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Still Waiting for Winter

January has come and gone, but winter still hasn’t set in in Grey and Bruce Counties.  Yes, as you can see in the above photo, we’ve had snow, but like last year, the few snow storms we have had have been followed by milder weather and rain.

But whether or not winter ever decides to show her real face, the beauty that comes with living in the snow belt still peaks out from behind the grey clouds from time to time.

And even when winter does not give us the weather we expect, many local activities continue rain or snowshine.  Owen Sound’s successful Festival of Northern Lights ended another great season in January.

Owen Sound’s harbour once again finds itself full of different kind of ships docked for the winter, including our beloved Chi-Cheemaun.

Nearby, our friends at Sauble Beach held their traditional Winterfest, which included a bonfire made up of many, many Christmas trees.

And while we enjoy our winter activities, we continue to plan and improve our longstanding traditional events like Summerfolk.

And we continue to build new traditions.  This year, the Wiarton Curling Club hosted its second annual Bongspiel – a cannabis friendly curling event. And our Arts scene continues to be very active during our Winter months, as well.  Despite my desire to sometimes hibernate in the winter, I am proud to announce that I have a new book being released next week.

Local historian Andrew Armitage and photographer John Fearnall have collaborated on a new book titled Leith, which combines historical stories and contemporary full colour photographs of the village located just north of Owen Sound. Leith will be launched at The Ginger Press in downtown Owen Sound at 7:00pm Thursday February 13. Everyone is welcome to attend and autographed copies ($20) can be reserved at 376-4233.

Hope to see you there.  And hope that the real winter arrives soon.

John Fearnall
Good Noise

All images are property of John Fearnall/Good Noise

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