To better serve our members and communities, the Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association has recently updated this website to include a page dedicated to the amazing and rare colony of Showy Lady Slipper’s Orchids at Purdon Conservation Area.
Although the orchids only bloom from mid-June to early July, we find that people from all over Ontario and Quebec are interested in planning visits to take in this natural wonder!
Our friends at Mississippi Valley Conservation own and manage the Purdon Conservation Area, where the largest colony of Showy Lady’s Slippers Orchids in Canada exists. Our section refers people to MVC’s information, too, as the organization provides regular updates on the orchid season as the flowers’ vibrant pink and white blooms burst forth!
Complete with photos, directions and info about the orchids, the LHBTA hopes to entice more people to visit one of our rich natural attributes in Lanark Highlands – and grow to love Purdon Conservation Area all year through.
Response to our recently launched Lanark Highlands Re-location Guide has exceeded expectations! Pick up a copy of the 24-page, colourful guide at many local businesses or at the Township office located at 75 George St. in Lanark. A digital copy of the guide is also available through the Move Here section of our website, www.lanarkhighlandsbta.ca/movehere. We’re already seeing an increase in hits to our site, searches for and downloads of the guide – which is a positive sign for meeting the needs of people thinking of relocating to share our area.
The LHBTA is currently working on a simple pamphlet to help promote our businesses and our amazing area during the Orchid Festival. Typically running mid-June to mid-July, depending on weather, flower and nature enthusiasts flock to Purdon Conservation Area to take in the rare orchids. The pamphlet will reach out to visitors and entice them to further explore Lanark Highlands. We’re hoping to build on this for the 2014 Orchid Festival with big plans – stay tuned!
Our membership deadline was March 31, however, you can still send in your renewal forms or sign up to take advantage of LHBTA member benefits. Forms were sent out late-January, but they are always available through our website www.lanarkhighlandsbta.ca/become-a-member. We were pleased to welcome several new members to our organization last month alone! The support is growing – and it’s appreciated. This ongoing support allows us all to benefit from increased levels of service through the LHBTA as we’re able to tackle more projects which put our business and tourism community front and centre.
The Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association extends a big welcome to the Lanark Retired Women Teachers!
The educators are getting together on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Lanark Village to enjoy a luncheon as well as a guest speaker talking about revitalizing Lanark.
To commemorate your time spent in Lanark Highlands, the LHBTA is welcoming you with our blue, bargain bracelet! A group of our members is offering you teachers-only deals, which you can access by showing these businesses the bracelet you received at the event on Thursday.
If you can’t take advantage of all the deals in one day, we invite you come back to Lanark Highlands with your bracelet to enjoy the great deals!
The Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association is planning a Breakfast Business Social this month.
Come join us Tuesday, April 16 at 8 a.m. at Providence Point (67 Paul Dr. in Lanark) to learn more about how to better market your business – while enjoying a delicious breakfast featuring fresh maple syrup made on site! Participants will learn more about creative business marketing, as dynamic speaker Jennifer DeBruin provides insight into innovative ways to get your business brand noticed. A cost of $12 is payable at the door.
Not only will the event serve to inform and educate participants, but it’s also a fantastic way to network and stay connected to the LHBTA as well as other businesses in the area. LHBTA members and future members are welcome. If you haven’t yet returned your membership for this year, this is a great opportunity to do so.
Start your week off on a positive note and be sure to save the date. More details will follow later this week online and through social media. Members can also watch their mailboxes for an official invite! Until then, remember to keep building Lanark Highlands by supporting local business and tourism!
To further promote Lanark Highlands, the board of directors for the Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association sat down last winter and looked at ways to better serve our membership. Thanks to a partnership with the Township of Lanark Highlands and Valley Heartland, the LHBTA received a grant to help build our online presence and reach out to the wider community.
In doing so, we secured a monthly column in the Lanark Era, become active on social media through Facebook and Twitter and we redesigned our website to make it more user-friendly and up-to-date.
We post frequently on Facebook and enjoy interacting on Twitter, too. Facebook is a great way to stay connected daily with Lanark Highlands – and make sure you’re up-to-date on happenings in the Highlands!
When the Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association launched this new, more interactive site in mid-2012, an events calendar was top of mind. It’s a great way to keep the community connected and provides an outlet for residents, businesses and organizations in Lanark Highlands to share what they have going on. Publicizing your event means boosting participation and awareness of such local offerings.
The Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association’s newly-designed membership package is hot off the presses! We recently kicked off our 2013 membership drive by mailing out a vibrant update letter and a membership renewal or sign-up form. The letter outlined the accomplishments of the LHBTA during the past year and highlighted our major projects, while the membership form lays out your business information for inclusion in our promotional initiatives.
We welcome new members with open arms, so spread the word! The LHBTA recently enjoyed several new businesses joining our ranks, ready to experience all that membership has to offer. An advantage of being a part of an association is to pool our resources so that we can do things together, that we might not be able to do alone, due to lack of finances or lack of time. If you would like more information on joining the LHBTA, please visit our website section devoted to extolling the virtues of membership at www.lanarkhighlandsbta.ca/become-a-member (or click the link). The new membership form is also now available on the website at the same location.
The LHBTA is also busy updating this website and has recently gone further to acquire the .com domain name for the site as well – just to make sure as many people as possible find Lanark Highlands online. In addition to posting the organization’s news once a week, as we get new members and renewals sent to us, we’re updating member contact information to keep it current. This also ensures accurate listings for inclusion in future projects or directory listings of your business.
A sure sign of spring! The annual tapping-out party for the Lanark & District Maple Producers Association is almost here. Set for March 2, Thompsontown Maple Products is hosting the 2013 edition of the popular event in Clayton, which kicks off the maple-syrup season.
The event will include horse-drawn rides, maple taffy, a bake sale, a pancake breakfast, and visitors can also take advantage of hiking and snowshoe trails.
This year, the Claytones will perform at the tapping-out party, and the official tree-tapping is set for noon.
The party runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Thompsontown Maple Products, located at 780 Black Rock Lane near Clayton. Get ready to celebrate the sweetest thing about spring! Click here for a link to more information on the tapping-out party.
LHBTA’s membership renewals on horizon It is membership renewal time again! What better way to network and get your business out into the community than to join the Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association? There are numerous benefits to becoming a member including promotion through a free listing on our website and in our publications; a direct link to council to voice business concerns; member-to-member discounts; promotion of the Lanark area through festivals and fundraisers; supporting the local economy by supporting other businesses in the area, and many more.
If help is needed, we’re only a phone call or email away. We are also in the process of sending out new membership renewals to businesses which are already listed with us. Watch for the new and comprehensive renewal form, which includes your current contact information for verification.
The Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association annual general meeting was held Jan. 24 at Clyde Hall Bed and Breakfast and welcomed local members from a variety of businesses and organizations. With much chatter and good will, members at the small-but-mighty group got the chance to connect before gathering to hear two highlights for the night.
The LHBTA officially revealed its new Lanark Highlands Re-location Guide (available on this site under the “Move Here” tab or by clicking here), which was the group’s major project from last year.
Secondly, Susan Fournier, executive director from Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation, offered tips on good avenues for achieving small business funding and loans from her organization, through the Eastern Ontario Development Program and business support services. Valley Heartland serves Lanark and North Leeds and is recognized as the regional centre for business development and innovation.
Susan told the group about funding opportunities for skills development, business planning, internships, local initiatives, community innovation and collaborative projects, which sees reimbursement for training, projects, hiring, partnerships, job creation and more. In addition, Susan outlined business loans and support services including retrofit loans, façade improvement loans, micro loans and business counselling services. This was a valuable presentation that left many participants thinking of ways to apply. We encourage our member businesses and organizations to learn more about the services by clicking here (www.valleycfdc.com). Many thanks to Susan for the informative and enthusiastic talk!
Embrace winter this weekend in the Highlands! Lanark Village is getting ready to celebrate its annual Frosty Fling Winter Carnival from Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Jan. 27.
This event promises fun for the whole family, from the youth pizza and movie night on Friday, to Saturday’s Lunch with Frosty and from the popular skating carnival on Saturday evening to sleigh rides around the village on Sunday. Don’t forget your items for the Lanark Highlands Food Pantry to gain admission to Saturday’s skating party at the arena!
Mark Jan. 24, 2013 on the calendar, as the Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association invites businesses and community members to take part in its annual general meeting. This productive and informative evening will run from 6:45 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Clyde Hall Bed and Breakfast, 131 Mill St. in Lanark. It will include guest speaker, Susan Fournier, from Valley Heartland talking about funding for businesses. Get caught up on the LHBTA’s current projects, as well as what the organization is focusing on for the year ahead. Wine and cheese will also be on the menu. If planning to attend, please RSVP by Jan. 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch our website, www.lanarkhighlandsbta.ca, or find us on Facebook for more details as the date approaches.
