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WATERSHED PRESENTS: Summer 2017

author: Mandy Martin Illustration: Jane Kessler

watershed presents 150th Events

There are events galore this summer. Here are ten to whet your appetite

Samuel de Champlain Road Rally Through Northumberland County, Anytime

Test your driving skill and local knowledge! County tourism folks have created a 74-kilometre route through territory Champlain once traversed as he took the 16 km Percy Portage through Trent Hills cutting off about 35 kms of rapids on the Trent River. It’ll take about two hours and you need a passenger to help navigate and answer questions about specific landmarks you pass. Involve as many cars as you like, and have them start at three-minute intervals. The winner will have correct answers and the shortest travel time. You can enhance the competition by having a list of items the participants must collect along the way for extra points (i.e. oldest dated nickel, bingo dabber, used ticket stub). www.northumberlandtourism.com/en/getaways/road-rallies.aspx

Ship Ahoy! Canada c3 Stops in Picton, June 2

Check out this 67-metre icebreaker on its first stop on a 150-day tour of the entire 23,000 km length of Canada’s three coastlines (from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage). This is one of Canadian Heritage’s Signature Projects for our 150th. For each of the 15 legs of the journey a new group of participants will board – scientists, artists, indigenous elders, historians, community leaders, youth, journalists and educators. They’ll connect with communities, conduct research, create art and music, all with the aim of boosting awareness of our nation’s land, peoples and past. The ship leaves Toronto June 1 and arrives in Picton harbour June 2, the first stop of the journey. Canada C3 reps will visit Sandbanks, take in the Great Canadian Cheese Festival and more. canadac3.ca/en/expedition

Travel the Trent-severn Locks for Free, May 19 - October 9

Boaters be happy. You get a free pass on 42 locks of the Trent-Severn Waterway, including the landmark Peterborough Liftlocks, from Lake Ontario at Trenton to Lake Huron at Port Severn. That’s 386 kms! In our area, there are 18 locks between Trenton in the south and Hastings at the east end of Rice Lake. The waterway, under the purview of Parks Canada, has waived national park entry/lockage permits for 2017. You have to apply for the free permit, though. Search “free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass” to take advantage. (Note, moorage fees still apply and this freebie does not include the Murray Canal across the top of Prince Edward County.)

watershed presents ukeUke Orchestra, Colborne and Castleton, Aug. 5 and 6

Remember how to tune a ukulele? “My dog has fleas.” With part of its $50,000 federal grant money, the Cramahe Canada 150 committee bought 100 ukuleles, and 70 kids from the municipality’s two public schools have been getting weekly lessons since February. If they hang in till the end of June, they get to keep their instrument. Adults can also get free lessons on Saturday mornings at the Colborne Public Library, and even borrow a ukulele just like a book. During the Aug. 5-6 weekend, a bus will transport the uke orchestra to perform in Castleton and Colborne. The musicians are apparently open to playing at other venues, too.

Rock out in Belleville, June 30

“We’re Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time,” so have a good time at this free Trooper concert on June 30. With partner Empire Productions, the Belleville Canada Day committee is bringing in the Juno Award-winning rock band to perform on a new outdoor stage at the north end of West Zwick Park. Other hits like “The Boys in the Bright White Sportscar’” and “Raise a Little Hell” are on the Trooper set list. The same venue hosts a family night Movie Under the Stars at dusk June 29. Return July 1 at noon for the official opening ceremonies, followed by two giant cupcake cakes to be shared by all. The day includes an afternoon of family fun and music including the Drum Circle Interactive Music Show. bellevillecanadaday.com

watershed presents 3New Barn Quilts Around Port Hope, Anytime

When the Port Hope Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) decided on this project, they insisted it incorporate artistic, cultural and historical integrity. They worked individually with 23 barn owners, researching each barn’s historical significance and architectural features. Then, four artists designed 21 unique panels from 4’ x 4’ to 4’ x 8’ (two school classes designed two), which were then painted and treated with multiple layers of protective coating to preserve the wood and colours. A driving tour brochure includes a map locating the barns and a brief outline of each design’s symbolism. acoporthope.ca

Here’s one for the plane-spotters! CFB Trenton

Watch for the specially painted Canada 150 CF-18 Demonstration Hornet jet in the sky around Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton this year. The aircraft’s elaborate logo has a series of diamonds arranged in the shape of a maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more points. Together, they symbolize Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. On the left wing is the year of Confederation – 1867, and the 150th anniversary year, 2017. The right wing bears the official name of the celebration – Canada 150. The aircraft will be participating in Canada 150 events across the nation this year. While not officially slated for a public stop at CFB Trenton (no air show this year), odds are it will drop by in September. Follow the CF-18 Hornet schedule at facebook.com/CF18Demo/

Antique Boat Flotilla, Campbellford to Hastings, July 15

If you drool over a well-varnished wooden boat, don’t miss this spectacle of mahogany as these classics drift down the Trent River from Lock 11/12 Campbellford to Lock 18 at Hastings. Boats from the Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association will head out from Campbellford at 10am after a community pancake breakfast, and be joined by members of the Dippies Club (disappearing propeller boats) around 3pm at the Hastings end. The boats will be docked there for viewing and there’ll be live entertainment and a BBQ. visittrenthills.ca/flotilla/

Rural Canadian Stagecoach Adventures 1867-2017, Warkworth, June 2 to July 30

Experience what it was like to live in a small, rural village at this exhibit at The Arts and Heritage (Ah!) Centre in Warkworth. The show will capture 150 years of Canadian history as told by members of the community, with the gallery transformed into the old Stagecoach Inn. Stories from generations of local residents will be prominently exhibited alongside historical documents, and visitors of all ages will be encouraged to contemplate the diverse human experience from Confederation to today. ahcentre.ca

watershed presents 2Old-fashioned Family Picnic, Cobourg, July 8

Tables with red-chequered cloths, cotton candy and popcorn, three-legged and sack races with ribbons for first, second and third – who can resist? Just bring your picnic lunch to Victoria Park on the beautiful sandy beachfront between 11am and 4pm. There’ll be live music in the bandshell, including fiddlers, Celtic, blue grass and the 45-member New Ventures Community Band (adults who have taken up musical instruments as a personal challenge). That evening, to cap off the entire week of Canada 150 celebrations in Cobourg, there will be fireworks at dusk. For a complete list of the Cobourg July 1-8 Canada Week events, visit cobourg2017.ca

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