Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom Project Reaps Honours

Bobcaygeon has earned a prestigious 4 Blooms with a Special Mention for Community Involvement, as well as two awards for Ontario's top scores in Floral Displays and Environmental Action. Martin Quinn, Community in Blooms National Director, announced the results of the 2018 Bobcaygeon entry at a ceremony at Kawartha Coffee on Saturday, October 6th...

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Bobcaygeon's multi-group effort competed against other Ontario towns with populations between 1,501 and 5,000. Winning 4 blooms out of a possible 5 is considered an exceptional accomplishment for a first-time attempt.

“That moment while we awaited the official announcement was a heart-pounder,” says volunteer Bonnie Harris. “This was an all-new challenge for all of us. When we heard the judges' decision, a huge cheer went up, but I could still hear sighs of relief. It was a powerful validation of everyone's joint efforts. We know we're building relationships that form a firm foundation for future projects, but having our effort recognized so visibly is the icing on the cake.”

Along with beautification of the entire village, participation in the program brings many benefits. It promotes green and sustainable initiatives, serves as a way to share best practices, and successful entrants often see an increase in tourism to the area. It also increases civic pride -- “People, Plants & Pride . . .Growing Together” is top-of-page for Communities in Bloom.

“The Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom team would like to thank Bobcaygeon’s amazing business owners, organizations, residents, cottagers, and the City of Kawartha Lakes staff who worked together to help put our best foot forward for Bobcaygeon’s Communities in Bloom effort this summer,” says Ann Adare, leader of the multi-group team. “Volunteers pitched in and helped where they were needed and groups shared their resources – so many showed up and donated their most precious commodity, their time. From stepping up to help save an island; creating, planting and maintaining our gardens, trails and parks; picking up trash left behind or participating in one of many fundraisers and everything else in between — looking around at what we have accomplished, we can be so proud of our village of Bobcaygeon. Individually we had achieved a great deal but working together we have accomplished so much more.”

For more information about Bobcaygeon's Communities in Bloom project and a list of all those who helped make it a success, see www.BobcaygeonCommunitiesInBloom.com


Thanksgiving Saturday, October 6th

Always a wonderful time of year, Thanksgiving weekend is shaping up to be chock-full of pleasure and promise in Bobcaygeon. You'll want to be sure to drop by Kawartha Coffee at 58 Bolton Street for three special opportunities and announcements.

Communities in Bloom – Presentation at 2:45 p.m.

Will it be one bloom, three ... or even five? The 2018 Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom team results will be announced, representing the joint efforts of just about every group in town. From tidy-up days to horticulture work to launching the judges on both trolley and water tours, and the million details in between, everyone in Bobcaygeon had a hand in making Communities in Bloom a success. Now we'll find out how we rank with other Ontario towns our size. Results are kept secret and even the core group organizers do not yet now how we did.

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Lake Life T-shirt Donation – Presentation at 3:15 p.m.

Buckeye Surf has again generously donated $5 from every Lake Life T-shirt to help local organizations. Taylor Poole will be presenting cheques to the very appreciative Kawartha Land Trust and Impact 32 volunteers.


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Paddle Silent Auction – Winners announced at 3:30 p.m.

All 71 of the beautiful paddles painted by local artists and groups are up for bids, just come by Kawartha Coffee any day this week and have a look at the paddles on display and write your bid for your favourite in the binders. Bidding closes and winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Decorative paddles are always popular as wall art, and also make stylish cottage country statements over your mantle, or enhancing your rec room, boathouse, cottage, garage, or garden. All funds raised will support Impact 32 future community projects.

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Come by Kawartha Coffee on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m., bid on paddles or just cheer on and encourage our local volunteers – they're surely one more thing everyone in our vibrant village can be thankful for.

Hunt for all the paddles and vote for your favourites!

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Everyone in town is talking about paddles this summer, and they like what they see. Seventy-one wooden paddles, each uniquely painted and carefully varnished, are showcased on poles on the main village streets.

The canoe paddle was chosen as a symbol that reflects Bobcaygeon's heritage as a main waterway route for both First Nations and settlers. And these are beauties! Local artists made a special effort to create work that represents favourite aspects of our village. We owe a big thank you to the Impact 32 Vibrant Village team (formerly the Beautification team) for their imagination in coming up with the idea and for the hard work of organizing and hanging the stunning result.

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Take a stroll around town to find every one of the 71 paddles on display, and be sure to vote for your favourites in two categories 1) Most Vibrant, and 2) Your Favourite. It's easy to vote online using the button below, or you can pick up a paper ballot and vote at Kawartha Coffee, or Zen Den, or Pick 'N Save, or the Impact 32 Welcome Centre. The paddle with the highest vote count wins bragging rights! 

As the summer season winds down, the paddle art will all be displayed and auctioned off to community members to raise funds for future beautification. 

Impact 32 could not have made such a welcome addition to our streetscape without the time and talent generously donated by Bobcaygeon's 71 paddle painters. Our town is in awe of the work you've done and abuzz with compliments this summer.

