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Current events from our area for June 2015

Weather expert is AGM guest

The Muskoka Conservancy is excited about a couple of events taking place this month.

The first, on June 6, is the not-for-profit environmental protection organization’s annual general meeting at Nipissing University’s Muskoka Campus in Bracebridge.

The AGM business meeting begins at 10 a.m. It will be followed by the Heritage Award ceremony and lunch.

At noon, senior climatologist for Environment Canada and author David Phillips is set to speak. His talk is entitled What’s up with our weather? Tomorrow’s forecast: warm, wet and wild! 

Phillips has authored several books including The Climates Of Canada and bestsellers The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather.

The Muskoka Conservancy welcomes everyone and entry is by donation. RSVP to the AGM by Facebook, e-mail info@muskokaconservancy.org or call 705-645-7393 ext. 200.

The Muskoka Conservancy is also hosting the Edible Plant Workshop on June 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Upjohn Nature Reserve in Bracebridge. 

Frank Yamich takes participants on a quest for edible plants. Price is $15 per person, but free for children under 14 years of age. Also on June 14, in the afternoon, there will be a cooking demonstration and wine pairing with chef David Friesen of Riverwalk restaurant.

The price for the afternoon and the morning walk is $80 per person, $55 for those under 19 years of age.

E-mail info@muskokaconservancy.org or call 705-645-7393 ext. 200 for more information.

The Conservancy protects 36 properties in Muskoka, accounting for over 2,400 acres and more than 37,000 feet of shoreline.

Take a Look Again at Mitchell’s art

Renowned Muskoka artist Col Mitchell is excited about her newest exhibit being shown at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. 

The exhibit is entitled Look Again: Perception, Imagination and Nature’s Magic by Col Mitchell and features all the wonderment of nature’s beauty seen through the eyes of a younger Mitchell and its influence on her older works.

“As a child, my summers were spent cottaging in the magnificent Algonquin Park,” says Mitchell. “We had no electricity or running water. We had only ourselves, our imaginations and nature’s abundant palette of wonder. It was magic. My show reflects how my childhood experiences and interactions with nature, through remembered imaginings and perceptions, influence my art making as an adult.”

Mitchell says much of her art is related to shared nature experiences involving awe and wonderment. She is inviting visitors to the exhibit to visit her reminiscing stations.

“Visitors are invited to do their own reconnecting through what I call reminiscing stations of nostalgic and iconic childhood activities where they will have the opportunity to interact, recall or recreate a memory of their own,” she says.

The exhibit’s special opening reception is on June 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Look Again: Perception, Imagination and Nature’s Magic will run through July 18. The Chapel Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Though each of our experiences are as individual as a fingerprint there are definitely childhood experiences a majority of people can relate to such as catching fireflies or butterflies, or picking up pebbles that appeal,” says Mitchell. “Accompanying these iconic childhood activities are the enveloping situations, the place, the people, the weather, the mood of the day, the thoughts of the person, which flavour the experience as well as the memory of them.”

Catch a big pike

Head to the Huntsville Town Docks on June 7 to join or witness the anglers competing in the Huntsville Fire Department Association’s annual Pike Challenge from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Funds raised in the tournament are used for fire safety or public education materials, specialized equipment or donating to worthwhile causes within the community. 

All are welcome to register and compete for prizes and bragging rights. It is $180 per team entry with over 70 per cent cash payback to the top five teams and big fish merchandise prizes. 

There is also a free kids casting event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Register online at www.huntsvillepikechallenge.ca or for more information call or e-mail Rob at 787-0847 hooked@huntsvillepikechallenge.ca

Lots for pops on his big day

There is plenty to do during the weekend to celebrate Father’s Day.

On June 20, the Gravenhurst Car Show at Gull Lake Rotary Park begins at 9 a.m. There will be over 500 vehicles to see and many of the owners are more than happy to share their stories. Antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, modified vehicles, racing vehicles and many others will be on display.

