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 December 4th, 2015
Christmas events this weekend

You can begin to enjoy the spirit of the season this weekend. On Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., get some Christmas shopping done at the Meaford Farmer’s Market’s annual Christmas Market. More than 30 local artisans will have a huge variety of items on display at Meaford Hall.

Gift ideas include beautiful handcrafted products and local produce, including children’s books, apples, honey and maple syrup, baking, fudge, preserves, knitted products, handmade teddy bears, doll’s clothing, jewellery, soaps, lotions, ceramics, wreaths, and much more. And a local musician will provide a suitable soundtrack for your shopping expedition.

Then, on Sunday, enjoy the gift of music while helping to support a great cause. The Goldenaires, under musical director Jennifer Potter, present their annual Songs of the Season concert at the Meaford United Church, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Goldenaires women’s choir was formed in 1969, and ever since they’ve used the concert to raise money for community projects.

Enjoy a selection of contemporary and traditional holiday favourites, jazz pieces, and two special arrangements by A.G. “Bert” Hood – a selection that is certain to delight and set the scene for a festive holiday season.

Tickets for the Songs of the Season concert are available at Stuff to Read or from choir members. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

posted January 11th, 2014
Attention Meaford crocheters (and those who’d like to learn)

A new program at the Meaford Public Library is just what you’ve been looking for.

Trina Inglis crocheted her first article more than 40 years ago, and as she refined her technique and created her own designs in the ensuing decades, she always felt it would be wonderful to share her ideas and skills with others. But with her busy life in the city, she could never seem to find the time. “I always thought that when I retired that was one of the things I really wanted to do,” says Trina.

Retirement brought a move to Meaford, and Trina and her husband, Bill, quickly got involved with a variety of activities in the community, including the Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and the Golden Town Cruisers. She also discovered the programs for adults at the Meaford Public Library. “We’re lucky to have so many programs at the library. I think we’re rather unique in that way,” says Trina.

Last September it all came together when Trina launched Meaford’s Crochet Go-Along at the Meaford Public Library. Open to beginners and experienced crocheters alike, the fun, informal class meets every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. in the library board room. The response has been tremendous.

“We’re trying to help people who want to start from scratch and learn a new craft,” she says. “And for those that are experienced and in various stages of ability, we share things and information and ideas. I try to inspire and encourage.”

Trina Inglis Meaford Crochet Go-Along

Trina Inglis leads the Crochet Go-Along at the Meaford Public Library

If you’re interested in learning how to crochet, or in taking your skills to the next level, at a fun, social gathering, sign up at for the Crochet Go-Along at the front desk at the Meaford Library. “I’m really enjoying having this opportunity,” says Trina. “It’s very rewarding.”

posted September 28th, 2012
Craft show, canning demos, and live music round out the weekend

Meaford’s Scarecrow Parade is just the beginning of a busy weekend in Meaford. The weekend traditionally anchored by the Apple Harvest Craft Show – a show of carefully selected artisans and craftspeople from near and far offering everything from toys to tinware to needlework to folk art to stained glass and much more – has grown busier every year, as events and exhibits appear to tempt tourists and locals alike.

This year, the Meaford Museum is open with free admission all weekend – and on Saturday, you can can. That is, you can learn to can. Well, let’s see how the museum puts it. “Learn the steps to effective and safe canning with Isobel McInnis as she does on-site demonstrations at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3pm. Printed material will be available and you are invited to ask Isobel any questions you may have. Each demonstration will take approximately 30 minutes.”

Meanwhile, the Heatlamp at the Harbour Music Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday with a vendors market opening, followed by a music show for the kids, a Tex-Mex food bar featuring chili, pulled pork, nachos and a selection of hot sauces, and a series of three performances offering gutsy blues, folk, and more through the afternoon.

That’s a taste of this weekend’s events. To learn more, just head to Meaford.

posted January 28th, 2012
Beautiful quilts on display

Quilting seems to go with a small-town, rural way of life, and Meaford’s Friendship Circle Quilters have long been a big part of the community. Now’s your chance to see their work; you still have a week to enjoy their latest exhibit in the Meaford Hall Galleries. The display of nearly 40 stunning quilts (many for sale) went up a couple of weeks ago, and the exhibit runs through Saturday, February 4.

“The Friendship Circle Quilters are glad to bring the warmth back to the Galleries, Friendship Circle Quilters president, Cheryl Smith, told the Meaford Independent. “The quilts look beautiful in this great, light-filled space, and their presence gives the Galleries a very soft, warm and inviting feeling.”

Admission to the exhibit, which includes hand-quilted, pieced, appliquéd, and machine quilted works, is free, but call Meaford Hall to check for open times: 1.877.538.0463.

Meaford quilt

Courtesy The Meaford Independent

posted September 29th, 2011
28th annual Apple Harvest Craft Show kicks off

For more than a quarter of a century, craft lovers have flocked to Meaford during Apple Season to take in the huge assortment of quality handcrafted at the Apple Harvest Craft Show, which kicks off its 28th annual show on Saturday.

In the early 80s, the Chamber of Commerce added a craft show to the Apple Festival, which had been running since 1969. But after a couple of years, the Chamber decided it wasn’t worth the effort to continue managing it. The original organizers, along with Rod and Betty Jane Brebner, disagreed. They decided to take it on themselves.

Bringing some of the previous vendors on board, including Betty Jane, who made silk and dry floral arrangements and wreaths, the first Apple Harvest Craft Show was held in 1984 in the Meaford Arena auditorium. The second year, they moved to the arena floor (the rink), and filled it up about half with booths. It’s grown steadily ever since, and the show is now maxed out at 200 booths, filling the auditorium, the arena, and the Meaford Curling Club, across the street.

The show has about 20 percent turnover each year, which keeps things fresh, says Rod Brebner, who’s still involved with the craft show. “And we’ve become very selective. The committee goes through the applications and photos and picks the best. We try not to have duplication, and everything has to be handcrafted.” The organizers actually monitor that last restriction, and have actually asked people to remove non-handcrafted items.

To Rod, the biggest thing about the craft show is the contribution to the community. Over the years, the Craft Show has put back around $700,000 into Meaford projects, including the breakwall look-out and pavers, other harbour improvements, and a recent $50,000 contribution to the community health centre project. “I think that’s our biggest achievement, that we can contribute so strongly to the community,” says Rob.

Head down this weekend to find hand-thrown pottery, wooden games and toys, photography, candles, quilting, folk art, stained glass, woodworking, knitting and sewing, baking leather work, stuffed animals, painting, spinning and weaving and handmade jewellery, to mention just a few.

posted June 2nd, 2011
Don’t miss Meaford’s first Farmer’s Market of the year

Head down to Meaford Harbour tomorrow afternoon, and you’ll find yourself drawn by the delicious scents, the sounds of music, and the hustle and bustle by the Rotary Pavilion. Meaford’s Farmers’ Market kicks off its fifth season this week, and will be open to welcome you from 3 to 7 p.m. every Friday through Thanksgiving weekend.

Meaford Farmers' Market offers great food

You’ll find locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, locally raised meat, and freshly baked goods, including treats and beverages you don’t have to wait till you get home to enjoy.

Meaford Farmer's Market

But it’s not only about food. You’ll also find crafts, children’s activities, and music. This year, the opening day musical act is none other than “Bored of Education”, who’ll rock out The Meaford Independent Music Tent. (This group of teachers and students from Meaford’s Georgian Bay Secondary school is a legend in its own lunchtime, a veritable study in musical talent, and in a definite class of its own.)

To learn more about the vendors at the Meaford Farmers’ Market click here.