Tread in Time Window, by Gilbert VandenHeuvel
by Diva Karen Stewart
It’s always a pleasure to pop into the Co-op Gallery on the square in Goderich. A non-juried community show “Exposure” is up just until the end of the month so you might want to take a few minutes to drop in.
This year the Co-op Gallery members have co-ordinated an exhibition that includes over 50 pieces from a number of artists who work in various mediums. You’ll be delighted by the infusion of work where everyone is invited to display their creativity.
The Co-op Gallery hosts its non-juried community show each April. The gallery also plays host to displays by its members year round as well as monthly exhibitions from guest artists. Student field trips are most welcome and a guest lecture series further engages arts enthusiasts in our community. This gallery is a delightful, and valuable, community resource.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm now through to the end of December.
Goderich Co-op Gallery
65 Courthouse Square, Goderich, ON N7A 1M5
Spoke Storm by Gilbert VandenHeuvel
Bicycle Parts by Gilbert VandenHeuvel
Who Knows Where?
Acrylic by Sally MacEwan
Returning to Goderich, oil by Barbara Taylor-Bakker
Retaining the Essence
Mixed Media Pen & Ink by Mona Istrati-Mulhern
by Diva Kerri Gingerich
Although I wasn’t always thrifty, I am becoming more and more so the older I get and when I first heard about the new, family-focused ice plant tour put on by Iceculture in Hensall my immediate reaction was, “that sounds cool but $14 per person is a lot of money.”
Long story, short, I decided to check it out and am so glad I did – the tour was professional, educational and well worth the money (be sure to check out the video of me in the ice playground)!
The plant tour itself lasted about 45 minutes and then there was playtime in the ice playground. The tour is very kid-friendly and includes: learning how crystal clear ice is manufactured, watching a carving demonstration, a tour of an ice lounge, and of course, the opportunity to slide down a 50ft ice slide. (See on YouTube here)
If you’ve never had a tour of the plant and are looking for something fun to do with the kids this week, I would definitely recommend checking this out.
The tours started March 9th and are running daily, through March 17th. Tours must be booked in advance. Cost is $14 per person with special group rates available.
For bookings or for more information call Karen at (519) 262-3500 ext 229, or e-mail email@example.com.
81 Brock Street
An Ice Carver demonstration at IceCultures in Hensall.
By Diva Kerri Gingerich
Nearly 100 spectators enjoyed free admission to an action-packed show last Sunday at The Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron (REACH) and organizers are busy preparing for a second event to be held this Sunday, March 10th.
Where else around here can you take in an entire day of barrel racing, steer wrestling, and roping? Organizer, Ed DeWetering says, “The purpose of this event is to help amateurs get started. Participants are given three chances to complete each event as opposed to the one chance they would get at an international rodeo”.
DeWetering has helped over 150 people from all across Canada get their start in the World of Rodeo. Please call Ed at (519) 668 4315 if you want to get involved or for more information.
- Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron (REACH)
- 169 Beech Street • Box 248 • Clinton, Ontario
by Diva Jenna
There seems to be more and more family day activities planned each year, as the holiday becomes more prominent. Many of the events are planned for children, which I don’t have, but I sure do love taking part in adventures!
I wanted to spend the day with my family, so we decided to take a drive and walk in Goderich. What a beauty day for this! We watched lots of families and friends walking and playing in yards and public places.
When we got home, Taylor decided to try out his new dirt bike ( I know, there isn’t much dirt showing right now, but he had just picked it up on Saturday!). Dirt biking and four-wheeling are leisure hobbies in my family and town for that matter. Even our cat Aiko venture out with us sometimes! It seems that most people in Port Albert have one or the other. It was a bit cold out, but Taylor braved the weather and rode the bike around for almost an hour!
All in all we had a great day and we were very happy to have the Monday off to spend time together. If you are looking for cool events happening in Huron, check out this calendar and start planning your trip here – http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/events/events.php
- Fighting over the Oscar
By: Diva Jenna Ujiye
I have not watched the Academy Awards in about 6 years, as I haven’t had cable and I usually spend my Sunday evenings at home! This year my friend Kate Johnston, who is the manager of the Livery in Goderich, mentioned to me that there was a Livery fundraiser Oscar Night at the Parkhouse in Goderich and that it was a formal dress-up night. If you haven’t noticed, I hate to miss out on getting dressed up, so I told her I would be there!
I realized that all I had for formal wear were my prom dresses and a couple of other dresses that were very tight. So I went with the larger of the tight dresses! I arrived at the Parkhouse at around 7:30 and our Hosts Ben Scholton and Ian Doyle had already started the evening commentary. I really felt like a star myself! The ticket price of $15.00 included a glass of sparkling wine, tons of door prizes and ½ price appetizers. I hadn’t had dinner, so I ordered a BLTC (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese) sandwhich… I know it doesn’t sound glamourous, but it sure hit the spot for me!
Ben Scholten and Ian Doyle just about to interview Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!
We were each given ballots to put our votes in on all of the awards. I had seen 4 of the movies, so I had to do some “educated” guesses. There were prizes for best dressed, male and female and of course a prize was given to the person who scored highest on the awards list. The awards were fun, but I would have to say my favourite part was the photo booth. As you can see from the pictures we had a lot of fun! I hope the Livery has more entertaining nights such as these and it was great to spend the night with friends at the Parkhouse!
