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Get in the Christmas Spirit in the Kawarthas this Holiday Season!

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To help you get into the spirit of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of events happening in the Kawarthas this holiday season. From Santa Claus parades to Christmas shopping events to tree lighting ceremonies (and more!), you won’t be disappointed. Check out the events below and get into the spirit of Christmas in the Kawarthas this winter!

1. Christmas in Lakefield

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Get into the Christmas spirit with the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree. This amazing prize is sure to come in handy for some of your Christmas gift shopping. All you have to do is fill out a ballot at a participating business and you could win!

The draw is on December 8th at 5:30pm at the Lakefield Legion. The winner will be receive $50 gift certificates to be redeemed at the following participating merchants:

Lakefield PantrySunblockersTrinkets & Treasures, Stuff, Stuff’d, Canoe & Paddle, The Chocolate RabbitLakefield HeraldLakefield IDA PharmacyHappenstance Books & YarnsM & M Food MarketVillage Pet Food & SupplyLakefield FoodlandAdventure OutfittersVillage PharmacyKawartha Home Hardware, Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, The Cozy Home, Paulmac’s Pet Food, Salon Sorella & Spa!

2. One Stop Christmas Shop

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Doing some Christmas shopping is a great way to get in the Christmas mood this holiday season. One of the stops on your list should be the One Stop Christmas Shop! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 17th from 10am – 2pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 – Lakefield.

Shop for holiday gifts from local vendors. Non-perishable food donations at admission welcome. All donations support the Lakefield Food Bank.

3. A Very Classy Christmas

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Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Classy Chassis & Cycles on Saturday, November 17th from 11am-2pm at their A Very Classy Christmas event.

Enjoy hot & cold beverages, Christmas treats, get your picture with Santa, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping with some unbelievable discounts. They will also be giving our a free gift to the first 36 ladies & 24 men,

4. Christmas at the Marshland Centre

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Another awesome shopping event to get you into the Christmas spirit is Christmas at the Marshland Centre! It’s taking place on Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & November 18th from 10am-4pm.

The Marshland Centre will be decked out for their 13th Annual Christmas Artisan show and sale and will feature works by local and regional artisans. You’ll find original handcrafted items including pottery, gourd art, jewellery, metal sculptures, textiles, paper art, wood turning, herbal products, jams, jellies, honey and more!

5. Annual Curve Lake Craft Sale

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If the previous two shopping events haven’t satisfied your Christmas shopping bug, you can also join Curve Lake First Nation on Sunday, November 18th for their annual Curve Lake Christmas Craft Sale!

It’s taking place from 10am-4pm at the Curve Lake Community Centre, and there will be Christmas homemade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and more! Admission is $3 per person. Half of funds raised will be going to the Curve Lake First Nation Food Bank.

6. Lakefield Santa Claus Parade

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There are three Santa Claus parades happening in the Kawarthas this year in Lakefield, Warsaw & Apsley. Santa Claus parades are great for getting in the Christmas spirit & catching a glimpse of Santa!

The first of the three parades is the  Lakefield Santa Claus Parade , organized by the Lakefield Lions Club. It’s taking place on Sunday, November 18th from 1pm – 3pm in Lakefield. After the parade, you can stop by the Lakefield Legion to meet Santa and enjoy some treats. Registration will take place at the Lakefield Legion from 12pm to 12:45pm.

7. Santa Claus & his Live Reindeer

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Stop by Village Dental Centre on Friday, November 23rd from 11am-2pm to meet Santa & his reindeer Comet & get a FREE photo.

There will also be cookies, hot chocolate and live music, and Village Dental Centre elves will be raffling off prizes and giving out goodie bags!

8. Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour

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Christmas home tours are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. You can even get some ideas for decorating your own home for the holidays! There are two home tour events taking place in the Kawarthas this winter – one in Buckhorn and one in Lakefield.

The first holiday home tour is the Buckhorn Community Centre’s 8th Annual Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 4pm. You can tour five homes in the area that are all dressed up inside for the Christmas season.

