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Wyevale News
Happy birthday wishes go out to Alexander Wickett, Katlyn Holly, Chris Caston, Jeff Caston, Isaac Trace, Brian Handy, Tyler Scott, Jim Clause, Madison Wakelin, Scott Archer, Jayde Isaac, Elliott Gibson and James Caston.
Bid euchre is every Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the church basement. Adults $2.50, Prizes and Light Lunch. Winners from September 7th were: 1st Linda Bye, 2nd Mary Reynolds and 3rd Joan Thompson. Winners from September 14th were: 1st Dorothy Rumble, 2nd Marguerite Stone and 3rd Evelyn Minty. All welcome.
Sympathy goes out to the Large and Hall families in the passing of Don Large who passed away September 7th. He was buried in Wyevale.
Please submit your birthday names for the calendar before October 15th to Sandy Rawn at 705.322.6958 or Pat Smith at 705.322.0224 or Jill Reynolds at 705.322.2300.
Youth Group is starting again on September 22nd 7-9 p.m. for youth Grade 2 and up. Meet at the church basement.
Sunday services beginning October 7th will be starting at the new time 10 a.m.
Help for the turkey supper on Saturday October 6th: Wed. Oct. 3rd at 5 p.m. to prepare the turnip; Thurs. Oct. 4th at 9 a.m. to prepare potatoes and veggies; Sat. Oct. 6th to help serve. All volunteers are greatly appreciated to make the turkey supper a success.
Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705.527.5274.

Rural Intentions – a word from Craighurst by Lynette Mader  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
September is puffball season.  I’m not sure why finding a puffball is so exciting. Maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt, or maybe it’s just the sight of this giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man of a fungi.  My mom used to take my sister and I puffball hunting when we were kids. We’d set off with our baskets and probably drove her crazy with our excited questions, and later with our complaining when we couldn’t find one.  Puffballs are elusive: you never find them when you’re looking for them and they mysteriously appear right in front of you when you’re not.  I was looking for our cat Steve French when I found one in the naturalized area at the back of our yard last week. It was the size of a volleyball.  I stood staring in disbelief for a few minutes and then leaned eagerly forward  to pluck it from the ground with both hands.  I took my prize up to the house to show Dave and we were so excited, we had to go over and show it to our new neighbours. We left them with a quarter and then tried to pawn some more off on the rest of the neighbourhood, sparking a brilliant on-line discussion about puffballs.  “Mushrooms of any type are pure evil,” wrote one neighbour.  “Fungi-phobia..., it’s a thing,” responded another.  Yet another photo-shopped it into Wilson, Tom Hanks’  famous volleyball companion in the movie Castaway.  (That’s the photo I chose for this article with thanks to Sheila Britton.)  Neighbour Fran enjoyed some for breakfast and supper, and we also pawned some off on neighbours Ed and Judith: puffball first-timers. And, if one neighbour who likes puffball reads this and wonders why we didn’t call him, we did...your wife said no way.  South-of-the-lights neighbour Rod went out and found his own and the Great Craighurst Puffball Challenge was on.  It is apparently a good year for puffballs so check your properties.

In other news, sad news, the Horseshoe Valley Trading Post is closing. The owner is retiring after 15 years of running this awesome little clothing store and gift shop in downtown Craighurst.  Easily half my wardrobe and jewelry collection is from the Trading Post (no exaggeration: I counted up how much stuff I have from there and don’t care to put it in print.)  As disappointed as I am, I expect Dave will be sad too: the Trading Post was his go-to for gifts for his wife. Our Christmas ritual was to go together and I would linger longingly over things I liked and then he’d sneak back and pick up a few items for Christmas gifts. The staff got to know him well and always complimented me on my choice of a thoughtful husband. We’ll really miss that store, its owner and the wonderful staff. We wish you all good things in the future and thank you for 15 years of truly awesome local shopping.

Rosie’s Devotions
Reality and Change
Do you ever get sick and tired of being sick and tired? Something in side of me was tired. Some days were good and, at other times, I was so frustrated and tired of being a caregiver, or more rightly said, “a glorified baby-sitter” for my husband. When people asked me how I was, I lied and told them I was good. After all, being labelled a Christian woman, I should be okay, nothing should be upsetting me and, I should wear a permanent smile on my face. I was leading a double life. Pretending to be okay, when in reality, I was grieving and slowly dying inside.
