It’s Not Just You…The World Is Going Crazy

Coronavirus. Impeachment. Floods, fires, earthquakes and more. It sure seems like the world is going crazy. There’s prejudice and outrage everywhere you turn. If you follow the news, you’d think humanity is doomed.

But then there’s Capreol. The ‘little town that could’ sits at the northern tip of the Sudbury region as an oasis of normalcy. Residents know it as our very own little slice of calm and comfort amidst all the insanity. While the rest of the world panics and frets Capreol quietly goes about its business, just carrying on carrying on. 

As Canadians shiver through another bitterly cold February (the temperature outside my window sits at -22 with the windchill a brisk -30) and we run from the cozy comfort of our warm houses to the remote-started and pre-heated vehicles in our driveways, it’s easy to forget all that our communities have to offer. Take a moment and, like this month’s most famous rodent—the groundhog—pop out of your hole and look around. You might just see your shadow…or you might realize you’re trapped in a bubble of your own making. 

Winter is a time when we need distraction. And Capreol has distractions aplenty.

Today, as I write this, the local Cross-Country Ski Club is preparing for their Moonlight Ski. If pizza, live music, and some of the most admired ski trails in the region aren’t enough to tempt you, then know that the club is volunteer-run and the smiles are always free. Also happening in Capreol this weekend is the local Curling Championships—head over to the Capreol Curling Club and witness some truly stellar shot-making and cheer on our town’s champion skip, Greg Blanchett, as his foursome competes against teams from Sudbury, Copper Cliff, and North Bay!

February’s extra-long in 2020 thanks to the leap-year, but Capreolites are grateful for the added day. The month’s end marks the return of our town’s beloved Winter Carnival. That’s right, once again residents can celebrate winter with games, food, music, and more. Once a town-wide staple, the Winter Carnival is back after an extended hiatus, this always-popular festival’s approach has the entire community smiling in eager anticipation. 

The Capreol 2020 Winter Carnival features something for everyone, from kids to seniors, with events both indoor and outdoor, athletic and relaxed, all at a variety of prices including plenty in my personal favourite price-range—FREE! 

The Capreol Legion starts the weekend off with it’s always delicious Fish Fry, followed by Family Movie Night at the Trinity United Church (with popcorn!), and a special Comedy Night at the Firehouse—the Friday is topped off with an Outside Ice Bar and Bonfire. Saturday features a tonne of options starting with the Trinity United Church’s Pancake Breakfast, the Capreol Cross-Country Ski Club is hosting a Ski Poker Runand a BBQ, there’s the Chilli Cook Off at the Legion—featuring your favourite Capreol restaurants, the Vintage Snowmobile Show and a number of lumberjack games (not to mention face painting) in the Kids’ Corner at the NORMHC Heritage Centre. The Firehouse hosts a 4 on4 Ball Hockey Tournament then caps off the night with Live Entertainment courtesy of the Singing Soldiers and an Outside Ice Bar and Bonfire. Sunday sees the Ball Hockey Championships, a Polar Dunk, a Seniors Tea (featuring coffee, tea, desserts, and prizes) at the Trinity United Church, and a Porketta Bingo at the Capreol Curling Club. The festivities wrap up at 2pm with the winners of the Ball Hockey, the Snow Sculpture, the Seniors Tea, the Porketta Bingo, and the Chilli Cook Off to be announced.

With lots to see, eat, and do, the three-day event, running February 28 to March 1, is sure to please all who attend…except maybe the Polar Dunk—that’s just plain crazy!!!

So, when next this old world of ours starts getting you down, come out to Capreol. There’s a warm welcome awaiting and some good old-fashioned fun to be had.

Posted on: February 8, 2020, by :