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Photo Round Up - April 18

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


Submitted by Cathy Crockford, the following two pictures were captioned with, “The beginning” and “The reward. Boling syrup.” It doesn’t get more Canadian than that! Thanks for sharing, Cathy.

Earth Day

In recognition of this year’s Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, take a moment to ask yourself: how can I live a greener lifestyle or be more eco-friendly?

Being mindful of your environmental impact is easy, and good for the community as well as the planet! Doing your part is as easy as making some of these habits: put litter in the right receptacle, bring your reusable bags to the grocery store, avoid single-use plastic, eat more plants, shop local, walk or ride instead of drive, and reduce waste by bringing your own travel mug and reusable water bottle when you’re out and about.

On social media, the hashtag #trashtag is trending for posts sharing pictures of outdoor spaces before and after someone has cleaned it up and made it free of litter and garbage. Are there any areas in our community that could use the #trashtag treatment?

Take a before picture, clean the space up, take an after picture, and post it to social media. It’s that simple! Use the hashtags #trashtag and #funinfenelon in order to earn 3 entries in this month’s contest and to be shared on our social media channels. The prize this month is $50 - help the environment and you could win.

This Earth Day, let’s all commit to keeping Fenelon beautiful, and after this month keep the public cleanup trend alive: bring a bag of litter cleaned up from a public space in town to Julia at the Country Cupboard in exchange for a free frozen yogurt!

Dirt-Free Gardening

Submitted by Marina Hodson

It would not be spring if I did not write at least once about gardening, but what about those of you who don’t have a green thumb or simply are unable to get out and get dirty? Don’t despair, gardening is still for you.

Whether you lack the interest, aptitude, or option to actually garden, it can still be a way to get outside and get involved. This time of year, options for gardening-related activities abound. Why not attend one of the many local plant sales, for example? Even if you have no intention to buy, similar to attending a yard sale, plant sales can simply be a fun morning out and a way to make some new acquaintances. Many of the plant sales are run by the volunteers of your local Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and going to check out some of their meetings can be sociable and informative regardless of whether you choose to put your new knowledge into action. 

Looking for something on a bigger scale? While you have missed your opportunity for this year, why not check out Canada Blooms in 2020? Hosted in Toronto early each year, it is Canada’s largest garden and flower show and sure to put you in the mood for spring.  Of course, if you don’t want to wait until next year, you can always opt for one of Ontario’s Botanical Gardens or experience the splendour of Ottawa’s tulip festival, one of the largest displays of tulips in the world.

So whether you like to get dirty or not, take the time to stop and smell the roses. There is more to gardening than meets the eye.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Celebrating Grr8 Finds: 10 Years in Business

Submitted by Anna Radey

Fenelon Falls has always been a unique destination for visitors. Tourists and locals alike are often enamoured with the variety of attractions within the boundaries of our small town. However, at its core, Fenelon is all about the people who make each and every visitor feel special and welcome.

One of the town’s greatest ambassadors is Randy at Grr8 Finds. His store is located in the heart of downtown and has been in operation since February 2009. Given his passion for antiques, it was only natural that he would eventually expand his business to include over 50 vendors and 1900 consignments. His venture has been so successful, that he was one of the first businesses in Fenelon Falls to start practicing standardized hours, (7 days a week, 364 days a year), which has proven to be quite effective. With many small businesses getting their start from being a vendor at Gr88 Finds, Tim Wisener of the Colborne Street Gallery notes that Randy “may be one of the most effective small business incubators within the City.”

Grr8 Finds offers up a visual wonder of unique items for all occasions and tastes. The vendor spaces are stocked with items of all sizes, with enough variety to fit any budget. Randy has a desire to ensure that everyone finds what they are looking for. His store even includes a candy counter for the local children, and those who are young at heart. Randy said his favourite thing about the store is “making memories. From the kids growing up as they come in to get candy, to the customers who purchase something and come back to tell me what they have done with it.”

