Thursday, July 17, 2014

YARN BOMBERS DESCEND!

The work of over 300 area volunteer knitters/crocheters will be unveiled as they “Yarn Bomb” Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene on Saturday July 26 as part of the historic site’s Family Discovery Day event and 200th Year Celebrations!  Over 380 objects will decorate the historic site in a colourful and eclectic display sure to delight visitors.  Here Discovery Harbour Historical Interpreters Parker Befort (left) and Claire McDowell (right) check out some of the amazing work with Huronia Historical Parks Public and Education Programs Manager Katherine McCracken (Center).   The “Yarn Bombing” project will be on display until August 10.  




Family Discovery Day

July 14, 2014

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Family Discovery Day
promises great fun for the entire family
you don’t want to miss!


Discovery Harbour will present a variety packed Family Discovery Day on Saturday July 26, as part of the historic site’s exciting 200th Year Celebrations this summer.

The event will provide a fun, interactive day for families with great activities, music, and demonstrations.  Kids of all ages will delight in touching the “Creepy Crawlies” from Scales Nature Park, doing face painting with the incomparable Mabel Moon, and enjoying the entertaining antics of “Juggling Joe”.  Don’t miss the swashbuckling magic of Captain Corbin and Cousin Molly who’ll perform twice throughout the day on the historic site. Children can even make their own pirate hats in the Children’s Centre, as well as construct a simple wooden ship model to take home. Nautical buffs will love the superb collection of model boats displayed by the Metro Marine Modellers, and more heritage activities including 19th century games, quill pen writing, blacksmithing demonstrations, and tours of the original 1836 Officers’ Quarters.

Families can operate lively dancing marionettes known as Bonhome Gigeurs, enjoy a special interactive craft area by the Métis Nation of Ontario, and visit adorable sheep Baa and donkey Donk.  A local area descendant’s display will be set up by the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum, and the Penetanguishene Fire Department will show their colours with their aerial truck and vintage engine.  Tasty food will be available from an on-site BBQ hosted by Captain Roberts’ Table Restaurant.

Music will include Discovery Harbour’s own SaltySailor Singers performing Sea chanties throughout the day, and interactive, hands-on drumming sessions with families with the dynamic Toronto group Drum Café.

Family Discovery Day is at Discovery Harbour on Saturday, July 26. For further information on Discovery Harbour’s 200th Year Celebrations, visit hhp.on.ca.


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Discovery Harbour is operated by Huronia Historical Parks,
and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.


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Media Contact:

Bill Brodeur
Coordinator
Marketing and Media Relations
Huronia Historical Parks
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Discovery Harbour
Bill.Brodeur@ontario.ca
705 528-7692

Thursday, July 10, 2014

King's Wharf Theatre gets ready to launch Canadian Comedy Thriller

Canadian Comedy Thriller at King’s Wharf Theatre
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

