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Pancakes Anyone?

Sunnybrae Golf Club was the place to bring your appetites for pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 5th. The club, located at 1430 King Street in Port Perry,  opened its doors for the Rotary Club of Port Perry to host its Annual Pancake & Family Day in aid of Oak Ridges Hospice.

There were lots of activities to keep every one busy, but of course the star of the show was the pancakes. Sooooo, good! They were cooked to perfection by pancake experts both on the grill in the kitchen and outside on one of two giant fire breathing grills.

Photo Courtesy of Occo van Tijn, Rotary Club of Port Perry

Let’s face it, the only way to improve on the perfect pancake is to add sausages and lots of maple syrup!

It was really cold outside but unfortunately, Mother Nature did not bless us with an abundance of snow, so the sleigh rides and snow shoeing weren’t available.

Snowshoeing was a favourite last year.                                                     Photo Courtesy of The Rotary Club of Port Perry

Not too worry, Robert Gilbank was on hand with his Horse Drawn Wagon and plenty of blankets to bundle up in.

You could get to know a wee lamb or a big bunny, or just cuddle up to a warm fire outside.

Photo Courtesy of Occo van Tijn, Rotary Club of Port Perry

Just in case you would rather stay inside, the dining room was hopping with visitors and the kids had their own space upstairs for games and crafts.

Photo Courtesy of Occo van Tijn, Rotary Club of Port Perry

Photo Courtesy of Occo van Tijn, Rotary Club of Port Perry

There’s no doubt everyone left full, happy and looking forward to next year’s Pancake Family Fun Day.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Places To Hold A Memorial Service In The Durham Region

Death is a part of life. It is something that we all have to deal with at one point or another. The funeral industry itself has changed over the years to accommodate modern culture and emerging trends, cremation being one of them. In the last decade or so, cremation has skyrocketed in popularity, in part due to its flexibility. Memorial services featuring cremated remains can be customized to accommodate a range of needs and tailored to truly honour the person they’re celebrating.

Durham Region plays host to plenty of stunning outdoor spaces that are perfectly suited for hosting a memorial. From leafy enclaves suited for small gatherings to open spaces made for a crowd, we cover them all in our guide to Durham Region’s most beautiful memorial sites.

Greenwood Conservation Area

Greenwood is an obvious choice. It offers guests a chance to escape the city traffic and enjoy the beautiful nature preserves along the banks of Duffins Creek. There are many hiking trails that allow you to explore the forest and river valleys and provide you with the opportunity to find your own unique spot to celebrate a life. Greenwood is especially beautiful in the fall when it’s surrounded by a mosaic of warm colours.

Paradise Park
Paradise Park looks like a scene from a movie with its brilliantly sandy shores. It is a great place to spend an afternoon as well as celebrate a loved one. For generations, residents of Ajax have visited this park as a popular city getaway. It features an expansive shoreline and boasts picturesque outcroppings of trees, bushes, and flowers.

Heber Down Conservation Area
The Heber Down Conservation Area offers guests over 700 acres of recreational land. It is ideal or fishing, hiking, and picnicking. The nature valley of Lynde Creek intersects with a section of the conservation area and provides guests with a variety of unbelievably scenic landscapes.

Countryside Preserve
This beautiful space is perfect for those who love the great outdoors. The massive green landscape is filled with grass, trees, and bushes as far as the eye can see. It is one of Uxbridge’s best kept secrets. The idyllic forest is a fantastic spot to celebrate a recently departed friend or family member.

Ganaraska Forest
The largest forest in southern Ontario, Ganaraska offers guests an unmatched outdoor experience. The forest features hundreds of kilometers of trails that play host to activities like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and nature appreciation. It offers guests an immersive wildlife experience and is the ideal place to host a memorial for any nature lover.

Many thanks to our Guest Blogger, Basic Funerals,  for providing this thoughtful post.

“Basic Funerals is a licensed funeral home in Ontario, Canada, offering simple, cost-effective services that can be arranged online, over the phone, or in person. Our goal is to create a fresh perspective in funeral services.”

