Mid- Winter Milling, an Almonte tradition!!!!

What is it?

On the last Saturday of February, since 2010, Almonte’s beautiful downtown hosts “Mid- Winter Milling”. Many Downtown Almonte shop owners host a spiritual, health and/or self-awareness practitioner from 10am-5pm within their own shop. There are a variety of readers — card readers, a Turkish coffee reader, mediums — as well as energy healers and massage therapists. The variety of modalities, as well as the size of the event, changes every year.


How does it work?


Head to the store that has your TOP practitioner at 10 am and sign-up right away then head to the next store and sign up there.  THERE IS NO SIGNING UP IN ADVANCE so you’ve got to be quick! The practitioners are paid directly for the session, in cash (usually $20-$60).


Who is participating this year?


Check out this large list of practitioners and their location that came out in the latest edition of the Humm!


What else is there to do in Almonte?


Shop, shop SHOP! There are so many great shops in the downtown core. Absolutely something for everyone. Great clothing stores and antique stores galore!

If art galleries are more your thing, there are a couple of those too!

There are awesome restaurants and café’s too. Whether you are looking for a gourmet meal or a quick sandwich you will be totally covered….all within walking distance.



Who are you hoping to book a session with???



It’s a Family Affair in Lanark County!!!!

Lanark County is the place to be for Family Day 2020. So many options!


Family Day at Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush

Family fun is what it’s all about at Fulton’s!  Bring your family to spend a memorable day together. Enjoy a hot pancake meal in the pancake house from 9 am to 3 pm with extras such as toe tapping music & sleigh rides between 10 am – 2 pm.



Carleton Place Comic-con

Bring your family and enjoy a celebration of all things Geeky from 10-4 on Family Day! Comic books, artwork, jewelry, board games, anime, and so much more! With free face painting and a children’s activity area, families of all ages are sure to have a blast. Admission is only $1 per person over 12 years of age, OR a non-perishable food donation to the Lanark County Food Bank. 100% of the food and money collected goes directly to the Food Bank.



Carleton Place Aquatic Centre

Get out for a swim with the whole family! Open to all ages with a child supervision policy in effect. With the main pool divided in half separating the deep and shallow end, there is room for all different swimming abilities. Diving board and Hot/Wading pool are open too for extra fun! Public Family Day swims from 1-2:30 and 6:30-8. Regular swim fees apply.



Free Family Day movie in Almonte!

Bring the family to the Almonte Old Town Hall on Family Day for an 11:00 am showing of “Playing with Fire”. Refreshments will be available for sale. The movie is sure to please all ages: “When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet — babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids — much like fires — are wild and unpredictable.” www.rottentomatoes.com



Skating and Sliding!

Grab your skates and helmet and head to the rink for some family fun. Tim Horton’s is sponsoring free Family Day skating in Almonte from 1-3 and Pakenham from 3-5.

If you prefer sliding, there is a GREAT hill just steps from the Almonte arena at Gemmil Park.


How will you be spending your family day?IT

Valentine’s Day without the Dinner!

Maybe you love the idea and tradition of Valentine’s Dinner with your love or perhaps you are looking for something different or a little more economical. Here are some ideas to bring some love and warmth to your Valentine’s Day.




Preparing a meal together:


I know I said no dinner…but there is something really lovely about preparing a meal together and sitting down, just the two of you, to eat it. Dim the lights, add a few candles and some music and you’ve got a beautiful setting for a romantic evening. Depending on what your life looks like…. maybe the kids are watching a movie or at Grandma and Grandpa’s house? Whatever the situation just remember to put away your phones and give your significant other the gift of presence!



A handwritten letter:


When was the last time you received a handwritten letter from someone, not to mention your partner! For some, expressing emotions is tough but a letter can make it easier! There is nothing more romantic or touching than when someone writes down on paper how they feel about you. Do this for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Tell them exactly what you love and appreciate about them. Nothing says I love you like your own words.




