Ontario’s wine regions are considered cool climatic zones and therefore ideal for producing world class, award winning Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is the primary grape used in the vinification of Burgundy in Burgundy, France. Ontario’s wine regions are situated between 41-44 degrees latitude (the same Latitude as Burgundy, France). So Ontario’s wine regions possess the same cool climate as Burgundy, the ideal growing conditions for complex, thriving Pinot Noir vines. Our regions are located near the great lakes of Ontario, Erie and Huron. In each of the regions, the lakes moderate vineyard temperatures. In the winter the lake’s warm breeze keeps vines from freezing. In the summer the lake’s cool breeze keeps grapes from ripening too quickly. A slow ripening allows the


by Shari Darling Journalist, ‘The Sophisticated Wino’ CEO , FRESH DOH

THE PERFECT PAIRINGS grapes to attain a balance of sugar to acid. Our long cool summers allow the grapes to gain a high acidity level. Cool climate wines, such as Pinot Noir, are considered the best food wines. The reason is that this acidity cleans and refreshes the palate between bites. Said simply, Ontario Pinot Noir vinifies extremely well. I have always been a big fan of Flack Rock Cellars Pinot Noirs. I once created a dinner around their 2011 Block Series of Pinot Noirs from 20 Mile Bench. The Block Series release was the result of an experiment that came out of trying to get a better picture of how their maturing vineyard developed and what went into their vineyard

blend of Pinot Noirs. They did this to focus on different parcels of vineyard that show the nuances of clones in relationship to terroir. This Block series consisted of 3 Pinot Noirs of different clones (DNA) grown within the same vineyard in the same year. So everything was identical except for the DNA of the vines. This was an incredible experiment, showing how DNA plays an important role in the resulting wine’s tastes, flavours, structure, and even complexity. This Block series is available for sale from the winery yet again! This series of wine offers the uniqueness and sophistication required for holiday dining.

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BLOCK SERIES WINES

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Here are some notes on this series: - Colder, windier, north facing slope. - Latest ripening = retains acidity, normally more intense due to slow ripening. - Low crop naturally due to wind exposure. - Clone 667: dark berries, more colour, touch of tannin. - Heavier clays = slower to develop. Northern-most block; next to escarpment / Bruce Trail. - Slight south facing slope. - Clone 115: thicker skinned, more tannin & colour extracted. - Loamy soils with shallow bed of limestone beneath. - Very low vigour & naturally low cropping. - Takes longer to open up & develop due to structure. This Block Series is again for sale through the winery. Only 100 cases were produced. A minimum case of wine is required to purchase from the winery and to be shipped to your house.

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Vegan

Dishes

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holiday season you may find yourself having to accommodate the culinary preferences of family and friends. You may find yourself cooking an entire vegan holiday meal. The vegan lifestyle is growing in popularity. In fact, it is no longer a fad or diet for tree hugging hippies. While following an anti-inflammatory diet, I try to make as many vegan meals as I can to reduce the amount of flesh consumed. I was intrigued to discover that search data from Google Trends shows a worldwide rise in the interest in veganism from 2004 to 2018. Some of the countries embracing a plant-based diet include Australia, Canada, Austria, Israel, and New Zealand. In the US in the last 3 years, there has also been a 600% increase in people becoming vegans. According to a report done by GlobalData (research firm), only 1% of U.S. consumers claimed to be vegan in 2014. And in 2017, that number rose to 6%. The holiday vegan meal can begin with a delicious, vegan hot soup to warm the hearts and bodies of your guests. I love 40 Garlic Clove Soup. This soup highlights roasted, fried, and raw garlic! It’s a delicious vegan soup packed with nutrition. Garlic is a well-known natural antibiotic and helps boost the immune system to fight colds. It also has

40 Clove Soup

compounds that can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and it is thought that its antioxidant properties may even help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

40 Clove Soup

Serves 4 40 Cloves Of Garlic, Peeled 1/4 cup Olive Oil, Divided 1 medium sweet onion, Chopped 1 medium potato, peeled, chopped 4 cups vegetable broth ½ teaspoon Dried Thyme Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice Olive oil (for garnish) 4 cloves raw garlic, minced (for garnish) Juice from 4 wedges of fresh lemon (for garnish) Preheat oven to 350 F (280 C). In a sauté pan over low heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Place 30 garlic cloves on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil, and roast the garlic for 35 to 40 minutes or until soft and brown. Meanwhile, while the garlic is roasting, coarsely chop the remaining garlic cloves and add to the saucepan along with the onions and potatoes. Cook the mixture over medium heat until the vegetables soften and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, thyme, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let the soup cool to room temperature. Once the garlic has roasted to a light golden brown, put in a food processor or blender. Add soup in batches, blending until smooth. Transfer each batch to a soup pot. Heat soup. Divide between bowls. Garnish each bowl with olive oil, 1 clove of minced raw garlic, and drizzle in lemon juice. by Shari Darling Journalist, ‘The Sophisticated Wino’ CEO , FRESH DOH

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M E MO RI E S OF

by Elwood Jones Historian, Trent Valley Archives

CHRISTMAS PAST In the backwoods (1853)

When I first came to Canada, I was much surprised at the cold indifference which most people showed in their observance of Christmas day – with the exception of the then few residing English families, the church was scantily attended. For in those days there was no dressing of the houses or churches with evergreens as is now so generally the custom, (Long may it continue); and I missed the heartfelt cordiality that seems on that sacred day of Christian gladness to overflow all hearts, and break out into smiles of loving kindness to the poorest and least cared for of our fellow creatures. There be many – who with a scoffing eye look upon the decoration of our hearths and altars n that day, and loudly condemn it as a rag of Romanism. But are we really better Christians for casting aside all those old customs that tended to hold us in the bond of unity and Christian love? I cannot but think that this old custom had its origin in the palm branches, that were strewed in the way of our Lord when the multitudes cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way, crying “Hosannah to the son of David.” Did Christ reprove the people for this simple sacrifice in honour of them? - Why then should our Page from 1732 Almanac (Elwood Jones) observance of this custom draw upon us the rebuke of our neighbours? I remember the first Christmas day I passed in Canada being laughed at because I wandered out on to the plains near Peterboro’, and brought in a wreath of the box-leaved trailing wintergreen (which with its scarlet berries reminded me of the varnished holly with which we were wont to garnish the old house at home) and hanging it over the mantel piece, and above the pictures of my host’s parlour, in honour of the day. It seemed to me these green branches might be held as emblem to remind us that we should keep faith bright and green within our hearts.