Along with being a pillar of the business community, Randy is also a staunch ally of the LGBTQ community, and is often the provider of a safe space for teens to come and share their thoughts and perspectives, as well as perhaps gain a little wisdom along the way. Dakota Tilling, a student at Fenelon Falls Secondary School who stops in to see Randy nearly every day, notes that when Randy offers life advice or encouragement, “it’s always been very, very helpful. And he always seems to go out of his way to make sure that everyone else is happy. One thing he offers is a safe place for high school students to go if they’re having a rough time. You just go and sit on the bench at his candy store and you’re good.”

As we celebrate Randy’s 10th anniversary in Fenelon Falls, we wish him continued prosperity, both as an entrepreneur, as well as a supporter of the local community. If you find yourself downtown, be sure to stop in and congratulate Randy. You might even walk out with a little treasure of your own!

Easter Services for Churches in Fenelon Falls

Submitted by the Fenelon Falls Associations of Churches

Fenelon Falls United

123 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls

Palm Sunday, April 14th with Maxine Jordan preaching. We will have a Hot Cross bun lunch after worship.

Good Friday, April 19th service will be at 11:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday, April 21 st service will be at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Iverson preaching.

Trentside Baptist Church

80 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls

Good Friday, 10 a.m.

Easter Sunday, 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Immanuel Baptist Church

20 Bond Street E., Fenelon Falls

Good Friday 10:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday Morning Breakfast 9:a.m., Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

St. James Anglican

7 Bond Street E., Fenelon Falls

April 14, Passion/Palm Sunday

9:00am Christ Church, Blessing of the Palms and Holy Eucharist

11:00am St James Palm Procession and Holy Eucharist

As we begin Holy Week, come and participate in the great drama of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and then experience the Passion of Christ in the words of the Gospel of Luke.

April 17th, Wednesday in Holy Week

7:30am St James Holy Eucharist followed by breakfast

1:00am Christ Church The conclusion of: “A Man of Sorrows”

Holy Eucharist and potluck lunch

7:00pm St James Tenebrae

A service of darkness and shadow reflecting the sombre mood of the journey to the cross

April 18th, Maundy Thursday

7:00pm St James

5:00pm A simple potluck supper sharing fellowship as Jesus and his disciples did.

6:00 - 7:00pm Footwashing and Institutio of the Eucharist

We celebrate Holy Communion, “strip the altar”, then leave the church in the Darkness of Gethsemane.

April 19th, Good Friday

11am Christ Church

The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

A time to reflect on our complicity in Jesus’ death in word, music and prayer.

2:00 pm St James Interactive Good Friday Service

April 20th, Holy Saturday

7:30pm Christ Church

Blessing of the New Fire, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, & Holy Eucharist.

An ancient liturgy where we remember God’s work of Salvation throughout faith history.

A Resurrection Party will follow the service as we come together in Word, Sacrament, and fellowship.

April 21st, Easter Day

9:00am Christ Church and 11:00am St James Holy Eucharis

A joyous celebration of the Resurrection

Shiloh Christian Centre

183 County Road 8, Fenelon Falls

Good Friday Co operative Service @ Faith Tabernacle, Coboconk @ 2 p.m.

Easter Sunday 10:30 a.m.

St. Aloysius Catholic Church

41 John St., Fenelon Falls

Holy Thursday April 18th Mass at 6 pm (4 p.m. in Bobcaygeon)

Good Friday April 19th Mass at 3 p.m. (6 p.m. in Bobcaygeon)

Easter Vigil April 20th Mass at 6 p.m. (8 p.m. in Bobcaygeon)

Easter Sunday, April 21st - 11 am Mass in Fenelon Falls at St. Aloysius.

Easter Sunday, April 21st - 9 am Mass in Bobcaygeon at Our Lady Queen of Peace

St. Andrews Presbyterian

89 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls

Good Friday Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m.

Good Friday Service 9 a.m.

Easter Sunday 11 a.m.

Knox Presbyterian


Easter Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Salvation Army Citadel

42 Bond St. West, Fenelon Falls

Good Friday Service Friday, April 19 at 10:30 am

Easter Sunday Service Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 am

The Swimming Pools at Colborne Street Gallery

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

Colborne Street Gallery proudly presents Geoff Fitzgerald’s The Swimming Pools, a selection of photographs documenting public pools across Toronto, Hamilton, and Oakville. This SPARK Photo Festival Featured Exhibition can be seen at the gallery from March 27th - April 30th, and we invite you to join us for the opening reception this Saturday April 13th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

The swimming pool has been a source of inspiration for many artists. Matisse made a work titled The Swimming Pool in 1952, Hockney began painting his famous pools in the 1960s, and Edward Ruscha’s first book project in colour, Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, was printed in 1968. 