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Bobcaygeon -- Always Bloomin' Beautiful and Now Unique Too

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When an Impact 32 team came up with the name Vibrant Village, they also came up with a plan to back it up. Bobcaygeon volunteers are making the village fun and attractive this summer, and people are showing a lot of interest in some unique new ideas.

It's all about the paddles this year, just ask anyone in town. The canoe paddle was chosen to reflect Bobcaygeon's heritage as a main waterway route for both First Nations and settlers. And these are beauties! Seventy wooden paddles, each uniquely painted, will be showcased on poles on the main village streets. Local artists made a special effort to create work that represents favourite aspects of this vibrant village. As the summer season winds down, the paddle art will all be auctioned off to community members and merchants to raise funds for future beautification.

Volunteering is not without its ups and downs of course, just ask the ladder crew hanging those gorgeous big flower baskets in the downtown core. Back by popular demand, and showing every sign of being just as bloomin' beautiful as last year.

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Be there or be square -- There's a 60s party going on at Kawartha Coffee's new pad with the groovy patio at 58 Bolton. Righteous Bobcaygeoners will be releasing their inner flower child at the happening Boho Bloom Town Bash on July 6. Fab food, karaoke, henna artist, flowers in your hair, and all the starlight you can handle. All in a good cause -- raising funds to keep the village looking tidy and beautiful, including helping fund the Communities in Bloom entry. Tickets are for sale at Kawartha Coffee and online at www.VisitBobcaygeon.com.

Representatives from local volunteer groups have joined together to enter Bobcaygeon in this year's Communities in Bloom competition. “Plants, people and pride . . . growing together” is the vision. The combined effort is proving to be an experience that's spurring the groups on to make plans to continue working together. Anyone who wants to help Bobcaygeon win the competition can go to the website www.BobcaygeonCommunitiesInBloom.com for tips, and look for 'seed bombs' at any of a dozen merchants around town -- pretty little gifts you can plant for just $5.

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Bikes are back too! Bobcaygeon's bike share initiative is open for business again, all you need is a cell phone and a credit card. Again located in two handy spots beside the locks, they're ready for residents or visitors to take for a spin.

And visitors can now easily find their way around this vibrant village by checking out the new signposts, paddle-shaped of course, and designed to complement Bobcaygeon's charming 'old-time cottage meets today' feel. Thanks go to another combined effort, this one by Environmental Action Bobcaygeon and Impact 32, supported by C.H.E.S.T., Regional Tourism Organization 8, and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

 

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Impact 32 is a volunteer steering committee made up of local business owners and community organizers. We impact the growth of Bobcaygeon's year-round economic development and community beautification for the benefit of all residents, businesses and tourists.

Media contact: Bonnie Harris headlaker@hotmail.com (705) 738-9949.

Bobcaygeon Enters Communities in Bloom

For Immediate Release June 13, 2018

There's a fresh spring in the step of many Bobcaygeoners thanks to some exciting plans for this summer.

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Impact 32 is working together with the Chamber of Commerce, the Horticultural Society, and Environmental Action Bobcaygeon, and involving all local volunteer groups, businesses and residents to make sure the town is at its most beautiful for a visit from the Ontario Communities in Bloom judges on July 11th and 12th.

“Whether you're a resident, cottager or visitor, you know that Bobcaygeon is a very special place, surrounded by all that nature has to offer,” says Impact 32 volunteer Ann Adare. “Brimming with pride and an engaged community, we celebrate our heritage, care for our environment, create parks and trails, line our streets and fill our gardens with amazing displays that warm our hearts and please our senses. As a result of the efforts of our community members, Bobcaygeon is perfectly positioned to seek recognition from the Communities in Bloom program in all categories

Based on other communities' experiences, benefits to Bobcaygeon will be significant.

  • Citizens, local groups, businesses and government working together

  • Increased civic pride and community involvement

  • Beautification of the entire community, improved landscaping, floral displays, tree canopy, and tidiness

  • Enhanced economic development (tourism, hospitality and retail) along with marketing and promotional opportunities.

The Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom team is asking everyone to work together and help put our best foot forward this summer to show just what a vibrant village Bobcaygeon is. Community participation from all ages and walks of life is encouraged. The new Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom website, www.bobcaygeoncommunitiesinbloom.com, has more information about the program as well as a volunteer sign-up form and photo-highlights of the village's proudest moments. You can contact the team by email at bobcaygeoncib@outlook.com.

About Communities in Bloom

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Trained judges travel across Canada during the summer to evaluate communities and the overall contribution of businesses, institutions and residents based on the following criteria:

Environmental Action
Heritage Conservation
Urban Forestry and Trail
Landscape
Floral Displays
Tidiness

www.cibontario.ca

 

 

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Impact 32 is a volunteer steering committee made up of local business owners and community organizers. We impact the growth of Bobcaygeon's year-round economic development and community beautification for the benefit of all residents, businesses and tourists.

www.bobcaygeoncommunitiesinbloom.com / www.visitbobcaygeon.com

Media contact: Bonnie Harris headlaker@hotmail.com (705) 738-9949.