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But while the nativity of our Lord was little regarded, all its honour and glory was conferred on the New Year’s day. This is with the Canadians the day of days. The world claims that which used to be given to Christ. The increase of British settlers however has done something towards restoring a Christian feeling among us, and now our churches are duly dressed with evergreens, our hymns and anthems sing, and our friends and families meet together as of old. I remember one Christmas day in the Bush. It was the year after the memorable rebellion in Canada; my brother-in-law had been appointed to a company in the Provincial Battalion then stationed in Toronto; my sister who had remained behind with her infant family was alone, and we were anxious that she should spend this day with us, and that it might look more like an English Christmas day. I dispatched Martin, the boy, and old Malachi, the hired man, to bring a sleigh load of evergreens, from the swamp to dress the house with, but when all our green garlands were put up, we missed the bright varnished holly and its gay joy-inspiring red berries, and my English maid Hannah, who was greatly interested in all our decorations, remembered that there were high-bush cranberries, at the lake shore, and winter green in the swamp, but these last were deep beneath a covering of two or three feet of snow. With the red transparent berries of the cranberry we were obliged therefore to content ourselves, and little Katie brought her string of coral beads and bade me twist it among the green hemlock boughs, clapping her hands for joy when she saw it twined into the Christmas wreath. Then we sent off the ox sleigh for my sister, and her little


ones, for be it known to you, my reader, that our settlement in those days was almost the Ultima Thule of civilization, and our roads were no roads, only wide openings chopped through the heart of the forest, along which no better vehicle than an ox sleigh could make any progress without the continual chance of an overturn. We bush-settlers were brave folks then, and thankfully enjoyed every pleasure we could meet with, even though we had to seek it through means so humble as a ride in a rude vehicle like an ox sleigh, through the wild woods, with the snow above, and the snow below, and in good truth many a pleasant ride have we enjoyed travelling through that dim forest, through bowers of snow-laden hemlocks and dark spruce, which shut us out from the cold wind, like a good fur-lined cloak. A glorious goose fattened on the rice bed in our lake, was killed for the occasion; turkeys were only to be met with on old cleared farms in those days, and beef was rarely seen in the backwoods, - excepting when some old ox that was considered as superannuated was slaughtered to save it from dying a natural death. Remember this was sixteen years ago [1837], and great changes have taken place since that time in the condition of all ranks of people in the Province: now there are luxuries, where before necessaries were scarce. However there was no lack of Christmas cheer in the shape of a large plum pudding, to which our little ones did ample justice. A merry day it was to them, for our boy Martin had made them a little sledge, and there

was a famous snow drift against the garden fence, which was hard packed and frozen smooth and glare – up and down this frozen heap did James and Kate with their playmates glide and roll. It was a Christmas treat to watch those joyous faces, buoyant with mirth, and brightened by the keen air, through the frosty panes; and often was the graver converse of the parents interrupted by the merry shout and gleesome voices of their little ones; and if a sadder train of thought brought back the memory of former days, and home, country and friends, from whom we were for ever parted; such sadness was not without its benefit, linking us in spirit to that home, and al that made it precious to our hearts; for we knew on that day our vacant places would be eyed with tender regret, and “some kind voice would murmur, ‘Ah would they were here.’” That night unwilling to part too soon, I accompanied my sister and her little ones home. Just as we were issuing forth for our moonlight drive through the woods, our ears were saluted by a merry peal of sleigh bells, and a loud hurrah greeted our homely turn-out, as a party of lively boys and girls, crammed into a smart painted cutter, rushed past at full speed. They were returning from a Christmas merry-making at a neighbour’s house, where they too9 had been enjoying a happy Christmas; and long the still woods echoed with the gay tones of their voices, and the clear jingle of their merry bells, as a bend in the river-road, brought them back

Trish’s Wish Foundation is a grass roots organization that provides support and financial assistance, to families residing in the City of Kawartha Lakes, that are in crisis as a result of a serious illness or injury to a family member who is between the ages of 17 and 25. We are hosting a Ladies Night on Friday, December 14th at The Masonic Temple in Lindsay 0ntario. Tickets are available for $15 at Cathy Allan Wear and The Buy & Sell Shop in Lindsay. We are fortunate enough to be able to give away 2 Tickets to see Serena Ryder in concert at this event! This is courtesy of Woman’s Resources. There will be a wine bar, refreshments, 50/50 draw, vendors, entertainment and much more! Other things to look out for from Trish’s Wish is our annual Walk-A-Thon held on the first Saturday in June and a Country 105 Video Dance Party on Saturday, February 9th 2019. Thank you again to Woman’s Resources, our great volunteers and to all of our generous sponsors. www.trishswish.ca

For more information, or to donate, please contact us at info@trishswish.ca.


Snowmobiling How Safe Are YOU? ATOTK met with Constable Joe Ayotte, Community Safety/Media Officer at the Peterborough County OPP,

to talk about snowmobile safety. The OPP are committed to keeping the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club’s (OFSC) trails safe by doing routine patrols, focusing on the problem areas. Constable Ayotte says that they are working with local Snowmobile Clubs to determine areas of concern. The OPP are working with local fire departments to deliver ice safety sessions, and you will find safety announcements on their social media platforms. We all know that guy or girl who drives like a maniac. The trails twist and turn, and a lot of the time you can’t see around the next corner. This can be a big issue since you can hear the sleds coming, but can’t see them until it’s too late. In the 2017-2018 season, there were 14 Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV) fatalities in Ontario. Four were on a lake or river, two on highways, three on private properties and five were in the Central region. We also discussed the issues about lake riding and how thick the ice should be before you venture out onto it. Another important thing to watch out for is the ice shifting and lifting in places. There can be a wall 4 feet high, and in the dark or fog you won’t see it until you right on top of it. With the new Cannabis laws, the fines are steep. Drive vehicle or boat with cannabis in open baggage $215 Have care or control of vehicle or boat with cannabis in open baggage - $215 Drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available $215 Have care or control of vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available - $215 The impaired charges for Operation while impaired alcohol or drug-253(1)(a)CC, Over 80-alcohol-253(1)(b) CC, Refusal-254(5)CC – are also steep. First offence – Fine not less than $1000 Second offence - Not less than 30 days in jail Each subsequent offence – Not less than 120 days in jail Continued on Page 20 ...

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How Safe Are YOU? There are many more charges under the Criminal Code for alcohol and drug offences but these are the 3 that the OPP mainly deal with. Traveling on unsafe ice, speed, and alcohol consumption continue to be leading causes in OPP investigated snowmobile fatalities. Constable Ayotte told me that trail permits are not just an expense to be taken lightly. When you purchase your permit from the OFSC, you are also purchasing insurance that covers you while on the private properties of the trails. If you don’t have a trail permit and you have an accident, this protects the landowners who so graciously allow the trails to wind through their property from being sued. The OFSC is now responsible. And that is why permits are so important. Without this insurance, I’m sure there would be a lot less land owners willing to participate in the trail system. The OPP Key Messages to snowmobilers are that snowmobile safety is an important component of the OPP’s Provincial Traffic Safety Program. The OPP remains committed to ensuring that snowmobiling remains a safe recreational activity in Ontario. OPP collaborates with the OFSC on providing safe, enjoyable snowmobiling throughout Ontario. The OFSC provides a safe trail system throughout Ontario, and the OPP encourages snowmobilers to adhere to OFSC trails, as these remain the safest areas to ride on. So get out there, have fun, and BE SAFE!

