Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Olympic Torch Day in Wasaga Beach

This was my Sister-in-Law carrying the torch yesterday in Hanover! Torch today in the beach for 19 minutes approx. 11am. More pics here from Perk News. The torch can be seen live today between the library and Walmart and the arena. If you can't be there in person, you can watch it LIVE online. Click here to follow the torch! See you all there!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Olympic Torch Arrives In Wasaga Beach

WASAGA SUN: 11:12 AM - 11:31 AM
The Olympic torch will be in Wasaga Beach for 19 minutes on Tues., Dec. 29.
Officials hope people will come out and cheer on the torchbearers as they travel through town.
RBC Royal Bank is a corporate sponsor for the event. Wasaga Beach RBC branch manager Glen Godovitz said they were able to release the route as of Dec. 15. On Dec. 29, day 61 of the Olympic torch relay, the torch will start in Owen Sound and travel to Meaford, Thornbury, Blue Mountain, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Elmvale, Penetanguishene, Midland, Creemore, Wyebridge, Angus, CFB Borden, Alliston, Cookstown and Barrie. The torch will arrive in Wasaga Beach as part of a special convoy of vehicles including torchbearer shuttles, media, support vehicles and police. Officials say temporary rolling road closures will happen along the route to ensure the safety of torchbearers and spectators.
The route begins at the Wasaga Beach Public Library, located at 120 Glenwood Dr., at 11:12 a.m. continues along Glenwood, turning right at Main Street, left onto River Road West and stops at Wasaga Stars Arena for a brief photo op before heading off to the next community at 11:31 a.m.
It is still not known who exactly is carrying the torch at 300-metre intervals. Wasaga Beach resident Faye Luppe is carrying the torch from the library to town hall. Wasaga Beach resident and Collingwood RBC branch manager Penny Baker is carrying the torch in Collingwood on Dec. 29 and Wasaga Beach resident Rebecca Kilpatrick, also an employee at RBC in Collingwood, will carry the torch in Barrie on Dec. 30. RBC will have a tent set up outside of the branch, located at 654 River Rd., W., where officials will be hading out pompoms and thunder sticks to help spectators cheer on torchbearers. Godovitz said they will also be serving free pizza from Boston Pizza and will be distributing 250 Purdy's chocolates, an official event sponsor. The library is inviting people to make Olympic torches from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. and then cheer on the torchbearers.
The free event is open to people of all ages. Wasaga Beach musician Tyler Firestone is performing at the torch ceremony in Collingwood. Firestone will lead the singing of Oh Canada as the torch comes along Hurontario Street at 10:04 a.m. and will be performing on the stage afterwards at 10:16 a.m. Amanda Coles, of Barrie, is the winner of the RBC DeNovo Olympic Contest. Coles entered the national contest, open to RBC branches that have opened within the last 10 months, at the Wasaga Beach branch. She has won a $15,000 trip for four to the Olympic Games, including tickets to six events. Each branch also awarded a second place prize of a set of sterling silver Olympic coins from the Royal Canadian Mint. Beverley Burton was the local winner.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Have A Beachy Christmas

Although our beach doesn't look like this right now...snow here...we always have a beachy state of mind. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Photo Credit: A Beach Lover's Place

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

DIY WORKSHOP: Fresh Christmas Swag

Nov 24th
7:30-9:30 PM
Beach Blooms Flowers and Gifts
Mosley and 58th Street
All supplies included
Festive Music
Wine and Cheese
DIY event-Learn-Laugh
Come with all your friends!
Everyone Welcome!
Limit 20 people
Take home a one of a kind fresh greenery Christmas Swag
705 429 1112

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Here at Beach Blooms. Here are some photos! Click HERE.
3081 Mosley Street,
Wasaga Beach -
Phone # 705-429-1112

