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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Here's the pitch: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum scores

   One-Tank Trip for May 27-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   An historic stone farmhouse jam-packed with artifacts in St. Marys is Canada’s shrine to baseball in an area linked to the first game ever played.

   Despite American claims that the call “play ball” originated a year earlier at Cooperstown,

N.Y., Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum archivists cried foul when the museum opened there in 1998 after moving from Toronto.
A replica 1940’s Girls Professional Baseball league uniform and historic bats can be seen at the museum. (Jim Fox photo)
   They chronicled the origin to 1838 when a game closely resembling that of today’s was played in nearby Beachville.
   The museum is among the sport’s area heritage sites including Beachville and London’s Labatt Park, the world’s oldest baseball grounds from 1877.
   The ball hall is a definitive repository of the game’s treasures, offering aficionados an insight into the “Field of Dreams.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

Camping options when Ontario Parks fill up quickly, including B&Bs nearby

   One-Tank Trip for May 20-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   If you find a “no vacancy” sign posted for your favourite Ontario Provincial Park, don’t despair, there are other options.
   Heading toward the Victoria Day long weekend and the traditional opening for many parks after the winter hibernation, it was not unusual to find things super busy.

Drop me a line. Heading out to fish at Bass Lake Provincial Park. (Jim Fox photo)
   This is especially true at the five most popular parks – Algonquin, Bon Echo, Killbear, Pinery and Sandbanks.
   Parks’ bloggers have suggestions “we’re sure you’ll love” for alternate getaway locations.
   Another option is to skip roughing it in the wilds and stay at a cozy bed-and-breakfast and use it as a home base for exploring the parks.

   Switch it up
   When Pinery’s full, try Inverhuron Provincial Park near Tiverton, south of Owen Sound.
   Inverhuron is “prized for its sandy beach, dunes and sunsets” and has outstanding swimming and well-treed campsites.
This perfect campsite, just steps from the lake, will soon be taken for the season at Ontario Provincial Parks. (Barbara Fox photo)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A stitch in time for the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale's quilt auction

   One-Tank Trip for May 13-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Anytime is stitchin' time for these “material girls” for the 51st anniversary of the Mennonite Relief Sale’s quilt auction.

"Won't Ask for Directions," donated by Mary Martin.

   The sale of multi-coloured quilts happens May 26 and 27 at the New Hamburg Fairgrounds, between Stratford and Kitchener-Waterloo.
   Volunteers and donors have worked long and lovingly to create the some 200 works of art for this old-fashioned quilt auction.
The “Wild Rose” quilt was made for the first auction in 1967, Canada’s 100th birthday, and donated back for the 150th.
   The event began as a way to raise much-needed financial support for Mennonite humanitarian missions around the world.
   It’s a way of “bringing help and hope to those in need,” with organizers calling the 40 venues supported by 2,000 volunteers “a remarkable community event and a beautiful expression of community compassion.”

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Waterfront Artisan Market returns to Toronto's HTO Park this summer (2017)

(News Release)

Saturdays 11 am – 8 pm | May 20 until October 7 | Rain or Shine

Toronto, ON – The Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) presented by The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA) and operated by Scadding Court Community Centre, returns to HTO Park this summer.

Located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue), WAM will take place every Saturday from May 20 through Thanksgiving weekend, 11 am to 8 pm, rain or shine.

 Toronto’s own Waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Visit waterfrontbia.com for more information.
La Fiesta
“We heard from last year’s attendees, and the feedback was loud and clear”, states Carol Jolly, Executive Director, The Waterfront BIA. “We’re excited to announce that due to popular demand, we’ve made The Waterfront Artisan Market a weekly event, extended the hours and brought even more vendors to the park. The Waterfront is a vibrant community and makes for a perfect getaway - just a short walk from the Downtown Core.”

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is open for its 20th season

(News Release)

ST. MARYS, Ontario -- The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, which will host more than 900 events in 2017, has opened for another season.

