May newsletter

WINE * DINE * STAY * PLAY…… May 2017

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.

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May Getaways

Victoria Day weekend May 20 – 22 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.

lilacsisaiah tubbs resort & conference centre
:: Dining & Getaway packages • Family vacations • Weddings • Retreats • Conferences. Waterfront restaurant, sandy beach, pool & watersport activities.

Black River Bed & Breakfast :: Waterfront adult-only B&B in a park-like sanctuary. Unique gourmet dinners.

Jacksons Falls Country Inn :: Countylicious Getaway • Birder’s Bootcamp • Girlfriends Getaway • Group getaways • Authentic native fare • Public house • Live music series.

Wine Tour Packages with Sandbanks Vacations & Tours :: Stay & Play Packages • Half Day Tours • Lunch & Wine Tours • Group or Corporate Packages

Sunrise Cottage Resort :: a Waterfront Resort with Luxury Cottages and a sparkling clean outdoor heated pool. Ideal for family vacations or group events and reunions.

Merrill Inn :: A classic country inn in the heart of Picton. Girlfriend Getaways – Seasonal Packages – Fine Dining. Special birding package during May.

The Manse Boutique Inn and Spa :: The Manse is the perfect place just to relax and recoup • Food Packages • Wine Tour Packages • Day Spa Packages – in house RMT

The Wexford House :: Spectacular, historic 13 room vacation rental in Picton. A perfect venue for Family Gatherings • Group Reunions • Small Weddings • Girlfriends Getaways • Meetings & Retreats.


vania and sonia and masha and spikeVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike presented by Prince Edward Community Theatre. April 29 &30, May 5 & 7 at Mt. Tabor Playhouse in Milford. Read more } 


ROC’N Revue ~ Thursday May 4.  ROC is hosting our annual fundraiser, the ROC’N Revue May 4.   May 1-7 is National Youth Week. It is a week dedicated to the celebration of youth and their active participation in their community. ROC will also will be celebrating with a Youth Entrepreneur Success (YES) Event hosted in collaboration with The County Canteen on May 2. Show the teens in PEC your support by purchasing tickets or making a donation today. Read more }

County POPCOUNTY POP Community Music Festival
 ~ Saturday May 6.

Spring celebration with music, food and family. Featuring: Bill and Joel Plaskett | Terra Lightfoot | Luther Wright and The Wrongs | The Weather Station | Moon Sugar + Local Guest Appearances. Reserve your tickets at }


The CodFather ~ Saturday May 6 at The Waring House.  Murder is back on the menu at The Waring House! Join us on May 6th for “The CodFather”! Read more }

8 Wing Bands Salute Canada 150 ~ Saturday May 6 at 7:00pm at The Regent Theatre,  featuring Guest Artist Benjamin Perrier, International Trombone Soloist. Music by the Canadian Forces 8 Wing Pipes & Drums, Concert and Jazz Bands which comprise of members of the Regular, Reserve, Retired Force members, and volunteers. Read more }

Fiddler on the Loose with Sultans Of  String ~ Sunday May 7 at 2:30pm at the Regent Theatre. Read more }

Lights, Camera .. FASHION ~ Thursday May 11 at 7:00pm at The Regent Theatre, in collaboration with the Dressing Room.  Proceeds to support The Regent Theatre Foundation. Door Prizes 50/50 Draw Raffle 3 Tickets for $10 Great Prizes! Gift Bags! We will be accepting non perishable food items which will be donated to the Picton & Wellington food banks. Read more }

Thank you to our page sponsor Elizabeth Crombie

Elizabeth Crombie, Royal LePage

Quarter Moon Coffee House (open mic) ~ Thursdays May 11 & 25. Open stage music, alternating Thursdays May-Sept 7:30pm, Baxter Art Centre in Bloomfield. The friendly open-stage returns for another summer of music. Free admission, donations welcome, refreshments available. Alternate Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm starting May 11. Details }

Canada 150 ChoralCanada 150 Choral Celebration ~ Sunday, May 14 @ 2:00 PM at The Regent Theatre. Command Performance Choir, in collaboration with The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers of Ottawa, will celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with a concert of all Canadian music, from our distant past right up to the present moment. Read more } 

Come to the Cabaret ~ Saturday May 13 @ 7:30 to 9:30pm at Prince Edward Yacht Club. An Evening of Music and Songs for all Ages – Classical, Contemporary and Country. A fundraiser  for the Prince Edward County Music Lending Library. Read more } 

Music Night at Wellington Town Hall – Peter Rea Variety Show ~ Wednesday May 17 @ 7 p.m.  Free admission, refreshments, donations accepted for Quinte Educational Museum & Archives.

