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Monday, August 14, 2017

Tim Hicks coming to the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show

(News Release)
August 8, 2017 Simcoe, Ontario - the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show, is thrilled to announce the second concert performance at the Grandstand for this year’s fair.

On Friday, October 6thth at 8:00 pm, CCMA Nominated Male Artist of the Year, Canadian Country superstar Tim Hicks will take the stage.

Hot off headlining his “Shake These Walls Tour,” Hicks has continued to do what he does best: connect with audiences from coast to coast and beyond.

With a resume of a veteran that includes   seven Top 10 singles on Canadian country radio, #1 country album for 5:01, multiple CCMA and SOCAN wins and JUNO nods he has earned coveted spots on prestigious festival stages nationwide.  His 2017 Shake These Walls tour charted a path that is completely new and shoots straight for the country music stratosphere.

Indigenous Life Festival at Blue Mountain Village

(News Release)
From Friday, August 18th to Sunday, August 20th, enjoy three days of free events, entertainment and activities celebrating the history, science and culture of First Peoples of Canada in a brand new festival at Blue Mountain Village. From live music and comedy, to Native films and traditional games and ceremonies, there’s a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot to learn at this one-of-a-kind event. View Schedule >>
 

Steely Dan to perform at Casino Rama Resort

RAMA, ON (Monday, August 14th, 2017) – As one of Ontario’s premier entertainment destinations, Casino Rama Resort has earned a reputation for presenting year-round world-class concerts and events in our award-winning Entertainment Centre.  We are thrilled to add this much anticipated performance to our previously announced fall 2017 concert line-up:

Steely Dan
Thursday, October 19
SHOWTIME: 8 PM, DOORS OPEN: 7 PM
Tickets are $85/$95/$120
“Do It Again”, “Reelin’ In the Years” & “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number”.

Fans are invited to visit the Casino Rama Resort Facebook page to gain access to an exclusive pre-sale code.

Exclusive advanced ticket purchase for Facebook Fans & Players Passport™ Club Members begins on Thursday, August 17th at 12 noon on www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262). A special code is required for the advance purchase period which can be found on the Casino Rama Resort Facebook page.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Saturday, August 12th at 12 noon and will be available in-person at the Casino Rama Resort Box Office, at all TicketMaster locations, by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262) and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket prices are inclusive of taxes and exclude any applicable service fees.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stargazers showered with meteor shows at Ontario Parks; Are we wet yet on Niagara Whirlpool boats?



   One-Tank Trip for Aug. 12/17

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   (c) By Jim Fox

   There’s plenty of summer left, so get out and enjoy it.
   Watch the Perseid meteor shower shows at Ontario Parks where admission is free next Wednesday (Aug. 16).
   Camper families love stargazing especially from mid-July to late August during the shower period.
   Peak time is this weekend and if the skies are clear, you can see up to 50 to 100 meteors an hour.
   There will also be a solar eclipse on Aug. 21 starting at 1:08 p.m. when the moon begins moving in front of the sun and continues to 3:48 p.m.
Watching meteor showers is a popular summertime adventure at Ontario Parks.
   Star parties are held in the parks every summer, especially in Northern Ontario where there’s less light pollution.
   Killarney Provincial Park on Georgian Bay invites visitors to “come out to learn and look at the night sky through our telescope.”
   Guest astronomer Bill Gardner will be there on August 15, 22 and 29 at 9:30 p.m. while this weekend has astronomers-in-residence Bill and Vicki Sherwood.

Monday, August 7, 2017

"Och aye the noo" for the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games

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   One-Tank Trip for Aug. 5/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Attention lads and lassies, “och aye the noo,” which in overt Scotticism translates to “Oh yes, just now.”
   We’re speaking about the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games that will pipe its way into town from Aug. 11 to 13.
   In its 72nd year, it’s the oldest three-day Scottish Festival in North America and attracts some 30,000 visitors.
   In celebration of local Scottish heritage and culture – and this year Canada 150, too – there’s something for everyone, a Scot or not (nae), said Lee Puddephatt, marketing co-chair.
   Bring the clan for Celtic music, crafts for the kids and heavy events (including tossing cabers the size of telephone poles) huge stones and tugs-of-war.
A competitor gets ready to launch a caber in the Highland Games heavy events.
   There are bagpipes, drums, bands, Highland dancing, storytelling, singing, genealogy and heritage, beer tents, artisans, authors and vendors galore.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Shiver me timbers, the pirates are invading Guelph


