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BittersweetBittersweetContact: Amy Relouw-Gelinas
Grand Bend’s newest home and garden decor store! Our special feature – our Van Gogh Fossil Paint Corner! Explore your creative side with our easy to use, environmentally friendly, Canadian made, fossil paints. Ask about our in store classes!
Dark Horse Estate WineryDark Horse Estate WineryContact: Ashley Horlor
Dark Horse Estate Winery is a new fully integrated commercial estate winery, vineyard and agri-tourism facility. The new winery will be located directly beside the Huron Country Playhouse in South Huron and will create significant opportunities for enhancing and developing Huron County’s already strong and growing tourism industry. The goal is to attract new visitors for extended visits to Huron County through the creation and marketing of new culinary tourism experiences associated with wineries.
For the last few years, Huron County Economic Development Services and its partner, the Huron Business Development Corporation have been engaged in significant research into developing and promoting the County as a new wine region in Ontario. New projects are now being initiated and future plantings of vineyards and investments will continue after the inspired commitment to the launch of Dark Horse Estate Winery.
PHOTO AT RIGHT: Dark Horse Estate Winery Rasenberg family and partners gather for a photograph at the recent media event. Back Row (left to right): John Rasenberg, Dark Horse Estate Winery; Craig Horlor, Dark Horse Estate Winery; Mike Pullen, Huron County Economic Development Services; Murray Watson, Project Consultant; Roger Vail, Vailmount Vineyards Ltd.; Bill Krohn, WJK Architect. Front Row (left to right): Scott Rasenberg, Dark Horse Estate Winery; Sue Ann Rasenberg, Dark Horse Estate Winery; Ashley Horlor, Dark Horse Estate Winery; Murray Marshall, Project Consultant; Krista Hulshot, Veld Architect
Gables in the BendGables in the Bend
Gables offers daily live entertainment featuring a DJ and live bands covering top 40 tunes and classic favourites on the weekends.
Our new Uptown Downtown Patio is now open. Come visit us at our newly opened Main Street Patio – The Uptown-Downtown Patio. Connecting the Colonial Hotel to Gables, this patio is the place to be to grab a cold beer and delicious food on a hot Summer day. It is easy to spend an afternoon here people watching, catching up with friends and family, and listening to music.
Gables is where the fun starts and never ends!
Weekly Events Summer Only
Mondays: Jam Nights with Brian and Friends. The Jam Band will be running all night long. A local favourite – musicians and singers alike are invited to join Brian and the Jam Night Band on stage to sing a song, play an instrument, or both.
It’s a skilled jam session that always has the dance floor packed. Come check out Grand Bend’s favourite weekly event!
Thursdays: Country Night live bands. Always a fun night so break out your cowboy boots, plaid, and cowboy hats and come show us your dance moves. Country Night starts in June summers only.
Entertainment Schedule 2015
- July 25 Tanya Marie Harris
- July 2 Lance Bedards New Country Band HIGHWAY 21 9-1
- July 9 Chadly Chase Band
- July 16 Tanya Marie Harris
- July 23 Chadly Chase
- July 30 Tanya Marie Harris
- Aug 6 Chadly Chase
- Aug 13 Tanya Marie Harris
- Aug 20 Chadly Harris
- Aug 27 Tanya Marie Harris
- Winter Months: Open for special functions
- Summer Months: Open seven days a week from 11:30am on the patio until 2:00am inside.
Gallery on Main StreetGallery on Main StreetContact: Victor Alderson & Mark McLean
Gallery on Main Street is owned and operated by Victor Alderson and Mark Mclean, who share time spent at the Gallery answering art lovers questions and working on new pieces.
Victor was a professional photographer for 20 years operating studios in both Forest and Grand Bend, Ontario. Living on the Ausable River Cut near the Pinery Park for 25 years, he had a perfect back drop for portraits.
An avid Lake Huron boater, he has a keen interest in nature, landscapes and Lake Huron sunsets. Victor picked up an artist’s brush and converted his photography display easel into his new support for canvas. He paints in both oil and acrylic media in the year-round sunroom Studio/Gallery at 14 Main Street, Grand Bend, Ontario. The Gallery features over 200 original paintings and 60 photographic images, very popular with international collectors.
Victor favours the Alla Prima style (also called wet-on-wet) which is a direct technique where the painting is completed in one sitting. As well as paintings, Victor offers scenic photography and driftwood sailboats.
Mark works in a style he calls photo representational. His art and the subjects he paints are anointed in a manner that the subject is easily identifiable but not so that you would confuse it with a photo.
Mark paints images that have a personal meaning to him and paints to convey a story. He always uses archival papers and professional quality watercolours to ensure customers receive an image that will be archival.
Mark has exhibited his work in several Paint Ontario exhibits, had a solo show at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, participated in several juried shows at Victoria Playhouse and exhibited at Gallery in the Grove Sarnia. His work is also shown at the Main Street Gallery in Grand Bend.
