Parry Sound Girlfriends’ Weekend 2018: Late Fall Fun on Georgian Bay

Grab your girlfriends and head to Parry Sound, Ontario for a jam-packed weekend of fun November 23-25, 2018!

Activities begin with a Welcome Party and exquisite shopping on Friday night and finish at brunch on Sunday morning, with plenty of exciting events and activities planned by the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association in between.

Local accommodations are offering special deals and restaurants are on board with nightly specials. Register for FREE and receive $10 in downtown dollars to spend in any downtown store. Book a room for an overnight visit and receive an extra $10 for every night you stay. Only 100 spaces are available so register now by clicking here.

FRIDAY EVENING

Welcome Party
Start the weekend off at Pardon My Garden (35 Seguin St). There will be delicious appetizers, drinks and music by Billy Mack from 5-9pm on Friday, November 23rd. Make this your starting point and pick up your complimentary shopping bag and downtown dollars (with pre-registration). Return after you are finished shopping and use your receipts to enter fabulous draws for gift baskets, downtown dollars and other prizes.

Shopping
After a drink and appetizers it’s time to hit the downtown establishments for great shopping (and in-store deals!) until 9pm. Enjoy some delicious treats along the way.

Keep your receipts and return to Pardon My Garden where you will receive one draw ticket for every $10 spent. You could win $250 in downtown dollars, or gift baskets from Beverly’sRed Canoe Interiors and North of Muskoka. Each prize will be drawn separately and you can use your tickets to try to win your favourite prize or all of them. The draws will happen at 9:15pm.

After Shopping
After you are done shopping stop by Boston Pizza (10 Bay St) for ‘Fishbowl Fridays‘. A delicious drink served in a fish bowl of course! They will be also offering a free appetizer (cactus cut chips, Boston pizza bread or Bandera pizza bread) with a minimum $25 purchase.

Women’s Hop On, Hop Off Dine & Shop Bus Tour
This tour will be hosted by Trestle Brewing Company from 5-10pm on Friday, November 23rd. Start at the brewery for cheese, beer and wine sampling. The bus runs continuously to the downtown throughout the evening.
Cost: $10 for Hop On, Hop Off passport
Time: 5-10pm
For more details click here.

SATURDAY

Saturday is for shopping all day long! The special deals will continue all weekend, along with some in-store events. Stop in at Above and Beyond (52 James St) for a Body Glove Active Wear Party all day Saturday. There will be an ongoing fashion show, try on a sample in your size and place your order. Buy two pieces and get 50% off your third piece. There will be snacks and hot drinks available too.

Workshops

Yoga & Breakfast
Start your morning at 8am with yoga and breakfast. Instructor Ellen Koennecke will lead you in a moderate one hour yoga class, followed with a healthy mason jar breakfast.
Cost: $15
Time: 8am
Location: Mary Street Centre (24 Mary St)
To register click here

Grapevine Wreath Making
Bring a friend and spend an hour with Tanis and Amy at Pardon My Garden creating your own custom grapevine wreath that you can enjoy for seasons to come.
Cost: $65.
Times: 10am & 1pm.
Location: Pardon My Garden (35 Seguin St)
To register click here

Outdoor Urn
Pardon My Garden has everything you need to enhance your front entrance this holiday season. A mix of fresh cut winter greens, berries and your favourite ribbon will compliment your home’s decor perfectly.
Cost: $50
Times: 11am & 12pm
Location: Pardon My Garden (35 Seguin St)
To register click here

Paint Your Own Pottery
Come explore your wild and creative side at Northwinds Pottery where they will be offering one hour Paint Your Own Pottery workshops. Select the pot of your choice (lunch plate, bowl, or mug), and create your own hand-painted pottery piece which will last for years to come!
Cost: $25
Times: 10:30am & 12:30am
Location: Northwinds Pottery (40 Miller St)
To register click here
*Your item will be kiln fired and will not be ready for pick up until Monday, November 26. Special arrangements will be made for out of town visitors. 

