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Winter Guide for Owen Sound and Area 2013-2014


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Winter Guide for Owen Sound and Area 2013-2014

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  2. 2. Explore, shop & dine in downtown Owen Sound For more info, call 1-888-675-5555 or visit: Connect with us: 2 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014
  3. 3. Table of Contents Prepare to be Dazzled .......................4-7 Wreath Auction ..................................... 9 What’s On........................................10-11 Attack Hockey Schedule .................... 12 Skating Schedule ................................. 13 Feel the Rhythm .................................. 15 Museum & Galleries ......................16-17 Outdoor Fun ...................................18-19 Winters of our Past ........................20-21 EDITOR: Steve Harron DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Ken McMillan CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Maria Canton, Paulette Peirol, Wendy Tomlinson ADVERTISING MANAGER: Julie Clifford ADVERTISING SALES: Julie Clifford and Bruce Abernethy PUBLISHER: George Clifford FESTIVAL CHAIR: Doug McKee FESTIVAL VICE-CHAIR: Wayne Lee PRINTED BY: Transcontinental RBW Graphics, Owen Sound COVER PHOTO: Maple Sugar Moon Festival, March 2013 – Moreston Heritage Village at Grey Roots Museum & Archives Greetings from Deborah Haswell Mayor, City of Owen Sound On behalf of City Council and personally, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Festival of Northern Lights! We are thrilled you have chosen to visit our wonderful City and take in the great outdoor activities. Strolling around the Festival of Northern Lights with family and friends, and a hot chocolate in hand is truly a memorable event. This year we are excited to see the unveiling of a brand new computer animated nativity scene that spans a stunning 7 feet high and 35 feet wide. There is going to be wonderful music accompanying it for all to enjoy! To the organizers, volunteers and sponsors, thank you for your enthusiasm and participation. We value our partnership with the Festival of Northern Lights as we continue to work together to promote this great community event. I encourage everyone to visit our Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Billy Bishop and Marine and Rail museums, musical events, the Roxy Theatre, or take in an exciting OHL Attack hockey game during the winter season. Whatever your choice, have fun, and enjoy all that Owen Sound has to offer. Happy Holidays and I look forward to seeing you ‘around the sound’! ��������� ������������� ����������� ����������������� �������������������� ������������������������������ �������������������������������� ��������������������� �������������������� ���������� ������������������ Deborah Haswell Mayor ������������������ ������������������������������������������� Brian & Susan Leduc Owners/ Operators FESTIVAL SPONSORS *Fine Art Sales *Conservation Framing *Fine Art Restoration *Evaluations 970-2nd Ave. East, Owen Sound Owen Sound Foodland, 915 10th Street West Phone: 519-376-8871 Fax: 519-376-2500 email: (519) 376-7914 Gallery Hours: Tues.- Sat 9:30-6 pm Web: and visit us on Facebook where great food comes naturally Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner OPEN DAILY • 9:00 am - 9:00 pm the heart of t he oun d r r park 137 2nd Ave East . ..all yea Owen Sound 519-376-5151 Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 |3
  4. 4. Prepare to be Dazzled Festival expected to soar to new heights with additional displays ................................................... W hen the lights come on for The Festival of Northern Lights this season, two dazzling, new displays will be illuminated for the first time, both of which are guaranteed to stop traffic, says Doug McKee, the chair of the committee that runs the annual event now in its 26th year. By Maria Canton Christmas Tree at city hall. Photo by Lynn Reket While the city’s marquee winter celebration has upwards of 350 light displays strung along the downtown riverfront, the harbor wall and throughout Harrison Park, the addition of a 35-foot-wide, computercontrolled, fully-animated nativity scene and an over-sized, steelframed snow globe, are set to take the festival to new heights. “We know both of these displays will be traffic stoppers, when people see them they will want to stop and have a closer look and just enjoy them,” said McKee who has been volunteering with the festival, including three years as committee chair, since moving to Owen Sound nine years ago. Because of the attention the new displays will attract -- there is also a new, large Jack Frost being unveiled – McKee says placement of them is key. “We want people to be able to