Time flies when you're having fun!

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Time flies when you're having fun!

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So Much To Do, So Little Time

Kincardine Beach
Wow!  The last time I wrote I was anxiously awaiting Summerfolk weekend.  Now, suddenly it is two months later.  My apologies for neglecting my blogging duty.  But that's what happens when you live in an area with so much to do.  As proof, here's what we've been up to in our great area.
Gangstagrass on the Summerfolk main stage
As always Summerfolk was fantastic.  It was a bit of a slow burn this year, but, in the end, it included one of my all-time favourite Summerfolk moments.  Gangstagrass (above) was also a huge hit.
The view from our 7 am ferry ride on the Chi-Cheemaun
Bridal Veil Falls
My family took a whirlwind 48 hour trip around Manitoulin Island.  We stopped at all the must-sees like Bridal Veil Falls, but we also travelled all the way to the west end of the island where we saw very few other people and had a fantastic meal and view at the Meldrum Bay Inn.
The Meldrum Bay Inn
The Chi-Cheemaun arriving in South Baymouth
I attended my first Pow Wow at the Saugeen Nation.  It was a very interesting cultural experience and, of course, included many incredible photographic opportunities.
Saugeen First Nation Pow Wow
My wife and I went on a road trip down "Ontario's West Coast".  Our tour started in Baysville, which feels a little like Martha's Vineyard.  We then went to Goderich, where we watched a salt boat come in while we enjoyed a beverage on the patio of the old train station.  We ended our day in Kincardine, where we had a delicious supper overlooking the harbour and a lovely walk around the town.
Salt Boat arriving in the Goderich Harbour
When the rain and cool arrived in late September, the fungi went crazy in the forest behind our place.  We have been spending a lot of time wandering around looking at the ground to find the next interesting mushroom.  The one below is one of my favourites.
 
The arrival of Fall also meant a return to our regular lives, which includes more local happenings.  We attended the Scenic City Film Festival again this year where we saw some incredible short films.
Scenic City Film Fest MC Jon Farmer paddling across the screen
And just last Friday, we started our weekend with a sold-out show at Heartwood Concert Hall featuring My Son The Hurricane.
My Son The Hurricane at Heartwood Concert Hall
On Saturday morning, we ventured to the heart of downtown Owen Sound to see how the remodelling of the new Farmers' market is going.  As you can see in the photo, it is a much improved space.
Owen Sound City Hall
The Owen Sound Farmers' Market
The remodelled Owen Sound Farmers's Market
From the market, we walked a couple blocks to check out the grand opening of two new stores in downtown Owen Sound - Sour Cat Records and Sugar Dust Baking.  We enjoyed all of our purchases from these great new additions.
Sour Cat Records
Grand Opening
Sugar Dust Baking
 
One of my favourite things about this area is the fact that we are central to so many different opportunities.  These past few months, we proved that this is true.  We also learned that with so many great things happening in the area, it's hard to keep up.

But it sure is fun trying. 

John Fearnall
Good Noise

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