Monday through Wednesday will be cloudy with showers, then mainly Sunday on Thursday, cloudy periods on Friday and back again in time for the weekend: expect isolated showers on Saturday the 15. At least the temperatures are remaining mostly seasonal.
Here are a few of my Highlands Happenings picks for good times in the month of June:
FATHEAD AT THE DOMINION HOTEL
Here’s a show not to miss, the Juno Award-winning Blues band ‘Fathead’ at the historic Dominion Hotel. Be sure to come early and enjoy the Dominion Hotel Buffet from 6-8 p.m. for only $15.99!
The Treasures and Trash Sale at Head Lake Park, which besides the ‘headlining attraction’ will also feature a Buttertart Contest, Glassblowing and a Beer Garden! Sounds like an awesomely good time!
Treasures and Trash at Head Lake Park
The 4th Annual ATV Mud Bog – You just can’t miss with food, refreshment, camping and a beer tent on site AND Truck Pulls and Show and Shine. To top it off, all proceeds go to the CF Foundation and to the community!
The 4th Annual ATV Mud Bog
The Highlands have much more to offer in the first half of June so please scroll down to read all about the fun times in store for you in cottage country!
Fundraising continues for the flood-ravaged Minden Hills area with several activities on tap for this weekend.
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Weekend Weather Haliburton Highlands
Haliburton Highlands Weather May 24 and May 25
Haliburton Highlands Weather May 25 and May 30
Minden Flood Relief Fundraisers
Two daytime outdoor Minden Hills events, which include a motorcycle ride and a yard sale/charity barbecue, both run on Saturday. But, if you budget your time, you should have no trouble enjoying both of them. If you don’t happen to be a biker, be sure to tell any motorcycle-riding friends about helping this vital cause.
The Haliburton Hootennanny, also benefiting Minden Flood Relief, goes down on on Saturday night. Besides loads of great entertainment you can have your fill–literally–of an all-you-can-eat Roast Beef Buffet between 5-8 pm for only $15.99!
The weather for the Haliburton Highlands both Saturday and Sunday looks beautiful with sunny skies and mild temperatures–perfect for getting out and enjoying all that cottage country has to offer.
Whitewater Slalom National Team Trials
Purina Walk For Dog Guides
In the non-fundraising arena, you’ll want to head to the Gull River on both Saturday and Sunday for the Whitewater Slalom Team Trials. Racing starts at 9:30 a.m. on both days. Don’t miss the excitement of Canada’s top slalom kayakers competing in the National Whitewater Team selection races!
Spring is finally here with summer gardens on the way–and outdoor gardens the the Northwest Chicago Suburbs have taken notice.
Look quickly though as many residents of these Chicago condo summer gardens will morph until they are nearly unrecognizable as summer moves closer—and it will continue well beyond that, too. I find it fascinating to watch and enjoy and snap shots of all this activity. I’m probably really going to miss it for the six weeks I am in Canada this summer…hope to see that the perennials that were planted at Maple Lake in recent years survived Ontario’s Winter 2013.
Halcyon Hosta with Creeping Jenny in the backgound
Crabapple blossoms (white petals) Back yard
Japanese Maple (front yard)
In full blossom (Crabapple tree)
Creeping Jenny, Halcyon Hosta, Vinka
Creeping Jenny and Vinka
Newly-tranplanted Creeping Jenny–half-barrel not ready to be planted, yet.,
Though last week’s good weather helped to dry things up, the fallout from the 2013 Minden Hills flooding is far from over.
In an effort to bring you up-to-the-minute, I’m devoting this post to the Minden Hills area in hopes that you will reach out and support them in any way you possibly can. Over 150 families are homeless and many will permanently lose their homes as they do not have the option to purchase flood insurance coverage since they live on a flood plain.
Please read above “Flood related Community Information” about the latest, streamlined way that anyone, anywhere can donate to the flood relief fund. This makes me so happy as I’m 700 miles away right now and want to help and now can do so on payday using PayPal. Since I’m spending a month and-a-half in the Algonquin Highlands this summer, I intend to do as much of my shopping at local Minden businesses as possible and I hope other folks follow suit this year.
The sun coming out also brought this snap of the Minden Bridge opening this week past:
Minden Bridge reopens (May 2013)
Coach’s Corner Minden Hills Flood Relief May 8th 2013
A huge thank you to Ron Maclean and Don Cherry for giving our town such needed national exposure as we work to raise donations for our devastated town. Over 150 families are homeless and many will permanently lose their homes as they do not have the option to purchase flood insurance coverage as they are in a flood plain. Please visit www.pinestone-resort.com and click on the “Donate Now” button to donate to the “Township of Minden Hills Flood Relief” Trust account or visit any CIBC Branch – All Donations so VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!
EVERY DOLLAR RAISED IS MATCHED WITH A $2 DONATION FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVT, ESSENTIALLY TRIPLING THE FUNDS
CBC news report
More damage from high water in Minden Hills.
Fund raising efforts for the Minden Community After the Jump:
Sunny, Dry Days Should Help Alleviate Highlands Flooding Woes
Kawagama Lake in Dorset Ontario – May 3 2013
Minden Hills residents in particular have been hit hard by flooding in recent weeks and though water levels are showing signs of improvement, the community remains in a state of emergency. (For up-to-the minute news about flood conditions and relief click Get Flood Relief Information.)
Help Your Community!
With such gloomy circumstances, good weather news is very welcome, indeed. Today is a good example of what you can expect over the weekend and beyond.
Highlands’ Weekend Weather
Weekend Weather Ontario Highland’s (May 3-4)
But what about after the weekend?
Weather Forecast for the Highlands May 4 – May 8 2013
*Click to enlarge for detail.
Through next Wednesday, there is NO rain in the forecast and the majority of days will be MOSTLY Sunny.
Beyond that, in the 14-Day Weather Outlook:
Highland’s 14-day Weather Outlook
Well, it is spring but from what we see here, the Highlands will be getting a full week’s respite from rainfall with 9 of 14 days calling for no precipitation. The few days with a chance of rain are followed by sunny days, so with any luck there won’t be much back-sliding on the recovery from the flooding. There certainly is reason to be grateful. Low temperatures remain across-the-board higher than normal and the high temperatures, when averaged out, look just about spot-on normal.
Chapleau River Ice melting
After all the mucking about it would be nice to get out and have a little fun so here What’s Happening in May in the Highlands.