Clarington’s Outdoor Patio’s

For the eager Clarington explorer, summer boasts the best time of year for finding the best hidden treasures around our community. Whether it’s picking up some fresh and local produce at your favourite market, exploring the more hidden areas of the lakefront or hiking trails, or even attending some outdoor festivals, summer is without a doubt the busiest season for Clarington.

That being said, summer just wouldn’t be summer without the enjoyment of eating with friends on a local patio. There isn’t anything quite like the summer sun shining down as you enjoy some of the flavours of your favourite local fare.Tetra-54

Lucky for you, Clarington is home to many great patio’s to try out this summer. Here are just a few to try out next time you’re making dinner plans:

Shoeless Joe’s – Courtice
http://www.shoelessjoes.ca/

The Courtyard – Courtice
http://www.thecourtyardrestaurant.ca/

Stuttering John’s Smokehouse – Courtice
http://www.stutteringjohns.com/

Boston Pizza – Bowmanville
https://bostonpizza.com/en

Kelsey’s – Bowmanville
http://www.kelseys.ca/

East Side Mario’s – Bowmanville
http://www.eastsidemarios.com/#/Location/

The Village Inn – Bowmanville
http://www.villageinnpubbowmanville.com/

Maddy’s Pub – Bowmanville
http://bowmanville.com/directory/maddys-pub-restaurant

Wild Wing – Bowmanville
http://www.wildwingrestaurants.com/franchisees/bowmanville/

The King’s Key – Bowmanville
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kings-Key-Pub-Eatery/374114726058861

Frosty John’s – Bowmanville
http://www.frostyjohns.ca/

That’s My Spot – Bowmanville
http://thatsmyspot.ca/

Tetra Kitchen & Vines – Bowmanville
http://www.tetrakitchen.com/

Bobby C’s Dockside – Bowmanville
http://www.bobbycs.com/

The Old Newcastle House Taps & Grill – Newcastle
http://www.theoldnewcastlehouse.com/

The Brig Restaurant – Port of Newcastle
http://www.ponmarina.com/the-brig-restaurant/

These are only some of the wonderful places to eat in Clarington. To find some more, download our free mobile app: http://www.clarington-tourism.ca/app/

This August in Clarington

Aug 2 – Dual Soul
6:30pm-8pm – Concerts in the Park: Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 4 – Charles Street Band
7pm-9pm – Concerts in the Park: Newcastle Community Hall Parkette http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 5 – Summerscreen Outdoor Movie Night: EPIC
7pm – “R” Farm – Newcastle
http://www.rfarmfresh.ca/

Aug 5 – Wednesdays “Afternoon Tea” (Every Wednesday in August)
12pm – 2:30pm – Clarington Museum (Call for reservations) http://www.claringtonmuseums.com

Aug 6 – Toronto All Star Big Band
7pm-9pm – Concerts in the Park: Bowmanville Rotary Park http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 7 – Get Messy With Science
2pm-3pm – Clarington Library: Courtice Branch
http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/calendar-node-field-mt-event-date

Aug 8 – 8th Orono Antique Festival
10am-4pm – Downtown Orono
http://visitorono.com/events/

Aug 9 – Charles Street Band
6:30pm-8pm – Concerts in the Park: Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 9 – “Summer Market” 
10am-3pm – 120 Liberty Street south

Aug 9 – Summer Corn Festival & Jamboree 
9am-4:30pm – Courtice Flea Market
http://www.courticefleamarket.com/site/

Aug 10-17 – Heritage Week Clarington
http://www.claringtonheritage.ca/

Aug 10 – Free Swim Sponsored by Tim Hortons
7pm-8pm – Newcastle District Recreation Complex

Aug 10 – Theatrical Production: Serum for Murder – Dr. Jekyll’s Revenge
7:30pm – 9pm – Beech Street Theatre
http://www.claringtonmuseums.com/

Aug 11 – Cruisin Band
7pm-9pm – Concerts in the Park: Newcastle Community Hall Parkette http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 11 – Tuesday’s on the Trail – OPG
2pm-3pm – Enniskillen Conservation Area
http://www.opg.com/communities-and-partners/host-communities/Pages/Tuesdays-on-the-Trail.aspx

Aug 11 – Jam Session
2pm-3pm – Clarington Public Library: Newcastle Branch
http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/calendar-node-field-mt-event-date

Aug 12 – Wednesdays “Afternoon Tea” (Every Wednesday in August)
12pm – 2:30pm – Clarington Museum (Call for reservations) http://www.claringtonmuseums.com

