The arrival of the May Long Weekend is a sure sign that summer is on its way, and we couldn’t be more excited. To help you kick off the start of summer in the Kawarthas, we’ve compiled a list of some events happening in the area this upcoming long weekend (Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20th)!
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As a small business owner, your reputation is everything. It will make or break your business. Warren Buffet understood the value of a good business reputation when he said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
12 Ways to Improve Your Business Reputation
Whether you are a new business looking to build your reputation, a seasoned business needing to do some reputation management, or if you simply want some ideas to get your business name out there, here is a list of ways you can positively build your business reputation:
For the 13th year, PolarFest is taking place in Selwyn Township this winter. If you don’t know, PolarFest is a 3-day festival filled with lots of fun winter activities, all of which are perfect for the whole family. All the events for PolarFest take place in Selwyn Township (Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield).
The Kawartha Chamber is a proud Community Sponsor!
Friday, February 1st (PA Day)
Snowman Challenge Begins
If you think you can build the best snowman in Selwyn Township, then there is a contest for you! Make sure your snowman is ready for PolarFest weekend and take a picture of your awesome snowman and upload to Facebook, be sure add #snowmanchallenge #polarfest to your post. Don’t have Facebook? No problem, email photo to firstname.lastname@example.org A prize will be awarded for the best, most creative snowman! Taking place from February 1st-3rd.
Youth Shinny – 9am-12pm, February 1st
With February 1st being a PA Day, get your kids involved in PolarFest! A Youth Shinny will be taking place from 9am – 12pm at the Ennismore Community Centre. The entry fee is $5 per person and full equipment is mandatory.
There are three games taking place:
- 9 am -10 am for ages 8 & under (Novice & Tyke)
- 10 am -11 am ages 9 to 11 (Atom & Peewee)
- 11 am -12 noon ages 12 & over (Bantam & Midget)
Opening Ceremonies – 6:30pm, February 1st
The opening ceremony for 2019 PolarFest is taking place at 6:30pm at the Marshland Centre in Lakefield. Stop by to see some fireworks and help kick off the 13th Annual PolarFest!
Lakefield Trail Night Hike – 7:20pm, February 1st
After the Opening Ceremony, join the Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee for the ‘Nature in Winter’ Guided Night Hike on the Lakefield Trail!
The hike begins at 7:20pm at the Marshland Centre with Derek & Sheila Potter leading the hike and exploring local wildlife. There will be lots of educational fun, stories and games. The hike will return to the beach for a toasty campfire with campfire songs with the Girl Guides, roasting marshmallows and hot apple cider. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game – 7pm, February 1st
If a night hike isn’t what you’re after, a charity hockey game (Guns and Hoses) will also be taking place at 7pm at the Ennismore Community Centre. The game is between the police (‘Guns’) and Selwyn Firefighters (‘Hoses’).
Entry is $2 at the gate. There will also be a 50/50 draw. Funds raised will go to Victims Services of Peterborough Northumberland.
Saturday, February 2nd
Causeway Christian Assembly Free Pancake Breakfast – 9am, February 2nd
Start your Saturday off with a Free Pancake Breakfast at 9am at the Causeway Christian Assembly (1307 Yankee Line) in Ennismore.
Ice Sculpture Competition – 10am-4pm, February 2nd
Lakefield is celebrating its 15th anniversary of spectacular ice sculptures with a Ice Sculpture Competition from 10am – 4pm at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield. This years theme is Mythical Woodland Creatures! You can bring your children out to the event to enjoy crafting statues out of ice provided in the ice garden.
There will also be an opportunity for you to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice Awards, which will be taking place at 5pm at the Thirsty Loon. If you hang on to your ballot stub, it’s a valuable discount coupon.
There will also be face painting offered from 12-4pm at Cenotaph Park, which is brought to you by the students at Oxford College!
Some of the Ice Carvings from PolarFest 2017
RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides – 11am, February 2nd
PolarFest has it all – even hot air balloon rides! Stop by Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield at around 11:00am to view the area from the sky in a hot air balloon. The air balloon will be tethered and the event is conditional on the weather (must be a calm day with no wind). If there is any wind, the balloon will not be onsite.
Ice Sculptures – 11am to 3pm, February 2nd
Stop by Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am – 3pm to see some chainsaw ice carvings by the Ice People. Carvings will be on display at Heritage Park.
Polar Run – 11am, February 2nd
If you enjoy running, consider taking part in the 5k Polar RUN. The run starts and finishes at The Village Inn in Lakefield. Sign in for the run at 10:30am. The run starts at 11am.
The run will take you through the village, out and back on the Lakefield Trail for a total of 5km. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. The Polar Run is an old fashioned 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall for men and women (no chip timing). Awards ceremony and free post-race refreshments will follow.
Proceeds from the Polar RUN will support Athletics Ontario and Legion Track Club: Peterborough Legion Track.