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    One-Tank Trip for July 29/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Arrr, the pirates are planning to invade Guelph as their latest target for fun and frivolity.
   Shiver me timbers, the pirates have sailed back to Marden Park and renamed it Dry Bluffs for the Civic Holiday weekend, Aug. 5 to 7 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
   There’s something for everyone at the 11th annual Pirate Festival, from powder monkeys in training to old salty dogs and from gentlefolk to the scurviest bilge rats.
Kids can learn to sword fight with a pirate at the Guelph event.
   The area will be populated with a cast of colourful characters – a mixture of pirates and villagers that is sure to entertain.
   Landlubbers needn’t worry and can head out with the kids to have their picture taken with the motley crew and hop aboard an inflatable bouncy pirate ship.
   Antonio DeCoppi of Keelhaul Productions says come be a pirate for a day and “get caught up in the adventures of our colourful cast as they work around the scheming minds of those that would imprison them.”

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Get your motor running to Detroit and area's classy chassis vintage auto shows



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    One-Tank Trip for July 22/17

   (AUTOS)

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Pull over Corvettes, classic 1955-1957 Chevys, Mustangs and others to make way for the stars of the show in Ypsilanti, Mich.
   Long-overlooked DeSotos, Franklins, Hudsons, Parkards, Plymouths, Studebakers and Willys get some respect at the “Orphan Car Show” on Sept. 17.
   “Orphan brands do not die – they live on with this annual reunion of vehicles,” organizers say in this community 30 minutes west of Detroit, the “Motor City.”
An antique vehicle is seen reflected in a hubcap at the Concours d’Elegance in Plymouth, Mich. (Barbara Fox photo)
   In what has been called one of the best car shows in America, this gathering at Riverside Park will feature the “orphans” of Ford- Mercury, Edsel and the Continental Mark II.
   As an auto aficionado, I enjoy attending the big shows in Detroit and environs but was unaware until now of the “orphan” show.
   These really big events include the annual North American International Auto Show in January, Concours d’Elegance this month, Woodward Dream Cruise in August and the Old Car Festival in September.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stephen Leacock feted at his Orillia estate; Hamilton celebrates Canada 150



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    One-Tank Trip for July 15/17

   By Jim Fox

   Canada’s beloved humorist and author Stephen Leacock would be pleased to know the annual celebration of his life includes a “Feast of Thrones.”
  In fact, it will include “cosplay, food, drink and feats of strength” at his lakeside retreat on Old Brewery Bay in Orillia.
   For the unknowing, cosplay is a “contraction of the words costume play and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character (thanks Wikipedia).”
The Leacock Summer Festival is on the property where the author wrote Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town 105 years ago. (Photo by Jim Fox)
   Along with medieval activities and entertainment, it takes place on July 22 at 4 p.m. as part of the Leacock Summer Festival, July 20 to 23, at the Leacock House (Museum) at 50 Museum Drive.
   This is where the world-renowned author and celebrated academic spent his most creative time in what he coined as Lake Simcoe Country.
     He built the house in 1928 on the scenic bay by the “Narrows,” where Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching meet.
   The building, designed by Wright & Noxon of Toronto, reflected Leacock’s success and prestige and is now an historic site.
   The festival includes readings, book signings, dinners and exhibits, starting on July 20 with a Mariposa Exposed book celebration including a “Canadian-themed” barbecue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
   Mariposa was the name Leacock used when writing Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town about the people and comings and goings in what was said to be Orillia at the time.
An early photo shows a relaxed Stephen Leacock. (Leacock Museum)
   Leacock’s tales came from his lakeside retreat with most of the engaging cast of characters based on local townspeople (names changed to protect the guilty).
   Editors Dennis Rizzo and Ross Greenwood have completed the first volume of Mariposa Exposed and contributing authors and writers will tell the tales.
   On July 21, the history of the Mariposa Folk Festival is featured with Mike Hill and musical guests at 1 p.m.
   Later that day is a humour showcase and dinner with Leacock Medal for Humour winner Terry Fallis showcasing his latest novel, One Brother Shy.
   Also featured are shortlisted 2017 medal finalists Drew Hayden Taylor and Amy Jones at 5 p.m.
   A Writer’s Workshop and lunch with Janet Matthews is on July 22 starting at 10 a.m. followed by the Feast of Thrones that afternoon.
   It winds up with the Annual K. Valerie Connor Poetry Celebration with dinner on July 23 at 4 p.m.
This is the recreated writing studio/boathouse on Old Brewery Bay where Stephen Leacock got inspiration for his many books. (Jim Fox photo)
   Also on the spacious and manicured property is the Leacock Cafe, operated by Cornucopia Catering, called “Orillia’s Favourite Lakeside Restaurant.”
   During Canada’s sesquicentennial, admission to this National Historic Site is by donation with a “suggested minimum” of $5. For more information and tickets: leacockmuseum.com; (705) 329-1908