stop and take the extra time to enjoy looking at each display, we don’t want them to feel rushed,” he said, adding that for that reason the nativity scene will likely be on display in Harrison Park. Placement of the other two is still ongoing. In the last year, the award-winning, volunteer-driven festival has added more than 31 new light displays to its roster, thanks in part to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its 25th anniversary. McKee says the festival is always evolving and growing as older displays are either replaced with new, energy-efficient ones, or in the case of the classics, refurbished. Right now more displays are being added to Harrison Park and expansion along the harbour wall is also in the works. Street-light-hung candy canes and shooting stars have also been spruced up with new lights that will make them appear brighter. This year the festival runs from Nov. 15 to Jan. 4 with an opening night of entertainment that again will thrill both young and old in the lead up to the official throwing of the switch at 7 p.m., which activates, like dominoes, the light displays along the Sydenham River in the city’s core and beyond. In the final ten minutes before they turn on the lights there will be what has also become a tradition, the annual fireworks display. “The fireworks display is wonderful and it just adds that extra bit of magic to the evening – it is really very special,” said McKee. ��������������� 4 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014
  5. 5. Festival displays on the west side of the Sydenham River. Photo by Lynn Reket 243 8th Street East 519-376-2232 Famous for Food...Favoured for Atmosphere In The Heart of Owen Sound Since 1984 ���������������������� ����������������������������� Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 |5
  6. 6. The Festival of Northern Lights will brighten up Owen Sound’s downtown area and Harrison Park from Nov. 15 to Jan. 4, 2014. Opening ceremonies on Nov. 15 are to include entertainment for young and old and a fireworks display prior to the throwing of the switch to fire up the light displays. Photos by Lynn Reket 10086 04/12 Useful Contacts How to find us... Live Your Life You like your life just the way it is, so isn’t it comforting to know that you can keep doing the everyday things you enjoy at Revera – Summit Place. Owen Sound Tourism 519-371-9833 •1-888-675-5555 Grey County Tourism 1-877-SEE-GREY (733-4739 Driving Distances From Barrie Guelph Kitchener London Ottawa Toronto Call today for more information! KM 118 135 154 229 638 193 Miles 73 84 96 142 396 120 Summit Place 850 4th St E Owen Sound 519-376-3212 Connect with us on: Revera: Canadian owned for 50 years with more than 250 locations. your save on everything store Tora Owen Sound Limited 1020 10th Street West, Unit D Owen Sound 6 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014
  7. 7. Nativity and winter scenes along the riverfront. Photo by Lynn Reket         W INTER IS BEST BY THE BEACH �������������� ������������������ ���������� ���������� ��������������� ���������������        ������������������ ����������������� ������������� ���������� �������������� �������������� ��������������������������������� Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 |7
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  9. 9. Gardening Club Helps to Grow Festival Funds Georgian Bay Club members create wreaths to be sold at silent auction Christmas wreaths are a tradition of the holiday season, and many remain hanging long after our Christmas trees are taken down. But few of us have the time, energy or creativity to make our own, so it’s little wonder that the Festival of Northern Lights’ annual wreath display and auction has become so popular. The wreaths on display at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library are donated to the festival by individuals and groups such as the Georgian Bay Gardening Club and sold through a silent auction to raise money for the festival. Last year, the gardening club donated nine wreaths to the festival, raising several hundred dollars in the process. including the spectacular Garden on the Bay at the Bayshore Community Centre, the Inglis Falls garden, plus the large planters outside the city library and Tom Thomson Art Gallery. The club helps fund the floral displays in downtown Owen Sound in summer and offers bursaries to landscape design and horticulture students. Money is raised through an annual garden tour, plant sales and a trip to Canada Blooms in Toronto. The group’s most recent projects include the festival’s wreath auction and assisting with vegetable gardens maintained by the local Community Mental Health Association. Gardening club chairperson Marsha Barrow got involved in the wreath project a few years ago when she sold her heritage bed and breakfast estate and was left with a very large supply of garlands and flowers, which she had formerly used to decorate her B&B for the holidays. Barrow gathered together members of the club and they set about making wreaths for the festival. Each wreath is unique and takes several hours to produce, she says. All the proceeds from the wreath sale are given to the festival. The garden club has more than 65 members and is involved in many projects in Owen Sound, Wreaths on display at silent auction Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 |9