What's Open in Bobcaygeon on May 21st?

     The Farmers' Market opens Saturday May 19th

    The Farmers' Market opens Saturday May 19th

ALCOHOL

The Beer Store
Closed  

LCBO
Closed

ATTRACTIONS

Kawartha Settlers' Village
Opens 10 am to 4 pm

BANKS

CIBC
Closed

Bank of Montreal
Closed

DRUGSTORES

Shoppers Drug Mart
Open 9 am to 6 pm

Village Gate PharmaSave
Closed

GOVERNMENT/MUNICIPAL

Canada Post
Closed, no delivery

City of Kawartha Lakes - administrative offices
Closed 

City of Kawartha Lakes Waste and Recycling Collection
For the week of May 21, all curbside collection will take place one day later than your normal collection day

Fenelon Landfill
Open 

Forbert Pool, Bobcaygeon
Closed, no swimming lessons or fitness classes on May 19, May 20 or May 21 

Library, Bobcaygeon
Closed

Lindsay Ops Landfill
Closed 

ServiceOntario - Bobcaygeon
Closed

GROCERIES

Foodland
Open 9 am to 5 pm

Strangs Valu-Mart
Open 8 am to 5 pm

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Ross Memorial Hospital
Lindsay – app. 30 km.
10 Angeline Street North
1-800-510-7365
The emergency entrance is located on the north inner corner of the building right beside the main entrance. Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Large trauma/resuscitation rooms and multiple treatment/exam rooms including specialty rooms for negative pressure, casting, eye exams, and secure holding. There are 12 observation/holding bays and a separate minor acute area.

Haliburton Highlands Health Services
Minden – app. 47 km.
6 McPherson Street
705 286-2140
24 hours/day, 7 days/week staffed with physicians on-call, nurses and medical, radiation technologists.

Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic
Open 24 hrs. on weekends and holidays when regular veterinary offices are closed
705 741-5832 

 

Summer Job Available for Student

Impact 32 has received funding for a temporary position under the Canada Summer Jobs Program. We are looking for a student to look after the bike share initiative, greet visitors, and take on other tasks that benefit our community. 

Service Co-ordinator, Bobcaygeon

Impact 32, a Bobcaygeon volunteer organization, is looking for a student Service Co-ordinator to work 30-hours per week, at $14 per hour, for 8 weeks, from June 25 to August 17 under the Canada Summer Jobs Program*.

This position requires meeting visitors to our area and providing information and assistance on what they might like to see and do, managing a small bike sharing center, as well as a wide variety of other tourism-related duties. A large percentage of the time will be spent outdoors.

The Service Co-ordinator position will suit you if you are:

  • Naturally outgoing, friendly and helpful

  • Responsible and reliable

  • Tech savvy to help with the bike rental app, web research, and desktop publishing

  • Creative and flexible

  • Knowledgeable of Bobcaygeon and interested in our history.

*This position is under the Summer Jobs Program, and the successful candidate must therefore be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age

  • registered as a full-time student the preceding academic year

  • intending to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year

  • a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program

  • a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident. or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and

  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Qualified applicants should send their resumes with a cover letter to Impact 32 at visitbobcaygeon@gmail.com by midnight May 22, 2018.
Because of limited volunteer resources, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Volunteer Appreciation Week

What better time than Volunteer Week to recognize those friends, family and neighbours who improve our lives and help build an even better Bobcaygeon, again and again affirming we're “Three Little Islands, One Big Heart”?

Impact 32 volunteers work to enhance Bobcaygeon, to make it a vibrant, happy and desirable village. We play many roles, some of us are more visible than others. A lot of our volunteers work 'behind the scenes', so you probably don't know exactly who is back there and what they're doing.

Who are we?

  • These are the people who raise the funds to buy the hanging flower baskets in town, and to keep them watered and fertilized, and who come out to hang them for all to enjoy.

  • These are the people who work in freezing weather trying to make winter a little more cheery, who light the outdoor Christmas trees and arrange the tree lighting ceremony.

  • These are the people who organize Family FrostFest so we can all have a free fun day out in the snow – and the people who bake the cookies.

  • These are the people who create and put up posters and send out media releases to let you know about upcoming events.

  • These are the people who organize fundraisers for more docks so boaters can stop and stay awhile.

  • These are the people who originated and manage bike sharing to encourage visitors to see more of our village.

  • These are the people who take an old unused building and clean it up to open as a Welcome Centre, and spend their free time there helping tourists find our many local attractions..

  • These are the people who not only organize small business seminars and networking opportunities for our local entrepreneurs, but also freely offer to share their own social media and technical skills with Bobcaygeon businesses.

  • These are the people who create and maintain a website with free listings for every local business and information that encourages tourism as well as informing residents.

  • These are the people who run snow sculpture contests and children's colouring contests to drive community participation and satisfaction.

  • These are the people who apply for grants and funding to raise the money for projects that benefit Bobcaygeon.

  • These are the people who create a beautiful photo-op arch to celebrate Bobcaygeon memories.