It is open on weekends in May (Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and on Victoria Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Starting on June 1 through August 31, the Hall will be open daily (Monday through Saturday) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Then from September 1 through October 7 we will be open Thursday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The heavy event schedule is because it is the home to the Ontario Nationals, Ontario Expos, Ontario Outlaws, St. Marys Minor Ball, St. Marys Slo-pitch, plus host games from the Great Lake Canadians, London Mens League and many other top quality baseball teams.

This year we also welcome back teams from Quebec and Ottawa. Baseball tournaments are being held on our site May 6-7, July 7-8, August 3-6 and Slo-pitch tournaments July 1-2, September 9 and 22-24.

Spring has sprung at Ontario Parks

(News Release)

After a long winter, spring is a season of celebration at Ontario Parks.Forests are a rainbow of green. Wildflowers carpet park woods. Songbirds are back.

Creatures bear young and lake ice has all but disappeared. It's an exciting time to reconnect with nature.

Opening dates for seasonal parks vary, so be sure to check park operating dates before you go at https://www.ontarioparks.com/operatingdates/2017.

Songbirds (Ontario Parks photo)

Here are five fun ways to celebrate Mother Earth this spring:

Get to know your songbirds
Provincial parks along Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron host songbird festivals every spring. If you're a budding birder, this is an opportunity to learn your birds through the eyes of expert birders and park naturalists. Join morning bird walks, guided night hikes and workshops with birdbanding demonstrations and nature photography. Here are this year's festivals and dates, http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/spring-birding-festivals/

Muskoka's three breweries brewing up maple fun

(News Release)

 HUNTSVILLE, Ontario --In celebration of the Muskoka Maple Trail & Festival, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Muskoka Brewery and Sawdust City Brewing Company have teamed up to create their first collaboration beer, and it has been an instant hit.

The collaboration brew – Pancake Breakfast Specialty Maple Ale – is a toasted golden brown ale that is inspired by a perfectly flipped pancake. 

With a doughy malt centre, aromas of cinnamon and vanilla lead the way while the maple syrup provides a rich body and lingering sweet finish. 

The maple ale will remind you of sitting around the table enjoying a warm plate of pancakes drizzled with Canada’s favourite syrup.

KISS, Kenny Rogers, Frankie Valli to rock Casino Rama this summer

New concerts added to the 2017 event line-up at Casino Rama Resort

(News Release)

RAMA, ON -- Casino Rama Resort provides a unique kind of northern fun that can only be experienced indoors; it’s what makes it a place pretty much exactly like nowhere else.
KISS is coming to Rama this summer
Today’s announcement gives fans even more reason to come explore the Great Indoors, as new concerts have  been added to the already hot summer event line-up at the award-winning Entertainment Centre:
Freedom to Rock Tour
Friday, August 18
Tickets are $110.62/$119.47/$150.44
“I Was Made for Lovin’ You”, “Rock and Roll All Nite”, “Detroit Rock City” & “Shout It Out Loud”.
No facial make-up/masks will be permitted.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spending Mother's Day around Waterloo Region

(News Release)

   KITCHENER-WATERLOO, Ontario -- There are several events and attractions across Waterloo Region to fill your Mother’s Day, including:
  • Where else to start for Mom but to spoil and pamper her with a spa retreat? Check out the opitons for a massage, facial, skin treatment, manicure or pedicure at Langdon Hall, The Puddicombe House or The Rock Spa.
  • There is no shopping experience quite like that in Waterloo. The shops and boutiques of St. Jacobs Village offer wares you are unlikely to find anywhere else in the world. Or check out the historic Southworks Mall, an old factory converted into a truly unique experience or take a stroll through the Conestoga Mall for a more traditional shopping trip.