  10. 10. FLOWERS & MORE SHELLEY CURLEY 519-371-1151 856 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON What’s On in Owen Sound November Nov. 1 Nov. 1-3 Nov. 4 Nov. 5-10 Nov. 5 Owen Sound 955 10th Street West 519-371-3002 WishingYou Health & Wellness This Holiday Season Nov. 6 Nov. 6-23 Nov. 8 Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Nov. 12 Nov. 15 Wishing you a safe holiday season from the staff at Chatsworth Insurance Brokers 1260 2nd Avenue East, Suite 2 Owen Sound, ON. N4K 2J3 519.372.1533 Fax: 519.372.0749 Toll Free: 1.866.732.9454 Nov. 15 Nov. 15-17 Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 17 Nov. 19 Nov. 23-24 Nov 23-24 Nov. 23-24 Nov. 26 Nov. 26 Nov. 28 Nov. 29 Nov. 29-30 Nov. 30 Nov. 30 Nov. 30 Grey-Bruce Concert Choir Touring Ensemble Fundraiser “Movie Night” Minor Hockey Tournament, Bayshore & Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre Library Preview Sale The Great Annual Library Book Sale Fall Lecture Series: European Discovery, Grey Roots Museum & Archives Family Holiday Fun & Games, Grey Roots Museum & Archives Les Misérables, Owen Sound Little Theatre, Roxy Theatre Owen Sound Museums Trivia Night 2013, Owen Sound Royal Legion Branch #6 Fall Open House, Georgian College Downtown Owen Sound Christmas Open House Fall Lecture Series: French VS English, Grey Roots Museum & Archives Festival of Northern Lights Opening Night and Wreath Auction at Owen Sound Public Library Moonlight Magic, Downtown Owen Sound Fine Craft Christmas Show & Sale, Grey Granite Club Kiwanis Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade, 2nd Ave East Georgian Bay Symphony Concert, Harmony Centre A Very Artsy Christmas Show & Sale, Harrison Park Community Hall Fall Lecture Series: The Canadian Identity, Grey Roots Museum & Archives Victorian Christmas Open House, Billy Bishop Home & Museum 2nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Pottawatomi Spinners & Weavers Guild Show & Sale, Owen Sound Public Library Fall Lecture Series: From Nationhood to the Present, Grey Roots Museum & Archives Community Night, Georgian College Doghouse Rose & The Royal Crowns, Roxy Theatre Labyrinth Fest, Georgian Shores United Church Blue Christmas III, Roxy Theatre Grey Roots 6th Annual Holiday Craft Sale Paisley Concert Choir, Blessings of the Season, Harmony Centre Georgian Bay Children’s Choir, Christmas Around the World, Harmony Centre December Dec. 4 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 8 April Wine, Roxy Theatre The Frantics, Roxy Theatre Patsy Cline “Country Christmas”, Roxy Theatre Family Holiday Fun Day, Grey Roots Museum & Archives Handel’s Messiah, Harmony Centre Christmastime Concert, Owen Sound City Band and Friends, Bay Room at Bayshore Community Centre Dec. 8 A Swingin’ Christmas with the Toronto All-Star Big Band, Roxy Theatre 10 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014
  11. 11. December Dec. 14 Dec. 14 Dec. 14 Dec. 14 Dec. 14 Dec. 22 Dec. 22 Dec. 31 Moreston by Candlelight, Grey Roots Museum & Archives Joe Sealy & Alana Bridgewater, Roxy Theatre Georgian Bay Symphony’s “The Family Christmas Concert,” OSCVI Regional Auditorium, 4 p.m. Georgian Bay Symphony’s “Home For Christmas” concert, OSCVI Regional Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Ginger Press Annual Author’s Open House 16th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, Leith Church Owen Sound Singers in Accord Benefit Concert, St. Andrew’s Church Beckett Family New Year’s Concert, Roxy Theatre Wayne G. Hamill Bookkeeping & Income Tax Services o/b W.G. Hamill Financial Serices Inc. T: (519) 371-2164 F: (519) 371-7451 151 8th Street East OWEN SOUND January Jan. 11 Jan. 14 Jan. 16 Jan. 21 Jan. 28 Jan. 30-Feb 8 Banff Film Festival, Roxy Theatre Community Night, Georgian College Tennessee Voodoo Coupe & The Millwinders, Roxy Theatre Community Night, Georgian College Community Night, Georgian College Calendar Girls, Roxy Theatre February Feb. 1 Feb. 1 Feb. 2 Feb. 15 Feb. 17 Feb. 17 Feb. 22 Feb. 28 Beethoven and Borodin, Georgian Bay Symphony, OSCVI Georgian Bay Sympony’s “Beethoven and Borodin” concert, OSCVI Regional Auditorium Kiwanis Superbowl Party, Bayshore Community Centre. Mudtown Music & Arts Series, Roxy Theatre Family Day Winter Fest, Cobble Beach Resort Family Day