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Colourful, Flavourful and Crisp (Posted On: Tuesday, September 25, 2007)

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As mother nature takes her paintbrush to our landscape, dipping the brush in the cool waters of Georgian Bay and loading the palette with reds, oranges and yellows, I am hard pressed to pinpoint what part of Autumn I love the best.

Is it the cool nights, crisp mornings, wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen or maybe best of all Fall clothing? I just love Fall clothing... mostly because of the colours and textures…and partly because it covers more surface area than Summer clothing does. All of our wonderful clothing shops are loaded with rich fabrics and colours. Take a closer look at fashion in our Love to Shop section. Escarpment Magazine has had great success with their fashion features with excellent and artistic photography by Clay Dolan. The Fall issue is just hitting the newsstands…so pick up your copy today.

Planning for Thanksgiving Dinner couldn’t be easier. You need to make just two phone calls. The first one to Blue Ridge Meats to pre-order your fresh, free range turkey, ham, or local lamb. Traditional Stuffing, gravy and homemade cranberry sauce and variety of side dishes can also be arranged.

The second call should be to Café Chartreuse at 705.444.0099 to order your pumpkin pie. The pies are made with local pumpkins roasted in their ovens and are 10” of deep-dish pie…enough to feed 8 with large wedges or 16 with smaller slices for the delicate appeatite. So you can enjoy the culinary delight of Chef Patrick and support your local farmers at the same time. Win win. Don’t forget the whipped cream! I urge you to try this pumpkin pie. It is well worth the price tag… get what you pay for and you will not be disappointed!

With apples in abundance right now, take an hour and make some applesauce. This is the easiest recipe I know - I learned it from my Grade 9 Home Economics Teacher, Mrs. Grey at Northern Secondary School on Mt. Pleasant Rd. in downtown Toronto..back in 1983.

Take a bunch of apples. Cut them into large wedges (an apple slicer works well for this and Macintosh apples are a favourite because of the flavour and they way they cook to a smooth consistency). Put the apples (skins too) in a large pot with some water on the bottom. Cover and simmer the apples on med-low heat until they are soft. Stirring occasionally to make sure that there is enough water at the bottom to avoid scorching or sticking. Strain the cooked apples through a metal strainer using a wooden spoon to press the apples through and you are left with a delicious tasting applesauce with just the right mix of sweet and tart flavours. You can add some cinnamon to taste if you like. Best of all is the lovely pink colour from the skins. Goes great with pork or on it’s own as a snack or a yummy natural dessert with no added sugar needed.

The beginning of a new school year is the trigger for some - who perhaps have been a bit lazy over the summer holidays - to start looking at ways to get healthy…’detox’ is a big word around these days. So when the owner of Kalola Boutique and Spa invited me in to try the Ion Cleanse Foot Spa…I said ‘why not?’. Well the results were amazing and disgusting at the same time.

Amazing because after doing just one treatment, I could not believe how much energy I felt in the days following the foot spa treatment and disgusting because I could not believe what came out of my body through my feet! We have documented the process with lovely colourful photos (gross) and have done some research. Check out our article on the Ion Foot Bath brought to us by our own Collingwood Company - Lenson.

If you’re still one of those poor weekenders who are not fortunate enough to live in Collingwood full time and are thinking that maybe someday soon you will make the leap out of urban kaos to the finer life of rural abundance you will surly benefit from reading the area’s first real estate Blog by Marg Sheben-Edey. Marg has also written an article exclusively for that focuses on the trends in real estate and development in our area and touches on the simpler times of days gone by. I too remember riding the escalator in Woolworth’s.

So enjoy the abundance that our area has to offer…from pumpkins…fall fairs and festivals to warm apple pie.

A few great autumn events that you should plan on attending:

The Apple Harvest Craft show in Meaford is perhaps the best craft fair ever. They are quite selective with the merchants and that means per square foot there is a lot of talent filling 2 arenas. Don’t miss The Big Fall Weekend in Meaford including the Rotary Scarecrow Parade, the Scotia Bank family festival and the delicious Woodford Turkey BBQ. For more information visit

Doors Open Collingwood is a historic treat whether you’re a local or visiting for the weekend, and a trip to Clarksburg to visit the Loft Gallery for their Autumn Colours Exhibit is well worth the drive. If you’re planning on heading out that way…make it for the weekend of September 29th and you can enjoy the Autumn Harvest Festival in Thornbury/Clarksburg as well. For more information about these events and many others, please visit our Events Calendar.

