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FROM THE HEAT OF THE FIRE!!

As many of you may already know, there was a building fire at 68 Mary Street on Friday afternoon.  Thankfully for all, Emergency Response Units were very quick to respond, leaving only one person with minor injuries.

We're sending "Shout Outs" to:

*Certainly all of our Emergency Response personnel for their rapid response, heartfelt compassion. Their great humor throughout the day certainly helped to ease our fears! 

*Rob and Carolle Hilton of A.G. Secure Property Management who arrived immediately and are still working on the logistics.  They have been fantastic for assisting everyone to the very best of their abilities.

*The Office of the Mayor for sending Barrie Transit Buses with incredible drivers to keep us warm and situated. They were able to stay with us until the wee hours of the morning until temporary housing was established.

*Our Mayor Jeff Leman for showing up quickly with water and masks for anyone in need. 

*The Red Cross Emergency Disaster teams who were able to assist with short term housing for the tenants most seriously affected.

*Rexall Pharmacy and Shoppers Drug Mart Wellington for the quick provision of necessary prescription medications. 

*Bayfield Travelodge for being so receptive in the wee morning hours.

*Mary Street LCBO for allowing the female tenants in to use their facilities during the day!

*A very special Thankyou to Georgia, owner of Alliance Billiards, who was able to supply nutritious meals and hot drinks for everyone.  This gave us a place to relax and unwind while following all COVID protocols!  Truly this was one of the most heartwarming times of the day….two busloads of tired and scared tenants were welcomed with open arms, fed and even found laughter!  It was such a relief to be there!

Even after the day ended we’ve had constant communication with many of the Advocate Groups within the City.  Thank you Barrie Families Unite, the Salvation Army, United Way, David Busby Centre, Elizabeth Fry Society and others that were able to answer questions and give direction as needed!

I would also like to thank the neighbourhood on Mary Street!  We received calls from neighbours offering to do what they could, and making sure that everyone was safe.

We always say that “It takes a village to raise a child” – well it takes a strong community to overcome an emergency!  So with hearts full of gratitude – Thank you Barrie!!

Kempenfelt Community Players Goes Virtual

KCP accepting audition submissions for their first full-length virtual performance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kempenfelt Community Players (KCP) is adapting to the new normal and is currently accepting audition submissions for their first full-length virtual performance of The Last Five Years.  KCP Alumni, Ryan Laplante will direct this completely virtual performance alongside Musical Director Renée  Cingolani.  

The Last Five Years explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy  Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse  chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological  order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a  wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. This Broadway smash hit was adapted for the  screen in the 2015 film of the same name featuring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. 

In KCP’s production, Cathy will be portrayed femme and Jamie will be portrayed masc, however, the casting  of this show will be age, gender, and colour blind so there is great deal of flexibility. Those interested in  submitting an audition video are free to audition for whichever character interests them the most! 

Instead of the traditional two-person cast for The Last 5 Years, KCP will be casting a different performer for  each song (and two performers from within the same household for the duet at the centre of the show)  with a few possible non-speaking roles that would be played by performers within each cast members  household (if that isn’t possible those roles will be cut from the show). Auditions, music rehearsals, text  work and the overall planning, discussion of the shoot, and recording will take place entirely over e-mail,  zoom or the phone as necessary. SAFETY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY. The cast size is anticipated to be  somewhere between 14-17.  

Further information about the audition process for this production can be found at  www.kempenfeltplayers.com 

MAKE TIME FOR A FAMILY BREAKFAST

MAKE TIME FOR A FAMILY BREAKFAST

Whew!  Finally!  Time for family to relax, enjoy and be pampered!  There’s nothing better than partaking in a scrumptious breakfast without all the cooking.  There’s a place for that!

Simmering Kettle at 531 Bryne Drive has you covered.  It’s such a treat to be able to have the “real deal”!  Choose from “everything egg” to a stack of pancakes or a variety of wraps.  The choices within the choices seem endless.

Shalu Persaud, owner, invites you and your family to make an after holidays breakfast tradition with her.  The staff are creatively trained to prepare wonderful dishes with the freshest of ingredients.  Wholesome and delicious with a side of sweet treats like their strawberry preserves make breakfast delectable.  We love the feeling of family gatherings as we enjoy breaking our fast.

Coffee fresh and hot, served with a smile, the staff seem perfectly in tune with your desires.  Be it a quiet breakfast of reflection or the needs of children met, the choices of both sweet and savory suit everyones tastes!

Once we’re over the holidays we all seem so busy that this could become one of the “treasured times”.  A time for the family to chat, eat and enjoy without the burden of cooking. 

