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Featured Event - Winter Food Fest

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.

2019 Snowshoe Course Challenges College Champions

Submitted by Wayne Jolly

The Fenelon Falls Winter Festival 5K/10K snowshoe course was set to challenge the best in the province, providing vertical challenges unusual in snowshoe competition in Central Ontario, combined with single-track sections that challenged agility and speed. For the first time Sir Sanford Fleming College brought three Cross Country team members, including their Canadian 3K Obstacle Course Champion Andy Hein.

The competition this year was won by Luca Senk of Collingwood with a time of 45:15:78 followed by Bernie Hogan of Bancroft in a time of 49:34:72. In the Women's race Kelly Doner of Collingwood winning with a time of 1:19:04, followed by a member of the Fenelon Falls Flyers running club Elizabeth McKinnon of Lindsay in a time of 1:40:14.

Photo by Marylee Boston

Photo by Marylee Boston

5K and 10K Snowshoe Racers traveled from Collingwood, Elliot Lake, Kingston, London, and Ottawa to compete in the Provincial Championships in Fenelon Falls. Interestingly, 90% of the 10K and 50% of the 5K athletes traveled from outside the City of Kawartha Lakes for the Snowshoe Canada “Ontario Cup Series” which is a new benchmark.

Amazingly, the Women’s Super Master age category, composed mostly by Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon athletes was the most competitive field with 17 participants. Clearly the girls were out to “Kick It” and they did. Congratulations And a special Thank You to all of the volunteers who through their efforts made the Fenelon Falls Winter Festival a special day.

Featured Event - Fenelon Falls Winter Festival

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.

Activities include:

❄️ 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

Featured Event - Charity Bonspiel

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.”

Featured Event - Films by the Falls, "Puzzle"

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.

Scene from Puzzle featuring Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan

Scene from Puzzle featuring Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan

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.” 

New Programs at the Library

The Fenelon Falls Public Library has launched two new programs to serve our community: introducing Craft 'n Chat and Cooking the Books!

Bring your own craft project to the library on Mondays at 2:00 pm for the Craft 'n Chat to meet with other crafters and maybe even pick up a new skill or hobby. Refreshments will be provided by the library.

If you love cooking, discussing recipes, and reading cookbooks, join in Cooking the Books, the library's "un”-book club! Take home a different cookbook each month, and then meet with the group to discuss recipe successes or failures. Meetings are the last Thursday of every month from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Hope to see you at the library!

The Frostival at Balsam Provincial Park

Bundle up and check out The Frostival at Balsam Provincial Park this Saturday January 26th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Sunday the 27th from noon - 4:00 pm.

Bring your ice skates and helmets for the kids for ice skating the trail by torchlight, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing trails.

Admission is $15 per car, (cash only).

Note that this event is subject to change due to weather - check the website for ice updates and information about potential make-up dates should it be postponed: or call 705-454-1110.