Aug 12 – Patrick Lehman
7pm-8pm – Concerts in the Park: Tolleys Mill Park
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 12 – Driftwood Theatre Presents: Hamlet
7:30pm – 132 Roswell Drive, Courtice
http://www.driftwoodtheatre.com/bards-bus-tour/bards-bus-tour-dates/

Aug 12 – “R” Farm Summerscreen: Despicable Me 2
7pm – “R” Farm, Newcastle ON
http://www.rfarmfresh.ca/

Aug 13 – Out Standing in our Field – “Just a little corny”
6:30pm – Watson Farms
http://www.kccgourmetcatering.com/menu/outstanding-field/

Aug 13 – An evening of poetry at A Gift of Art
7pm – A Gift of Art
http://agiftof-art.com/calendar-2/

Aug 13 – Robbie Lane and the Disciples
7pm-9pm – Concerts in the Park: Bowmanville Rotary Park http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 13-16 – Durham Festival
All around Durham Region!
http://durhamfestival.ca/

Aug 14 – Orono Concert Band
7pm – Concerts in the Park: Orono Victorian Bandstand http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 15-16 – Superbike Double Header Week-end
9am-5pm – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
http://canadiantiremotorsportpark.com/

Aug 15 – Picasso’s Picnic
10am-4pm – Visual Arts Centre
http://www.vac.ca/

Aug 15 – BLUESberry Fest
9am-5pm – Downtown Bowmanville
http://bowmanville.com/events

Aug 16-21 – The 2015 Great Waterfront Trail – Greenbelt Route
All Day – Greenbelt Cycling Route
http://www.waterfronttrail.org/events/2014-10-31-13-16-33/great-waterfront-trail-adventure

Aug 16 – Jake Vanhaverbeke
6:30pm-8pm – Concerts in the Park: Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 18 – Gord McGee & The Blue Sky Fliers
7pm-9pm – Concerts in the Park: Newcastle Community Hall Parkette
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 18 – Tuesday’s on the Trail – OPG
2pm-3pm – Enniskillen Conservation Area
http://www.opg.com/communities-and-partners/host-communities/Pages/Tuesdays-on-the-Trail.aspx

Aug 18 – Great Food Stories
2pm-3pm – Clarington Public Library: Newcastle Branch
http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/calendar-node-field-mt-event-date

Aug 18 – Annual Flower & Vegetable Show
5pm-8pm – Newcastle Horticultural Society (Newcastle Community Hall)

Aug 19 – Wednesdays “Afternoon Tea” (Every Wednesday in August)
12pm – 2:30pm – Clarington Museum (Call for reservations)
http://www.claringtonmuseums.com

Aug 19 – Annual Potluck Picnic
5pm-7pm – Bowmanville Horticultural Society
http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/bowman

Aug 19 – R Farm Summerscreen
7pm – R Farm, Newcastle ON
http://www.rfarmfresh.ca/

Aug 20 – Beagle Beach
7pm-9pm – Concerts in the Park: Bowmanville Rotary Park
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 21 – Angie Austin
6:30pm-8pm – Concerts in the Park: Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 25 – Tuesdays on the Trail – OPG
2pm-3pm – Enniskillen Conservation Area
http://www.opg.com/communities-and-partners/host-communities/Pages/Tuesdays-on-the-Trail.aspx

Aug 25 – Rainstone
7pm-9pm – Concerts in the Park: Newcastle Community Hall Parkette
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 26 – Wednesdays “Afternoon Tea” (Every Wednesday in August)
12pm – 2:30pm – Clarington Museum (Call for reservations)
http://www.claringtonmuseums.com

Aug 27 – Emily Creek
7pm-9pm – Concerts in the Park: Bowmanville Rotary Park
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 28 – Cruisin
6:30pm-8pm – Concerts in the Park: Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

Aug 28-30 – Chevrolet Silverado 250
All Day – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
http://canadiantiremotorsportpark.com/

Aug 29 – BARK in the Park
10am-5pm – Garnet B Rickard Recreation Complex
https://www.facebook.com/barkintheparkbowmanville

Aug 29 – 2015 Bacon, Beer & Cider Festival
12pm-5pm – Archibald Orchard & Estate Winery
http://archibaldswinery.com/bacon-beer-and-cider-festival-at-archibalds-winery/

Aug 30 – Clarington Taken Visual Arts Centre
http://www.vac.ca/

If you have any questions, or want to know more about Tourism in Clarington, visit our Tourism Office! Located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville, and open from 10am-5pm from Monday to Saturday.

What’s in Season: Your Guide to local Pick-Your-Own fruit and vegetables

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As I mentioned in my last blog I want to talk about fruit and vegetable picking. When is it time to pick some of your favourite fruit and vegetables?

