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Current events from our area for September 2015





Time to swing

The world premiere of Swing Dance will take place at the Gravenhurst Opera House on Sept. 8.

Krista Storey, of the Gravenhurst Opera House explains the show is a joint project of Muskoka Summer Theatre and the Actors’ Colony Theatre.

“Eva Moore of ACT told us about this show,” she says of the play by Lynda Martens. “It was really popular as a reading with them.”

Storey is excited about the cast. “We had wonderful actors audition and we were able to hire some equity actors too,” she says. 

Brian Paul, known most recently for Murdoch Mysteries and War Horse, is joined by his actor wife Deborah Tennant on stage.

Director Dave Campbell has worked with Paul in the past. He adds this is the first time, as far as he knows, that Paul and Tennant have worked together on stage since they first met on stage  many years ago.

The play is a comedy with the common theme of  mistaken message, says Campbell. “It’s really a misunderstanding of what swing means,” he says.

The play tells the story of one couple adapting to change as the husband retires and tries to find a new life, at the same time as the wife’s cupcake business is booming and making her a local celebrity. They sign up for swing dance lessons to reignite their relationship.

At the same time they develop a friendship with a more sophisticated couple. There is a misunderstanding about the whole swing dance conversation, with one couple thinking of another type of swing.

“Comedy ensues,” says Storey.

Swing Dance runs Sept. 8 to 19 with a mix of evening and matinee performances. Call 705-687- 5550 or visit gravenhurstoperahouse.com to learn more.

“We are looking forward to this show,” says Storey. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

See artists at work on studio tour

Visit artists in their studios and see their latest work in the oldest studio tour in the province.

On the weekends of Sept. 26 and 27 and Oct. 3 and 4, the Muskoka Autumn Tour takes place. 

This year there will be 17 stops from Gravenhurst north to Huntsville and Dorset and west to Windermere.

It is a self-guided tour featuring some of the areas best artists. 

For more information visit www.muskokaautumnstudiotour.com

Three new artists, oil painter Mark Reeder, potter Mary-Ruth Newell and wool artist Pam Carnochan, join the tour this year. This is the tour’s 37th year. 


Celebrate fall

Bracebridge, Severn Bridge and Huntsville all host fall fairs at the end of summer holidays.

Always on the Saturday following Labour Day, the Severn Bridge Agricultural Society hosts the Severn Bridge Fall Fair. The 142 annual event takes place on Sept. 12 starting at 9 a.m. 

The traditional fall fair features livestock and agricultural exhibits, judged competitions for homemade baking, crafts, produce and many other items. 

Family fun displays for this year include Scales Nature Park’s snakes, turtles and other reptiles, Muskoka Birds of Prey and the North River Riders Drill Team showcasing their precision horseback riding.

Next is the Bracebridge Fall Fair, a weekend long event that runs from Sept. 18 to 20 at the J.D.Lang Park in Bracebridge.

This traditional fair offers music and square dancing, tractor pulls, exhibits in livestock, baking and homecraft contests and more.

It’s also a true horse show that also features horse pulls and heavy horse demonstrations.

Demonstrations of sheep shearing, spinning and even goat milking will have the young ones asking questions. The midway is always popular. 

Then the next weekend, it’s time for Huntsville’s Fall Fair on Sept. 25, 26 at 27.  It has a midway and traditional fair activities. 

Hosted by the Huntsville and District Agricultural Society, it’s a tradition enjoyed by families for generations. 

Show celebrates the legends

Fans of the classic television show will certainly be entertained on Saturday, Sept. 12 when A Really Big Show hits Algonquin Theatre.

This unique tribute show celebrates the legendary variety program that ran on CBS-TV from 1948 to 1971 and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. 

With a unique mix of comedy and music, this audience-interactive show features outstanding tributes to Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee, the Big Bopper, Johnny Cash, Connie Francis and The Everly Brothers.

Join Conservancy for fall colour hike

Discover and explore what Muskoka Conservancy protects by joining a hike.

Learn first hand how the Conservancy Nature Reserves are monitored. Get the chance to learn about the plants and wildlife and enjoy the best of Muskoka fall colours! 

On Sunday, Sept. 27,  from 10 a.m. to noon, a hike will take place at the Musquash Road Nature Reserve in Torrance. Register by contacting Claire at 705-645-7393 or cdanes@muskokaconservancy.org  Price is $5 per person. 

Muskoka Conservancy field naturalist Bill Dickinson will lead the hike.



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