What’s Happening in the Haliburton Highlands NOW! ‘Around the Frayed Edges’ – ‘Sunday Rambles’

Ξ March 30th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ art/crafts, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, spring, Trails |

As we ease into spring, outdoor activities seem to pop up just about everywhere in the Haliburton Highlands. ‘Free’ and ‘family’ activities are two kinds that I especially enjoy so “Sunday Rambles” really fits the bill. They are also dog-friendly so the whole family can join in!

Sunday Rambles: FREE family and dog-friendly outings explore rail trail history and nature.
11:00am Ramble, followed by restaurant or brown-bag lunch social.
Map/Brochure available.

Different location each Sunday through April and May throughout Haliburton County.

Friends of the Rail Trail

Contact: Pamela Marsales, Chair,

Tel: 705-457-4767
Email: wildwoodpaths@yahoo.ca

Though free family activities are awesome I’m inclined to also pursue endeavors with creative attributes.

Around the Frayed Edges‘ which is on display from March 18 through May 29, sounds fascinating.

‘Around the Frayed Edges’ delves into the outer edges of fibre arts. Fibre arts is a style of fine arts made with textiles and is more concerned with creativity and skill in the end product than functionality. In ‘Around the Frayed Edges’ a narration will be spun through work that pushes the confines as to what an artist can do with fibre today. Twenty-seven fibre artists from across North America have created works for this exhibition. From sculptural to painterly to installations, this leading-edge exhibition addresses all of the visual arts elements – all in fibre. Curated by Laurie Carmount

Where: Agnes Jamieson Gallery
176 Bobcaygeon Road

When: March 18 through May 29

Contact: Laurie Carmount

Tel: 705-286-3763
Email: gallery@mindenhills.ca

Hearty thanks to the Haliburton County Dept. Of Tourism for their great weekly newsletter!


One Day of Winter? Weekend & Long Term Weather Forecast – 3.26.10 – 4.02.10 – Haliburton Highlands, Ontario Webcam Photos March 26-27, 2010

Ξ March 27th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, marine/marina, nature, Ontario, Photography, spring, Trails, weather, webcam |

3.27.10 SkiDoo event - Chicopee Ski Resort, Ontario

Winter made its way back to Ontario and Quebec. But only for a day.

A sharp cold front swept across the provinces overnight, sending temperatures plummeting into the minus single digits. Factor in the wind chills, and it felt even colder than that. A big change from the rest of the month.

“(Friday) was actually the coldest day of March so far,” says Weather Network’s meteorologist Michelle Cassar.

Last week, some areas were hitting the mid and high teens. Forecasters say the shift in temperatures is just another example of a ‘meteorological roller coaster.’

“We get these springs of warmth that come in from the U.S. and then we knock it down again with that arctic air that sometimes drops down,” explains Weather Network meteorologist Chris Scott. ‘So the next few weeks we can expect a lot of ups and downs, big swings in temperatures and even precipitation.’

Source: Weather Network

Sorry so late with the weather! Offline was spring break this week and if you still have a kid in (public) school you know what that means. Change! In everyone’s schedule. Some of it was planned change and was fun–just the same–late to the weather so I’ll get right to it now.

Weekend Weather Haliburton Highlands

Saturday shapes up as mainly sunny with mild temperatures of 41°F. Saturday evening, night expect variable-to-mainly cloudy skies with a low temperature Saturday overnight of 29°F.

Haliburton Highlands Weather March 28 - April 2

On Sunday, expect a cloudy-with-showers kind of day with a high temperature of 41°F. The low is anticipated to be 27°F. There will be less than an inch of precipitation.

For Monday March 29, you’ll see isolated showers, a high of 43°F and a low overnight of 24 °F.  At most a ‘trace’ of precipitation will accumulate. There is no precipitation in the forecast for the rest of the week.

Though it will be a beautiful, sunny day on Tuesday with a high of 48°F, the low Tuesday night will be a frosty 17°F.

Wednesday brings yet another pretty, sunny day and highs will climb to a spectacular 57°F. Just as impressive will be the 37°F drop in temperatures from day to night. Overnight temps on Wednesday will plunge to 20°F.

April begins with a partly cloudy day–with an astonishing high of 61°F. I can’t help but get hopeful that this type of warming will continue into the summer with such lovely temperatures. Hope springs eternal, right? Plus, we are due for some decent summer weather in the Highlands!

Overnight on Thursday the low will be 32°F.