At this time, starting into July we have hydroponic cucumbers, tomatoes, green and wax beans, peas, and strawberries that are still available. Red currants, potatoes, and raspberries have started to pop up as we continue into these warm weeks of July. These are all of course delicious and available to purchase locally, right here in Clarington.

As we come into mid-July there are some more fruit and vegetables that will be ready to pick throughout the month, starting with carrots followed by field cucumbers, black currants, plums and gooseberries. Nearing the end of the month blueberries, zucchini and sweet corn will become available. As we enter into August you can expect to see apples, cabbage, beets, eggplant and green peppers.

If you’re looking for a fun family activity why not try Pick-Your-Own at a local farm. Get hands on and enjoy picking some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Watson Farms Ltd. has opened its doors for the season and as of July 7th, you can pick-your-own raspberries,  peas, and beans.  “R” Farm has also opened their doors for the delicious raspberries picking season. Soon you can expect to see Wilmot Orchards Inc. open in late July and you can pick a bucket full of their beautiful blueberries. Once the days become shorter and the air a little cooler, Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery, Pingle’s Farm Market and Watson Farms will open to allow the public to pick their own apples in early September.

Are you wondering where all these delicious and nutritious vegetables and fruit can be found? You don’t have to go far as some local well known growers in Clarington are Algoma Orchards, Allin’s Orchard & Country Market, Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery, Fred’s Fruit Market, Gallery on the Farm, Kent Farms, Link Greenhouses, Prices Country Market & Greenhouses, “R” Farm, Stapleton Farms, The Egg Shack, Watson Farms Ltd., and Wilmot Orchards Inc..

You can visit many of these growers throughout the week at their personal fruit/vegetables stands and stores as well as every Sunday at the Clarington Farmers Market located at the Newcastle Arena Parking Lot. For more information contact us at Clarington Tourism, visit Durham Farm Fresh or Watson Farms Crop Report.

Rachelle Harris, Clarington Tourism

This July In Clarington

July 1 – Canada Day at Clarington Museums
Bowmanville Museum – 10am-2pm
http://www.claringtonmuseums.com/canada-day-with-clarington-museums/

July 1 – Canada Day at the Garnet B Rickard
Garnet B. Rickard Complex – 6pm
Entertainment, food, drinks and fireworks on behalf of the Orono Agricultural Society.

July 1 – Newcastle Canada Day Celebration
Newcastle & Dirstrict Recreation Complex – 4pm-10pm
https://www.facebook.com/NewcastleCanadaDayCelebration?ref=hl

July 2 – Clarington Concert Band @ Bowmanville Rotary Park
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-9pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 3-5 – Orono Case IH Ultimate Rodeo
Orono Fair Grounds

http://www.oronorodeo.com

July 5 – Gospel Plus Singers @ Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette 
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 7 – Johnny Burke & Joe Howe @ Newcastle Community Hall Parkette
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-9pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 7 – Tuesday’s on the Trail
Enniskillen Conservation Area Education Centre – 10am-3pm

July 7 – “R” Farm – Summerscreen Tuesdays
Showing “Paddington” – 7pm-9:45pm
http://www.rfarmfresh.ca/events.html

July 8 – Trish Robb @ Courtice Family Concerts – Tooley Mill’s Park
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-8:30pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 9-12 – Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
http://canadiantiremotorsportpark.com/

July 9 – Little Peter and the Elegants @ Bowmanville Rotary Park
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-9pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 10 – Movie in the Park
Courtice Community Complex – 7pm-10pm

July 11-12 – Newcastle’s Arts Show & Sale
Newcastle Memorial Arena – 10am-4pm
http://agiftof-art.com/art-show/

July 12 – Rainstone @ Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette
Clarington Outdoor Concerts
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 12 – Bard’s Bus Tour with Driftwood Theatre Group (presenting Hamlet)
Visual Arts Centre – 7pm-9:30pm
http://www.vac.ca/

July 14 – “R” Farm Summerscreen Tuesdays
Showing “Night at the Museum” – 7pm-9:45pm
http://www.rfarmfresh.ca/events.html

July 14 – Clarington Concert Band @ Newcastle Community Hall Parkette
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-9pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 16 – Rainstone @ Bowmanville Rotary Park
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-9pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 18-19 – Spartan Race Toronto
Located at Brimacombe
http://spartanrace.ca/

July 18 – 21st Wooden Boat Festival at Port of Newcastle
Port of Newcastle – 9am-8pm
http://www.kaitlincorp.com/communities/newcastle/

