3rd Annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival Is June 9th & 10th At Millennium Park

Smithavens Brewing Company and Publican House Brewery have announced the 3rd Annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival.

The festival, which will take place on June 9th-10th during Ontario Craft Beer Week, will showcase craft breweries from the Kawarthas and surrounding region—allowing visitors to sample a variety of beer flavours and cuisine from local restaurants.

“We are thrilled to co-host this event once again in order to bring some of the finest Ontario craft beers into Peterborough and the Kawarthas,“ says Randy Smith, owner of Smithavens Brewing Company.

“This is a great opportunity to sample everything the Kawarthas has to offer, and with six new vendors, the event will be bigger and better than ever in year three,” adds Marty Laskaris, President and co-Founder of Publican House Brewery.

The event will take place on Friday, June 9th from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 10th from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Millennium Park in downtown Peterborough.

This year will feature 11 breweries and 1 cidery from the surrounding region. Participants can savour a diverse selection of fresh craft beer, delicious local foods, enjoy live entertainment and have a great time discovering new craft beer flavours.

Tickets are on sale now at Smithavens Brewing Company and Publican House Brewery or are available online through kawarthacraftbeerfestival.com. Advanced purchase single day tickets are $15 each and weekend passes are $25. Each ticket allows entry into the festival, a branded 12oz glass and drink samples.

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Frank Flynn's Surfacing At ReFrame Film Festival Looks At Impact Of His Wife's Suicide On His Family

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R.) is once again a sponsor of the ReFrame Film Festival, and this year one of the films of note they're sponsoring is a local one called Surfacing.

Written by well known local director/playwright Frank Flynn—and produced by Blake Richardson and choreographed by Rachelle Bemrose—it tells the story of Flynn’s wife’s journey through mental illness, her subsequent suicide in August 2014 and its impact on the family and their eventual journey to healing. 

TELLING HIS STORY THROUGH DANCE & MOTION

Flynn was rendered speechless and heartbroken when his wife took her own life, and didn't know how to put it to words. “When my wife died, I struggled to give sorrow to words," he says. "As a playwright, to be without words was a unique kind of torment. I felt a constant physical ache in my chest and pressure building in every cell of my body."

Months later, after seeing a dance piece by Richardson and Bemrose, it occurred to Flynn that his was a story best told with bodies in motion. Collaborative work on Surfacing followed soon after with the two.

Surfacing, a dance/soundscape/poem, was made for Frank’s children as a living memorial to their mother and also as an invitation into the discussion of mental health, stigma, and healing.

Surfacing plays at Showplace Performance Centre on Friday, January 27th at 11:30 a.m. For more info on Reframe Film Festival, visit their website.

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121,000 People Attended Peterborough Musicfest This Season

The final tally is in, and Peterborough Musicfest reports that a total of 121,000 people attended the free festival concerts this year—one of their most successful seasons for attendance.

Musicfest tweeted out this great drone footage as well of the Opening Night concert with Serena Ryder in making the announcement...

You can watch the YouTube drone footage here...

Musicfest was first launched in 1987. Learn more about its amazing history here in our "30 Cool Tidbits About Peterborough Musicfest" post.

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2nd Annual Peterborough Yoga Festival Included Yoga Right On Little Lake