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“With the new Cannabis laws, the fines are steep.”


Santa's for Peterborough Seniors Santa’s For Peterborough Seniors was conceived 8 years ago. Seniors are the foundation of every community and are forgotten about daily, with Christmas being no exception. Through no fault of their own, they will not receive a gift to open Christmas morning from anyone. Jay Lough Hayes did something about that. Santa’s For Peterborough Seniors was born 8 years ago. Seniors are the foundation of every community and are forgotten about daily, with Christmas being no exception. Through no fault of their own, they will not receive a gift to open Christmas morning from anyone. Jay Lough Hayes did something about that. In September, Jay and her elves start calling every retirement home, church, Salvation Army, the Lions Centre and any agency where we might find a forgotten senior citizen. Local radio stations and newspapers donate time and space to get the word out as well. First names, with gift suggestions and clothing sizes, come in to her North Pole office where they carefully write the information on a recycled Christmas card. Attaching a festive ribbon, they hang all these cards on Christmas trees. These trees are sent out on November 12th , and set up on November 12th at these locations: the Water St. Police Station, Sherbrooke St. Fire Station, Dr. Fernando’s Eye Care office on High St., the Kawartha Credit Union in Lansdowne Mall, CRA, Nexicom, Quaker, Ventra Plastics, STC Bus Lines and at Active Living Physiotherapy. Opening their hearts and wallets, generous locals choose a name or two from the trees, purchase and wrap with the name card and take their generous gifts back to the tree they chose the cards from. Just before Christmas, once all the gifts are sorted, the charitable people at Brinks donate a sleigh (truck) and 2 elves to help deliver the gifts to the receiving seniors, who will never know where their Christmas gift came from. Over the past 7 years, on average they have delivered between 400 - 500 gifts. This year will be no different. Unfortunately, not all agencies choose to participate, but the ones that do send Santa thank you cards and hugs year after year. Last year Santa heard of a senior desperately needing a set of teeth. With the magic of Christmas, local businesses dug deep to ensure this senior enjoyed Christmas dinner!

To find out more about the Santa’s for Peterborough Seniors charity, call 705-772-1025. Merry Christmas from Jay Lough Hayes and her Elves!

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global

GETAWAY

by Margaret Swaine Columnist and Author

Wondering where to vacation this winter? One warm weather destination that Canadians love is Barbados. What’s the magic behind this small,166square mile island’s appeal? Barbados isn’t the most beautiful island in the Caribbean, nor does it have the highest peaks, the best beaches or the most abundant local produce. Yet billionaires who could vacation anywhere in the world, come here year after year and folks with more modest incomes make this their once a year holiday trip.

Sandy Lane

The answer was obvious to me after a two week visit this September in which I stayed in five different hotels from the ultimate high end to the value priced all-inclusive. I travelled by local bus and by Rolls Royce and ate from high brow to street food. I experienced beautiful sunny days and the lashing rain and flooding of tropical storm Kirk. Even the island’s politics had a measure of novelty and diversity. On arrival I got into a political discussion with my driver from the airport and found out that on May 24th of this year the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) rousted the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government by winning all 30 seats in Parliament. With zero elected members, the DLP couldn’t even form an official opposition without a constitutional amendment. As a result of this election, Barbados has for the first time a female prime minister, Mia Mottley. During her campaign, some of her political opponents accused her of being a lesbian, hoping to stoke the ire of conservative voters. Good on Barbadians that they reacted in the opposite way and put Mottley in power. Barbadian pop star Rihanna posted on instagram at the time “…well deserved and about time! breaking barriers and making history in so many ways!!!”. The issue at the heart of the election was economic. The country’s economy is in a slump and following years of heavy borrowing, the government was saddled with huge debt. The sugar industry, once the chief money-maker for Barbados has diminished. Tourism, international business and foreign directinvestment are now the main income sources.

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Port Ferdinand

At Sandy Lane those three economic drivers are most apparent. One of the most luxurious hotel resorts in the world it’s jointly owned by five billionaires (men, all originally from Ireland) who keep the resort’s top golf course, The Green Monkey, practically for themselves and friends. Resort guests can get


tee times only between 8:30 and 9:30am and when I wanted to have my friend Anita join me, the resort put the price for her round at US$1,000. (Need I say, I teed off alone with my caddy? We were the only two on the course the entire round.)

at around US$400 a night but include all meals and drinks, water sports and some spa treatments. It was small, casual and fun with live music some nights, a good Asian restaurant called Shiso and a dine around program with its sister Elegant hotel properties on the island.

Sandy Lane is on the west coast of the island, dubbed the “platinum coast” because its vacation property values are the highest in the entire Caribbean. My room, a “dolphin suite” overlooking the Caribbean Sea and a coral sand beach, was spacious and luxurious – as it should be with low season rates at US$2,400 a night.

My fourth hotel change was to a Hilton on the action packed south coast. My accommodation here worked out to about $275US a night. A hotel well geared for conferences, it nonetheless had a good pool, a welcoming sand beach and my room had a stunning view of the ocean. Its location convenient to Bridgetown, the island’s capital, made for easy visits to historic properties such as the George Washington House where I joined others in a “Dinner with George” in the very dining room where George dined for six weeks in 1751.

This resort does have all the bells and whistles to attract the monied crowd. Their fabulous 47,000 sq-ft spa has lavish treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pools, saunas, a crystal cold room, a hair salon, fitness centre and more. It overlooks a huge swimming pool with a cascading waterfall. Nearby are the tennis courts, water sports at the beach and other activities. You don’t have to stay at Sandy Lane to enjoy treatments at the spa, nor to golf at the resort’s second golf course The Country Club or its original nine holer, The Old Nine built in 1961. After a round I suggest lunch at The Country Club restaurant with its magnificent views across the fairways to the Caribbean Sea below. The menu at the Club is casual - crab cakes, cobb salads, fish and chips, chilled pea soup, shrimp tempura and the like – but generous in portion and excellently prepared.

