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The Muskoka Seven: Things To Do from August 15 to 21, 2011

Johnston's Cranberry Marsh (photo by Michael40001 via Flickr)

1. Take one of Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh’s daily guided tours to learn about the growing and harvesting of this regionally renowned fruit. Located in Bala, the farm also produces cranberry wine—tastings are available in addition to the grounds tour.

2. See the iconic Russell deCarle—a founding member of Prairie Oyster—at the Gravenhurst Opera House. The award-winning musician offers classic hits, new tunes and a timeless sound on August 18.

3. Celebrate the music of Bob Marley at the Reggae Muskoka festival on August 20 and 21. The weekend event includes live reggae performances, local vendors and fun events for the entire family. (more…)

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from August 1 to 7, 2011

Take a trip on the Island Queen

1. Pick a pleasant-looking day (blue-skied and sunny, perhaps with a calm little breeze) to enjoy touring the Georgian Bay biosphere on an Island Queen Cruise. Don’t forget your camera—the rugged landscape is definitely worth framing.

2. Take a trip to the English countryside from within the Gravenhurst Opera House, which presents its annual dinner theatre production from August 2 to 13. This year’s show is a hilarious British farce entitled Beyond a Joke. (more…)

Hot Date: Huntsville’s Star-Studded Summer

George Canyon appears at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts on July 14

JULY 2 TO 23, 2011 Popular music gets its due once again as the Huntsville Festival of the Arts returns for its 18th edition. One of Muskoka’s most star-studded events, this year’s festival boasts exciting shows including a kick-off concert by Native American violin and flute master Arvel Bird on July 2, followed by country star George Canyon on July 14, former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page on July 15, and jazz piano legend Oliver Jones on July 22. Algonquin Theatre, $20 to $48; call 705-789-4975 or click here for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

The Muskoka Seven: Things To Do from May 30 to June 5, 2011

Cruise the lakes of Muskoka on the RMS Segwun

1. Embrace the warm weather and life on the water with a cruise aboard the historic RMS Segwun. The late-19th century steamship takes passengers on one- to four-hour sightseeing cruises around Lake Muskoka. The lunch and dinner cruise options are especially popular.

2. Should you find yourself closer to Parry Sound, scope out a seat on the patio at recently opened restaurant Kudos Kuisine. Its contemporary digs overlook the Parry Sound harbour. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, August 20 to 22

Be sure to check out the Algonquin Theatre’s entertaining shows—there’s an artistic pick for each night this weekend!

Sarah Harmer serenades the Algonquin Theatre on Sunday night

Friday, August 20
Shop, play games and win prizes at Muskoka Wharf’s Dockside & Steamship Festivals. There’s much to do on the water, with more than 80 artisans participating in an arts and crafts show, 90-plus shopping options, live shows and a kids’ zone.

Enjoy a night of storytelling, song and dance at Algonquin Theatre’s Echoes of Ireland production, part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.

Saturday, August 21
Spend your day Scottish-style at the Bracebridge Highland Games. Dancing, piping, caber tossing, hammer throwing—there’s so much traditional fun to choose from!

After that, get your bearings and head over to the Algonquin Theatre for the Muskoka Music Men’s 21st annual Night of Harmony, featuring the Barrie Huronia Soundwaves.

Sunday, August 22
Trek through the pristinely beautiful Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve in time to catch the final day of its Forest Festival. Breathe the clean air (thanks to 70,000 acres of trees) while absorbing the glorious waterside view, or check out one of seven scheduled concerts.

Make a return trip to the Algonquin Theatre to witness celebrated singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer perform her passionate brand of folk-rock.

Weekend Roundup, July 9 to 11

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Muskoka’s still hot with things to do!

See the Cavenerners interpret Beatles classics this weekend

Friday, July 9
Justin Hines exudes an optimistic attitude through his music. A genetic joint condition confines him to a wheelchair, but this singer-songwriter’s tunes display a soaring spirit. Be inspired tonight at the Algonquin Theatre.

