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Winter weather got you out of sorts? Already on the lookout for an early thaw? If the temperature drop caused your spirits to plummet, here are a few ideas for cool-blooded types seeking a little winter warmth right here in the Bay of Quinte Region. Geared specifically towards helping you chill in the best way possible, these fun indoor activities should help keep winter’s harsh edge at bay while you await spring’s return.
1) Kick up your heels and get your groove on. What better way to heat things up than with a little dancing? Consider joining the Quinte Ballroom Dance Scene. Under the impression you’ve got two left feet? How about some lessons? Catering to beginners and advanced dancers alike, Dancetime’s veteran toe-tappers Barb Colson and Paul Burwell offer instruction on a variety of dance-steps, from the romantic waltz to the fast-moving foxtrot. Baby, it’s cold outside, so embrace the rhythm (as well as your partner) and get ready to tango!
2) If you’d rather make music than hit the dance floor, think about joining a local choir. Picton’s Shout Sister rehearses every Thursday night at St. Mary Magdalene Church under the brilliant tutelage of talented blues songstress Georgette Fry. Offering a relaxed atmosphere where reading music is not required, as well as an alternative repertoire running the gamut from folk to Motown, Shout Sister welcomes both rookie singers and seasoned performers.
3) More of a listener than a singer? Check out Shout Sister’s director for yourself when the Juno nominated and 2013 Calgary Blues Music Association’s Singer of the Year performs at the Empire Theatre in mid-January. A great venue for both local and imported musical acts, the Empire’s calendar promises a number of fabulous upcoming shows, all guaranteed to help distract you from the winter blahs.
4) But don’t let your ears have all the fun! Give your eyes a treat and take in the local art scene. The Fibre Arts Show on view at Belleville’s Gallery 121 until Valentine’s Day might just leave you feeling downright warm and fuzzy. Ogle the talents of local artists and artisans at the nearby John M. Parrot Art Gallery or Quinte Arts Council Gallery before heading a bit further afield. Recent shows at Oeno Gallery adjacent to Huff Estate Winery in Prince Edward County included a wonderful collection of paintings by the world-renowned Group of Seven.
5) Inspired by what you saw at the galleries? Consider enrolling in a Loyalist College art class. Are you a potential painter? Folk artist? Perhaps you simply want a little help figuring out that brand new SLR camera you just got for Christmas. If heading back to school to study something fun appeals, check out the catalogue of winter courses available.
6) Sometimes the culinary arts better suit one’s tastes. If so, think about taking some cooking lessons. Consult the Waring House Cookery School schedule and take a gander at the tempting array of themes offered. Upcoming classes include delectable instruction on pub fare, home-made pasta and how to prepare the quintessential steak.
7) When it’s time to burn off those cooking class calories, consider the lengthy list of indoor sports available to members of Quinte Sport and Social Club. Membership provides co-ed teams with opportunities to socialize, all while honing their volleyball, dodgeball, floor hockey and futsal skills. And most importantly, it’s just plain fun.
8) More of a spectator than a player? Bring home the excitement of Canada’s recent success at the World Juniors’ by attending a Trenton Golden Hawks, Wellington Dukes, Picton Pirates or Belleville Bulls game. Hockey fans have plenty of opportunities to head to the local rink and root for their favourite players.
9) If your comfort zone leads straight to the cinema instead of the sports arena, catch a movie presented by Quinte Film Alternative. This non-profit organization has been bringing films from beyond the mainstream to Belleville alternate Wednesdays for nearly twenty years. The price of admission guarantees a chance to see first-rate, first-run movies on the big screen, a perfect winter warm-up to the Belleville Downtown DocFest in late February.
10) When you’re looking to heat up from the inside out, consider partaking in a little winter wine tasting down in Prince Edward County. Get yourself a designated driver and head south of the bay to see what’s on offer during the season’s chillier months. Some tasting rooms, including the one at well known Sandbanks Estate Winery, remain open year round, inviting wine connoisseurs to sample their delicious wares in any type of weather.
Starting to thaw just a little? When you consider how much there is to do right here in the Bay of Quinte Region, winter can’t last long enough. Better get out there and enjoy yourself before gardening season starts!