Friday forecast is sunny(!) and yet another warm & wonderful day. Fifty-seven degrees is the predicted high with a low of 39°F overnight.

Enjoy the webcam photos taken around Southern Ontario on 3.26 and 3.27 ! (Don’t forget to click them to see them full size!)



Relax, Recharge and Get Your Romance On In Branson!

Ξ March 26th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ entertainment, events, family, Travel/Vacation, United States |

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hiltons of Branson. All opinions are 100% mine.

I now live in Illinois which borders Missouri but when I was a teenager I drove in my VW camper van cross country.  I was moving actually to southern California but as is my attitude  still, if you are going to be in proximity of somewhere special try to go there too. Also because of Route 66 mid-20th Century vibe, I opted, when mapping my route pre-journey to make sure I drove some long strips of Route 66 as I drove west. I had 10 days to take in as much as I could of the country. My first-time trip through Missouri was cool in that we were following the rich-in-history-old Ozark Trail Systems that are somewhat in line with Rte. 66 and of course, the sad monument to long-ago practices, the Cherokee Trail of Tears. We made a stop at the well-known Meramec Caverns as well, as they are not far from the Stanton area of Route 66. I remember Missouri very well. There is just such a varied number of activities –so I’ve been back since– a number of times. I’d love to go to Branson–especially this time of year–I just need to have a distant relative leave me an inheritance as I would fully take advantage of the the fun Branson has to offer. I define fun many ways so I’ll mention just a few to be had in Branson.

Branson is an Ozark resort town which focuses on its wholesome country, pop music and family entertainment roots. Branson is a Midwest gem,  the entertainment capital.

Two outstanding establishments for the non-entertainment hours depending on your  needs and wants are the

Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center. They are situated right in the heart of the “entertainment capital of the Midwest,” so they are able to offer much more than just a place to stay. Consider if you would, these ideas!

Here are some specifics pertaining to activities for Spring 2010 in Branson:

Branson also has ongoing events like the 14th annual Branson Tri-Lakes Building and Home Show, NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament, Branson’s Best Boat and Recreation Show, Silver Dollar City’s Family Spring Break Day and the memorable Young Christian’s Weekend; not to mention a series of amazing concerts on the Branson Landing including shows from 65 South, Colgate Country Showdown with KHOZ 102.9, EXILE, The Nashvegas All Stars, and David Letterman Stupid Human & Pet Trick Auditions!

Both Hilton hotels are within easy driving distance of  Branson’s championship golf courses, lakes, museums, theme parks and 49 live entertainment theaters.

For me spa treatment with the one I love would be just the ticket.

I’d book the Romance Package at the Hilton Branson Convention Center which promises  to wash my worries away with a relaxing spa treatment. Perhaps I’ll take two.Couple

This relax and recharge package includes deluxe, overnight accommodations at the hotel, a full breakfast for two and the complete awesomeness of a spa treatment for two.

Mmm. Doesn’t that sound really nice?

In addition to what you can enjoy in the proximity of the Hiltons there is much more to enjoy and it is a short drive to do so.

Packages for the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel come for every taste and include Hilton’s Bed & Breakfast Package, Romance Package, and Hilton Requests Upon Arrival™ to name but a few.

Be sure to click one of the above links to see and read more about all the great things waiting for you in Branson.

Visit my sponsor: Spring has sprung in Branson, Missouri!


Weekend & Long Term Weather Forecast – 3.19.10 – 3.26.10 – Haliburton Highlands, Ontario Webcam Photos March 19, 2010

Ξ March 19th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, spring, Trails, weather, webcam, winter |

March Mildness sums up what much of Canada has experienced throughout much of  the third month of  2010.

Toronto for example, has had not a single ‘average’ day yet this March as we are perch at the two-third’s through-the-month point. Have a look at a quick thumbnail chart of how not-March-like March has been.

Ontario's March Mildness

Outdoor activities abounded this week  including barbecuing, going to the beach–and hitting the ski slopes which you can see in the webcam photos I took today are still snow-covered and open for business. I wouldn’t wait too much longer getting out on the slopes of Ontario, however.

Haliburton Highlands Short Term weather 3.19.20

It’s a lovely, sunny day today -Friday with a few clouds and a high of 55°F. As evening rolls in expect more cloudy periods and an overnight low of 22°F.

