Must, Must, Must

MUST GO TO THE MARKET

To market, to market we go! Turn a visit to one of the many outdoor farmers’ markets into a springtime ritual. Walk through the aisles of fresh-from-the-field fruits and vegetables, speak directly with the farmers and producers who grow your food and maybe catch up on some local gossip. It’s an outdoor experience that brings you closer to your neighbours and your community.

For a full listing of local Farmers’ Markets, visit Area Events

MUST TRY THE TRAIL

Have you trekked the Trans Canada Trail? The local section that runs through Watershed country – the Lang-Hastings Rail Trail – is a flat, clear and maintained berm that “squirms like a toad all over the countryside”. Pedal through Black Oak Savannah on the north shore of Rice Lake, visit the historic locks in Hastings and wind your way past spectacular views of the Trent River. Make sure you stop in Stirling for an ice cream. You’ll see some of the most picturesque farmland in Ontario along the Lang-Hasting Rail Trail.

thegreattrail.ca or langhastingstrail.ca

MUST GET GLAM

Dust off your tuxedo, wiggle into your finest ball gown and dance the night away for your favourite charity or cause – it’s Gala season.

April 18, 6pm.
The Victorian Operetta Society Gala – The VOS Theatre celebrates their 30th anniversary with a red carpet event that features a retrospective of the past three decades.
vostheatre.com/30th-gala.aspx

May 2, 8pm.
A Hall So Grand – a Celebration of Victoria Hall’s 160th Anniversary in Words, Images and Song. Dine, dance and discover the history of Cobourg’s ‘Hall So Grand’.
concerthallatvictoriahall.com

May 9, 6pm.
16th Annual Invisible Ribbon Gala will be held at the National Air Force Museum with proceeds going to the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre.
trentonmfrc.ca/invisibleribbon

May 9, 6pm.
The Violet Gala – This inaugural event, held at the Crystal Palace in Picton, supports Alternatives for Women and Vi’s House, at the Crystal Palace in Picton.
prince-edward-county.com/event/first-annual-violet-gala/

June 27, 4pm.
The Vandermeer Father-Daughter Ball – A Whole New World. Dads and their daughters enjoy the royal treatment in support of the Northumberland Hills Hospital.
eventbrite.ca/e/vandermeer-father-daughter-ball-tickets- 84162118161

June 14, 4pm.
Westben Garden Gala – This lively afternoon event brings nature, the joy of music and a curated silent auction together and raises funds for Westben.
westben.ca

MUST VIEW

Set your sights on Cobourg’s own ReaRView Doc Fest. This vintage documentary festival explores today’s issues using yesterday’s timeless documentaries and filmmaker discussions. The opening night film is Martin Scorsese’s and Olivia Harrison’s biopic: George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Also showing is the award-winning Sand Wars and Payback with Margaret Atwood. Juno-nominated musician Michael Bridge will accompany the 1922 classic Nanook of the North.

ReaRView Doc Fest, April 17-19,
The Loft Cinema, Cobourg
rearviewdocfest.ca or cobourgloft.ca

MUST RUN

Mark your calendar for the Terroir Run – it’s the 10th anniversary of this lively, libation and goodfood-fuelled 10km fun run. You’ll be tempted to stop at one of the vineyards en route, and hopefully the scent of the lavender fields will be stronger than the scent of your running shoes. Bring your running gear, a unique costume (or not) and a team of your finest accomplices. Once you’ve completed the run, you will be rewarded with a locally sourced lunch, created by celebrated chefs Karin Desveaux from Loyalist College and Chef Albert Ponzo from The Royal Hotel.

Saturday, May 30th at 10am.
terroirrun.com

MUST SEE

It’s been 60 years in the making. The Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) celebrates their diamond jubilee in style with an exhibition featuring rarely seen collection treasures, familiar classics and anticipated favourites. On display in the main gallery, 60 Years: An Anniversary underscores the breadth and the diversity of the AGN collection, which exceeds 1,000 works. The anniversary exhibition provides an opportunity to pause, reflect and contemplate the artistic gems in our own backyard.

Now until June 14, 2020
artgalleryofnorthumberland.com
Portrait of a French Woman: LUGUS, Merike