 

A Brand New Year

It’s 2017. Day one. It’s a glorious day! The sun is shining, the temperature is springlike and it actually feels like a fresh start.

What can we say about 2016? It was challenging in many ways. We witnessed, from what some might say was too short a distance one of the craziest Presidential races in history. Indeed, the results shocked many of us. Our top news story for the year, however, was the ferocious wildfire that forced nearly 90,000 to flee Alberta’s Fort McMurray and the surrounding area. It was merciless and unpredictable,  “Not even a Hollywood script could match the terror, uncertainty, and heroism to come out of what seemed to be a surreal event,” wrote Dave Barry, news director of CKPG TV in Prince George, B.C.  We also said goodbye to many throughout the year. Some were intimate personal losses, while others were felt worldwide as the plethora of celebrity deaths seemed to never let up.

There are many ways to start a new year but one of the most symbolic  is the tradition of the doors. It’s simple and anyone can do it. At the stroke of midnight, open your back door to let out all the bad luck and negativity from the year that has just ended. Then, open your front door to let in all the good luck and positive energy for the new year.

We have a lot to look forward to in 2017. In the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 is the year of the Rooster which begins on January 28th under the sign of the Fire Rooster. Being a sign of rising, of awakening to life and of triumph, this promises to be a year of great achievements.

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The Pantone Color Institute has announced “Greenery” as the colour of the year. A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. It’s a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.  According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute,

“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the assurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the re-connection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

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Perhaps one of the best things to look forward to in 2017 is Canada’s celebration of its bi-centennial. That’s right. We are 150 years old this year and we are going to party! To find out about events and celebrations throughout the year visit Celebrate Canada 150. On top of that, we are all getting a birthday present from Parks Canada — Free admission to Canadians and visitors from all around the world to all Parks Canada Locations from coast to coast to coast. For all of 2017, this pass gives you unlimited opportunities to enjoy National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across the country. To order your 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass click  here.

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Oh, it’s going to be a great year! We can’t wait to see what the Durham Region has in store for us to discover in 2017.

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

The Most Wonderful Time

This is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time when almost everyone can believe in the magic of Christmas. Whether you are five and just starting to make those magical memories, or 85, and thinking back over the years, everyone has at least one special memory of Christmas. This year, we would like to share some of ours with you.

Jo likes to keep things simple.

“Christmas memories…traditional family gatherings, lots of food, people and prezzies. Caroling as kids, snow angels, snow ball fights and sledding down some pretty big hills. Then, as adults, it was Christmas parties and winter events. All were wonderful, but some of my most favourite rememberings were going up to the barn at midnight to see if the horses talked…and enjoying a few Christmas’s on my own (by choice), not having to travel, buy gifts or overeat…just me in my PJ’s with some great movies. This year I’ll be alone at the lake enjoying some Peace on Earth so I can continue to have Good Will towards Everyone.” Jo Ann Rucinski, Sales Person, Administrator

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Family and food provide the Christmas magic for Kathy.

“Christmas for us is always about just slowing down and spending time together, because life is such a rush. I think my favorite part of Christmas is having my family together…and the food. I love cooking and my family loves eating! We traditionally do a French ‘Night before Christmas’ dinner— an homage to my husband Paul’s background— with home-made Tourtier, chicken liver pate flavoured with Courvoisier, cold seafood like salmon Gravlax, arugula salad with figs, and the best pumpkin pie, made by my son. Then, for Christmas dinner, we always have a turkey. We give it a name, like Fredrick or Henry, and the boys roast it on the BBQ. Santa usually gets us a new board game so there’s always lots of passionate competition. And of course, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” Kathy Lapointe, Sales Person

Anna shares one of her favourite memories of Christmas.
“My grandfather would set up the Nativity Scene (with the exception of baby Jesus) and he would tell us kids the Christmas Story. Then, on Christmas morning we would rush downstairs to see baby Jesus lying in the manger. Even after all these years I can still see him waiting for us on Christmas morning.” Anna Stinson, Sales Person
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John would like the Christmas magic to last all year long.

