Local Businesses Support the Achievement of Another

truescarlette5 404x252It is hard to believe that it has just been a year since Sandra Pilkington took over True Scarlette. As many of you know True Scarlette is one of the best places North of 7 for aesthetics and tanning.

On Friday, March 11 Sandra held her 1 year anniversary and to show her clients appreciation for the support they have given over the last year she reached out to other businesses in the area to see if they would be interested in donating door prizes.

The response was phenomenal and I have to say I was impressed by each donation. The grande prize was a night at the Teddy Bear Bed and Breakfast, dinner for 2 at the Granite and Bancroft Taxi donated the ride to and from the Granite. Other business that also donated was one of our gems here The Old Tin Shed, The “Hair”itage House, and Ambient Glow. Uvalux who is one of Sandra’s suppliers also donated a wealth of tanning products and gift basket to be given away.

As Sandra spoke to both Bancroft This Week and Mary Kavanagh town councillor and with the BBIA she explained that although a year of up and downs, it has mostly been up. By expanding products and services after listening to her existing cliental she has been able to grow the business and looks forward to keep doing so in the coming years.

The winners of the prizes are being drawn this coming Monday morning and I’ll update you with the winners then.

There is an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child….I think this could be adopted to small rural businesses in supporting each others milestones. Just food for thought.


Urban Girl


This Hour Has 22 Minutes Star coming to Hospice North Hastings

Cathy-Jones-Final-page-001-232x300Canadian cultural icon, comedienne and one of the funniest women on television, Cathy Jones, is set to bring her one-woman show, “Stranger to Hard Work” to the Bancroft Village Playhouse on Thursday, February 18.

In this new show, Cathy shares her unique perspective on a variety of topics from food to money and the troublesome people in her life. It’s a funny, thought provoking look at what she’s learned in life so far.

Master of a thousand voices, Cathy Jones is a Canadian television icon and an audience favourite for an unprecedented 25 years. She’s a founding member of the award-winning comedy troupe CODCO, past member of the Wonderful Grand Band, and has starred in every season of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Cathy is as popular with her peers as she is with fans, winning an incredible 18 Gemini Awards for her work as a writer and performer. Cathy is a passionate advocate for the environment, a Buddhist, a mother, and a proud grandmother who works and writes from her eco-home on the East Coast.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see this Canadian icon in such an intimate setting,” says Playhouse Manager Heather Brough. “We can’t wait to see Cathy on our stage and because we like to get up close and personal with our favourite Canadian stars, we’ve invited Cathy to do a live audience Q &A right after the performance and she agreed!”

Tickets are now available at Hospice House, Posies, Harvest Moon or online for $35 plus HST. This is a licensed event and all proceeds go to the Bancroft Village Playhouse Repair Fund. Please note, this is Cathy Jones so there is an “adult language” advisory in place.

Barbara Shaw



These boots were made for walking!

Where I live we are in the depths of winter. My huMom just got me a set of Canadian made winter boots from Critter Comfort & Clips. Why would a dog need boots? Simple, road salt & toxic road chemicals.

So what is road salt? Mostly it’s sodium chloride, the same as table salt but road salt usually contains other chloride salts such as magnesium, calcium, & potassium chloride. Sodium acetate & calcium magnesium acetate may also be added to the mix, as well as some basic salts such as calcium hydroxide to help counter corrosives. Read more

Lights, camera, action – music!

John Williams music feature of NHHS Music Semester Celebration at Playhouse

NHHS music students perform their pieces in the community during the holiday season. Photo submitted

Lights, camera, action – music! Movie fans will be in for a musical treat on Jan 18 and 19 as the North Hastings High School music students offer their new show, “Come to the Movies – featuring the Music of John Williams” at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft.

With “Star Wars” as the film to see this winter, NHHS students will be showcasing the beloved anthems from this film as well as some well known pieces from “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park.”

Musical director Dianne Winmill says the students have been working on the set list for months and that they’re ready to take their show to Bancroft’s historic theatre.

“With the calibre of the music students rising steadily over the years, we have been able to play more difficult music for this concert,” Winmill says. “By practicing our performing skills in the fall through our community concerts at schools, seniors’ residences and at parades, we have become quite comfortable performing. Much of the music being played includes my personal favourite band arrangements of popular movie music and some of these arrangements I have been dying to play – finally we are getting the chance.”

By partnering with the Bancroft Village Playhouse for the production, the students will gain the experience of performing in a real theatre that comes complete with amazing acoustics and a new familiarity of working under stage lights in front of a packed house.

“We have had an absolutely spectacular semester of performing in the music program at NHHS,” Winmill says. “Now we invite our community partners and families to come celebrate the joy we love to bring to our community through our music.”

The NHHS Music Students’ Semester Celebration – Come to the Movies comes to the stage at the Village Playhouse on Jan. 18 and 19 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased through NHHS students, at Harvest Moon, Posies, Zihua, Hospice House, at the door and online at

This is a Village Playhouse Production, doors open at 6pm each evening.

For additional details:

Barbara Shaw


Legends ready to answer questions at ‘Croft Talks LIVE

Croft-Talks-Legends-Bancroft OntThere are some people that just seem to be a foundational part of our community and three of them have agreed to join ‘Croft Talks LIVE host Barb Shaw on Jan. 26 at the Village Playhouse to talk about how they became legends in North Hastings.

The January line-up features local Funeral Director Tim Baragar and while many know Tim for the support, comfort and care he provides to those at difficult times, he’s moving into a new role as a political advocate.

Over the past year Tim has been doing interviews and spreading the word about the provincial Estate Assessment Tax. Newly rolled-out at the start of 2015, Tim has been getting some traction educating people and pushing the Wynne government to consider changes to the tax that targets people in their deepest moments of grief and despair.

Joining Tim Baragar to share stories is Nan McGhee. Nan will be making time in her busy travel schedule to share stories from her CJNH days, insights from her council adventures and she’s also going to give the audience a sneak peek into some of her current projects and plans.

“I am really looking forward to interviewing both Tim and Nan,” says host Barb Shaw. “They are fabulous storytellers and they truly could each have their own show. I am also thrilled to have Joey Shulman returning for another visit. Joey was such a hit at the last show that we really needed him to come back – and thankfully he agreed! He’ll be doing a community update for us and joining everyone for a Q & A segment. I really think these three legends are going to deliver a great experience for our audience.”

‘Croft Talks LIVE is a monthly talk show hosted at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft. The show is recorded and released as a podcast but being part of the live, interactive show is something you don’t want to miss.

‘Croft Talks LIVE is sponsored this month by Deuce Tattoos and the Bickert Family and Marlow Bickert will be on stage to do the sponsor’s welcome. For those who don’t know Marlow, this future legend managed to steal the last show from the comfort of the audience with his tough questions and fabulous humour.

“Croft Talks LIVE is produced by Plan B Communications Consulting in partnership with the Bancroft Village Playhouse. Tickets are $5 and the door and the bar open at 6pm on Jan. 26.

For additional details:

Barbara Shaw