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On our cover: The family Cook – Jason, Bryan, Collin and Jim – at the 2019 Great Canadian Pond Spiel on Island Lake. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Curling for the Win

Nov 22, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Leisure

The centuries-old sport continues to thrive and the Great Canadian Pond Spiel is a fun-filled reminder of its origin on natural ice.

One of over 600 billion possible bridge hands.

‘The King of All Games’: Bridge

Nov 22, 2019 | Gail Grant | Leisure

From kitchen tables to international tournaments, in the pantheon of table games, bridge still rules.

5 Expert Picks for a Year-Round Garden

Sep 16, 2019 | In The Hills Studio | Sponsored Content

Hydrangeas, conifers and ornamental shrubs are key to creating a year-round garden full of texture, colour and shape.

Dino Florindi of Terra Cotta Inn, Heidi Baufeldt of Mrs. Mitchell’s and Theresa Sauren of Mono Cliffs Inn sample wine with Windrush Estate Winery winemaker Jonathan Boyle. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Windrush Estate Winery Lights up Local Palates

Nov 22, 2019 | In The Hills Studio | Sponsored Content

Restaurateurs and chefs across Headwaters boost our region’s newest winery with mouthwatering menu matches.

The Year in Books: 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Tracey Fockler | Arts

Our annual review of new books by local authors & illustrators.

The Poker Club

Nov 22, 2019 | Gail Grant | Community

These men have been dealing each other in for 40 years and never missed a game.

Ready or Not, Winter Storms Are on the Way

Nov 22, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Environment

Howling blizzards, ice storms, power outages. Emergency services are on high alert, but when disaster strikes, the first line of defence is you.

Brine Dining with Sauerkraut

Nov 22, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food

Sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and other tangy fermented foods have gone from traditional to trendy.

Friday Monkey House

The Year in Music: 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Scott Bruyea | Arts

Our annual review of new recordings by local musicians.

Local Heroes

The Monday Night at the Movies committee (l–r): Sharon O’Donovan, Janet VanderPloeg, Robina Lord-Stafford, Andrea Stewart, Brenda Stephen, Pam Church. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Monday Night at the Movies

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

Six women carry on a 20-year history of bringing exceptional, independent film to Orangeville.

Jennifer Payne (left) and Marci Lipman dream big for Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Local Food Champions: Marci Lipman and Jennifer Payne

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

This duo brings Dufferin’s farmers together with foodies, chefs, students and families.

Sam Young, the owner and golf professional at Shelburne Golf & Country Club, helps young golfers achieve their dreams. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Golf Guru: Sam Young

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

Twenty-six of this Shelburne golfing legend’s students have gone on to university golf scholarships across North America.

Mary Balinov makes music with heart at Tisho’s Music Academy in Bolton. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Moved by Music: Mary Balinov

Nov 22, 2019 | Tony Reynolds | Local Heroes

This business owner helps people with disabilities express themselves through music at Tisho’s Music Academy in Bolton.

Andrew and Juli-Anne James are the arts boosters behind the Streams Community Hub for kids in Shelburne. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Art with Heart: Andrew and Juli-Anne James

Nov 22, 2019 | Tony Reynolds | Local Heroes

The founders of Streams Community Hub in Shelburne believe every child deserves a chance to tap into their creative side.

Ellen Downey (here with RCMP retiree Walsh) is the force behind the Youthdale Riding Program in Hockley Valley. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Horse Power: Ellen Downey

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

At her Youthdale Riding Program in Hockley Valley, kids learn a lot more than how to ride.

Sharon Morden and Raccoon (since adopted) of Feral Cat Rescue in Melancthon. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Catwoman to the Rescue: Sharon Morden

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Local Heroes

The founder of Feral Cat Rescue in Melancthon gives feral felines a new lease on life.

Activist Nancy Urekar has hoisted a sign and marched along Broadway in Orangeville every Friday at noon since January. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Cause for Commotion: Nancy Urekar

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Local Heroes

Local climate change activist pounds the Orangeville pavement weekly to get her message out.