"Curd nerds" head for Oxford County's Big Cheese Days

   One-Tank Trip for May 6/17

   (c) By Jim Fox
   Postmedia News Network/Sun Media

   Say “cheese!”
   Many people will be doing just that today and the next three Saturdays at Oxford County’s Big Cheese Days.
   The year’s event in and around Woodstock is “bigger, better and cheesier,” organizers say with a month-long event, up from one day last year.
   After all, this is known as Canada’s Dairy Capital and is the place for “curd nerds.”
   Visitors are invited to tour and taste their way along the Oxford County Cheese Trail.
   There they can learn all about cheese-making, snack on creative cuisine featuring local cheeses, shop for cheese, related accessories and antiques or learn about the region’s more than 150 years of cheese history, said publicist Virginia Lewis for Oxford County Tourism.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Doors are opening across Ontario for visitors, tours

   One-Tank Trip for April 22/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Unlock the secrets and happenings behind closed doors in some 145 communities across Ontario.
   It’s time again for the Ontario Heritage Trust program that opens the doors, gates and courtyards of some of the most-interesting cultural sites often off limits to the public.
   This free event called Doors Open Ontario was launched in 2002 and now has had almost seven-million visits to “thousands of unique buildings and spaces.”
Watching ships squeeze through Welland Canal's Lock 3 including the bulk carrier Federal Mackinac. (Jim Fox photo)
   Things start today (April 22) with the Guelph open house and continue through to Halton Region on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
   Here’s a sampling of events to the end of June with variable hours, often 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

   Iconic watercraft
   Doors Open Peterborough on May 6 celebrates the boat-building industry at the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Canoes and kayaks jam the Peterborough Lift Locks during an event organized by the Canadian Canoe Museum.
   It highlights the “enduring significance” of the canoe, called one of Canada’s “seven wonders,” with displays also of kayaks and related artifacts.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great eats! Come and get 'em

   One-Tank Trip for April 15/17

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Discovering food sensations and local dining favourites are a big part of day-tripping.
   We get some help finding these favs from Festivals & Events Ontario that has selected this year’s mouth-watering top events to “delight your taste buds.”
   “Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights,” said FEO’s Nichole Fogarty, who offers these food fest highlights.
Some of the two tonnes of fresh berries at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival.
   - Streetsville Founders Day Bread & Honey Festival, June 2 to 4, in Mississauga.
   This fun-filled family fest features a big parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, two stages of live entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s inflatables, crafts and souvenirs. breadandhoney.ca
   - Lasalle Strawberry Festival, June 8 to 11, in this Greater Windsor community.
   The fest features a carnival, fireworks, pageants, a parade, live entertainment, vendors and juicy local strawberries. lasalle.ca
   - Jerkfest, Aug. 11 to 13, in Etobicoke (Toronto).
Tacos anyone? Spicy treats are at Jerkfest in Toronto.
   Experience tantalizing tastes, mysterious flavours and captivating aromas of spicy chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood and vegetables. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and prizes. jerkfestival.ca

Guelph Arts Council announces Doors Open 2017 sites

(News Release)

Guelph, ONDoors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites.

Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative spaces.

The 2017 event will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 4 pm. Site details are posted at guelpharts.ca/doors-open-guelph#thisyearsevent, and listed below.

On average, Doors Open Guelph attracts 6,000 people to its sites each year, 25-50% of whom are visitors to the city.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Foundation province-wide initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario, opening the province-wide initiative for several years.

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

2017 Site Listing

Five ways to celebrate Earth Day at Ontario Parks

(News Release)

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2017). After a long winter, spring is a season of celebration at Ontario Parks. Forests are a rainbow of green. Wildflowers carpet park woods. Songbirds are back.
Sunset at Bass Lake after the ice 'went out' or in. (Jim Fox photo)
Creatures bear young and lake ice has all but disappeared. It's an exciting time to reconnect with nature. Opening dates for seasonal parks vary, so be sure to check park operating dates before you go at https://www.ontarioparks.com/operatingdates/2017.

Here are five fun ways to celebrate Mother Earth this spring: 

1.  Take your kids on a kid-friendly hike
Matt Cunliffe, an Ontario Parks naturalist, has written a post for the Parks Blog that shows you how to get your kids interested in the magical sights, sounds and smells of the season. http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/5-kid-friendly-signs-of-spring/

Sunday, April 9, 2017

'Springlicious' starts Monday at Blue Mountain Village

(News Release)

Springlicious is back!