Event, Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre Matt Andersen, Roxy Theatre Tom Thomson Film Festival, Roxy Theatre ������������������������������������������� ����������������� �������������������������������� ����������������������������� �������������������������������� ������������������������ March Mar. 1-2 Mar. 7-9 Mar. 10-15 Mar. 21 Mar. 22 Mar. 22 Mar. 22 Tom Thomson Film Festival, Roxy Theatre Triple AAA Tournament, Bayshore & Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre March Break Kids Camp, Grey Roots Museum & Archives Brass Transit, Roxy Theatre In the Key of D, Georgian Bay Symphony, OSCVI Cyrus the Hypnotist, Roxy Theatre Maple Syrup Festival, Grey Roots Museum & Archives April Apr. 3-12 Apr. 13 Apr. 24 Hobson’s Choice, Roxy Theatre The Legends of Rock & Country Music, Roxy Theatre Grey Roots Regional Heritage Fair, Grey Roots Museum & Archives �������������������� �������������������� �������������������� ������������������������������� ��������������� �������������������������������� Glass Replacemen����Accessories Stone Chip Repair 955 16TH ST. E., OWEN SOUND 519-371-3660 �������������� ������������������������ ������������������������������ Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 | 11
  12. 12. Attack Hockey - Home Schedule November February Sat. 16 vs Oshawa @ 7:30pm Sat. 1 vs Erie Sat. 23 vs Belleville @ 7:30pm Wed. 5 vs Barrie @ 7:00pm Sat. 30 vs Plymouth @ 7:30pm Sat. 8 @ 7:30pm vs Kitchener Sat. 22 vs Saginaw December @ 7:30pm @ 7:30pm Wed. 4 vs Kitchener @ 7:00pm March Sat. 7 vs London @ 7:30pm Sat. 1 Sat. 14 vs Guelph @ 7:30pm Sun. 2 vs Ottawa @ 2:00pm Sun. 15 vs Windsor @ 2:00pm Sat. 8 @ 7:30pm Wed. 18 vs Sarnia @ @ 7:00pm Wed. 12 vs Plymouth @ 7:00pm Sat. 28 vs Niagara @ 7:30pm Sat. 15 vs Guelph @ 7:30pm vs Mississauga vs London @ 7:30pm January ���������� ������������������������ Wed. 1 vs Guelph @ 2:00pm Wed. 8 vs Barrie @ 7:00pm Fri 10 vs Erie @ 7:30pm ������������������������ Sat 11 vs Sarnia @ 7:30pm ����������������������������� Sat. 18 vs Kitchener ������������ ����������������� ��������������� ������������������������ �������������� @ 7:30pm Sun. 19 vs Sault Ste. Marie @ 2:00pm Sat. 25 vs Guelph @ 7:30pm Fri. 31 vs Erie @ 7:30pm Dining with a Beautiful Winter View Open Year Round for Casual Fine Dining 12 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014
  13. 13. Jim Pappas is one of the regulars at the noon hour skates at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre and the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre. Community Services 2013-2014 Skating Schedule SUNDAY FREE PUBLIC SKATING (all ages) 1:30-2:50 pm Julie McArthur RRC Oct. 6 - Mar 16 MONDAY PRE-SCHOOL (5 yrs & under) 10-10:30 am Bayshore Oct 14–Mar 24 TUESDAY NOON HOUR 12–1:20 Bayshore Oct 1–Mar 25 (except Dec 24) A Story & Skate Program will be offered 9:15–9:45 am prior to pre-school skate starting Oct 21 Free Program FREE HOLIDAY SKATING COMPLIMENTS OF Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre Bayshore Dec. 20 1:30-2:50 pm Dec. 23 Dec. 31 1:30-2:50 pm Dec. 27 Jan. 2 1:30–2:50 pm Dec. 30 Jan. 30 WEDNESDAY THURSDAY HOCKEY SHINNEY 12–12:50 Bayshore Oct 2–Mar 26 (except Dec. 25, Jan. 1) SATURDAY NOON SKATE 12–1:20 pm Bayshore Oct 3–Mar 27 (except Dec 26) FIGURE SKATING SHINNEY 7:30–9:00 am Bayshore Oct 4–Mar 28 ADULT SKATE 7:00–8:00 PM Bayshore Oct 3–Mar 27 (except Dec 26) ADULT NOON SKATE 12–1:20 PM Julie McArthur RRC Sept 6–Mar 28 MARCH BREAK Julie McArthur RRC 2:00-3:20 pm 2:00–3:20 pm 2:00–3:20 pm 2:00–3:20 pm FRIDAY Mar. 10 1–2:20pm Mar. 11 1–2:20pm Mar. 12 1–2:20pm Mar. 13 1–2:20pm Mar. 14 1–2:20pm SKATE-8 (8 yrs & under) 11–11:50 am Bayshore Oct 19–Mar 15 (except Nov 2, 9) P.D. DAY SKATES Bayshore FAMILY DAY Julie McArthur RRC Oct. 11 1:30–2:50pm Jan. 31 1:30–2:50pm Feb. 17 1:30–2:50pm Free Admission ������������ ����� �������������� GARB & GEAR ������������� �������� ������������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������������� ��������������� ������������������� ������������������ ��������������������� casual, cozy, boutique interiors • 975 2nd ave east • owen sound • • 226 664 2273 • ������������ ������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������� �������������������� ���������������������������� �������������������������� �������������� ����������� ��������������� ��������������������������������� ����������������������� ����������������� �������������������������� Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 | 13
