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Get Your Toes Tapping (Posted On: Wednesday, November 21, 2007)

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With the shorter days and colder weather coming into play consider taking in some music to brighten your spirits. We are an area rich with talented musicians, lots of great venues and performances to suit anyone’s taste – all at very modest ticket prices. So entertain yourself, cheer up a friend, support our local musicians and get your toes tapping. Check our Events calendar for all of the details you need to buy your tickets and reserve your seat. The Jazz in Winter tickets are being sold at the amazing price of only $70 for six performances but please note that tickets will also be available at the door for $15 per person. So if you can’t commit to all six performances, you still have an option.

In response to feedback from our website visitors, we are extending the hours of the Double Dollars Marketplace from 10am – 10pm every Wednesday. This means that people who don’t have access to a computer during their working day, can take advantage of all of the great offers from our sponsors when they get home from work. This is a great opportunity to double your Christmas Shopping dollars.

The Fishbowl Artist’s Studio at 87 Hurontario Street (above Clerkson’s) is hosting an open house on Saturday December 8th from noon onwards featuring the works of Andrew Peycha, Bonnie Dorgelo, Jim Stacey, Sue Miller, Steve the Potter, Kevin MacLean, Bryan Wall and Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara. From 5 – 8 pm musical entertainment will feature Chuck Baker, Craig Smith and Besh on Drums.

Fleet-Wood Dancentre is set to perform their seventh production of The Nutcracker. This popular Christmas Ballet is perfect for the whole family. On December 14th and 15th a cast of 60 dancers including Fleet-Wood teachers Elizabeth Lougheed, Colin Eccles, Sharron, Jonathan and Sonya Fleet will perform along with Guest Artist Danielle Davidson from Montreal. Tickets are on sale at Fleet-Wood Dancentre. Only $20 for adults, and $15 for 15 years and under. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of a full dress rehearsal and you can see some beautiful shots in our photo gallery.

Check out our new website If you’re looking for accommodations for ski season you can make your reservations on line.

Two suggestions that will help you get organized, help others and make you feel good:

  1. Fill up a box of stuff from your pantry and donate it to the Food Bank – Free
  2. Go through your closets and donate clothing to the Salvation Army, My Friend’s House or the Beaver Valley Outreach. This is a great opportunity to make some space for the new clothes your kids will receive from relatives this Christmas – Free
Pretty River Academy’s Dinner of the Month book is back and on sale now! The booklet contains 2 for 1 dinner coupons and some months offer 3 different restaurants to choose from. Go to one...or all three...yum.

Our Events calendar is jammed with special holiday events... everything from Old Fashion Christmas to visits with Santa, fundraisers and special performances. Keep up with Santa and his Elves by checking our Events and Activities calendars. Parade dates are as follows:

At Home Interiors on Hurontario Street made a big splash on opening weekend with line-ups out the door. This is a must see store with loads of great Christmas decorations, home décor items and beautiful affordable furniture.

The Stanley Cup is Coming to the Town of the Blue Mountains on December 22nd. Commonly referred to as The Cup, The Holy Grail, or Lord Stanley’s Mug, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America will make its way to the Village of Thornbury on December 22nd for day-long activities and an opportunity for the Public to get an up-close look of the highly desirable trophy.

Ski season is hiding just around the corner...I can feel it, unfortunately, this also means road conditions that can leave the hair on the back of your neck feeling all prickly and white knuckles on the wheel. Before you head out, remember you can find up to date weather and road conditions on our home page updated regularly, from very reliable sources. With a couple of clicks you can find out where there is ice, slush and snow, which roads are closed and where the way is free and clear.

Winter tires do make a difference, check out this article and look for the graph that shows stopping distances with and without winter tires. Remember, don’t follow too closely.

Drive Safe

Julie Card



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