Happy Spring! Haliburton Highlands Happenings #haliburtonhighlands #maplelakeontario

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This what is going on here in Chicagoland – Read on for What’s happening in the Haliburton Highlands!

 

Raven and Obi enjoying the early spring on a Palatine trail.

Raven and Obi enjoying the early spring on the Salt Creek trail.

 

Roger and Obi near the Salt Creek Trail April 5, 2014

Roger and Obi near the Salt Creek Trail April 5, 2014

Obi, in a pond by the trail-- April 5, 2014

Obi, in a pond by the trail– April 5, 2014

Adjacent to the Salt Creek Trail is the oldest cemetery in Palatine--almost 200 years old!

Adjacent to the Salt Creek Trail is the oldest cemetery in Palatine–almost 200 years old!

 

Selfie on Salt Creek Trail - April 5, 2014

Selfie on Salt Creek Trail – April 5, 2014

 

Heading home on the Salt Creek Trail - 4.05.14

Heading home on the Salt Creek Trail – 4.05.14

And this, courtesy of the Haliburton Highlander is some of what is happening in the Haliburton Highlands!

EVERY MONDAY:
Club 35 Tai Chi Classes, Dorset Recreation Centre
Every Monday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tai Chi, Chi Kung, & Meditation. Beginners welcome!
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Club 35 Euchre, Dorset Recreation Centre
Every Monday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Minden Hills table tennis, Minden Community Centre
Every Monday until Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., $3.
More info: eweiss@mindenhills.ca, 705-286-2298

EVERY TUESDAY:
Minden Guides and Pathfinders meeting, 6:30-8 p.m.

Contract Bridge – Minden United Church, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact 705-286-1305.

Dorset Quilters & Needleworkers, Dorset Rec Centre
Every Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., $1
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Bridge, Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall
Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
From 4th Tuesday in May to 2nd Tuesday in October
More info: Linda, 705-489-3294

Shuffleboard, Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall
Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
More info: George at 705-489-3225

Radio Bingo, Canoe FM (100.9 on the radio)
Bingo cards available at various locations
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. $800 in prizes
More info: Roxanne at 705-457-1009

Tai Chi classes, Dorset Rec Centre
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
More info: Valerie at 705-767-1177

Euchre – West Guilford Community Centre, 7 p.m.

EVERY WEDNESDAY:
Walking Wednesdays, begins at Rails End Gallery
Every Wednesday until June 25th.
9:30 a.m., Free
More info: Andrea at 705-457-1740

Narcotics Anonymous,
Haliburton Hospital Boardroom,
Every Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m.

Euchre Card Night, Irondale Community Centre
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Drop-ins welcome, $2

Minden Slender Seekers (Cdn Calorie Counters)
Minden Legion, Hwy 35
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (weigh in from 5:30 p.m.) $45/year
More info: Val at 705-286-1036

Yoga Classes, Dorset Rec Centre
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., $10
More info: Ingrid at 705-635-3473

Public Skating, A.J. LaRue Arena
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Haliburton, $2
Every Wednesday until April 16, 2014
More info: Ray at 705-457-2083

Public Skate, S.G.Nesbitt Arena
12 noon to 2 p.m., Minden
Helmets are recommended
More info: Jane at 705-286-1936

Dorset Book Club, Dorset Rec Centre
1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Free
More info: Ruth or Sandy at 705-766-9969

Bid Euchre, Minden Community Centre
1 p.m. – 4 p.m., $3, drop-ins welcome
More info: Elisha at 705-286-2298

Bid Euchre, Stanhope Community Hall
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
More info: Linda at 705-489-1835.

Pickleball, Minden Community Centre
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $2
More info: Elisha at 705-286-2298

African Hand Drumming class, Dorset Rec Centre,
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $10 ($5 for 12 & under)
No experience required, instruments provided
More info: Gillian at 705-766-9183

EVERY THURSDAY:
Minden Sparks and Brownies meeting, 6-7:30 p.m.

Pickleball – Haliburton Highlands Secondary School gym, 7-9:45 p.m. $4 and must have clean, indoor court or running shoes.

