Outings & Events

BNIA Outings and Events 2018     by Molly Mulloy

The popularity of our Outings and Events is growing. These BNIA summer offerings send participants home with unique memories and one-of-a-kind pieces of art inspired by this area’s original peoples. There is something for everyone. Children, friends, grandparents – all are welcome. We have new twists on old favourites, and added a couple of new ones. The workshops have very limited space this year – they will be held at generous inleters’ cottages since we can no longer use Nares Landing. Spaces are filling up quickly, so if you wish to attend, contact Molly asap. We do not want to have to turn anyone away. Handicraft workshops have been enjoyed by three generations, and entire families! We are very grateful for the Outings and Events leaders who are volunteering their time and expertise. Please dress appropriately for the weather: sun, wind, drizzle, bugs. Bring water and snacks, or a lunch if the event is over the lunch hour. Storm and high wind dates will be the following day. Changes and updates known a week or more in advance will be posted on the BNIA Facebook page and the notice board ‘Events’ posters at local marinas. Please contact Molly Mulloy with comments, feedback, and ideas for future events. Email molly.mulloy7@gmail.com
New Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve ‘Kid’s Kits’ (informative and fun for adults too) are available from GBBR with great projects, information, activities and contests to fill your holidays with exploration and adventures. They can be picked up this summer at GBBR in Parry Sound or at Cranberry Camp, 400 Highway 529 on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am until noon.

Explore Our Shores with Delaina Arnold & GBBR staff
When: Sunday July 22 @ 10am – 12pm
Where:  Gibraltar Point, Bayfield – Coordinates: 45.62072 -80.52114

This is a family-oriented event – young and older are welcome. Bring the entire family and friends, and also a picnic if you wish. Join the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve staff to learn about the 2018 ‘State of the Bay’ ecosystem health report through a short talk and guided paddle. Themes include: water quality, fish communities, coastal wetlands, food webs, climate change, and citizen science. Please bring canoes and/or kayaks for the paddling portion. In the event of inclement weather, visit gbbr.ca for cancellation notices. For more information or to volunteer, contact info@gbbr.ca or call 705-774-0978. Pick up your copy of ‘State of the Bay’ this summer, or go to stateofthebay.ca to learn more and download a copy.

Yoga on the Bay with Betty Morris (registered Yoga Instructor)
When: Wednesday, July 25 @ 4 to 5:30 pm
Where: Paddle Tennis Courts, Nares Inlet (south side of Portage Bay)

Yoga’s gentle stretching and breath work is marvelous therapy for the body and the soul! Betty Morris, RYT500 Yoga instructor, will again lead a yoga session for all levels and ages on the Paddle Tennis Court. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one (or foam cushion or a thick beach towel), wear comfy clothes and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat. If it is too hot, we will move to a shady deck at the Morris cottage. This has been very popular for the last two years, with many requests for a repeat.

Quill-Birchbark Workshop with Tracey Pawis (Anishinabe artist)
When: Friday, July 27 @ 11-2 pm
Where: Anne Stewart’s Cottage in Nares – (Island #583A)

Learn some local First Nations history and create your own quill-birchbark art piece! Tracey Pawis, curator of G’zaagin Gallery in Parry Sound, will teach us traditional Ojibway/Potawatomi birchbark-quill work, and help us connect to the people our predecessors met and traded with here. To cover materials provided, a fee of $40 is required. Seating is limited to 15 people. To register, sign up with Molly Mulloy: molly.mulloy7@gmail.com asap. Sign up now! Payment is by cash, Visa or Mastercard. Tracey will bring a variety of items from her gallery for sale. She offers a number of other workshops at the Gallery and in schools including quill box making, moccasins, medicine pouches, dream catchers and kids’ art camp. You can find the gallery on various social network sites, including Facebook.

Knot-tying with Harvey Cornish (expert sailor)
When: Wednesday, August 1 @ 11-2 pm
Where: Cornish Cottage in Nares – (Island #A568-1)

Join an expert yachtsman who knows many knots to learn and practise 4-6 knots that will prove extremely useful here in the Bay. For people of the Archipelago tying knots is a critically important skill. Harvey will help you become proficient and confident. The workshop will take place outdoors on the dockside deck – dress appropriately with hat, sunscreen and bug dope. Bring water and snacks (lunch).

Woodland Art Painting with Tracey Pawis (Anishinabe artist)  Sorry, This event is fully booked for this year!
When: Wednesday, August 8 @ 1-3:30 pm
Where: Jefferies-Jones Cottage in Bayfield – (Island #A615-1 F8)

This was very popular last summer, so it’s being repeated. Learn how to paint in Norval Morrisseau’s famous Woodland Art style, and create your own colourful art piece to keep. To cover the cost of materials a fee of $30 is required. Note: Space is very limited, so contact Molly soon to ensure there is a spot for you. Tracey will bring a selection of items from her gallery for sale. See above for more details. If you come by motorboat, please have an anchor on board.