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Finally, Winter Weather! (Posted On: Thursday, January 18, 2007)

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Now that Old Man Winter has rolled over on Mother Nature we can get down to some serious outdoor Winter activity. Our focus for January is health and fitness and our experts suggest physical activity as part of your daily routine. With so much to do in our area make sure you check out our Things to Do section if you need some inspiration. During our snow drought, we posted an article on No Snow... No Problem, so if outdoor activity is not your bag of tricks... there are still plenty of options available to you.

As part of our focus on health and fitness this month we have launched our mycollingwood myhealth contest. Lots of great prizes to be won... all having to do with health and physical activity. The Grand Prize was generously donated by The Georgian Bay Athletic Club at a value of $700.00. Enter Now!

Blue Ridge Meats has a served up some amazing Veal recipes to tempt your culinary skills. Whether you’re a wiz in the kitchen or just a beginner... these recipes have been tried and tested and you’ll come out a winner. Just remember, it is important to start with great ingredients.

Reminder that we bring up to date weather, road and ski resorts conditions to your finger tips on our home page, all information from extremely reliable sources. A great resource when planning your daily drive to work or your weekend activities.

The Special Olympics 2007 Provincial Winter Games are coming! Check out the schedule of events and mark them down on your calendars. These athletes have worked so hard to get this far... please come out, show your support and prepare to be inspired and amazed!

The Loft Gallery in Clarksburg is holding their official Grand Opening on January 20th. Check our Events calendar for all of the details and contact phone numbers.

With the chilly feel of Winter, comes with it the desire for what else? Fondue of course!

Allow Chef Patrick and Ruth Bourachot to be your hosts at Café Chartreuse with the return of their Après Ski Dinner menu available on Friday or Saturday nights by reservations only. Don’t get left out in the cold... these seats are a hot ticket!

The First Street Bistro is now open for Lunch on Fridays and it’s a winner. Please give them a call at 446 -3337 as reservations are greatly appreciated.

Thornbury Manor is among one of the venues in our area presenting a special Valentine’s Menu for your romantic dining pleasure and the neat thing about this place is they have lovely rooms upstairs... that sure makes it easy when it comes to picking a designated driver.

What should you get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Gents, give Tingle a visit, I am sure they have something that will tickle your fancy. Big suggestion here guys, take a sneak peak at what size your darling wears before you venture out to shop... nothing worse than buying something that is too snug and ends up looking somewhat like sausage casing.

Aarden’s Chocolates in Stayner is a favourite of mine. They have a beautiful selection of chocolate treats for all of the sweet people in your life. Diabetics take note... they have some wonderful options for special dietary concerns. Hooked on Chocolate is your sweet tooth connection in Meaford.

The Georgian Triangle is loaded with Jewellery Stores and lovely Flower Shops check out our list of Specialty Shops for numbers near you.

Special Events in the area that are coming up are Robbie Burns Suppers at The Dam Pub and at Pipers in Thornbury, Alanna Miles in Meaford, the BMFA Juried Art Show, the Grand Marnier Multimedia Festival, the Peanut Butter Rail Jam in the Village at Blue, Theatre Collingwood’s Fundraiser (a guys night out) and Georgian Bay Athletic Club's Caribbean Pub Night. These are just of few of the events coming up. Please make sure to check out our events calendar for all of the details.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new sponsors:

Echos Spirited Bar & Grill
A fresh new venue for gathering with friends for the perfect après ski or evening fun. The bar is sleek and sophisticated and the lounge sports a fireplace with 3 flat screen TVs. The menu and seating options create the perfect spot for a business lunch. The dining room is intimate and inviting with a 4-sided fireplace and 3 temperature-controlled wine cases with over 50 selections from around the world. Asian Fusion, fantastic steaks, surf and turf, pastas, vegetarian options and an excellent selection of starters. Love our food? Call us to cater your special event!

Georgian Bay Athletic Club
The place to be for family fitness & fun. Providing a balanced approach to your physical health & wellbeing. Fitness & weight training, enjoyable group programs, international squash courts and qualified personal training for your overall body health. Parent & child programs, junior squash clinics, Sparkle Dance Company, for stimulating family activity. Enjoy the ambiance of the GBAC club lounge to unwind and meet new friends.

Thornbury Trading Company
A web-based store operating out of the town of Thornbury on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. We source products that will be helpful for people with active lives to use themselves or to give as gifts; products that make ACTIVE LIVING EASIER! All items serve a purpose – beautiful in design and useful in purpose, truly cool products. No chukkas here – nothing to sit around and collect dust. If it’s not truly useful you won’t find it on their site. Save up to 25% to 50% on a great variety of items to give as gifts or keep for yourself; and of course, free shipping still applies on orders of $60 or more

Country Landing
New owners Susan and Martin Costello welcome you. Country Landing is a must see destination store in downtown Collingwood specializing in accessories for the kitchen, home decor, fashion and footwear. The only store in Collingwood where you can find Blundstone Boots, in all colours and sizes from kids to adults. Maxwell & Williams dishes and Trudeau Kitchenware for the kitchen. Tommy Bahama for Men and Ladies and Fresh Produce as well as Woolrich are among clothing lines for you to choose from. Looking for a special gift? We carry gifts for everyone on your list!

Wow Gift Services
Don’t have time to shop? Wow gift services will find the perfect gift, create the perfect gift basket for you and wrap it up too. All higher end products so you can be sure that you are giving something that is good quality and will be very much appreciated.

Well, on that note... it’s a wrap... see you on the slopes!

Julie Card



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