A show about getting away, being away and all the things that happen in between. Every week we invite a bunch of friends to join us 'round the grill for great food, great conversation and lots of laughs. Who's At The Cottage is hosted by Maureen Norman, with co-hosts Mary Ellen Lett (MEL), Chris Worth and grill master Andy Elder (#grillbill).
As shorter days give way to longer nights, the summer cottaging season draws to an end. This episode we’ll take a look back at summer 2017 and a look ahead to the fall and winter seasons. We’ll also talk about winding things down – putting stuff away, turning stuff off and all the other rituals associated with the end of the season. Friend of the podcast Ron Tite returns to share his thoughts on the season and his plans to celebrate his first Thanksgiving at the cottage.
Girls' Weekend vs. Guys' Weekend
Get a group of girls and guys together and for sure each of them will claim the title as to who has the best time on a getaway weekend. Manis, pedis and sangria or Seadoos, fireworks and a case of Amsterdam Pale Rider - what sounds like more fun? Join us this week and hear MEL interview the guys and Chris interview the ladies. This much we know. A girls weekend almost always involves some kind of avocado dip while a guys weekend almost always involves some sort of project!
On shore or on the water, there's lots of fun to be had outdoors. Do you feel like taking the paddle boat or the canoe out for a whirl? Maybe you're a little more adventurous and you want to head out and explore on foot or on the ATV! Ornithologist and outdoor expert Mark Peck will help us figure it all out along with Lake of Bays ATV Club member and Baysville County Store owner Bill Bryer.
Words and Music
Everybody has one...a favourite summer song and a book they want to read. This week we're talking music and books - two incredibly important elements for great cottaging. Vital in fact. Whether you're enjoying some uninterrupted solitude in the hammock or putting in a few hours sunbathing on the dock, you're gonna need a good book and some great tunes. Sharing their thoughts with us on this cottage critical topic are award winning author Terry Fallis and boom 97.3 radio host Jeff Spindel.
Rainy Day Memories
The heavens open and the debate begins. It's a rainy day. Do you reach for Monopoly, Scrabble or Canada's own Trivial Pursuit? Maybe cards are your thing. Do you deal a hand of poker? Or is your style more Euchre or Cribbage? When you get bored of all that, there's always that box of VHS movies. And let's be clear, The Great Outdoors may just be the best cottage movie of all time. Yes or no? Author, keynote speaker and ad agency owner Ron Tite joins us to help settle the debates!
Hmmmm....let me see. Will that be a glass of wine or a local craft beer? Entertaining outdoors is one of the great pleasures at the cottage. But what to serve? You don't want to be running in and out of the cottage all afternoon. Hear some great tips from our grill master Andy Elder, cottager and sommelier Meghan Sherwin and Heather Mundle from Amsterdam Brewery who shares beer pairing tips and more!