Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fill up on Summer Theatre in Bancroft’s Most Talented Town!

 

The Village Playhouse in Downtown Bancroft is the place to see awesome live performances.

The Village Playhouse in Downtown Bancroft is the place to see awesome live performances.

It’s that time of year again. The skies are blue, the blackflies are (mostly) gone, the sun is hot, and the days are long. Summer! Finally! And with summer comes awesome live theatre at Bancroft’s historic Village Playhouse. If you haven’t been to the Playhouse before, this is the time to check it out. This season, Bancroft Summer Theatre presents two shows. The first, running now until Saturday (July 19th), is Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, which The Guardian described as “the best kind of farce…It has all the frivolity, but without the vacuousness.”

We’re big theatre fans around here, which is part of the reason why we are proud to be long-time sponsors of summer theatre in Bancroft. In fact, we’ve been season sponsors for 19 years in a row! (You can see our display in the lobby of the theatre.) There’s nothing like getting wrapped up in a story, performed right in front of you, surrounded by the energy and enthusiasm of a live audience.

Stop by the Village Playhouse to see top notch live theatre, and check out our lobby display while you're there!

Stop by the Village Playhouse to see top notch live theatre, and check out our lobby display while you’re there!

We attended the opening performance of Noises Off a couple weeks ago, and laughed until our bellies hurt. If you’re in the mood for a fast paced comedy, we highly recommend it. Here’s what Bancroft Summer Theatre has to say about it:

The show must go on! In this award-winning comedy, a troupe of manic misfits unite to perform “Nothing On”, a classic farce stuffed with slamming doors, mistaken identities and several plates of sardines. When the backstage antics begin to spill over on stage it becomes clear why Noises Off has been called one of the funniest plays ever written. Join us for

We love Bancroft's summer theatre, which is part of the reason we've been sponsors for 19 consecutive years!

We love Bancroft’s summer theatre, which is part of the reason we’ve been sponsors for 19 consecutive years!

a hilarious evening of tangled plots and even more tangled love lives; of forgotten lines and missing props and all that is fun about live theatre; an evening that proves there truly are no people quite like show people!”

There are just 5 more performances of this upbeat comedy, but don’t worry, you can still get tickets for just $22 by stopping by the Playhouse’s box office, or calling 1-877-322-4682.

You can even make a night of it and come by The Craftsman for dinner before the show, which starts at 8pm.

We’re already getting excited to see the next performance on Bancroft Summer Theatre’s roster: Harvest, by Ken Cameron. We haven’t seen this one before, but we’re pretty keen, as the Globe and Mail says it’s “told with humour and imagination…funny and poignant at the same time”

Here’s how Bancroft Summer Theatre describes it:

Don't miss this great line up of live performances presented by Bancroft Summer Theatre!

Don’t miss this great line up of live performances presented by Bancroft Summer Theatre!

The season’s second show will keep the laughs flowing as a whole cast of small town characters are brought to life by two performers in Ken Cameron’s heart-warming comedy. Inspired by the true story of what happened to the playwright’s lovingly quarrelsome parents when they decided to retire, rent out the family farm and move to the city, Harvest is a funny yet poignant story that ultimately brings the couple closer together and takes a sobering look at the state of independent farming in Canada. Will Allan and Charlotte be able to reap a golden retirement? You’re about to find out…”

Harvest runs Tues-Sat nights, July 29 – Aug 2, 5 – 9, 12 – 16 at 8 p.m., with a special matinee on Sat. Aug 9 at 2 p.m. You can keep up with Bancroft Summer Theatre by liking them on Facebook. Click here to visit their Facebook page.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the beautiful historic Village Playhouse, and the amazing talent that one can only find in Ontario’s Most Talented Town. See you at the Playhouse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EnRoute to a whole wide world of deliciousness!

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We’re featured in this month’s issue of Air Canada’s magazine ‘enRoute!’

Guess what!? We’re feeling pretty darn special this week. We’ve been featured in the July issue of EnRoute, the official magazine of Air Canada! That’s right, the next time you’re thirty-five thousand feet up in the air you can read all about little ol’ us. Talk about exposure; the magazine has a readership of over a million people per month. Yup. You read that right: a million! Wowsa! And writer Dan Rubinstein had so many nice things to say about us that we’re collectively blushing a sweet shade of pink (no, it’s not a sunburn…though we have been immensely enjoying this awesome North Hastings summer).

How could you not have an amazing summer with a location like this. North Hastings is AWESOME!

How could you not have an amazing summer with a location like this. North Hastings is AWESOME!

Dan, accompanied by his wife and kids, came for dinner a couple Wednesdays ago when Kirk Bates was here playing some great music for us all. Dan and his family were tired out and hungry after a long and fun filled day checking out recreational geology in the area. We’re so glad he came by. It was great to meet him, and we’re very touched by his lovely comments. Here’s what he said about us:

“Perched on a hill above the highway, The Craftsman looks like a little yellow house. Inside, with a ppickeral dinnerInterior 2late of lightly breaded Lake Erie perch, a bottle of Ontario’s Church Key pale ale and a guy on a guitar in the corner covering Blue Rodeo and Gordon Lightfoot songs, the Craftsman feels like home. Sit in a bright red booth by the windows or on the enclosed porch where miners used to bring their ladies to dance in the 1950s (back when the diner was called the Little Brown Jug). On the special board, look for burgers made with organic, grass-fed beef from up the road. Order the perfectly grilled Manitoulin Island pickerel, served with creamy coleslaw made from scratch – like everything else on the menu.”

You can read Dan’s whole article here: http://enroute.aircanada.com/en/articles/getaway-to-bancroft

It was really neat to meet Dan, especially because we’re big readers around here and last fall we enjoyed reading his piece ‘the walking cure’ in the Walrus (you can read it here). In addition to en Route and the Walrus, Dan’s articles have appeared in publications such as The Economist, the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life, Canadian Business, explore, and Canadian Geographic. You can find out more about Dan here.

Ellenberger burgerEllenberger boardWe’re so glad that Bancroft has been featured in EnRoute, because come on, let’s face it, this part of the world is awesome, and people everywhere deserve to know it!

We’re also positively tickled that Dan and his family enjoyed their meals and found us worthy of writing about…and sharing with the world! And it just so happens that the ‘organic grass-fed beef burger from up the road’ that Dan mentioned in his article is on special this week. That’s right, our Burger of the Week is the Ellenberger Burger: six delicious ounces of organic grass-fed beef from the Ellenberger Organic Farm (you can read more about the farm here), topped with aged white cheddar, and all your favourite fixings, and served with fries of course. It’s on special all week, so come on by.

Kirk Bates entertaining us all with his groovy tunes!

Kirk Bates entertaining us all with his groovy tunes!

And if you come and get seated next to a table of Turkish diplomats or French foodies, you can thank Dan and Air Canada for endorsing us to the whole wide world!