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‘N Sew On

17 Apr

by Diva Claire Carter

I am always impressed by the unique businesses and offerings found in Huron County.  N Sew On is no exception.  Owned by Kevin Soehner, and located just off of the Square, N Sew On produces custom embroidered items, screen prints, vinyl and custom promotional items.

Embroidery Threads

Embroidery Threads

Kevin is very passionate about his work. He gives the impression that no task is too large or small.  While I was in the shop, he made a one-of-a-kind screen printed table cloth, hundreds of magnets, had several boxes of orders picked up and set up embroidery machines to make sweaters for a local hockey team.

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in-house equipment

in-house equipment

 

Whenever possible, Kevin makes products in house.  Custom blankets, tote bags and aprons are all sewn in Goderich.  This allows the client to choose exactly what colour, fabric and dimensions they would like, and then a truly custom product is created.

Kevin said that he is starting to become popular with businesses in Toronto and Stratford, who hear about his services when they ask “who made that” of a promotional product.

I was amazed with the number of colours throughout the store.  Tye-dye and florescent shirts and hats are popular, and bright spools of thread are hung from the wall behind the giant Barudan embroidery machine.

EmbroideryMachine

Images supplied by clients can be transferred to items in a number of ways.   The photo above shows how an image on the screen is transferred by printer directly onto fabric.  I got thinking of all sorts of unique gifts and custom items that could be made possible with all of the equipment (and skill) at N’ Sew On.

In addition to plenty of bright colours and example pieces, the walls of N’ Sew On are lined with newspaper articles and awards that Kevin has received for his business, including Business of the Year at the Goderich and District Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Success Awards.  N’ Sew On began as a home based business, and has grown to a large storefront off of the Square.  Based on his accommodating attitude, it isn’t hard to understand why!

N’ Sew On is located at 53 South Street, Goderich.
(519) 612-1034

Something to look forward to in 2014

20 Dec

This blog post is a little different as it’s announcing a project that will be launched in Spring of 2014.

If you are a regular reader of OntarioTravelDivas you’ll know that Huron County offers a rich and vibrant life-style to its residents and a most pleasant place for visitors to explore.  Now visitor’s the world over will be able to learn a little more about our unique history through the Huron County Museum’s Henderson Digitization Project.    We’ll let you know when the site is officially launched …

HCM-a992-0003-342aContact:  Emily Beliveau, Digital Archives Assistant
Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
519.524.2686, ext. 300

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Museum to Publish Hundreds of Photos Online in 2014

Newly digitized photographs from the Archives at the Huron County Museum reveal New Year’s Day festivities at Sky Harbour seventy years ago. The images, which were scanned from negatives, show trainees from the British Navy Fleet Air Arm enjoying a holiday meal alongside Sky Harbour
instructors and staff on January 1, 1944. The Huron County Museum is kicking off the new year by announcing the publication of these and hundreds more WWII air training photos on a new online collections site.

In Spring 2014, over 850 scanned images will be published on the web to conclude the Henderson Digitization Project. The year-long initiative was undertaken by the Archives at the Huron County Museum with support from a Museum and Technology Fund grant from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.

Between 1940 and 1944, Sky Harbour was the site of No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School, one of many wartime training schools located across the country that operated under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The new website will also feature pictures from No. 31 Air
Navigation School (Port Albert) and No. 5/31 Radio School (Clinton), all taken by Goderich-based photographer J. G. Henderson.

John Gordon Henderson (1913-1989) operated a photography studio on the north part of The Square for several decades, where Garb and Gear Source For Sports is now located. The Huron County Museum holds the collection of Henderson’s work as a professional photographer.

Before scanning, many of the images were only available as negatives, making it difficult to see exactly what—or who—was in the photo. The digital darkroom of the Henderson Digitization Project has made hundreds of images more accessible to researchers, and in a few months will make them available to everyone on the web.

Until the site launches, previews from the collection will be featured on the museum’s Facebook page, facebook.com/huroncountymuseum.

