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The Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail is a new cultural tourism attraction in Kawartha Lakes, opened in February 2017.  The ‘trail’ is virtual, allowing visitors to choose from a wide range of destinations on the Trail Map. The result: your own custom tour, focused on your arts and heritage interests.

Trail members are identified by the official “Arts and Heritage Trail” sign.

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Source: https://kawarthanow.com/2017/02/20/arts-heritage-trail-kawartha-lakes/

The Trail has grown significantly over the past year and now includes over 40 destinations for the 2018 season.

Local artists, museums and cultural destinations that would like to increase awareness about their work can fill out an application to become a part of the Trail.

Participants include:

  • Artists or artisans working in any medium
  • Galleries or museums that are open for public viewing with hours of operation posted
  • Heritage sites that are managed or cared for by local organizations and are publicly accessible for visitors
  • Historic buildings
  • Walking trails

 

The trail will help you discover the area’s rich heritage and artistic talent. Use the interactive map to discover lesser-known places and local legends, visit galleries, artisan studios and craft shops, or take in a concert or festival. The Arts and Heritage Trail website and interactive map provide s information about each Trail destination so that you can create your own weekend tour.

Example:

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Source: http://kawartha.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=92177e060b8b4cdda0e6ce53093f387c

Members include Kinmount Artisans Marketplace, Ballyduff Trails, Your Dreams in Wood, Doube’s Trestle Bridge, the Olde Gaol Museum, Kawartha Settlers’ Village, the Austin Sawmill, and  Miskwaa Studio & Outdoor Art Gallery…and many more.

Two new destinations include bird and wildlife photography in the Carden Alvar and Wall Together Now, a restoration project for the historic Balsam Lake Dry-stone Wall.

Plan your trip today!

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Source: http://kawartha.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=92177e060b8b4cdda0e6ce53093f387c 

For more information contact Debra Soule, economic development officer of Arts, Culture and Heritage at dsoule@kawarthalakes.ca or 705 324 9411, ext. 1498.

 

 

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The 4th Line Theatre is unique in many ways as outlined in the theatre company’s tag line… “Bringing history to life on the outdoor stages of the Winslow Farm.”

4th Line Theatre has been bringing history to life on the barnyard stages of a 5th generation farm in Millbrook Ontario for 27 seasons.  The Theatre was founded in 1992 by Creative Director Robert Winslow. The company continues to be passionate about preserving Canada’s cultural heritage through the development and presentation of historical drama.

The group has developed over 30 plays based on regional history and culture and this season is no different. The first summer production, Crow Hill: The Telephone Play demonstrates the vast technological changes we have witnessed going all the way back to the first telephone service in the local area, opened by the local family doctor. Fifteen-year-old Alice takes on the job of switchboard operator… a decision that dictates the course of her life for the next thirty years. The research for the play includes interviews with local residents.

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Source: https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/summer-season

Photo by Wayne Eardley, Brookside Studio http://www.wayneeardley.com/

The second production, Who Killed Snow White? follows a typical 15-year old girl whose life is shattered after an act of violence. It is based in part on interviews with local teens, parents and educators. The story explores social media and cyberbullying and is a powerful commentator on the life of today’s youth. “Playwright Judith Thompson dives deep into the heart of our culture to examine the roots of sexual violence and the culture of toxic masculinity we struggle to understand.” 

Who Killed Snow White?

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Source: https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/summer-season

 The setting for the plays is enhanced with the opportunity to bring your own picnic or to buy from their excellent menu. The concession is licensed and the picnic area opens at 4:00 pm on performance days.

 

https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/picnics-dining-options

Performance Details

Crow Hill: The Telephone Play

By Ian McLachlan and Robert Winslow

Directed by Deb Williams

July 3 – July 28

Previews: July 3, 4

Opening Night: Thursday, July 5

Tuesday to Saturday at 6 pm

Additional performance Monday, July 23, 2018

 

Who Killed Snow White?

World Premiere – Canadian Pulse Series

By Judith Thompson

Directed by Kim Blackwell

August 6 – August 25

Previews: August 6, 7

Opening Night: Wednesday, August 8

Monday to Saturday at 6 pm

Trigger Warning: Mature Content. 14+

 

For more information about tickets, performances and the dining options visit https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/.

 

 

 

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If the reviews are any indication, you have to book some time this summer at the Trail Tours Dirt bike/ATV School.

  • “Dirt bike and forest tour…awesome!” 
  • “Best family event we have done to date!” 
  • “Such a great time!”

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrailTours/photos/rpp.207362329282823/2004891986196506/?type=3&theater

With over 25 years of experience, Trailtours is the largest and oldest off road training operation in Canada. It doesn’t matter what your experience or abilities are, they cater to everyone…conservative, average, above average or technical…everyone gets training that fits their comfort level.

Trailtours staff also guide experienced riders and groups on tours through the Ganaraska…all on modern Honda Bikes and ATVs.

Many consider off road motorcycling to be one of the most exhilarating things you will ever experience. Even the many customers who have never ridden before. The excellent training facility, experienced staff and a supply of Honda bikes will ensure everyone has fun.

Here are a few of the summer options.

TRIALS/DIRTBIKE PACKAGE: Spend the morning on a TRIALS bike and the afternoon on a Dirt Bike.

STREET RIDER PACKAGE This package caters to the street rider who is just starting out and to the seasoned veteran. Training will be customized and the curriculum will turn you into a better, more confident street rider! You will be introduced to traction control, brake control, accident avoidance, clutch control, etc.

BEGINNER PACKAGE Training for beginners is offered everyday but this package gives you an opportunity to get your friends together in one group.

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrailTours/photos/rpp.207362329282823/2041479512537753/?type=3&theater

COUPLES PACKAGE Staff will teach you both at the level required and customize the day so that you both have a great time.

There are also packages for large groups including corporate groups or bachelor parties. And of course, packages to meet all budgets.

And there is a Kids/Teens Camp for ages 7 to 12 and Teen Camp for ages 13 to 19! Pick two, three, four or five days in a row. Learn how to climb hills, ride through mud and even wash and maintain a bike. You’ll ride different trails every day.

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrailTours/photos/rpp.207362329282823/2041479505871087/?type=3&theater

Trailtours is open between May 1 and October 31.

They are located one hour east of Toronto, just 25 minutes south of Peterborough. Customers will be met by Trail Tours staff at a carpool located at Porter Road and the 115 Highway at the time agreed upon in the booking confirmation package.  The facility is located nearby.

Contact Steve Weykamp via email steve@trailtour.com or telephone 705-875-2980.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g796992-d3315485-r313417846-Trail_Tours_Dirtbike_ATV_School-Bethany_Kawartha_Lakes_Ontario.html

 

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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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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!

 

 

 

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