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CoverStory Events 144. Best Festival 1. BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival 2. Thunder Bay Blues Festival 3. Fort Fest

145. Best Fundraiser 1. Staal Foundation Open

of craft beer offered by 15 participating breweries. Sure, the beer is delicious, the live music entertaining, and the educational stage enlightening, but beer-lovers also appreciate that BrewHa! is a green event. Admission includes a collectable glass sample cup and free, staffed rinsing stations to encourage their use (other sample cups used were biodegradable). To cut down on bottled water, a water-filling station is provided where attendees can refill water bottles for free and, to encourage recycling, every garbage can has a recycling bin. Vendors are required to use recyclable products and, to reduce paper waste, the event only uses e-tickets. Plus, they have a free bike valet with secure storage and all ticket holders can use Thunder Bay Transit for free to get to and from the event. 2. Pride in the Park 3. Spring up to Clean Up

Patrick Chondon

148. Best Street Fair 1. Ribfest

2. The Hunger* 3. The Really Really Really Long Table

146. Best Free Event 1. Live on the Waterfront (Summer in the Parks)*

Best Blog

2. Movie Nights in the Park 3. Canada Day on the Waterfront

147. Best Green Event 1. BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival 2. Valley Fresh Buskers Festival* 3. Westfort Street Fair

149. Best Kids’ Event 1. Teddy Bear’s Picnic* 2. Parade of Lights 3. Movie Nights in the Park

150. Best New Event 1. CountryFest 2. Pyro Wars Patrick Chondon

3. Valley Harvest Art Fest

151. Best Question We Forgot to Ask 1. Best Dance Studio 2. Best Graphic Designer 3. Best School Last summer, over 4000 people headed down to the second annual BrewHa! to enjoy 45 different varieties

Eating Dirt By Kirsti Salmi

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eah Morningstar’s Eating Dirt has been a work in progress for almost fifteen years. Morningstar previously dabbled in blogging about feminism and pop culture; Eating Dirt’s current iteration covers more personal topics, particularly the trials and triumphs of being a stay-at-home mom. As her life evolves, so too does the blog. “My kids are getting older and telling me what I can and cannot share, which is their prerogative,” she says. “Also, my marriage ended in the spring; the experience of motherhood has taken a backseat to my experience of healing after heartbreak.” Morningstar believes Eating Dirt resonates with people because of its brutal

honesty. “I don’t pander, and I don’t sugarcoat. I’m an open book and I share the good and the bad, the heart-wrenching and the hilarious. Readers can see their own reality mirrored in my experiences.” Morningstar feels that Eating Dirt fosters community for her readership; she also believes strongly in featuring local businesses and artists. She’s thrilled the community has responded enthusiastically to Eating Dirt. “My heart is so full right now and I hope people will keep reading and engaging with me. Telling stories and connecting to people is just part of who I am. Thank you Thunder Bay and beyond!”

The Walleye

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Profile for The Walleye Magazine

January 2017  

Keeping with our “best of” theme, we profile some winners who you might not be familiar with. Our sommelier Jeannie Dubois highlights some o...

January 2017  

Keeping with our “best of” theme, we profile some winners who you might not be familiar with. Our sommelier Jeannie Dubois highlights some o...