Last month the community kitchen program hosted a celebration luncheon inside the Parry Sound Friendship Centre inviting community members, supporters as well as Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller to enjoy a meal prepared through the program. Earlier this year, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve received a $57,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to expand community kitchen opportunities at the Salvation Army and the Parry Sound Friendship Centre. The program is a two-year collaborative program supported by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board. The program builds upon a successful community kitchen pilot program initiated by the Salvation Army last year.
Thank you to all sponsors, breweries, volunteers and attendees who came out to share a fantastic night! The 4th annual Brew Ha Ha raised over $12,000 towards environmental education for the GBBR. Highlights included Montreal comedian Derek Seguin, local musician Jeff Young, and tastings from seven Ontario craft breweries.
Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc. has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. A non-profit organization, Westwind’s purpose is ecologically and socially sustainable management of the publicly owned French-Severn Forest. They have a strong commitment to ensuring all forest users and values are considered through public consultation.
Westwind is certified through the international Forest Stewardship Council® which recognizes the French/Severn Forest as fulfilling all the requirements of a “Well Managed Forest”. Under its Sustainable Forest License, Westwind assumes responsibility for planning timber harvest, tree planting, tree marking, gathering and assessing information, reporting to the public, preparing forest management plans, training and education, and inspecting forest operations. The French/Severn Forest was the first large FSC Certified public forest in Canada, valuing above all sustainable, transparent, and responsible forest management.
Doors to Brew Ha-Ha open at 6pm
Shuttle Pick ups at…
Parry Sound Mall 5:10pm
BOCC at 5:20pm
Farmer’s Tent at 5:30pm
Shuttle Leaves Seguin Valley Golf Course at …
10:30pm and drops off to all three pick-up locations
12:00am and drops off to all three pick-up locations
Georgian Oasis Spa has been a proud Biosphere Charter Member since the membership program began in 2012. Accredited aesthetician Renee Daleman will welcome you to a full range of aesthetic services including, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and tinting with the use of quality, all natural products. The perfect place to relax in a peaceful and tranquil rustic setting. Find Georgian Oasis Spa just ten minutes north of Parry Sound off Highway 124, 7 Bell Lake Road. View the website for services, specials and more!
Pioneer Handcraft Furniture has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. Looking for unique pieces of furniture to make your cottage comfortable and unique? Established in 1938, Pioneer Handcraft Furniture is the ideal place to find handmade furniture and designs to fit your lifestyle. One showroom is located on Highway 400 just north of Waubaushene, the main showroom and workshop is located on Highway 11 at Severn Bridge nestled in white pines and granite.
A Biosphere Charter Member since 2012, Sail Parry Sound is a not-for-profit corporation established to restore Parry Sound’s sailing heritage. Situated in Parry Sound on the shore of Georgian Bay, the sailing centre is on the original historic landing for the Belvidere Hotel, where 130 years ago guests stepped off sailboats and steamers into gardens. The Big Sound hosts dependable winds and is an ideal location for the environmentally-friendly sport of sailing.
At Sail Parry Sound throughout the summer, people learn to sail, and on some weekends, sailors compete in regattas, harnessing the wind with skill and dexterity on the water, and enjoying Parry Sound’s trails and other attractions on the land. Sail Parry Sound protects and encourages native plant species on site including ninebark, alder, milkweed, serviceberry, blackberry, and elderberry. In 2015, Sail Parry Sound will seek certification as a bicycle-friendly destination. Learn more: sailparrysound.on.ca.
On Sunday, June 7th, Parry Sound will host to a uniquely Canadian journey/music tour/film this summer featuring well known Canadian musical talent, Peirson Ross along with award winning filmmaker Frank Wolf. The duo will be embarking on a 950 km canoe trip through Ontario/Quebec combined with a concert tour in support of Pierson’s new Album ‘Wild Ones’. Wild Ones celebrates Canadian Wilderness, with each song representing a different animal and province in Canada. The tour will be highlighted by a concert in Ottawa on Canada Day. The entire journey will be filmed and turned into a documentary to be released later next year.
“We’d like to not only have a great tour but want to promote the preservation of Canadian Wilderness as well- something both Peirson and I are passionate about. For example, our concerts at Wilderness Tours and Esprit Rafting will raise money for the Ottawa Riverkeepers environmental group while this one in Parry Sound will support the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. I’ll be the filmmaker/roadie/tour manager/MC while Peirson will be the performer/tripping grunt.” explained Wolf.
Tickets for the concert at $15 each and only a limited number will be sold since the venue is intimate. All tickets will be sold in advance and can be purchased at the Museum on Tower Hill or at White Squall in downtown Parry Sound or by contacting the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. This is a unique opportunity to meet both an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and musician at the same venue so the event is expected to sell out quickly.
Peirson Ross is no run of the mill artist and has been described as a cross between Dave Mathews, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake and he has won acclaim from across Canada and the United States. Reviews of his music and samples of his most recent album can be found at www.peirsonross.com.
Both Pierson Ross and Frank Wolf were excited to kick off the tour in Parry Sound since our unique and world renowned Biosphere Reserve is the epitome of the vibe that both the musician an filmmaker attempt to feature in their respective work.
More information on the concert can be found at the GBBR or by emailing [email protected].