Colourfest 2011 in Haliburton Village was a great success.  Cool winds and chilly temperatures didn’t dampen the enthusiasm last Saturday.  The features, entertainment, decorations were all excellent, and as usual the volunteers made everything tick perfectly.  The crowds were excellent and everyone appeared to have a really great time.

The day after, we were chatting about the fact that so many visitors were surprised to find the event taking place … they hadn’t heard about it.  Yesterday, in conversation with a couple of local moms, I heard again that they didn’t know it was going on.  This despite a very robust communication program that had been going on for the past few weeks.

The people coming up from the GTA and other areas tend to be focused on “their” reasons for visiting, i.e. Studio Tour, fall colours and some shopping.  Many of them don’t connect with our local media and they don’t think to check out the county website for activities.  Our local folks, particularly the young workers, are so intent on the their daily work and the press of family life that many of them don’t connect with local media.  It is a dilemma.

In the interest of the those who don’t know what’s coming up … here are some activities for the rest of October to keep in mind.  Things are hopping all over the highlands.

  Feel free to share.  And don’t say we didn’t tell you.


Haliburton County Studio Tour  Saturday October 8, 2011 to Sunday October 9, 2011
Enjoy the 24th annual Haliburton County Studio Tour featuring the work of over 28 artists and artisans featuring original and unique fine arts and crafts

Dorset Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show takes place on Saturday, October 8 from 10am to 3pm. This show is a wonderful celebration of all that is hand made and beautiful. A show where only hand made goods are presented by a variety of artisans from the area. Items will include paintings, hand made dolls, jewellery, puppets, knitting, stained glass, wood crafts, rock art, unique dried soup mixes and hand carved decoys to name a few.

“Leave the Cooking to Us” as the Wilberforce Agricultural Society serves their annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Lloyd Watson Community Centre in Wilberforce. A delicious turkey meal with all the trimmings and pie for dessert. Tickets sold at the door. Adults are $12, Children under 12 years are $5 and preschoolers are free. Dinner is served at 5:00 pm. Proceeds from the dinner support the 2012 Wilberforce Fair. For more information, visit the website at WilberforceFair.com or call 448-2683.

Kids & Youth

Dorset Pumpkin Carving Party October 30
Kids Pumpkin Carving Party on Sunday, October 30 starting at 6pm. Come for hot dogs for dinner and join the fun – pumpkins & tools provided but feel free to bring your own!

Dorset Rec Centre … Kids Halloween Party on Monday, October 31 from 7 to 8pm. Games, activities and treat bags

Minden Hills Museum: Hallowe’en Night at the Museum   Monday October 31  While you are out trick or treating, stop by the Minden Hills Museum grounds!

Special Events

R.D. Lawrence Place: Ron Mahler’s Book Launch – My Fanatical, Regrettable Tour Of Ministry

Saturday October 8, 201
Ron Mahler’s Book Launch – “My Fanatical, Regrettable Tour Of Ministry”. Free admission and refreshments.

CFUW October Meeting  Thursday October 20, 2011
October meeting at Fleming College at 7 pm and enjoy listening to Nancy Brownsberger of SIRCH.

Saturday October 29, 2011
Arts Exposed 2011 will be held on Saturday, October 29th at 6:00 pm at the Minden Community Centre. The $40 ticket includes a gourmet meal, prepared by Grill on the Gull, and the chance to bid on the work of local artists at auction.

Rails End Gallery: Drum Circle
Wednesday October 5, 2011 to Wednesday October 26, 2011
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Are you a drummer? There’s only one way to find out!

October 21st Minden Lion’s Club Spaghetti Dinners.  All You Can Eat Spaghetti with Ceasar Salad, Garlic Bread, Desert and Beverages Adults $10, kids under 12 – $5 ea. Minden Lion’s Hall – 164 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden Doors open at 5pm to 7 pm Minden Lion’s Hall

Friends Of The Haliburton County Public Library ‘s Sixth Annual Book Gala.  Author Francis Itani will be presenting her new book “Requiem” on Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at the Minden Hills Library. Silent Auction and refreshments at 1:00 pm and author’s presentation at 2:00. Cost is $15.00/person. Call Linda at 705 457-2064 for tickets

Outdoor Events

Haliburton County Farmers’ Market’s “Harvest Happening”
Friday October 7, 2011
Don’t miss the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market’s “Harvest Happening” on Friday October 7 from 1-5 at That Place in Carnarvon restaurant, corner of Hwy’s 118 and 35!

Friends of the Rail Trail invites hikers, field naturalists or anyone wanting to go for a nice long walk, to help kick off this inaugural event. 34 km in 2 days. October 14 to 16th.  The HCRT rail bed was built in 1878 through, granite, marsh and forest. Accommodation packages available at all price ranges. Hospitality Friday evening. Hike is PWYC. Visit WebsiteHaliburton County Rail Trail (HCRT) Haliburton Village – Gelert – Kinmount   Contact: Alison Curtis Tel: 888 225-1448

Performing Arts

Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion: October Events
Saturday October 1, 2011 to Monday October 31, 2011
There are lots of exciting events happening at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion in October! Call 705-457-7751 or email northernlightstheatre@gmail.com for more details.

Zoe Chilco sings at Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday October 8, 2011
Zoe Chilco, vocals; John Deehan, sax; and one more TBA

Rails End Gallery: Amelia and The Mayor (of Essonville, aka Albert Saxby)  Friday October 14, 2011 Amelia is a talented young woman with an amazing voice. Albert Saxby, aka The Mayor of Essonville, is a well-known composer/musician with a large body of original work.

Haliburton Concert Series: Project Aria  Saturday October 15, 2011
Final concert of the 2011 season.

Bobcaygeon Music Council presents David Murray – Six Feet of String Bass Saturday October 15.  Bobcaygeon Music Council presents:David Murray Six feet of string bass. October 15th, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. $20 adult, $5 youth, $85 for five concert series. Trinity Church; 42 William St. Bobcaygeon, On.


Author: Mike Jaycock

Living life at Eagle Lake, Ontario, Canada.

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