  • These are the people who create the maps, both pocket size and large scale, so visitors are sure to find everything we have to offer.

  • These are the people who donate their business facilities to be used for planning sessions.

Most of all, these are the people who selflessly donate their time, that most precious of all our resources.

Thank you Impact 32 volunteers. You have a vision and you are willing to work toward it. You help make Bobcaygeon the village we love.

Beautification Team

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Anna Argente
Denise Benning Reid
Carol and Peter Eldridge
Liam Fagan
Michael Fagan
Jamie Henderson
Cheryl Henderson
Debra Kemp
Emalee Kemp
Ken Kidman
Kelli Lovell
Kathleen Seymour-Fagan
Christine Whelan

Bike Share & Wayfinding Team

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Ann Adare
Lou Andrews
Rene Flynn
Beth Gilroy
Marieke Junkin
Bonnie Harris
Brian Peterkin
Carly Poole
Kathleen Shea Gehmair
Robin Uprichard

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Marketing Team

Ann Adare
Lou Andrews
Cheryl Burgess
Nicole Campbell
Michele Dames
Bonnie Harris
Carol Kimmerly
Catherine Pentiricci
Carly Poole

Docking Team

Shirley Grills
Dave Kennedy
Chris, Amanda & Emma Pascoe
Brian Peterkin
Carly Poole
Jill Quast
Penny Waghorn

Stakeholders Team

Catherine Pentiricci
Carly Poole

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Steering Team

Ann Adare
Michele Dames
Bonnie Harris
Jamie Henderson
Maureen Lytle
Catherine Pentiricci
Carly Poole
Kathleen Seymour-Fagan

We would also like to thank everyone who has generously participated in our Expert Auction by donating or bidding, and everyone who has contributed their time and talent when called upon for special projects. We couldn't do it without you.

 

 

 

 

 

What's Open on Easter Weekend in Bobcaygeon?

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ALCOHOL

LCBO
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

The Beer Store
Closed  Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday regular hours

ATTRACTIONS

Kawartha Settlers' Village
Closed – Opens on May 1st

BANKS

CIBC – Closed Friday, Open Monday
Bank of Montreal – Closed Friday, Open Monday

DRUGSTORES

Shoppers Drug Mart
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday regular hours

Village Gate PharmaSave
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday regular hours

GOVERNMENT/MUNICIPAL

Canada Post
No collection, no delivery Friday, Sunday and Monday

City of Kawartha Lakes - administrative offices
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday regular hours

City of Kawartha Lakes Waste and Recycling Collection
Normal collection during the week of Monday April 2.

Fenelon Landfill
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Forbert Pool, Bobcaygeon
Closed Friday, Open Sunday, Open Monday

Library, Bobcaygeon
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday regular hours

Lindsay Ops Landfill
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ServiceOntario - Bobcaygeon
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Closed Monday

GROCERIES

Foodland
Open Friday 9:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m., Open Sunday 9:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m., Open Monday 7:00 a.m. To 9:00 p.m.

Strangs Valu-Mart
Closed Friday, Closed Sunday, Open Monday 7:00 a.m. To 9:00 p.m.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Ross Memorial Hospital
Lindsay – app. 30 km.
10 Angeline Street North
1-800-510-7365
The emergency entrance is located on the north inner corner of the building right beside the main entrance. Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Large trauma/resuscitation rooms and multiple treatment/exam rooms including specialty rooms for negative pressure, casting, eye exams, and secure holding. There are 12 observation/holding bays and a separate minor acute area.

Haliburton Highlands Health Services
Minden – app. 47 km.
6 McPherson Street
705 286-2140
24 hours/day, 7 days/week staffed with physicians on-call, nurses and medical, radiation technologists.

Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic
Open 24 hrs. on weekends and holidays when regular veterinary offices are closed
705 741-5832 

 

Congratulations to the 2018 FrostFest Snow Sculpture Winners!

AND THE IMPACT 32 FROSTFEST SNOW SCULPTURE WINNERS ARE . . . 
John Thiele, #26 Pigeon Lake Monster, awarded $100 prize
and
Claire Kimble-Mahoney, #50 Local Sweet Treat, awarded $100 prize.
and
Robbie Livie, #19 Sea Turtle, awarded $100 prize.

Congratulations to John and Robbie and Claire, well done and an excellent job of getting the votes in. Because of the tie recorded at exactly midnight, Impact 32 is awarding one extra prize this year so both Claire and Robbie receive $100.

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Family FrostFest on Video

Happy Family Day! Yesterday at Lock 32 Park, we not only saw many talented snow artists in their element, but we also witnessed several skilled dancers who rose to our Family Day Dance Challenge. We hope you enjoy this highlight reel. Be sure to go to the FrostFest 2018 photo album on our  Impact 32 Facebook page to vote for your favourite snow creations. Two winners will win a $100 Gift Certificate to the Bobcaygeon business of their choice. Deadline for voting is midnight on Friday February 23rd, 2018.

A big Thank You to our own Catherine Pentiricci for producing this upbeat happy video!

 

What's Open on Family Day in Bobcaygeon?

