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Orangeville Restaurants

Mar 31, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Food

A small Ontario town boasts a culinary scene with fine dining, great coffee shops and everything in between.

Greystones Restaurant and Lounge director of operation Danielle Hughes and co-owner Benn Froggett stand at the bar in the lounge. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Greystones Reborn

Mar 31, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Food

An Orangeville landmark gets a splashy makeover and the chance to turbocharge the town’s vibrant dining scene.

Spring Contributors

Mar 31, 2021 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three of the creative folks – Johanna Bernhardt, Anthony Jenkins and Kim van Oosterom – who make this issue shine.

It Takes a Virtual Village

Mar 31, 2021 | Johanna Bernhardt | Community

In what could have been a lost year for isolated new parents and their babies, social agencies moved their tried-and-true community meetups and support groups online.

Fluffy cygnets. Photo courtesy CVC.

Conservation Authorities v. Doug Ford

Mar 31, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Environment

The provincial government is stripping Ontario’s conservation authorities of the very meaning of their name ­– and key protections for the environment.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds visit frequently in early summer to nectar on Sicilian honey garlic (Nectaroscordum siculum), a lesser known member of the onion family. Photo by Tony Spencer.

Piet Oudolf, Reimagined

Mar 31, 2021 | Tony Spencer | Leisure

Dedicated local gardener Tony Spencer channels the aesthetic of the famed Dutch plantsman into his corner of the rural countryside of Mono.

Brook Trout

Dec 1, 2020 | Don Scallen | Notes from the Wild

There is no guarantee that brook trout will continue to thrive in Caledon, Erin and Dufferin in the years to come.

Kits at play. Photo by Critter Clicks Photography.

New Kits on the Block

Mar 31, 2021 | Don Scallen | Environment

Red foxes are making themselves at home in Inglewood, Grand Valley and Palgrave, hunting in our yards and denning under our sheds and garages.

In Every Issue

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

From the office window, riddling in Redickville and the prevaricating paddlers.

Food + Drink Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

We’re tracking family-sized meals, vegetarian tacos and gourmet doughnuts.

Fairy Houses

Letters – Our Readers Write: Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

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

Red-spotted newt. Photo courtesy CVC.

No Green Recovery

Mar 31, 2021 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

The Ford government has navigated Covid as well as or better than many – but at the same time, it has also escalated its pro-development agenda.

Bruce Wanless won three MVP awards in Ontario lacrosse leagues and played on four national championship teams. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Bruce Wanless

Mar 31, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Humble beginnings for Bruce, who is considered one of lacrosse’s all-time great defensive players.

Christine Nnawuchi

Mar 31, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

Bolton multimedia artist and ceramicist Christine Nnawuchi mines the depths of her imagination for the objects and artifacts in her latest collection.

Field Notes for Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

What to plant, read, wear this spring.

Huge crowds filled every community on Orangemen’s Day. In Caledon East, c.1900, the Ontario Hotel had to install extra balcony supports for this group photo. Photo courtesy Doris Porter.

The Orange and the Green: A Legacy of Distrust

Mar 31, 2021 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Animus between Protestants and Catholics brewed among early settlers in Headwaters.

Pandemic Fatigue

Mar 31, 2021 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

A year in we’ve been through so much – but we’re still putting one foot in front of the other.

Who You Gonna Call?

Mar 31, 2021 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

A country house has a lot of moving parts that can stop moving at any moment.

Angus and his father, John, paddled together at least once a month through every season for 21 years. Photo by Fred Webster.

Canoeing the Humber

Mar 31, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.
– Henry David Thoreau

A New Heritage

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

How a young family is reimagining an 1885 Erin farmhouse for a long, happy life.

Local Buys: Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

Fixate on florals this spring – fresh, preserved and, yes, paper.

Spring Contributors

Mar 31, 2021 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three of the creative folks – Johanna Bernhardt, Anthony Jenkins and Kim van Oosterom – who make this issue shine.

Covid-19 Has Changed Us

Mar 31, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

And some of those changes may be for the better.

Jewelry maker Kristin Evensen at work in her Orangeville studio. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Kristin Evensen

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

This Orangeville artist strings together her Anishnaabe heritage and contemporary design in every pair of earrings she makes.

Meet More Makers

Jewelry maker Kristin Evensen at work in her Orangeville studio. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Kristin Evensen

This Orangeville artist strings together her Anishnaabe heritage and contemporary design in every pair of earrings she makes.

Dry stone waller Eric Landman stands on a private Caledon property where he has completed many walls and structures. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Eric Landman

The ancient craft of dry stone walling is alive and well in Headwaters thanks to this busy local artisan.

Jennifer Kleinpaste at her new store’s essential oil bar where she brainstorms scent blends for future products. Jennifer or staffer Jessica Marchildon also create signature blends for customers here. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Jennifer Kleinpaste of Bridlewood Soaps

How an Orangeville mom made homemade soaps and beauty oils her business.

Air & Earth Design jeweller Heidi von der Gathen at work in her expansive Orangeville studio. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Heidi von der Gathen

An Orangeville jeweller casts nature as the star of her striking one-of-a-kind pieces.

Cristina Repanovici works on a new piece in her Criopia studio in Caledon East. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Cristina Repanovici

How a designer found her groove in Caledon East by offering one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and sculptural clothing creations.

A fly tying case, is filled with ties created at each meeting and given away as a door prize. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: The Fly Tyers

Headwaters Fly Fishing Club keeps the art and craft of handmade ties alive.

