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If you love to sing but don’t feel you’re quite good enough to be on stage, you might want to check out “Shout Sister!” a unique approach to choral singing.


What makes it unique? No auditions for one thing! Singing with the group is simply fun, including a wide variety of styles from pop to Motown, folk, country and blues.

You don’t even have to be able to read music because members learn from the recorded versions of songs. Experienced singers and inexperienced singers all find a refuge in the relaxed atmosphere, bonding with other sisters.

The choir was started in 2002 by Georgette Fry in Kingston. Georgette’s career spans 35 years. She is a veteran of the Canadian Music scene, a blues and jazz artist and a 1994 Juno nominee.

Georgette fiercely believed that music offers physical and psychological benefits and such benefits should be available to everyone. The development of the choir appealed to a wide range of women who enjoyed singing but who did not have formal training, could not read music, and who definitely did not want to have to audition for a choir. Women who would otherwise be robbed of an opportunity to sing with others suddenly had the chance to belong.

And now, 15 years later, Shout Sister! has 23 chapters across the province with the closest in Peterborough. The photo below is from the local chapter.


The Shout Sister! website includes a large selection of videos where you can see and hear a cross section of the choirs in action. Listen to everything from Hallelujah, Song for a Winter’s Night, Strange Man, Fields of Gold, Have You Ever Seen the Rain…the range of music is amazing.  

Shout Sister! fosters community spirit and giving. Many of the performances help to raise money for local causes, particularly supporting organizations for women and children. They work hard to keep the arts alive by reaching out and inspiring others.


Contact Peterborough Shout Sisters!

Director:               Barbara Johnston

Choir Chair:         Sue Smith

Rehearsals:         Monday evenings from 7-9pm

Greenwood United Church

737 Donwood Drive

Peterborough Ontario

Contact Email:     members@shoutsisterchoir.ca



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The Curve Lake Indian Reserve is part of the beautiful Kawarthas region.

The Reserve has a very rich history from generations of the Whetung family.  Over the years, the Whetungs have conducted steamboat cruises on the lakes around their peninsula, traded in furs, guided fishermen, catered banquets and operated a grocery store, postal station and taxi service. The Whetung Ojibwa Center evolved from a fishing lodge opened in the early 1900’s.

When unemployment was very high on the Reserve in the early 1960s, the Whetungs encouraged their fellow band members to produce crafts. Eleanor Whetung, her five children, and women from the reserve and their children were the core of the cottage industry in the Whetung living room that gradually extended to hundreds of band members.


They made canoes, pipes, birch bark and sweet-grass baskets, feather headdresses, dolls and moccasins. With the assistance of a loan, the first craft shop was built and opened in 1966 in the same location where Clifford Whetung’s great-grandfather had his grocery store, only a stone’s throw from the small, wooden cottage where Clifford was born. Business flourished and three years later an old barn was renovated to handle the expansion of craft production and storage.


Today the main building displays handcrafts from all parts of Canada, as well as those still produced within the community. The area downstairs offers a selection of arctic parkas, Cowichan sweaters, leather garments, souvenir apparel, gloves and various bead accessories. Adjacent to that is the museum. It features the Whetungs’ private collection, the work of artists and craftspeople from the Curve Lake Reserve and outstanding native craft work from across Canada.

Two special events to plan on attending:  

Sept 17 & 18, 2016 – Curve Lake Pow Wow

The Pow Wow is a two-day celebration of song, dance, stories and food! Pow Wow time is the Native American people’s way of coming together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones.

The Curve Lake Pow Wow is just down the road from Whetung Gallery. It is an annual event that draws visitors from across North America. Don’t miss this one!

Oct 8 & 9, 2016– Thanksgiving Art Show 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the whole family to meet the artists and see them in action at this interesting event suitable for the whole family. Plan a day trip and enjoy the beautiful fall colours on your way to the Whetung Gallery.

The Centre is open every day and admission is free. If you are travelling from Peterborough, take Water Street North to Buckhorn Road to Curve Lake Road.

Travelling by boat?  From Buckhorn Lake, dock on Coppaway Point, only a few minutes’ walk from the Gallery.

Phone 9am -5pm, EST  705-657-3661

Whetung Website

Email: info@whetung.com




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A new school year has just begun, and children and teens are excited and nervous as they find out what the year has in store for them. But if you’re planning to locate to Bethany in the future you should have nothing to be nervous about if you have school age children. Bethany boasts some of the most well respected public schools in Ontario.

Bethany Ontario Blog Rolling Hills Public School

Rolling Hills Public School, Bethany Ontario

Most of Bethany’s public school students attend schools which are part of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. In total the TLDSB manages 48 schools – 41 elementary and 7 secondary – and 7 Adult Education and Training Centres for persons looking to upgrade their skills or learn something new. However, most students in Bethany attend 1 of 3 public schools: grades Junior Kindergarten to 4 attend Grandview Public School, grades 5 – 8 attend Rolling Hills Public School, and secondary students are bussed to I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay, just outside of Bethany.