Wondering what's open in town on Monday, February 19, 2018?

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ALCOHOL

LCBO
Closed

The Beer Store
Closed

ATTRACTIONS

Kawartha Settlers' Village
Closed

BANKS

CIBC - Closed

Bank of Montreal - Closed

DRUGSTORES

Shoppers Drug Mart
Closed

Village Gate PharmaSave
Call 738-2372

GOVERNMENT/MUNICIPAL

Canada Post
Regular collection and delivery

City of Kawartha Lakes - administrative offices
Closed

City of Kawartha Lakes - Parks, Recreation and Culture facilities, arenas, and pools
Forbert Pool - Open 6:30 am to 8 pm
Community Centre Arena - Call 738-3331

Bobcaygeon Library
Open

Fenelon Landfill
Open 9 to 5

Lindsay Ops Landfill
Open 8 to 5

City of Kawartha Lakes Waste and Recycling Collection
Regular collection. 

ServiceOntario - Bobcaygeon
Closed

GROCERIES

Foodland
Open 9 am to 5 pm

Strangs Valu-Mart
Closed

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Ross Memorial Hospital
Lindsay – app. 30 km
10 Angeline Street North
1-800-510-7365

The emergency entrance is located on the north inner corner of the building right beside the main entrance. Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Large trauma/resuscitation rooms and multiple treatment/exam rooms including specialty rooms for negative pressure, casting, eye exams, and secure holding. There are 12 observation/holding bays and a separate minor acute area.

Haliburton Highlands Health Services
Minden – app. 47 km
6 McPherson Street
705 286-2140

24 hours/day, 7 days/week staffed with physicians on-call, nurses and medical, radiation technologists.

Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic
Open 24 hrs. on weekends and holidays when regular veterinary offices are closed
705 741-5832

 

 

FrostFest February 18, 2018 How to Build a Snow Sculpture


Use your imagination and have fun!

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You don't have to be an artist, you just have to want to get outside and have some fun. Snow sculpting is a great social or family event. A group can create a sculpture together and an audience can watch as you work. The lifetime of snow art depends on the weather, but we'll be taking pictures of your masterpiece at its best!

Dress warmly

Stay warm and dry with a warm coat, snow pants and hat. Bring spare mittens and gloves. Rubber gloves will help keep your hands dry, and some sculptors like to wear knee pads for comfort while carving. Sunscreen on your face is a good idea.

Have a plan

Search your computer or books or magazines to get ideas. Pick one and bring a picture of it, or make a sketch and bring that. It will help you stay on track, especially if it's a group project. Fun and easy is best for first-timers!

Prepare your snow

Shovel the snow you think you might need into a mound. Stir it up a bit to warm the snow and remove excess ice chunks so it's easier to work with.  We're all sharing the available snow, so please just shovel up as much as you'll need.

Create a strong foundation

To make the foundation, use your hands to pack each layer of snow down hard before adding more. A strong base will keep your design from collapsing. Sometimes sculptors pack the snow into a cardboard box and then remove the box and carve away the extra snow.

Carve your sculpture

Remove the excess snow to make a rough outline of your basic shape. First start carving snow away at the top on the more fragile parts, then work toward the bottom. Have fun finding tools to carve and decorate your masterpiece. How about -- garbage can lids, milk cartons, spatulas, chisels, ice cream scoops, you name it!

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The finer points 

You can spray small amounts of water onto snow so it easily clumps together
     in your hands, then use it to build up parts of your sculpture. 
     - Try putting some water into a spray bottle and spritzing the snow. 
     - We've got spray bottles at the registration booth for you to borrow.

You can also use wet slush as 'glue' to attach additions to your sculpture. 
 

To colour or not to colour? 

If you want to add colour to your snow sculpture, just mix food colouring with water and spray or pour it on. It might take several coats -- and could make it melt faster. When your snow sculpture is finished, you can lightly spray water all over your masterpiece to glaze it. 
 

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FrostFest 2018

Family FrostFest, February 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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“Bobcaygeon's FrostFest Family Day celebration of winter is the perfect way for families to get outside and spend time together,” says Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, a founding member of Impact 32, the  volunteer group organizing the event. “Building a snow sculpture can be very easy for younger children or as challenging as the older ones and adults want to make it. Plus it's totally free, and a good chance to meet and chat with other families.” 

Blessed with perfect weather, last year's FrostFest brought large crowds and more than 50 snow sculpture entries. Families and visitors enjoyed gallons of hot chocolate and hundreds of homemade cookies donated by local businesses and volunteers. Impact 32 volunteers had a good time too, running fun games with prizes for every child, and mascot Bobbie Constellation's visit to FrostFest was a special highlight.

This year FrostFest is again located at the park at Lock 32 beside the swing bridge, and Impact 32 is again offering prizes for your engineering marvel! Enter as a 'Family/Group' to win one of two $100 gift certificates, or as a 'Businesses/Community Organization' to bag  bragging rights and good Family Day karma. Gift certificates are redeemable at the Bobcaygeon retailer of your choice. 