   Hamilton’s Signature Events
   Hamilton is among the cities across the country celebrating Canada’s 150th year as a nation with a series of “Signature Events.”
   The latest is a quilt Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories and continues until Aug. 16 at the Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Ave. N.), Hamilton’s creative arts centre.
The Quilt of Belonging is a Canada 150 “Signature Event” in Hamilton.
   This textile art project is comprised of 263 blocks, each created to recognize Canada’s diversity, said Brenda Branch of Hamilton Tourism and Culture.
   “It celebrates our common humanity and promotes compassion among people,” she added.
   Museums, artists, crafts people and musicians from across Hamilton Halton Brant are offering workshops, talks, concerts and demonstrations to engage our Canadian spirit and imagination.
   There’s also the Great Hamilton Scavenger Hunt app that’s a “passport to all of the exciting events, festivals, activities and quintessential Hamilton experiences happening throughout the city this summer.”
   It also allows users to earn points, win prizes and explore the city like never before.
   Throughout the summer, there are garden tours at Dundurn National Historic Site (610 York Blvd.).
   There’s also Our Hamilton: Through Their Eyes about the lives of soldiers at the Hamilton Military Museum at Dundurn and the Women of War, July 29 and 30 at HMCS Haida.
   For details on all the events: hamilton.ca/canada150; (905) 546-2489

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Just add water: Vintage boat show, steamships and Royal Canadian Navy frigate



   One-Tank Trip for July 1/17


   (c) By Jim Fox

   For some hot fun in the summertime, just add water.
   Classic wooden boats that plied the blue-black waters of the Muskoka Lakes for decades and even a century will be making waves at the 37th annual Vintage Boat Show.
   It happens next Saturday (July 8) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst.
   To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, the Antique and Classic Boat Society-Toronto is offering free admission to its popular show of the sleek and classy watercraft.
Cruises on the Segwun and sister steamship Wenonah II leave from Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. (Jim Fox photo)
   This year’s theme is “Birch Bark to Fibreglass: 150 Years of Boating in Canada” and will feature more than 100 vintage boats.
   There will be exhibits, activities and ceremonies from the Muskoka Discovery Centre, Canadian Canoe Museum and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation marking National Canoe Day.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Boogie on down to music festivals this summer



   One-Tank Trip for June 24/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Music fans will be able to “boogie” on down at numerous music festivals over the summer.
   Get a groove on at one of the many fests, “no matter your musical tastes,” says Nichole Fogarty of Festivals & Events Ontario.
   “With so many music festivals to choose from, we recommend you get your mojo working at more than just one this year,” she added.
Kenny Rogers will perform his “Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal” at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
   Here are a few suggestions to get your toes tapping:
   - TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 22 to July 2, is the “premier music event” in downtown Ottawa that continues the tradition of bringing jazz to the National Capital Region.
   - RBC Bluesfest, July 6 to 16, in Ottawa is ranked by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top 10 music festivals with a world-award winning 10-day, multi-stage extravaganza.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

150+ seniors to exercise in St. Marys, Ontario to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday



   ST. MARYS, Ontario -- Wellness for Seniors will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with an exercise class with at least 150 people taking part.

   Participant Nelda Oliver said the Senior Services Wellness Coordinator and Head Fitness instructor will have the seniors participate in the exercise class on June 29th (2017) with everyone wearing red or white shirts for Canada Day.

   The event takes place next Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at the Friendship Centre, 317 James St. S., St. Marys, with the exercise class starting at 11a.m., she said.

   “We will be celebrating our wonderful country,” said Pauline White, Senior Services Wellness Coordinator for the Town of St. Marys.

Putting the 'wow' in summer fun; lakeside living tour; Toronto artisans



   One-Tank Trip for June 17/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   It’s an event that’s sure to “wow” the spectators.
   In fact, all the pomp and ceremony is part of experiencing a traditional pow wow.
   You can take in all the action at the Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) Annual Traditional Pow Wow on June 24 at Historic Fort York in Toronto.
Pow wows feature native dancers wearing their colourful regalia. (Photo by Daniel Banko)
    The free event features traditional dancing, drumming, kid’s activities, craft vendors and a feast.
   Dressed in their finest regalia, the dancers and singers represent major North American native cultural groups.
   We anticipate well over 10,000 people sharing and celebrating National Aboriginal Day with more than 100 dancers,” said organizer Blanch White.
   Participants include head dancers Breanna Olsen and Matt Rutledge who will be “swinging and swaying” to the traditional beats.