Winterama 2017

Winterama is a tradition unique to our community annually held on the third weekend of February. It is a ritual of community spirit and pride; a celebration of our heritage, our culture and our homecoming, gathering families, friends and acquaintances in seasonal celebration.

For more information visit www.winterama.ca

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First Day of Autumn 2016

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It’s the first day of Fall, ya’ll!

Thursday September 22, 2016 marks the first day of Autumn. Although the weather is still very warm and could easily be confused for late-Summer, it’s now officially the Fall season. It’s time for pumpkin-everything and colour tones of oranges and browns.

Autumn also means that Thanksgiving (in Canada) is quickly approaching, so it’s almost time for turkey. Yum!

Personally, I traditionally wear shorts and flip flops until the first snow flies, but that doesn’t mean it’s not Fall. Grab a warm drink and go for a drive or walk, enjoy the changing colours of the leaves all around you.

I am very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful and stunning areas for the changing of the seasons. Georgian Bay is one of the best spots to view the leaves changing colours. Check out the Fall Colour Routes for the best locations to visit.

Canada Day 2014

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Happy Canada Day!  Canada’s birthday is a time to celebrate all things Canadian.

If you’re looking to do something in the local area, Penetanguishene is hosting festivities during the day on July 1. Midland also has many events planned during the day and into the evening. As the 2 towns are so close, Canada Day celebrations are usually shared between the 2 towns and the fireworks alternate between towns. This year the main event is taking place in Midland Ontario including Canada Day parade and capping off the day with fireworks.

I Am Now A Fully Licensed Driver!

For those of you reading this from out of the province or even another country, Ontario uses a graduated licensing system. There are 3 levels for general driving, you must complete all 3 within a certain number of years to become fully licensed. Until you do, there are certain restrictions that apply based on your age and which level you are at.

I started driving late in life. When my friends and classmates turned 16 they ran to get their G1 and begin driving. Not me, I just … didn’t. I turned 24 and realized I needed to drive. Really, it was ridiculous that I wasn’t already driving.

With a much needed push and some help from a good friend & colleague, I wrote my G1 exam when I was 24 (on her 16 year old son’s birthday – we went together). A year went by and I took my G2 driving test. I passed with flying colours – I even kicked butt at parallel parking! So when I graduated to my G2 license and I could finally drive on my own, I just became too comfortable at that level and never went for another test to proceed to the full G level. I coasted on my G2 license to the very end.

Along comes March 2014 and I realized my G2 license was about to EXPIRE!

In a panic I booked my G driving test and miraculously they had an appointment open THE DAY BEFORE my license was set to expire. So yesterday I did the G driving test and passed!

I was already driving with no restrictions, based on my age, but it’s such a GREAT feeling knowing that I’m now fully licensed and the graduated license process is over – at age 30! Such a huge relief.

I don’t need to do another driving test until I’m 80. Woohoo!

Penetanguishene Winterama 2014

Winterama weekend is upon us! Many people know this time of year and look forward to it. For those of you unfamiliar with Winterama, you’re missing out. Winterama is Penetanguishene Ontario’s winter festival. Many communities have their own version of a winter carnival – this is ours. Winterama in Penetanguishene is the oldest winter carnival in Ontario – this year marks the festival’s 66th anniversary. The mascots, Millie and Willy, have been around for a LONG time and just this year received a makeover. I think they’re cute.

Check out this awesome video of Millie and Willy dance-bombing the local area:

Some of my favourite events include the parade, fireworks, cardboard toboggan races, ice jumping, polar dip, ice sculptures and more.

I have so many childhood memories surrounding Winterama. I remember being a kid, going to the parade with my family, walking to Memere & Pepere Pilon’s afterward for homemade pea soup, homemade chili, homemade bread and more. After a massive and delicious lunch, we’d check out the ice sculptures, go to the book sale, watch the cardboard toboggan races and more. Years ago Winterama included an annual demolition derby which has been discontinued for what I can only imagine are insurance purposes. I always loved that event as a kid! Who am I kidding, I’d still love that event now.

I was even IN the parade once. I was a giant bottle of 10W40 oil. Don’t ask. I was still very excited – it was a big deal to a 10 year old to be in a parade. I waved my little heart out while tossing candy to the crowd. It was awesome, I felt like a celebrity.

I found this old photo online from the 1994 cardboard toboggan races. The people who enter this race go all out. I remember this year. I remember those entries. I bet if I zoomed in I could see a geeky(er) little kid version of myself in that crowd. That was 20 years ago after all!

Things have changed over the years and I don’t always check out all of the events, sometimes none, but this year I’d like to take in as much as I can. The festivities kick off tonight. Fireworks are taking place at 8:30pm, and the parade is tomorrow morning at 11:00am. I’ll be there, camera in tow, hoping to get a few shots of parade goers, floats and more.

One thing I am VERY excited about is that the Smoke’s Poutinerie food truck will be in town!

Check out the Winterama website and itinerary, or download the brochure for all of the 2014 event information. Penetanguishene Ontario Winterama runs February 14 – 17, 2014.

**UPDATE** – click here for photos from Winterama 2014!