A Perfect Summer Retreat




by Meaghan Newey

Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery and Cider House Golf is a fourth
generation family farm business located in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Owned and operated by Fred and Sandy Archibald, this 40-acre property is an ideal orchard site with a south-westerly slope for good air and soil drainage. With a number of other local attractions and beautiful surrounding countryside. Originally established in 1967 as a wholesale operation, Fred and Sandy have developed the family farm into several components including pick your own apples, wine tasting and more!

Wednesday June 25, 2014 will mark the 17th anniversary of the Archibald’s Winery. With a wide array of non-alcoholic, ciders and apple blends, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wine for yourself, or as a gift. After all, Archibald’s is Ontario’s leading Fruit Winery.

This summer the estate is introducing it’s Junior Golf Clinic, for ages 6-16, and instructed by Becky MacIntosh. Sandy has asked to please inquire within for more information regarding Junior Golf. http://www.ciderhousegolf.ca

There truly is so much to do at Archibalds’s. Make sure to check back in the fall months for information on weekend events!

Picture3Don’t forget to follow/like Archibald’s on Facebook!



Simple Shopping


Story and Photos by Meaghan Newey

Do you ever spend your morning’s searching through your closet, trying on every piece of clothing you own, and still can’t find the perfect outfit? Well, search no further, you have a personal stylist close to home.

Jake’s is predominately a Surf and Skate shop, housing all the latest fashion trends in the bohemian, beach-side style. The store carries big-name brands such as Roxy, Billabong and Volcom, but also sticks to its sustainable roots by showcasing TenTree, Friggin’ Lip Balm, and many other Canadian brands. Jake’s opened its two-storey location in 2006 in the Historic Downtown Bowmanville core. If Jake’s doesn’t suit your typical fashion style, you can visit its neighbouring sister stores: Cactus and Heritage.

Whether you are looking for a swimsuit, or a business casual blazer, Jake’s has you covered. The staff works hard at maintaining a high standard in customer service by acting as your own personal stylist each and every time you enter the store.

“I love making a personal connection to my customers,” says Brittney Boone, District Manager. “Every customer that walks through the door is greeted, and all of the clothing you see in the store has been hand picked from our brand warehouses to fit our customer’s personal styles.”

You can definitely rest assured knowing that you’ll be looking fabulous in whatever you leave the store with!

Follow on:
Instagram @ShopJakes
Twitter @JakesSurf
& Facebook


No Clock, No Paper, No Problem!

The Fuel Shed


by Meaghan Newey

The quaint patisserie in the heart of downtown Bowmanville has a “hipster-esque,” yet hometown coffee shop atmosphere. With no clocks, televisions, newspapers or commercial-interrupted music, Coffee & Cakes truly provides its patrons a way to interact with each other and escape everyday stresses. But don’t worry, they have free Wi-Fi.

Barista, Mark Robinson and wife/Cake Designer, Lisa, opened their doors as Coffee & Cakes in August 2012, providing Clarington with a variety of international store roasted beans and specialty baked goods. With Summerfest happening this weekend, Coffee & Cakes has launched their own coffee label, Make Every bean Count. Customers are now able to purchase a selection of the internationally store roasted beans to take back into their own homes.

Not only do they offer what I would like to state as the best coffee in town, the Robinson’s also have a substitute option for those who don’t have such a sweet tooth.

“I was really out of shape before we opened the place, and I needed a serious lifestyle change,” says Robinson. “I started running and getting involved in triathlons. We talked about giving Clarington a healthier alternative, and that’s when we opened The Fuel Shed.”

Since 2013, The Fuel shed has been providing patrons with a healthier menu. Some options include their fresh, made-to-order protein shakes, specialty sandwiches, raw soups, and clean smoothies. Not only is clean eating a top priority of the store, but being active and getting involved in local events such as Tough Mudder, local marathons, or even small running groups is a focus point too. The Shed Team is an idea that Robinson has been toying with, but hopes to allow it grow into something of it’s own.

“Much like the Running Room, the Shed Team can be a group of people who want to enter a marathon-type event, or just go running as a group,” says Robinson. “We can sponsor your team for the event, or we can even have a networking session with health and fitness as our common goal.”

The Robinson’s truly believe in a sustainable community, agreeing that customer interaction is the base of their own success. So don’t forget to drop in, say hello to Mark and Lisa, and have yourself the best cup of coffee in Clarington!

Facebook: Coffee & Cakes, The Fuel Shed
Twitter: @thefuelshed


Clarington needs to be a place people drive to, not drive through!

We have some exciting news to share with you!

Starting next week our intern, Meaghan, is going to be featuring a new blog series for Clarington Tourism coinciding with the on-going initiative, Sustainable Clarington.