Success in the Highlands
Wow, what a year! With 2012 drawing to a close, the LHBTA is taking a look back at some major accomplishments that helped foster business and tourism in our local area.
The Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association invites businesses and community members to take part in its annual general meeting on Jan. 24, 2013. Running from 6:45 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Clyde Hall Bed and Breakfast, 131 Mill St. in Lanark, it will include guest speaker, Susan Fournier, from Valley Heartland talking about funding for businesses.
The AGM is the perfect chance to get caught up on the LHBTA’s current projects, as well as what the organization is focusing on for the year ahead. For some extra enticement, wine and cheese will also be on the menu. If planning to attend, please RSVP by Jan. 22 to email@example.com. Watch this website or find us on Facebook for more details as the date approaches.
Middleville & District Museum Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting: June 23, 2013
After countless hours of hard work, the Middleville & District Museum is officially re-opening its doors with a celebration of its newly-expanded facilities! Plan to attend from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2013 as the ribbon is cut to open the doors on our history. For more information click on middlevillemuseum.blogspot.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middleville & District Museum Season Opening Tea: May 19, 2013
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Middleville & District Museum will host a special opening event and invites everyone to take part in a tea! Find out more by clicking on middlevillemuseum.blogspot.ca or emailing email@example.com for more info. We hope to see you there!
Santa waves during the Lanark Village Santa Claus parade. (photo courtesy The Lanark Era)
The Lanark Highlands Business Tourism Association wishes our members – and the community – a wonderful season full of peace and prosperity. It’s the perfect time of year for reflection and we’re grateful to be representing such a caring and naturally breathtaking community. We’re looking forward to continuing our projects and emphasizing buying locally in the new year. Stay tuned for more information on what we’ve got up our sleeves!
The expiration date is approaching for cyclists from the GrandFondo event to claim specialized LHBTA deals! This summer we welcomed hundreds of cyclists in the event to experience the Highlands’ challenging natural elevation changes by bike.
The tour gave Lanark Highlands amazing exposure as various routes wound through our back roads and highways. Cyclists were greeted at pit stops along the way, with the LHBTA offering one in Lanark Village.
There, we handed out specially-designed bracelets, directing participants to our website for tour-specific deals. A number of Lanark Highlands businesses are providing discounts to the cyclists when they come into a business and show off their LHBTA bracelets. Find out about the special offers by clicking here! December 31 is the deadline to accept those deals – we hope the cyclists return to enjoy the Lanark Highlands charm.
After working on it for months, the Lanark Highlands Business and Tourism Association is excited to release its re-location guide!
The idea behind the re-location guide came last spring when the LHBTA wanted to reach out to an outside targeted market to highlight what the Highlands has to offer its residents. We focused on the retirement and young family markets, showcasing our natural landscape accompanied with modern amenities.
The 24-page document provides potential and new residents with an overview of accessing services and understanding the township’s operations while also getting acquainted with the lakes, roads and facilities.
Get into the holiday spirit with community events right in your own backyard!
The Middleville Community Centre welcomes Santa Claus this Saturday during a holiday gathering for the whole family. Set for Dec. 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., the event will include hay rides, facepainting, stories, crafts, hot chocolate and cookies. There is no cost to attend, but participants must pre-register. Contact Karin at 613-259-2151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Next weekend, on Saturday Dec. 8, the jolly old elf himself pays a visit to Lanark Village during the annual Santa Claus Parade. Starting at 1 p.m., the parade will run from the Lanark Civitan Hall to Maple Grove School. After the parade, children are invited to stay and visit with Santa. Come join in the fun, make a float and bring the whole family to watch the parade! Be sure to visit local businesses and get warmed up while crossing a few items off your wish lists.
Lanark Highlands has everything needed to make your holidays sparkle.
The Township of Lanark Highlands is looking for nominations for its 2012 Achievement Awards Program. The township has included a range of award categories, showcasing the entire community’s efforts to make the township such a great place to work, live and play!
The following awards will be handed out:
Seniors Achievement Award
Volunteers Achievement Award
Economic Growth Award
Community Spirit Award
Young Entrepreneur Award
Social Responsibility Award
To assist in the selection of a recipient for an award, residents of the municipality are asked to submit the name of a deserving person/business to the municipality for
consideration. In making a recommendation, please provide a brief written history of the accomplishments and contributions that your candidate has made to the community.
But hurry! Please make your submission to the municipal office by 4:30 p.m Monday November 19, 2012.