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HCM-a992-0003-330aHCM-a992-0003-334New Year’s Day 1944, Sky Harbour [3 images]

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HURON COUNTY MUSEUM
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10 North Street, Goderich
519-524-2686

House Concerts intimate live music experience

27 Sep
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photo submitted

by Diva Susan Pye

Debbie Carroll is a very generous woman.  She and her husband Bill open their home several times a year on Sunday evenings, to share the performances of local and visiting musicians with Goderich and area residents (please refer to Debbie’s web site Riverview House Concerts for additional details).Debbie and Bill live in a lovely home overlooking the Maitland River, and on select Sunday evenings, invite  fellow music lovers to join them in appreciating performances in their living room overlooking the river.  It is an intimate setting ideally suited to enjoying musicians make music, a rare opportunity to enjoy this personal experience rather than view it on a screen as we so often do these days.Last Sunday evening my husband and I enjoyed Debbie and Bill’s hospitality and listened with great enjoyment to MIL, a trio from Joliette PQ.  Claude Methe (fiddle, vocals and guitar), Dana Whittle (guitar, vocals, feet yes feet and cajon) and Denise Levac (flute and vocals) usually play with the Quebec band  Dentdelion, but are presently touring small venues as a trio. The trio performed traditional French Canadian songs and tunes as well as  a few written by Dana.  They performed in French, but thanks to the introductions by Claude and Dana and of course, the universal language of music, no translation was required.  It was great fun!
We also had the pleasure of hearing talented local musicians David Walker and Paul Howe.  David sang show tunes, and including a lovely rendition of “With One Look” from the Andrew Lloyd Weber show Sunset Boulevard, with Paul accompanying on piano.So, bring some finger foods if you wish, and for a suggested donation of $20.00 you will enjoy listening to talented musicians and singers perform live in a comfortable venue, within minutes of your own home!
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From the website:  Owner, Debbie Carroll’s specialty is teaching early childhood music classes which involve the partnership of a child with a parent or caregiver.   She also has experience teaching and supervising classes up to the SK level.  Custom-designed mentoring may include private discussion, observation, feedback and/or repertoire. Also, anyone who wishes to simply expand on his or her selection and use of songs, rhymes and dances for young children will enjoy spending a few one-on-one hours with Debbie!
For more about Debbie’s mentoring programs, or her Children’s CDs visit her website.

Great Food, Good Times at Paddy O’Neil’s

19 Aug

Paddy O'Neilsby Diva Trista Russell

On my way up to Goderich to check out Behind the Bars (see my last post), I stopped at Paddy O’Neil’s on The Square in Goderich for some dinner. O’Neil’s is part of the Hotel Bedford which is the only hotel right on The Square. O’Neil’s has a variety of food, ranging from fresh local fish and pastas to chicken wings. I tried the breaded pickerel ($18.89) which came with your choice of potato and steamed veggies. Very tasty! The service was excellent too. The main dining room was pretty full on a Thursday evening, so I sat on the patio which had a nice view of the Courthouse. Afterwards, I walked around The Square to see the improvements Goderich has made.

IMG-20130808-00218After touring Behind the Bars, I headed down to Goderich’s main beach to catch the sunset. I’ve heard that Goderich’s sunsets are rated as some of the best in the world. Such a beautiful view!

Paddy O’Neil’s Restaurant
92 Courthouse Square
Goderich, Ontario
Phone: 519-524-7337
Website: http://www.hotelbedford.ca

Paddy O'Neil's IMG-20130808-00221 Paddy O'Neil's, Goderich Sunset on Lake Huron

Behind the Bars

15 Aug
Huron County's Gaol is a National Historic site.

Huron County’s Gaol is a National Historic site.

By Diva Trista Russell

I think this one of the coolest (and relatively unknown) summer events in Huron County! “Behind the Bars” is an interactive tour of the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from July to August, you can explore the gaol and interact with volunteers who step into the role of late-1800s prisoners. I have to confess that I’m not much of a museum fanatic, but I really enjoyed this as it was interactive and entertaining!

