Each year, the CNIB Lake Joe Vision Team invites honoured guests and fabulous friends for an unforgettable evening of laughter and world-class entertainment on the shores of beautiful Lake Joe

Last year’s all-Canadian classic Celebrate Muskoka: Clam Bake was an outstanding success, and the team has rallied their generous sponsors to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.  Guests are invited to kick up their boots and get into the spirit of the old west on Saturday, August 24, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at CNIB Muskoka: A Taste of Country.  All proceeds will benefit Lake Joe, an accessible camp for children, youth and the young-at-heart who are blind or partially sighted.

Here are the top eight reasons to portage, ride out on a rail, or rustle the carretela up to the event of the summer, CNIB Muskoka: A Taste of Country.


  1. Do Your Best Do-si-do to Live Country Music at an Old-Fashioned Heel-Burner

Put on your best bib and tucker, hop over to the Stepping Ken and swing your partner to rousing performances from Juno nominee Beverly Mahood and friends.  A mainstay in the Canadian music scene, Mahood has worked closely with David Foster, co-wrote Celine Dion’s hit single Come to Me, and has performed internationally to widespread acclaim. Tear up the floor line-dancing to electrifying live country – it will be a night to remember!


  1. Eat Like a Range Boss

Cackleberries and huckdummies!  The CNIB Lake Joe Vision Team is staging up a frontier feast featuring the finest savoury western BBQ this side of the Pigeon River – guaranteed to make your mouth water.  Taste of Country promises to do its namesake proud and send every guest home full and satisfied.


  1. Paint Your Nose with a Cowboy Cocktail

No (19+) hoedown would be complete without a smidge of prairie juice and hop dew!  Once you’ve had your fill of the fantastic fixin’s, head over to the build-your-own-ceasar station for a spicy refreshment, wet your whistle with a delectable selection of crisp craft beers and distinctive wines, and participate in an informative and delicious whiskey tasting. Remember to always drink responsibly and arrange a designated driver!


  1. Something for Everyone

CNIB has gone above and beyond to provide guests with a host of engaging games, exhibits and activities at this years’ event. Meet future guide dogs at the puppy Cuddle Corral; bid boisterously on some magnificent items in the spirited live auction – or discreetly in the silent auction; test your finesse at horseshoes and beanbag toss; jump on the hurricane deck with a genuine mechanical bull, and kick up your heels with a professional line-dancing lesson!  Never a dull moment at CNIB Lake Joe!


  1. Finish the Summer Strong with a Dynamite Finale

CNIB Muskoka: Taste of Country is set to end the night in apple pie order with a spectacular fireworks display. Close out the summer admiring the beauty of Muskoka like you’ve never seen it before – illuminated brilliantly by an enthralling pyrotechnic masterpiece!


  1. Gaze at the Stars

The north end of Lake Joseph has become such a fabled hideaway for exclusive habitués that The New York Times and Bloomberg christened it Billionaires Row.  Cindy Crawford, Kevin O’Leary and Kenny G all summer on Lake Joseph, along with the fabulous emcee for the evening: Real Housewife of Toronto Joan Kelley Walker!  Keep your eyes peeled and you may catch a glimpse of glamour on this prestigious preserve.


  1. Be a part of History

CNIB Lake Joe has been a pillar in the Seguin Township community for decades. Tour and explore the fully accessible camp built on the site of a decommissioned 19th century Canadian National Railway station (many of the existing buildings are restorations of the originals!).  Since 1961, children, youth, and the young-at-heart have travelled to CNIB Lake Joe every summer to develop core skills, build confidence, and discover independence while enjoying timeless outdoor activities in a safe and inclusive environment.


  1. Support a Legacy Canadian Charity

CNIB was founded in 1918 to support Canadian troops returning home blind from the First World War. Proudly support an organization that has pioneered countless initiatives, including the development of adaptive strategies with the Bank of Canada for people who are blind and partially sighted, and working with Wayne Gretzky on making his autobiography the world’s first major book launched simultaneously in print and braille. CNIB played a key role in founding the World Braille Foundation and continues to lobby passionately for the rights of Canadians with sight loss through the support of generous donors like you!


Funds raised will supplement the CNIB Lake Joe Vision Team’s efforts to raise $3 million to transform CNIB Lake Joe into a year-round camp with expanded winter program offerings including snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating/hockey, and cross-country skiing.

Show your support today!  Find more information and purchase your tickets at cnib.ca/CNIBMuskoka


Saturday, August 24

6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

CNIB Lake Joe (4 Joe Finley Way, MacTier, ON, P0C 1H0)

Country Western Casual



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