Bobby Motta: Grey Matter ~ Thursday May 18 @ 8:00pm at The Regent Theatre.  Bobby Motta is the man the New York Times calls “one of the top mentalists on the planet”. Read more }

Silent Movie Nights are coming back to the Baxter Arts Centre. Our first showing is on Thursday May 18 with “Chicago”, a 1927 silent movie. Bi-weekly screening series Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Enjoy the best silent movie screenings in the County, and yes – popcorn is available! Free admission and light refreshments for sale. Check the movie lineup … Details }

PEC Concert Series2PEC Concert Series Vol 2 ~ Saturday May 20 at 7:30pm at The Regent Theatre.  PEC Concert series showcases local talent of people who live in this community. Please come out and support your local theatre and your local bands! 7:30pm – Masha Nazina 8:15pm – Annelise Noronha 9:00pm – The Zeds 10:00pm- International Zombies of Love.  Read more }

Country Music Jamboree featuring Jimmie Snow from Nashville (Hank Snow’s son) ~ May 20 at the H.O.P.E. Centre in Picton. Read more }

Roblin Lake Jamboree & Open Mic invites you to join us for our May Jamboree on Saturday, May 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 at the Ameliasburgh Town Hall, 13 Coleman Street, Ameliasburgh. Featuring rock & country music – but  not limited to those, we invite you to sign up for the Open Mic. Read  more }

Quinte’s Isle Bluegrass Celebration ~ May 26-28. 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. Read more } 

FREE Family Movie at the Regent Theatre  – Sunday May 28 @ 2pm

Check the Live Entertainment schedule for May


Food & Wine

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Scotch Tasting & Dinner at the Waring House Wednesday, May 10. Join us as scotch lovers from around the county unite to enjoy this amber gold in a glass. Details }

wine toursSpring dinner with East and Main Bistro & By Chadseys Cairns wines ~ Fri May 12.  Come celebrate Prince Edward County’s rarest vintage, victim of the Victoria Weekend Frost. Taste and buy a selection of By Chadsey’s Cairns estate wines Pairings by East and Main Bistro. Details }  

Terroir Wine Celebration ~ Saturday May 13 at the  Crystal Palace in Picton. Discover handcrafted, award winning wines with an unmistakable sense of place. Join us for a spring celebration of the newly released wines from the highly acclaimed wineries in Prince Edward County. stay Details & Terroir Getaway Packages }

Apple Blossom Festival  ~ Saturday May 13.  The ladies of the St. John’s Anglican Church in Waupoos will be selling a variety of community-made pies both by the slice and whole pie. Details }

Cheese Festival

Save the Date. Great Canadian Cheese Festival~ Sat June 3 & Sun June 4 at the Crystal Palace in Picton.

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival gathers together many of the Country’s best cheesemakers and artisan food producers each June for two full days of meeting, tasting, buying and learning.

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Mother’s Day Celebrations

Mothers DayMother’s Day Nature Walk ~ Sunday May 14th @ 1pm at the Park Store (Currah’s). After the walk guests are invited to return to the Park Store for complimentary afternoon tea. Works by local artist Catherine Reilly will be on display, and popular local musician Mark Despault will be entertaining. Read more }

Treat your Mother to a Special Mother’s Day brunch at …

  • Three Dog Winery :: Sunday May 14 Mothers and Others Day Brunch by Chef Chris of The Manse for only $10.00 and $5.00 mimosas
  • Waring House :: Treat Mom to a delicious Mother’s Day brunch buffet at The Waring House! Reservations start at 10:00am and are available until 2:30pm. Be sure to book your reservation soon, as spots fill up fast.
  • 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.

Spring Celebration & Mother’s Day Pop-Up ~ Saturday May 13 at 10am to 4pm at Wellington Town Hall. Highlighting spring fashions & accessories as well as great Mothers Day gift giving ideas!  Details }

Spring Markets & Sales

saleCreations, Crafts & Collectibles ~ May 6 @ 9-4pm, Bloomfield United Church.

Annual Garage & Bake Sale ~ May 6 @ 8am to noon at Wellington on the Lake clubhouse.. Deals from over 350 homes, clothing, jewellery, draws and raffles, home-baked goods.