The Huron Historic Gaol served as the County Jail from 1842 to 1972 and now is a designated National Historic Site. One thing I didn’t realize before is that the building housed the County Courts and Council Chambers on the top floor. The gaol also held prisoners not only from Huron County, but also from neighbouring Perth and Bruce Counties as well.

Meeting characters from the past

Meeting characters from the past

Upon entering the gaol, there is an opportunity to sign the guestbook and state your “crime”. After paying the $10 admission fee, I was greeted by a museum attendant who explained some of the faces of the gaol I might meet. There are three floors to explore, as well as the Governor’s House. The cell blocks, kitchen, laundry room, Gaoler’s apartment, surgeon room, courtroom, and holding rooms/cells are all open for viewing. In almost every room there were opportunities to meet and question those who were representing the men, women and children who lived and worked behind the bars. There were also little excerpts on the walls that detailed the background of some of the prisoners. I quickly learned that some prisoners committed serious crimes, and other some very minor offences. I got to meet a young boy, around 13 years old, who was incarcerated for not having a job!

IMG_3764Each one of the prisoners did a wonderful job of representing and staying in character. I had a nice chat with the Governor’s daughter about life in the 1800s, and when I explained why I was visiting, she was was quite perplexed about what a “blog” was. Imagine explaining technology to someone growing up in the early 1900s!

IMG_3774What is truly amazing is that everything in the building is original to that time period and still works. One of the tour guides in the Governor’s House told me that the radiator in the bedroom still works to this day exactly as it did over 100 years ago!

As an extra treat, refreshments were served outside on the court yard.  It’s recommended that you allow at least 45 minutes for the tour. I easily spent over an hour exploring the building.

I had never been to the Historic Gaol before so this was a first-time experience for me. The chance to interact with these characters definitely makes this a truly unique attraction, and in my opinion is a great way to spend a summer evening learning about history. Plus, how often can you tell people that you went to jail for a night?

Behind the Bars Gaol Tours
Tuesday & Thursday evenings until August 29, 2013, 7 PM to 9 PM (last entry 8:30PM)
Admission: Adults: $10, Children: $5; Families: $25; Ages 5 & under: Free; Members: FreeLocation: Huron Historic Gaol, 181 Victoria St. North, Goderich

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One Cell Block

One Cell Block

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Park House Perfect on a Summer Friday afternoon

19 Jul

by Diva Karen

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the view of the Lake was spectacular

I had a few errands to run in Goderich this afternoon so could not miss an opportunity to visit the main beach and have dinner on the patio at the Park House.  This is one of my favourite pubs in Goderich as it has good food, a casual and friendly atmosphere, and a wonderful view of the lake – no matter what time of year.  I often catch the sunset, but today I was there much too early.

As the storm came in over the lake, my sister and I stood on the banks of Lake Huron and enjoyed the view.   It was a very windy day so the dark clouds rolled by swiftly, the sharp bolts of summer lighting dashed through the sky and thunder rumbled overhead.  We just made it back to the car when the rain came.  A torrential down-pour lasted just a few minutes and then the sun came out so we headed to the Park House for dinner.

The Park House offers great pub food – appetizers and salads, wings, ribs, pastas and fresh fish.  My sister, Sherry, enjoyed the yellow fish and I enjoyed the ribs and wing combo – both were specials on the menu this evening. Fresh from the waters yellow fish are mild & sweet tasting with delicious white, flaky fillets. Dinner included five fillets, deep fried, served with fresh-cut fries.  Meaty, tender barbeque ribs and honey garlic wings were perfect fare with an ice-cold beer on a Friday afternoon.  The wings were especially good as the coating was different than any pub wings I’ve enjoyed before – I can only describe them as flaky which I realize might be an odd description of a deep-fried batter.  Caesar salads were served with both dinners as were a potato or rice.  Sherry had fresh cut fries with the fish while I enjoyed a baked potato with butter and sour cream.  The price was just $17.99 each.

Matthew Hussey on the piano

Matthew Hussey on the piano

As an added bonus, Matthew Hussey – on the piano – provided wonderful easy-listening music in the background that really added to this evening’s dining experience at the Parkhouse.