Here’s some information about Meaghan, for those of you who don’t already know her:

Currently, she is a second year student at Durham College, studying public relations. In order to obtain her diploma she sought out a placement here at the Municipality, and we are thrilled to have her on board.

When she isn’t spending her time with us, you can find her riding horses all across Ontario. A dedicated equestrian for over 15 years, Meaghan has a long list of accomplishments, most recent being the overall Champion in her division on the Ontario University Equestrian Association’s (OUEA) circuit. Don’t let her ribbons and medals fool you though, she has the bumps, bruises and stories to prove she stays humble and true to those around her — even the horses!
Find her on:
Twitter, Instagram and Pintrest: @newdulz

Here’s a bit about the upcoming series, in Meaghan’s own words:

I want to bring awareness to both the community and visitors by featuring Bowmanville, Newcastle, Courtice and Orono’s food, shopping and entertainment locations in hopes of drawing more traffic and sustainability to Clarington itself.

First stop, Bowmanville’s original Fuel Shed to chat with Mark about healthy eating with a cherry on top, stay tuned!

This June in Clarington

This June In Clarington

Welcome to wonderful June! We hope you uncover outdoor events that celebrate this wonderful month; the start of Summer in Ontario!

Home & Lifestyle Show June 1, 10am-5pm
103 Caroline St in Newcastle.
It’s held for one day at the Newcastle Memorial Arena. Its open from 10am to 5pm with over 60 Vendors

Brookside Cottage 20th Annual Self-Guided Garden/Artisan Tour June 4, 10am-4pm
A self-guided garden tour with artisans showcasing and selling their works. Old cars, bird watching, and a lunch stop (for purchase).
Contact: Corinne at 905-263-4285
7054 Lettner Road, Bowmanville (Tyrone)

7th Annual Rocking Rotary Ribfest June 6, 7 and 8
At the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville
Friday & Saturday June 6th 7th, 2013  12:00 noon to 11:00 pm
Sunday June 8, 2013 – 8:00am to 8:00 pm
Sunday features the Alfie Shrubb’s Race with a Pancake Breakfast

Spring Food and Wine Festival June 7 @ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | $10
This unique event unites renowned chefs, wine masters and breweries from across Ontario to explore the marriage of culinary art and winemaking. Those attending will have their taste buds explore special food  tastings, sample fine wines and beers. Door prizes, live music and Jacque Kent fashion accessories will be made available.
Contact Mary-Jane Nettle

Spartan Race – Toronto, at Brimacombe June 7 & 8

Cousin Courtice’s Birthday Bash June 8, 9am-4:30pm
Join in on the fun as Children’s Entertainer Malibu Bob hosts a day of FAMILY FUN!  From an interactive DJ show, to balloon animals, to magic, to walking on stilts, you’ll be sure to have a fun time.
All this in honour of our good friend and mascot at the Courtice Flea Market, Cousin Courtice.  Cousin can often be seen walking around the market handing out balloons to the kids.  At 1 pm, celebrate alongside this rascally raccoon as we present him with a birthday cake. And the good news is – Cousin Courtice likes to share!
The Courtice Flea Market has been in operation since 1992, and is one of Ontario’s few remaining authentic flea markets.

Summerfest & Annual Sidewalk Sale, June 12,13, and 14
Thursday –  Sidewalk Sale, launch of the ‘Clarington Tourism <3’s Boots and Hearts’ shop local promotion for a chance to win Boots and Hearts Music Festival tickets, new country music, and much more

Friday – NEW!!!!   Summerfest presents FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY!   Join us from 11am-10pm for delectable eats right off the street.    And for the first time at a Bowmanville festival – visit us in the BEER TENT!  while listening to new country music.  From 7-9pm Boots and Hearts presents new country artist LINDSAY BROUGHTON live from the stage at Summerfest!  Bring the family!  From Noon-3pm Classic and Vintage British cars on display. At 5:30pm Canadian Historic Grand Prix Tribute will enter Downtown Bowmanville with a police escort.  Don’t miss this chance to see vintage Formula 1 race cars.

Saturday – Rick Patterson Memorial Show and Shine, Woof Jacks Dog Show, Bowmanville Zoo animal rides, duck pond, carnival, jumping castles, food vendors, music, and sidewalk sale

Can. Historic Grand Prix At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, June 13, 14, 15th
Organized by the Vintage Automobile racing Association (VARAC), this annual historic auto racing event features beautifully restored cars from the past 50 years of motorsport. This year’s feature will be Triumph vs. MG Canadian-American Showdown

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June, 2014
09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Doors Open Clarington June 14 10am-4pm
Doors Open Clarington, in its 5th year, celebrates the uniqueness of Historic Bowmanville.
Sites will offer varied experiences from private homes once owned by well-known families and used to house training school boys during WWII’s operation of Camp 30, to industrial sites, open beach and conservation areas.  Unique opportunities await you with visits to a crematorium and fish ladder, while the heritage of this area will be highlighted in tours of some lake side cottages of West Beach, a carriage house and significant architecture like the Octagon House.
Come explore some hidden treasures & exciting adventures in Clarington.

