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MUST, MUST, MUST: Spring 2017

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Time to channel Jackie O and pull up a ringside seat for a sweeping fashion show, featuring designs from the past 150 years. A collaboration between the Victoria Hall Volunteers and Northumberland Players, the clothes are from the vast costume collection of the Players and will include lavish Victorian evening wear, flapper dresses, never-worn house dresses from the 1930s (which still have the price tags), velvet opera coats, hippie chic and much more. Kids to seniors will be walking the runway for this event, and think about arriving early to check out the clothes and accessories on display in the hall. By the way, the stylish woman on the left is an illustration by local artist and teacher Anne Kolisnyk, who passed away in January at 82, but was thrilled to see a proof of her ‘60s woman for the poster before she died.

150 Years of Fashion
Saturday, May 6, 2pm and 7:30pm (no reserved seating)
Victoria Hall, Cobourg
Tickets $30; 905.372.2210, or order online at


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Dip, dip and swing! Get an early start on the 2017 canoeing season with this guided paddle adventure on the Trent River from Hastings to Healey Falls. Ecologist Ewa Bednarczuk from the Lower Trent Conservation Authority will talk about the natural landscape and flora and fauna along the 22 km route, as well as the cultural features and processes that have shaped the river, the watershed and the community. You’ll be comfortable in Clearwater design kayaks and Souris river canoes provided by Cruising Canoes of Belleville.

Lower Trent Conservation Authority
Paddle Adventure
Sunday, June 25, 10am-2pm, rain or shine
(limited to 26 people; preregistration required starting May 1 at facebook.com/cruisingcanoes/)
Meet at the Village of Hastings municipal parking lot at the end of Pond Street.
Cost: $40 per person (includes canoe/kayak, paddles, safety equipment, paddling lesson, lunch, transportation)


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Open your mind to the realities of climate change in the north with a special presentation by human rights advocate and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier. The final speaker in the Northumberland Learning Connection spring lecture series on Canada’s Arctic, Watt-Cloutier brings passion and vast experience to her advocacy work on the north. To her, climate change leads inevitably to an erosion of human rights, nowhere more so than in the Arctic. “I didn't set out to be a leader... but when you find something you are passionate about you step up to the plate.” World renowned, she was elected international chair of Inuit Circumpolar Council in 2002, has won a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the UN’s champions of the Earth Award. Under Watt- Cloutier’s leadership, the world’s first international legal action on climate change was launched with a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. And this year CBC’s Canada Reads chose her book The Right to be Cold as one of the five books Canadians need now. Don’t miss this provocative talk.

Northumberland Learning Connection
Sunday, May 7, 7pm
C.R. Gummow Public School, Cobourg
Tickets: $25 at


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Can you tell the difference between a Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Islay or Island single malt scotch? Nutty, oily, peaty, briny, fruity, grassy, wet-wooly – such are the tasting notes of the hundreds of amber delights of Scotland. The Prince Edward County Single Malt Society is hosting an Islay evening at The Waring House outside Picton to explore the complexities of the peaty malts from this region – think La phroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore. The scotches are being paired with a specially prepared dinner for those who want to linger. Bring a friend, make a new friend!

Prince Edward County Single Malt Society
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30pm–9:00pm
The Waring House, 395 Sandy Hook Rd., Picton
Tasting $25, dinner $35


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The Friends of Presqu’ile Park invite novice and curious birders alike to check out the spring migration of shorebirds like the Whimbrel and smaller birds such as warblers that stop down at Presqu'ile on their way north. There’ll be walks led by naturalists at 6:30am, 10:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and a slide show about bird migration in the campground at 8:30pm on Saturday. Elizabeth Kellogg and Roger Frost will be on hand to demonstrate bird-banding from 8:00am-12 noon and offer a close-up view of these avian beauties. (Because birds are at risk when being caught in rainy or windy conditions, the banding event will be weather-permitting.)

Warblers and Whimbrels
May 20-22
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Contact David Bree at 613.475.4324, ext-225, or
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He’s rocked out on stages all over the world with the bands the Watchmen and Thornley, but singer-songwriter Ken Tizzard will be taking the Westben Barn stage in Campbellford this May for a massive community show in support of Multiple Sclerosis research. May is MS month, but this gig is also personal for Tizzard, whose wife Allison was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. There will be more than 29 acts, and artists will perform an original or cover song of their choice. Where else can you hear such variety! The musicians are donating their time for the event and all proceeds go to the MS Society.

MS-Aware Community Concert
Saturday, May 27, 7:00pm – Sunday, May 28, 2:00am
Tickets $20, $17, $15, $5



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