The meal, based on the fare of the past, was split pea and eddo (a local veggie) soup, dolphin (mahi-mahi) and yam pie, local black belly lamb stew with pearl barley and rum-doused bread and butter pudding. My final stay was at Sandals Royal Barbados, an all-new, all-suite adult only resort in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area. The daily all-inclusive rate here depends very much on the seasonal deals they offer, but this fall for example I could get a booking for two for $700US per night. The

My next hotel, the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, On the Beach had just undergone a multi-million dollar renovation which dramatically improved the hotel’s guest rooms. Also on the platinum coast, it was luxury at a much more affordable price. My room worked out to about US$400 a night. It boasted the closest accommodation to the beach of any on the island. The lodging and location were dazzling, the food not so much. That’s when Anita (who was staying at this hotel) and I discovered for US$2.00 we could take a bus just about anywhere on the island and the coastal ones were frequent. We bussed to Holetown for a delightfully spicy meal at Sitar, an upscale Indian restaurant celebrating its 20th year of business. Still on the west coast, my third hotel was a cheerful all-inclusive, Waves by Elegant Hotels. It was both beachside and street side (I could hear the traffic whenever I was in my room) with a modest spa and two pools. Rooms start

Rihanna Drive

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Sandals concept of “luxury included” escaped me though when included wines were at the base level – to get even a pinot noir I had to purchase a bottle – and it was hard to get a booking at the resort’s better restaurants. On the plus side the property was most impressive and included Sandals first rooftop pool and bar and first 4-lane bowling alley. My room was large, modern and fully equipped with views to the ocean. There were six restaurants at Sandals Royal and another 11 at nearby Sandals where I could dine (though not all were open during my stay). There were five bars where I could get a great cocktail and the hotel arranged for us golfers to be taken by Rolls Royce to the airport. In the two weeks on Barbados I found a little bit of everything. For fine dining The Cliff was magical, for street food the fish fry at Oistins Bay Gardens on weekends was delicious and cheap, and for local comfort food Naniki nature resort in the hills of St. Joseph delivered. I played on world class golf courses at Sandy Lane and Apes Hill. I learned about the four top notch rum distilleries on the island and walked into some of the thousands of rum shops where a snack and a drink was a bargain. At Port Ferdinand I toured a luxurious condo development with 50 foot-plus yacht berths. Then I also saw a good part of the island on $2 bus rides. And I discovered Rihanna Drive, a street renamed to honour place where the singer lived until 16. As others have put it, “Barbados is the best compromise in the Caribbean”. While no place is perfect, this small island offers the happy balance of a little bit of everything for every taste.

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snowmobiling in the kawarthas The summer is over, the cottage is closed and the toys are put away. Winter is in the air and Christmas is around the corner. What do we do now? Hunker down and pray for spring? Not a chance!!! It is snowmobile season in the Kawarthas, home to some of the best snowmobile trails in Ontario.

by Nadene Nicholas Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club Bobcaygeon, Ontario

maintaining trails in the Kawartha region include district 8 member Kawartha Lakes Snowmobile Club (Fenelon Falls area), and District 2 members Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club (Bobcaygeon area), Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club, Paudash Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club (Apsley area), Stoney Lake Snowmobile Club, and Havelock and District Snowmobile Club.

All snowmobile trails in Ontario are governed by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC). The province is broken down into 12 OFSC districts, and each district has a number of member clubs that maintain and groom a certain number of kilometres of snowmobile trails in its own area within the district. Each club is run by a very dedicated bunch of volunteers who love the sport of snowmobiling. OFSC clubs in the Kawarthas include clubs belonging to two districts, district 8 Mid Ontario Snowmobile Trails (MOST), and district 2 Central Eastern Area Snowmobile Region (CEASR). Individual clubs

A snowmobile trail permit is required to ride OFSC sanctioned trails, and once purchased, is valid for any trail in Ontario. Permits are sold online through the OFSC website and come in a variety of formats including classic, full-season, multi-day and “try-our-trails” permits. The “try-our-trails” permit is a free two-day February permit and gives interested parties the opportunity to come out and see what snowmobiling in Ontario is all about.

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distances, etc. Local club trail riding is a family favourite as routes often loop back around to the clubhouse, are shorter, and have lighter traffic than main trails. Some clubs also have clubhouses that are open and heated during the riding season. Riders can stop in and warm up, have lunch, or just take a break while riding the trails. More adventurous riders can start their ride at their local club and spend the day exploring trails maintained by neighbouring clubs and districts. Depending on the trails chosen, riders can stop somewhere warm for lunch or take a trail-side lunch with them. Longer distance riders will also stage at the clubhouse for overnight or multi-day destination snow tours. Route planning depends on the riders’ desires and the opportunities are truly endless.

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Inspire: The Women’s Portrait Project Heather Doughty has started something Amazing

Mark Holmes, Producer/Host of ‘Making A Change: Your Story With Mark Holmes’, was in Peterborough to interview Photographer Heather Doughty, about her project ‘Inspire: The Women’s Portrait Project’. The Series showcases how individuals are affecting change in their communities. With these episodes, Mark is not only concerned with the success stories or those who have ‘made it’ but also with the people out there who are trying to change the current narrative. Mark says, “It’s the effort, passion and desire that makes me want to tell their stories. I am bringing these stories to inspire others to become more active and to get involved. Heather Doughty’s story is a great example of this. We have an independent photographer who has taken on the task of recognizing and celebrating the work being done by women in the city of Peterborough.” She does this through Inspire: The Women’s Portrait Project.“ What a great and overdue initiative! If she decides to take this to a national level, there’s no telling where this could lead to”, says Mark.

then a simple photo. The women in this project reach out and touch many lives each day - uplifting, supporting and championing others. They have embraced this project and by nominating other women to be featured have made Inspire a living example of its philosophy. Each photo not only celebrates an extraordinary woman, but showcases the strength of community that happens when people uplift and support each other. These interviews can be seen on York 24/7.com (a new online channel), owned and operated by the 105.9 The Region. Heather’s project can be found at www.inspirethewomensportraitproject.com.

So what is it that Heather Doughty is doing? On the surface the Inspire project is fairly simple take photographs of amazing women in our local community. But Inspire is deeper and more complex

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Christmas Kisses

By Jay Cooper Contributor / Musican

I had the chance to talk to the talented Serena Ryder.

Yes, she is truly funny and sweet as she talks about her new Christmas Album, Christmas Kisses. Here is our conversation.