The Outstanding in our Field Dinner Series is a culinary adventure New in 2014.
” Strawberries Fields Forever”
June 29
Join us as we set a long Tuscan Style table in and amongst the seasonal crops we feature at Watson Farms. You will experience field to fork like never before.
Ingredients for the meal will feature the fresh growin’s of Watson Farms. Sometimes the food is sourced but a few feet away from your seat and almost all items are local and prepared under the watchful eye of Award winning Chef Kathy Anyan, owner of Kcc Gourmet and Catering. .

After a tour of the farm, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and guests sharing the long table. As the meal unfolds you will have an opportunity to learn about Watson’s Farming practices and how the food is prepared. When the meal is done and the sun is setting you will leave with a better understanding of your food and we will even send you home with a treat for later.

Watch our Community Calendar for Summer Concerts on the Lawn and In The Parks throughout Clarington!





This May In Clarington

Words and photos by Clarington Tourism

April showers bring May flowers – here’s what’s blooming ‘This Month in Clarington’!

Maple Festival and All That Jazz, in beautiful Historic Downtown Bowmanville, Saturday May 3rd, 9am to 5pm.  A celebration of spring and the maple syrup harvest along with cool jazz in the heart of Historic Downtown Bowmanville’s main street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic on the day. Enjoy all things maple, such as breakfast or lunch of flapjacks, sausage and real maple syrup served in a huge marquee tent, maple flavoured hot made-on-the-spot doughnuts, elephant ears and maple syrup, and maple fudge, along with interesting exhibits, unique crafts to purchase, rides for the children and, of course, cool jazz at several locations. A chance to take the family out to enjoy the warmer temperatures of Spring. And don’t forget to visit the local stores who will have their Spring merchandise display.

Earth Day Tree Planting, May 3rd, Enniskillen Conservation Area  The public is invited to give nature a helping hand at Central Lake Ontario Conservation’s annual Earth Day event being held at the Sanderson Tract, which is part of the north section of Enniskillen Conservation Area, The event is FREE and will run rain or shine, on Saturday May 3rd from 9:00am until noon. All wishing to participate are asked to register online or call 905-579-0411, ext. 142   , and free online registration

Men’s Night Out Poker Event, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 3rd, in support of Lakeridge Bowmanville Hosptial
Details and registration HERE:

Haydon Kitchen Party , May 3rd. This event in its 4th year is a concert featuring local musicians gathering to help raise funds for Haydon Community Hall.  This year we are featuring Trish Robb, Tim Watson and County West.  Tickets are $25 and are available online, or at Hands On Music in Bowmanville.  You may also call 905-263-4494 for more information. There will be food and refreshments as well as a silent auction table at the event.

12th Annual Free Comic Book Day. May 3rd, Gnu Books, located at the Courtice Flea Market, is once again celebrating it’s free comic book day. Gnu has been located at the market for the past three years, and offers a number of comics, novels etc. So come on out to the Courtice Flea Market to pick up your free comic!!! 10am-4pm, Courtice Flea Market (Gnu Books Booth), 1696 Bloor Street, Courtice

Mothers Day Workshop with Terren’s Wellness Centre at The Fire Hall Bistro, Orono. An introductory class for making a melt and pour soap, basic cream, and an epson salt bath blend. Refreshments will be served. Reserved your spot by May 1, 2014 by calling 905-983-5000 Cost: $25.00 each – supplies included

Paws to Read, Clarington Public Library Bowmanville Branch, May 3RD and 10, 2-4pm. The Paws to Read® program is designed to match children with a certified therapy dog and their handler for a fun one-on-one reading session! Studies have shown that reading to dogs encourages confidence and boosts self-esteem in children. Reading out loud to a Paws to Read dog boosts literacy and makes reading fun! Advanced registration required per 15 minute session; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone. No charge. Presented in partnership with Therapeutic Paws of Canada, a non-profit, charitable organization.