The necklace and earrings, were inspired by the curves and lines of a mosque window. Photo Courtesy Anne-Marie Warburton.

Meet the Maker: Anne-Marie Warburton of Gallery Gemma

This jeweller crafts her designs to match the individual – even when meeting them in person was on hold.

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

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

Spring Characters

Spring’s Croaking Chorus

Ten species of frogs and toads share our landscape, a rich assemblage of hopping amphibians for such a northerly clime.

Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit

These plants can switch genders throughout their lives in response to growing conditions.

White throated sparrow

Spring Sparrows

Take time to notice the fox, white-crowned and white-throated sparrows.

Minnows

Most of our minnows, like our songbirds, breed in spring and many male minnows, like male songbirds, advertise their reproductive fitness with brilliant colours.

Rose-breasted grosbeak, May 16. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Spring Hikes on The Bruce Trail

Along the Bruce Trail, spring is the time to slow to a saunter 
and see, hear and scent nature’s renewal.

Spring’s Wild Beauties

The heart-gladdening beauty of early wildflowers is a signal all is right in the woodland. Which one is your favourite?

Monarch nectaring on New England Aster

Goldenrod and Asters

Asters and goldenrods are tremendously important wildlife plants.

Southern flying squirrel. Photo by Kim van Oosterom.

Flying Squirrels

Remarkably, flying squirrels can glide up to 90 metres, though most of their aerial journeys are much shorter.

Flower Power

Liz and George Knowles have lived and gardened in Mono since 1976. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Botany of Desire

Gardener Liz Knowles’ passion for rare yet rugged alpine flora has transformed her Mono gardens into more than an aesthetic triumph. They’re an aide memoire of her life and travels 40 years on.

Early summer brings a carnival of colour with Bourbon Rose ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’, delphiniums ‘Magic Fountain’ and ‘Summer Skies’, Lilium Regale and pink Lilium Toscana. Photo by Brock May.

The Artist’s Garden

Art and gardening inspire each other to superlative effect in the botanical pursuits of two local artists.

A cultivar of the famous blue poppy found in the Himalayas, Mecanopsis ‘Lingholm’ adds a surreal touch to the landscape. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Stars of Larkspur Hollow

Up close and personal with some of the stars of Liz Knowles’ garden – many of them from alpine destinations in Central Asia, China and India.

Painterly dabs of colour announce spring in one of the rock gardens. Photo by Liz Knowles.

Take a Tour of Larkspur Hollow

At their garden in Mono, Liz and George Knowles garden with an eye to all four seasons.

Lee Anne Downey sits at her kitchen counter with the lavender oil she pressed last summer at Stonewell Farm. She is developing ideas for a small-batch line of lavender products to debut this year. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Doer: Stonewell Farm

At Lee Anne Downey’s new lavender farm in Erin, small-batch products and intimate retreats are in the works.

Accidental Gardeners

With trial, error, dumb luck – and joy – two neophytes transformed four acres of bramble and meadow into a painterly Hockley garden.

Matches Made in Heaven

How Lorraine Roberts conjures up dreamy landscapes using colour, shape – and an appetite for surprise.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds visit frequently in early summer to nectar on Sicilian honey garlic (Nectaroscordum siculum), a lesser known member of the onion family. Photo by Tony Spencer.

Piet Oudolf, Reimagined

Dedicated local gardener Tony Spencer channels the aesthetic of the famed Dutch plantsman into his corner of the rural countryside of Mono.

Pandemic Journals

“I’ve taken this time to focus on what matters most”

Jun 25, 2020 | Kate Perreault | Pandemic Journals

A Mono teen reassesses her idea of “normal.”

The Upper Credit Humane Society’s Heather Webber reports a rise in people willing to foster shelter pets.

“Very quickly, animals were placed in foster homes”

Jun 25, 2020 | Heather Webber | Pandemic Journals

Keeping both animals and staff safe was a priority at the Upper Credit Humane Society shelter.

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.

“All my paid work is suspended”

May 20, 2020 | Jane Mountain | Pandemic Journals

This volunteer now makes grocery deliveries to seniors for free.

In the Kitchen

This salad is even better if prepared and tossed with dressing a few hours or even a full day before serving. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Apple and Kale Salad

Cecily Ross | Salads

This apple and kale salad is perfect for potlucks because it travels so well.

Syrian Lemon Garlic Salad

Tralee Pearce | Cooking with...

This zingy lemon garlic salad is a takeaway hit at Rasmi’s Falafel at the Orangeville Farmers’ Market. Here’s how to make it at home.

Creamy Lemon Fiddlehead and Morel Mushroom Fettuccine

Ruth Ann Pearce | Recipes

After your foraging trip, try this fettuccine dish to celebrate.

At Home in the Hills

A family finds both continuity with the past and dreams fulfilled in a historic log house in Caledon. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

Safe Haven in a Log Cabin

Jun 25, 2020 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

A family finds both continuity with the past and dreams fulfilled in a historic log house in Caledon.

A New Heritage

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

How a young family is reimagining an 1885 Erin farmhouse for a long, happy life.

Crisp and white, Compass House, designed by Toronto architecture firm Superkül, sits on a 200-acre property in the hills of Mulmur. Photo by Ben Rahn / A-Frame Studio.

A Mulmur Masterpiece by Architecture Firm Superkül

Mar 19, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How a project called Compass House helped one family build roots in Dufferin County – and cemented its two architects’ love of the area.

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.