Little Chippers – 11am to 3pm, February 2nd
If you have kids who love to get creative, stop by Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am – 3pm for some ice sculpture building! Little Chippers gives kids the opportunity to get creative with ice and can build their own ice sculptures. Ice People will be on hand to offer instructions.
Free Public Skating – 12pm to 1pm, February 2nd
Stop by the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre for some public skating from 12 – 1 pm. This public skating is sponsored by Craftworks at the Barn!
Nordic Day – 12pm to 3pm, February 2nd
Stop by the Ontario Speed Skating Oval Lakefield from 12pm – 3pm to take in the great outdoors and experience a day of Nordic sports! Adventure Outfitters will be at the Speed Skating Oval with a selection of cross country skis and snowshoes. It’ll be a great opportunity to try some speed skating or take a trip around the oval property on groomed trails!
Library Lego Play – 1pm to 4pm, February 2nd
Planning on stopping by Cenotaph Park in Lakefield to see the ice sculptures? Stop by the Lakefield Library in the Centennial Room from 1-4pm to warm up! There will be LEGO and colouring for kids ages 4+.
Polar Paddle – 1pm, February 2nd
Ever wanted to see a canoe paddled down the middle of a downtown street? Don’t miss the annual Polar Paddle in Lakefield. The annual event is taking place at 1pm on Queen Street!
Take part in the Polar Paddle by registering a team or watch as teams of six push or pull canoes down Queen Street. The canoes will be on wheels and participants will be dressed in costumes.
Polar Paddle 2017
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides – 1pm to 4pm, February 2nd
What winter festival would be complete without horse drawn sleigh rides? Stop by the Ennismore Community Centre from 1-4pm to enjoy sleigh rides & free hot chocolate.
Bridgenorth United Church Spaghetti Dinner – 5pm to 8pm, February 2nd
Having spent the day checking out all the fun PolarFest activities offered in the township, you’ll probably have built up quite the appetite. So, make sure to stop by Bridgenorth United Church for their Spaghetti Dinner from 5pm – 8pm! Not only will there be delicious spaghetti to eat, there will also be musical entertainment with guest musicians and singers. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children 7 and under.
Candlelight Skate – 6pm to 9pm, February 2nd
Finish of the second day of PolarFest with a candlelight skate from 6-9pm at the Ontario Speed Skating Oval (next to the water tower in Lakefield). The 400m oval will be lite with hundreds of candles to guide you.
The skating is free. Rental speed skates will be available. You’ll want to bring a flashlight to guide you from the parking lot to the Oval rink.
Sunday, February 3rd
Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show – 10am to 3pm, February 3rd
For the 12th year, the Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Club of Canada will be hosting an Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Show at Rotary Park in Ennismore from 10am – 3pm. Stop by to see some cool snowmobiles! All vintage snowmobile enthusiasts are welcome to come out and display their snowmobiles. All snowmobiles welcome.
Ice Sculptures on Display – 11am to 3pm, February 3rd
Some of the 2015 Polarfest Ice Sculptures on Display
Stop by either Cenotaph Park in Lakefield or Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am-3pm to see the ice sculptures on display from the weekend’s festivities.
RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides – 11am, February 3rd
Balloon Rides are back at Rotary Park in Ennismore. Stop by around 11am to view the area from the sky in a tethered hot air balloon. Event is weather permitting (must be a calm day with no wind).
Outdoor IP Exhibition Game – LDMHA versus EMHA – 1pm to 2pm, February 3rd
Come out and cheer on Ennismore Minor Hockey and Lakefield Minor Hockey as they host an outdoor exhibition game at the BEL Rotary Plunge site! Hockey game is taking place from 12pm-1pm at Rotary Park in Ennismore.
Lake Curling at Plunge Site – 12pm to 2pm, February 3rd
Want to try curling? Join the Ennismore Curling Club at Rotary Park in Ennismore from 12-2pm to try some curling on Chemong Lake. There will be curling stones ready for use. Take part in a competition to see who can get their curling stone the closest for a chance to win a prize.
Free Public Skating – 1 pm to 2pm, February 3rd
Free public skating will be offered at the Ennismore Community Centre from 1-2pm.
Polar Plunge – 2pm, February 3rd
To close of the weekend’s festivities, stop by Chemong Lake at Rotary Park in Ennismore for BEL Rotary’s 39th Annual Polar Plunge! This year’s theme is Hockey Plunge in Canada, so grab your mouth guard and your favorite jersey and get ready to plunge! The Polar Plunge will be taking place at 2pm.
If you come early to the park this day, you can take a RE/MAX tethered hot air balloon ride, try lake curling or cheer on the IP’s in an exhibition pond hockey game!
For more info on PolarFest, visit the Township of Selwyn’s website HERE.
Our Business After Hours: Bridgenorth Hop took place last night, and we had an amazing evening networking and learning about businesses in Bridgenorth. We explored Style Boutique, TCB Office Furniture & Supplies, Pioneer Water Conditioning, Bridgenorth Deli and Whelan’s Flooring Centre.
