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The Ontario Parks Blog, “How to Have a Safe Winter Hike” gives you the detail you need in order to enjoy the many parks in the Kawarthas.

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Source: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/safe-winter-hiking/

  • Dress appropriately. Frost bite is real and can happen sooner than you think. Dress in layers including a base layer, mid layer and shell on top.
  • Take the right gear including flashlight, smart phone, extra clothing, hand warmers, and snow shoes if you have them.
  • Plan accordingly. Check the weather and pace yourself according to the conditions and your own fitness level.
  • Know your park! Many of the parks and conservation areas around us have miles and miles of trails. Know where you are at and where you are going.
  • Bring a snack and bring a buddy. Don’t hike in the winter alone.
  • Careful of the ice! There are many waterways that contain strong currents – the ice may not be as thick as you think.

 

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Source: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/safe-winter-hiking/

Close to home you can hike…

  • West Forest Trail or the East Forest Trail of the Fleetwood Creek Natural Area
  • The Kawartha Section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail
  • Medal Loop Trail

The following map gives you an idea of the vast number of hiking areas available to us.

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Source: http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/activity/snowshoeing-backcountry

Enjoy the winter – Stay warm and stay safe!

 

 

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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day then doing something truly unique…

Cooking Classes with Danielle of South Pond Farms

The perfect evening escape in the winter.

Create a romantic meal from scratch, including traditional

pasta and two sauces – a twist on classic recipes.

Enjoy the results with your own beer or wine.

 

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Source: https://thekawarthas.ca/event/cooking-classes-with-danielle-of-south-pond-farms-3/ 

You might remember I have written about South Pond Farms in the past.

In 2006 Danielle French bought a 60-acre farm in Pontypool – a big decision considering she had four young daughters. The farm was in need of major repairs and rebuilding. She did not have a clear vision of what she wanted to accomplish exactly, but one thing led to another and the dream took on a life of its own.

The barn was in shambles, but the kitchen was created first. After all, it was going to be a source of income. The farm began to flourish, producing vegetables that could be sold and used for her unique culinary events.

Danielle now offers farm to table dinners and events that connect her farm to the local community. If that were not enough, she is the host of the Taste of the Country on Netflix.

You can visit the farm for lunch and hike the trails; have your wedding at the farm; enjoy cooking classes or learn how to make a wreath; plan and design a kitchen garden…

Another unique series of events are the ‘Full Moon Suppers’ – “The Full Moon Suppers are served in different locations on the farm and celebrate the close ties between traditional agriculture and lunar rhythms.” 

Mark your calendar for Full Moon Suppers in May, June, July, August and September.

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Source: https://southpondfarms.ca/product-type/full-moon-supper/

But Valentine’s Day comes first! Make your reservations now to enjoy Cooking with Danielle. Cost is $90. Two dates available: Feb 14th and March 21st.

Tickets are available for workshops at

https://southpondfarms.ca/product-type/workshops/ 

South Pond Farms

1020 Gray Road
Pontypool, Ontario L0A 1K0 Canada

PHONE: (705) 277-1649

WEBSITE: http://www.southpondfarms.ca/

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Source: https://southpondfarms.ca/designyourescape/

 

 

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The Next Country Music Star Talent Search starts March 2nd at The Ranch Resort

Country Bands & Singers! Do you have what it takes to become The Next Country Music Star?

Live auditions begin in March and continue every Saturday until mid April at The Ranch Resort in Bethany.

The Winner takes it all! A once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at the 30th annual Havelock Country Jamboree

Be mentored by industry professionals, receive a guitar from The Guitar Boutique, and more.

Country music fans are invited to come out and vote for their favourite artists.

For more information visit www.thenextcountrymusicstar.com

or call The Ranch Resort 705-277-1942

 

 

What could be better than Snow School? How about Winter Ski and Snowboard Camp! You can do it all at Brimacombe – and as the website says, it’s “Worth the Drive.” 

“We’ve got something for everyone. From beginner terrain to black diamonds to terrain parks, you’ll find it all here. Snow covered runs, the sounds of laughter and the thrill of experiencing nature in all its beauty.“  (https://brimacombe.ca/)

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 Source: https://brimacombe.ca/a/docs/Brimacombe-Brochure.pdf 

The history of Brimacombe goes back to the 1930’s. The group officially offered memberships at the Brimacombe site in 1954. A family membership was $10; and lifetime memberships were offered for $100 each. A $300 loan was arranged to finance the construction of the first tow. And it was a good one! The first rope tow was built using an old car. The tires were removed from the rims, and a system of wooden posts and wheel rims was used to drive and guide a large rope up the hill.

Rest assured things have changed dramatically! Today, Brimacombe can transport thousands of skiers uphill each hour using 4 quad chairlifts, 3 -bars and a Magic Carpet.

