Pick a pepper (and other fresh produce) at Muskoka's farmers' markets
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Support Ontario growers and get some fresh ingredients for this week’s breakfasts, lunches and dinners at a pair of farmers’ markets that are now in full swing. This Wednesday (and all subsequent Wednesday throughout the summer) the Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market operates from from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Muskoka Wharf, while the Bracebridge Farmers’ Market runs on Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Memorial Park.
Stretch out on a blanket at Bracebridge’s Memorial Park bandshell and listen to the acoustic folk sounds of Neil Hutchison. Influenced by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot and Ian Tyson, Hutchison takes the stage this Thursday at 7 p.m.
Grab your motorcycle boots and leather jacket and head on down to the Kee to Bala. Blues singer and guitarist George Thorogood—with his longtime band, The Destroyers—rocks the joint on Saturday, with hits like “Bad to the Bone” and more.
Drive around the region this Saturday and Sunday and take in not only the exceptional natural scenery, but also some great artistic visuals. This year’s Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour allows you to visit the studios of 11 top cottage-country artists in Bracebridge, Bala, Port Carling and elsewhere.
The local food movement just keeps creeping ever closer to home; one of the latest trends is to keep a chicken or two right in your own backyard (depending on municipal bylaws, of course). If you’re interested in learning more, regional culinary association Savour Muskoka hosts a poultry workshop on Sunday at Severn Sunset Eco Farm in Severn Bridge, where participants will find out some of the ins and outs of working with chickens, ducks and turkeys.
Laugh along with Robin Duke and the rest of the "Women Fully Clothed"
1. The delightful dames of Women Fully Clothed—Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood and Teresa Pavlinek—bring their humorous yet affecting stories to cottage country. See their latest show, Older and Hotter, on June 10 at the Gravenhurst Opera House.
2. View and purchase the works of 20 fine artists and craftspeople while partaking in the annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour on June 11 and 12. This self-directed jaunt takes art lovers to the studios and galleries of creators in Bracebridge, Bala, Port Carling and more. Click here for a map. (more…)
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.