It was one of those ritualistic mornings again:  Breakfast, making the beds, making sure that my husband gets his pills, etc., I look after my husband’s needs first. Then I get my coffee, sit down in my recliner and turn the television on. There was a woman on a series that I was watching, whose life started to change after she really looked at herself,searched her heart and came to the reality that she was living a lie. “I care about me, I care about you, I care about what’s happening in this world,”was what she shared. She had searched for peace and happiness in all the wrong places, such as overbuying, buying a bigger house, a bigger car and indulging in alcohol. Suddenly,  it was like a light bulb being turned on in my heart.
I remember being shocked at the way my aunt treated her husband, who suffered from Alzheimer’s and Dementia and I also remember talking about that to my mother; in reality I was talking behind her back. If I would have talked to her directly I would have found out that it is really frustrating and hard to look after a loved one suffering from this disease. I also remember telling a friend “to suck it up”, when she was complaining about her husband, who had also been suffering from Alzheimer’s. I am in that boat now, sailing towards unknown shores and the fear of sinking has become a reality. Is God getting even with me because of what I said in blindness to my friend? Is it Karma?
Where was God? Where is God now? I hear nothing but Silence.
As I write this, something or Someone in my mind or heart tells me that I had judged these people, without finding out their frustrations and giving them the opportunity to release their pain. I began to realize that you can truly understand someone else’s situation only if you have gone through the same journey.
God was there. God is still here. God taught me a lesson that I will not forget: Do not judge others.
Matthew 7:2-For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.(NASB)
We all have a story. May we listen to each other and learn to understand.
Prayer: Creator God, forgive us our shortcomings. Help us to realize that when you allow trials in our life, that you are teaching us what you want us to become; loving and not to be judgemental of others. Help us to realize that, even though you are silent for a time, you are  still here with us. Guide us, and transform us to the person that you want us to become. Amen.
Rosemary Hagedorn  Penetanguishene,
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Penetang Library
Book Signing with R.J. Barnett at PPL on Friday September 21st from 6:00-7:30pm
Meet the Author of the book “Maybe A Life of Choice and Chance”
“ A story of intrigue, romance and abject terror. Experience Adler’s hair-raising journey through the bedlam of WWII politics as he plots his revenge on those who took away all that was dear to him.”
The Penetanguishene Public Library will be closed Monday October 8th  for Thanksgiving. As always, our website is available 24/7 for access to eresources and renewals.
 Surface Pumpkin “Carving”
For chldren ages 5 and up. Pumpkin and supplies will be provided for this fun program. Satruday October 27th from 1:00-2:00pm. $5 program fee and pre-registration required.
 Mad Science and Monster Ball Halloween Party  -  The Friends of the Penetanguishene Public Library are hosting their annual Children’s Halloween Party. Saturday October 20th from 6:00-8:00pm. Pre-registratrion and $5 program fee required.  
Free Drop-in “Starting a Business” Workshop
Join us at the Penetanguishene Public Library on Thursday October 11th from 1:00-2:30pm  for a free workshop on Starting a Business. This program is brought to you in Partnership with the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation.   
 We have a variety of seasonal materials available for circulation. Check out the Thanksgiving selection next time you’re in! Next up, Halloween!
                         New This Month @PPL
Adult Fiction – Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett
Adult Non-Fiction – Sandwiches Without Bread, Daria Polukarova
YA Fiction – The Last Best Story, Maggie Lehrman
JUV-Fiction – Mac B. Kid Spy Mac Undercover, Mac Barnett
JP- The Goodnight Train Rolls On!, June Sobel
ADVD – Tag, Overboard
JUVDVD- Show Dogs
PPL has something for everyone. To keep up to date with our program offerings check out our webpage, find us on Facebook by searching Penetanguishene Public Library and follow us on twitter @ PPLlibrarystaff.  

Minesing Moments w/Lorrie Norwood
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The 2018 Labour Day Tournament has come and gone.  It was a weekend like no other as many of you know and the number of teams participating in the tournament was 32!  That’s a great number of teams coming into our village to support this fundraising event.  The winning teams worked hard for their titles and the village rallied together to support the games taking place on Sunday.  It was great to see so many people involved in making this weekend happen.  The number of late nights and early mornings spent to get the days rolling do not go unnoticed and we as an entire community thank you all so very much.  You all deserve a big high five.  It was also great to see the students out getting their hours in for school by setting up, cleaning up and tearing down.  Well done kids!  