Find $25 prix fixe menus at 15 restaurants, plus retail offers, spa specials, accommodation packages and weekend dining specials at participating locations. 

Toronto Zoo's African penguin chicks hatched -- Easter weekend just became more "egg-citing"

For Video of the African Penguin Chicks!

TORONTO, APRIL 7, 2017 - We are proud to announce the successful hatching of four African penguin chicks at the Toronto Zoo! The yet to be named chicks can be seen in their Indoor Viewing Area beginning Good Friday, April 14, 2017 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm daily.*

The first two chicks were laid by a new pair, Thandiwe and Matata, who were recommended to breed by the Species Survival Plan (SSP). Although the new pair bonded very quickly, they didn’t do well at incubating their eggs.
Toronto Zoo photo

Their first egg was laid on January 5, 2017 and the Keeper team swiftly intervened and swapped the egg to be raised by surrogate parents Ziggy and DJ, who have been great penguin parents in the past.

The second egg was laid by Thandiwe a few days later on January 8, 2017 and Keepers were initially delighted to see her sitting on the egg very tightly, however she had to sit on the egg for seven days in a row. In the wild, penguin parents trade off egg-sitting duties as they both need to hunt and drink for themselves, however, Matata was a first-time parent and did not participate in sitting on the egg. As a result, the second egg was also given to surrogates, proven parents Shaker and Flap.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Drop us a line at the Orillia Perch Festival

   One-Tank Trip for April 8/17

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Go fish!
   Orillia’s the place where they’ve even melted the ice at the great fishing spot, the Narrows connecting Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.
   The perch are waiting as the waters warm and they’ll be quick to take the bait.
   If the fishers are lucky, they’ll pull in one of 70 tagged perch worth $500 each during the Orillia Perch Festival from April 22 to May 13.
Boats and anglers jam the Narrows for the Orillia Perch Festival.
   There are also thousands of dollars in daily, weekly and grand prize draws including five tagged fish worth $1,000 each, three of them a Bonus Jackpot perch from Casino Rama, in this live-release program.
   The Fishermen’s Dream Grand Prize is a Lund fishing boat with 50-horsepower Mercury motor and trailer sponsored by Gordon Bay Marine.
   Children’s Grand Prizes include $1,000, $700 and $300 shopping sprees.
   This is one of Canada’s largest registered fishing derbies and marks its 37th year.
   “The Orillia Perch Festival attracts anglers of all ages,” said director Doug Bunker.
   Those kicking off the fishing season at the festival are in for a good time.
Kerri-Anne Jeffels of Orillia holds her tagged perch worth $500 from the Bayside Restaurant.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It's that sweet time of year again to Tap Into Maple in Ontario’s Lake Country

 (News Release)
ORILLIA -- We invite you to get out and discover the sweetest route in Ontario this spring. Pick-up your brochure, print your coupons and experience all things maple on the Tap into Maple route in Ontario's Lake Country and the Heart of Georgian Bay.

With some mild weather and cool nights, the local maple syrup producers are busy with the sap flowing in this sweet time of year.

With snowshoes providing solid footing, Tom Shaw was traipsing through his Oro-Medonte Township acreage, drilling metal spigots into the 4,000 maple trees that will produce about 160,000 litres of sap – that magnificent watery liquid needed to create mouth-watering maple syrup.

“We have been tapping trees in this forest since 1904 and many of those original trees are still producing liquid gold today,” said Shaw. “We have multiple generations of customers who come out to visit us each year … because we offer a family atmosphere where you can experience a tradition that is unique to this part of the world.”

Stratford Tourism's Spring Maple Trail Adventure celebrates the season

(News Release)

(Stratford, ON) The anticipation of Canada’s delicious iconic maple syrup is palpable as the first sign of spring. To celebrate, Stratford Tourism Alliance presents the Savour Stratford Maple Trail adventure. This self-guided tasting tour offers 22 unique maple tastings for a tasty culinary experience that continues this month (April 2017).