You can build your snow sculpture any time you like, and volunteers will be on duty taking pictures of your masterpiece from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 18th. Ballots will be available on site, or you can vote for the photograph of the sculpture you like best on Impact 32’s Facebook page facebook.com/Impact32. Volunteers will be posting Snow Sculpture Building Tips on their Facebook page and website www.VisitBobcaygeon.com as we get closer to the celebration. 

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“We'll be hanging out our “Flakes Welcome!” sign again this year on February 18th,” adds Marketing Chair Bonnie Harris. “Impact 32 volunteers are your Bobcaygeon friends and neighbours and we all hope everyone drops by to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while you stroll around admiring the sculptures at FrostFest this Family Day weekend.” 

2017 Expert Auction Another Great Success!

As parties go, this is a good bet. You've got a great venue, the Arts Barn; you've got lively entertainment, local people on the auction block; and you've got the excitement of winning your bid and coming home with something special, even unique. All for a worthy cause. This year's Bobcaygeon Expert Auction did not disappoint.

Final calculations are almost complete for this dock building fundraiser, and it looks like another stellar year!

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Thank you to all the people who made this happen.

Thank you to all who attended. Without you, it wouldn't work of course. You gave back to our community – and it sure looked like you were having fun!

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Thank you to all the good sports who ruled the stage while “the crowd went wild”. Thank you to the businesses who donated gifts and services for the silent auctions.

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Thank you to our super Auctioneer Jason McIntosh, you made us dig deep and feel great about it. Thank you to the Westerby Entertainment DJ, you kept it lively. Thank you to Danielle Thompson, Master of Ceremonies, you made sure we had fun and knew what we were bidding on. Thank you to the Lakeview Arts Barn, a wonderful party venue as always. And thank you to J & K DeVitt transport.

Thank you to the folks who sold tickets at Kawartha Coffee, My Favourite Things, Darling Insurance and LiveWell.

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Thank you to Carly Poole, who masterminded the event and kept everyone on an even keel. And to soon-to-be-new-dad Brian Peterkin who stepped in this year like a pro. (We loved you doing yoga 'impressions'.)

Last but not least, thank you to the volunteers who came to meetings and organized everything. Thank you for hanging posters, for canvassing businesses for donations, for selling tickets, for decorating the Arts Barn, for taking the photos, for running the games, for manning the ticket and cash-out table, for setting up the silent auction tables. For all of this, and for the many laughs shared all along the way!

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Volunteers
Ann Adare
Nicole Campbell
Bonnie Harris
Carol Kimmerly
Pascoe Family Decorating Team
Amanda Pascoe
Chris Pascoe
Emma Pascoe, Photographer
Catherine Pentiricci
Brian Peterkin
Carly Poole

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Live Auction
Bigley's Shoes and Clothing
B n J Furniture
Buckeye Marine
Cake by the Lake
Country 105
Cosmopolitan Salon & Spa
Culinary Edge
Good Pickins and Town & Country Decorating
Greenshire Eco Farms
Happy Days Houseboats
Jamie Schmale, MPP
Jaunt Marketing & Consulting
Jennine Profeta and Dave Pearce
Jermyn Lumber
Kawartha Dairy
Kawartha Lakeshore Building
Kawartha Mediums
LAB/Globus Theatre
Lianne Mackey, RMT
Live Well Strength & Rehab
Old Dog Brewing
Passport to Prana
Red Door Music
Laurie Scott, MP
Kathleen Seymour-Fagan and Andy Letham
Shining Waters Soaps

Silent/Bid/Prizes
Bobcaygeon Bakery
Bobcaygeon Electronics
Morgan Bress
British Empire Fuels
Buckeye Surf & Snow
CheesePleasePieter
Coldwell Banker
Darling Insurance
Eganridge
Eggsmart
Dr. Mike Fagan
Foodland
Garden Art by Sandy
Gilstorf & Gray
Grant's Butcher Shop
Granny Bird's Wool Shoppe
Grilled Cheese Hideaway
Bruce Hobley
Home Hardware
In Fine Feather
Inn Style
Kawartha Lakes Honey
Kawartha Coffee
Matt Leaver
Luigi's Pizza
My Favourite Things
North 65
The Original Just for the Halibut
Paradiso
Peace of Earth
Amber Purdy @ Renaje
Purdy's Jewellery
Settlers' Village
Shiseido Cosmetics
Shoppers' Drug Mart
Three Forks Farms
Village Florist
Vino Creations
Westwind Inn
Hugh Whitaker, Photographer

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Time for our Winter Wow!

Beautification Update

Impact 32 volunteer Jamie Henderson is thinking about winter. No, not that, in a good way!

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His crew has taken down all the flower baskets from Bolton and King Streets and prepared them for winter decorating. They looked pretty good this year, right through early November (see photo on right).

Now the fun begins! And you can help keep the village looking charming for winter by lending a hand. Impact 32 volunteers need lots of help getting those winter baskets looking festive, all spruced up you might say... 

Sunday, November 12th, from 11:45 to about 4 p.m.
Meet at the Impact 32 Welcome Centre/bike station beside the swing bridge.

