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If you are new to the Bethany area or are interested in exploring the local attractions, you might be surprised to learn where an 18 minute/26 km drive can take you…straight to Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park.

Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park provides a unique opportunity to see and experience wild species, many threatened with extinction, in an up-close and personal environment. Around the world, accredited zoo’s take a leading role to protect and conserve the animals we share our living space with. They offer a unique service to the public by engaging in wildlife education programs and experiences – teaching us to live in an environmentally responsible way.

The programs offered are the perfect strategy to help children, teens and adults experience the animals in ways that you might not even imagine!

Safari Zoo Camp is an experiential education program where participants will get hands on experience. Campers get involved doing a little of everything including watering and feeding the animals, cleaning cages and learning about the animal’s behaviour. Camp also includes outdoor excursions and working on special projects. Campers will be challenged…and exhausted.

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Source: http://www.junglecatworld.com/zoo_camp.html 

Behind the Scenes and Safari Adventure lets participants meet the animals under the safe supervision of staff. What an experience to meet a young wolf cub or play with a group of long tailed lemurs. The hour-long program is available every day, rain or shine. And there is an education feeding tour every day. Fees include all day admission to the zoo.

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Source: http://www.junglecatworld.com/index.html

And don’t forget your camera and fresh batteries! Just look at the photo opportunities you will have. This is Delilah, the zoo’s Transvaal lion (Panthera leo krugeri). She is not camera-shy!

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/JungleCatWorld/photos/p.1652627061485760/1652627061485760/?type=1&theater 

Check out all of the details at http://www.junglecatworld.com/index.html

Be sure to book some time this summer for Safari Zoo Camp, meeting animals Behind the Scenes, or even taking a Night Safari. And of course, you can just spend the day at the Zoo!

Location

3667 Concession Road 6 P.O. Box 370  Orono, Ontario L0B 1M0 Canada P: (905) 983-5016 F: (905) 983-9858 info@junglecatworld.com

 

 

 

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It never fails to amaze me – living in the Bethany area provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us. And the month of June is a perfect time to get out and enjoy the local conservation areas.

CPRA celebrates the month of June as Parks and Recreation Month.  We take this opportunity to recognize the benefits of parks and recreation, encouraging Canadians to get out and be active in their communities.  This initiative raises awareness about the importance of parks and recreation and the role it plays in the quality of life for all Canadians.”   (Canadian Parks and Recreation Association)

There are 2 conservation areas within 10 km of Bethany: Fleetwood Creek Natural Area and Squirrel Creek Conservation Area.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/geocode_factory/?view=mapcb&idMap=1&Itemid=538 

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is a river valley system located within the Oak Ridges Moraine. Visitors can discover and experience a distinctive part of Ontario’s natural heritage including lowland forests, hardwood bush, meadows and steep valleys. You will also find over 250 kinds of plants and 44 types of birds, including wild turkey that were reintroduced into the region during the 1980s.

And if geology is a hobby of yours, you will find a variety of geological formations caused by the past glacial period including kames, kettles, eskers and ice-contact ridges.

Squirrel Creek Conservation Area sits along the Otonabee River. In addition to the natural vegation it includes a beach, picnic shelters, baseball diamonds, boat launch and small dock. If you have an event, you can rent the picnic shelters and ball diamonds.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/ 

Travel a little further. Within a 25 km radius there are 9 more conservation areas.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/geocode_factory/?view=mapcb&idMap=1&Itemid=538

CPRA is encouraging followers on Twitter and Facebook to help spread the word about what ‘June is Parks and Recreation Month’ means to you.

Post pictures to @CPRA_ACPL or to Canadian Parks and Recreation Association on Facebook, using #JPRM2018 over the month of June.

All participants will be entered into a draw for the chance to win 1 of 3 – $50 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift cards to start your summer off right with new recreation gear.

You can post your pictures all month long!

 

 

 

As the warm weather starts many of us begin thinking of day trips to ensure we get out and enjoy the features and attractions around us. There are museums, farmers markets, arts and craft shows…the list is almost endless.

But have you ever been on the Butter Tart Tour? Yes, you can take The Kawartha’s Northumberland Butter Tart Tour where you will have the opportunity to stop at dozens of locations, all offering the best butter tarts in Ontario. And what is even better, if you don’t get to take the tour this summer, you can visit the vendors 365 days a year!

The idea for the tour started in 2011 and has grown to include over 50 locations.

If you are counting calories, you can skip this paragraph. But if you are due for some sweet treats, then you will accept that a butter tart is pretty basic: butter, sugar, syrup and eggs. And then the additional ingredients are added to appeal to every sweet tooth. Consider raisins, pecans, walnuts, currants… and even cream fillings. Of course, times have changed, and you can even find gluten free versions.

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Source: http://buttertarttour.ca/

Not sure where to start? Then pick one of the suggested mini tours – with over 50 locations, you have to focus your driving and eating efforts!

Tour #1: “It Gets Butter” is the Sturgeon & Balsam Lake Route, taking you through Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls and Kirkfield.

Tour #2: “We’ll Butter You Up” is the Kawartha Route and will take you through Rice Lake to Peterborough and Stoney Lake.

