Spencer, A Film Review

As the new ‘Diana movie’ Spencer unspools this week at Muskoka’s Norwood Theatre, audiences are treated to a modern-day fairy tale, quickly labled a “fable” onscreen in an early scene of the latest film by Pablo Larrain (Jackie). Kristen Stewart as Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, speeds toward Sandringham in a topless Porsche, wind messing with that iconic hair, narrowing English hedgerows whizzing by. That her path toward the monarchy’s military-like Christmas estate is closing in as she drives—and a dead pheasant lies unheeded on the road—is foreshadow enough to let us poorlings know, clearly: this isn’t Kansas anymore; Diana, like Anne Boleyn before her, is about to get it in the throat.

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Santa’s Heart of Glass

Occasionally Santa’s elves need help from artists and makers in the neighbouring community. Such was the case at Santa’s Village in Bracebridge in October 2020. Handsome double doors for the renovated gift shop needed the expertise of a stained-glass artist to fill a single glass panel in each door and a transom window holding three …

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My Heart is on an Island in Georgian Bay

“My heart is on an island in Georgian Bay.” Martha Davis, Artist That’s how artist Martha Davis describes her summer-cottage studio in a place that most inspires her. Having spent childhood summers on Georgian Bay, she’s moved to create impressionistic, up-close-and-personal work drawn from the natural world: sun rising in the east, dew settling on …

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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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Muskoka Beach Reads 2021

Lakeside, dockside, poolside… whatever your perch, we have Beach Read for you. Our summer book previews and reviews cover all kinds of genres, from Historical and YA to Murder, Mystery, and Literary. Pull up a sun chair, it’s going to be a read-worthy summer.

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Jaclyn Kenyon

Rock your Dock! Country Music Star Jaclyn Kenyon’s Muskoka Pontoon Tour

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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Theatre Under The Stars

PRISM Theatre In The Park returns to Annie Williams Park this summer. Guests and ticket-holders will be treated to a 2021 outdoor theatre production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)”. A full-on comedy romp, three talented local performers will “prevent” all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in just under two hours. As one reviewer put it, “Shakespeare …

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Lynda Lynn Welcome to the Sun

Lynda Lynn’s Lovely Watercolours

Muskoka artist Lynda Lynn communes with her muse in the “landscape and beauty of the natural world.” She spends time in “quiet uninhabited places or in the expansiveness of a long view”. When searching for new material, Lynda may find herself deep in the woods, by a roaring waterfall, overlooking a quiet lake and distant rolling hills, in the deep shadows of sunlit snow, or basking in the blazing fall colours of Ontario trees. Read more about Lynda Lynn’s watercolours in MuskokaStyle.

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