Snacks and beverages will be supplied.
Bring your own work gloves.

We hope to see you there. Last year's crew did a beautiful job and had an enjoyable time outdoors while they worked. You don't have to be a gardener or artisan, the pots are very easy to put together.

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Bobcaygeon Businesses are the Best!

Impact 32 Expert Auction

 Live Auction -- Silent Auction -- Game Prizes + More

Live Auction -- Silent Auction -- Game Prizes + More

More than 60 local businesses have donated auction items or prizes for the fast-approaching November 4th Expert Auction! Impact 32 volunteers want to extend a sincere thank you for helping raise funds to build more docks.

"The Why Docks? 
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  1. A dock shortage in a lock-side town is a bit like a supermarket with a too-small parking lot – people get frustrated and have to go elsewhere.
  2. Of course that kind of lost opportunity isn't good for anyone. Prosperous businesses and their related jobs make a thriving town.
  3. A vibrant community with lots of shops and services adds enjoyment for all residents, attracts investment, and safeguards our property values.

Now is the time for everyone to help by buying tickets and coming out to the Expert Auction on Saturday. Join and support your friends and neighbours at this very friendly social event. The evening is designed for fun. All the experts don their expert gear and when they start to demonstrate their expertise . . . let's just say you can tell they really love their work!

Come out and cheer on your favourite Bobcaygeon businesses! You don't need deep pockets to join in the fun. Whether you bid on the more than 20 experts on the auction block, or play the games for prizes, or bid on the dozens of silent auction items, it's all fun and games, and you're sure to find something you love for yourself or for a Christmas gift.

Get your tickets at My Favourite Things, LiveWell, Darling Insurance and Kawartha Coffee. More information about this community fundraiser are on the Impact 32 website Events page.

Impact 32 wants to thank and acknowledge the following businesses for this year's generous contributions of experiences and prizes for you to bid on and win -- and more donations are still rolling in!

Amber Purdy
B n J Furniture
Bigley's
Bobcaygeon Bakery
Bobcaygeon Electronics
British Empire Fuels
Bruce Hobley
Buckeye Marine
Buckeye Surf & Snow
Cake on the Lake – Amanda Pascoe
CheesePleasePieter
Chris Pascoe
Cosmopolitan Salon & Spa
Country 105
Darling Insurance
EggSmart
Foodland
Garden Art by Sandy
Gilstorf and Gray
Good Pickins
Granny Bird's Wool Shoppe
Grant's Butcher shop
Greenshire Eco Farms
Grilled Cheese Hideaway
Happy Days Houseboats
Home Hardware
Hugh Whitaker
In Fine Feather

 

Jamie Schmale
Jaunt Marketing & Consulting
Jennine & Dave
Jermyn Lumber
Just for the Halibut
Kawartha Coffee
Kawartha Honey
Kawartha Dairy
Kawartha Mediums
Kelly Burrows
LAB/Globus theatre
Laurie Scott
Lianne Mackay
Live Well
Luigi's Pizza
Michael Wills
My Favourite Things
North 65
Old Dog Brewing
Paradiso
Peace of Earth
Purdy's Jewellery
Settlers' Village
Shining Waters Soaps
Shiseido Cosmetics
Town & Country Decorating
Village Florist
Vino Creations
Yoga 'Passport to Prana'

 

 

Look Who's on the Auction Block...!

This year's Expert Auction is going to be full of fun, full of excitement, and full of surprises. In fact ... it's going to be very full. We're overflowing with auction items and prizes donated by Bobcaygeon businesses to raise funds to build more docks. Today we're releasing just a few to show you what we mean.

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Let's talk about interactive experiences first. Here's one for all the beautiful ladies who will be attending the November 4th gala evening. Cosmopolitan Salon and Spa is on the auction block offering a dreamy new hair style, professional makeup application, and sparkly fresh manicure. Oh, (as if that's not enough for your Big Night Out this holiday season!) – one more little thing, we're throwing in a really really big box of Shiseido luxury products, all for you!

Not quite sure which yoga class is best for you? Bid on “Passport to Prana” and you'll soon be setting off on the right path. Six of our local expert yoga instructors will invite you to one free class each, so you can savour each experience and decide if one might be a perfect fit for you.

Sweet! Kawartha Honey's Bee Yard and Honey House tour will reveal the secret world of beekeeping. This is a once in a lifetime experience that true honey lovers will remember for a long, long time.

Did you hear that Town & Country Decorating is joining Good Pickins to offer a class for four people to learn to renew and restore furniture and go home with beautiful Cottage paint, varnish and special paint brush?

Let us not forget, Bigley's is back! Now here is a perfect gift any woman would truly appreciate (hint hint) – a personal shopper and gift certificate from the store we ladies have learned to love.

Do you know somebody who's a born comedian? This year they'll be LOLing when you give them the gift of laughter. Jennine Profeta & Dave Pearce present a 60 minute Happy Hour Improv Workshop (great for couples or a girls nite out). Learn the secrets of improvisational comedy the way they do it on Whose Line is it Anyway?

