It’s almost here! Mark you calendar for Tuesday June 25th from 10am – 2pm.
What is coming you are asking? Wait no longer, a sure sign of summer, the DWIGHT FARMERS’ MARKET is opening for its 7th season.
When? Only a week away! The Market will open on Tuesday June 25th from 10am-2pm.
Who? The Dwight Farmers’ market features over a dozen vendors local businesses; those who bake, craft, sew, cook and more, you will find something that grabs your attention.
In the mood for live music? The market has that covered as well.
Where is the market? Located in downtown Dwight, just off Highway 60 on Dwight Bay Road, beside the post office, at 1009 Dwight Bay Road
Why? Simply put, we have a diverse selection of goods, an inviting environment and of course we are the green option of shopping local.
How about a boat ride? Look no further, the SS Bigwin will be sailing out of the Dwight Dock Tuesday Mornings at 10am, 11:30am & 1pm.
Once you’re finished your market shopping, stop in at the Team Grainger office, located in Erika’s, and get caught up on the latest Real Estate news for Dwight, Lake of Bays and Muskoka. We look forward to seeing you!
Kick off this summer with a cruise on the SS Bigwin! Made primarily of Mahogany, Oak, Fir and Poplar, the SS Bigwin can hold up to 32 passengers and 3 crew. The boat is 66’ in length, 6’ deep, with an 11’8” beam, weighing in at 25 tons. Powered by an electric motor, the batteries allow for approximately 6 hours of cruise time.
The SS Bigwin dates back to the early 1900’s when people travelled to the Muskoka Lakes aboard majestic steamships. Previously used on Lake Muskoka, in approximately 1925 Mr. Shaw purchased the Bigwin and moved it to Lake of Bays. With the decline of the resort industry, the SS Bigwin feel into disrepair resting partially submerged on the bottom of its slip at Bigwin Island. In 1991 the SS Bigwin was purchased after considerable fundraising efforts and floated to South Portage where the restoration began in 2002. In 2004 it was moved to Dorset where it now permanently docks. Today, the SS Bigwin is the last remaining ship of its fleet. To see the Bigwin cruising Lake of Bays click here.
The SS Bigwin officially launched for the public in July 2013, with its first full season being 2014.
This Saturday, June 15, 2019 H.O.L.D Community Group and SS Bigwin are sponsoring free boat cruises from 10:00 – 2:00pm, every hour on the hour from the Dwight Dock. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a trip on this piece of Lake of Bays history. Also at the Dwight Dock from 11- 2pm a FREE BBQ- Bring the whole family.
Jennifer of Team Grainger recently enjoyed Nancy Tapley’s evening entitled “The Night the WaWa Burned,” hosted by the Baysville Public Library. Nancy’s talk was very well attended with additional chairs brought in to try to accommodate the terrific response. In the end, listeners were shoulder to shoulder, with only standing room left.
The Wawa, built in 1908, was the premier resort hotel in Lake of Bays, Muskoka. The WaWa, WaWa a native Canadian word meaning “Wild Goose,” was located on Norway Point, which was home to a very distinctive single pine left after the lands had been cleared. Featuring a sandy beach, western exposure, and a dance pavilion, the WaWa offered plenty of activities to keep guests busy from morning to night. The original main building had capacity for 150 people and featured electric lights, hot & cold running water and an elevator, a very impressive and modern build for the time. Demand was high and by 1913 the building was expanded to accommodate 300. As seen in the above picture, the WaWa consisted of a 3 story Centre block was flanked by 2, 2 story wings. The interior featured beautiful tongue and grove pine brought from Georgia, and wonderful wicker furniture.
On the evening of August 18, 1923 for reasons never quite determined, the WaWa burned to the ground in 15 minutes leaving 9 people dead. The glow of the flames could be seen for miles around the lake, as it projected an eerie coloured light into the night sky. Baysville it has been said, was lit up so bright you could pick up a pin off the road.
The legacy of the WaWa held good and bad for Muskoka. Once a popular tourist destination, the lack of preparedness combined with the build of the WaWa left people uncomfortable with this traditional style of Muskoka get aways. It did however, spurn the build of Bigwin Inn touted as fireproof as it was built primarily of concrete and rock. Further the ensuing fire investigations produced numerous recommendations and changes to the way buildings were built, as well as an increased emphasis on fire safety standards.
Team Grainger thanks both Nancy Tapley and the Baysville Library for a wonderful and informative evening which was enjoyed by all.
Last Thursday, Team Grainger attended a seminar at the Dwight Public Library called “Peeps, Quacks, Trills and Other Froggy Thrills. Presented by Caroline Konarzewski this was an informative evening highlighting the local species of frogs and toads, the importance of them in our environment and what we as citizens can do to ensure and preserve our wetlands for generations to come.
Throughout the presentation Caroline welcomed observations from our local community which proved to be both interesting and noteworthy.
While highlighting the importance of wetlands in our community Caroline spoke of the importance of citizen participation in FrogWatch Ontario, which is part of a national initiative, FrogWatch Canada, administered by NatureWatch. FrogWatch is also a partnership between Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland conservation Programme, NatureWatch, The David Suzuki Foundation, Nature Canada, The University of Ottawa and Wilfred Laurier University.
Everyone in our community can become involved. It’s a really simple, family friendly activity, free of charge which will benefits everyone. Use the FrogWatch Ontario’s website or App to report hearing or seeing frogs and toads in our area. Not sure which frog/toad your hearing? No worries, use the app/website to learn the calls and learn more about frogs and toads in Lake of Bays Muskoka.
Welcome to 1017 Savage Settlement in beautiful Novar a community in the Almaguin Highlands. This charming log home features one floor living, with three bedrooms, bathroom and laundry. Enjoy open concept living with the great room opening into the kitchen, a traditional wood interior, pine cathedral ceilings and wonderful hardwood floors. An airtight wood burning stove in the great room provides ample warmth on chilly nights, with the added convenience of a forced air oil furnace.
Ideal for entertaining walk out to the large 50 x 10 deck overlooking the beautiful wooded property, teaming with wildlife. With just under an acre Savage Settlement provides privacy plus, an idyllic escape from the city, but only 15 minutes from town.
Close to trails, ski hills, golf and provincial parks there is plenty to do beyond relaxing and taking in the pristine Muskoka air.
We anxiously await the May long weekend with trepidation and excitement. While the grass in the city has been green for a while, and golfers are already on the course (gasp), this is the traditional weekend for opening the cottage.
Preparations should be exciting not daunting- so we prepared a list to help with your packing and planning:
- Bug Spray
- First Aid kit
- Paper towel
- Toilet paper
- Pantry items, such as coffee, spices, non-perishables, baggies, tin foil & condiments
- Clothing for a wide range of weather- winter through summer.
- Propane for the BBQ?
To begin, it’s important to set your priorities for your arrival and for the weekend to ensure a smooth flow for your precious & limited cottage time. Upon arrival, do you need to turn on the heat, get the water running, plug in the refrigerator, make the beds, charge your phone? Next take a quick look around the property for any trees or limbs that have come down, ice or snow damage or any maintenance item that will require immediate attention.
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind this May Long Weekend, is that amid the cleaning, clearing, installing and unpacking, take time to enjoy, relax and take in the wonder we call Muskoka. After all, we come to the cottage to relax and escape so make sure you take time to do so.