  15. 15. Feel the Rhythm in Downtown Owen Sound Plenty of venues for live music One way to discover the heart of a community is to savour both its food and music. In downtown Owen Sound you can do both at restaurants and cafes that support the local music scene and feature a range of performers, from emerging artists to established bands. The venues are within walking distance of each other, so if you don’t like what you hear at one, you can move on to another. Some play host to ticketed events but none demand a cover charge. Heading to a restaurant with live music is a great way to stretch a dinner into an evening of entertainment, and often a very social one! On a cold winter’s night, what could be better? Here are some of the restaurants and cafes in Owen Sound that regularly offer live music. Others, such as the Rocky Raccoon Cafe and the River Cafe, host special music acts on occasion. To find out what’s playing on any given night, call the restaurants directly or visit their Facebook pages. Owen Sound Tourism also publishes a “what’s on” listing on Facebook each Thursday – visit undtourismandevents. Jazzmyn’s Tapas and Taps 261 - 9th St. East, 519-371-7736 Jazzmyn’s warm, casual atmosphere and long-standing commitment to the local music scene has made it a popular spot in downtown Owen Sound. “Nothing’s ever too loud here, you can have a drink, dinner and entertainment all in one,” says owner Pam McLay. “Owen Sound has a plethora of talented musicians,” she says, and Jazzmyn’s has been featuring them for more than 13 years. Wednesdays are open jam nights and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays you are guaranteed to find live music there in the evening, with no cover charge. Jazzmyn’s is open 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and is closed Sundays. Licensed. Tuscany’s Pub & Eatery 229- 9th St. East, 519-371-8141 Live music is a mainstay of Tuscany’s and a passion of owner Ann Cochrane. Wednesdays are karaoke nights, where you can step up to the mic and belt out your favourite tunes. Saturdays are devoted to blues and jazz, and most Fridays a local band takes the stage. The restaurant is open until midnight seven days a week, serving home-style cooking. Licensed. The Coach Inn 1005 - 2nd Ave. East (at 10th St. East), 519-376-2262 Undoubtedly Owen Sound’s oldest and most storied watering hole, the former Seldon House hotel has seen over a century of patrons pass through its doors. The Coach Inn serves up pub fare and blues, rock, and country music every weekend. It was recently purchased by new owners and renovations are under way. The Coach is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., with live music every Friday and Saturday night. Licensed. Norma Jean’s Bistro 243 – 8th St. East, 519-376-2232 Blues, jazz and occasionally folk are the staples of the music scene at Norma Jean’s, named after the iconic movie star Marilyn Monroe. The full-service restaurant has a cozy A live performance at the River Cafe in downtown Owen Sound. Photo by John Fearnall, Good Noise Photography ambience and the audience during shows feels close-knit, says head chef Carter Fraser. Live music is featured a few times a month, beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. Norma Jean’s is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and is closed Sundays. Licensed. Frog Ponds Cafe 209 – 8th St. East, 519-371-7000 The Frog Ponds Cafe offers a venue for new and emerging artists in a non-licensed, intimate environment. Its casual atmosphere means you can order a latte and freshly baked dessert while listening – really listening – to some great local talent. “This is a place to come and hear music,” says Brent Jeffries. The cafe has been holding concerts for the past two years. It’s open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. The Bleeding Carrot 945 – 2nd Ave. East, 519-270-8570 The Bleeding Carrot, a vegetarian juice bar and cafe, hosts musicians once or twice a month and caters to what owner Jim Ansell calls a “listening audience, not a clink-your-glassand-cheer crowd.” Performances here are much like house concerts, as the venue holds only 40 people. Most are ticketed events, some in the afternoon. The Bleeding Carrot is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays. The Harb 332- 8th St. East, 519-371-1115 The Harbour Inn, or the Harb as it’s known, draws people for karaoke nights every Tuesday and features live music about once a month. The bar serves pub-style finger food and is popular among the younger crowd. It’s open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday, plus some Sundays on long weekends. Licensed. See the City of Owen Sound’s Restaurant Guide or visit www. for a full list of places to eat in Owen Sound. Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 | 15