Adult Skate – A.J. LaRue Arena,
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., $2, Haliburton
More info: Call Ray at 705-457-2083

Mother Goose program, Haliburton OEYC Halco Plaza
Stories and songs with baby. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Free
More info: oeycparented@bellnet.ca

Drop-in volleyball, Dorset rec centre
Adults only, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., $1
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca

EVERY FRIDAY:
Club 35 Bid Euchre
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More info: Garth at 705-489-2945

Public Skate, S.G.Nesbitt Arena
12 noon to 2 p.m., Minden
Helmets are recommended
More info: Jane at 705-286-1936

Sunday Afternoon Live at the “D”, Dominion Hotel

4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Minden
Every Sunday until June 15, 2014.
More info: 705-286-6954

Enviro Cafe – The Earth Charter

Minden United Church, 7 p.m.
For more info: Carolynn @ 705-754-9873
Wednesday, April 2
Haliburton Soccer registration
HHSS gym foyer, 5 – 7 p.m.
$25 for youth, $35 for adults (fees double after May 31)
For more info: http://www.halsoccer.org

(r)Evolution HHSS Portfolio Class Exhibition

Rails End Gallery, 23 York Street, Haliburton
Wednesday-Saturday, 11 – 5, runs until May 31
For more info: www.railsendgallery.com

Highlands Musical Bursary

St. George’s Anglican Church, 7:30 p.m.

More info: 705-748-1991
Sunday, April 6
Monday, April 7
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
1 – 5 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca
Tuesday, April 8
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
6 – 8 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca

The Art of Pasta workshop
Abbey Gardens
6 – 8 p.m.
$25
More info: Cara at 705-754-4769
Wednesday, April 9
Friends of Haliburton County Library – lunch & learn
Janet Hepburn and her book – “Flee, Fly, Flown”
Community Room, Hwy 118, Haliburton
$20/buffet lunch, door prizes
For more info: Brenda t 705-457-2695

The Art of Pasta workshop
Abbey Gardens
1 – 3 p.m.
$25
More info: Cara at 705-754-4769

OSGA 55+ Games Open House & Registration
Learn how to play Bid Euchre, enjoy a game of Crokinole, register for the 2014 Summer Games
Haliburton Curling Club, 4 – 6 p.m.
More info: www.ontarioseniorgames.ca
Thursday, April 10
Those Other Movies – 12 Years a Slave
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
$8

Community Care Movie Day
Minden United Church
1:30 p.m.
By donation only
More info: Cara at 705-457-2941

Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
6 – 8 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca
Friday, April 11
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
1 – 5 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca

Places For People – Latest Affordable Housing Community Project:

On March 21, non-profit affordable housing corporation Places for People opened the doors to a fifth unit intended for a family in need. The group spent three months refurbishing a home at 5 Newcastle Street for a local family with two kids.

 

Places For People Affordable Housing See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

Places For People Affordable Housing
See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

These photos show some of the people who stopped by to see the work of volunteers. The doors will officially open to the Minden-area family on April 1.

Places For People Affordable Housing See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

Places For People Affordable Housing
See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

See more PHOTOS/CREDIT: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

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Maple Lake Ontario – Closing Up The Cottage for 2013 – Maple Lake Garden (PHOTOS) #maplelake # #ontario #garden

Ξ September 15th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ cottage country, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, Travel/Vacation |

 The best summer of my life on Maple Lake Ontario

The Black-eyed  Susans which we'd planted in late June  had blossomed when we returned in late August.

The Black-eyed Susans which we’d planted in late June had blossomed when we returned in late August.

We’ve been home from Maple Lake Ontario (at our winter home, as I now call it) in Chicago for exactly a week today and I’m just transitioning into life here. It’s not a bad life–not at all–but it is not life on Maple Lake–not remotely.

I’ve pulled the last of the Maple Lake photos off my stand-alone camera and my phone camera so I’ll post some here now and spread the rest over the next nine months or so.

Our last five days at the cottage were far from perfect weather-wise.  It was seasonably cold, wet and windy. Nothing surprising though, and it didn’t really phase me after having a whole 6 weeks, including the entire month of July, at the Maple Lake. I felt a bit badly for Roger, though. We’ll plan his vacation days better next year, hopefully four straight weeks. We’d brought both dogs with us to Maple Lake so that ensured an inevitable degree of outside time, regardless of weather conditions.

We finished some inside the cottage mini-projects. Had a fine meal at Hali’s Bistro in Haliburton via an enthusiastic recommendation by my brother, who with his wife had stayed for a full week at the cottage prior to our arrival. Since we were closing for the year we began packing up 2 days before we were to leave. When you have to be inside, it is almost better if the weather is not-so-good outside (almost).

