Embrace the Frost on Family Day!

Family Day is so much more than a long weekend; it’s an opportunity to relax, re-connect and make memories with the most important people in our lives – our family! In Ontario, Family Day falls on Monday February 15. To celebrate we have listed six amazing ways you can Embrace the Frost in Clarington on Family Day!

Spread Your Wings at Winter Wonderlearn

 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Courtice Public Library

For those looking for an activity that is both fun and educational, visit Winter WonderLearn at the Courtice branch of the Clarington Public Library. This year’s theme is flight; enjoy interactive activities and learn about the skies! Look through a telescope, make “bird-brained” artwork, and see live owls and raptors. This free event takes place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Family Day, more details are available on the Clarington Public Library website.

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Hit the Slopes at Brimacombe

 Open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rated “The Best Snow in the Business” by the Canadian Ski Council, Brimacombe offers some of the best skiing in the GTA! Brimacombe has 21 runs and trails ready to be enjoyed by skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. They will be open on Family Day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and have more information available on their website.

Try Something New at Joey’s World Indoor Playground

Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Escape the cold and keep the kids busy with a visit to Durham’s largest indoor family playground. From conquering a 20-foot rock wall, to testing out their new “Sky Trekking” and making new friends in the play structure, a trip to Joey’s World is sure to be a memorable experience. Coffee, snacks and free Wi-Fi are also available for moms and dads! Learn more at joeysplayground.com.

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Explore Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park

Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Since 1983, Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park has been offering visitors the unique opportunity to see and experience wild species, many threatened with extinction, in an up-close and personal environment. Professional staff are available and always eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. Explore the park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or take a guided tour at 1:30 p.m. Please call before visiting, as the Park may be closed due to unfavourable weather. Find more details on their website.

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Immerse yourself in Arts and Culture

Clarington is home to a number of important heritage sites, libraries, museums, and visual arts centres. Choose to take a historical walking tour, attend the 58th Annual Juried Art Show, or explore a museum for a rich experience that will highlight the unique cultural assets and vibrant arts community in Clarington. Visit Clarington Tourism for more information.

Enjoy the Outdoors on Clarington Trails

Stay active and enjoy nature while exploring more than 21 km of off-road recreational trails. Non-Municipal trails in Clarington are located at the Long Sault, Westside Marshes and Enniskillen Conservation Areas, as well as the Orono Crown Lands, Ganaraska Forest, and along the Oak Ridges Moraine. Enjoy walking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing through Clarington this Family Day. Visit our  website for maps, access points and trail descriptions.

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Are you hosting an event in Clarington on Family Day? Submit your event to our events calendar.

 

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This September in Clarington

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by Clarington Tourism

Summer may be fading and the school buses back in gear, but we want to assure you that what’s in store this month in Clarington is golden!
The traditional Orono Agricultural Fair kicks off the first weekend in September with four days of family memory making. Take time this month to sample a harvest supper, hike in the Ganaraska Forest or run/walk/bike in memory of Terry Fox. It’s an ideal time to pick your own apples, enjoy a scenic drive in the country, or vote for your favourite chili at the Orono Chili Cookoff.
Whatever your taste, we hope you take a bite out of Clarington this September!

COAA Annual Health Matters Wellness Expo
Wednesday September 3
Clarington Beech Centre
26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville
9am -6pm

The Health Matters Wellness Expo includes registration opportunities for a variety of social, educational and physical programs for older adults 50 plus. Opportunities to meet with our many program instructors and volunteers. Come out to our Open house which brings the older adults of the Municipality of Clarington together with information displays and vendors, program instructor demonstrations, complimentary refreshments, and activities.
http://claringtonbeechcentre.ca

Orono Fair
Thursday September 4 to Sunday Sept 7
Orono Fairgrounds
2 Princess Street, Orono
Gate Hours:
5pm -10pm Thurs Sept 4
9am – 10pm Fri Sept 5
9am -10pm Sat Sept 6
8:30am -4pm Sun Sept 7

