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.
A selection of Muskoka-based summer poetry by MuskokaStyle’s poet laureate, DeaBeaPea (David Bruce Patterson).
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.
With bold, fearless colour, Muskoka artist Vicki Carruthers paints the world in shapes that capture the essence of a child’s delight and wonder. Asked why she paints, Carruthers says, “To share my love of life and the joy I feel!”
Some movies just say “summer”. Case in point: Netflix mass 2020 hit Outer Banks, a teenage caper that ripped through last summer like a rogue schooner, leaving us A) wanting a tan, and B) wishing we owned a slick white boat with a bimini cover. Other flicks (old and new) that say “summer”: Blue Crush (Kate Bosworth), Palm Springs (Adam Sandler), To Catch A Thief (Grace Kelly), Top Gun (Tom Cruise), and The Talented Mr. Ripley (Matt Damon/Gwenyth Paltrow). With most of us more than ready to bust out of this pandemic, here are some releases COMING SOON that’ll finally help us bring on summer:
Summer never ends in a Vanderpas painting. The artist—on display now at the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show — captures the light, colour, and flow of lake water in a way that makes you feel you could step right into it. It may be autumn or a frigid day in February — no matter. With …
“MacGregor’s Curse” is a gripping and adventurous coming-of-age YA story written by Muskoka author Wendy B. Truscott that tackles themes of revenge, family, and grief.
MEET ME IN MONACO, by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb Beautiful in its simplicity, Meet Me in Monaco, is a light read, full of everything you want in a winter curl-up-on-the-couch read. I was captivated from the first page to the last, loved the main characters, Sophie and James, and even the “baddies” Lucian and …
This is a different kind of holiday season for everyone. Online shopping has soared in popularity with the ease of buying and shipping offered all in one place. However, if you’ve been relying on the big selling engines like AMAZON, please remember that your local businesses are also turning to online selling or phone-in orders with curbside pick up and delivery. Check out what’s available in your own neighbourhood and support those small business operators who’ve relied on walk-in traffic in the past.
The Christmas season is all about bringing people together and spending time with loved ones, which makes Housekeeping by American author Marilynne Robinson a perfect must-read modern classic for the season. Written in beautiful poetic-prose, Robinson’s novel takes place in the small, isolated town of Fingerbone where two young orphans, Ruth and Lucille, live with their strange, …