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CHECK OUT THE SNOWMEN!

CHECK OUT THE SNOWMEN!

Calling all Barrie Residents!  The City has been invaded by mega sized snow people!  I have been receiving pictures of snowmen that have popped up all over the place.

Finding myself in a humorous mood I decided to ask “Siri” how to build a snowman!  What fun that was.  I was directed to a couple of sights that were quite informative.

Building a Snowman

  1. Check for snow that’s moist and packable
  2. Find a flat section of lawn
  3. Build the snowman in the shadiest spot possible to last longer
  4. Lift the middle section onto the bottom section
  5. Make a one foot snowball for the head
  6. Pack snow between the sections to act as glue
  7. Decorate your snowman; carrot for nose, buttons, pebbles or charcoal for eyes, pebbles or charcoal for mouth
  8. Add two sticks for the snowman’s arms
  9. Top off the snowman with a hat and scarf.
  10. Add a tie, sunglasses or any other accessories to make the snowman stand out from the rest.

Now these wonderful families certainly went far beyond “Siri’s” instructions!  Some of these “snowpeople” are massive!

Take a look!  If you are out for essentials and happen to pass by one, give a good honk to let them know how they’ve brightened your day!

I’ve seen them on Lawry Court and Frost Trail.  If you see more that are picture worthy let us know here at Barrie Uncovered!

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!

Are you a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint?  Let us know!  We can get you Uncovered!

LIGHTS LIGHT LIGHTS

Friday Harbour LUMA Light show

LUMA LIGHT SHOW @ FRIDAY HARBOUR STARTED AT THE WEEKEND

Do you want to get into the spirit of the season while staying safe? Friday Harbour LUMA Light show started on the 28th of November, and runs every Thursday to Sunday, to Christmas and beyond. Wander along the one-kilometre path and enjoys the lights all the way along. We could get into writing a blog about creativity and how beautiful it is, but really you need to see it for yourself. We are only providing some taster photos to whet your appetite, we don’t want to spoil it as there are a lot more to see.

Friday Harbour is making the walk as safe as they can and have put in safety measures. You need to book a time, all times are spaced 15 minutes apart. You need to wear a mask, hand sanitizers are at the start of the walk. There is no crowd to jostle and spoil your enjoyment.

Get into the spirit and get online to book your day and time to walk through thousands of light. Go to https://www.fridayharbour.com/ and book, it is as simple as that. It is fun for all the family and friends. Buy a hot chocolate as you start the walk at the kiosk and meander through the colourful light show.

What did you think of Friday Harbour LUMA Light show? Be sure to let us know if you’ve been there and share some of your pics!

The Social Recap: The Week That Was in Barrie Nov. 16th

All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…

Death.

Taxes.

Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you!

Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

The Week That Was in Barrie Nov. 16th

Look, nobody sane actually loves the months and months of cold weather…but it does make for some stunning imagery when the first snow fall lands.

And with the snow comes the holidays. And specifically, Holiday treats. Like these chocy delights from J’adore Fine Cheese, which rank 10 on the OMFG taste meter.

When you are heading out for holiday shopping, remember to keep it local as much as you can. And places like Stuff are great for keeping this year’s budget manageable!

Those early evening sunsets though…

Anybody out there want a drone for Xmas this year? Bet you will after seeing this footage!

And finally, although this year’s holidays will be a little less grandiose, Santa is coming to town a few times in select places. Bring the kids for some socially distant seasonal fun and support local!

What did you think of the The Week That Was in Barrie Nov. 16th? Let us know in the comments! And keep using the #barrieuncovered hashtag to get featured!

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