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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Calling all 'ghouls' and boys; gore galore -- can you dig it?


    One-Tank Trip for Sept. 22/18

     (c) By Jim Fox

   If the promise of “nine gruesome and terrifying testing sites” is your kind of fun, then head to Screampark: The Experiment in Kitchener.
   The attraction at Bingemans’ park is called “Canada’s scariest haunted attraction” that’s about to get even more terrifying.
   “Some people can handle a full evening of continuous horror, look terror in the eye and laugh,” says Mark Bingeman, park president.
   “Others need to find the emergency exit as soon as they encounter their first zombie or chainsaw wielding lunatic,” he adds.
A creepy cast of characters welcomes visitors to Screampark.
   The previous haunted-house experiences had “guests” go through multiple haunts with a break in between each house.

Hocking Hills visitors wowed by stunning monarch butterfly releases in Ohio

(News Release)

LOGAN, OH – Visitors to southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills region this month have a one-of-a-kind opportunity for hands-on immersion into the lifecycle of iconic monarch butterflies.

A team of volunteer naturalists is tagging this year’s bumper crop of the insect beauties – almost daily -- at the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center, encouraging visitors to take part and experience firsthand the uniqueness of monarch migration. Tagging and releasing the newly emerged monarchs takes place nearly every day (except in the rain), depending on their emergence.

Naturalists, with the help of Hocking Hills visitors, place tiny, numbered sticky dots on Monarch wings before they’re released. They can then be tracked and logged on the Monarchwatch.org website when spotted in other locations.

The practice helps researchers learn more about monarch migration. The Welcome Center team ordered 500 tags, but very few remain as they used far more tags than anticipated.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A celebration of life, love & music" at Casino Rama Resort

(News Release)

RAMA, ON (Monday, September 17, 2018) – Singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Stevie Wonder announces “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music,” coming to the award-winning Entertainment Centre at Casino Rama Resort for two engagements, Thursday, November 8, 2018 (8PM) and Friday, November 9 (9PM).
 
Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music who, at the age of 12, was the youngest recording artist to have achieved a #1 single with “Fingertips, Part 2”.

To date he has amassed 49 Top Forty singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide sales of over 100 million units. Stevie has won 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
 
As an activist, Stevie also spearheaded the realization of “Martin Luther King Day” as a national holiday. His participation in the “We Are The World” fundraiser for hunger in Africa was a music industry milestone while his involvement to put an end to apartheid in South Africa is legendary. He is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, and is a Commander of France's National Order of Arts and Letters.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Channel your inner artist in Algonquin this fall with Deerhurst Resort’s “Spirit of Tom Thomson weekend”


Paddling, Painting and Touring Muskoka’s Group of Seven Outdoor Mural Gallery
Highlight this Tom Thomson-Inspired Getaway During Fall Colour Season


Sun Goes Down on Canoe Lake by John Kinsella
HUNTSVILLE, Ont. -- If you’ve ever dreamed of painting like Tom Thomson, or following in this Canadian icon’s footsteps (or paddle strokes) in his beloved Algonquin Park, then Deerhurst Resort is offering a Fall weekend experience you won’t want to miss.

Just 30 minutes from the park, which is marking its 125th anniversary this year, Deerhurst is located near Huntsville, where Thomson visited during his painting trips to Algonquin.  In fact, his presence is constant in this charming Muskoka town, in the form of a life-size bronze sculpture, complete with canoe and paint box, which sits proudly in front of the town hall. 


For the second year in a row, Deerhurst Resort, a Muskoka landmark founded in 1896 that might well have been known to Thomson, has teamed up with its onsite Eclipse Art Gallery to offer a special getaway weekend, “The Spirit of Tom Thomson” during September 21 - 23, 2018 when the fall colours will be well underway. This year’s guide will be local artist and Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery founder, Gerry Lantaigne.

Friday, September 14, 2018

St. George AppleFest runs Sept. 15 and 16 (2018); very "a-peeling"

St. George, Ontario --

Visit one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario - filled with good food, tons of shopping and on-going entertainment enjoyable for the whole family. 
Something "a-peeling" for everyone!

FREE admission and FREE parking. 

Enjoy a FREE! Community Street Party
Saturday 6 - 10 pm at the Main Stage
(across from the post office)

Nestled centrally to Cambridge, Paris and Brantford, St. George is blessed with apple blossoms in the spring and a fresh crop of apples in the fall. At this time of year our community "comes alive" and hosts a fantastic festival highlighting apples, pies, crafts, artisans, live entertainment, kids' activities and much more.
https://www.stgeorgeapplefest.com/



George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett and Emerson Drive coming to the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show (2018)


(News Release)

Simcoe, Ontario - the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show, is thrilled to announce the second concert performance at the Grandstand for this year’s fair.

On Friday, October 5, a triple bill will headline the Canadian Country Smash Up featuring George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett and Emerson Drive on stage. Gates open at 6:30pm. For more than  a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences all across North America.
During their evolving career, the Canadian band has scored numerous hits such as “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “Last One Standing” and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, “Moments.”

