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Ladies’ night success demonstrates why this diva loves Huron County

21 Jan
Hypnotist Comedian Hank Stone found a number of volunteers to give him a hand. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

Hypnotist Comedian Hank Stone found a number of volunteers to give him a hand. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

by Diva Melody Hodgson

SEAFORTH – I have always found it interesting how quickly things can transpire once the wheels have been put into motion.

This past Saturday was the 1st Annual MILPS Gala in Seaforth, hosted by the Huron East Centenaires. What began as an informal conversation after the Men’s Steak Night last summer quickly turned into a full-on planning session for a fun- filled ladies’ night in Seaforth. The gala was to focus not only on raising funds for the newly formed Men’s Senior AA hockey team and local youth sports initiatives, but also provide a showcase for some of the local bounty that Huron County has to offer. In a few short months it went from a vague idea and discussion to a sold-out event with 200 women filling the Seaforth & District Community Centre.

The MILPS Gala (which stands for Mom’s I’d Like to Party with) is not the first ladies’ night to hit Huron County (the Clinton Kinsmen has an incredibly successful one in November!), and it is with a respect for the existing events that we began the planning process.

Agnes Kluz and Brenda Campbell capture a memory of the evening. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

Agnes Kluz and Brenda Campbell capture a memory of the evening. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

The event featured local musician Jay Allan (who blew the audience away with his acoustic talents!), catering by Walton’s own Teresa Dejong and High Creek Farm, fashion show curated by high-end consignment boutique Scarlet in Exeter and the only non-local talent, hypnotist-comedian Hank Stone.  Local partnerships were also formed with Blyth Farm Cheese and 16 Mile Cellar Winery (local businessman Paul Vandermolen of Lawnmaster is a partner), Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, Blooms ‘n’ Rooms and Your Life In Stills Photography with Rob Boyce.  On top of the entertainment, thanks to the generosity of local merchants there were over 16 door prizes ranging in value from $50 to $430, and 35 silent auction items to bid on.  The evening ended with a jam-packed dance floor, with DJ Jake Campbell (JCMBL) taking over the stage.  Throughout the evening, the Ex-Cents (a senior men’s league hockey team) formed a squad of concierges that waited on each table hand and foot, fetching drinks, serving the plated meals and laughing at all of the ladies’ clever jokes.

The tables were beautifully decorated for the event. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

The tables were beautifully decorated for the event. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

It was an incredibly fun evening, and exceeded all of our expectations when planning.  And while I may have been one of the event coordinators for the Gala, this is not meant to be a “toot my own horn” blog posting.  As an import to Seaforth and Huron County, Saturday night exemplified beyond words how much I love this town and the surrounding area.  I feel more at home here than I have in any other location (be it from the shores of lakes Erie, Ontario and Superior, to further northwest in a secluded little town called Atikokan), and it’s not just due to the fact that I have my own little family here.  It is, for the most, part due the people.  The area is full of amazing people who will help out at the drop of a hat, who are supportive and full of excitement and want nothing more than to see an idea succeed into fruition. Over time, they become an extended family that you never knew you needed, but are incredibly thankful to have.

Toronto may have its thousands of restaurants, clubs and subway system…but I know Huron County has more.  And I know for sure we are the only area to have our own MILPS Gala ;)

A model turns some heads during the fashion show. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

A model turns some heads during the fashion show. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

Upcoming Ladies’ Nights

Be You, Be Fabulous (Seaforth) – March 5, 2015

Clinton Kinsmen (Clinton) – Date TBA

2016 MILPS Gala (Seaforth) – Jan. 16, 2016

2015 MILPS Gala Event Partners

Huron East Centenaires

Your Life in Stills Photography (also on Facebook)

Jay Allan

High Creek Farm

16 Mile Cellar

Blyth Farm Cheese

Shop Bike Coffee Roasters

NJS Design, Party & Event Rentals (also on Facebook)

Scarlet

Blooms n’ Rooms

 

The women at Table 3 pose with their host server. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

The women at Table 3 pose with their host server. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

 

Nothing rounds out a great evening like a dance party. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

Nothing rounds out a great evening like a dance party. Photo by Rob Boyce, Your Life in Stills.