Tickets for the event are $20 (limited tickets available!). Call the BCC at 705-657-8833 for more information.

9. Festival of Trees at the BCC

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The Buckhorn Community Centre’s Festival of Trees opens on Sunday, November 25th and runs until Thursday, December 6th. Attend the opening on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 5pm to view & purchase tickets on a number of sponsored decorated trees. There will be also be 10-12 vendors selling items to help you fill your Christmas list. Admission is free.

The trees will be set up until December 6th so you can drop by anytime during the week to purchase tickets for the trees or to get into the Christmas spirit!

10. Warsaw Santa Claus Parade

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The second of three Santa Claus parades taking place in the Kawarthas this winter is the Warsaw Santa Claus Parade! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 24th at 5pm in Warsaw. The theme for this year is “A Pioneer Christmas.” The parade will begin at the Warsaw Public Works garage and will continue through the village.

A Tree Lighting Ceremony will then take place after the parade at 6pm on the lawn next to the Town Hall/Municipal Building. If you stay after the tree lighting, you can visit with Santa, drop off letters, enjoy hot chocolate and other treats, and sing carols!

Tickets will be available after the parade for the chance to win a decorated gingerbread house from Jeremy Riel. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to the Nutrition Programs at Warsaw Public School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School.

11. Apsley Santa Claus Parade

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The third Santa Claus Parade taking place in the Kawartha region this year is in Apsley! Join Apsley & District Lions Club for their Santa Claus Parade and Celebrations on Saturday, November 24th at 6pm along Burleigh Street. The festivities will continue on after the parade at the North Kawartha Community Centre.

12. Lakefield Christmas in the Village & Holiday Home Tour

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This is the second of two holiday home tours taking place in the Kawarthas this year. Attending this annual charitable event is another great way to celebrate the holiday season.

Get into the Christmas spirit by touring 6 lovely homes in the Lakefield area all decorated for the Christmas season! All ticket holders will also receive special offers & discounts at participating stores in Lakefield. Ticket’s range from day passes ($25/each) to a Friday Special Weekend Pass ($55/each).

If you opt for the Friday Special Weekend Pass, you can enjoy seeing the houses at night in a horse and wagon ride (sleigh if it has snowed) around Lakefield College School’s campus with mulled apple cider and cookies. Friday ticket holders can revisit any time on the Saturday or Sunday, too.

This annual event is in support of 3 local charities. This year’s recipients are Lakefield Youth UnlimitedCommunity Care Lakefield & Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.

Tickets are available at Stuff & BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage. Friday night’s festivities starts at 5pm. The Saturday & Sunday home tours start at 11am.

13. Christmas by Candlelight

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Get into the holiday spirit & experience a traditional Pioneer Christmas with Lang Pioneer Village Museum’s Christmas by Candlelight on Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd from 5pm-9pm.

Sing carols, shop in the Christmas market, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, take in “A Lumber Camp Christmas” production performed by Glen Caradus & Friends, meet Father Christmas & more. On Sunday only, there will be a live nativity at 7pm.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students & seniors (60+), $7 for youths (ages 5-14), free for children under 5, & $40 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 youths ages 5-14).

14. Storefront Decorating Contest in Lakefield 

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If the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree isn’t enough of a reason to stop by Lakefield this holiday season, the village is also going to look very Christmas-y this holiday season.

The Lakefield Lioness Lions Club are hosting a storefront decorating contest for all businesses in Lakefield. That means most of the storefronts in the village are going to be decked out for the holiday season with Christmas lights & decor!  Adding to the Christmas atmosphere in Lakefield, the Lakefield Lioness Lions are also going to be hanging Christmas lanterns on the lamp posts in the village.

15. Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Each year, Christ Church Community Museum in Lakefield holds a special Tree Lighting Ceremony on the front lawn of their property at 6:30pm on December 7th. The entire community is invited to help celebrate Christmas!