A romantic walk or snowshoe:


Whether it’s a stroll down Mill Street in Almonte, or Bridge Street in Carleton Place or a snowshoe at Beckwith Trail, this is a great way to have some one-on-one time with your significant other. Doing something active releases endorphins which will make you both feel great and full of life. This will also pull you out of your normal everyday routine and allow for some technology free time together.





Love notes:


Hide notes or candy hearts where you know your love will find them. For instance, you could tape a love note to her steering wheel, slip another one in her wallet, and tape another onto the handle of her toothbrush. Waking up in the morning to find a post-it note on the coffee maker from your loved one saying he/she loves you is the best!




Movie night:


Watch a romantic movie together and make sure to add treats! Whether you have Netflix or another streaming option there are TONS of movies right at your fingertips. You could also head to your local library and choose one of the many DVD’s they have to offer (as long as you still have a DVD player!) Turn on your fireplace if you’ve got one and voila!





What is your favourite thing to do on Valentine’s Day?


It’s Winter in Ottawa! A Winter 2020 Bucket list

It’s winter in Ottawa! A Winter 2020 bucket list

One of the great benefits to living in Lanark County is its proximity to our Nation’s Capital! Depending on where you are located you can be in Ottawa in a matter of moments. While Lanark county has TONS of winter activities to participate in there are lots of great winter attractions that I look forward to in Ottawa every year. For a city that is USED to winter….it is full of winter “stuff” to do!



Winterlude 2020


From Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, 2020, Ottawa hosts Canada’s annual celebration of winter, Winterlude. A special highlight for children (and the young at heart) is Snowflake Kingdom located in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, with its collection of huge snow slides and interactive activities. The festival’s International Ice Carving Competition attracts carvers from around the world who transform blocks of ice into spectacular works of art. Visit the sculptures during the day and again at night to see them in all their lit-up glory.

Don’t miss the annual Ice Dragon Boat Festival on Feb. 7-8, 2020 where dragon boats race down the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway. Cheer on the dragon boaters as they race down the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway and then warm up inside the Dows Lake Pavilion during the festival’s free concert series!



Skating on the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world is a ‘must-do’ on many visitors’ bucket lists. The Rideau Canal Skateway is open to skaters daily from roughly late December to late February, weather permitting, at no charge, although this year we had a very late start just a few weeks ago! There are change huts, skate rental shacks and snack stations all along its 7.8 km (4.8 miles) length. Check the ice conditions before you head out.

If ice conditions don’t allow for skating on the canal, you can head to Ottawa City Hall where the SENS Rink of Dreams, a refrigerated outdoor skating rink, is open from December to March from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. This 12,500-square-foot ice rink features LED lighting, a heated change hut, picnic tables and benches. Skate rentals and skate sharpening are available on site on weeknights and weekends

The Skating Court at Lansdowne also offers a longer skating season that stretches from early December to mid-March. Free open skating sessions are available daily, or you can learn how to skate through one of its skating programs (skate rentals are not available at this site).


Cross Country Skiing


You can access cross-country trails in the heart of Ottawa, including the popular Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail (known locally as the SJAM Trail). Its groomed tracks are meant for snowshoeing, walking and fat biking (fat tires NOT people!) for 16 km (10 miles) along the Ottawa River running westward from the Canadian War Museum, near downtown. There are also over 150 km (93 miles) of cross-country ski trails in the Greenbelt area encircling Ottawa. You can use the trails for free and all are suitable for beginners and family outings.



Pack up the family, and head out to one of the toboggan hills in Canada’s Capital Greenbelt. These snowy hills are some of the best in the Ottawa region, and are sure to provide thrills for the young and the young at heart.

The Bruce Pit Toboggan Hill is located in the Stony Swamp section of the Greenbelt. The hill offers great daytime sliding but is not lit at night.

The Conroy Pit Toboggan Hill is located in the Pine Grove Forest section of the Greenbelt. At Conroy Pit, you can toboggan in the evening, as well as during the day. The hill is lit daily from 4 pm to 11 pm.

There are also great toboggan hills at Green’s Creek. These hills are also lit in the evening, extending the fun.


What is on your winter 2020 bucket list??


Joanne Beaton