“I think of Christmas as a very special time of year. It is a time when special things happen. People put aside their differences and are actually nice to each other. Perfect strangers will wish you a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. People are also more aware of those less fortunate. Countries at war have even stopped fighting to celebrate the day or a portion thereof. It is truly sad that this spirit only lasts for a very short time. Then, on Boxing day, it’s “Get out of my way, there’s a deal somewhere!” John Martin, Salesperson

Attending the recent Christmas party for the Durham Contact Business Exchange at the Waterfront Bistro had Judy reminiscing about Christmas past.

“THOSE WERE THE DAYS…

Overlooking Lake Ontario and Frenchman’s Bay at the end of Liverpool Rd, the Waterfront Bistro holds many warm memories for me. MinCom’s Christmas party was the first function ever held at the Waterfront when they opened in ’96. The owners, George and his family told us that they were not quite open for business but if we were game so were they. And so we did! Construction was ongoing and the kitchen was still under renovation, so the food had to be prepared and then transported from Lord Byron’s Restaurant to the Bistro for our party. There were at least 30 to 40 people in attendance, all dancing and enjoying the festivities. Wayne sang his ‘Night Before Christmas’ (in Rap) song. It was such a great hit that it became a tradition and Wayne did it at our parties for years. We had many wonderful times at the Waterfront, singing Karaoke led by Garth Riley or dancing to the live tunes of ‘The Johnny Max Blues Band’ just to mention a few. Garth always had such fun in store for us. I wish I could find the pictures of a game we played. Garth had the men wear white long johns and the women had to stuff as many full balloons inside to win a prize. We all laughed until we had tears in our eyes. Many years have come and gone, but there is one thing we can all agree on. MinCom had some of the best Christmas parties ever!

The Waterfront Bistro has evolved over the years and so have we, but it will always have a special place in my heart, especially around Christmas.” Judy Stacee-Cleaver, Broker of Record

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From The Stacee-Free Team and everyone at Mincom New Choice Realty Ltd. , have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Empty Bowls

There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup to fend off the November chills. Even when the temperature turns unseasonably warm and perhaps soup isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, it warms your heart to be a part of the Annual Durham’s Empty Bowls. This is the third year that Feed The Need, the regional food distribution warehouse serving Durham Region, has participated in Empty Bowls.  As a long time supporter, Mincom Jo looked forward to spending the afternoon at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club, where the event was hosted. The setting was really quite spectacular.

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The concept of Empty Bowls is used worldwide to recognize and raise support to combat hunger by emphasizing that many people simply do not have enough to eat.

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Unique, beautifully hand-crafted bowls were created and donated by local artisans from Durham Potters Guild  to signify the many thousands of empty bowls in our communities. Choosing the bowl you will use for the day and eventually take home may be one of the toughest choices you will make. There are big ones and small ones, round ones and square ones, bright and subtle, patterned and plain…so many choices.

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It took some time and a lot of flipping back and forth but our Jo eventually settled on a very chic blue-toned bowl, which, by the way, matched her outfit.

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Some of Durham Region’s finest chefs provided signature soups and desserts to be sampled and enjoyed.

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Jo’s first sampling was Curried Pumpkin and Apple Soup.

There were two sessions for sampling, one at 11:am and the second at 1:30 pm. Each session also featured door prizes and a silent auction. Between sessions, attendees were entertained by renowned Canadian jockey, Durham Region’s own Sandy Hawley, a four time Queen’s Plate winner and Order of Canada recipient. Long admired by Mincom Jo, Sandy had her mesmerized as he shared stories of big wins, nasty falls, tennis with Farrah Fawcett and golf with Dean Martin.

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Sandy Hawley & Mincom Jo

 

It was a wonderful afternoon, with good food, good people, a lot of fun and much needed support for Feed The Need in Durham. Many thanks to all the people that made the day possible.

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