Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast


Minden, Ontario, Canada


Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Canada Day celebrated in Minden Village: july 1

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 2:07 pm on Monday, April 14, 2014

It is worth a drive to Minden Village in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario in order to celebrate Canada Day…july 1st.

There will be music, food, historic car show, experiences and activity on the river.

Small town Canada celebrating. Come and visit and stay at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast call 1 888 786 6976

The Forest Festival August 13 to 17, 2014, Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 1:05 pm on Monday, April 14, 2014

The Forest Festival presents eight unique concerts by some of Canada’s finest entertainers. Experience the performing arts in two spectacular venues???an historic logging museum and a remote wilderness waterfront amphitheatre with floating stage.

Where: Haliburton Forest
When: August 13 to 17, 2014

Stay at the Sunny Rock B&B in luxury cottage country accommodation. Call Sally 1 888 786 6976

Haliburton Forest Canopy Tour, Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Apr May Jun,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep,Oct Nov Dec — Sally at 12:52 pm on Monday, April 14, 2014

Everyone should make the Haliburton Forest Canopy Tour a bucket list adventure. Check out the following link

    Wishing the be dressed you have upscale cottage country luxury accommodation we invite you to explore the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. Call Sally 1 888 786 6976

Jim Cuddy & John McDermott to play theForest Festival in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario: August 15 to 19, 2012

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 6:54 pm on Friday, May 4, 2012

Jim Cuddy and John McDermott are just two of the many talented musicians who will be performing in this year’s Forest Festival, set for August 15 to 19 th at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve in the tourism destination called the Haliburton Highlands Ontario.

New this year the concerts will begin with an excerpts concert performed by participants in the Haliburton Opera Studio on Wednesday August 15.

The Jim Cuddy Trio will perform on August 16 at the Bone Lake Amphitheatre, where guitarist Colin Gripps and violinist/fiddler Anne Lindsay will join the Blue Rodeo singer onstage.

On Friday August 17the Bone Lake Amphitheatre will be the home to another big name as John McDermott takes the mike.

Other performers at this year’s festival include Hilarious Duran, Amanda Martinez, Bobhop Cowboys and Suzie Vinnick accompanied by Rick Fines.

This years line up at the Forest Festival will continue the tradition include all types of music…jazz, country, blues and folk musicians to name just a few. Nothing but the best in Canadian Talent.

Tickets for the concerts are available thought the Haliburton Forest Store on Highland Street in Haliburton Village and at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve and at the forest festival website (www.theForestFestiva.com.

Earliy bird tickes are available up to July 15 and the price ranges from $29 to $49 per ticket depending on what concert. For the first time this year combination packages are available, where tickets for multiple shows can be purchased for considerable savings.

For more information about this years Forest Festival lineup visit the events website at ?www.theforestfestival.com or call the Forest Store at 705 457 2000 or the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve at 705 754 2198.

While planning your holiday to the Haliburton Highlands and the cottage country lake district 2.5 hours North of Toronto Ontario plan to stay at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast and make a long weekend of it. Call Sally 1 888 786 6976 or check out our website at www.sunnyrock.on.ca.

The Highland Yard returns to Minden Village in the Haliburton Highlands: Sunday August 5th, 2012

Filed under: Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 8:05 pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The original Highland Yard Running Race that takes place in Minden Village in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario started back in 1971 and at that time was called the Heineken Yard. A very interesting history…the Heineken Company originally sponsored the running race and when they took their European style yard glass and went home this very popular Minden Village running race became known as the Highland Yard.

For a number of years this once popular race run by Amici Charities and has had a decade of decline in the number of runners. Amici Charity pulled out of the organizing of the race and it looked like 2011 was the final race.

The Yard appears to be back to Minden Village Traditionally the run was always held on the Friday of the August Long Weekend and will be held in 2012 on Sunday August 5 th from 10 to noon.
Main street Minden Village will be the start to the finish of the race. Come along to the Haliburton Highlands and stay the weekend in a local bed and breakfast and participate or cheer the runners on.

The ten kilometer race starts at 10 am, the five kilometer race begins at 10:15 and the two kilometer run and walk begins at 10:30 am.

For registration and more information visit the website at www.highlandyard.ca.

Come stay at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast for the Ontario August Civic Holiday long weekend and get rest and ready for the Highland Yard.
www.sunnyrock.on.ca. 1 888 786 6976

Haliburton County Farmers Market: Friday afternoons from 1-5 pm in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Haliburton County Farmers Market: Friday afternoons from 1-5 pm in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Back for its Fourth year in the same location as last year on the Intersection of Highway 118 and 35, beside the restaurant “That Place in Carnarvon”. Buy fresh, local produce and browse selections of fresh baked bread and baked goods, jams , preserves, and artisans crafts. Open from June 15th to August 31 st. Then the Farmers Market moves to the Haliburton Village’s Rotary Park near the tennis courts from September 7 to October 5th 2-6 pm on Fridays. For more information call Angel Taylor 705- 286-4877. Haliburton Highlands Farmers Market

Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve, The Forest FestivalConcert Line Up: August 17-21, 2011

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 11:05 am on Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Forest Festival Announces 2011 Concert Line Up at Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve
Wednesday August 17 – Sunday August 21, 2011
“A rich mixture of the performing and visual arts within
the incomparable wilderness beauty of Haliburton Forest.”

