Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast


Minden, Ontario, Canada


Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Haliburton County Folk Society

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links — Sally at 1:21 pm on Monday, April 14, 2014

Haliburton County Folk Society Supports a community of Singer/Songwriters, Musicians and Poets.

Each year the Haliburton Folk Society has regular musical evening and events. Many require advanced ticket purchases so please let us help you to plan ahead.

Stay with us for a multiple night reservation at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands close to Minden, Haliburton and Kinmount villages. We will help you secure your tickets and will offer you a discount on the price of your tickets. Call Sally 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

Haliburton Highlands Rail Trail Snow Mobile Passes 2014

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jan Feb Mar,Oct Nov Dec — Sally at 8:01 pm on Monday, October 21, 2013

Just got the news that the 2014 Haliburton Highlands Rail Trail Snow Mobile Passes are on sale for half price until November 1, 2013. The Haliburton Highlands rail trail snowmobile pass is $180 if you buy it before November 1st. All passes after that will be $ 260.

To order your Haliburton Highlands snowmobile passes go to www.OFSC.on.ca .

While you are in the Haliburton Highlands why not plan to stay at a bed and breakfast. The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast is located 10 minute drive from Minden Village and 15 minute drive from the Haliburton Village. Both Haliburton Highlands villages have fabulous restaurants for everyone’s tastes.

Call Sally at the Sunny Rock B&B 705 286 4922 or 1 888 786 6976

MadeinHaliburton.ca Artist Exhibition, Launch & Celebration: April 7th, 2012

Filed under: Apr May Jun,Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Odd Stuff,Highlands Links — Sally at 12:54 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2012


MadeInHaliburton.ca announces the official launch of their online gallery business with an exhibition of the work of the artists who are partnering with them. The public is invited to join owners Don & Marie Gage on Saturday April 7 at 11:00 am for the official ribbon cutting at The Art Hive to celebrate the start of this new enterprise.
This innovative business brings together interested artists who have an affiliation with the Haliburton Highlands, Ontario Canada to market and sell their products online. The website at its launch already has 35 well-known Haliburton Highlands artists and art organizations and over 300 products. The number is growing weekly.
For the buying public this new enterprise offers a constant supply of Canadian made products that will be shipped directly to their home. These artistic creations can be enjoyed yourself or shared with family and friends on a special occasion.
Marie is passionate as she explains why the couple have created an online gallery for the Haliburton Highlands. “It’s simple really: this is a very talented artistic community and the work of local artists deserves to be showcased and marketed world wide. Don and I believe that MadeinHaliburton.ca will introduce both our artists and the Highlands community to an online market. ”
Since 1968 a small group of citizens envisioned that the Haliburton Highlands could become a renowned artistic centre. The rugged landscape of forests and lakes was thought to be an ideal location for artists to be creative in their home-based businesses scattered around the region. Forty years later the arts have truly blossomed in this community. It is now the home of a full-time Fleming College campus that attracts approximately 150 full-time students, and 3,500 students for week long courses given by over 150 artist faculty members who are associated with a variety of media and methods. There are 190 artists and arts related organizations registered with the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands. It is known that this is only part of the total composition of the arts within the Haliburton Highlands as some individuals choose not to become members. There are several year round public galleries; five community museums; three studio tours; two dance studios; the Highlands Summer Festival (live theatre), the Highlands Opera Studio; and a variety of live musical performances through the Forest Festival and Folk Society . All of this has been created by a small but, vibrant community with only 15,000 permanent residents. Art “production” is one of the main economic development enterprises of this region.
Don adds that although The Haliburton Highlands Studio Tour and other tours and events do bring many visitors to see local art studios and some artists have a presence on the web, there are few “buy now” opportunities for the public to take advantage of. “We are now taking their work to the world through our online gallery and marketplace and offering people around the world the opportunity to “buy now” 365 days of the year 24 hours a day.”
Dani Stahle, one of the 35 artists participating in the website, says “I am excited to be part of the Made In Haliburton website concept! I like to think about this website as an Online Studio Tour for people who cannot make the trip to Haliburton. Marie and Don have taken great care with every detail to make sure all artists who participate are professionally represented.”
Charles O’Neil, a well-known wire sculptor, states “MadeinHaliburton.ca is a perfect marketing tool for me. Now I can spend more time in my studio creating work and letting someone else handle the selling, shipping etc. I also like the fact that it is promoting the Haliburton Highlands in general. The more attention we bring to our community the better for everyone. “
Start-up costs of the business were partially covered by a grant from the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s Cultural Strategic Investment Fund (CSIF). The Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, The Art Hive Maple Lake Artists Collective and RightEyedDeer Press received funding from this grant to assist in marketing MadeInHaliburton.ca. A committee of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands is responsible for steering the process of development and will continue to provide assistance with the jurying process of applicants.
The Gage’s have been investigating and developing this idea for almost two years. Thanks to a very hard-working committee of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, and the cooperation of the artists, the website is now a reality. Although the official launch is not until April, MadeinHaliburton.ca is now live on line and open for business. The exhibit featuring participating artists will be on display at The Art Hive until April 22.
Marie or Don Gage
705-286-5085
info@MadeInHaliburton.ca

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 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.

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

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 10:27 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival: July 15-17, 2011

The Minden Agricultural Society and the Minden Legion are delighted to introduce you to the 2011 Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival. Thank you for your interest and inquiry in coming to Minden Hills in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario (2.5 hours North of Toronto in Cottage Country) to hear some of the finest Bluegrass Music anywhere, with bands coming from all over Ontario and as far away as Nova Scotia.

The Minden Fair Grounds (which this year will host the 147th Haliburton County Fair) is an excellent venue for our Festival with lots of room for parking, rough camping, lawn chairs, a great food service facility, lots of room for vendors and waste facilities for trailers.

This is the first Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival we have drawn on the “Bluegrass depth” of many to ensure that the weekend is enjoyable and a memorable experience.

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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