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champagne regIn conjunction with Georgian Bay Symphony's 16th Annual Vintner's Dinner & Wine Auction, the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre will be auctioning a Champagne bottle salvaged from the ship Regina.
The Regina sank during the "Great Storm" of the Great lakes in 1913 and remained under 83 feet of Lake Huron water, until being discovered in 1986. Commercial divers recovered thousands of items from the wreck, including Champagne bottles. Newspaper accounts reported $36 000 worth of Champagne as part of Regina's cargo- the two brands being Veuve Clicquot and GH Mumm. A requirement of the salvage permit meant that a portion of the recovered artefacts be donated to museums. The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre received several boxes of items in 2013, most of which are now part of the permanent collection.
While the bottles no longer contain Champagne, the bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity. Proceeds from the sale of the Champagne bottle will benefit both the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre and the Georgian Bay Symphony.

LOCATION of Auction: Stone Tree Golf & Fitness
DATE of Auction: Saturday April 18, 2015 6:30 PM

For more information about the Auction contact:
David Adair, Georgian Bay Symphony, 994 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound 519-372-0212

For more information about the Champagne bottle contact:
Wendy Tomlinson, Community Waterfront Heritage Centre,
1155 1st Ave W, Owen Sound 519-371-3333 or 519-375-5542

Kemble-Syrup-featBy Hub Staff
If you're looking for sweet times in a small town you don't have to go any further than the 6th annual Kemble Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 11. The Keppel, Sarawak, and Zion Keppel United Churches have partnered with local producers to open 7 farms for tours where the public can see how maple syrup is made first hand. The sugar bush operations range in size from 35-6200 taps and visitors can also make the acquaintance of the farms' four-legged residents including elk, sheep, herding dogs, and highland cattle. Regel Point Elk Farm will host a Community Fair where visitors can learn more about the local Kemble area and Kemble United Church will host an Art Show and Sale from 9am – 4pm and the Great Maple Infused Meal from 8am - 3pm. The mouthwatering menu includes fresh from scratch pancakes, local meats, and coffee with generous portions of local maple syrup on hand.

spencer-reg2For the second year in a row, Owen Sound brewer Spencer Wareham has brought home gold from the Ontario Brewing Awards for his New Zealand Red Ale. Wareham's Killanan Brewing Company won in the amber ale category for the ale he describes as having "great notes of biscuit and toasty malt character which pave the way for some beautiful hop character...a bright citrus character with no harsh bitterness". The awards were announced Thursday night at the 12th annual Ontario Brewing gala at Corus Quay in Toronto.
If you want to enjoy the award-winning ale, it is only available at the Killanan brewery store in the Rockford Plaza for now, but Wareham hopes to get it into the LCBO by next fall or winter.

rinpoche featOver the weekend of April 11th and 12th the venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, a native Tibetan Lama in exile, will be giving public teachings titled "Healing the Mind, Healing the Body" on meditation and healing practices in Owen Sound.

This is the third consecutive year that Rinpoche has come to Owen Sound to provide support for meditation practitioners as well as to introduce the many benefits of meditation to the broader public. The event is being organized in part by Kemble resident and authorized Buddhist teacher Theodore Tsaousidis who offers many mindfulness courses in the area throughout the year.

"Rinpoche is a down to earth, compassionate and devoted teacher who is interested in the individual and what they uniquely need to heal, grow, and move forward," says Theodore Tsaousidis. Previous retreat participant Kathy Hopson says, "We are very fortunate to have the wisdom and gentle manner of Rinpoche with us. Personally, I have experienced the healing power of daily mindfulness practice."

OSHARE-Logo featBy Cathy Hird and Peggy Moulaison

What is the measure of a healthy society? Sometimes we use GDP, but for me that hides the way the money is distributed. We can use unemployment figures, but those numbers mask the people who have stopped looking for work and the large number of older and younger people who cannot get work.

Some theologians argue that the measure of a community is the way we care for the poor and vulnerable among us. One of the ways our community serves is the meal provided by OSHaRE. It is not a good thing that this service is needed: hungry people are a reminder that there are significant economic inequities in our area. But OSHaRE (Owen Sound Hunger and Relief Effort) grew out of broad based co-operation between churches and community services. It provides food for people who would otherwise be hungry. It provides community for those who come to eat as well as for those who volunteer. Because so many people are involved, the meals help to break down the barriers between haves and have nots in our community.

I asked Peggy Moulaison, the OSHaRE Director of Operations, to describe their service.

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