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Family-Friendly Canada Day Events


The 2012 Canada Day Parade theme in Peterborough is “Celebrate our Nation Through Song & Dance” (photo via

Although everyone has good reasons to look forward to a long weekend, chances are those of you who have a families of your own relish the opportunity to spend more time with your loved ones.

Our award-winning community Avonlea is home to many families. And since it’s located in Peterborough, which hosts great Canada Day events, those of you who own an Avonlea home have many options this long weekend.

Consider some of the activities taking place on Sunday:

  • 10 am to 4 pm: the annual Multicultural Canada Day celebration is hosted by the New Canadians Centre at Del Crary Park
  • 1 pm to 3 pm: the Douro Library holds its annual Big Book Sale and Family Fun Day
  • 11 am to 5 pm: the annual DBIA Hunter Street Canada Day Party takes place with family fun fair, crafts, and live music.

Now I turn it over to you: what are your plans for the long weekend?

Make this Easter Weekend a Green One


A Green Easter

With Easter Weekend coming up, it’s time to consider celebrating it in a manner that’s friendly to and respectful of the environment.

The following tips will help:

Reuse the previous year’s baskets. Why not start with the obvious? And if you don’t have the baskets anymore, be sure to hang on to them this time around.

Make your own treats. This site has great recipes. Pressed for time? (Or maybe you aren’t much of a baker?) Consider getting organic brands, or brands that carry the Fair Trade logo.

Use natural dyes. There’s no reason to expose your kids to more chemicals. This blog offers excellent instructions (and a fun video) on how to use natural dyes.

Get free-run or organic eggs. They have a lower impact on the environment.

Forego the car. Having guests over for dinner? Thanks to New Urbanism design principles, our communities promote walking, so if your guests are from the neighbourhood, encourage everyone to make the most of the beautiful spring weather by stretching their legs. On other hand, if walking’s not an option, arrange carpools.

Your turn! What are you doing this Easter Weekend? Have you considered making it “greener”?

Don’t Miss This Exciting New Event at Port Hope Golf and Country Club!

Red Wine Setup

What better way to enjoy this than with friends?

If you moved to a Mason Homes community, chances are you know there is more to life than locking the door behind you when you get home. Like-minded people live around you, and your community was designed so that it’s easy for you to mix and mingle, should you be so inclined.

With that in mind, this Saturday we’re holding a Valentine’s Day event at our Port Hope Golf & Country Club community. Called A Rose for Every Rose, this event isn’t limited to your or your neighbours — indeed, feel free to bring as many friends as you like.

So if you’d like to socialize this coming Saturday at 4 pm and enjoy some complimentary wine and cheese, please RSVP today at

Can A Green Christmas Be Fun?


I’d tell you December is one of my favourite months, but then I guess December is probably one of your favourite months as well. After all, what’s not to like about festivities, family dinners, great food, and a joyful spirit?

Another favourite activity of mine is to help protect the environment, especially when done in a way that immediately helps improve your quality of life.

The problem is that Christmas often brings about a frenzy of superfluous spending that can tax the environment by producing excess waste (not to mention all the fuel used to transport merchandise).

When properly chosen, even electronic gadgets can be (fairly) green. The Phillips Eco TV set features recycled packaging and an energy-saving LCD screen.

So how can we reconcile these two seemingly contradictory aspirations?

It’s actually quite simple.

  • Cut down on the amount of paper used for gift-wrapping. Or consider not wrapping the gifts at all. Some people use children’s artwork, old maps, a bandana or a scarf.
  • e-Cards aren’t just convenient and cheap (or sometimes even free) — they also save paper and gas (which would be used to transport mailed cards).
  • Don’t leave Christmas light on all day. Consider getting LED Christmas lights, which use up to 90% less energy. Bonus: they also last a lot longer.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree. This link has useful information.
  • Get toys that use no batteries. Wooden toys can boost critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Consider making gifts rather than buying them. From homemade soap to a secret hollow book, homemade gifts ensure that you not only you experience more pleasure than when you buy to the mall — they also tend to used more often and bring about more pleasure to he person who receives them.

