Harvest 2018 begins September 22!
Harvest is the most exciting time of the year. It’s when we (quite literally) get to see the fruit of our labour! We start two weekends before Canadian Thanksgiving and are usually finished by October 31st. We harvest only once a year. We have 27 acres to pick and produce around 300,000-400,000 lbs of cranberries.
Cranberries are grown and harvested like no other crop in the world. They’re also native only to North America. That makes them a fascinating part of our heritage! Drop by and learn about this unique crop!
• Harvest Hours (until Oct 31): 9-6 daily
• Daily Bog to Bottle Tour @ 11, 1 & 3
• See the harvesting and packinghouse operations
• Enjoy a Wine Tasting
• Shop in The Cranberry Emporium
• Relax on the Patio with a cheese plate & glass of wine
• Sample cranberry goodies at the Cranberry Cafe (Open daily Sept 30 – Oct 15)
• Hike the Trails
• Hunt for Geocaches
• Try kids’ activities like Critter Catching
• All Day Wagon Tours (weekends between Sept 22 & Oct 14)
• Helicopter Rides (weekends between Sept 29 & Oct 14)
• Take the Cranberry Plunge (dates to be determined)
Seasons not only reflects on the environmental changes associated with the earth’s orbit around the sun and its axial tilt relative to the ecliptic plane, but also acts as a narrative on subjects which draw the attention, passion and vision captured by photographers from Muskoka. Through their eyes, and thus the lens, these individuals see and record images that create a range of reactions from the viewer. Photography is “writing with light”, capturing a moment in time forever. Explore and experience these stories of colour and emotion.
Public Reception: Friday, October 12 between 6pm and 8pm.
Halloween Spooktacular weekends!
Every weekend from October 13 – 28:
Saturday’s from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sunday’s from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Dress the entire family up in costume and come to Santa’s Village to enjoy your favorite rides and attractions along with many other special activities such as scarecrow decorating, a haunted train ride, trick or treating around the park, a haunted house, a spooktacular maze and a pumpkin patch!
Pumpkins can be purchased for an additional fee with all net proceeds going to support Muskoka Hospice.
Admission is $19.95 +HST for anyone 3 years of age of older. Guests 2 and under are free!
Once again the Gravenhurst Opera House is host to the Annual Muskoka Independent Film Festival! Learn more, including what films will be shown by visiting www.MuskokaFilmFestival.com.
* Important Update – October 13 – Please note that the Friday & Saturday portion of the Film Festival has been post-poned until a later date. Refunds for Friday, Saturday & Weekend Passes are being issued through the Box Office. Thursday night will still run as planned and we look forward to an exciting night of indie films on the 18th. Call the Box Office if you have any questions: 705-687-5550.
Intimate and Interactive
With Nicole Lisa Craig
Nicole Lisa Craig is a compassionate musician who lends her angelic voice to ENTERTAIN, INSPIRE, and LIFT people to a better state of mind. Her performances feature ethereal vocals and smooth guitar picking, blending elements of Indie Folk, New Age, Classical, and Alternative. Nicole’s three studio albums have been added to over 150 radio stations across North America, South America, Australia, and Europe with her title track of “Why Don’t You Care” hitting #9 on Q108’s 2016 charts. Nicole has collaborated with Chris Hess who recorded members of Sass Jordan, Kim Mitchell, and Honeymoon Suite. And Derrick Downham who has performed/recorded with Serena Ryder, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Ron Sexsmith, Rik Emmett (Triumph), and many others.
She has been the featured act in places like The Orillia Opera House, Winterfolk Festival, Niagara Lavender Festival, Old Church Theatre, Utopia Hall, Lindsay Academy Theatre, and Hughs Room. Nicole has performed with Canadian Folk Legend VALDY and Rick Dutkiewicz Haynes (GORDON LIGHTFOOT’s Bass player since 1969). Nicole will be accompanied at this concert, by JUNO AWARD winner, CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME member and co-founder of ARPIL WINE David Henman. Get ready to be taken on an emotional journey of creativity with songs that have content beyond the typical song topics, offering messages of self empowerment, global awareness and universal connectivity.
Featuring a Wine and Food tasting…Details to follow.
Brett Kissel – CCMA Awards’ reigning Male Artist of the Year has announced Part 2 of his “We Were That Song” tour and will be playing the Deerhurst stage Sunday, October 21. Performing music from his latest album “We Were That Song“, this young Canadian country music star from Alberta continues to evolve, and his album boasts a new sense of upbeat energy and excitement. Brett Kissel is the only Canadian to ever tour with Country King, Garth Brooks, and considers the country legend to be a mentor and major influence on his music. This Juno-winning country crooner connects with audiences everywhere he goes thanks to his catchy hit songs, and his dynamic and charismatic stage presence.