Admission is $5 with kids under 12 years of age free. There are giveaways, prizes, a Canadian Tire Big Wheel Race for kids, live entertainment, barbecue delights and more. Visit www.gravenhurstchamber.com for details.

Can’t get enough cars? Then head to the Father’s Day Car Show presented by the Bracebridge BIA on Manitoba Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21.

Check out over 100 special interest vehicles, oldies music and great food. Visit www.downtownbracebridge.com for more information.

If cars aren’t in the cards for Father’s Day, then perhaps a nice cruise will do. The Wenonah II is hosting a Father’s Day Cruise from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it includes beer tasting by Muskoka Brewery, prizes, live entertainment, a three course dinner and more. Visit realmuskoka.com 

Try out TriMuskoka

The inaugural TriMuskokan Spring Short Course Triathlon and Try-a-Tri takes place on June 21 at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville.

The efforts of several passionate TriMuskoka members have come forth to make this event a reality. The goal of the organizers is to host an event where fun is just as, if not more, important than the individual and team competitions. 

TriMuskoka has a safe environment and welcoming atmosphere to help encourage those who are curious about triathlons and want to try out the sport. For complete race details visit www.trimuskoka.com

Taste the flavours 

The Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua event on June 28 is the main fundraiser for the not-for-profit art organization’s Kaleidoscope Arts in Eduction Programs.

Billed as “the premier gourmet food and wine event of the Muskoka season” by Muskoka Chautauqua, the funds raised over the years have contributed over $250,000 towards the community.

Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua sees over 400 people attend annually with 24 food and beverage vendors showcasing their delicacies last year.

Taking place at the beginning of the busy summer season, it offers a unique opportunity for businesses to raise their profile in this lucrative market. 

Not all details about this year’s Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua were available at press time, but those interested can visit www.muskokachautauqua.com to find out more.

Celebrate Canada!

There are Canada Day events before, on and after this nation’s birthday.

On June 27, the Baysville Canada Day Fireworks Display, hosted by Baysville Station 40 Firefighters, will take place at dusk on the Saturday before July 1 at the dam in Baysville. Come by boat, car or on foot and donations to help keep this fun event going are accepted. There will be fun events taking place beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Also on June 27, the Dwight annual Canada Day celebrations take place at the Dwight Beach from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Swimming, games, barbecue and more. Contact Tanya at tgrainger@vianet.ca for more information on Dwight’s celebrations.

The Honey Harbour Canada Day Festival takes place on June 27 also. Visit www.discovermuskoka.ca and check out the events calendar for more.

On Canada Day itself, July 1, celebrations and fireworks take place in Muskoka’s three towns as well as other places. Minett is hosting family fun events from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and fireworks from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. E-mail info@artsinmuskoka.com for more info.

Huntsville always has a variety of events taking place throughout the town. From pancakes in River Mill Park bright and early to the Strawberry Social at Muskoka Heritage Place, right on through to the fireworks at night, there’s something for everyone. Full details will become available at www.huntsville.ca in late June.

The Muskoka Lakes Museum in Port Carling hosts their annual Canada Day Quiz on July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Test one’s knowledge of Canadian and local history from 50 years ago in order to help the museum celebrate its 50th anniversary. E-mail info@mlmuseum.com for more.

Gravenhurst is hosting fun family events at Gull Lake Rotary Park on July 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check out www.gravenhurst.ca for info.

The Rotary Club of Bracebridge hosts the town’s fireworks show at Bracebrige Bay Park on July 1. More information will be available at www.bracebridge.ca

There are also belated celebrations taking place in Muskoka, with the Canada Day Fireworks Cruise aboard the Wenonah II on July 4 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Visit realmuskoka.com for more.

Also on July 4, at dusk, the Dorset Fireworks at Big Trading Bay take place. A rain date of July 5 has been arranged. E-mail bjtownes@vianet.ca for more info.

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