Orono Fair is one of the oldest running fairs in Ontario and is one of the largest tourist events in Durham Region.
Since its inception in 1851, people have been drawn to the various exhibits, entertainment and competitive events.
The fair is an Agricultural Fall Fair that runs the first weekend after Labour Day in September. The Fair has been hosted by the Orono Agricultural society since 1852.
The fair annually features exquisite displays and competitions involving paintings, photographs, agriculture (fruits, vegetables and crops), livestock (sheep, cattle, poultry and rabbits), flowers, knitting, woodworking, sewing, crafts, school displays, culinary creations and many other artistic works. As well as one of the largest midways throughout the area.
Don’t miss Friday Night at the Grand Stand when KX96 presents JASON BLAINE with Tebey! See website for concert tickets and details
http://www.oronofair.com

Outstanding in Our Field – Fall Harvest
Sunday September 7
 
4pm to 8pm
Watson Farms Ltd

Join together at 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.
Gather at the Market to begin the experience at 4pm.
In rural fashion we will take a tour of the farm on a hay wagon which will deliver you to the table for dinner.
We suggest casual attire as fields and stilettos don’t mix.
Pricing is $75 per person (including tax and tip)
Call 905-623-4277 for information
http://www.watsonfarms.ca/OutStandingField.html

Durham Region’s 40th Anniversary
Tuesday September 9
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Durham Regional Headquarters, 605 Rossland Road East, Whitby

Let’s celebrate the Region’s 40th anniversary! Residents are invited to a free open house on including a variety of activities for individuals of all ages:
Displays inside Regional Headquarters about our departments, including a “recruitment booth” to provide visitors with an overview of all the choices available at the Region.
Council Chambers and the courtrooms will be open for viewing.
A face painter and games with prizes for children.
A display of Regional vehicles.
Live musical performances.
Special guests, including the new Chief of Police, the K-9 unit and local celebrities.
A free barbecue, while supplies last.
Cake and refreshments, including farm fresh local apples and cider.
Don’t miss the special unveiling and dedication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. outside the main entrance near the parking garage.
http://www.durham.ca/default.asp?nr=/corporate/40thAnniversary/event.htm&setFooter=/includes/40t

Fall Harvest Supper – Meet the Growers and Producers
Saturday September 13
Solina Community Centre – 1964 Concession Rd #6 Solina
4:30pm -9:00pm

Meet the growers and producers of the food you will enjoy served later that evening (6:30pm). Enjoy a selection of local foods on the menu prepared with an international flavour.
Advanced Ticket Sales only $25.00 Please contact Jenny Bowman 905 263-8245
http://www.galleryonthefarm.com/events.html

Long Sault Flyers 12th Annual Scale Rally
Saturday September 13
Join in at Long Sault Conservation Area at the Lang Sault Flyers Scale Rally. Scale and stand-off scale airplanes encouraged, but all flight-tested RC airplanes are welcome, scale or not.
Bring the family along for a fun-filled day of non-competitive flying, food and prizes!!!
$10 entry fee  for pilots, spectators FREE
Lunch available at the field at noon. Spectators welcome!
http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=3928

Culture Days
September 26, 27 and 28, 2014
Culture Days invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2013, the fourth annual Culture Days event took place in more than 850 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping 1.6 million Canadians. Last year, more than 1500 activities were presented across Ontario.

This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.
http://on.culturedays.ca/en

K9 DockFest 2014
Saturday September 27 & Sunday September 28
2836 Holt Rd, Bowmanville,
9am – 5pm

Join Ontario DockDogs at K9 Central (2836 Holt Rd, Bowmanville) for a weekend of competition with Ontario DockDogs.
Dogs will be competing in Big Air (distance), Speed Retreive (timed) and the crowd favourite Extreme Vertical (height).
Check out http://www.ontariodockdogs.com for more information and where the schedule of the days events will be posted.
http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=4152

Terry Fox Run
Sunday September 14
Memorial Park, Liberty St.S, Bowmanville
10am

Registration: 8:00am to 11:30am Warm-up: 9:30am Official start: 10:00am
1km,5km,10km walk run or wheel Pre-register,
Team sign-up,And fundraising
www.terryfox.org

