Our favourite picks for Spring 2016
Must learn about deer, discover Mulmur, see the fire within, celebrate the horses and run for your life!
You can’t live in Headwaters without having an opinion about deer. You worry about them crossing the road. You love seeing them run across open fields. Or maybe you fret about your gardens or farmland – aka your local deer family’s favourite salad bar – and wonder when hunting season begins.
If you’d like to learn more about the species we share our space with, head to the Upper Credit Field Naturalists speaker’s night on Tuesday, March 29 for Deer Biology and Management in the Headwaters Region. Biologist Graham Findlay from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will share the basics on the creatures and what goes into managing them in our area. The talk is free and takes place at the Orangeville Seniors’ Centre at 7:30 p.m. uppercreditfieldnaturalists.org
Must discover Mulmur
When was the last time you visited sleepy and fabulously scenic Mulmur township? A grassroots group called the Mulmur Citizen& Business Network has launched a new campaign called Better in Mulmur to shorten the span between those visits.
As locals already know, there’s plenty of fun, food and drink to be had – if you know where to find it. Dive into local history and culture at Dufferin County Museum & Archives. In winter, head out for public skiing weekdays at Mansfield Ski Club or to Honeywood Arena for skating. In summer, drive along roads that wind through some of the highest and prettiest hills in Southern Ontario, or follow the curves of the river valley. In autumn, the colourful vistas are particularly magnificent. Any time of year, enjoy excellent food at Rosemont General Store, Mrs. Mitchell’s or Terra Nova Public House.
At the centre of the campaign is a new logo designed by Mulmur artist Ken Hall. It includes green for the rolling hills, blue for rivers and streams, and the pink heart that binds the township folk together.
To show your support, you can pick up a window cling of the logo free at Terra Nova Public House. Or download a digital version at betterinmulmur.ca
Creative Force – The Fire Within is more than an art show. It’s an invitation to dig into the artistic processes of a veritable who’s who supergroup of local artists.
The Art by 9 show features mixed media works from Marg O’Flanagan-Byerley, abstracts by Darlene Hassall, photography-based mixed media art by Rosemary Hasner, oils by Linda Jenetti, pottery tiles by Rosemary Molesworth, acrylics by Terry Gardner, watercolours by Margi Taylor, pottery by Jackie Warmelink and watercolours by Freda Wrench.
Set in the charming Williams Mill Gallery in Glen Williams, the show is open Sundays and Wednesdays from May 18 to June 5. At the free opening reception, on May 21 from 5–7 p.m., you can buttonhole your favourite artist and have her explain her path to the finished work. Visit williamsmill.com
Horse lovers alert: It’s time to raise a glass to honour equine industry leaders at the 2016 Headwaters Horse Country Excellence Awards Gala.
On Wednesday, May 11, standardbred breeding expert Charles Armstrong, who owned the famous Armstrong Bros. Farm on Highway 10 near Inglewood and was named to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame last year, will receive an award for industry building. Horsewoman Susan Grange will be saluted for her tireless work promoting Headwaters as an equestrian destination. Show jumper Beth Underhill will be honoured as the face of the future. And rodeo pro Ross Millar will pick up his award for his work as an equine business leader.
The keynote speaker will be Headwaters booster Bill Duron, whose recent roles include chair of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation and CEO of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Presented by the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $175. See headwatershorsecountry.ca.
If you need a little motivation to get moving this spring, mark Saturday, May 28 in your calendar for the Seven Bridges Run. The run – at the Island Lake Conservation Area on the edge of Orangeville – is designed to appeal to all ages, so experienced and newbie runners alike are welcome and can choose between a 5 km and 10 km course.
The Orangeville Fairgrounds on 5 Sideroad Mono hosts the kickoff. All entrants receive an event T-shirt, a medal and post-race refreshments. Runners doing the 10 km course leave at 10 a.m. and those running 5 km leave at 10:15 a.m. Early bird rates are available until March 31. See sevenbridgesrun.ca