Annual Yard Sale ~ Save the South Shore. May 6. [email protected], Johanna for details.

Spring Celebration & Mother’s Day Pop-Up ~ Saturday May 13 at 10am to 4pm at Wellington Town Hall. Details }

Local markets are opening in mid-May for the season.

  • Sunday Market @ 106 Bridge in Picton @ 9 am – 2 pm, from May long-weekend to October. The market features local farmers, wineries and artisanal producers of Prince Edward County and surrounding region.
  • Wellington Farmer’s Market every Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm from May long-weekend to October long-weekend. 243 Main Street, Wellington.  Enjoy live music, barbq, local produce, baking, preserves, art, plants, crafts, meat and poultry.
  • Milford Market every Saturday 9 am – 2 pm at the Milford Shed (next to Mt. Tabor Playhouse in Milford). Home baking, artwork, hand knits and craft work, pottery, books, grandma’s soups, jams, jellies and preserves, plants and produce in season. Lunch and light refreshments available.

What’s in Season :: Asparagus.  Check the local farm market stands & food producers »

Marche at West n Main

Wilkins Mercantile offers practical and bespoke gifts for the home & garden. Our Saturday Marche on May 20 (8-11 am) features vintage and fabulous finds. We’re located at the corner of West and Main St. in Wellington. Please visit our Facebook page for store hours }

antiqueDon’t miss the spring Antique Show and Sale at the Crystal Palace in Picton, May 20 & 21 Sat 10-5pm Sun 11-4 Weekend  Details  }

QEMA’s Treats, Treasures & Crafts Show ~ at Bloomfield Town Hall, Saturday May 20 @ 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. An amazing array of artisanal crafts, hard to find treasures, and delectable treats. All donations support the Quinte Educational Museum and Archives. Details }

County Sustainability Group Annual Rain Barrel Fundraiser ~ Saturday May 27 from 10AM to Noon 841 County Road 13 at corner of County Roads 13 and 16 ( Valleypine Farm near Black River Cheese Factory ) Read more } 

Relay for Life Outdoor Vendor Sale ~ Sunday May 28, 10 am – 3 pm at Westfall Memorial Park 2525 County Rd 64, Carrying Place. Please plan to drop in for some shopping, entertainment, lunch and support our Relay for Life team, Moms on a Mission at the Silent Auction table where we will feature some amazing donations! Read more }

Active & Outdoors

Trail Riding ~ Enjoy a scenic horseback mountain ride through fields and woods, it’s a beautiful ride.  Diamond  J Ranch caters to families and inexperienced riders, everyone is welcome, open daily.  Details } 

Heart & Stroke Big Bike ~ Wednesday May 3. What is Big Bike? It’s a heart-pumping, cheer-thumping, crazy big, fun ride! For 20 minutes, 29 riders power one Big Bike. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is seeking volunteers on our event days this spring. Work with others in your community in creating a successful fundraising event! Read more }

walleye-thKiwanis Walleye World Fishing Weekend ~ May 5-7. A completely LIVE RELEASE event – this weekend is one of North America’s largest fresh water sports fishing tournaments – and the best live release fishing derby in the world! This event is a major fundraising effort by the Trenton Kiwanis Club to help raise money for the community in support of the goals of Kiwanis International. Come try your luck! stay Check details & getaway packages }

Walk for Alzheimer’s ~ Saturday May 6 at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Fundraise online or print a pledge form. Visit or call 613-476-2085.

6th Annual Hike for Hospice Prince Edward ~ Sunday May 7 at 10 AM Prince Edward Community Centre in Picton, Ontario SAVE THE DATE – Register as an individual, or as a team. A fun-filled family event, prizes, dancing with The Reasons. Check details } 

Bloomfield Kids Fishing Derby ~ Saturday, May 13 @ 9 AM to noon at the Bloomfield Mill Pond. Sponsored by Bloomfield-Hallowell Recreation Committee.  Check details } 

birdbandingSpring Birding Festival ~ Sat May 13 – Mon May 22. To celebrate the amazing spring migration, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory hosts this informal outdoors event in a part of the County where the peace is broken only by thousands of songbirds newly arrived from their epic journeys.  Enjoy guided walks, talks and demonstrations plus wildflowers, photography and the company of experts. stay Check details & Getaway Packages }

Every Saturday morning in May, 10:00 to 11:30 am, educational programs for families at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO)

