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How To Paint A Paddle: Art at the Cottage in Six Easy Steps

Paint your own paddle by following these six easy steps—created for MuskokaStyle by artist and author Wendie Donabie. Materials: Wooden paddle – unfinished or varnished Acrylic paint and foam applicator or brushes Painter’s tape 150 or 180 with grit Sandpaper or a palm sander Spray on clear varnish Instructions: Sand the varnish off the portion …

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Summer Playlist

Summer Playlist 2020: Songs for the Dock, Beach, Boat & Campfire

We’re playing DJ with the sounds of Summer 2020: Smooth and easy, breezy songs that ride the waves and sift through the maples as you sit on the dock or watch the flames snap in the campfire. Check back often, this playlist may be small now but it’s growing. If you have a request, speak …

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Outdoor Theatre Makes a Comeback in August

Muskoka’s Dot The T Productions returns for its third season of original theatre and live concerts, this time in a unique outdoor setting. Running from August 10 to August 30, 2020, the theatre company will present four plays, two of which are world premieres, as well as two music concerts – all featuring professional Muskoka artists. Bring …

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Rainy Day Cottage Crafts: Pull-String Art

Looking for a creative project for those rainy days at the cottage? Try pull-string art. It’s a good one for adults and older children. Materials Ink: any type: acrylic is best, but bottle writing can be used. Buy several colours. With a minimum of black, white, blue, red, yellow, you can make all other colours …

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The Whimsical World of Artist Wendie Donabie

It happens when she most needs it and least expects it. A heron appears—riding the wind, reminding Wendie Donabie she’s not alone in facing a storm or a struggle. “I’ve always known the heron to be my spirit animal,” says the painter, poet, and author. “Herons appear when I have an important decision to make, …

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Jaclyn Kenyon

She’s Back! Muskoka’s Country Music Star: Jaclyn Kenyon

Country music stars can be made in Muskoka. Shania Twain kickstarted her career at Deerhurst Resort in the 1980s and is still spotted visiting Lake of Bays in summer. Fast forward 30-plus years, we’ve got another singer/songwriter building a career in Nashville: Jaclyn Kenyon. The Burlington native summered at a Rosseau family cottage as a …

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Approaching Storm

Free To Be: A Profile of Pat Whittle’s Art & Creative Spirit

“Being free to be myself.” That’s how Pat Whittle describes her art practice. Based in Muskoka, Pat’s creative spirit is clearly represented in an eclectic body work, from acrylics and oils, to encaustics, stained glass, and alcohol inks. The artist pours her heart and soul into exploration of colour and movement, pattern and feelings—every project …

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