History outlined on the Restaurant’s web site (www.parkhouserestaurant.com) tells us that this historical building is one of Huron County’s oldest structures, built in the late 1830’s. Thomas Mercer Jones, the first Commissioner of the Canada Company and his wife moved to Goderich in 1843 and lived in this Georgian-style home, which was once referred to as “The Castle” as a home, it was the centre of lavish dinner parties, balls and garden parties, as the garden beds and spacious lawns were said to be a sight to behold. An impressive residence with 10 magnificent fireplaces – some constructed from imported Italian marble – that heated many bedrooms and drawing rooms. In 1895 an agreement was signed by the Canada Company to sell four of the lots which comprised the company’s property, including the home. The gracious home of Mr. and Mrs. Jones became a railroad hotel, known as Maitland House. On December 9, 1945 a fire destroyed the roof and top floor of the hotel which was then rebuilt with a flat roof.  In the spring of 1976 the hotel was purchased and renamed the Harbour Park Inn. It is the oldest building standing in Goderich today, a reminder of the vision of the men of the Canada Company and the early settlers of Huron County. Over the years, this building has undergone many changes but one thing remains, The Park House is a friendly meeting place filled with atmosphere, overlooking beautiful Lake Huron.”

If you’re looking for good food in a casual setting, I highly recommend a visit to the Park House next time you’re in Goderich.

Park House Tavern & Eatery
168 West Street, Goderich, Ontario
519-524-4968  

Rib/Wing combo

Rib/Wing combo

Sherry enjoyed deep fried yellow fish fillets and home-cut french fries

Sherry enjoyed deep fried yellow fish fillets and home-cut french fries

Naftels Creek Family Hike

18 Jul
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Hiking at Naftels Creek

By Diva Jenna Ujiye

At almost mid-point between Bayfield and Goderich Ontario there is a wonderful hiking trail called Naftels Creek ( http://www.hikehuron.ca/site/?page_id=53 ). I had been discussing an outdoor fun photo shoot with my friend Dana for a month or so and we finally decided on Naftels Creek trail.

Dana, her husband Dave, their son Cullen and I had a great hike and so much fun searching for lady bugs, fish and other animals! I hadn’t been out to the trail in a while and it seemed a bit different than in the past. Of course, I forgot my hiking guide so I tried to take note of the trail markers along the trail. Well, within about 1 kilometer I totally forgot what colour we were following, so we ended up hiking the whole trail… plus some!

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

The trail meanders through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. It is a great length for young families and even strollers would make it through the majority of the trail.

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

This trail is only one of the 28 that exist in Huron County, so if you are interested in Hiking, make sure to pick up copy of the Ontario’s West Coast hiking guide or visit it online: www.hikehuron.ca

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Information about the Trail:

Distance
3.2 km loop

Difficulty Level
Level 2 – moderate, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes

Trail Use
Walking, Skiing, Pets on leash

Trail Hazards
Poison ivy in wet areas, steep hill on blue trail

Trail Surface
Natural surface, some boardwalks

Cost for Using Trail
None

Driving Directions
Located about 7 km south of Goderich on Hwy. #21. Parking is available just off Hwy. #21 at the trail access point – # 79152. Between Union Rd. and Kitchigami Rd.

I love Canada!

12 Jul

DSC_8330by Diva Cassandra Phillips-Grande

Hello friends!