 Sadly we had some negative activities surrounding the weekend and I wanted to mention that unfortunately criminal activities never cease regardless of where you live.  It’s always good to be on the lookout for strange vehicles at odd hours, make note of the details you observe like vehicle colour, make of the vehicle, and license plate if possible.  As we know our vehicles are often targets of people rummaging through for valuables so make sure you always lock your vehicle.  Your sheds and garages are also places that are targeted so be sure to keep them locked up!  It’s never a great experience to lose your belongings, we work hard for our possessions.  As a village we can keep a watch out and eliminate crime in our area.  
 The kids went back to school and parents are singing around town I am sure.  I’m not sure how your summer went but it went very fast in my house.  I have to say it’s great to see everyone’s posts on social media with their kids on their first days back to school.  It gets trickier every year to capture those photos especially as they go off to college and university.  Sadly I wasn’t able to get a picture because mine are both in post-secondary school, one in another city and one leaving later than me in the morning.  Parents, be sure to treasure those pictures as the kids get taller and the backpacks get heavier.  Kids, just smile and pose it’s a simple thing to make mom and dad happy.   
With school back, please be sure to drive carefully in your area.  Kids are excited and the rules of the road may have temporarily slipped their minds.  Remember to reduce your speed in the village and always keep an eye out for little legs behind cars.  
 Until next time, remember that there are only 96 days until Christmas!  How many of you groaned and how many of you got excited?  Have a super day today.

Hillsdale Highlights
Alissa Shanahan
• Road Work:  Construction continues at the bottom of Albert Street East and Horne Street. These roads are closed to the general public, so plan your route accordingly.  The original completion date given was November 6th so hopefully things are on track to be wrapped up the beginning of November.
• Craft and Vendor Sale:  Hillsdale resident Vanessa Partridge is organizing a Halloween Boonanza Moonlit Market on Saturday, October 13th!  From 5-9pm, people can tour vendor’s booths with fall merchandise and crafts in the pavilion at the community hall. If you are interested in selling at this fair, please contact Vanessa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. right away to book your spot!  
• Hillsdale Community Recreation Association (CRA): The Hillsdale CRA meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 26th.  Come out to have your input heard about our community, and get involved as much (or as little!) as you wish!
• Christmas Tree Lighting: Looking ahead, the 4th Annual Tree Lighting celebration at the Hillsdale Hall will be held on Saturday, December 1st! Details will follow, but mark your calendars now!
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Springwater Libraries
Giant Games for everyone!
We’ve got a special giant game of Kerplunk! from Tuesday September 18 to Friday September 28 at Minesing Branch then a giant game of Connect Four coming from Monday October 15 through to Friday October 27 at Elmvale Branch.  Be sure to come by anytime those days as these are special games for these dates only.  See you there!  
Paws to Read
This program pairs young readers who struggle to read with a one-on-one trained therapy dog.  These 15 minute time slots will go quickly so please sign up soon.  You must commit to the full four week program to participate.  There is no cost for this program.  Thursdays September 20 – October 11, 5:30pm-6:30pm Elmvale Branch.
Kids Taste Test Challenge
There will be three rounds of taste testing, a Blindfold challenge, Chip Champion and the Gross out round.  Tuesday September 25, 3:45pm Minesing Branch or Friday October 29, 3:45pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $3.  Payment and registration due September 17.
Brain Health Seminars
This four week program presented by Dana Bessette from the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County will cover all topics of brain health as we age.  Mondays October 1, 15, 29 and November 5 from 1:30pm-3:30pm at Midhurst Branch.  Cost: Free (optional booklet is $5).  Contact the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County at 705-722-1066 to register or for more information.
Keto-Low Carb Info Event
Presented by Dr Anna Falkowski, come join us to learn the what and why of a ketogenic diet to help you lose weight, improve your health and enjoy some FREE dessert samples!  Ages 14+ are welcome!  Thursday October 4, 6pm Midhurst Branch.  Please register by Oct 2.
Elmvale Fall Fair Book Sale
We’re back with our same CRAZY GREAT prices!  $2 Hardcover! $1 paperbacks!  Let us help you get all your winter hibernation reading material now!  Saturday October 6, 10am-4pm at Elmvale Branch.
Thanksgiving Closure
Please note all branches of Springwater Public Library will be closed on Monday October 8 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Regular hours will resume on Tuesday October 9.
Sponge Painting for Seniors
Come relax and play with colours and blending using sponges and paint.  No experience required!  Monday October 15, 1pm-2pm Elmvale Branch.  Cost: $2.
