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Current events from our area for February/March 2015





Kelly Shires snow run celebrates Sweet 16

Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run returns to Huntsville on Feb. 6 to 8. 

The annual snowmobile run raises funds to help breast cancer patients across Canada. It also has a reputation for great fun.

“The weekend kicks off Friday with shopping with our pink market vendors,” says Suzy Stenoff, co-founder and director of the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation. Participants will be staying at Hidden Valley Resort. 

“We are kicking off the Sweet 16 theme with a candy buffet for the ladies in the afternoon. Our official meet’n’greet takes place Friday evening with a Sweet P.J. Party theme. Visit the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation Facebook page to learn more. 

Opening ceremonies take place at 8:30 a.m. “Sleds participating in the decorated sled contest will also be judged at this time,” she says. That is followed by a moment of silence in honour of those who are currently battling and those lost to breast cancer.

“Ladies then warm up by dancing to theme song Man! I feel like a woman!  by Shania Twain, chosen by Kelly Shires herself years ago,” she says. 

Ladies will then head off on the trails with a group going to Dorset and a shorter route to the Port Sydney area for lunch. After lunch ladies head back on the trails to return late afternoon for hot chocolate and treats at Hidden Valley. An evening banquet follows. “For those still raring to go, they can dance the night away with a D.J. spinning the tunes!” says Stenoff.



It’s winter carnival time

Winter Carnivals throughout Muskoka guarantee family fun during the cold weather.

Winterfest in Port Carling runs from Feb. 6 to 8 and  begins on Friday evening with fireworks, hotdogs and hot chocolate and a MuchMusic Video Dance. 

“New this year are helicopter rides and we are bringing back the fishing derby after four years. People wanted it back,” says Katja Uhde, co-ordinator of Winterfest. “This Winterfest is fun for the whole family.”

Saturday is full of events for the family, including log-sawing, a dog show, kids’ games, face painting and much more. Sunday starts with a pancake breakfast, followed by the polar bear dip.

From Feb. 13 to 15 the 45th annual Dwight Winter Carnival offers three days filled with activities.

Included are the Fleming College Loggersports demonstrations, body zorbs, sleigh rides, a Yuk Yuk’s comedy show, snowmobile radar run and much more. 

The Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival takes place on Feb. 20 and 21. Several Dorset area community members spend the week leading up to Snowball constructing amazing snow sculptures in their own yards. They are great fun to view.

A skating party with music takes place on Friday evening. Hotdogs and hot chocolate will be offered. Saturday kicks off with a pancake breakfast, followed by the Dorset Snowball Parade. Oktoberfest sausages and hotdogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m.

Feb. 20 to 22 is the weekend for the winter carnival in Gravenhurst. “We will have a very exciting event for our 45th anniversary,” says Amy Taylor of the Town of Gravenhurst.

“We will have new events next to our known attractions, even a Monster Truck Show and rides on Monster Trucks are on the program for this year,” she says. 

A highlight is the always popular polar bear dip but there is much more. Guests can show off in a log-sawing and nail-driving contest and compete with others in puddle jumps and arm wrestling. 

Family skating is offered and the hunger can be tackled at the pancake breakfast, chili luncheon or wing eating competition. A shuttle services is available all weekend. 



Celtic Tenors entertain

The Celtic Tenors released their fifth album late in 2014 and are coming to Huntsville on March 6.

Huntsville Festival of the Arts is presenting this world-class group who will provide an excting program with everything from Celtic classics like the haunting Danny Boy to Nessun Dorma.

It will be an entertaining Saturday evening event at the Algonquin Theatre. 



Huntsville welcomes new dinner theatre company

Play It Again Sam is coming to Huntsville thanks to Mad Raven Dinner Theatre. 

Woody Allen’s Broadway hit will be the first show of the new theatre company. A fine dining three course plated dinner pairs with this romantic comedy.

Artistic director and general manager of Mad Raven Dinner Theatre Ian Crowley is excited to be directing the opening production and be a part of creating the dinner menus and wine pairings.

He has an extensive background in both writing and productions of musicals and theatrical shows, as well as many years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Executive chef Adam Palubiski will offer a selection of appetizers and main courses, as well as desserts with tea and coffee.

Play It Again Sam is the story of a recently divorced film critic depressed over his marriage failure and now looking to an imaginary Bogart as well as his real life best friend Dick and his wife Linda, to help him back into the dating world  – one disastrous date after another.

The four shows take place Feb. 12 to 15 in the Sutherland Hall of All Saints’ Anglican Church in Huntsville. Tickets are available by calling the Mad Raven Dinner Theatre at 705-783-4074. 

“I really like this story. It either happened to us or we know someone who went through this. We have to remember the dating game – it is both heartbreaking and heartwarming,” says Crowley.


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