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Autumn Contributors

Sep 24, 2021 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three of our clever contributors – Ellie Eberlee, Janet Dimond and Ben Rahn.

A rustic bench is shaded by Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’ and Helianthus salicifolius. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Splendour in the Grass

Sep 24, 2021 | Signe Ball | Leisure

Mono gardener Misha Dubbeld’s newest garden, full of swaying grasses and anchored by a spillway of field rocks, was carved out of a windswept field.

Painter Steve Volpe in his studio next to a work starring a kangaroo in a party hat, called Birthday, and below it, a beach scene, Man and Pyramid. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Active Imagination

Sep 24, 2021 | Ellie Eberlee | Arts

Orangeville painter Steve Volpe plucks inspiration from everyday experiences then quickly bends it to create a fresh visual narrative on canvas.

Dufferin community paramedics Josselyn Hudasek, Krystle Neumann and Cara Burleigh. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Safe at Home

Sep 24, 2021 | Gail Grant | Community

Instead of rushing them to hospital, community paramedics are helping patients stay in their own home.

An Exurbanite’s Guide to Field Crops

Sep 24, 2021 | Dorothy Pedersen | Farming

A drive-by primer on what’s growing in Headwaters.

Inspired by her own Norwegian roots, Mono author Michelle Grierson’s mythical novel Becoming Leidah was published in April. Photo by Cassie McReavy.

Ancestral Footsteps

Sep 24, 2021 | Ellie Eberlee | Arts

Michelle Grierson’s compelling first novel is a fluid mix of myth, magic and the power of “blood memory.”

Meet the Farmers

Sep 24, 2021 | Anthony Jenkins | Farming

Bert Tupling, Mike Swidersky and Darryl Burnett criss-cross Dufferin County tending to wheat, barley, corn, potatoes, cattle, sheep and more.

Farmers at the Table

Sep 24, 2021 | Anthony Jenkins | Farming

Three Dufferin farmers sit down talk about what it means to be a modern farmer, the challenges they face and what they wish we knew about them.

The Land That Feeds Us

Sep 24, 2021 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

Twenty years later, when this magazine was launched in 1994, the town’s population had doubled and the traditional farm community was aging out.

Calling All Citizen Scientists!

Sep 24, 2021 | Don Scallen | Environment

All you need is a smartphone and a love of nature to make valuable contributions to conservation science.

Stories in the Stones

Sep 24, 2021 | Ken Weber | Heritage

Murder, Hollywood intrigue and heroic deaths are among the tales that lurk on tombstones in cemeteries from Bolton to Horning’s Mills.

Videographer Sara May was one of the team hired during the pandemic to launch Theatre Orangeville Presents Online. Photo by Beckie Morris.

How to Save a Theatre

Sep 24, 2021 | Liz Beatty | Arts

The creative minds at Theatre Orangeville were not about to be upstaged by a pandemic.

In Every Issue

Gearing Down

Sep 24, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

When it’s time to put on the brakes — for good.

Tenerife Market Kids 9" x 12" acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Kayla Jackson

Sep 24, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

Alton artist Kayla Jackson finds her muse in the historic streets of her hometown and commits its architecture and character to canvas.

Field Notes for Autumn 2021

Sep 24, 2021 | Johanna Bernhardt | Field Notes

Where to shop, donate, walk this season.

‘Spooks’ In the Hills

Sep 24, 2021 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

In 1930, a series of strange physical disturbances led a family to abandon their farm in Mulmur Township. Was a spirit at work? A poltergeist? Was it real?

Sue Joy’s canine companion, Traffic, 11, masters a sun salutation during a “doga” (dog yoga) class in August among the sunflowers at Campell’s Cross Farm in Caledon. Yoga with animals is one of the many contemporary variations of the ancient practice. Photo by Venesa Zukic, Fly Light Photography.

Pick Your Pose

Sep 24, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

From hatha to ashtanga, there’s a wide range of yoga styles to address your physical, mental or spiritual needs – even the need to include furry pals.

Food + Drink Autumn 2021

Sep 24, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Inglewood foodie spots, local wine and beer news, and pumpkins galore.

Local Buys: Autumn 2021

Sep 24, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

Hiking accessories, pressed flowers and a nod to local farming culture.

The Land That Feeds Us

Sep 24, 2021 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

Twenty years later, when this magazine was launched in 1994, the town’s population had doubled and the traditional farm community was aging out.

Road Rage Comes to Town

Sep 24, 2021 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

For generations the only people in Canada who had a good word to say about Toronto were the ones living there. Now thousands of them have left to live here.

Autumn Contributors

Sep 24, 2021 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three of our clever contributors – Ellie Eberlee, Janet Dimond and Ben Rahn.