Lego Building Challenge
All ages are welcome to participate in our monthly Lego Building Challenge on Thursday October 18, 3:45pm at Minesing Branch.
Local Author’s Pavilion
In conjunction with Clearview Public Library to celebrate Ontario Public Library week we are having an author bonanza!  We have 22 authors to meet and greet, purchase books, sign books and do some readings.  Bring your friends and support our amazing local talent!  Friday October 19, 3pm-7pm Minesing Branch.
Halloween Lego Event and Prize!
All ages are welcome to this special Halloween Lego building program.  Each participant is invited to fill out a ballot for four passes to Legoland in the Vaughn Mills Mall!  Saturday October 20, 10am-12noon at Elmvale Branch.
Georgian Bay Reads
It’s the 10th anniversary of this fun and entertaining literary event of the season!  Springwater Library’s representative is Tracy L. Ward (author of Marshall House Mystery series) defending the book Random Passage by Bernice Morgan.  Tickets will soon be available but for now be sure to save the date: Saturday October 20, 7pm-9pm at Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, 12 Nelson Street East, Meaford.
St John Ambulance PA Day Courses
We are partnering with St John Ambulance to offer two courses: Babysitting course: 9am-4pm ages 11-15, cost $65.  Bring a doll/teddy bear, drink and lunch.  Home Alone course: 9am-12noon, ages 10+, cost $45.  Bring a drink and lunch.  Monday October 22, Midhurst Branch.  Registration/payment due Monday October 15.
Reading Buddies at Midhurst Branch
This program pairs readers aged 5-9 with an adult for some quality reading time and fun games.  Reach your personal goal and win awesome prizes!  Tuesdays October 23-November 27, 4:30pm-5:30pm Midhurst Branch.  We are limited to 10 spots so register soon!
Reading Buddies at Minesing Branch
This program pairs adults and early readers aged 5-9 for shared reading and literacy games.  Registration is required for a half hour time slot.  Thursdays 3:45pm-4:45pm from October 25 to November 29 at Minesing Branch.  Many thanks to Angela Alphonse Financial Services for sponsoring both Reading Buddies programs.
Introduction to Salsa Dancing
Got no rhythm?  Want to spice up the rhythm you have?  Instructor Kim McGrath is coming to teach us some basic salsa moves that guarantee fun and laughter!  This program is open to women ages 20+.  The program is free but registration is required.  Thursday October 25, 7pm-8pm Midhurst Branch.
Regular Programs: Mondays:  Scrabble Club 7pm Midhurst Branch.  The third Monday of each month: Book club 10:30am at Elmvale Branch.  Tuesdays:  Early ON Stay, Play and Learn 9am-3:30pm Elmvale Branch, Storytime at the library 10:30am Midhurst Branch.  Wednesdays: Tech help 10am-12noon Midhurst Branch.  Thursdays: Early ON Stay, Play and Learn 9am-3:30pm Elmvale Branch, Drop in Tech Help 5pm-7pm Elmvale Branch, Knit 2 Together 7pm Elmvale Branch.  The first Thursday of each month: Knit N Knatter 1pm at Midhurst Branch, the 3rd Thursday of each month: Tangled Threadz 1pm at Midhurst Branch.  Fridays: Early ON Stay, Play and Learn 10am-4pm Midhurst Branch.  The 2nd and 4th Friday of each month: drop in playgroup at the Minesing Branch 10am-12noon.
Come say Hi!
Be sure to come see us when we are out and about in the community at the following events: Saturday September 29 at Midhurst Autumnfest and Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6 at the Elmvale Fall Fair!

September 29 - 30  2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hidden within the Georgian Bay community are 32 uniquely talented Artists.
Come on this free, self guided Tour to discover their one of a kind creations in 22 studio locations throughout Penetanquishene and Tiny Township near the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay.
Celebrating their 9th year, the Artists invite visitors into their studios for this once a year event to showcase their work and experience first hand their creative works. Inspired by the beauty and drama of their landscape, you may discover your treasure.
Painting, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, photography, fibre art, glasswork, woodwork, metalwork and mixed media will be displayed.
Artists include: Karen Lediard, Lorie Desroches, Shelley Engsig, Francis Forget, Karen Amos, Wendy Bannerman, Mira Kirov, Gerry Bryer, Heather Kertzer, Paul Breslin, Beverly Owen,  Stephen St. Amant, Hilary Slater, Maureen Johnstone, Antje Gagne, Deb Grise, Marc Degagne, Mike Guilbault, Christine Marshall, Sharon Nix, Brian Lovelady, Kathryn Gorman-Lovelady, Monica Ironside, Rod Prouse, Claustro, Don Pettit, Cynthia Blair, Brian Blair, Jana Caissie, Ingrid Lupp, Marjorie Dubeau, Ken Dubeau, Kathleen Rodgers.
