WINE * DINE * STAY * PLAY…… May 2018

It’s MAY in the County!  Wildflowers, bird migration, Mothers Day? It must be May! We celebrate wine and food, art and music and nature all year round, but The County especially loves the Spring. Come celebrate with us.

This month’s prize draw is for Picton Harbour Pontoon Tours – 4 passes with a value of approx. $180. Details & entry at

Our April spa package winner is Deena Rasky of Kingston.  Congratulations Deena – enjoy your spa afternoon for two at The Manse Boutique Inn & Spa.

May Getaways

Victoria Day weekend May 19-21 is one of the most popular times for group getaways, so get a jump on your get-together now and look forward to kicking summer off right.

Edgewater B&BEdgewater B&B ~ A modern Cape Cod home overlooking beautiful Picton Harbour & Yacht Club. 5 minute walk to downtown Picton. Merrill InnMerrill Inn
Classic country inn in the heart of Picton. Fine Dining • Seasonal Packages • Special birding package during May.
LittleJohn FarmLittlejohn Farm ~ A Wellness Farm ~ Unique Farm Stay Experience • Guided Wine Tours •  Culinary Workshops •  Access Bars Starlit Properties at Smith’s Bay
The water is crystal clear, shallow, with a sandy bottom. Swim, fish, snorkel, kayak, canoe, relax. Enjoy the brilliant sky scape.
Sunrise Cottage ResortSunrise Cottage Resort
Waterfront Resort with Luxury Cottages. Ideal for family vacations, group events & reunions
Jacksons Falls Country InnJacksons Falls Country Inn
Experience the fusion of European and First Nations cultures. Birders Package • Group Getaways
Black River B&B Black River B&B
Waterfront adult-only B&B in a park-like sanctuary.  Sumptuous vegetarian, gluten free breakfasts overlooking the river.
Sandbanks Vacations & ToursSandbanks Vacations & Tours
Wine /  Brew Tours •  Stay & Play Pkgs • Half Day Tours • Lunch & Wine Tours • Group or Corporate Pkgs
isaiah tubbs resort isaiah tubbs resort
Overlooking Sandbanks • Family vacations • Weddings • Conferences  •  Retreats • Waterfront restaurant
The ManseThe Manse Boutique Inn & Spa
The perfect place for that special occasion.  Romantic fireplace rooms & Spa packages.
Modern LodgeModern Lodge
Luxury rental set amidst a beautiful forest of spruce trees. Girls Weekends, Couples Retreat, Craft Beer Weekend.
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County POP

COUNTY POP Community Music Festival ~ April 28 at Crystal Palace: All Day Free Kids Programming | Food Trucks | Local Wine/ Cider/Beer Please join us in the heart of the County at the historic Crystal Palace to participate in the timeless tradition of reveling in music, food and family to welcome the magic that is springtime in the County. Buy advance tickets and  … More information }


Ginger and Slim play Legendz ~ April 28 at Legendz Pub: Hosted by Legendz Pub and Ginger St. James Apr 28 at 8 PM … More information }

Free Family Movie ~ Sundays April 29 & May 27 at The Regent Theatre @ 2pm On the last Sunday of  each month.     … More information }

The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls ~ May 5 – 13 at Mount Tabor Community Playhouse: May 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at Mount Tabor Playhouse in Milford. PECT Presents The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls A play by Jennifer Brewin, Leah Cherniak, Ann-Marie Macdonald, Alisa Palmer and Martha Ross … More information }

Only Yesterday: The Carpenters Story ~ May 6 at The Regent Theatre: Sunday May 6th at 7:00pm Regent Theatre, Picton. Fans of 1970’s pop music will remember “Only Yesterday” by The Carpenters, one of the best selling artists of all time. .. More information }

Quarter Moon Coffee House ~ May 10 & 24 at Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield: OPEN MIKE! Great open stage music, free admission, good coffee and cookies! Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm sharp. 2nd and 4th THURSDAY NIGHTS May to September.  … More information }

ROCnRevueROC’N Revue 2018 ~ May 17 at The Regent Theatre: Thu 7 PM · It’s that time of year again! Our 5th Annual ROC’N Revue Fundraiser is coming! Get your tickets now! Fundraiser for Prince Edward County Youth Centre. … More information }