Or maybe you secretly want to be a morning radio host. Don't we all – but now you can! You just have to bid on this expert experience and presto! You're on the morning show with Country 105.

Moving right along, have we got prizes for you! The good merchants and businesses of Bobcaygeon have outshone themselves this year.

  • Peace of Earth has created a gorgeous hand-made pottery plate, bowl and cup just for you.

  • Garden Art by Sandy has created three pieces for the Impact 32 Expert Auction, a beautiful free-standing heron and two darling garden-variety birds. A blend of metal and rock give her quirky creations a rustic and natural look.

  • Jermyn Lumber is going to make sure you and your better half are cozy this winter in His & Her Heated Jackets.

  • Did we say “Leaf tickets”? We've got a pair of the very best and you might come home from the Expert Auction with them in your pocket thanks to Darling Insurance.

And if all that doesn't take the cake, how about Cake by the Lake baking five amazing cheesecakes just for you. Mmm, right, one for Christmas, and Easter, and Thanksgiving, and Canada Day and what the heck you deserve one more of those scrumptious beauties for your birthday.

Impact 32 has so many auction items and prizes, we can only talk about a few at a time. Stay tuned for more announcements next week. Meanwhile, you'd better get your tickets right now.

Tickets are available at My Favourite Things, Kawartha Coffee, Darling Insurance and LiveWell.

Event details

What is the Impact 32 Expert Auction?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expert Auction Peek at the Line-Up

Hot off the press!

 The man with the axe is back this year! Watch this space for this and other exciting details soon to be revealed. (No trees were harmed in the making of this Expert Auction.)

The man with the axe is back this year! Watch this space for this and other exciting details soon to be revealed. (No trees were harmed in the making of this Expert Auction.)

Impact 32 can't wait to reveal the details of some very hot items now added to the November 4th Expert Auction (and party!) at Lakeview Arts Barn.

If you've ever wondered how to transform 'so-so' furniture to 'so stylish', Good Pickins and Town and Country Decorating Centre will teach you and three friends how it's done. You're on your way to unveiling the mysteries of renewing and restoring your furniture when you win this new auction item that includes a painting class, Cottage Paint, varnish, and a Cottage Paint brush to take home!

We know a great way to thrill your sweetie and keep her warm this winter. Expert knitter and owner of Granny Bird's Wool Shoppe, Julie Anderson, is contributing a luxurious hand knitted fashion-forward shawl. This one-of-a-kind wondrous gift, all soft and gorgeously cozy, is sure to tickle the fancy of a special lady.

Speaking of great gifts and someone who loves a sweet little thing or two, how about a dozen tarts and a $100 gift certificate from Bobcaygeon Bakery? We're sure we heard those famous buttertarts whispering your name.

And we've got snappy-hot Improv talent you can bid on too! Jennine Profeta & Dave Pearce will present a 60-minute Happy Hour Improv Workshop (great for couples or a girls nite out). Learn the secrets of improvisational comedy the way they do it on Whose Line is it Anyway!

This year's expert auction is shaping up to be the hottest ticket in town and we're lining up more prizes and auction items as we speak . . .  be sure to pick up your tickets at Kawartha Coffee, My Favourite Things, Darling Insurance or LiveWell.

Here's where to find out more.

What's Open on Thanksgiving in Bobcaygeon?

Wondering what's open in town on Monday, October 9, 2017?

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ALCOHOL

LCBO
Closed

The Beer Store
Closed

ATTRACTIONS

Kawartha Settlers' Village
Closed

BANKS

CIBC - Closed

Bank of Montreal - Closed

DRUGSTORES

Shoppers Drug Mart
Closed

Village Gate PharmaSave
Closed

GOVERNMENT/MUNICIPAL

Canada Post
No collection or delivery

City of Kawartha Lakes - administrative offices
Closed

City of Kawartha Lakes - Parks, Recreation and Culture facilities, arenas, and pools
Closed

Bobcaygeon Library
Closed

Fenelon Landfill
Open 9 to 5

Lindsay Ops Landfill
Closed

City of Kawartha Lakes Waste and Recycling Collection
No Monday collection. Monday's is picked up Tuesday, and collection is pushed back one day rest of the week.

ServiceOntario - Bobcaygeon
Closed

GROCERIES

Foodland
Open 9 am to 5 pm

Strangs Valu-Mart
Closed

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Ross Memorial Hospital
Lindsay – app. 30 km
10 Angeline Street North
1-800-510-7365

The emergency entrance is located on the north inner corner of the building right beside the main entrance. Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Large trauma/resuscitation rooms and multiple treatment/exam rooms including specialty rooms for negative pressure, casting, eye exams, and secure holding. There are 12 observation/holding bays and a separate minor acute area.

Haliburton Highlands Health Services
Minden – app. 47 km
6 McPherson Street
705 286-2140

24 hours/day, 7 days/week staffed with physicians on-call, nurses and medical, radiation technologists.

Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic
Open 24 hrs. on weekends and holidays when regular veterinary offices are closed
705 741-5832