Salmon Slam Live Release Tournament
Bowmanville Creek, Roenigk Drive, Bowmanville Valley’s
Saturday September 20
7:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Bowmanville Creek Anglers and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville is hosting its first annual Salmon Slam Live Release Tournament.
This event will provide a great opportunity for participants to explore the beauty of Valleys 2000 (Bowmanville) waters and catch fresh salmon.
Places are available at $40 per angler with a 100% payback, includes a steak dinner and awards at the Bowmanville Royal Canadian Legion (Downstairs)
There are also number of exciting opportunities for sponsoring this fantastic event.
For more information, www.bowmanvillevalleyfest.com Tickets available at Gagnon Sports http://www.gagnonsports.com (Cash Only) Contact Info: Peterseto@rogers.com or call
905 435 7980

2014 Durham Waste Fair,
Saturday September 20

Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville,
10 am to 3 pm

The Waste Fair is a free, family-friendly event designed to educate local residents about waste management programs and services provided by the Region of Durham and its partners.
There will be kids activities and lots of information on all aspects of the Durham Waste program
Join the conversation on Twitter: @ecycleOntario @RegionofDurham
http://www.durham.ca/departments/works/waste/ads/WasteFair.pdf

 

Drive To The Hoop
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

September 20 and 21
Clarington Central Secondary School.
This event encourages the development of a positive relationship between the community and Youth, as it provides a fun environment for interaction. It will provide the opportunity to engage on topics such as anti-bullying, literacy and other resources for kids. This is the best time to support such an initiative, as promoting these necessary resources for kids while establishing a positive relationship with Youth services, can set the tone for a great school year.


Haydon Hoedown and Corn Roast
Saturday September 20
4:00 -11:00pm
Haydon Community Hall
2503 Concession Road 8, Haydon

Join in at Haydon Community Hall for a great day of local music & local food. This fundraiser runs from 4pm – 11pm and features local acts: Thicker Than Water, Charles St. Band, Whizkey Jaxx & Jacob Henley. Admission is $25 which includes farm fresh food (pulled pork, roast beef, local corn & homemade salads) – Children under 12 are FREE! There will be various booths & games as well as a cash bar.
This event will run rain or shine and we encourage you to bring a lawnchair.   Advance tickets are available at Hands On Music, Gigs Music, Haydon Automotive & the Enniskillen Store or by calling Cecile (905 263 2394). There will be limited ticket sales at the door on the day of the event but they will not include food.
http://haydoncommunityhall.com

Orono Chili Cookoff and Baking Competition
Saturday September 27
10am – 5pm
Get Cooking Chili for a Cause!

‘Hot Stuff’ will be cooking in Downtown Orono on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at the 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off. The activities begin at 10am and run throughout the day until the final Chili Awards at 4pm. With an attendance of almost 1000, new and old chefs are welcome to participate in this exciting community event!
Events throughout the day include live music from Hard Times, silent auction, a jumping castle and activities for kids of all ages!
Timing for pie and chili contests as follows:
• 10:30am Pie and Butter Tart Judging
• 12:30pm Pie and Butter Tart Auction
• 1:30pm Chili Tasting begins
• 4pm Chili Awards
Main Street will be closed for the day to allow for the festivities. For more information about attending or registering for the Chili Cook-Off visit our website, www.visitorono.com or our blog http://oronochilicookoff.wordpress.com/  on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/oronochilicookoff?fref=ts Twitter @orono_cookoff or call (905)983-6464.

A Heritage Harvest
Saturday September 27
1475 King Street E, Courtice
4:00-11:00pm with dinner being served at 6:00pm

Join Clarington Museums for their annual Heritage Harvest!
Enjoy live entertainment by Thicker than Water and The Ugly Horse. Dinner will consist of roast pork, corn on the cob, and a harvest dessert
$35 per person, can be purchased at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre
http://www.claringtonmuseums.com/events-summer-camps-more/

Harvest Tea Party – A Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington
Saturday September 27
Paul’s United Church Hall, 178 Church Street, Bowmanville
1:00pm to 3:30 pm.

Door prizes, silent auction, tasty sandwiches and delightful sweets are donated by local caterers and chefs. Our presenters at the Tea Party will be: Sue Pitchforth, local designer, owner of Décor Therapy Plus who will talk on Fall Décor on a Budget. Our second presenter is Lady Kimberly Chant-Allin, owner of Tea Grannys & Friends – Victorian Tea Salon who will talk about “Enjoying the Tea Experience”.  We ask those considering attending to purchase tickets ahead of time by calling 905 623-6646 or email mjnettle@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca;.

Tickets are $12 each or a bundle of 4 for $40.00

Current Exhibition
Into the Woods: Etchings by George Raab
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Exhibition Running Current until October 12

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough, this major exhibition celebrates the etchings of Millbrook, Ontario artist, George Raab. “George Raab’s practice spans four decades and is grounded in portraying the wooded world. From his early etchings to his present day intaglio prints, the artist’s work portrays the iconic forest.” (Carla Garnet, exhibition curator)
Raab’s work is held in more than 100 public, private and corporate collections. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally, and is a past winner of the Grand Prize for Prints from the American Biennial of Graphic Art.

Family Safety Day
Saturday September 27
Clarington Emergency and Fire Services
2430 Highway 2 Bowmanville

Safety and Fun for the Whole Family.  Safety agencies displays, games and free food.
http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=3839

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Tree I.D. Hike
Sunday September 28
1:00PM – 3:00PM
10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Campbellcroft,

In recognition of National Forest Week, we welcome guests to join us on a guided tree identification hike through the Ganaraska Forest. Learn which species grow in our area, and how healthy forests contribute to our everyday health. With over 11,000 acres of forested, recreational area, this event is sure to answer all of your curious questions.
$12/adult & $6/child – Children must be 8 years or older to participate.Pre-registration & payment are required by calling 905.885.8173.
http://www.grca.on.ca

CT-only-in-clarington-01These are just a few that we’ve mentioned! For a complete list of events, we provide several outlets. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page, as well as the Events page on the Clarington website Also download our Clarington App for free, available for iPhone ,  Anroid  with mapping to events and local information on the go!

 If you are an event organizer and have a community event that you would like featured here and in the Clarington Community Calendar, please share your details here: http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?com=submit

62 Things To Do In Clarington This Summer!

 

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by Clarington Tourism

Click Here for 62 Things To Do In Clarington This Summer!

Want to make your summer super special with memories that will last a lifetime?  Clarington Tourism is here to help!

Enjoy this ‘summer bucket list’ that will keep your happy campers busy each day, and tuckered out at night!

For more ideas on things to do in Clarington,  call, drop in, download our Mobile App, or Follow Us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 

 

 

A Perfect Summer Retreat

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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!

 

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.
http://www.bowmanville.com

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
http://www.cloca.ca/2014/Earth_Day/index.htm

Men’s Night Out Poker Event, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 3rd, in support of Lakeridge Bowmanville Hosptial
Details and registration HERE:
http://www.cbot.ca/mensnighthospital

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.
http://haydoncommunityhall.com/

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
http://www.gnubooks.net

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/629748990433310/

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.
nfo@clarington-library.on.ca

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,
kailey.oneill@mssociety.ca

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:
http://www.trinityunitedbowmanville.com/

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!
bowmanvillekinsmen@gmail.com

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).
https://www.michebag.ca/events/index

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.
http://www.newcastlegarden.com/

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
http://www.ganaraskaforestcentre.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:
http://www.bethesdahouse.ca/

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:
http://www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com/

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
http://www.newcastlegarden.com/meeting-dates.html

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).
http://www.claringtonmuseums.com/events-summer-camps-more/

Paul Kelly – A Retospecitve Opening Reception May 25, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington,
http://www.vac.ca/upcoming-exhibitions.html

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
http://www.cbot.ca/tiretakeback

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!!!
http://www.thefirehouse.ca/

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 Weekend In Clarington

Thursday December 12th to Sunday December 15th

This is clearly the season of celebration and tradition, but have you checked out some of the NEW changes at Brimacombe Ski Hill lately? Part of our community since 1937, Brimacombe is experiencing exciting new growth with each passing season! We hope you re-visit Clarington in a new way this weekend!