He has taken instruction from Jane Garner, Maria Berry and Peg Kivi.
His art at Victoria Playhouse juried show has won an award for best watercolour.
Mark has a solo show scheduled in the Laurence House in Oct 2018 at the Lawrence House Center for the Arts in Sarnia.
Grand Bend ParasailGrand Bend ParasailContact: Lee Marcoux
Established in Grand Bend Ontario, Canada in 2012. Parasail over beautiful Lake Huron, Grand Bend Beach. Our staff have a combined 15+ years experience in Parasailing and watersports.
Captain – Lee Marcoux is a Canadian born avid water sportsman mainly growing up in the Caribbean. Working on yachts and living aboard his sailboat with his young family. Lee is versed in the safety aspects and can easily read the wind, wave, weather conditions that can be fast changing. Worked as a “Rigger” (inspection and repair of gear) in the Skydiving industry for many years inspecting parachutes, maintenance and packing chutes. An accomplished B.A.S.E. Jumper with over a 1000 jumps to date and many students over the 12 year period. This gives Grand Bend Parasail the leading edge in safety and the ability to instruct passengers and Crew professionally & check Parachutes and gear for wear. Captain Lee has acquired the regulated Commercial Captains license’s through Transport Canada’s required courses.
Captain Carlos Ramos- An avid Skydiver and Videographer and years of experience working parsail boats here and in the Caribbean. Carlos has been with Grand Bend Parasail from near the beginning and has accumulated a huge amount of experience and has gone through his Transport Canada Regulated courses. When not at work, you’ll always find Carlos on the water, sailing and living the life aboard his sailboat. Or possibly at the Drop Zone in Grand Bend skydiving!
Crew/First Mates- Andrew Puerto and Callum Rollings were an perfect fit and match with Grand Bend Parasail. With a few seasons of training and experience, their knowledge of parachutes and parasailing have excelled and are able to understand the demands of different chutes used for various weights/wind conditions of the day. Great energy and fun at all times on board! They also have a great eye for Photo’s/video which makes for an invaluable part of this operation.
Grand Bend Recreation CentreGrand Bend Recreation Centre
Located at the Grand Bend Public School. Grand Bend Gymnasium has a capacity of 200. Equipment supplied: floor hockey sticks, basketballs, volleyballs, hoola hoops, badminton racquets, benches, tables and chairs. Great for sporting events or large meetings. Community Room has a capacity of 40. Small kitchen: stove, fridge, microwave, dishes for up to 40 people. Room dividers, overhead screen, tables and chairs. Also functions as a nursery school room. Great for small meetings, small dinners, classes and information sessions.
Oakwood ResortOakwood ResortDirector of SalesContact: Jeff Pacheco
Oakwood Resort is a family owned and operated resort located in Grand Bend Ontario. The resort is nestled within a natural setting featuring large mature trees and plenty of green space all just steps away from the beautiful white sand beaches of Lake Huron. With 126 rooms offering a variety of accommodation options including deluxe rooms, suites and cottages. We are the ideal location for a family getaway, a corporate retreat or just a weekend away for two. We also offer a wide range of things to do on site including an eighteen-hole golf course, relaxing spa, dining room and pub, indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, tennis courts, fitness center, access to our private beach, children’s play area and ten thousand square feet of banquet and conference space.
126 Rooms and Suites / Dining, Golf, Spa, Indoor Pool / Open Year Round
St. Joseph & Area Historical SocietySt. Joseph & Area Historical Society
Through membership dues, fundraising activities and donations, the unique history of St. Joseph, Ontario is preserved for the good of the community and presented to tourists, students, schools and historians.
We hold monthly meetings to discuss projects that promote our mandate and to enjoy presentations on local history. We partner with the Huron Tourism Association and the Huron Arts & Heritage Network to promote heritage and culture along Ontario’s West Coast. This includes display setup at local events and the promotion of same to the local community through the media.
We enjoy the support and involvement of many local groups, institutions and businesses in our events and meetings, such as the Royal Canadian Legions of Hensall, Grand Bend and Exeter, St. Peters’ Roman Catholic Church and the Bluewater Rest Home. We also share information with the Huron County Historical Society and the Ontario Historical Society.
The Shores Recreation CentreThe Shores Recreation Centre
Arena: 1 NHL size rink (200ft x 85ft). Seating capacity of 700, standing room for several hundred more. Walking track free to anyone. Ice can be rented for private parties/functions. Concrete pad has a capacity of 1200 and can be rented out for trade shows, summer sports and other special events. Concession Booth. Gymnasium: 1 full size basketball, volleyball and badminton court. Can be split into 2 by a curtain wall. Suncor Wellness Centre (upper level): Operated by the YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton. 2 Meeting rooms: Upper room has a capacity of 8, Lower room has a capacity of 30. Tables and chairs provided. Municipal Office (upper level).