Wade into the cool water with your fishing rod in tow for Ontario Family Fishing weekend. This weekend only, Canadians can fish without a license!

Saturday, July 10
Discover Gravenhurst’s water-bound heritage at the annual Antique & Classic Boat Show. Saturday features a showcase of finely crafted wooden boats, while Sunday brings classic fiberglass boats and classic cars.

Devour a pancake and sausage/peameal breakfast or participate in an evening barn dance at the Muskoka Pioneer Power Show. After checking out the grand parade, meander through the heritage exhibits, blacksmith shop and classic and antique vehicle displays on the Bracebridge Fairgrounds.

Sunday, July 11
Kick back in a comfortable lawn chair on the grounds of Spencer’s Tall Trees restaurant while the soothing melodies of Jazz in the Garden caress your ear.

If you want to avoid “A Hard Day’s Night,” get your groove on at Canada’s premiere Beatles tribute show, performed by The Caverners for Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge.

Weekend Roundup, July 1 to 4

Celebrate Canada Day weekend with an explosion of events—we’re not just talking about the fireworks!

Enjoy a Canada Day cruise aboard Parry Sound's Island Queen

Thursday, July 1
Commemorate Canada Day aboard the Island Queen’s Sunset Musical Cruise, part of Parry Sound’s annual Festival of the Sound. Enjoy ebullient tunes by the Shores of Newfoundland band, then open your eyes wide for a fireworks display in the harbour.

Sway to country, folk, gospel, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and children’s music with Bracebridge’s Memorial Park Bandshell Concert Series. Or, try your luck by entering the annual duck derby at Bracebridge Falls.

Friday, July 2
Mark your calendars! The Huntsville Festival of the Arts returns to Muskoka today, and runs through to August 11. Tonight, catch Canadian rock band Lighthouse at the Algonquin Theatre.

Head over to the Kee to Bala to see Matthew Good live in concert. The popular singer-songwriter‘s eponymous band also features Dave Genn on keyboards and guitar, Ian Browne rocking the drum kit, and Rich Priske on bass.

Saturday, July 3
If you’re one of the lucky ticket holders for the popular Baysville Beef and Lobster Fest, you’ll be sure to spend the day feasting on succulent lobster and juicy meat. Participate in the silent auction and win prizes.

Witness rising star Mark Masri performing live with Canadian songbird Amy Sky at the Algonquin Theatre.

Sunday, July 4
View the works of emerging artists, displayed throughout historic downtown Bracebridge for Art in the Heart.

Walk the line to Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge show. Tonight offers a “Legend in Black” tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Hot Date: Big Names in Town

Sarah Harmer is just one of the major musicians slated to perform at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts

JULY 2 TO AUGUST 22 Muskoka’s concert calendar is once again packed to the brim thanks to the ever-popular Huntsville Festival of the Arts. Canadian rock band Lighthouse kicks off this summer’s schedule on July 2. The excitement continues with returning artists Hawksley Workman on July 17 and John McDermott on August 17, plus fiddle and step-dance masters Leahy on July 10 and rootsy singer Sarah Harmer on August 22. Fans of improvised music won’t want to miss the weekend-long Huntsville Jazz Festival—from July 29 to August 1—which features performances from jazz-pop specialist Alex Cuba, rising jazz singer and pianist Laila Biali, and many others. Most performances at Algonquin Theatre, $25 to $45; call 705-789-4975 or click here for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

Weekend Roundup, June 4 to 6

Start licking your lips for this weekend’s tasty options: great dining, a beer tasting and super shows!

Enjoy fine international fare at The Mill on Main

Friday, June 4
Check out Disney’s The Aristocats Kids!, a youth educational program and annual spring show. More than 80 children entertain on stage during this night of dancing and music in Bracebridge.