  16. 16. Your Guide to Museums and Galleries Billy Bishop Home & Museum In the childhood home of wartime hero William Avery “Billy” Bishop, the Billy Bishop Museum celebrates his amazing life and the Canadian military’s aviation history. On display this winter: Local Heroes A tribute to the local men and women who took part in the war effort. On display until February. Innovations of War Discover some of the innovations that came about as a result of the Great War and continue to touch our lives. On display until May. Honouring Our Local Veterans The 13th Annual Honouring Our Local Veterans event pays tribute to the war veterans of Grey and Bruce counties. On display until January. Victorian Christmas Come and see Billy Bishop’s home decorated for the holiday season from Nov. 19 – Dec. 31. Each weekend during this period you can create a timeless seasonal gift or decoration at the museum. We Are Warriors Learn about the contributions of the First Nations soldiers to the war effort. Exhibit opens Jan. 19. High Flight The history of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Exhibit opens in March. Weekend Explorers In collaboration with the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, families will have the opportunity to create projects that explore history and science. 948 3rd Avenue West, Owen Sound, ON (519) 371 – 0031 The Tom Thomson Art Gallery The Tom Thomson Art Gallery celebrates Tom Thomson’s expressive nature and his artistic universe through the ongoing Canadian Spirit: The Tom Thomson Experience and other evolving multimedia exhibitions. Ann Beam, At the Horse Ann Beam: The Engine Room Washing Waterfall Beam takes commonplace (after Hokusai), 2011 materials and presents them in epic proportions, drawing upon Eastern and Western cultures. On display until Jan. 5. Community Curators Select VI The annual Community Curators exhibit features work from the gallery’s permanent collection selected by members of the public. On display until Jan. 5. Carl Schaefer: The Sensitive Interpreter A vigorous yet sensitive interpretation of rural southern Ontario scenery. On display until Jan. 5. Close Encounters with the Collection With help from staff and volunteers, the gallery updated records of its collection, selecting favourite works for display. Until Jan. 5. Har-Prakash Khalsa: Turn Towards, Turn Away Har-Prakash Khalsa utilizes three installation sections dealing with the theme of inner conflict and the nature of evil. On display until March 23. Setting: Land Bringing together works by four artists that each consider land both a source of inspiration and a setting for enacting stories and experiences. On display until March 23. AY Jackson and Tom Thomson Featured works from the permanent collection that will contrast and compare works by AY Jackson, a Great War artist and Tom Thomson. On display until March 23. 840 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound, ON (519) 376-1932 Coming Soon... Les Misérables, Calendar Girls, Joe Sealy, The Frantics, Blue Christmas III, Thirsty Thursday Rockabilly Saloon ...and more Your Destination for Dynamic Live Performance! 16 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 � 1.888.446.7699
  17. 17. Grey Roots Museum & Archives Grey Roots celebrates the history of Grey County through a variety of engaging exhibits and events. From Trees to Toothpicks: Kaybee Toothpicks and the Keenan Brothers of Owen Sound Milled from Ontario forests, Kaybee’s unique flat-style toothpicks were the choice for thousands of North American and European households for over 100 years. On display until June 27. Saints & Sinners: A Spirited History Explore the role of alcohol in our county’s growth -from the first settlers to the wild days of Prohibition; from our highly successful breweries to our secretive bootlegging operations and many things inbetween. On display until May 7. Spirited History exhibit Project Passenger Pigeon: Lesson for the Past for a Sustainable Future The museum marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon that in 1800 more than five billion crisscrossed the skies. The exhibit celebrates this species by including two passenger pigeons from the possible 1,512 examples left in the world. On display from January 2, 2014 – December 23, 2014. From Slavery to Freedom: African-Canadians in Grey County Come learn and celebrate the contributions of the early African-Canadian settlers and their descendants to the growth of Grey County. On display from January 13 – March 1. 102599 Grey Road 18 Georgian Bluffs, ON (519) 376-3690 Gallery de Boer - Fine Art Gallery de Boer prides itself in showcasing a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, carvings and bronzes to help build personal art collections. With artwork ranging from Abstract to Impressionism, Aboriginal and Contemporary, there is something that will appeal to avid collectors as well as first time buyers. They exhibit and sell original works of art by established and emerging Canadian and International artists. The gallery also offers an array of services including custom framing, fine art restoration, appraisals and collection management. 