A Time for Listening

Sep 24, 2021 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

Covid has forced us to work in new ways amid absurd family pressures. But coincident with the pandemic, we have been also confronting broader issues.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Autumn 2021

Sep 24, 2021 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

A mobile fish market, sock drawer and sweet seven anagram.

Candlemaker Melissa Lester in her pristine Caledon studio backed by tidy shelves of her handmade June + Rose Candle Co. products. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Melissa Lester of June + Rose Candle Co.

Sep 24, 2021 | Johanna Bernhardt | Made in the Hills

How the Caledon clothing retailer changed course to become a candlemaker with a knack for irresistible aromas.

This all-black contemporary home is built into a hillside, affording the owners sweeping views eastward and protection from Mulmur’s famously harsh winter winds. Photo by Ben Rahn.

Taking the Long View

Sep 24, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

A contemporary family home melds into a Mulmur hillside and makes the case for the transportive joys of miles-long vistas and oversized windows.

Donna Holmes at the door of the Mono pioneer church that has been part of her life for as long as she can remember. “It’s where real life happens,” she says. Photo by Brenda Holmes.

Donna Holmes

Sep 24, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

This devoted Relessey Cemetery Board volunteer helps the group manages the graveyard next to the Mono church, which dates back to the 1870s.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Autumn 2021

Sep 24, 2021 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Autumn 2021 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Autumn Critter Primer

A Forest is More Than Its Trees

From deep in the earth to high in the sky, forests shelter teeming life.

Black-horned tree cricket. Photo by Don Scallen.

Tree Crickets

Singing tree crickets are beautiful. They raise diaphanous wings like miniature sails and vibrate them as they trill their songs.

Hopping and Walkin’ in the Rain

This is the time of year to get out after dark and explore… especially as the rain falls.

Caligraphic beetle

Night Creatures

Most of the nocturnal critters my friends and I find are insects, but spiders, millipedes and amphibians also appear in our flashlight beams.

Pandemic Journals

Orangeville nurse Tray Nevin came down with Covid-19 in April. Her husband and kids followed soon after. All are well now.

“I was sleeping 17 hours a day”

Jun 25, 2020 | Tray Nevin | Pandemic Journals

This Orangeville nurse contracted Covid-19 – along with her whole family.

Sharon Edmonds set aside her jitters and now teaches her yoga classes using the Zoom app.

“Slowly, day by day, it got easier and not as weird”

Jun 25, 2020 | Sharon Edmonds | Pandemic Journals

A yoga teacher discovers the Zen in Zoom.

Pepe Lopez travels to Canada each summer from Mexico to work on a Mulmur farm. It feels different this year, he says.

“I always think of my family – my wife, Faviola, and my daughter, Jimena”

Jun 25, 2020 | Pepe Lopez | Pandemic Journals

On a Mulmur farm, an essential seasonal worker misses his Mexican homeland.

RaDeana Montgomery

“I am now on my third sewing machine”

Jun 23, 2020 | RaDeana Montgomery | Pandemic Journals

How an amateur stitcher found purpose in making masks.

Preserving the Harvest

Preserving Tradition

Tony Reynolds | Food

Our forebears knew how to put sunshine in a jar. You can too.

Nan’s Chili Sauce from Mrs. V’s Preserves

In The Hills | Recipes

Barb Vivian’s jams, jellies and sauces are a staple at local farmers’ markets. This mild chili sauce is named for her mother-in-law.

Melanzane Sott’olio Eggplant Antipasto from Connie’s Kitchen

In The Hills | Recipes

Many of Connie Arteaga’s long list of handmade preserves – think passata or eggplant antipasto – have their roots in her native Sicily.

Peach Blueberry Jam from Landman Gardens

In The Hills | Recipes

Rebecca Landman leans on family recipes for her canned offerings such as bread-and-butter pickles, corn relish and barbecue sauces.

Get Out There

Avid flyfisher Susan Gesner (left) gives fishing novice Nicola Ross a casting lesson on the West Credit. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Lure of Fly Fishing

Sep 16, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

If you’ve never cast with a fly rod, you might expect the fly to land first. But that’s not how it happens.

Beautiful wood nymph caterpillar.

Night Hikes

Oct 17, 2017 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

Night Hikes – A purposeful walk along a path, playing a flashlight over leaves, branches and trunks will reveal wonders.

Calling All Citizen Scientists!

Sep 24, 2021 | Don Scallen | Environment

All you need is a smartphone and a love of nature to make valuable contributions to conservation science.

Tina Daalderop leads a recent pole-walking hike. Poles help with balance, contribute to a full-body workout and can be useful aids in tricky situations. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Nordic Pole Walking

Sep 18, 2018 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Walking with poles: the fashionable walking stick morphs into essential hiking gear.