Film festival celebrates the outdoors
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.