Adult Lifestyle Communities: Seeing the sites
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As spring turns to summer, Ontario’s adult lifestyle communities are gearing up for seasonal entertainment to entertain their own residents and draw visitors for a visit.
Here are a few events for residents and the public to mark on the calendar.
Back to the sixties
A time warp will hit Sawmill Creek Golf Resort and Spa this summer as the second Lambton Woodstock transports attendees back to 1969 and the seminal outdoor festival where rock ‘n’ roll history was made.
Last year’s inaugural concert drew an audience of some 750 people to the southwestern Ontario community at Camlachie, near Sarnia.
The idea was conceived by food and beverage manager Tony Griffi and his wife, Kitty. They were brainstorming ideas for Sawmill Creek’s annual summer concert series and it was Kitty who suggested the return to Woodstock.
The summer concerts are traditionally held in the clubhouse or an outdoor tent. “But we thought 150 people in a tent isn’t really a Woodstock feel, so we said, ‘why not put them out on the driving range?’” Griffi says. “It’s a natural stage.” And it easily accommodated the crowd that he hopes will swell to 2,000 this year.
Steve Dumont, owner of Playfair Music, a business providing entertainment services in the Sarnia area, put together a six-hour show with music provided by bands with links to the original Woodstock.
The audience embraced the concept, Griffi says. “At least half the people were dressed up. There were so many hippies, it was unbelievable.”
He also sets up 15 to 20 vendor and artisan booths. “The original was the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, so we want to capture that arts side of it.”
This year, in addition to featuring bands that played at Woodstock, the show will also pay tribute to artists that could not make it or declined to take part.
“When you look at the bands that didn’t make it, that were happening and popping at that time, it’s a huge list,” he says. “There’s Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jethro Tull, Procul Harem, Lighthouse, Chicago and, of course, The Beatles.”
The concert takes place Aug. 8 starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. For information, call 519-899-4653.
Elegance on wheels at Cobble Beach
Classic, exotic, historic, super. Rarely seen and elegant cars will return to Cobble Beach this summer for the second Concours D’Elegance.
The event, harkening back to 17th-century French society, when horse-drawn carriages paraded through Paris parks, had its Canadian debut last summer at the Georgian Bay community outside Owen Sound.
It was an unqualified success, says Cobble Beach owner and show chair Rob McLeese.
“We had an unbelievable team, unbelievable weather and an unbelievable showing of cars like these for the first time in Canada. We hoped to have between 1,500 and 2,000 attendees. We had more than 4,000. We hoped to make between $15,000 and $20,000 for the charity (Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation) and we made a little over $50,000.”
He’s hoping for even greater success this year, with a new complement of vehicles on display.
Owners are only allowed to bring an eligible car to the event every four years. “So, it’s important to note that every year the cars on display are different,” McLeese says.
There will be other new elements this year, he promises.
With Porsche Canada as a sponsor, there will be opportunities to test-drive the Porsche 911, the two-door, high-performance sports car that’s the company’s flagship model. “This is a first for our show and it’s not done at a lot of shows,” he says.
There is also a new museum class being introduced, featuring an 1867 Seth Taylor, a steam engine car and the first automobile built in Canada, produced in Quebec, as well as a 1914 Galt, a hybrid electric car, celebrating its 100th anniversary just as Toyota Canada rolls out its new hybrid Lexus.
This year’s Concours D’Elegance takes place Sept. 13-14, with a participant tour through Owen Sound and Wiarton on Saturday and the automobile display and competition on the golf course’s 18th hole Sunday.
For information, check the website at cobblebeachconcours.com.
Blues return to Stonebridge
Wasaga Beach Blues will return for its third year at Stonebridge By The Bay, Sept. 12-14.
Again headlining is the renowned Downchild Blues Band with festival musical director Chuck Jackson.
The 2014 line-up also includes Steve Strongman, Juno-winning blues guitarist, singer and songwriter originally from Kitchener; Cuban-Canadian harmonica musician Carlos del Junco; Canadian guitarist Steve Hill; the Weber Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins’s back-up band; and a tribute to Mad Dogs and Englishmen – The Music of Joe Cocker, by the Canadian AllStar Band featuring Chuck Jackson, Danny Brooks and Cheryl Lescom.
For more information, check the website at wasagabeachblues.com.