Grandpa George Czerny's latest project is meant for kids, but could be enjoyable for "big kids" too.
"Colour Me Collingwood" is a 20-page colouring booklet with a distinct difference and it will make its debut this Wednesday, May 4, at the McHappy Day event at McDonald's Family Restaurant on First Street.
McHappy Day is a major fundraising event which helps operate Ronald McDonald Houses. On McHappy Day, a portion of funds from the restaurant's sales will go to help Ronald McDonald Houses.
On that day, $1.00 from the sale of each "Colour Me Collingwood" booklet will go to assist Ronald McDonald Houses.
"Colour Me Collingwood", which costs $5.00 per copy, features art which shows various Collingwood scenes.
"It's local," says Czerny, a grandfather of five who loves to promote Collingwood, his adopted hometown.
The 20 pages carry pictures of local scenes all of which have been hand-drawn by Czerny.
"The idea is that as anybody colours these pages, they learn a bit about different parts of Collingwood that are important to our community," said the former newspaper publisher turned artist.
The front page of "Colour Me Collingwood" features Hull 230, better known as the icebreaker "Sir Wilfrid Laurier", which was the last ship built at Collingwood Shipyards before that industry closed in 1986.
Other scenes, ready to be coloured, include the Nottawasaga Island lighthouse, the federal building in Downtown Collingwood, a waterfront scene, Collingwood's town hall, the Collingwood library, a "Drug Abuse Resistance Education" (D.A.R.E.) picture, a scene from the Great Northern Exhibition fall fair, Collingwood Collegiate Institute, Jean Vanier High School, General and Marine Hospital, an historic photo showing both the stern of a lake freighter and the front of a steam train, the Collingwood and District YMCA, a sidelaunching, the Collingwood fire hall, the inukshuk at Sunset Point Park, the Collingwood Museum and the water tower.
There is room on Czerny's drawings for budding artists to add clouds and such, as the imagination strikes.
"Colouring books are all the rage right now, for children and adults," said Czerny, who is a former president of the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce.
"But I think 'Colour Me Collingwood' is a one-of-a-kind because of its emphasis on local places," said Czerny.
"What's neat is that parents, or grandparents, can take their child, or children, to see and talk about locations shown in 'Colour Me Collingwood'," said Czerny.
Now retired, Czerny is the author of a number of books including "George's Georgian Bay, revisited" and "The Collingwood Shipyards". He's now sharpening his pencil to draw other local colouring books. He notes that the $5.00 price for "Colour Me Collingwood" does not include crayons, or colour pencils. Any mail orders in Canada require that $3.00 be added to the price, for a total of $8.00, in order to accommodate shipping and handling.
"Colour Me Collingwood" is also available by contacting the author at 705-293-1569. He has a website through which he can be contacted on-line.