There's a surprising lot of interesting stuff going on around here, and this space is devoted to discovering and sharing it. We'll post regular updates on merchants, activities and events. Look in often and soon you'll see why Meaford calls itself "The other Big Apple".

posted November 23rd, 2012
Holiday happenings: Meaford Farmers’ Market Christmas edition

The holiday season seems to have kicked into gear here in Meaford.

At Meaford Hall, the Unique Boutique has already come and gone with its huge array of, well, unique and wonderful offerings and gift ideas offered through a silent auction.

Last weekend, the merchants of Meaford took off the paper and sheets covering their windows, so a stroll downtown welcomes you with holiday reminders at every step.

And as we speak, the Meaford Farmers’ Market (holiday edition) is getting underway for the first of four Fridays in Meaford Hall’s Terrace Room. “Local artisans have been busy helping St. Nick,” say the organizers. “Beautiful handcrafted jewelry, children’s toys, jams, jellies and pickles, bath salts, hip accessories and apparel for kids, yummy baked treats, honey, beeswax candles, handcrafted soaps and cards, maple syrup, local apple products, artwork, hand-painted treasures, tea, pottery and candies.”

You’ll also find gift baskets and gift certificates, and you can chase away the chill with a warm seasonal drink.

posted November 16th, 2012
Meaford Christmas window unveiling video

It’s beginning to feel a lot like… Meaford’s Christmas window unveiling. Okay, that’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s that time again. Tomorrow, Saturday, November 17, the merchants of Meaford will remove the masking hiding their marvelous displays, and folks will treat themselves to an early taste of the holiday spirit.

Watch the lighting of the tree at Meaford Hall, visit the shops and the Museum, enjoy mulled cider and more, warm up by the street fires, enjoy the music of carollers… and say “Hi!” to that red-clad, white-bearded, jolly old fellow who’ll arrive on the fire truck.

And check out this video from the Riggster.

posted November 13th, 2012
Retirees speaker series offers stimulating presentations at Meaford Hall

Last week we mentioned Meaford’s Volunteer Fair, held as part of “Focus on Seniors” at Meaford Hall. Focus on Seniors also features a free speaker series directed at retirees, which kicked off at the Volunteer Fair with a talk on volunteering. Tomorrow, the series continues with an introduction to genealogy packed with tips and ideas to get your started on exploring your family tree. Carole Stuart, Coordinator of Local History and Genealogy at the Collingwood Public Library will fire you up with practical advice on how to take the first steps to discovering more about your family’s past.

Every second Wednesday (with a short break over Christmas) at 1 p.m. – right up until April 17 – you can meet with others at Meaford Hall to enjoy a social gathering, light refreshments and stimulating talks.

Upcoming topics include how to avoid the “winter blahs”, financial advice, and intriguing presentations on everything from our local apple and agri-industry to one writer’s case for the theory that ancient Celts visited Ontario.

Get the full schedule here. (Click on “Learning, Fitness and Fun”.)

If you need accessible transportation, simply call the Hall Box Office at 519.538.0463 to book a free ride.

posted November 9th, 2012
Retirement volunteers active in Meaford

Retirement opens up a host of opportunities to expand your activities – and a lot of retirees plunge quickly into volunteering for local groups, causes and charities. If that sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. Your opportunities to volunteer during your Meaford retirement are many and varied.

Last week, we took part in Meaford’s Volunteer Fair, held at Meaford Hall as part of the Focus on Seniors event going on there over the next few months. Twenty groups took part, showcasing what they do and how you could help.

Meaford Volunteer Fair

These included Heritage Meaford, the Meaford Grannies, Alzheimer Society of Grey Bruce, the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club, Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce, the Rotary Club of Meaford, and Ted Brown the producer of Women and War (on tonight at Meaford Hall) and a director of local community theatre – which is always on the lookout for volunteer actors, production people, directors and costume makers.

That’s just the tip of the volunteer iceberg in Meaford. Prominent boards and groups include Friends of the Meaford Library, the Meaford Museum board, Adopt-a-garden/Communities in Bloom, the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society, the Bighead River Heritage Association, and service groups beyond the Rotary, including the Lions, the Kinsmen/Kinettes and the Optimist Club.

More here.

Then there’s the opportunity to coach or otherwise help out local athletics, including hockey, soccer, softball and more.

One of Meaford’s community groups is experiencing great support at the moment with Kraft’s Food For Families. Golden Town Outreach, the Meaford food bank, is currently first in donations in Ontario on the site, which will donate additional funds to the winner. Every time you visit and select Golden Town Outreach, the group receives a donation of 50 cents.

If you still need volunteer ideas, check out these top 10 volunteer activities for retirees.