Our favourite picks for summer

Our favourite picks for summer, must pickle, must golf, must row, must indulge and must see!

June 16, 2011 | | Back Issues | Community | Departments | In Every Issue | Must Do | Summer 2011

Must pickle

Your grandma did it, maybe even your mom or dad, but in recent years pickling and canning have become something of lost skills. No more. Taking its cue from the resurgence of interest in backyard vegetable gardening and fresh local produce, not to mention the simple joy of cooking, Everdale Farm in Hillsburgh is offering a workshop on “The Lost Art of Canning.”

From pickles to jams to salsas and more, Everdale promises it’s easy to learn to preserve foods in your own kitchen. Participants will learn to create canned goods and take home samples and recipes.

And canning and pickling is not the only way to make your produce last through the long winter months. Everdale is offering another workshop on food preservation that focuses on dehydration, freezing and infusion. It includes
step-by-step techniques for maintaining food quality and garden-fresh taste.

Saturday, July 16
The Lost Art of Canning
6–9pm | $95

Thursday, July 28
Food Preservation
6–9pm | $45

To register online for these workshops and to view the full lineup of Everdale’s summer workshops, which range from raising chickens to cultivating mushrooms to baking bread, visit everdale.org.

Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre is located at 5812 6th Line Erin, near Hillsburgh.

Must golf

There’s no shortage of golf courses in the hills. And no shortage of golfers willing to get out and tee up for charity. Here’s a list of just some of the tournaments where golfers can pursue their favourite sport, enjoy a fabulous meal, and go home satisfied that they’ve contributed to a good cause.

June 16

18th annual tournament in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dufferin & District.
Shelburne Golf & Country Club, 519-941-6431; bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/dufferin

June 22

3rd annual tournament for the Association of Parent Support Groups of Ontario.
Cardinal Golf Club, Newmarket. apsgo.ca

July 7

3rd annual tournament to “Help Stop the Quarry” sponsored by NDACT.
Shelburne Golf Club & Country Club, 519-925-3645; ndact.com

July 11

Tournament in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation.
Caledon Country Club, 905-838-0200 ext. 0; golfcaledon.com

July 26

16th annual tournament sponsored by Hockley Valley Resort, proceeds to Headwaters Health Care Centre, Caritas, Meagan’s Walk, Ontario Track 3 Ski Assoc. 519-942-0754; hockley.com

August 8

9th annual Garden Foods tournament, proceeds to Caledon Community Services.
Glen Eagle Golf Club, 905-857-1227; ccs4u.org

August 8

Ladies’ scramble tournament, proceeds to Hospice Dufferin.
Shelburne Golf & Country Club, 519-942-3313; hospicedufferin.com

September 15

10th annual tournament in support of Family Transition Place.
Caledon Country Club, 519-942-4122; familytransitionplace.ca/golf

Must row

Rowers on Island Lake

Rowers on Island Lake

On misty summer mornings, it’s not just the geese who ripple the calm surface of Island Lake, next door to Orangeville. Rowers of all ages are sweeping and sculling across the water. They’re members of the Island Lake Rowing Club, which runs a variety of recreational and competitive rowing programs throughout the summer months.

Rowing is an excellent way to build physical strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness – and the best part is there’s no smelly gym.

Many of the club’s members are high school students who row five times a week in training sessions, but the club also offers a summer camp for kids aged 12 to 14 and a masters’ program for men and women 27 years or older, as well as an adaptive rowing program for people with cognitive or physical disabilities, including those who are in a wheelchair or blind.

And you don’t have to be experienced to get in on the activity. Novices are welcome to sign up for the six-session Learn To Row program which takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout July.

Fees for various programs range from $150 to $400. For information, see islandlakerowing.com.

Must indulge

Laura’s Luscious Desserts

Laura’s Luscious Desserts

Nothing says summer like a fresh fruit pie. And you’d be hard-pressed to find yummier ones than those created by Laura Ryan (who also happens to be the mayor of Mono).

From blackberry to wild blueberry, apple to peach, nine different varieties in all, Laura hand-rolls and hand-makes every one, and sells them under her company name, Laura’s Luscious Desserts.

The ten-inch pies are sold raw, frozen and ready to bake for $16-$20, depending on the variety. They’re available at Rosemont General Store (which also carries Laura’s fresh cream pies), Hockley Village General Store, Simple at Hwy 10 and Hwy 89, and The Olde Stanton Store south of Mansfield. You’ll also find them on the menu at One99 restaurant in Orangeville.

And while you’re at it, you might also want to tuck some of Laura’s savoury pies into the freezer. Options such as sherried chicken, pork and apple curry, and steak and mushroom make for fuss-free, guaranteed delicious meals (8-inch, $16; 10-inch, $26).

Must see

Rosemary Hasner ‘Bare Bones’

Rosemary Hasner ‘Bare Bones’

Ontario’s cultural, architectural and natural heritage are featured in an exceptional art show curated by Heritage Caledon in honour of its 35th anniversary.

Called “Time Frame,” the juried show is presented in partnership with The Alton Mill and features 90 pieces by 48 artists, including paintings, photographs, fibre art, sculpture and furniture – all offering reflections of the essence of Ontario. Themes include old factories, tattered barns, historic storefronts, Gothic houses, farm animals, country fairs and other iconic Ontario subjects.

“These works are encoded with Ontario’s DNA. They speak of the land and the people who inhabit it,” says the show press release.

A heritage-themed show of art by students from Mayfield Secondary and Alton Public School runs in conjunction with the main show.

At the Alton Mill in Alton until July 1o. caledon.ca, altonmill.ca

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