February is our new favourite month. Picton’s historic Macaulay House will provide a frosty backdrop to the first annual Ice Box – Art in the Heart of Winter event. There’ll be interactive art, dancing and live music, and even a parade. Ice Box transforms the heritage park into a community of ice boxes – colourful wooden huts – to be transformed into their own unique and interactive art installations. Family fun and community collaboration at its best.
Macaulay Heritage Park, 35 Church Street Picton
February 2 – 10
MUST FEED THE BIRDS
Don’t toss that Christmas tree after the holidays – donate it to your backyard as a winter bird buffet. Once you’ve packed away all your decorations, secure the tree in your yard and start adding edible ornaments – from suet treats, strings of oranges and apples, popcorn and nuts to seeds and stalks from grain or sunflower heads. Arrange the treats on different branches and change up your selection to attract all types of wildlife and wintering birds. If you need help with any of your bird feeding supplies, be sure to check out:
The Birdhouse Nature Store
240 Presqu’ile Pkwy, Brighton
Out on a Limb
15669 County Rd. 2, Brighton
MUST BE NAUGHTY OR NICE
Pick a Panto, any Panto. Local theatre brings laughter to the holiday season. Christmas Pantos – or Pantomimes – are an entertaining theatrical event with very British roots that will quickly become your new holiday tradition. Pantos, loosely based on children’s fairy tales, add a quirky variation to the familiar with a rambunctious twist, complete with hints of local lore. Discover a Christmas Panto in your area and make it an annual event:
Cinderella, a Magical Panto
Empire Theatre Belleville
Sunday, December 16
King Arthur the Panto
Capitol Theatre Port Hope
Sunday, December 23
Panto… The Princess and the Pea
Stirling Festival Theatre
November 23 – December 31
Snow White the Panto
The Marysburgh Mummers
Mount Tabor Playhouse, County Rd 17, Milford
Thursday, November 29 – Sunday, December 2
MUST LOVE COMMUNITY
When art, community and history collide – you know something remarkable will happen.
Critical Mass: Port Hope’s Centre for Contemporary Art, has been busy transforming their town’s historic railway station into a creative hub for the community known as the “Little Station.” Critical Mass will present a series of artist-led workshops, installations and exhibits, and create opportunities for shared dialogue, social connections and art happenings in and around the Little Station. There’s also a number of Christmas-themed events on tap prior to the high holiday.
For updates on the transformation of the Little
Station, follow on Instagram @criticalmassart, or visit criticalmassart.com
Do you want to discuss this year’s Giller Prize winning novel with someone other than your dog? Consider joining a local book club where lively discussion is shared amongst friends and fellow bookworms, often over a glass of wine. Book clubs can be as fun, as serious or as quirky as you wish. But whatever the venue, they get you up off the couch and out of the house this winter. They might also expand your mind! Check with your local library for book club resources, book suggestions or even clubs looking for new members.
MUST TRY FISHING
Bundle up and head to the lake for the annual Family Fishing event held over the Family Day weekend in February. Winter fishing is best experienced inside a cosy ice fishing hut where there’s enough elbow room for you and your favourite peeps, a picnic lunch, a thermos of hot chocolate and a few tall tales. Best of all, you won’t need a fishing licence. Family Fishing weekend is free!