Savour Elgin/Elgin Arts Trail Programs Receive Accolades

Doors Open St. Thomas Peers into our Industrial Heritage

Every year from May to October, communities across the province open doors to hundreds of historical buildings, museums, private homes, and other interesting venues. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge!


St. Thomas’ Doors Open is coming up Saturday October 17th from 10am-4pm and will feature some unique sites and activities, including free train rides! The train runs from the L&PS Station to the Elgin County building where people have an hour layover to explore the Elgin County Museum and Archives.


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EDCO Awards of Excellence Submissions Now Open

EDCOsmThe Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) has opened the call for submissions for the EDCO Awards of Excellence.  The Awards of excellence are a highly coveted commodity, an honour to receive, and also a great profile builder and opportunity to showcase your efforts to hundreds of economic development professionals.  As an EDCO award receipt you set the bar as a leader and innovator in the profession. We are excited about 2 NEW awards this year! The Digital Influencer of the Year and the Innovative Community Award.


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London’s Own Sandra Polson Best in Industry

On September 17th at the Hilton Toronto Airport Sandra Polson received the Canadian Society of Associate Executives – Trillium Chapter Business Member Service Excellence Award. Sandra was nominated as best in class by her industry peers for her outstanding contributions to the CSAE Trillium Chapter.


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New Restaurant, the Vines, Opens at Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Estate Winery

Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Estate Winery is pleased to announce the opening of its new restaurant, The Vines, effective Saturday, August 29, 2015. The hours of operation will be daily, from 11 am to 5 pm. The restaurant has a seating capacity of 44 with outdoor patio seating available in good weather for another 40 seats. The restaurant has an elegant venue of tasteful small plates and unique luncheon fare.


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Promoting Local Farmers Through First-Hand Experiences in Chatham-Kent

A local community organization is hard at work putting the finishing touches on a weekend event showcasing local innovative farmers and producers and their unique and diverse products and crops. A full weekend of hands-on activities, tastings and special events as part of CK Table’s inaugural Rethink Food Weekend Sept 12th & 13th.


This is the fifth year CK Table has organized a special event on this weekend – winning the 2014 Ontario Culinary Tourism Award for Ontario Culinary Tourism Event of the Year for their CK Table Signature Dinner – a multi-course farm-to-table feast hosted at a local farm, using all local ingredients, and prepared by top-notch chefs.


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Long Point Biosphere searching for Amazing Places

SandHillNominations are once again open to find the most “Amazing Places” in three UNESCO biosphere reserve regions of Ontario – Long Point on Lake Erie, eastern Georgian Bay, and the Frontenac Arch, including the Thousand Islands area. The Amazing Places project is a sustainable tourism initiative that highlights must-visit destinations that are rich in natural or cultural history, have breathtaking scenery, and are often home to extraordinary wildlife.


Andrea Kilian, Sustainable Tourism Project Manager for the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve, says: “The program appeals to members of the public to nominate their most favourite places within the UNESCO biosphere reserves. Last year, the pilot project brought in over 175 nominations, with 30 sites finally selected: ten sites in each biosphere reserve.”


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Ontario South Coast Wines celebrate local food and wine at inaugural event: Toast the Coast

Sip and savour the flavours of the region at “Toast the Coast” on Friday, September 11.  The Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association (OSCWGA) is working together with local FeastOn restaurants to present a first annual event celebrating local wine and food. This inaugural fundraising event will take place at Burning Kiln Winery on Sept. 11, 2015. Over 100 guests are expected to attend this year along with winemakers and chefs from the area.


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HMCS Ojibwa Hosts Submariners This Weekend

SAOC visits OJIBWA Ojibwa opening ceremonies submarinersHMCS Ojibwa will play host to Canada’s submariners this weekend as they hold their Annual Meeting and BBQ in Port Burwell. The submariners and their guests will be attending a private dinner Friday evening, with meetings and a special evening tour of the submarine on Saturday and a farewell breakfast on Sunday morning. These remarkable men will be coming from as far away as Halifax.  As often happens on these occasions, many of them will become tour guides for the lucky visitors who come to the boat, particularly on Friday.


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Eat Your City Restaurant Week 2015

It’s time to celebrate our local restaurants!  For one week only, diners and food lovers can celebrate Windsor and Essex County’s local dining scene by taking part in a unique culinary event. From August 10 to August 16, 2015, visit any Eat Your City Restaurant Week participating restaurant and indulge in 3-course meals for lunch or dinner at great value across the county. Each restaurant will offer a unique Eat Your City menu and highlight the diverse and exceptional local dining in the region.


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