ATOTK: How are you? SR: Good how are you? ATOTK: I’m very well. ATOTK: I’m actually just down the street from Millbrook. SR: Oh WOW! Where abouts? ATOTK: In Peterborough, just off the 115. SR: OK Sweet! Love it! Thank you for pushing (the interview) a little bit (later) … I just wanted to skip doing the interview from the Press Room, and I was like, hey, I can do it from my Porch (she Laughs)

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“I just feel I’m at a point in my life where I’m in a very grateful place” ATOTK: Now that’s your comfort zone right there SR: Totally, Totally! ATOTK: So very honoured to chat with you. SR: Awe thank you very much. ATOTK: So you have a new album coming out? SR: Yup. ATOTK: And your first single drops October 17th? SR: It’s called Christmas Kisses. Very, VERY exciting! The whole record was just a blast to make! I had the best time ever! Kind of a dream come true for me to make a record like this. So I wrote one of the songs on the record, which is the song Christmas Kisses. And then the rest of the album is Old Classic traditional Christmas Songs. Some of my favourites, since I was a little kid. ATOTK: Which songs did you pick? SR: Oh yeah for sure I did White Christmas, Let It Snow, Jingle Bell Rock. I remember listening to the version of Jingle Bell Rock when it was on Home Alone and he was, like, by himself making it look like it was a huge party with all of the cut ups and stuff. So it’s just a list of very classic Christmas songs. ATOTK: Well, once again can’t wait to hear it. SR: Yeah we did the record Bob Ezin produced it. ATOTK: WOW SR: You know, how Epic, right? (He produced) Lou Reed, Pink Floyd. It was an honour to work with him. It was amazing, the musicians were amazing, I just had the greatest time. ATOTK: You have done so many musical projects and I’m wondering where this rates for you? SR: I totally love it. It was something I always wanted to make a jazz record. I’ve been obsessed since I was a little girl in my room, in Millbrook. Listening over and over again Sarah Vaughn, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald. I learned those songs frontwards and backwards. I wished one day I could make a record like that. And so when Bob Ezrin came to me with this idea for a Christmas Album, I thought WOW, I can do what I always wanted to do, which is classic jazz sound. All live off the floor, instruments all played at the same time with vintage gear vintage microphones. It was amazing!

ATOTK: Sounds to me, a Christmas Album now is perfect timing. SR: I just feel I’m at a point in my life where I’m in a very grateful place, and I think Christmas is about gratitude. I can feel it more as an adult than I’ve ever felt, of all that is important. It’s that magic that’s about family and friends and memories. That feeling of togetherness, and gratitude. ATOTK: Well spoken. I just was thinking maybe a Halloween Kisses single before Christmas Kisses. Then you would have nailed it all! SR: Maybe a little bit of overkill! LOL ATOTK: Do you come back to Millbrook for the Christmas Holiday? SR: I’ll go there, but a lot of times I’m on tour. But whenever I am (home), I make sure to get some time with my family, for sure. This year I will be doing it at my home in Toronto. It’s sort of like my first. I’ll build Christmas, which is kind of cool. I’m gonna be decorating the house and making the food. ATOTK: So Toronto is your primary residence? SR: Yeah, I live in Toronto most of the time, and I also live in LA in the later months of the winter. I go out and do a little bit of writing and a little extra sunshine. ATOTK: What’s the story behind your name on the Millbrook sign? SR: Well my Mom actually made that sign. Yeah, my Mom’s a Graphic Designer by trade, and she used to be a teacher at George Brown College in Toronto teaching Graphic Design. And now she does her own graphic design for, like, the last 25 to 30 years. ATOTK: Does your family just go down to the Barber Shop and listen to some music? SR: Do they let them play the music still? I heard there was a little bit of … I mean, yeah, it’s classic, been there forever. Continued ...

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Christmas Kisses

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“I am starting the Christmas Tour out on the East Coast of Canada” ATOTK: So Simon Wilcox helped you out a bit on this Album? SR: Yeah, she’s amazing! One of my best friends in the world! I actually co-wrote my last record with her, Utopia. I spend a lot of time with her when I’m in LA, we live close to each other and hang out a lot. Writing a Christmas Album with her was kind of a no brainer. She had this idea of a line, “I’ll give you kisses for Christmas”. And it was about the true meaning of Christmas, which is not about gifts, you know? I love the line “I don’t have too much, for my love will it be enough if I give you Kisses for Christmas”. ATOTK: So do you hang out and sing, like, “Bad Apple” or “Riverboat Fantasy”? (Note: Simon Wilcox is musician David Wilcox’s daughter) SR: Nope we create our own music LOL! ATOTK: You must know I’m more of a hard rock guy. LOL SR: Oh sweet! Well, then you must love my boyfriend’s music. Do you know the band The Trews? He’s the lead singer of The Trews, (Colin MacDonald) so he’s like Rock n Roll. Rock and Roll Canadian Royality. I really like a lot of different styles of music for sure! ATOTK: So what is your Favorite Christmas meal? SR: My favourite Christmas meal is actually not even a turkey. It’s a Roast, like a big organic Roast Chicken, like, slowly roasted and then the juice to make a gravy. And then I love Whipped Cauliflower. You ever had that? It’s SOOOO good! So you just steam it. Steam it so it’s, like, falling apart, soft. Then put it in a blender and add a whole bunch of buttermilk, and a little bit of salt, and whip it. And it’s like the creamiest mashed potatoes. Like whipped potatoes. But you can eat a

lot more of it, and it’s better for you. I prefer it. And some chicken gravy on it, and some swiss chard, fresh swiss chard. I get it from the farmers market. So just put it on the frying pan with some olive oil and garlic. It’s so good, it’s amazing! ATOTK: Sounds Delicious. Now are you touring to support this album? SR: Yes, absolutely! We’re gonna be on tour. I am starting the Christmas Tour out on the East Coast of Canada, like, in December. But I’m doing a whole bunch of shows before that. So yeah, the tour dates will be on my website and multi media. ATOTK: Lastly, anything you want to say to all your fans out there? SR: That I’m just so excited…I feel that this is really one of the best records that I’ve made, and it’s so close to my heart, and I can’t wait to share it with the world! ATOTK: Congrats on the new album and thankful to have this conversation with you. SR: Awe, thank you, my pleasure! ATOTK: I shall now let you enjoy your day with your beverage of choice. Laughing SR: Earl Gray is my beverage of choice. Laughing ATOTK: Well Earl is a lucky guy. SR: Laughing ATOTK: Be well, and everyone watch for Christmas Kisses! SR: You’re welcome and thanks for the chat!

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Pets of the Kawarthas

By Susan Porter Dunkley, Peterborough Humane Society

It can seem like a great idea at the time, but the team at the Peterborough Humane Society (PHS) want to remind pet lovers of the do’s and don’ts of adopting during the holiday season. While getting our animals into their new forever home is important to the team at PHS, the busy holiday season can be a hard time for a new family member to get settled, what with paper, tinsel, chocolate, and people coming & going. A new pet can easily escape in the busyness of the holidays. For those of you who are choosing for someone else, perhaps consider giving a gift card under the tree, allowing the family to make a choice together after the busy holiday season. Remember that many people have allergies, so when considering that wonderful puppy or kitten for a gift, avoid the heartbreak of having to return a pet by making sure that allergies of any type will not be an issue. We recommend that you get your whole family involved in the process. It is an emotional time choosing the right pet for

as this pet is now a part of your family for the next

your family and you want everyone involved in the decision,

ten – fifteen years. Also, consider the cost of having a pet. While all animals that come from the shelter are spayed/ neutered, microchipped and have all their vaccines, not all adoptions provide these services and it can add up. Also consider the costs of licensing, pet supplies (and that little jacket that you simply must have!), food and boarding fees should you travel before making the decision to bring a furry friend home. A pet can be the best gift in the world, regardless of the time of year.

