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July 6, 2014 in Arts and Crafts, Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

Everyone wins!

Everyone wins!

Each Saturday through July and August the deck of Remax Hallmark’s Port Carling office is made over to exhibiting the work of Muskoka artists, artisans and crafts people. This effort is in aide of the Brock and Willa Napier Wellness Centre that will house a Nursing Station, Hospice and Senior’s Residence. The show’s exhibitors donate 10% of their sales to the Centre. Yesterday, the theme of the exhibit was oil and acrylic painting. National gold medallist, Allan Beckley, brought his super realism to the deck and Synthia just couldn’t resist. Not just one but three Beckleys will have pride of place in her home. Congratulations!

Greater Tuna

July 10, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Bala

New Actors’ Colony 3rd season began Sunday in Bala. Tonight Greater Tuna opened. It’s an endearing and funny play about quirky, fictional Tuna Texas. This production stars Michael Petersen and Peter Shipton and was ably directed by Annette Procunier. Both actors portray several characters and do so with great facility. The characterizations, movements and intonations from one to another truly mask the artists delivering the performances. For a night out, this is a great choice … the experience will ‘play’ with you for some time afterwards. A well earned standing O!

Peter and Michael at Radio Station WKKK

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Through this portal

June 19, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Bala, summer

Through this portal magic happens. New Actors’ Colony Theatre (New Act) has opened its ticket booth for the shows and extravaganzas that will occur throughout the summer months in Bala. This next week there are 2 events – one on Sunday, a strawberry social at a secret water’s edge garden known only to those who buy tickets and, the other at the Bala Bay Inn on June 25 (Sherman Downey)  … the fun begins. Find it all at the New Act Website and come to Muskoka for something special! www.newact.ca

Magic Portal

A new destination

June 18, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, summer

At the corner of Gravenhurst’s version of Portage and Main (Muskoka Rd and Bay) stands a landmark. The Albion Hotel. Dating from the 1800’s it has a long and varied history. Lately not one that would add to its glory in any way. Going through a rebirth and edging back to becoming a centre of social activity, the old hotel is rising again. And like the redeveloped Wharf in town, The Albion will become an attraction and destination.


Spring Art Tour

June 9, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Muskoka, Port Carling

Twice a year Muskoka has an Art Tour. There are more than 40 artists and artisans in central Muskoka and many of them open their studios and workshops for the curious and interested. This weekend the spring tour is in full flight. A bright, sunny day with warm summer breezes is here to complement the event. Even the draw bridge in Port Carling seems to be leading the way … follow the lines!

Follow the lines


Liquid Gold

May 27, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Bracebridge, Muskoka

Saturday was cool on the water and warm in town. A perfect day to visit the Bracebridge Farmers’ Market. Fresh local rhubarb made its way to my bag. A favourite stop is Muskoka Honey Bee Products. AnnMarie, with honey golden hair, is a fourth generation bee keeper. She knows what she’s doing! So do the bees. No wonder it’s called Liquid gold. Nature’s perfect food …. Muskoka wild flowers

Liquid gold

Bala Performance

May 16, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Bala, Muskoka, spring, summer

Dan Mackinnon came to Bala and performed at Trinity St Albans Church as part of the New Actors’ Colony Theatre spring program. Dan was engaging and those who attended came away proud to be Canadian. Here’s  a sample of Dan’s mastery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsjsckL6s9c New Act, as it’s known in these parts, is launching its 3rd season in July with 6 different production. The theatre is an exciting addition to the cultural life of Muskoka for cottagers and residents alike.


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