Tour maps and guides, which include artist biographies, are available at the Midland and Penetanguishene tourist information centres and local businesses throughout the area.
 A full list of artists and locations can be viewed on line or downloaded to an electronic device at
And see us on Facebook:  
For more information, call Christine Marshall at 705-533 2731.

Anten Mills News with Kim Tyler
The skies were sunny and temperatures crisp on Saturday, September 8th, making it perfect weather for the first Anten Mills Family Fun day in many years! The variety of activities planned for the day, including an amazing obstacle course bouncy castle, glitter tattoos and airbrushing, arts ‘n crafts, and horseshoes, plus a bbq and delicious baked goods to fill up those hungry tummies, meant there really was something for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you to Stephanie Tavitian-Guthrie and her team of helpers for making this a fantastic day and great opportunity to get out and spend some time with our neighbours!
Hallowe’en Family Fun Celebration
I have it on good authority that we can look forward to the second annual all ages Hallowe’en Family Fun Celebration coming up at the hall in late October. Those who participated last year will recall the great time had by all, engaging in such activities as the family photo booth, a costume parade, pumpkin ring toss, Monster tin can bowling, bobbing for ghost eyes… truly, it never stopped!
So mark your calendars for the afternoon of Sunday, October 28th and keep an eye out for more details on our community Facebook page as well as in this column.
Community Meeting Tonight!
For those of you who read your paper right away, there will be a meeting of the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association this evening, Thursday, September 20, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the community hall.
All residents of Anten Mills are welcome to attend these meetings, whether you choose to actively participate or simply listen in on what goes on. It’s a great way to get to know your community and fellow residents, and be involved!
If you have a family event or community announcement you’d like to have included in this column, please send it to me, Kim Tyler, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give me a call at 705-728-2801. And for the very most up to date information on what’s happening in and around the ‘Mills, don’t forget to check out the Anten Mills Community Bulletin on Facebook.

A Christmas Gift from Bob Newhart  By Heather James
On October 4th, 2009, I wrote my first and only fan letter.  It was to Bob Newhart, whose book “I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!” had inspired me to perform his King Kong skit at Good Vibes Coffee House.  (This was four years before Bob became newly famous as Professor Proton in The Big Bang Theory.) In my letter, explained that Good Vibes Coffee House is a non-profit group run by volunteers, and the performers appear on-stage for the love of performing. I was concerned about plagiarism of Bob’s routines, and said: “Bob, I was wondering if you would consider sending me some of your routines.  I would of course mention at the beginning of every performance that the material was yours.  I would abide by whatever guidelines you set out – no videotaping, no performing before audiences of more than 50, whatever.  But I would really love to perform more of your work!!  It’s perfect for Good Vibes – hilarious yet clean enough to be done in front any anyone, including the retired priest who does the sound system. “
I sent my letter off to two different addresses I found on the net. October passed with no response.  Then November passed. I had pretty much given up any hope of a reply when on Dec. 21st, my husband picked me up from work and handed me a package that had come in the mail. I didn’t want to open the shipping envelope in the car, thinking it was a Christmas gift I had ordered for him.  Suddenly I recognized the return address - it was from Bob Newhart’s management company!  Excited, I ripped open the shipping envelope, reached in, and pulled out a VCR cassette. (This was back when VCRs were more common.)   Written at the top of the cassette was “Bob Newhart –  BUTTON DOWN Concert.” My jaw dropped in disbelief.  Bob’s management company had actually sent me a free VCR cassette!! Then I looked closer at the cassette box and my jaw dropped even more.  Hand-written at the top was: “To Heather. Enjoy! Bob Newhart.” WOW!  Bob had actually autographed a cassette for me!!
After showing the cassette to my husband, I decided to put it safely back in its shipping envelope until we got home.  When I opened the envelope, I froze.  There was a card in there!  I reached in and pulled it out.  It was a cream-coloured notecard, with BOB NEWHART printed on the front.  Was it possible?? Had Bob actually written me a note?!  Hands shaking, I opened the card and read:
Dear Heather,
I enjoyed reading your letter and your success with the King Kong routine.
I am enclosing a stand-up concert I did which includes the King Kong routine as well as others.