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Crazy Christmas Lights Looking to get into the Christmas spirit? Pile the family into the car and take a drive to Hastings to see Brian Dainard’s truly spectacular Christmas lights display. Brian is a wonderful, kind man with a generous heart. He started making Christmas lights dance to the music about 10 years ago. His love for over-the-top lighting started as a child. “I’ve always loved Christmas lights. We only had one window on the front of the house. My Mom would tape the window in sections, put a string of lights around it and spray fake snow. To me, we had the most beautiful lights in town. When I got older, there was a house between Havelock and Campbellford where they had a huge light display. We went there every year, and there would be Santa sitting in the garage on Christmas Eve to greet the kids. It was awesome, and I always thought how amazing it was that they would open up their home to perfect strangers on Christmas Eve. I absolutely loved it”, says Brian. To set all the lights up is very time consuming. Brian tells us, “It usually takes the month of November to set it up (he laughs), but the prep work for some of it starts much earlier. I usually order new lights by late spring.” There are approximately 40,000 lights this year. “I don’t keep track anymore, it’s a job in itself just trying to keep count”, Brian laughs. The lights dance in time to songs that Brian programs into a computer. “10 years ago, it was 100% me having to program it. It used to take me 40 – 60 hours of computer programming for just one song. But with the new pixel lighting and software that’s on the market now, it’s getting faster and easier to program a light show. I could cut that back to about 4 hours.” He wants to switch over to these new lights “but it all takes time and money, neither of which I seem to have.” (Brian laughs) Each year the show gets more and more dramatic. There will be a few significant additions, but not as much as I wanted to add”, he told us. You can listen to the music on your car radio at 88.1 FM. “Some people think that I have my own radio station.” (he laughs) So you may ask, what is the extra cost to Brian’s hydro bill? “It typically costs between $100 and $150 extra for December. This year might be slightly higher with the new pixels. They use more power than the LED lights do.”

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Brian Dainard

Photos curtousy of Beautiful Images by Montserrat


“To me, there’s always something magical about Christmas Eve,” Luckily, his neighbours don’t mind. “They have been very supportive of it all. I try to make sure people coming to watch understand how important it is to be respectful of my neighbours”, said Brian. So why spend all this time and money for just one month? Brian explains, “I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that people are willing to drive from all over to watch the light show. I’m constantly looking out the window to see how many cars are out there watching the show that I’ve created. It feels pretty good. Years ago, I got a thank you letter in my mailbox. The light show gave this lady and her mom time to sit, drink a tea and spend time together and it was so appreciated. That note meant so much to me. That’s what it’s all about, spending time with loved ones, even something as simple as watching Christmas lights. Christmas can be a stressful time of year and can be hard financially. You can stop and watch the lights and it doesn’t cost a cent.” Not only is it fun to see, but you can also help others in the process. Brian says, “I don’t do it for money, I do it because I love to see it, and love to see other people see it. But it got to the point where people were knocking on the door trying to give me money (he laughs). So we decided that we would put a donation box out. We would forward 100% of it on to charities that we like

and believe in. So donations from the first half of December go to “The Angel Tree”, because we believe that every child should have a present to open on Christmas morning. The second half of the month goes to Lakefield Animal welfare society, the Jumpstart program, the Issac Foundation, the Canadian Hero fund, Children’s Wish and Sick Kids Hospital. We’re proud to say that we’ve forwarded on $10,766.52 to these groups over the years. In March of this year we lost a dear friend, Brent Grattan, to Epilepsy. Brent was also one of the biggest fans of my light show, so I’d like the money from the second half of December to go to something in Brent’s honor towards Epilepsy. There is a video on our Facebook page, where Brent discusses candidly his struggles with Epilepsy. It is an amazing, heart-wrenching video that he recorded just 2 days before he died.” Santa stops in for a visit on Christmas Eve usually from about 5:30 - 7:30. Brian told us, “We have hot chocolate and little bags of candy for the kids. To me, there’s always something magical about Christmas Eve, and being able to see Santa and have one last chance to tell him what you’d like for Christmas is always a fun time. It makes for a lot of priceless moments for us, the parents and especially the kids.”

The address is 35 Queen Street West in Hastings. But just head to Hastings and follow the lights in the sky, you can’t miss it!. You can also check out last years show on Brian’s Facebook page “Hastings Christmas Light Show” or on Brian’s YouTube channel. But the absolute best way to see them is in person. In the spirit of Christmas, bring your loose change to donate. Brian Dainard has the true spirit of Christmas.

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Creating luscious chocolate wickedness that you

principles with smoking, curing, lactose fermentation,

can feel good about, is what Centre and Main does

pickling & preserves. 20 Main St, Warkworth (705) 559-

best. 50 Centre St. Warkworth (705) 868-2068

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A General Store with a twist

Surendipitous Old Stuff Lounge

THE GENERAL is proudly home to our own original

The SOS crew offers quality furniture revitalization, with a surprising

designs, the now iconic “K0K 3K0” & “ WARKWORTH 1857”

twist. Patrons can now peruse antiques, and enjoy a full bar and

Adult, K0K Kid & K0K Baby; TShirts & Community Swag &

tapas lounge. We look forward to seeing you! 161 Old Hastings

GENERAL WIX Candles. (705) 925-3333

Road, Warkworth (705) 924-3333 www.serendipitousoldstuff.com

Candle Company & Gallery

The Natural

Established in 1999, Cheeky Bee grew out of the

At The Natural you’ll find healthy natural products in a friendly country store. We offer

search for a natural alternative to chemically-

a selection of the purest natural foods, irresistible healthy snacks, organic coffees and

based toxic candles. 21 Main St Warkworth ON

teas, supplements and remedies, organic cosmetics and skin care products, as well as

705-924-9330 cheekybee.com

a selection of incense and precious items from across the globe.

Viillage Pantry

Our Lucky Stars Our Lucky Stars café and coffee roasters offers a small daily selection

Raquilda and her staff truly love being

of homemade soup, sandwiches, salads, quiche and sweet treats,

in the shop — a feeling that radiates

GOURMET GOODS • ARTISANAL CHEESES KITCHENWARE

featuring locally sourced, natural ingredients wherever possible. We

throughout the store and is felt by all who

27 MAIN ST. WARKWORTH, ON K0K 3K0

roast fair trade, organic coffee on the premises for our espresso and

enter.