 16. Business After Hours: Holiday Social

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The Kawartha Chamber’s Business After Hours: Holiday Social is taking place on Wednesday, December 12th at Kawartha Lakes Construction (3359 Lakefield Rd.) from 5-7pm.

Kawartha Lakes Construction will be running their employee DIY Christmas tree contest, where they challenge their team to come up with creative Christmas trees & have guests vote on their favourite! KLC will also be collecting toys for the Lioness Club Toy Drive as well as non-perishable food items for the Lakefield Food Bank this evening.

Celebrate the holidays with us & Kawartha Lakes Construction! There will be refreshments and networking. Register here.

 

The Chamber’s Women’s Build Team Took Part in Habitat for Humanity’s Curve Lake Build

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The Kawartha Chamber’s Women’s Build Team took part in the Habitat for Humanity build on Curve Lake First Nation yesterday morning (October 22nd).  The Chamber was represented by Chamber staff and members, and we had a great time helping out on the build site.

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region

Since 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has been helping low-income families with affordable home ownership. The not-for-profit organization offers 0% interest mortgages with no down payments.

Families who buy a Habitat home pay monthly installments towards their mortgage, and must put in 500 sweat-equity hours before they can move in. To gain the required hours, families can 1) help build their home, 2) help build other Habitat homes, and/or 3) work in the Habitat ReStore.

Earlier this year, Habitat announced that it has teamed up with Curve Lake to build two homes. On Monday, we took part in their build for the Jacobs family. This home will be the first build on a reserve for Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region.

Big thank you to everyone who took part in our build day yesterday. Enjoy our photos below of the build site and our Women’s Build Team in action.

habitat_groupL-R: Sherry Boyce-Found, Kawartha Chamber; Michele Kennedy, Kenwood Drafting & Design; Penny Wilson, The Cozy Home; Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates; Tiffany Alton-Froggatt, Peterborough Appliances; Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing; Kim Whynot, CIBC Bridgenorth; Stacey Sullivan, Kawartha Chamber; Lynn Woodcroft, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate; Jenis Kempt & Kim Armstrong, Whelan’s Flooring Centre; Sam Carmichael, Kawartha Chamber

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We would also like to extend our thanks to all of the individuals and businesses who supported our fundraising efforts! For the past two months, we’ve been ‘selling square feet’ for the Curve Lake Build Home. For every dollar you donate, your name or business name will appear on a ‘square foot’ of our Curve Lake home blueprint. We are just $126 away from our fundraising goal, which closes October 31st. If you’d like to help us reach our goal, donate here.

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Explore Curve Lake this Weekend with the Annual Curve Lake Pow Wow

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At the end of every summer, Curve Lake First Nation holds their annual Pow Wow. This year, the Pow Wow is taking place September 15th and 16th (this weekend!) at Lance Woods Park. The weather for this weekend is shaping up to be warm and summer-y, perfect for spending the day outdoors at Lance Woods Park in Curve Lake!

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Lance Woods Park – Curve Lake First Nation

The Pow Wow is a great opportunity to try traditional foods and dances, listen to traditional songs and stories and get to know the Indigenous peoples in our area.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a Sunrise Ceremony taking place at 6AM as well as a Grand Entry at 12PM. There is going to be lots of dancing, contests and presentations to re-establish old friendships and meet new people!

There will also be many vendors and performers attending. You’ll find a great selection of crafts, artwork, jewelry, food and more.

Admissions Fees:

13 to 59-years-old – $8 each

6 to 12-year-olds – $5 each

5-years-old and under – Free

The Safe Travels Program will also be running this weekend for the Pow Wow. The free shuttle will be travelling from the Curve Lake Church to the Peterborough Bus Terminal only.

Check out the schedule below:

Departure from Curve Lake Church
10:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Arrives at Peterborough Bus Terminal
10:45 am
12:45 pm
2:45 pm
4:45 pm

Departure from Peterborough Bus Terminal back to Curve Lake Church
10:55 am
12:55 pm
2:55 pm
4:55 pm

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Photo from the 2007 Curve Lake Pow Wow – Curve Lake Cultural Centre

Some Tips for Attending the Pow Wow

If it is your first time attending the Curve Lake Pow Wow, here are some helpful tips:

1. During Grand Entry, everyone stands as the Eagle Staff, flags and dancers enter. The Master of Ceremonies will announce other events that require standing as a gesture of respect.

