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Gravenhurst Opera House

Weekly Planner: June 18 to 24

Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery is just one of the Muskoka attractions participating in Doors Open

There’s much more to Muskoka than marinas and cottages. This weekend, get out an explore the region as part of Doors Open. Saturday sees Bala, Port Carling and Torrance offer insight into their communities at participating attractions like Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery and the Hall Family Log Cabin at Muskoka Lakes Museum. On Sunday, sites such as the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre help the town of Gravenhurst get in on the fun.

This Thursday not only marks the summer solstice, but also National Aboriginal Day. Huntsville honours Ontario’s numerous First Nations peoples from noon to 2 p.m. at River Mill Park, where guests can participate in drum and buffalo teachings and more.

View the works of some of the region’s finest painters, printmakers and more as the Northern Ontario Art Association‘s 55th annual juried exhibition continues in Burk’s Falls. About 40 kilometres north of Huntsville, local furniture-maker the Wooden Roo hosts 40 distinct pieces through to June 28.

An evening of toe-tapping tunes and teary-eyed ballads awaits on Thursday evening, as the Gravenhurst Opera House plays hosts to country crooners The Stellas. Singers Marylynne and Brad Stella have the sort of effortless rapport that’s the hallmark of all great singing duos—no surprise, as they’ve been married for 16 years.

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from August 1 to 7, 2011

Take a trip on the Island Queen

1. Pick a pleasant-looking day (blue-skied and sunny, perhaps with a calm little breeze) to enjoy touring the Georgian Bay biosphere on an Island Queen Cruise. Don’t forget your camera—the rugged landscape is definitely worth framing.

2. Take a trip to the English countryside from within the Gravenhurst Opera House, which presents its annual dinner theatre production from August 2 to 13. This year’s show is a hilarious British farce entitled Beyond a Joke. (more…)

The Muskoka Seven: Things To Do from June 6 to 12, 2011

Laugh along with Robin Duke and the rest of the "Women Fully Clothed"

1. The delightful dames of Women Fully Clothed—Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood and Teresa Pavlinek—bring their humorous yet affecting stories to cottage country. See their latest show, Older and Hotter, on June 10 at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

2. View and purchase the works of 20 fine artists and craftspeople while partaking in the annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour on June 11 and 12. This self-directed jaunt takes art lovers to the studios and galleries of creators in Bracebridge, Bala, Port Carling and more. Click here for a map. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, August 14 to 16

It’s all about festivals in Muskoka! Perfect for the (anticipated) sunny weather this weekend.

Enjoy a day of boating and fishing at Arrowhead Provincial Park (photo by John Vetterli).

Enjoy a day of boating and fishing at Arrowhead Provincial Park (photo by John Vetterli).

Friday, August 14
Kick-off the weekend by picking up something original from one of more than 130 Canadian artists and craft vendors at Gravenhurst’s 18th annual Dockside Festival of the Arts. Purchases in hand, stay for the food and live entertainment.

Instead of dinner and a movie, do dinner and a play tonight. In its fourth year of bringing dinner theatre to the Gravenhurst Opera House, the Dragonfly Theatre Company performs “See How They Run,” a fast-paced comedy set in an English vicarage.

Saturday, August 15
At Bracebridge’s Art in the Heart, discover painters, woodworkers, sculptors and other emerging Muskoka artists honing their crafts along Manitoba Street and its connected laneways. This year the festival also offers street entertainment, from theatrical performers and dancers to musicians and magicians.

In the afternoon, indulge in a cottage country beer and food tasting at Muskoka Cottage Brewery. The event includes an exclusive tour of the Bracebridge microbrewery.

Sunday, August 16
Head out on a Sunday-morning fishing trip with the family for rainbow trout and small-mouth bass at Arrowhead Provincial Park.

Tap your toes to the guitar, autoharp, and banjo sounds of country-bluegrass band The Good Brothers tonight at Gull Lake Park. The nine-time Juno Award winners play the closing set for Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge, a regional tradition since 1949.