Mandarin MS Walk, May 4th, Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville. Every year over 40,000 Canadians in more than 160 communities across our country lace up at the MS Walk to raise vital funds for people living with MS. This family-oriented, community-supported event offers walking routes of varying lengths – including a wheelchair-accessible route – and features start/finish line activities such as inspiring words from MS Ambassadors (people living with MS), entertainment, team awards and more. 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM. 905 668 0388,

Annual Salad Luncheon, May 7th, Trinity United Church The annual ‘Salad Luncheon and Spring Bazaar’ is being held with continuous seating from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Take outs are available and delivery available within Bowmanville. Get your tickets early.
Details HERE:

61st Annual Kinsmen Carnival, the Garnet B. Rickard Complex, May 8to 11. Bowmanville. Family fun, rides, games, candy floss and carnival food. All in support of a great cause – your community! May 8 is Loonie/Toonie day. May 11 is Mothers Day; Mothers ride free all day! For advanced all day pass purchase, visit participating shops in Downtown Bowmanville. Come out for a day of family fun and excitement!

Neil Newton – the TYRONE SERIES 1970-73, May 8, 588 Markham Street, Toronto. Reception 11am, with artist talk at 4pm.

Around 1970, Newton bought a small farm at Regional Rd 57 outside of Toronto in Durham region. He took a series of photographs documenting rural life in the Tyrone, Enniskillen, Haydon and Hampton areas. The prints perfectly captured the characters and life in the area at that time. They toured Canada as part of a joint project by Art Gallery of Ontario, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Canada Council. The exhibition then journeyed to England and Sweden. Two photographs in the series are now housed in the National Gallery collection in Ottawa. Neil is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.  https://www.facebook.com/events/652733501463788/

National Day of Honour May 9 – contact Royal Canadian Legion

Miche Canada Open House & Warehouse Sale, May 9. 1712 Baseline Rd W., Courtice. 1 day a year for 4 hours only (5-9pm)! See all 4 sizes of purses & hundreds of Shells purse covers).

Newcastle Horticultural Society Plant Sale, May 10, Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West, Newcastle. Gleaned from our members gardens, plants of all types at reasonable prices.  8am -Noon.  Also selling Mother’s Day arrangements and pots.

Orono Historic Walking Tour May 10 Join Charles Taws in a historic guide of downtown Orono, 1-2:30pm. Phone: 905-623-2734, claringtonmuseums.programs@rogers.com

Put Some Spring in Your Step May 10– Ganaraska Forest Centre. 10am-2pm. Join in and search for flowers and spring birds during Migratory Bird Week. Enjoy a guided ecology walk through the Ganaraska Forest. Don’t forget your binoculars, and birding and flower guides! Pre-registration is required by calling 905 885 8173.  info@grca.on.ca

Bethesda House 12th Annual Spring Fling Dinner/Auction, May 15 Clarington Beech Centre, 26 Beech Avenue. Bowmanville.  Doors open at 6 pm – Tickets $60 each – for tickets or to donate items for the auction.
Details HERE:

Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, May 16, 17,, 18. The unofficial kick-off to the summer season, Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend will feature the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the ground-pounding muscle cars of the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series plus the return of Pirelli World Challenge (Touring & B-Spec).  Four Canadian Series’, the Canadian Touring Car Championship, Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Formula 1600 Super Series and the Canadian Supercar Championship will round out the exciting on-track action. Tickets available here:

Spring Flower Show, May 20, Newcastle Community Hall, 7:30-9:30pm. ‘New Plants For Raised Gardens’ with John Storie. Centennial room. Staging time 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Call 905 987 1746

OPG Family Days: Garden Party & Teddy Bear Picnic, May 24, noon to 4pm. Bowmanville Museum, 37 Silver Street. Spring has sprung and we’re ready to enjoy the blossoms. Join us in the beautiful gardens of Bowmanville Museum for our home grown plant sale, and family Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your family (and Teddy’s) to enjoy traditional garden activities and games, refreshments, and great prices on annuals and perennials. Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. No pre-registration necessary. Members: $4 per person/$14 per family (up to 5 people) Non-member: $5 per person/$18 per family (up to 5 people).

Paul Kelly – A Retospecitve Opening Reception May 25, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington,

Don’t forget to stop in and see the Artworks on display in the Main Gallery and the Showcase at the Municipality of Clarington Administrative Centre:  40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville  Exhibitions may be viewed during regular business hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Main Gallery (Room)

Diane Daigle                                       April 2014
Fred Sewell                                         May 2014
Isabel Velduis /Stuart Morley           June 2014

Tire Take Back at Dom’s Auto May 26-31

Firehouse Battle of the Bands, May 30. The Firehouse Battle of the Bands is scheduled to ROCK Garnet B. Rickard on Friday May 30th. so if your waiting for that big break??? Can’t wait to play in front of a big crowd??? Then register your band or reserve your tickets today!!!

Tag Days for Association of Hospital Volunteers, May 30 & 31 Bowmanville

Community Yard Sale May 31 organized by Knights of Columbus Council 6361, to be held rain or shine, at St. Joseph R.C. Church’s parking lot and parish hall. BBQ, music, face painting, 50-50 draw, silent auction, bake sale table. St. Vincent de Paul truck will be present to take any unsold items. 6:30am – 1pm. Phone 905 419 1509, a_ainsworth38@yahoo.ca

Raise The Barn – Fundraising Event May 30, 7pm-1am Knox Pumpkin Farm, 6325 Enfield Road, Hampton, ON  L0B 1J0. Dancing, Food and Live Entertainment. Come enjoy some very talented muscians from SASS program, Straight From The Hips and the Doozies.  It promises to be a very FUNraising night.  Silent auction, door prizes and a night under the stars.

Tickets are $25.00 with all proceeds going to RaiseTheBarn2014.  For more information visit  http://www.raisethebarn.1stopalpacafarm.com or to hear their story, visit  http://www.1stopalpacafarm.com




This April in Clarington


April showers bring May flowers!

We residents in Clarington are ready for our signature signs of Spring! Whether potted pansies or wild pussy willows, locally grown asparagus or creekside fiddleheads, the spring thaw offers us an opportunity to reflect upon our own, indigenous, rural roots.

We have an innate palate for pancakes smothered in ‘real’ (local) maple syrup, or applewood smoked anything, brought to us by the orchards as they prune their apple trees by hand. As ‘locals’, we reside in an area where we see this everyday; an area where others like to visit as an experience.

The farm gates open and  it becomes an experience to pick-your-own food. The trout are running and it’s an experience to see the fish swimming upstream. The cyclists are in their saddle, and it’s an experience to peddle our Great Lakes shoreline or the Oak Ridges Moraine (‘the Ridges’) on the same day!  Campers will soon be setting up tents among our cedar trees, to stay the weekend, and make memories with their family, as families have been vacationing here from ‘the city’ for over 100 years.

Spring has arrived; let’s go outside, experience what is right here, and share our beautiful, ‘big backyard’ called Clarington!


Let’s Go Cycling

The Waterfront Trail is a multi-use recreation trail that celebrates 1400 km of nature and culture along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Rural countryside, small towns and big cities are linked to bring our Great Lakes to this province’s residents and tourists, alike.

Since 2007 the Waterfront Trail has been growing its reputation as a unique tourism attraction, especially for cycling tourists. Clarington is proud to be a part of the ‘Ontario By Bike” Network and regularly hosts cyclists that peddle in to the Clarington Tourism Office along the trail. – Check out the 4 printable maps of the Clarington Waterfront Trail http://www.waterfronttrail.org/images/pdf_downloads/wt-zone3.pdf

Clarington’s diverse waterfront features some 37 kilometers of wetlands, meadows, forests, bluffs and beaches. Highlights include Darlington Provincial Park, Darlington Nuclear Generating Station and the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area. Thanks to its recognized wildlife habitat programs, Darlington NGS provides a home for 870 species. This is one of the few spots along the Trail where you can camp at an Ontario Provincial Park – Darlington Provincial Park. (http://www.waterfronttrail.org/clarington)

Clarington has published a  unique map showing 10 cycling routes many of which are connected to the Waterfront Trail and extend into our Municipality. Suggested routes offer short loops to a full day with challenging elevations. Routes begin and end at municipal facilities that provide free parking and public washrooms! Pick up your copy at the Tourism Office, 181 Liberty Street S, Bowmanville, or view online here: http://www.clarington-tourism.ca/travelingtools/docs/Clarington-Cycling-Map.pdf

 Let’s Go Fishing

Fishing Opportunities in Zone 17. Opening  Season
Saturday April 26, 2014 – Fish Ontario

Recreational fishing is one of the most popular outdoor pursuits for Clarington residents and visitors alike.  Anglers from all over Ontario and parts of the United States come to Clarington each year in search of that trophy trout or salmon. The Municipality of Clarington has 4 tributaries that offer first rate angling, and access to Lake Ontario’s off shore fishing  and charter opportunities via Port of Newcastle and Port Darlington.

‘Let’s Go Fish’ with Clarington’s own fishing map that includes access locations, tips, tackle stores, and fishing clubs. Pick up your copy at the Tourism Office, 181 Liberty Street S, Bowmanville, or view online  http://claringtontourism.net/travelingtools/docs/Clarington-Fishing-Map.pdf