July 18 – Lavender and Lace
Lavender Field & Tea Grannys & Friends 1pm-3pm (Reservations needed)
http://www.teagrannysandfriends.com/

July 19 – Crossing Borders opening reception
Visual Arts Centre – 2pm-4pm
http://www.vac.ca/

July 19 – Emily Creen @ Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette
Clarington Outdoor Concerts
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 21 – “R” Farm Summerscreen Tuesday
Showing “Big Hero” – 7pm-9:45pm
http://www.rfarmfresh.ca/events.html

July 21 – Dual Soul @ Newcastle Community Hall Parkette
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-9pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 22 – The Great Canadian Paper Airplane Contest (4-12yrs)
Clarington Public Library – Bowmanville Branch – 2pm-3pm

July 23 – Swing Shift Big Band @ Bowmanville Rotary Park
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-9pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 26 – Johnny Burke @ Newtonville Ina Brown Parkette
Clarington Outdoor Concerts
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 28 – “R” Farm Summerscreen Tuesdays
Showing “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” – 7pm-9:45pm
http://www.rfarmfresh.ca/events.html

July 30 – Hotel California @ Bowmanville Rotary Park
Clarington Outdoor Concerts – 7pm-9pm
http://onlyinclarington.com/claringtons-outdoor-concerts/

July 31 – Big Wheels (4-12yrs)
Clarington Public Library – Courtice Branch – 1pm-3pm

If you have any questions, or want to know more about Tourism in Clarington, visit our Tourism Office! Located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville, and open from 10am-5pm from Monday to Saturday.

June 2015 Events – Take A Bite Out of Clarington

June 1 – Family Fitness Tour: 7pm-8pm @ Walbridge Park Newcastle. There are games and activities geared toward children 5 years and older to participate in with their parents or caregivers. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=6078

June 5-7 – Bowmanville Rockin’ Rotary Ribs & Brews: Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 9am-7pm @ Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex. http://ribsandbrews.com/

June 5 – Pan Am Games Torch Relay: 1pm-3:30pm, Official Ceremony at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex. http://www.clarington.net/townhall/media/2015/PanAm-eventflyer.pdf

June 6 – Spring Food and Wine Festival: 12pm-5pm @ Newcastle Community Hall. This is a 19+ event with an admission fee of $12 at the door or $10 in advance. http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/clarington/en/Home/default.aspx

June 6 – Clarington Competes: Sprint into the Past: 10am-4pm @ Sarah James Williams Heritage Centre. http://www.claringtonmuseums.com/

June 7 – Cousin Courtice’s Birthday Bash: 9am-4:30pm @ Courtice Flea Market. http://www.courticefleamarket.com

June 7 – 15th Annual Greek Night Celebration: 6pm-11:30pm @ Newcastle Community Hall, $50 per person. There will be door prizes, live & silent auctions, dancers, live entertainment and a cash bar. http://villageofnewcastle.ca/events/

June 7- Jul 5 – Exhibition: Victoria Ward: 2pm-4pm @ The Visual Arts Centre. http://www.vac.ca

June 11, 12, 13 – Summerfest featuring Annual Sidewalk Sale: Thursday & Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm @ Historic Downtown Bowmanville. http://www.bowmanville.com

June 11 – Concerts in the Park Bowmanville: 7pm-9pm @ The Rotary Park Bowmanville, featuring the Don MacArthur Band. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=4726

June 13 – Doors Open Clarington: 10am-4pm https://doorsopenclarington.wordpress.com/

June 13 – Oak Ridge’s Trail Association – Adventure Relay: This is an all day event for runners, trail cyclists, and canoeists competing as corporate, elite and recreational Teams over 160 km of the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail. http://www.oakridgestrail.org/adventure-relay/

June 13 – Duck Derby @ Bowmanville Creek: 10am-2pm
http://www.claringtonaircadets.ca/events/duck-derby-2

June 13 – Butter Tart Fest: 1pm-3pm @ Enniskillen General Store. https://www.facebook.com/enniskillengeneralstore

June 13  – A Country Path Open House: 10am-4pm. Visit any or all of our 10 locations. http://acountrypath.com/

June 14 – Downton Abbey Inspired Tea: 1pm-3pm @ Tea Grannys & Friends. Slip into your favourite flapper dress and fascinator and hats are highly encouraged to enjoy a three course tea with summer sweets and savouries. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=5896

June 15 – Family Fitness Tour: 7pm-8pm @ Highland Park. There are games and activities geared toward children 5 years and older to participate in with their parents or caregivers. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=6112