The 2017 seasonal Savour Stratford Maple Trail was launched with a tasting of a maple bacon poutine at Downie Street Burgers. Maple syrup is Canada’s first crop of the season and is most often thought of as a sweet treat, but Downie Street Burgers has used it in this delicious savoury dish and it is featured on the maple trail.

“The Maple Trail presents 22 maple inspired offers, the most offers available ever on this trail and so fitting in Canada’s 150th year of celebration. This year six restaurants present maple syrup in exciting savoury and sweet creations. Trail participants will enjoy the variety of choices, but it is only available until the end of April, so don’t miss out on our taste of spring.” says Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager for Stratford Tourism Alliance. 

Eat & Drink Norfolk for a taste treat

(News Release)

 April 3rd, 2017 Simcoe – The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is excited to announce that “Eat & Drink Norfolk” is back for its eighth consecutive year.

Dates for this year’s event are Thursday, April 6th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, April 7th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and open again on Saturday April 8th from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Continuing to ride the wave of success, “Eat & Drink Norfolk” was recently named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals & Events for the third year in a row.

"We are so excited to receive this provincial designation. Our success is a reflection of the high quality of the participating local restaurants, wineries, breweries and food producers as well the community that continues to support us year after year. The dedication of our vendors, staff, volunteers and sponsor partners has resulted in a truly amazing event” states Zorad.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

All in the Avon River for the annual wiggle waddle swan walk in Stratford

   One-Tank Trip for April 1-17
   (c) By Jim Fox

   It’s time for the annual wiggle waddle walk in Stratford.
   All the world’s a stage in this “Festival City” as 20 celebrated swans, cooped up for the winter in a cozy barn, waddle their way tomorrow (April 2) to the Avon River.
   With much pomp and circumstance, they’ll be accompanied by pipers and watched by thousands of revellers, many of whom are adorned in swan hats and regalia.
Stratford’s famous swans make the wiggle waddle to the Avon River. (Terry Manzo, Stratford Tourism Alliance)
   “The parade is really eccentric, a massive hoot – perhaps honk – and deserves to be experienced,” said Helen Lovekin of Ontario Tourism.
   “Local restaurants and merchants also get in stride with a competition for the best swan flora arrangement. In a town that loves drama, this is a dashing spring celebration,” she added.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Life is better at the cottage: Don't miss the Spring Cottage Life Show to see why

   One-Tank Trip for March 25-17

   (c) By Jim Fox
There’s something about “cottaging” that gets into your blood and you just can’t shake it.
   Take it from a veteran cottager whose grandfather bought an isolated property on Raven Lake, near Coboconk, and built a modest cabin years ago.
   Life would never be the same, as it is a rite of passage for so many Canadians.
   Your kids, grandkids and family pets will thank you for keeping the tradition and memories alive – with all the enjoyable hard work and bankroll.
   The days of roughing it are long gone with no electricity (coal-oil lamps and stoves instead), a block of ice in the so-called fridge and a well to manually pump drinking water.
   Now it’s four-season escapes with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, central heating and air-conditioning, washers, dryers, dishwashers and all the comforts of home.
Dogs have as much fun as their human companions at the cottage. (Jim Fox photo)
   Before heading off to the lake, stream or river to a cottage, cabin, bunkie, trailer or motor home, there’s an easy primer by attending the Spring Cottage Life Show to see if you’re up to the ownership challenge.
   This harbinger of summer and ritual for Ontarians preparing to open their seasonal retreats runs from March 31to April 2 at the International Centre (6900 Airport Rd. at Derry Road) in Mississauga.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tap into spring with Ontario's sweet treat -- maple syrup