Submit nominations to:
Township of Lanark Highlands
Attention: Ross Trimble CAO/Clerk
75 George Street Lanark, Ontario K0G 1K0
Please check the township website at www.lanarkhighlands.ca for more details.
As we prepare for our Annual General Meeting, we were recently brainstorming ideas as to who we should bring in to speak to the group. In the past we’ve welcomed business and community leaders as well as politicians. At our last meeting, we decided to turn to our membership and ask you: who would you like to hear speak at our annual general meeting? If you have any suggestions about a good speaker, please email us at email@example.com.
It’s hard to believe Christmas will be here in less than two months’ time. From the Lanark Village Christmas Parade to the Holiday Gathering at Watson’s Corners, the community will be buzzing with activity from now until St. Nick’s arrival. In past years, the Lanark Highlands Business and Tourism Association hosted its Annual General Meeting in December. It’s a great opportunity for the LHBTA membership to get together to review the LHBTA’s past year and outline future goals and plans. The gathering is also a nice way to re-connect with other members from the local business community.
What do you get when you mix rolling hills with acres of forested land? Beautiful fall colours in Lanark Highlands. We took a drive up to Lavant late last week and here’s just a sampling of what you can see when touring through the region. Note: the photos don’t justify the gorgeous red, oranges and yellows.
The Lanark Highlands Business and Tourism Association has been touring the Highlands this summer, gathering all the best content and photos to share with others who are thinking about re-locating to the region.
As part of our mandate to promote the Highlands, we’re creating a re-location package to have on hand for the township, businesses and residents in order to be able to pass along information about living in the Highlands. Having this information accessible in both a print and online format will be a great additional for the region, as we look to promote and welcome new business ventures and residents to the area.
As we prepare the content for the package, we also need photos. If you have a favourite shot you’d like to share with us, please do so. You can email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your event!
The LHBTA has re-created its website to make it user friendly and easy to navigate. As part of our new website, we have an events calendar that highlights events taking place in and around Lanark Highlands. If you wish to submit your event to our website, we’d love to hear from you. Visit our website at lanarkhighlandsbta.ca, click on the events tab and select submit an event. We’ll also promote your event using our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
GranFondo Cyclists given incentive to return
The LHBTA welcomed hundreds of cyclists taking part in the GranFondo Cycling Tour last month at the rest station we hosted, showcasing our hospitality. Not only did we hand out fruit and water, we also put a LHBTA bracelet on each cyclist’s wrist, with our website printed on each one. The cyclists were told to visit the website to access GranFondo-only deals. A number of Lanark Highlands businesses will provide special discounts to the cyclists when they come into a business and show off their LHBTA bracelets.
Learn more about the LHBTA at www.lanarkhighlandsbta.ca or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lanarkhighlandstourism or on Twitter at twitter.com/lhbta. To send your business and community updates, please send us an email at email@example.com or give us a call at 1-866-559-9154.
This column was printed in the Aug. 28, 2012 edition of the Lanark Era.
Lanark Village is honouring its heritage as it rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its incorporation from Aug. 3 to 6. This promises to be an exciting event, with an array of activities planned. For more information, visit www.lanarkvillage150th.ca or call 613-259-2398. Watch this site for updates on the anniversary as the date approaches.
If you’re reading this post, it means you’ve survived the gruelling Lanark Highlands Hills – congratulations!
To commemorate your time spent in Lanark Highlands, the LHBTA wants to welcome you back to the area any time. A group of our members want to offer you cyclist-only special deals, which you can access by showing these businesses the bracelet you would have received at the Lanark Village Rest Station.
Come back to Lanark Highlands with your bracelet in hand and you’ll be privy to these great deals!
The LHBTA scoped out the Purdon Conservation Area on June 13 to check up on the Orchids. They’re definitely in bloom, and this would be the perfect weekend to bring dad to see the orchids and head out for a nice lunch in Lanark Highlands afterward.
Each year, the Active Seniors Koalition hosts a holiday celebration at the Watson’s Corners Community Hall. This event will take place Dec. 20, starting around 10 a.m. It includes line-dancing demonstrations, shuffleboard, Wii Bowling and the famous potluck lunch at noon. Euchre, shuffleboard and more Wii Bowling starts up again after lunch and continues into mid-afternoon. This is a great opportunity for everyone to get together, celebrate the season, enjoy a potluck and participate in ASK activities. For more information, visit www.activeseniorslanark.ca or call 613-492-0291.
