Prince Edward County July newsletter

WINE * DINE * STAY * PLAY…… July 2018

It’s JULY in the County! Join us for Canada Day celebrations, Art in the County, summer getaways, festivals, winery tours, live music and theatre and more … 

updatesMay through August ~ Wooler Road / Hwy 401 on ramp closures
Both on-ramps at Wooler Road and Highway 401 will be closed May 22, 2018 until August 2018. The off ramps will not be impacted by the work. The detour in both cases is east on Telephone Road / Cty Rd 42 to Trenton, then north on Hwy 33 to Hwy 401.
Before you travel to the County — check for the latest updates on beach postings, traffic reports, Glenora Ferry delays, local weather, and more – bookmark this page

July Getaways

Find your perfect Getaway in the County.
Wine & Culinary Experiences, Rejuvenation Getaways, Romantic Hideaways, Family Fun and more …

Edgewater B&BEdgewater B&B ~ A modern Cape Cod home overlooking beautiful Picton Harbour & Yacht Club. 5 minute walk to downtown Picton. Modern LodgeModern Lodge
Luxury rental set amidst a beautiful forest of spruce trees. A short drive to wineries, cider makers, restaurants and beaches. 
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. Girlfriends Weekends • 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.
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Thank you to The Manse Boutique Inn & Spa, prize sponsor

The Manse Boutique Inn & Spa

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Festivals & Celebrations

Happy Canada Day!Canada Day Celebrations ~ June 30July 1 & 2 throughout the County: Street dances, fireworks, music, parades and more! Join us in a celebration for Canada! More information }

lavenderLavender Festival ~ July 7 & 8 at Prince Edward County Lavender Farm in Hillier. We want to share with you the beauty of our fields. Experience the taste of lavender and other fine herbs; create your own craft; pick your own lavender and see how the essential oil is made. … More information }


Thank you to Picton Boat Tours, prize sponsor

Picton Boat Tours


Shows & Markets

Local Markets ~ weekly on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday in various corners of the County you can find locally grown produce, gourmet food, jewelery, home-made treats, art, collectibles or gifts for the hard-to-please. […] … More information }

Antique Vintage & Retro ShowAntique, Vintage & Retro Sale ~ July 13-15 at Curling Club at Picton Fairgrounds. Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage, Jewellery, Memorabilia and lots more. … More information }

Car Boot Sale ~ Sunday July 8 & 22 at The Local Store, Westlake Road. Vintage  sale from the trunk of cars! Proceeds from stall rentals go towards Prince Edward County Hospital Building Fund […] … More information }


Local Store PEC

Discover County Made!  The Local Store on West Lake Road features over 150  local artists & artisans, local food producers plus antiques.  Open daily April 28 to November.

a TripAdvisior review … “If You Want It, You’ll Find It! What a fantastic idea! One stop location to find the best of the County. From jams and chutneys to maple syrup to crafts and artwork, there is something for every price range and for every taste. …”

Visit The Local Store online at


Art is Everywhere!

Art in the County ~ June 22-July 8 at The Armoury Mall in Picton. Art in the County is an annual juried exhibition of the highest quality of work by renowned County artists and artisans. … More information }

Romance of the Sea ~ during July at The Victory in Picton. Exhibition continues until end of July. […] … More information }

The Group of Sevenish ~ July 7 & 8 @ 9am to 4pm at Wellington Town Hall. The Group of Sevenish is a collective of painters, photographers and sculptors. […] … More information }

barn quiltPrince Edward County Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show 2018 ~ July 7 & 8 at Wellington and District Community Centre. There will be a display of approximately 300 quilted items, a judged competition, quilt sales, raffle quilt, guest artists, demonstrations, members’ boutique, 20 vendors, […] … More information }

County CollAboRaTive ~ July 13 & 14 at Bloomfield Town Hall. The County’s talented writers and poets join Studio Tour members in an artistic collaboration. More information }

Indigenous Artists’ Exhibit & Sale ~ July 28 to August 6 at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton. Paintings, Photography, Sculpture, Fibre Art, Beadwork, Prints, Art Cards, Flutes, Rattles, Leatherwork and Calligraphy, and music CDs.  More information }

