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Looking for Santa? (Posted On: Wednesday, November 25, 2009)

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As the Christmas season closes in along with the joy that abounds, there is always pressure to find the right gift, holiday meals to create and along with the fun this all brings a certain amount of stress. 

You don’t have to cook everything yourself!  We are so fortunate in our area to be blessed with so many wonderful gourmet food shops, catering services and talented chefs
that offer a variety of delicious gourmet options that save you time and you’ll come out looking like a superstar.

If you’re thinking maybe it would be great to buy everything…but you can’t afford to go that route, you can always make some of your favourites yourself, but then kick things up a notch or two by purchasing an appetizer or dessert. Highly recommended are the Croissants (a fabulous way to start Christmas morning) and the Tortiere from Café Chartreuse

Dags and Willow has some wonderful home made dips that are just fantastic, the Spinach Aioli is my favourite, plus you can pick up whatever gourmet cheeses you need.  If you have anyone who is a cheese lover in your life, you will surely be able to find a cheese inspired gift like their homemade cheese boards made from reclaimed wood.

Don’t forget to order the bird.  At Blue Ridge Meats, you can order stuffing, gravy and lots of different sides to go with.   Blue Ridge has now saved me for several Christmas seasons in row.

Buddha Dog offers take out and catering services.  What a neat twist to a traditional holiday party that would offer, especially if there are little hands in your household.

Check out this article featuring some of the fabulous gifts and stocking stuffers available at Nifty’s in Stayner. Fun, funky and fabulous gifts that are totally cool.

December 1st marks the 4th anniversary of A special thank you to all of our clients and website visitors that have supported us. Over 100,000 photos, over 820 events covered (thanks to Bryan Davies for helping out there). That’s a lot of leg work and it’s all been a lot of fun. Extra special thanks to my partner Dan for being so tremendous in so many ways over the past 4 years and to Ken, Jay and Jessie for all the techno help and to Ray for ALL of the fabulous creative. I’d also like to take a moment here to recognize Deena and Clay from Escarpment Magazine for their partnership and support as well as the gals at the Environment Network office for their support of our Double Dollars Marketplace. What a great team!

Sometimes the commercialism of the holiday season, while festive can be draining and as part of a get back to basics campaign in our house this year, we’re making a lot of our own Christmas presents.  Home made cookies for lots of our friends and some really cool paint your own pottery pieces for family members.  

This past weekend was a fabulous experience for me.  I spent Saturday baking up a storm (and I only set the oven on fire once…seriously) and then on Sunday had a wonderful time with my daughter and her best friend who was visiting for the weekend.  We went to Crock a Doodle Studio in the village at Blue where you find a fabulous selection of unpainted pottery pieces to choose from.  The magic comes alive as you paint your pottery piece with that special person in mind.  Check out our photo gallery and you can see step by step photos of my Snowman Christmas Ornament.

While you’re walking in Downtown Collingwood make sure you check out Christie’s window, they always do such a beautiful job.  While they are offering up customer service excellence, they will also wrap your purchases at no charge with beautiful Christmas paper, a lovely bow and a nice smile.

Family portraits are always a great holiday gift for Grandma and Grandpa and you can call Shane at Masterpix 705.444.0657 or Bryan Davies in Creemore at 705.466.5775 up until about December 15th to make sure they’re ready for Christmas Day. 

Our featured charity this month is the G&M Hospital Foundation’s Tree of Life Campaign

Santa will be popping up in a few places before Christmas.  We’ve listed some of the special festival events and parades in our area. For a more complete list of activities click here.

Clarksburg Tree Lighting - Friday November 27th

Wasaga Beach Tree Lighting - Friday, November 27th at 7.00 pm. Contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 705.429.2247 for more information.

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade
Saturday November 28th - 2:00 p.m.

Markdale Santa Claus Parade
Saturday November 28th at 1:00 p.m.

Stayner Tree Lighting
December 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Stayner Santa Clause Parade
December 5th at 11 a.m.

Creemore Santa Claus Parade
December 5th at 1:30 pm

Meaford Santa Claus Parade
December 5th at 6 pm - One of the few parades at night!

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade
Sunday December 6th at 2 p.m.

Thornbury Olde Fashion Christmas
Saturday, December 12th would like to welcome our new clients:

StarDust Cleaning Services
At StarDust Cleaning Services our customers are our business!!  We are a locally owned company and provide a full range of cleaning services customized to your specific needs at very competitive rates.  We specialize in residential, commercial and post construction cleaning in the Collingwood, Thornbury, Blue Mountains and surrounding areas.  All cleaning supplies (environmentally friendly products available) and equipment are provided by us (at no additional cost to you) and a staff of professional insured and bonded cleaners will ensure your home or office sparkles when they leave.  We take pride in our work and provide all of our customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We are very excited to hear from you and look forward to the opportunity to provide you with the best cleaning experience ever.  Hours of Operation:  7 days per week, 7am to 7pm (Holidays from 10am to 4pm).  Gift certificates available.

The Travellin’ Scrapper
It’s finally here, the areas only scrapbooking and papercraft heaven! We carry the widest assortment of Cricut products & accessories, paper from DCWV & The Paper Factory, embellishments by Doodlebug Designs and the latest tools and adhesives by Xyron and EK Success. To complement our product line we offer classes to suit every scrapbooker and cardmaker; from Beginner Basics and Cricut 101 to Specialty Layout & Nana’s Brag Book classes..we offer it all in our spacious and well equipped studio. Check out for a full listing and schedule of classes.

Kelsey's Restaurant offers the perfect place to get together with friends or family, the team or a group of business associates. Kelsey's offers a great selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta and steaks, chicken and seafood. Plus mouthwatering desserts. Kelseys can also hold up to 100 people for private functions.

Nine Lives Boutique
Nine Lives Boutique is a women's and teen's consignment clothing store featuring quality, name brand clothing, proudly serving fashionistas of all ages in beautiful downtown Stayner. We are currently bursting at the seams with brands we love, such as JNY, Nygard, Calvin Klein, Conrad C, Roxy, Volcom, Hollister and Guess, to name a few. Come in and browse the gorgeous fall and winter fashions and accessories. Now featuring party dresses for the holiday season. Why pay retail when NLB can keep you looking fashionable for a fraction of the cost. Currently carrying sizes from 0 to 24. All items are carefully hand selected, many are one of a kind and the atmosphere is fresh and fun. Open Tuesday to Sunday, evenings by appointment.

Duncan’s Cafe
Located in the heart of Collingwood's downtown core, Duncan's Cafe serves a diverse selection of foods, ranging from soups, salads and sandwiches to Grilled Frenched Pork Chops, Atlantic Salmon and Vegetarian Strudel. All menu items are made on site and from scratch including the soups and the salad dressings. Duncan's also features Friday night's with live music and Sunday brunch with made to order omelets and Eggs Benedict. As well as being family friendly, complete with a kids menu, large booths and an outdoor patio. Duncan's Cafe has a full liquor license to satisfy all your dining needs. Try Duncan’s for your next catered affair, from small private functions in our premises or your home to elaborate and large scale functions.

Christmas is coming to Southern Georgian Bay. More than ever, please shop local. Enjoy all of the area festivities and please don’t drink and drive.

Season Greetings



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