Film fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the out­doors

The Enterprise-Bulletin (Collingwood) - - NEWS -

COLLING­WOOD - In an area that thrives on out­door ad­ven­ture it’s not sur­pris­ing that tick­ets for the in­au­gu­ral Sweet­wa­ter Film fes­ti­val are go­ing fast.

The fes­ti­val is com­prised of a line- up of 11 short films about the out­doors and the pas­sions ad­ven­tur­ers pur­sue in them. The films are for those who play in the woods, rivers, lakes, snow and moun­tains.

The fes­ti­val is part­ner­ing with the YMCA of Sim­coe Muskoka to build pro­grams that ex­pose lo­cal youth to the pos­i­tive men­tal and phys­i­cal benefits of be­ing ac­tive in the out­doors. Us­ing lo­cal guide com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Free Spirit Tours and High­lands Nordic, among oth­ers chil­dren can dis­cover ex­pe­ri­ences like rock climb­ing, cav­ing, ca­noe­ing, kayak­ing, pad­dle board­ing, snow­shoe­ing, ski­ing, and moun­tain bik­ing. All of the pro­ceeds fund out­door pro­grams for lo­cal youth.

The event is Satur­day, with tick- ets priced at $ 25 in­clud­ing taxes and fees. They can be pur­chased on­line at sweet­wa­ter­fes­ti­val. ca or the His­toric Gayety The­atre’s web­site. Draw prizes will be given away at in­ter­mis­sion.

If peo­ple are un­able to at­tend but would still like to con­trib­ute, they can do­nate on the fes­ti­val’s web­site sweet­wa­ter­fes­ti­val. ca

COLLING­WOOD - The Ar­chi­tec­tural Con­ser­vancy of On­tario, Colling­wood branch, is pleased to an­nounce the third pre­sen­ta­tion of the fall her­itage speaker se­ries.

In part­ner­ship with ACO Meaford, and with the sup­port of com­mu­nity part­ners, Our Ar­chi­tec­ture: Shap­ing Lives for 150 Years will con­tinue at the Sim­coe Street The­atre Tues­day, at 7 p. m. Ron Martin, her­itage con­sul­tant and Kan­das Bon­darchuk, Colling­wood plan­ner and staff re­source to the her­itage com­mit­tee will make a joint pre­sen­ta­tion en­ti­tled: How to Build a suc­cess- ful Her­itage District – Chal­lenges, Re­wards and Look­ing For­ward.

Martin brings his ex­pe­ri­ence of many years with the build­ing depart­ment of Colling­wood while Ban­darchuk brings her knowl­edge of her­itage plan­ning to this pre­sen­ta­tion.

Colling­wood es­tab­lished the Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion District in 2003 and it is one of the largest dis­tricts in On­tario. It was the first district in On­tario to be nom­i­nated in the Cana­dian Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the district, along with the pass­ing of the town’s her­itage by­law, has sparked tremen­dous re­vi­tal­iza­tion. In­cen­tives of­fered by the Town of Colling­wood and sup­ported by both the prov­ince and the County of Sim­coe have played an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing and in main­tain­ing des­ig­nated her­itage prop­er­ties.

Colling­wood con­tin­ues to sup­port the con­ser­va­tion move­ment as noted by the new de­vel­op­ment and restora­tion within the district.

You will hear about some of these suc­cesses as well as hear about some of the chal­lenges.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased for $ 10 at the door. At­ten­dees are in­vited to stay for re­fresh­ments and to take part in a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion af­ter the talk.

Ar­chi­tec­ture through the last 150 years Artists por­trays beauty of the re­gion

The show runs from Nov. 1 to 30 in the Art Walk and the Bridge Gallery at the Colling­wood Li­brary.

Erika Dick is a lo­cal artist who wanted to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day by ex­hibit­ing her paint­ings of scenes from many of Canada’s na­tional, provin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal parks.

Adding to the dis­play of 27 orig­i­nal paint­ings the show in­cludes a slide show of more than 300 pho­tographs from dif­fer­ent Cana­dian parks. The paint­ings and pho­tographs showcase such pop­u­lar parks as Flow­er­pot Is­land, Kil­lar­ney, Al­go­nquin, Banff, and Jasper. In ad­di­tion some lo­cal parks and con­ser­va­tion ar­eas such as Eugenia Falls, and Inglis Falls are also in­cluded. Pho­tos also in­clude the East Coast with scenes from The Cabot Trail, Nova Sco­tia and Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

“I’m not a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher but I wanted to give vis­i­tors a taste of some of these beau­ti­ful places in Canada. Hope­fully peo­ple will be in­spired to visit some of these parks,” she said.

“I came to Canada as a child, as an im­mi­grant. I be­came a Cana­dian Cit­i­zen. I’ve been taught to ap­pre­ci­ate this coun­try and what it stands for. I’ve al­ways trav­elled across Canada and vis­ited many of the parks. When I started paint­ing 13 years ago it seemed nat­u­ral to paint these beau­ti­ful scenes of Canada’s wilder­ness. As we cel­e­brate Canada’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial I want peo­ple to think about how lucky they are to be Cana­di­ans and to be sur­rounded by such beauty,” said Dick.

The art show is on for the month of Novem­ber and raises funds for the on­go­ing work of the Colling­wood Li­brary. Thirty per­cent of all sales sup­port fu­ture pro­gram­ming.

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