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Maple Leafs hockey cards at Reinhart Auctions. Photo by James MacDonald.

Reinhart Auctions

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Don Reinhart is known beyond Headwaters for his stint as the no-nonsense auctioneer on two seasons of TV’s “Storage Wars Canada”.

Wedgwood blue jasperware at The Wright Attitude Shoppe in a Shed. Photo by James MacDonald.

The Wright Attitude Shoppe in a Shed

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

At John Wright’s new Erin antiques outpost, artwork and chairs hung on pegs fill every inch of wall and English-country vignettes cover the floor.

Inglewood Antique Market

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Jon Medley, a lifelong antique hunter and collector, took over the sprawling, packed-to-the-rafters Inglewood Antique Market in 2018.

A Forest is More Than Its Trees

Sep 18, 2020 | Don Scallen | Environment

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

Preserving Tradition

Sep 18, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Food

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

How We Work from Home

Sep 18, 2020 | Paul Webster | Community

Once the pandemic is over, many people intend to keep working from home – if only their lousy rural internet will co-operate.

A Poetic Take on a Pest

Sep 18, 2020 | Marilyn Boyle | Environment

Caledon poet Marilyn Boyle takes the gypsy moth caterpillar as her latest subject after her oak tree was decimated in the summer of 2020.

Coca-Cola machine at Orangeville Flowers & Greenhouses. Photo by James MacDonald.

Orangeville Flowers & Greenhouses

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Beyond Joanne and Martin Woudenberg’s busy floral counter are rows and rows of antique furniture, wall decor and collectibles.

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

Sep 18, 2020 | 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.

Peach Blueberry Jam from Landman Gardens

Sep 18, 2020 | 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.

Underwood typewriter at Erin Auctions. Photo by James MacDonald.

Erin Auctions

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Alanna Babka and Bonnie Schneider met playing in a baseball league, and have bonded over breathing life into cast-off collections.

Karen stores her ample collection of preserves in a cold cellar. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

From Soil to Table

Sep 18, 2020 | Gail Grant | Farming

Vegetable grower extraordinaire Karen Hollingshead uses galvanized steel raised beds and water troughs to hold her 35 varieties of tomatoes and other gems.

Melanzane Sott’olio Eggplant Antipasto from Connie’s Kitchen

Sep 18, 2020 | 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.

A Fine Vintage

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Headwaters’ antiques and auctions experts offer an irresistible way to connect with the history – and value – that comes with well-made furniture and nostalgic collectibles.

The brilliantly plumed scarlet tanager is the only one of hundreds of tanager species that breeds in Headwaters before heading to the tropics for the winter. Photo by Robert McCaw.

These Flora and Fauna Rely On Forests

Sep 18, 2020 | Don Scallen | Environment

Here are six plants and animals, representative of myriad others, that depend completely on forests.

Pepper Jelly

Sep 18, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Recipes

This sweet and spicy pepper jelly is a perfect accompaniment to a cheese and charcuterie platter.

Pandemic Journals

Shelburne mayor Wade Mills is grateful for the compassion shown by the community.

“The collective grief shared by our community is something that will long endure”

Jun 25, 2020 | Wade Mills | Pandemic Journals

Shelburne’s mayor reflects on both the tragedy that gripped his town and the compassion it inspired.

“All my paid work is suspended”

May 20, 2020 | Jane Mountain | Pandemic Journals

This volunteer now makes grocery deliveries to seniors for free.

Pandemic Journals

“Each of you are real-time rockers”

Oct 3, 2020 | Winston Uytenbogaart | Pandemic Journals

An Orangeville artist pays tribute to frontline workers – in verse.

In Every Issue

Local Buys: Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

What we’re shopping for this autumn in Headwaters.

Food + Drink Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Appetite for adventure: Moveable feasts and sweet diversions.

Field Notes for Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

Garden sharing, “minimonies”, and the show must go on this fall.