  • Opening Day at Brimacombe Ski Hill – 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono. Saturday, December 14th – It’s official
    Brimacombe will be open for the 2013/14 season! (weather and snow conditions permitting, of course)“When it comes to skiing and snowboarding in the GTA, few will find a better experience than at Brimacombe. Rated “The Best in the Snow Business” by the Canadian Ski Council, Brimacombe caters to the traditional skier as well as the snowboarder who wants to jib all day long in one of our terrain parks. There’s no better way to experience Brimacombe than coming down and hitting the slopes.Below we have listed some of the great features at Brimacombe. We’re always improving our experience… sign up for our e-newsletter to keep tabs on all the exciting things happening at the Brim!”

    Open to members and non-members

    300 Foot Vertical

    21 runs & trails from beginner to expert for day skiing

    11 runs are available for night skiing

    2 Terrain Parks

    100% snowmaking coverage

    4 quad chairs

    5 T-Bars

    Magic Carpet Conveyor Lift®

    2 Chalets with Cafeterias

    Slopeside Retail Store with Tune-Ups and Repairs (Gate 4)

    Equipment Rentals (Gate 4)

    Professional Ski & Snowboard Instruction (Gate 4)

    Pee Wee Ski Camp (Gate 1)

    Radio Equipped Ski Patrol

    Race Program

    Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers

    Social Events – Ski Swap, Open House, Après Ski Parties, Rail Jams, BrimFest and more

    http://www.brimacombe.ca/

  • Jingle Bell Rock – Clarington Public Library Bowmanville Branch, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 7:00pm.   Join the Clarington Public Library for a holiday story-time and sing-a-long! Listen to classic holiday stories like “Twas the Night Before Christmas” then jingle bell rock out to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and many more classic holiday tunes. It will be a rocking good time!  No registration required – drop-in. Families of all ages welcome!

  • http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/node/144
  • The Animals Gift Holiday Performance – The Bowmanville Zoo, 340 King Street East, Bowmanville. Dec 14th & 15th Matinee Performances (throught to Dec 31st)
    “Come celebrate the season with the animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, as they present The Animals Gift. This live theatrical performance is a multicultural event that displays the historical relationship amongst humans and animals throughout this festive period.
    Travel back in time through the holiest of seasons, as seen through the eyes, and felt in the hearts of the animals of our planet. As the world tenderly sleeps, the wild creatures of field and forest come forward to rejoice and celebrate in the wonder of this festive season. Come and share with our animals, their gifts to us. and share with our animals their gifts
    to us.”
  • http://www.theanimalsgift.com/
  • Breakfast with Santa at Tyrone Community Centre on Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 2pm. http://www.tyroneontario.com/category/breakfast-with-santa
  • Tree Hunting in Clarington” – Here is a link via DurhamRegion.com with acres of fresh, local Ontario Christmas Tree Growers in our Municipality –
    http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/4251861-tips-for-a-successful-durham-christmas-tree-hunt/

Check Back next week for a list FREE SKATES FOR FAMILIES at our local arenas!

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For more information on events in Clarington, please contact us at 1-855-779-1923, or tourism@clarington.net

‘Ghosts of Years Gone By’

Photos and Story by Clarington Tourism

If you have ever walked through an Ontario Provincial Park at dusk, just before the campfires are lit, you may have sensed something nostalgic that seems to stir up intrigue of settlers and pioneers past. Tales of ghosts seem to warrant telling at this twilight hour!

Darlington Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Ontario, had just that in store for us last night during their Annual “Ghosts of Years Gone By” Spirit Walk.

Along with 150  visiting guests, we enjoyed a beautiful August evening walk with Park staff, student interpreters in period costume, and perhaps some spirits of early founding residents to this area.

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Starting out east from the Log Cabin nestled along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, we followed the winding path to the beautiful outdoor Park Amphitheatre  

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Our Guide led us by lantern through a network of dirt and paved paths  throughout the Park’s four trails.   We were greeted rather spontaneously by a number of spirited  historical characters. Our first encounter was the 1794 loyalist settler Roger Conant, who was busy burying gold in Robinson Creek.