PENETANGUISHENE – If you love a good ghost story, you don’t want to miss the thriller of the summer at the King’s Wharf Theatre. Laugh-out-loud funny and scream-out-loud scary, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight is a roller coaster play of emotions, on stage for three weeks beginning July 16th.
“I’ll Be Back Before Midnight is guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment.  “It’s a perfect mix of comedy and fright. There are plenty of laughs contrasted by stomach-dropping plot twists, special effects and tension that builds from the first line, and leaves the audience exhilarated.”
After a nervous breakdown, an emotionally fragile Jan and her archaeologist husband Greg rent an old farmhouse in the country near an archaeological dig where Greg can continue his studies and Jan can recover. But their dream of solitude in the country quickly becomes a nightmare when their new landlord (and neighbour), decides to divulge that a terrible murder once took place in the farmhouse and a vengeful ghost is reported to stalk the night.
The line between reality and imagination becomes blurred as Jan is tormented by strange sounds in the night and visions of the spirit. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad?  When she tries to defend herself from the apparition, events take an unexpected turn during a night of unimaginable suspense.
Bringing this gripping comedy to life is Director James Kall, who takes a seat in the director’s chair after performing with Drayton in the 2012 nail-biting mystery Sleuth at the St. Jacob’s Country Playhouse in Waterloo. A theatre veteran with an impressive list of credits, Kall draws on a wealth of experience to lead a dynamic cast in this spirited production.
Daniela Vlaskalic, who was last seen by Drayton audiences in the delightful comedy, How the Other Half Loves, takes on the role of the sweet but terribly tense Jan Sanderson. Making his Drayton Entertainment debut as Jan’s supportive husband, Greg Sanderson, is Andy Pogson. Elana Post creates further tension in this sharp-witted thriller as Greg’s manipulative sister, Laura Sanderson. Sandy Winsby is the seemingly well-intentioned neighbour, George Willowby who adds plenty of levity throughout this fast-paced play with his tall tales and raucous laugh.
Working alongside Kall to mount this spine-tingling show is an exceptional Creative Team that includes Set Designer Samantha Burson, Lighting Designer Steve Lucas, Costume Designer Jenine Kroeplin and Fight Director, Joe Bostick.
“This production is a great way to keep theatregoers engaged and entertained throughout the summer,” says Mustakas. “The intimate atmosphere of the King’s Wharf Theatre is the ideal setting for this original comedy thriller.”  
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight has been described by The Globe & Mail as the most widely produced stage play in Canadian history.  It has been produced in 29 countries, 48 of the 50 states in the U.S. and every province in Canada.  It has broken numerous box office records including two record-breaking UK National Tours.  It was made into a Hollywood feature film starring Heather Locklear, Ned Beatty, Robert Carradine, and Susannah York.
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight is proudly sponsored by John and Terry Hamilton.  Media Sponsors are KICX 106FM and Orillia Today. Design Sponsor is Super 8 Hotels. The 2014 Media Season Sponsor is CTV.
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight will scare audiences silly from July 16th to August 2nd. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.kingswharftheatre.com, in person at the King’s Wharf Theatre Box Office, or by calling 705-549-0711 or toll free 1-855- DRAYTON (372-9866).
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For more information please contact:

Valerie O’Brien
Marketing Manager
Drayton Entertainment
valerie@draytonentertainment.com
Phone: (519) 621-5511 ext. 235

Monday, June 30, 2014

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy to perform at Discovery Harbour August 9

June 30, 2014

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
to perform at Discovery Harbour August 9



Canadian “Masters of the Fiddle” Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform an outdoor evening concert at Discovery Harbour on Saturday August 9, as part of the site’s “Festival of Peace” Event and 200th Year Celebrations.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have been captivating audiences all over North America with their exceptional musical skills and obvious joy of playing together.  The duo has received industry acclaim and built an enthusiastic loyal following wherever they perform.  MacMaster is also both a Grammy and Juno award winner.  Their music combines the best of French, Celtic, American Bluegrass, and even Cajun styles. Riveting original pieces, traditional Cape Breton tunes, step dancing, storytelling, and unbounded energy will all translate the provide a remarkable musical evening for the entire family.  Opening for the concert will be another Juno award winner the Devin Cuddy Band.  Food and a beer tent will be provided by Rotary Club of Penetanguishene.  Bring a lawnchair or blanket. The magical night will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks show.  Tickets for the evening concert are just $20.00 per person and are now available for purchase at Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, or by calling 705-526-7838. Concert goes rain or shine.

The “Festival of Peace” event runs the weekend of August 9-10 and will feature live daily music throughout the historic site, family activities, and much more.  On August 8 at 1:30 p.m., an Ontario Heritage Trust provincial plaque will also be unveiled and a Peace Garden dedicated.  FREE DAYTIME ADMISSION to the historic site will be offered to past and present Canadian military personnel August 8-10.   

For further information on Discovery Harbour’s 200th Year Celebrations, visit hhp.on.ca.

Editors please note: Advance Interviews/Audio interviews can be set up with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy.  Please contact Bill Brodeur at the coordinates below if you wish to set up.

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Discovery Harbour is operated by Huronia Historical Parks,
and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.


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Media Contact:

Bill Brodeur
Coordinator
Marketing and Media Relations
Huronia Historical Parks
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Discovery Harbour
705 528-7692


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Enhance your King's Wharf Theatre experience with a special Dining + Theatre offer in Penetanguishene!

King's Wharf Theatre 



Enjoy great food on a waterfront patio overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay. 
For a limited time only, we've partnered with The Boathouse Eatery to create
 a special Dining + Theatre Package.

