What’s On This Victoria Day Weekend

The Victoria Day long weekend feels like the official kick-off to cottage season. Although it’s not yet summer, the countdown is on! If you’re hitting the road for the long weekend and headed to or through the Kawarthas, here are some activities and events for a perfect family getaway:

Bethany’s Victoria Day Weekend

Where: Bethany Park, Bethany (Google Maps)
When: Friday, May 17-Monday, May 20
Event Website

Enjoy activities such as fireworks, family BBQ, karaoke, the 29th Annual Show & Shine, petting zoo, parade, 33rd Annual Pie & Cake Contest, and much more.

Buckhorn Spring Craft Show

Where: Buckhorn Community Centre (Google Maps)
When: Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Event Website

Find over 75 exhibitors and artisans with home made products like clothing, jewelry, home decor, and more. Drop into the Crafters Crafe for homemade soups, sandwiches, and more.

Rotary Victoria Day Fireworks & Family Night

Where: Del Crary Park, Peterborough (Google Maps)
When: Saturday, May 18 beginning at 5 p.m.
Event Website

Fireworks, local entertainment, and a children’s program. Live music begins at 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Viamede Victoria Day Getaway

Where: Viamede Resort (Google Maps)
When: Friday, May 17-Monday, May 20
Event Website

We’re switching over to our spring recreation schedule which includes activities like fishing, farm tours, and bonfires with s’mores. Resort amenities include an indoor pool, steam room, games room in 1885, nature trails, and much more. Guest rooms and pet-friendly cottages.

Whetung Spring Art Show

Where: Whetung Ojibwa Centre (Google Maps)
When: Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19 from 1-4 p.m.
Event Website

Beat the tourist season and check out what’s new and exciting at the Whetung Spring Art Show. Their most popular artists will be on hand to display their craft and ideas.


March Break Activities in the Kawarthas

by Nicole Rogerson, Marketing Manager

March Break is right around the corner! We’ve got lots planned here at Viamede as part of our March Break experience, but if you’re looking to venture out into the local area there are plenty more sights and experiences to be had. Here are five things to do and see in the Kawarthas.

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Free Thursday Nights at the Canadian Canoe Museum

Thursdays, 5-8 PM

The Canadian Canoe Museum opens its doors for free admission on Thursday evenings. This national heritage centre explores the canoe’s significance in Canada through interactive galleries and displays.

https://canoemuseum.ca

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Dinosaur Exhibit 2019

March 10-13, 10 AM – 5 PM

The Indian River Reptile Zoo will be holding a dinosaur exhibit with over 24 animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar! There will be plenty of other activities and fun for the kids. You can save $5 on admission by bringing a drawing of your favourite dinosaur.

https://thekawarthas.ca/event/dinosaur-exhibit-2019

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Brent and Sarah’s Comedy Magic Show

March 10, 2 PM

A show that combines magic, music, comedy, and gets the audience involved in clean entertainment.

https://academytheatre.ca/events/brent-and-sarahs-comedy-magic-show/

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Buckhorn Maplefest 2019

March 16-17, 9:30 AM – 4 PM

The McLean’s annual Maplefest provides fun for the whole family with wagon rides, pancakes drizzled in fresh maple syrup, and learning how syrup is made.

http://mcleanberryfarm.com/events/maplefest/

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Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival & Sale

March 16, 10 AM – 4 PM

Check out a variety of vendors and handmade goods at the 9th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale. The entry fee is $5 and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

https://www.facebook.com/events/364920594063596/


December Events in the Kawarthas

by Jill Persson, Marketing Manager

Whether you live nearby, or you’re just in the area for the weekend, we encourage you to get out in the community and revel in the season’s sounds, sights and experiences. There is so much happening in the Kawarthas this month, the only drawback is deciding which ones to attend!

Here is my round-up of happenings for December (there’s something for every age)!

 

Friday, December 7

In From The Cold Christmas Concert at Market Hall in Peterborough

8:00 – 10:30 pm

This incredible Celtic Christmas concert features instruments like the harp, concertina, guitar, fiddle, Irish bouzouki, tin whistle and bodhran and sung in gorgeous wraparound harmony. Proceeds support YES Shelter for Youth and Families.

https://www.facebook.com/infromthecoldpeterborough/

 

Saturday, December 8

A Christmas Carol at Hutchison House Museum in Peterborough

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” is told by firelight in the museum’s historic Keeping Room. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served.

http://www.hutchisonhouse.ca/

 

The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra: Home For The Holidays at Showplace in Peterborough

7:30 pm

This light-hearted holiday concert features seasonal favourites, a carol sing and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra!