Oozing with vibrant colours and a boldness typical of summer days, these images of a fleeting moment in the hot sun, also project the uncanny. One of Ruscha’s pools shows wet footsteps running off the diving board, yet no figures are present. It’s slightly off-putting. In a similar way, Fitzgerald has shot his photographs from an altered perspective; the bird’s eye view. His pools do not depict sparkling blue water and splashes in the sun, they are taken in the off-season; devoid of people and the warm tone of summer. They are empty, almost abandoned with a certain unease. Fitzgerald’s awareness and exploration of formal qualities combined with striking composition invites you to consider these spaces anew.

Fitzgerald is an award winning, Toronto-based freelance commercial and editorial photographer. He has worked with various clients including the Fairmont Hotels, Canadian Geographic, Ryerson University, and Habitat for Humanity. His most recent exhibition was held at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto in the Fall of 2018. 

SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography in Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions. For the month of April, more than 50 venues take part in various photographic-related programming including exhibitions, workshops, talks, films, and other special events. 

Call for Volunteers - Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Spring is here and there's no better way to get out and connect with friends and neighbours than volunteering at the 35th Annual Country Living Show. Bring your smile, your enthusiasm and your love for Fenelon Falls to help us make this another great showcase for our local businesses, artisans and community groups. See you at the show!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Call Marylee at the Chamber Office for more information 705-887-3409.

Photo Round Up - April 11

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


The following images were generously shared by Ann Lean. Thanks Ann!

What a beautiful winter wonderland! And her dog, Lucy, is a cutie too.

Announcing the Kawartha Lakes Dine & Win Winners

Submitted by Marylee Boston

And the winners are … Paul Bowles, Alyssa Teefy and Sarah Wagstaff! Each winner enjoyed a meal, beverage or snack at a participating Kawartha Lakes restaurant, took a photo of their meal and posted it on the KL Dine & Win event page. The event lasted through the month of March and was designed to encourage enjoyment of the many great eateries throughout the city. The entries came from across Kawartha Lakes and the entry photos were prize winning in their own right. The photos could make you hungry just looking at them!

Each winner received a prize package of gift cards from the participating restaurants valued at over $150. A big thank you to the 24 Chamber restaurants for participating in this new event hosted by the Bobcaygeon, Coboconk, Norland & Area, Fenelon Falls, and Lindsay Chambers of Commerce.

Not sure what to cook for dinner or need a coffee to get your day started? There’s no need to go very far as we have an abundant variety of cuisine right here in Kawartha Lakes.

Stay tuned for future events hosted by your local Chambers of Commerce.

LifestyleMegan Barton
Finding Hidden Treasure...

Submitted by Marina Hodson

As spring continues to evade us, you may be trying to find reasons to venture outside for some fun and activity. Well the search is over, or just beginning if you try geocaching!

If you have ever driven through Highlands East in Haliburton around the area of Wilberforce, you may have seen the signs advertising the “Geocaching Capital of the World.” Don’t be fooled into thinking this is merely a tourism ploy - Highlands East is in fact rated as one of the top geocaching destinations in the world. Whilst I have to confess that I do not know what the criteria are that would add you to the list, I do nonetheless find it intriguing.

If you are not yet familiar with geocaching, it is the outdoor recreational activity of searching for and, ideally, finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website. Yes, it is a good old fashioned treasure hunt. With smart phones a common accessory, most of us have access to GPS (global positioning systems) at our fingertips and with a little bit of practice, you too can be a treasure hunter. You will definitely not get rich, as you will be leaving the treasure for the next seeker, so the joy is in the find. I guess it’s a little like catch-and-release fishing.

So, why not try an activity that you can do with the whole family or set up a little competition with your friends as a way to get outside and active?

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT