Picnicking in Orono

Story and photos by Clarington Tourism

Imagine yourself on a long, leisure drive (or pedal!) through the beautiful countryside of Clarington.

You’ve been driving for the majority of the morning, and lunchtime is quickly approaching. Your passengers are starting to get hungry, so you decide to take a little side street to what can only be described as the perfect picnic spot: Orono Park. Or, as it is known to the more established locals, Buttercup Hollow.

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A perfect park located within the village of Orono, it is nestled around a beautiful tree line, a serene stream complete with a bridge, picnic areas, and several more modern utilities, such as a play structure, splash pad, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, skateboarding park, and of course, Clarington’s only outdoor public pool.

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The rich history of this park can be taken as far back as 90 years, and has been considered a gem as well as the heart of Orono. Many locals find solace here, and it is quite easy to see why. It is perfect in every way a park should be. For more on the history of Orono’s Crown Lands, click here.

But our adventure does not stop there, because Orono has a lot to offer its residents and visitors. Home to the Stanley Cup Champion, Bryan Bickell, its quaint downtown area is home to an assortment of different stores and shops, including ones specializing in flowers, delicious baked goods, cafe’s, lots of antiques, health and wellness, professional services, and more. A complete list and more information on each one can be found here: www.visitorono.com.Downtown Orono 1

Depending on the time of year, Orono also runs many different types of events, from the annual Orono Fair, to the Orono Chili Cook-off, Santa Clause parade and breakfast, and even “Girls Night Out”. Among many others, this tightly knit community is proud, and with great reason, of this little village.

Any summer afternoon could be well spent here, as there is always something to do, and always interesting places to see. Whether you pack your picnic, take out lunch in one of the restaurants, or even treat yourself to a delicious apple fritter from The Village Bake Shop, it is guaranteed to be a day well spent.

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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!