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Source: https://www.brimacombe.ca/

Snow School has just what you’re looking for:

  • Beginner’s Corner
  • Discover Programs for Beginners
  • Private Lessons
  • Terrain Park Lessons
  • 8-Wk Group Programs
  • Winter Camps

CAMPS AND DATES:

PA Day Camps Feb 1 | Feb 15
Family Day Camp Feb 18
March Break Camps Mar 8 | Mar 11 | Mar 12 | Mar 13 | Mar 14 | Mar 15

Camps run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and includes:

  • Complimentary extended supervision (9 AM – 10 AM | 3 PM – 4 PM)
  • Four hours of daily instruction (10 AM – 12 PM | 1 PM – 3 PM)
  • One hour supervised lunch break (12 PM – 1 PM)

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Source: https://brimacombe.ca/a/docs/Brimacombe-Brochure.pdf

Download the Brimacombe brochure https://brimacombe.ca/a/docs/Brimacombe-Brochure.pdf  and find 15 pages of ski and snow boarding activities, lesson information, camps, costs, schedules, and membership information.

Keep track of snow and trail conditions at https://brimacombe.ca/snow-conditions-and-trails.

Remember, it’s worth the drive!

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Source: https://brimacombe.ca/a/docs/Brimacombe-Brochure.pdf

 

 

 

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What is the perfect prescription to chase the winter blues away? The ReFrame Film Festival!

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Source: https://reframefilmfestival.ca/festival/

ReFrame holds the annual event at the end of January in downtown Nogojiwanong (Peterborough). The focus of the films shown is on social justice, human rights and environmental responsibility. The success of the film festival is accomplished through connections and alliances between audiences, film makers and artists, community partners, and neighbours.

The undertaking and commitment to the ReFrame Mission is accomplished

through:

  • a community film festival;
  • educational programs for children and youth;
  • art exhibitions, installations and performances;
  • an international food marketing showcasing the tastes of Peterborough.

The list of Films is too long to include here but you can find the whole list of over 60 films, including detailed descriptions at https://reframefilmfestival.ca/festival/films/.

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Source: https://reframefilmfestival.ca/festival/films/ 

Festival passes are available both online (https://reframe.tickit.ca/events/5401-2019-reframe-film-festival) and in local stores including:

GreenUP Store

378 Aylmer St N, Peterborough

Watson & Lou

383 Water Street, Peterborough

Happenstance Books & Yarns

44 Queen St, Lakefield

Pastry Peddler

17 King St E, Millbrook

In-store ticket sales are CASH ONLY.

And you can get delicious food and drinks at ReFrame! In addition to the food and drink vendors you will also have a 15% discount at 9 downtown restaurants.

An event like this cannot take place without dedicated volunteers. Over 200 volunteers contribute their time and energy to make the ReFrame Film Festival a success.

Festival Volunteers help out with things like:

  • Ushering guests to their seats
  • Selling tickets/checking passes
  • Helping with bussing tables, dishwashing and vendor support at the ReFrame Food Market
  • Surveying attendees and collecting data
  • Setting up/tearing down event spaces

If you are interested in participating in ReFrame 2019 as a Festival Volunteer, just use the ReFrame 2019 SignUP to choose your shifts (https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2619758/false#/invitation).

See you at the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival!

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Source: https://reframefilmfestival.ca/festival/films/

 

 

Snofest is coming to Peterborough again from January 20th to the 26th.

Someone in your family may remember way back to 1976 when the first Snofest was held thanks to ParticipAction. 

ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage Canadians to sit less and move more. Peterborough took the challenge and has held the annual Snofest ever since.

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 Source: http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/

The Calendar of Events covers a lot of activities for families of all ages:

Sunday, January 20 Family Day Kick Off Event
From 9am – 3:45 pm at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre

Monday, January 21 PJ Story Time
From 6-7pm at the Peterborough Public Library

Tuesday, January 22 Word on the Hill: Irish Heritage talk
From 2-4 pm at the Peterborough Museum & Archives

Wednesday, January 23 Fireside Reading & Reviews for Adults
From 2-3 pm at the Peterborough Public Library

Thursday January 24 Adult Art Mingle
From 7-9 pm at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Friday, January 25 Snofest Extravaganza
From 4-6 pm at the auditorium at PACE@PCVS

Saturday, January 26 Family Skate
From 2-4 pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre

The schedule above just gives an overview of each day. But be assured, each day is full of fun for everyone including:  

·       Free pancake breakfast, outdoor snow activities, family crafts and games;

·       Free Swims!

·       Pajama Story Time;

·       A guided tour of the Art Gallery of Peterborough’s current exhibitions;

·       Snofest extravaganza that includes a circus act, dance performances and live music;

·       Family Skate with Snofest Pete and Roger from the Peterborough Petes.

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Source: http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/

For more information:

Website: http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/

Email at info@peterboroughsnofest.ca.  

Call the Recreation Division at 705-742-7777 extension 1873. 

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

Twitter at https://www.facebook.com/PtboSnofest/