Photobooth at the Oscar Party
A thorn between 11 roses?
The Livery hosts the Goderich Little Theatre, The Livery Film Fest and Live! at the Livery. If you are looking to see a great theatre production, one is starting on March 15. I’ll Be Back Back Before Midnight” Written by Peter Colley and Directed by Nina Reynolds, sounds to me like it is going to be a great murder mystery show! So if you are looking for information on more great events visit www.thelivery.ca
The small town of Blyth, Ontario is host and home to the Blyth Centre for the Arts. It is a year-round cultural activity centre with a plethora of opportunities, including – Blyth Festival Theatre, an Art Gallery that showcases three professional exhibits and the Blyth Festival Singers.
The season is coming together very well with one show already started. The world premier of Dear Johnny Deere kicked the season of on June 22. This show takes songs and music by Fred Eaglesmith and shows us the ups and downs of life on the farm. The Divas haven’t mad it out to the show yet, but they wanted to make sure that you all had the opportunity to hear about it! London Free Press wrote a great review about the show, check it out here: http://www.lfpress.com/entertainment/stage/2012/06/24/19915226.html and see a bit of information below. Look for more information to come soon about the other shows happening this summer!
If you are looking to get tickets or are looking for more information you can visit or call here:
www.blythfestival.com/ or call 1-877-862-5984
June 19 – July 7
WRITER(S): Ken Cameron
DIRECTOR: Eric Coates
Drivin’, shootin’, cheatin’, schemin’, and boozin’…just another day on the farm when Fred Eaglesmith is writing the tunes! But it’s not all fun and games…Johnny and Caroline struggle to keep the farm afloat and their marriage together while the bills pile higher. What will it take to keep them together?
Hint: it’s green. And it’s a tractor.
By Diva Trista Russell
With spring season underway, and summer just around the corner…why not make a stop to walk in the park?
I visited the St. Joesph Memorial Park this weekend, and had a fun time reading the fascinating stories along the walkway. If you’re a history buff, this park is definitely worth a stop. Even if you’re not a history buff (like me), this place has some beautiful scenery.
The St. Joesph Memorial Park began with a request from St. André, known healer and founder of the famed Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal. A statue honouring St. Joseph and St. André are located in the park.
There is also a plaque honouring Narcisse Cantin, who had a dream to build a Great Lakes canal system. The canal would have started at St. Joseph and linked Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Although this canal was never built, he was remembered as the “Father of the St. Lawrence Seaway”.
Last summer, the St. Joseph and Area Historical Society produced an outdoor play about Narcisse, which was performed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, just a few minutes north of the park. The Society even received a Governor General’s History Award for the production!
I think this park would be the perfect spot for a picnic on the way to the beach. It’s right off the highway, and there’s a neat little picnic bench area to stop and have a bite.
The park is located at the intersection of Bluewater Highway (Hwy. #21) at Zurich-Hensall Road (County Road #84), and it’s open year-round.
By: Diva Jenna Ujiye
Last week I received an e-mail with this awesome photo. Rita Christie of Staffa sent it to us. She was out driving and noticed this cute little Owl hanging out on the Ontario’s West Coast gateway sign. I thought I should share out to all of you!!!
Snowy Owl on Ontario's West Coast
Happy New Years, Happy Riding!
What do you get when you combine a raging rodeo and a new years celebration?? You get one fun-filled crazy day and night! I went to Clinton’s REACH Huron New Year’s rodeo with no expectations and found an amazing day here in our very own Huron County. The talent and skills that could be found in that riding arena were unbelievable! Not to mention the bravery. I caught myself wincing many times in excitement and thrill for the riders. You want to talk about a nail biter experience, this was once to be had. There were many qualifying events in the day from bronco riding, barrel racing, roping and bull riding. The event was FREE during the day so next year if you are looking for some FREE fun head to the REACH Huron new years rodeo in Clinton.
The evening event was spectacular! Although the evening portion of the rodeo had a monetary cost to attend, it was well worth the money. There were over 800 people who attended the event, young and old. For someone who is inexperienced in rodeos I had such a blast. The whole ambiance of the event screamed fun from the hilarious announcer to the talent of the participants. I found myself attending the REACH rodeo with a group who also did not know what to expect and had their minds blown away. A friend of mine said to me after the event, “I am not your typical cowboy or rodeo attendee, but I had a blast at that thing!”. I couldn’t have said it any better. The events included bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, team roping and sorting, just to name a few. Oh and we can’t forget my favourite the hilarious wild cow milking event. Laughs could be heard across the whole riding arena. The event was spectacular for any person and every family. What a fun way to celebrate the New Year! I’ve included some pictures that have been provided to me from S. Currah.
For those who were looking for a fun way to ring in the New Year the event ended with a BX 93 Wild West video dance party! One recommendation for those going next year is wear your cowboy boots and/or rubber boots if you’ve got em’! The licensed event was packed full of over 700 people from across our county and from many others. Be ready to have you boots rocking to a good time. The screens were enormous and played music videos while playing the music to suit them. What an event thrown by REACH Huron. From beginning to end the REACH Huron rodeo & BX93 dance was an New Year’s event that had the whole crowd laughing, dancing, smiling the whole day and night through!