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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Movies That Say “Muskoka Summer”

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:

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Fashion Truck! This Muskoka Boutique Comes To You

Jocelyn Allen has taken fashion on the road this summer with Lemonade, a mobile studio and pop-up shop selling “wearable art”, everything from funky streetwear denim to award-winning upcycled sweatercoats. We hailed Lemonade down long enough to ask Jocelyn about the one-of-a-kind clothes she makes, the art she creates, and of course, her connection with the …

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How To Capture a Muskoka Sunset

Muskoka has some of the best locations to kick back and enjoy a relaxing summer evening viewing a sunset. Trying to get that perfect, beautiful sunset photo for social media or to show folks back at home isn’t always easy. Hopefully, these quick and easy steps help to give ideas and inspiration on how to …

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Summer Reflections by M Vanderpas

Endless Summer: Art of Margarethe Vanderpas

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 …

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Ashley Eady

Muskoka’s Teeny Weeny Bikini Co.: Yes, it’s as Groovy as it Sounds

If “Gidget” and “Moondoggie” mean anything to you, you’ll love Rosseau’s Teeny Weeny Bikini Co. (twbco). Designer Ashley Eady, a longtime Muskoka cottager, dove into handmade swimwear + retail 16 years ago, creating retro, small-batch bikinis and one-piece bathing suits  that compliment a woman’s curves. Think: Annette Funicello in 1960s’ Beach Blanket Bingo, Sally Field in Gidget, even …

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