 

 

At the Cottage on Maple Lake Ontario (PHOTOS) Maple Lake Ontario Weather July 25-26 2013 #cottagecountry #ontario

Ξ July 25th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, business, Canada, cottage country, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunsets, Travel/Vacation, weather |

 Spending All of July on Maple Lake For the First Time Since I Was a Kid

Maple Lake Ontario--July 24 2013

Maple Lake Ontario–July 24 2013

Woke to a chilly morning which contrasted sharply with about a week’s worth of mornings earlier this month. By late afternoon however, the insistence of  a predominately sunny day warmed us within and without. The presence too of extended family, my own and that of my cousin’s, made the day yet another that reminds me of why I love it here so much. The setting is conducive to comradery and easy conversation.

Roger, my cousin-in-law and his sibling rebuilt the landing to the 2nd beach here. It had been torn apart by the unusually harsh winter conditions. I have no talent whatsoever for such things, so had a lovely conversation with my cousin’s in-laws, who were lakeside observing, as the trio got the job done in just about an hour. It’s neat when people just come together and make something cool that everyone enjoys doing so ‘just because’.

Maple Lake Ontario weather July 25-26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario weather July 25-26 2013

Accu-weather says it’ll be another cool morning  today but a lovely day overall. I plan to make use of the swim raft and crack open  Martin’s A Feast For Kings, which I finally broke down and bought after not finishing it twice after taking out from the library back home. It’s always on a wait list and I just want to get the darned thing finished.

Obi in the cottage. He loves lake living --the swimming, the chipmunk chasing--having loads of room to walk off-leash--plus a steady stream of doggy visitors to play with!

Obi in the cottage. He loves lake living –the swimming, the chipmunk chasing–having loads of room to walk off-leash–plus a steady stream of doggy visitors to play with!

Ooh, almost forgot. We’ve been sampling local baker’s buttertarts for me to bring to a gathering in Toronto this weekend. I think we’ve settled on The Country Bakery in Carnarvon. The pecan buttertarts are excellent and the blueberry scones delish as well.

Picture time:

Roger planting some flowers that a visitor had left--plus several that are more suited to the sun conditions where the garden is situated

Roger planting flowers that a visitor had left–plus several that are more suited to the sun conditions where the new (old) garden is situated.

 

Maple Lake Sunset July 23 2013

Maple Lake Sunset July 23 2013

 

Maple Lake Ontario (PHOTOS) Haliburton Highlands Holiday Weekend Weather #algonquinhighlands

Ξ June 28th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunrise, Travel/Vacation, weather |

Maple Lake Ontario - Dawn Breaking June 24 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – Dawn Breaking June 24 2013

Hey there!

It’s been a busy few days getting the cottage set up for Summer 2013.

There’s been no one here but us for the past few days so it was very, very quiet–which I must admit was nice. One doesn’t notice how noisy the suburbs are until you are in such a remote area as we now are.  A random watercraft buzzes by every now and again and the ubiquitous sound of a small aircraft heading to Stanhope  Airport cruises by once or twice a day, but by-and-large we are much more likely to hear flocks of ducks swimming by or a lonely-sounding loon on the lake.

 

Maple Lake Ontario - Dawn Breaking June 24 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – Dawn Breaking June 24 2013

We arrived very early Monday morning and while coming round a huge bend on St. Peters Road, came face-to-face with a half-dozen deer. You can’t take that bend going more than 15-20 mph tops, so no one was in any danger and it was sort of cool to be ‘greeted’ that way.

Wednesday was the best weather day yet on Maple Lake. Perfectly warm, a few clouds–a sunburn day if you weren’t protected. We got the swim dock in the water and did a preliminary clean-up of the beach. It was no exaggeration that this past winter was a tough one. The repeated ups and downs, freezing, melting, refreezing took a toll on many people’s shorelines. We actually were pretty lucky that a few steps down to the water came loose and there was a leak in the bathroom ceiling but it was above the shower(!) Very lucky on that count because as soon as the rain came, it was like a faucet had been turned on inside the bathroom ceiling.

Maple Lake Ontario - June 26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – June 26 2013

Roger went up on the roof and found that caulking was missing, allowing not only leakage but ants to stream in. It’s all fixed now. Did I mention that my husband is awesome? He mowed the grass and at my request, left as many wildflowers growing as possible. I  just can’t get into the ‘suburban perfect’ grass look in such a rural area. We are expected to keep the grass cut but I’m more inclined to prefer the ever-more-popular notion of letting, whenever possible, nature look like nature here in cottage country. We’ve planted a lilac bush to help keep the bank from eroding as well as other perennials, some of which did not survive the severe weather over the winter to reappear this spring/summer. Still, the plan is to preserve and protect as much and whenever possible.