Roger Mooking is a Trinidadian born, Canadian-raised chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, musician, and host of the popular television series Man Fire Food where he enjoys finding inventive ways to cook with fire. He is influenced by his culturally rich family background, his love of people and travel, and interest in global flavours to create new culinary experiences. This Food Network and Cooking Channel personality is also the host of shows Everyday Exotic and Heat Seekers with Aarón Sanchez as well as a Chopped Canada judge. With his colourful style and creativity, Chef Mooking has made guest appearances on shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Marilyn Denis Show, Iron Chef America, Top Chef Canada, and Chopped. And cooking isn’t his only talent – Mooking’s band Bass Is Base received a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording and in 2018 won a Classic Award for their song Funkmobile!
Now Chef Roger Mooking is bringing his culinary expertise to Deerhurst this October for a weekend full of fun, food and lots of flavour!
Trick or Treating at downtown shops – look for the orange & black balloons!
Free Family Activities at the Gravenhurst Opera House – children’s crafts, face painting and live music.
3rd Annual Zombie Walk begins in the Stedman’s V&S parking lot (295 Muskoka Road North) and ends in Heritage Square (directly in front of the Gravenhurst Opera House)
New this year, dancing zombies… that’s right, there will be a FLASH MOB to the classic Halloween anthem, THRILLER, in Heritage Square immediately following the Zombie Walk!
The amazing dancers from Just 4 Kicks Dance Studio will be leading our dance of the dead. EVERYONE IS WELCOME, no dancing skills required!
There will be a free choreography workshop on FRIDAY OCTOBER 26th at the Just 4 Kicks Dance Studio (291 Phillip Street East) – time TBD. The workshop will be led by Dave Campbell and Katlyn Reid who will also be joining the Flash Mob!
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in joining the fun!
Costume Contest at the Gravenhurst Opera House. Prizes for best costumes from local merchants!
For more information, visit their website
Join Paranormal Muskoka at Woodchester for a night of ghostly fun! Spook your interest in the history surrounding Woodchester and its previous owners, the Bird family, all the while learning about spirits, orbs, and EMF monitors.
The tour will begin at 7:00 pm and run until approximately 8:30 pm. To ensure there are no time delays please aim to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the 7:00 pm start time.
Woohoo! Debbie Fleming is coming to the Coffee House! All the music we’ve grown up with & love? Debbie’s been & is a part of it. She sings our history in music as we remember it, with love & a great sense of humour – come on out & join in! Handy dandy poster is attached.
Who: Debbie Fleming
When: Saturday, October 27 at 8:00 pm
Where: Muskoka Place Gallery, 1182 Foreman Rd., Port Carling
Admission: $10.00 at the door
Refreshments: by donation in the jar
The Orillia Silver Band is pleased to perform a Sunday afternoon concert in Gravenhurst. Formed in 1949 as a British-style brass band, the 34-member Orillia Silver Band performs an entertaining program from Bach to Bacharach, Sousa to the Beatles, and Vaughn-Williams (English Folk Song Suite, Fantasia on a Theme) to John Williams (Star Wars, Superman). The Band has been conduct for the past five years by Neil Barlow, well known in Muskoka for the musicals he directs every season and appearances on the Gravenhurst Barge with the Muskoka Concert Band. The Silver Band performs more than twenty times a year throughout the region. The Band also performs a number of benefit concerts annually.
For more information, and to listen to the Band, please go to our website www.orilliasilverband.com.
This annual Community Event is a great alternative to having your children go door to door through busy streets in traffic, in the dark. Held in the Pioneer Village within the gates of Muskoka Heritage Place, this traffic free and youngster driven Hallowe’en event proves as much of a social event for the parents as it is for the kids.
What to Expect – At our main admissions at 88 Brunel Rd. Huntsville you will be given a site map to assist you in your adventure. Individuals or businesses sponsor our pioneer buildings by decorating the doorways and or outside areas in a theme, then dress in costume and sheell out the candy Muskoka Heritage Place provides. The way to the buildings is lit with moonlights but if you have very young ones and wish to keep the experience even lighter, you might consider joining us early, before 6:30 p.m. nightfall. Best Decorated House – Mayor Scott Aitchison will judge and select the winner of the “Best Decorated House”.
Happy Halloween from Northern Escapades MINI PUTT !
Enjoy trick-or-treating and mini golf from 4pm-8pm!
To Mini Golf for FREE: Come in costume or Bring a donation for the Food Bank or SPCA.
Dozens of vendors of one-of-a-kind gifts waiting for you, along with foodie goodies you can enjoy right now. Many of our Farmers’ market vendors will be there.
Location: Port Carling Community Centre
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Like a warm musical breeze that blows through California’s hills and canyons – across its mystical high desert and into the heart of America – High South has captured the same evocative spirit that gave lift to such high soaring bands as the Byrds, CSNY and the Eagles.
Blending the poetry of Greenwich Village in the 60’s with the unmistakable harmony of Laurel Canyon in the 70’s, the High South sound exudes the magic and timelessness of both these eras, while infusing a palpable new millennium sensibility.