Pump up and Run for the Cure on September 29th. If you can’t make it and want to contribute, you can sponsor one of my kids. Give Suzan a call at 705.444.0123.

The Ski Swaps are starting so keep your eyes peeled so you don’t miss out on any of the incredible savings. This year the swap has a new location at the Collingwood Curling Club. For details on the swap and everything else going on in Southern Georgian Bay check out our EVENTS section. would like to offer a warm welcome to our new clients:

Cranberry Resort
Ideally situated between the waters of Georgian Bay and the foot of Blue Mountain, Cranberry Resort is picture perfect. Each stay is made up of priceless moments that live on as precious memories. Nestled on 750 beautiful acres, Cranberry Resort offers exceptional accommodation, fine dining and a full range of outdoor and indoor amenities -including a luxurious spa and Canada's first Audubon-certified golf course. Winner of the 2004 and 2005 Reader’s Choice Award as the #1 Resort/Hotel in the Georgian Triangle.

Tyrolean Village Resort
Tyrolean Village Resorts at Blue Mountain offers some of the best chalet & cottage rentals in Collingwood. Their chalets are walking distance to Blue Mountain and they have our own private beach on the shores of Georgian Bay. Chalets range in size from 3 up to 9 bedrooms and feature full kitchens, cable TV, fireplace, sauna / hot tub or Jacuzzi, large decks, etc. Tyrolean Village Resort has been in business for over 40 years and they provide great customer service, the owners live on site and they look after our guests. Perfect for families, a reunion, company retreats, sports teams, groups, weddings and couples. Yes! Tyrolean is Pet Friendly. Activities include tennis, golf, hiking, biking, restaurants, shopping, water parks, horseback riding, etc. Best of all they are affordable.

Downtown Collingwood
Downtown Collingwood is a fantastic way to spend your day. A beautiful heritage district loaded with shopping, culinary delights and a rich history. If you are new to town, we recommend that you start your day at the Museum to get a breath of the historical significance downtown Collingwood has to offer. From there, the shopping and cafes of Hurontario Street are just steps away. Within 5 blocks you will find a beautiful representation of historic small town Ontario through architecture. Shopping destinations, art galleries and more are all waiting for you.

Twist Martini Lounge
Located in the Village at Blue, Twist Martini Lounge features a wonderful tapas menu to awaken your culinary desire. With over 120 wines to choose from and a Martini menu with over 40 selections, Twist is the perfect place to wine and dine or just schmooze away the afternoon. A great spot to hook up with friends or have the perfect business lunch. Have little ones with you? Not to worry. Twist has a great kids menu.

Collingwood, one of Ontario's most desirable towns, will be host to Devonleigh Homes' latest new home community. Close to downtown, shopping and the bay, the new neighbourhood will consist of freehold town homes, semi-detached dwellings and amazing single detached homes on both forty and fifty foot lots. Some of the most popular designs from existing communities will be updated, and the architectural team is working on additional designs that will be unveiled for the first time in Collingwood. Residents will enjoy the many amenities Collingwood has to offer from boating to skiing, outstanding golf, pristine beaches and the charm of the Blue Mountains and nearby Creemore Ontario. Collingwood is a true four seasons destination enhanced with small town charm.

Raglan Village
A unique lifestyle for the adult and retirement community located in the heart of Collingwood. These rental townhomes, condominiums, assisted living and independent living suites are geared to meet the individual needs of the mind, body and spirit. Enjoy the bistro, lounge, theatre, games room or one of the salt-water pools in our Raglan Club. Help promote healthy active living by accessing our respite, rehabilitation, spa or wellness services. You deserve to enhance your Zest for Life; Raglan Village is the lifestyle of choice.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and remember to take the time to think about all the things in your life that you should be thankful for. Remember that each time someone in your life chooses to spend their time with you... it is a blessing for which you should remain thankful.

Julie Card



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