970 – 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound (519) 376-7914 Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op & Legacy Gallery The co-op celebrates 40 member artists in Grey and Bruce counties and runs the Legacy Gallery next door. Exhibits this winter include: Highlighting the Risks of Using Crystal Meth and Other Drugs A multi-media compilation of work created by youths for a competition presented by the Grey Bruce Health Unit. On display Nov. 1-30. Red & Green A collection of projects and special works by members of the Artists’ Co-op. On display Dec. 1- 31. Next Generation A celebration of emerging young artists from Grey and Bruce counties. From Jan. 1 – March 31. 279 10th Street East Owen Sound, ON (519) 371-0479 Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum The Marine and Rail Museum celebrates Owen Sound’s eventful past as a thriving port. Positioned in the former Canadian National railway station, there is always something new to learn and explore. Scottish Spirit, Canadian Dreams: The Kennedy Story Over the years the story of the Kennedy Empire would unfold as the foundry grew, declined and faded away – forever becoming a part of Owen Sound’s industrial history. The Last Stop: The Decline of the Railroads in Owen Sound Over the course of 122 years, Owen Sound was linked to the rest of Canada by four railways lines: Toronto Grey Bruce, Grand Trunk, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific. The last train, a CPR freight train, rolled out in 1995. Ferry Tales Experience a passage through time. This exhibit displays the various ships found in Owen Sound’s harbour and around Georgian Bay. 1155 1st Avenue West Owen Sound, ON (519) 371-3333 WHERE YOUR $$$ MAKE ¢¢¢ SUNSET STRIP, OWEN SOUND TEL: (519) 371-JEEP (5337) Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 | 17
  18. 18. The Scenic City Order of Good Cheer outdoor rink on a snowy hockey day. Photo by Lynn Reket Best Places for outdoor winter fun in the Owen Sound area Heading outdoors in winter can be a real treat, particularly if you’re engaged in a special activity. Here are some of the best places to enjoy the winter in Owen Sound and area: • Toboggan: The Harrison Park toboggan hill is the perennial favourite for thrill-seekers. Gentler slopes can be found near Indian Falls off County Road 1 and in Ryerson Park at 8th Street and 5th Avenue East in Owen Sound. • Skate Outdoors: Harrison Park wins again, with its Scenic City Order of Good Cheer rink near the restaurant. Remember the HOSE rule – Hockey on Odd days, pleasure Skating on Even-numbered ones. Skating here is free, and there’s nothing like a star-lit skate at night. visit Cobble Beach Resort on County Road 1 also offers 10 kilometres of groomed trails. If you’re hankering for the adventure of an ungroomed trail, try the Inglis Falls to Harrison Park route – making sure there is adequate snow cover ahead of time. • Snowshoe: A pair of snowshoes is your ticket to discovering the beauty of a waterfall in winter. The Inglis Falls Conservation Area and Weaver’s Creek Falls in Harrison Park are wonderous to behold in winter and accessible with snowshoes. Bring along a ski pole or walking stick for good measure. • Skate Indoors: The Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre and its twin ice pads are popular, but so is the rink at the Bayshore Community Centre, home of the Owen Sound Attack Jr. “A” hockey team. See skating schedule on page 13. • Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride: Glendale Farms, in nearby Benallen, can take you through fields to a rustic cabin in the woods. Windsong Horse & Carriage will tour you around Owen Sound in a horse-drawn carriage during the Festival of Northern Lights. • Cross-Country Ski: For skate-skiing, classic skiing, or a refreshing night ski, head to the Sawmills Trails on Highway 6 near Hepworth. Ski rentals are available at the nearby Suntrail Source for Adventure (call 519-935-2478 or • Fishing: Owen Sound bay is great for ice-fishing when it freezes over, usually in early February. Open water angling on the Sydenham and Pottawatomi rivers will net you rainbow trout. 18 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014
  19. 19. Top photo: Cross country skiers enjoy the stunning beauty of Cobble Beach. Photo by Heather Hughes. Photo at left: A youngster gets a close-up look at the ice at the Scenic City Order of Good Cheer outdoor rink in Harrison Park. Photo below: Harrison Park is one of the best places for tobogganing in the area. Photos by Lynn Reket ���������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� �������������� ������������������ ������������������������������������� ������������������������ ��������������������������������� �������������� ����������������� ������������������������������������� ����������������������� Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 | 19
