Come & Join the Lions Annual Sleigh Rides on Sunday, February 17th, at Balsam Lake Provincial Park from 1 to 3 pm. Enjoy free hot dogs & hot chocolate. Donations for the food bank are appreciated.
The Fenelon Falls Association of Churches is hosting Winter Food Fest from February 10th to March 20th.
Tickets are only $10 per adult, or $5 per child (8 and under), unless otherwise stated and each church is asking attendees to please bring along non-perishable food items to help fill the local food bank.
Meals include: spaghetti & meatballs, mac & cheese and BBQ hotdogs, beef stew, ham & scalloped potatoes, pancake dinner, chili dinner, meatball dinner, and meat pie dinner. Yum!
For the full details, please refer to provided poster below, which is also available in our weekly poster pack for Town Crier newsletter subscribers.
The Fenelon Falls Winter Festival, hosted by Snowshoe Kawartha, takes place this Saturday, February 2nd, starting at 10 am. There will be a variety of winter activities with a main focus on snowshoeing and the Ontario Cup Provincial Championship, which is sanctioned by Snowshoe Canada.
❄️ 5K/10K Provincial Championship
❄️ Family "Woof Walk" Snowshoe
❄️ Crokicurl, Fat Tire Biking, and Ice Fishing
❄️ Snowshoe World Record for Kids
To learn more, head to the Snowshoe Kawartha Facebook page or website at https://snowshoekawartha.com/
This weekend the Fenelon Falls Curling Club is hosting the Annual Bonspiel for Charity, this year in support of the Kawartha North Family Health Team. There will be two draws, with the first at 9 am, and second at 11:15 am. Spectators and visitors are welcome!
From the Fenelon Falls Curling Club website:
“Over the years the club has become known not only for great curling but for its warm hospitality and social atmosphere! The club has four sheets of ice with a sand base and a large, comfortable lounge with full kitchen facilities and bar. The lounge and kitchen facilities can be rented out for special events such as banquets and weddings.
The club offers curling for all ages and ability levels. The curling season runs from late October to the end of March. Throughout the year we offer a variety of curling leagues and run a number of Bonspiels. We also offer a junior curling program. FFCC have designated O.C.A representatives and host many O.C.A. events during the year.
We welcome spectators and visitors at all of our events. During the season we hold free practice sessions every Sunday afternoon and welcome curlers and non-curlers to come out and give the game a try.”
Films by the Falls welcomes you to the first screening of the year, “Puzzle”, on January 29th at Fenelon Falls Secondary School. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is only $10.
An excerpt from the Films by the Falls website:
“Life is random, but when you finish a puzzle you know you’ve made all the right choices.”
This wistful observation, spoken by one of the competitive jigsaw puzzlers at the center of Puzzle, articulates the subtle lure of puzzles in this quietly surprising character drama. As explained by PETER SARAF, one of the film’s producers, “You think of jigsaw puzzling as something incredibly solitary and inward, something that pulls you into a smaller world, but in Puzzle, this very solitary activity actually opens up the world for our heroine.”
Collectively, the filmmakers who bring us Puzzle have opened up the world for many years with beguiling stories and complex characters. Puzzle marks the directorial debut of longtime producer MARC TURTLETAUB, Saraf’s partner in Big Beach Productions and also a Puzzle producer. Big Beach has produced such acclaimed and popular character-driven films as Little Miss Sunshine, Everything Is Illuminated, Away We Go, and Loving. Big Beach collaborates on producing Puzzle with Olive Productions’ WREN ARTHUR (Submission, Final Portrait, A Prairie Home Companion) and producer GUY STODEL (Be Kind Rewind, Bastille Day). Screenwriter OREN MOVERMAN (who shares writing credit with POLLY MANN) adds Puzzle to his list of distinguished script credits, which include The Dinner, Time Out of Mind, Love & Mercy, and The Messenger.