Arts on Main Gallery Summer Show continues daily until August 27th. The Backroom is our latest creation – a definite must-see! More information }

For more artistic inspiration ~ exhibitions, workshops and more … see


Sip, Sample,and Savour

Strawberry Social in Cherry Valley ~ Wednesday June 27 @ 5-7pm at Athol Town Hall, Cherry Valley. Everyone welcome. First come first served. Home baked cakes. Ice cream. Local berries. Only $7. … More information }

Fish FryHillier Fish Fry ~ Friday June 29 from 5pm-8pm at J.K. Farm in Hillier. What a delicious way to kick off the summer. […] … More information }

South Bay United Church Fish Fry ~ Wednesday July 4 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Annual Fish Fry dinner with pan-fried perch & pickerel, Caesar salad, potato salad, baked beans, rolls, homemade desserts, tea, coffee, lemonade. … More information }

BBQ Dinner at Mariners Park Museum ~ Saturday July 7, dinner starts at 5pm. The Friends of Mariners Park Museum are excited to present their annual fundraising dinner with musical entertainment, a silent auction and more! Rain or shine. Advanced tickets required. […] … More information }

Thanks to our newsletter sponsor P.E.C. Homewatch Inc.

Wine & Food Fair ~ July 21 & 22 11:30am  to 4:30 pm at Sandbanks Estate Winery. Get a sneak peak, a behind-the-scenes look, as we take visitors on complimentary tours of our winemaking facilities with barrel tastings and food pairings. Live music.   … More information }

blueberry patchTea Room Social ~ Sunday July 29 12pm-3pm at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village. Celebrating the Museum’s 50th Anniversary with seasonal delights each month. July 29—Raspberries & Blueberries August 26—Peaches Sept 30 –Apples … More information }

Cooking Classes & Culinary Tours ~ Learn cooking techniques in fun, hands-on learning environments. More information }

The County has a growing wine, craft beer, cider and spirits scene. Explore The County with a knowledgeable local guide and see what others miss!  More information }

Thank you to our newsletter sponsor Ride With
providing Beer & Wine Tours in Prince Edward County. Talk to John about your next Beer or Wine tour, call John at 613-922-0160 or e-mail him @ [email protected]



Musical Notes

There’s lots of great music to be found all around the County during the summer.

guitarQuarter Moon Coffee House open mic nights in Bloomfield ~ Thursdays July 5 & 19 @ 7:30pm
Music Night at Wellington Town Hall, Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.
Gazebo Concerts in the Wellington Park ~ Tuesday evenings @ 6:30pm July thru August
Free concerts in the Waupoos Park ~ Sundays July 8 & 22 @ 6pm
Roblin Lake Jamboree & Open Mic ~ Saturday July 21 @ 1pm
Music at the vineyards, breweries, markets, pubs & cafes
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Black Tie & Blue Jeans ~ Friday June 29 at The Waring Hall. Fundraiser for South Shore Appeal Fund … More information }

April WineApril Wine “Rockin’ The Valley” live concert ~ Saturday June 30 at Prince Edward County Festival Grounds, Cherry Valley. MillPond Music & Entertainment is proud to announce that Canadian Music Legends and Double Platinum Recording Artists April Wine will be performing in concert […] … More information }

Rockin’ The Isle ~ Saturday June 30 at Quinte Isle Campark: Hosted by KnucKel HeD. All ages event. More information }

Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble ~ Thursday July 12 at The Regent Theatre. Festival Players in association with The Regent Theatre presents Steven Page, a founder and former leader of the iconic band Barenaked Ladies, with Toronto’s highly inventive Art of Time Ensemble for an evening of seminal songs […] … More information }

Dark Side Of The Moon ~ July 14 @ 8:00pm at The Regent Theatre. Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does. More than just a tribute band, Classic Albums Live brings you the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s – recreated live on stage. […] … More information }

The Jamie Stever Band ~ Thursday July 19 at The Waring House. Jamie Stever – County Boy & Nashville Recording Artist. Texas Style BBQ Dinner, Dance Floor, Prizes for best dressed Cowboy/Cowgirl … More information }

Motown GoldMotown Gold ~ Saturday July 21 at The Regent Theatre. “Motown Gold” celebrates the incredible songs and stories of the legendary record label from Detroit that launched the careers of The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes […] … More information }