Seaforth welcomes return of the Centenaires

9 Oct

by Diva Melody Hodgson

Seaforth is a hockey town, as are most towns in rural Ontario and Canada for that matter.  What Seaforth has been lacking however, is a hockey team to bring you to the arena on a Saturday night, with your friends or family (or both).  Until now.  On Saturday, Seaforth welcomed with wide open arms the return of the Centenaires which had been absent since 2003 when the team folded from the Junior ‘D’ development league.  Renamed the Huron East Centenaires, the SR AA hockey team took the ice for the first time to a near capacity arena, amidst cheers, whistles, loud enthusiastic clapping and fists banging on the glass.

A little action shot (photo courtesy of Dave Scott)

A little action shot (photo courtesy of Dave Scott)

What began as the vision of a few, turned into something that the whole community could experience and enjoy.  People of all ages piled into the arena and filled the stands as well as the newly renovated Blue Line Club to watch the game.  They reminisced over their memories of the team from years ago, and looked forward to cheering for their new boys this season and beyond.

The new team may have a new logo, but it carries with it the tradition of the Centenaires past.  See you next Saturday, Seaforth.

Joyce and Marg McClure along with Ben Lobb drop the first puck with Centenaires captain Brendon Merritt and Drives captain Dan Rhames (photo courtesy of Dave Scott)

Joyce and Marg McClure along with Ben Lobb drop the first puck with Centenaires captain Brendon Merritt and Drives captain Dan Rhames (photo courtesy of Dave Scott)

Mary Paige St. Onge sang O’Canada with the two teams, alumni, officials and the packed stands.

Mary Paige St. Onge sang O’Canada with the two teams, alumni, officials and the packed stands.

The Cents Memorabilia wall in the newly renovated Blue Line Club

The Cents Memorabilia wall in the newly renovated Blue Line Club

Some of the most memorable moments in Cents history

Some of the most memorable moments in Cents history

 

Hot Apple Cider and Apple Fritters on a Sunday Afternoon

2 Oct
Hot apple cider and fresh apple fritters...mmmm!

Hot apple cider and fresh apple fritters…mmmm!

by Diva Trista Russell

This past Sunday was the annual Ciderfest in Egmondville. Held the last Sunday of September, Ciderfest is located on the grounds of the Van Egmond House at the corner of Kippen Road and Bayfield Road).

While there was a bit of rain during the afternoon, it didn’t stop people from coming out and touring the vendors market, rope making, rug braiding, and heritage demonstrations. I enjoyed some hot apple cider that was warmed in an old-fashioned cauldron. I also treated myself to some freshly-made warm apple fritters (3 for $1). The apple fritters at Ciderfest are thinly sliced apple rings coated in batter and deep-fried crispy brown. Yum! There was also hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks for sale.

I toured the Van Egmond House while I was there, which is one of the oldest homes in Huron County! During Ciderfest they also allow visitors to tour the manor for free. The house was built in 1846 by the son of Colonel Van Egmond, a leader of rebel military forces in the 1837 Rebellion.

One of the bedrooms in the Van Egmond House

One of the bedrooms in the Van Egmond House

Outside the House they had a mini straw baling demonstration, which was neat to watch. There was also lots of homemade baking, apples, and cider for sale.

Miniature farm display at Ciderfest

Miniature farm display at Ciderfest

Ciderfest is held the last Sunday of September, from 10am to 4pm, at 80 Kippen Road. Admission by donation.

Some of the vendors lined along the grounds of the Van Egmond House

Some of the vendors lined along the grounds of the Van Egmond House

Souper Saturday a Hit in Seaforth

9 Apr
Sally's Closet serves up Sweet Potato & Lime

Sally’s Closet serves up Sweet Potato & Lime

by Diva Karen,

On Saturday volunteers in Seaforth hosted SoupsOn – a fun event to raises funds, collect non-perishable foods and raise profile of the needs of the Seaforth and District Food Bank.  Twenty-eight contestants prepared and served samples of their soups to an appreciative crowd gathered at the Community Centre.