We were joined by Chamber members, non-Chamber members, members of our Board of Directors, Deputy Mayor of Selwyn, Sherry Senis, as well as two candidates running in the upcoming Municipal Election for the Township of Selwyn, Ron Black and Andy Mitchell. Thank you to all who came out!
And thank you to our Networking Event Sponsor Blue Diamond Window Cleaning.
Bridgenorth sits along Chemong Lake and, with so many great businesses, it is a great town to stop in! It is just a short drive (around 10 minutes) from surrounding Ennismore, Lakefield and Peterborough.
Stop #1 – TCB Office Furniture & Supplies
We began our night at TCB Office Furniture & Supplies. Butch Bellhouse started the business in 2011 after he recognized a need for ergonomic office solutions that everyone could access, from home offices to multi-level corporations. With help from his wife Charlene, they opened up their storefront at 827 Ward street two years ago, but they are quickly outgrowing the location!
At TCB, you will find both new and used office furniture as well as a great selection of office supplies! They also offer other services for businesses such as office relocation, office furniture repair and cleaning, as well as office design.
Charlene and Butch pride themselves on running an environment-friendly business. By selling used office furniture, they are effectively diverting furniture from the landfill; instead of throwing away an old office chair, TCB Furniture & Office Supplies will fix the wheels and refurbish the base, making it as good as new for resale.
Fun fact – TCB stands for Taking Care of Business (inspired by Elvis!)
Stop #2 – The Bridgenorth Deli
For the next stop on our Bridgenorth Hop, we took a short walk over to the The Bridgenorth Deli. Here, we were greeted by owners Jody Katzman and Chris Bright. The shop was buzzing with customers stopping by to pick up dinner.
The Bridgenorth Deli opened four years ago this November, and brings in quality local products as well as specialty items from Europe, and have a great selection of meats and cheeses. They are currently working on bringing in even more local products to the store.
The Bridgenorth Deli also offers flexible catering for events – just call the store at (705) 292-5444 or stop by the storefront at 871 Ward Street! You will find that their catering is very flexible. Also, if you are in need of a turkey, ham or prime rib for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter dinner, The Bridgenorth Deli will take your order!
Sandwiches tend to be the biggest seller for The Bridgenorth Deli but you will also find an amazing selection of homemade schnitzel, soups and meat pies! When asked about his favourite sandwich on their menu, Chris recommended the ‘Stanley,’ which is made with roast beef, Montreal smoked meat, pealmeal bacon and old cheddar. The sandwich was inspired by the Stanley Cup game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames, with the roast beef paying homage to Calgary; the smoked meat to Montreal; and, the peameal bacon and cheddar to Canada.
Stop #3 – Style Boutique
After visiting The Bridgenorth Deli, we made our way down the street to Style Boutique! Greeted by Diana Carter at her storefront at 827 Ward St, we learned all about what the Style Boutique has to offer.
Style Boutique has been in business for almost 11 years and carries great Canadian brands for women. Diana focuses on selling timeless designs in women’s fashion that will carry over season after season.
On the main floor, there is a great selection of women’s clothing from the current season. Then moving upstairs, you will find a dress room where they will help you find the perfect dress for any occasion, from casual all the way to mother of the bride. Style Boutique also keeps a detailed record of their customers style preferences and sizing, making their customers’ shopping experience easy and hassle-free.
Style Boutique caters to women, typically over 25 years-old, who are looking for mature fashion choices with real women sizing. Style Boutique also offers alteration services for both men and women; they will pin the item in-house for you and then send it out to their seamstress.
Stop #4 – Pioneer Water Conditioning
For our fourth stop on our Bridgenorth Hop, we walked over to Pioneer Water Conditioning, which is located at 827 Ward Street Unit 3. Here, we were joined by David, who talked with us about what Pioneer Water Conditioning has to offer.
Pioneer Water Conditioning has serviced greater Peterborough and the Kawarthas since 1989, and offers a great selection of water conditioning services for cottages, farms, residential homes and businesses. They will help you with all your water condition problems, from hard and soft water issues to iron and sulfur issues.
Stop #5 – Whelan’s Flooring Centre
Our last stop of the evening was Whelan’s Flooring Centre at 2512 Chemong Road. The business started in 1985 as a subsidiary of Peterborough Carpet Land. Since then, Whelan’s Flooring Centre has become the premier retail flooring store in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
At Whelan’s Flooring Centre, they offer a complimentary shop-at-home service as well as free estimates on all flooring. Whelan’s prides itself on ensuring quality work by expert, licensed and insured installers and reliable service that is on-time, courteous and respectful. Visiting their storefront, you will find an awesome selection of styles and colours to choose from.
After hearing from Chris Whelan about the business, we spent the rest of the evening networking and enjoying refreshments provided by The Bridgenorth Deli. It was such a great evening!
Our next Chamber event is our Business Owners Sharing Solutions: Team Building taking place on October 2nd at Camp Kawartha from 5-7pm. The event is free so it is a great opportunity for business owners to bring along their staff to learn about team building! Register here.