Saturday starts with variable cloudiness and a temperature of 24°F but temperatures climb throughout the day reaching a Saturday afternoon high of 36°F. Expect cloudy periods Saturday evening with temperatures holding steady at 36°F. Overnight will be mainly clear with a low of 22°F.

There is no precipitation in the forecast for this period.

Long term weather Haliburton Highlands 3.20-25.10

Sunday, expect variable cloudiness and a high of 43°F. The overnight low will be 20°F.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with sunny breaks with a temperature of 45°F. Overnight lows will be 22°F and there’s a chance of less than one inch of snow.

Tuesday expect cloudy periods, a high temperature of 46°F and an overnight low of 24 °F.

Wednesday has wet flurries in the forecast with a high of 41°F. There should be less than one inch precipitation accumulated. The overnight low will be 26°F.

Thursday, expect cloudy periods, a high of 41°F and an overnight low of 27°F.

Have a great weekend!

Indian River, Port Carling - 3.19.10


St. Patricks Day in the Haliburton Highlands – Great Music – FREE & Food, Fellowship, Fun and Green Beer.

Ξ March 17th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, community, cottage country, entertainment, family, Food and/or Drink, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography |

Credit: flickr photostream

How we celebrate St. Paddy’s Day near just south of where  I live:

Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois - St. Patrick's Day - Dyed Green. This is nothing, really. About 80 or so years ago, engineers were hired to make the river run backward. Permanently. For sanitation reasons, I believe.

Above: Not the Haliburton Highlands–though very St. Patricks’ Day in terms of hue.

St. Paddy’s Day – Black Feather Band at Mckecks Restaurant, Haliburton, Ont.

Photo: Canada, eh?

Black Feather Band

March 17 2010 –
St. Patricks’ Day

Featuring the incredible local “Black Feather Band”…6-9 pm, free admission, Come early to get a seat and a green pint…..:)

Mckecks Restaurant Photo credit: Canada, eh?

Mckecks Restaurant Recent News

McKecks opens stage to students (recent McKeck’s news – 1.27.10)
Everyone has a little rock star in them and it’s hard to get out of the garage or basement band mode when you live in a small town.

On Jan. 27, at ac: The Blue Line, from 4 to 6 p.m., students from the local schools are invited to the After-School Open Stage Program.

For two hours, kids can come and play their instruments, sing their hearts out and just rock out.

The idea was originally brought to Carl Dixon when he was informed that the local high school had stopped doing their coffee houses that allowed students to show off their talents. There was only one open stage but only a couple students showed up, so Dixon and McKecks decided to hold it off, and try to start the program back up later after renovations and the holidays were finished.

With those two issues out of the way students are allowed to come and show their stuff. Already a few students have contacted McKecks asking if they could come and do an act and no one has been turned down. There will be a $2 fee for each person’s act they would like to do with all the proceeds going towards The Blue Line – a charity run by the restaurant.

If you’re worried about limited space, and would like to reserve a spot for yourself or for your band, you can email Sean Carthew at bookwithsean@gmail.com. If you don’t play an instrument and would just like to sing, you can bring some karaoke music to accompany you and get everyone in the swing of things.

So come on out and show this town what you’ve got. Even if you’re a bit nervous come and see what the action is all about, you might just get motivated enough to jump up on stage.”

Mckecks Restaurant

207 Highland Street
Contact: Sean Carthew or Karen Frybort

Tel: 705-457-3443

Terri and Rick Performa on March 18, 2010 in the Highlands

March 18, 2010

Terri and Rick will be performing two concerts in Haliburton County on March 18th. The first is at the Minden Hills Branch of the Haliburton County Public Library at 10:30am and the second is at the Dysart Branch at 1:30pm. These concerts are free and everyone is welcome.

Contact: Sue Robinson

Tel: 705-457-2241
Email: srobinson@haliburtonlibrary.ca

Food and Fellowship with a St. Patrick’s Day Irish Stew and Biscuit Dinner at the
Minden United Church

March 17, 2010

Come and join us for an evening of food and fellowship! Adults $12, Children, 6-12 yrs. $5, Pre-schoolers free. $30 for Family of 4 or more. Tickets available at Minden PHARMASAVE in advance, or at the door, or by calling 286-2136 or 457-1424.

Minden United Church

21 Newcastle Street Minden

St. Patrick's Day Irish Stew and Biscuit Dinner at the Minden United Church

Contact: Janet Heffer

Tel: 705-286-2136

Email: janet.heffer@gmail.com


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