For $7 you got 7 tickets that bought 7 samples.    The soups were quite palatable, offering a variety of clear and creamed, spicy, hearty and all-around deliciously flavourful samples.  I tried the Pierogi Soup presented by Mark Stackhouse of Britannia Lodge – a thick chowder with cheesy chunks of dumplings — Um um, tasty.  Sally’s Closet served a Sweet Potato and Lime Soup which had a wonderful consistency and delightfully golden colour.  The lime offered a unique taste.  A Jamaican Jump-Up Soup prepared by The Black Dog was deliciously spicy and a Black Bean with Lime Salsa from The New Queens Inn in Seaforth was served with a dab of sour cream that offered a nice coolness to the spiciness of the soup.  I also tried a Creamy Potato and a Potato Jalapeno Cheddar Soup served by Jack McLachlan and Mystery Soup Makers, respectively.  Both were substantial and satisfying.  Last, and my nomination for the People Choice Award, was the Rutabaga and Maple served by Freedom Syrup.  Sweet and Yummy!

Colleen Elliott & Brenda Wheeler of Freedom Syrup serve Rutabaga and Maple -

Colleen Elliott & Brenda Wheeler of Freedom Syrup serve Rutabaga and Maple -

A pie and cake auction served up delicious desserts for the charity too.  Carrot cakes, pecan and apple-caramel pies, tarts, and other sweets made of local bakers were awarded to the highest bidders.  MP Ben Lobb was the guest auctioneer who got the auction going by engaging the crowd to bring a nice price for some the home-baked goodies.

This was a wonderful event that was well supported by the community and a corps of hard-working volunteers and great soup-makers.   Congratulations to all.

MP Ben Lobb engages the audience in a lively auction for delicious baked goods

MP Ben Lobb engages the audience in a lively auction for delicious baked goods

a great crowd gathered in Seaforth for this annual event.

a great crowd gathered in Seaforth for this annual event.

Black Bean & Salsa with a dab of Sour Cream!

Black Bean & Salsa with a dab of Sour Cream!

Winter isn’t boring where I live!

18 Jan

Winter on Ontario's West Coast

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

I’ve head it said that winter in Huron County is “boring”. I always giggle at that thought, cause things are only as boring as you make them. There are many events and attractions to hit up during the winter months on Ontario’s West Coast.

Last year I filled my winter with intimate concerts, shopping, food and outdoor recreation. The only time I had to leave was to go downhill skiing, which just doesn’t exist in Huron. I remember an amazing sunny day in Bayfield where I met up with a bunch of people who where going on a guided snowshoe hike with Tyler Hessel from Outside Projects and then onto a beer tasting with Ted McIntosh at the Block Dog. The day started in the early afternoon and moved in to the evening. I don’t think I would call this boring at all.

On another day I spent the whole day shopping at the dress shops in Huron. I went to Designers in Exeter, Anna’s Dress Shoppe in Seaforth, Cowboy Loft in Brussels, Just Looking in Wingham, the Old Mill in Blyth and Something Irresistible in Goderich. This isn’t even close to them all, but I didn’t have enough time to stop and shop anywhere else. During this day I met many great people, bought some awesome clothes and had a wonderful day.

Yes, there are days, when the roads are horrible and it is safer to stay at home. On these days, I always find lots of fun in watching Taylor plow the driveway and playing in the snow!

I hope all of you can have fun like me during the winter in Huron County!!! If you can’t find something to do, send a message to us and we’ll help you to find what you are looking for.

Huron East Double Header – Dirt Bikes and Golf Carts

7 Aug

By: Diva Jenna

From August 15-21 the Municipality of Huron East is going to be buzzing and wooshing with people from all over the place!

Both the Seaforth Country Classic and the Walton Transcan will be taking place during the third week of August! I have attended both events in the past and they are both exciting events with unique aspects to both of them! The Municipality of Huron East in partnership with the Seaforth Business Association is offering a free shuttle between Walton and Seaforth every hour and fifteen minutes on Thursday, August 18th & Friday August 19th!For more information visit here: http://municipalityofhuroneast.posterous.com/parts-canada-transcan-at-walton-august-16th-2

About the Walton Transcan:

More information: www.waltontranscan.ca
The TransCan Grand National Championship is a week long festival of fun and excitement! For this annual “Celebration of Canadian Motocross,” over 1,000 motocross riders and their families cross borders and cross the country to compete for Canada’s most prestigious motocross awards at our biggest event.

Ticket Information

All tickets include HST and no extra charge for PARKING, FULL PIT ACCESS and special commemorative EVENT PROGRAM.

Spectator Admission Ticket Information 

 *** 6 yr old & under free ***
DAILY TICKETS at gate ‘B’

Wednesday Aug 17 9:00am – 5:00pm – Wiseco Amateur Nationals and practice
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Thursday Aug 18 9:00am – 5:00pm –  Wiseco Amateur Nationals
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Friday Aug 19 8:00am – 5:00pm – Wiseco Amateur Nationals
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Saturday Aug 20 8:30am – 5:00pm –  Wiseco Amateur Nationals Finals & Monster Energy National Pro Pit party
Adults $25, 7-11 yr old $10

Sunday Aug 21 11:00am – 4:30pm Monster Energy Pro National Championship plus Battlefield MX2 East/West Shootout,  Amateur East/West Shootout for the  Canada Cup .
Adults $30,  7-11yr old $15
MULTI DAY TICKETS at gate $$$ SAVE $$$
TransCan Weekend Spectator Pass  — Saturday & Sunday.
Adults $50,  7-11yr old $25

TransCan Full Event Spectator Pass  — good for spectating all days.
Adults $70,  7-11yr old $35

About the Seaforth Country Classic:

More Information: www.seaforthcountryclassic.com

Seaforth Country Classic celebrates Canadian Tour’s 25th Anniversary!

Seaforth Country Classic- August 15-21, 2011

  • Monday  August 15  Qualifier 7:30 am, Ladies Pro Am 2:30 pm (spots still available- see Pro Am page)
  • Tuesday August 16  Championship Pro Ams 8 am & 1:15 pm  (morning spots still available -see Pro Am page)
  • Wednesday August 17  Jr. Wee Break 1 pm, Junior Pro Am 2:30 pm (spots still available – see Pro Am page), Practice rounds
  • Thursday August 18  Game on!  Competitive Rounds 7:00 am
  • Friday August 19       Cut day!   Competitive Rounds 7:00 am
  • Saturday August 20   Competitive Rounds 8:00 am
  • Sunday August 21     Competitive Rounds 8:00 am 

Champion Cheque presented after last putt drops on 18th green!

Charity Cheque to Gateway Rural Health Research Institute!

This golf tournament  showcases our rural community to a worldwide audience via the Golf Channel and CKNX, our media partner.  This event is a catalyst in fund- raising efforts for GATEWAY RURAL HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE (www.gatewayresearch.ca) and our charities have received over $54,000!

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Our 2011 tickets  go on sale May 1st for $20.00 (inc hst)  includes a chance to win two spectator tickets (for Wednesday and Thursday rounds) and three nights accommodation to the 2012 Masters or $5000.00 cash!

Last year’s winner was Al Preece from Centralia and in 2010 Brian and Laura Crawford enjoyed this unforgettable experience!

For ticket rules and regulation see Visit page.

 Seaforth Country Classic
August 15th-21st, 2011
Seaforth Golf Course, Seaforth, Ontario

A culinary workshop for every taste

30 Jun

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there will be 12 culinary workshops taking place around the county. Last year I got to check a bunch of them out, soooo good. I typically got enough food for a meal! Check out the 2010 photos. I have also added the info about the 2012 workshops below!

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2011 Taste of Huron Culinary Workshops

Home chefs and food enthusiasts get their chance to learn unique culinary techniques at local dining spots working with local chefs and food specialists.
Workshop Cost: $20.00 each
OR
Culinary Workshop Pass: 5 workshops for $80.00 ($20.00 savings)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pies, Tarts and Berries – Oh My!

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Marlene O’Brien from the Bayfield Berry Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Huron County Comfort (Foods)

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Teresa DeJong from High Creek Farms
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eggs On

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave McMurray from Whiskful Thinking
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Roll Baby Roll

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Lilia Hill from Lil’s Kitchen
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Deconstruction Site: A Look at the Cuts & Proper Prep of Meat

Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Joseph Petrinac from The Little Inn of Bayfield
Type: Cooking demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

La Dolce Vita

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter Gusso from the Blyth Station House
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pack a Punch: How to Make a Healthy School Lunch

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Spencer Vail from the Benmiller Inn and Spa
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

School of Lake Huron Fish

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Devin Tabor from Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave Koert from Koert Organics
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer Appy Hour

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter and Catherine King from Thyme on 21
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Going Gluten-Free

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Patti Robertson from Classic Total Concept
Type: Food prep demonstration with a delicious lunch

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Herb Garden

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Nancy Hislop from Mulberry Hill Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

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