 Events to Attend

  • Antique Appraisal Afternoon April 5,
    Stop by Clarke Museum in Kirby, for an afternoon of discovery. Our Curator Charles Taws and local antique appraiser Barry Carmichael can offer you appraisal advice on your most curious belongings. Last year we saw paintings, jewellery, pottery and more. We are looking forward to the treasures we will see this year!
  • Girls’ Night Out – Bowmanville, Thursday April 10, 6pm to 10pm Gift bags, good snacks and giggles are yours to enjoy while shopping in beautiful Historic Downtown Bowmanville.
  • Ladies Night Fashion Show, Thursday April 10th, Orono Arena, Fundraiser in Support of the Orono Crown Lands & Orono Firefighters Association, Contact Susan Aitken 905-983-9890
  • Home and Garden Show Bowmanville April 11 & 12, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville. Spring is the perfect time to start imagining what your home and garden could be like this summer! Metroland  This year, the Home and Garden Show has grown again. Almost 100 vendors are participating in this year’s event showcasing their products and services, including landscaping, windows and doors, sunrooms, financial services, contractors, decorators decks, garage doors and a whole lot more! The complex will be buzzing a wide array of vendors, keynote speakers and seminars over the weekend.
  • Bowmanville Antique Show Bowmanville April 18 & 19, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville
    The 41st Annual ‘Bowmanville Show’ takes place Easter weekend. Come and see why this premiere show has lasted so many years! The country’s top reputable dealers save their best to offer it for sale in this highly specialized show. This is one stop shopping for many eager collectors and dealers who come to acquire examples of the best Canadiana and primitive folk art available. Painted furniture, stoneware, early lighting, native arts, pottery, textiles, decoys, paintings, folk art and great examples of decorative accessories are included in the many offerings.
  • Rotary “3rd Annual Earth Day Super Clean Up” April 23rd The Municipality of Clarington and Enbridge Gas will sponsor the Annual Rotary Club Super Clean Up! The Rotary Clubs of Bowmanville and Courtice coordinate this event for area students to “Pitch In” and clean up areas around their schools and neighbourhoods. A gathering at the Garnet B. Rickard Complex to enjoy a BBQ, entertainment and educational displays to provide students and the general public with environmental innovations and concerns to cap off the festivities.

  • Solina Spring Wellness Day  Saturday April 26, 9am to 3pm. Solina Community Centre,  1964 Concession Rd. 6, Solina, ON. Wellness practitioners gather to offer insightful information on various forms of wellness. Certified Herbologist,, local apiarist, lavender herb grower, certified yoga and pilates instructor, natural soap artisan, and a Reiki Master Teacher.  A healthy lunch will  be provided- Parsnip/Apple Soup, Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup, Broc-o-mole, Veggie Salad with Lavender Dressing and a Fruit/Sweet Tray, Tea or Coffee.  Advanced ticket sales only. Call Karen 905-263-8886 or Jenny at 905-263-8254. All proceeds to benefit Solina Community Hall.
  • Newcastle Health & Wellness Fair Wednesday April 23, from 11 am to 6 pm, Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West, Newcastle. Local health and medial proffessional’s are getting together to show you how you can stay fit and healthy with business right in your own town!! Its FREE for the public! There are door prizes along with prizes in every booth!! Come by all day!! There are goodie bags for the first 100 people!!! Also, bring a non perishable food item for the local food bank!
  • Spring Compost Event Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8 am to noon. Residents will be able to “trade” a non-perishable donation to a local food bank for free compost.  In 2013 over 350 cars attended the compost event.  This event will be located at the Operations Depot 42, 178 Darlington/Clarke Townline Road in Bowmanville.  Those wishing to participate should bring containers – maximum 3 – and a shovel.  Participants will be required to fill their own containers with the fresh compost.  Durham Region staff will be on hand to facilitate the exchange of damaged blue boxes and green bins for new.
  • Clarington Intermediate Band Festival Bowmanville Apr-26 An exciting evening of music from across the Globe
  • How To In 10 Festival Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville Branch  Apr-26 10am to 2pm. A Festival and Roadshow of learning new things in 10 minute stations.
  • Women’s Show Bowmanville April 26, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville
    As you arrive at theRickard Recreation Complex, it will be immediately evident that something special has come to town.  At our Main Entrance admission table, (just $5.00 per person with children under the age of 12 admitted free), visitors to the Show will begin to hear the murmur of hundreds of excited women interacting with our vendors.  As a matter of fact, we have space for up to 100 hand picked exhibitors from as far away as Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, as well as local businesses.
  • Newcastle 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday April 19th, 9am to 3pm. villageofnewcastle.ca


This March BREAK in Clarington

We’ve made it to March without breaking

At the beginning of the month of February, the groundhog warned us there would be  ‘six more weeks of winter’. HA!

We endured the polar-like temperatures. We dug in deeper (about six feet!). The groundhog may have had the timing right, but he failed to communicate the level of severity.

With the help of the Sochi Olympics, we overcame February, and the month transitioned into ‘GOLDen’ moments of celebration!  We shouted “#WeAreWinter !” We claimed victory over [and on] the ice! We triumphed over the snow! We reside with the groundhog!
Now, February  2014 is [finally] over!

