Saturday, October 29, 2011

Unique things to see and do in North Bay

Edible Plant Herb Walk:
A local resident named Carlos in North Bay occasionally leads small groups in the neighboring woods to identify many wild edible plants. He explained how they can be prepared for food. Notebooks in hand we enjoyed the hike and the vast knowledge Carlos shared with us.

Home Concerts:
Piebird Farms Bed & Breakfast offer concerts, dinners and educational workshops on growing and preparing foods and on wellness with herbs. I enjoyed a concert by Faye Blais who played folk music in the living room while we sat cozy on an autumn night. It is seriously a very unique and wonderful place to experience. See links to things mentioned on the side bar of this blog.

Local Symphony:
I took in a concert of the North Bay Symphony at the Capitol Theatre. It's a beautiful space and I really enjoyed the symphony's program. I found the pieces chosen accessible and what the conductor shared about them made it all more informative and delightful. I also got to enjoy the Silver Birch Quartet and oboist Erin Brophey.

Delaney Bay Cheese Market:
A seriously wide selection of artisan and farmstead cheeses with wild game charcuterie. There are also great balsamic vinegar, jellies, chutneys and my favorite compote of figs with Porto. The owner Lonnie Reed made some food and wine pairing suggestions that were amazing. You foodies out there will need to check this place out.

Local Farmer's Market:
It starts May long weekend every Saturday morning right up to Thanksgiving weekend. This is where I got my weekly groceries and met some of the local folks. People around here go to say hi to friends even if they're not buying. The market's got great energy and I have made some connections with some of the local farmers. Check out Field Good Farms in the side links to things mentioned.

Gallery Openings and Events:
There are many artists living in North Bay who are very involved with the galleries and associations. I find refreshing in small regions that few divisions exist between the public, artist run and commercial galleries. On October 14th there is a wonderful gallery hop night and opportunity to meet and chat with the local scene. This is an image of Amanda Burk's work exhibited in the Kennedy Gallery which is the public gallery here in North Bay. Amanda has recently opened the Line Gallery which is dedicated to exhibiting and documenting contemporary Canadian drawing. See links to things mentioned for these galleries.

Cool local shops:
My favorite local shops are Farm on Main Street seen in this image and Déjà Vu a savvy recently opened retro and antique home accessories boutique on Oak Street.

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