Seven-figure park renovations near completion

As Kew Gardens reaches the end of its renovations, local councillor and parks chair Mary-Margaret McMahon says the price tag hasn’t changed since the million dollar contract was awarded. “The cost is finished but the work is not,” said the Ward 32 councillor, referring to numbers that were revealed in late 2015, and the handful […]

Beach Guild prepares for small paintings show

Fifteen years ago, Carole Baldwin was recently widowed and talking to her friend Shirley Jones when Jones told her to take painting lessons and join the Beach Guild of Fine Art. “I did both of those things,” said Baldwin a few weeks ahead of the Guild’s annual Small Paintings for Small Spaces show. Though she […]

Holiday season brings many opportunities to celebrate

It’s beginning to look very much like the holiday season in the Beach and some popular annual events are adding to the festive air. On Saturday, Dec. 6, meet Hamper for breakfast at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. Pancakes will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. ($3 per person) and Santa will make […]

Painter branches out for Guild show

Lynda Freeman’s Upper Beach kitchen may seem like an ordinary kitchen at first glance, but it eventually becomes apparent that this humble room, with its huge table, easels stacked in one corner, three cats and one tireless little dog coming and going, and eastern wall composed mostly of window, is actually a hub of artistic […]

Fire code shuts cottage to public

In 1902, when Kew Williams built a cottage for his wife in present-day Kew Gardens, the newlyweds didn’t plan to have a lot of company. More than 100 years later, what became Kew Gardener’s Cottage remains a park highlight, but its quaint design is now a problem for the many groups that use it for […]

Guild show features affordable art

The Beach Guild of Fine Art is holding its annual spring show, Small Paintings for Small Spaces, from May 17 to 20 at the Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens. The show, which will include work from about 30 members of the Guild, features small-scale work with a maximum price of $250. Guild member Anna Clarey […]

Doors Open to Beach landmarks

Several local venues will be taking part in the 14th annual Doors Open on the weekend of May 25 and 26. The annual city-wide event gives the public an opportunity to visit over 150 architecturally or historically significant buildings that are normally off-limits,  opened only on a limited basis, or charge admission. In the East […]

Owl lets man know who’s boss

Kew Gardens is a fine place to be at sunset, but if you go in the next month or so, check the trees to see who’s watching you first. A Beach resident says he was pecked by an owl there last Tuesday after he sat down on a park bench just north of the Gardener’s […]

Something wicket this way comes

Remember those idyllic summer afternoons playing croquet in the back garden? It was all so gentle and relaxing – that is until your brother (sister, cousin, BFF) pounded your ball into the next county. Well, on Sept. 17, you can bring back the good, old days or perhaps try a new sport. The physical and […]