The package is priced per person and includes a performance of Run For Your Wife at the King's Wharf Theatre and a $25 Gift Certificate to The Boathouse Eatery in Midland.

Run For Your Wife + Boathouse Eatery
ONLY $55.00 + HST per person (gratuity not included)
Save $12 per person!

Buy Now! Purchase your Dining + Theatre Package online
or call the Box Office at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

Please note: The Boathouse Eatery Gift Certificate may be used at any time and is not restricted to redemption on the day of the performance. Packages are not valid with any prior purchases and/or offers. This offer may expire at anytime without notice.



Run For Your Wife is a non-stop marathon of laughs!
Mistaken identities, swinging doors and lunacy on stage
For years cab driver John Smith's crazy work schedule has allowed him to successfully keep two marriages secret, spending mornings with one spouse and evenings with the other. But when he is injured in a mugging, the cabbie's carefully crafted charade implodes when the police return him to the wrong home at the wrong time. The result is an uproarious romp full of mistaken identities, swinging doors, and lunacy. 
  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc. appoints Rick Collins to Sales, Fire Safety

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Midland, Ontario: May 12th, 2014

The appointment of Rick Collins to the Sales team, effective May 1st, is announced by Kevin Leonard, President of Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc.
“Rick actually started with Huronia back in 2005 as the head of our Fire Safety department. A few years ago, he left to pursue other interests. We’re thrilled to now welcome him back. He has a wealth of Life & Fire Safety experience and great customer relations skills which will help us further develop the Fire Safety division in Central Ontario, with residential and commercial customers,” said Leonard.
Huronia is the regional expert in fire safety, fire suppression products, technology and monitoring and they are increasing their focus on this growing segment with Collin’s return and the recent addition of a Senior Fire Safety Technician.
Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc. has been in business for over 40 years and is Central Ontario’s leading provider of home and business security and monitoring services, CCTV, fire and safety, lock, key and safe products and services, home theatre, audio and video consultation and entertainment room design, as well as cabling and smart home wiring for today's home automation requirements.

For more information contact:
Media Inquiries - Jaclyn Jones, Account Manager at Whiting & Holmes Limited, 289-337-3662, jaclyn@whitingandholmes.com
Specific Inquiries relating to Huronia – Kevin Leonard, President at Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc., 705-792-9311, kleonard@huroniaalarms.com

Monday, June 9, 2014

Aboriginal Heritage to be celebrated at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons June 21-22

June 5, 2014

Media Release – for immediate release

Aboriginal Heritage to be celebrated
at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
June 21-22

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will offer a dynamic celebration of Aboriginal heritage June 21-22 with its popular Aboriginal Festival Weekend.  This year’s event includes National Aboriginal Day which officially takes place in Canada on June 21.

The exciting two day event will celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.  In the Sainte-Marie foyer, local area Aboriginal crafters will offer a beautiful selection of exquisite Aboriginal products.  Following inspiring Aboriginal drumming by Chris Walser, visitors can then free-flow to many hands-on activities on the historic site including bannock making, Aboriginal foods in the Sainte-Marie cookhouse, making and playing the Aboriginal “ring and pin” game, lacrosse demonstrations, and traditional planting of “The Three Sisters” seeds of corn, beans, and squash.  Additional activities will include the demonstration of waterway locks and traditional fire starting.

Aboriginal culture will come to life on the historic site with outstanding performances of drumming, singing and dancing.  The popular Neil Monague Hand Drumming Group will be featured in Sainte-Marie’s famous longhouse, and the riveting Aztec Drumming Group will wow crowds with their energetic and engaging presentations.  Also performing over the weekend are The Haudenosaunee Dancers, an Iroquois drum and dance group that uses water drums and cow horns to provide lively dance that thanks the Creator and reinforce community relationships.  Aboriginal performer John Samosi returns with his interactive hand-drumming, sure to delight visitors of all ages.  

The Aboriginal Festival Weekend is on Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22 at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. For further information call (705) 526-7838 or visit www.hhp.on.ca.

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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is operated by Huronia Historical Parks,
and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.



Media Contact:

Bill Brodeur
Coordinator,
Marketing and Media Relations
Huronia Historical Parks
Bill.Brodeur@ontario.ca 
(705) 528-7692