Bingemans reveals all new terrifying concept for Screampark

(News Release)


KITCHENER, Ont. —The number 13 has never been so scary.


Some people can handle a full evening of continuous horror, look terror in the eye and laugh.

Others need to find the emergency exit as soon as they encounter their first zombie or chainsaw wielding lunatic.

If you’re one of the former, you are going to love what Bingemans has in store for this season’s Screampark attraction.

The Bingemans team has shared their new concepts for Screampark, Canada’s scariest haunted attraction, now in its 13th season.

Good things grow in Ontario: Festivals for Niagara wines, Wellesley apples and cheese and Bala cranberries


    One-Tank Trip for Sept. 15/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Foodland Ontario says “good things grow in Ontario,” and here’s an opportunity to check out that claim.
   Upcoming festivals will highlight Niagara grapes, Wellesley apples and cheese and Bala’s cranberry crops.
   Savour the best of the Niagara grape-growing region’s fall harvest and tour the wineries with the Discovery Pass program.
Visitors (Jim Fox) try picking grapes. (Barbara Fox photo)
   It’s part of the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival that’s packed with activities on weekends now through Sept. 30.
    The pass is available for $45 ($35 for designated drivers) to explore Niagara on a self-guided tour with a choice of some 40 wineries.
   Visitors can enjoy eight wine and culinary pairings as they watch the harvest and “taste the flavours from the abundant produce from local farm stands.”

Saturday, September 1, 2018

I hear you knockin' at Doors Open Waterloo and across Ontario


   One-Tank Trip for Sept. 1/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

  Knock, knock . . . come on in.
   If you want to know more about high-tech start-ups, you’ve come to the right place in Kitchener-Waterloo.
   Meanwhile in London, tour the 427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum and the Banting House National Historic Site.
   Check out the Farewell House, home to Casa Toscana, built in 1839 in Grimsby, CBC-Radio Canada in Windsor and the Elgin County Railway Museum in St. Thomas.
   These and more opportunities are available as Doors Open, the Ontario Heritage Trust popular program, holds its last 19 events for the year through mid-October.
Tech start-up company Shopify is located in the historic former barrel warehouse of Seagram’s distillery.
   There’s a story behind every door waiting to be discovered at these open houses and tours.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Go wet and wild in Niagara; dark and starry nights at Ontario Parks to wind down summer


   One-Tank Trip for August 25/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   As summer relentlessly continues on its course toward fall, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy some of the best road trips of the season.
   Niagara is always a fun destination and publicist Stephen Murdoch has some “getaway ideas for a last hurrah before summer ends.”
Zipping by the American and Canadian falls on the Wildplay MistRider.
   These include family friendly adventures such as jet boat tours, zip lines and Niagara Gorge hikes.
   Meanwhile, Jeff Brown of Ontario Parks suggests viewing the starry skies at the provincial parks, two of which have been designated dark sky preserves.
   Back to Niagara, rent bikes or go for a family stroll on the Niagara River Recreation Trail, a 56-kilometre paved pathway overlooking the Niagara Gorge.
   Take a road trip along the Niagara River Parkway, adjacent to the trail, between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls.
The scenic Niagara River Parkway travels beside the falls in Niagara Falls. (Barbara Fox photo)
    The late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called this “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.”

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Paris on the Grand, Dogs Nest, Punkeydoodle's Corner, Crotch Lake await your visit


   One-Tank Trip for Aug. 18-18

   (c) By Jim Fox



   Want to impress or create envy among your friends and co-workers?

   Just tell them you’re planning to visit Paris, with perhaps side-trips to London, Scotland and the former Berlin.

   Paris on the Seine is wonderful at this time of year – and so is Paris on the Grand.
Paris on the Grand is a pleasant and pretty tourist destination.

   For those special-interest tourists who “collect places and destinations,” these namesakes are “one-tank trips” for people living in southern Ontario.

   The province is filled with special places that have links to historic world cities and towns – along with dozens of quirky and funny monikers.

   How about Dogs Nest, Punkeydoodle's Corner, Turkey Point, Wawa and the Ojibway’s Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining.

   There’s also Ball’s Falls, Bastard, Crotch Lake, Dorking, Frogmore, Happyland, New Hamburg, Pain Court and Swastika, just to name a few.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Lights, camera, action on Toronto's TIFF and movie scene


   One-Tank Trip for Aug. 11-18

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Star-struck fans don’t have to wait until next month’s celebrated film fest in Toronto – they can experience the city like a celebrity any time of the year.
   If you enjoy the movies, celebrity and entertainment news, we have some unique experiences just for you,” says Irene Knight of Tourism Toronto.
   There is no question that Toronto “is for film lovers,” she adds as the city has connections to some of this year’s best films.
The Toronto festival attracts about 500,000 people for hundreds of film showings. (Tourism Toronto – Connie Tsang)
   Guillermo del Toro’s the Shape of Water was filmed in the city and took home top honours at the Golden Globes and Oscars.
   The film’s producer, J. Miles Dale is Toronto-based and shares the Best Picture nomination with del Toro.