High South band mates – Kevin Campos, Jamey Garner and Phoenix Mendoza – three gifted “lead singer-songwriters” delivering one undeniable voice – are produced by Josh Leo.
“Their harmonies are so perfect and I smile as it takes me back to the first time I heard CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNG…” – Kim Carnes
The evening will showcase musicians who captivated generations of fans with their music and public mental health challenges. For some, the struggle was too great, but their music continues to inspite.
When:. November 3, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where:. Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville
Silent Auction starts at 6:30 pm Cash bar and Complimentary hors deouvres.
What A Better Way To Take Action And SUPPORT MENTAL WELLNESS AND ADDICTIONS
With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist, sonic innovator, and two time Grammy nominee Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his electric or acoustic guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic.
LIONA BOYD An Intimate Evening With The First Lady of the Guitar! COMING TO SELECT ONTARIO THEATRES TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 22nd!
Liona Boyd, since her 1975 debut performance at Carnegie Hall, New York, has enthralled audiences worldwide with her romantic and unique brand of classical, folk and world music. Tracing the timeline—Spanish-British heritage, emigrating to Canada in 1959, “falling in love with classical guitar at the age of 13”, graduating from the University of Toronto with a music degree in 1972—the traditional classical music path seemed quite clear. However, Liona embarked on a far more adventurous journey. In addition to her solo career, she began touring with and opening for Canadian folk legend, Gordon Lightfoot. She went on to perform and record with many artists of diverse genres, a small sampling of whom include Chet Atkins, Canadian Brass, Eric Clapton, Olivia Newton-John, Yo Yo Ma and Al Di Meola. Also spanning a wide range of styles, Liona has released 28 studio, live or compilation albums, five of which went gold, and three platinum. No stranger to awards and accolades, her highlights include five Junos, the Order of Canada, five honorary doctorates and, in June 2018, the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.
“Exceptional sensitivity and an impressive sense of dedication” – Los Angeles Times
“Nothing short of fantastic. Liona takes one’s breath away.” – Denver Post
“A quiet poetic brilliance” – The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
Following her 2009 diagnosis of focal dystonia, Liona tweaked her playing style, added singing to her repertoire and two years ago began touring with protege, Andrew Dolson, classically trained in both guitar and voice. Audiences can anticipate solo and duet classical guitar pieces, songs—both familiar and new, personal anecdotes from a storied career … all delivered with charm, humour and grace.
Don’t miss An Intimate Evening with ‘the first lady of guitar’ … Liona Boyd!
November 9 – 11, 2018
Every November, Huntsville throws one of the biggest parties of the year! Gather the extraordinary women in your life for the ULTIMATE gal pal weekend of fun, fashion, music, food and shopping!
Ensemble Vivant, “Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star), receives accolades internationally and is a favourite wherever the group performs. Since its inception over 25 years ago, Ensemble Vivant has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world, championing exciting, innovative programming ranging from classical to Latin and other jazz styles. Ensemble Vivant’s 12 recordings are heard on radio around the world, and in 2008 Opening Day Entertainment Group repackaged the group’s entire back catalogue. Led by pianist/artistic director Catherine Wilson, Ensemble Vivant is also known for its depth of artistry, passionate, virtuosic interpretations and engaging stage presence.
Fred Penner is a gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself. He’s a musical master who brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that includes a prolific 12 Children’s Albums, countless energy packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences all across North America.
He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene and has been a household name for generations. Whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.
More than the music, the two-time Juno winner for Best Children’s Album Sing with Fred and eight-time nominee’s body of work is about energy and emotional connection. The guy who crawled magically out of that hollow log for 12 seasons and nearly 900 episodes in the hit CBC TV show Fred Penner’s Place receives fan mail to this day from some of the 55 million viewers. Always building on a common theme rooted in integrity and a “belief in what I can do” he has created a lasting impact that crosses the generations and continues to grow.
In 2000, the Canadian Institute of Child Health honoured Fred for his contribution to the well-being and safety of children. He is also a humble recipient of the Order of Canada, the highest recognition given to a Canadian citizen. One of his albums, Happy Feet was named Best Children’s Album of the Year by the U.S.A’s Entertainment Weekly and he is the first ever winner of the Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Children’s Recording.
Joining Fred is Andy Griffith’s, long time singer, songwriter and musician whose kids grew up listening to Fred Penner. His show is all about audience participation and having some fun and will feature some of his to-tapping, sometimes goofy original songs.
This show promises to be a whole lot of fun for the whole family!
Carl Dixon’s show is a tour de force of music and stories from his incredible and lengthy music career!
From his 80’s recordings with Coney Hatch, to his years fronting The Guess Who, playing with April Wine, then on to his most recent country album entitled, “Whole ‘Nother Thing”, Carl has a treasure trove of music and stories that will delight any audience. Carl’s singing and guitar playing are well known to music fans around the world, both solo and accompanied.
Joining Carl on stage will be long-time friends, Mark Santer and Pat Gowan.
An evening not to be missed!