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As we bade our farewell to the Conant family and continued on our journey, even the lamp could not cast light on where we were headed next…

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We met a young settler girl along the way who enlightened us with tales of her daily pioneer chores.

Then, the striking sound of howling wolves moved us quickly along to the shelter of the log cabin!

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Inside we learned of early settler life for the Trull, Burk and Conant families.

These two generations of women were busy churning butter, grinding herbs and telling tales as they sat beside the fieldstone fireplace.

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With night falling and the sun setting low upon the beach, it cast an eerie pink glow as the mist rolled into the Bay

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The group travelled more tightly together now.  Young children bravely embraced the dark, but were cautioned by their teasing parents and grandparents to ‘watch for ghosts!’

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Part of the Park’s early Darlington history includes a small family cemetery; we were directed to it by flashlight

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Along the way we met some odd relics

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The crowd seemed to become more quiet the farther we travelled down the trail to the cemetery (even the parents!)

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Announcing their displeasure of our presence at their gravesite,  Samuel Burk and his wife Mary Van Camp gave account of their right to rest in peace!

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It was time to return to the Park store and bid farewell, when one last character appeared and met us with a blast! He was determined to protect us from ‘ravaging wolves’ and created quite a stir when he mistakenly directed his threat upon  some of our leashed pets.  After his self correction and then a wrestle with stuffed wolf, he ran off into the deep, dark forest.

After applause, we said goodnight to our new ‘old’ friends, and the children were happily off to bed at their campsite!

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THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AT DARLINGTON PROVINCIAL PARK FOR SUCH GREAT ENTERTAINMENT!

If you missed this evening of ghostly tales and are dying to attend a Spirit Walk, there are ghosts aplenty appearing in nearby Bowmanville  the month of October.  Join Clarington Museum and their  ghostly guides on Thursday evenings as they lead you across the museum grounds and through historic downtown Bowmanville sharing other worldly accounts from the town’s early history!

Or experience a cemetery walk in Bowmanville  on Sept 21st

Call 905.623.2734 to reserve or email info@claringtonmuseums.com 

Experience A ‘Field’ Trip To The Blueberry Patch

Photos and story by Clarington Tourism

There is something refreshing about a visit to Wilmot Orchards in Newcastle, Ontario. Perhaps it’s because the blueberries picked fresh off the bush are firm, juicy and full of healthy goodness. Or maybe it’s the stand alone, naturally blue food that makes being at the orchard feel like you’re attending a summer party. Everywhere you look is a salute to the unique shade of berry blue, and the understated simplicity of picking your own food.

Here is a slide show of our visit. We hope you and your family enjoy your own ‘field’ trip to Wilmot Orchards in August. For more local ideas pick up one of our Visitor Guides while at the orchard  and make it a day to remember in Clarington!

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Time spent ‘In the Hayfield’

Photos and story by Clarington Tourism

Normally in the Tourism Office when we use the term ‘Summer Frenzy’, ‘Canadian Summer’ or ‘Ontario Sunrise’, we are speaking of experiences in travel. However, here we are referring to just a few of the delightful daylily selections that are locally bred, grown and individually named according to their features and facets by We’re In The Hayfield Now Daylily Gardens in Orono, Ontario.

Annually in July, owner Henry Lorrain graciously opens the acerage for a 3-day weekend Daylily Festival where visitors can drop in to experience the peak bloom season, relax in a garden party like setting, and take time to smell the daylilies.

Our visit this past weekend was both a refreshing treat and an adventure as we strolled from daylily to daylily, discovering its individual name and unique style. Trying to chose a ‘favourite’ was like trying to select an ice cream flavour from 200; how can you choose just one?

You can visit the daylily gardens in person at 4704 Pollard Road, Orono from May 15 to August 31, Monday to Friday 9-6 PM as well as Saturday and Sunday 10-5 PM (or by chance or appt.). You can also ‘shop and ship’ online at hayfield.ca … but who has ever ordered ice cream online?