Last weekend, Goderich hosted a slue of events for Canada Day Weekend celebrations. Starting on Saturday, we had the Farmer’s Market, and Sunday, the Flea Market. The town decided to block off a section of the square and run the markets on the road, which allowed for safer and easier access to the vendors.  With lovely weather, and a new setup, my sister Ronny and I wandered around the markets. I always love going to the Flea Market, especially to find glass treasures like teapots or plates!
Canada Day FireworksLater on Sunday night, my friends and I went to the beach to watch the fireworks. With our glow sticks and blankets in hand, we sat on the sandy beach (with what felt like the rest of the town) and watched an amazing display for half an hour. We saw some people using kayaks and canoes to paddle further into the water to get a better view, to which I say I’d LOVE to try that next year! With the various colours and variety of styles, I’d have to say that this year’s fireworks are the best that I’ve seen in a while.
To conclude the Canada Day celebrations, my cousins and I went to the parade held in downtown Goderich. Luckily, the rainy weather held off just long enough to allow the parade to finish! I always love going to parades, especially when I am with friends and family to enjoy them with. Along with great floats, 2 horses, and plenty of antique cars, I was so pleased to see how patriotic everyone was. With all the flags, hats, {temporary} tattoos, and red & white I saw, it was refreshing to know that even in a small town like Goderich, people really do love our big country of Canada.

Lots of Laughs at the Children’s Festival

2 Jul

o29198057by Diva Nicole Olson

Goderich had their annual Children’s Festival this past Saturday, June 29, from 10 am-3 pm, at the Goderich Memorial Arena. There was so much to do. I have small children, so I loved that there were activities for all ages. I enjoyed seeing various local businesses and community members get involved by volunteering or having booths, centres or activities. We stopped to play at the B.U.S Toy station, Fincher’s Toy tent and made a bunny using soil and grass seed from the Horticultural Society.

This year’s theme was Air, Air Everywhere. To go along with this theme there was a model air show put on by the Sky Harbour Modellers. There were bubbles far and wide, and they had a bubble blowing activity station. My mini divas love balloons, so we took home several different colours and one shaped like a puppy.

Children's Festival, Goderich 2013Inside the arena, they had sensory tables, dress up clothes, crafts, face painting, and more inflatables. There were snacks, drinks, BBQ and cotton candy. They had a silent auction fundraiser as well. Our favourite part of the day was watching Erick Traplin, an award winning children’s entertainer. He had the children laughing, dancing, playing music and generally mesmerized. The whole event was free of charge, with bins set up for donations to go towards next year’s activities. Definitely a worthwhile day spent in Goderich!

Goderich Children’s Festival
Goderich Memorial Arena
McDonald Street, Goderich, ON

Email: goderichchildrensfestival@yahoo.com
Tourism Goderich at 519-524-6600

Erick Traplin entertained at the Children's Festival, Goderich

Erick Traplin entertained at the Children’s Festival, Goderich

Fun at the Children's Festival

Fun at the Children’s Festival

Sushi for you and me

6 Jun

Sushi at Samuels

By Diva Jenna Ujiye

Every Thursday from May 29th on Samuels Hotel will be serving sushi and I had to get there on the first day to try it out! I have been making my own sushi for years and was just so happy that chef Kim decided to add this to her forever-growing offerings at the hotel.

Dessert at SamuelsIMG_4474The sushi I typically make has whatever leftovers I have in the fridge rolled up with sushi rice and nori (seaweed), so I was happy to see the wonderful menu with local Ontario fish in it! I guess I should say I was getting sick or “leftover roast pork sushi” and “I only have a cucumber sushi”.

The King's at Samuels Fish bowl at Samuels

When I went in, Sarah and Dunya (staff at Samuels), were ready with a menu for me. There were 10 different sushi varieties – 5 starters,  2 combos and three dessert options! Being allergic to shellfish, I had to stick to fish and vegetable options and ordered the smoked salmon roll and the fushion salmon roll along with wonton crisps as a starter. I skipped out on dessert as I really didn’t have room for it anyway, with 8 rolls in each order I was stuffed after about 12 pieces and half of the wontons!

The prices range from $3.75-$6.75 for starters, $7.95 – $13.95 for sushi and desserts are less than $7.00. Literally you can get a whole 3 course quality meal for $19!

The food, service and experience was excellent and I can’t wait to go back again! Samuels Hotel also offers rooms, lunch and dinner specials and much more. Visit their website here: http://www.samuelshotel.ca and add them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/samuelshotel?ref=ts&fref=ts

Samuels is located at 34031 Saltford Rd  Goderich, ON N7A 4C6

(519) 524-1371

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