The conditions you suggested sound fine to me.
                              Good Luck  Bob Newhart
Yes, I started to cry.  I was absolutely blown away.  Not just an autographed cassette, but a hand-written note as well.  And on Dec. 21st! Wow, what a Christmas gift!! As soon as we got home, I rushed in and played the cassette.  In addition to the King Kong routine, there were several others I hadn’t seen before.  Stoked, I searched I-Tunes and found a few more routines that I downloaded, and started practicing. The next time we went to Good Vibes Coffee House, I told the audience the story, then performed some of Bob’s routines.  Everyone was moved by my experience, and someone suggested that they would like to say Hi to Bob.  So the following week, I brought in some stationery and passed it around so that everyone could write their own personal note to him, to be enclosed with my thank you note.  Copies of my original 2-page letter to Bob, the full note from him, and the replies from myself and the Good Vibes Coffee House gang, can be seen in the Special Events binder at Good Vibes Coffee House.
I have since performed many Bob Newhart routines on-stage at Good Vibes, but my favourite will always be King Kong.  And that Christmas gift will always rank in my top 5.

$3.5 M raised for Terry Fox Foundation through SCDSB school events
“Anything is possible if you try.”
~ Terry Fox
Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) schools and facilities have raised a total of $3,541,411 to date for the Terry Fox Foundation through school runs, walks and fundraising activities. In the 2017-18 school year, our schools, Learning Centres and the Education Centre raised $211,698.
Terry Fox National School Runs take place during the next two weeks at many SCDSB schools.
“The amount of funds that our students, staff and communities have raised over the years for Terry Fox is truly incredible,” says Steve Blake, Director of Education. “The SCDSB’s unwavering commitment in support of Terry Fox’s quest to eliminate cancer is to be commended.”
Terry Fox often said that it was the youth who would carry forth his efforts and work towards a world without cancer. Millions of students across Canada take part in the Terry Fox School Run every year raising funds for cancer research, making it one of the largest fundraising events in Canadian history.
For more information about the Terry Fox Foundation, visit
Information: Contact your local school for information and date/time of school run events.
Take a journey to 1812 at the Festival at Fort Willow on September 29, 2018
Springwater Township, Ontario, September 14, 2018 – Take a journey back in time at the Festival at Fort Willow on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Willow Conservation Area in Springwater Township.
 Historical re-enactors will bring to life the daily activities of British soldiers, camp followers and indigenous people living in Simcoe County in the early 19th century. Visitors can muster-up and march in the King’s army, learn about traditional blacksmithing, carpentry and candle making, and listen to the cannons roar. The Simcoe County Museum, Barrie Art Club, wandering minstrels and cavalry will add to the festivities.
 The Friends of Historic Fort Willow, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Township of Springwater and Rotary Club of Barrie are proud to host this event, which celebrates the significance of Fort Willow in the history of our nation.
 Admission is free. Artisan crafts will be available for sale (cash only).
 Visitors are reminded that there is no parking at Fort Willow. Free parking and shuttle bus to-and-from the site are available at the Grenfel Community Hall at 1989 Sunnidale Road.
 For more information on the Festival at Fort Willow, visit
 This year, the festival is pleased to be part of Doors Open Simcoe County. Each year, communities across Ontario take part in the Doors Open program, which provides free access to cultural and heritage locations. On September 29, more than 50 sites across Simcoe County, including Fort Willow and the festival, will be open, showcasing the best of the area's history.
 Fort Willow is recognized as both a national and provincial historic site. Established at the half-way point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River, the Fort enabled a continuous trade and transportation route from Lake Ontario through to Georgian Bay. During the War of 1812, the British military used the fort as a strategic supply depot along the Nine Mile Portage route at a time when the lower lakes were occupied by the Americans.
About the NVCA:  The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands.
 About the Friends of Historic Fort Willow: The Friends of Historic Fort Willow are volunteers working to preserve the original site and its reconstructed features and promote the historical, educational and recreational activities happening at the fort.
 About the Township of Springwater: Springwater is a municipality of approximately 18,000 residents located in the heart of Simcoe County. Springwater Township is home to the second largest concentration of County Forests and is a popular destination for outdoor activities in all four seasons.
 About the Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Barrie has been an enthusiastic supporter of the NVCA. Rotary’s participation in the Festival at Fort Willow stared with the first festival, and they are pleased to continue their involvement. Proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the event are donated to the Friends of Fort Willow to assist with their restoration efforts. To date more than $15,000 has been raised.