Books You Can Give

Two new books by Muskoka writers have arrived in time for the holiday gift giving season: Paul Feist’s Broken Anchor and Square Wheels by David Bruce Patterson. Both historical, both set in Canada, these funny, tragic, coming-of-age novels offer readers poignant takes on the struggles we all face in striving to do the right thing.

A Few of our Favourite Things

This holiday season we’re having fun re-gramming a few of our favourite things. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 2020, we’re re-posting items that caught our collective eye in Summer 2020. From art and food, to fashion and fun, all items are either made in Muskoka, or add to cottage life in a meaningful way. We’re especially fond of gifts you can shop local, or that support artists and writers endeavouring to stay afloat during these odd times we’re living through. Looking for gift ideas? Catch up with @MuskokaStyleMag on Instagram for ongoing inspo, or check back (regularly!) here.

Bedtime Stories Read To You On YouTube

Just as we cozy down this fall to wait out the pandemic, Bracebridge Public Library has released a YouTube reading series to keep you company. Tall Pine Tales, The Covid Edition, is a collection of stories written and read aloud by 17 Muskoka writers, including MuskokaStyle contributors David Bruce Patterson, Wendie Donabie, and Lori Knowles.

Paddle Wall

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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