Harp & Voice at Glenwood Chapel ~ Saturday July 21 2pm at Glenwood Cemetery Chapel in Picton. Harp & Voice with Janine Dudding on Celtic Harp….with Josie Ferrar. Admission by Donation … More information }

Tokai String Quartet ~ Saturday July 21 at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Picton. Praised for their “emotional investment” and “decisive” interpretations (Toronto Star) and “intense” and “hot-blooded” performances (Globe and Mail), the Tokai Quartet is one of Music at Port MilfordCanada’s leading string quartets. […] … More information }

Music at Port Milford ~ Sunday July 22 2pm at Music at Port Milford. 2018 marks Music at Port Milford’s 32nd season of bringing together an internationally-renowned artist faculty and students ages 12-18 with a passion for chamber music to create and share an inspiring summer music experience. […] … More information }

Quatuor Saguenay, “Form, Balance, Motion” ~ Saturday July 28 @ 7:30pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Picton. The Quartuor Saguenay (formerly the Alcan Quartet), has developed a reputation for excellence throughout Canada and internationally since its formation over twenty years ago. […] … More information }


Comedy & Theatre

comedyComedy in the County ~ Saturday July 7 @ 7:30pm at Sand and Pearl, West Lake. A night of live Comedy In The County. Featuring comedians from Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, MTV, CBC, SirusXM and Saturday Night Live Brazil! Join us for dinner before or just show up for the show. […] … More information }

Comedy Night in the Valley ~ Saturday July 21 at Athol Town Hall, Cherry Valley. Taste That Comedy Troupe joins some great guests from afar. Cash Bar + Lots […] … More information }

A Funny Proposition featuring Bruce Dow ~ July 26 – 28 at Wellington United Church. A cabaret-play perhaps a caberplay! one-man musical by Bruce Dow (and a bunch of other guys) Festival Players is thrilled to welcome back Bruce Dow (who played Bottom in last summer’s Hippolytas Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and directed the hit show Stones in His Pockets) […] … More information }


More Entertainment

The Children’s Foundation 2018 Cruise for Kids ~ Thursday July 5 @ 1-4pm departing from Picton Harbour. Come tour beautiful Prince Edward County with a cruise aboard the Island Queen. This Cruise includes silent auction, raffles, food and drink and so much more! […] … More information }

A day at the beach c. 1913125 Years of Fashion ~ Wednesday July 11 & 25 at Sandbanks Provincial Park Amphitheatre. Help us celebrate 125 years of Ontario Parks with a very special fashion show! What would they have been wearing at Algonquin in 1893? Bon Echo at the turn of the century… […] … More information }

David Frum in Conversation ~ Thursday July 19 7:00pm at The Regent Theatre. This talk is a fundraiser for the Picton Library Expansion Project. David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic. […] … More information }


Active & Outdoors

Family Fishing Days ~ June 30 to July 2 : Ontario Family Fishing Days are a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. … More information }

Great Ontario Salmon Derby ~ July 7 thru August 25. 50 days of fishing excitement! Over $270,000 in  prizes! All profits realized by the Derby are donated to projects that help the salmon fishery. Details }

Graveyards and Gallows Walking Tour ~ Friday Nights in July and August, starting at 6:30 pm. The tour begins at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton. Alongside a costumed guide, walk through the grounds of Macaulay’s pleasant estate and the neigbouring graveyard at his historic church … […] … More information }

A Town & Country Garden Tour ~ Saturday July 7 @ 10:00am to 4:00pm (rain or shine). Explore eight beautiful gardens of Bay of Quinte at the 19th annual Town & Country Garden Tour. […] … More information }

PwC MS Bike – Prince Edward County ~ Sunday July 8 at Prince Edward County Community Centre. Gear Up to End MS. Join us at this event full of excitement, challenge and community and we know you’ll leave with a sense of great accomplishment. […] … More information }

Point Traverse Lighthouse Walk ~ Saturday July 14 10am-1pm at Point Traverse Lighthouse. Bring lunch, drinking water, sunscreen. […] … More information }

sand dunesHealthy Parks, Healthy People Day ~ Friday July 20. Day-use fees for all Ontario Parks are waived on this day, and special events celebrate and encourage people to get away from their stressful lives and enjoy nature for a day. […] … More information }