Get into the Christmas spirit with a long-standing tradition in the Highlands. The Lanark Village Christmas parade is set to roll on Dec. 8. Come join in the fun, make a float, bring the whole family to watch the parade and see Santa! For more information, call Bob Mingie at 613-256-7881.
This year marks the 16th edition of a fall tradition in northern Lanark Highlands: the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour. Offering an artistically diverse art tour from Oct. 6 to 8, tour stops are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the unique creations on the tour, as well as the tour route, visit www.crownandpumpkin.com or call 613-256-3647.
The Lanark & District Civitan Scarlet Fall Run takes running enthusiasts through the highlands while the colours are still at their peak. Come out Oct. 14 for some exercise in the crisp, country fall air and have fun with the local run, which includes half marathon and 5K events. For more information, call Debbie or Dan Keaney at 613-259-2036, find the page on Facebook or visit www.events.runningroom.com and search the Lanark Civitan Scarlet Fall Run to register.
Journey through the Lanark Highlands and Land O’Lakes tourism regions and enjoy the diverse talents of local artists and artisans during the 20th edition of the Inroads Studio Tour. Featuring pottery, jewelry, batik, photography, woodturning, stained glass and more, the tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Brochures with maps are available throughout the region. For more information, visit www.inroadstour.ca or call 613-335-2073.
Take a colourful tour of the Lanark Highlands area from Sept. 30 to Oct. 14 and catch the changing maples at their peak. The Scarlet Maple Tour is the highlight of the season. No other place enjoys such beautiful fall hues due to the abundance of maples that thrive here. This free, self-guided tour showcases breath-taking scenery, heritage buildings and stunning products created by local businesses and artisans. Take a relaxing drive and be amazed. For more information, visit www.lhbta.oncourss.com or call 613-259-2398 ext. 555.
Take the family to this annual country fair on September 29 and enjoy home-style meals, children’s games, animal shows and more at the McDonald’s Corners fairgrounds. The fair’s turkey dinner has become a tradition and is served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact 613-259-3172.
Enjoy home-style meals, children’s games and displays, watch the livestock judging or the horse show at the quaint Middleville Fairgrounds. Agricultural is the main focus of this fall country fair, which has been organized by the Middleville Agricultural Society since 1851. The theme this year is Preserving the Harvest. Watch for the animal, flower, fruit, vegetable, craft, baking and heritage exhibits and competitions. A highlight of the fair is the old-fashioned games and races for children. For more information on the 2012 edition of the Middleville Agricultural Fair, please visit www.middlevillefair.ca or call Bob McKay at 613-259-3028.
Get ready for a fun day in support of a Lanark school! Set for May 11, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. everyone is welcome to come to Maple Grove Public School, 151 George Street in Lanark to take part in a fundraising event hosted by Maple Grove Public School Parent Council.
Join us for our Community Yard Sale! 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Yard sale vendor spaces are available for rent ($20) and the vendor keeps the profit from what they sell. A limited number of tables are also available for rent ($10 per table). If you are interested in renting a vendor spot, please call the school at 613-259-2777.
Little Ray’s Reptile show will take place at 10 a.m. and is free for all to attend.
There will also be a fundraising barbecue, beginning late morning. Hotdogs, hamburgers, cupcakes and drinks will be available for sale. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open during this event.
The Middleville Agricultural Society, Museum and community are working hard to bring the local heritage alive. On July 6, 2013 the old machinery laying around farmers’ fields and fence lines will come to life.
Admission of $5 gets you into both the fairgrounds and the museum, while kids and parking are free. Gates are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antique and craft sale, old fashioned kids games, working displays of farm to household implements and everything in between. A ‘sheep to shawl’ taking place at the museum along with many other displays of our local heritage.
Excitement is already mounting for the 2013 Perth Kilt Run! This year’s event, on June 22, 2013, includes a Shortbread baker’s competition, and a member of the Walker’s Shortbread family of Scotland will be on hand as a judge. Cash prizes! Visit the Kilt Run online by clicking here.
A vendor’s meeting for the McDonald’s Corners Farmer’s Market will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the MERA Schoolhouse. This meeting is of interest to new and returning vendors as well as volunteer ‘Friends of the Market.’
For more information call Lynne Parks at 613-278-2739.
Saint Declan’s Church is hosting a Roast Beef Dinner on April 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and homemade pie at the Watsons Corners Hall. For more info please contact Tom Crosbie at 613-259-0227.