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Allan Gardens Easter Show

Allan Gardens Easter Show   Allan Gardens is a Floral Treasure The Gardens are plunk downtown at Carleton and Sherbourne just a stonesthrow east of the old Maple Leaf Gardens. The great thing about Allan Gardens is that they are open for free 365 days  of the year, rain or shine, holiday or weekend. The…

Don Montgomery Community Centre: Tennis Anyone?

Don’t get me started about the displeasures of Toronto. Don Valley Parkway and the Commute in General, High Prices for  Housing, Food, Car Insurance, Maple Leaf Tickets etc, etc. No none of that negativity in this story. Rather here is praise for the network of Community Centres in Toronto. Specifically I would like to cite…

Nuit Blanche Skyline

The Skyline is Shaking and Burning We have already seen what the Nighttime Nuit Blanche scene does for the HarbourFront. So look what happens to the Toronto Skyline when Nuit Blanche takes hold. The Scrapers and Skyline clash – it all stutters and jives, swaying in great lightning shifts. The Buildings glow with haunted lights.…

Nuit Blanche at Harbourfront

Harbourfront is a perfect natural for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche arts festivities the picture taking at night is full of so many possibilities. Vessels sailing in and out of the harbor lit up with dramatic lighting. Airplanes taking off at the Billy Bishop Island airport leaving light trails into the night sky. And docked vessels with often…

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Toronto’s Outdoor Art Exhibition at Cty Hall signals the official start to Art season in Southern Ontario. And its quite a pllgrimage of artists and crafts people with all the trappings of a Haj including the cluster of white tents that fill the square in front of City Hall: And this summer day the combination of…

Toronto Wall Portraits

Toronto has seen a resurgence of murals and wall portraits. There has been an active graffiti scene on side walls all around town. But the back walls, in various areas of the city [not just downtown] are actively decorated and redecorated every year. Some real spray painters/artists extra-ordinaire are at work here. What has changed…

Northumberland Hills First Snow

Given the continuing Indian Summer Fall, Northumberland Hills woke up to a surprise wet coating of snow this last week. It was light and sticky enough to apply a thick white sprinkling all over the countryside. However the early morning haze suggested mixed photo opportunities. So photographer Wendy Avis had to act quickly because as…

4th Line Theater in Millbrook at Winslow Farm

4th Line Theater is truly rural-based live theater smack dab in the Northwest Quadrant of Northumberland County in Eastern Ontario. The playhouse is below Peterborough above Cobourg and Port Hope, East of Port Perry and West of Sterling. But unlike theaters in these communities, 4th Line is truly outdoor rural much like Stratford’s Shakespeare Festival  in its…

New Look at Ron Windebank’s Art Garden

Ron’s Garden Art is still thriving with the wide variety of outdoor art that makes his works as natural as the roll of Northumberland Hills. The red and blue period of canvases has given way to roosters, horses and wildly colorful flowers: Such a Bouquet of Hues We used to have chicken roosters at our…

Ron Windebank’s Summer Colors

It is always a delight to stop by Ron Windebank’s Garden Arts on Highway 29 on the way to Campbellford. Starting in early Spring Ron’s Gardens features blooms that grow as lush as the Summer’s days weeks ahead of time. And the countryside’s Fall colours are hard pressed to match the Gardens’s bounty: This year…

Sailing Around the World

Ever fantasize about sailing around the World? Go to the Stirling Library on Wed May 13th from 7:00 to 8:30PM and get the real inside info – the full story with lots of great pictures of Paul and Sandra Johnston’s World spanning travels by sailboat. What is fascinating is not just the adventures but also the luck and…

Art at Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival

The Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival is of course rightly famous for the pancake, sausage, and syrup drenched meals in the Sugar Bush where festival goers can see Maple Syrup being made, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the bush, enjoy down-home country music and dancing, compete in friendly log sawing competitions and lots of Winter’s…