Absorb the deep, spiritual sounds of rising organist Ryan Jackson, presented by the Muskoka Concert Association at the Gravenhurst’s Trinity United Church.

Saturday, June 5
Amuse your ears at the Song Project at the Algonquin Theatre, where 15 young Huntsville singers belt out rock and pop tunes with a 10-piece backing band.

Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Muskoka Cottage Brewery. This microbrewery in Bracebridge’s historic Granary building produces award-winning Muskoka Cream and Dark Ales, Muskoka Premium Lager and Muskoka Hefe Weissbier.

Sunday, June 6
Refine your on-water skills at Beaumaris Marina—which has specialized in boat rentals for more than 20 years—and enjoy a view sparkling of Lake Muskoka.

Wind down the weekend with a meal of house-made Indian, Thai and Japanese dishes at The Mill on Main, located on Hunstville’s main shopping and dining strip.

Weekend Roundup, July 3 to 5

Cottage country welcomes friends from the big city this weekend as musical guests and international chefs reign over the Canadian Shield.

Friday, July 3
Spend a night with prominent international record producer and DJ Steve Aoki. He exudes an electric groove tonight at the Kee to Bala.

Sample savoury smoked meats, farm-fresh fruit and baked goods to boot at the Rosseau Market. There are handmade soaps, arts and crafts to take home, too!

Saturday, July 4
Witness the fervent fire of Latin guitarist Johannes Linstead—he takes to the Algonquin Theatre stage as part of the Hunstiville Festival of the Arts.

Dine at Deerhust Resort’s Thrill to Grill gala with barbecue guru Rob Rainford. Expert wine pairings and beer tastings compliment this culinary carousal.

Sunday, July 5
Refine your backswing and appreciation for nature by teeing off amidst 300 acres of pristine meadowlands at the Ridge at Manitou.

Nourish your body with the healing minerals found in the leaves and lakes of northern Ontario at Touchtone on Lake Muskoka’s Touch Spa.

Weekend Roundup, June 12 to 14

Entertainment, fine dining, outdoor adventures and the rejuvenation of body and spirit—it’s all in a day’s (or weekend’s) play in Muskoka!

Friday, June 12
Book some seats at the Algonquin Theatre for music and dance as Muskoka Dance Academy’s year-end performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland amuses the entire family.

Luxuriate in the comforting confines of the Spa at Deerhurst Resort and savour the sweet and healthy minerals of its Muskoka Maple Sugar Body Polish.

Saturday, June 13
Discover the hidden heritage and cultural charm of 19th-century cabins and farms featured as part of Doors Open Lake of Bays.

Appreciate the woodcarvings and watercolours of wildlife, home and country on the annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour.

Sunday, June 14
Behold the breathtaking woodland vistas and elevated tee decks as you seek to tame the challenging, 18-hole golf course at North Granite Ridge.

Nosh on local specialties—like Ontario rainbow trout served with baby potatoes, zucchini, eggplant and summer squash—amidst the verdant backdrop of Algonquin Park at Arowhon Pines restaurant.

Weekend Roundup, June 5 to 7

Weekend entertainment is easy to come by in Muskoka!

Friday, June 5
Tee off amidst the lofty white pines and granite outcroppings of Windermere Golf Club, which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary.

Watch the sun descend below the watery horizon while enjoying fresh pickerel and Alberta-beef steaks at the Moon River Lookout.

Saturday, June 6
Spend a tuneful evening with American blues icon and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth as he stalks the stage at Peter’s Place.

Select from more than 60 wines off the award-winning list at Spencer’s Tall Trees. Food pairings include smoked fish and artisan cheeses, among other local treats.

Sunday, June 7
Discover the grace and style of the early 20th century on a boat cruise aboard the RMS Segwun, the oldest operating steamship in North America.

Delight in the delicate dancing of the Huntsville School of Ballet’s year-end performance at the Algonquin Theatre.