In Every Issue

A game for two players.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Ken Weber | Departments

Holly needs help, Miss Lang has a hit and a game for two players.

Out of the Ashes 3½" x 3½" x 3½" ~ by Ann Randeraad

Ann Randeraad

Nov 22, 2019 | In The Hills | Arts

The self-taught Amaranth potter is the force behind a decade of the annual Empty Bowls food bank fundraiser at Alton Mill Arts Centre.

A One-Horse Open Sleigh

Nov 22, 2019 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

In the haymow I found a red sleigh built by the McLaughlin Carriage Company about 1910, and I took it home to my own haymow 30 miles north where it sat forgotten for another 27 years.

Birds of a Feather: Badminton

Nov 22, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Fast-paced, action-packed and sociable, badminton converts a longtime tennis player.

Not So Fast

Nov 22, 2019 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

Will we ever return to a time when mending, reusing or not buying in the first place is the norm?

For octogenarian Johnny Berger, aging only means heli-skiing with a slower group. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Johnny Berger

Nov 22, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

For octogenarian Johnny Berger, aging only means heli-skiing with a slower group.

Photo courtesy Museum of Dufferin P-1145. Click to view larger image.

On Stage Tonight!

Nov 22, 2019 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Live entertainment flourished in these hills a century and more ago. Before new technologies like the cinema changed everything, the stages of our local town halls were filled with performances that appealed to every taste.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Winter 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Winter 2019 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Bob Pillar (left), shown here with John Jelaca, Tony Oliver and Randy Freitag, organizes regular senior men’s golf days. Photo by Enzo Villa.

Male Friendship

Nov 22, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Are men as good at long-term friendships as women?

Winter Activities

The Puck Stops Here

Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

For Anthony, a goalie’s most important skill is “staying square to the puck.”

Josh Sylvestre removes the hook from a northern pike before releasing it back into the chilly waters. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Ice Fishing on Island Lake

Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

Going for the big one: At the ice fishing derby on Island Lake, the lucky ones win a prize – or at least go home with supper.

Millpond Hockey at the Alton Mill

Tony Reynolds | Leisure

What could be more Canadian than lacing up to play on the pond?

Neil O’Donnell checks in with a young skier. Photo by James MacDonald.

A Day on the Slopes at Hockley Valley

James MacDonald | Leisure

Photographer James MacDonald visited Hockley Valley Resort, shadowing the patrollers who keep skiers safe.

Wintry Comfort Food

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Tralee Pearce | Main Dishes

Braised beef short ribs, horseradish mayonnaise and (optional) veal demi-glace.

Chicken Masala

Chicken Marsala

In The Hills | Recipes

Renae trusted Fabrizio so completely that she let him set the menu for the wedding. “‘I don’t care what you serve,’ I said. ‘This is my budget. Go for it.’”

Add some fresh chopped cilantro just before serving. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Moroccan Lentil Stew

Tralee Pearce | Soups

Warm up to winter with chef Terry Doel’s Moroccan lentil stew.

Crème Brûlée

Cecily Ross | Recipes

“It’s one of my favourite desserts,” Patrick says, “and it’s one of our most popular desserts.”

Notes from the Wild

I’d love science to explore the possibility that two of our local tree species, beech and hemlock, might also be co-operating through fungal networks.

Tree Co-operation

Notes from the Wild

The research into the co-operative nature of trees is in its infancy.

Evening grosbeaks feeding on sunflower seeds northeast of Shelburne

Boreal Birds

Notes from the Wild

Over 300 species, totalling billions of birds rely on Canada’s boreal forest as breeding grounds, some boreal birds are migrating through Headwaters during the winter months.

Trees can host multiple burls and still lead long, robust lives. Photo by Don Scallen.

Burls and Trees on Stilts

Notes from the Wild

The reasons burls grow on trees are still not fully understood, but infection by viruses, fungus and bacteria are likely causes.

Cedar Waxwings

Notes from the Wild

A lovely shrub that waxwings find irresistible in late fall and early winter is a native holly called “winterberry”.