June 17 – Mid-Week Matinees: 1:30pm-4:30pm @ Clarington Public Library, Newcastle Branch. Drop in, no charge and no registration is required but space is limited on a first come first serve basis. http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/

June 17 – Bowmanville Horticulture Society:7:30-9pm. https://clarington.snapd.com/#/events/view/843393

June 18 – Concerts in the Park: 7pm-9pm @ Rotary Park Bowmanville, featuring the Fade Kings. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=4725

June 19 – Smile Theatre ‘Festival of Smiles’: 1:30pm @ Clarington Beech Centre. There will be an afternoon of music and fun. There is also a $10 fee. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=5624

June 19-21 – Canadian Historic Grand Prix: 9am-5pm @ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. http://www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com

June 20 – Kids in the Park: 1pm-4pm @ Tooleys Mill Park. This is a free event where there will be music by Dan the Music Man, a jumping castle, games, candy floss, face painting and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/981795775193625/

June 20 – Chalk It Up: 10am-5pm @ Rotary Park, Bowmanville. A day filled with chalking fun, arts, games, activities and more! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chalk-it-Up/677721732299248?fref=ts

June 20 – The Great Enniskillen Community Wide Yard Sale: 7am-3pm. Lots of Families will be participating (register your address at myenniskillen@gmail.com) Enniskillen General Store, Enniskillen. https://www.facebook.com/enniskillengeneralstore

June 21 – Bloom Field Gardens Spring Open House: 11am-2pm @ Bloom Field Farm, Newcastle. Meet and greet with Katie, the site coordinator and see how lovely your wedding day will be. http://www.bloomfieldgardens.ca/

June 22 – Family Fitness Tour: 7pm-8pm @ Orono Park. There are games and activities geared toward children 5 years and older to participate in with their parents or caregivers. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=6113

June 23 – Newcastle Horticulture Society: 7:30pm-9:30pm @ Newcastle Community Hall. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=5567

June 24 – Family Fitness Tour: 7pm-8pm @ Bowmanville Memorial Park. There are games and activities geared toward children 5 years and older to participate in with their parents or caregivers. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=6114

June 25 – Concert in the Park: 7pm-9pm @ Rotary Park Bowmanville, featuring the Charles Street Band. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=4724

June 26 – Social Dance with Pat Prout & The Clarington Beech Nuts: 1pm-4pm @ Clarington Beech Centre. Enjoy an afternoon of waltz, round and line dancing with a live band. It is $3.50 for members or $4.60 for non-members. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=5617

June 27 – Summer Sidewalk Sale: @ Businesses along King Avenue Newcastle. http://www.villageofnewcastle.ca

June 27 – Family Showtimes: 1:30pm-4pm @ Clarington Public Library, Newcastle Branch. Drop in, no charge and no registration is required but space is limited on a first come first serve basis. http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/

June 28 – Friendship Tea: 1pm-3pm @ Tea Grannys & Friends. Pamper your friend and treat them to a tea experience. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=5897

June 29 – health and Wellness Seminar: @ Clarington Public Library, Newcastle branch. https://www.facebook.com/newcastlehealthandwellness

Behind the scenes at the farm: Before Your Food is on the Table

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Hi, my name is Rachelle, I am a summer student for Clarington Tourism, as well as a Clarington farmer. For six generations, our family has been part of agriculture in Durham Region.  Our family, including myself and my brothers continue this tradition today. The season has come for us to start planting again, and I want to share with you some general steps that are taken before the food gets from Clarington farms to your table.

It’s May already which means planting season is upon us. Farmers, gardeners and growers alike have begun to hit their fields to achieve another successful growing season. Before these beautiful and delicious local foods are on your table, there is a process that is followed by farmers before they plant or pick. Going through this process you will learn the general steps taken in preparation for planting to help ensure a fruitful year.

  1. First you will prepare the fields to replace nutrients.
  2. Secondly you want to work the ground to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by:
    1. Plowing.
    2. Disking used to (thin, flat, circular plates) which are used to level the ground.
    3. Picking stones to help prevent any damages that could be done to machinery when you’re cultivating.
    4. Cultivating (disking) used to help knock the sods around and once again become level.
    5. Harrowing (spike like teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc.) is finishing step to help level the earth.
  3. Thirdly you can plant your seed or seedlings.
  4. Lastly, depending on what you have chosen to plant you may need to do extra preparation (pruning, weeding, etc.) prior to picking.

*You can choose to do either disking or cultivating, but it is not necessary to do both.

Once the steps above have been followed, your product will have the chance to grow successfully. Most of the crops are then picked at maturity (a topic that I’ll address in my next blog) or just prior to maturity, to be sold at your local farmers markets, grocers or to be placed right onto your own table.

Some local well known growers in Clarington are Algoma Orchards, Allin’s Orchard & Country Market, Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery, Braggs Wild Bird Seed, Clark Meats, Country Market Garden Centre, Dare 2 Dream Farm, Found Family Farm, Gallery on the Farm, Geissberger Farmhouse Cider, H. Richardson Farms Limited, Wilmot Orchards Inc., Kent Farms, Link Greenhouses, Watson Farms Ltd., Mostert Greenhouses,  Fred’s Fruit Market, Prestonvale Tree Farms, Prices Country Market & Greenhouses, “R” Farm, The Egg Shack, Rekkers Garden Centre, Timeless Essentials,  Stapleton Farms, Tulach Ard Farm and Strickland’s Perennials Farm.

You can visit many of these growers every Sunday at the Clarington Farmers Market located at the Newcastle Arena Parking Lot. For more information contact us at Clarington Tourism or visit Durham Farm Fresh.

May Events to Enjoy in Clarington

May is finally here, and at the Clarington Tourism office, we couldn’t be happier! With the winter weather officially behind us, we can start looking forward to the beautiful late spring sunshine and the beautiful blooming flowers. Lucky for us, May in Clarington promises an exciting month of events and official season openers — and with holiday’s such as Mother’s Day and the May long week-end, we’re sure we are not the only one’s looking forward to the month ahead!

Whether it’s cottages opening, cars racing, picnics, afternoon tea’s, outdoor festivals, gardening or even simply sitting in the sunshine and enjoying the weather, we truly hope that you enjoy your May in Clarington.

(Please note that these are only some! For more event listings, and to submit yours, visit: www.clarington.net/events

May 2 – Maple Festival & All That Jazz
9am-5pm – Downtown Bowmanville
bowmanville.com

May 3 – Put Some Spring In Your Step!
8-10am – Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
Pre-registration and payment are required for this event by calling 905.885.8173
grca.on.ca

May 3 – Barbara Ponomareff’s Solo Art Exhibition
Runs from May 3rd – June 13th.
There is a Meet and Greet on Sunday May 3rd from 2-4pm.
There will be art for sale for every budget.
We hope to see you there!
http://agiftof-art.com/

May 3 – ‘R’ Farm Fiddlehead Workshop
1:30-3pm – ‘R’ Farm, Newcastle

The cost is $10 a person if preregistered or $12 at the door. Rain or shine!
Email: gbgibson3388@gmail.com  to pre-register or for more info. call 905 987 5090

May 9 – How-To in 10 Festival & Road Show
10am-2pm – Bowmanville Branch Claington Public Library
Learn a new skill in under 10 minutes from local organizations and businesses! A great new twist on learning at the Library. Drop in; no registration required.
howtoin10.com 

May 9 – Historic Walking Tour of Bowmanville
1-2:30pm – Bowmanville Museum
Join Clarington Museums in a tour of historic Bowmanville’s residential and downtown areas. Wear comfortable shoes. This tour will leave from Bowmanville Museum. 
claringtonmuseums.com

May 9 & 10 – Mother’s Day Victorian Tea Experience
1pm – Tea Grannys & Friends, Newtonville
Spend a delightful afternoon with your Mother or Grandmother. $25 per person, special gift upon departure. No walk-ins, please register early to avoid disappointment!
teagrannysandfriends.com

May 15-17 – Castrol Presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Week-end
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Featuring the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the return of Pirelli World Challenge.

canadiantiremotorsportpark.com

May 15 – Social Dance with Pat Prout & The Clarington Beech Nuts
1-4pm – Clarington Beech Centre
Enjoy an afternoon of Waltz, Round & Line Dancing with a Live Band. Refreshments will be served. No partner necessary. $3.50 members / $4.60 non-members.

May 16 – Garden Party & Teddy Bear Picnic
12-4pm – Bowmanville Museum
No pre-registration necessary
Member Price: $4.00 per person or $14.00 for families of up to 5 people.
Non Member Price: $5.00 per person or $18.00 for families of up to 5 people

May 16 – ‘R’ Farm’s Teddy Bears Picnic
11am-3pm – ‘R’ Farm, Newcastle
The cost is only $20 for a family of 4. Families may bring their own picnic lunch to eat in the sunfield. There will be smoothies and food to purchase. Pre-register by contacting Berty Gibson gbgibson3388@gmail.com or calling 905 987 5090

May 31 – Community Yard Sale
6:30am-12:30pm, rain or shine – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Rent a space approx. 12′ x 16′ for $20.00 (includes 1 table) extra tables $5.00 each
To reserve a booth contact: Al Chabassol     905 419 3068
Come out and join the fun – hot dogs / burgers / soft drinks / music!

If you have any questions, or want to know more about Tourism in Clarington, visit our Tourism Office! Located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville, and open from 10am-5pm from Monday to Saturday.

Easter Egg Hunting This Weekend

Hunting for the best egg? Grab your basket and hop on over to enjoy one of these events happening this holiday weekend in Clarington! (Please note that admission charges may apply)

APRIL 3: Joey’s World Playground, first hunt starts at noon until 1pm and second hunt starts at 3pm until 4 pm. http://joeysplayground.com/events/

APRIL 3: Rekker’s Garden Centre Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Good Friday, April 3rd at 9am sharp! We will be accepting food donations for the local food bank! Join us for a fun filled day to kick off spring! http://www.rekkers.com/

APRIL 3 & 4: 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, ‘R’ Farm, Newcastle 905-987-5090 11 am – 2 pm http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=5279

APRIL 3 – 5: Easter Egg Hunt and Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pingle’s Farm Market http://www.pinglesfarmmarket.com/

APRIL 3 – 5: Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Country Market and Garden Centre
Friday April 3rd, Saturday April 4th and Sunday April 5th from 10am until 4pm. Children admission for the egg hunt is $8.00 and adults are free. We will also have spring planters for kids to make (at an additional cost) and animals to see including baby lambs, chicks, and spinone pups. Come by and enjoy the fun and check out our new spring arrivals. Hope to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/Countrymarketgardencentre?fref=ts

APRIL 4: Neighbourhood Easter Egg Hunt – Port of Newcastle Waterfront https://www.facebook.com/events/1406540112988031/

APRIL 4: Downtown Orono​ Pancakes & Easter Egg Hunt, Orono Public Library Lawn 11 am https://www.facebook.com/DowntownOrono?fref=ts

APRIL 5: Easter EGGstravaganza, Courtice Flea Market​. Starting at 11 am http://courticefleamarket.com/special_events.php

How to make smiles this March Break

It’s been a long winter and let’s face it, everyone might need a little March Break! Here are a few ideas to enjoy to keep everyone happy and active:


LEARN

Clarington Community Services March Break Camp  www.clarington.net

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority  Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival www.cloca.ca

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Maple Syrup Day www.clarington.net 

EXPLORE

Clarington Museums March Break Camps
www.claringtonmuseums.com

Clarington Public Library March Break Madness www.clarington-library.on.ca

Central Lake Ontario Conservation  Authority Hike or go geocaching in a CLOCA conservation area www.cloca.com

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Good weather calls for a walk with nature www.ganaraskaforestcentre.ca 

SLIDE

Brimacombe March Break Camp www.brimacombe.ca

Clarington Community Services March Break Youth Shinny and & OPG Skating Schedule www.clarington.net

OPG Free Community Skate March Break Madness 2015, brought to you by OPG Darlington and Pickering Nuclear
www.OPG.com

SPLASH

Clarington Community Services Swim Schedule – Move, Learn, Play this March Break  www.clarington.net

CREATE

Visual Arts Centre of Clarington March Break Camp  www.vac.ca

A Gift Of Art March Break Camp  www.agiftof-art.com

Crock A Doodle March Break Kids Classes  www.crockadoodle.com

Janet Lange March Break Camp http://janetlange.ca/contact/

CLIMB

Joey’s World Indoor Playground www.joeysplayground.com
Joey will be on site all week, so make sure you come out to say hi!

BUILD

Courtice Flea Market Super Hero’s and Princes’s www.courticefleamarket.com 

Bev Geeves  March Break Music Camp  
905-987-5180

For more information on great things to do in Clarington: 

 Add your March Break event to our list of things to do, here: http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?com=submit

Embrace The Frost

December 3 Farmers’ Christmas Parade Parade route runs through Enniskillen, Haydon and Tyrone 905-263-8245 http://www.galleryonthefarm.com/events.html

December 4 Ladies Day at Van Belle’s Thursday, 12 PM – 8 PM Shop to your heart’s content with your girlfriends during this shopping extravaganza. This is a great time to pick up that extra special Christmas gift or that fashion item that you have always wanted. Great savings on all fashion items – purses, scarves, jewelry, sweaters, tops & leggings. Learn new ways to tie a scarf, and get fashion advice from the experts as you sample gourmet food and enjoy sparkling beverages. http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102490418517-571/Van+Belle+Flowers+Calendar+of+Events+2014.pdf