Grandview PS “is a supportive and respectful partnership connecting students, staff, families, and the community.” In the mid-1990s the opening of Rolling Hills PS allowed Grandview to limit its grades to JK through 4 in order to reduce class sizes and ensure children reach their fullest potential before heading down the road to Rolling Hills. The school’s aim is that all students gain “the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to be critical thinkers as well as caring members of our society.”

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Grandview Public School in Bethany, Ontario

Rolling Hills PS was first opened in 1996 and emphasizes service learning and the incorporation of social justice issues into the curriculum. This “leads to the development of students who are well rounded and connected to the challenges and joys of our world.” No wonder the school’s motto is “Making a Difference…one student at a time.”

I.E. Weldon SS was named for Isaac Ernst Weldon (1873-1962), a prominent lawyer who was raised in Lindsay and donated one million dollars to the local school board with the interest generated to be divided among graduating students in the county who were advancing to post-secondary education. Today I.E. Weldon SS is dedicated to an educational program where all students can learn in a safe environment that encourages, challenges, and enables individuals to realize their full potential. Students are taught the skills necessary for them to become life-long learners and succeed in a global and technological society.

Grandview Public School

698 Hwy. 7A Bethany, ON L0A 1A0

Phone: (705) 277-2322

Email: infogvp@tldsb.on.ca

Web: http://gvp.tldsb.on.ca

Rolling Hills Public School

694 Highway 7A / Hwy 35 Bethany, ON L0A 1A0

Phone: 705-277-9515

Email: inforhp@tldsb.on.ca

Web: http://rhp.tldsb.on.ca/

I.E. Weldon Secondary School

24 Weldon Rd Lindsay, ON K9V 4R4

Phone: (705) 324-3585

Email: infoweldon@tldsb.on.ca

Web: http://iew.tldsb.on.ca/

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Have you ever been disappointed that you missed a special event or happening in your community? I certainly have! We get busy and end up seeing the pictures in the local paper from an event that has passed.

Well, mark Sunday September 13, 2015 in your calendar now so you don’t miss the Doors Open – Kawartha Lakes event.


Grain Elevator

The first Doors Open Day took place in France in 1984. The idea soon spread to neighbouring countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Scotland.

The first Doors Open event in North America was launched in the year 2000 by the City of Toronto.

Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across the province. Nearly six million visits have been made to heritage sites participating in this exciting initiative since the Ontario launch in 2002. Doors Open Ontario is now considered a cultural phenomenon – and that is why you don’t want to miss Doors Open – Kawartha Lakes!


Ballyduff Presbyterian Church

This year’s event will focus on the southern end of Kawartha Lakes, which has always been predominantly agricultural with crops of grain, tobacco and potatoes. The grain elevator, the homes, the churches and cemeteries reflect this heritage and will be highlighted on September 13th.


Lotus Mill

You will be able to visit:

  • Aunt Laura’s Tea Room
  • Ballyduff Presbyterian Church
  • Bethany Old Post Office
  • Fleetwood Creek Natural Area
  • Lotus Mill
  • Octagonal House
  • Pontypool Grain Elevator
  • St. Mary’s Anglican Church
  • St. Mary’s Lifford Cemetary

Octagonal House

Check out the website at http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Kawartha-Lakes.aspx for more information.

And if you have some time to share, why not consider being a volunteer for the day!

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Bethany Park is a happening spot! And you will want to be sure to free up your schedule on August 15th to take part in the Bethany Park Antique / Garden Tractor Show and Pull.


This will be an exciting – and unique – day for the family. Consider watching the Tractor Pull at 11 am followed by the Antique Tractor Slow Barrel Roll Race at 1:00 p.m.


You won’t go hungry either! Breakfast includes sandwiches, pancakes, bacon and coffee for $5 followed by Marshall Mac’s Unique BBQ served from 11 am to 4 p.m.

Bouncy Castles, Kidz Karnival, games and prizes run from 10 am to 4 pm.

And for the adults, the Beer Gardens open at 11:00 until 1:00 am.

An adult dance complete with DJ starts at 8:00 p.m. to finish off the fun.

The Bethany Park is run by the Bethany Athletic Society and has been serving the community for over 100 years. The Society is a not-for-profit corporation, run by a volunteer board of directors. In fact, if you have time on August 15th, you can always lend a hand for a few hours.

Volunteers, Sponsors, Community and Board members make every event a success.

The Bethany Athletic Society is working hard to continue the traditions that started over 100 years ago.  Over the last few years the Board of Directors and community members have put an effort into expanding the parks services to including new softball clinics, first aid clinics and new fund raising events to help make improvements to the park as a whole.

Future plans include replacing the current playground with a modern play structure and a new combination skateboard / bike park for summer use, and a skating rink in the winter. The softball committee is working hard to bring in a new surface for the softball diamond to improve drainage and safety.

Finally, the volunteers are working towards general park improvements such as new lights for the grounds and a retaining wall for the parking lot.

Join the local community on August 15th and help support the Bethany Athletic Society.


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