Armdrop Drag Racing ~ Saturday May 20 at the Picton Airfield.  Step back in time at this unique event, see these classic and modified vehicles in action! Smell the rubber & octane in the air! Check details }

terroir-runTerroir Run ~ Join us the weekend of May 27 for our 7th annual 10km FUN run! Pre-Run Party on the Friday night – location and details to follow. Upon finishing the run, runners will enjoy a locally sourced lunch and County beverages. Check details }

22nd Annual Black River Canoe Trip ~ Monday May 22. Join the Fun on Victoria Day Monday. All residents of South Marysburgh are invited to participate. Check it out } 

Annual Rotary Lilac Ride ~ Sunday May 28. 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 including Big Island and Green Point. Find out more }


Mini Art Show starting Monday May 1 – the first in a series at The Local Store, 768 County Road 12. Discover County made Fine Art • Jewelry • Pottery • Music • Books • Food Products • Photography • Quilts and Fabric Art • Wood Working and more. Check it out } 

34th Annual Exhibition of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists ~ Opening Saturday May 6 from 3-6pm. New and exciting marine art by the members of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists will be in the main gallery of the Victory. Tickets are available for May 6th opening event, details }

Explore Discover and Learn at Baxter Arts Centre ~ Want to learn something new? Enjoy enhancing your abilities? Have a fun time now spring is here? 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, Quilting, Ornamental Gardening, smART Club for youth, Dance for everyone,Yoga …and more fabulous programs! at Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield … Read more }

Baxter Arts Centre

The new Hatch Gallery in Bloomfield is opening on May 20. The first exhibition (May 20 to June 30) is Paul Sloggett – Lake Effect and Spencer Hatch. Find out more }

The first Annual Prince Edward County Fibre Fest is Saturday May 27 from 9am to 6pm at the Picton Community Centre and Arena, Picton. Find out more }

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


Our Living History

The County Carriage Co.Horse-drawn Guided Tours
Wellington ~ May 14 and 20 at 10 am.
Benson Tour of Picton ~ May 12 and May 21 at 1pm.
Our team of horses brings back the experience while you enjoy the rich historic scenery aboard our 20-passenger tram with the County Carriage Co. Details }

Opening weekend for The County Museums for the 2017 season May 20 & 21 ~ A highlight is the annual “Gathering of Friends” United Empire Loyalist re-enactment group.  Details }

The Life and Times of (our) Prince Edward ~ May 24 @ 7pm. Commemorating Prince Edward County’s 225th Anniversary in 2017. Details }

Fitness & Health

Dave HickeyDavid Hickey and Crystal Journey ! Wednesday, May 3 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm Athol Recreation Centre in Cherry Valley. Relax and take a meditative swim in an ocean of sound with David Hickey and Crystal Journey. Details }

Herbal Health & Medicine Making workshop series: Inflammation: Causes & Cures  ~ Sun May 7th 2-4 pm, Bloomfield Town Hall.  Workshops are presented by Tamara Segal RH of Hawthorn Herbals. Details } 

EverFit Studios in Bloomfield will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday May 10 – all day. Details }

Community Resource Fair ~ Thursday May 11 @ noon to 4pm at the Prince Edward Community Centre.  Details }

Join us for the Grand opening of Three Dog Yoga – Canada’s only co-located winery and yoga studio. Saturday May 20 @ 10:00 am with a free yoga class (please bring your own mat) Check details } 

The Cherry Valley Chick’s Exercise Group (open to women and men) ~ Gentle exercises in a friendly group atmosphere to a video. 10-11 am Wednesdays at Athol Recreation Centre in Cherry Valley. No charge.

Tai chi /Chi Kung ~ Tuesdays at 10 a.m., and Yoga Fridays from 1:00 – 2:00 at Ameliasburgh Town Hall. Details }


Community Corner

Lions ClubE-waste and clothing collection ~ Sat May 6 @ 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at Essroc Community Centre in Wellington. The Wellington District Lions are holding their annual E-waste and clothing collection in collaboration with Ontario Electronics Stewardship program. Bring your items to the Essroc Community Centre on May 6th to dispose of for free and help us raise funds that go directly back into the community.

PD Day Activities ~ Fri May 19. Fun for kids, happy parents. Details


Coming in June

The Great Canadian Cheese FestivalGreat Canadian Cheese Festival
Sat June 3 & Sun June 4 at the Crystal Palace in Picton.


Art in the County
Juried Exhibition and Sale ~ June 23 to July 9

Join us for seasonal celebrations, festivals and fairs

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