Cardinal Painting
Local artist Marc DeGroote will lead a two hour class in acrylic painting on an 11”x14” canvas. We will supply you with all of the materials you will need. All you need to do is bring an apron or old shirt to protect your clothing and come and have some fun. No experience required!
Cost: $30
Time: 10am
Location: Mary Street Centre (24 Mary St)
To register click here

Birch Tree Painting
Local artist Marc DeGroote will lead a two hour class in acrylic painting on an 11”x14” canvas. We will supply you with all of the materials you will need. All you need to do is bring an apron or old shirt to protect your clothing and come and have some fun. No experience required!
Cost: $30
Time: 1pm
Location: Mary Street Centre (24 Mary St)
To register click here

Barn Board Sign
Join Tracey Sitts for a 1 1/2 hour workshop to make your own personalized barn board sign. You can chose “welcome”, “family” or” I <3 Us”.
Cost: $60
Time: 10am
Location: Sound Interiors (72 Church St)
To register click here

Cheese Making Class
Wave Weir will walk you through a hands on class to learn basic cheese making skills. These skills will enable you to make your own cheeses at home. Everyone will receive a wheel of soft cheese to take home. This is a four hour class and lunch will be provided.
Cost: $45
Time: Saturday 10am-2:30pm & Sunday 10am-2:30pm
Location: Mary Street Centre (24 Mary St)
To register for Saturday click here
To register for Sunday click here

A Taste of SoulCollage Workshop
Using beautiful and evocative images gleaned from magazines, photos and books, we will use collage to create SoulCollage cards. Our intuition and creativity join together to reveal inner truths, shadow sides, and unique life stories. It is always an adventure to create these cards. No special artistic skills are needed. You really just need to know how to cut and paste. This “Taste of SoulCollage” workshop will give you the tools to create a few cards, see how you might use them in your daily life, and decide whether you might like to go deeper into the SoulCollage process at a later time.
Cost: $20 – includes all the materials and instruction to create up to 3 cards
Time: Saturday 1-5pm
Location: Mary Street Centre (24 Mary St)
To register click here

Saturday Evening

End your day at Don Cherry’s Sports Grill for a delicious all you can eat buffet dinner. While you are enjoying your meal, Lukas Stark, The Mystery Entertainer, Magician and Mind Reader will entertain you and your friends up close at your table. At 8pm he will do a full mentalism and magic show entertaining the whole crowd. Stay after to enjoy the music of Celine Teller.
Cost: $25 (ticket price does not include gratuity)
Location:  Don Cherry’s Sports Grill (6 Bowes St)
For tickets click here

Other Events

One of a Kind Christmas Artisan Show
This annual show will be held at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Entrance by donation. For event details click here.

Soup for the Soul
Over 20 local restaurants will showcase their signature soup while you enjoy ALL YOU CAN EAT bottomless soup, as well as hot beverages, rolls, and bread sticks. There will also be a Christmas bake sale and quilt raffle during the event.
Cost: $15 per person
Time: Saturday 5-7pm
Location: Bobby Orr Community Centre (7 Mary St)
For event details click here.

Optimist Club Santa Claus Parade
The parade begins at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon and winds its way through Parry Sound streets entering the downtown at approximately 5pm. Stop by the DBA’s table out front of Country Gourmet for a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up.

SUNDAY

Brunch
What better way to finish off a fabulous weekend than with a delicious brunch buffet by Country Gourmet at the Stockey Centre. Brunch will be held from 10am-2pm and is $16 for adults and $1/year (age) for children.

Some of the downtown stores will be open for more shopping. Your Girlfriend’s Weekend downtown dollars expire on Monday, November 26, 2018 so make sure you use them up!

One of a Kind Christmas Artisan Show
This annual show at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts continues Sunday from 10am-4pm. Entrance by donation. For event details click here.

Weekend Restaurant Specials

Boston Pizza – 10 Bay St, 705-996-0260
A free appetizer (cactus cut chips, Boston pizza bread or Bandera pizza bread) with a minimum $25 purchase.

Stay tuned for more restaurant specials, including a special Saturday night event at Don Cherry’s Sports Grill.

Accommodations

Photo Credit: Bayside Inn

Ask for the Girlfriends’ Weekend rate when you book your stay at one of these fine establishments

Bayside Inn – 10 Gibson St, 705-746-7720
$88 for one king or queen bed, $108 for two queen beds

Comfort Inn – 120 Bowes St, 705-746-6221
$85 per room for two queen beds, including a hot breakfast Website

For complete weekend details click here

To register for the Parry Sound Girlfriends’ Weekend click here.

To plan your stay click here

Feature image from Parry Sound Downtown Facebook page.