Following in folklore predications, March has ‘come in like a lion’, and should [will!] ‘go out like a lamb’.  The school holiday is officially upon us and kids are ready to ROAR  with energy!
Shake off winter, put down the shovel, and enjoy a WELL deserved March Break!

Click on the image below for great ideas to
EXPLORE, LEARN and SHARE in Clarington!

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February in Clarington

Are you ready for February? Clarington is serving up a variety of activities and events marking a month of health, love, art, heritage, family, learning and sport!

Starting the first weekend, ladies you can take your Valentine to the Tackle Swap & Fishing Show. Leading into the second weekend, guys,  why not wow your sweetheart by delighting her senses with a luxurious night at The Mayor’s Gala-For The Love of Art. That should rev you up for weekend three; celebrating Family Day February 17th. Brace yourself! Starting mid month, the Clarington Heritage Committee has planned many amazing, one-of-a-kind activities in celebration of Ontario Heritage Week (Feb. 17-23)! Check their link below!

So long January! It’s been  a‘blast’
Hello beautiful February!!

    • Beyond Balance Health Expo February 1st, 9am to 5pm – Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Regional Highway 2, Bowmanville.
      Join us for this innovative, interactive and FUN Expo as we introduce you to local businesses that can help you find your way to your balanced self. As always, we feel that “balance” includes lots of fun so we are including FREE services for you to try! FREE reiki, FREE yoga demo, FREE professional photo (for yourself or kiddos!), FREE Indian Head Massage, FREE hot wax hand massage, FREE Microdermabrasion trial…plus more at individual Exhibitor tables! Bring a friend and come play with us!
    • Tackle Swap and Fishing Show February 2nd, 10am to 4pm – Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Regional Highway 2, Bowmanville. With 27 tables of tackle, rods and reels, this event is sure to cast some fun over your weekend! Fishing University, draw prizes, demos, reps, casting area for kids, special guests and so much more! Only $3 admission or a non-perishable food item.
    • Mayor’s Gala – For The Love of Art
      February 8th, 7:30pm to 12am – Hosted at the Clarington Public Library, 163 Church Street, Bowmanville. Join in supporting our Art Community with a gala celebration! Enjoy local performing artists of music, interactive artists displays, silent auction, mystery gift boxes, culinary delights and more. Proceeds benefit the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington and A Gift Of Art, Newcastle. Cocktail attire, cash bar, must be 19 yrs and up to attend. Tickets $50 (plus HST)
    • Rail Jam at the Brim February 8th, 6pm to 10pm – Brimacombe Ski Hill, 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono.  Proud to present the 2014 Saturday Night Rail Jam Series! Brought to you by Brimacombe’s own Slopeside Skis & Boards at the Brim, as well as Oakley, Rome, Scotties, Sommerville Sports & 686.
    • Heritage Week  February 17th to 23rd. Visit the Clarington Heritage website for events  celebrating Clarington’s Agricultural Heritage http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Heritage Art Display – The Clarington Heritage Committee presents the ‘Barns in Clarington’ photo display featuring heritage barns from across Clarington. Local artist and farm owner/operator, Eric Bowman’s agricultural-themed work will also be on display in the Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville Branch, Library Mezzanine http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Dinner and Auction with Sandy Hawley, Saturday February 15th.  Hawley, a  brilliant athlete and ambassador for the sport of thoroughbred racing, has set standards for jockeys in the high stakes environment of racing. Evening Includes: Dinner, Entertainment, Keynote  Address, & Live and Silent Auction http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Newcastle Short Films – Heritage Week Saturday February 16th. Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue, Newcastle, 1 to 3pm. The Newcastle Village and District Historical Society presents short films and presentations showcasing Newcastle’s agricultural heritage including a display from the Abandoned Cemeteries Board on farm burial plots. Museum room also open to public following the presentation.http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Childhood Lost’  Heritage Week  February 18th, 40 Temperance St, Bowmanville, 7 to 9 pm movie. The Clarington Heritage Committee presents a documentary examining the fate of 100,000 British children shipped to Cananda between1869-1939, to work as farm labourers; with special guest speaker Sandra Joyce, ED, British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association.
      Agricultural Luncheon February 18th, 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville. Enjoy a meal prepared by local farmers. After lunch, a square dance $8.05 members/ $11.40 non-members
      Contact Angie Darlison, 905-697-2856
      ACO On The Go Film Night
       February 19th, Municipal Administrative Centre, Council Chambers, 40 Temperance St., Bowmanville, 7pm. Join the ACO Clarington Branch for a Movie Night: History Channel’s documentary ‘Hitler’s Canadians’. Displays, Snacks, Question and Answer period on the Agricultural aspects of the Bowmanville Boys Training School/POW Camp 30. Free door prizes.
