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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Girls wanna have fun, Bowie bash and fall in wine country



   One-Tank Trip for Oct. 26/13

   (c) By Jim Fox

   The girls want to rock at Deerhurst, there’s a David Bowie bash at the AGO and day-trippers can fall for wine country tours.

   Get down up north
   Calling all “girlfriends.”
   It’s time to plan that exclusive getaway to Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville and hang out with special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.
The historic Deerhurst Resort will host the Girlfriends’ Getaway in November. (Jim Fox photo)
   Girlfriends’ Getaway returns from Nov. 8 to 10 at the Skyline Resort property with activities including shopping, dining and music.
   “Deerhurst is hopping and it’s the perfect opportunity to get away and let loose before the stress of the holiday season takes over,” said general manager Chris Lund.
   The fun begins with a “Girls’ Rock” Friday welcome stand-up dinner and dance that includes a silent auction, the Deerhurst Show Band and contest for the “coolest rocker-chick outfits.”
   There’s a Saturday breakfast buffet, fitness and yoga sessions, lifestyle and decor workshops, onsite shopping and a shuttle into town to shop.
   Featured in concert are Grammy winner Benatar and her guitarist-husband sGiraldo at the Canada Summit Centre.
   Guests can enhance their stay with add-ons such as an optional buffet or three-course dinner on Saturday evening prior to the concert and Sunday brunch in Eclipse before leaving.
   The Shizen Spa also offers additional pampering with facials and skin-refreshing body treatments.
   The 117-year-old storied Deerhurst Resort encompasses 760 acres overlooking picturesque Peninsula Lake where “girlfriends have plenty of opportunity get a head start on holiday shopping discovering unique finds at nearby Huntsville, where the entire town ‘goes pink’ for the weekend.”
   The two-night getaway package is priced from $299 nightly (double occupancy). deerhurstresort.com/girlfriends; 1-877-686-5076

   Glitter and glam
   Attention David Bowie fans.
   Glam rock and philanthropy collide at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 317 Dundas St. W., in Toronto on Nov. 23 from 6:30 p.m. for the Bowie Bash.
The striped bodysuit for the Aladdin Sane Tour in 1973 on view at the AGO. (Photo by Masayoshi Sukita)
   “Having shattered attendance records in London (England), I'm pretty sure Ontario audiences will be just as receptive to this one-of-a-kind Bowie exhibit,” said publicist Tran Nguyen.
   The glittering exhibit for the “pop culture influencer, musical pioneer and style icon” continues in its North American debut until Nov. 27.
   The bash is a gala fundraiser in support of exhibitions, with tickets priced at $1,000.
   It includes an exclusive viewing of the exhibition, signature cocktails and food stations created by AGO Executive Chef Jeff Dueck and “spectacular Bowie-inspired live entertainment” and art installations.
   The first Family Sunday of the season is tomorrow (Oct. 27) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a Bowie-inspired event.
   There will be costume-making stations, a dance party, family karaoke and musical tour of the AGO collections with families encouraged to wear Bowie-themed attire.
  David Bowie from the Aladdin Sane Tour in 1973, part of the AGO exhibit. (Photo by Brian Duffy)
   The exhibition has more than 300 objects, spanning five decades of Bowie’s career from his personal archive and explores his influence by movements in art, design, fashion and contemporary culture.
   There are handwritten set lists, lyrics, diary entries, instruments, music videos, sketches and highlights of the many artists who have collaborated with him.
   Timed-entry tickets are $30; $26.50, seniors; and $21.50, to age 17. http:ago.net/david-bowie-is; (416) 979-6655

   Sip and savour
   Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the beauty of fall in Niagara’s Wine Country.
   “A vacation or day trip is truly an escape to a quaint place where the people are friendly and the liquid fare is exquisite,” said Heidi Fielding of Fielding Estate Winery in Beamsville.
   She offers these tips to make the trip more enjoyable:
   - Bring a Wine Route map, available in print and online.
   - Plan to visit three to five wineries a day and call ahead to at least one of them to book a tour of the winemaking facilities.
   - Scout out local cuisine. Ask winery staff for recommendations of local eateries with chef-prepared menus.
   - Explore and taste. Every winemaker has a “unique style and approach” to the craft, so wines such as Rieslings may vary between wineries.
   - Prepare for your purchases by bringing along a cooler in the warmer months or ask for a box at the first winery visit to safely stow the purchases.
   - Check out local festivals or events to add another dimension to the trip and double check winery hours. fieldingwines.com

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Weirdest Wild - A Halloween Show with a "Zoo" Twist

Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Wednesday, 2013-10-23
Saturday, October 26th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us for a truly unique, and chilling, Halloween presentation where we explore the mystery and 
symbolism of death. The evening includes a special talk about the weird and wild ways that animals
 and plants associate with death. We will also dispel myths on some of the world's deadliest animals 
and plants, get to the bottom of how some animals can actually use death to their advantage, and take
 you (if you dare) on a tour of our Wildlife Health Centre.

Starwood in its "element" opening Element Vaughan Southwest



   One-Tank Trip for Oct. 12/13

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Hotels are no longer just for one-night stays as Starwood launches an “eco-wise enclave” in Vaughan, north of Toronto.
   Designed for a “new generation of traveller,” this trail-blazing brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts is the first-of-its-kind in Canada.
Element Vaughan Southwest, an “eco-wise” long-stay hotel, has opened north of Toronto. (Jim Fox photo)

   This is where guests can charge their electric cars at complimentary stations and pedal to power up their personal electronics in the fitness centre.
   They can also leave their cars in the garage and borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles to “get where they need to go,” said John Caneco, Element Vaughan Southwest’s general manager.
   Guests can start their day with a free, healthy breakfast that Element calls Rise and wind down after work with the Relax evening reception, he added.

“Haunted Harbour” event a spooky good time at Discovery Harbour

Penetanguishene -- Discovery Harbour’s popular “Haunted Harbour” Hallowe’en event returns for its fifth year the evenings of October 24-25-26 with lots of eerie fun for the entire family.


Visitor can walk candlelit paths and look into ghostly displays in the historic buildings.  Pirates, pumpkins, and a spooky graveyard will invade the historic site – beware what’s lurking in the woods as characters can emerge from the night!

VIA Rail Extended Special Offer – 50% off!

 
VIA Rail Canada
 
OCTOBER 22, 2013 VERSION FRANÇAISE
 
  EXTENDED OFFER. 100% of Canada. 50% off.* *Conditions apply.  
 
     
Don’t let the train pass you by!  

VIA Rail offers you 50% off the Economy Plus adult fare (Economy class), the Business Plus adult fare (Business class) or the adult Regular fare (Sleeper and Sleeper Plus classes) for travel on select routes across Canada by February 28, 2014 inclusive.

But hurry – this offer ends October 28, 2013.