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Beware the Ides of March (Posted On: Monday, February 22, 2010)

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"March", according to the proverb, "comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb", but what are its other proverbial associations?

March is traditionally wet and windy, so that dusty soil would be rarely seen: from the 16th century it was said that "a peck of March dust is worth a king's ransom" (a peck was a dry measure of two gallons).

It was also thought that the weather in March could be a sign of what was to come: "So many mists in March, so many frosts in May." But perhaps the strongest literary and historical association of the month is not with the weather, but with the "ides", or middle day of the month, in the ancient Roman calendar. Julius Caesar, who in Shakespeare's play unwisely ignores the soothsayer's warning, "Beware the Ides of March!", was murdered on the Ides (15th) of March in a conspiracy led by Brutus and Cassius. But in Collingwood we welcome March with the 4th Annual Breaking Down Barriers Rockin’ The House Curling Bonspiel Saturday February 27th – 800am to 5:30pm with The first draw starting at 9:00 am and the second draw begins at 10:45 am. Two six end games will be played by 24 Teams.

To many of us, March means "March Break" so make sure you have made your accommodation bookings well in advance.  To book Chalets or Condos or to make hotel reservations visit Stay by the Bay to review all of your options. 

Go to our Things to Do section and see what is available including Scandinave Spa, Scenic Caves and maybe you can squeeze in some snowmobile cruising.  Rentals are available from Ride On Rentals.  If summer isn't coming fast enough for you you can take a Plunge at Plunge in The Village at Blue.

We have an excellent selection of restaurants in our area and you can review almost all of them by visiting our Amazing Restaurant section.

Once again this year, Cafe Chartreuse is presenting Cabane a Sucre For Two Weekends only!!
Friday March 19th - Saturday March 20th
Friday March 26th – Saturday March 27th @ 6:30 pm - one seating only – reservations required so please call 705-444-0099

A few months ago we added crossword puzzles to our list of pastimes at myExtras.

Bottom line. We have everything right here in Southern Georgian Bay so plan ahead and get out there an enjoy.

If you are worn out watching the Olympics please take time to congratulate the efforts of our locals, Palmer Taylor and Tyler Nella...they have both made us proud. would like to welcome our new sponsors:

Lemon Lily - Staynor
A growing Wellness Centre that combines Skin Therapy, Registered Massage Therapy and Aesthetic Spa Treaments including specialized Facials, Body Wraps, Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic Registered Massage, AHA and Laser Treatments, Manicures, Pedicures, Professional Waxing, Certified Organic Skincare Products, Meditation and Weight Loss Counselling. Check out our Spa Packages, Girls Getaway Packages and Bridal Packages.

Ride On Rentals
Get ready for an exciting snowmobile adventure with Ride On Rentals Snowmobile Tours and rentals. We have been providing tours in the Ontario area since 2004. Our exciting tours are designed for all ages and ability levels. We provide all an introductory lesson for the entry level rider, and also accommodate advanced up and cut fresh tracks. We’re all about the customer’s experience! AND WE DELIVER! Check our website for details about different packages.

On-Site Personal Training in Collingwood & Surrounds. We come to your location or you can participate in one of our specalized group programs.

You work hard for your money. Let me help you keep some! We offer discreet tax preparation services. Servicing personal and small business sectors since 1976. Corporations, self-employed and entrepreneurs, the TAXDOC® believes you are paying too much in taxes. Non-filers need not worry, relief is attainable. Phone for a FREE Q&A Session. Please enquire about our free business skills training sessions and junior program. 

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Don't forget about Double Dollars, each Wednesday between 10am and 10pm you can save 50% or more with a varity of participating clients.

Get out there and enjoy everything our region has to offer.



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