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Signs of Spring (Posted On: Sunday, April 11, 2010)

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It’s so exciting to see signs of Spring everywhere.  Flowers popping up, birds building nests and kids riding around on their bikes, to name just a few. A hike through the forest will show many signs of spring like Ramps, wild baby leeks and the berry bushes are starting to wake up and bud.  Spring always seems like a time to start fresh and spend more time outside. A great time to do a detox and get your body in gear for increased outdoor activity.

Dry your clothes outside on the line for that wonderful fresh smell.  Air out those feather duvets, give them a good shake and let them sit out in the sun for a few hours. 

Spring is always the beginning of construction projects small or large.
The second phase of construction in Downtown Collingwood is well under way and even though the first and third blocks down Hurontario Street are blocked off to cars, getting around is no trouble at all.  Everyone can benefit by walking a few extra steps because bathing suite season is near…yikes!

Scott Carter from the Stuffed Peasant is just one of many business owners that are looking forward to support during the construction.  There are still lots of places available to park for free and the access to the free parking lots is just one block away on either Pine or Ste. Marie Streets. 

The new library is open for business!  There is a fabulous view from the roof top and there are two great exhibits to see, the Juried Art Show and the Prime Minister’s Project.  So the next time you’re Downtown, pop into the new Library located at the corner of Ste. Marie Street and Simcoe Street and say hi to the staff and congratulate them on this new exciting venue and take a tour of this fabulous new space that is open for everyone to enjoy.  Makes for a great outing with the kids.

Discover the newest exhibit at the Collingwood Museums Called Shifting Focus.  Without Collingwood’s early photographers much of Collingwood’s history would have been lost.  Visit the Museum and learn the stories of the men who stood behind their camera lenses.  The exhibit runs from April 15th – October 14th.  The Collingwood Museum is located at 45 St. Paul Street.

Springlicious has started in the Village at Blue and runs until May 20th.  This annual event showcases boutiques and shops in Ontario’s favourite pedestrian Village accompanied by sensationally priced menus at 12 incredible restaurants. Many locations feature the areas finest musicians and entertainers, 7 days a week. For more information click here.

Every year the sleepy town of Elmvale explodes in a celebration of Natures rites of Spring the running of liquid gold Ontario Pure Maple Syrup. The town transforms into a shoppers mall. Vendors line the streets with offerings of maple syrup, food galore, book sales, collectible sales among other country treasures. Don’t miss the Sugar Shack at the east end of town. This year the Festival is on Saturday April 17th and for more details you can visit the website at

Earth day celebrations, activities and events are all around the corner.  Check out what the Environment Network Shoppe has planned. welcomes our new sponsors:

Collingwood School of Dance
Collingwood School of Dance offers professional quality dance training to the Georgian Triangle. Our facility is equipped with “floating floors”, mirrors, barres, a change room and reception area. Our schedule is filled with a variety of dance classes for ages 2 to 18. Classes at Collingwood School of Dance provide a well structured dance program for those with interest in ballet, pointe, Cecchetti Syllabus, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, conditioning and flamenco. All classes are taught with emphasis on performance, careful and correct technique, placement and artistic expression. Call now for a studio tour and FREE trial class at 705.321.0175.  For more information, visit our website.

Earth's Berries - Soap Nuts – the natural laundry detergent
What Are Soap Nuts? Soap nuts aren't technically nuts. They're fruit, taken from the soapberry tree (Sapindus mukorrosi). In appearance, they're similar to the lychee nut, yet they're not grown for consumption. Thanks to their high concentration of foaming "saponin," soap nuts are used throughout the world as cleaning agents. Harvested in India and Nepal, soap nuts have been used for centuries in Southeast Asia and for decades in Europe, where it has been recognized as a natural, potent cleaning alternative to the harsh chemicals common to detergents and household cleaners. Being 100% natural, soap nuts are gentle to clothes and the skin. A one kilogram bag of Earth Berries Soap Nuts costs $30 and can wash up to 400 loads of laundry. To find out more about Earth Berries and how you can use them in your household, visit our website.

The Tremont
Opening Summer 2010 Currently the Tremont is undergoing a major restoration. The project involves the preservation, restoration and revitalization of an important designated building in the Collingwood Heritage Conservation District and its adaptive reuse to provide commercial opportunities and live/work space for the creative sector. The Tremont will be the future home of the Bay School of Art, the Tremont Cafe and nine individual studio spaces. The building will incorporate sustainable and environmental measures along with heritage preservation. Some of the green energy components that the building will feature include solar PV and solar thermal as well heat recovery. The restoration of the building’s 1889 facade will be protected by a heritage conservation easement agreement with the Town of Collingwood. Richard and Anke are excited equally about the restoration of the exterior; bringing back its original beauty and the interior; creating an exciting vibrant space for new ideas. For more information visit the website.

Put some spring in your step and get outside!



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