When The Spirit Moves

Sep 18, 2020 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

I often tell my writing students that they are unlikely to get better at writing, but it is possible to get better at not writing.

Ketchum House, a landmark off-the-grid dwelling caught its new owner’s eye and captured his heart. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

Falling for Ketchum House

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

Bill Dandie is the enthusiastic new owner of this off-the-grid Hockley Valley home, which was built in 1998 by Anthony and Mary Ketchum.

When Times are Tough – Decorate!

Sep 18, 2020 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

To make things better in my family, we’ve done our best with paint and elbow grease to improve our physical space, in the hope of providing fresh perspectives to brighten our minds.

Home Sweet Office

Sep 18, 2020 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

At this magazine, our work culture is based on trust and respect.

Settlers in the 19th century came here to farm, and to do that they had to clear the trees. Photo by iStock 1038960850.

The Trees Had to Go!

Sep 18, 2020 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Settlers in the 19th century came here to farm, and to do that they had to clear the trees. Their success with that was thorough and dramatic. So was the impact on the landscape.

Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Sigrid Wolm

Sep 18, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Sigrid Wolm may have closed her iconic kitchen store, but she’s far from ready to retire.

The Gathering (detail) ~ by Patty Maher

Patty Maher

Sep 18, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

When she moved to Caledon from Toronto ten years ago, Patty says she discovered the backdrops she never knew she needed.

Keen eyes can spot a variety of fairy abodes secreted along the pathways in Palgrave and Dufferin Forests. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Autumn 2020 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Kayaking

Sep 18, 2020 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Seeking peace and solitude on Island Lake in Orangeville.

Svetlana Ponkin demonstrates knitting with supersized merino wool at the Rare Threads shop in the Alton Mill. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Svetlana Ponkin

Sep 18, 2020 | Elaine Anselmi | Arts

From the Alton Mill to the One of a Kind Show, this knitter’s up-sized pieces are wowing collectors.

Hanging Up My Apron

Sep 18, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

After turning 70 Gail Grant found cooking a chore. Here’s how meal kits, poached eggs on toast and guilty-pleasure dinners have kept her happily fed.

Autumn Contributors

Sep 18, 2020 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet a few of the contributors who make this autumn 2020 issue of In The Hills a treasure – Don Scallen, Roberta Fracassi and Erin Woodley.

The Great Outdoors

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

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

Lit trails at Monora Park add magic to a cross-country outing. Photo by Plbernier / Istockphoto.

Cross-country Skiing

Night skiing, lit trails at Monora Park add magic to a cross-country outing.

Fat Bikes – the Action’s in the Traction

For these “fatty” enthusiasts, the coming of winter no longer spells the end of the ride.

In the Kitchen

Brine Dining with Sauerkraut

Janice Quirt | Food

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

French Onion Soup

Tralee Pearce | Soups

French Onion Soup is served as an appetizer at lunch and dinner, or a lunch main alongside a crusty roll with cheddar-port spread.

Winter Whisky Sour

In The Hills | Drinks

’Tis the season: The retro tipple.

At Home in the Hills

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.

The additions of a study and entranceway to the original rear of the house and a screened porch to the south have added a lot of living space. Photo by Pam Purves.

A Last Christmas

Nov 22, 2017 | Pam Purves | At Home in the Hills

Saying farewell to a beloved home is never easy.

Miyeko and Mike Simons gather by the fireplace for family time in their newly renovated Orton home with daughter Abby and late family pet, Daisy. Mike did most of the work himself, with the help of Orangeville’s CarPony Contracting. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

At Home with Noinkees Owner Miyeko Simons

Nov 20, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

Local retailer Miyeko Simons is guided by her signature pared-down style at home, especially over the holidays.

Nature Spotting

Otters

Notes from the Wild

The reappearance of otters in our hills is a hopeful sign that the capacity of our rivers and landscapes to support wildlife is improving.

Animal Tracks

Notes from the Wild

Tracks inscribed on snow by unseen animals offer tantalizing multilayered puzzles.

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.