Five Fresh Events in Georgian Bay this September

Can you believe how quickly time has flown? Another summer month bites the dust. But don’t you worry, awesome events are still happening! We’ve got five fresh events in Georgian Bay you’ll want to add to your calendar for September. As always, we’ve already added a couple of these to our calendars, can you guess which ones?

This month includes more starry skies, delicious longtable dinners, charity events and a night market. Whether you’re a local, or just visiting, make sure to check out some of these amazing events. Let’s be real, no one likes a case of fomo.

We can’t take credit for any of these cool events. We’ll just be partaking in the merriment, or wishing that we were.

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Sept 5-7, 12 &13, 19-21, 26 & 27 - Sumac and Salt dinner series

When/Where:
6pm
Good Family Farms

Chef Joel Grey and his partner, Hannah, have teamed up with Good Family Farms again for another series of dinners.

This forged and farmed dining experience is one you will remember for years to come. A cozy and welcoming space, full of the community spirit, is paired with delicious and inspiring food.

$100 per person
BYOB

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Sept 14 - Amazing Race (Georgian Bay Style)

When/Where:
10am
Grandma Lambe’s, Meaford

An adult sized scavenger hunt that will challenge the mind and the body.

Get together your team of 4 and start raising money. Even better if you get yourself a secret handshake or a team cheer. There are 10-12 challenges that span between Meaford, Thornbury and Kimberley.

All money that is raised goes towards The Meaford Hospital Foundation.

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Sep 15 - Longtable Heritage Dinner

When/Where:
5pm - 8:30pm
T & K Ferri Orchards

Oh boy! The list of culinary talent for this community longtable dinner is overwhelmingly amazing!

Featuring oysters by The Bivalve, wine from Georgian Hills Vineyards, food from The Grey and this barely even scratches the surface! This event brings together so much local talent and all the dining takes place at a 275 foot communal table (!!!!) nestled into an apple orchard.

Wanna hear an even better aspect? All proceeds are going to charity. <3

(We’re about to be the bearer of bad news though, this one is currently SOLD OUT)

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Sept 21 - Stargazing

When/Where:
7-9pm
Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery

September is another magical month for tilting your head toward the skies.

Soak in the magic of the stars on one of the best patios in Ontario, while sipping a glass of wine.

Sounds pretty ok, right?

Join the Bluewater Astronomical Society as they guide you through the stars.

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Sept 28- Marche de Nuit

When/Where:
1-9pm
Downtown Midland

This night market will feature artists, storytellers, buskers, performers, musicians.

This event is all ages and looks like it will have a little bit of something for everyone.

Wedding Inspiration: Summer flowers

We’re all about bringing you wedding inspiration, especially when it comes to flowers. When you think of summer, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the abundance of colours and textures that take over landscapes from the side of the road to farm fields and home gardens. One lovely summer morning we paid a visit to Amy in her magical flower field at Sideroad Farm in Walter’s Falls where she grows the most beautiful flowers. Supplying an abundance of blooms through their own farm store, the Collingwood Farmer’s Market and to floral designers like myself, she really knows how to grow them! She kindly shared a few of her beautiful flowers with us to play with, all organically grown with love and care of course! Read on to see some of the beauties that you might find in your summer wedding bouquets.

Cosmos

With their vibrant colours and soft fluttery petals, cosmos are a lovely cut flower throughout the summer season. They are a hardy annual plant that thrives in full sun and produces an abundant amount of blooms. Though it can be tedious, a little bit of time spent deadheading fading flowers will encourage plenty of new growth and keep the flowers coming all summer long. With their delicate stems and light blooms they float gracefully in arrangements and work well in both a rustic or more upscale, romantic design.

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Larkspur

A relative of delphinium, larkspur are an annual flower in a range of colours from white and pink to purple and blue. They are an early summer bloomer with a tall spike-like shape and clusters of flowers. They are beautiful for adding height to an arrangement and are also lovely for drying. Though you might be tempted, these should not be used near any food as they are toxic.

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Sweet peas

One of my very favourite early summer flowers, the sweet pea is the epitome of elegance. From it’s delicate fragrance to the most graceful petals and whimsical tendrils they are a true delight. With many varieties and a wide range of colours, chances are they will be used in everything I design while they are in season.

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Dahlias

Dahlias are truly an essential summer flower. Blooming in mid summer, they are a cut and come again kind of plant. Meaning that when you harvest the flowers, more will continue to bloom right up until the first frost. There are so many varieties but the ever popular Café au Lait dinner plate dahlia is perhaps one of the more sought after varieties for weddings because of it’s impressive size and soft velvety petals often ranging from creamy blush to a more colourful pink.

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Words: Ashley Elaine
Photographer: Frances Beatty Photography
Flowers: Sideroad Farm


Raw Therapy pop up with The Spa Truck & The Bivalve Oyster & Libation Co

Earlier in July, after a pretty full day of working on the blog, we took a bit of a break and headed over to Thornbury Village Craft Cider & Brewhouse to check out a fun evening event. The aptly named Raw Therapy pop up featured relaxing treatments from The Spa Truck and freshly shucked oysters from The Bivalve Oyster & Libation Co plus some great beers, ciders and wines!

The Spa Truck brings the pampering to you in the form of a 1962 vintage air stream trailer. They had a few different treatments on the menu including a head and shoulder massage, an anti-aging hand treatment and a rose quartz facial roll. We indulged in all three of the treatments being offered and was it ever delightful. We both left feeling more relaxed, and inspired to book a full session with them in the near future. We highly recommend the head and neck massage, especially after a long day of staring at a computer screen.

