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Coldwater's Annual Duck Races

All day

May 27

Coldwater's Annual Duck Races

Buy your ticket from the Lion’s Club for your chance to race your duck down the Coldwater River to win great prizes.  Lots of activities for the family, and view the ducks being dumped into the river right from the Mill grounds.

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‘Artifact’ Photography, Vintage Cameras And Memorabilia

Sun. 4 Jun, 2017 10:00 am - Mon. 25 Sep, 2017 4:00 pm

June 4 to Sept. 25

‘Artifact’ Photography Exhibition And Vintage (Pre-Digital) Camera And Memorabilia Display
Sponsored by the North Durham Photographers Association (NDPA) and the Uxbridge Arts Association (UAA).
The North Durham Photographers Association, in collaboration with the Uxbridge Arts Association, is pleased to invite the public to view the ‘ARTifacts’ photo exhibition. This exhibit is available for viewing during the Centre’s open hours.
The NDPA is a group of 20 members who meet monthly on the museum grounds and have organized the ‘ARTifacts’ exhibition. The purpose of this exhibit is to provide an artistic perspective of historical objects in the Centre’s collection. The photography provides viewers with new insight and perspective by highlighting unique shapes, colours, and unnoticed details, showcasing the objects in a new and interesting light.
The exhibit is enhanced by a collection of vintage cameras, books and memorabilia representing the last 100 years of pre-digital photography. Early roll film and plate cameras are on display alongside turn-of-the-century Kodak folding cameras, 4” x 5” press cameras, and an assortment of 35 mm cameras that have been widely used since the 1940’s. The darkroom portion of the exhibit illustrates the procedures and apparatus for paper and film processing.
On display at Uxbridge Historical Centre (Museum and Archives). Opening Reception: July 14, 7pm. Uxbridge Historical Centre is located at 7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge. The Centre is open for tours June 4 - Sept. 25, 10am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday (closed on holidays).

Streets Alive! Maple Masterpieces

Sat. 17 Jun, 2017 12:00 pm - Sat. 14 Oct, 2017 5:00 pm

June 17 to Oct. 14
Streets Alive! Outdoor Art: Maple Masterpieces.

Orillia’s incredible 2017 Streets Alive outdoor art project.

City streets are alive with a display of 50 five-foot-tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique and exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia and Canada.

On opening day June 17, live entertainment, meet the artists, juried evaluation and beginning of People’s Choice voting. Winners to be announced at Starry Night Gallery and Studio Tour, Downtown Orillia, Aug. 26.

Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093;

Stone Carving Project At Uxbridge Historical Centre

Tue. 4 Jul, 2017 10:00 am - Thu. 19 Oct, 2017 4:00 pm

July to October (Tues., Wed., Thur.)
Stone Carving Project At Uxbridge Historical Centre
Artist Fly Freeman will be carving on site: July to October, Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings (10am - noon), Thursday afternoons (1pm - 4pm).
The Arts and Visual Enhancement Committee (AVEC) has selected artist Fly Freeman to undertake the “Uxbridge Story in Stone” project, a massive stone carving that will be installed in downtown Uxbridge. Four carved panels will tell the story of the history of the town and the establishment of our trails.
The artist is on site three days a week working on one of the four 800-lb. blocks of stone. Fly Freeman brings a wealth of experience to the Historical Centre as she shapes the blocks of Indiana Limestone with the same type of hand-held tools that have been used by stone masons for generations. There are no compressors, power tools or electric grinders to create noise or dust. The work area is roped off but the public can easily view and converse with Fly in complete safety.
A special, free introduction to stone carving is available Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Stone, tools and safety glasses will be provided. All are welcome and no registration is required.
Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge. The Centre is open for tours June 4 - Sept. 25, 10am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday (closed on holidays).

"Oh Canada" Art Exhibit

Wed. 5 Jul, 2017 10:00 am - Wed. 16 Aug, 2017 5:00 pm

Wednesday July 5, 2017 - Wednesday August 16, 2017

Celebrating Canada's 150th, the South Simcoe Palette Club presents "Oh Canada" an art exhibit celebrating the provinces and territories.

South Simcoe Arts Council, 41 Victoria Street East, Alliston.

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Mon: 10am - 5pm
Tue: 10am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Thu: 10am - 5pm
Fri: 10am - 5pm

For weekend hours please confirm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm

“Oh Canada” Art Exhibit, Alliston

Wed. 5 Jul, 2017 10:00 am - Wed. 16 Aug, 2017 4:00 pm

July 5 to Aug. 16
Celebrating Canada’s 150th, the South Simcoe Palette Club presents “Oh Canada” an art exhibit celebrating the provinces and territories at the South Simcoe Arts Council location 41 Victoria Street East, Alliston.  705-435-3591; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donald A. Stuart - 50 Years of Creative Excellence

Tue. 25 Jul, 2017 10:00 am - Mon. 4 Sep, 2017 4:00 pm

In celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial, the Simcoe County Museum is pleased to announce our latest and uniquely innovative exhibition: Donald A. Stuart / Designer / Craftsman / 50 Years of Creative Excellence.  