http://www.thepso.org/

 

Sunday, December 9

The Artisan Fair at Evinrude Centre in Peterborough

59 local artisans are selling a wide variety of handcrafted treasures. Free parking, wheelchair accessible, and guaranteed to cross some names of your Christmas list.

http://theartisanfair.ca/

 

A Child’s Christmas in Wales / The Gift of the Magi at Hutchison House in Peterborough

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” are told by firelight in the museum’s historic Keeping Room. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served.

http://www.hutchisonhouse.ca/

 

Friday, December 14

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at Showplace in Peterborough

7:00 – 9:00 pm

This is your chance to sing along to the most successful movie musical of all time! The movie will be shown on the big screen, and song subtitles are shown – make sure to warm up your vocal chords!

http://www.showplace.org/#

 

Little Britain Santa Claus Parade

7 :00 pm

 

Saturday, December 15

Peterborough Humane Society’s Christmas Open House and Bottle Drive in Peterborough

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Drop in for some Christmas Cheer on December 15th from 10-2 and say hello to the animals in the care of Peterborough Humane Society. Support the bottle drive by bringing alcoholic bottles, cans, and bags.

 

Cuddles for Cancer Fundraising Tea Party and Luncheon in Lakefield

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Christmas Tea and Luncheon to support Cuddles for Cancer and the True Meaning of Christmas Campaign. High Tea, presentation as well as a live and silent auction.

http://www.cuddlesforcancer.ca/

 

Victorian Christmas for Kids at Hutchison House Museum in Peterborough

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Get into the holiday spirit with special treats, hearth demonstrations, crafts, fun and more! Finish your Christmas shopping by checking out the selection of books and seasonal items in the gift shop.

http://www.hutchisonhouse.ca/

 

Focus Fair Indie Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale, Peterborough

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

This year’s show features a wide variety of local artists offering handmade paintings, mixed media art, crafts, jewellery, cards, seeds, treats and more. Support local artists, shop downtown & make this a handmade holiday!

http://www.facebook.com/events/2019323314829122/

 

Monday, December 17

Peterborough Singers “Handel’s Messiah” at Emmanuel United Church in Peterborough

7:30 – 10:00 pm

Handel’s great work Messiah captures the joy and wonder of the holiday season and has remained popular since its first performance in Dublin in April 1742. Experience the power of 100 voices and the majesty of the mighty Casavant organ in this time-honoured celebration.

http://www.peterboroughsingers.com/concerts/messiah-2018/

 

Thursday, December 20

Jingle Boots – The Big Yellow Boot Holiday Show at Showplace in Peterborough

6:00 pm

Join the entire Big Yellow Boot family – Splash, Boots, Charlie, Chef Brock Lee and our very own Jumping Jack Granny as they celebrate the HOLIDAYS!Jingle Boots is Splash’N Boots most interactive show yet, so dress in your best yellow and blue holiday gear and get ready to dance and sing along with holiday classics and Splash’N Boots originals!

http://www.showplace.org/

 


What’s On: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

by Jill Persson

It seems like it’s been a long couple of weeks since the last three-day weekend, doesn’t it? Between back to school nuttiness, bosses coming back from vacation and the inevitable return to a faster pace, it doesn’t feel like we’ve had a minute to breathe!

So it’s perfect timing for a family- and food-filled long weekend with lots of down time. Personally, I love getting out in the community over Thanksgiving, because, frankly, there’s just so much to do! The Kawarthas are just beautiful in the fall, and with harvest season in full swing, there is no end to the festivals and activities one can get up to.

Whether you’re hosting at home and need an excuse to get out of the house, or you’re staying at Viamede and want to explore, here is my round-up of the BEST things to do in the Kawarthas this weekend:

MUSIC

Walk the Line – Johnny Cash Tribute, October 5, Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, Port Hope

Choir! Choir! Choir!, October 5, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Peterborough

Bowie Lives – David Bowie Tribute, October 6, Academy Theatre, Lindsay

Steve Hill, October 6, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Peterborough

FAMILY

Fenelon Falls Turkey Trot, October 6, Fenelon Falls

Runway Funday, October 6, Kawartha Lakes Municipal Airport, Lindsay

Pumpkin Festival at Buckhorn Berry Farm, October 6-7, Buckhorn Berry Farm, Buckhorn

Norwood Fall Fair, October 6-8, Norwood

ART

Victoria County Studio Tour, October 6-7, Kawartha Lakes

Haliburton County Studio Tour, October 6-7, Haliburton

Harvest Craft Show, October 6-8, Buckhorn Community Centre, Buckhorn