The holiday season is here! Sparkling lights are popping up, the familiar tunes are playing (that we love or hate), and everyone is getting their cheer on! For the South Georgian Bay area, there is a lot going on. Santa is making appearances and there’s festivals to attend. Or if you’re looking forward to a mug of warm cocoa and a craft to do - keep reading!
First off - Let’s start with Santa Claus events !
Now onto the other holiday activities going on…
There’s also lots of other exciting events to attend!
So as you can see, there are many events going on in South Georgian Bay this December! Getting out there or staying in, you’ll find something to do.
Enjoy the holidays and our very warmest regards!
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November is Here!
What’s Going On Locally?
Georgian Bay Marketplace is here to serve its community, and so I want to share what is happening in the community this month! COVID can restrict gatherings but there are many social distance-safe and virtual events to attend!
Blue Mountain Village is still promoting Fallicious! It runs from October 13 until December 4, and all the restaurants will be offering menu specials! Furthermore, there’s “Enchant” where the village will be fully decked out in Christmas decorations from November 14 until December 14. A place to grab a meal and enjoy the seasonal décor!
The Town of Blue Mountains, along with The Blue Mountains Library offer many activities for adults and children.
On Mondays there’s senior workouts. They take place online on Sharon Challis’s Facebook Page from 10 to 10:30 am. Here is the link! https://www.facebook.com/sharon.r.challis
On Tuesdays, the Marsh Street Centre hosts art activities, where acrylics, watercolors, and oil paints are available to use. Admission is $10 and you can bring your own snacks. It runs from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The library also hosts clubhouse crafts on Tuesdays at 4:30 – 4:45 pm. They include a list of the supplies to get and since the videos are posted on their Facebook page, you can go back and check out the other crafts too! https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary
On November 11 and 18 (both Wednesday) the library hosts a webinar featuring techy topics. On the 11th, they will be discussing what is TikTok for parents. On 18th, will be more instructional about how to connect your device to others via Bluetooth. For the kids, at 7pm on every Wednesday, they host a live bedtime story reading.
On Thursday at 1 to 3 pm, the library also hosts a digital book club. It’s hosted live on Facebook and you can discuss whatever book you are enjoying at that time! If you are stuck about what to read, it may be an opportunity to find that new novel you have been hunting for!
Friday is outdoor story time (weather permitting) for the kids. It’s from 11 to 11: 30am. Bring a blankie in case its cold! Then, later in the evening from 7 to 11 pm is virtual trivia night!!! Go to the Facebook page for the game link- https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary
Other webinars offered from the library include some about cinematography, photo, and video editing. There is also a live hosted symposium from the Ontario Archaeological Society on November 7 but you must register before.
Also, a webinar about the Trans Bhutan Trail will be taking place on 19 from 7 to 8 pm. The event be hosted via Zoom and is sure to be an enlightening experience about that region of the Earth.
Here’s a link to the library’s programs with more information - https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/adult-programs.cfm?is=9
From November 10th to 30th the Blue Mountains Library’s art gallery exhibit will show locally collected art donated from the BVO. It will be sure to be interesting with a diversity of artworks and styles to observe.
On Saturday November 7 – there’s a couple artsy events going on in the community! Yay!
The Annual Square Foot Show is taking place at loftgalleryart.com. There will be 100’s of painting for $160 plus tax. A wonderful opportunity to support locally and go shopping in the comforts of your own home.
For Remembrance Day – The Town of Blue Mountains will be hosting a live event on their YouTube channel. This is in partnership with our municipality and the Royal Canadian Legion. It will be from 11 am to 2 pm. Here’s a link for their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFK6LMfxyz-3cwEJ9pg9qCA
The Meaford Hall is hosting movies every Thursday. They play at 4 pm and tickets can be purchased through The Meaford Hall website. Starting on the 4th is “Just Mercy”, followed by “The Book Thief” on the 12th, “A Hidden Life” on the 19th, and “Midway” on the 26th.
On November 20th, The Red Bay Lodge in Mar, Ontario will also be hosting a Christmas Craft Show. This one will go until December 12th, and has various times depending on the day. If you’re an avid fisher, this destination will be interesting as it was also a historic fishing lodge https://brucegreysimcoe.com/festivals-events/events/the-red-bay-christmas-market
November 22nd, a live concert will be taking place. An electronic violinist, Victoria Yeh, has put together a 6 month live virtual concert series. For November, it will be featuring Paul DeLong and is filmed live at Collingwood’s Simcoe Street Theatre. https://victoriayehlive.com/
In Barrie, the MacLaren Art Centre is featuring an exhibition called the “The Uncanny Outdoors” which will be presented until November 22 and “Portraits from the Permanent MacLaren Collection”. They offer several classes as well. For ages 10-14, on November 20 (PA day possibly for you parents) there’s will be a virtual art class. There’s a fee but it includes materials and the lesson. https://maclarenart.com/product/for-the-birds/ for more information! They also host an art event for youth aged 14-18 every Wednesday until December 16th. You must pick up your art kit the day before and then a zoom link will be sent for the instructional portion. You can register here at https://maclarenart.com/w-edge/. The instructor is Lisa Nackan - regional artist and arts therapist. For the adults, on November 25th there is a master art class and poetry class. Click on https://maclarenart.com/learn-create/adults/ for more information.
If you’re interested in more art classes, be sure to check out Georgian Bay Centre for The Arts. They offer a class almost every day in November. From quilt making, to clay Christmas ornaments, acrylic painting, cookie decorating and beeswax candle making, and so much more!!! Find it all here at https://gbarts.ca/classes/ with event details and links to register.
Until November 8th there is a Barrie Ski Swap and Sale. Shopping is by appointment only so be sure to head over to BarrieSkiSwap.com for more info!
So, from west to east end of our area – there’s something to do for all of November!
If you need more inspiration – go to ApplePieTrail.ca where they have suggestions for activities in the Beaver Valley, Meaford, Thornbury, and Craigleith/Blue Mountain Village areas! Also – there’s https://experience.simcoe.ca/fallexperiences for seasonal activities in the Simcoe county and https://www.visitgrey.ca/play/seasonal-activities for Grey County.
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