The exhibition features a cross-section of 50 years of artistic works, gathered together for the first time, by one of Canada’s and Simcoe County’s most acclaimed craftsmen, Donald A. Stuart. This retrospective showcases work from across the last five decades. The earliest piece is a sterling silver demitasse coffee service from 1967 which won two major awards in the Canadian Guild of Crafts exhibition of that year – Best Design and Best Hollowware.  Also included are many other national and international award winning pieces.

The Homage Collection, which includes 40 necklaces inspired by outstanding Canadian women and currently on tour at the Yukon Arts Centre Art Gallery in Whitehorse has been added to the exhibition. Homage celebrates contributions to Canada by women from all walks of life, across the centuries, from coast to coast. The exhibit is open until September 4th.

Mr. Stuart was born in Toronto, graduated from The Ontario College of Art and is a long term resident of Simcoe County (Midhurst).  Mr. Stuart is a recipient of both the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.

For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at 705-728-3721 or visit

New Sunshine Festival Theatre: The Night The Lights Went Out On Broadway

Tue. 1 Aug, 2017 2:00 pm - Sat. 26 Aug, 2017 10:00 pm

Aug. 1 to 26
New Sunshine Festival Theatre: The Night The Lights Went Out On Broadway
The night Ethel Merman died, theatre producers on The Great White Way turned their marquee lights off for an hour, in tribute to the lady who, for many years, was Broadway. But a little set-back like death didn’t stop Ethel Merman. From when she passes to when the lights come back on, Ethel Merman, aided by her nurse and physician, tells the remarkable story of her climb to fame and title of the greatest of Broadway’s broads. Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book by Norbert David, music by Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart.
(Tues. and Wed: 2pm / Thurs: 2pm and 7:30pm / Fri. and Sat: 7:30pm / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips and Overnight Packages)
OCC Theatre, 64 Colborne St. East, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call to Action #83 - Quest for Truth and Reconciliation

Sat. 12 Aug, 2017 10:00 am - Sat. 11 Nov, 2017 4:00 pm

Now to Nov. 11
Call to Action #83 - Quest for Truth and Reconciliation
This travelling exhibition,  is a creative collaboration of 16 works of art, created by eight indigenous and eight non-indigenous artists – inspired to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission‘s Call to Action #83 ” a strategy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.” The process has resulted in a thought provoking, timely exhibition expressing a roadmap for ‘awi-niigaani-mino-wiiji-inawendiwin’ – ‘going forward together in harmony.’
Call to Action #83 Runs in Blue Gallery from Aug. 12 – Nov. 11, 2017.
Participating Artists:
    •    Peter Adams,
    •    Nathalie Bertin,
    •    e Bertin,
    •    Jennie Clark,
    •    Xavier Fernandes,
    •     Marilyn George ( Nahtwekakatusake, Lakota: Holy Star Woman )
    •    Robert Henry ( Sagajiwegiiwegiizhik, Coming from the Sun ),
    •    Clayton Samuel King ( Waab Shki Makoons, New Little White Bear )
    •    Nancy King    ( Ogimaakwebnes, Chief Lady Bird )
    •    Jeanette Luchese
    •    Christina Luck
    •    Joanna McEwen,
    •    Mary Louise Meiers
    •    Jon Oelrichs
    •    Mercedes Sandy
    •    Paul Shilling ( Dazaunggee )
    •    Paul Whittman ( Negik, Star Otter )
Wed. Sept. 27 — Call to Action #83-REVEAL
Come and take part in this celebration – smudge, receive a tobacco prayer tie and strawberries which are the symbol of reconciliation.
How the artists responded to the Calls to Action #83 — the process, their stories and experiences will be revealed.
Plus, participating Call to Action #83 artists will have more art pieces works from their studios on display and sale in the Red Gallery.
Bring your rattle and hand drum. Be prepared to actively participate.  5pm - 8:30pm
Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church St.

For registrations, tickets and other inquiries.

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm


Monday:  Closed
Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday:  10am – 4pm
Wednesday:  10am – 8pm

Inclusive of and during special events
Admission is Free





Sunset Tai Chi

Sun. 13 Aug, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

July 2, 9, 16, 23 from 8-9pm
August 6, 13, 20, 27 from 7:30-8:30pm
Sunset Tai Chi
Join Tony Lin as he leads outdoor Tai Chi at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre on the west lawn. No registration needed.  379A Bouchier St., Roches Point.

Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society

Mon. 14 Aug, 2017 7:30 pm

Aug. 14
Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society
An Evening with Master Gardeners: Catherine Waffle –“Attracting Birds to the Garden.”A presentation that covers ways to attract and encourage birds and other pollinators to take up residence in your garden by planting flowers, shrubs and trees that offer them the basic necessities of life. It focuses on native species and how to provide food, water, nesting and roosting sites. Tips on bird feeders and baths and how best to maintain them.         ValGillespie and Louise _______ “Your Gardening Questions Answered ”.Send your garden questions, with photos if possible, to Val by Aug. 7 and she and Louise will do their best to answer your questions at our meeting. Gather together your friends and come on out to an informative meeting. Guests are always welcome. The meeting will take place at the Oro-Medonte (Guthrie) Arena located at #71 Hwy. 11 South at the 4th Line exit at 7:30pm

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