Meanwhile, The Bivalve Oyster & Libation Co was serving up some delicious, fresh oysters. The duo never stopped shucking for a second, and brought an incredibly joyful energy to the patio. They provided fresh horseradish, an onion mignonette, lemon and local hot sauce to enhance the flavours of the oysters. The whole experience was delightful. It was Ashley’s first time enjoying fresh oysters, and it definitely lived up to the hype.

If only every Tuesday could be so pampered!

Five Fresh Events in Georgian Bay this August

Annnnnnnnnnnnnd we’re back! We’ve got five fresh events in Georgian Bay you’ll want to add to your calendar for August. We’ve already added a couple of these to our calendars, so maybe we’ll see you there (including 2 pine dinners! We’re THAT excited about it!!!!)

From 8 course meals on a farm to meteor showers in the middle of a march, to classic movies under the stars, to one of the best folk festivals in the country. Whether you’re a local, or just visiting, make sure to check out some of these amazing events. Let’s be real, no one likes a case of fomo.

We can’t take credit for any of these cool events. We’ll just be partaking in the merriment, or wishing that we were.

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Aug 3, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25

Where:
Roy’L Acres Farm

Georgian Bay has been missing Chef Jeremy Austin something fierce. We’re so lucky he’s back for a brief visit and sharing his culinary talents with us again!
”This dinner series is an expression of his stories of Asia interpreted with the local landscape.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

We imagine seating will be limited and in high demand, so contact quickly if you’re interested!

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Aug 9 - Marsh by Meteor

When/Where:
11:00PM - 1:00AM
Wye Marsh

August is the magical time that you have the opportunity to see the most prolific and well known meteor shower, the Perseid.

Bring a blanket and a chair, and sit back to enjoy the spectacular display of shooting stars while an outdoor educator shares knowledge about the stars and the event.

Admission is by donation. Food & Drinks will be available for purchase.

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aug 16-18 - Summerfolk

Where:
Kelso Beach, Owen Sound

A full weekend of some of the best folk around. Buy a ticket for the evening, one day, or for the full weekend and indulge in some incredible music.

Summerfolk has been around for 44 years and it never disappoints. This year they have everyone from Kathleen Edwards to William Prince to Owen Sound’s very own Marshal Veroni.

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Aug 18- annie hall

When/Where:
Dusk
Collingwood Shipyards Amphitheatre

Movies out under the stars! What could be more romantic? Grab yourself a blanket, a snack and your favourite movie partner, and cuddle up to watch an absolute classic by Woody Allen.

Limited parking available.

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aug 23 - tragedy ann concert

When/Where:
6pm-8pm
Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery

Join award winning folk duo Tragedy Ann on the patio at Coffin Ridge. You can pair their inspiring storytelling with a glass of the new Spruce Gose cider available only on tap and only while supplies last.

Round-up : Bridesmaid Style

Gone are the days of having your bridal party all wear the exact same, probably unflattering dresses. (thank goodness) The new tradition is a little closer to anything goes. Bridal parties are much more creative in their styling, and allow for more flattering outfits that are often better suited to individual personalities, and even encourage couples to include men in the bride tribe. This is amazing, but it can be a bit overwhelming. There are no wrong answers when it comes to your bridal party style, and if you have been struggling with what your bridesmaids (and/or bridesmen!) will be wearing we’ve got some inspiration for you in our round-up this week. From jumpsuits and classic elegance to unique individuality and stylish accessories we’ve got something to suit your wedding style.

Five Fresh Events in Georgian Bay this July

We’re back with five more events you’ll want to add to your calendar for July. We’ve already added a couple of these to our calendars, so maybe we’ll see you there!!! We’ve got everything from pop-up oyster bars, to axe throwing, to yoga & vino, to Elvis. We want to make sure you’re in the know. Whether you’re a local, or just visiting, make sure to check out some of these amazing events. Let’s be real, no one likes a case of fomo.

We can’t take credit for any of these cool events. We’ll just be partaking in the merriment, or wishing that we were.

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July 1 -Canada Day Cruise

When/Where:
Monday, July 1
7-10pm

Island Queen, Parry Sound

Come celebrate Canada Day on the beautiful Island Queen. You’ll be treated to live music by End of the Road and a stunning fireworks display.
Can you imagine getting to enjoy fireworks right over the bay? Magical!

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July 11 & 25 -Yoga & Vino

Where: Coffin Ridge

Two things we find extremely relaxing: Yoga & wine.
Combine those two for a real treat. Join Tanya Grace for a 45 minute yoga class followed by a glass of wine and a sunset across the vineyard.

Axe Throwing at Coffin Ridge

July 19- Axe Throwing

Where: Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery

Back by popular demand.The third round of axe throwing at Coffin Ridge! The Axed Mobile Throwing Club will be joining the Coffin Ridge crew from 6:30-8:30pm for a one hour training session, followed by an hour long tournament.

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July 25-

Oyster Pop-up with The Bivalve

When/Where:
7-11pm
Gibson & Co.

The Bivalve Oyster & Libation Co. has teamed up with Gibson & Co. to present an oyster and raw bar pop-up. With a menu and wine pairing to follow.

It’s already in our calendar.
We’ll see you there.

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July 26-28 —

Collingwood Elvis Festival at Blue

Where: Blue Mountain Village

An annual favourite in the area, Elvisfest is back! We’ve heard rumours that this may be it’s last year. Let’s hope not, but be sure not to miss it just in case!

Round-up : Best Boutonnieres

This week we reached out to a few Georgian Bay wedding florists to round up a selection of their favourite boutonnieres, because guys can wear flowers too! From classic and romantic to colourful and full of texture, there is sure to be a boutonniere in this list for you to love.