2. Consider the privacy of the participants by always asking permission before you photograph or record them. This includes spectators, craftspeople, dancers and singers.

3. Certain dances and ceremonies are not permitted to be recorded or photographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when such activities are not allowed.

4. Please do not touch the dancers’ regalia, as they hold special meaning. Handmade regalia, which can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, are cherished and often made by respected family members.

5. Feel free to join in the inter-tribal dancing. The Master of Ceremonies will announce these dances and invite all to join.

6. Drugs or alcohol are not permitted.

7. Pets are not allowed.

8. Bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, water and a good appetite.

A Little About Curve Lake

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Curve Lake First Nation

Curve Lake is located ~25 km northeast of Peterborough, Ontario. The territory includes a mainland peninsula and large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lake. Those living on Curve Lake First Nation are Ojibwa and belong to the “Mississaugas of the great Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe)” nation.

For all the history lovers out there,  Curve Lake used to be called Mud Lake Reserve #35. It was called “Mud Lake”  because the territory fell along Mud Lake, also known as Wabuskummug, meaning “place of clay earth.” In 1913, the community changed its name to Curve Lake First Nation (officially in 1964).  The community is named Wshkiigomang (Curve Lake) because of its location on a peninsula. Its name is inspired by the wshkii , referring to the curve of the land hitting the edge of the water. You can learn more about Curve Lake First Nation and its history here.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Explore Lakefield Trail this Fall!

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1) Fall is one of the most enjoyable seasons for being outdoors

The fall seasons in Canada, especially September and October, are awesome for spending time outside. With the start of September, 30+ degree days become few and far between and the weather is crisper and cooler. With cool weather also comes changing and falling leaves (a personal fav!). Technicolour leaves are so picturesque and the sound of crunching leaves is music to the ears. So take advantage of the fall weather and go explore Lakefield Trail this fall!

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2) The location cannot be beat

The Otonabee river runs right through Lakefield, making for a picturesque trail walking experience. Walking along the western side of Lakefield Trail, you’ll see the Otonabee River as well as Lake Katchewanooka.

Lakefield is home to a vibrant business sector, too. During your walk along the Lakefield Trail, you can take some time to explore Lakefield and its many great shops and restaurants. Walking the eastern side of the trail will take you through this part of town! If you are a history buff,  stop at the Christ Church Museum (marked on the map below). You will find signs and plaques throughout your walk that will provide you with some history of Lakefield, too.

There are also great events happening in the village from time to time. For instance, until October 4th, the Lakefield Farmers’ Market will be on every Thursday from 9AM-2PM at the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre. Why not stop by during or after your walk along the trail and meet some local vendors and artisans! Check out our events page for a list of upcoming events in the area.

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3) It is an awesome form of exercise

The Lakefield Trail is 5.5 KM long so taking a walk along the trail is a great way to get some exercise. You can choose how much exercise you want to do; whether you choose to walk, cycle, run or jog is completely up to you. Any form of exercise is great! Getting active is not only great for your physical health but also your mental health.

Lakefield Trail also connects with the Peterborough County Rotary Trail, which then connects to the Trans Canada Trail. So, if you are up for more exercise after walking the Lakefield Trail, the option to continue on is there!

4) It will give you a much needed break from technology

Taking a walk along the Lakefield Trail allows you to disconnect from the internet for a bit, which is important to do in today’s digital age, where we are constantly using our phones, tablets, TVs and computers. On average, Canadians spend 24.5 hours online per week, with those 18-34 years old spending up to 34 hours per week (nearly 5 hours per day!). So why not disconnect for an hour or two to explore Lakefield Trail and see what Lakefield has to offer!