Roblin Lake Jamboree and Open Mic ~ May 19 at Ameliasburgh Town Hall: All performers welcome, whether self-accompanied, vocal only, or as part of a group – or come out & enjoy other’s music!  … More information }

Comedy Night in the Valley ~ May 19 at Athol Town Hall: Taste That Comedy Troupe is back throughout the Spring into the Summer. Mark your calendar. Some great guests from afar are in the works in conjunction with Comedy Country. Cash Bar + Lots … More information }

Quinte Isle Bluegrass Celebration ~ May 25 – 27 at Quinte Isle Campark: Featuring local and regional Canadian bands bringing together the finest in Canadian bluegrass music. Join us for a weekend of music, food, jamming, fun and friendship … More information }

Grease ~ June 1 -10 at Mount Tabor Community Playhouse: Presented by the Marysburgh Mummers.  June 1 @ 7 p.m. June 2 @ 7 p.m. June 3 @ 2 p.m. June 8 @ 7 p.m. June 9 @ 7 p.m. June 10 @ 2 p.m. Tickets: 15.00… More information }

Check the Live Entertainment schedule for May

Coming in June …

Country Music Legends LIVE!The Good Brothers plus special guests Whiskey Jack – at the Regent Theatre on Friday June 15 at 8pm.  Presented by 8 Horse Music.

The Good Brothers have won 8 Juno Awards and are inductees to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame in Tennessee.

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Experiential Herbalism

Hawthorn Herbals course

A six month intensive course designed to take you up close in the realm of plant medicine. The course runs one full day per month from June to November 2018.

• plant identification throughout the seasons
• harvesting, drying and hands on medicine making of various types

Location:  New Moon Farm in beautiful Prince Edward County
Course by Tamara Segal, Registered Herbalist (RH)
Hawthorn Herbals.     Find out more }


Food & Wine

Countylicious & Getaway Packages ~ extended to May 6, 2018 due to April’s haywire weather. Our celebration of fine dining featuring prix fixe menus. The County is considered by many aficionados and locavores to be about as close to culinary heaven as you can get without requiring a second language and a passport. Countylicious is your chance to experience … More information }

Hands-on Italian Cooking Classes ~ April 28 & May 12 at Angelo Bean Cooking Studio: Angelo Bean’s Prince Edward County Cooking Studio is an expression of his philosophy: “Italian roots in local soil”. Simple authentic Italian regional recipes … More information }

Tutored Wine and Chocolate Tasting ~ April 28 @ 2 – 4pm at Sandbanks Estate Winery: Enjoy a tutored tasting of our reserve wines paired with hand made truffles! . .. More information }

The Authentic Italian Table ~ April 30  @ 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p..m. 493 Main St. Wellington. The Authentic Italian Table, a four part event celebrating the best of Italy. … More information }

Thank you to our newsletter sponsor P.E.C. Homewatch

South Bay United Church Spring Dinner ~ May 2 at South Bay United Church in Milford: Wednesday, May 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Serving ham & scalloped potatoes, home-made baked beans, vegetables, coleslaw, spiced apples, carrot cake, lemon pie, pecan pie, tiramisu, tea, coffee, juice … More information }

From the Farm Hands-On Cooking Classes ~ May 12 &19 at From the Farm Cooking School: Experience the joy of cooking seasonally. May 12: Middle Eastern & Mediterranean. May 19 Spice it Up! Indian Curries & more… More information }

Dining in the Dark Picton presented by Chef Michael Hoy ~ May 12 at Chef Michael Hoy Culinary: Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Dining in the Dark is presented in support of those living with sight loss in your community.  … More information }

Waupoos Winery Scavenger Hunt & Winemakers Dinner ~ May 19 & 20 at Waupoos Estates Winery:  1st Annual Adult Scavenger Hunt – Call for details and to sign up … More information }

Mother’s Day Celebrations

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, and we think all you moms deserve to have a great weekend in the County — rain or shine. There are brunches, winery tours, spas, and outdoor fun all dedicated to Mom!  The Manse Boutique Inn & Spa

Treat Mom to a relaxing day at the spa ~ at The Manse Boutique Inn & Spa in Picton. Our in house RMT, Rita Dabrowski, with over 20 years’ experience in massage therapy, provides our guests with individualized, one on one treatments, incorporating elements from a wide complement of therapies. Book your spa package }