Haliburton Highlands, Ontario – Fabulous musical artists, performing in a spectacular wilderness setting, this is The Forest Festival (www.theforestfestival.com).

Opening the evening of Wednesday August 17, 2011, this annual festival of open-air concerts that links nature, ecology and music, will run for 5 days and feature seven unique musical performances. The 2011 concerts will be held at two venues in Haliburton Forest — the stunning, lakeside amphitheatre that overlooks serene and isolated Bone Lake, and at the historic Logging Museum located at Base Camp. Once again, Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve (www.haliburtonforest.com) , located in Haliburton, Ontario, will host this popular outdoor concert series, providing a stunning stage of majestic forests and sparkling lakes for the extraordinary Canadian musicians and artists that are scheduled to perform.

Wednesday, August 17, Bone Lake Amphitheatre 8:00pm
John Terauds of The Toronto Star has written “TorQ Percussion Quartet can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world.” TorQ constructs a world of sound based on rhythm, with virtuosic command of a bewildering variety of plucked, struck and even bowed instruments from around the globe.

Thursday, August 18, Bone Lake Amphitheatre 8:00pm
Bluegrass is irresistible, feel-good acoustic music and The Spinney Brothers are the real deal, with a list of East Coast bluegrass and country awards as long as your arm. They play music that matters, directly from their heart to yours.

Friday, August 19, Bone Lake Amphitheatre 8:00pm
Russell deCarle has a great voice-a familiar voice that’s helped Prairie Oyster round up four number one country hits over the years, several gold and platinum CDs plus Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards. He will be accompanied by ace guitarist Steve Briggs and accordion whiz Denis Kelkie.
Saturday, August 20, Historic Logging Museum 2:00pm
At age seventeen Patricia O’Callaghan decided she should become an opera singer (she previously couldn’t decide whether to become a rock star or a nun). Today, she is your ideal introduction to the world of cabaret-a world that Billboard Magazine, reviewing one of her discs, called “serious but satirical, seamy yet sophisticated…..” With Greg Oh, piano and Joe Phillips, bass.
Saturday, August 20, Historic Logging Museum 8:00pm
Once again, Saturday night means party night at The Forest Festival. Grooveyard, a sizzling and soulful Toronto band with an eclectic repertoire, draws heavily on classic funk and soul, reggae, disco, jazz and ’80’s new wave. This outfit puts a distinctive stamp on the music it performs-and on your feet, which will hurt in the morning…

Sunday, August 21, Historic Logging Museum 2:00pm
Dave Young (with Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Robi Botos, piano, Reg Schwager, guitar; Terry Clarke, drums) is a quiet, deferential man with a twinkle in his eye. But with a deeply burnished double bass fiddle in his hands he can suddenly and miraculously channel the true and authentic spirit of jazz. He’s a multiple winner of National Jazz Award’s “Bassist of the Year” and has been named Member of The Order of Canada. Come to the concert. Sit close.

Sunday, August 21, Historic Logging Museum 5:00pm
The doors will be wide open and admission free when Porkbelly Futures founder and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton (no stranger to The Forest Festival) steps forward to sing from his constantly evolving collection of favourite songs. Threatening to steal the show at all times will be master pedal steel guitarist Burke Carroll and the incomparable Dave Young on bass.
Sunday, August 21, Bone Lake Amphitheatre 8:00pm
“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity”, Sultans of String, perform fiery violin dances with rumba guitar while a funk bass lays down an unstoppable groove. Six-string violinist and bandleader Chris McKhool, along with 4 other virtuosic musicians on bass, percussion and guitar complete an ensemble that comes as close as any to embracing “the world in one band.”

In addition, come and explore The Land Art Project, a site-specific wilderness
art installation along forest trails just north of the Haliburton Forest Base Camp,
curated by renowned artist, Reinhard Reitzenstein.

www.theforestfestival.com

Community Ticket Outlets:
-The Rails End Gallery and Arts Center 705-457-2330
-The Art Hive 705-754-0021
-The Haliburton County Folk Society 705-754-3655
-The Dominion Hotel 705-286-6954

Contact:
Sean Pennylegion

General Manager
the Forest Festival
www.theforestfestival.com705.754.2198 office
705.457.1174 home
705.854.9411 mobile

Accommodation is available at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. Call Toll Free 1-888-786-6976.
Stay for three or more nights and mention the “Forest Festival Special”.