Spouse had his birthday here for the first time and we made an excellent choice going to That Place in Carnarvon. We got there early and got a seat right in front of the window overlooking Mirror Lake. Food was good, service excellent and the price right for a birthday meal. Happy birthday, indeed.

Maple Lake Ontario - June 26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – June 26 2013

We headed out to Haliburton today to pick up some supplies and take in more of the local atmosphere. As much as it is said that the US and Canada are alike, once you get out and about it becomes very apparent that these are two separate countries. Just a small example is that Canada no longer makes pennies, nor do merchants take them. Yup. The smallest denomination is a nickel. Transactions are rounded up or down. Also, buttertarts.

Found a (not) cheap little phone for the times I want/need to text the US or situations where I have no idea what I’m doing and will be phoning spouse to help guide the way. He, because he has a commute to work, has the car much of the time so by default stops and picks up this and that in our daily lives (I’m the Internet shopping queen– so that part evens out). Where I have fallen hopelessly out of practice is with cooking. Because I’m staying here for a total of 6 weeks I know I’m not going to live on salads and sandwiches so am going to have to phone home to get advice on a lot of grocery-related choices. Anyway, the new phone is charging and I’m going to set it up tomorrow and then be able to have my ‘security blanket’ wherever I may wander while I’m up here.

Maple Lake Ontario - June 26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – June 26 2013

It stormed today most of the day with quite a bit of thunder–enough to scare our Corgi-Pug mix, ‘Obi’, tho he usually is not at all bothered by thunderstorms but the cottage has a metal roof and it is LOUD. I’d had a rough night sleeping the night before so had the luxury of a 2-hour nap. Roger–not so much in that when he tried to nap, whenever a loud thunder clap struck, Obi would leap upon him in fear. Poor guy(s).

Speaking of weather, there is not too much to get excited about as we begin this holiday weekend, unfortunately. There will be more of what we had today–but with lower temperatures and it will continue they say through both Friday and Saturday with Sunday looking like a nice shift with no rain and temperatures more conducive to outdoor celebrations. Check out the  latest forecast for Canada Day and the Fourth of July below.

Haliburton Highlands Holiday Weekend Weather - Extended Canada Day - Fourth of July week

Haliburton Highlands Holiday Weekend Weather – Extended Canada Day – Fourth of July week

 

Haliburton Highlands June Happenings – Weekend Weather – Fundraising Events #haliburtonhighlands #algonquinhighlands

Ξ June 15th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, community, community services, cottage country, Education, entertainment, events, family, film, Food and/or Drink, government/politics, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, maplelakeontario.com, Minden Hills Township, nature, Photography, summertime, Trails, video, weather, webcam |

Summer is in full swing in the Algonquin and Haliburton Highlands! 

Looking south-west along the chain of lakes that's known as the Chapleau River  (Cr: Weather Network)

Looking south-west along the chain of lakes that’s known as the Chapleau River (Cr: Weather Network)

If you are planning on enjoying outdoor activities this weekend, Saturday is your bet bet, with moderate temperatures and a partly sunny/cloudy day:

Weekend Weather - Haliburton Highlands

Weekend Weather – Haliburton Highlands

By Sunday, there will be a chance of thundershowers, though temperatures will feel seasonably warm. (Personally, I don’t mind getting wet if it’s a summer rain shower–and there is a fluffy towel at the end of my journey.):

Haliburton Highlands weather Sat. June 15 - Thurs.June 20

Haliburton Highlands weather Sat. June 15 – Thurs. June 20

There will be isolated showers on Monday but the temperature will again feel much warmer than your thermostat might  indicate.

There will be cloudy periods on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but temperatures should feel more seasonably inline with what they usually are.

Kawagama Lake, Dorset (Cr: Weather Network)

Kawagama Lake, Dorset
(Cr: Weather Network)

There are an abundant number of fun, charitable, and fun charitable events going on this weekend like joining NHL stars Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres and their friends for an unforgettable Charity Golf Tournament to benefit flood-ravaged Minden Hills.

Or, if you are a cyclist with leanings towards natural and cultural attractions why not check in to a fully-guided 65km bicycle tour taking you on a breathtaking adventure along the scenic and hilly Harburn Road to visit a variety of art studios and natural and cultural attractions?

And, make sure not to miss the kick-off event of the summer, Rails End Treasures N Trash!
This is Haliburton’s Summer Starter – the biggest and best community yard sale ever! Antiques, collectables, vintage stuff, jewelry, gourmet preserves and other great stuff!

Scroll below and click the thumbnails to get full-size viewing about events this weekend and through June in both the Haliburton Highlands and Algonquin Highlands!

 

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