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 29th, 2014
Local “Kids in Meaford Hall” journey to Narnia for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

A few years back, a group of dedicated local theatre aficionados, including some parents with school-age children, decided to give kids in Meaford the opportunity to experience the magical experience of theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes. Even more special, that stage and backstage would be at Meaford Hall, where professional theatre and entertainers perform regularly.

Kids in Meaford Hall perform The Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeThe ensemble kicked off with “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” in 2010, and now, the fifth season features “The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe”, C.S. Lewis’s classic tale come to life on stage. Local kids make up the cast, and take care of many of the behind-the-scenes tasks, along with adult volunteers who build sets, props, create the wardrobe and more.

Tickets are only $15, and kids 13 and under get in free. Get yours for the performance next Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m.


posted November 22nd, 2014
More Meaford charities

While you can give at any time of the year, helping those in need at this time of year can bring an extra glow.

Home Horizon now has a Meaford office. The organization, which provides transitional housing to families in crisis, launched in Collingwood in 2006, and has helped dozens of local families with housing and counselling. Located at 36 Trowbridge Street East, Unit 7, the Meaford office offers transitional housing support, crisis counseling for local women in need, life skills workshops, and the Strong Women Mentoring Rural Outreach Program.

The Meaford Community Fund exists to enrich the quality of life for the people of the Municipality of Meaford by supporting projects of not-for-profit charitable organizations. All donations to the Fund are invested in a pool of funds under the umbrella of the Community Foundation Grey Bruce. The income earned from the capital is distributed through grants to applicable not-for-profit organizations only within the Municipality of Meaford.

The Meaford Hospital Foundation was established to raise, receive, and manage money for the purpose of purchasing capital equipment and building improvements at the Meaford Hospital . This funding role is critical to the hospital’s viability since the government provides few funds for capital purchases. Funds are derived from a variety of sources including gifts from individuals, clubs, associations and businesses; bequests; memorials; mail campaign and investment interest. All funds are spent exclusively for the Meaford site.


posted November 15th, 2014
‘Tis the season for giving

Here are some ways you can help out deserving local charitable groups.

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Adopt a Pet

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHC) harbours more animals in need of assistance as the weather grows colder, and you can help by adopting one of these animals. To view animals currently up for adoption, visit www.gths.ca. You may also help by donating to the GTHS which operates solely on donations and money from fundraising efforts.

Donate a coat

Safe ‘n Sound Grey Bruce collects outerwear during a winter coat drive. Partnered with the United Way of Grey Bruce, the organization collects winter coats, boots, mittens and other cold weather gear for those in need.

Donate to the local food bank

You’ll find many opportunities to donate to Golden Town Outreach, including a drive next Saturday (November 22) by the Georgian Shores Bantam Rep hockey players, who’ll be out and about collecting items.

Buy a calendar

The 2015 Meaford Rotary Cash Calendar features a year’s worth of works by the Meaford Creative Arts Association – and you can win a monthly draw for $200. But best of all, you support the good work Meaford Rotary does in our community.

More worthy local charities in the spotlight next time.


posted November 8th, 2014
Get a head start on Christmas cheer

The snow hasn’t fallen yet, but Hallowe’en has passed, so shake off the November blahs by planning a Christmassy outing this month. Here are three coming events you won’t want to miss.

Coffin Ridge Winery is holding its annual Holiday Open House(s) on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23. On both days, you can warm up by the fire with a glass of Coffin Ridge wine or cider and enjoy delectable treats from the legendary cheese bar (don’t forget the hand-crafted jams and chocolate!) and live music of the season.

Meaford window unveiling train

Combine two events. Later in the evening on Saturday, November 22, Meaford holds the 25th Anniversary BIA Window Unveiling. The theme this year is “Silver Bells”, and Meaford merchants will take off the paper to reveal the seasonal scenes within. Food, refreshments and music round out the festive feel.

The following Saturday, the Meaford Farmer’s Market returns to town, with the fourth annual Christmas Market at Meaford Hall. On Saturday, November 29 and Saturday, December 6 browse a host of gift ideas from local artisans and producers, including delicious treats, handcrafted jewellery, wreaths, ceramics and more.