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Get Ready for Summer! (Posted On: Wednesday, May 28, 2008)

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The lilacs and the apple blossoms are in full bloom in and around our fair land.  If you get the chance, take a bike ride along the Georgian Trail up to the Craigleith Depot where you can find the best display of beautiful lilac bushes in lovely shades of pink, purple and white. 

The face of the Collingwood landscape has been forever changed.  A 1000-pound wrecking ball reduced the Kaufman Furniture smoke stack to a pile of rubble in just over one hour.  We have the whole process from start to finish in our community photo gallery.

Taste of the Town is coming up.  Don’t forget to get your tickets for this annual culinary extravaganza.  Proceeds are to charity and this is the most delicious fundraising event of the year!  Come and visit me at the First Street Bistro booth where I will be serving up delights from The First Street Bistro with Nancy and Chef Andi.

Huge congratulations to Cranberry on their recent renovation.  The new lobby and dining areas of the resort are beautiful. 

The 2008 Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards evening was an exciting and well attended event.  Eight business awards were presented as well as 3 Youth Entrepreneur Special Merit Awards. See pictures in the photo gallery.

New Business Award
Korporate Images

Established Business 1 - 10 Employees
Big Screen FX

Established Business 11 - 30 Employees
Stuart Ellis IDA

Established Business 30+ Employees
Boston Pizza

Chamber Business of the Year Award
M&M Meat Shop

Innovative Product and / or Service Award
The Magic of Children in the Arts

Innovative Marketing Award

Customer Service Award
Lisa Kirk - The UPS Store

Youth Entrepreneur Special Merit Awards
Jenna Jackson
Jordan de Ruiter
Matt Weeks

We’ve decided to reduce our carbon footprint on the earth, perhaps prompted by the rising price of gas with our last fill-up on our KIA coming in at $92.12.  We’ve purchased another Honda from Ward Bond at Blue Mountain Honda.  This time it’s a Honda Civic Hybrid.  It’s a fun car to drive and anytime you’re going 60kmph or less, the car reverts to battery power.  The car is self-charging which is very, very cool.

Sailing anyone???  Sail Georgian Bay is taking registrations for Summer sailing classes for both adults and youth.  For registration information, please contact Robyn Hunter at 519.599.5713 or e-mail

On the Hill Concierge will be holding a series of cooking classes at The Pretty River Academy featuring the fabulous Chef Eric Madden.  The classes will be on Wednesday evenings - second & third week of July and the first two Wednesdays of August. If you are interested in registering, please contact Lisa at On the Hill Concierge at 705.351.2228.

Look for new changes coming very soon to the Huron House on Pine Street.  You can expect an exciting new vibe, new look, new name, new everything.  Stay tuned.

The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic is looking for volunteers.  The event will be played at the Georgian Bay Golf Club and the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay from Thursday, June 26 to Sunday, June 29th, 2008.  Each volunteer must work a minimum of three days.  This is a great opportunity for high school students to get their volunteer hours.  Each volunteer receives a fantastic package including two volunteer golf shirts, hat, badge good for the week, one tournament guest grounds ticket, invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party, complimentary meals and beverages on scheduled work days, parking pass.  For more details and to sign up today, visit their website. welcomes our new clients

The Lilly Pad has designed a tranquil space for your comfort and well-being. Soothing music, skilled therapists and delicious scents transport you to a world of peace and serenity. Our service menu offers essential esthetic services, body treatments and wellness therapies. Full and half day packages are available for a thoroughly pampered experience.

Sunset Grill, Ontario's favourite breakfast restaurant is now open in The Village at Blue Mountain! Famous for its “All Day Breakfast”, Sunset Grill is a California-style breakfast house with a warm and friendly community atmosphere.  Sunset Grill features fresh-grilled breakfast and lunch in an open kitchen concept.  It’s a great place to bring the whole family or kick off your day before skiing or golfing.  Open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

The Rake and Broom is Collingwood's first comprehensive Cleaning and Landscape Company offering a wide range of cleaning and landscaping services and the ultimate customer service experience. We are a full-service residential and commercial cleaning company, as well as a full service landscaping company. Both aspects of the company serve residential and commercial clients in the Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Creemore, Thornbury and surrounding areas.

Centro by the Hill restaurant and lounge is nestled in the heart of Blue Mountain. They offer a unique dinning experience for all occasions. Centro by the hill stands behind the same standards of food that is the benchmark of the success of Centro restaurant and lounge in downtown Toronto. Their mission is to deliver a Centro that does not lack in high standards and quality, but express it in a more casual, approachable and comfortable atmosphere.

Trattoria Azzurra combines the rich flavours of traditional Italian cuisine with a modern edge of contemporary flare courtesy of Chef Scott Carter. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Collingwood, this finer dining destination still maintains a casual atmosphere and is perfect for a cozy rendezvous or a celebration with family and friends. The reasonably priced menu offers a wonderful selection of appetizers, seafood, pastas and main courses including AAA strip loin. A divine dessert menu finishes off the evening. Proprietor Andrea Greyerbiehl is looking forward to your visit. Reservations are recommended.

Getting ready for summer!

Julie Card
mycollingwood website


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