Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas in Concert – FREE Holiday Concert.. Amazing!

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Koinonia Church – “Christmas in Concert”

4 FREE shows to enjoy!

Saturday December 6th 4pm or 7pm

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Sunday December 7th – 4pm and 7pm

Inside Koinonia Church, Bloomingdale, Ontario

NEW THIS YEAR!!!  A Woodstock show – Sunday December 13th at 4pm

Two years ago, upon the suggestion of a close friend, our family headed out to Bloomingdale to this free concert expecting a nice family evening. What we didn’t expect was to be blown away by the level of talent and professionalism of the musicians, the choirs, singers and the production as a whole. It was like something you would pay to see at the Centre in the Square – I kid you not – it is that good. The show far exceeded all of our expectations and we are now making it an annual tradition.

I can’t say enough good things about this show and most importantly, it filled my heart with joy and we all left the show feeling inspired and reminded of the real reason for the season and totally in the Christmas mood. It was fun, inspiring, and extremely entertaining. While it was held in a church and some of the songs were spiritual, this was not a religious show and I strongly encourage ANYONE to go no matter what your faith or beliefs. You will never feel uncomfortable and the congregation was so welcoming and kind — a really lovely experience. Our children, who were only 3, 5 and 10 at the time were captivated and sat quietly through the entire show.  Since going, we have now taken other families along and every one of them falls in love with this concert and makes it a new tradition. This year, there will be 6 families and all our kids taking in the show for about 30 people!

On their website, the church describes the show  ’an annual celebration of the best of Christmas music -a classy, nostalgic concert full of the joy of Christmas! With dance, live band & orchestra and a powerful choir, you’ll hear some of your favourite songs of the season from heart-touching ballads to swinging classics.’ Click on the video below to see a little commercial..

Choose from 5 FREE performances for the whole family on Saturday or Sunday in Bloomingdale or new this year, they have added a Woodstock show on Dec 13th.  Bloomingdale is a small village just outside Kitchener Waterloo – a 10 – 20 minute depending on where you are coming from. From the Stanley Park area, we are there in about 10 minutes.

How to Get Tickets

Tickets are free and available 1 hour before each show. (not in advance) 

You will receive seat assigment at the entrance.

People will be lined up if you want to be near the front but the theatre is huge so no worries about getting a seat. 

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Visit their website:http://www.christmasinconcert.com/

Click here to watch a video about the show..  http://vimeo.com/51442580

Map to the show..just minutes from Kitchener Waterloo

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Why do YOU #LoveWhereYouLive – CONTEST!

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Why do YOU #LoveWhereYouLive

Basically…. what makes YOUR community, city, village, THE place to live in!
Why do YOU #LoveWhereYouLive?!
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc  is running a cool contest right now called #LoveWhereYouLive with some great prizes to be won. So it got me thinking, what makes Kitchener Waterloo special to me?
CLICK HERE ENTER THE CONTEST!

GRAND PRIZE: The Oban Inn, Spa & Restaurant Package!
Second Prize: The Olde Bridge Place
Third Prize: Sanctuary Day Spa

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Although I didn’t grow up in Kitchener-Waterloo I’ve been here ever since the University of Waterloo drew me out of high school, and I loved it so much, I just never left.  Centrally located in the middle of the province, it’s an ideal location that is only a short drive to most anywhere but offers everything I need in a smaller sized city.  After marrying a Kitchener boy nearly twenty years ago, I now call this home and I’d love to share just a few of the fantastic places I’ve discovered.

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Best Saturday Outing – We are blessed to have not one, but two wonderful farmer’s markets in Kitchener Waterloo. Depending on your mood, you can try more quaint Kitchener  Market or if you up for some serious shopping and crowds, venture out to the much larger St Jacobs one and a full-fledged Mennonite , flea market, artisians and outlet mall shopping experience. Both offer fabulous fresh produce, meat breads and cheese and tasty treats to satisfy every taste. Fresh apple fritters – yum!

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Favorite Family Restaurant – The entire family agrees that a trip to Moose Winooskis is a good time for all. Great atmosphere and yummy food, including some of the best wings in town make for a nice night out.  The family birthday tradition is to wear the Moose Antlers and spin the wheel and pray you don’t land on ‘Pie in the face!’

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Best Family Thing to do on a Sunday – Our busy family enjoys unplugging and taking a hike along the peaceful and scenic Grand River on any one of the many hiking trails in the Walter Bean Trail System. We especially like the one down by the bridge close to Breslau off Victoria Street.  Watch canoes and kayaks going by, see what the fishermen are catching that day and if you are lucky, spot hawks and maybe even an owl one one of our trips.

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Favourite Friday Night Event – From September to March, Friday night is game night for the Kitchener Rangers at The Auditorium. Hockey fans from Rangers Nation converge upon the building to take part in what has become a rousing Friday night tradition.  The arena is sold out almost every game as dedicated fans create a virtual sea of red white and blue with jerseys and apparel, showing their undying adoration to their home team. Win or lose, KW loves their hockey and loves their Rangers and fans enjoy showing their support in this Friday night tradition where fans of all ages socialize and enjoy a good night out.

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Favorite Local Event – The Kitchener Blues Festival is a must attend festival for my husband every August. Every year we discover more great musical acts and get to hear some of the best Blues musicians around. Nothing like soaking up some hot summer rays, listening to some blues and sipping a nice cold one on the outdoor patio at City Hall. Oh and did I mention is FREE. Wow..

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Favourite FREE Fun for Kids – The Kitchener Public Library offers incredible free fun for kids of all ages and we are regulars at many of their programs year round. Programs are creative and current and keep kids interested and busy, while teaching them good life skills along the way. Whether is a summer, PA Day diversion or special event like Mine Craft Mania, the staff are friendly and energetic and always make the kids glad they came.