Haliburton School of the Arts: Course Registration 2011…Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 11:10 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Families, individuals, beginners and professionals – there’s something for everyone at the Haliburton School of The Arts. Nestled on the shores of Head Lake in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario, the School offers over 350 courses and workshops to choose from. Immerse yourself in a rich experience and awaken a creative vigour that can be motivating and energizing or reflective and relaxing.

“It’s so much more than just an art school. The mix of ages, techniques, skill levels and extra-curricular activities generates a creative energy that new students marvel at and returning students look forward to being a part of again.”, says Shelley Schell, the Co-ordinator of the part-time program. “Beyond the classroom doors there are gallery receptions, art talks, walk-about exhibitions, entertainment, and instructor features. The local galleries, shops, summer theatre and Haliburton Sculpture Forest play a significant role in a creative immersion in the Haliburton Highlands. It really is Where it’s Art!”

Weeklong adult courses are accepted as credits toward Fleming College’s Visual & Creative Arts Diploma. There are also courses that are part of the Express
ive Arts Ontario Graduate Certificate from Fleming College.

Visit www.HaliburtonSchoolofTheArts.ca for the schedule of courses and workshops. With over 90 new offerings and 28 new instructors blended with favourite returns, it’s an exciting program. Painting, guitar, glassblowing, pottery, jewellery, doll making, belly dancing, chainsaw carving, beading, clowning, musical instrument construction, bookbinding, choral singing, floor cloths, writing, quilting, reconstructed garments, fiddle playing, glass painting, and more. Retreat on your own or bring the family! Accommodation assistance is available.

Registrations now being accepted for the 2011 schedule!

While attending the School of the Arts come stay with us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. We have a “School of the Arts Special” when you stay from Sunday to Friday. Please mention “School or the Arts special” when you call to make your reservation.

Call Toll Free for your reservation 1888-786-6976

www.sunnyrock.on.ca

Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival Schedule, Haliburton Highland Ontario: July 15-17, 2011

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 10:58 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival: July 15-17, 2011

The Schedule for the Weekend

Friday
Hours TBA Open Stage

Saturday
11:00 – 11:30 Opening Ceremonies
11:30 – 12:00 The Tebworth Brothers
12:00 – 12:45 General Store
12:45 – 1:30 Simcoe County Ramblers
1:30 – 2:15 Acoustical Strings
2:15 – 3:00 Hometown Bluegrass
3:00 – 3:45 Bill White & Whitepine
3:45 – 4:30 The Spinney Brothers
4:30 – 5:30 Supper
5:30 – 6:15 Simcoe County Ramblers
6:15 – 7:00 Hometown Bluegrass
7:00 – 7:45 General Store
7:45 – 8:30 Acoustical Strings
8:30 – 9:15 Bill White & Whitepine
9:15 – 10:00 The Spinney Brothers

Sunday
11:00 – 11:45 Acoustical Strings
11:45 – 12:30 General Store
12:30 – 1:15 Hometown Bluegrass
1:15 – 2:00 Simcoe County Ramblers
2:00 – 2:45 Bill White & Whitepine

Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival Ticket Information At The Gate Ticket Prices (All prices include HST)
Weekend Pass $55 Includes rough camping Saturday night & access to all concerts
Weekend Seniors $50 Includes rough camping Saturday night & access to all concerts. Seniors Card required
All Day Saturday $30 Access to concert area all day 11:00am to 10:00 pm
Saturday after 6pm $20 Access to concert area after 6pm to 10 pm
All Day Sunday $20 Access to concert area 11:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday/Friday Camping $10 Rough camping – per night, per person

Advance Purchase Ticket Prices (available until June 30th)(All prices include HST)
Weekend Pass $50 Includes rough camping Saturday night & access to all concerts
Friday Night Rough Camping $10
Thursday Night Rough Camping $10

There are three ways to get your advance tickets:
1.Order Online: Purchase your advance tickets by credit card via Paypal (Go to Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival website)
2.Phone or Email: Contact our ticket coordinator – Teresa Bourque – to reserve yours at 705-455-9177 or tickets@mindenhillsbluegrassfestival.ca.
3.Mail In Purchase: Download an order form from websiite . Fill out and mail it in with your cheque or money order to the following address:
Rotary Club of Minden, P.O. Box 504, Minden, ON K0M 2K0

Looking for Accommodation? Stay with us for three or more nights at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast and mention the “BlueGrass Special”.
Call us toll free to make your reservation 1-888-786-6976.

Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival Bands, Haliburton Highlands Ontario: July 15-17, 2011

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 10:48 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival: July 15-17, 2011

http://www.mindenhillsbluegrassfestival.ca/bands/

The Bluegrass Bands attending the First Minden Hills Bluegrass FestivalThe Spinney

Brothers From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Spinney Brothers are comprised of Allan Spinney , Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Darryl Hebb.