Beach Blooms

2009 -2010 SEASON!!!!
Nov 1st - 18th "Poinsettia sales"
Wasaga Beach hockey players will be selling Poinsettia's this year.
All orders have to be in no later then Nov 18th.
Variety of colour and sizes are available:
6'' $10
8'' $20
10'' $25
Colours ... Pink ... White ...Burgundy.... Red
Orders can also be placed direct at
3081 Mosley Street,
Wasaga Beach -
Phone # 705-429-1112
Poinsettia s will be available for pick up December 8th
Beach Blooms between 5pm - 8pm Dec 15th, 2009
Wasaga Beach Minor hockey depends on community support, please participate and help our small town hockey succeed in our fundraising goal.
Beach Blooms Florist and Gift Shoppe offers a full range of Fresh Flowers, Gift Baskets and Balloons for all of your Special Occasions like Weddings and Birthdays. Beach Blooms is known for the special attention paid to Funeral arrangements and professional delivery of these orders around the world. Beach Blooms also offers Baby Gifts, Home Decor, Lawn and Garden art. In addition, Beach Blooms offers a unique array of Majorca Pearls. Call or drop by to see our wide variety of interesting Flowers and Gifts. Beach Blooms is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Phone: 705-429-1112
Denise Young
Beach Blooms Florist
3081 Mosley Street
Wasaga Beach, ON
L9Z 1W6

The Kinette Club's Christmas at the Beach Tour of Homes will feature seven homes, all decorated for the season. The tour takes place Nov. 14 and 15 and features the work of area decorators and florists who festively dress the homes for the upcoming Christmas season.
Seven Wasaga Beach residents have volunteered the use of their homes. Some of the homes will be decorated by the homeowners and some by professional decorators Carol Kubiac, Stacey Scott, Tami Picken and Amy Wilson. Wasaga Beach florists at Blue Shores, Beach Blooms and Wasaga Flowers and Collingwood florists from Floral Renaissance will add the greenery. The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets cost $15, which includes assess to the Tea Room and One of a Kind Artisan Show at the RecPlex. Tickets are available at Wasaga IDA, the Chamber of Commerce, Blue Shores Flowers and Gifts, Wasaga Flowers and Active Healthcare Centre. For more information contact Marian Hutchesson at 429-5169.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cultural Attractions in Wasaga Beach

Explore other cultures in the historical museums, art galleries, events/festivals and natural attractions. Watch in fascination as curtain rises on scenes from favourite playwrights, comedies and grand musicals. Discover Simcoe County's many fascinating cultural and heritgae attractions.

Wasaga Beach ONLY has ONE listing. (A very good one, but come on !!!) We need more!

Artist Space Initiative Wasaga Beach

Artists help make Wasaga Beach a more livable town - a town of people and neighborhoods, a center of cultural life, and a stronger economic center. They function as small businesses by providing jobs and services for beach residents. Artists help transform marginal neighborhoods into dynamic communities. Frequently, festivals, galleries, small performance spaces and small retail spring up in these same areas through the work of resident artists, generating a vibrant street life that acts as a deterrent to crime, dramatically enhancing the quality of neighborhoods for both the people who live there and people who visit. But do Wasaga Beach Artists have dedicated spaces to work and live in?

Space/real estate concerns are a primary issue for Wasaga Beach artists. Is the Mayor's Office working to retain existing spaces for artists and creating new ones?

Wasaga Beach needs to create spaces that:
are permanently dedicated to artists through deed restrictions or similar legal mechanisms;
are located in buffer zones between industrial and residential neighborhoods in locations that do not support traditional family housing; and
offer live/work spaces (space where artists combine their residence with their work area, typically in an open floor plan offering large, flexible work areas) or work-only spaces (where residential use is not allowed) for rent and for purchase at a variety of prices with a preference for Wasaga Beach residents.

In a perfect world (in the near future), what Live/Work Guidelines would be created to help Artists?

Cultural Tourism

Tourists in Wasaga Beach generate money for our town. Most people think of tourists as visitors from other areas of the country or other countries altogether. But because Wasaga Beach "could" host so many varied vacation and cultural experiences, it benefits us all to expand our definition of tourists as people who live close by, in the next town over, or clear across the province.

"Cultural Tourism."
Annually, tourists in Wasaga Beach:
Generate direct spending
Generate revenue in provincial and local taxes
Support jobs in a variety of industries

What, Exactly, is Cultural Tourism?

Cultural Tourism is the travel industry's term describing travel and visitation activities directed at an area's arts, heritage, recreational and natural resources. Visitors make destination choices related directly to a region's performance, artistic, architecture and historical offerings. In Wasaga Beach, we have one of the world's greatest natural destinations, but do we have one of the world's best cultural destinations?

Why Is Cultural Tourism Hot Now?

Cultural Tourists are a force to be reckoned with.

Here's why:
Cultural Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the travel industry.
Cultural Tourists spend $62 more per day and $200 more per trip than other travelers.
Cultural Tourists include multiple destinations during a visit and stay one half-day longer at each destination.
Cultural Tourists have higher levels of income.
How Can I Take Advantage of the Cultural Tourism Boom?

Getting a piece of the Cultural Tourism pie takes planning, creativity, collaboration and a good knowledge of the basics.

Check out MCC to learn how they are succeeding in Cultural Tourism. What can we all do next?

Learn More:

10 Ways to Tap into Cultural Tourism

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

VOTE for My 'Paint it Pink' Collage (Breast Cancer)

Vote here. Share. Please ask all of your friends (facebook/twitter) etc. to vote too! Thank You for supporting such a great cause! Deadline: Sept 30th, 2009 at midnight.


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This summer Avon invites Canadians to Paint it Pink! Join us from June – September as we spread some pink nationwide. Our mission is to give each and every individual the chance to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.Here's what YOU can do: Share your expressions of pink at http://www.paintitpinkcanada.com/ It’s as easy as 1-2-3:1) Make a statement in pink2) Upload a photo of it onto our site3) Invite friends to vote for your pictureAvon will donate $2 per vote to breast Cancer organizations across Canada.Log on today and nominate a charity in your neighborhood. Every vote counts because Avon has up to $500,000 to give. http://www.paintitpinkcanada.com/

Monday, September 7, 2009

Blue Pumpkin Festival Dates

The Blue Pumpkin Festival

And it has begun! The Blue Pumpkin Festival planning is in full swing. It will be a great way to get visitors to come to our town long after Labor Day and well into Thanksgiving/Halloween season. (Logo design Arthur Scott Kononuk) More details here.
Disclaimer: The Blue Pumpkin Festival name and logo are the property of Perk Promo and must not be used in any form without the prior written consent of Perk Promo. Copyright 2009
However, the name and logo may be used (generously and often!) by media, blogs and websites to promote this Wasaga Beach family event with credit and link to Perk Promo and The Blue Pumpkin Festival blog.
Ideas for October
1. Paint your own pumpkins blue (add silvery glitter to make it sparkle)
2. Invite your neighbours to participate
3. Get the schools involved
4. Sign up for the charity golf tournament. (details to follow)
5. Ask 97.7 The Beach radio to talk it up!
6. Business: Dress your windows with blue pumpkins!
Have Fun!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Blue Pumpkin Festival, Wasaga Beach

Blue Pumpkins will be taking over the beach! Wasaga Beach is hosting its first annual The Blue Pumpkin Festival' this coming October. (Yeah! Remember my wish list?) Get your pumpkins spray painted, join in on the golf tournament, showcase your blue pumpkin creativity - do you grow blue pumpkins? It all came about because of Linda's blue sparkly pumpkin. Now it's all the rage! Perhaps we will enter the book of records for the most blue pumpkins. Tell your neighbours, friends and family to visit the beach in October. (This event will extend our tourism well into the fall and the local businesses need that!) What Fun! More details from Bill Frieday. here and here.
FYI: The Beach Post has quite a readership: 6,236

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Loudmouth Golf Apparel Now Available in Wasaga Beach

Look your loudest and best in this fashion line from L.A. . Available in Wasaga Beach HERE. (skorts for women too!)