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Must Explore

Sundays are best spent exploring, meandering the back roads, and finding something a bit out of the ordinary. The Friends of Wesleyville Village welcome you to discover their heritage village – a community that is quickly earning a reputation as the little village that could – along one of the most picturesque driving and cycling routes in Ontario – Lakeshore Road. While en route, why not learn about the local history during Step Inside Sundays.

Step Inside Sundays
Sundays from June 30th - September 1st, noon - 4pm
2082 Lakeshore Road, Wesleyville Village
Wesleyvillevillage.com

 

 

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Must Go With Your Gut

Discover everything there is to know about fermented foods and gut-boosting microbiology at Ontario’s Third Annual Fermentation Festival. This family-friendly day features 30+ vendors offering samples of kombucha, kefir, jun, kimchi, sourdough and sauerkraut, as well as hands-on workshops and demonstrations. There will be plenty of experts and food producers on hand to learn from, sample from and take away from. Just go with your gut!

Ontario Fermentation Festival
Saturday, August 3
Picton’s Crystal Palace
ontariofermentationfest.com

 

 

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Must Tag & Release

The sight of Monarch butterflies alighting on milkweed pods is one of the joys of summer. The Port Hope Historical Society is hosting its 10th annual Monarch “tag and release” day with butterfly expert, Donald Davis. It’s a chance for kids and adults to become intimately involved with the delicate Monarch butterfly.

To learn more about the Monarch, The Nature of Things has a fascinating episode called The Great Butterfly Hunt, starring Gordon Pinsent, that explains the remarkable Monarch migration and tells the story of Fred Urquhart, the determined Canadian scientist who discovered exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for the winter. You can watch it online at: www.cbc.ca

Monarch Tag & Release
Saturday, August 24 10am - 4pm
Dorothy’s House Museum
3632 County Rd. 9
Garden Hill

 

 

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Must Get On The Bus

Keep an eye out for the Bard’s Bus this August, as one of the area’s best live theatre productions rolls into town. Now in their 25th year, Driftwood Theatre brings accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Watershed country with a contemporary, Canadian take on Shakespeare. To kick off the season, Driftwood presents a colourful, rocking, rolling, funktastic, jazz-infused musical rendition of A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Driftwood Theatre
Driftwoodtheatre.com
Trent Port Marina, Quinte West – August 8
Mill Pond Park, Bloomfield – August 9
Victoria Park, Cobourg – August 10
Scugog Shores Museum, Port Perry – August 11

 

 

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Must Launch

Walking along Belleville’s greenspaces just got sweeter with an infusion of entrepreneurial spirit and strategic vision in the form of pop-up shops, set to enhance the city’s natural assets and to encourage more foot traffic and interest in local businesses. Phase One, of Pop-Ups on the Bay, begins this June at West Riverside Park and will be home to the Brick Oven Pizza Truck, Doug’s Bicycle, and the Golden Scoop. Phase Two, set for 2020, will see some of the smaller structures replaced with shipping containers, strategically located by the Bay of Quinte, for a fresh take on the pop-up shopping trend.

Pop-Ups on the Bay
popupshop.visitbelleville.ca
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Must Cheer

Bring your determination, your ingenuity and your ‘A’ game to the Bloomfield Soap Box Derby for fast and furious fun. Ages 5 to 12 will race to victory in a self-propelled car, relying solely on gravity and gumption to cross the finish line first. The soapbox cars are as unique as the young drivers behind the wheel – from vintage wooden replicas to glossy, sleek and modern. Cheer for your favourite racer in this fabulously fun, family event.

Bloomfield Soap Box Derby
Saturday, July 13, 9am - 11:45am
bloomfieldontario.ca

 

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