613-921-2604

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brewed coffees.

Your Local Meeting Place

Buckhorn

Lock Stop Café is a friendly neighbourhood Specialty Coffee House and Café. 1919 Lakehurst Rd, Buckhorn (705) 313-3330 lockstopcafe.com

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Top 10 Toys for Christmas Untamed T-Rex by WowWee Meet the Fingerlings Untamed Baby T-Rex! These newborn creatures are fierce and unpredictable, and know friends vs. foes. In untamed mode, they roar, hiss and chomp! In tame mode they nuzzle, purr and love to be near you. Complete with snapping jaws and gripping claws, these interactive dinos react to touch, motion, and sound with over 40 different sounds and animations. Twisty Petz by Spin Master Introducing Twisty Petz: the sparkly gems that transform from a pet into a bracelet! Collect metallic kitties, rainbow ponies to pastel pandas, and more! Each Twisty Petz has beautiful detailing and dazzling colours. Connect the ends of this string of jewels and create a stunning bracelet. With two twists, your favourite bracelet becomes your favourite pet, super cute from nose to tail. Collect over 70 adorable animals in rainbow, pastel, gold and pearlescent finishes! Polly Pocket Go Tiny Room Playset by Mattel Get set to Go Tiny! Thanks to a magical locket from her grandmother, Polly can shrink to pocket-size. Kids will love transforming Polly doll’s room and exploring all the secret hangouts and surprises. Slide the locket tab to reveal the micro play areas and fun surprises, including a mini Polly doll. The desk reveals a concert stage, the bed hides a rock wall and car, and a submarine emerges in the aquarium. Monopoly Cheaters by Hasbro Wildly different Monopoly game is a favorite for game nights. Rules are bent, money is borrowed, and funny business is welcomed. Includes gameboard, plastic handcuff unit, 6 tokens, 15 Cheat cards, 16 Title Deed cards, 16 Chance cards, 16 Community Chest cards, 16 hotels, 2 dice, money pack, bank tray, and game guide. LOL Surprise Mosaic Jewelery Box by RMS Keep all your most treasured jewellery pieces safe in this gorgeous LOL Surprise themed Mosaic Jewellery Box. Perfect for adding all you small knick-knacks, bracelets, necklaces and so much more - a lovely way to personalise your very own jewellery box. Surprise gift included.

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Boxer by Spin Master Meet Boxer: your real robot pal! This plucky little bot comes to life right out of the box and is raring to go – no assembly required! Play games like Bot Bowling, Paddle Bot and Go Kart, or use the interactive ball accessory (included) to play a fast-paced game of soccer! Sometimes happy, sad, grumpy, or even sleepy, Boxer displays a full range of emotion. Download the free app to your phone to discover brand new games. Boxer responds to your hand movements and interacts with you in silly ways. This little guy makes one hilarious sidekick!


Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall by Lego LEGO® Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall set. Includes 10 minifigures and buildable Basilisk and Fawkes creatures, plus Hedwig and Scabbers figures. The Great Hall features tables, fireplace, reversible house banners, ‘floating’ candles, food, brooms, trophy cup and a teapot. Movable Grand Staircase spiral steps, potions room, treasure room and the Mirror of Erised. Accessories include wands, tumblers, an umbrella, lantern, broom, sorting hat, cauldrons, potions.Also includes a boat with hanging lantern.

Don’t Step In It Game by Hasbro Be careful not to poop out while playing this hilarious game with messy consequences! In the Don’t Step In It! game, players try not to step in the poops as they walk along the mat while wearing a blindfold. Who can avoid the number twos to be number one to win?

Star Wars Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie by Hasbro Chewbacca is now the Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie figure! This amazing interactive plush friend features 100+ sound-and-motion combinations, responds in the Wookiee language, and reacts whenever he’s in motion! Kids will love their favorite Wookiee’s fun facial expressions (he laughs, roars, and even snores!). He’ll often raise his arms as he roars… and make contented sounds when he gets a friendly scratch on the head.

LOL Surprise Lil Sisters by RMS Unbox 5 layers of surprise! Each layer unveils a hint of which L.O.L. Lil Sisters doll you’re going to get! Bathe her for an additional water surprise! Includes: 5 Layer surprise includes: secret message sticker, collectible sticker sheet, small accessory, large accessory and a L.O.L Surprise Lil Sister doll

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TODAYS REAL ESTATE IN A NUTSHELL

Contributed by: Jay Lough Hayes, Sales Representative Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd. 705-772-1025

FAMILIES DO BUY HOMES - EVEN AT CHRISTMAS TIME! After selling real estate for 33 year, I have too many stories to tell the grand children (if and when I get grandchildren) but one story stands out above the rest. Let me tell you why…

About mid December one year, I had a call from a gentleman looking to purchase the perfect home for himself and family. I must have showed him over 2 dozen homes. This home had to have just the right feel, a garage, the proper school district, a finished basement, 3+ bedrooms, immediate possession and all for a fantastic price. Well, I persevered and as luck would have it, the vacant, ideal family home came to market. My buyer walked in the door and said, “This is it.” Without discussing this with his wife, he put in an offer, the sellers accepted with the usual conditions, (financing, home inspection) and his wife loved the home as much as he did. The financing and home inspection conditions were met just before Christmas and because of the holidays, I think we had ‘til December 30th for the wife to see through the home and give it her “I love it”! Christmas morning at 9am my buyer called to say he wanted to share his Christmas surprise with his loving wife. They would meet me at the home in an hour. “Hey, this is Christmas morning, I’m with my family” but, he persisted saying this was his only gift to his wife; he was so excited he could hardly contain himself. I looked around seeing my family playing with freshly unwrapped toys and boxes and figured I

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wouldn’t be missed if I slipped out for just a few minutes. I called the listing agent with my Christmas request and was met with the obvious “It’s Christmas morning”. Oh really? Who knew? She called me back with the ‘go ahead’. My family, used to me leaving for business at all hours any day understood as I wrapped a coat on over my PJ’s and climbed into my cold car. Christmas spirits climbed as I drove over to show the Mrs. her one and only Christmas gift. I could not believe my eyes when I reached the house. Mr. Buyer had shoveled all the snow from the front door, the sidewalk and the double paved drive. He had also purchased 12” wide red ribbon, wrapping the entire house all the way around complete with a huge bow. The perfect gift, beautifully wrapped! Mrs. Buyer was instructed to ‘cover her eyes’ as she got out of their car. Mr. Buyer ran around to open her car door and help her out of the car. With her hand over her eyes and one arm supported by Mr. Buyer (who had also grabbed a picnic basket from the back seat), we all proceeded up the lovely clean walkway, into the house. Perhaps Mrs. Buyer was expecting something else, something different this Christmas, but even as Mr. Buyer poured champagne for the three of us


“Hey, this is Christmas morning, I’m with my family!” in their new would be living room, she just stood there. Finally she started to cry. Tears of joy you ask? Nope. She was so angry that she could hardly contain herself. That was when she announced to the three of us she was leaving Mr. Buyer, who I had come out in the cold on Christmas morning for. She told him right in front of me, what he could do with his new home, champagne and Christmas present. Before she gave him the 50 reasons why, I decided now was a good time to check the turkey in my own oven. Their day was certainly not going to get any better so I ushered them outside to continue their Christmas discussion as I went back to my own home. and family. It was that day I realized that, yes, families do buy homes close to Christmas every year. But I won’t be leaving mine on Christmas morning for work ever again.