Puzzle is adapted from the Argentine film Rompecabezas (Spanish for puzzle), writer/director NATALIA SMIRNOFF’s debut film set in Buenos Aires. Producer Stodel, a former acquisitions executive, had long experience identifying foreign films that could click with American audiences; he was charmed by the idea of jigsaw puzzles as an unlikely instrument of self-discovery, and saw in Rompecabezas a strong candidate for an English-language adaptation.
“The film’s sensibility was very Argentinian, but it had a universal story about a middle-aged woman who's been underestimated and taken for granted by her family,” Stodel explains. “She discovers she has this talent for jigsaw puzzling and secretly enters a competition with a man she meets through an ad. The puzzles are the catalyst for figuring out her life and relationships and making choices. That’s something anybody can identify with.”
After acquiring adaptation rights, Stodel teamed up with producer Wren Arthur, who recalls: “I fell in love with this character, with her vulnerability and her courage in trying to figure out who she was in a roomful of men who weren’t really interested in knowing her. It was a very specific way to show a woman waking up and reckoning with her life. It’s small but it’s hers and it’s real. I’d never done an adaptation before and thought it was a really exciting opportunity.”
Submitted by Jim Armstrong on behalf of ABLE
Do you have questions about income and financial planning for your supported family member?
ABLE (Access to Better Living Experiences) is hosting an information session with Graeme Treeby at St. James Parish Hall, in Fenelon Falls. Taking place on Wednesday, January 16th, from 7 pm to 8 pm, Graeme will be answering questions about ODSP, RDSP, Henson Trusts, and other financial assistance and planning programs. All are welcome!
There will also be an opportunity to arrange a personal follow-up.
Graeme Treeby, whose daughter has Cerebral Palsy, has dedicated his career since 1993 to helping families navigate the financial planning complexities of someone with disabilities. He is part of an alliance of expert financial, legal and tax services focused specifically on providing support to the special needs community.
ABLE is a family-driven support network based in Fenelon Falls.
The Fenelon Falls Curling Club is hosting a Ladies New Year Bonspiel on Saturday, January 5th with the theme Flower Power. Participating teams are invited to outfit their team accordingly. The bonspiel includes great meals, prizes, and lots of fun. There will be 2 draws, starting at 8:45 am on second draw should start around 11 am. Lunch will be served between games and things should wrap up about 6 pm.
Guess what? Santa is coming to town for one last weekend! Bring your own camera and get a free photo with Santa. Last week Santa took photos with 40 kids, 10 dogs, and 20 lucky adults.
Santa will be visiting Fenelon Falls on Saturday, December 15th, from 10 am to 12 pm and 12:30 pm to 4 pm both dates. You’ll find him at Slices N Scoops, which is located at 10 Water Street. Donations are welcome and are being accepted in the form of a new toy for children helped through Women's Resources. Santa hopes to see you soon!
This week’s featured event is the opening reception for Colborne Street Gallery’s latest exhibition, A Holiday Art Market. It features a wide selection of work from local artists as well as artists outside our community. It not only champions original fine art, but it also has a special focus on affordable artwork priced at $400 and under.
If you are a lover of art or are looking for unique gift ideas for loved ones, A Holiday Art Market is a great way to celebrate the upcoming holiday season and support our local creative community.
The opening reception is this Saturday, December 1st from 2 - 4pm.
You can also view a selection of artwork in this exhibition on the Colborne Street Gallery website: https://colbornegallery.ca/holiday-art-market
Welcome to our special Santa Day edition of the Town Crier. 2018 marks the 18th anniversary of Santa Day in Fenelon Falls and as always, it’s a day filled to the brim with free fun for the family due to the generous support of the volunteers, community members, and local businesses that make this special day shine every year.
Of note, there will be free activities around town from 11 am to 4 pm. For a complete list of activities, we encourage you to visit the Santa Day website, santaday.ca
The parade will kick off at 5 pm and will feature 3 professional bands, dozens of illuminated floats, and lots of characters. You’ll even see Santa himself!
Santa Day will conclude with a fireworks display at 6 pm. Watch the sky light up over the falls.