Tour #3: “A Tart of Gold” is the 401 Route and will take you along Highway 401 to Port Hope, Cobourg, Grafton and Warkworth.

Tour #4: “A Change of Tart” is the Northumberland East route and will take you along country roads in Port Hope, Cobourg, Grafton, Warkworth and Campbellford.

The following map shows the complete picture of the locations of the bakers and vendors.

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Source: http://buttertarttour.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-010-Buttertart-Tour-Map-WEB.pdf

We are waiting for the 2018 results of the Butter Tart Taste-Off but in 2017 there were winners in the following categories:

  • Best Plain Butter Tart
  • Best Canadian Collection Butter Tart
  • Best Gluten Free Butter Tart
  • Best Emerging Baker
  • Best of the Best

You can see the 2017 winners at http://buttertarttour.ca/

The first recorded recipe for a butter tart appeared in the early 1900’s in the Royal Victoria Cookbook by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie Ontario. Now it is a staple of Canadian Cuisine.

You can follow all the fun on…

Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/buttertarttour/?hl=en

Twitter at https://twitter.com/buttertarttour

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ButterTartTour/

Enjoy your own tour!

 

 

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The Rolling Hills Studio Tour runs today till 5pm.

Check out the website for all of the details:

http://www.rollinghillsstudiotour.com/

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Last month I wrote about the annual Mother’s Day event – The Rolling Hills Studio Tour and covered Studios A, B, C, D and E. Today I will cover the remaining 4 studios.

STUDIO F

Valerie Kent will be in Studio F with an array of her artwork including acrylics, oils, watercolours, and mixed media. In addition to being a visual artist she is also a workshop facilitator. Her exhibitions have taken her to France, Italy, Korea, Japan, China and the US.

You can find Valerie at

1535 County Rd 10, Cavan

On the east side of County Rd 10, just north of Hwy 7.

http://www.valeriekent.com

705-944-9444

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Source: https://valeriekent.com/

STUDIO G

Meet Tim Bellhouse in Studio G. Tim is a self-taught photographer. He combines his photographic skills with his work and training as a biologist, producing photos that highlight the rich natural diversity in Ontario.

Tim will be at

814 Lifford Road,  Bethany  705-277-3236

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Source: http://www.rollinghillsstudiotour.com/bellhouse/index.html

STUDIO H

Studio H will feature Lucya Almeida and The Tima Collection. This will be an opportunity for you to see her unique collection of one of a kind jewelry pieces.

Her specialities are copper, semi-precious stones and collectible Canadian penny jewelry. Her work has been shown across Canada and is available in many gallery shops.

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Source: http://www.rollinghillsstudiotour.com/almeida/index.html

Find Lucya at

5 Christie Rd, Bethany

From Ski Hill Rd turn east onto Bethany Hills Rd, then turn left onto Christie Rd (top of the hill) to the 2nd house on the left (west) side.

http://www.thetimacollection.com 

STUDIO I  

Carol was originally a wildlife artist. She was inspired by a wild turkey feather she found in the woods and created a painting of an eagle head on the feather. Since then her unique talent is focussed on feather art.

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Source: http://www.carolsfeatherart.com/index.php/paintings.html

Find Carol at the All Creatures Great and Small Studio

669 St Mary’s Rd, Reaboro: on the west side of St Mary’s Rd, south of Mt Horeb Rd.

705.879.4223

Download the tour map at

http://www.rollinghillsstudiotour.com/brochure.html

Happy Mother’s Day and see you on the tour!

 

 

 

Do you have what it takes to perform on the twin stages of the 29th annual Havelock Country Jamboree?

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The Havelock Country Jamboree, Canada’s Largest Country Music and Camping Festival has partnered with The Ranch Resort Banquet & Conference Center in Bethany Ontario to present The Next Country Music Star Talent Search.

The contest will run over a series of Saturday evenings at The Ranch Resort starting March 10th, 2018 , taking a break on March 17th and resuming on March 24th until May 5th, 2018.

Industry professionals will judge the artist performances and will include the audience vote as part of their final consideration. 

The weekly performances will be streamed to Facebook Live, and can be watched on the Havelock Country Jamboree  or  The Next Country Music Star pages.

One winning contestant from each night of the first round will advance to the Semi-Finals.
In addition, a wild card winner will also be chosen from each audition night by Facebook voting within two days after each audition date. In total, 12 contestants will advance to the April 28th semi-final round. Six performances will advance to the finals on May 5th.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the winning artist or group to secure a spot and showcase their talent in the 2018 Havelock Country Jamboree line-up and win other prizes being offered by our other sponsors.

Audience tickets are available in advance by calling The Ranch Resort 705-277-1942 or can be purchased for $10.00 at the door.

The Ranch Resort will be offering a Dinner from 6 pm-8:30 pm for $20.00 + HST throughout the series; bar beverages and snacks will also be available during performances. Reservations are recommended!

Doors will open at 5:45 pm each night. Please refer to the “Schedule” tab for each weeks schedule of performances and connect to the “Performers” tab to get detailed bios on this year’s contestants.

http://www.thenextcountrymusicstar.com/