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Brine Dining with Sauerkraut

Nov 22, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food

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

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.

Friday Monkey House

The Year in Music: 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Scott Bruyea | Arts

Our annual review of new recordings by local musicians.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Year in Books: 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Tracey Fockler | Arts

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

Local Heroes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In Every Issue

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.

The entrance to the Shortills’ cozy new home on a chilly winter night. The house was built by Orangeville’s Dalerose Homes. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

At Home with Deborah Shortill of Hannah’s

Nov 22, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How the retail maven and her husband, Morley, nestled their new dream home into the rolling Mono landscape.

Food + Drink Winter 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Winter’s savoury side: mobile sushi, chic tipples and go-to gourmet gifts.

Florist Jessica Giovanatto holds one of the rustic, handmade Christmas wreaths she makes in her year-round workshop – the closed-in porch at the Caledon farm where she grew up. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Jessica Giovanatto

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Made in the Hills

A local florist leans into the holiday season with artful wreaths of foraged greenery.

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.

Hope Springs Eternal

Nov 22, 2019 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

As the dark days of winter close in, we take the opportunity to celebrate a few of those ‘ordinary’ people who shine brightly in our own community.

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 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.

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.

Winter Activities

Joe Wilson, writer Anthony Jenkins and Peter Glass. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Geezer Hockey

Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

We play municipal seniors’ pickup hockey for the exercise, the banter, the camaraderie and the sheer joy of the game.

Millpond Hockey at the Alton Mill

Tony Reynolds | Leisure

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

She may be wearing borrowed skates, but writer Nicola Ross looks every bit the part in her debut hockey game. She even did a turn in goal and grinned happily (perhaps with relief it was over) front and centre for the team photo. Photo by Pete Paterson.

My Not-So-Glorious Hockey Career

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

But then, winning isn’t everything for the Caledon Women’s Hockey League.

The patrollers put their experience into action when a young skier was injured during a school outing. Photo by James MacDonald.

The Canadian Ski Patrol at Work in Headwaters

James Jackson | Leisure

Every winter, dozens of volunteers take to the ski hills with one goal in mind – to aid injured skiers and snowboarders.

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.’”

Slow roasted loin of pork, servee with a robust kale and apple salad and house-made tomato salsa. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Spicy Roast Pork

Cecily Ross | Recipes

Slow roasted loin of pork, served with a robust kale and apple salad and house-made tomato salsa.

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

Goldenrod gall predated. Photo by Don Scallen.

Insect Engineers

Blogs

Football-sized bald-faced hornet nests, hanging from branches, are prominent in the winter landscape.

Snowy owl on hydro line. Photo by Ian Jarvie.

How to Find Owls

Notes from the Wild

Myths, legends and modern literature feature owls, a notable example being Hedwig the snowy owl, loyal companion of Harry Potter.

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.

Snowy owl's piercing gaze. Photo by Dan MacNeal.

Snowy Owls

Environment

Hungry snowy owls looking for food in the hills.