   One-Tank Trip for March 18-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   How sweet it is!
   They’re tapping into spring with the running of the sap to make Canada’s iconic maple syrup.
   Visit a sugar shack where sap is collected from maple trees and boiled into syrup, and tour a sugar bush to learn about the making of this sweet treat.
Tom Shaw shows the traditional method of tapping maple trees using a hand drill on his Orillia-area farm. (Jim Fox photo)
   It’s all possible at the 53rd Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on April 1, the world’s largest single-day fest of its kind that attracts 70,000 people in one day.
   Come early and hungry to this community north of Kitchener-Waterloo for a pancake and sausage breakfast served from 7 a.m.
   Some 15,000 servings of flapjacks, smothered in 750 litres of syrup, are devoured.
   There are trips to the sugar bush, a pancake-flipping contest, dog show, petting zoo and toys, quilts, crafts, antiques and collectibles, along with great food including maple syrup toffee.
   Children can enjoy midway and pony rides, inflatables and musical performances.
Yum. Come and get ’em – flapjacks smothered in maple syrup. (Ontario Tourism)

The Small Glories in concert with special guest Sarah Jane Scouten March 24 at Stratford’s Revival House

(News Release)

Cara Luft & JD Edwards create a sound that is definitely all their own

Stratford, ON (March 8, 2017)  The Small Glories, a dynamic folk duo from Winnipeg, take to the stage at Stratford’s Revival House at 8:00 pm on March 24, 2017. The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, whose voices beautifully blend, creating a sound unique and definitely all their own. The concert is presented by String Bone Presents!
The Small Glories

Veteran artists Luft and Edwards, who enjoy substantial solo reputations, continue to blossom as a union, while building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances. Luft is a Juno Award winner and a founding member of the hugely successful trio The Wailin’ Jennys. She has earned a solid reputation as an exciting live performer, as well as an accomplished guitarist and claw-hammer banjo player. The JD Edwards Band performs gritty, invigorating country rock music with strong blues and soul influences. Edwards’ voice ranges from gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, leaving listeners wanting more. As a result of their combined talents, Luft and Edwards perform and sing together like they have been doing it for years. Additionally, both of them are insightfully honest songwriters.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Inquisitive kids really "dig" digiPlaySpace

   One-Tank Trip for March 4/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Using language that perhaps only kids will understand, young minds can learn to code, control robots, paint with light, travel through space and visit Canada’s National Parks through high-tech experiences.
   This world where users control a robotic arm that mimics human movement, interact with the solar system and space across a circle of 28 iPads, and paint with light while the environment around them begins to glow is known as digiPlaySpace.
Visitors to digiPlaySpace can learn all about robots, programming and basic electronics to create their own inventions. (Photo by Little Robot Friends)
   This is the sixth international exhibition of its kind that runs now through April 23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
   Don’t be shy: It’s where interactive art, design and activities from acclaimed Canadian and international artists “highlight the power of creative technology for kids and those young at heart.”
   TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film, and its projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival, Lightbox featuring five cinemas, major exhibitions and learning and entertainment facilities.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Disney On Ice warms winter; LEGO Batman in Toronto, Metro Detroit

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 25-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   An all-new Disney On Ice show glides into London and Toronto next month featuring Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dorey.

   Then, join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four timeless worlds in the fun-filled Disney On Ice show Passport to Adventure in Hamilton.
   Dory and friends glide into London for Disney On Ice’s Follow Your Heart. (Feld Entertainment photos)

   The action-packed adventure Follow Your Heart takes to the ice at London’s Budweiser Gardens from March 2 to 5 and at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, March 15 to 19.

   This live production produced by Feld Entertainment is an ice-skating extravaganza featuring Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen and other stories.

   Publicist Beth Merrick says the story swims with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the meaning of family.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Art action comes alive for fourth annual Railway City Arts Crawl in St. Thomas, Ontario

(News Release)

City-wide arts celebration sees increase in number of participating artists and host venues
St. Thomas, ON: The Railway City Arts Crawl is back for its 4th straight year.
The popular winter celebration of local arts and culture invites people to explore venues throughout St. Thomas and meet talented local artists engaging in the creative process.
A free Arts Crawl passport is available at participating venues and helps arts crawlers locate the venues and artists they'd like to explore over the two-day event on February 24th and 25th.
A snapshot from the 2016 Crawl at Railway City Brewing Company.
Arts Crawl Coordinator Megan Pickersgill says there are more artists participating and more interactive projects this year.
“There's an ice sculpture in the making at the Elgin County Railway Museum”, said Pickersgill. “Watch a train emerge out of ice while you are surrounded by the big trains of the past”.