Sandbanks Mother’s Day Spring Celebrations ~ May 13 @ 2pm – nature walk at Sandbanks. This year’s event is by pre-registration only, Cost is $5.00 per person, or $20.00 per family, with all proceeds going to the Friends of Sandbanks. Registration includes entry and parking at the Park. What to bring: Walking shoes, cameras, binoculars, enthusiasm, and your mother! More information }

Mother’s Day Wine Tour ~ Treat mom to a tour of The County with Sandbanks Vacations & Tours. Book online for Sunday May 13th and receive $10 off per person! Use discount code MOM2018.

carriage ride

Carriage Ride for Mother’s Day ~ Maybe it’s an afternoon Wine Tour, or Classic Carriage ride to dinner reservations.  We can do just about anything, particularly when it’s for Mom! More information }


Treat Mom to brunch or dinner …

  • Mother’s Day at The Knoll: Brunch Buffet: Sunday, May 13th seatings at 10am, 12pm & 2pm
    Three-Course Dinner: Sunday, May 13th from 5pm & 8pm. Isaiah Tubbs Resort at West Lake
  • Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Waring House: May 13 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
    Your Mom is a very special person so why not make her feel even more loved by treating her to our delicious Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. Please call to reserve as this will sell out very quickly. Waring House
  • Chef Michael Hoy Culinary :: Join us for Sunday Brunch from 9am to 1pm, serving local fare with a smile. Check out our mouth-watering Sunday Brunch menu.  Chef Michael Hoy Culinary.


Spring Markets & Shows

Spring Blossom “Handmade” Craft Show ~ April 28 at Prince Edward County Community Centre: Saturday, April 28th 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Prince Edward Community Centre, Picton Over 40 Talented Unique Artisans Admission $2.00 … More information }

Local Store PECThe Local Store opens for their 3rd season on Saturday April 28.  Featuring over 150 County artists, artisans plus local food producers and antiques! Find us on the road to Sandbanks, 768 County Road 12 . A must visit when you are in the County! More information }

Clothing Swap – FREE! ~ April 29 at Athol Town Hall: Free clothing swap Sunday April 29 @ 11 to 3 Athol Town Hall, Cherry Valley … More information }

The Elks Mothers Day Vendor Event ~ April 29 at Elks Lodge: Sunday, April 29 at 10 AM – 3 PM. Shop from a variety of local vendors and enjoy a delicious bowl of chili put on by the Legion. We will be accepting baby food items that will be donated to The Hub Family Daycare Center in Picton.  … More information }

Spring Antique Show ~ May 18 & 19 at Crystal Palace in Picton. Sat 10-5pm Sun 10-4 Admission $5. Antiques, collectibles, primitives, art, glass, china, linens and much more! .. More information }

Seasonal markets in Wellington, Picton & Milford open on May long weekend. Shop our local markets for fresh produce, gourmet food, home-made treats, jewellery, antiques, collectibles and more.   … More information about local  markets }

Master Gardeners Plant Sale ~ May 26 @ 8 am until noon Metro parking lot 73 Main Street, Picton We will be offering a wide selection of plants, most of which are grown in our own gardens. Perennials, annuals, plants for shade, native plants, roses, herbs, drought tolerant plants and much more.  … More information }

Rain Barrel Sale ~ May 26 from 10 AM to Noon at 841 County Road 13: Annual CSG Rain Barrel Sale to fund our PECI Student Environmental Bursary … More information }

Car, truck and motorcycle show ~ May 26 at Huff Estates Winery: Saturday May 26 (rain date May 27),11am to 3pm. Car show, entertainment, fine wine and prizes and supports a great cause! In memory of Al Young and Sue West.   … More information }

Relay for Life Outdoor Vendor Sale ~ May 26 at Westfall Memorial Park in Carrying Place: Saturday, May 26, 10-3 Annual fundraiser for Moms on a Mission Relay for Life team…. Support the Canadian Cancer Society and local businesses with a variety of unique vendors, an amazing raffle, cotton candy, zumba demonstration and more… More information }


Spring Show at Arts on Main Gallery in Picton, showcasing 25 co-op artists.  The show continues until May 22. More information }

Two-Day Encaustic Painting Workshop with Andrew Csafordi ~ April 28/29 at Andrew Csafordi Studio Gallery: More workshop dates: Aug. 25 & 26 Sep. 29 & 30 Oct. 6 & 7 Nov. 3 & 4  … More information }

Spicy New Paintings by Rhonda Nolan – opening reception ~ May 3 @ 6-8pm at Closson Chase Vineyards in Hillier: SPICY new paintings by Rhonda Nolan May 1-31  … More information }

Romance of the Sea ~ May 4 at 4-7pm at The Victory, 205 Main Street, Picton. 35th Annual Exhibition of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists: Vernissage exhibition continues until end of July. … More information }

Fibre FestFibre Fest ~ May 26 from 9am to 4:30pm at Prince Edward County Community Centre: An all day event with over 60 vendors selling all things knitting, spinning and fibre related. There will be demonstrations of spinning and weaving plus alpacas, sheep and angora bunnies to visit. Plus there will be classes and workshops to participate in during the day. …More information }

Explore Discover and Learn at Baxter Arts Centre ~ Want to learn something new?  Spring is always a busy and active time for Baxter Arts Centre and Baxter Studio School and this year it is even busier! Workshops for Painting, Music, Dance, Yoga …and more fabulous programs! at Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield … Read more }

To learn more about local arts & cultural events, sign up for the PEC Arts Council’s newsletter


Active & Outdoors

Walk-A-Thon ~ May 1 : 6K Walk-A-Thon for Blanding’s Turtles In support of the South Shore Appeal Fund Tuesday, May 1st at 10:am Meeting at Royal Rd 8 & Lighthall Rd., South Marysburgh Invite your friends and family to participate or ask them to sponsor your walk  … More information }

walleye-thWalleye World Fishing Tournament ~ May 5 & 6: Great prizes on the first weekend of May. We look forward to this weekend every year and together we make it the BEST weekend of May for Walleye fishing in the province of Ontario! … More information }

Adventure PEC ~ May 5 : Picton Creative Rural Minds presents ADVENTURE PEC, a County-wide creative scavenger hunt taking place on Saturday May 5, followed by an epic after-party at Prince Eddy’s Brewing Co. The winning team will get $500 to donate to the charity or not-for-profit . More information }

In Motion: Dance, Wellbeing, Community – A Presentation ~ May 6 & 12 at Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield: Dance is recognized as a way to keep fit, stay balanced, flexible and mobile and acknowledged for its power to stimulate… More information }

7th Annual Hike for Hospice ~ May 6 at Prince Edward County Community Centre: Sunday May 6. The Hike For Hospice is a National Fundraiser in support of Hospice. All funds raised stay right here in our community to assist people in our who are living with progressive life limiting illness, their loved ones and caregivers. .. More information }

Herbs, Health & the Elements Workshops ~ May 6 at Bloomfield Hall: Spring 2018 Workshops presented by Tamara Segal, a Registered Herbalist (RH) by the Ontario Herbalists Association. This year I am excited to be presenting a brand new winter workshop series with an interesting twist! The series will be based on each of the four elements: EARTH, FIRE, AIR & WATER. The four elements … More information }

Walk for Alzheimers ~ May 12 at Sandbanks Provincial Park: ALL funds stay local and allow us to provide free education & support services here in the County! … More information }

Spring Birding Festival ~ May 12 to 21 at Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO): Guided walks and tours, workshops, and banding demonstrations. … More information }

Nature Matters is a project organized by PEPtBO that brings together local environmental, naturalist and outdoor organizations in a series of public events. Join with local groups for a whole season of events and activities.  See the 2018 program schedule }

Armdrop Drag Racing ~ May 19 at Picton Airfield. Our group hosts drag racing, car & bike shows. We keep the old street racing spirit alive, no timing, no slips, armdrop start … More information }

Victoria Day Century Ride ~ May 20 @10 AM Start. The Bloomfield Bicycle Club invites you to join a Victoria Day Century Ride with a distance of 100 km (at a 25km/hr average pace). All are welcome. (An adult must accompany a child under 16 on the ride.) The Club provides a competent leader, maps for participants, and water  … More information }

23rd Annual Black River Canoe Trip ~ May 21 : Join the Fun on Victoria Day Monday ~ 22nd Annual Black River Canoe Trip. All residents of South Marysburgh are invited to participate. … More information }

Rotary Lilac rideRotary Lilac Ride ~ May 27 at Prince Edward County Community Centre: Join us for our 4th annual Picton Rotary charity cycling event supporting PEC’s“ Reaching For Rainbows”. This annual event features three marked courses (27km, 57km, 100km) and will take riders on some of Prince Edward County’s most beautiful cycling routes. … More information }

Plant Identification Walk ~ May 27 @ 2-4 pm : Plant Identification Walk @ Millennium Trail .   Cost: $20 … More information }


Our Living History

Loyalist Encampment ~ May 19 & 20 at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village @ 9:30am-4:30pm. Meet the Loyalists at their annual “Welcome Weekend” encampment and experience what their first days in The County would have been like. Try games popular in the late 1700s and explore the 20 buildings on the Village grounds. .. More information }

macaulay gardensGetting Back to our Roots ~ May 19 @ 10am-2pm at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton. Experience what life was like for an early Victorian family in springtime. Prepare a vegetable garden for planting alongside some Friends of Macaulay Heritage Park. Bring along a picnic lunch and top your meal off with Welsh Cakes, baked on the open fire, and a glass of delicious  … More information }

Heroes and Legends in South Bay Cemetery ~ May 26 @ 1:30 PM at South Bay United Church. Suzanne Pasternak has spent over 35 years recording, collecting and preserving the unique maritime heritage of South Bay and Long Point. Her research has been turned into several folk operas, musicals and a documentary. Suzanne will perform a storytelling and music concert at the old, one-room schoolhouse at South Bay  … More information }

Tea Room Social ~ May 27 @ 12pm-3pm at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village. Seasonal delights on the last Sunday of the month. May 27—Rhubarb June 24—Strawberries July 29—Raspberries & Blueberries August 26—Peaches Sept 30 –Apples .. More information }

Community Corner

Sunday Scrabble Drop ~ May 13 from 1 pm to 4 pm at Athol Town Hall: In response to the great attendance at our last Scrabble Tournament, we are hosting a once a month Sunday Scrabble Drop!   Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Prize for top scorer. … More information }

PD Day Activities ~ May 18  at Prince Edward Fitness & Aquatic Centre. Bring your child to our camps for an activity, fun filled day where they can be with  … More information }


Coming in June

June 1 -10 – Grease at Mount Tabor Community Playhouse
June 2 – Terroir Wine Celebration at Crystal Palace
June 2 – Terroir Run
June 2 – The Wellington Women’s Half Marathon
June 2 – Sitting Pretty: A CHAIRity Event at Wellington Town Hall
June 3 – Gershwin and Contemporaries “& all that jazz” at St Mary Magdalene Church
June 8 – Relay for Life at Prince Edward County Community Centre
June 9 – BioBlitz 2018 (Charwell Point Area)
June 10 – Car Boot Sale at The Local Store
June 10 – Experiential Herbalism – A 6 Month Intensive Course
June 10 – Sunday Fundays at Macaulay Heritage Park
June 16 – Comedy Night in the Valley at Athol Town Hall
June 16 – County Cook Off at Waupoos Estates Winery at Waupoos Winery
June 16 – Rock Hound Fossil Hunt at Half Moon Bay Winery
June 16 – Down East Lobster Dinner at Prince Edward Masonic Hall
June 17 – Father’s Day
June 20 – Plant Identification Walks
June 22 – Art in the County begins at The Armoury Mall
June 23 – Armdrop Drag Racing at Picton Airfield
June 24 – Jean Baptiste Celebration week at Waupoos Estates Winery at Waupoos Winery
June 24 – Tea Room Social at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village
June 24 – Free Family Movie 2:00 pm at The Regent Theatre
June 30 – Family Fishing Days
June 30 – April Wine “Rockin’ The Valley”  live concert at Prince Edward County Festival Grounds, Cherry Valley
June 30 – Rockin The Isle at Quinte Isle Campark
June 30 – Honey and Herb Day at Honey Pie Hives and Herbals
July 1 – Canada Day
July 1 – Kids Summer Camps with the Baxter Arts Centre at Baxter Arts Centre
Check events details on the Prince Edward County calendar at


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