Plant Identification Walk ~ Wednesday July 25 Wellington, Millennium Trail […] … More information }

Yoga in the Vineyard ~ Wednesdays & Fridays in July and August at Sandbanks Estate Winery, Wellington. There is no better way to centre yourself. Salute the sun and find your inner warrior with a local Yoga teacher, surrounded by birdsong, sunshine and vines.  Details }


Summer fun for Kids

Wellington Elks Kids Fishing Derby ~ Saturday June 30 @ 9am to 11am at Wellington Dock For ages 2-12. Free lunch. Register by June 25. No entry fee. … More information }

Soap Box Derby in Milford ~ Saturday July 7 at 10 am at Milford Town Hall. Drivers must be 6 years of age & older Helmets and cars are supplied Fun street events Come out and be part of our fun day! … More information }

Sunday Fundays ~ Sunday July 8 & 22 1pm-4pm at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton. Hands-on family-friendly activities, displays, games and tasty refreshments too … More information }

Sandbanks Family Funday ~ Saturday July 14 10:30am – 7:30pm at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Hosted by Toronto PWC. Beach the doo’s, picnic, tubing, wake boarding, etc. Plenty of parking and boat launch(s) near by. […] … More information }

Sandfest ~ Wednesday July 18 10:00 am -2:00pm at Sandbanks Provincial Park at the Mouth of the Outlet River. Sand sculpting fun for the whole family. Bring your shovels and pails. Participation prizes for everyone. […] … More information }

Free Family Movie ~ Sunday July 29 2pm at The Regent Theatre … More information }

Summer Programs: Art • Sailing • History Alive!  •  Drama  • Aquatics & Fitness • Recreation Outreach Centre • Summer Library Programs


Coming in August

PEC JazzAugust 14 –19PEC Jazz Festival.  Top jazz talent, from local heroes to international stars in our beautiful wine-country setting.  From classic to cutting edge modern and everything in between, the PEC Jazz Festival has something for every jazz fan.


August 2 – Annual Art & Craft Sale at Picton Fairgrounds
August 2-18 – The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey at Festival Players Studio Theatre
August 3 – 7th Annual Elvis Festival at Waupoos Winery
August 4 – Consecon Community Day & Soap Box Derby
August 4 – Ontario Fermentation Festival at Crystal Palace
August 4 – South Shore Stroll
August 4 – Harlem String Quartet at St. Mary Magdalene
August 5 – Music at Port Milford at Music at Port Milford
August 6 – Civic Holiday
August 10 – PEC Fest at Milford Fairgrounds
August 10 – True North Beer Festival at Loch Sloy
August 10 – Reuben and the Dark at The Hayloft Dancehall
August 11 – Prince Edward Auto Club Street Meet at Roblin Lake Fairgrounds
August 11 – Dragon Boat Races
August 11 – Fish Fry for Rose House at North Marysburgh Recreation Centre
August 11 – Port Milford Ensemble at St Mary Magdalene Church
August 13 – Flying Nature Hike
August 15 – Lakeshore Lodge Day at Sandbanks Provincial Park
August 16 – Plant Identification Walk
August 18 – Nostalgia & Pop Culture Show and Sale at Curling Club at Picton Fairgrounds
August 18 – Comedy Night in the Valley at Athol Town Hall
August 22 – Sept. 2 – Blind Date, starring Christy Bruce at The Regent Theatre
August 22 – Mc 2Whanne & Yung Alfie “My Life Tour” at Picton Elks
August 22 – Summer Winemaker’s Dinner at Waupoos Estates Winery
August 23 – Country Jamboree at Cherry Valley
August 24 – Winemaker’s Taste & Tour at Sandbanks Estate Winery
August 24 – The Sadies at The Hayloft Dancehall
August 25 – Disco Ball at Wellington and District Community Centre
August 25 – Full Moon Yoga Festival at Sand and Pearl
August 31 – Women Killing It Crime Writers’ Festival
  • Live music, art & cooking workshops, and more …Check details on the Prince Edward County calendar at

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