  20. 20. Richard Arthur Doyle dressed in winter clothing and holding the string of a sleigh, [c. 1900]. Photographer: E. Tucker, Owen Sound. The Grey Roots Archival Collection. *CALENDARS *GREETING CARDS *PHOTO BOOKS *LABELS and MUCH MORE Bill Walker, MPP BRUCE-GREY-OWEN SOUND 519-371-2421 833 2nd Ave. East Downtown Owen Sound In The Winters of Our Past 519-371-5100 Aboriginal people taught settlers how to deal with the harsh conditions ....................................................... By Wendy Tomlinson, Grey Roots Museum & Archives P ioneering in Grey County meant isolation and hardship, with life revolving around providing the basic necessities of food, shelter, fuel and clothing, and life was particularly challenging in the winter months. Many of the settlers who arrived in Upper Canada were unaccustomed to the sub-zero temperatures and snowy conditions of a Canadian winter and relied on the assistance of the local Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal people knew how to dress and travel in winter conditions and showed the settlers how to use snowshoes, as well as how to make and use toboggans which were necessary for transporting things in snow. Settlers often adopted native attire and wore tanned hides and furs which were warm and waterproof. 20 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014
  21. 21. Traditional pioneer winter garb was made from homespun wool and women wore woollen stockings and quilted petticoats underneath their skirts. Cloaks and shawls were much more than fashion, but were essential to survival, with a woman’s cloak being a prized possession to last her lifetime. From a very young age children were taught to knit and even the most elderly or infirm family members would be expected to knit socks in the wintertime. Making coats from blankets, including the iconic striped Hudson’s Bay Company blankets, evolved throughout the 19th century and echoed the fashionable greatcoats of the time, with wool sashes, buttons and trim. A common winter occupation, in waterside communities, was the task of collecting ice for storage in the A common winter ice house, as a preoccupation, in waterside refrigeration cooling method. When the lake communities, was the ice was more than a foot task of collecting ice for thick the ‘icemen’ would storage in the ice house. cut it into blocks with a handsaw and transport it by horse and wagon to the ice house. Large ice cutting operations in Owen Sound and Wiarton would have a crew of up to 75 men cutting 1,500 tons a day. Well insulated, the ice house preserved the ice for year round delivery, to both residential and commercial customers. Through the persistence and resourcefulness of those early settlers, life eventually got easier and while there were still many chores to be done, winter was a time when more leisurely activities could be enjoyed. By the late 1800s the well-to-do were “winter resorting” and even the poorest families were embracing activities such as skating, snowshoeing and sledding. In fact, Owen Sound, in the late 1870s, saw the formation of the Dickens Snow Shoe Club. Members of the club wore scarlet stockings and headgear, and a typical outing would be a ten mile trip down the frozen bay to Presque Isle and back. Grey County winters may still be cold and snowy, but we can thank our hearty forbearers for teaching us that the only way to survive winter is to embrace it and today we enjoy everything from skiing, skating, ice hockey and snowmobiling, to ice fishing, dog sledding and winter camping. Great Stays Start Here. Present this ad at Bishop’s Landing Restaurant and Lounge (located inside the Best Western) and receive 10% off your restaurant bill*. *Offer does not include alcoholic beverages, not valid with any other ad or promotion, no cash value, one voucher per table/group. Offer expires April 30, 2014. use code XD62 Best Western Inn on the Bay, conveniently located on the Georgian Bay. 1800-2nd Avenue East | Owen Sound, Ontario 519.371.9200 | ALWAYS so good FOR SO LITTLE NEW take-out & delivery MENU See the Lights and Enjoy a Great Meal! Save 10% when you present this ad (coupon) during the Festival of Northern Lights November 15, 2013 - January 5, 2014 (Dining Room Only) 1598 18th Avenue East, Owen Sound Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 519-376-9634 Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014 | 21
  22. 22. The Inglis Falls Conservation Area offers great trails for snowshoeing. You will find ample parking at the Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre and you can start with an “easy” snowshoe experience along the Arboretum Trails. Supplied photo by Grey Sauble Conservation 22 | Owen Sound & Area WINTER GUIDE 2013/2014
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