Toronto Zoo goes wild through Family Day

Open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily*
Bring your family to meet ours this Family Day weekend! Meet Canada’s only giant panda cubs, 
Jia Yueyue and Jia Panpan, enjoy over 10 km of walking trails and explore five indoor tropical pavilions. 
Plus, stop by and wish our male Indian rhino calf, Nandu, a Happy First Birthday – he turned one year old
on Friday, February 17th!  And don’t forget about attending one of the Zoo’s daily animal keeper 
talks, schedule here.

Kids and adults will have the opportunity to connect with wildlife conservation by visiting our BIG and SMALL interactive Interpretive Stations at Polar Bears, African Rainforest and Indo-Malaya Pavilion. Check out our schedule and drop by to learn about how we at the Toronto Zoo are working hard to save and protect animals from around the world.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Everything's coming up . . .

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 18-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Everything’s coming up roses and you name it while savouring an early taste of spring at area garden shows.
   The Canadian Shield Rose will debut as “flower of the year” at Canada Blooms in Toronto to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.
A piano with water coming flowing was designed by Richard’s Lawn and Garden in Stratford. (Doug Bingham photos)
   A much-anticipated show is the Stratford Garden Festival from March 2 to 5 and there’s the upcoming Orchid Society show at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
   “Earthly Delights” is the theme of Stratford’s fest at the Rotary Complex, presented by the Lung Association and sponsored by Pro Resp.
   “Welcome spring, savour the scent of fresh mulch, take in the colour of blooming flowers and revel in the earthly delights,” said Deedee Herman, lung association area manager.
   Highlights include numerous gardens that “showcase the talent and creativity of area landscapers and offer inspiration for the gardening season ahead.”
There are lots of colourful flowers at the Stratford Garden Festival.
   Visitors will discover ideas to apply to their own gardens.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Peller Estates launches Barrel Cellar Dinner Series

(News Release)
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario --Visitors to Peller Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake can now enjoy the ultimate wine country experience in a brand new series that takes guests on a wine and culinary adventure with exquisite tasting menus created by Executive Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons in the stunning Peller Estates Barrel Cellar.  

Each dinner in the series has a unique theme that treats guests to a pre-dinner reception, cooking demo or wine seminar before they are whisked away into one of Niagara’s most memorable underground barrel cellars (surrounded by 300 wine barrels) for a four-course dinner perfectly paired with Peller Estates VQA wines. 

“We set out to create a dining experience that truly captures the flavours Niagara has to offer in an unforgettable setting.  As a proud member of Feast Ontario, it’s always been our philosophy to create seasonal menus using ingredients from Canadian farmers and producers.

Pairing each dish with one of our premium VQA wines and serving dinner in the Barrel Cellar creates an atmosphere that engages all five senses”, explains Winery Executive Chef Jason Parsons. “It definitely provides an exciting dining opportunity for both visitors and Niagara locals by celebrating everything our region is known for”, he adds.

Explore the magical northern landscape this Family Day at HarbourKIDS: North

Harbourfront Centre celebrates the northern winter landscape with HarbourKIDS: North. Featuring free family activities, discover, examine and explore the mighty expanse of the North and its ever-changing terrain while considering conservation and respect for the environment.

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, M5J 2G8

February 20, 2017 (11am-5pm)


Blue Mountain Village has lots happening on Family Day Weekend 2017

There’s no better way to spend Family Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village!  Gather the family for a weekend of skiing and entertainment.  Head off on a FAMILY CHANNEL Scavenger Hunt, try maple taffy on snow, join a DJ party in the heart of the Village, or check out one of the free activities below: