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Blyth Festival Art Gallery showcases students’ creative works

15 May
Forefront: Purple Haze, an oil by Kaitlyn McLeod of F.E. Madill.

Forefront: Purple Haze, an oil by Kaitlyn McLeod of F.E. Madill.

By Diva Heather Boa

Approaching from the left, the ivory-coloured ceramic sculpture looks like a classical Greek bust, with its textured hair, heavy

If You Prick Us Do We Bleed, sculpture by Carley Burke, F.E. Madill.

If You Prick Us Do We Bleed, sculpture by Carley Burke, F.E. Madill.

brow and chiselled chin. But walk around to the right side, and a shocking transformation takes place. That side is stripped of flesh, with a gaping eye socket, jawbone and teeth exposed by the artist, Carley Burke, of F.E. Madill Secondary School in Wingham.

Hers is one of a handful of sculptures and three-dimensional art on display alongside dozens of pieces of art by students from Grades 9 to 12 in high schools across Huron and Perth Counties that’s on display in the Student Show 2015 at the Blyth Festival Art Gallery. The art is as varied as teens are apt to be, with only the fact that the artists are students to tie together the show.

Sunsets and puppies, tulips and avocados, corn and dolphins share space on the

Crimson Sunset, an acrylic by Mathias Ball of Goderich District Collegiate Institute.

Crimson Sunset, an acrylic by Mathias Ball of Goderich District Collegiate Institute.

walls. Oils and acrylics, digital and mixed media hang side by side. Some works are for sale, while others will remain part of the artists’ private collections. And as one might

expect, much of the subject matter is drawn from the media and popular culture – those things that capture the attention of teens, like Spiderman, The Joker, Alice in Wonderland, Robin Williams, Darth Vader and the Beatles. All burst with energy, with vibrant colours and bold strokes.

Self-portrait, an acrylic by Emma Johns of Central Huron Secondary School.

Self-portrait, an acrylic by Emma Johns of Central Huron Secondary School. 

A visit to the gallery, which could take up to 45 minutes to contemplate, coupled with lunch or tea at a nearby restaurant makes for a nice afternoon getaway in Huron County.

The free show will be available for viewing during the Blyth Festival box office hours and continues on display until May 21.

Then from May 23 to June 19, works from artists from the region will be on display in a non-juried Community Show. Opening reception is on May 23, starting at 6 p.m.


 

What: Student Show 2015

Where: Blyth Festival Art Gallery, beside Blyth Festival box office, 423 Queen St., Blyth

When, Until May 21, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Pavo, a mixed media work by Lily Pella of Goderich District Collegiate Institute.

Pavo, a mixed media work by Lily Pella of Goderich District Collegiate Institute.

Ten Great Things to do in Huron County this March Break

13 Mar

 

File Photo.

File Photo.

  1. Families can spend every day of the week at Huron County Museum, where there’s always something going on. There’s the Drop-In Family Games Room, with oldies like Atari, Nintendo, crokinole and vintage crafts. Or Movie Madness, complete with popcorn. Follow the clues on a self-guided quest for answers then enter a draw for an iPad Mini or dinner & movie night for the whole family. And, finally, there’s a History Hall App Launch Party preceded by a showing of vintage footage from Huron County main streets.
  2. Get outdoors for Maple Magic Sugar Shack at Samuels Hotel on Saturday, March 13. Come out for horse drawn sleigh rides, Robinson Maple Products maple tours, activities, heated patio, hot alcohol and non-alcohol drinks all day, and a maple-themed dessert extravaganza.
  3. The Municipality of North Huron has a week of day camps, with bowling, tropical games, candy sports, skating and swimming. As well, there are daily swimming and skating times.
  4. Catch the Peter Mennie’s Abra Kid Abra Magic Show at the Blyth Festival on Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. You and your kids will get a big laugh. Then afterwards, head across the road to Queen’s Bakery for a hot chocolate and a treat.
  5. Spend a few hours on the lanes at Little Bowl in Goderich. They’ve got specials on two games and shoes package and two hours all you can bowl package.
  6. Strap on the skates for free ice time at the Central Huron Community Complex, courtesy of the local Optimist Club. There are time slots for figure skating, shinny and public skating.
  7. Travel through ancient Egypt, the Wild West, the Medieval Times, and even back to the future during March Break activities for the whole family at the YMCA in Central Huron.
  8. Bingo, martial arts, shinny, a walk on the McNaughton-Morrison Trail, and plenty of other activities are on the slate of events during March Break in the Municipality of South Huron.
  9. The warm weather makes it a great time for an outdoor hike. The Watershed Outdoor Club hosts a Signs of Spring and Hiking Smart on Thursday. This event is part of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s programming.
  10. For the 66th year running, Goderich arenas will be the battlegrounds for some of the best Pee Wee hockey around, with the Goderich Lions’ Young Canada Week. Watch boys and girls team compete through the week.

 

Mushroom Appetizers popular party fare!

18 Dec

PlumStuffedShiitake
Plum-Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms (from epicurious.com)

Here is an Asian twist on stuffed mushrooms. Chinese plum sauce and sesame oil make the satisfying, intensely flavored glaze. Small portobellos can be substituted for the shiitakes, if you like.
  • 40 small shiitake mushrooms (about 1 1/4 pounds), stemmed
  • 12 ounces bulk pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup Chinese plum sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oriental sesame oil
    1/2 cup chopped fresh chives

Place shiitake mushrooms stem side up on large rimmed baking sheet. Mound each with about 1/2 tablespoon pork sausage. Stir plum sauce in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until melted. Whisk in oil. Brush mushrooms with all of plum sauce mixture. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; refrigerate.)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake mushrooms until sausage is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to large platter. Sprinkle with chives.

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Susan Weth, Incubating mushrooms

Susan Weth, Incubating mushrooms

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Weth, co-owner of Weth Mushrooms. I was surprised that mushrooms there are not grown in the dark, and they are not grown in horse manure.  These mushrooms are grown in a “Natural” mixture that is wood-based, as these farmers try to replicate the forest floor as a growing condition for their mushroom crops.  At Weth Mushrooms, a new crop is incubated every 10-12 weeks. They’re planted in plastic bags in that special mixture of soil, grain and sawdust that eventually hardens and colourizes (Incubates), at which stage the bags are removed.   Within one week the mushrooms are sprouting in temperature and moisture-controlled sprouting rooms. Once harvested the block-growing material is composted back into the field.

Although there are bio-security issues in certain parts of the plant we were invited inside. There are three brands of mushrooms grown at Weth’s.  Susan’s favourite brand grown here is shiitake,  so much so that she no longer uses the very popular white button mushroom, and uses Shiitake in “everything”.  Shiitake mushrooms are not native to Southwestern Ontario.  The second type, maitake, can sometimes be found in Huron County, growing in the wild.  It has a nutty flavour.  And, the third type, pioppino is a small brown variety that has a bit more texture and remains slightly crunchy even after cooking.  Maitake and Pioppino mushrooms grow faster than the Shiitake, but temperature changes can wipe out a crop quickly.

Maitake Mushrooms available from Weth's

Maitake Mushrooms available from Weth’s

Susan tells me she prefers maitake fried in olive oil and butter until the tips brown.   Shiitake are flavourful in omelettes, stuffed with roasted red pepper and goats cheese or marinated and barbecued.  Pioppino’s are nice in stews or stir fried dishes.  All three have good meaty textures and are an excellent substitute for meats.  Mushrooms are loaded with anti-oxidants.   And, to my surprise, Susan does not eat or serve mushrooms uncooked as they do have some toxins.  In some cultures, mushrooms are used raw for cleanings, but Susan does not recommend using them this way.

pioppino mushrooms

pioppino mushrooms

Mushrooms are shipped from this site every week and many local restaurants buy direct from the farm.  Susan indicated their future would likely include more varieties and increased yield.  As Weth Mushrooms are organically grown, their product is popular, especially with growing consumer demand for organic produce.  For the most part the Weth’s can’t keep up with that demand as mushroom farming is extremely labour intensive.  Picking or harvesting is all done by hand, and although there is no grading system in Ontario Weth’s internally grade and price their product as premium, utility and baby.

Shiitake

Shiitake

Weth Mushrooms is iocated on 89 acres of reforested land in the Township of Central Huron.  They’re open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 until 3:30pm or by appointment.  Tours are sometimes available so call Susan for more information.

WethMushroomSignWeth Mushrooms
35809 Union Side Road
Goderich, ON
N7A 3X8
519-524-4263

or on Facebook “Weth Mushrooms Inc.”

Indian Head Massage a Luxury at Benmiller Inn Spa

14 Aug

BenmillerSpaby Diva Christine Harris
Today I had the pleasure of going to the Benmiller Inn to visit the Spa.  I have never visited the Benmiller Inn and was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful landscape and decor.  The Maitland River flows through the property as Sharp’s Creek and goes through the old mill as it used to be a pioneer settlement.  The grounds are well kept and the interior has a wonderful rustic feel to it.

I was met at the Spa by Ward who was exceptionally friendly and full of information.  He was telling me that the Indian Head Massage I was to receive initially started out a long time in India as a treatment for hair with oils. But as these treatments went on they were starting to notice many more health and wellness benefits as well.  Today the massage is done without oil, and usually seated in a massage chair.

The RMT in me was very curious about this type of massage since I had never experienced one or knew much about it.  I found myself paying close attention as the massage started and thinking about how it works and why.  As much as I tried to pay attention about half way through my massage I found myself getting quite relaxed and unable to focus and just went with the flow. As Wade had explained it is common to get a bit lightheaded after this type of massage because a lot of blood flow has been brought to the area. He gave me a bit of time to get up on my own and met me out at the desk.  Now in all honestly, I do recommend waiting a while until you drive home or bringing a designated massage driver because when I left I felt very serene and relaxed, and almost ready for a nap. I can still feel the effects of my massage as I sit here typing this in the few hours after, my muscles feel looser and I have an overall sense of tranquility.  This was a wonderful way to start my summer holidays!

Benmiller Inn & Spa
http://benmiller.ca
81175 Benmiller Line, Goderich, ON  N7A 3Y1
1-800-265-1711/524-2191

The Benmiller Inn has luxury accommodations, CAA-rated Four Diamond dining in addition to their wide range of spa services.  Visit the website for more information.

Six Beavers or One Beaver, Six Times?!?

21 May

nickelby Diva Gwen Richardson

I wish I had the photo to prove it, but I don’t.

Recently I had some time to fritter away in the early evening in Clinton, so decided to visit Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area. I hadn’t been there for quite a few years, but it won’t be long until I return. I randomly chose to turn down Bridge road off Kinburn Line; an excellent choice! Walking alone, and thus quietly, I noticed a small brown animal, no more than 5 feet in front of me. We both were frozen still for a moment before it scurried off the dyke and into the marshy area.    I instantly thought “that was a beaver!” and almost as instantly, “nah, probably not.”

I continued on, enjoying all the sights (Canada geese, many varieties of ducks, redwing black birds, robins, tree swallows, finches and warblers) and sounds of the marsh. There were so many birds singing, and I know for sure I heard spring peepers and bullfrogs, and I think tree frogs too.  There should be an app for that, and there probably is.

But, back to the beaver.  Once again, a brown animal scurried across the dike and into the marsh.  Watching carefully, “stalking” really, I had the great pleasure of watching it cross my path 4 more times and I was able to watch it swim and use that amazing rudder of a tail, before it would disappear from my view again.

So, 6 beavers, or the same beaver over and over?  It doesn’t really matter to me; it was all so delightful. I was also thinking that those geese and ducks must be nesting, so it will be a fabulous place to spot goslings soon.  When I googled the website, I also discovered that it is a nesting place for bald eagles. Now that will be something to see.

And in case you need one more temptation to go there, just as I was leaving, a magnificent grey heron rose up from the marsh and flew just in front of me.

The Hullett Marsh is huge, about 500 acres, so it would be a good idea to check out their website: www.hullettmarsh.com, and perhaps print off a map.

And don’t forget your camera, bird and flower guide books and a nickel, so you can identify the beaver!!

Phone:  (519) 482-7011    Emailfohoffice@tcc.on.ca

Physical Address: South-East section of the property….
41378 Hydro Line Road,
Clinton, Ontario
N0M1L0

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1520,
Clinton, Ontario
NOM1L0​​​​​

 

Clinton’s Trial Farmer’s Market Deemed a Success

15 Aug

P1020268by Diva Karen Stewart
Clinton & Central Huron BIA has a trial Summer Market operating Wednesdays until September 4 from 8am to 2pm at the Library Park.   “Originally planned to close on August 14th, the market was extended a couple of weeks as this season’s unique weather sees produce maturing later than is typical here,” says Co-ordinator Sandy Garnet. “Downtown businesses report increased traffic and there’s a strong desire from our merchants to expand the season in 2014.”

There are vendors who sell fresh meats, fresh baked goods (including gluten free), cheese, maple syrup and honey, farm fresh eggs, as well as home made crafts and one of a kind items. The main feature, however, is the farmers and their fresh picked fruits and vegetables.   Averaging ten vendors each week, the market can easily accommodate up to 20 and hopes to encourage more vendors from Central Huron.

Check out some of the local flavour featured at the Farmers’ Market.  And, if you’re gluten free check out the Almond White Chocolate Coconut Squares from Humble Roots Bakery – I can vouch for them … they are quite tasty.

Location:

The Market is located 27 Albert Street, Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0
Wednesday 8am – 2pm, until September 4th

Contacts:

Sandy Garnet, Made in Huron, 519-525-0671 (Made in Huron on Facebook)
Nina,  ReLook Nook, 519-606-4001  (Re-Look Nook on Facebook)

4 year old Landin Carter

4 year old Landin Carter

Gluten Free, Lactose Free and reduced sugar baking from Humble Roots Bakery in Milverton.

Gluten Free, Lactose Free and reduced sugar baking from Humble Roots Bakery in Milverton.

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Ross Dobie of Auburn sold frozen meats and fresh vegetables for a Hurno County-based Mennonite friend. Ross Dobie of Auburn sold frozen meats and fresh vegetables for a Hurno County-based Mennonite friend.

Pauleen Kerkhof, a local Epicure consultant is a regular vendor at the Market.

Pauleen Kerkhof, a local Epicure consultant is a regular vendor at the Market.

Looking for a fascinator? Marita’s has them!

6 May

By: Divas Jenna Ujiye and Maegan Reinhart

You just never know what you might find when shopping at Marita’s Fashion Boutique in Clinton. While on a quick shopping trip we thought we would check out the new stock at this great women’s clothing store. The front window was lit up with bright spring colours of red, orange, blue and white and we knew there was going to be something for us.

While looking at all the great fashions we found some great dresses and, the best part, beautiful fascinators! We have been looking for great head pieces for when we head to the live races at the Clinton Race track. Jenna ended up buying the whole outfit, she just couldn’t resist. The prices were excellent, the dress was $60.00 and the fascinator was $24.95.

We even found a little friend who like the fascinators as well and she modeled the white one for us! Maegan tried on a great dress and is still contemplating on whether to go back and buy it.

Just as we were about to leave we found these great spring jackets in blue and red… our favourite colours! They weren’t even out on display yet, but they allowed us to try them on. We didn’t buy them, but will likely return next week to get them, as they won’t be there for long!

If you are looking for a new piece to add to your wardrobe, Marita’s probably has it. They are located at 15 Victoria St, Clinton, ON.

Mon: 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue – Fri: 10:00 am 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am 4:00 pm