Not intended to solicit buyer or sellers under contract

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A View from the Wire

By Michael Bell The wire Magazine

Musicians of the Kawarthas

Featuring IAN KURZ

Ian Kurz is best known as “Paul Stanley” in the wildly successful KISS tribute “Destroyer.” But there’s another Ian Kurz and it’s the guy behind the up and coming rockband Ian K. So Ian, where did it all start? “The truth is, it all started so long ago that I can barely remember it. I’ve played guitar since about the age of nine, and except for a stint for a few years in drum corps when I was drumming instead of strumming, I’ve basically never looked back. Now today I have my main project, Ian K. It started very simply because of a studio session I had at The Pocket Studios in Toronto, recording lyrics I written for an audition. It had been quite a while since I had been in the studio at that point, and it reminded me as to how much I had always enjoyed it in the past. After discussing some pricing options on recording an album, I decided that I was further ahead to buy recording gear rather than pay somebody to do it for me. All the while, I was writing songs, recording, mixing and mastering them myself. And like anybody that makes music, I tried my best to promote these songs because I believed in them. I was eventually offered a gig at one point, at which time I didn’t even have a band, and it struck me that I should finally put a band together and get out and play my music live. We’ve done a fair number of shows around

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Peterborough, Toronto and Niagara region over the last couple of years, including several US dates in October of 2017. In 2017 Ian K signed a three year deal with World Music Stage Records, and the band gets worldwide major label distribution under Universal. I recruited some of the best players I knew from over the years (Paul Crane – guitar, Adam Sweeney – bass, Keith Riddolls – drums) , and we found that we seem to gel pretty good, and before we knew it, Ian K had become a band, rather than simply a recording artist. It’s kind of funny for me to think about how it all started, learning to play guitar, the first time I ever sang on stage. Back in those days all I wanted was to be a guitar player, be in a band, and be performing in front of people that wanted to hear it. Now today, I play most weekends, in several bands Ian K is signed and beginning to get some traction, and as I approach the later years of my job, I realize that I most likely will find myself in a position to retire from work early, and concentrate on the music of Ian K as a full time effort as our tenure with World Music Stage Records evolves.“


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What to Wear

For The Holidays Italian made oversized sweater, matched with Hue brand black leggings. A black and white tweed cape/ jacket with a irridescent sparkle sequence detail and lush fur/like collar. Hipp Jewellery completes the Look.

“Canadian Gala Look “ made by Pretty Woman - black on black sparkle Tunic Top, light Fabric with angled hemline. Flowey Palazzo Pants by Code Vitesse with a muted Soft black/grey floral Print Long knit - fur shawl.

At Tragically Hipp in Lakefield

At Tragically Hipp in Lakefield

This outfit is perfect for the active women. Vest from Wully Outerwea. This is a lightweight yet very warm vegan vest made in Ontario. NoMiNoU Leggings are an eco friendly athleisure line utilizing original artwork from around Canada. This pair are from artist Eric Parnell from the Haida First Nation. The bamboo cotton blend top underneath is from C’est Moi.

Choose from a huge selection of Au Noir Dress Shirts for men. Visit thekawarthastore. ca or in store in Fenelon Falls. Clothes are made in Canada.

Visit thekawarthastore.ca or in store in Fenelon Falls. They are pet friendly and this beautiful boy is always at the store. Clothes are made in Canada.

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This Ruelle Tunic is paired here with Dex Leggings to make a fabulous outfit for a cottage country Christmas party. Ruelle is a small hard to find exclusive Montreal designer. Her trademark is the oversized collar.

This kimono has fabulous burnout fabric. Dex Plus is Sizes X to 3X. The base layer is a bamboo-cotton tank from C’est Moi which fits to a 3X. he necklace is from Anne Marie Chagnon, made in Montreal from pewter, stone, silver and rubber.

Visit thekawarthastore.ca or in store in Fenelon Falls. Clothes are made in Canada.

Visit thekawarthastore.ca or in store in Fenelon Falls. Clothes are made in Canada.


Enjoy Christmas

and Lose Weight

by Gina Livy Health & Welllness Coach

Here are 5 things you can do to look and feel your best for the holidays and set yourself up for success in the new year! 1: Drink more water. Aiming for 3 - 5 litres a day helps keep your cravings in check, decreases bloating and keeps you regular when indulging in festive foods. 2: Adding in basic supplements can help with your weight loss goals while also boosting your immune system during cold and flu season. Omega 3 - The added essential fat will help give you the extra brain fuel and energy you need during the busy holiday season Vitamin D - Tricks your body into believing it’s summer year round decreasing the need for the body to hold on to and store any extra fat. Calm magnesium - Before bed can help with the extra stress by calming the nerves and balance out cortisol levels. Probiotic - Helps keeps you regular and digestive system in check while indulging in the festive foods and drinks 3: Keep it Clean and Routine Eating whole foods like veggies, fruits and proteins will give your body what it needs making you feel more satisfied and

likely to reach for the sweets and treats. The body loves routine and this time of year things can feel chaotic so the more routine your food can be the better. 4: Check your Social schedule. Planning when you are going to indulge can help you implement checks and balances that will help stay on track. Pick and choose when it’s worth indulging and when you are going to stay the course. 5: Manage your stress and get some rest! Taking a few minutes to take some deep breaths and stretch before you get out of bed can go along way to setting the tone for your extra busy days helping you stay more in the moment and more away of your choices. Catching a nap when you can go a long way to keeping your mind and body strong during the season you need that the most. With a few simple tweaks losing weight this time of year can be a lot easier than you think, so stick with it and enjoy the holidays!


GET OUT AND PLAY

Karen Irvine Editor

“The Kawarthas are a fun place to play, live and work. Enjoy your time here and be adventurous!”

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A Taste of the Kawarthas December 2018