      Contact Name: Bernice Norton
      ‘Speaker Series’ -Murder Most Foul Wednesday February 19th at AGift of Art, 187 King Ave. E. Newcastle, 2-3pm. A presentation by Sherrell Branton Leetooze as she tells of this and other intriguing stories of our local history. You won’t want to miss it! This is a special speaker’s series presentation to celebrate Heritage Week. Admission is free. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.
      ACO on the Go Film Night: Old Time Orono and Durham East 4H Club.  Thursday February 20th at 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, Council  Chambers.  The Clarington Heritage Committee presents vintage home movies depicting Orono in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Features Orono Orphans Hockey Team,  demolition of old United Church and construction of the new one, outdoor Skating Carnivals, Orono Band, parades and community life. Will also feature a short presentation and display by Durham East 4-H including historical documents from local clubs. Event is free; donations will be accepted for kettle-corn with proceeds going to local heritage initiatives. Free door prizes.
      Barn Dance with Live Music at the Beech Centre – 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville.  Friday February 21st, 8 pm – 12am. Join us for a Good Old Fashioned Barn Dance with live country music by Larry Adams And The Good Tyme Band. Event includes snacks, refreshments, door prizes and a cash bar. RSVP requested. Tickets are  $10 each.
    • 11h Annual Winter WonderLearn: Experience Nature! This Family Day, your family can enjoy a free day of fun at a festival designed to get you active, learn something new, and enjoy time together! This year’s theme is nature! You and your family can enjoy interactive activities and learn about farming and agriculture, gardening, astronomy, and getting active in nature! Find out where your food comes from, discover the stars, make a nature-based craft, meet Maple the Cow, and more! Experience nature with special guest Jungle Cat World and their Wildlife Safari! Now in its eleventh consecutive year, Winter WonderLearn is a day of free family fun! Children and their families can enjoy Family Day together at an event that celebrates Clarington and the family learning opportunities that thrive here. Shake off the winter blahs at this interactive learning festival. Local organizations offer demonstrations and workshops in literacy, arts, sports, history, science, nature, safety, and health.Throughout the event, families can explore interactive activities, make a craft or two, and have fun together. The festival allows people to learn about the local organizations that make up our community, learn something new, and spend time together as a family.
    • OPG Family Days: Family Tree – Sarah Jane Williams. At the Museum we are having a family history day on February 17 where you can make your own family tree, or create your own Family Coat of Arms. There will also be handy hints on discovering your family history – maybe you have a farmer in your past, if not the present! For details of times and prices for the whole week’s activities check out the website heritage.clarington.net or give the Museum a call.
    • Family Day Fun with Community Services, Monday February 17th, celebrate Family Day together at one of our recreation complexes or arenas. There will be a variety of opportunities to swim, skate and share some family time together!  Check out a list of activities at this link: http://www.clarington.net/documents/communityservices/Family-Fun-Day-2014.pdf
    • Beech Street Theatre Company presents “EarthKraft”, a hilarious new stage production written and directed by Michael Khashmanian. Showtimes are from Feb. 14 to 16 & 21 to 22
      All shows 7:30 pm; Feb. 16 Matinee 4:00 pm. Tickets only $25 in person at the Visual Arts Centre or online at http://www.beechstreettheatre.com/PRODUCTIONS.html
    • The Clarington Eagles Junior Hockey Team in collaboration with Kawartha Blazers Sledge Hockey Team announced today a special exhibition Sledge Hockey game to help Grandview Kids and raise awareness about the sport and how it can improve the lives of youth and adult athletes with disabilities. Saturday, 15 February 2014, 3pm.
      Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, Pad A, 2440 Hwy. #2, Bowmanville, ON.For more information go to http://www.cbot.ca/sledgehockeyS
    • Brimfest 2014 Saturday, February 22 & 23,  Brimacombe Ski Hill, 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono. Join us for a weekend-long celebration on the slopes – perfect for the entire family! Enjoy live music, tons of events, displays, competitions, giveaways and more!  Included in the Festival is an Apres Party with live music, cash bar and munchie specials, demos and displays, the annual ‘Bambi Dual Slalom’ competition, and annual ‘Bambi Jump Competition’, ‘Crack the Vault Park Challenge’ and more! Watch in awe as skiers and riders of all ages attempt to stomp tricks for big points and huge prizes! Come out and celebrate the winter season with friends and family at the Brim!

January in Clarington

… and we thought we would take a break from these posts, as there wouldn’t be much to do in Clarington after the Christmas rush.  Boy, were we fooled!  Here’s a summary of what is going on for the rest of the month:

Brookside Cottage (near Tyrone) is offering morning or afternoon birdwatching tours – but please give Corinne a call first at 905 263 4285.

Keep busy – and avoid the winter blahs!