Brothers Allan and Rick debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for it’s energetic and distinctive sound.

The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present.

Website: www.spinneybrothers.com

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The Tebworth BrothersThe Tebworth Brothers are Wyatt and Marshal Tebworth. Wyatt is 8 years old and has been playing mandolin and fiddle for almost 3 years. Marshal is 6 years old and has been playing his fiddle since 2010.

Website: www.tebworthbrothers.com

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General Store is a multi-award winning bluegrass band from Southern Ontario. Long renowned for their wonderful 3, 4 and even 5 part harmonies, they are also recognized as one of the most entertaining and fun-loving bands.

General Store has played venues from huge concert halls to intimate churches, and pleases everywhere they go. Their music is being played on radio stations from North America to Europe.
www.genstorebluegrass.com
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Bill White & WhitepineFeatures Bill White on guitar and mandolin, lead and harmony vocals. Bill is five times lead vocalist of the year and inducted into the central Canada Bluegrass honour roll. Other band members include Joe White, John Rennie, Barry Calthorpe, Rob Tebworth and Glen MacDonald.

Bill White & Whitepine were Canada’s representatives to the International Bluegrass Music of America (IBMA) convention in Louisville, Kentucky in 2003. They have four recordings to our credit, two of which won Central Canada Bluegrass recording of the year.

Website: www.billwhiteandwhitepine.aztechdigital.ca

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Simcoe County RamblersThe Ramblers feature Jill Jones on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Randy Brethour on mandolin and vocals, Doug Cornish on banjo, Gene Gouthro on bass and vocals and Jerry Switzer on dobro, guitar and vocals.

These folks are multi-instrumentalists with a great love for the Bluegrass genre. The band covers your traditional Bluegrass favourites and mixes it up with their original tunes. Fast paced pickin’, edgy vocals and catchy originals characterize this new Ontario Bluegrass Band.

Website: www.simcoecountyramblers.com
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Hometown BluegrassBrought together by their love for Bluegrass music Leslie, Don, Ed, Mike & Al combine unique skills, years of experience and the personalities needed to produce their brand of exciting, highly entertaining Bluegrass Music. An all round show containing traditional bluegrass, original music, humour & gospel music time proven to be suitable for any venue and guaranteed to keep your toes tapping for weeks to come.

Website: www.hometownbluegrass.ca

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Acoustical StringsAcoustical Strings are a family band from Cannington, ON. The band has it’s own unique blend of traditional bluegrass, gospel, and classic county sounds. Influenced by such artists as Flatt & Scrugs, Reno & Smiley, Mac Wiseman, Hank Snow, Larry Sparks, they have created there own distinctive sound. The band is made up of Roger on the Dobro, his son Barry on the guitar, and daughter Lorraine on the stand up bass. Include the presence of tight 3 part family harmony and this sets this band apart from other groups.

The band has won several Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards. Roger is a 5-time winner of Dobro player of the year and Barry is also a 5-time winner of Guitar player of the year, with both receiving their Honour Roll Inductee Awards. Roger and Barry are the first Father – Son duo to receive this honour. The band has also won Gospel Group of the year 4 times, and 2 Recording Of The Year awards, as well as being nominated for other awards. If you enjoy the old style and sounds, you’ll enjoy Acoustical Strings.

Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival Ticket Information At The Gate Ticket Prices (All prices include HST)
Weekend Pass $55 Includes rough camping Saturday night & access to all concerts
Weekend Seniors $50 Includes rough camping Saturday night & access to all concerts. Seniors Card required
All Day Saturday $30 Access to concert area all day 11:00am to 10:00 pm
Saturday after 6pm $20 Access to concert area after 6pm to 10 pm
All Day Sunday $20 Access to concert area 11:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday/Friday Camping $10 Rough camping – per night, per person

Advance Purchase Ticket Prices (available until June 30th)(All prices include HST)
Weekend Pass $50 Includes rough camping Saturday night & access to all concerts
Friday Night Rough Camping $10
Thursday Night Rough Camping $10

There are three ways to get your advance tickets:
1.Order Online: Purchase your advance tickets by credit card via Paypal (Go to Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival website)
2.Phone or Email: Contact our ticket coordinator – Teresa Bourque – to reserve yours at 705-455-9177 or tickets@mindenhillsbluegrassfestival.ca.
3.Mail In Purchase: Download an order form from websiite . Fill out and mail it in with your cheque or money order to the following address:
Rotary Club of Minden, P.O. Box 504, Minden, ON K0M 2K0

Looking for Accommodation? Stay with us for three or more nights at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast and mention the “BlueGrass Special”.
Call us toll free to make your reservation 1-888-786-6976.

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