Your turn! What do you like to do to make your Christmas and festivities greener?

Family and Holiday Events at Your Mason Homes Community


I usually blog about green initiatives, smart development, and urban planning, but today I thought I’d mention some of the family-friendly events at our communities.

After all, what’s the point of it all if we don’t spend quality time with our families, especially this time of the year?

Our Avonlea community is a fantastic place to watch your family grow.

Peterborough (Avonlea):

  • For a bit of holiday music, at 3pm on Sunday, the Kawartha Youth Orchestra will play in a concert called “Winter Tales” at Market Hall Theatre. Find out more here.
  • For a mere $4.50, this Saturday you can get a light lunch comprising sandwiches, sweet treats, tea or coffee at the Christmas Holidays Tea & Bazaar. You can also buy homemade meat, turkey and fruit pies, jams, pickles, preserves, candy, craft, and more. Check this site for more information.
  • In the small town of Keene (only 10 kms from Peterborough), from 5 to 9pm on Saturday, an event called Christmas by Candlelight will be celebrated at the Lang Pioneer Village Museum, featuring horse and sleigh rides, carolers, demonstrations, festive foods and a visit from Father Christmas. Find out more here.

Remember, our Avonlea Sales Office is open from 11am to 6pm on the weekends. Drop by or call 1-866-443-7900 for info on our new homes in phase 2 and our inventory homes for sale.

St. Catharines (Chicory Walk)

  • On Saturday from 6am to 3pm, the Christmas at St. Catharines Farmers’ Market event will allow you to buy direct from the grower, getting the freshest ingredients for a family feast. Complimentary hot apple cider will be served, and there will be a horse-and-carriage- ride departing from the market square. Find out more on this site.

Interested in our final clearance at Chicory Walk? Visit our Sales Office from 11am to 6pm at 6 Chicory Crescent or call 905-688-3777.

We’re also having a drop-in this Saturday from 4 to 6pm in our Port Hope Sales Office at 415 Lakeshore Rd. (Call 905-885-6565 for details.)

Event For Our Port Hope Homeowners


We recently hosted a homeowner event at Port Hope Golf & Country Club, to welcome everyone to the community. Everyone had a fantastic time as homeowners got to know each other. We love these events and look forward to planning more!

Meet some of our new neighbours:

For more pictures, please visit our Facebook page here. If you’re in one these pictures (or know someone who is) feel free to tag them!


Halloween in the Mason Homes Communities

There are many Halloween events close to our communities.

It’s that time of the year again — the time when your kids dress up and maybe you do, too. Most people like Halloween, so today I’ll bypass my usual green topics and list some of the events you can attend if you live in or near one of Mason Homes’ communities.

On Saturday, the Farmes’ Market and the City Hall will hold the 3rd Annual Halloween ‘Spook’tacular event. Taking place from 8am to noon, this event will feature costume and pumpkin-carving contests, as well as face-painting and free hot apple cider. Perfect if you have kids!

Later that day, the Roxx will host a Halloween event called The Haunting of 46 Dunlop St. West, featuring DJ Jug E and on-air personality Will Nash of B101 FM Radio.

On Saturday afternoon, the Hutchinson House, a museum dedicated to the 1800s, will host children’s Halloween activities that feature bat crafts, apple games, fortune-telling, and tricks and treats. Costumes are encouraged, and it only costs $3 to attend.

There will be an event called Halloween Howl at the Ganaraska Forest from 6pm to 9pm. It includes pumpkin carving, crafts, and a campfire with hot chocolate. Call 905-885-8173 to pre-register.

The Haunted Hernder’s Hallows Part 3 kicks off at 8:30pm at Hernder Estate Wines (1607 on 8th Avenue), with a $500 cash prize for the best costume and music by Jonesy.

I hope you have fun this weekend, and don’t forget to check out this article, which I tweeted about last week, for tips for a green Halloween.

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