Knowing that you can choose from wholesome healthy dishes or a total treat makes Simmering Kettle the ideal place.  Not only that – Shalu’s menu offerings are affordable as well!  You can use curbside pickup or not even leave the house by choosing Skip the Dishes, Door Dash or Uber Eats…the choice is yours!

We know our family loves the time we spend over breakfast from Simmering Kettle.  We’re sure that yours will too!

Call today (705) 735-4358

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5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

DEFEAT THE BLAHS WITH THESE FUN ACTIVITIES

 

Let’s face it… winter is not everyone’s cup of mead. When it arrived on Monday, with news of another lockdown, we could hear the collective groans all over town.

BUT! Even in lockdown, you can break free of the icy induced despair. The season in Barrie brings cold weather events and experiences suitable for your entire clan. Hit the links on each event for more!

 

5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

 

CHECK OUT WORLD CLASS CINEMA WITH THE BARRIE FILM FESTIVAL 

The Uptown Theatre closed it’s door earlier this year, but the BFF will continue to show it’s programming online

Virtual Cinema will bring thought provoking international films to town every month, that can be rented for viewing at home. And you can get caught up on previous rentals that have been uploaded as well.

 

HIKE AND SKATE THE (NOT DUSTY) TRAILS

Bust out the snowshoes and blades and hit up the resplendent paths and rinks around town. Lackie’s Bush, Ardagh Bluffs and Sunnidale park are beautiful in town spots for a winter walk.

And if you are willing to take a car trip, there are plenty of gorgeous skating trails within driving distance of Barrie

There’s also city hall and the community centres if carving fresh ice is more your jam. Most rinks and outdoor parks remain open, but you should always check in advance for any restrictions. 

 

 

PODCAST IT UP

If hanging by the fire is on your list for this winter, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.

True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.

Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.

 

TAKE THE 4X4 CHALLENGE

Did you miss Mayor Jeff’s red zone challenge? The Challenge is simple!

The latest restrictions will last 4 weeks (or more). So, for the next four weeks, the challenge is to do these 4 things each week (4 x 4): 1. Donate to a Barrie Charity 2. Order take out for pickup from a Barrie restaurant 3. Buy something from a Barrie shop/service 4. Reach out to someone in Barrie. Post the 4 things you did with the hashtag #Barrie4x4Challenge

Need some inspiration to get started? How about Christmas Cheer to donate to, Skewers for take out and one of the great local businesses from the Chamber of Commerce to buy from!

 

GET EDUMACATED

“Education is the passport to the future” said… someone much brighter than us. But you can put yourself on the path to recognizing or even saying profound quotes like that via the many adult education options in Barrie.

Georgian College has a number of evening and continuing education classes beginning in January, including online learning.

There’s also College Boreal, which provides full courses in French and Spanish as a second language.

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What did you think of our 5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie? Did we miss anything cool? Let us know! We are always on the lookout for events in Barrie, virtual or otherwise, to add to our events calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THERE’S EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR @ DOSTI EATS!

THERE'S EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR @ DOSTI EATS!

Oh My!  There’s so much excitement in the air!  Let the bells ring out and the banners fly!  Dosti Eats at 531 Bryne Drive has done it again.

They have one of Barrie’s most diverse menus, ethnic dishes from around the world, and a huge love of their community!

Shalu Persaud, owner of Dosti Eats, is one of the most creative and giving restaurateurs in the city.  Not only has Dosti Eats created a wonderful and affordable catering menu – they have arranged a Christmas Concert!!

Knowing that our families are missing many of the traditional Christmas outings this season – they’ve created one with COVID protocols in place for our children.

Follow this Link: www.seatgiantevents.ca to find out more!  I’m sure you’ll be as excited as we are!  Or give them a call at: (705) 725-0101

Dosti Eats also invites you to drop in and relax long enough for a nourishing meal during your hectic shopping tours.  Located in Barrie’s south end shopping district, it’s a great place to take a break.

The staff at Dosti Eats invite you to choose from familiar fare or try a new taste experience.  Even in our well-travelled world, this restaurant offers gems from the global cuisine.

When we’re in the area around the noon hour we love to drop in for  Taco Salad Bowls.  Yummy and filling!  Later in the day w tend to be a little more adventurous choosing either Mediterranean or Indian dishes to savor.  Whatever the choice we feel you’ll be refreshed and well nourished!

Please don’t forget to take a visit to their website.  Check out the catering options available so your family can enjoy the same wonderful flavors at home.

Food to enjoy – wherever you are!

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