10 Things to do in Prince Edward County in March 🍁
A winter that’s featured extreme cold, heavy snows and wild swings in temperatures has us longing for spring. Here are a few things happening in The County in March as we wait for the robins to make their return.
1. The County is a hotbed of farm-to-table options; learn to take advantage of all there is on offer with cooking classes. Try The Waring House on Thursdays for lessons in preparing a sit-down meal with wine, or lighter fare and hors d’oeuvres on Saturdays. The charming Angelo Bean walks would-be cooks through the ins and outs of Italian fare at his studio. If you’re not a cook, you can count down the days until Countylicious, which returns April 6-29. It’s a great time to sample some of the County’s best restaurants – study the special, locally-sourced menus and make a plan to try out the new and notable!
2. Encaustic painting is an ancient technique of building an image by layering hot bees-wax, sometimes on its own, sometimes with mixed materials. Learn this technique from Arts Trail member Andrew Csafordi, using beeswax and oil paints, at his County studio. Mixed media artist Rhonda Nolan hosts a regular paint night at the Drake Devonshire, where the muse is helped along by a glass of wine.
3. Shake out winter’s cobwebs and get your creative juices flowing with a workshop at The Baxter Arts Centre from novelist and writing instructor Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, featuring a series of exercises designed to remind your brain how to play its way to a story.
4. March 8 is International Women’s Day. The Drake Devonshire is hosting a ‘strolling event’ featuring bites and snacks by Wellington’s women chefs in support of the Wellington Heritage Museum’s garden project. A special cocktail menu will be on offer, as well as half-priced wines and a sneak peek at the restaurant’s new menu.
5. Kids home for March Break? There are a full week of activities planned at The County’s local libraries, including a comedy/magic show, a program around spotting and identifying birds, music and instrument lending and a special film-making and theatre camp.
The Prince Edward Fitness & Aquatic Centre in Picton is also hosting a week of spring-related activities, featuring flower power, rainy day crafts and the wonderfully named “hug a bug.”
Family-friendly wineries will also be open. Games for kids can be found at Sugarbush Vineyards, The Grange and Hinterland/County Road Beer Company. Midtown Brewing Co. has a corner shelf full of toys perfect for kids, or stop in at Parsons Brewing for a flight of County-brewed beer to taste while keeping a watchful eye over kids on their outdoor playground.
6. The County goes green on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone suddenly turns Irish. See a band and sip a beer at Isaiah Tubbs, with Griffin McGill and Crimson Cay, or drop in at the Barley Room for a show with The Frere Brothers and Mark McGreevy. The County Canteen features the Kingston roots trio Strung Out to Dry as well as their annual limerick competition!
7. Shatterbox Theatre brings Nick Payne’s Constellations to stage at the Regent Theatre – it’s a love story that crosses time and space, a play about free will and friendship, quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. (Sounds sweet!)
8. Celebrate the first – and sweetest! – harvest with Maple in the County. A dozen sugar shacks and maple syrup producers open their doors to the public, giving a glimpse at how sap is made into syrup. Featuring pancake breakfasts with fresh maple syrup, taffy on snow, s’mores, petting zoos, BBQ sausages, a lumberjack show, artisan vendors and more. A selection of restaurants and wineries will also hold special events, featuring menus and pairings highlighting the sweetness of syrup.
9. Photographers and nature enthusiasts alike will enjoy seeing the effects of winter’s thaw rushing by. Picton Rotary hosts a spectacular waterfalls tour located on private property and only available to the public at this time of year. It’s an excellent chance to see falls at Cape Vessey in Waupoos and Jackson Falls in Milford. Hiking attire is recommended.
10. Soak up the last of winter’s weather: If the weather permits, take the toboggan to Delhi Park and zip down the hill. Visit Sandbanks Provincial Park to find the exercise bike nestled in the snow – or bring your cross-country skis and give the trails a try. Stop by the outdoor rink beside the Midtown Brewery for a free family skate. If there’s snow, the Merrill Inn, Three Dog Winery and Sugarbush Vineyards offer snowshoe rentals.