December 5 Christmas Moonlight Magic & Tree Lighting 6 PM to 11 PM Join us for our annual Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony in Historic Downtown Bowmanville! Usher in the holiday season with this very popular event.  Bring the entire family downtown for a carol sing and countdown to the lighting of Bowmanville’s huge Christmas Tree in the town square.  You can also have your picture taken with Santa and his live reindeer. Enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides along the main street – perfect for helping you carry all of your parcels as you shop the many unique stores and restaurants that stay open late for some evening holiday shopping.Courtice Santa Clause Parade http://bowmanville.com/events/christmas-moonlight-magic

December 5 OPG Family Days: Edwardian Christmas Open House  7 PM – 9 PM Join OPG’s Family Days Christmas event located in Clarington’s Museums. Located close to downtown’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=3632

December 5 Premiere Production of “Christmas Storm” presented by To Open the Stage Door actors presented at the Newcastle Community Hall at 8:00 pm. Tickets available at A Gift of Art in Newcastle or the Apple Blossom Flower Shop in Orono. http://agiftof-art.com/events/calendar-2/

Friday December 5 and Saturday December 6  Apple Blossom Flowers Christmas Open House and Anniversary http://www.appleblossomflowers.ca/

December 6 Breakfast with Santa in Orono 9 AM -11:30 AM Join in the fun and have breakfast with Santa at the Orono Town Hall! http://www.oronotownhall.ca/oth/

 December 6 and December 7 Santa’s Workshop at the Courtice Flea Market
Santa Photos, Santa Letters, Story Telling http://www.courticefleamarket.com/special_events.php

December 6 Pen & Ink Christmas Cards – Instructor Dianne Darch Explore the pen and ink techniques, leaving the workshop with amazing decorated Christmas cards! 10 AM – 2 PM Members – $35.00 Non-Members – $50.00 Minimum 4 students http://agiftof-art.com/events/calendar-2/

December 7 Courtice Santa Clause Parade 12 PM – 2 PM The Annual Courtice Santa Clause parade taking place from Townline to George Reynolds Drive. https://www.facebook.com/CourticeSantaClausParade?fref=ts

December 7 Christmas Market 12 PM – 6 PM  Food trucks, crafts, baking and more! 1540 Highway 2, Courtice. Visit http://www.stutteringjohns.com for details

December 7 Christmas Cup of Tea 1 PM Celebrate the Festive Season just like the Victorians with a festive & seasonal 3 Course Afternoon Tea at Newtonville’s Tea Granny’s & Friends. $25 per person, RSVP – Limited Seating • Gift Certificates Available http://www.teagrannysandfriends.com/events.htm

December 6th and 7th Santa’s Workshop Courtice Flea Market, 905-436-1024 www.courticefleamarket.com

December 13, 2014  Christmas Chocolate Workshop – Instructor Lynn McNutt 10:30 AM – 12 PM Produce a Christmas chocolate creation. In this workshop you will create Christmas hand dipped chocolates, ‘Delicious’! You will leave with your creation wrapped and ready to be eaten. Whether you eat them or give them, either way they will be delicious! Cost: Members – $20.00 Non-Members – $30.00 Minimum 4 students Register: 905-987-2264 http://agiftof-art.com/events/calendar-2/

December 13, 2014 The Annual Tyrone Christmas Celebration
Taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tyrone Community Centre!
This FREE event will feature pancakes and sausages and free pictures with Santa. Other entertainment for the kiddies is to be confirmed – we will keep you posted!

December 14, 2014 Breakfast with Santa 
9 AM – 2 PM Newtonville Community Hall. Admission Adults $7 Children 2 -12 is $4.
https://www.facebook.com/NewtonvilleHall/photos/a.177941309013567.47016.114948495312849/508751212599240/?type=1&theater

December 19, 2014 A Winter’s Evening
Terrens Wellness Centre on with free makeovers, gift with purchases, sparkling wine, nail polish and skin care demos and more.
5314 Main Street Orono, 905-983-5000

December  Holiday Swim Schedule with Community Services

December 20 Brimacombe’s Breakfast with Santa 9 AM-10:30 AM Join Brimacombe for breakfast with the one and only Santa Clause! http://www.brimacombe.ca/ Month of

January 2015 Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month http://www.brimacombe.ca/ 

January 24 Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Family Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Day Take in the beauty of the magnificent Ganaraska Forest in the depth of winter. Receive an introductory lesson and a guided ski through the forest. Make a day of it and give free snowshoeing a try! Please dress in warm layers. In case of poor ski conditions, the alternate day to participate is February 7th. $20/person with complimentary ski rentals – Children must